Wednesday 16 October 2019

Golf club notes

Ciara Sharkey
Ciara Sharkey


Monday, October 12, Senior 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Theresa Morris (26), 30 points; 2, Mary Roche (20), 29 points (back seven); 3, Barbara Mantripp (25), 29 points; 4, Theresa Kehoe (15), 27 points. Well done ladies.

Thursday, October 15, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Westgate Design: 1, Breda Devoy (26), 40 points (back nine); 2, Barbara McDonnell (30), 40 points; gross, Ruth Kennedy (5), 31 points; 3, Leonie Furlong (12), 39 points; Senior, Maureen Rossiter (26), 35 points; nearest the pin, Jane Duignan, 3.1m.

A total of 65 ladies played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners and a special word of thanks to Westgate Design for their beautiful prizes. Their continued support is greatly appreciated and ladies, remember, where possible please support our sponsors.

The presentation of prizes will take place on Thursday, October 22, at 7.30 p.m., and all prize-winners are requested to attend.

Thursday, October 22, is an 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Phelim Byrne Professional Catering Service, with the presentation of prizes at 7.30 p.m.

Visit our Facebook page for superb drone footage of holes five, seven and eight.

Our very popular Bridge morning will take place in the clubhouse on Wednesday, November 4 at 10 a.m. It's a fund-raiser for the Junior Academy, so please come along and support.

A reminder that the ladies' A.G.M. will take place on Monday, November 23 at 7.30 p.m., and the club A.G.M. will take place on Monday, November 30.


A new star is on the horizon - a great trio of wins was recorded by Mark Phillips in the space of eight days.

On Saturday, October 10, off a handicap of 18, he returned a great 43 points. On his next appearance, Sunday, October 11, he made light of his new handicap of 16 to post a winning score of 41 points.

Now down to 15, his handicap was further reduced to 13 but that didn't stop Mark returning a winning score of 41 points on Sunday, October 18. Well done Mark. in your present form your new handicap of 12 will soon be down to single figures.

Another man in form is Niall Ellard (5). Niall won on Saturday with a fine 42 points. Niall scored a one under par 71 with halves of 34 and 37 (which included a double bogey on the 12th). Great shooting Niall, keep it up.

Our novel promotion, '€5 to play in St. Helen's Bay', was a great success with a big field of gents and ladies representing over 20 clubs from near and far. A most enjoyable day was had by all, and the flood of compliments on the excellent condition of the course made it all worthwhile.

We are delighted to have lady Captain Bernie back in circulation following her recent illness. Welcome back Bernie.

The Leggie Ladies are on tour on Tuesday, October 27. Sign up in the Pro Shop or contact Captain Bernie.

Wednesday, October 28, sees the start of the Wednesday club. Check in at 9.45 a.m. and Brian will do the rest.

Remember, the golf A.G.M. is on Saturday, October 24, in the clubhouse at 6 p.m.

Results (gents) - Sunday, October 11, singles stableford: 1, Mark Phillips (16), 41 points; 2, Niall Ellard (5), 38 points (countback); 3, Stuart O'Kennedy (10), 38 points (countback).

Wednesday, October 14, singles stableford: 1, Mark O'Donoghue (18), 41 points; 2, Fran Anderson (12), 40 points; 3, Tony Naughton (20), 39 points.

Saturday, October 17, open singles: 1, Niall Ellard (5), 42 points; 2, Aaron Devereux (16), 38 points (countback); 3, Liam Kirby (17, Athy), 38 points (countback).

Sunday, October 18, turkeys: 1, Mark Phillips (13), 41 points; 2, Seán Sinnott (11), 39 points (countback); 3, Paul Conlon (10), 39 points.

Results (ladies) - Saturday, October 10, open singles: 1, Susan Evans (14), 33 points; 2, Susan Stewart (19), 32 points.

Sunday, October 11, turkeys: 1, Emer Farrell (19), 36 points; 2, Gerardine Smith (26), 35 points.

Wednesday, October 14, open singles: 1, Susan Stewart (19), 36 points.

Saturday, October 17, open singles: 1, Therese Kilcline (26), 37 points; 2, Bernadette Tully (30), 34 points.

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, October 21, open singles; Saturday, October 24, hampers; Sunday, October 25, open singles; Monday, October 26, four-person scramble.


For our final bank holiday weekend for the year we have plenty of golf on offer. The annual As v. Bs match will be played on Saturday. There will also be the usual open ladies' and gents' fourball on Saturday.

The annual club dinner dance will take place on Saturday, October 24, in the clubhouse. For reservations please contact Siobhán or David on 05391-32460.

On Sunday the Billy Kelly Memorial Cup scotch mixed foursomes takes place. On Monday there is a ladies' and gents' fourball.

Today's (Tuesday) competition is the end-of-season three-person scramble. This will be the end of the 18 holes for this year and we are now back playing 16 holes.

Burrow course: Sunday, November 8, is a fundraising ladies' and gents' singles competition. This competition is in aid of S.E.R.T. (South East Radiotherapy Bus). Members €10, visitors €20. A timesheet is in operation and for bookings contact 05391-32203 or online at

Open fourball, Saturday, October 10: 1, Cathy Atkinson (11/14), Siobhán Redmond (18/14), 41 points; 2, Joan Bowe (14/11), Carmel Quinlivan (21/16), 37 points.

Singles stableford, Tuesday, October 13: 1, Eileen Jackson (31), 39 points; 2, Vandra Deacon (14), 36 points (back nine); gross, Niamh Byrne (10), 25 points; 3, Brigid Doyle (13), 36 points; 4, Mary O'Shaughnessy (16), 34 points; Senior, Maire Farrell (18), 33 points; 5, Doreen McGovern (12), 33 points.


Mark Mullen produced one of his best scores of the year when winning the hamper competition in Rosslare on Sunday. Despite dropping three shots on the third and fourth, he had birdies at the first, fifth, eleventh, 12th, 13th and 18th for 40 points and a win on the breakdown from Pat Doyle (17).

Pat Rossiter (9) was third on 38 points. Fourteen-year-old John Brady (scr.) had an eagle at the 12th and birdies at the tenth, 15th and 18th to win the gross on 38 points, while Donal O'Flaherty (13) won the veterans with 39 points.

Saturday fourball: 1, Pat Goff (13) and Jim Hennessy (18), 42 points; 2, Kevin Foran (14) and Noel Kenny (18), 42 points.

Burrow: 1, Cormac Quigley (16), 27 points; 2, Nicky Newport (21), 26 points.

Ladies: 1, Anna Kelly (32), 30 points; 2, Alma Roche (36), 29 points.


Wednesday, October 14, 18-hole stableford sponsored by PN O'Gorman: 1, Pat Purcell (18), 35 points (last six); 2, Mary Finn (30), 35 points; 3, Eileen Cullinan (15), 34 points (last nine).

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, October 21, 14-hole stableford (gross) sponsored by Calico Designs. Draw times: 10 to 10.15 a.m. and 1 to 1.15 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 4, 14-hole stableford (Senior).

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

The semi-finals of the mixed foursomes are continuing. Eamon and Marie Therese Wall beat Aaron Cashin and Mary J. Maher to secure their place in the final.

The winners of the match between Jim and Annette Byrne and Seamus Power and Denise Bolger will decide the second pair for the final which is to be played by November 1.


A busy week at New Ross culminated in the inaugural staging of the MD O'Brien Perpetual Trophy. Martin O'Brien, a two-time Irish Close champion, and one of the pre-eminent amateur golfers of his time, presented the beautiful new trophy to the club this week, and it is sure to become a much sought-after piece of silverware for many years to come.

Ted Harrington (11) carded an excellent round of 66 to become the first name on the trophy - great golf! Second home was John Browne (14) with a 68, whilst Junior Cashin (5) continued the good form that will see him finish as winner of the golfer of the year title with a fine 69 for third place.

Andrew Ryan took the gross with a 74 whilst the categories went to Eddie Sweeney (9, 69), Martin Carroll (13, 70) and Jim Meggs (16, 71). Thank you to Martin O'Brien for kindly putting forward the beautiful trophy and generously supporting the competition.

The October open singles took place earlier in the week with a strong field taking part. John Shalloe (5) took the overall first prize with an excellent 41 points. He finished one clear of John Whelan (14) who posted 40 points, while Chairman Michael O'Neill (19) finished in third on 37 points.

Robbie Farrell won the gross with 35 points. In Cat. A, John F. Roche (19, 37 points), Eamon Delaney (16, 34 points) and Seamus Kennelly (8, Courtown, 34 points) were the first three home. John Murphy (18, 37 points), Paddy Shannon (10, 35 points) and J.J. Murray (20, 35 points) were the Cat. B prize-winners.

A two-person team event takes place right across the Halloween Bank holiday weekend, running from Friday to Monday (October 23 to 26). Tee-times can be booked online.

The following weekend an open charity singles in aid of New Ross Community Hospital takes place. 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.

Pre-paid entries are now being taken for the winter league. The entry fee is €25 for all five rounds. The first round takes place on November 7-8. To enter please put your name, contact number and preferred tee-time on an envelope clearly marked 'winter league' and place it in the men's competition box. The closing date for entries is Sunday, November 1.

This year an internal handicap reduction will apply to players who record scores of 32 points or above for the 14 holes. Players who have 32 or 33 points will carry one shot for subsequent rounds, those who record 34 or 35 points will carry two shots, and those who record a score of 36 points or above will carry three shots.

Congratulations to Donal Hosey who saw off the very strong challenge of Robert O'Dwyer to win the singles matchplay final last week. The match went all the way to the 17th hole before being decided in Donal's favour.

Donal joins Jim Byrne and John Hartley (fourball) and Mossy Connell and Declan Breen (foursomes) on this year's men's matchplay roll of honour. Well done to all who took part and to all the winners.


Hamper sponsored by Mick Lyons: 1, Hazel Butler (23), 33 points; 2, Joan Dunbar (26), 32 points; 3, Noeleen Williams (22), 31 points.


The Wednesday nine-hole competition was played in glorious sunshine and saw some good scoring. Committee member Peter Byrne (23) had his best nine-hole score ever of 24 points to win.

Martin Conroy (19) was second with a fine 21 points and Peter's brother, Kevin (20), was third with 19 points.

The weekend saw a well-attended v. par competition in good but slightly windy conditions.

The winner was Stephen Greene (19) on a fine score of five up. Stephen was out early on Sunday morning due to a match of some importance on television.

Anthony D. Doyle (12) was second with a score of three up, and Sammy Walker (8) was third on two up, holding off Dermot Noctor on countback.


Weekly competition, October 10, 11 and 13: 1, Frances Houlihan (28), 35; 2, Alice Druhan (22), 33; 3, Helen Redmond (24), 31.


The weather on Tuesday, October 13, followed the pattern of good weather promised for the week, and ladies competing in the singles stableford competition, sponsored by Karl Martin Hairdressers, were happy with the bright, dry conditions.

Results: 1, Vera Garry (24), 39 points; 2, Helen D'Eathe (34), 38 points; 3, Ciara Sharkey (5), 36 points; 4, Maureen O'Dwyer (35), 35 points (back nine); 5, Vera Swan (34), 35 points; 36 handicap, Pauline Murphy (36), 32 points; nine-hole winner, Betty O'Leary (29), 13 points.

Monday, October 12, saw the South Eastern Alliance take to the course with 60 ladies participating. Our own Teresa Bailey is lady Captain of the Alliance this year and presented Marita Byrne from Bunclody with the winner's prize.

The Martin Doyle Classic was held on Saturday, October 17. The presentation was held after the competition when ladies were treated to a meal prepared by club caterer, James Donnelly, and his team.

Results: 1, Aisling O'Leary, Vera Garry, Helen Warren, 57.0; 2, Helen Cosgrave, Margaret Mangan, Sarah Houlihan, 58.5; 3, Mary Bolger, Bernie Delaney, Marie Carter, 60.1; 4, Jenny King, Christine Caesar, Joan Whelan, 61.0; 5, Mary McCauley, Ann Delaney, Lora Bolger, 61.3.

The annual bronze medal was presented to Mary Breen, a mark of her consistency in achieving high points in competitions during the year, while Teresa Bailey was honoured with the silver spoon.

Winner of the silver medal was Ciara Sharkey, a constant presence at the weekly presentations. Ciara was also awarded the highest honour of the year when she was named golfer of the year.

In 2001, at the tender age of ten, Ciara joined Enniscorthy Golf Club and dropped from an initial handicap of 45 to 8 by 2006. Maeve McCauley was lady Captain at that time and Ciara always credits Maeve for introducing her to the club.

She went on to claim her place on the Irish golf squad at Under-16 and -18, and also played for Leinster between 2007 and 2008.

She relates most of her early success to well-known club members Bridie Kelly, Jack Murphy and George Leech, and also received great help from Martin Sludds, club professional at that time.

Ciara has made many friends over her years on the circuits and sees a great future in Junior golf for Enniscorthy. Many congratulations, Ciara, and to Mary and Teresa.

An open four-person team event will run on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 24, 25 and 26, with the sponsor being Enniscorthy Golf Club.


Ladies' day, two-person team , Tuesday, October 13: 1, Eileen Cullen (18), Mona Sheehan (30), 49 points; 2, Sorcha Howell (4), Mary Kilbride (21), 48 points; nine-hole stableford: 1, Eileen O'Brien (18), 19 points.

Wednesday sweep, October 14: 1, Tommy Kinsella (19), 36 points; 2, Mark Devereux (23), 33 points; 3, Harry Poole (23), 31 points; 4, Joe Kavanagh (28), 30 points (last nine.

Ladies' open day, Thursday, October 15: 1, Doris Doyle (23), 40 points; Cat. 1, Anne Marie Furlong (28), 37 points; Cat. 2, Veronica O'Riordan (32, Seafield), 37 points; Cat. 3, Eileen Wheeler (31), 32 points. C.S.S.: 72 (32 points).

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