Golf club notes
The golf season is back in full swing, or it would be except for the pretty awful weather last week. The open gents' Senior competition sponsored by David Garahy scheduled for March 12 had to be called off and is now due to be played on April 30.
The timesheet is now available to take bookings. The first of this year's team events took place recently. A total of 116 took part.
Results: 1, Pat Doran (14), Jimmy Doran (15), Raj Tirbhowan (18), 90 points; 2, James Morrissey (6), Tommy Morrissey (8), Eunan Doyle (11), 88 points; 3, Richard O'Connor (9), Michael Redmond (21), Seán Quirke (17), 87 points. Well done to all the winners.
Today (St. Patrick's Day) there is a ladies' and gents' open competition. Next weekend is a three-person team event. Course sanding has been confirmed for March 23.
The GolfNet 2 website is now live. GolfNet allows you view your handicap records. It also has golf tuition slides as well as open competition events, travel and course information. If you used Golfnet before you will now need to re-register on GolfNet2. The website address is www.golfnet.ie.
Don't forget to check out our own website and Facebook page for updates, upcoming events and special offers.
Tuesday, March 3, was a beautiful bright, sunny day with quite an edge of cold, but it certainly lifted the spirits of golfers who took part in the two-person team event.
Results: 1, Ann Harvey (14) and Nicola Jacob (17), 50 points; 2, Mary O'Shea (15) and Mary McCauley (20), 43 points; 3, Betty O'Leary (28) and Rosaleen Doyle (34), 42 points. Congratulations to all the winners.
The three-person teams competition on Tuesday, March 10, was played in beautiful conditions of strong early-spring sun and light breezes. It was a pleasure to be out playing golf on such a beautiful day.
Results: 1, Mary O'Shea (15), Mary McCauley (20), Geraldine O' Brien (23), 81 points; 2, Sheelagh Farrell (19), Breda Morrison (26), Meta Cummins (30), 72 points (back nine).
Nine-hole competition number 22: 1, Teresa Bailey (15), 22 points; 2, Joy Conville (20), 21 points (back six); 3, Teresa Bailey (15), 21 points.
Nine-hole competition number 23: 1, Ann Nolan (17), 18 points; 2, Breda O'Leary (29), 18 points (back six); 3, Mary Halligan (29), 18 points.
St. Patrick's Day is the next competition day and is a ladies' and gents' 18 holes open singles event. There should be a great turn-out to golf our national saint into the season.
The following Tuesday, March 24, is a three-person event sponsored by Hair by Aine. The presentation is at 8.30 p.m. and all outstanding prizes will be presented on the night.
A very important competition is in the offing on March 31 when we will be asking for a massive turn-out to support the National Breast Cancer Research Institute in its fight against cancer. E.G.C's own bridge club is coming on board for Pink Day and donating their takings for the night.
The format will be a 15-hole scramble, which always makes for entertaining golf, and the presentation is at 9.30 p.m. So, ladies, write this important date in your diaries and help in the vital work of research on breast cancer.
The new-look Pro Shop is up and running and, along with a great selection of ladies' and gents' golf wear, it also boasts an indoor putting green. Stephen, our golf professional, will fit you personally for any club you wish to purchase and has enlisted the services of a Ping fitting technician who is paying a visit on Monday, May 11, a date not to be missed!
Stephen's latest in his invaluable canon of tips concerns the area of the swing, the start of which he considers the most important, and he quotes the great Ben Hogan in his preamble. For more detailed information check out Stephen's newsletter or book a lesson with him to check out the finer points of your game. Instruction is available to members and non-members.
We would like to welcome our newly-appointed course rangers who are being currently trained in and will take up their positions in the coming weeks.
Why not support the Joker jackpot which is now close to €800? Tickets for only €2 are available at the bar.
Team managers are up and running, combing through their lists of potential team members. Lady golfers are encouraged to get involved in the preparations for whichever team suits their level.
Race to St. Patrick's Day, week six, March 2-8: 1, I. McLoughlin (16), 30 points; 2, R. Kinsella (15), 27 points; gross, C. Murphy (5), 24 points; 3, K. Banville (11), 26 points.
March 7, 8, 11: 1, Anne Ryan (10), 31 points.
Spring league week four, February 28 to March 6: 1, team 4 (Marita Byrne, Fran Crean, Sarah Pepper, Phil Meyler, Etta Cowman), 287 points; 2, team 2 (Linda Byrne, Fiona Bodels, Beatrice Ensor, Margaret Byrne, Ann Cowman), 273 points.
March 7 to 13, 12-hole weekly: 1, Linda Byrne (13), 24 points; 2, Imelda Redmond (22), 24 points; 3, Sarah Pepper (26), 23 points.
Ladies' and gents' singles, Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 - gents: 1, Michael Carty (16), 44 points; 2, Joe Kavanagh (28), 43 points (last six); 3, Alan Lawlor (19), 43 points; gross, Barry Symes (1), 37 points; ladies: 1, Pat Kinsella (18), 38 points.
Wednesday sweep: 1, Cathal O'Donohoe (17), 29 points (back nine); 2, Evan Stack (18), 29 points.
Ladies' 12-hole three-person team: 1, Eileen Cullen (17), Frances Swords (27), Dympna Doyle (30), 63 points; 2, Sarah Jones (26), Marcella Jones (31), Angela Merrigan (25), 58 points.
The midweek nine-hole fell foul of the bad weather.
The weekend saw a good turn-out for the singles stableford competition. The weather was dry but cold and windy both days.
William Mitchell (11) had an outstanding round and won first prize with 44 points. Richard Doyle (18) also had a cracking score and was second with 43 points, while Derek Kavanagh (13) was third with 38 points.
Saturday saw the winter league plate (Billy Brown Cup) final where the Doyle brothers, Paul and Anthony, beat Pat Madsen and Peter Brolly.
Sunday saw a keenly-contested winter league final where Brian Delaney and David Fitzgerald got the better of Sammy Walker and Nicky Murphy.
Four Star Pizza New Ross were the sponsors of last week's open aggregate fourball with a sizeable field setting out to grab a pizza of the action! The testing format required both partners to be at their best, and so it was for Tom Murphy (16) and P.J. McGrath (19) who teamed up to claim first prize with an excellent score of 75 points.
George Foley (14) and Val Molloy (14) finished two behind in second place on 73 points, with Jim Byrne (9) and Ned Fenlon (14) a further point back in third place on 72 points. There were four nearest the pin prizes and two longest drive prizes provided by the sponsor.
The nearest the pin prizes went to Jim Byrne (second), Tom Tyler (ninth), Paddy Grace (Callan, eleventh) and Declan Doyle (14th), whilst the longest drives were won by Paul Harrington (15th) and Rory Hussey (18th). Thank you to Thomas and Christina Chapman of Four Star Pizza New Ross for their continued generous support.
Next weekend sees the first medal of the year up for grabs. The sponsors are Visiconnex Ltd. and the timesheet is now available online. The first monthly open singles of the year also takes place this week (Thursday, March 19). The monthly opens are open to all but have a 'Senior-friendly' set-up, being played off the yellow markers and with category prizes available for the Over-60s and Over-70s. Tee-times can be booked online.
The first team in action this year, a sure sign that spring is well and truly on its way, is the Provincial Towns Cup team. They take on Mountain View next Sunday (March 22) at 12.45 p.m. Four matches will take place in New Ross, with the remaining five taking place in Mountain View - best of luck to all involved.
The Barton Cup (versus Borris), Irish mixed (versus Enniscorthy) and J.B. Carr (versus Enniscorthy) will all be in action over the coming weeks.
All the teams would appreciate the members' support, so keep an eye out for upcoming matches and get out on the course to cheer them on.
With just a few weeks left before the hour goes on the clock, entries are now being taken for the men's foursomes matchplay.
The entry fee is €15 per pair and the closing date for entries is Tuesday, March 30.
To enter, put your entry fee in an envelope with your names and a contact number on it and place it in the men's competition box.
The winners of this competition will go forward to represent New Ross in the national Irish Mail tournament in 2016.
Don't forget that the deadline for payment of subscriptions is March 31. There are plenty of different ways to pay, so please contact Kathleen in the office to arrange payment if you haven't done so already.
For anyone interested in joining the club, there are great value offers available for new members, the Under-30s, Juniors and students, who should also get in contact with Kathleen on 051-421433. Membership runs from April 1 to March 31, though anyone taking up membership before March 31 will get the benefit of the extra few weeks free.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, March 11, sponsored by French's Pharmacy: 1, Margaret Murphy (23), 32 points; 2, Marie T. Wall (24), 30 points (last six); 3, Ger Donohoe (29), 30 points (last nine).
The next competition is 18-hole stableford on Wednesday, March 18, sponsored by EW Levingstone. Draw times are 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 1 to 1.15 p.m. A timesheet will also be in operation as usual.
The third and final round of the winter league has commenced. All games are to be completed by March 31.
The nine-hole re-entry also continues.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
Rain was the spoilsport on Thursday when our weekly outing was washed out. This week we have the open singles competition with Senior friendly rules applying.
All Seniors who intend playing on Thursday, March 26, when we have our counterparts from Faithlegg as visitors, should sign on in the special sheet in the Pro Shop this week. The draw for teams will be made after golf this Thursday and the line-up will be published in the 'Standard' next Tuesday.
Please note that the tee is reserved from the earlier time of 10 a.m. on March 26 in order to facilitate the bigger numbers taking part.
Waterford Castle Golf course will provide the palatial surroundings for President Nixon to hold his outing. Saturday, March 28, at 10.30 a.m. should see the largest turn-out this year, and all members and welcome visitors should sign on before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.
There will be a special novelty prize for the winner, and brownie points to be carried forward to Captain's day to qualify for golfer of the year.
Saturday, March 7, open mixed champagne scramble: 1, Bob Quilty (9), Tom McGrath (17), John Sherlock (22), Andrea Sherlock (27), 99 points; 2, Donal O'Keeffe (13), Peter Cafferkey (17), Pauline Cafferkey (23), Karen O'Keeffe (26), 98 points.
Tuesday, March 10, three-person scramble, 16 holes, sponsored by Seán Stafford Bakeries: 1, Niamh Byrne (11), Vandra Deacon (15), Carmel Lonergan (26), 58.8; 2, Moira Fortune (14), Gerarde Mahon (19), Liz Murphy (21), 60.6; 3, Sheila Crosbie (13), Molly Cash (17), Dorcas Maher (17), 61.3.
Next Tuesday we return to playing 18 holes with a singles competition. Ladies, don't forget to enter the ring competition before you play. Please take a divot bag with you to repair your divots and help look after the course.