Juveniles shine bright on sunny day
THE weather was hot but the golf was hotter as six score young golfers from 18 different clubs fought for the title of Junior golf champion of Wexford.
An indication of the level of commitment was evident as more than a dozen players scored in excess of 40 points.
Darragh Cooper (34) from Enniscorthy emerged as overall winner with 43 points. Emmet Ryan (34) from Edmondstown was second on 42 with Tommy Walsh (31) winning third place on 41 after a countback.
Winners of the category prizes were: A, David Tormey (8, Wexford), 40 points; B, Patrick Somers (9, Grange), 41 points; C, Sam Small (22, Elm Park), 40 points; D, Callum Quirke (28, Wexford), 40 points.
The gross prize was won by John Brady (6) from Rosslare on 30 points, while Philip Lambert (17) claimed the visitor's prize with 41 points.
The winner of the front nine was Darren Flanagan (24) of Wexford, who had 24 points and won on a countback. A countback was also needed to determine the winner of the back nine, which went to Richard Gaule (10) of Waterford with 21 points.
The longest drive covered a phenomenal 301 metres on the tenth hole and was struck by Brad Cohen (6) of Wexford. Naturally he eagled this par five hole.
Nearest the pin was awarded for each par three hole and the winners were: third hole, Jack McGarry (Rosslare); sixth hole, Martin Roche (Rosslare); ninth hole, Patrick Somers (Grange); 13th hole, Jack Small (Elm Park); 16th hole, Michael Reiche (Waterford).
The leading lady was Ruth Keating (13) of Castlewarden who returned a very respectable score of 43. Emma Fenlon (34) of Rosslare came second after a countback with 38. Kate Mackey (31) was in third place with a similar score of 38.
The other girls in the prizes were: Aoife Farrell (26, Knocknagally) with 36, Chloe Kehoe (27, Wexford) on 34, and Anna Foster (36, Dun Laoghaire) with 33.
Open singles for boys and girls will be held in Wicklow, Waterford Castle, Rosslare, Courtown, Waterford and Enniscorthy over the coming weeks. Details are available on the noticeboard.
The Junior Knockout Cup is approaching the ante-penultimate stage with Brian Thomas easing his way to the quarter-final by beating Ryan Dempsey.
Wednesday, July 10, open singles stableford, white tees (C.S.S.: 72): 1, Donal Gordon (17), 41 points; 2, Nicholas McBride (14), 39; veteran, Seamus McCormack (14), 36.
There was a turn-out of 37 players for this open competition. Firm fairways ensured long hitting off the tee, however it was the short game that separated the winners from the field. Well done Donal on returning such a good score.
Fixtures: Wednesday, July 24, open singles, gents and ladies; Friday, July 26, open wine competition all day; evening nine-hole open competition, 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, Captains' charity singles stableford, gents and ladies; Captains' prize dinner; Sunday, July 28, Captain's prize to the ladies and lady Captain's prize to the men.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
July 10, open singles: 1, Anna Smith Jnr. (24), 41 points; 2, Rionach Donlon (19), 40 points; 3, Kathleen Goggin (35), 38 points.
The weather was a real golfer's holiday with some great scoring. Well done Anna on achieving first place with a great score of 41 points, followed closely by Rionach with 40 points and Kathleen who beat Kelley on the countback for third place with 38 points.
July 13, lady Captain's day (Peigi O'Rourke): 1, Jean O'Kennedy, 67 nett; 2, Ann Byrne, 68 nett; 3, Annette Brady, 71 nett; 4, Susan Evans, 71 nett; gross, Eileen Brosnan; front nine, Bernadette Tully; back nine, Nora Kavanagh.
It was another amazing day for our lady Captain's day. The atmosphere and golf were fantastic. Thanks so much to our lady Captain Peigi for the brilliant prizes which were given at dinner in the clubhouse.
Well done to a most deserving winner, Jean, on a fantastic score of 67 nett, and well done to all our prize-winners who all lost shots.
A special thanks also to our resident photographer, Mick Brosnan, who took photos of all the ladies. Well done Peigi on a most enjoyable day.
July 14, singles stableford: 1, Fiona Keenan (visitor, 28), 45 points; 2, Eileen Walsh (36), 40 points; 3, Bernadette Tully (33), 38 points.
On a glorious day the scores were high even after a late night for many players celebrating lady Captain's day the previous night. Well done to the prize-winners.
Congratulations to the Finn Trophy team on a great win in the quarter-final against Bunclody. Well played ladies and good luck in the semi-final. Super team Captain was lady Vice-Captain Janet!
July 17, open Seniors: 1, Joy Elliot (26), 42 points; 2, Angela Sheehan (29), 40 points; 3, Kathleen Goggin (34), 39 points.
The weather was a real golfer's friend and the scores show this. Well done Joy on a great win in the Seniors competition with a fine score of 42 points and also to Angela and Kathleen on great scores of 40 and 39 points respectively.
We have a Seniors on July 31 which is sponsored by GLP, from the called off April competition. Well done to our ladies' Finn Trophy team on beating Bunclody to get into the semi-finals on Sunday last. Play well and enjoy your golf.
July 17, open singles: 1, Linda Shine (23), 40 points.
Well done Linda on a great score of 40 points in this open singles competition. Well done also to all the other ladies who played. Play well in the future and enjoy your golf.
The golfer of the year, kindly sponsored by NMA Architects, came to a conclusion after a week of golf in sweltering conditions.
Quarter-finals: Philip Balfe beat Anthony Duggan; Dermot Kelly beat Denis Noonan; Ronan Lewis beat Kevin Collins; Ned Kinsella beat Derek Wickham.
Semi-finals: Balfe beat Kelly; Lewis beat Kinsella.
In the final Balfe, who was conceding five shots to Lewis, played some great golf to see off his long-hitting opponent.
In the Leinster quarter-final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield, Rosslare went down narrowly to City West in Arklow. Mark Fitzpatrick and Ken Maher, and Brendan Gargan-Rossiter and John Brady, won, and then Mark O'Connor and Mick Devlin and John Galvin and Jim Goggin lost to leave the result depending on the final game.
Jack McGarry and Alex Brady were level playing the 18th but were unfortunate to drive into a bunker and lose to a par five. Well done to the boys and managers Willie and Alan Cuddihy, and to Martin Quigley who was also part of the panel.
Well done to our young boys who played in the Leinster Boys' Under-15 Championship in Ashbourne (par 71). Jack McGarry won the Under-14 title with a 74, Alex Brady was third in the Under-15 with a 74, while John Brady shot a 76. As a result, Jack has been selected on the Leinster team to play the inter-provincial.
Saturday, July 13, 12-hole fourball on Burrow: 1, Terry O'Hara (21), Jimmy King (20), 30 points; 2, Pat Roche (12), Eamonn Mullan (16), 30 points.
Sunday, July 14, singles: 1, James Sherwin (7, Milltown), 42 points; 2, Pádraig O'Rourke (4), 41 points; gross, Gary Collins (+1), 37 points; veteran, Syl Farrell (13), 39 points; 3, Rory Deane (6), 40 points; 4, Dayle Donohoe (4, Enniscorthy), 40 points.
Wednesday, July 17, singles: 1, Harry Duggan (4, Kilkenny), 44 points; 2, Richard Duggan Jnr. (10, Kilkenny), 43 points; gross, Liam McNamara (3), 37 points; veteran, Donal O'Flaherty (14), 38 points; 3, Mathew Homan (8), 43 points; 4, Peter Griffin (14), 43 points; visitor, Maurice Donohue (3, Enniscorthy), 39 points.
Men's open week begins on Friday, August 2, with all details next week.
Wednesday, July 24, open ladies' and gents' singles. Visitors: €25.
Thursday, July 18, 18-hole stableford competition sponsored by Liam Bowler, Pro Shop (P.G.A. Tankard): 1, Patricia Boyd (28), 43 (back six); 2, Rose Morris (32), 43; gross, Helen Lacey (6), 28; 3, Marguerite McGrath (26), 42; 4, Sally O'Neill (21), 40; 5, Denise Dunne (26), 39; Senior, Treasa O'Connor.
A total of 76 took part in the competition. Congratulations and well done ladies, great scoring. Patricia Boyd was the winner of the P.G.A. Tankard. We sincerely thank Liam Bowler for the very generous prizes.
Hard luck to our Junior Cup team which lost to Callan on Sunday week last. Good luck to the Senior Foursomes team against Enniscorthy on Wednesday, July 24, in St. Helen's.
The first Rosslare Jazz Festival takes place next week and on Friday next the acclaimed Dave Jones Trio will play in Rosslare Golf Club from 9.30 p.m. in the bar. The Terrace restaurant is open as usual all day and from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. will have a jazz night special two-course meal and a glass of wine for €20.
The deadline for the Nancy Todd singles and fourball matchplay is this Thursday, July 25. Please make sure all matches are played by then.
Today's competition is sponsored by Boggan's Londis Supermarket Rosslare. The presentation of the July prizes takes place tonight (Tusday) at 9.30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, there is an open singles competition, visitors €25.
Ladies' open week commences on Monday next, July 29, until Friday, August 2. Please see the website for details and timesheets.
A date for your diary ladies: the French Connection fashion show will take place in the clubhouse on Monday night, July 29.
Tuesday, July 16, ladies' singles v. par: 1, Paula Stafford (17), five up; 2, Catherine Young (25), five up (back six); gross, Angela Murphy (13), seven down; 3, Noreen Fox (22), five up; 4, Bernie Riordan (29), three up; Senior, Till Kennedy (29), three up.
Wednesday, July 17, open singles stableford: 1, Yvonne O'Connor (15), 38 points (back nine); 2, Gemma Campion (31), 38 points; 3, Suzanne Ryan (31), 36 points; 4, Marie Garahy (22), 33 points (back nine).
The final competition of open week was a singles strokes sponsored by Grannell Motors. One hundred and eighty players took part and the winner was Barry Malone, playing off a handicap of 10, with a great score of 66. In second place was Gregory Gilbert from Ballymoney, playing off five, who beat Niall McGuigan on the back nine.
July 14, Grannell Motors singles strokes competition: 1, Barry Malone, 66; 2, Gregory Gilbert (Ballymoney), 67 (back nine); 3, Niall McGuigan, 67; gross, Tony O'Leary, 71; customer prizes: 1, Michael Wadding, 69; 2, Jim Doyle, 70 (back nine); 3, Brian Kirwan, 70.
July 20, 14-hole Sweepstakes: 1, Roy Doyle and Jimmy Doyle, 43 points; 2, Derek Murphy and Andrew Roche, 41 points.
Don't forget the Phil Roche team event that takes place next week. Due to a demand for tee-times, the sheet is now available on Tuesday, July 30. This is a four-person team event, entry is €80 per team and the price includes a meal. So check online for tee-times or phone the golf club on 05391-46300.
NEW ROSS JUNIORS
The New Ross boys' golf team has qualified for the Leinster Under-15 competition with a magnificent victory over a very fancied Kilkenny team.
The winning New Ross team was Aaron Cashin, Thomas O'Connor, David Walsh, Aidan O'Neill and Ronan Whelan. The team's next match is against Baltinglass or Newbridge.