Golf club notes
NEW ROSS SENIORS
The going was tough on Thursday with a stiff southerly breeze blowing against the players on most of the 18 holes. The greens, back to their brilliant best, found out a lot of players with missed putts scampering past the hole, and ended up down below. Sometimes the distance back was further than where the original putt was taken.
Nevertheless, it was the same for all 15 teams and it took a countback to separate three of them who finished deadlocked on 87 points each. By virtue of a better back nine (46/44), Denis Kirwan (11), Andy Ronan (14), Liam Glasheen (19) and George Peters (23) were declared the winners.
In second place again after a countback over the back nine (44/41), Luke Power (18), Robert O'Dwyer (20), Jamesie Wallace (21) and Les Jastrebski (24) took the runners-up spot. Another 87 points compiled by Danny O'Leary (9), Richie Aylward (17), Shane Masterson (18) and Larry Shannon (19) gave them the third prize.
No tapes were returned so no nearest the pin prizes were awarded. This Thursday is open week with a three-person team event scheduled for that day, and booking for same is online.
We will, however, take the final names and entry fee for our Dungarvan outing (Monday, June 22) and teams and tee-times will be available on Thursday, June 18, which is open singles day.
Good weather heralded the start of open week in New Ross, which started last Friday with a four-person open scramble sponsored by The Shelmaliers Golf Society.
The team of Larry Doyle (20, Wexford), Mick Rossiter (17, Ballymoney), Gary Walsh (17, Ballymoney) and Liam Fleming (19, Enniscorthy) took home first prize with a great score of 57.7. Darren Tutty (8), Liam Dowling (11), Paul Mullane (6) and Anthony Fitzpatrick (14) finished in second with 58.1.
Ronan Whelan (3), Aidan O'Neill (7), Dylan Farrell (5) and Brandon Gardiner (13) finished in third with 58.2. Thank you to the Shelmaliers Golf Society for their continued and generous support.
Saturday's competition was an 18-hole betterball fourball sponsored by Frisby Kitchens. Although it was sunny and dry, a testing breeze meant that the scoring was kept in check.
Once again visitors were to the fore with Damien Somers (14, Ballymoney) and Tom Shiggins (14, Enniscorthy) taking home first prize with 41 points, and Tony O'Driscoll (19) and Ollie O'Connor (19) finishing in second with 40 points.
The only home pair to get amongst the prizes were Pat Phelan (13) and Eamon Jones (18) who took third place with 39 points. Thank you to Tommy Frisby of Frisby Kitchens for their continued and generous support.
Open week continues this week with a three-person scramble sponsored by Business Supporting Golf on Thursday (June 11), an 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by EMC Autos on Friday (June 12), an 18-hole betterball fourball on Saturday (June 13) sponsored by Creane & Creane Insurances, and an 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by James Kent Alushield on Sunday (June 14). Tee-times can be booked online for all competitions.
Last week's competition sponsored by Peter Waters Videography went to Ger Martin (16) and John (KK) Hartley (16) with 24 points, just ahead on the countback of Harry Reinhardt (16) and Seamus Aldridge (12) who took the category prize.
The other category prize went to Donal Hosey (6) and Seamus Aldridge with 22 points. Thank you to Peter Waters Videography for their continued and generous support.
The Junior Cup team narrowly missed out on a crucial top four finish in regional qualifying at Coollattin on Saturday. The New Ross team, managed by Andrew Ryan, finished four adrift of the fourth-placed teams in very difficult conditions.
The team was made up of Mark O'Mahony, Donal Hosey, Michael Kelleher, Joey Furness and Paul McGrath. New Ross face neighbours Enniscorthy in the last 16 of the Barton Cup next weekend. Best of luck to all involved.
Congratulations to Seamus McGuinness who was last week's winner of the Find the Joker draw. Seamus opened envelope number five to reveal the 8 of Spades. Seamus takes home €30 for his troubles and the jackpot rises to €1,625.
Bank holiday open weekend, four-person scramble, May 30 and 31: 1, K. Willis (Killerig, 2), A. Heffernan (Tipperary, 13), J. Kelly (Killerig, 18), K. Berry (Athy, 21), 53.6; 2, Mark Kenny (9), Aidan O'Neill (Wexford, 17), Anthony White (Wexford, 16), Wayne Tobin (Wexford, 15), 58.3; 3, Aidan Nolan (12), Paddy Kennedy (20), Joe O'Reilly (13), Jimmy Tobin (12), 58.3.
Open singles, Monday, June 1: Clive Curran (5), 33 points; 2, Clive Murphy (5), 32 points; 3, Alan Harrington (5), 32 points.
Daniel O'Donnell took time out from his busy schedule to say hello and pose for photographs with club members and visitors while shooting a video for his new single in Coollattin House on June 1.
He was very interested in the history of the house and promised he would return to play our beautiful parkland course. He thanked everyone for the great welcome he received.
Results: 1, Patricia Magee (7), 37 points; 2, Mary Loughlin (24), 36 points; 3, Liz McGoohan (18), 35 points.
Bank Holiday Monday champagne three-person scramble: 1, Robbie Kehoe, Martin Conroy, Tommy Dunne, 85 points.
Wednesday nine-hole competition: 1, Charlie Logan (12), 20 points; 2, Tommy Dunne (13), 19 points; 3, Damien Maher (20), 19 points, holding off Anthony P. Doyle (17) on countback.
The weekend saw a Scotch foursomes competition for the gents and a singles competition for the ladies. Lady Captain Emer Kohlmann won the ladies' competition.
Due to a large society competition on Saturday morning (Servier Arklow versus Woodfab Arklow, fourball won by Servier), most players waited until Sunday. Saturday saw a very strong wind and naturally the best scores were posted on Sunday in much more benign conditions.
Brothers-in-law Ger O'Brien and Marty Lawlor combined well to take the first prize on a score of nett 63 strokes. Anthony Fortune and Ed Walsh had a good score of nett 66 for second prize.
Open week continues all this week and we hope to see many of our members and visitors taking to the course. Please contact the office on 05394-25166 or our website www.courtowngolfclub.com for times.
Open two-person team event, Saturday, June 6, sponsored by Nelson Hydraulics (Alan Gray): 1, Stella Kehoe (18), Clare Healy (29), 51 points; 2, Jim McDonald (8), Eamonn Byrne (14), 48 points; 3, Alan Gray (14), Seamus O'Donohoe (13), 47 points.
Gents' Seniors open, Thursday, June 4: 1, Seán Hallahan (22), 37 points; Cat. 1: 1, Tom Ryan (21), 35 points; 2, Rory Farrell (11), 32 points; Cat. 2: 1, Jerry O'Riordan (23), 34 points; 2, Mike Beetlestone (26), 33 points (last six); Cat. 3: 1, T. Nicholson (Arklow, 15), 34 points; 2, Larry O'Reilly (24), 32 points.
Wednesday open singles: 1, Pat McCrea (15), 38 points (last six); 2, Brendan Malone (19), 38 points; 3, Colin Breen (5), 37 points (last nine); eleven holes, Michael Field (17), 24 points.
Congratulations to our Courtown ladies and manager Irene Poole who played Kilcoole in the Miele on Monday, June 1.
The weather was horrendous but our ladies stuck to their task and won. Well done to all involved.
Tuesday brought slightly better weather, at least it didn't rain all day. Joe Butler and Ingrid Ashmore-Butler of Middleton House Nursing Home were the sponsors and the prizes were really worth playing for. Thank you to Joe and Ingrid for the generous sponsorship.
Results: 1, Stella Kehoe (19), 37 points; 2, Tina Smith (35), 35 points; 3, Mairéad Carty (24), 34 points; Class A, Sorcha Howell (5), 33 points (countback); Class B, Mary Kilbride (20), 31 points; Class C, Margaret Dooley (29), 30 points.
The nine-hole was won by Breda Nolan (34/19) with 17 points and second was Mary Cooper (36/17) with 17 points on countback.
Open week started on Saturday with a busy schedule of golf for the week and surprise, surprise, the weather forecast is good for the week. There are still some places available so why not avail of the proposed good weather spell and get out for a game of golf during the week?
Timesheets are available on www.courtowngolfclub.com or phone the club on 05394-25166.
It has been a very busy couple of weeks at Enniscorthy Golf Club. Our Barton Cup team had a great victory over Bunclody. Their next outing will against New Ross on Sunday, June 21.
Nicholas Cahill (NCRS) sponsored our gents' midweek of May 20. The overall winner was Patsy O'Connor (13), 22 points (last six). Category 1, Denis Dunbar (8), 19 points. Category 2, Keith Donnelly (10), 19 points. Category 3, Brendan Flood (18), 22 points (last six), and Category 4, Stephen Casey (19), 20 points (last six).
On the June Bank Holiday weekend we had two team events. The first was an open two-person team competition sponsored by Martin's Jewellers.
The winners were Brian O'Sullivan (14) and Rikki O'Leary (17) with 62 points (back nine). In second place were Douglas Murphy (14) and Keith Donnelly (10) with 62 points (last six), and the third-placed team was Eunan Doyle (10) and James Morrissey (6) with 62 points.
On Sunday and Monday J Donohoe Skoda sponsored an open three-person team event. In first place were Eddie Balfe (8) , Brian Balfe (5) and Bobby Balfe (13) on 89 points. In second place were James Morrissey (6), Mick Walsh (17) and Mick Rossiter (17) with 87 points, and the third placed were Adam Jordan, Brian O'Sullivan (14) and Jim Delaney (16) with 84 points (back nine).
The weather conditions were challenging to say the least, however a total of 239 golfers took part over the weekend.
Our teachers were the sponsors for the first of the June midweek competitions on Wednesday. The overall winner was Eoin Mullarkey (14) with 22 points (last six). Category 1 went to James Morrissey (6), 18 points (last six). Category 2, Adam Jordan (10), 21 points. Category 3, David Cleary (16), 22 points; Category 4, Liam Swan (24), 22 points. A total of 120 played.
Last weekend was the Vice-Captain's and Vice-President's gents' singles competition for 2015. It was also the fourth golfer of the year competition. A very large field of 174 members took part.
There was very little to separate the first five golfers with each of them returning 70 nett. In first place was Joe Caesar (17) with 70 nett (last six). Second place went to John Byrne (9) with 70 nett (back nine).
The gross prize went to Martin Cormac (3) with 76. Third place went to Jim Gahan (20) with 70 nett (back nine), and in fourth place was Frank Foley (13) with 70 nett (back nine). Fifth place was filled by Alan Somers (9), 70 nett. S.S.C. on Saturday was 74 and Sunday 73. Congratulations to all the winners.
Wednesday, June 10, is a gents' semi open nine-hole competition sponsored by Anthony Ryan and Co. Thursday, June 11, is our monthly open gents' Seniors sponsored by Top Tyres (Gerry Doran). On Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, we have a gents' singles competition sponsored by Hughes Blake.
The Joker jackpot now stands at €1,250. Tickets are only €2 so why not try your luck?
We have recently purchased new divot bags. It is now compulsory for all players to carry and use these divot bags. This measure has been introduced to help maintain our course in its current excellent condition and will also help reduce our maintenance costs. We would ask all players to cooperate with this new rule.
As always check out our Facebook page and website - www.enniscorthygc.ie - for special offers and news.
Monthly medal, May 23, 24, 26: 1, Mary Jordan (25), 74 nett; 2, Joanne Kenny (15), 75 nett; gross, Terri Byrne (5), 87; 3, Marita Byrne (17), 75 nett.
Eighteen-hole weekly, May 30, 31 and June 2: 1, Louise Galligan (25), 33 points; 2, Margaret Moore (13), 33 points; 3, Joanne Kenny (15), 31 points.
Thursday, June 4, 18-hole stableford competition sponsord by Fehily's Chemist: 1, Patricia Hanton (21), 40 points; 2, Cathríona Walsh (15), 38 points; gross, Carmel Murphy (8), 27 points; 3, Kate Mackey (17), 36 points (back nine); Senior, Noreen Power (35), 35 points (back nine); nine-hole, Mary O'Donoghue (17), 12 points (back three); nearest the pin, Brenda O'Brien, 1.83m.
A total of 82 ladies played in this competition. The presentation of prizes will take place on Monday, June 15, at 10 p.m.
Congratulations to all our prize-winners and a special word of thanks to Fehily's Chemist for their beautiful prizes. Their continued support is greatly appreciated and remember, where possible please support our sponsors.
Thursday, June 11, is an 18-hole strokes (medal) competition sponsored by Captain Clem Daly, his prize to the ladies, with the presentation of prizes at 10 p.m.
Best of luck to our Finn Trophy team which plays St. Helen's Bay in Wexford on Friday, June 12, at 4 p.m. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.
Monday, June 15, is an open 18-hole stableford singles sponsored by Nikara Hair, with the presentation of prizes at 10 p.m. Please encourage visitors to play.