On the fairways
Bunclody - June 4 and 5, open scramble: 1, Rory McCarthy (0), Shawn Quinn (10, Hollystown), Daithí Murphy (12), Philip Murphy (12), 55.6; 2, N. O'Donnell (16, Athy), W. O'Donnell (11, Athy), D. Hegarty (12, Athy), B. O'Doherty (11, Athy), 57.0; 3, Chris Sheehy (6, Blainroe), Dave Nolan (11, Blainroe), Joe Sheehy (18, Blainroe), Pat Sheehy (28, Blainroe), 57.7.
June 6, open singles: 1, Colm Haughney (18), 38 points; 2, Martin Kirwan (12), 38 points; 3, Páraic Flood (16, Courtown), 37 points.
June 7, Valerie Doyle qualifier: Category 1 (1-18), Margaret Moore (11), 39 points; Category 2 (19-28), Louise Galligan (24), 33 points; Category 3 (29-36), Ann Cowman (33), 41 points
June 8, Wednesday open singles: 1, Mick Mahon (11), 44 points; 2, Thomas Kirwan (10, Hollywood Lakes), 40 points; 3, Harry O'Brien (13), 39 points; best lady, Mary Fitzgerald (24, Roscrea), 37 points.
Last week's medal competition was one of 2016's Majors, namely the Captain's prize to the ladies. Over 90 players competed for the magnificent prizes presented by the Captain, Liam Dunbar.
Results: 1, Annette Cullen (13), 68; 2, Ursula Cousins (13), 70; gross, Ciara Sharkey (4), 77; 3, Kay Ryan (30), 71; 4, Julie McCarthy (16), 71; 5, Mary Breen (29), 72; Seniors, Vera Swan (34), 73; 36 handicap, Catherine Ryan, 73; front nine, Ailish Doyle (27), 32.50; back nine, Lora Bolger (31), 36.50.
The nine holes competition was won by Terri Talbot with a great score of 20 points.
Prize-winners from the mixed competition held as part of the Captain's weekend, and sponsored by President Eugene Doyle, were: 1, Jim and Bernie Delaney, 28.25; 2, Thomas Goodall and Pauline Murphy, 30; 3, Philip Browne and Mary Breen, 31.5.
The ladies' section would like to expend a huge congratulations to John Jordan on his great win in the Captain's prize.
Tuesday's competition is sponsored by local pharmacist David Garahy, and there will also be an open Seniors on Thursday, June 16, which is sponsored by another local pharmacist, Ann Coppen.
And don't forget the Monday opens - every Monday until the end of September.
The top five after 18 holes in the Captain's prize were Tom O'Shea, Joe Kelly, John Jordan, Martin Dempsey and Michael Kervick, with these five all on 68 or less. So to Sunday's nine-hole play-off.
The end result was a victory for The Shannon native and Boolavogue resident, the ever-popular John Jordan. Was there ever a more deserving winner judging by the reception he received on the announcement?
There was a standing ovation and a long, long round of applause. He appeared genuinely overcome and astounded at what he had achieved and did not expect to be receiving the Captain's prize at all. John, you won it fair and square by the narrowest victory that it could have been, half a point.
His victory speech thanked all and sundry and went on to say that E. G.C. was a great club to be a member of and how kind the members had been to him of late during his illness. Special mention was made of his caddy, Ger Turner, and John has learned one thing from the day's experience: 'always do what your caddy tells you'.
Heartiest congratulations John once again on a magnificent and popular victory from all at the club.
After speeches from Eugene Doyle (President) and Liam Dunbar (Captain), Michael Dee as the longest-standing past Captain presented John Jordan with the cup.
Captain's prize to the Juniors, June 3, singles strokeplay (20 played): 1, John Farrell (19), 66; 2, Paul Conroy (6), 68; 3, Joshua Martin (15), 70, and Laureano Pinotti (10), 70.
Captain's prize to the five-day, distance and overseas members, June 3, singles strokeplay (ten played): 1, Thomas Goodall (12), 72.
Captain's prize to the full members, June 4 and 5, singles strokeplay (213 played, S.S. 73 points for both days): 1, John Jordan (23), 105.5; 2, James Morrissey (6), 106 (back nine); gross, Maurice Donohoe (3), 112; 3, Billy Whelan (16), 106; 4, John Daly (13), 106.5 (back nine); 5, John Warren (21), 106.5 (back nine); 6, Michael Kervick (19), 106.5; 7, Fintan O'Sullivan (10), 107; first 18, Tom O'Shea (16), 65; last nine, Peter Jordan (9), 34.5; past Captain, Martin Dempsey (6), 108; committee, John Casey (9), 76; Seniors, Michael Murphy (16), 108; student/Intermediate, Adam Jordan (8), 71.
Nine-hole midweek, June 8, sponsored by Alcast Motor Factors (91 played): overall, Tommy Kinlough (22), 22 points (last six); Category 1, Martin Sludds (4), 20 points (last six); Category 2, Shane Fortune (11), 22 points; Category 3, Liam Duggan (18), 22 points; Category 4, Liam Swan (26), 22 points.
The presentation will be on June 29. Next week's sponsor is Murt Mangan Construction.
Gents' open Seniors, June 9, sponsored by Charlie Kavanagh (116 played, S.S. 37 points): overall winner, Danny Kearney (18), 46 points (back nine); Over-50s: 1, Philip Browne (13), 46 points; 2, Seamus Murphy (17), 42 points; Over-60s: 1, Joe Delaney (7), 42 points; 2, Captain Liam Dunbar (9), 39 points; Over-70s: 1, Billy Whelan (15), 40 points; 2, Michael Dee (19), 39 points; Over-80s: 1, Michael Doyle (17), 39 points; 2, Denis Coughlan (20), 34 points.
Next month's sponsor is Caulfield's SuperValu and the competition date is July 14.
The Sunday evening nine-hole two-person team mixed scrambles with a shotgun start was on once again and the prize-winners from June 5 were: 1, Jim and Bernie Delaney, 28.25 points; 2, Pauline Murphy and Thomas Goodall, 30 points; 3, Mary Breen and Philip Browne, 31.5 points.
Jim gave a passionate victory speech and thanked his wife for carrying him and getting the most of the scores in! Lady Captain Stellah Sinnott thanked the competition sponsors, Eugene T. Doyle & Co. Ltd. Chartered Accountants, for their prizes and congratulated Captain Liam Dunbar on his very successful weekend before wishing him well for the rest of the year.
Open four-person scramble, sponsored by Anthony Ryan & Co. Chartered Accountants, June 6 (124 played): 1, John Casey (9), Murty Dempsey (6), Kevin Frayne (13), Ciarán Tobin (11), 54.2 points; 2, Philip Browne (13), Joe Delaney (7), Ciarán Frost (2, Rosslare), Mark Goodison (5), 54.3 points; 3, Eddie Balfe (8), James Buckley (6), John Buckley (9), Dan Jordan (11), 55.6 points.
Our Pierce Purcell team unfortunately lost to Wexford in the final of regional qualifying in St. Helens Bay on a scoreline of 4-1. They qualified in third place in the strokeplay qualifying matches on Saturday.
Then in Sunday morning's semi-final they defeated the host club St. Helen's Bay by 3-2. Well done on a great weekend's golf to managers Dick Britton and Ed Morrison, and players Philip Browne, Ger Byrne, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Ger Flood, Ray Hutchinson, Tim Morrissey, Peter O'Shea, Tom O'Shea, Ger Turner and Bill Whelan, and also to Brendan Brophy who played on Saturday but was unavailable on Sunday.
A new initiative is starting soon by our resident professional, Stephen Fitzpatrick, on June 23 at 6 p.m. for one hour duration for five weeks on Thursdays. It is a men's group coaching scheme and covers a different style of shot each week: chipping; putting; pitching; bunkers and the full swing.
Notes will be given to individuals after each session. It is open to members and non-members, five hours' coaching for only €50.
There was yet another hole-in-one, they are starting to roll in now alright. That is three in the last four or five weeks. This time it was Enda Byrne from Ferns in the open four-person scramble on June 6.
There will be a classic hosted by The Ballagh Boxing Club on June 17. For further information and timesheet ring the club office on 05392-33191.
On June 20 our Junior foursomes start their Leinster qualifying competition. It is an Under-18 team event to be held in Waterford G.C. Good luck to all participants and team managers.
Next weekend the AIG Jimmy Bruen team, managed by Shane Dunphy, travel to Bunclody to take part in regional qualifying. We are due to tee off at 9.20 a.m. on Saturday in a strokeplay qualifying stage.
The draw for our club singles/club fourball took place recently and the preliminary round for the singles has to be complete by June 19, while the first round fourball has to be completed by July 13.
Bank Holiday Monday nine-hole mixed: 1, Sinéad Johnson, 20 points; 2, Ed Lysaght, 20 points; 3, Eugene O'Brien Jnr., 20 points, holding off Richard Doyle on countback.
The nine-hole foursomes was won by Anthony P. Doyle and Rudi Wortmann.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Gavin McNulty, 20 points; 2, John Fitzpatrick; 3, Eamonn Whelan, 19 points.
Weekend singles stableford: 1, Steve Sharman, 46 points; 2, Tommy Dunne, 43 points; 3, Charlie Logan, 42 points; 4, Mark Miskella, 42 points.
Anthony Doyle and his Pierce Purcell team came up short by just three shots in St. Helen's on Saturday. Their score of 362 would most likely have sufficed most years.
The four qualifying clubs were all out early before the wind got up. Special mention for Eugene O'Brien Jnr. and Richard Doyle whose score of 84 is the best return of any Ballymoney Pierce Purcell pairing, played in the worst of the wind.
Thank you to McCauley's Pharmacy, Gorey, for sponsoring Tuesday's competition. First place went to Catherine Lysaght (36) with a great score of 41 points.
Second was Cecilia O'Riordan (26) with 39 points (on countback), and third was Mary Egan (25) with 36 points.
Category A winner was Eileen O'Brien (18) with 37 points, while Category B went to Megan Quinlan (23) with 37 points (on countback).
The Category C victor was Norma Casey (29) with 38 points. The nine-hole stableford winner was Phil Clancy (36) with 20 points.
Congratulations to our Boyne team managed by Marcella Jones which had a great win over Bray in the second round.
Open week has started with two fantastic days of golf and very few spaces available on the timesheets. Thank you our two sponsors already, Nelson Hydraulics and Wirecard.
Wednesday, June 15, open gents' fourball (sponsor, Heineken); Thursday, June 16, open ladies' and gents' singles (sponsor, Jack Kavanagh, Golden Anchor); Friday, June 17, open mixed four-person scramble (sponsor, Prospect Holiday and Leisure Park); Saturday, June 18, open gents' fourball and ladies' nine holes (sponsor, Tara Meadows); summer barbeque; Sunday, June 19, open gents' singles to 11 a.m.; open mixed fourball (sponsor, Lonergan Corporate Gifts).
The mixed foursomes team had a fantastic result in beating The Heath three and two, with all three home pairings winning. Congratulations and best of luck in the next round.
Four-person scramble, Monday, June 6: 1, Joe O'Shaughnessy (21), Stephen Hennessy (19), Diarmuid Kinsella (14), Tommy Dixon (4), 56.2; 2, John Furlong (6), Derek Maltby (9), Gordon Wright (12), Joe Simpson (16), 56.7; 3, Tom Foster (12), Alan Gray (13), Stuart White (15), Ciarán O'Donovan (23), 56.7.
Wednesday open singles, June 8: 1, John Dunne (20), 42 points; 2, Ciarán Sheridan (3), 41 points; 3, Matty Forde (6), 40 points; 4, Tom McGrath (10), 38 points; eleven holes, Harry Poole (23), 24 points.
Open week, Saturday, June 11, two-person team event sponsored by Nelson Hydraulics: 1, Sorcha Howell (4), Colin Sunderland (8), 62 points (last six); 2, John O'Riordan (17), Cecilia O'Riordan (25), 62 points; 3, Fergal Noonan (12), Tom Fleming (22), 61 points; 4, Paddy Bernie (23), Ann Bernie (16), 58 points.
Open week, Sunday, June 12, ladies' and gents' singles sponsored by Wirecard: 1, Joe Kenny (15), 40 points; 2, Michael Carty (17), 38 points (last nine); 3, Tom Hardiman (16), 38 points; gross, Neville Steedman (1), 35 points; ladies: 1, Eileen Moriarty (24), 35 points (last six); 2, Eileen Wheeler (31), 35 points.