Tuesday 17 September 2019

On the fairways

Thursday's open fourball competition sponsored by Flo Gas in Courtown (from left): sponsor David Conroy (Flo Gas), winners Denise Kavanagh and Sorcha Howell, lady Captain Eileen Cullen
Thursday's open fourball competition sponsored by Flo Gas in Courtown (from left): sponsor David Conroy (Flo Gas), winners Denise Kavanagh and Sorcha Howell, lady Captain Eileen Cullen
Winners of the competition sponsored by Vale Oil in New Ross - back (from left): Ann Fenlon and Mary Dungan (joint second), Theresa Foley and Margaret Rossiter (joint third). Front (from left): Mary Maher (lady Captain), winning team members Marie Therese Wall, Eleanor Roche and Mary Maher

Bunclody - June 25 and 26, monthly medal: 1, Gerard Tobin (20), 68 nett; 2, Alan Murphy (10), 69 nett; gross, Rory McCarthy (0), 71; 3, Clive Murphy (5), 71 nett; 4, Dan Byrne (15), 71 nett.

June 28, ladies' monthly medal: 1, Monica Mernagh (36), 70 nett; 2, Terri Byrne (6), 74 nett; gross, Linda Byrne (11), 85; 3, Alice Druhan (22), 74 nett.

June 29, Wednesday open singles: 1, Willie Harte (11), 39 points; 2, Stephen Larkin (10), 37 points; 3, Ger Bolger (13), 36 points.


Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Bartie Kehoe (17), 21 points; 2, Kevin Byrne (21), 20 points; 3, Mark Read (13), 19 points.

Sunday open fourball: 1, Mick Brennan and Ken McGauran, 48 points; 2, Michael Rossiter and Michael Walsh, 45 points; 3, Anthony Fortune and Ed Walsh, 44 points.

Matchplay first round: Anthony P. Doyle beat Sammy Walker; Paul O'Brien beat Paul Swinburne; Eamonn Whelan beat Shane Fox; James Mooney beat Pádraig Grainger; Jim Doyle beat Ken McGauran; Seán Furlong beat Thomas Sutton; David Doyle beat Mark Doran; John Farrell beat Seán Byrne; Donal Byrne beat Des Byrne; Leighton Gleeson beat Pat Madsen; Robbie Kehoe beat Brian Delaney; Marty Lawlor beat Frank Layton; John Reville beat Peter Byrne; Mark Miskella beat Aidan Gahan; Paul Hayden beat Ken Layton; Ron Breen beat Stephen Johnson; Dave Fitzgerald beat Ed Lysaght; Martin Conroy beat Brendan White; Liam Redmond beat Niall Bennett; Andrew Byrne beat Kevin Kennedy; Mike O'Grady beat Christy Dodson; Billy Larkin beat Richard Doyle; Kevin Byrne beat Rudi Wortmann; Eugene O'Brien Snr. w/o from Anthony Fortune.


Enniscorthy held a classic for the Co. Wexford ladies' football last Friday, July 1. A successful and enjoyable day's golfing was had by all 20 partaking teams held in glorious sunshine. Most teams were sponsored by various businesses and G.A.A. clubs.

In the ladies' section the best team were the St. Fintan's ladies with a score of 86 points comprising Ann Conway, Martina Dempsey, Janette Rice and Mary Rice.

In the men's section the results were: 1, the Glynn-Barntown ladies' team (Johnny Doyle, Garry Laffan, Michael Rossiter, Mick Walsh) with 93 points; 2, the Wexford County Council team (Brad Cohen, Gerry Forde, Jamie Mackey, Seán Mackey) with 91 points; 3, the Shelmalier ladies' team (Laurence Carley, Theresa Kehoe, Andy O'Brien, Benny Travers) with 90 points; 4, the Fastway Couriers team (Billy Redmond, Patsy Farrell, John Roche, John Shalloe), 89 points (back nine); 5, the AMPM team (Michael Condron, Marie Dunphy, Shane Dunphy, Tom Dunphy) with 89 points.

The longest drive was by Josephine O'Connor on the fifth hole into the wind and just short of the ditch. Nearest the pin was 7'4" on the third green by Brad Cohen.

Denis Nolan was M.C. and thanked all and sundry for their combined efforts in making the day an outstanding success as it takes the co-operation of many individuals to pull off an event of this size. He went on to thank all of the sponsors, too many to mention, for their generous donations.

We are looking forward to seeing all participants again very soon to avail of the Enniscorthy experience.

Nine-hole midweek, June 29, sponsored by Post Office staff (93 played): overall, Mick Walsh (18), 22 points; Category 1, Fintan O'Sullivan (9), 21 points; Category 2, Richard Britton (13), 20 points; Category 3, Shay Guinan (16), 20 points; Category 4, Tommy Kinlough (22), 21 points (last three). Next week's sponsor is the Enniscorthy Golf Club.

The Sunday evening nine-hole two-person team mixed scrambles with a shotgun start re-arranged from June 19 which was called off due to the inclement weather was played on Sunday, June 26. The mixed winners were Helene and Vinny Daly, with Maeve McCauley and Mick Wickham second. Gross winners were Marie Dunphy and James Morrissey, and third were Shane and Nikki Dunphy.

Three-man team event, July 2-3, sponsored by Price Waterhouse Cooper (151 played): 1, Paddy Fitzpatrick (13), John Mernagh (11), James Morrissey (5), 90 points; 2, Barry Bolger (18), Pat Crean (18), Con Fleming (19), 88 points (back nine); 3, John Cullen (11), Francis Whelan (15), Wesley Ruttle (25), 88 points.

Our in-house Senior men's group called 'The Brittle Bones Society' played last Monday week and the four-man winning team was Denis Coughlan, Mick Dee, Kieran Maloney and Larry Shaughnessy with 52.2 points.

On Thursday the winners with 51.4 points were Mattie Mernagh, Paddy Murphy and Neville Tector. Both games were over 15 holes and played in scramble format.

Congratulations to each and every one of our winners and a big thank you to all our sponsors.

The Junior section is going from strength to strength with a significant number of youngsters having joined up lately. Is the next Leona or Rory amongst them? If you know of a youngster who might be interested, then please let either Vice-President Jim Hogan or Vice-Captain Jack Murphy know.

The clubhouse function room can be hired for private functions, christenings, communions, confirmation, birthdays, quizzes, weddings, conferences, retirements and funerals or any other function for that matter with bar facilities and catering available. Just ring the office on 05392-33191 or bar manager Adrian on 083-3004021.

There is a fantastic new offer available to anyone thinking of starting to play golf available at Enniscorthy. 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, a group clinic 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 clinic, 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, 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!

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this offer then please encourage them to take it up, a great way to spend the summer months. Utilise it as a treat for the Leaving Cert. students before they start third level.

Our new competition to the calendar recently started and is gaining in popularity judging by the number of players rising every 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. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this competition then please bring them along. Where else would you get such great golfing facilities for €10?

Next month's sponsor of the gents' Seniors is Caulfield's SuperValu and the competition date is July 14.

Next Friday, July 8, we hold the annual Pat Cody classic. For booking times please contact either Brendan Brophy (087-2309734) or the club office (05392-33191).

The draw for our club singles/club fourball took place recently and the finish date for the singles preliminary round has now passed. The second round has to be completed by July 10. The first round fourball has to be completed by July 13.

There will be no extensions to the completion dates. The only rule change this year is in the club fourball where the 3/4 handicap difference has been replaced by 9/10. All matches are off of the blue pins.

How is your golfing knowledge? We will be running a golfing quiz on Friday, August 5, at 8 p.m. (please note change of date). All questions will be on golf. It will be a fun quiz and not too hard; the questions will not be the likes of who won what from 40 years ago and rules/regulations interpretation and the likes.

It will be much more general and quirkier than that. There will be no Tom Watson questions Matty! It would be great if our members could get teams of four from other clubs to come along as well to add to the spice.

For the full report please look at the club website in the news section.


Our Captain, Pat Walsh, held the qualifiers for his Captain's prize over Saturday and Sunday with great turn-outs on both days. Pat promised no tricky pin positions but some would say that was the case while others might not.

Some great scores of 68 were recorded which will lead to another fantastic final day next Saturday. Anyone who scored 78 nett and some 79s all qualified for the final day.

Congratulations to the Junior foursomes team which had a fantastic win over Carlow and is now into the semi-final. Well done.

Best of luck to all involved in the quarter-final of the mixed that takes place on Friday at 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 26, four-person waltz: 1, Mick Morrissey (5), Noel Ivanoff (7), Ralph Lennon (9), Martin Hempenstall (16), 89 points; 2, John Maher (13), Doris Doyle (22), Eamonn Byrne (15), Jimmy McDonald (10), 88 points.

Wednesday, June 29, men's open singles: 1, Dean Davis (8), 39 points; 2, Robert Durning (11), 38 points; 3, Darragh Hobbs (3), 37 points; gross, Ciarán Sheridan (2), 35 points; eleven-hole, Seamus Kennelly (7), 21 points.

Thursday, June 30, Junior boys' 18-hole competition: 1, Brian O'Doherty, 35 points.

Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, Captain's prize qualifiers: Tony Kinsella 68, Seamus Dempsey 68, Pat Kenny 71, Leslie Masterson 71, Michael Hegarty 71 (some people qualified with 79).

Courtown Ladies

Unfortunately due to bad weather Tuesday's competition sponsored by Taravie was called. This competition will be re-scheduled to a later date.

Thursday's open fourball competition was sponsored by Flo Gas. Thank you to David Conroy for presenting the fabulous prizes to the lucky winners.

First prize went to Sorcha Howell (4) (4) and Denise Kavanagh (14) (13) with 43 points. Second were Helen Mundow (30) (27) and Frances Sinnott (27) (24) with 42 points. Third were Kate Sheehan (19) (17) and Mairéad Sunderland (19) (17) with 41 points. Fourth were Mary Halford (24) (22) and Maria Coone (11) (10) with 40 points, and fifth were Carole Barnwell (16) (14) and Catherine Quinn (18) (16) with 38 points (back nine). The nine-hole competition was won by Mona Sheehan (30) with 18 points.

Congratulations to our Junior Foursomes team managed by Frances Swords which beat Carlow in Coollattin last week and is now through to the AIG District semi-final against Tramore.

New Ross Seniors

With heavy rain forecast and dark clouds hovering overhead, it did not look good for our outing last Thursday. But once again we defied the forecasters and the gods looked kindly on us except for the odd passing shower.

It was none too warm however for the last day of June with a north-westerly wind keeping temperatures down to something that we would have in the autumn.

Eleven teams took part in the competition and here we had a three-way tie before the eventual winners could be announced. After a countback over the last nine holes (44/42), Michael Lee (16), Eamon Delaney (16), Johnny Watson (18) and Frank Boyle (21) were declared the victors with a final tally of 88 points.

In second place again after a countback on the last nine holes (42/41), Paddy Shannon (10), Michael Gannon (17), Aidan O'Connor (19) and Jim Kehoe (24) again with 88 points filled the runners-up position.

On the same score (88 points), John Shalloe (5), Larry Doyle (19), Martin Forristal (20) and John Joe Murray (21) were placed third. Nearest the pin prizes went to Michael Gannon and Martin Hartley.

Next Thursday, July 7, we will take names and entry fees (€15) for our eagerly-awaited outing to Dungarvan Golf Club on Monday, July 25. We will play in their open Seniors singles competition and in addition we will have our own four-person team game with the usual prizes on offer.

Also on Thursday we are having a raffle to raise funds to sponsor a team in the upcoming Pro-Am tournament in New Ross. Tickets are only €5 each and your kind support would be very much appreciated.

Manning the draw board for July are Willie Whitty, Dick Cahill and Les Jastrebski, and all players are asked to be sure to clock in with them well before the team draw at 10.40 a.m. sharp.

New Ross Ladies

Wednesday, June 29, Pro-Am qualifier: 1, Eleanor Roche (20), 39 points; 2, Margaret Murphy (23), 36 points; 3, Denise Bolger (17), 35 points (last six).

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, July 6, 18-hole stableford (Senior) sponsored by Glanbia; Friday, July 8, lady Captain's charity day in aid of New Ross Care Centre, three-person Mexican scramble open to all; Wednesday, July 13, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Sid's Diner.

Well done to the Mary McKenna team which defeated Borris last week. The team will now go on to play Powerscourt in New Ross on Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m., and your support would be appreciated.

Good luck to the Boyne Trophy team which plays Templemore this Wednesday afternoon, home and away.

The second round of the Kathleen Pyne singles matchplay is ongoing.

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