Saturday 21 September 2019

Golf club notes

Presentation in Wexford Golf Club on Sunday evening for the Golfer of the Year sponsored by Pettitts Supervalu. Back; Paddy Cleary (vice-captain), Michael Fortune, David O'Sullivan, Tommy Morrissey and Ger Cashman (president). Front; Cormac Pettitt, Martin Codd (golfer of the year) and Clem Damy (captain)


The sun shone on beautiful Coollattin Golf Club for the annual Coláiste Bhríde Parents' Association golf classic.

Now in its 15th year, this annual school fundraiser has grown from strength to strength as a much sought after golf classic to play in. This is due to the wonderful prizes on offer and to the generosity of our loyal sponsors and supporters whose names were displayed prominently in the golf club.

The Ashdown and Amber Springs Hotels and Candy's Gala store in Carnew were our joint sponsors this year, and many thanks to them for their generous support.

A sincere word of thanks to Coollattin Golf Club for the use of their magnificent facilities, and to Coláiste Bhríde Principal Linda Dunne, Eleanor and Kevin Lee, the members of the Parents' Association and to all the teams for their support in making this such an enjoyable and successful event. A total of 34 teams competed.

G.U.I. prizes: 1, Kevin Byrne, John Thompson, Neil Fitzgerald, Joe Murphy; 2, Mick Doyle, Pádraig Doyle, Tom Ryan, Tom Wilkinson; 3, Paul Tyrrell, James Harte, Niall O'Dare, Benny Travers; 4, Joe Hilliard, Mick Shortall, Matt Cowman, Paudie Doyle; 5, John Kinsella, Gerry Byrne (Carnew), Barty Turner, Anthony Cousins; 6, Graham Geraghty, Steve Dowling, Pat McCrea, Niall McCrea; 7, Jim Darcy, Gerry Byrne (Tinahely), Tom Keogh, Tony Moran; 8, Seán O'Brien, Jim Quinn, John Doyle, Joe Lennon; 9, Gerry Kearns, Paul Doyle, John Earls, Peter Tyrrell; 10, Stephen Finlay, Christy McNally, Tony Donnelly, John Duffy.

Mixed G.U.I. and non-G.U.I. team prizes: 1, Bobby Foley, Tommy Foley, Jim Foley, John O'Rourke; 2, William Osborne, Seamus Osborne, Niall Osborne, Micheál Osborne; 3, Andy Buckley, Owen Buckley, Alan O'Sullivan, Jack O'Sullivan.

Non-G.U.I. prizes: 1, Neil Kenny, Anthony Holly, Denis Finn, Myrddin Davies.

Ladies' longest drive, Lorraine Gillick; men's longest drive, Matthew Cowman; nearest the pin, garden hole, Tony Donnelly; nearest the pin, 18th hole, Tom Kehoe.


Open sponsored by Fergus Murphy Jewellers, Wexford: 1, Susie Dixon (22), 40 points; 2, Catherine Kinsella (12), 39 points; gross, Anne Ryan (9), 28 points; 4, Marita Byrne (Bunclody), 36 points; 5, Elizabeth Sinnott (Arklow, 24), 35 points.


Monday saw manager Cecilia O'Riordan with our Junior foursome team travel to Rosslare to play Carrick-on-Suir in the quarter-finals of the championship. It was a very close match with Carrick-on-Suir eventually winning out in the last match on the 18th.

Well done to Cecilia and our ladies on a hard-fought match and a good campaign. Congratulations and good luck to Carrick-on-Suir in their upcoming matches.

Tuesday's competition was strokes sponsored by McCauley's Pharmacy. The array of prizes was magnificent. Anne and Carla from McCauley's attended the presentation and gave a short and informative talk on ladies' health matters and the various services offered by McCauley's.

They then presented the prizes and the winners were: 1, Siobhán Freeney (17), 69; 2, Mairéad Sunderland (21), 72 (countback); gross, Sorcha Howell (5), 73; 3, Sarah Furlong (33), 72' Category A, Stella Kehoe (18), 75; Category B, Barbara Long (23), 73; Category C, Mairéad Coffey (36), 77.

The nine-hole competition was won by Muriel Richards (27-13) with 30 points, and second was Rita Reynolds (34-17) with 19 points. Thank you to McCauley's for the sponsorship and lovely prizes.

Tuesday was the final evening of the 'Ladies in Golf taster' sessions at Courtown. Sixty ladies participated in the programme over a ten-week period. The programme was spearheaded by lady Vice-Captain Eileen Cullen, Marion Siggins and our club professional John Coone.

There was a short three-hole shotgun start followed by a drinks and finger food reception for the participating ladies and the members who helped throughout the ten weeks. A very enjoyable evening ensued.

Wednesday saw manager Marion Siggins lead the Boyne Trophy team against Enniscorthy. The format was fourball betterball and with home advantage Courtown had three pairs at home and two pairs away in Enniscorthy. Courtown came away with a great win. Congratulations to Marion and her team.


Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Stephen Greene (19), 21 points; 2, Eamonn Whelan (15), 20 points; 3, Peter Byrne (23), 20 points.

The weekend singles stableford was played in windy conditions on both days with the course in tip-top condition. Mark Miskella (8) with 40 points won the first prize, holding off club Captain Paul Swinburn (17) on countback. Anthony Murphy (19) on 39 points held off James Byrne (13) for the third prize.

It was a case of a near miss in the Jimmy Bruen foursomes in Courtown on Saturday morning. Ballymoney partnered the home team, the first pairings out, and played very well.

The course was playing to its full length, and with very fast greens and tough pin positions even the locals struggled for scores. The four qualifying teams were Waterford 337, Courtown 344, Kilcoole 344 and Druids Heath 344.

Ballymoney's score of 350 held third spot for much of the day until the last few teams in. Well done to Andrew Byrne and his team for battling hard. Many thanks to all at Courtown for hosting the G.U.I. competition and presenting the course in such fine condition.

On Saturday afternoon the Swing4cancer charity team of three young Munster men called to the club as part of their fundraising campaign for breast cancer research. They played one hole in one course in all 32 counties over Friday and Saturday and before their playing off the par three 18th in Ballymoney, club President Ron Breen and Captain Paul Swinburn presented them with the proceeds of last week's fundraiser.


Australian Spoons qualifier (Scotch foursomes), June 10-16: 1, Margaret Moore (13) and Mary Jordan (25), 40 points.

Open day sponsored by Trinity Motors, June 18: 1, Marita Byrne (17), 36 points; 2, Rita O'Neill (18, Coollattin), 35 points; gross, Terri Byrne (5), 26 points; 3, Pat McArdle (31, Carlow), 35 points; 4, Michelle Hughes (22, Westmanstown), 34 points; longest drive, Terri Byrne; nearest the pin, Frances Houlihan.


Tuesday was a singles stableford competition sponsored by Wheelock Fruits, the weather putting its best foot forward with a day of sun and light breezes and the course in marvellous condition thanks to the work of P.J. Dempsey, his team and course manager, Kevin Frayne.

Results: 1, Fionnuala Killalea (28), 47 points; 2, Julie McCarthy (16), 39 points; 3, Helene Daly (28), 38 points; 4, Liz Askins (24), 37 points (back four); 5, Mary Breen (33), 37 points (back two); gross, Jenny King (5), 26; 6, Geraldine O'Brien (24), 37 points; 36 handicap, Ruby Murphy (36); nine-hole competition, Joan Kavanagh (36), 19 points.

Congratulations to all, especially to Fionnuala Killalea on a fantastic score.

The open Seniors, sponsored by Coppen's Pharmacy, followed fast on its heels on June 18 and the sun shone yet again. This competition is organised by the uber-capable duo of Ailish Doyle and Christine Caesar and is going from strength to strength.

Results: 1, Deirdre Kavanagh (22), 39 points; 2, Mary Shannon (New Ross, 16), 38 points (back nine); 3, Helene Daly (27), 38 points; Category A, Louise Doyle (26), 34 points; Category B, Kay Ryan (34), 37 points; Category C, Betty O'Leary (28), 37 points.

One of our players, who won the 36 handicap category two weeks ago, has been very successful in Enniscorthy Tennis Club's open week when she came a close second in the mixed doubles and the singles in her category. Congratulations to Ann Wall.

This week sees the ladies' stroke/medal competition, sponsored by Stephen Fitzpatrick, our club professional, deferred to Thursday, June 25. The winner of this will compete in the final of the P.G.A. with Stephen so we expect to see a big turn-out.

Next Tuesday, June 30, is a singles stableford sponsored by Westgate Design of Wexford town. The presentation is at 10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4, is a very important day in the club calendar as the stroke/medal competition is sponsored by our very own lady Captain, Helen Cosgrave. The timesheet is open on Wednesday, June 24, so get those names down early and support Helen on her big day.

One novel aspect of the day is the conclusion which will be a nine-hole play-off for the top 27 players commencing at 5.30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The lady Captain is also hosting a nine-hole competition for men commencing at 5.30 p.m. which will be played on holes six to 14. So gentlemen, get involved and support our lady Captain on this big occasion.

Enniscorthy ladies, managed by Marie Frizelle, took on Courtown in the second round of the Boyne Cup in a home and away fixture on June 17. Enniscorthy put up a great battle but had to finally cede victory to a stronger team.

The Junior Cup team, managed by Jenny King, defeated Blainroe in Mount Wolseley on June 18. The sunshine, the surrounding countryside and excellent golf made for a fantastic day. Well done to Jennifer and her team.

On Saturday our Miele team, under the management of Cora Mernagh, faced a challenge from a strong Carlow team. The Enniscorthy ladies were well able for the challenge and emerged worthy winners with the final pair winning on the 22nd hole!

On Sunday the winning streak continued with our Senior foursomes team beating the Kilkenny ladies in New Ross. The Slaneyside ladies were too strong for their opponents and subsequently secured a place in the next round of the championship. Well done to manager Lucy and all the team.


Enniscorthy Golf club will host rounds one and two of the Leinster Seniors' open championship this week. Round one is taking place on Tuesday with round two on Wednesday. The course will be reserved each day until 3 p.m. to facilitate this competition.

Last week's midweek competition sponsored by Hogan Lawnmowers was won by Gerry McMahon (24) who scored a very impressive 25 points.

Category 1 winner was James Morrissey (5), 19 points (last six). Category 2 winner was Shane Fortune (14), 22 points (last six). Category 3 winner was Mick Wickham (16), 24 points, and Category 4 winner was Mike Nolan (23), 20 points.

A total of 108 men took part. Very good scores were recorded so well done to all the winners.

Last weekend's competition was an open fourball event sponsored by Price Waterhouse Coopers. In first place were Pat Mulvey (18) and Paddy Hore (5) with 62 points. Second place went to Pat Nolan (25) and Mikie Nolan (23) with 60 points (back nine), and third were James Morrissey (5) and Patrick Fitzpatrick (14), also with 60 points. Congratulations to all the winners.

Wednesday, June 24, is a gents' semi open nine-hole competition. The club is this week's sponsor.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, we have a men's medal competition sponsored by ATB Tyres. This is the fifth of the golfer of the year competitions.

On Sunday evening there is another of our very popular mixed competitions. This will be a shotgun start with tee-off at 6.15 p.m.

The Joker jackpot now stands at €1,250. Tickets are only €2 so why not try your luck?

As always check out our Facebook page and website - - for special offers and news.


Our Captain's prize (Alan Gray) qualifier takes place this coming weekend in Courtown. Timesheets are out now and members can book through the website or the club.

We wish both the Captain and all competitors all the best next weekend.

The final round takes place Saturday, July 4. We will have an update on the qualifiers next week.

Open singles, Wednesday, June 17: 1, Ross Steedman (1), 39 points; 2, John Creagh (15), 38 points (last nine); 3, Vinny Kavanagh (13), 38 points (last six); 4, Jim French (16), 36 points (last six); eleven holes, Joe Kavanagh (28), 22 points.

Wexford People

Most Read