Monday 18 December 2017

On the fairways

The winner of the Seniors' competition in Enniscorthy, Lori Whitney, with sponsor Helen Kavanagh from Parnell Antiques
The winner of the Seniors' competition in Enniscorthy, Lori Whitney, with sponsor Helen Kavanagh from Parnell Antiques
Winners of the competition sponsored by Brook's Jewellers in New Ross. Front (from left): Mary Maher (lady Captain) with winner Margaret Murphy. Back (from left): Margaret Furlong (second), Marie O'Connor (lady President), Tess Ryan (third)
Winners of the competition in New Ross sponsored by Wall B.E.R. Back (from left): Denise Bolger, Eileen Cullinan and Kay Bolger (second), and Margaret Furlong, Joanne Hartley and Margaret Murphy (third).Front (from left): Mary Maher (lady Captain) with winning team members Maria Burford, Marie O'Connor and Mary Shannon, and Marie Therese Wall, representing the sponsors

New Ross Ladies: Wednesday, September 14, sponsored by Emerald Dry Cleaners (Deirdre Caulfield): 1, Theresa Foley (20), three up; 2, Maria Burford (14), one up; 3, Bridget Murphy (26), two down.

Upcoming competitions: Wednesday, September 21, 18-hole stroke (gross and medal) sponsored by Hickey & Ryan; Wednesday, September 28, 18-hole stableford sponsored by Murphy's Cash & Carry; Wednesday, October 5, 18-hole stableford (Senior) sponsored by Kathleen's Hair Salon.


On a day that brought appalling weather conditions, Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club hosted our last outing on August 20. Played through storm force winds and heavy rain for the most part, those who braved the elements on a course that was testing bore great testament to their loyalty to the society.

Frank McGuinness led the field home as the winner, followed closely on the countback by Marty Kielthy in second place. Nearest to the pin on the fourth hole was Michael Jordan, no mean feat considering the swirling wind on the elevated tee box.

A similar challenge faced the players on the 16th tee and Colin Fenlon managed to keep the ball on the green to take the prize. The visitor's prize went to Paddy Delaney. Well done to all the winners.

We are looking forward to seeing as many players again as we head to the Gold Coast golf course next Saturday, September 24. Those who wish to participate should post their names on the sheet in the bar before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20.

As usual visitors are most welcome to play in their own competition, and it's not too late to become a full member by paying the nominal subscription, which will cover you until the end of the current season which will be on Captain's day next April.


The course re-opened last weekend after sanding of the fairways and hollow tining of the greens and presented a tough challenge for competitors in the 18-hole club singles sponsored by Max Power, Power Washing Services.

Des Redmond (20) was the man who adapted best to the conditions, recording a gritty 34 points for the win. John Shalloe (5) took second place on 33 points, just bettering Tommy Furlong's (25) effort on the last nine.

Donal Hosey won the gross with 26 points, with the categories going to some in-form men, Eamonn Wall (8, 33 points), Joe Kelly (11, 32 points) and Jim Foran (20, 33 points).

Thank you to Pierce Hendrick of Max Power, Power Washing Services, for his continued and generous support. Next weekend the Stafford Fuels-sponsored September medal takes place, with tee-times available on Saturday afternoon in addition to Sunday.

Congratulations to the 3Ts team which played in the regional qualifying event at Dundrum House, Co. Tipperary, last Tuesday. They were one of the top six teams to secure a place in the national finals to be played at the K Club, Co. Kildare, in October.

The team was led by Paul Morris (club professional) and comprised lady Captain Mary Maher, John Murphy and Ann Banville.

Congratulations to Mark Murphy and Michael J. Ryan who saw off the challenge of Ray and Robbie Farrell in the final of the men's foursomes matchplay. Robbie Farrell still is in with a shout of silverware as he takes part in the singles matchplay Final where he meets seasoned competitor Davy Doran.

In the fourball final, Jim Byrne and John (KK) Hartley face Denis Kirwan and Willie Whitty. Thank you to all who took part in the matchplays.

Last week's Tuesday fourball was won by Brendan Duffin (7) and Noel Dunne (19) with 23 points, with the categories going to Brian Bowe (12) and Shane Cummins (16) with 21 points and Tony Redmond (16) and Eddie Morrissey (18) with 23 points. The Tuesday fourballs continue for the next couple of weeks.

The September open singles was won by Michael Gannon (17) with a very respectable 38 points. Eddie Keher (9) posted the best 37 points for second place, with Ned Lyng (10) in third on the same score.

The gross was won by Michael Ryan with 39 points, a round of three under no less! Category A went to John O'Gara (18) on 37 points, with Danny O'Leary (8) in second and John Browne (13) in third.

In Category B, incoming Captain Peter (16) was first with 37 points, with Tony Sexton (24) second and Jim (R/T) Ryan (18) in third place.


The Autumn Seniors Alliance final outing of the season scheduled for Dungarvan last Monday (September 12) which fell foul of the weather has been re-fixed for the same course on Monday, September 26.

The following are the New Ross times on the sheet and all are asked to be there in good time: 11.38 a.m., John Joe Murray, Tom Kent, Larry Shannon; 11.46 a.m., Steve Travis, Luke Power, John Browne, Les Jastrebski; 12.34 p.m., Jim 'Dublin' Ryan, Tony Sexton, Mick Brennan, Billy Redmond; 12.58 p.m., Jim 'Ross' Ryan, Willie Byrne, Andy Ronan, John Shalloe.

Anyone else wishing to go to Dungarvan, please contact Tom Phelan there and he will facilitate you with a spot on the timesheet.

These Seniors' outings are a very good source of income to a club when the fixture is held there. We hosted a very successful day on a Monday in August when some €870 in green fees alone was collected, not to mention the food and beverage sales accruing as well.

It is only right therefore that we travel to the other clubs who have always been so supportive of the fixture in New Ross.

On a sad note, it is with regret that we record the passing of two of our long-time Senior members last week. The legendary Seán Ryan, who was always in good humour and a ray of sunshine when in company out on the course and in the clubroom afterwards, went to his eternal reward after a long illness bravely borne.

He was part of our group for many years and we will sorely miss him coming in late for the draw and announcing himself as 'An tUasal O Ríain'. To his wife, Margaret (nee Conway), and the extended family the Seniors send their heartfelt sympathy on the passing of one of nature's gentlemen.

Similar condolences go to the family of Billy McLoughlin who passed away in Spain some weeks ago, and was laid to rest in his native city of Waterford at the weekend. Billy too was a lovely man who really enjoyed his game of golf and the camaraderie attached to the New Ross Seniors group.

He figured on many club teams down the years and he will be missed from our ranks but not in our thoughts of remembrance. For both of these gentlemen whom we were proud to call friends, we say go nDéana Dia trócaire ar a n-anamacha dílis.

After losing out to the open singles last week, we resume this Thursday with Willie Byrne, Billy Redmond and John Joe Murray on board duty, with the draw for teams at 10.40 a.m. sharp.


Aine Kavanagh, who has her lovely hair salon in Monart Destination Spa, sponsored the competition held on Tuesday, September 15. The format was Scotch foursomes and there were 60 participants on what was another lovely sunny day in Enniscorthy.

Results: 1, Kay Ryan (27) and Kit Byrne (36), 37 points; 2, Patricia Cullen (34) and Mary Murphy (22), 36 points; 3, Annette Cullen (13) and Joan Miller (19), 35 points. The nine holes qualifier was won by Dorothy Kenny with 16 points.

The ladies' open Seniors on Thursday, September 17, was sponsored by Parnell Antiques, and Helen Kavanagh was on hand to present the prizes to the lucky winners. Lori Whitney came out on top from over 60 participants.

Results: 1, Lori Whitney (18), 40 points; Cat. A, Marie Dunphy (20), 39 points; Cat. B, Maeve McCauley (18), 38 points; Cat. C, Margaret Crotty (28), 34 points; visitor, Anna Kelly (Rosslare, 30), 35 points.

Upcoming competitions will be sponsored by Glamour Boutique on Tuesday, September 20, and the President's prize to the ladies on Monday, September 26. The Sunday evening mixed on September 25 will be sponsored by Gala.

On Friday, September 23, a quiz night will be held in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital. A table of four costs €40 and you can reserve yours by contacting Mick Coffey at 087-9239342 or Tom O'Shea at 087-2420684.

Keep up to date with activiities and results by checking out our Facebook page (, follow us on Twitter @enniscorthygolf or Instagram (enniscorthygolfclub).


September 10 and 11, Mulrennan Cup: 1, Alan Murphy (9), 36 points; 2, Martin Roberts (11), 36 points; gross, Rory McCarthy (0), 33 points; 3, Tony Murphy (18), 35 points; 4, John Masterson (12), 34 points.

September 14, Wednesday open singles: 1, Seamus Walker (18), 36 points; 2, Gerry Malone (20, Dromoland Castle), 36 points; 3, Tony Molloy (15, Skerries), 35 points.


The Tuesday, September 13, competition was sponsored by The Taravie Hotel, Courtown.

In first place was Mary Osborne (19) with 36 points on countback. Second was Sarah Donnellan (8) with 36 points, and third was Sorcha Howell (4) with 34 points.

The category winners were: A, Caroline Hewitt (6), 32 points; B, Eileen Moriarty (25), 31 points; C, Noreen Ryan (36), 30 points.


Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Stephen Greene (18), 21 point; 2, Pat Miskella (12), 21 points; 3, Paul Hayden (13), 19 points.

Matchplay semi-final: Mark Miskella beat David Fitzgerald.

The ladies' singles stableford was won by Anne Somerville (29) with 30 points.

The gents' singles stableford played over Saturday and Sunday saw some great scores returned. Conditions on Saturday were perfect and the winning score was posted then.

Gerry McGrath (16) was the winner with 44 points. Paul Doyle (13) was second with 42 points, with Ed Lysaght (17) holding off Seán Furlong (9) for third spot on 41 points.


The next gents' open Seniors will be on Thursday, October 13, and the sponsor is club Vice-President Jim Hogan.

It has been decided to hold an E.G.M. regarding the installation of the lift to the lobby on Sunday evening, October 23, with the time to be announced at a later date. Members will get the required two weeks notice of the meeting via e-mail. If you have something to say on the topic then this is your chance.

If for some reason you cannot make that date then write in a letter to the Hon. Secretary and it will be read out. Only those present can vote on the night and you must be a full member to have that privilege.

Last Thursday our Captain, Liam, and club professional, Stephen, travelled to Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club to play in the 2016 P.G.A. Pro-Captain Challenge where 52 teams participated. Both said that they had a great day and finished a very creditable ninth overall.

We had our annual charity day last Friday and it was a great success with the timesheet 99% full. The proceeds will go to The Irish Guide Dogs charity and Enniscorthy Hospice Home Care. The figures are not collated at the time of writing to see how much was raised (see next week's report).

Our Captain's prize winner from June, John Jordan, went to Roscrea on Saturday and represented us in the national competition for all the Captain's prize winners. It was a stableford format and 40 was the best score in at the time John finished on what he called 'a very difficult course'.

The top four players will now go to Portugal as their prize and will play again to determine the overall winner. John came in with a creditable score but unfortunately not enough to treat his occasional trustworthy caddy, Ger Turner, to be heading off to Portugal!

Nine-hole midweek, September 14, sponsored by S.O.S. Breen Agri (85 played): overall, Tom Hogan (14), 22 points (last three); Category 1, Frankie Morrissey (9), 22 points; Category 2, Bill Whelan (10), 22 points; Category 3, Barry Bolger (18), 22 points; Category 4, Liam Swan (27), 20 points.

Next week's sponsor is C & R Print. The presentation for all the September nine-hole midweeks will be on September 28.

Open fourball, September 10-11, sponsored by Daire Turner (150 played): 1, Paddy Fitzpatrick and Frankie Morrissey, 46 points; 2, Paul Brennan and Francis Whelan, 46 points (back two); 3, Mark Higgins and David O'Brien, 46 points (back one).

The Brittle Bones played on Monday only last week and Matty Mernagh, Liam Swan and Billy Whelan were the winners with 51.2 points.

It has been agreed to change the order of the course temporarily for the month of November in order to get feedback from our members. The present 16th and 17th will become the fifth and sixth. The present fifth then becomes the seventh and so on until you come to the present 15th which will become the 17th.

There is a new offer out for potential new members so spread the word to anyone you think that might be interested. The mid-season membership offer is that new and full memberships are available from now until December 31, 2017, for only €781 plus G.U.I./I.L.G.U. levies.

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.


Gents' singles medal, Sunday, September 11, sponsored by Doyle Associates: 1, Aidan Liston (10), 68; 2, Tom Hardiman (15), 71; 3, George Horan (7), 74; gross, Michael Furlong (1), 75.

Singles sweep, Wednesday, September 14: 1, Bryan Hughes (13), 20 points (last six); 2, Eamonn Byrne (15), 20 points.

Fourball hamper, Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18: 1, Colm Sheehan (5) and Seamus Dempsey (16), 45 points; 2, Des Roche (6) and Pat Kenny (17), 44 points; 3, John Maher (13) and Eamonn O'Connor (26), 43 points.


The final Seniors' open of the season attracted a big entry. Generously sponsored by the Kilrane Inn, the competition was fierce.

The 'young fellows' in the 50 to 65 age group produced a tight finish with Peter just getting the better of John on the back nine. In the over-66 section, the leading Old Timer proved to be Terry, with a fine score of 42 points. The best of luck with your new 18 handicap.

We welcomed our friends from Foxrock Golf Club on Saturday for the Clare Redmond Trophy. Well done to the two Brians and Brona. In the team event, Foxrock retained the trophy with a narrow win over an unlucky home side of Aidan Colgan, Terry O'Toole, Pat Murphy and Gerry Byrne.

Our club outing takes place on Saturday, October 1, to Coollattin. If you haven't already booked your place, do so right away as places are limited.

Results (gents) - Thursday, September 15, Seniors open (Kilrane Inn) - 50 to 65: 1, Peter Smith (14), 39 points (countback); 2, John Codd (16), 39 points; 66 plus: 1, Terry O'Toole (20), 42 points; 2, Gay Redmond (17, Foxrock), 38 points (countback).

Saturday, September 17, Clare Redmond Trophy: 1, Brian Cawley (15), 41 points; 2, Brian Dalton (26), 40 points; 3, Brona Cloonan (22), 39 points; front nine, Chris Dowling (19), 21 points; back nine, Bernadette Tully (30), 20 points; sponsors' prize, Brian Rankin (24, Stackstown), 36 points; team prize, Foxrock - Paul Stirrat (6), Alan Stirrat (6), Mark Stirrat (13), Gerardine Stirrat (17), 111 points; St. Helen's Bay - Gerry Byrne (14), Pat Murphy (18), Aidan Colgan (22), Terry O'Toole (18), 108 points.

Results (ladies) - open singles stableford, Wednesday, September 14 (S.S. 75, 33 points; red tees): 1, Breda Horlacher (Edmondstown, 20), 28 points; 2, Mary O'Kelly (Edmondstown, 21), 26 points; 3, Anne Goode (Edmondstown, 27), 21 points.

Open Seniors stableford, Thursday, September 15 (S.S. 74, 34 points; red tees): 1, Gerardine Smith (24), 32 points (24); 2, Siobhán Cronin (Ballyneety, 16), 31 points; 3, Ann Parkinson (23), 28 points (22).

Fixtures (ladies and gents): Wednesday, September 21, open singles; Saturday, September 24, open singles; Sunday, September 25, open singles; Wednesday, September 28, open singles.


The Society's outing on September 11 was held in Seafield, with 18 members playing.

Results: 1, Ger Corrigan (17), 29; 2, Paddy O'Connor (10), 30; 3, Don Malanowski (20), 28; Cat. 1, Michael Byrne (14), 26; Cat. 2, Simon Kelly (19), 25; Cat. 3, Paul O'Reilly (24), 19; front nine, Seán Whelan (10), 14; back nine, R.J. Blake (12), 15; twos competition, no winner.

The next outing is in New Ross on Saturday, September 24. As this is the final outing for the current year, the trophy for player of the year will be awarded to the member with the highest aggregate score from a total of nine out of ten outings this year.

In addition we will also have the finale to the champions contest between the nine winners from outings one to nine. This will be contested by the following nine members: R.J. Blake, Stephen Murphy, Kevin Quigley, Nicky Curran, Alan Busher, Tom Corrigan, John Roche, Paul O'Reilly and Ger Corrigan. Good luck to everyone.


It continues to be busy for our ladies in Wexford what with matchplay, club competitions and training for our two teams through to the All-Ireland Cups and Shields next weekend. The following are the results for the last couple of weeks as I was on holidays, playing golf in much hotter conditions in Spain!

Monday, August 29, Seniors: 1, Eileen Burke-O' Keeffe (22), 31 points; 2, Mary Fallon (32), 30 points; 3, Pat Flanagan (31), 27 points (back four); 4, Helen McGuire (21), 27 points (back four).

Thursday, September 1, invitational fourball sponsored by Barker's: 1, Tara Dunne (5) and Catherine Young (23), 42 points; 2, Denise Dunne (19) and Mags Mooney (8), 41 points; gross, Ruth Kennedy (5) and Joan Bowe (13), 30 points; 3, Leonie Furlong (12) and Bernie Furlong (18), 40 points; nine-hole, Marie Brady (16), 19 points; nearest the pin, Margaret Atkinson, 1m.

Monday, September 5, Seniors: 1, Róisín Leahy (34), 28 points; 2, Una Robinson (21), 27 points (back seven); 3, Una Doherty (30), 27 points (back seven).

Thursday, September 8, singles stableford sponsored by Carraig Donn and 3Ts qualifier: 1, Mary Fallon (32), 42 points; 2, Mary Cashe (33), 41 points; gross, Tara Dunne (5), 31 points; 3, Ruth Kennedy (5), 34 points (back nine); Senior, Phil Flood (28), 34 points; nine-hole, Rose Morris (15), 15 points; nearest the pin, Mary Robinson, nine ft.; 3T's qualifier, Mary Cashe.

Monday, September 12, Seniors: 1, Phil Flood (28), 25 points (back seven).

Thursday, September 15, was for the Eleanor Conway Perpetual Trophy sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. Scotch foursomes was the format and it was a very successful few weeks for both Mary Fallon and Tara Dunne who teamed up to scoop the first prize and get their names on Eleanor's trophy!

Results: 1, Tara Dunne and Mary Fallon (13.6), 70.4; 2, Theresa Kehoe and Margaret Atkinson (12), 71; gross, Rachel O'Connor and Ruth Kennedy (5.8), 78; 3, Anna Sullivan and Sally O'Neill (20.4), 72.6; nine-hole, Pauline O'Neill (17), 13 points; nearest the pin, Mary Fallon, five ft. three inches.

A huge thank you to everybody who supported our very enjoyable table quiz last Tuesday, with the funds raised going towards defraying the cost of our panels going to the All-Irelands.

Best wishes to the Junior Cup and Challenge Cup teams in the All-Irelands next week in Dundalk. The Junior Cup are playing Belvoir Park on Thursday at 12 noon followed by the Challenge Cup who are playing the winners of Headfort/Co. Sligo on Friday at 11.15 a.m. Supporters are both welcome and appreciated.

Thanks also to all who supported the coffee morning in aid of Hospice last Thursday. We raised €359 for this very worthy cause.


For the first time in almost 20 years, Rosslare hosted a very successful Pro-Am on Saturday. A total of 48 professionals from throughout the country competed.

There were two shotgun starts - one at 8 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. - with 24 teams in each draw. The course was in immaculate condition and received high praise from professionals and amateurs alike.

The winner of the pro event with a great score of five under 67 was David Barry (Douglas). He had two shots to spare over a group of three - Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf), former Wexford pro, Damien McGrane, and Mark Murphy who, until last October, was assistant pro in Rosslare.

On two under par 70 were David Higgins (Waterville), Kenny Fahey (G.U.I. National Academy), David Ryan (Cahir Park) and Brian Walton (Island).

Team event: 1, Tim Rice (Limerick), Tom Barrett, Paul Barrett, Adrian Usher, 94 points; 2, David Higgins (Waterville), Bill Connolly, Billy Fanning, Rich Howlin, 92 points; 3, Mark Whelan (Castlewarden), John Barron, Ray Quin, Kevin Foran; 4, David Foley (Dromoland Castle), John Diviney, Tom Close, Michael Horgan; 5, Kenny Fahey (G.U.I. National Academy), Jim Goggin, Robin Gardner, Ned Kinsella; 6, Mick O'Shea (Rathsallagh), S. Redmond, M. Brennan, P. O'Farrell.

On Friday evening, despite heavy rain, a big crowd attended a clinic given by Damien McGrane and Hazel Kavanagh, former tour player on the European Ladies' Tour. They were also guest speakers at a dinner in Kelly's Resort Hotel, the main sponsors of the Pro-Am.

The main benefactors from the Pro-Am were St. Patrick's Special School and Wexford Hospice Homecare.

The committee were very pleased with the success of the day and would like to thank everyone who helped make it so successful. A special thanks to the main sponsor, Bill Kelly of Kelly's Resort Hotel, everyone who sponsored teams and tee boxes, and all who contributed in any way to make it such a success.

Wednesday singles (C.S.S. 35): 1, Denis Asple (10), 46 points; 2, Denis Noonan (4), 39 points; 3, Gary Hever (17), 39 points.

Sunday singles: 1, Liam Duggan (6), 33 points; 2, Philip Breen (17), 33 points (back nine); gross, John Morris (+2), 34 points; vet., Paud O'Brien (4), 33 points; 3, Denis Noonan (4), 33 points.


Wednesday's open 14-hole fourball was won by Pat Browne (20) and Davy Byrne (12) with 37 points from Richard Barlow (Coollattin, 17) and John Conroy (11) with 36 points.

Friday's three-person open team event was won by Jim Doyle (20), Patch Doyle (19) and Christy O'Gorman (10) with 70 points.

The Bolands Wexford Town-sponsored competition winner was John Furlong with a great score of 46 points. Jimmy Creane (19) was second with 42 points.

Ray Cullinane (11) was third with 39 points on the back nine. Mark Mullen won the gross with 35 points while Lar Rossiter (14) won the veterans with 33 points on the back nine.

We wish the ladies' Junior Cup and Challenge Trophy teams good luck in the I.L.G.U. All-Ireland Cup and Shield finals in Dundalk later this week.

Membership for 2017 is now open; play from now until the end of 2017 for €599 for new and lapsed members. See or phone 05391-42238 for full details of this and other offers.


On Tuesday we played a v. par competition. This is a game of no mercy - you must hit to your own par on the course or you get a negative score, and then move on quickly to the next hole.

Each hole is over before you know it, with no chance even to practise your putting as in strokes. They say it is very good for your game though, so out we went and the weather was lovely.

Carmel Quinlivan was the winner and well done to her as she is a very steady player and this is a must for v. par.

The previous weekend we had our Pro-Am which everyone felt was a great success. The weekend was sponsored by Kelly's Hotel who hosted a fabulous meal on Friday night, and the clinic with Damien McGrane and Hazel Kavanagh was both witty and informative despite terrible weather.

However, the sun shone all day Saturday, as 24 teams hit off at 8 a.m. and the second 24 teams hit off at 2 pm.. The team which won the sponsorship by the ladies' committee - Marianne Brennan, Siobhán Redmond and Phyllis O'Farrell - won the ladies' team prize with 89 points, playing with pro Michael O'Shea from Rathsallagh.

The other good news was that a cheque for €5,000 each was presented to the two charities - St. Patrick's Special Needs School in Enniscorthy and Wexford Hospice Homecare. We would like to thank all our lady members who helped with registration, car-parking, ferrying to holes, ball spotting and many other individuals who made the event run smoothly.

Thursday sees the return of the Seniors' morning golf for over-50s. Tuesday, September 27, is a singles stableford competition.

Tuesday, September 13, singles v. par (C.S.S. 74): 1, Carmel Quinlivan (21), four up; 2, Gerarde Mahon (19), two up; gross, Doreen McGovern (11), ten down (back nine); 3, Eleanor O'Connor (21), one up (back nine); 4, Norrie Goff (21), one up; Seniors, Eileen Doyle (21), all square.

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