Golf club notes
Tuesday, August 18, was the President's prize to the ladies and was a stroke/medal competition. The sun shone brilliantly all day and was a very welcome visitor as we miss its presence.
At the presentation that night the President, John Cullen, paid great tribute to the ladies' section of the club and drew attention to the increasing number of new lady members. John himself is on the Leinster Council of the G.U.I., is a hugely-committed member and is a great ambassador for the club. Many thanks John.
Results: 1, Mary Breen (33), 69 nett; 2, Ann Delaney (27), 70 nett; gross, Ciara Sharkey (5), 78 nett; 3, Julie McCarthy (16), 71 nett; 4, Joan Dunbar (22), 72 nett (back six); 5, Caitríona Hogan (10), 72 nett; Senior, Bernie Webster (20), 72 nett; 36 handicap, Joan Dunne (36), 74 nett; front nine, Stellah Sinnott (11), 31.5; back nine, Vera Swan (34), 35; nine-hole competition, Margaret O'Connor, 17 points.
The Senior open, sponsored by Mary-Elizabeth Boutique, was held on August 20 and there was a great turn-out for the penultimate event of the season. Early players were lucky with the weather but competitors for the latter part of the day had to contend with mild summer rain.
Results: 1, Mary McCauley (21), 39 points; 2, Teresa Bailey (16), 38 points; Category A, Helene Daly (27), 37 points; Category B, Kay Ryan (33), 37 points; Category C, Monica Murphy (35), 34 points; visitor, Helen Cawley (18), 34 points.
This Tuesday, August 25, is a sngles stableford event, sponsored by Byrne's Bookshop, and the presentation is at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 1, is a stroke/medal competition, sponsored by Sam McCauley Chemists. Kiltrea Pottery scheduled for September 8 has been re-scheduled to September 10, while the Karl Martin stableford competition has been moved from September 3 to October 6.
Our club singles and Gil Leo matchplay will commence in early September, with the closing date Sunday, August 30. Entry sheets are posted in the locker room and the entry fee is €5.
Jill Leo is restricted to 36 handicap golfers and is played over 14 holes. The club singles is over 18 holes and full handicap will apply.
Connie Doyle, our lady President, and Stellah Sinnott play the Australian Spoons on August 24, while Maeve McCauley and Paula Creedon play the Granard Cup on the same day. Best of luck ladies.
The Senior Foursomes and Junior Cup have qualified for the Midland District final in Tullamore on Saturday, August 29. It is hugely exciting to see teams in action at this level. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Time and time again the state of the course comes up for mention, either from members or visitors. We have to thank P.J. Dempsey and his great team of workers along with Kevin Frayne, course manager.
The Thomas Funge Memorial Cups Junior open day competition for boys and girls was held recently. One hundred and twenty Juniors played on a lovely sunny day.
For €10 they got a game of golf, goody bag sponsored by Joe Funge of Funge's of Gorey, meal and soft drink. The presentation that evening was held in the clubhouse and Joe said he was delighted with the turn-out at both the competition and presentation.
He thanked Paddy Dore for organising the event. Joe made a presentation to Paddy on his retirement from Junior golf after 22 years' service.
Thursday, August 13, Thomas Funge Memorial (boys and girls), sponsored by Funge's of Gorey - boys: 1, Ross Barron (24, Seafield), 45 points; 2, Seán Sarsfield (27, Tara Glen), 43 points; 3, Ciarán Ryan (18, Rosslare), 40 points; gross, Jack O'Sullivan (13), 27 points; first nine, Mark Gilsenan (13, Grange), 20 points (back six); second nine, David Woods (27, Tara Glen), 22 points.
Girls: 1, Hazel Simmons (34), 37 points (countback); 2, Lauren Kinney (32, Tara Glen), 37 points (countback); 3, Amy Hodgins (28, Tara Glen), 37 points (countback); gross, Alice Hutchinson (3, St. Anne's and Tara Glen), 36 points; first nine, Sarah McMahon (35, Tara Glen), 18 points (countback); second nine, Gráinne Walsh (36, Tara Glen), 20 points.
Wednesday open singles: 1, Pat Cullen Jnr. (16), 39 points; 2, Douglas Gordon (19), 37 points (last nine); 3, Paddy Stack (19), 37 points; gross, Brendan Breen (2), 33 points; eleven holes, Jerry O'Riordan (23), 22 points.
Thursday, August 20, Boys' Junior Captain's prize (Donal McCann), 18 holes: 1, Seamus Quirke (36), 45 points; 2, Cian Browne (24), 43 points; 3, Corey Meyler (25), 39 points; gross, Darragh Hobbs (2), 33 points; 4, Max Wright (20), 39 points; 5, Rory Heffernan (14), 38 points; 6, Cillian Hughes (6), 38 points; first nine, Brian O'Doherty (32), 19 points (back six); second nine, Philip O'Flynn (28), 29 points (back six); nine holes: 1, Stevie O'Shea (33), 27 points; 2, Ronan Thornton (35), 14 points; golfer of the year: 1, Richard Conroy; 2, Rory Heffernan; best attendees: 1, George Slattery; 2, Cian Browne; twos, Alex Simpson on the 18th.
Junior boys' Captain for 2016 is Jack O'Sullivan.
Saturday, August 22, fourball any combination: 1, John Bolger (2), Mick Carty (16), 41 points; 2, Niall Murray (13), David Kennedy (15), 41 points; 3, Colm Noonan (20), Pat Noonan (20), 38 points.
Tuesday, August 18, was our President's prize to the ladies, and President Paddy O'Dowd attended the presentation in the clubhouse to present his much sought after prize.
The President told the ladies that he was honoured to be in the position of sponsoring a prize and delighted with the turn-out and the results. He also ordered the wonderful day we had for the competition! Over one hundred ladies played on Tuesday and the standard scratch was 73.
Results: 1, Stella Kehoe (18), 38 points (countback); 2, Madeline Cosgrave (33), 38 points; 3, Sarah Donnellan (8), 37 points; Class A, Helena Sheehan (10), 35 points; Class B, Sarah Jones (25), 35 points; Class C, Colette Dobey (35), 35 points; nine-hole competition: 1, Catherine Byrne (35-17), 14 points; 2, Norma Bowe (36-18), 13 points.
Next Tuesday is the last of our ladies' open days for the summer and our sponsor is Whitmore Jewellers. We are all looking forward to that.
Weekly 18-hole, August 15, 16, 18: 1, Margaret Moore (13), 40 points; 2, Ethel Deacon (35), 39 points; 3, Linda Byrne (13), 37 points.
Open day, Thursday, August 20, sponsored by Joe and Ann Redmond: 1, Eileen Kelly (13, Borris), 36 points; 2, Ethel Deacon (34), 36 points; gross, Terri Byrne (5), 27 points; 3, Alice Druhan (22), 36 points; 4, Mary Maher (14, New Ross), 35 points.
A sincere thanks to Joe and Ann for their generous sponsorship.
Lady Captain Caroline MacNeice's prize: 1, Joan Dunbar (27), 145; 2, Liz McGoohan (18), 146; gross, Ann Marie Dalton (4), 155; 3, Patricia Magee (7), 149; Class 1, Leanne Brennan (6), 149; Class 2, Hazel Butler (23), 150; Class 3, Mary Driver (29), 151; past Captain, Anne Ryan (10), 151; best nett day one, Mary Loughlin (24), 74; best nett day two, Margaret Moulds (22), 74; committee prize, Margaret Dalton (34), 159; front nine day one, Jenny Rickerby (25), 36.5; back nine day one, Joan Moynihan (36), 37; front nine day two, Geraldine Kavanagh (36), 32; back nine day two, Susie Dixon (21), 37.5; nearest pin day one, Kathleen Hill, 4 ft. 4 in.; longest drive day one, Leanne Brennan; nearest pin day two, Mary Loughlin, 19 ft. 10 in.; longest drive day two, Ann Marie Dalton.
The new course record was set by Ann Marie Dalton.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Donal Byrne (5), 21 points; 2, James Byrne (12), 21 points; 3, Mark Miskella (8), 20 points, holding off Derek Kavanagh (10) on countback.
Saturday saw most of the play in the weekend singles stableford as the morning rain on Sunday deterred a lot of regulars and all the best scores were posted on the first day.
Brian Delaney (9) had the winning score of 42 points, Tommy Dunne (11) was second with 41 points, and Derek Kavanagh (10) was third with 39 points.
Don't forget the Captain's prize next Saturday (the timesheet is at the clubhouse).
Murty Dempsey was the sponsor of gents' nine-hole competition on Wednesday. The overall winner was Tim Morrissey (14) with a very impressive 24 points.
Category 1: James Foley (9), 20 points; Category 2: Ciarán Tobin (12), 21 points (last six); Category 3: Liam Duggan (18), 22 points; Category 4: Michael Stafford (21), 21 points.
The weekend competition was the ninth of the golfer of the year qualifiers. A total of 124 played in the gents' singles competition sponsored by Turfcare.
First place was won by Des Kehoe (12) with 66 nett. Second place went to Mick Healy (5) with 67 nett, and the gross prize winner was Jason Rackard (1) with 72.
Third place went to Frank Foley (12) with 68 nett (back nine). In fourth place was Seán Mernagh (5) with 68 nett (back nine), and fifth place went to Denis Coughlan (21) with 68 nett. Congratulations to all the prize-winners.
The men's golf committee have decided to make gents' competitions 'choice of prizes'. Prize winners are asked to attend for prize-givings to show courtesy to our sponsors and fellow members.
Should you be unable to attend you are asked to send a representative to collect your prize on your behalf.
Competitions committee and club staff are not allowed to collect prizes on behalf of any winners. This decision is effective from the weekend of August 22 and 23.
Members can now place their names on a waiting list if no suitable timeslots are available when they are booking competitions on the BRS system.
The 'waiting list' button is available on the 'competition golf bookings' panel at the top of the BRS booking page.
The facility can only be accessed by individual members using their own log on details.
Pro Shop and office staff cannot add or delete names on the waiting list.
If you have a difficulty using this facility please contact the office on 0539-233191.
Events for this week: Wednesday, August 26, gents' semi-open nine-hole competition sponsored by Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Thursday, August 27 is an open gents' Seniors and sponsors are John Thorpe and Neville Tector.
Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30, is a gents' singles sponsored by Byrne's Bookshop. This is the tenth golfer of the year competition.
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