Wednesday 24 January 2018

Golf club notes

At a presentaion in the Three Bullet Gate last Saturday night to the winner of the Gate Golf Society 25th Anniversary golf tournament held in New Ross Golf Club on Saturday were left to right Mick Gannon society president, Jim O Neill founder of the society, John Nolan winner and Fintan Walsh society captain.
At a presentaion in the Three Bullet Gate last Saturday night to the winner of the Gate Golf Society 25th Anniversary golf tournament held in New Ross Golf Club on Saturday were left to right Mick Gannon society president, Jim O Neill founder of the society, John Nolan winner and Fintan Walsh society captain.


First medal, April 19 to 21: 1, Terri Byrne (5), 72 nett; 2, Louise Galligan (26), 72 nett; gross, Linda Byrne (12), 86; 3, Margaret Moore (13), 74 nett.

Weekly competition, Scotch foursomes, April 25, 26, 28: 1, Terri Byrne (5) and Marita Byrne (17), 71 nett; 2, Linda Byrne (12) and Margaret Moore (13), 75.5 nett.

Eighteen-hole weekly, May 2, 3, 5: 1, Linda Byrne (12), 33 points; 2, Terri Byrne (5), 31 points; 3, Ann Steemers (24), 31 points.

A ladies' open day is taking place on Thursday, May 14, sponsored by Trinity Motors of Wexford, with a truly good bargain of €20 per person to experience this wonderful and scenic course.


Open fourball, May 3 and 4: 1, Neal Martin (11), Gearóid Grant (19), 42 points; 2, Ray Mullen (5), James Doyle (7), 39 points; 3, D. Moylan (12), P. Buckley (10), 39 points.

Open singles, Wednesday, May 6: 1, Gerry O'Keeffe (13), 36 points; 2, Peter Rogers (2), 35 points.


May 2, 3, 6, 18-hole stableford: 1, Anne Harte (25), 34 points; 2, Pauline Walker (19), 32 points.


Tuesday, May 5, brought all sorts of weather but the Courtown ladies braved the rain and wind to play a two-person team event sponsored by Flo Gas.

Results: 1, Kate Sheehan (17), Clare Healy (29), 53 points; 2, Colette Dobey (36), Fiona McDonagh (Blessington Lakes, 32), 46 points (back nine); gross, Sorcha Howell (4), Denise Kavanagh (12), 32 points; 3, Claire Daly (25), Clodagh Finnerty (Edmondstown, 18), 46 points; 4, Anne Smyth (25), Margaret Dooley (29), 44 points. The nine-hole competition was won by Breda Nolan (33) with 18 points.

David Conroy from Flo Gas was on hand in the clubhouse that evening to present the lucky winners with their fantastic prizes.

Our Challenge cup team lost a gallant match to Wicklow on Monday. Well played everyone and good luck to Wicklow in the remainder of the competition.

Next week is a busy one for our ladies with a strokes competition on Tuesday sponsored by Halford's Hair Studio. We also host the Miele against Blainroe on Thursday and our Junior Foursomes team play Woodenbridge in Arklow on Saturday. Good luck to all involved.


Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Anthony P. Doyle (17), 24 points; 2, Tommy Dunne (13), 21 points; 3, Ger O'Brien (8), 19 points, holding off Kevin Byrne and Robbie Kehoe on countback.

Weekend stableford singles: 1, Tommy Dunne (13), 44 points; 2, Charlie Logan (12), 41 points; 3, Derek Kavanagh (12), 35 points.

Well done to Paul Swinburne and his gallant team on retaining the Weatherglaze fourball/betterball trophy on Sunday, beating Courtown (second), and Seafield and Tara Glen (joint third). Some great scores were returned at the four courses in very tough, windy conditions.

Many thanks to the staff at all the venues for the superb course conditions. Courtown hosted the refreshments and the prize-giving and an enjoyable night was had by all. Once again thanks again to Courtown Captain Alan Gray and his team.

Best of luck to Peter Byrne and his Pierce Purcell team in New Ross on Saturday.


Enniscorthy Golf Club is holding a fundraiser competition on Friday. This event is sponsored by Treacy's Hotel. Slots are still available and the cost is €100 for a team of four.

All teams tee off at 3 p.m. followed by a variety show in the clubhouse. We ask all members to support this event as all proceeds go towards the cost of replacing our boiler.

The weather wasn't kind to golf last week but conditions improved enough for the Garry Flood Landscapes three-person team competition to go ahead last Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

A total of 220 players took part and in first place were Eddie Rowe (15), Andy Roche (16) and Joe Leacy (12) with 100 points. Second place went to Liam Bennett (17), Philip Browne (13) and Ger Turner (17) with 93 points. In third place were Eamon Whitty (12), Nick Casey (16) and Michael Dillon (19) with 92 points.

Conditions were difficult for the gents' midweek nine-hole competition sponsored by Sanrose, but 85 still turned out. The overall winner was Dermot McCormack (17) with 20 points (last six). Category 1, Alan Somers (8), 18 points (last six). Category 2, Denis Dunne (12), 19 points. Category 3, John Cullen, Bc (15), 20 points (last three). Category 4, Nicholas Walsh (21), 18 points (last six).

Last weekend was the first gents' golfer of the year competition sponsored by David Garahy. A total of 141 players took part. Standard scratch for Saturday was 74 and on Sunday it was 76.

In first place and winner of the medal was Fintan O'Sullivan (11) with 70 nett (back nine). In second place was Rikki O'Leary (18) with 70 nett. The gross winner was Cormac Martin (3) with 78.

Third was Sam Greene (11) with 72 nett (back nine). Fourth was Shane Dunphy (6) with 72 nett and fifth was Dermot McCormack (17) with 73 nett (back nine). Congratulations to all the winners.

Wednesday, May 13, is a gents' semi-open nine-hole competition, and sponsor for this week is Jim Delaney.

Thursday is a gents' open Seniors sponsored by Neville Tector and John Thorpe.

The weekend event is the second of our gents' singles golfer of the year competitions sponsored by P.G.A. Tankard.

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Gents' open singles, Wednesday, May 6 - 18 holes: 1, Matty Forde (6), 36 points; 2, Vinnie Kearney (23), 33 points (last six); eleven holes: 1, Marc Devereux (22), 19 points. C.S.S.: 32 points.

Gents' Seniors open, Thursday, May 7: 1, Keith Reid (12), 37 points; Cat. 1: 1, John G. Kinsella (17), 36 points; 2, Jim French (16), 35 points (last nine); Cat. 2: 1, Des Davis (Blainroe, 6), 36 points; 2, John Madden (14), 35 points; Cat. 3: 1, Eamonn Mahoney (15), 34 points; 2, Derek Hayden (16), 29 points.

Singles, Saturday, May 9: 1, Barry Symes (2), 38 points; 2, Niall Murray (14), 37 points; 3, Paddy Donohoe (5), 36 points; 4, Matty Forde (5), 36 points.

Ladies' singles, May 9: 1, Sarah Jones (26), 35 points.

Two-person team event, Sunday, May 10: 1, Donal Sheehan (15)and Keith Johnston (23) , 50 points; 2, Mark Morris (8) and Damien Grannell (13), 50 points; 3, Mark O'Shea (13) and Joe Kenny (15), 48 points.

Joker - Mary Osborne, number 19, wins €50.


The weather forecast for Tuesday, May 5, was downbeat and so it came to pass as the competition fell victim to a waterlogged course. Let's hope that skies are brighter for the ladies' stroke/medal competition on Tuesday, May 12, sponsored by Pettitt's. The presentation is at 9.30 p.m.

The following Tuesday, May 19, is a singles stableford competition (category prize) which is sponsored by Burke's Jewellers. Before that we have our fun day fundraiser for the club sponsored by Treacy's Hotel. This is a four-person team event with shotgun start at 3 p.m. The cost per team is €100.

Jimmy and Lar, the club choir and the great showman himself, Tommy O'Rourke, will provide entertainment afterwards so be there and join in the craic.

Two club competitons yielded results, the ongoing nine-hole, number three, as follows: 1, Joan Dunbar (23), 19 points; 2, Ursula Cousins (14), 18 points (back six); 3, Mary Halligan (29), 18 points.

The first nine-hole mixed competition of the season was played on Sunday, May 10, in very challenging weather conditions, strong wind and driving rain. In spite of this there was a full capacity turn-out for this always popular event organised by Meta Cummins and Tommy O'Rourke.

Results: 1, John Tobin and Terri Talbot, 31 points; 2, John Kehoe and Mary Breen, 31 and a quarter points; gross, Shane and Nicola Dunphy, 40 points; 3, Pat Doran and Dorothy Kenny, 33 and a half points; 4, John and Joy Conville, 33 and three-quarter points; 5, Joe and Christine Caesar, 34 points; 6, John and Patricia Cullen, 34 and a quarter points.

This week will be a busy time for two of our teams. Monday, May 11, saw Enniscorthy play in the first leg of the Mary McKenna Trophy. The second leg is a home match on Monday, May 18.

The second match of a busy week has Enniscorthy take on Carlow at home in the first round of the Finn Trophy on Saturday, May 16, at 3.20 p.m.

Many congratulations to our Minor team under the management of Maeve McCauley and Marie Duggan which defeated Wexford in Faithlegg in fine style with a nail-biting finish on the 19th hole. Also during the week our mixed team was narrowly defeated by a stronger Borris team. Thanks for all the time given to training and preparation ladies.

The Senior Cup team under the management of Connie Doyle had a great win on Saturday, May 9, against Arklow in Woodenbridge. On Sunday morning they took on The Heath in the semi-final only to lose out in a sharply-contested game.

Congratulations on a great performance ladies, and commiserations on the final outcome. We are proud of you.

Finally, a word of thanks to the 'flower ladies' who do such marvellous work on the many and various flower arrangements we are treated to every fortnight. The clubhouse would be a much gloomier place without them.


The P.G. Walsh Cup, donated by the fondly remembered Gerry Walsh, took place at Tinneranny last weekend. With Saturday a virtual washout, it came down to the Sunday starters to fight it out for the big prize.

On a testing course, Leo Carroll (12) posted 39 points to capture the fine piece of silverware and the lucrative prize of free competition entries for 2016. Eamon Delaney (17) came home in second place with 38 points, with the in-form Andrew Ryan (5) a further shot back in third place.

Another man in form, Alan Furness, won the gross with 31 points, with the categories going to John Flynn (6, 33 points), Paddy Bennett (13, 37 points) and Mark Murphy (17, 34 points).

Due to the poor weather conditions on the Saturday, all those who were unable to take part in the competition are being given the opportunity to take part in the related membership draw. If you did not play in the competition, you can put your name on an envelope containing €10 and place it in the men's competition box.

All entrants will go into the hat with those who played in the competition, and the winner will get a free subscription for 2016. Entries close at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, when the draw will take place.

Next weekend, Pro-Am qualifiers take place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 15 to 17). Members can play on each of the three days should they so wish, with places in the Pro-Am up for grabs on each of the days. The Pro-Am takes place on Friday, July 17.

The club is also hosting the Pierce Purcell over the weekend. Best of luck to the New Ross team which is managed by Martin Carroll.

Congratulations to the Barton Cup team which saw off Wexford conquerors Seafield in their second round match. Michael Ryan and Ivan Croke had a great five and four win at home, with Harry Doran and Derek Ronan winning three and one.

Alan Furness and Brian St. Ledger secured a vital away win on the 18th, and Donal Hosey and Jim Byrne and Paul McGrath and Liam Connolly had the luxury of being called in. New Ross await the winners of the match between Tulfarris and The European Club.

New Ross were due to play Waterford in their Provincial Towns Cup match last week, however the match had to be postponed as the Waterford course was closed due to waterlogging. The match has been re-scheduled for Sunday, May 17, at 4 p.m.

Don't forget that the timesheets are now open, and filling steadily, for Rory Hussey's Captain's prize. The qualifying round takes place on Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30, with the top one hundred going forward to the final round on Sunday, May 31.

The Captain's mixed takes place on Friday, May 22. The timesheet is also live for the May 'Senior-friendly' monthly open singles which takes place on Thursday, May 21.

Last week's Tuesday fourball was sponsored by the President, Seamus Power. The Kehoe family continued their strong showing in the event with Jim Kehoe (22) and Peter Kehoe (13) taking first prize with an excellent score of 24 points. The categories went to Tom Liston (8) and Tom Tyler (16) on 20 points, and M.J. Cullen (17) and Richie Aylward (17) on 22 points.

Thank you to President Seamus Power for his generous support. This week's competition is sponsored by PWP Cleanmachines.


We were blessed with a fine dry day on Thursday which was much appreciated by our big attendance of members who enjoyed their golf in the benign conditions. We had the old situation of Boyle Roche's bird (being in two places at the same time) but he could only be in one, with one team being left a player short. John and Peter take note for future reference.

A grand total of 15 teams took part in our popular monthly champagne scramble where the scoring was hot, with ten teams recording scores of 90 points or more. This format is most enjoyable as it brings everyone into the game, especially the short hitters, where the best drive is picked and where each team member has to contribute two drives each.

In cricket they talk about scoring a century but in Tinneranny on Thursday we had one golf team doing exactly that. The quartet of Danny O'Leary (9), Andy Ronan (13), Miceál O'Neill (19) and Jim Kehoe (22) brought in that magical 100 points to emerge as clear winners.

Second on 95 points came Patsy Farrell (17), Bobby Dwyer (19), Mick Wade (21) and Martin Hartley (22) with 95 points. Third place with 94 points (88+6) was the three-person team of Willie Whitty (16), Bill Whelan (18) and Seán O hUginn (19) minus the mystery player supposed to be in New Ross but who in fact was in Mallow, Co. Cork.

We have no game for the next two Thursdays. On this Thursday the Rower-Inistioge G.A.A. classic takes place and the following Thursday (May 21) is the club open singles.

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