Sunday 18 August 2019

Golf club notes

Connie Doyle
Connie Doyle


After the torrential rains of Wednesday we were treated to a benign August day on Thursday when 15 teams enjoyed their round of golf in well-nigh perfect conditions.

Compliments must go to the course staff who, by their hard work, skill and dedication down through the years have made the course playable no matter what the weather be it hail, rain, or sunshine.

With a surplus of category one players, some very strong teams were out and it was no surprise when the well-packed team of Jimmy Furlong (11), Willie Byrne (13), Jim 'Ross' Ryan (17) and Dan Quigley (17) took the honours with a final total of 88 points.

With a tally of 84 points and after a countback on the last nine (42/38), Peter Goggin (16) John Murphy (17), Bob Redmond (20) and Willie Naddy (20) took the runners-up spot. Placed third on the same score (84 points) were Tom Murphy (15), Willie Whitty (17), Aidan O'Connor (18) and Murt Hogan (23). Nearest the pin prizes went to Hughie O'Connor on the ninth hole and Michael Somers on the eleventh.

The Seniors group heartily congratulate Michael Ryan Jnr. on keeping New Ross Golf Club to the forefront with his marvellous win recently at Balcarrick. We welcomed a newcomer in Murt Hogan who joined us for the first time last week, and also welcomed back Frank Boyle well recovered from his hip operation. Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to long-time member, Pat Ryan, who was hospitalised recently.

We have no game this Thursday, August 13, as it is the club open singles, but normal service resumes on August 20. On that day we will collect the €15 green fee for our major outing of the year which takes place at Waterford Castle Golf Club on Tuesday, September 8, with teams and tee-times to be announced later.


A huge congratulations to the Borris Cup team which won the trophy for the second time in three years on Friday. Three teams of two played foursomes with the best two team scores to count.

Twelve clubs from the mid-Leinster district took part with New Ross taking the honours with 69 points, followed by Enniscorthy with 65 points and Gowran with 61 points. Patricia Quinn and Mary J. Maher, Marie O'Connor and Bridget Duffin, and Mary Finn and Eileen Wallace, made up the winning team. Well done to all!

Upcoming competitions: Due to the bad weather on Wednesday there was no competition. This has now been re-scheduled to next Wednesday.

August 12, 18-hole stroke (Senior and medal) sponsored by Brooks Jewellers. Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 2 to 2.15 p.m. A timesheet will also be in operation.

Wednesday, August 19, 18-hole stableford Centenary Cup sponsored by Marguerite Sutton, Holistic Massage Therapist.

Thursday, August 20, lady President Lilly English's mixed team event from 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 22, lady President Lilly English's prize to the ladies. Timesheet only which is now open. The draw will take place on the day.

Club mixed foursomes matchplay 18-hole stableford. Timesheet open. Entry fee €10. Qualifying rounds - Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, August 13, 15 or 16.

Wednesday, September 2, open Solheim Cup team challenge. This is a four-person team event. The first nine holes is a fourball better ball and the second nine holes is four singles. The timesheet is open.

Please invite as many friends and visitors as you can to make this event as successful as last year.

The second round of the Kathleen Pyne singles matchplay is now under way. Please have all matches completed by August 21.


Last weekend's competition at New Ross was a very popular open three-person team event sponsored by AIB. Two scores counted all the way round, with double scores on offer on the fourth, eleventh, 15th and 18th.

Topping the scoring charts were the trio of Paul Whelan (11), Shane Whelan (14) and Joe O'Farrell with a brilliant effort of 107 points. In second place were Callan raiders Seamus Lee (23), Seamus Cuddihy and John Butler (13) with 106 points.

John Hackett (11), Paul Cashin (8) and John Whelan (16) finished in third place with 105 points. Thank you to all who took part and to the AIB for their continued and generous support.

Next weekend, the August medal sponsored by Brooks Jewellers takes place, with valuable golfer of the year points up for grabs. In between times, the August open singles takes place this Thursday (August 13) and once again has a Senior-friendly set up, with category prizes on offer for the Over-60s and Over-70s. Tee-times can be booked online.

The last of our inter-club teams went down fighting last week, as the Brennan Cup team under the stewardship of President Seamus Power visited Enniscorthy. In an eventful match, Michael Kelleher and Paddy Bennett and John Murphy and Denis Kirwan pulled off great wins.

John Howlin and James O'Brien and Noel Kehoe Jnr. and Ned Lyng fell to narrow defeats. The tie was decided in Enniscorthy's favour with Paschal Bolger and Derek Ronan falling to a great Enniscorthy comeback on the 19th hole. Best wishes to Enniscorthy for the remainder of the competition and well done to all involved for New Ross.

The club matchplays are advancing well under the watchful eye of Martin Carroll. Jim Byrne and Seamus Aldridge meet Mossy Connell and Declan Breen in the final of the foursomes, and the semi-final pairings of the singles matchplay have been decided.

In the top half Donal Hosey squares up against President Seamus Power, whilst in the bottom half Paschal Bolger takes on Robert O'Dwyer.

The fourball matchplay is at the quarter-final stages with those matches due to be played by Monday, August 17. Qualifiers take place this week for the mixed foursomes matchplay, with a timesheet in operation. Please see the noticeboard for further details.

Last week's Tuesday fourball went the way of two J.J's, J.J. Hoyne (19) and J.J. Cullen (18) with a fine total of 37 points.

Category A was won by Tommy Liston (7) and Jim Howlin (11) on 35 points, with Category B going to James O'Brien (17) and Pat Doyle (15) on 36 points. Thank you to JLT Insurance for their continued and generous support. This week's edition is sponsored by Tom O'Brien Construction.

The Find the Joker draw also takes place this Tuesday with a healthy €2,015 on offer as a jackpot. Entries cost €2 and are taken in the bar.


Our ladies held an open day on Tuesday, August 4. The sponsor was Glen Fuels. We really appreciate their generous support and the prizes were just fantastic. Standard scratch for home and visitors was 74.

Results: 1, Sarah Donnellan (10), 42 points; 2, Mary O'Connor (Powerscourt, 29), 39 points; gross, Sorcha Howell (4), 31 points; 3, Nessa McKiernan (Newlands, 14), 38 points; 4, Grace Owens (Charlesland, 32), 37 points.

The nine-hole was won by Deirdre Bandham (36-18) with 16 points and second was Aine Kinsella (36-17) with 14 points.

Pat Kinsella was presented with a memento for her hole-in-one on the third. Congratulations to all our winners.

Tuesday brings a strokes competition sponsored by our club professional, John Coone.


Results: 1, Liz McGoohan (18), 38 points; 2, Caroline Browne (22), 36 points.


The final event of open week took place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 3, and consisted of a two-person team competition. The winners' podium was very much a family affair with first place going to John Conville (25) and Joy Conville (20) with 55 points.

In second place were James Foley (17) and Frank Foley (13) with 53 points, and in third place were John O'Driscoll (18) and Catherine O'Driscoll (22), both from Gowran Park, with 52 points. A total of 132 played.

Our AMPM Safety & Enviro Ltd. gents' semi open nine-hole competition fell victim to the weather and will be re-scheduled to a later date.

A gents' fourball competition was held on Saturday, August 8, in which 68 took part. The winners were James Morrissey (6) and Eunan Doyle (11) with 44 points (last six). Second place went to Joe Murphy (9) and Nicky Murphy (9) with 44 points (last six), and third were Sam Greene (11) and Bill Whelan (15) with 44 points (last six).

Sunday was a Top Golfer Junior scratch (4-9). Results (gross): 1, Alister Renwick, 73; 2, Nigel Cullen, 74; 3, Ger Ronan (Borris), 74; 4, Dean Grannell, 75; 5, Dermot Cahill (Mountain View), 77. A total of 113 played and C.S.S. was 73. Congratulations to all the prize-winners.

As a mark of respect to the late Pearl Deane, past lady President and past lady Captain of Enniscorthy Golf Club, our course will be closed to members on Tuesday, August 11, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

We are holding a fundraising draw to help toward our team expenses for 2015. The prize on offer is a 2016 sub (exclusive of levies) to a maximum value of €671. Tickets cost €20 each and each draw is limited to one hundred tickets. Tickets are available in the bar, Pro Shop or by calling the office.

Events for this week: Wednesday, August 12, is our usual gents' semi-open nine-hole competition. The sponsors this week are the bank officials.

Thursday, August 13, is an open gents' Seniors sponsored by Stephen Fitzpatrick.

The highlight of this week is our President's prize sponsored by John Cullen taking place on Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16. The format will be stableford.

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Bank Holiday Monday three-person scramble: 1, Mick Kenny, Damien Maher and John Murphy, 61.3 nett; 2, Robbie Kehoe, Martin Conroy and Tommy Dunne, 61.6 nett.

The Wednesday nine-hole fell foul of the bad weather.

Doyle's Garages matchplay third round: Charlie Logan beat John Doyle; Sammy Walker beat Tony Aherne; David Glynn beat Brian Delaney; Anthony P. Doyle beat Pat Madsen; Marty Lawlor beat Ken McGauran; Anthony Fortune beat Ed Lysaght.

The weekend saw a very well-attended v. par competition and in perfect conditions some great scores were returned. Club Vice-Captain Anthony P. Doyle (16) capped a good week with an excellent score of +7 to take first prize.

Tommy Dunne (13) took second prize with a fine score of +6 and Pat Lavelle (18) was third on +5. Stephen Duff (18) was fourth with a score of +4. The front nine prize went to Ed Lysaght and the back nine went to Gerry Day.

Ladies' singles: 1, Sinéad Johnson, 37; 2, Bernie McGowan, 31; 3, Anne Sommerville, 31.


We had our men's Presidents prize (Paddy O'Dowd) over the weekend and as usual it went down to the wire on Saturday.

The top 30 golfers played in a nine-hole shotgun start play-off on Saturday evening and a big congratulations to Pat Kenny on his win. Congratulations also to all the prize-winners.

We couldn't have asked for better weather over the two days, and a big thanks goes out to the course staff on the condition of the course. We are very lucky to have such a gem of a course.

Also a big thank you to all of the staff in the bar, office, competitions committee, Pro Shop and our caterers who looked after everyone over the weekend.

The presentation took place on Saturday and all present had a great night of song and dance.

President's prize (Paddy O'Dowd), Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8: 1, Pat Kenny (16), 108; 2, Niall Nolan (16), 109; 3, Paddy D'Eathe (7), 110.50; gross, David Maher (3), 111.50; 4, Tony Kinsella (18), 111; 5, Colm Sheehan (5), 112.50; 6, Ian McGirr (6), 113; 7, Jamie Howard (16), 113.50; 8, Niall Slattery (11), 113.50; 9, David Kennedy (15), 113.50; 10, Noel Ivanoff (9), 116.50; past Presidents, Brendan Sheehan (6), 74; best nett day one, 18 holes, Seamus O'Donohoe (14), 73; best nett day two, 18 holes, Ian Crimmons (15), 72; veterans, Pat Byrne (14), 73; Juniors: 1, Darragh Hobbs (2), 71; 2, Ross Steedman (+1), 73

Ladies' nine holes: 1, Siobhán Freeney (16), 19 points (back six); 2, Bernie Collins (24), 19 points; 3, Mary Osborne (20), 18 points.

Gents' open Senior singles, Thursday, August 6: 1, Lofty Symes (13), 38 points (last nine); Cat. 1: 1, Neville Steedman (Balcarrick, 1), 37 points; 2, Jody Fanagan (Milltown, 1), 37 points; Cat. 2: 1, Kevin Pepper (Grange, 12), 38 points; 2, Joe Keegan (6), 35 points (last nine); Cat. 3: 1, T. Nicholson (Arklow, 15), 34 points; 2, Eric Colin (20), 30 points (last nine).

Wednesday open singles: 1, Ross Steedman (+1), 34 points; 2, Donal McCann (12), 33 points; eleven holes: 1, Pádraic Flood (17), 19 points.

The Thomas Funge memorial takes place this Thursday in Courtown and is open to all Juniors. Please contact the office for the timesheet .

We thank Funge's of Gorey for their continued support of Courtown Golf Club and in particular the Junior section.


Tuesday, August 4, was a stroke/medal competition and an important day in the club calendar, being the lady President's prize. The weather, although gusty and changeable, held up well for the event and there was a great turn-out of ladies to support their President, Connie Doyle.

Results: 1, Annette Cullen (13), 72 nett; 2, Eimear McGrath (10), 73 nett; gross, Aisling O'Leary (1), 78; 3, Anna Mai O'Connor (23), 74 nett (back nine); 4, Deirdre Kavanagh (21), 74 nett; 5, Jennifer King (5), 75 nett (back nine); 6, Christine Caesar (24), 75 nett; Seniors, Ursula Cousins (15), 76 nett; 36 handicap, Helen D'Eathe (36), 81 nett (back six); past President, Ann Banville (13), 76 nett; front nine, Betty O'Leary (29), 33.5 nett; back nine, Mary Breen (33), 36.5 nett; nine-hole competition, Bridie Morrissey, 15 points.

A great day was rounded off with the annual tea whereby each member brings either a savoury dish or cake and contributes to the communal repast that evening. This year was no exception to other years in that the table groaned with a veritable array of goodies. It was a lovely ending to a great day's golf.

Many thanks to Lucy Bolger for the lovely displays of flowers. They truly brighten up a not so bright summer.

On Sunday, August 16, we have the ever-popular nine-hole mixed competition organised by the inimitable Tommy O'Rourke and Meta Cummins. The timesheet for this event fills up very quickly so get your name down in time.

The penultimate week of August will be a busy one as Tuesday, August 18, is the President's prize to the ladies and hopefully the weather will shine for our President, John Cullen. Close on its heels is the ladies' open/Seniors competition on August 20.

This event, which is sponsored by Mary-Elizabeth Boutique, is always run with the utmost efficiency thanks to the sterling work of Ailish Doyle and Christine Caesar.

Twelve teams were out in Borris on Friday competing for the Borris Trophy which is aimed at those with handicaps between 27 and 36. Our ladies did themselves proud by coming second in the match, narrowly pipped at the post by New Ross. Congratulations to all and to the manager, Teresa Bailey.

Our Finn Cup team, under the management of Mary Halligan, was out on home turf in the first leg of its semi-final against Naas and won two out of five games.

Our long-standing and loyal member, Pearl Deane, past lady Captain and President, passed away on Thursday evening. She had been out supporting the Finn team earlier that evening.

Her parting words to the team manager were: 'It's still all to play for, Mary, and Enniscorthy travel well!' Pearl, you will be greatly missed.

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