Wednesday 17 January 2018

On the fairways

Presentation time in Courtown (from left): Sorcha Howell (winner), Kay Halford, Halford Hair and Beauty Salon (sponsor), Eileen Cullen (lady Captain)
Presentation time in Courtown (from left): Sorcha Howell (winner), Kay Halford, Halford Hair and Beauty Salon (sponsor), Eileen Cullen (lady Captain)
The Courtown team, finalists in the Junior Cup over the weekend
Denise Dunne, Wexford lady captain, presenting the Joyces Expert prize to winner Josephine Brennan

Bunclody: May 7 and 8, singles stableford: 1, Simon Jones (7), 39 points; 2, Jim Byrne (12), 39 points; gross, Clive Murphy (5), 37 points; 3, Mick Jordan (16), 38 points; 4, Seán O'Brien (6), 37 points.

May 11, ladies' weekly competition: 1, Bríd St. Ledger (21), 38 points; 2, Fran Crean (23), 35 points; 3, Joanne Kenny (17), 34 points.


Congratulations to Sorcha Howell on winning first prize which was sponsored by Halford Hair and Beauty Salon on Tuesday, May 10.

Thank you to Kay Halford for presenting all the lucky winners with their beautiful prizes.

Results: 1, Sorcha Howell (4), 36 points; 2, Caroline Hewitt (7), 34 points; 3, Catherine Ledwidge (15), 32 points (back nine); 4, Patty Flynn (26), 32 points; Cat. A, Sarah Donnellan (7), 31 points; Cat. B, Pat Walters (20), 32 points; Cat. C, Louise Holohan (36), 29 points.

Congratulations to our Finn Trophy team managed by Laura Funge which was successful in the first round against Glen of The Downs. This is the 50th anniversary of the Finn Trophy.

There are some tee-times available for our ladies' Senior open on Thursday, May 19.


Representatives from the club recently attended the launch of the Brooklyn Movie Tour which was held in Enniscorthy Castle.

The club is delighted to be a part of the tour which also takes in The Athenaeum, Enniscorthy Castle, Mrs. Kelly's Shop, Curracloe beach and other locations associated with the novel and film.

The ladies' competition scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, was postponed due to heavy rain. This competition was sponsored by Hair by Aine in Monart and will be re-scheduled for a later date.

Westgate Design, which is located in Main Street, Wexford, are sponsors of this week's competition. Merwyn Cooney once again sponsors the ladies' open Seniors which is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.

Our Finn team came up against very strong opposition in Coollattin and failed to progress. However, the players all enjoyed the golf and the beautiful scenery as Coollattin is looking its best at the moment with its wonderful display of spring flowers, shrubs and trees.

The ladies' Intermediate team also failed to progress, losing to Woodenbridge earlier in the week.

The month of May also sees the running of a number of fundraising golf classics and we are very happy to see Wexford G.A.A. Supporters' Club, Wexford camogie, Seana Ghael and St. Aidan's Cathedral running these events in the club. And so far the weather has been very kind to all participants.


The Wednesday nine-hole was a non-qualifier played on the back nine. John Murphy won first prize on 20 points, with Tommy Dunne second, also on 20 points, and Robbie Kehoe third with 20 points, holding off Richard Temple, Marty Lawler and Bartie Kehoe on countback.

The May medal was played on Sunday only (strokeplay from the back tees), and a large field enjoyed perfect conditions, with some very good scores returned.

Donal Byrne (5) was one over par on 72 to win gold with nett 67. Mark Miskella (8) shot 76, nett 68, for silver, and Wally O'Brien (22) had a great 91 nett 69 for bronze, holding off Seán Furlong and Mick Brennan.


A weekend of fabulous weather finished with the Junior Cup team reaching their final. The final was held in Wexford Golf Club against Enniscorthy. Well done to Enniscorthy and hard luck to our team.

There was a fantastic turn-out for the Scratch Cups on Sunday. Glorious weather led to great conditions for golf and a big thank you to Campus Oil for sponsoring.

Wednesday, May 11, open singles: 1, John O'Connor (8), 40 points; 2, Brendan Travers (10), 39 points; 3, Aidan Liston (12), 38 points; eleven holes, Tony Kinsella (16), 26 points.

Saturday, May 14, fourball, any combination: 1, Sarah Donnellan (7), Maria Dwyer (36), 44 points; 2, Stuart White (14), Rodney Farrell (20), 42 points (last six); 3, Mark Morris (8), Martin Griffiths (12), 42 points.

Sunday, May 15, Scratch Cups sponsored by Campus Oil - Junior: 1, Ed O'Brien (8), 76; 2, Ray Mullen (5), 80; 3, Paddy D'Eathe (6), 81; nett, Greg M. Kelly (6), 77.

Intermediate: 1, Larry Darcy (10), 82; 2, Seán Hegarty (11), 83; 3, Seamus O'Donoghue (13), 84; nett, Martin Hempenstall (17), 70.


Our Spanish Tourist Board Irish mixed foursomes team have played three times in recent weeks. The first was against Carlow where they won two of the home matches and one away in very difficult weather conditions, and secondly they played against Killerig on Saturday, April 30, and won by four games to nil, with the last game being called in.

The team, managed by Marie Dunphy and Paul Connolly, played Castlecomer in Enniscorthy on Sunday, May 15, with a place in the fourth round at stake. Unfortunately it was not to be as our team lost 3-2.

Enniscorthy gents competed in the second round of the Provincial Towns Cup on Saturday, May 7. In a singles matchplay format we had five home matches and four away matches against Courtown.

The handicap range was nine to twelve, and players had to be off nine or more in 2015.

Despite a great away win by Seán Hegarty in Courtown, we lost two home matches and three away matches, giving Courtown five wins to claim a place in the next round. Once again the golf was of a very high standard from two very good teams and we wish Courtown all the best for the remainder of the competition.

Our thanks to all who competed for Enniscorthy and gave up their time to practice and for their participation in the match. Commiserations to managers Tim Morrissey, John Byrne and all players involved.

Our Leinster Golf AIG Junior Cup team, managed by Dennis Dunbar and P.J. Murphy, played some fantastic golf in Wexford last Saturday to qualify as the leading qualifier. The great golf continued on Sunday when they defeated Blainroe 4-1 in the morning semi-final, and Courtown by a similar scoreline in the afternoon.

Next up will be the Leinster quarter-finals in Tullamore on July 23. Congratulations to management and players.

The Under-15s inter-club competition was held over the last two weekends away and home with five on each team, and the aggregate score was 6-4 in Waterford's favour. Hard luck boys and well done.

Our Barton Shield team, managed by Jason Rackard, play in Baltinglass next weekend in a pool of twelve, of which four qualify for the semi-finals.

It was one of those rare and cherished moments in the club last week when a hole-in-one was scored by Ross Road man Danny Kearney on the par three third hole. Congratulations Danny. Did you buy all in the clubhouse a drink?

On Friday, April 29, a well-attended quiz was held in the clubhouse in aid of Cystic Fibrosis and 20 tables took part, raising a massive €1,540 for this very worthy cause.

There was a well-stocked raffle on offer and finger food was provided for all at half time. All the winners generously handed back their cash prizes which helped boost the profits.

The clubhouse can easily accommodate quiz nights of 120+ patrons, so if anyone is thinking of using the venue for a similar function, or any other function for that matter, then just ring the office on 05392-33191 or bar manager Adrian on 083-3004021.

Club members Tom Furlong and Matty Mernagh were on the winning team. Ease up on the questions next time please, as some of them were way too hard!

If you are thinking of taking a short golfing break in Ireland this year, then look no further than your local club. We have negotiated rates with courses and hotels that we think you will find very hard to beat.

This offer is exclusive to club members and we are sure you will find it very attractive. For further details contact the Honorary Secretary, Paul Leacy.

1, Glasson G.C., Athlone, two nights' B&B, two rounds of golf, Sunday-Thursday. Hotel on the course.

2, Moyvalley G.C., Kildare, two nights' B&B, one round of golf, Sunday-Thursday. Hotel on the course.

3, Dromoland Castle G. C., Clare. The Inn at Dromoland, two nights' B&B, three rounds of golf, Sunday-Thursday.Staying at The Inn at Dromoland. Further venues are available on request.

The clubhouse balcony has had a facelift recently with a rubber safety surface applied. The non-slip surface has the club logo incorporated into it and looks really well.

A fundraising golfing event will be held later in the summer to help offset some of the costs. Your attendance would be much appreciated. The work was carried out by Powerful Logos Ltd. and our volunteer members.

Also the exterior walls are in the process of being painted so the place has a fresh look about it of late. Captain Liam Dunbar and his merry band of men comprising Brendan Brophy, Pat Dempsey, Michael Dillon, Tomo O'Shea and Billy Whelan are the willing volunteers doing a great job.

There is a fantastic new offer available to anyone thinking of starting to play golf available at the club We call it 'give golf a try'.

It is a 'learn to play' membership for just €150. For this you get three months' membership which is available Monday to Friday.

There is a free group lesson with our resident professional, Stephen Fitzpatrick, on-course mentoring with some of our 'seasoned' members, free use of golf clubs if you don't have any for the lesson, and special 'learn to play' competitions.

There is a limited availability on numbers for this so act fast if you wish to avail of this new and innovative idea over the summer months.

If you should then decide that you would like to join as a full member, then there is no joining fee and we will deduct the €150 that you have already paid from your annual subscription. Now that is what you call a deal!

Summer rules have been in play since Saturday, April 23, and will apply until further notice.

A new competition to the calendar recently started and is gaining in popularity, the ladies' and gents' open singles, and is scheduled to be on almost every Monday until the end of September.

Entry fee is €5 for members and €10 for visitors, open to all membership categories. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this competition then please bring them along.

Next Thursday and Friday it is the turn of the Seana Ghael members to hold their classic in our club, hundreds of them!

The club singles and club fourball competitions will be starting shortly and the entry sheets are in the Pro Shop. The closing date for entries is on May 20.

There will be a welcome night organised for the 2016 new members shortly. More information next week.

Wexford People

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