On the fairways
Blackwater Society: Ballymoney outing, April 23 (27 members played): 1, Don Malanowski (21), 42 points; 2, Johnny Cullen (19), 40 points; 3, Tom Corrigan (25), 32 points (countback); Cat. 1, Stephen Murphy (15), 32 points; Cat. 2, Pat O'Toole (18), 32 points; Cat. 3, John Roche (25), 28 points; front nine, Paddy O'Connor (11), 14 points (countback); back nine, John Forde (16), 17 points (countback); twos club winners, Stephen Murphy, Ger Corrigan and Tom Coughlan, all on the eighth hole.
Courtown outing, May 7 (24 members played): 1, Johnny Cullen (18), 35 points; 2, Andy Roche (14), 33 points; 3, Seán Whelan (11), 32 points (countback); Cat. 1, Stephen Murphy (15), 32 points (countback); Cat. 2, Kevin O'Toole (18), 32 points; Cat. 3, John Roche (25), 29 points; front nine, Peter Goff (14), 19 points; back nine, Michael Byrne (15), 18 points. There was no twos club winner.
All in the society wish Joe O'Donohoe well and look forward to seeing him out golfing with us soon.
The next outing is in Coollattin on Sunday, May 28, with tee-time of 10.40 a.m.
The second medal competition of the year was played in Rosslare on Sunday. Played on the back tees (blue), the scoring was close.
The winner was Seán Bates (21) who brought in a 69. He turned in 49 but started back with three pars for a 41 and a win on the breakdown from Liam MacNamara (4).
Liam started with two double bogeys but played the remaining 16 holes in three under par which included birdies at the third, sixth, ninth, twelfth and 18th.
Third on 71 was Tom McGrath (17), with Derek Wickham (7) fourth on the same score. Philip Balfe (1) had three birdies in halves of 38 and 35 to win the gross.
A veterans' competitions run in conjunction with the medal was played on the green course and was won by Pat Rossiter (9) with 39 points, beating fellow St. Fintan's man Eamonn Goggin (18) on the breakdown.
On the inter-club scene, Rosslare had a good 4.5 to 2.5 win over close neighbours St. Helen's. The team was Jim Anglim, Eamonn Mullan, Philip Quigley, Bobby O'Dowd, Ned Kinsella, Jim Hennessy and Tom McGrath. The managers were Robin Gardner, Diarmaid O Raghnaigh and Boyd Scott.
Fixtures: Saturday, May 20, ladies' fourball and gents' fourball; Sunday, May 21, gents' invitational fourball; open ladies' and gents' singles every Wednesday.
It was with great sadness on Sunday morning that we learned of the death of our Captain, Tony O'Neill. Tony passed away that morning at the Beacon Hospital.
Tony played on and managed many teams over the years at Wexford Golf Club. Not only was Tony a very accomplished and successful golfer, he was also a tireless worker for the club.
Tony was very proud to be our Captain this year and was looking forward to his Captain's prize and weekend which is due to take place on the June bank holiday weekend.
To Brigid and family we extend our heartfelt sympathy on Tony's death. He will be sorely missed at Wexford Golf Club.
As a mark of respect the club will be closed this Tuesday. May he rest in peace.
Tuesday's competition was the Valerie Doyle qualifier and the results were very close between all the prizes, but well done to Trish Devereux who came first with 39 points.
The qualifiers were: Cat. 1 (0-18), Sheila Crosbie; Cat. 2 (19-28), Trish Devereux; Cat. 3 (29-36), Deirdre Delaney, all of whom will go on to represent Rosslare in the final in Carlow.
Best of luck to the Senior Cup team competing in Athy on May 20, managed by Kathleen Cullimore and Bena Hall, and the Junior foursomes against Waterford Castle in Enniscorthy on May 25 at 4 p.m. managed by Sheila Doyle and Angela Murphy.
We are starting a Girls4Golf4Life programme for girls aged from eight upwards. There will be a taster session in the club on Monday, May 22, from 4-6 p.m. Equipment will be provided.
Girls can then sign up to our golf acadamy, a twelve-week programme. This will start May 31, costing €50, and includes coaching with our professional, Jamie O'Sullivan.
To book a place on the taster session on May 22, please contact Elizabeth at 087-2470493 by Friday, May 19. This a great chance for Junior girls to have fun learning to play golf.
We would like to wish Penny in catering every happiness as she is getting married on Friday, May 19.
Tuesday, May 23, is a ladies' v. par competition (N.B.C.R.I. and Memorial Cup) sponsored by The Village Pharmacy. There will be a raffle for breast cancer on the day, and here's hoping as many people as possible will wear pink.
Sunday and Tuesday, May 7 and 9, singles stableford sponsored by Trendz and Beauty Beyond (C.S.S.: Sunday 32 points, Tuesday 35 points): 1, Trish Devereux (22), 39 points; 2, Sheila Crosbie (14), 38 points (back nine); gross, Paula O'Leary (12), 26 points; 3, Liz Murphy (22), 37 points; 4, Moira Fortune (15), 36 points (back nine); 5, Anne Kelly (18), 36 points (back nine); Seniors, Deirdre Delaney (30), 36 points.
Valerie Doyle qualifiers: Cat. 1 (0-18), Sheila Crosbie; Cat. 2 (19-28), Trish Devereux; Cat. 3 (28-36), Deirdre Delaney.
Burrow course, ladies' nine-hole competition: 1, Kathleen Goggin (30/15), 18 points.
Wednesday, May 10, open singles stableford (C.S.S. 36 points): 1, Kathleen Noonan (Cahir Park, 22), 37 points.
Last Monday, May 8, 37 ladies played in the Seniors' competition.
Results: 1, Eileen Kent (27), 30; 2, Catherine Carmody (24), 28 (back seven); 3, Theresa Kehoe (16), 28; 4, Geraldine Draper (28), 26; 5, Noreen Power (36), 25 (back seven); 6, Eithne Walsh (23), 25.
The Thursday 18-hole competition was a strokes (medal) sponsored by the Pro Shop - P.G.A. Tankard. There was some very good scoring and congratulations to all the winners.
Results: 1, Josephine Brennan (18), 66 (back nine); 2, Marie Connell (22), 66; 3, Róisín Leahy (33), 68; gross, Carmel Murphy (8), 82; Seniors (1-18), Theresa Kehoe (16), 73; Seniors (19-36), Eileen Kent (27), 71; front nine, Delia Brosnan (35), 30.5; back nine, Leonie Furlong (13), 35.5.
The nine-hole competition was won by Rose Morris (15) with a score of 16 (back nine), and second was Noreen Power (17), also with 16. Nearest the pin was Lily Rowe with an impressive nine inches.
The closing date for entries for the J.J. Devereux matchplay is May 18. Put your name on an envelope with your entry fee and place it in the cards box in the locker room. The list is also up in the bar for the mixed club matchplay, so do not forget to put your name down.
For ladies wishing to be included in competitions as a Senior/Super Senior, please ensure your name is on the list in the locker room.
This Thursday's (May 18) competition is the President's prize to the ladies. It is an 18-hole strokes (medal) competition. Best of luck to everyone.
Wednesday, May 10, open singles (C.S.S. 72, 36 points): 1, Jimmy McMahon (23), 41 points; 2, John Walsh (22), 38 points (countback); 3, Mark O'Donoghue (14), 38 points.
Saturday, May 13, open singles (C.S.S. 73, 35 points): 1, Phil Cassidy (16), 37 points (countback); 2, Nick McBride (15), 37 points; 3, Stan Parkinson (10), 35 points (countback).
Sunday, May 14, open singles (C.S.S. 72, 36 points): 1, Jim Brauneisen (16), 38 points (countback); 2, Pat O'Connor (4), 38 points (countback); 3, Jim Egan (24), 38 points.
Fixtures: Wednesday, May 17, Seniors' open (sponsors: Aidan Colgan and Cyril Pierce); Friday, May 19, open nine-hole (summer league round two); Saturday, May 20, 3T's open (Turn The Tide of Suicide); Sunday, May 21, monthly medal G.O.Y.
THE GATE SOCIETY
The Gate Golf Society held its third outing of 2017 at Wexford Golf Club on Saturday, May 6. The golf course was in excellent condition with the greens were very fast, and we would like to thank the staff for all their help.
We were playing for the Jim O'Neill Memorial Perpetual Cup, and the outing was sponsored by the O'Neill family for which we are very grateful.
Results: 1, Martin Kehoe (10), 36 points; 2, Jason Murphy (21), 35 points; 3, Oggie Katus (15), 34 points; Cat. 1, John Purcell (12), 29 points (countback); Cat. 2, Cookie Mernagh (17), 30 points; Cat. 3, Fintan Walsh (21), 32 points; Seniors' prize, Michael Lee (17), 29 points (countback); longest drive, Mark Purcell; nearest the pin, Mark Purcell; visitor's prize, Paul Griffin; twos club, Ciarán Malone and Ger O'Riordan.
Our next outing is at Castlecomer Golf Club June 3, and tee-times are 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Beautiful weather on Wednesday, May 10, allowed for some great scores for the 3T's charity competition.
18-hole stableford: 1, Margaret Furlong (17), 41 points; 2, Maria Burford (13), 40 points (last nine); 3, Elsie Redmond (25), 40 points; Senior, Breda McManus (23), 33 points (last nine).
This Wednesday, May 17, we play for prizes sponsored by Mannion's Restaurant and Bar, Ferrybridge. Many thanks to Emmet and Lisa. It is 18-hole stableford. Book online or the draws will be at the usual times.
Due to very adverse weather conditions on Friday, we had to call off Breast Cancer Pink Day. Some hardy souls who got absolutely drenched completed their round before the decision was taken. Well done to you!
Under competition rules these scores are invalid unfortunately, but those competitors will have free entry on the re-scheduled day which is Monday, May 29. We urge members to put this important charity day in your diary, and fingers crossed that better conditions will prevail.
Entry is €10 per player and the format is 18-hole, two-person greensomes which is a very popular game. Get your partner now and book online!
It's open to men and ladies and, remember girls, this a national competition so the lady winners will be included in the Play in Pink final in Galway Bay Club in September. You can read all about it on the breast cancer research website.
Volunteers are urgently needed for the Juniors' section. Please consider giving some time to youngsters because they are the future golfers of our club. Give your name to the Captains or e-mail the office.
The Finn Trophy team squared up to Enniscorthy there yesterday (Monday).
Perfect golfing weather favoured the running of the open fourball competition sponsored by the life members of the club. With the course now at its brilliant best and with a great run on the ball, good scoring was the order of the day.
Taking first prize by scoring 47 points were Tom Fenlon (15) and Mick Logue (20). It took a check back over the last nine holes before the second place was decided, and Harry Rheinhart (16) and Bill Hurley (20) prevailed over Frank Doyle (10) and Jim Meggs (15) to take it with 43 points, the same score as Doyle and Meggs.
Two ladies, Jacqui Morgan (13) and Teresa Foley (17), took fourth prize, with the duo also clocking up 43 points.
Next weekend (May 20-21) we have a three-person scramble being sponsored by the Augustinians.
In the Tuesday evening open fourball where members Mick Malone, Bill Hurley, Harry Rheinhart, George Walsh, Hugh Byrne and Seán Furlong teamed up to sponsor the prizes, we had an excellent turn-out.
It must be the weather that is contributing to the high scores being recorded of late, and perhaps it was appropriate here that two of the sponsors played sparkling golf to emerge clear winners of the 14 holes competition.
Harry Rheinhart (16) and Bill Hurley (20) shot a great winning score of 37 points. Two other veterans, John Murphy (17) and Willie Whitty (18), were only a point behind (36) courtesy of a better back nine, and Hughie O'Connor (18) and Dan Quigley (20) finished third with 36 points also.
The ladies' prize went to Ann T. Curtis (32) and Lillian O'Hanlon (34) with 34 points. This Tuesday evening, May 16, the ESB members are sponsors.
On the team front the club is doing quite well. The All-Ireland fourball team had a good win over Wexford 3/2, and the Brennan Cup squad recorded an excellent victory over the holders, Wicklow.
In the South Leinster competition, New Ross won well against Arklow by a convincing margin of five matches to two.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
With no game for the Seniors last Thursday because of the Rower-Inistioge G.A.A. classic taking place, a goodly number took advantage of taking part in the autumn Seniors' Alliance outing at the West Waterford Golf Club on Monday.
A new novel format for the Alliance was introduced this year in that two of the seven outings will be two-person champagne scrambles.
A huge field of 60 pairs went out on the testing West Waterford course which was in pristine condition, with their carpet-like fairways and massive beautifully-manicured greens.
Hot scoring was the order of the day and only single points separated the first six teams home.
High up among the list of prize-winners were two pairings from New Ross, Luke Power (19) and Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (24) with 51 points, and Jim 'Ross' Ryan (18) and Jamesie Murphy (23) with 49.
The next Alliance outing is at Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club on Monday, May 28. The timesheet is with Jamesie Murphy (085-1846172), so text or phone for a place.
There is no team game this coming Thursday, May 18, as it is open singles day at the club. We resume as normal on May 25 with Willie Byrne, Aidan O'Connor and Jim 'Ross' Ryan manning the draw board.
Sincere sympathy from the Seniors group goes to two of our popular members, John Hosey on the death of his brother, and Seán O hUginn who was also bereaved with the sad death of his wife, Mary.