Tuesday 12 December 2017

On the fairways

Courtown Captain Pat Walsh with the overall winter league winners, Richie Barnwell and Gerry Lennon, the runners-up, Joey O' Brien and Tom Kinsella, and competition sponsor, Colman Doyle (EBS)
Courtown Captain Pat Walsh with the overall winter league winners, Richie Barnwell and Gerry Lennon, the runners-up, Joey O' Brien and Tom Kinsella, and competition sponsor, Colman Doyle (EBS)
Marie O'Connor (lady President), Owen Conway (President), Aidan O'Neill (Junior Captain), Derek Ronan (Captain) and Mary Maher (lady Captain) at the New Ross drive-in on Saturday

New Ross Seniors: The going was heavy on Thursday after the persistent rain of the previous few days. In view of that we went with the popular champagne scramble in order to bring everyone into the game, and it proved most enjoyable for all taking part.

Thirteen teams competed and nine broke the 90-point barrier, showing once again the fairness of our draw system.

Only one point separated first, second and third prize-winners, and a countback was necessary to decide which team finished second. These three front runners compiled excellent scores in the conditions, all ending in the high nineties.

Taking the accolades were Patsy Farrell (16), Luke Power (19), Ger Freyne (19) and Billy Redmond (21) with a terrific score of 98 points. Second place went to Michael Lee (16), John Murphy (17), Paul Laffan (20) and Martin Hartley (22) with 97 points. Third place also on 97 points was filled by Bob Doyle (9), Johnny Watson (18) and Willie Naddy (19).

Nearest the pin on the ninth hole went to Andy Ronan, with no tape being returned for the eleventh.

We are now finalising our away outings for 2016 and they include visits to Bunclody, Gowran Park, Coollattin, Waterford Castle, Dungarvan and Faithlegg. Also in the pipeline to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Seniors group is a two-night overnight stay plus golf early in September.


Last week's 14-hole club singles was played out in reasonable conditions, with Slieverue's James O'Brien (17) showing a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field by turning in an impressive total of 33 points for the win.

Ray Shannon (15) edged out Ger Freyne (19) for second place by virtue of a better last nine, with both men finishing on 30 points. Eamon Dungan won the gross with 23 point,s and the categories went the way of Rory Hussey (6, 26 points), John Hackett (11, 29 points) and Pat Whelan (17, 29 points).

Next weekend, the first medal of the year is being played for, with Visiconnex sponsoring the March medals. There are tee-times available on both Saturday and Sunday.

The popular St. Patrick's fourball takes place the following week, and runs from Thursday, March 17, to Sunday, March 20. Tee-times can be booked online and the competition is open to men, ladies and visitors in any combination.

The golfing year got under way in earnest when Captains Derek Ronan and Mary Maher drove in last weekend. There was a great crowd in attendance to watch the ceremonial tee shots, with Presidents Owen Conway and Marie O'Connor, and Junior Captain Aidan O'Neill, also teeing off their years in office.

The drive-in was followed by a nine-hole mixed team event, with the team of Michael Kelleher, Denis Kennedy and Liz Roberts best of the bunch by some distance with 42 points. Best wishes to the Captains and Presidents for the year ahead!

A table quiz takes place in the clubhouse on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m. sharp. A team of four cost €20 and all are welcome.

The Find the Joker is back after a winter break. Carmel Fenlon was the last jackpot winner, scooping a healthy €2,450. The starting jackpot is €500.

Entries costs €2 and are taken in the bar. The next draw takes place on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. Thank you to all who support this fundraiser.


The mid-week nine-hole from two weeks ago was won by Derek Robinson (8) on 17 points.

Singles stableford, February 27 and 28: 1, Shane Fox (11), 40 points; 2, Seán Furlong (9), 37 points; 3, Martin Conroy (19), 36 points.

The singles stableford from last weekend was won by Marty Lawlor (8) on 39 points, with Kevin Byrne (20) second on 33 points.

The ladies' ine-hole competition played on Sunday was won by lady Captain Sinéad Johnson.

Winter league results - Group A: Pádraig Grainger and Christy Dodson received a w.o. from James Byrne and Stephen Kennedy; Donal Byrne and Mark Read beat Robbie Kehoe and Seán Furlong; Pat Madsen and Kevin Byrne (substitute for Peter Brolly) beat Andrew and Peter Byrne.

Group B: Stephen Greene and Dermot Noctor beat Paul Swinburne and Anthony P. Doyle; Martin Conroy and Mark Miskella (substitute for Tommy Dunne) beat Eugene O'Brien and Marty Lawlor.

Group C: Tony Aherne and John Farrell beat Tom Keogh and Philip Moore (substitute for John Doyle); Paddy Leacy and John Murphy beat Steve Sharman and Richard Temple; Mick Kenny and Damien Maher beat John Fitzgerald and Pat Miskella.

Group D: Derek Robinson and Des Byrne beat Peter Byrne and Anthony Fortune (substitutes for Graham Doyle and Tom Carey); Ger and Paul O'Brien beat Shane Fox and Greg Gilbert .


Congratulations to the winners of our Captains' drive-in draws. Gerry McMahon was the winner of the 2017 subscription, with the Junior subscription being won by Aidan Nolan. Murty Dempsey will have no parking problems for 2016 as he is now the proud owner of his very own spot.

The Joker jackpot was finally won with Jack Murphy now being €1,650 richer. Thanks to everyone who supported the draws.

As the golfing year is beginning we would ask that all members take a look in their car boots, lockers and garages, and should you come upon sand divot bags, could you please return them to the stands at the exit from the course or at the first tee box.

Our men's golf committee are looking for a male member to take on the role of Public Relations Officer (P.R.O.) for 2016. The main responsibility attached to the role would be to ensure that we have news/results in the local papers. Should you have an interest in taking on the role, please contact Christy O'Connor, the Secretary of men's golf.

The fairway sanding scheduled to take place on Monday, March 7, has had to be re-scheduled because of heavy ground conditions. The proposed new date is for April 12 (Tuesday). The ladies' competition scheduled to take place on April 12 has been moved back one day to April 11.

Last weekend's competition was a singles stableford. In first place was John Cullen (14) with 41 points (back nine). Second prize went to Lee Quigley (8) with 41 points.

The gross prize was won by Paul Connolly (6) with 31 points. The third prize went to Barry Bolger (18) with 38 points (back nine). Nicholas Cahill (14) was in fourth place with 38 points (back nine), and our Seniors' prize was won by Patsy Kavanagh (6) with 36 points.

A total of 89 played despite the late start on Sunday. Well done to all our winners.

The first of this year's gents' open Seniors will take place on Thursday, March 10. The entry fee is €5 for members and €12 for visitors, and David Garahy is the sponsor.

The weekend event is a Scotch foursomes competition, and the ladies' event for Tuesday, March 15, is also a Scotch foursomes format.

As always, check out our Facebook page and website - - for special offers and news.


The Captains' drive-in on Sunday, February 28, was blessed with wonderful weather and good course conditions. Scores of members and friends turned up to wish the men's Captain, Liam, and the lady Captain, Stellah, well.

They arrived by pony and trap, with the Captain dressed in a stylish 1916 uniform as a tribute to this year's centenary, and the lady Captain highlighting the club's connection with the novel and Oscar-nominated film, Brooklyn.

It was an excellent day of golf, delicious food and wonderful entertainment, very kindly provided by club members Jimmy Hogan and Lar Kenny. The golf club choir showed their versatility by giving a lovely rendition of some 1916 themed ballads and a tune from Les Miserables. Good craic went on late into the evening and everybody was delighted that the new season was officially under way.

The opening golf event of the season for the ladies gets under way on Tuesday, March 8. This is the 14 holes 'white elephant' scramble and is a terrific ice-breaker for new and long-standing members alike. And every participant wins a prize!

Dorothy Kenny has her team managers in place for this year and their names are posted in the locker room.

The Choir are continuing to rehearse for their next performance in the Cathedral during Easter week. If any members would like to come along and join the choir for their weekly practice, you would be more than welcome. Practice is scheduled for 6.50 p.m. on Fridays.

If you're interested in joining the club, please contact Paul or Sinéad in the office at 05392-33191 or e-mail . Remember that you're not just joining a golf club, it's a home from home and a place to form lifelong friendships. Our committee members would be delighted to meet you, show you around the club and the course and introduce you to existing members.

To quote a line from Colm Toibin's Nora Webster: 'Ah, it's a great game. It's not just the exercise, but it's a way of getting to know a town'.


Wednesday, February 24: 1, Teresa Byrne (22), 24 points (last seven); 2, Bridget Duffin (30), 24 points; 3, Breda McManus (22), 23 points.

Wednesday, March 2: course closed.

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, March 9, 14-hole stableford (Senior) sponsored by French's Pharmacy (please note the 14-hole competition is extended by one week due to bad weather).

Wednesday, March 16: 18-hole stableford (gross) sponsored by E.W. Levingstone.

The second round of the winter league finshes on Tuesday, March 8. The third and final round commences on Wednesday, March 9, and runs until Tuesday, March 29.


The EBS Colman Doyle Finance Ltd. winter league dinner and presentations took place on Saturday. A fantastic evening was had by all. Congratulations to all the winners and a massive thanks to Colman for sponsoring our winter league.

Division 1: 1, Gerry Lennon and Richie Barnwell, 170 points (last card); 2, Tommy Kinsella and Joey O'Brien, 170 points; Division 2: 1, Pat Cullen Jnr. and Liam Flynn, 148 points (last card); Division 3: 1, Paul Kehoe and Joe Butler, 139 points; Division 4: 1, Owen O'Kelly and Pat Roche, 131 points.

Section winners: 1, Joe Keegan and Colin Browne; 2, Geoff Masterson and Jason Kinsella; 3, Seamus Kennelly and Alan Lawlor; 4, Tommy Kinsella and Joey O'Brien; 5, John Morgan and Brendan Fagan; 6, Richie Barnwell and Gerry Lennon; 7, Pádraic Flood and Stephen Ryan.

Best round scores: 1, Joe Keegan and Colin Browne, 38 points; 2, Arthur Nolan and Kevin Ivers, 40 points (last six); 3, Jimmy Woods and John O'Connor Jnr., 36 points; 4, Geoff Masterson and Jason Kinsella, 38 points; 5, Jimmy Woods and John O'Connor Jnr., 36 points; 6, Brendan Malone and John Doran, 38 points; 7, Richie Barnwell and Gerry Lennon, 40 points.

Best 18 holes (excluding prize-winners): 1, Jimmy Woods and John O'Connor Jnr., 46 points.

Best 13 holes (excluding prize-winners): 1, Michael Kelly and Tommy Kavanagh, 36 points; 2, Michael O'Shaughnessy and Gabriel Allen, 33 points.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Courtown Golf Club, please contact the office on 05394-25166 or

Gents' Senior open, Thursday, March 3: 1, Michael Sheil (18), 26 points; Cat. 1: 1, Michael Power (12), 23 points; Cat. 2: 1, Vinnie Kavanagh (13), 22 points (last nine); Cat. 3: 1, Des Taylor (26), 14 points.

Singles, March 4 and 5 - ladies: 1, Catherine Quinn (17), 27 points (countback); 2, Maria Dwyer (36), 27 points (countback).

Gents: 1, Eamon Byrne (14), 34 points; 2, Tony Hewitt (18), 33 points; 3, Larry D'Arcy (9), 32 points (last nine); gross, Dave Maher (3), 28 points.

Mary Cleere won €50 but no Joker was found in our Find The Joker.

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