Sunday 20 October 2019

Golf club notes

The Forge craft shop presentation in Wexford
The Forge craft shop presentation in Wexford

New Ross Seniors - It was a tough day at the office for us Seniors on Thursday when in our weekly competition we played off the white or back stakes on practically every hole which made our game less enjoyable than usual.

Therefore, it was no wonder that scoring was way down as it was difficult to compile a good score with this set-up. The only consolation was that it was a benign October day with plenty of sunshine and the camaraderie was good too.

In the end the 85 points scored by Eddie Keher (10), Willie Kelly (18), Noel Dunne (19) and Billy Redmond (23) were good enough to take the spoils. In second place came John Murphy (18), Noel Kehoe (19), Larry Shannon (21) and Tom Furlong (25) with 84 points.

Third place with 83 points after a countback over the last nine (38/36) was filled by John Kennedy (16), Kevin Treacy (18), John Joe Murray (20) and Jamesie Murphy (23). Nearest the pin on the ninth hole went to Tommy Grennan whilst no tape was returned for the eleventh hole.

We have no outing this Thursday, October 15, as it is club open singles day. On Tuesday, October 20, we visit our counterparts in Faithlegg Golf Club with 34 players already booked in to travel.

Any person who would still like to travel, please text or phone Jamesie Murphy on 085-1846172 immediately as all names must be forwarded to Faithlegg tomorrow (Wednesday evening). This is in order to finalise the four-person teams which will be made up of two Faithlegg and two New Ross for the shotgun start at 10 a.m. sharp.

All New Ross players should arrive in good time and be mindful of the morning rush hour traffic in Waterford city. The day's fee is €20 which includes tea/coffee and scone on arrival plus your game of golf.


Wednesday, October 7, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Burke's Pharmacy: 1, Mary Kavanagh (8), 33 points; 2, Mary Shannon (16), 33 points; 3, Geraldine Mackey (12), 32 points; Senior, Anna Murphy (24), 28 points.

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, October 14, 18-hole stableford sponsored by P.N. O'Gorman. Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 1 to 1.15 p.m. Please note the change of draw times. A timesheet is also in operation.

Wednesday, October 21, 14-hole stableford (gross) sponsored by Calico Designs.

Wednesday, October 28, 14-hole stableford sponsored by Joyces Homecare.

The nine-hole re-entry competition continues. Please enter as often as you like.

The semi-finals of the mixed foursomes are now under way. All matches should be completed by October 18.


The sad passing of John Dowling, a former Captain, President and Chairman, cast a long shadow over the club last weekend. John was a faithful and committed supporter of the club and made an exceptional contribution over the years, both on and off the golf course.

Much liked and highly respected by his fellow members, he battled illness over the last couple of years with courage, dignity and good grace - characteristics that he displayed each and every time he took to the fairways. It was fitting then, that John bowed out as the reigning golfer of the year, having turned in some remarkable performances in 2014, culminating in a brilliant runaway victory in Jim Meggs' President's prize.

John took great pride in the achievements of all his children in every walk of life, and from a golfing perspective held a very special place for the moment his daughter, Mary, reached the pinnacle of ladies' amateur golf in winning the Irish Close Championships at Portstewart in 2010.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Helen, and children Julieann, Mary and John. He will be very fondly remembered and sorely missed by the members and staff at New Ross Golf Club. Ar dheis Dé do raibh a anam.

On the golf course, Glenmore's John Flynn (7) turned in a super performance in the Wall Steel-sponsored October medal, scorching around the back nine in one under to post an excellent 66 and claim a much-coveted medal.

John Evoy (16) introduced himself to New Ross in great style by shooting a 67 for second place. John Shalloe (5) came home in third on 68, with Robbie Farrell taking home the gross with a tidy 71.

The category prizes went to Junior Cashin (5, 69), Denis Kirwan (11, 69) and John Kirwan (18, 68). Thank you to Wall Steel for their continued and generous support.

Next weekend sees the inaugural M.D. O'Brien Perpetual Trophy take place. It is the final competition in the golfer of the year and Culcita Trophy, where Junior Cashin and Michael Ryan Jnr. will be looking to protect their leads.

The October open singles also takes place on Thursday (October 15), and tee-times can be booked online. The timesheets are also now live for the Halloween open two-person team event which takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend (Friday, October 23, to Monday, October 26). The competition is open to men, ladies and visitors in any combination.

Elsewhere, members can take part in the nine-hole Halloween hampers which take place across the week. There will be a hamper on offer for every 30 entrants. Entry is €3 and members must sign in in the Pro Shop before commencing their round.

The New Ross team of James Roche (professional), Paul Cleary (men's winner), Ger Mackey (ladies' winner) and Rory Hussey (Captain) fell narrowly short of capturing the national title at the 3Ts (Turning the tide on Suicide Charity) finals at the K Club last week.

In tough scoring conditions, the New Ross score of 83 points was just two short of the winning total and good enough for a tie for third place. Well done to all involved.


Congratulations to the father and son partnership of John and Patrick Hanrick who had a good 3/2 win over John Barron and Eddie Mahon to take the Walsh Cup - the club's foursomes championship.

In the semi-finals the winners beat Ian Cuddihy and Declan Moran, and the runners up beat Dermot Hall and Keith Deacon.

In the final of the Pettitt Cup, Johnny Kelly will play Ned Kinsella, and Mark Mullen will play Ian Lynch in the final of the Gaynor Trophy.

Best of luck to Glen Robinson who has taken over as club professional and thanks to Johnny Young who has retired after 17 years. Thanks also to Graham, Mark and Dale.

Saturday, October 3, gents' fourball: 1, Pat Rossiter (9), Pat Wright (20), 46 points; 2, Shay Lynch (20), Jim Conway (21), 45 points; 3, Derek Wickham (6), Joe Moran (8), 45 points.

Sunday, October 4, singles: 1, Bob Quilty (9), 39 points; 2, Davy Noonan (8), 38 points; gross, Ian Lynch (1), 36 points; vet., Shay Lynch (20), 37 points; 3, Eamonn Mullan (17), 37 points.

Burrow: 1, David Sherlock (9), 25 points; 2, Tony Malone (28), 23 points.

Ladies: 1, Bernie Quinn (36), 31 points.


The open Seniors sponsored by the Furlong family in memory of Pat, a great servant of the club, produced an amazing winner. The result reads 'Jackie Cullen (23), 44 points' but it doesn't tell the whole story.

Jackie's ambition is to lower his handicap (now 20) to 18 and I have no doubt he will. Jackie is a sprightly 81 years old!

Our €5 to play St. Helen's Bay promotion was a huge success with over 90 members and guests teeing off on Saturday. A great day was had by all and the banter and craic was mighty. Well done to Mark Philips on returning a fine winning score, the first of many no doubt.

Club matchplay winners: men's singles, Derrick Sinnott; gents' greensomes, Niall Ellard and Aidan Furlong; mixed greensomes, Rionach Donlon and Pádraig Tiernan; ladies' singles, Aine O'Connell; ladies' greensomes, Rionach Donlon and Georgina Darling.

Results (gents) - Wednesday, October 7, open singles: 1, Eamon Lawlor (15), 41 points; 2, Derek Evans (10), 40 points; 3, Fran Anderson (12), 38 points.

Thursday, October 8, open Seniors (Furlong family) - Cat. 50 to 65: 1, Tony Naughton (20), 41 points; 2, Pádraig Tiernan (13), 40 points; Cat. 66 and over: 1, Jackie Cullen (23), 44 points; 2, Paddy Walsh (28), 38 points.

Saturday, October 10, €5 to play St. Helen's Bay: 1, Mark Philips (18), 43 points; 2, Jim Murphy (13), 39 points; 3, Niall Ellard (5), 37 points (countback); visitors: 1, John Shalloe (5, New Ross), 39 points; 2, James McMahon (14, Doneraile), 36 points; 3, Pat O'Connor (5, Enniscorthy), 34 points.

Results (ladies) - Wednesday, October 7, open singles: 1, Margie O'Connor (18), 35 points; 2, Susan Stewart (19), 28 points.

Thursday, October 8, open Seniors (Furlong family): 1, Eileen Brosnan (14), 34 points; 2, Susan Stewart (19), 31 points.

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, October 14, open singles; Saturday, October 17, open singles; Sunday, October 18, singles stableford (turkeys).


Thursday, October 8, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by The Forge Craft Shop: 1, Helen McGuire (23), 44 points; 2, Geraldine Broaders (24), 39 points (back nine); gross, Tara Dunne (5), 32 points; 3, Trish Field (25), 39 points; Senior, Margaret Brady (32), 36 points; best 36, Mary Cashe (36), 33 points; nearest the pin, Susan Kelly, 6.35m.

A total of 70 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners, and a special word of thanks to our new sponsor, Pádraic Parle of The Forge Craft Shop in Baldwinstown, for the beautiful hand-crafted prizes. Your sponsorship of our club is greatly appreciated and ladies, remember, where possible please support our sponsors.

Thursday was a special night in the club as it was our end of year presentation. There was a great turn-out for the occasion and the clubhouse was a hive of activity. Many thanks to our invited guests and to everyone who turned up and made it so special for our prize-winners.

The Irene Dowdall Memorial Cup for golfer of the year was presented by Con Dowdall to our Vice-Captain, Denise Dunne.

The Eleanor Conway Trophy was presented by Dick Conway also to Denise Dunne (lady Vice-Captain). Congratulations Denise, you had a great year. Well done also to Margaret Atkinson who was hot on your heels, finishing second.

Breda Devoy was a deserving winner of the J.J. Devereux Matchplay Cup which was presented by John Devereux. Semi-finalists were Mary O'Leary (lady President) and Rachel O'Connor, with Anna Sullivan the runner-up.

Winner of the silver spoon was Marguerite McGrath, who also won the bronze medal, with the silver medal going to Ruth Kennedy.

Birdie Tree category A was won by Ruth Kennedy, with category B going to Louise Boshoff and category C to Kitty Murphy. Congratulations and well done to all our prize-winners.

Many thanks to Tara for the lovely slide show presentation and to Tommy of The Masters Restaurant for the delicious finger food.

Thursday, October 15, is an 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Westgate Design.


A reminder to all Burrow course members and all new members of the main course that the 'welcome to Rosslare' competition takes place on the Burrow course this Sunday, October 18.

The format will be a four-person team event with a shotgun start at 2.30 p.m. followed by the presentation of prizes in the clubhouse.

This will provide new members with an opportunity to meet other new members.

Places are still available for anyone interested in playing in the As v. Bs annual matchplay on October 24. Please see the list in the locker room.

Next Tuesday (October 20) is our end-of-season three-person team event.

Open fourball, Saturday, October 3: 1, Caroline Archer (14/11) and Anne Gavagan (14/11), 43 points (back nine); 2, Niamh Byrne (10/8) and Joan Walsh (22/17), 43 points.

Tuesday, October 6, 18-hole singles: 1, Valerie Doyle (10), 34 points.


Singles, Tuesday, October 6: 1, B. McKenna (16), 34 points; vets., E. Cousins (21), 33 points.

Congratulations to Liam Keating who won €50 in the draw on Sunday, October 11.

The card drawn was number 4, and the jackpot next week is €1,209.


Sixth monthly medal, September 19, 20, 22: 1, Linda Byrne (12), 69 nett; 2, Geraldine Hendricken (14), 69 nett; gross, Terri Byrne (6), 85; 3, Helen Redmond (26), 73 nett; 4, Linda Byrne (13), 74 nett.

Professional Gary McClean's prize, September 27: 1, Helen Redmond (26), 66 nett; 2, Ann Steemers (25), 72 nett; gross, Terri Byrne (6), 79; 3, Fiona Bodels (21), 73 nett.

Weekly competition, September 29: 1, Linda Byrne (12), 37 points; 2, Joanne Kenny (17), 34 points.

Weekly competition, October 4 and 6: 1, Imelda Redmond, 37 points; 2, Joanne Kenny (17), 36 points.


Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Kevin Byrne (21), 20 points; 2, Mark Miskella (7), 19 points; 3, Tommy Dunne (11), 18 points, holding off Ed Lysaght and John Fitzpatrick on countback.

The October medal (strokeplay from back tees) played over the weekend in perfect conditions saw a big turn-out and some great scoring. Robbie Kehoe (14) won gold with an outstanding 79.

Dermot Noctor (18) had his best-ever strokes score of 86 to win silver. Eamonn Goff (18) had a great 86 for bronze, holding off Tommy Dunne (11) who had a fine 79. Mark Miskella (7) had the lowest gross score with 77 strokes.


The 64 Golf Society outing to Enniscorthy Golf Club took place on Saturday, October 10. A total of 32 members played on a day that was ideal for golf and on a course that the members enjoyed playing because the greens were in very good condition for the time of the year.

Results: 1, Pat Walsh (6), 40 points; 2, Ray McGrath (10), 39 points; 3, Mick Carty (16), 38 points; gross, Noel Ivanoff (7), 29 points; 4, Alan Gray (13), 37 points; 5, Martin Hempenstall (17), 36 points; 6, Frank Lillis (7), 35 points; first nine, Paddy O'Dowd (9), 18 points; second nine, Ralph Lennon (8), 20 points.

Following the outing we held our A.G.M. and presentation of prizes at Nel Sweeney's (64). Our new Captain is John Kinsella, Vice-Captain is Noel McCartan, while Paddy O'Dowd and Paddy Dore were returned as Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer.

The outgoing committee members were elected en bloc with the addition of Paddy D'Eathe. Following the A.G.M. our new Captain presented the prizes.

He thanked everyone who was involved in making the day such a success.

Our next outing will be to New Ross Golf Club on Saturday, November 7.


Sunday, October 4, turkey fourball any combination: 1, Joe Keegan (6), Colin Browne (20), 38 points; 2, Joey O'Brien (14), Tommy Kinsella (19), 37 points; 3, Geoff Masterson (14), Jason Kinsella (19), 36 points (last six).

Ladies' and gents' turkey singles, Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11 - gents Saturday: 1, Jerome Fitzgerald (14), 36 points; 2, Dermot prendergast (9), 35 points; 3, Mick Morrissey (5), 35 points.

Sunday: 1, Paddy Hughes (19), 42; 2, Pat Kenny (16), 42; 3, Stephen Ryan (12), 41.

Ladies Saturday: 1, Sarah Donnellan (9), 41 points; 2, Croine Ferguson (34), 40 points; 3, Sorcha Howell (4), 39 points.

Wednesday sweep: 1, Seán Halford (19), 31 points; 2, Eric Poole (13), 30 points (back nine); 3, Paddy Bernie (23), 36 points (back six); 4, Pat Kenny (16), 30 points.


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