Monday 20 November 2017

On the fairways

Katie O'Harte, Megan Lanigan and Holly Mulvey, third year students in Gorey Community School, who claimed the Mid Leinster Junior schools golf title in Athy recently and will now represent the school at the All-Ireland finals
Katie O'Harte, Megan Lanigan and Holly Mulvey, third year students in Gorey Community School, who claimed the Mid Leinster Junior schools golf title in Athy recently and will now represent the school at the All-Ireland finals

Templars Society: Our first outing of the year was in Kilkenny Golf Club on Saturday, March 12, where Marky Murphy took the reins as Captain. A total of 43 players took part.

Results: 1, Colm Murphy (12), 38 points; 2, Richie O'Grady (16), 38 points; 3, Paddy Banville (25), 37 points; Cat. 1: 1, Frank Browne; 2, Aiden Cullen; 3, George Foley; Cat. 2: 1, Kenny Barrett; 2, Marky Murphy; 3, Joe Casey; Cat. 3: 1, Jason Molloy; 2, David Doran; 3, Kevin Meaney; nearest the pin, Alan Chapman; front nine, Brendan Duffin; back nine, Tony Tubritt.


The Gate Golfing Society held its first outing of 2016 at Wexford Golf Club on Saturday, March 19. The outing was sponsored by James Ryan of New Ross Glass for which members are very grateful. We wish to thank the Wexford Golf Club staff for a great day's golf.

Results: 1, Dick Merrigan (13), 30 points; 2, Darragh Walsh (18), 30 points (countback); 3, John Purcell (15), 29 points; longest drive, John Kehoe (G); nearest the pin, David Purcell; twos club, Michael Lee; Category 1, Martin Kehoe; Category 2, Michael Gannon; Category 3, David Purcell.

The next outing will be held at Enniscorthy Golf Club on April 16. We will be playing for the Jim O'Neill perpetual trophy. Jim was the first Captain of The Gate Golfing Society and this outing is open to all past members. We hope we will have big numbers on the day.


After a rest last week due to St. Patrick's Day falling on the Thursday, we resume activities this Thursday with our normal game pencilled in.

All players booked in for Waterford Castle on next Tuesday, March 29, should bring along the entry fee (€20) this Thursday in order to finalise details. The following are the teams and tee-times for the 'Castle', and there are still a couple of vacancies for any latecomers who might like to come along.

Please contact Jamesie Murphy on 051-421151 or 085-1846172 as soon as possible for inclusion on the trip. As we are strictly limited to our allotted spaces on the timesheet, everyone should endeavour to be in good time for their game.

10 a.m., Tony Harford, John Joe Cullen, Donie Cody, Ron Goodwin; 10.08 a.m., Denis Kirwan, Steve Travis, John Joe Murray, Jamesie Murphy; 10.16 a.m., John Murphy, Luke Power, Dick Cahill, George Peters; 10.24 a.m., John Browne, John Watson, Mick Brennan, Tom Kent; 10.32 a.m., Patsy Farrell, Kevin Treacy, Pat Traynor, Jim 'Dublin' Ryan; 10.40 a.m., John Kennedy, Jim 'Ross' Ryan, Martin Burke, Tony Sexton; 10.48 a.m., Andy Ronan, John F. Roche, Aidan O'Connor, Tom O'Shea; 10.56 a.m., Eddie Keher, Ger Freyne, Seamus Wall, Tommy Grennan; 11.04 a.m., Bob Doyle, Willie Kelly, Paul Laffan, Jim Kehoe; 11.12 a.m., Jim Furlong, Tommy Ryan, Tony Wallace, Larry Shannon; 11.20 a.m., Willie Byrne, Paddy Bennett, Mick Long, Billy Redmond; 11.28 a.m., John Shalloe, Michael Lee, Frank Boyle; 11.36 a.m., Eamon Delaney, Bob Dwyer, Liam Glasheen; 11.44 a.m., Michael Gannon, Willie Naddy, Les Jastrebski.

Please note: all teams play as selected, with no switching allowed - if that happens, that team will be disqualified from the prizes.


Some sparkling scores were recorded in last week's Visiconnex March medal, the first 18-hole competition of the year.

Tom Tyler (17) led them home with a fantastic 64, one ahead of Jim Howlin (12) on 65. Michael Kavanagh (15) was a further shot back in third place, whilst Robbie Farrell won the gross with a great effort of 71.

All the category winners recorded scores in the 60s. Aidan O'Neill (5) won Cat. 1 with 67, George Foley (14) won Cat. 2 with 68, and Charlie Collins (18) won Cat. 3 with a 66. Thank you to Derek Ronan and all at Visiconnex for their continued and generous support.

The Easter Classic runs from Friday, March 25 (Good Friday) to March 28 (Easter Monday). It is a two-person team event open to men, ladies and visitors in any combination.

Two scores will count on holes two, four, six, eight, eleven, 13, 15 and 18, with double scores also on the last. One score will count on the other holes. There will be handicap category prizes in addition to the normal prizes. The timesheets are now live.

It's that time of year if you haven't already paid your subscription. Thank you to all those who have paid their membership, but if you have not already paid, you are politely reminded that the deadline for payment is March 31. There are plenty of ways to pay, and payments can be taken in the office or in the barm

Entries are now being taken for the first matchplay competition of the year, the Men's foursomes, where Mossy Connell and Declan Breen will set out to defend their title. To enter, place your entry fee of €15 per pair in an envelope with your names and contract numbers on it and place it in the men's competition box before March 29.

The first of our inter-club teams will also be in action soon, with the Barton Cup team taking on Waterford on Sunday, March 27.

Kay Kelleher was the winner of the Find the Joker draw last week, opening envelope no. 31 to reveal the 8 of Diamonds. Kay takes home €30 and the jackpot rises to €620.

The next draw takes place on Tuesday, March 29. Entries cost €2 and are taken at the bar. Thank you to all who support this fundraiser.


Results, Wednesday, March 16: 1, Ger Mackey (11), 34 points (last nine); 2, Pat Purcell (17), 34 points (last nine); 3, Mary Shannon (16), 34 points; 4, Carmel Fenlon (31), 33 points.

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, March 23, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Euro Mobil; Wednesday, March 30, 18-hole stroke (gross and medal) sponsored by Anna Furlong Hair Salon.

The third round of the winter league is ongoing until March 29.

There will be a presentation of all outstanding competition prizes in the clubhouse at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.


March 9, Wednesday open singles: 1, Jim Byrne (9, New Ross), 40 points; 2, Derek Kavanagh (10), 32 points; 3, Denis Murphy (9), 30 points.

Week six, race to Paddy's Day: 1, Derek Kavanagh (10), 29 points; 2, Derek Nolan (17), 29 points; gross, James Morrissey (6), 25 points; 3, Tommy Morrissey (9), 29 points.

March 12 and 13, twelve-hole singles: 1, Eamon Kehoe (15), 29 points; 2, Derek Kavanagh (10), 29 points; 3, Derek Nolan (17), 29 points.


Nine-hole played over Wednesday and Thursday (St. Patrick's Day): 1, Charlie Logan (13), 23 points; 2, Stephen Greene (18), 21 points; 3, Pat Leacy (20), 21 points.

Singles stableford played at weekend: 1, Ed Walsh (12), 40 points; 2, Ed Lysaght (18), 40 points; 3, Mick Brennan (21), 39 points, holding off Martin Conroy on countback; front nine, Martin Conroy; back nine, Charlie Logan.

Delayed fifth round winter league matches - Group A: Donal Byrne and Mark Read halved their match with Pádraig Grainger and Christy Dodson; Group B: Tommy Dunne and Martin Conroy beat Stephen Greene and Dermot Noctor; Group D: Ger and Paul O'Brien beat Anthony D. Doyle; Ron Breen and Charlie Logan beat Tom Carey and Peter Byrne (substitute for Graham Doyle).


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 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 they 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 which 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.

St. Patrick's Day winners of the Logo Centre fourball were Damien McGrath (20) and Keith Donnelly (7) with 47 points. The second place team was Michael Walsh (16) and Nicholas Walsh (21) with 46 points, and in third place were Ollie Cahill (14) and Tom Shiggins (14) with 45 points.

The weekend competition had extra significance as the winner would get to play in the regional qualifier of the Irish Open Pro-Am. Congratulations to John Mernagh (11) with 39 points (back nine) who was the winner of the solicitors' gents' singles and our qualifier for the Irish Pro-Am.

Second place went to Shane Fortune (11), also with 39 points (back nine). The gross prize was won by Martin Sludds (5) with 33 points. Third place went to Trevor Moulton (12) with 39 points (back nine), while fourth was Joe Kelly (9) with 39 points (last three).

In fifth place was Laureano Pinotti (10) with 39 points. Congratulations to Laureano who is the Junior qualifier for the Irish Pro-Am.

Finally, the Seniors' prize-winner was Shay Guinan (16) with 37 points. Well done to all the prize-winners.

We have open competitions over the Easter break. Saturday and Sunday we have a ladies' and gents' open fourball (any combination) sponsored by the Riverside Park Hotel. The cost is €20 for visitors.

Easter Monday is an open four-person team any combination sponsored by Smyths Arro. The cost is great value for visitors at only €15.

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


Frances McDonald of The Bay Gardens gave a very informative and entertaining talk to a large crowd in the clubhouse on Tuesday.

There was lots of activity in the club last week with an open four-person team event sponsored by Gorey Print on Saturday 26, and an invitational fourball any combination sponsored by Sanrose on Sunday 27.

The Junior Captains' drive-in will take place at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. Everyone welcome for a nine-hole singles start with refreshments and presentations in the clubhouse afterwards.

St. Patrick's Day singles - gents: 1, John Dixon (21), 44 points; 2, Gary Curley (15), 42 points (last nine); gross, Brendan Breen (2), 34 points (last nine); 3, Nick Noblett (15), 42 points; ladies: 1, Caroline Hewitt (8), 43 points; 2, Mary Osborne (21), 39 points.

Ladies' and gents' singles, Saturday, March 19 - gents: 1, Ray Jones (14), 36 points; 2, Tony Hewitt (19), 35 points; 3, Stuart White (14), 34 points (last six); gross, Paddy Delaney (1), 28 points; ladies: 1, Catherine Ledwidge (15), 32 points.

Singles medal, Sunday, March 20: 1, Marc Devereux (23), 63; 2, Owen O'Kelly (6), 71; 3, Michael Wade (21), 72 (last six); gross, Malachy Travers (2), 76.


Fourball: 1, Jim Cullimore (7) and John McDonald (20), 42 points; 2, Dermot Walsh (5) and Derek Wickham (5), 41 points.

Singles, 16 holes: 1, Kieran Riley (3), 36 points; 2, Ray Quinn (11), 33 points; 3, Liam Bennett (17), 33 points; 4, Dermot Kelly (7), 33 points; 5, Paddy McKiernan (23), 33 points.

Burrow: 1, Davy Rowe; 2, Willie White.

Ladies: 1, Deirdre Delaney.

Fixtures for Easter weekend: Friday, March 25, mixed team of four; Saturday, March 26, ladies' fourball and gents' fourball; Sunday, March 27, 18-hole gents' singles and Turning The Tide (confined); Monday, March 28, team of four, any combination.

All the above competitions are open to visitors paying green fees.

On Friday, April 1, in Enniscorthy, the Fred Daly team play in the qualifying round.

This year the format is changed from seven to five players. Good luck lads.

Best wishes to John Brady and Jack McGarry who have a very busy week in store. John is part of the Irish Under-16 team which plays in the Home Internationals in Templepatrick on March 30, March 3 and April 1.

Jack is on the Irish Under-18 team playing in Wales on March 30 and 31.


Monday, March 14, Seniors: 1, Sally O'Neill (20), 24 points; 2, Ann Conway (32), 23 points (back six); 3, Phil Flood (28), 23 points; 4, Catherine Carmody (23), 21 points; 5, Deirdre Greer (30), 20 points (back six).

Well done to all the prize-winners. Please note that the presentation that was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 24, has been changed to Thursday, March 31, at 7.30 p.m.

The Women in Golf Programme will be starting back shortly. If you know of any lady who would like to take part, please contact Louise Boshoff or Geraldine Broaders.

Next week's competition is sponsored by Royston Palmer Photography.

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