Golf club notes
NEW ROSS SENIORS
Last Thursday began dry but then the wind and rain swept in from the Atlantic, leading to a number of teams failing to complete the course. In fact, only five of the 14 teams competing played out the 18 holes. In the end after all that we had a tie to decide first place.
Here, by virtue of a better back nine (45/42), the team composed of Willie Byrne (13), Luke Power (18), Paul Laffan (21) and Martin Hartley (21) took the spoils with a final tally on 90 points. The three-person team of John Kennedy (16), Willie Kelly (17) and Tony Sexton (26) claimed second place also on 90 points (84 + 6).
Third spot went to Danny O Leary (9), Martin Forristal (20), Kieran O'Grady (21) and Fr. Jim Curtis (21) with 86 points. No nearest the pin prizes were awarded as no tapes were returned.
We have our usual outing on Thursday, August 27, and then on the following Thursday, September 3, the two-person club classic begins, running until Sunday, September 6. We will have no draw for teams so pick your own partner, enter online and play in the competition which has top-quality prizes and also categories one to four prizes.
The entry fee is €20 and you can also re-enter for a nominal €10. Please support the classic as it is one of the main fund-raisers for the club and finances the upkeep of our excellent course all year round.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to our esteemed colleague Paddy Shannon who is recovering well at home after his recent operation and stay in hospital
On Monday, August 31, we host the second-last outing of the season for the Autumn open Seniors' Alliance group with the first tee reserved from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. A big contingent of players are expected from the other clubs taking part - Waterford, Dungarvan, Gold Coast, West Waterford, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir and Callan - as well as our own Seniors so it will be a busy day.
Tee-times for New Ross participants are: 9 a.m, Willie Byrne, Andy Ronan, Willie Naddy, Aidan O'Connor; 9.08 a.m., Tony Harford, John Kennedy, Tom O'Shea, Martin Burke; 9.16 a.m., Willie Whitty, John Murphy, Denis Kirwan, Dick Cahill; 9.24 a.m., J.J. Cullen, Larry Shannon, Frank Boyle, Michael Long; 9.32 a.m., Martin Forristal, Danny O'Leary, Liam Glasheen, Willie Kelly; 9.40 a.m., John Browne, Tony Sexton, Kevin Treacy, Jim D. Ryan; 9.48 a.m., John Hanrahan, Tom Clarkin, Donal Kavanagh; 1.56 p.m., Tom Grennan, Paul Laffan, John Shalloe; 2.04 p.m., John Hosey, George Peters, Shay Masterson.
St. Helen's Bay Golf Club was the venue on Saturday for our most recent outing. A large contingent made it a very competitive outing, and a great score of 42 points by Robert Ryan gave him first place.
He was followed closely behind by Joe Malone in second place, and club Captain Dave Feeney took third place.
There was no winner of nearest to the pin on the treacherous seventh hole over the lake, as none of the players managed to stay on the green. Aidan Buckley took the prize on the eleventh green for nearest the pin. Well done to all concerned. The visitors' prize went to Tom Liston.
Our next outing will be held in Dungarvan Golf Club on Saturday, September 19, and those intending to travel should pencil in their names before 8 p.m. the previous Tuesday on the sheet in the bar.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, August 19, Centenary Cup sponsored by Marguerite Sutton, Holistic Massage Therapist: 1, Geraldine Mackey (13), 38 points (last nine); 2, Eileen Wallace (30), 38 points (last nine); 3, Eleanor Roche (19), 38 points; 29-36, Annette Byrne (33), 35 points.
Saturday, August 22, lady President Lilly English's prize to the ladies: 1, Rita Furlong (36), 38 points; 2, Pat Purcell (18), 37 points; gross, Geraldine Mackey, 25 points; 3, Mary J. Maher (31), 36 points; 4, Liz Roberts (22), 35 points (last six); 5, Margaret Furlong (18), 35 points (last nine); 6, Marguerite Sutton (22), 35 points (last six); 7, Denise Bolger (17), 35 points (last nine); past President, Ann Conway (12), 35 points; committee, Maria Burford (13), 31 points; 29-36, Carmel Fenlon (31), 34 points; front nine, Annette Byrne (33), 20 points; back nine, Lillian O'Hanlon (35), 19 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, August 26, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Wall B.E.R. Draw time: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 2 to 2.15 p.m. A timesheet will also be in operation.
Wednesday, September 2, open Solheim Cup team challenge sponsored by Martin Barrett Skoda Garage. This is a four-person team event. The first nine holes is a fourball better ball and the second nine holes is four x singles. The timesheet is open.
This a great fun and sociable event so please invite as many friends and visitors as you can to make it as successful as last year.
Wednesday, September 9, course closed.
The third round of the Kathleen Pyne singles matchplay is now under way. Please have all matches completed by September 5.
Good luck to the Minor Cup team in their District final match in Tullamore on Saturday, August 29.
The next presentation of prizes will be on Wednesday, August 26, at 9.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All prize-winners are asked to attend.
Last weekend's highlight at New Ross was Lilly English's lady President's prize to the men's section, where a strong field turned out in great conditions which were matched by great scoring.
Eoin Maher (8) finished as clear winner, clocking up an impressive 42 points to take home the main prize. In-form Noel Merrigan (11) finished in the runners-up spot with a tidy 39 points.
Michael Ryan Jnr. (+1) rattled around in four under par to claim third place, with Robbie Farrell winning the gross with 35 points. The categories went to Declan Breen (8, 37 points), Val Molloy (13, 39 points) and Brian Dolan (23, 39 points). Congratulations to Lilly English on her very successful weekend.
Last week's Tuesday fourball was sponsored by Total PC, and Liam Wall (14) and John Whelan (15) recorded 38 points to finish as winners. Rosslare's Paul Kavanagh (7) and Coollattin's Nigel Nolan (10) won Cat. A with 35 points, with Cat. B going the way of Hugh Byrne (14) and Hugh O'Connor (16) with 37 points. Thank you to Eamon Kissane of Total PC for his welcome and generous support.
Next weekend sees the Stafford's Fuels medal take place. The timesheets for the Club Classic go live this week, with the competition running from Thursday, September 3, to Sunday, September 6. This year's format is an 18-hole two-person open team event.
The entry fee is €20 per person, and members can re-enter for €10. There are great prizes on offer, with all funds raised going towards the winter course maintenance programme.
New Ross had two members in action at the Irish Close in Tramore last week, with Michael Ryan Jnr. and Robbie Farrell vying for the premier title in Irish amateur golf. After two rounds of strokeplay, Robbie Farrell missed out on a place in the matchplay phase by just one shot.
Michael Ryan Jnr. fared better, qualifying comfortably for the matchplay stage, however he was handed a very difficult draw in facing Irish international, Alex Gleeson from The Castle. The golf was out of the top drawer in their match, but Gleeson came out on top, and he went all the way to the final, eventually losing to Masserene's Tiarnan McLarnon.
Well done to Michael and Robbie for representing themselves and the club in such great fashion.
The singles matchplay finalists were decided last week, with Robert O'Dwyer seeing off the challenge of Paschal Bolger in the top half and Donal Hosey getting the better of President Seamus Power in the bottom half. Donal and Robert will meet in the final in the coming weeks.
Sunday week's Global Life & Finance open singles brought the curtain down on a hugely successful open two weeks.
They came, they saw, they enjoyed. Golfers arrived from the four corners of Ireland, from Wales, from France and from famed St. Andrew's in Scotland. Over 1,700, representing some 75 different clubs, walked our manicured fairways and negotiated our smooth greens.
The course was like a picture postcard, and thanks to the Trojan efforts of Kevin, Davey and their ground staff, remained that way throughout. We were showered with praise and the genuine goodwill towards us was heart-warming.
Many thanks to all our loyal and generous sponsors who never let us down. Well done to all committees, members, Pro Shop and clubhouse staff and volunteers. This was our first big test and we came through with flying colours.
It's a more leisurely pace down in beautiful St. Helen's Bay now, so why not come on down and enjoy the peace and tranquillity?
Sunday, August 9, gents' open week singles (Sord Data Systems): 1, Paul Moran (17), 44 points; 2, Simon O'Sullivan (12, Portmarnock), 40 points (countback); 3, Mark O'Donoghue (22), 40 points; gross, Rory O'Donnell (9, Milltown), 79; front nine, Eamon Lawlor (16), 21 points; back nine, David Smith (13, Malahide), 24 points; nearest to pin (eleventh), Ivan Power (7, Greystones); longest drive (13th), Seamus Kelly (7); sponsor's prize, Seán Moore (10), 36 points; Junior, Joe Byrne (18, Dun Laoghaire), 40 points; ladies' nine-hole: 1, Bernadette Tully (30), 17 points; 2, Mary McCormack (lady President, 28), 16 points.
Monday, August 10, gents' open week singles (Lenovo): 1, Derek Evans (11), 41 points; 2, David Smith (13, Malahide), 38 points (countback); 3, Simon O'Sullivan (12, Portmarnock), 38 points; gross, Alexandre Decorde (2, Wexford), 34 points; front nine, Declan Furlong (7, Wexford), 19 points; back nine, Tom Breen (15, Enniscorthy), 20 points; nearest the pin (seventh), Paddy Casey (14); Junior, Donal Murphy (19, Edmondstown), 38 points; ladies' nine-hole: 1, Marie Byrne (27), 20 points; 2, Ger Smith (26), 19 points.
Tuesday, August 11, gents' open week singles (Cooney's Home Bakery): 1, Noel D'Orey (19), 42 points (countback); 2, Martin O'Sullivan (11, Charlesland), 42 points; gross, Des Prendergast (7, Old Conna), 33 points; 3, Donal O'Keeffe (21, Milltown), 40 points; front nine, Stephen Kearns (12), 23 points; back nine, Andy Darling (12, Charlesland), 24 points; nearest the pin, Stephen Kearns; Junior, Killian Schuster (8), 35 points; ladies, Ann Byrne (23), 18 points (countback).
Wednesday, August 12, gents' open week singles (Bing Bay Holdings): 1, Paddy Casey (14), 40 points; 2, Peter Smith (14), 39 points (countback); 3, Frank O'Kennedy (13), 39 points; front nine, Stan Parkinson (9), 22 points; back nine, Paddy Dunne (19), 21 points; Junior, Eoin Barron (18), 41 points (countback); ladies, Susan Evans (13), 19 points.
Thursday, August 13, open week singles, Tom and Denise Griffin: 1, Derek Connolly (20), 38 points; 2, Liam Mullen (16), 36 points; 3, Brian Cawley (15), 36 points; front nine, Brian Griffin (22, Edmondstown), 21 points; back nine, Martin O'Sullivan (11, Charlesland), 21 points; veteran, Shay Thornton (18), 35 points; Junior, Harrison Jones (28), 28 points; nearest the pin, Brian Cawley (15), 13'6"; ladies: 1, Paula Cronin (29, Raffeen Creek), 22 points; 2, Joyce McDermott (24), 22 points.
Friday, August 14, open week fourball, winter league/Laura Maguire: 1, Derek Connolly (19) and Donal O'Keeffe (20), 46 points; 2, Martin Codd (6) and John Codd (16), 45 points (countback); 3, Ben Maddock (10) and Peter Firman (28), 45 points; front nine, Bernie Byrne (11) and Pat O'Connor (13), 24 points; back nine, Derek Evans (10) and Susan Evans (13), 24 points (countback); nearest pin (seventh), James Morrissey (6, Enniscorthy), 5'6"; ladies' pin (eleventh), Ann Byrne (23), 28'; ladies' nine-hole, Maureen Webster (35), 14 points.
Saturday, August 15, open week Texas two-step fourball (John Codd Decorators): 1, James Morrissey (6) and Eunan Doyle (11) (Enniscorthy), 67 points; 2, Mick Walsh (17) and John Doyle (17) (Ballymoney), 65 points; 3, Paddy Kearns (12) and Robert Kinsella (19) (City West), 63 points; front nine, Tom O'Riordan (13) and Niall Ellard (6), 30 points; back nine, Tom Griffin (20) and Tommy Duggan (17), 31 points; nearest pin (seventh), Robert Fitzgerald (14, Ballymoney), hole-in-one; longest drive, Declan McHugh (5, St. Anne's) ; sponsor's prize, Seán Moore (10) and Paul Phillips (9), 55 points; ladies' nine-hole: 1, Kathleen Murphy (25), 20 points; 2, Eimear Cowhey (17), 19 points.
Sunday, August 16, open week singles (Global Life & Finance): 1, Stuart O'Kennedy (12), 44 points; 2, Niall Ellard (6), 42 points; 3, Vincent Murphy (21), 42 points (countback); front nine, Aaron Kehoe (12), 23 points; back nine, Andrew Darling (11), 23 points; Junior, David Twomey (6, Elm Park), 41 points; ladies' nine-hole: 1, Patricia Hudson (27), 20 points; 2, Eimear Cowhey (17), 18 points.
Thursday, August 20, Seniors' open (Donal and Katriona O'Keeffe) - Cat.1 (50 to 65): 1, Pádraig Tiernan (13), 40 points; 2, Michael Grant (21), 37 points. Cat. 2 (66 and over): 1, Mike Concannon (25), 42 points; 2, Tom Griffin (20), 36 points (countback); ladies: 1, Eileen Brosnan (15), 35 points; 2, Susan Carey (17, Cahir Park), 34 points.
Fixtures: Wednesday, August 26, open singles; Saturday, August 29, open singles/monthly prize-giving; Sunday, August 30, open fourball any combination; Wednesday, September 2, open singles; Saturday, September 5, open singles; Sunday, September 6, monthly medals.
Almost 200 players took part in the President's (John Mullins) prize in Rosslare, and in perfect weather conditions a great day was enjoyed by all.
The winner was Conor Shaw (16) who also won this prize last year. In his 42 points winning score he had a birdie at the 18th in halves of 19 and 23.
In second position on 41 points was Tony Wright (12). He had birdies at the 12th and 18th but his failure to score on the 13th proved costly.
Gary Collins (+3) had birdies at the third, fifth, 12th and 14th to win the gross on two under par. Phil Callery (7) won the veterans on 27 points.
Other results: 3, Dermot Lee (11), 41 points; 4, Ted Tierney (7), 40 points; 5, Geoff Coman (10), 39 points; 6, John Galvin (9), 39 points; front nine, Shane O'Donnell (14), 23 points; back nine, Anthony Duggan (6), 23 points. John Mullins presented the prizes.
Wednesday open singles: 1, Liam Duggan (6), 40 points (back nine); 2, Ken Martin (16), 40 points (back nine); 3, Ciarán Frost (2), 38 points (back nine).
Burrow - gents: 1, Joe Barry (18), 32 points; 2, Willie White (11), 25 points; ladies: 1, Alice Fahy (36), 29 points.
The Senior Cup Team went down to Royal Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final in The Island. This was the club's second loss to Royal Dublin in as many weeks, having previously lost in the Barton Shield.
On Saturday the match was very close. Paul Murphy and Mark Mullen both lost on the 17th and Gary Collins lost on the 20th.
In the other two games, John Brady and Tony O'Leary were both one up on the 18th when called in. Ian Lynch and Brendan Rossiter were also on the panel while Liam MacNamara and Davy Noonan were the managers. Well done to everyone.
There is an open ladies' and gents' singles every Wednesday. On Saturday there is a ladies' and gents' singles, and on Sunday there is a gents' singles.
Volkswagen Masters ladies' and gents' qualifier, Wednesday, August 19: 1, Alex Decorde (2), 39 points (back nine); 2, Denis Brennan (14), 39 points (back six); 3, Adrian Dunne (13), 39 points (back six); nearest the pin, Alex Decorde, 118 cm.; ladies' prize: 1, Leonie Furlong (13), 37 points; 2, Martina Dempsey (19), 35 points.
Well done and good luck to the qualifiers. Thank you to Volkswagen for using our course for their qualifier venue.
Sarsfields G.A.A. gents' open, Saturday, August 22: 1, Seán Healy Jnr. (13), 46 points; 2, Alan Keeling (11), 43 points; 3, John O'Connor (15), 42 points (back nine); 4, John French (12), 42 points; team prize: Tim McGrath, Eamonn Hopkins, Larry Forrestal; nearest the pin, David Currid, 132 cm.; longest drive, Damien O'Reilly.
The Golf Digest Volvo Open will take place at Wexford Golf Club on Friday, September 4.
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