On the fairways
Bunclody: Week five, race to Paddy's Day: 1, Tony Murphy (19), 28 points; 2, Martin Roberts (12), 27 points; gross, Ray Mullen (6), 24 points; 3, Martin Bennett (15), 26 points.
February 28 to March 5, ladies' weekly competition: 1, Ann Cowman (36), 23 points; 2, Alice Druhan (22), 19 points.
March 5 and 6, twelve-hole singles: 1, Tony Murphy (19), 28 points; 2, Martin Roberts (12), 27 points; 3, Martin Bennett (15), 26 points.
The Wednesday nine-hole was won by Stephen Greene.
Results from the singles stableford played over the weekend were: 1, Richard Doyle, 41 points; 2, Anthony P. Doyle (Captain), 39 points; 3, Anthony D. Doyle, 39 points; front nine, David McMahon; back nine, Donal Byrne.
Winter league - Group A: Seán Furlong and Robbie Kehoe beat Pat Madsen and Peter Brolly; Donal Byrne and Martin Conroy (substitute for Mark Read) beat Andrew and Peter Byrne; Seán Furlong and Robbie Kehoe beat Pádraig Grainger and Christy Dodson; Group C: Mick Kenny and Damien Maher beat Steve Sharman and Richard Temple; John Fitzgerald and Pat Miskella beat John Doyle and Tom Keogh; Group D: Ger and Paul O'Brien beat Charlie Logan and Brendan White (substitute for Ron Breen); Shane Fox and Greg Gilbert beat Tom Carey and Graham Doyle; Anthony D. Doyle beat Derek Robinson and Des Byrne.
The competition season got off to a flying start on Tuesday, March 8, with the very popular 'white elephant'. The weather was glorious and all the ladies enjoyed the golf, the fresh air, the exercise, the food and craic afterwards in the bar.
Every participant picks up a prize in the white elephant competition. Prizes were presented by lady Vice-Captain Mary McCauley, and the team of Marie Dunphy, Helen D'Eathe and Dervla Tierney came in first with a score of 49.2.
Second were Eimear McGrath, Mary Ruth-Tobin and Ann McGibney with 52.6, closely followed by Nicola Jacob, Joan Whelan and Dorothie Richardson with 53.5.
This week's Tuesday competition is a club-sponsored Scotch foursomes. This is a team of two where both golfers take the tee shot and then alternatively play the best ball to finish out the hole.
St. Patrick's Day is being marked in the club with an open ladies' and gents' fourball. There are still some times on the timesheet and a fourball is always a very enjoyable format.
Now is a great time to join the club and there are a range of categories for ladies as follows: full membership is €709; Senior Intermediate membership, if you are aged between 26 to 35, is €583; Intermediate membership, if you are aged between 19 to 25, is €383; distance membership is €439; five-day membership is €515; overseas membership is €260; student membership is €176; Junior membership is €100; Juvenile membership is €53.
Happy golfing and see you on the fairways. The long-term forecast is for a glorious summer!
In conjunction with the Rory Foundation, we have been offered the opportunity to qualify a team to play in the upcoming Irish Open Pro-Am.
The winner of our gents' singles competition to be held on March 19-20, along with the winner of our ladies' singles competition to be held on March 27 and 29, will qualify to represent our club in a regional qualifier to be held in April. The Rory Foundation has requested that all Junior members eligible to play in club competitions be allowed enter and can qualify to represent our club in the qualifier.
All members are invited to take part in the 'Backroads to the Rising March' which is taking place on Easter Monday, March 28. The march will commence from the club car park at 10 a.m.
Our group will be part of the Philip Lennon route. We will be joining the group that will be marching from Clonroche to Enniscorthy. Participants are urged to wear period costume if possible.
Please give yourself plenty of time to reach the car park prior to the march. We look forward to seeing many of our members partake in this unique historical event.
The first of this year's gents' open Seniors sponsored by David Garahy was held in beautiful sunshine on Thursday. The overall winner from a field of one hundred was Paddy Kelly (23) with 42 points (back nine).
Over-50: 1, Ger Turner (19), 42 points; 2, Eoin Mullarkey (12), 41 points; Over-60: 1, John Denton (Wexford, 17), 38 points; 2, Martin Collins (20), 37 points; Over-70: 1, Nick Casey (15), 36 points; 2, Martin Moran (23), 34 points; Over-80: 1, Jim Conroy (27), 38 points; 2, Malo Roban (20), 35 points (last three).
The weekend competition was a Scotch foursomes. The winners were Seán Hamilton (23) and Donal O'Brien (13) with 65 strokes . Second were Ernesto Di Fiore (24) and Chris Timmins (14) with 67 strokes (back nine). Third place went to Denis Dunbar (8) and Martin Canavan (18) with 67 strokes.
A total of 108 played in this competition. Congratulations to all our prize-winners.
The ladies have a Scotch foursomes competition today (Tuesday). The St. Patrick's Day competition is an open ladies' and gents' fourball (any combination) sponsored by the Logo Centre. The cost is €6 for members and €15 for visitors. Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, is a gents' singles sponsored by the solicitors.
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NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday, March 9: 1, Anne Teague (36), 24 points; 2, Anne Curtis (Adm., 20), 25 - 2 = 23 points; 3, Marie O'Connor (30), 22 points (last seven); Senior, Patricia Quinn (27), 21 points.
Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, March 16, 18-hole stableford (gross) sponsored by E.W. Levingstone; Wednesday, March 23, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Euro Mobil.
The final round of the winter league has commenced and will run until March 29.
The golfing season officially kicked off with the Captains' drive-in on Saturday. As usual there was a large crowd awaiting the arrival of the Captains who arrived in style on push bikes.
We can confirm that both Eileen and Pat hit beautiful drives down the first. We couldn't convince Pat to drive off with a 1930s club; instead he used his trusted Ping driver!
There was a great buzz in the clubhouse afterwards and everyone had a great evening. Again we would like to wish the incoming Captains and Presidents the best for the coming golfing season.
Captains' drive-in results - front nine: 1, Colman Doyle, Ciaran Doyle, Eileen Fitzgerald, Raymond Jones, 24.5; 2, John Fitzgerald, Jim French, Mary Osbourne, Laura Funge, 27.7.
Back nine: 1, Colin Sunderland, Mairéad Sunderland, Paddy Donohue, George Horan, 29.05; 2, Paddy O'Dowd, Noel Ivanoff, Mary Halford, Niall Nolan, 29.3.
Wednesday sweep: 1, Marc Devereux (23), 32 points; 2, Eamon Byrne (14), 29 points (back nine); 3, Frank Byrne (21), 29 points (back nine); 4, Richard Hounslow (14), 29 points.
Congratulations to Mick Morrissey who had a hole-in-one on the eighth.
Ladies' competition: 1, Eileen O'Brien (18), 29 points; 2, Cecilia O'Riordan (25), 25 points; 3, Helen Mundow (29), 24 points.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
Some 15 teams enjoyed last Thursday's outing in the best conditions weather wise so far this year.
Big scores were to be expected and four teams breached the 90 points target barrier. We had a clear winner too in that one team scored 95 points.
It was extremely close to find the runners-up who finished deadlocked on 92 points, and even looking for a better back nine total could not separate them. It was down to who scored more points over the last six holes and here 30 points versus 28 decided the issue.
Taking the number one berth were Bob Doyle (9), Steve Travis (18), John Joe Murray (20) and Martin Hartley (22) with the aforementioned 95 points. Second spot on 92 points eventually went to Hughie O'Connor (17), Ger Freyne (19), Dick Cahill (19) and Donie Cody (22).
On the same score came Willie Byrne (13), Patsy Farrell (16), Kevin Treacy (18) and Billy Redmond (21) to claim third prize.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Ger Freyne on the ninth and Tony Sexton on the eleventh, with Tony winning jewellery sponsored by Ron Goodwin.
We have no game next Thursday but we resume again on Thursday, March 24, where all fees (€20) for our outing to Waterford Castle on Tuesday, March 29, must be paid. Anyone not yet booked in can do so by texting or ringing Jamesie Murphy on 085-1846172 as soon as possible as spaces are limited, and we already have a big contingent booked in.