Sunday 18 August 2019

Golf club notes

Helen Cosgrave lady captains prize at, Enniscorthy Golf Club; pictured with her family, front, Nicola and Clare Cosgrave. Back, Simon Boyne, Eoin Killeen, Louise Cosgrave with her son, Nicholas.
Helen Cosgrave lady captains prize at, Enniscorthy Golf Club; pictured with her family, front, Nicola and Clare Cosgrave. Back, Simon Boyne, Eoin Killeen, Louise Cosgrave with her son, Nicholas.
Left Maria Burford receiving the ladies captains prize from lady captain Mary Dungan in New Ross Golf Club last Saturday night


There was a great turn-out for the lady Captain's prize (Mary Dungan) on both Wednesday and Saturday. Maria Burford led the field on the first day with a brilliant score of 66, followed closely by Mary O'Leary with an equally brilliant score of 68.

The two ladies managed to keep their heads on the second day and held off stiff competition to stay first and second.

Results: 1, Maria Burford (15), 142; 2, Mary O'Leary (13), 143; gross, Mary Dowling, 154; 3, Agnes Whelan (36), 149 (last 18); 4, Ann Banville (26), 149; 5, Mary Maher (14), 151 (last 18); 6, Eileen Wallace (30), 151; 7, Patricia Quinn (28), 151; past Captains, Teresa Byrne (21), 154 (last 18); committee prize, Marie T. Wall (23), 152; first 18, Mary Finn (30), 72; second 18, Brigid Duffin (29), 74; 29-36 handicap, Maeve Wilson (30), 156.

Mixed: 1, Eileen Cullinan (16), Willie Kelly (17), Anne Healy (16), 45 points; 2, Jim Meggs (15), Joanne Hartley (27), Tess Ryan (21), 44 points; 3, Seán Furlong (12), Kay Kelleher (25), Breda McManus (22), 43 points.

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, July 8, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Sweeney's Garden Centre. Draw times 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 2 to 2.15 p.m. A timesheet is also in operation.

Thursday, July 9, 18-hole open charity singles, ladies and gents, in aid of Meals on Wheels. The timesheet is open.

Wednesday, July 15, 18-hole stableford P.G.A. Tankard (postponed from June) sponsored by James and Paul, Pro Shop.

Wednesday, July -22, men's President's prize (Seamus Power) to the ladies, 18-hole stroke (medal).

Entries are now being taken for the Kathleen Pyne singles matchplay. Please put the entry fee of €5 in an envelope labelled 'singles matchplay' and place it in the competition box. The draw will take place on Wednesday, July 8, after the presentation.

Congratulations to the Intermediate team which beat The Heath in Kilkenny on Monday. The team is now through to the semi-finals.

Good luck to the Boyne Trophy team which plays its third round match on Wednesday, July 8, against Courtown. Three matches will be played in New Ross starting at 12.30 p.m., with all support welcome. The other two matches will be played in Courtown.

Good luck to both the Minor Cup team which plays its semi-final match on Monday, July 20, in Courtown, and to the Junior Cup team which also plays its semi-final on Monday, July 20, in Gowran Park. All support will be welcome.

A presentation of prizes to date will take place on Wednesday, July 8, at 9.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All prize-winners are kindly asked to attend.


It was shirt sleeves and shorts day on Thursday when 13 teams went out on a glorious June day which was perfect for a game of golf. The temperatures were hot but not as hot as the scoring in our popular champagne scramble competition.

The general consensus was that a team scoring total points in the high nineties would be in the winners' enclosure but that idea was soon about to be shattered.

As the day progressed and cards came in, the early leaders looked secure to be in pole position with 103 points. Then the international team composed of Dick Cuddihy (12), a Waterford native, Pat Traynor (19) from Dublin, Michael Somers (23) of Rathnure and Wexford, and the man from Poland, Les Jastrebski (24), brought in an incredible 105 points to emerge clear victors.

Consistency in scoring was the keynote to their success with two nines of 52 points and 53 points respectively. Second on 103 points were the three-person team of Steve Travis (16), Mick Long (19) and Willie Naddy (20), the trio scoring 97 plus a six-point bonus for their total.

Third place on 101 points went to Tom Murphy (15), Jim Ryan (17), Dick Cahill (18) and Tom Kent (26). Only one tape was returned for nearest the pin prize and that went to Tony Redmond on the ninth hole.

Next Thursday, July 9, we have no outing as the charity day for Meals on Wheels is booked in, but we have our usual spot on Thursday, July 16, as the open singles which is usually on the third Thursday of each month goes back to July 23.

These are the teams and tee-times for our eagerly-awaited outing to Faithlegg Golf Club on Tuesday, July 14. Times must be strictly adhered to so all players, please be there early.

11.25 a.m., Tony Harford, John F. Roche, Mick Long, Martin Burke; 11.33 a.m., Denis Kirwan, John Murphy, Willie Naddy, Jamesie Murphy; 11.41 a.m., Patsy Farrell, Willie Whitty, Aidan O'Connor, Tom Kent; 11.49 a.m., John Browne, John Hanrahan, Dick Cahill, Tony Sexton; 11.57 a.m., Paddy Shannon, Mick Wade, Tom O'Shea, Bryan Hennessy; 12.05 p.m., John Kennedy, Liam Glasheen, J.J. Murray, George Peters; 12.13 p.m., John Shalloe, Billy Redmond, Larry Shannon, Tommy Grennan; 12.21 p.m., Steve Travis, Luke Power, Les Jastrebski; 12.29 p.m., Andy Ronan, Mick Gannon, Jim 'Dublin' Ryan.


Last weekend's competition was an open 18-hole, two-person team event sponsored by The Theatre Tavern, South Street, New Ross (John and Betty Moran) which attracted a very strong field.

John Joe Cullen (17) and Tony Noonan (7) bested the field with a great score of 58 points. President Seamus Power (15) and Denis Kirwan (11) finished in second place with 57 points, with Tipperary visitors Tommy Dunphy (8) and Barry Hennessy (11) in third with 55 points.

Harry Doran (10) and Patsy Moore (21) came home in fourth, also with 55 points, whilst the mixed/ladies' prize went to Ann Conway (13) and Denise Bolger (16) with 51 points.

Thank you to John and Betty Moran of The Theatre Tavern for their continued and generous support. Next weekend's highlight is the Military Cup sponsored by Sweeney's Garden Centre, New Ross.

A charity open singles in aid of the Meals on Wheels takes place this Thursday (July 9). The timesheet for the Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups, which take place on Saturday, July 25, are now live.

Mary Dungan's lady Captain's prize to the men's section was blessed with good weather and some very good scores. Francis Coughlan (19) landed the top prize with 40 points, the same score as second-placed Eamon Dungan (6), who lost out on the back nine.

Michael Ryan Jnr., fresh from his brilliant performance in the Irish Boys' Amateur Open the previous week, landed the gross with a one under par score of 37 points. Matty Wall (14) took home third prize with 39 points, whilst James O'Brien (18) finished in fourth with 38 points. Well done to Mary on a very successful lady Captain's prize.

Last week's Tuesday fourball was sponsored by Michael Lyng Motors and there was a great turn-out with the good weather. Making the most of the conditions were Seán Murphy (14) and Pat Whelan (17) who returned 37 points to take pole position.

The categories went to Colm Kehoe (12) and Donal Hosey (5), and Mick Malone (17) and Bill Hurley (19), with 34 and 36 points respectively. Thank you to Michael Lyng of Michael Lyng Motors, Kilkenny for his continued and generous support. This week's renewal is sponsored by Pat Kehoe Oils.

All eyes are beginning to focus on the New Ross Golf Club Pro-Am which takes place on Friday, July 17. The event is again sponsored by Culcita Garden Furniture and Outdoor Living, and would not run without their support. There is a very strong field entered so far, with seven of the top ten in the Irish region order of merit taking part, and five players who played in the recent Irish Open at Royal County Down also entered.

Team entries are almost full, whilst the organising committee will do their best to accommodate any individual amateur entries. Volunteers are also being sought to act as starters, marshals and ball spotters. For further information please contact James Roche or Paul Morris in the Pro Shop (051-421433).


Thursday, June 25, was a stroke/medal competition sponsored by Stephen Fitzpatrick, our club professional. The winner was Anna Mai O'Connor and she now goes on to compete in the final of the P.G.A. competition with Stephen. Congratulations Anna Mai, and best of luck to you and Stephen in the final.

P.G.A. Tankard, 18-hole stroke competition: 1, Anna Mai O'Connor (24), 70 nett; 2, Catherine Lawless (21), 70 nett; gross, Jennifer King (6), 76; 3, Maeve McCauley (18), 72 nett (back one); 4, Lucy Healy (12), 73 nett (back one); Senior, Helen O'Reilly (23), 74 nett; 36 handicap, Dorothie Richardson (36), 76 nett; nine-hole stableford, Ann O'Rourke.

The presentation of prizes on June 25 was a very special night as a unique presentation was made to our own Aisling O'Leary, who has made history in the club's annals by becoming our first lady to achieve scratch handicap status.

Sunday, June 28 saw yet another outing of the mixed nine-hole competition, a beautiful evening of sun slanting across the course with light wind.

Results: 1, Paddy and Collette Dobbs, 31; 2, Brendan Brophy and Kay Ryan, 32 and a half; gross, Lucy and Mick Healy, 40; 3, Jim Mackey and Pauline Murphy, 33 (back nine); 4, Dan and Kit Byrne, 33; 5, Michael Barnes and Sheelagh Farrell, 33.25; 6, John Jordan and Monica Murphy, 34.

The lady Captain in her speech paid great tribute to Tommy O'Rourke and Meta Cummins for their marvellous contribution in organising the competition. P.J. Dempsey and his diligent ground staff were singled out for special mention as the course is in top-class playing condition. Congratulations to all the winners.

Lady Captain's day on Saturday was a truly glittering day presided over with grace and panache by Helen Cosgrave. It was a hugely enjoyable day, running from the 18-hole competition to the Senior ladies' putting competition to the men's nine-hole event, and finishing with a nine-hole play-off for the first 27 players from the 18-hole competition.

It was a great build-up to the presentation of prizes where all awaited the naming of the winners. The weather came up trumps and the course was in fantastic condition thanks to the work of P.J. Dempsey, Kevin Frayne and the ground staff.

In her speech the lady Captain thanked all those who do so much work for the club voluntarily and reserved a special word of thanks for her husband, Nick, and all her family who were present. The display of prizes was an art work in its own right thanks to the ministrations of Margaret Cooper and her helpers. Congratulations to the winners and all who helped in the lead-up and on the day.

Results: 1, Kay Ryan (34), 105; 2, Nicola Dunphy (24), 106; gross, Ciara Sharkey (5), 80 (back nine); 3, Anne Delaney (27), 110.5 (play-off nine); 4, Dorothy Kenny (21), 110.5; 5, Pauline Murphy (36), 113; 6, Jennifer King (5), 113.5; 7, Joy Conville (20), 114; play-off nine, Elizabeth Askins (24), 39; first 18, Kathleen Walsh (25), 71; 36 handicap, Nora Furlong (36), 117; committee, Eimear McGrath (10), 116; past Captain, Lucy Healy (12), 115; Senior lady, Bernie Delaney (24), 116; front nine, Mary Murphy (25), 33.5; back nine, Joan Dunne (36), 34; nine-hole, Anne O'Rourke, 13 points; putting competition, Bridie Kelly, 18 points.

The previous Tuesday, June 30, saw a great turn-out as players applied themselves to practice for the lady Captain's day. In spite of an overcast start to the day, the weather turned very hot and later players reported sweltering conditions out on the course.

Westgate Design stableford competition: 1, Maeve McCauley (17), 39 points; 2, Elizabeth Browne (12), 37 points; 3, Breda Morrisson (26), 36 points (back six); 4, Joy Conville (20), 36 points (back six); 5, Mary McCauley (20), 36 points (back three, front nine); 6, Dorothy Kenny (21), 35 points; gross, Connie Doyle (8), 28 points; 36 handicap, Catherine Ryan (36), 35 points; nine-hole competition, Helen D'Eathe, 17 points (back two).

Ongoing nine-hole competition, number seven: 1, Marie Dunphy (19), 21 points; 2, Kay Ryan (34), 17 points; 3, Ann Cahill (36), 16 points.

This Tuesday, July 7, is a Scotch foursomes (Granard Cup) sponsored by Jennings Opticians. Keep an eye out for the following matches: Enniscorthy, under the management of Mary Halligan, will meet Rathdowney in the Finn Cup on Friday, July 10, at 12 noon.

The Miele team, under the management of Cora Mernagh, will meet Faithlegg in a home and away fixture on July 13, while the Junior Cup team, with manager Jenny King, is in contention with New Ross in Gowran on July 20. Come along and support your teams.

Don't forget to support the Joker, with the next draw on July 19.

We have been treated over the past few weeks to the beautiful flower displays of Phil Boyd and Joan Dunbar. Many thanks ladies.


June medal: 1, Eleanor Lee (17), 72; 2, Kathleen Hill (21), 75; gross, Patricia Magee (7), 85; 3, Joan Dunbar (28), 75.

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