Wednesday 24 January 2018

On the fairways

New Ross, winners of the Mid Leinster District for the Marie Croke Cup. Back (from left): Kate Mackey, Liz Bennett, Maria Burford, Mary Kavanagh, Mary Maher, Ger Mackey, Mary O'Leary. Front (from left): Marie O'Connor (lady President), Mary Maher (lady Captain), Marie Croke (sponsor), Yvonne Mac Sweeney (I.L.G.U.), Marie Therese Wall (team captain)
New Ross, winners of the Mid Leinster District for the Marie Croke Cup. Back (from left): Kate Mackey, Liz Bennett, Maria Burford, Mary Kavanagh, Mary Maher, Ger Mackey, Mary O'Leary. Front (from left): Marie O'Connor (lady President), Mary Maher (lady Captain), Marie Croke (sponsor), Yvonne Mac Sweeney (I.L.G.U.), Marie Therese Wall (team captain)
Denise Dunne, Wexford lady Captain, presenting Royston Palmer's prize to winner Mary Walsh

Rosslare Ladies: Champion for the club: that's our Sheila Crosbie, who runs an Over-50s competition every Thursday over 16 holes for the winter. She is there rain, hail or snow to play and organise the event and keep meticulous records for the player of the year.

So, guess who was champion for golfer of the year? Sheila Crosbie (13) with 305 points, followed by Mary O'Shaughnessy (14) with 301 points and Angela Murphy (9) with 300 points. Many thanks Sheila and your helper, Molly Cash, for organising such a lovely weekly event.

Birthday wishes and sincere congratulations must go to Agnes Corish who celebrates her 100th birthday on Wednesday, May 18. She was lady Captain in Rosslare Golf Club in 1964.

Our Senior Cup team was playing in New Ross for the weekend May 7-8. On Saturday, in terrible weather, they played Mullingar and proceeded into the plate to play Callan on Sunday morning.

Angela Murphy had to go up the 19th hole, with everyone watching and praying, to secure progress to the next round. Our team finished runners-up to New Ross, playing on home territory in the final.

Congratulations to team manager Kathleen Cullimore, team members Penny Gleeson, Vonnie Kelly, Angela Murphy, Niamh Byrne and Valerie Doyle, and their caddies. We are all very proud of you at this level!

Our Revive Active team won its round against Faithlegg on Sunday, May 8. It was a fourball competition. Both Vonnie O'Connor and our lady Captain, Catherine Howard, putted magnificent long putts on the 18th to gain two wins for the team.

Well done to team managers Joan Bowe and Carmel Quinlivan, team members Carmel Quinlivan and Vonnie O'Connor, Paula Stafford and Anne Redmond, Catherine Howard and Catherine Haugh, Susan Evans and Norrie Goff, Chris White and Máire Farrell.

Our lady President, Marie Byrne, will be hosting her President's day on Saturday, May 28, and there will also be a competition on the Burrow course for all members and super Seniors. The table plan is in the locker room to put your name down for the dinner that night, and we would like to wish Marie an enjoyable day.

Tuesday, May 24, is a charity v. par competition for National Breast Cancer and the Memorial Cup.

Tuesday, May 10, 18-hole strokes (medal and G.O.Y.), C.S.S.: 75: 1, Liz Murphy (23), 72; 2, Gerarde Mahon (19), 73; 3, Máire Farrell (18), 75.

Wednesday, May 11, open singles stableford: 1, Sheila Crosbie (13), 33 points; 2, Máire Farrell (18), 75.


Our results for Courtown on May 8 were: 1, Stephen Murphy (16), 35 points; 2, Michael Byrne (15), 32 points; 3, Don Malanowski (20), 31 points (countback); Cat. 1, Peter Goff (15), 31 points; Cat. 2, Tom O'Brien (17), 30 points; Cat. 3, Paul O'Reilly (26), 25 points; front nine, Tom Corrigan (16), 15 points; back nine, John Forde (18), 16 points; twos club winner, Seán Whelan, third hole.

A total of 22 members and one guest played. The next outing is on Sunday, May 22, in Coollattin Golf Club with tee-off time of 10.30 a.m.


Our second Seniors' open of the season is on next Thursday, May 19. Two of our most Senior members, Aidan Colgan and Cyril Pierce, are the joint sponsors. The weather forecast is favourable so come out and enjoy the delights of St. Helen's Bay.

The annual 3T's qualifier takes place on Saturday, May 21. As always, Joe MacAvin presents this fundraiser for the most worthy of causes - Turn The Tide of Suicide. We appeal to our members to turn out in force to support Joe.

Results (men) - Wednesday, May 11, open singles: 1, James McMahon (13, Doneraile), 38 points; 2, Tommy Duggan (16), 37 points.

Saturday, May 14, open singles: 1, Joe Kelly (9), 39 points; 2, John Sinnott (7), 38 points (countback); 3, Jimmy McMahon (23), 38 points (countback).

Sunday, May 15, singles stableford: 1, Eamon Masterson (22), 40 points (countback); 2, Seán Sinnott (10), 40 points; 3, Stephen Kearns (13), 38 points.

Results (ladies) - Saturday, May 7: 1, B. Tully (30), 35 points; 2, C. Dalton (36), 34 points.

Sunday, May 8: 1, G. Smith (25), 38 points; 2, J. Slattery (19), 37 points; 3, J. Lawlor (30), 37 points.

Wednesday, May 11, open singles: 1, Margie O'Connor (18), 32 points; 2, Susan Stewart (20), 30 points.

Saturday, May 14, open singles: 1, Bernadette Tully (30), 28 points.

Sunday, May 15, singles stableford: 1, Janet Slattery (18), 31 points; 2, Peigí O Rúairc (36), 30 points.

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, May 18, open singles; Thursday, May 19, Seniors open (sponsors: Aidan Colgan and Cyril Pierce); Friday, May 20, nine-hole league; Saturday, May 21, 3T's qualifier (Joe MacAvin), Turn The Tide of Suicide; Sunday, May 22, monthly medal (G.O.Y.).


The Co. Wexford past Captains' outing was held in Wexford on Monday, May 9, so a smaller number than usual played in the Senior competition.

Results: 1, Bernie Power (31), 30 points; 2, Patricia Boyd (21), 26 points; 3, Brenda O'Brien (34), 25 points (back seven).

On Thursday we had a nice sunny but breezy day for the Joyces Expert singles stableford. Conditions were difficult enough, bringing in lower scores than the last few weeks.

Results: 1, Josephine Brennan (17), 35 points; 2, Theresa Kehoe (15), 33 points; gross, Ruth Kennedy (5), 24 points (back nine); 3, Leonie Furlong (12), 33 points; Senior, Carmel Murphy (9), 32 points; nine holes, Angela Kelly (17), 16 points; nearest the pin, Theresa Kehoe, 3m 92cm.

Well done to Deirdre Greer who had the only 'two club' for the day!

The draw for the J.J. Devereux matchplay will be done on Wednesday and it will be posted up in the locker room.

Next Thursday the competition will be strokes singles for medal and P.G.A. tankard, sponsored by the Pro Shop.


The Pettigrew Cup, one of the oldest cups in the club, was played and produced two very good scores.

The winner with 43 points was Jim Anglim (18) who had two very steady halves of 21 and 22. In second position, beaten on the back nine, was the man in form, Robin Gardner (21).

Third on 41 points was Brendan Rossiter (1), with Ciarán Frost (3) fourth, one point behind. Gary Collins (+3) had seven birdies to win the gross on four under par, with Paddy McKiernan (23) winning the vets. with 40 points.

Wednesday singles: 1, Mark Fitzpatrick (8), 40 points; 2, Joe Moran Jnr. (8), 38 points; gross, Gary Collins (+3), 69 points; vet., Joe Moran Snr. (15), 37 points; 3, Rory Deane (7), 37 points.

Burrow: 1, Willie White (11), 28 points; 2, Joe Moran Snr. (15), 26 points.

Ladies: 1, Margaret McHugh (16), 27 points; 2, Anna Kelly (30), 27 points.

The Barton Cup team went down 3/2 to New Ross. The team was Denis Asple and Phil Callery, Johnny Kelly and John Fortune, Dermot Walsh and Geoff Coman, Gavin Smith and Ken Maher, and Liam MacNamara and Matty Grannell.

Fixtures: Saturday, May 21, ladies' and gents' fourball; Sunday, May 22, gents' singles.

The above competitions are open to visitors paying green fees.

The Barton Shield team is playing in the area finals in Baltinglass on Saturday.


Wexford Golf Club hosted the Leinster Junior Cup on Saturday and Sunday.

Sixteen teams took part and congratulations to our near neighbours, Enniscorthy, who defeated Courtown in the final.

All teams were high in their praise for the course and facilities. At present our course is in excellent condition and great credit is due to Jake and his team.

Wednesday's fourball saw a win for Terry Lyons and John Bolger with 35 points. In second place were Ger Lally and Christy O'Gorman on 34 points.

Friday's 18-hole singles was won by Derek Murphy with 39 points. Second place went to the evergreen Ollie Dempsey Snr. with 35 points. In third place was John Ffrench with 35 points.

The gross prize was won by Graham Robinson on 30 points, and the vets. prize was won by Brian Judd with 34 points. Congratulations to all our prize-winners.

Chairman of the front bench, Tom Rowe, was the popular winner of this week's Split the Pot.

The Captain, Paddy Cleary's, dinner is taking place on Sunday, June 5. This is on the same weekend as the Captain's prize.

All members are requested to support the Captain's dinner, and tickets can be purchased at the bar.

Best of luck to the J.B. Carr team which carries a slender one-point lead into the second leg of the county final against Courtown this Thursday in Courtown.


The Gate Golfing Society held its third outing on May 14 at Borris Golf Club.

The outing was sponsored by Heineken for which we are very grateful. We wish to thank the staff of Borris Golf Club for all their help.

Results: 1, Martin Keohe (8), 37 points; 2, David Purcell (11), 35 points (countback); 3, Declan Merrigen (11), 35 points (countback); Cat. 1, John Holden (11), 34 points; Cat. 2, Michael Gannon (17), 33 points; Cat. 3, Jackie Hennessy (18), 34 point; Seniors, Dick Merrigan (11), 31 points; nearest the pin, Martin Kehoe; longest drive, Garry O'Riordan; twos club, Declan Merrigan.

Our next outing will be held on June 11 at Waterford Golf Club with tee-times from 9.45 to 11.30 a.m.


The Pro-Am qualifier took place last weekend, with a strong field turning out to try to win their ticket to the Culcita-sponsored New Ross Golf Club Pro-Am, which takes place on Friday, July 15.

Frank Cullen (19) took first spot with a great score of 40 points. Paul Cashin (7) posted the best 38 points of the weekend to finish second, with Owen Conway (12) finishing third with the same score.

Michael Ryan (+2) capped a great weekend for himself by taking the fourth and final spot with 38 points (four under gross no less!). Michael finished second in a high-quality field at the Kilkenny Scratch Cup the previous day - another great performance!

Bookings are already being taken for the Pro-Am. A team of three costs €300 and entry includes a meal with your professional team-mate after the round. Please contact James or Paul in the Pro Shop for further details.

Next weekend sees a three-person open team event take place on Saturday and Sunday. The event is open to men, ladies and visitors in any combination. Tee-times can be booked as normal on the website.

The monthly open singles also takes place this Thursday, May 19. 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.

Last week's Tuesday fourball was sponsored by Cropcare and won with a very good score of 36 points by Jimmy Ryan (18) and Jimmy Furlong (11).

The categories went to Donal Hosey (5) and Seamus Aldridge (13) on 32 points, and Richie Aylward (18) and Shane Whelan (12) with 36 points. Jimmy Ryan also took the nearest the pin prize on the ninth. This week's edition is sponsored by the ESB members.

The Junior Cup team was the only team in action for New Ross last week. They took part in the regional qualifier at Wexford Golf Club, where in very tough conditions they missed out on a top four spot by just two shots.

The team was made up of Donal Hosey, Paul McGrath, Mark O'Mahony, Aidan O'Neill and Ger Ronan.

This week there are four teams in action. First up are the Barton Shield who take part in their regional qualifier at Baltinglass on Saturday morning.

On Saturday afternoon the Cullen Trophy team meet Cahir Park in New Ross, and the South Leinster team take on Knockanally. On Sunday, the All-Ireland Fourball Trophy team square up against their near neighbours Waterford. Best wishes to all involved.


Wednesday, May 15, 3 Tees charity: 1, Mary Kavanagh (8), 38 points; 2, Anne Curtis Adm. (21), 37 points; 3, Mary J. Maher (30), 37 points (last nine); Senior, Mary Rochford (19), 37 points.

Pink day for Breast Cancer, Friday, May 13: 1, Anne Bailey (20) and Teresa Minihan (25), 72; 2, Anne Curtis (31) and Mary Rochford (19), 72.2; gross, Kay Bolger and Denise Bolger, 93; 3, Mary Finn (29) and Eileen Wallace, 73; non-lady team, Eamonn Wall (9) and Murth Hogan (24), 71.

Thank you to all who played or contributed. A figure of just over €500 was made.

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, May 18, P.G.A. Pro-Am qualifier, 18-hole stableford (1st and 2nd); Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, open three-person scramble (men and ladies); Wednesday, May 25, Captain's prize to the ladies, 18-hole stroke (medal and gross).

Unfortunately, our Junior team lost out to a strong Rosslare side on Sunday.

The next presentation of outstanding prizes will be held on Wednesday, May 25, at 8 p.m.

Wexford People

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