Golf club notes
Race to St. Patrick's Day final, Sunday, March 15: 1, D. Byrne (15), 41 points; 2, T. Gleeson (7), 38 points; gross, Ray Mullen (6), 31 points; 3, R. O'Brien (12), 38 points.
St. Patrick's weekend open four-person scramble, Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15: 1, A. Phelan (Mountain View, 2), L. Ryan (Rathdowney, 5), M. Devlin (Cahir Park, 11), B. Melody (Cahir Park, 15), 52.7 points; 2, P. Connolly (Enniscorthy, 6), E. Balfe (Enniscorthy, 8), B. Balfe (Enniscorthy, 5), Aidan Jordan (Enniscorthy, 10), 57.1 points; 3, D. Byrne (16), R. Moore (16), M. Roberts (11), S. Black (6), 57.2 points.
St. Patrick's weekend open fourball, Monday and Tuesday, March 17: 1, J. Kelly and N. Cullen (Enniscorthy), 44 points; 2, C. Murphy and A Harrington, 42 points; 3, R. Mullen and J. Doyle, 42 points.
Spring has finally arrived and it has been a busy week in Enniscorthy Golf Club. A total of 84 took part in our three-person team event over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15.
The winners were Pat Doran (14), James Doran (15) and Raj Tirbhowan (18) with a total of 87 points. In second place were Liam Bennett (17), Philip Browne (13) and David Bradley (16) with 85 points.
The St. Patrick's Day open gents' singles competition was very well attended with 114 playing. In first place with an impressive total of 45 points was Vinnie Daly (18). In second place was Des Kehoe (13) with 44 points (back nine).
The gross prize went to Paul Connolly (6) with 38 points. Third was Michael Dunphy (W.F.O., 10) with 43 points. The visitor's prize went to Charlie Hogg of Bunclody ( 12) with 39 points.
Well done to all our winners. The prize-giving for all competitions played in March will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday, March 29. Next weekend is an open gents' singles event sponsored by Calor Gas. Check out our website and Facebook page for updates, upcoming events and special offers.
March 14-15: 1, Caroline Browne (25), 36 points; 2, Susie Dixon (22), 33 points.
Nine-hole competition from March 17-18: 1, James Byrne (13), 23 points; 2, Paul O'Brien (13), 22 points; 3, Anthony P. Doyle (17), 21 points.
Weekend stableford singles: 1, Pat Madsen (18), 42 points; 2, Paul Doyle (11), 41 points; 3, Marty Lawler (9), 40 points, holding off Mick Kenny (20) on countback.
The weather on St. Patrick's Day was sunny and calm, affording perfect conditions for the ladies' and gents' open singles competition which was greatly enjoyed by all who took part.
So we can now look forward to 40 days of rain-free golf as we saw not a drop of it on the national saint's day!
Results: 1, Elizabeth Browne (13), 43 points; 2, Ann Bernie (30), 39 points; 3, Stellah Sinnott (11), 38 points (back six); visitor's prize, Elaine Dowling (Rathdowney, 7), 33 points. Congratulations to all.
Looking ahead to Tuesday, March 24, this is a team event sponsored by Hair by Aine in Monart, one of our loyal sponsors. Tuesday, March 31, is a very important competition in the club year as proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute in Galway, which does invaluable work in the fight against breast cancer.
On the same Tuesday the E.C.G. bridge club is donating takings to the same cause, so ladies, we want a great turn-out to support this important cause. The format is a 15-hole scramble and all will be done to facilitate those who would like to play at a particular time.
Most importantly, prizes will be awarded to players with the pinkest outfit and a raffle will be held for a magnificent hamper which is on display in the bar. Tickets can be bought in the bar and donation boxes are available in the Pro Shop and bar for all who would like to support this very worthy cause. The presentation is at 9.30 p.m.
A meeting regarding the Junior coaching programme (to be given by Stephen Fitzpatrick) will be held on Sunday, March 29, in the clubhouse. Any parents who would like to have their child partake are invited to attend this meeting. This coaching programme is not available to Juvenile members.
The first nine-hole qualifying competition is due to be held on April 7. This new initiative is club-sponsored and will run in conjunction with the normal Tuesday 18-hole competition. It is completely separate from the ongoing nine-hole competition which has been running for a number of years. Supported by the I.L.G.U., it has been introduced successfully in many clubs. The entry fee is €4.
In spite of the disappointing outcome of the Ireland/Wales match, there were still some happy faces in the club on Saturday week when two winners were drawn to win a free subscription for 2016. Dillon Redmond won the Junior section and Michael Barnes' name was pulled out of the hat in the adult category, a great advertisement for paying your club subscription in time.
Winner in the Joker competition was Kay Ryan. The jackpot, however, still stands and the next draw is on Easter Sunday for a jackpot of €890. Congratulations to the winners.
Team managers and their protegees are greatly in evidence at the moment as preparations are well apace for upcoming matches. The Minor Cup team takes on Carrick-on-Suir in New Ross on Thursday, April 9, at 2.30 p.m. while the Challenge Cup team plays Wicklow in Woodenbridge on Friday, April 10, at 1.10 p.m.
The winner of the Joker last week was Kieron O'Brien with number 16. The Joker was not found again and the jackpot is now €2,500.
A reminder to all members that the draws for matchplay competitions will take place in the clubhouse on Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. If you wish to enter please do so in the clubhouse.
We are hosting a coffee morning in aid of the Cancer Society on Thursday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome with all support greatly appreciated.
Fourball any combination, March 21 and 22: 1, Colin Breen (4), Niall Murray (14), 46 points; 2, Joe Keegan (6), Tony Sheriff (15), 45 points; 3, Tony Kinsella (15), Pat Kinsella (18), 44 points (last nine).
Ladies' Seniors' open, Thursday, March 19: 1, Helen Mundow (32), 35 points.
Singles sweep, Wednesday, March 18: 1, Luke Levingstone (20), 33 points (back nine); 2, Peter McAteer (20), 33 points; 3, Des Roche (5), 32 points (back nine); 4, Jim French (16), 32 points.
Ladies' and gents' singles, Tuesday, March 17 - gents: 1, Michael H. Cullen (14), 46 points; 2, Michael O'Shaughnessy (23), 40 points (last nine); 3, Shane Fox (11), 40 points; gross, Paddy Donohoe (5), 33 points; ladies: 1, Cecilia O'Riordan (24), 37 points; 2, Stella Kehoe (21), 36 points (last nine); 3, Ann Marie Furlong (26), 36 points (countback).
Twelve-hole weekly, March 14 to 20: 1, Margaret Moore (14), 20 points; 2, Imelda Redmond (22), 20 points; 3, Louise Galligan (26), 20 points.
Spring league final results: 1, team 4 (Marita Byrne, Fran Crean, Sarah Pepper, Phil Meyler, Etta Cowman), 290 points; 2, team 2 (Linda Byrne, Fiona Bodels, Beatrice Ensor, Margaret Byrne, Ann Cowman), 283 points.
The St. Patrick's fourball, once again sponsored by Dermot Kehoe DIY, took place over the St. Patrick's weekend and attracted a great field from near and far.
In a closely-contested competition, Patsy Moore (21) and Harry Doran (11) came home as winners with 45 points, a score that was good enough to hold off the challenge of Paddy Bennett (18) and John Hartley (19) on the countback.
Paul Cleary (11) and Des Grace (17, Scarke) finished in third place with 43 points, the same score as fourth placers Paddy Parle (12) and Liam Brennan (17) who both made the trip from Callan. Thanks once again to Dermot Kehoe and all at Dermot Kehoe DIY for their continued and generous support.
The first monthly open singles of the year took place last week in near ideal conditions. Indeed, the favourable conditions led to some spectacular scoring. Jimmy Ryan (17) romped home in first place with a massive score of 46 points.
Eddie Morrissey (19) finished in second with 43 points, a score good enough to win most competitions, and one ahead of John Joe Cullen (17) in third place, with Andrew Ryan taking the gross prize with 32 points.
Michael Gannon (17) won the Over-60s category with 39 points (last nine), with Jimmy Furlong (10, 39 points) second and John Pitt (18, Wexford, 38 points) third. Tony Wallace (21) claimed the Over-70s category with 41 points, with Tony Sexton (26, 39 points) in second and Hugh O'Connor (15, 39 points) in third.
The next monthly open singles takes place on Thursday, April 16. Next weekend, the P.G.A. Tankard, sponsored by James Roche and Paul Morris (P.G.A. professionals), takes place.
Watch out also for the Easter Classic, a two-person team event that takes place over the Easter weekend (April 3-6), where there are some great prizes on offer. Tee-times can be booked online or by phoning the club on 051-421433.
The Tuesday fourball makes its seasonal return on March 31, with a nine-hole betterball stableford sponsored by Mullinavat G.A.A. Club taking place.
Members are reminded that 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 31. 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.
Anyone interested in joining the club - there are great value offers available for new members, the Under-30s, Juniors and students - 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 18, sponsored by EW Levingstone: 1, Maria Burford (15), 33 points (last six); 2, Anne Curtis (Adm., 21), 33 points; gross, Liz Bennett , 23 points (last nine); 3, Margaret Murphy (23), 32 points (last nine).
The Wednesday, March 25, competition is 18-hole stableford, sponsored by Euro Mobil. Draw times are 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 1 to 1.15 p.m. A timesheet is also in operation.
The third round of the wiinter league continues, with all games to be completed by March 31.
The nine-hole re-entry competition also continues. Please play as often as you like.
Congratulations to Noel Molloy on winning our golf outing in Kilkenny. A total of 41 golfers took part
Results: 1, Noel Molloy; 2, Liam Wall; 3, Frank Barden; Cat. 1: 1, Val Molloy; 2, Peter Whelan; 3, Frank Browne; Cat. 2:1,John Fitz; 2, John Molloy; 3, Joe Casey; Cat. 3: 1, Adrian Burford ; 2, Richard Molloy; 3, Paddy O'Shea; front nine, Mark O'Mahoney; back nine, Billy Wallace; nearest the pin, Noel Molloy. The twos club was won by Billy Wallace's hole-in-one!
Our next outing is Easter Saturday, April 4, in Waterford Golf Club. Contact Val for tee-times.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
Many thanks goes to the Captain, Rory Hussey, and Competition Secretary, Bob Doyle, for the efficient way in which they organised the open singles on Thursday. The set-up was Senior-friendly with play off the yellow tees which led to some fantastic scores by the veteran golfers.
This Thursday, March 26, we welcome our counterparts from Faithlegg on their annual visit. With the huge number of mixed teams taking part, a shotgun start has been sanctioned for 10.15 a.m. tee-off, and all players should be in the clubhouse at 9.45 a.m. at the latest.
The line-up of teams is as follows and starting tees will be allocated at 10 a.m. sharp.
1, D. Kirwan, Jas. Murphy, A. Mahon, A. Dagg; 2, S. Travis, M. Brennan, R. Hill, J. McDonagh; 3, T. Harford, O. Brennan, L. Harkin, J. Blackwell; 4, P. Shannon, J. Fitzpatrick, N. Lewis, J. Fitzgerald; 5, E. Keher, R. Cahill, D. Higgins, S. McCrum; 6, J. Furlong, A. O'Connor, S. Hayes, S. Keating; 7, H. O'Connor, T. Kent, J. Kelly, F. Walsh; 8, J. Shalloe, K. Treacy, M. Griffin, T. Dalton; 9, J. Kennedy, G. Peters, D. Lalor, D. Hannon; 10, J.J. Cullen, John Murphy, T. Clancy, R. Cairns; 11, E. Delaney, M. Somers, E. Power, Bob Baker; 12, J. Ryan, T. Furlong, D. Power, J. Reals; 13, J. Browne, L. Shannon, T. Sexton, T. Grennan; 14, S. Furlong, M. Burke, P. Laffan, D. Cody; 15, J. Hosey, M. Long, R. Kearney, T. O'Shea; 16, A. Ronan, J. Watson, M. Furlong, J. Kehoe; 17, M. Cahill, D. Quigley, R. Byrne, T. Wallace; 18, M. Gannon, C. Collins, L. Jastrebski, J.J. Murray; 19, W. Byrne, M. Wade, J. Harrington; 20, G. Freyne, L. Power, T. Murphy.
There are two vacant spots on the last two teams. Anyone who would like to play, please ring Jamesie Murphy on 051-421151 or 085-1846172 as soon as possible for inclusion in order to have everything ready on the day.
On the board for April are Tony Sexton, Jim 'Dublin' Ryan and Michael Gannon.