Golf club notes
The prestigious Fleetwood Cup took place in New Ross last weekend, with a strong field taking part in now familiar windy conditions. The course put up very stern resistance with only one player beating par, and that was Wexford's Eamon Wall (9) who battled to an excellent 69 to take home the beautiful piece of silverware.
Junior Cashin (6) finished in second with a 70, ahead of Fethard's George Foley (15) only on the countback. Robert Farrell posted the best gross with a great score of 73, aided by an eagle two on the difficult 15th, with the categories going the way of Alan Furness (3, 71), Tom O'Connor (15, 73) and Noel Kehoe Jnr. (17, 73). Thank you to Basil Glennon and Fleetwood Paints for their ever-generous support.
Next weekend sees the July medal sponsored by Bulmer's taking place. The Nolan Transport-sponsored Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups take place on Saturday, July 25, with the July open singles on Thursday, July 23, and another open singles taking place on Sunday, July 26. The timesheets are now live for all of those competitions.
There was another great turn-out for last Thursday's open charity singles in aid of the very worthy Meals on Wheels New Ross. In more favourable conditions than Sunday, the winning score was returned by Paul Goff (12) with 40 points, just edging Jim Foran (21) into second place on the back nine.
There was also little to separate the next three golfers who all returned fine scores of 39 points, with William Naddy (20) taking third, Matt Kavanagh (12) fourth and Kevin Treacy (18) finishing fifth. Well done to all the winners and thank you to all who supported this charity event.
The New Ross Golf Club Pro-Am, proudly sponsored by Culcita Ltd., takes centre stage this week with a strong field of professionals, including the very familiar names of Damien McGrane and David Higgins, taking to the fairways at Tinneranny.
Last year's winner, Damian Mooney, who shot a course record 65 in 2014, is back to defend his title and the field includes eight out of the top ten in the Irish region order of merit. The prize fund is €8,000 for the professionals, in addition to the fantastic range of amateur team prizes. Best of luck to all involved and let's hope the day is blessed with the same fine weather as last year!
The Brennan Cup, under the watchful eye of President Seamus Power, got their campaign off to a winning start with a nail-biting victory over a Glenmalure side which has made it to the final of the competition for the past three years.
Glenmalure got off to a flyer, taking the first two matches before Brian Teague and Davy Doran, and Eamon Dungan and Willie Keilthy, squared the tie with hard fought wins. John Howlin and James O'Brien pulled off a great comeback in their match to seal the tie on the 18th.
Thank to you all involved in the Glenmalure team for a very sporting encounter and for making the long trip to New Ross. New Ross now meet familiar foes Enniscorthy in the next round. Well done to all involved.
Last week's Tuesday fourball was sponsored by the very popular Pat Kehoe of Pat Kehoe Oils and attracted a good entry. There was some great scoring with Brian Teague (15) and Declan Doyle (14) coming out on top with a super score of 37 points.
The categories went to Seán Mackey (7) and Alan Furness (3) with 36 points, and Michael Kavanagh (14) and Pat Shannon (16) with 35 points. This week's competition is sponsored by CMP Services.
Congratulations to Michael Heaphy who was last week's winner of the Find the Joker draw. Michael opened envelope no 26 to reveal the Jack of Diamonds and took home €30 for his efforts.
The jackpot now rises to €1,900, and the next draw takes place on Tuesday, July 21, at 9.30 p.m. Entries, which cost €2, are taken in the bar. Thank you to all who support this fundraiser.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, July 8, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Sweeney's Garden Centre: 1, Geraldine Mackey (13), 37 points; 2, Anne Bailey (22), 35 points; 3, Kate Mackey (15), 33 points (last nine); front nine, Anne Curtis (21), 21 points; back nine, Mary Shannon (16), 17 points (last three); Senior, Breda McManus (22), 32 points; 29-36, Teenie Murphy (33), 33 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, July 15, 18-hole stableford P.G.A. Tankard (postponed from June) sponsored by James and Paul, Pro Shop. Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 2 to 2.15 p.m. A timesheet will also be in operation.
Wednesday, July 22, men's President's prize (Seamus Power) to the ladies - 18-hole stroke (medal).
Wednesday, July 29, Countess of Granard foursomes, 18-hole stableford, sponsored by Bailey's Framing and Gift Centre.
Thursday, July 30, men's President's nine-hole mixed team event from 4 p.m.
Commiserations to the Boyne Trophy team which was narrowly beaten by 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 match on Monday, July 20, in Gowran Park. All support will be welcome.
The singles on Sunday encountered very strong winds which made scoring very difficult.
The winner, making a comeback to the winners' enclosure, was Declan Burns (8) with 41 points. Declan had birdies at the second, ninth and twelfth for halves of 25 and 18 to win by two shots from Ken Noonan (13), with Ted Tierney (7) third on 38 points.
Kieran Brennan (9) was fourth on the same score. Dan Redmond (14) had 24 points on the front nine to win the veterans with 39 points, while the ever-steady Gary Collins (+4) won the gross with 40 points (four under par).
The Kerlogue Cup mixed fourball which was sponsored by K.D. Garage Services Ltd. was won by Colm (17) and Geraldine Menton (16) with 41 points. Colm (22) and Mary Quigley (23) were second on 40 points, beating Dermot Kelly (8) and Mary O'Shaughnessy (15) on the breakdown.
Friday team of four: 1, Joe Moran (8), Willie White (11), Joe Moran Snr. (15) and Davy Rowe (22), 99 points.
Wednesday open singles: 1, Tony Wright (13), 38 points; 2, Derek Wickham (5), 37 points; gross, Jack McGarry (3), 36 points; vet., Bob Quilty (10), 34 points; 3, Colm Fitzgerald (16, Stackstown).
Burrow course, 12 holes: 1, Tommy Boyce (18), 23 points; 2, Mike Hollier (20), 23 points; 3, Jackie O'Brien (21), 23 points; ladies: 1, Alma Roche (36), 24 points.
Congratulations to Jack McGarry who had a great win in the Leinster Boys' Under-16 championships, recording a 72.
There is an open ladies and gents every Wednesday on the main course, with open ladies' and gents' singles on the Burrow course every Sunday.
The sheets are now open for gent's open week - Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 9 - at www.rosslaregolf.com
A fundraising event for St. Brigid's Church, Rosslare takes place this Friday, July 17. It is sponsored by Burrow Holiday Park and is a team of four, any combination.
Today's (Tuesday) competition is the Captain's (Paud O'Brien) prize to the ladies. There is also a super Senior competition on the Burrow course. Prize-giving will take place at 9.30 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, Kerlogue Cup, mixed fourball: 1, Colm Menton (17) and Ger Menton (16), 41 points; 2, Colm Quigley (22) and Mary F. Quigley (23), 40 points (back six); 3, Dermot Kelly (8) and Mary O'Shaughnessy (15), 40 points.
Tuesday, July 7, singles v. par, C.S.S. 74, sponsored by Boggan's/Londis: 1, Ilo Pasdzior (24), two up; 2, Joan Wallace (17), all square; gross, Kit Codd (15), ten down; 3, Siobhán Redmond (19), one down; Senior, Sheila Crosbie (13), three down.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
Lady Captain Bernie Furlong was host to a bumper field playing for her prize on Saturday, July 11. A dull, wet morning greeted the players but it failed to dampen the spirits of the ladies as they set out in search of the coveted title.
At the end of the day, 39 points proved to be the mark. Congratulations to the winner, Joanne Hare (14), who was in top form.
In second place was Ger Smith (26) with 37 points. The gross prize was scooped by Aine O'Connell (12) with 84 nett. The remaining prize-winners were: 3, Marie Reidy (31), 35 points; 4, Mary McCormack (28), 35 points; Class A, Kate Masterson (20), 36 points; Class B, Eileen Walsh (34), 35 points; front nine, Janet Lawlor (33), 21 points; back nine, Rachel Lynch (21), 21 points; past Captain, Mari Byrne (27), 35 points; committee prize, Patricia Hudson (27), 32 points; nearest pin on eleventh, Emer Farrell; nearest pin in two on 18th, Aine O'Connell; nearest the line on 13th, Jean O'Kennedy; guest prize: 1, Catherine O'Donnell (28), 31 points; 2, Kathleen Garrett (33), 31 points; 3, Joan Sharrin (32), 27 points; gents' nine-hole: 1, Tom O'Riordan (12), 23 points; 2, Brian O'Donovan (26), 20 points.
The ladies returned in the evening in all their finery to party through the night. Lady Captain Aine was a very able M.C., allowing Bernie to relax and enjoy her big night. Well done Bernie and your team on a great day.
Sunday, July 5: 1, Susan Evans (13), 70 (countback); 2, Frances Reid (21), 70; 3, Eileen Brosnan (14), 73.
Wednesday, July 8: 1, Linda Shine (22), 33 points.
Sunday, July 12: 1, Noelle Sadlier, 40 points; 2, Anna Foster, 39 points.
It's a busy time down St. Helen's way. Having just got our breath back following our big Independence Day event, the Wednesday open attracted over 15 visiting clubs.
Lady Captain's day on Saturday and open singles on Sunday were jam-packed with entries. Next Saturday, July 18, it's Captain Aidan Colgan's big day, and it promises to be a bumper day, and night!
Wednesday, July 8: 1, Maurice Cooper (16), 36 points; 2, Terry O'Toole (21), 35 points (countback); 3, Laurence Byrne (9, Wexford), 35 points.
Saturday, July 11, nine-hole: 1, Tom O'Riordan (12), 23 points; 2, Brian O'Donovan (26), 20 points.
Sunday, July 12: 1, Brian Cawley (15), 41 points (countback); 2, Harry Masterson (11, Kileen), 41 points (countback); 3, Paul Conlon (10), 41 points.
Fixtures: Wednesday, July 15, open singles; Thursday, July 16, open Seniors (sponsor: Peigí O Rúairc); Friday, July 17, evening nine-hole; Saturday, July 18, Captain's day (ladies' nine-hole at 5 p.m.); Sunday, July 19, open fourball (any combination).
Tuesday evening open mixed foursomes, July 7: 1, Mary B. O'Leary and Nicky O'Brien (15 1/3), 52 2/3 strokes; 2, Trish Hanton and John Ffrench (10), 55 strokes; 3, Anna and Tom Sullivan (13 2/3), 55 1/3 strokes.
This is a weekly event every Tuesday evening open to members and non-members. It's €2.50 for members and €5 for visitors.
Saturday, July 11, singles stableford: 1, Derek Walshe (15), 43 points; 2, Joe J. Ryan (21), 40 points; 3, James Nolan (12), 38 points; gross, Gary Martin, 26 points.
Thursday, July 9, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Pettitt's SuperValu: 1, Jane Duignan (30), 37 points; 2, Eileen Kent (25), 36 points; gross, Carmel Murphy (8), 26 points; 3, Cathríona Walsh (15), 35 points; Senior, Pat Flanagan (30), 34 points; nearest the pin, Carmel Murphy, 19 cms.
Well done to all the prize-winners and a special word of thanks to Pettitt's SuperValu for their beautiful prizes. Their continued support is greatly appreciated and remember, where possible, please support our sponsors. The presentation of prizes will take place on Thursday, July 16, at 10 p.m.
There was a great atmosphere in Wexford Golf Club from Tuesday to Thursday as the club hosted the women's and girls' inter-provincial matches run by the Irish Ladies' Golf Union.
Each of the provinces had a ladies' and a girls' team which competed against each other over the three days. After a miserable wet day on Monday, Tuesday was dry but remained very windy which set the scene for some incredible golf.
There was a great buzz around the clubhouse from early morning as the girls' foursomes matches were first out with an early start at 8 a.m., followed closely by the ladies also playing foursomes, with singles matches played in the afternoon.
Spectators and mentors were kept up to date with regular bulletins from a team of volunteers who relayed scores back to the clubhouse which were displayed on the big screen. It was a wonderful sight to watch the players and to see how they managed the course with the variety of shots been played.
By Thursday the wind had calmed but excitement was mounting as matches went down to the wire, with Leinster v. Connacht and Ulster v. Munster being the format for the day. As with all matches there can only be one winner and on this occasion it was the turn of the Munster girls and the Ulster ladies who were the overall winners.
Gratitude is extended to everyone who put in a huge effort to make this event an excellent experience for our visiting teams, their mentors, supporters, spectators and everyone who visited the club over the three days. It is the team spirit at events like this that makes Wexford Golf Club a fantastic club to be a member of.
Sunday, July 12, 18-hole club scramble sponsored by Advance Cleaners: 1, Ruth Kennedy, Bobby Gahan, Brian Morris, Paddy Murphy (2.8), 53.2; 2, Mary O'Leary, Paddy O'Leary, Tony O'Leary, Colin Edwards (5.1), 53.9; gross, Tracy Ryan, Ultan Ryan, Jim Turner, Maurice Delaney (5.2), 61; 3, Jane Duignan, Paul Harrington, Ray Cullinane, Seán Flood (6), 57; 4, Carmel Murphy, Derek Walshe, Nicky Lacey, Nicky Reville (4.2), 57.8. A total of 62 teams played in this competition.
Wexford Golf Club was blessed with glorious sunshine on Sunday for the Advance Cleaners scramble.
As usual there was a great turn-out for this very popular competition. The team format was one lady and three men with each to take three drives which left very little room for error!
From early morning there was a great atmosphere in the clubhouse as each team headed out exchanging the usual banter.
Everyone was in great form trying to predict what score was needed to be in the prizes. Cheese, grapes and wine were on offer to the weary golfers after their round of golf.
Congratulations to Ruth, Bobby, Brian and Paddy on a fabulous score, and well done to everyone who took part and made the scramble a great success.
A big thank you to Joe Walsh and Paul Gaddren for their most generous prizes. Their continued sponsorship of this competition is greatly appreciated.
Thursday, July 16, is an 18-hole stableford competition (3T's) sponsored by Phelim Byrne Professional Catering.
Lady Captain's (Marita Byrne ) competition results, July 5: 1, Louise Galligan (26), 69; 2, Margaret Stafford (22), 67; gross, Terri Byrne (5), 84; 3, Linda Byrne (12), 72; 4, Alice Druhan (22), 73; 5, Margaret Byrne (34), 73; front nine, Liz Byrne (32), 38; back nine, Imelda Redmond (22), 35; Category 1 (0-18), Margaret Moore (13), 75; Category 2 (19-28), Helen Redmond (26), 75; Category 3 (29-36), Jo McLellen (36), 76; past Captains, Bríd St. Ledger (20), 76; nearest the pin, Fran Crean; longest drive, Terri Byrne.
Weekly competition, July 4, 5, 7: 1, Frances Houlihan (28), 36 points; 2, Linda Byrne (12), 34 points; 3, Marita Byrne (16), 32 points.
P.G.A. Tankard: 1, Mary P. Byrne (26), 39 points; 2, Caroline Browne (25), 39 points; 3, Patricia Magee (7), 38 points.
Lady President's (Anne Ryan) prize: 1, Joan Dunbar (28), 39 points; 2, Catherine Kinsella (12), 39 points; gross, Patricia Magee (7), 29 points; 3, Caroline Browne (25), 39 points; past President, Noeleen Williams (21), 37 points; 4, Geraldine Kavanagh (36), 37 points; back nine, Mary Doran (36), 19 points; front nine, Ann Lynch (36), 21 points; nearest the pin, Geraldine Kavanagh; longest drive, Patricia Magee. Liz McGoohan had a hole-in-one on the 16th.