Golf club notes
Cheshire Homes two-person team event, July 15: 1 Dan Conroy (28), Joe Kavanagh (28), 55 points; 2, Seán Halford (19), Les Masterson (26), 52 points (last nine); 3, Tom McGrath (11), Tony Smyth (17), 52 points.
Last week the focus was very much on the Captain's prize weekend sponsored by Thomas Cooper. First out were our five-day distance and overseas members followed by the Juniors who played on Friday. Conditions were very difficult on Saturday for those trying to qualify for the Sunday evening play-off.
A total of 27 qualifying places were available from a field of 242 who played over the weekend. The winner of the 2015 Captain's prize after 27 holes is Eddie Doyle (14) with a total of 104 nett.
Other results: 2, Dan Byrne (16), 105 nett (last nine); gross, Nigel Cullen (4), 113; 3, Patrick Fitzpatrick (14), 105 nett; 4, Martin Sludds (5), 107.5; 5, Andy Roche (15), 108.5 (last six); 6, Jason Chawke (15), 108.5 (last nine); first 18, John Casey (9), 71 nett; play-off nine, Rory McCauley (10), 35 nett; Senior, Tim Morrissey (14), 111 nett; past Captain's prize, Seamus Doyle (11), 111.5 nett; committee prize, Billy Crosbie (13), 114.5; Intermediate category, Joe Kelly (9), 69 nett after 18 holes; winning student, Dean Grannell (4), 74 nett after 18 holes; winner of five-day/distance/overseas category, Brad Lander (15), 70 nett; Juniors: 1, David Mernagh (12), 70 (back nine); 2, Paul Conroy (7), 70 (back nine); 3, Lee Quigley (10), 70.
Congratulations to all the prize-winners and to Thomas Cooper on a very successful weekend.
Last week's nine-hole midweek competition was sponsored by our Garda members. The overall winner was Thomas Cooper which was very fitting during his Captain's prize week. The Captain scored an impressive 23 points playing off 14.
Category 1, Frankie Morrissey (7), 20 points; Category 2, Seamus Leacy (13), 21 points (last three); Category 3, Nick Casey (16), 21 points; Category 4, Gareth O'Gorman (19), 22 points. Mick Coffey joined a very exclusive group of golfers when he became what's known in golf as an 'age shooter', i.e. shooting a gross score equal to or less than your age. Mick easily achieved this by shooting a gross of 71 shots which is one less than his age. Congratulations Mick on a fantastic achievement.
Enniscorthy Golf Club's annual open week will commence next weekend. It will be preceded by our usual semi-open midweek competition on Wednesday, July 22, sponsored by Mossy Fitzpatrick. Thursday is an open Seniors for gents and ladies the sponsor is Cois na hAbhainn.
Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, is an open three-person team competition sponsored by Mace/Maxol. Monday and Tuesday is an open singles for ladies and gents. Sponsors for Monday are Martin's Londis. Tuesday's sponsors are Tyre World and Treacy's Hotel respectively.
As always check out our Facebook page and website - www.enniscorthygc.ie - for special offers and news.
The singles competition in Rosslare on Sunday week was sponsored by Boyd Scott. The winner with 40 points was Ciarán Frost (3). Ciarán had a birdie four at the 18th and an eagle two at the 16th in halves of 19 and 21 to win by one shot from Denis Noonan (5) who played the last seven holes in five under par.
Third on 38 points was Nathan O'Brien (6), with Davy Noonan (8) fourth on 37. Dale Donohue (2) won the gross with level par and Michael Stafford (22) won the veterans with 38 points.
On Saturday the team of four event was sponsored by Colm and Geraldine Menton (Europcar Rentals) and was won with 87 points by Jeanne Hammell (17), Ruth Deeny (19), Marie Harvey (23) and Eleanor Clarke (27). They beat John Kennedy (10), Declan Kennedy (13), Patricia Kennedy (23) and Brian Duff (14) on the breakdown.
Third on 84 points were Phil Callery (7), Liz Callery (14), Fionnuala Callery (29) and Frances Kavanagh (19).
The golfer of the year which was sponsored by O'Gorman-Cosgrave & Co. came to a conclusion on Saturday week, with Philip Balfe beating Claude Howlin on the 18th. The beaten semi-finalists were Bobby O'Dowd and Eugene Daly.
Wednesday, July 15, open singles: 1, Cormac Finn (1, Killarney), 40 points; 2, Dermot Hall (12), 40 points; 3, Conor Brett (12), 38 points; 4, Pat O'Hara (20), 37 points; gross, Ciarán Frost (3), 35 points; vet., Jimmy Dempsey (15), 39 points; Burrow: 1, John Sinnott (12); 2, Davy Rowe (20); 3, Alan Mencer; ladies: 1, Alma Roche.
Fixtures: Saturday, July 25, ladies' and gents' fourball; Sunday, July 26, gents' singles; open ladies' and gents' singles every Wednesday.
Ladies' open week begins on Monday, July 27, while gents' open week begins on Friday, July 31.
The society played Tramore Golf Club on July 11 and 29 brave souls tackled the atrocious weather conditions, all for the love of the game. Four were not so brave and didn't fancy a soaking, while a few more had other excuses but that is another story, you know who you are!
Our thanks to Geraldine for her usual welcome and hospitality and for the meal after the day's play, and the course held up well despite all the rain with no standing water. A well-maintained course, it's well worth a visit.
The honours went to young Conor O'Keeffe, who only joined us this year and is so far shaping up to be a far better golfer than his father who hasn't had a win in years. Conor had a very creditable score of 37 in torrid conditions and turned out to be the winner. Well done Conor.
Results: 1, Conor O'Keeffe, 37; 2, Larry Curtin, 35; 3, Seán Sexton, 34; gross, Edward Cousins (3), 33; Cat. 1, Robbie O'Callaghan, 32; Cat. 2, David Curtin, 33; front nine, Noel Kendrick, 18; back nine, Tom Furlong, 18; nearest the pin, Noel Kendrick , 15th, 12' 1"; visitor, Nicky Murphy, 31. There were no winners of the twos club so €60 will be carried forward to the next outing.
The next outing is in Wexford G.C. for the Captain's prize on August 29 at 10.30 a.m., and there will be a timesheet in operation so be early please. Please contact a committee member to book in. Bring along a friend or a lapsed member as a visitor.
Thursday, July 16, 18-hole sweepstake: 1, Bridget O'Neill (29), 38 points; 2, Rachel O'Connor (11), 37 points; 3, Eileen Kent (25), 35 points (back nine); nearest the pin, Tara Dunne, 3.39m.
Well done ladies. Unfortunately, Thursday was a miserable day for golf with only 26 brave souls venturing out.
Thursday, July 23, is an 18-hole strokes (medal), day one of the lady Captain's prize, and Sunday, July 26, is an 18-hole stokes (medal), day two of the lady Captain's prize (Yvonne MacSweeney).
The seating plan for the lady Captain's dinner is now in the ladies' locker room. Please come along and join in the fun and make it a special day for our lady Captain.
Good luck to our Finn Trophy team which plays Old Conna in Wexford on Tuesday, July 28, at 11 a.m. Your support would be most welcome.
The very popular J.J. Devereux matchplay is hotting up with some very exciting matches to be played. The third round is to be played by Friday, August 7.
Saturday morning dawned and the sun splashed its warm rays across St. Helen's Bay to the great relief of all the members and especially Captain Aidan. This was his big day, after weeks of planning everything was set to go, and the Child of Prague had worked!
From early morning there was a constant flow of golfers threading the fairways, and at close of play the hundred barrier had been well and truly broken. The conditions were testing, despite the sunshine, as our old friend the wind blew all day.
The course was in fantastic condition, it never looked better: thanks to the expertise of Kevin, Davy and staff and the hours of unselfish work by Mick and his volunteers. Well done to all the winners on mastering the conditions, and better luck next time to those who came up short.
Golf over, it was time to dine, wine and party. The style was dazzling - and that was just the gents! A beautiful array of prizes was on display as guests sat down to a sumptuous meal beautifully presented by Paddy and his team.
A beaming Aidan, clearly delighted and proud, then arose to deliver his address. As usual he said all the right things, interlaced with anecdotes, and he had the attendance in the palm of his hands. A justifiably proud man, he was surrounded by his family Ann, Larry and Sharon who, resplendent in her new dress, was the 'belle of the ball'.
Results (men) - Sunday, July 12: 1, Brian Cawley (15), 41 points (countback); 2, Harry Masterson (11, Kileen), 41 points (countback); 3, Paul Conlon (10), 41 points.
Wednesday, July 15: 1, Derek Evans (12), 40 points; 2, Terry O'Toole (21), 39 points (countback); 3, Nick McBride (13), 39 points.
Thursday, July 16 (Seniors - Peigí O Rúairc) - Cat. 1 (50 to 65): 1, Derek Southam (20), 40 points; 2, Stephen Southam (20), 37 points; Cat. 2 (66 plus): 1, Maurice Cooper (16), 36 points (countback); 2, Tom McConalogue (22), 36 points.
Saturday, July 17 (Captain's prize day): 1, Paul Monks (24), 40 points; 2, John Codd (16), 38 points; gross, Kevin Masterson (7), 79; 3, Nick Hayes (20), 37 points; 4, Paul Conlon (9), 36 points; veteran, Gerry Byrne (13), 35 points; past Captain, Frank O'Kennedy (13), 31 points; committee, Mick Conlan (14), 34 points; front nine, Noel D'Orey (19, 21 points; back nine, Donal O'Keeffe (21), 21 points; nearest pin on eleventh, Gerry Byrne (13), 5'9"; longest drive on 13th, Joe Kelly (10); ladies' nine-hole: 1, Eileen Brosnan (15), 32.5; 2, Mary McCormack (28), 34; visitor gents, John Webb; visitor ladies, Niamh Hogan.
Results (ladies) - Sunday, July 12: 1, Noelle Sadlier, 40 points; 2, Anna Foster, 39 points.
Wednesday, July 15: 1, Theresa Kilcline (28), 40 points; 2, Georgina Darling (21), 38 points.
Thursday, July 16 (Seniors - Peigí O Rúairc): 1, Paula O'Leary (13), 37 points; 2, Eileen Brosnan (15), 35 points.
Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, July 22, open singles; Friday, July 24, nine and dine (draw at 5 p.m.); Saturday, July 25, open singles (monthly prize-giving at 9 p.m.); Sunday, July 26, singles stableford
(Captain's prize to the ladies and lady Captain's prize to the gents).
Saturday, July 11, team of four (sponsors: Colm and Ger Menton, Europcar Car Rentals): 1, Jeanne Hamill (17), Ruth Deeny (19), Marie Harvey (23), Eleanor Clarke (27), 87 points (back nine); 2, John Kennedy (10), Declan Kennedy (13), Brian Duff (14), Patricia Kennedy (23), 87 points; 3, Phil Callery (7), Liz Callery (14), Frances Kavanagh (19), Fionnuala Callery (29), 84 points.
Tuesday, July 14, Captain's prize (Paud O'Brien) to the ladies, 18 holes singles strokes competition: 1, Valerie Doyle (12), 67; 2, Angela Murphy (11), 70; gross, Penny Gleeson (7), 85; 3, Bernadette Cuddihy (23), 72; 4, Doreen McGovern (12), 74 (back nine); Seniors, Sheila Crosbie (13), 74 (back nine); 5, Geraldine Roche (19), 74 (back nine); 6, Teresa Cowman (16), 74; Super Senior, Pat Byrne (32/21), 23 (back six); Burrow course, Alma Roche (36/24), 29; front nine, Julie Ann Malone (11), 37.5; back nine, Gemma Campion (30), 32; Cat. 1, Val Mernagh (14), 75 (back nine); Cat. 2, Mary Francis Codd (19), 75; Cat. 3, Norrie Egan (24), 77.
Wednesday, July 15, 18 holes singles stableford: 1, Ciara Howard (21), 40 points; 2, Till Kennedy (24), 37 points.
Our Captain, Paud O'Brien, presented his prize to the ladies on Tuesday. In total between the Burrow course and the main course, 118 ladies played.
The winner with a great score of 67 in tough enough conditions was Valerie Doyle. Congratulations go to Valerie and to all the prize-winners.
At the prize-giving Paud thanked all those who played, and it was great to see such a big turn-out of ladies for the presentation.
Today's singles competition is sponsored by Fortune's Pharmacy. Ladies' open week commences on Monday, July 28.
A date for your diary ladies: the French Connection Boutique will host a fashion show on Monday, July 28.
Junior boys' and girls' open singles stableford, Monday, July 13 - Under-18: 1, Jack Sinnott (10), 43 points; 2, Finn Ryan (28, Rosslare), 42 points; gross, Michael Dempsey (Enniscorthy), 29 points; Under-15: 1, Jamie Donnelly (24, Enniscorthy), 39 points; 2, Ben Kidd (11, Enniscorthy), 38 points; gross, Paul Conroy (Enniscorthy), 24 points; Junior girls: 1, Caoilfhionn Doyle (36), 31 points; 2, Caoimhe O'Sullivan (20), 30 points.
Wednesday open fourball v. par: 1, Ian Nolan (13), Pat Harnett (14), nine up; 2, Conor Morris (8), Seán Buckley (20), six up; 3, Tom Rowe (25), Tommy Hynes (15), five up (back six).
Joker draw, Sunday, July 19: winner, Nicky Murphy, €100, card number 30. Next week's jackpot is now at €3,633. The draw is open to members and visitors. Enter for just €2 in the bar.
Tuesday evening open mixed foursomes, Tuesday July 14: 1, Róisín Leahy and Brian Dempsey (15 1/3), 51 2/3 strokes; 2, Mary Robinson and Brian Morris (8), 53 strokes (back six); 3, Eileen Kent and Tommy Morrissey (11), 53 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 and Sunday, July 18 and 19, singles stableford sponsored by W.G.C. Senior section: 1, John Nolan (20), 40 points; 2, Nick Harpur (13), 39 points (back six); 3, Ed Mooney (17), 39 points; gross, Rhys Clarke, 33 points; vets., Larry Forrestal (20), 37 points.