On the fairways
Golf Club notes
Rosslare Ladies - Saturday, January 3, fourball, 14 holes: 1, Anne Kelly (15/9), Teresa Cowman (15/9), 28 points; 2, Niamh Byrne (11/6), Joan Walsh (21/12), 27 points.
Tuesday, January 6, singles stableford, 14 holes: 1, Paula Stafford (16/12), 28 points; 2, Karen O'Keefe (27/21), 27 points; 3, Eileen Doyle (21/16), 26 points (back seven); 4, Máire Farrell (20/16), 26 points (back four); 5, Gerarde Mahon (19/15), 26 points.
The Thursday morning Seniors competition has resumed for the new year. A reminder that the Friday morning golf on the Burrow course is also up and running. New members and beginners are very welcome. The ladies' Winter Alliance will be played in Rosslare on Monday, January 19.
The closing date for entries for the winter league is Tuesday, January 20, at 3 p.m. If you are available to play on the dates listed below please contact to Pro Shop to put your name forward: Sunday, January 25; Sunday, February 8; Sunday, February 22.
Correction to last week's notes: this year's girls' Junior captain is Julie Ann Malone. Best of luck to Julie Ann from the lady members.
New Ross Ladies
The 14-hole stableford competition recommences on Wednesday, January 14, with draws at 10-10.15 a.m. and 1-1.15 p.m. A timesheet will be in operation as usual.
Winter league entry closes on January 15.
A table quiz will be held in the Golf Club on Wednesday, January 28, at 8 p.m. Teams of four are €20, open to all members and non-members. Your support would be appreciated.
Our latest outing was in Wexford G.C. on December 13 which was a very special occasion for us as it was the 20th anniversary since the start of the society.
The original list of the first year's 43 members still exists and all on it were contacted and asked to come back and play to renew old friendships. Many took up the offer and thoroughly enjoyed the day. As expected some couldn't make it for one reason or another, so maybe they can be enticed back for the 25th!
A token gift pack was given to all present to commemorate the occasion and a print out of outing results from the early days brought back many memories.
A total of 44 played the 16-hole round, 15 of whom were in the initial 36 from the very first outing, in cool but good weather conditions (hip flasks were evident and a birdie was had by one player straight after having a nip!). For the time of year the course was in exceptional condition.
A meal was had in the clubhouse after which speeches and presentations were made. Outgoing Captain Stephen Wiggins started the proceedings by welcoming everybody and thanking the founder members for starting up our Society and keeping it going for as long as they were involved. He then handed over to the Secretary, Tom Furlong, who gave a 'short' speech on the history and achievements of the Society with a little heckling (you know who you are) from the now imbibed members and visitors.
With that over it was results time as follows: 1, Nicky Cousins, 32; 2, Barry Stafford, 31; 3, Robbie O'Callaghan, 30; gross, Rory Murphy (8), 29; Cat. 1, Joe Doyle, 27; Cat. 2, Tom Furlong, 30; front eight, Martin Roche, 15; back eight, Leo Murphy, 17; nearest to pin: Joe Kelly (16th), 9', and the winning visitors from 12 were: 1, Jim McGee, 34; 2, Joe Wilson, 34; 3, Paddy O'Reilly, 31.
Winners of the twos club and €40 each were Rory Murphy and David Curtin. Shot of the day was from Robbie O'Callaghan with a five-pointer on the index one on the 15th (robbing the Secretary of third place!). Well done Nicky on yet another fine victory.
Then it was the turn of naming next year's Captain, and we are delighted to announce that it will be the evergreen Eddie Cousins who promised to make a few changes. Lastly the golfer of the year was announced.
It was a two-man race at the start of the day between Joe Kelly and Edward Cousins tied on 34 points each. With the latter not in attendance it was wide open for the former to return a half-decent score, but alas he didn't have it in him and so, after much discussion, it was decided on a countback of the year's results that Edward should win it. Well done Edward.
Our society was founded by three men - Pat Murphy, Seán Sinnott and Eddie Cousins - and all were in attendance and made a fuss of. They each received a golfing jumper with our crest, the year that they were Captain and 'founder member' emblazoned across them in appreciation for all that they had done. Thank you gentlemen from all of us past and present members.
We then proceeded to have a draw of Christmas fare from the cards of those still present. Chocolate sweets were donated by our generous benefactor, Noel Wall.
A big thank you to Stephen Wiggins on a fine job as Captain for the year and all the good work that he did.
Our A.G.M. will be held in the Scout Hall on January 23 at 9 p.m. and please turn up as it is your Society after all. For more information view our website: www.taghmongolfsociety.ie.
St Helen's Ladies
January 4, singles stableford: 1, Kelley Holt (22), 25 points; 2, Anne Byrne (22), 19 points; 3, Susan Evans (13), 18 points.
I am glad to see that you ladies took me up and went out to play in this competition, and none other than our Kelley Holt came in with a tremendous score over eleven holes with 25 points which included her very first hole-in-one on the 17th. Very well done Kelley, you have been playing well the last few weeks and it came good.
I would like to say well done also to Ann, coming in with a very respectable score too of 19 points, and Susan following her with 18 points.
January 10, winter league round seven and singles stableford - winter league winner: 1, Eileen Brosnan (14), 18 points (countback); singles stableford winners: 1, Jean O'Kennedy (18), 19 points; 2, Eileen Brosnan (14), 18 points (countback); 3, Nora Kavanagh (14), 18 points (countback).
We are nearing the time to decide which team goes forward to play in the qualifiers of the winter league, so keep up the good work and play well which Jean did. Unfortunately though, because she was at the top position in the winter league for three wins she is penalised with loss of shots, although she still keeps her points for her team.
Well done Eileen on coming first with 18 points.
January 11, singles stableford, eleven-hole competition: 1, Susan Evans (13), 17 points.
Well done Susan on coming in the winner with 17 points. The very cold weather would test anybody's stamina and it is a wonder you could feel your hands.
Don't forget ladies, the winter league round eight is on next Saturday.
Monday, January 5, Senior ten-hole stableford competition: 1, Eileen Kent (24), 21 points. Well done Eileen.
Thursday, January 8, 12-hole stableford lamb competition: 1, Lily Rowe (16), 24 points (back four); 2, Una Robinson (21), 24 points; 3, Theresa Morris (25), 23 points; nearest the pin, Linda Friel, 11 ft., 7 ins.
A total of 34 ladies played in this competition. Well done to Martina Dempsey who has now joined an elite group with her hole-in-one on the ninth. Congratulations to all in the prizes.
Ladies, if you would like to play on teams for the coming year, please put your name on the sheet on the teams noticeboard in the ladies' locker room on or before January 19. It is always great to be part of a team and there is always the added bonus of getting to play on several golf courses!
If you would like to sponsor a competition for this year, please add your name to the sheet in the locker room. Your support is always very much appreciated.
The restaurant has a special offer on Thursdays for hot lunch and a glass of wine or pint for only €12 which is great value!
Thursday next, January 15, is a 12-hole stableford lamb competition.
New Ross Seniors
Talk about being blessed with a fine day - we got our wish on Thursday when we started off with our first competition of 2015. The torrential rains of Wednesday had thankfully drifted away and we had a fine rather mild January day with some nice spring sunshine into the bargain.
Fifteen teams went out on a course in splendid condition and renowned for its playability no matter how much it is battered by rain and gales.
The new handicaps in use (G.U.I.-based) were warmly welcomed by all the players as the old internal handicapping system was causing too much friction and dissention among the group. We fired off the new year with the ever-popular champagne scramble format which led to some high scores being recorded.
Leading home the posse in number one position with an incredible 103 points were Willie Whitty (15), Eamon Delaney (17), Seán O hUginn (20) and Michael Somers (23). A three-person team of Kevin Treacy (16), John Joe Cullen (17) and Kieran O'Grady (20) took second place with 101 points (95 + 6). A point behind on 100 came Steve Travis (16), Liam Cooley (16), Les Jastrebski (24) and Tony Sexton (27) to claim the third prize.
Fourth prize went to a three-man team comprised of Tony Harford (12), Luke Power (18) and Charlie Collins (18) whose 96 points (90 + 6), courtesy of a better back nine (49/47), edged out Denis Kirwan (11), Aidan Kent (15), Joe Malone (19) and Martin Burke (24) who took the fifth and final prize.
On the board for January are John Murphy, Denis Kirwan and Liam Glasheen, with the draw on Thursday at 10.40 a.m. sharp, so make your new year's resolution and be on time as latecomers will not be accommodated.
The Christmas Classic which ran for a number of weeks over the holiday period came to a conclusion last weekend. Almost 300 pairs entered the event, which was an 18-hole, two-person team competition with one score counting on the par fours and two on the par threes and par fives.
Joe O'Farrell and Pat Whelan proved again that they are formidable competitors by posting a score of 63 points which was good enough to win the competition, if only on the countback from the pairing of Charles Collins and Paul Cleary.
Third place went to Paddy Bennett and Michael Heaphy with 61 points (last two). The category prizes went to Paul McGrath and Joe O'Farrell with 59 points, Seamus Aldridge and Ger Walsh with 61 points, and Kenny Barrett and Tony Tubritt also with 61 points.
The mixed prize went to the St. Helen's duo of John Holt and Kelly Holt with 54 points. Dympna Molloy and Marie Therese Wall won the ladies' prize with 46 points and Enniscorthy's James Morrissey and Eamon Doyle won the visitors' prize with 59 points.
Thank you to all who took part in the event. Next weekend, the winter league swings back into action as the fourth round takes place. Harry Doran will be looking to consolidate his lead, but there is a strong field chasing him.
A table quiz will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday, January 28, at 8 p.m., with all funds raised going towards supporting our Junior section. This year the club intend to offer weekly coaching sessions for the Juniors, in addition to the normal programme of weekly competitions and the three inter-club competitions that are entered.
Our Juniors are key to the continuing health of the club and we hope you agree are a worthy cause. A table of four will cost €20, with some great prizes on offer for the quiz winners and in a raffle. All are welcome - why not bring along family, friends or work colleagues?
There are incentives being offered again this year for members who pay their subscriptions early (either by Friday, February 6, or Friday, February 27). Those who do will be entered into a prize draw(s) to win some great prizes, including 50% off your subscription for 2016.
Paying your subscription early helps the club during the quiet winter period - why not pay early, help the club and hopefully help yourself to a great prize! Members who topped up their bar cards by more than €225 in the period from April to December will be awarded their bonus credit next week. Check with Anthony in the bar for more details.
Congratulations to Denis Kennedy who was this week's winner of the Find the Joker draw. Denis opened envelope no. 43 to reveal the Queen of Diamonds. The jackpot rises to €6,193 and the next draw takes place on Sunday, January 25, at 5 p.m. with only a handful of cards left.
Entries cost €2 and are taken at the bar. Thank you to all who support this fundraiser.
The Wednesday nine-hole was called off due to bad weather.
The weekend singles stableford was played in cold conditions with a strong wind on both days. The results were not to hand at the time of writing and will be included in next week's report.
Winter league round four - Group 1: Derek Kavanagh and Tony Aherne beat Stephen Greene; Group 2, round three: Seán Furlong and Robbie Kehoe beat Dermot Noctor and Peter Byrne; Group 2, round four: Christy Dodson and Pádraig Grainger beat Peter Byrne and Derek Kavanagh (substitute for Dermot Noctor); Group 3: Richard and Anthony Doyle beat Marty Lawlor and Ger O'Brien; Richard Temple and Steve Sharman beat John Farrell and Jennifer Mahon; Group 4: Paul and Anthony D. Doyle beat Joe and Gavin Duffy.
At the A.G.M. outgoing Captain Pat Miskella thanked everyone for a great year and great support and welcomed incoming Captain Paul Swinburn. Paul nominated Anthony Doyle as his Vice-Captain.
There was a great attendance at the ladies' A.G.M. which was held on December 11. The previous twelve months were reviewed and it was particularly noted that numbers playing in the competitions during the year were well up.
The outgoing lady President, Ann Delaney, thanked members for their unstinting support, including all those who gave of their time and energy to play on teams. Outgoing lady Captain, Mary Halligan, stated that it was a privilege and pleasure to serve the club.
Our new lady Captain is Helen Cosgrave and new lady President is Connie Doyle, both ladies with a long and fruitful association with the club.
The incoming committee is as follows: Connie Doyle (lady President), Paula Creedon (lady Vice-President), Helen Cosgrave (lady Captain), Stellah Sinnott (lady Vice-Captain), Louise Doyle (Secretary), Margaret Frayne (Treasurer), Maeve McCauley (Handicaps), Marie Duggan (Competitions), Sheelagh Farrell (Prizes), Meta Cummins (Mixed competitions), Terri Talbot (P.R.O.), Laura Dempsey (Teams), Eimear McGrath (Juniors).
Two competitions rounded off 2014. Finalists in the singles competition were Ann Harvey and Mary Murphy, with Ann being the eventual winner. In the fourball matchplay competition, Marie Duggan and Lucy Healy put up a strong battle against the combination of Jenny King and Margaret Mooney but had to finally concede. Congratulations to all.
An important date for the diaries is the Captains' drive-in on February 22.