Golf club notes
Race to St. Patrick's Day week five: 1, R. O'Brien (12), 29 points; 2, J. Morrissey (6), 28 points; 3, M. Roberts (11), 27 points.
Wednesday open singles, March 4: 1, F. O'Hara (16, Palmerstown House), 37 points; 2, W. Doyle (8, Waterford), 35 points; 3, D. Wrafter (20), 35 points.
The first of this year's gents' singles took place on the week ending March 1. While the weather was fairly inclement on the Sunday, a very respectable 88 players took part.
Results: 1, John Bail (11), 42 points; 2, Tom Clince (15), 41 points; 3, Keith Whelan (17), 40 points (last nine); gross, Nicky Murphy (8), 31 points. Well done to all the winners.
The next event is an open gents' Seniors which takes place on Thursday, March 12 sponsored by David Garahy. A three-person team event is on the timesheet for Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, sponsored by the club.
Course sanding has been changed from March 9 to 23, weather permitting. Check out our website and Facebook page for updates, upcoming events and special offers.
Saturday was a busy day in the club as we held our Captains' drive-in. Our lady Captain, Bronagh, and men's Captain, Alan, arrived in style just after 1 p.m. in a very well-decorated Ryder Cup-themed train. Fair play to all involved, there was a great turn-out and all made their way to the first tee for the planting of the tree by the Captains before there was champagne all round (non-alcoholic for our Junior Captains!).
Next was the unenviable task of driving off on the first tee in front of a large crowd, but we need not have worried as both our Captains hit them straight down the middle as did our Junior Captains.
We would like to thank all involved in making the day a great success and the weather even managed to hold up.
Saturday kicked off the start of the golfing year and we have a very busy schedule in the coming months. We wish the Captains, Junior Captains and Presidents all the best for the coming golfing year.
Sunday, March 8, any combination fourball: 1, Paddy Donohoe (5) and Eamonn Siggins (22), 37 points (back six); 2, Gabriel Allen (16) and Michael O'Shaughnessy (23), 37 points; 3, Thomas O'Connor (15) and Paul McDonald (12), 37 points.
Gents' open Seniors: 1, Joe Kavanagh (28), 37 points; Cat 1.: 1, Tom Fleming (21), 32 points; 2, Patsy Kavanagh (18), 30 points; Cat. 2: 1, Brian Spencer (26), 35 points; 2, Pat Kenny (15), 34 points; Cat. 3: 1, Eamon Mahony (14), 30 points; 2, Phil Redmond (27), 29 points.
Wednesday sweep: 1, Frank Lillis (8), 35 points; 2, Paddy McNulty (11), 34 points; 3, Matty Forde (5), 33 points (back six); 4, Pat Ryan (15), 13 points (back nine).
Ladies' day, two-person team: 1, Sarah Donnellan (10), Mairéad Sunderland (20), 41 points.
EBS Colman Doyle Finance Ltd. Winter league final, Sunday, March 1: winners, Bryan Hughes (14), Cillian Hughes (4), 210; runners-up, Mark Morris (8), Martin Griffiths (12), 209; Division 2 winners, Keith Reid (12), Alex Reid (5), 193 (last card); Division 3 winners, Larry D'Arcy (9), Peter Sheehan (16), 188; Division 4 winners, Ciarán O'Donovan (23), Pat Dillon (22), 180 (last card); best 18 excluding prize-winners, Colin Browne (19), Martin Byrne (18), 45 points; best 13 excluding prize-winners, Eamonn O'Connor (26), John O'Connor (9), 34 points; Section winners: 1, Bryan Hughes and Cillian Hughes; 2, Mark Hughes and Martin Griffiths; 3, Denis Howell and Cathal O'Donohoe; 4, Colin Browne and Martin Byrne; 5, Paul Carmody and Mark McGrath.
Section scoring most points (section 5), 2,038 points: Keith Reid and Alex Reid; Brendan Malone and John Doran; Ciarán O'Donovan and Pat Dillon; Alan Gray and Bernard Byrne; Vinnie Kavanagh and Paul Kavanagh; Paul Carmody and Mark McGrath; Rory Farrell and Nick Noblett; Jim French and Jimmy Woods; Pádraic Flood and Danny Dixon.
Ladies' 12-hole weekly, February 21 to 27: 1, Sarah Pepper (26), 25 points; 2, Mary Jordan (24), 25 points; 3, Fran Crean (16), 20 points.
Ladies' 12-hole weekly, February 28 to March 6: 1, Marita Byrne (16), 22 points; 2, Sarah Pepper (26), 21 points; 3, Terri Byrne (5), 21 points.
Ladies' spring league week three, February 28 to March 6: 1, team 2 (Linda Byrne, Fiona Bodels, Beatrice Ensor, Margaret Byrne, Ann Cowman), 235 points; 2, team 4 (Marita Byrne, Fran Crean, Sarah Pepper, Phil Meyler, Etta Cowman), 211 points.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Derek Kavanagh (13), 21 points; 2, Mark Miskella (9), 19 points.
Winter league semi-finals: Sammy Walker and Nicky Murphy beat Martin Conroy and Tommy Dunne; Brian Delaney and David Fitzgerald beat Derek Kavanagh and Tony Aherne.
Winter league plate (Billy Browne Cup) semi-final: Pat Madsen and Peter Brolly beat Damien Maher and Mick Kenny.
The final will be played on Saturday, with Pat and Peter against the Doyles, Paul and Anthony.
The singles stableford was played in gale-force wind on Saturday and brilliant sunshine on Sunday, with the best scores coming on Sunday.
John Fitzgerald (20) had a good round and won first prize, holding off Pat Madsen (18) on countback. Ger O'Brien (8) was third with 36 points, holding off Richard Doyle.
Well done to the lads who played on Saturday when any score in the low 30s was an achievement!