Wednesday 24 January 2018

On the fairways

The two-person team open event in Courtown on Tuesday (from left): Pauline Murphy (winner), Mary O'Connor (winner), lady Captain Eileen Cullen, Helen O'Connor of O'Connor Nurseries (sponsor)
The two-person team open event in Courtown on Tuesday (from left): Pauline Murphy (winner), Mary O'Connor (winner), lady Captain Eileen Cullen, Helen O'Connor of O'Connor Nurseries (sponsor)

New Ross: The prestigious P.G. Walsh Cup was won by Joe Morrissey (16) last weekend, with his score of 41 points besting the field. Harry Doran (11) was next best with 40 points, with the in-form Shane Whelan (12) a shot back in third place.

Captain Derek Ronan took the gross home with a very tidy 36 points, and the categories went to Steve Roche (9, 38 points), Denis Kennedy (14, 36 points) and Tom Duggan (20, 39 points).

The Pro-Am qualifier takes place next weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday. The third annual New Ross Golf Club Pro-Am takes place on Friday, July 15. Please contact James or Paul in the Pro Shop if you would like to enter a team.

In the associated teachers-sponsored Tuesday fourball, brothers Trevor (14) and Ken Campbell (18) took top honours with a great score of 36 points. The categories went to Lorcan and Conor O'Brien with 33 points, and Hugh O'Connor and Dan Quigley with 35 points. Thank you to the associated teachers for their continued and generous support.

There was mixed news from the inter-club competitions where the Irish mixed team lost out in a very tight encounter with Wexford last week. There were three matches in Wexford where Eamon Dungan and Margaret Furlong pulled off a great away win. Ger Ronan and Eleanor Roche, and Michael Cullen and Maria Burford, lost out to strong Wexford pairings.

In New Ross, Derek Ronan and Marie Therese Wall went down on the 19th having staged a great comeback. Michael Ryan and Margaret Murphy were called in on the way to the 20th! Well done and hard luck to all involved. The team was managed by Mary Kavanagh and Rory Hussey.

There was better news of the Barton Cup team which progressed to the third round with a victory over Rosslare. Jim Byrne and Donal Hosey, and Davy Doran and Andrew Ryan, emerged from Rosslare with victories, meaning that only one win was needed at home.

Derek Ronan and Seamus Aldridge delivered the home win, with Alan Furness and Seán Furlong, and Michael Cullen and Rory Hussey, called in. The team meet the winners of the tie between Gowran Park and Mount Juliet in the next round.

The Co. Wexford Past Captains visit New Ross on Friday, May 20. The timesheet runs from 12 noon to 4.30 p.m. Please contact the club or John Murphy for times and further information.


The Bank Holiday Monday Scotch foursomes was won by Mike O'Grady (13) and Peter Byrne (22) with 95 strokes.

Bank Holiday Monday nine-hole: 1, David Fitzgerald (13), 18 points; 2, Bartie Kehoe (17), 17 points; 3, James Byrne (12), 16 points.

Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Derek Robinson (8), 22 points; 2, Charlie Logan (13), 21 points; 3, Mark Doran (16), 19 points.

The ladies' singles at the weekend was won by Sinéad Johnson (25) with 35 points.

The weekend stableford singles (preferred lies on fairways) was played in windy conditions with good sunny weather on Sunday. The three best scores were all posted on Sunday.

Results: 1, Tom Keogh (21), 39 points; 2, Seán Furlong (9), 39 points; 3, Charlie Logan (12), 38 points; front nine, Paul O'Brien; back nine, Mick Brennan.


Enniscorthy Golf Club have just launched a new membership category which aims to encourage local people to take up golf. Included in the package are three months' weekday membership, a free golf lesson, mentoring and learn to play competitions, all for the fantastic price of €150.

Details are available from Stephen in the Pro Shop (05392-37600) or Paul in the office (05392-33191).

The Senior Cup team got off to a great start in the Mid Leinster quarter-finals in New Ross. It was a comprehensive win against Carlow and the team then took on favourites Kilkenny in the semi-finals on Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, Kilkenny came out on top but it was a great performance from all the team of Aisling O'Leary, Ciara Sharkey, Jenny King, Laura Dempsey and Connie Doyle.

Aisling had a fantastic win over old rival Mary Dowling while Connie was ahead in her match when called in. Kilkenny went on to defeat The Heath in the final.

The Challenge cup team of Mary Halligan, Aileen Brophy, Margaret Crotty, Mary Breen and Ann Bernie failed to progress against a very strong team from Blainroe. The Intermediate, Finn and Boyne teams are next out for the ladies over the next couple of weeks.

Open Seniors, April 21: 1, Ita Connolly (26), 43 points; Category A, Deirdre Kavanagh (21), 35 points; Category B, Kay Ryan (30), 37 points; Category C, Kathleen Walsh (25), 33 points.

Creane & Creane, April 26: 1, Patricia Cullen (36), 72 nett; 2, Eithne Malone (36), 73 nett; gross, Ciara Sharkey (5), 79; 3, Mary Breen (29), 74 nett; 4, Ann Harvey (14), 76 nett; Senior, Ita Connolly (26), 77 nett; 36 handicap, Joan Dunne (36), 78 nett.

Bourke's Jewellers, May 5: 1, Ciara Sharkey (5), 40 points; 2, Helen D'Eathe (33), 39 points; 3, Margaret Crotty (29), 39 points; 4, Mary Murphy (25), 39 points; 5, Bernie Webster (20), 39 points; 36 handicap, Yvonne Treacy, 29 points.

Nine-hole competition: 1, Joan Kavanagh (36), 21 points; 2, Josie Gahan (36), 17 points.

This week's Scotch foursomes competition is sponsored by Monart's resident stylist Hair by Aine.


Thank you to O'Connor Nurseries who sponsored our open two-person team event on Tuesday. The clubhouse was filled with beautiful plants and fabulous colours.

First prize went to Mary O'Connor (36) and Pauline Murphy (32) with a great score of 53 points, while second were Gretta Duke (23) and Cathy Parker (33, Ballymoney) with 50 points.

The gross winners were Sorcha Howell (4) and Annie McMahon (26) with 33 points. In third place were Sarah Donnellan (7) and Mairéad Sunderland (19) with 46 points (back six), and fourth were Stella Courtney (18) and Laura Funge (23) with 46 points.

Nine holes: 1, Elizabeth Kiernan (36), 16 points (back six); 2, Catherine Byrne (36), 16 points.


Our Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups will be played next Sunday, May 15. Thanks to Campus Oil for sponsoring the Scratch Cups. Spaces are available on the timesheet so please visit to check availability.

The second round of the Provincial Towns Cup was a local derby against Enniscorthy. A fantastic performance gave Courtown the win and progression to the third round.

The J.B. Carr county final first leg against Wexford is tomorrow with the return on Thursday, May 19, in Courtown. Come on the Over-60s! Best of luck to Jim and Kieran (joint managers) and their team of experienced golfers.

Mary Cleere with no. 23 found the Joker and has taken the pot of €1,200.

Wednesday, May 4, open singles: 1, Colin Breen (4), 37 points; 2, George Horan (8), 36 points; 3, Jim French (15), 35 points (last nine); eleven holes: 1, Eamon Byrne (15), 22 points.

Thursday, May 5, gents' Senior open: 1, Eric Colin (21), 38 points (last nine); Cat. 1: 1, Mark McGrath (21), 38 points (last nine); 2, Diarmuid Bolger (11), 38 points; Cat. 2: 1, Mike Beetlestone (27), 37 points; 2, Des Roche (5), 36 points; Cat. 3: 1, Derek Hayden (18), 37 points; 2, Aidan Lynch (27), 36 points. C.S.S.: 35 points; visitors, 34 points.

Saturday, May 7, ladies' and gents' singles - gents: 1, David Maher (3), 37 points; 2, John Dixon (20), 37 points; 3, Michael Hegarty (11), 36 points; 4, Tom McGrath (11), 36 points; ladies: 1, Helen Mundow (29), 36 points.

Sunday, May 8, fourball any combination: 1, Dave Stewart (12), Stephen Doyle (17), six up; 2, John O'Neill (17), Norma O'Neill (31), five up (last nine); 3, Danny Whitty (16), Peter Comerford (24), five up.


Nine-hole midweek, April 6 (71 played): overall: Declan Balfe (13), 21 points (last six); Category 1, Murt Mangan (7), 21 points; Category 2, Bill Whelan (14), 19 points (last six); Category 3, Michael Walsh (16), 20 points; Category 4, Terry Nagle (20), 20 points.

Nine-hole midweek, April 13 (82 played): overall, Billy Sinnott (15), 22 points (last six); Category 1, Denis Dunbar (8), 21 points; Category 2, Seán Hegarty (11), 22 points; Category 3, Barry Bolger (18), 22 points; Category 4, Danny Kearney (19), 20 points.

Nine-hole midweek, April 20 (90 played): overall, Patrick Fitzpatrick (13), 22 points; Category 1, Nicky Murphy (8), 21 points (last six); Category 2, Bill Whelan (14), 21 points; Category 3, Billy Sinnott (15), 21 points; Category 4, Barry O Neill (22), 20 points.

Nine-hole midweek, April 27 (94 played): overall, James Morrissey (6), 23 points (last three); Category 1, Nicky Murphy (8), 21 points; Category 2, Philip Browne (14), 20 points; Category 3, Ger Turner (17), 21 points (last three); Category 4, Barry O Neill (22), 23 points (last three).

The prize presentation for all nine-hole midweek competitions held during April was on April 27. Music was supplied by Jimmy and Lar and finger food was laid on by our jovial bar manager Adrian.

Sandrose nine-hole midweek, May 4 (94 played): overall, Michael Walsh (16), 20 points (last six); Category 1, Martin Sludds (5), 20 points; Category 2, Seán Hegarty (11), 19 points (last six); Category 3, Michael Rossiter (18), 19 points; Category 4, Barry O'Neill (22), 18 points. The presentation will be on May 25.

David Garahy gents' open Seniors, March 10 (100 played): overall winner, Paddy Kelly (23), 42 points (back nine); Over-50s: 1, Ger Turner (19), 42 points; 2, Eoin Mullarkey (12), 41 points; Over-60s: 1, John Denton (17, Wexford), 38 points; 2, Martin Collins (20), 37 points; Over-70s: 1, Nick Casey (15), 36 points; 2, Martin Moran (23), 34 points; Over-80s: 1, Jim Conroy (27), 38 points; 2, Malo Roban (20), 35 points (last three).

Scotch foursomes, Sunday, March 13 (108 played): 1, Seán Hamilton (23) and Donal O' Brien (13), 65 strokes; 2, Ernesto Di Fiore (24) and Chris Timmins (14), 67 strokes (back nine); 3, Denis Dunbar (8) and Martin Canavan (18), 67 strokes.

Logo Centre (Liam Spratt), fourball, Thursday, March 17 (72 played): 1, Damien McGrath (20) and Keith Donnelly (7), 47 points; 2, Michael Walsh (16) and Nicholas Walsh (21), 46 points; 3, Ollie Cahill (14) and Tom Shiggins (14), 45 points.

Solicitors, gents' singles, Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 (145 played): 1, John Mernagh (11), 39 points (back nine); 2, Shane Fortune (11), 39 points (back nine); gross, Martin Sludds (5), 33 points; 3, Trevor Moulton (12), 39 points (back nine); 4, Joe Kelly (9), 39 points (last three); 5, Laureano Pinotti (10), 39 points; Seniors, Shay Guinan (16), 37 points.

This competition was to find a representative to go forward to the regional qualifiers to the Irish Open Pro- Am tournament sponsored by the Rory Foundation. Ann Harvey also qualified from our ladies' section.

Riverside Park Hotel fourball, Sunday, March 27 (112 played): 1, David Mernagh (11) and Lee Quigley (8), 44 points; 2, Eamon Whitty (12) and Thomas O'Shea (16), 43 points; 3, Mark Kelly (26) and Clive Kelly (13), 42 points.

Smyths Arro open four-person team, Saturday, March 28 (85 played): 1, James Sheridan (10), Jack Sheridan (19), Eddie Balfe (8), Brian Balfe (5), 95 points (last nine); 2, Pechelli English (14), John Bail (10), Patsy Kavanagh (6), John Kavanagh (visitor, 12), 95 points; 3, Mick Wickham (17), Adam Jordan (8), John Mernagh (11), Paul Connolly (6), 93 points.

Luke Finn fourball, Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10 (49 played): 1, James Morrissey (5) and Eunan Doyle (9), 47 points; 2, John Bail (9) and John Healy (5), 45 points (back nine).

Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh gents' open Seniors, April 14 (152 players): overall winner, Dick Britton (13), 42 points; Over-50s: 1, Martin Sludds (5), 40 points; 2, David Bradley (17), 37 points (last three); Over-60s: 1, John Walsh (18), 40 points; 2, Danny Kearney (19), 37 points; Over-70s: 1, Neville Tector (15), 40 points; 2, Paddy Murphy (18), 38 points; Over-80s: 1, Dan Conroy (28), 37 points; 2, Michael Doyle (17), 30 points.

Crimewatch Security gents' singles, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 (this competition counts towards the golfer of the year, number one; 165 played): 1, Karl Cullen (13), 66 nett; 2, Dan Byrne (14), 67 nett; gross, Cormac Martin (2) 73; 3, Fintan O' Sullivan (10), 68 nett (back nine); 4, Paddy Mooney (13), 68 nett; 5, Billy Sinnott (15), 69 nett; Senior, John Bail (10), 72 nett.

The first of 'the majors' within the club was held over the weekend of April 30 and May 1. The Bloomfield Cup is a strokeplay competition that had 143 entrants who played 18 holes on either Saturday or Sunday, and then the 30 best scores played a nine-hole competition on the Sunday evening with the scores combining to give an aggregate result to determine the winner. This cup has been played for at our club since 1924.

Kiely Donohue Wholesale sponsored the competition and John O'Dwyer was in attendance representing the company and spoke on their behalf. Many were in attendance that evening patiently waiting on the results, and the nervousness was showing on those that thought they were in the running.

Once the results board was brought upstairs for public viewing, the relief was palpable and Trevor Moulton stood tallest of all. Well done sir.

The Oylegate native was overcome to say the least and gave a passionate acceptance speech in front of his family, friends and fellow players. He thanked his fellow competitors, the sponsor and the people of E.G.C. who he stated do an incredible amount of work on a voluntary basis to make the club what it is: 'a little treasure in the south east'. Never was a truer word said.

Commiserations to the runners-up; as you can see it was very close in the scores, you will just have to try harder next time out lads! Congratulations Trevor on a fine win and one you will remember for a long time.

Kiely Donohue Wholesale gents' singles (this competition counts towards the golfer of the year, number two; 143 played): 1, Trevor Moulton (12), 72/35 = 107 ; 2, Paul Connolly (6), 70/37 = 107; gross, Paul Lynch (5), 78/37 = 115; 3, Francis Whelan (15), 70/37.5 = 107.5; 4, Tom P. O'Shea (16), 73/35 = 108; 5, John Colclough (12), 74/35 = 109; 6, Fintan O'Sullivan (10), 72/37 = 109; Senior, Patsy Kavanagh (7), 72/39.5 = 111.5; first 18, Bill Whelan (14), 68; last nine, Ger Byrne (15), 35.5. Standard scratch was 73 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday.

The first of the Sunday evening nine-hole two-person team mixed scrambles with a shotgun start have now commenced and will be running through until September. Prize winners from May 1 were: 1, Dan and Kit Byrne; 2, Maeve McAuley and Mick Wickham; gross, Liz Browne and Eddie Doyle.

Those two sharks winning the gross are starting where they left off last season, and unless another pair step up to the plate then they will have a cellar full of wine come September.

Garry Flood Landscaping champagne scramble, Monday, May 2: 1, Mary Bolger (19), Julie McCarthy (16), Kevin McCarthy (20) and Lora Bolger (31), 104; 2, Mark Higgins (8), Sammy Greene (11), Dermot McCormack (15) and Conor O'Neill (15), 99; 3, John Cullen (11), Deirdre Kavanagh (21), Mary Murphy (25) and Trish Cullen (35), 97.

Congratulations to each and every one of our winners.

A new competition to the calendar started this week, the ladies' and gents' open singles, and is scheduled to be on almost every Monday until the end of September. The entry fee is €5 for members and €10 for visitors, open to all membership categories.

The ever-popular monthly gents' open Seniors is on Thursday, May 12, and is sponsored by club members Pat Mulvey and John Thorpe. This is the best attended gents' open Seniors in the south-east by far and for very good reason. The entry fee is €6 for members and €15 for visitors.

The club singles and club fourball competitions will be starting shortly and the entry sheets are in the Pro Shop.

The first classic of 2016 was held on Friday, May 6, for the Wexford G.A.A. Supporters' Club. A successful and enjoyable day's golfing was had by all attendees in glorious sunshine.

Wexford camogie are having their classic on Friday, May 13, with the Sean Gael a week later.

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