Golf club notes
The second medal competition of the year, the April medal, took place last weekend in very tough conditions. The tough conditions demanded some steely golf, and that golf was produced by Rathnure's Ned Lyng (11) who recorded a nett 70 to secure the win.
Phil Lynch (14) came home in second place with a 71, with David Walsh (6) in third with a 72. Alan Furness took home the gross prize with a 78 and the categories went to Aidan O'Neill (7, 73), Tom O'Connor (14, 73) and John Murphy (18, 72).
Well done to all who completed their rounds in the demanding conditions. Thank you to Wallace's of Wellingtonbridge who once again provided a very generous sponsorship for this competition.
Next weekend an open fourball, sponsored by the life members, takes place over both Saturday and Sunday (April 25 and 26). This competition is open to men, women and visitors in any combination and tee-times can be booked online as normal.
The April open singles took place in more reasonable conditions where Paddy Shannon (11) won with a fine score 39 points, relegating Tommy Furlong (25) into second place only on the countback.
John Kirwan (18) finished in third place with 37 points, whilst Alan Furness' good week continued as he again won the gross, this time with 30 points. The Category A prizes went to Micheal O'Neill (19, 35 points), Denis Kirwan (11, 34 points) and Jim Ryan (17, 34 points), with Richard Cahill (19, 37 points), Fr. French (20, 35 points) and Willie Byrne (13, 32 points) taking home the Category B prizes. Thank you to the I.T. department for their welcome and generous support.
The scoring was hot in last week's Tuesday fourball with Seán Murphy (15) and Pat Whelan (17) posting 25 points for the nine holes to see off the challenge of Eamon Walsh (19) and Trevor Campbell (13), who also recorded 25 points and won the Category B prize. Ger Martin (16) and Derek Ronan (3) won Category A with 21 points. Thank you to Cropcare for their generous sponsorship.
The Barton Cup team, managed by Brian Teague, recorded a good victory over Borris in their first round match last weekend. With three matches in Borris and only two at home, New Ross faced a tough task.
Michael Ryan and Ivan Croke were comfortable winners at home, whilst Derek Ronan and Harry Doran came from two down with four to play to win on the 19th.
Donal Hosey and Jim Byrne secured a vital away win on the 18th. Paul McGrath and Liam Connolly were called in. New Ross face Seafield in the next round.
There was no such luck for the Leinster fourball team, managed by Jim Meggs, which bowed out to Newbridge for the second year in a row. The team put in a strong performance, but Newbridge edged their home matches and managed to take an away win to decide the tie.
The team was made up of John Hartley and Tony Coppola, John Murray and Donie Cody, Eddie Morrissey and Michael Ryan, Jamesie Wallace and John Roche, and Robert O'Dwyer and Tony Wallace.
Best wishes to the J.B. Carr team, managed by Peter Goggin, which takes on Courtown at 1 p.m. this Tuesday (April 21), and to the Provincial Towns team which plays Callan next Saturday (April 25) at 3 p.m. As always, members are welcome to come along and support the teams on the day.
New Ross are taking on St. Helen's in a friendly Ryder Cup-style match this year. The foursomes take place on Saturday in St. Helen's with the fourballs the following week in New Ross. The final round of singles matches will take place at a neutral venue. Best of luck to all involved and well done to Frank Doyle for all his efforts in arranging the match.
Noel Barr was last week's winner of the Find the Joker draw. Noel didn't find the Joker but takes home €30 for his efforts.
The next draw takes place on Tuesday, April 28, at 9 p.m. Entries cost €2 and are taken in the bar. Thank you to all who support this fundraiser.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, April 15, Australian spoons 18-hole stableford greensomes sponsored by Brandon House Hotel: 1, Geraldine Mackey (13), Kate Mackey (17), 36 points (last nine); 2, Mary Shannon (18), Liz Roberts (22), 36 points; gross, Liz Bennett , Mary O'Leary, 22 points.
The winners of the nett and gross go forward to play in the District final in July so well done to both teams.
Well done to the Minor Cup team which defeated Kilkenny in its first round match.
The Wednesday, April 22, competition is 18-hole v. par sponsored by Forever Living. Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 2 to 2.15 p.m. The timesheet is also in operation.
The Wednesday, April 29, competition is 18-hole stableford. This is the first qualifier for the P.G.A. Pro-Am to be held in July, with €10 entry.
The nine-hole re-entry competition also continues. Please play as often as you like.
There will be a presentation of prizes to date, including the winter league, on Wednesday, April 22, at 8.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All prize-winners are asked to attend.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
On Tuesday, April 28, we have a large contingent travelling on our annual outing to Coollattin Golf Club which is eagerly looked forward to. The following are the teams and tee-times which must be strictly adhered to:
10.30 a.m., John Browne, Tony Sexton, Tom Kent, Dick Cahill; 10.38 a.m., Tony Harford, Willie Whitty, J.J. Murray, Martin Burke; 10.46 a.m., Hugh O'Connor, John Hanrahan, Larry Shannon, Jas Murphy; 10.54 a.m., John Kennedy, Dan Quigley, Tom O'Shea, Brian Hennessy; 11.02 a.m., Eamon Delaney, Ger Freyne, Mick Somers, Jim D. Ryan; 11.10 a.m., John Shalloe, Kevin Treacy, Paul Laffan, Billy Redmond; 11.18 a.m., Jim R. Ryan, John Harrington, Willie Naddy, Donal Kavanagh; 11.26 a.m., Steve Travis, Mick Gannon, Jim Kehoe, Les Jastrebski.
Well done to our veteran, Tom Kent, who figured among the prize-winners in the Autumn Seniors Alliance at the picturesque Gold Coast Golf Club last week. Bringing in 37 points in a 121 strong field of players was no mean achievement in testing conditions.
Some of our members who were on the timesheet failed to turn up without any explanation as to their absence - after all a courtesy of a phone call signifying the reason would be in order.
The next Alliance outing is in West Waterford G.C. on Monday, May 18, with the timesheet later. We have our normal outing this Thursday (draw at 10.40 a.m. sharp), but all must be aware there is a society booked in before us and we will have to compromise our starting positions.
Sunday, April 12, nine-hole stableford competition: 1, Denise Dunne (11), 20 points. Well done Denise.
Monday, April 13, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Ursula Carey (29), 28 points; 2, Theresa Morris (25), 27 points; 3, Phil Flood (27), 26 points (back seven); 4, Noreen Power (34), 26 points. Well done ladies.
Thursday, April 16, 18-hole strokes (medal) competition sponsored by Selskar Pharmacy: 1, Tara Dunne (7), 73; 2, Margaret Atkinson (9), 74; gross, Helen Lacey (6), 81; 3, Maisie Purcell (14), 75 (back six); Senior, Carmel Murphy (8), 76; best 36, Caroline Creane (36), 88; nine-hole, Mary O'Donoghue (17), 14 points; nearest the pin, Rita Douglas, 4.74m.
A total of 67 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners and a special word of thanks to Selskar Pharmacy for their beautiful prizes. Their continued support is greatly appreciated and remember, where possible, please support our sponsors.
Well done to our mixed foursomes on their win over Waterford on Saturday, April 11.
Best of luck to our Junior foursomes who play Carrick-on-Suir in Faithlegg on Thursday, April 23, at 2.30 p.m., and also to our Junior Cup team which plays Bunclody in Enniscorthy on Sunday, April 26, at 2.10 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Thursday, April 23, is an 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Rosaleen's Flowers (Hospice Homecare raffle). The presentation of prizes will take place at 9.30 p.m. Please note all prize-winners for the last three weeks are kindly requested to attend.
The monthly prize-giving takes place on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse. All April winners are requested to attend.
Our Barton Cup and Finn Trophy teams are in action as we go to print, with full reports and results next week.
Wednesday, April 15, nine-hole singles: 1, Steve Southam (20), 19 points; 2, Maurice Cooper (16), 17 points (countback).
Thursday, April 16, open Seniors sponsored by Brian Rankin - Category 1: 1, Tony Naughton (19), 35 points; 2, Jim Murphy (12), 34 points; Category 2: 1, Patrick Dunne (28), 32 points; 2, Paddy Dunne (17), 31 points (countback); two club: Tony McGrane at the 17th, Fran Anderson at the seventh, Seamus McCormack at the third.
Saturday, April 18, open singles: 1, Danny Kenny (12), 38 points; 2, Stuart O'Kennedy (12), 37 points; 3, Rhys Clarke (7, Wexford), 36 points; two club: Gerry Byrne at the 17th, Pat Murphy at the 17th.
Ladies, Thursday, April 16: 1, Anne Parkinson (22), 31 points; 2, Eileen Brosnan (14), 28 points; 3, Kathleen Murphy (24), 26 points.
Fixtures: Wednesday, April 22, open singles; Friday, April 24, visiting captains; Saturday, April 25: open singles; Ryderless Cup v. New Ross, foursomes at 11.30 a.m.; Sunday, April 26, monthly medal (G.O.Y.).
Two more teams from the club made their exits from inter-club competitions during the past week.
On Friday the Fred Daly team travelled to Waterford for the qualifying round and what a performance they put up on this par 71 course. Our scoring five players - Paul Murphy (73), John Brady (74), Dayle Donohoe (75), Brendan Rossiter (76) and Nathan O'Brien (79) - were ten shots ahead of their nearest rivals, Kilkenny.
Unfortunately, Paul was disqualified due to a mistake on his card which brought in Jack McGarry (81) and still a two-hot winning margin. Then to the consternation of all the players and supporters, the team was disqualified due to a technicality.
This brought Mount Juliet into the qualifying spot and the best team by far on the day went out. The other members of the team were Alex Brady and Martin Roche. The managers were John Long and Liam MacNamara.
On Saturday the Irish mixed foursomes team took on Borris and went down to a heavy defeat, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. With three matches away it was an uphill battle.
All our pairings in Borris lost - Cathy Atkinson and Ken Maher, Joan Bowe and John Galvin, and Norrie Goff and Ted Tierney. Doreen McGovern and Bob Quilty won easily at home while the two Captains were one up when called in. The managers were Martin Flynn and Mary O'Shaughnessy.
Saturday, April 11, singles: 1, Dayle Donohoe (2), 38 points; 2, Con Murphy (13), 36 points; gross, Gary Collins (+4), 34 points; vet., John Mullins (25), 35 points; 3, Johnny Kelly (5), 35 points.
Wednesday, April 15, open singles: 1, Billy Furlong (15, New Ross), 39 points; 2, Brian Teague (15, New Ross), 37 points; 3, Ken Noonan (14), 37 points.
The ladies' and gents' open singles continue every Wednesday. Visitors: €25.
There is an open 12-hole singles on the Burrow course every Sunday. Visitors: €18.
Fixtures: Saturday, April 25, ladies' and gents' fourball; Sunday, April 26, gents' singles, blue course, strokes; gents' singles, white course, stableford.
On Sunday, May 17, the Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by Top Golfer takes place. Played over 36 holes, the entry is limited to 90 so get your name in as soon as possible
The weekend competition for gents on April 11-12 was a singles event sponsored by the solicitors, and 166 players took part.
Results: 1, John Warren (21), 39 points (back nine); 2, Chris Timmins (17), 39 points; gross, Jason Rackard (0), 32 points; 3, Richard Britton (13), 38 points; 4, Trevor Moulton (12), 37 points; 5, John Colclough (13), 36 points (back nine).
The result of our nine-hole midweek competition for April 15 was: overall, Dermot McCormack (17), 24 points; Category 1, Nicky Murphy (8), 23 points; Category 2, Trevor Moulton (11), 23 points; Category 3, Andy Roche (16), 23 points; Category 4, John Warren (20), 22 points.
Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, was an open fourball sponsored by PK Tiles (Paul Kavanagh). In first place were James Morrissey (6) and Patrick Fitzpatrick (14) with 45 points. Second were Richard Britton (12) and Shane Fortune (14) with 43 points (back nine), while third were Andy Roche (16) and Sam Greene (11) with 43 points (back nine). Congratulations to all our winners.
Wednesday, April 22, is our nine-hole midweek competition, and this week our sponsor is Murt Mangan Construction. Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, is a singles medal event sponsored by James Donnelly Catering.
Well done to our Barton Cup team which had a great win over Mount Juliet by three matches to two.
There is a recently-launched new G.U.I./I.L.G.U. website for your use and information. It can be viewed at www.golfnet.ie.
To register and log in you will need your Golf Net card which contains your account number on the front and four-digit pin number on the back.
You will also need an e-mail address to confirm your log-in details. If you have any problems, contact the office or Pro Shop.
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Pettitt's stableford competition: 1, Liz Fagan (36), 36 points; 2, Caroline Browne (25), 36 points; gross, Patricia Magee (7), 27 points; 3, Anne Ryan (10), 35 points.
Well done to our Barton Cup team which had a good win over the European Club on Sunday.
Also well done to the ladies' Junior foursomes on a good win over Enniscorthy in Bunclody on Sunday.
Wednesday sweep: 1, David S. Bolger (22), 40 points; 2, Tony Sheriff (15), 39 points; 3, Des Ryan (28), 39 points; eleven-hole, Tom Healy (15), 23 points.
Two-person team event charity day, Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19: 1, Brendan Breen (1) and Colm Sheehan (5), 58 points (back nine); 2, Des Roche (6) and Evan Stack (17), 58 points (back nine): 3, Joe Turner (11) and Eamonn Mahoney (14), 58 points.
Ladies' open singles sponsored by Azure: 1, Eileen Cullen (17), 36 points; 2, Maeve Duke (31), 35 points; gross, Denise Kavanagh (12), 17 points; 3, Mary Cooper (36), 33 points; 4, Mairéad Coffey (36), 32 points; nine-hole, Pam O'Donnell (26), 15 points.