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Monday 11 December 2017

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Bloomfield Cup winner Rory O'Connor being presented with the cup by John O'Dwyer (sponsor) and Jack Murphy (Captain) at Enniscorthy Golf Club on Sunday
Bloomfield Cup winner Rory O'Connor being presented with the cup by John O'Dwyer (sponsor) and Jack Murphy (Captain) at Enniscorthy Golf Club on Sunday
Peter Goggin (New Ross Captain) presents Michael Kavanagh, winner of the open fourball sponsored by the Theatre Tavern, with his prize
The lady Captain's prize presentation in Rosslare on Saturday with Niamh Byrne (gross), Dorcas Maher (winner) and Doreen McGovern (lady Captain) i n the front row
Bloomfield Cup winners sponsored by Counter Ireland at Enniscorthy on Sunday. Back (from left): Anthony Byrne, Patrick Mulvey (Vice-President), Frank Foley, Ger Flood, Jim Mackey, Cormac Martin. Front (from left): Richard O'Connor, John O'Dwyer (sponsor), Rory O'Connor (winner), Jack Murphy (Captain)
The mixed competition sponsored by Counter Ireland presentation at Enniscorthy on Sunday. Back (from left): Trish Cullen, Joy Conville, John Cullen, John Conville, Maeve McCauley. Front (from left): Mag Crotty (gross), John O'Dwyer (sponsor), Tommy O'Rourke (winner), Marie Duggan (lady President)

Bunclody: July 8 and 9, P.G.A. Tankard: 1, Nick Kearney (19), 67; 2, Michael Kenny (13), 68; gross, Paul Gorby (3), 72; 3, Matt Redmond (21), 68; 4, James G. Byrne (12), 68.

July 12, Wednesday open singles: 1, Philip Galligan (14), 43 points; 2, Michael Fawle (15, Carlow), 43 points; 3, Shane Doyle (16, Wexford), 42 points; best lady, Carol McGowan (34, Kilmashogue), 37 points.

ENNISCORTHY

Gents' P.G.A. Tankard, singles strokes, July 9, sponsored by Stephen Fitzpatrick, club professional: 1, Michael Stafford (19), 64; 2, Eunan Doyle (10), 64; gross, Cormac Martin (2), 69; 3, William Dobbs (11), 65; 4, Shane Fortune (8), 65; Seniors, Ernesto Di Fiore (26), 69.

Ladies' and gents' open, singles stableford, July 10, sponsored by E.G.C. (29 played; standard scratch 71 - 37 stableford points): 1, Pat Cousins (20), 40 points; 2, William Dobbs (9), 38 points (back nine).

Nine-hole midweek, singles stableford, July 12, sponsored by George Leech (91 played): overall, Michael Dillon (17), 22 points (last six); Category A, Frankie Morrissey (9), 20 points; Category B, Tom O'Shea (13), 20 points; Category C, Keith Whelan (16), 22 points; Category D, Liam Duggan (19), 22 points.

The presentation for all the July midweeks will be on July 26. Next week's sponsor is the Pro Shop.

Bloomfield Cup, singles strokes, July 15-16, sponsored by Counterpoint Ireland (154 played; standard scratch was 73 on Saturday and Sunday): 1, Rory O'Connor (17), 70/34.5 = 104.5; 2, Frank Foley (2), 70/36 = 106; gross, Cormac Martin (1), 72/39 = 111; 3, Anthony Byrne (15), 71/36.5 = 107.5; 4, Pat Mulvey (18), 72/36 = 108; 5, David Cleary (14), 72/36 = 108; 6, Richard O'Connor (9), 71/37.5 = 108.5; Senior, James Mackey (9), 71/42.5 = 113.5; first 18, Ger Flood (12), 69; last nine, Joe Delaney (5), 35.5.

Sunday evening mixed, July 16, sponsored by Counterpoint Ireland: 1, Marie Duggan and Tommy O'Rourke, 28.25; 2, Joy and John Conville, 29.25; gross, Margaret Crotty and Phillip Browne, 40; 3, Maeve McCauley and Mick Wickham, 31; 4, Patricia and John Cullen, 32.

The Provincial Towns team won their semi-final final against Newbridge. Eunan Doyle and Davie Murphy won the first two matches away while Eddie Doyle, Shane Fortune and Seán Hegarty won their three games at home.

Declan Byrne and Jim Mackey were called in at home. Denis Dunne and James Foley had earlier lost away. Congratulations to the management team of John Byrne and Tim Morrissey.

The first leg of the final is away on August 6 against Headfort with the home leg on August 20. Well done to all again on a great performance, getting our club to the final for only second time in our history.

The ladies' section made it a great day for the club when the Junior Cup team also qualified for the Mid-Leinster final. The ladies' open Seniors is on Thursday, July 20, starting at 9 a.m., sponsored by Jennings Opticians.

The gents' Captain's prize (G.O.T.Y. 6) is on Friday to Sunday, July 21 to 23. The Sunday evening mixed will be at 6 p.m. with a shotgun start for members only.

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

COURTOWN

Sunday, July 9, any combination fourball sponsored by Niall Slattery Warren Estates: 1, Michael Sheil (17), Alan Geraghty (19), 44 points; 2, Ed O'Brien (6), Shay Currivan (19), 42 points (back nine); 3, Joe Keegan (6), Tony Sheriff (14), 42 points (back nine).

Sunday, July 9, also saw our ladies' Finn Trophy team play Old Conna for a place in the semi-finals. Courtown, managed by Catherine Quinn, saw off a strong Old Conna side and now look forward to playing Woodbrook over two legs, home and away. Well done to all involved.

Well done to Sorcha Howell who had two holes in one in Courtown on July 4 and 9 respectively, a great achievement.

Tuesday, July 11, saw an open day in Courtown and the sponsor was La Crème. Despite the wet morning, ladies donned the raingear and proceeded to play.

Marion McKenna of La Crème attended the presentation on Tuesday evening and was delighted that the day was such a success. Not only did Marion present the prizes, but she produced pickie-outs for everyone in the audience. We are extremely grateful to Marion and La Crème for the continued and wonderful sponsorship.

Results: 1, Norma Casey (28), 44 points; 2, Claire Kinsella (33), 41 points; gross, Sorcha Howell (3) 36 points; 3, Elaine Fitzgerald (36), 39 points (countback); 4, Sarah Donnellan (7), 39 points.

The nine-hole competition winners were: 1, Elizabeth Kiernan (36/18), 18 points; 2, Kathleen Redmond (36/18), 17 points.

Congratulations to all our lucky winners.

Wednesday, July 10, gents' open singles, Gorey Guardian summer series, 18 holes: 1, Brian Spencer (27), 40 points; 2, Tony McGrath (10), 38 points (back nine); gross, Brendan Breen (2), 33 points; 3, Joe Turner (11), 38 points; eleven holes: 1, Pat Noonan (22), 23 points.

Saturday, July 15, ladies' and gents' singles competition sponsored by Jim French. Thank you to Jim for your continued sponsorship.

Results - gents: 1, John Bolger (0), 38 points; 2, David Egan (13), 37 points (back nine); 3, Colm Kennelly (14), 37 points (back nine); 4, Jim Hughes (19), 37 points; ladies: 1, Gretta Duke (20), 40 points; 2, Mary Grogan (27), 39 points; 3, Carole Barnwall (16), 37 points (back nine).

BALLYMONEY

Wednesday nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Ron Breen (21), 19 points; 2, Deirdre Smith (31), 19 points; 3, Robbie Kehoe (13), 18 points.

July medal (strokes from back tees): 1, Johnny Mullen (19), 86 nett 67; 2, Alex Silva (28), 96 nett 68; 3, Michael Brennan (19), 88 nett 69; 4, Richard Doyle (15), 84 nett 69; lowest gross, Shane Fox (9), 79; front nine, Pádraig Grainger; back nine, Troy Kenny.

Matchplay second round: Anthony P. Doyle beat Rudi Wortmann; Aidan Clarke beat James Hanglow; Brendan Whyte beat Jim Doyle; Mark Keenan beat Seán Furlong; Paul Doyle beat Billy Larkin; Troy Kenny beat Mark Doran; Mike O'Grady beat Brian Hayes; Brian Delaney beat Pat Miskella; Ger McNally beat Richard Barlow.

ENNISCORTHY LADIES

Last Tuesday's competition was postponed due to heavy rain all day. This competition was sponsored by Valentia Nursing Home and will be re-scheduled.

Next week's competition is our lady President Marie Duggan's prize to the ladies. It is a stroke competition.

We wish our Senior foursomes team the best of luck as they play Kilkenny in Carlow on Wednesday, July 26.

Our Junior Cup team had a very convincing win over Wexford in St. Helen's on Sunday. Congratulations to the team, manager and caddies. 

Keep up to date with activities and results by following us on facebook.com/enniscorthygolfclub.com, Twitter @enniscorthygolf, or Instagram (enniscorthygolfclub).

NEW ROSS LADIES

Last Wednesday, July 12, our weekly competition was sponsored by Sid's Diner. Thank you to Maria and Martina for your generosity. Good weather and beautiful playing conditions meant there was a great turn-out.

Results: 1, Eibhlin Kielthy (31), 38 points; 2, Liz Bennett (10), 37 points; 3, Ann Conway (14), 36 points (last nine); 4, Teenie Murphy (29), 36 points; 5, Mary Dungan (34), 35 points; Cat. 1, Ann Healy (17), 32 points; Cat. 2, Joanne Hartley (23), 34 points; Cat. 3, Joan Foley (32), 33 points.

On Wednesday, July 19, the competition is sponsored by Kathleen's Hair Salon in South Street, New Ross. It is an 18-hole stableford with booking and open draws at the usual times.

Ladies, you have had notice about the club classic from August 10 to 13. Please do your best to promote this important fundraiser by inviting golfers from other clubs to come. Prizes are great and the entry fee is very competitive.

The Mary McKenna team came away with the spoils from Castlecomer where they scored a comprehensive victory over the Co. Kilkenny side. We now advance to the Leinster semis, facing The Heath up there before July 27, so exciting times lie ahead for the five pairs on the Mary McKenna team.

The trophy was launched in 2014 by Woodenbridge to celebrate Ireland's greatest female golfer, Mary McKenna M.B.E. It is a Scotch foursomes matchplay format for ladies with teams from all over Ireland competing.

This prestigious event will culminate with the final match later in the season in Woodenbridge. Support will be very welcome and of course you can follow proceedings at home on the club app.

The Get into Golf ladies enjoyed another scramble on Wednesday on the fine sunny evening and the fitness presentation later in the clubhouse by Robbie Farrell who can provide clients with a customised fitness programme promised to add yards to your shots!

The scrambles will continue on Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. for those ladies who chose payment options for continuing their journey into golf.

Congratulations to Mary Dowling whose Leinster team was successful in the women's and girls' inter-provincials played in Shannon last week. You can read all about it and see photographs on Golfnet.

NEW ROSS

In glorious golfing weather there was a big field of participants all out in search of the much-coveted Fleetwood Cup.

Popular member, Basil Glennon, has been the generous sponsor of this competition for a long number of years and the club are very grateful to him for continuing to do so.

There were some great scores recorded, none better than the 65 nett brought in by Tony Sexton (24). In second place was club Captain Peter Goggin (17) with a 69, albeit after a countback over the last nine holes. On the same score (69) and placed third was Paul Cleary (9).

The gross prize with 79 went to Donal Hosey. Category 1 with a nett 69 was won by Michael Kelleher (5), whilst Category 2 went to Ray Kehoe (10), also shooting 69, and Category 3 saw Tom Clarkin (19) with his 69 take that prize.

The Tuesday evening open fourball continues apace and some fine scores are being recorded in this great July weather. Our sponsor last Tuesday was Ger Martin of the Golden Grill, Irishtown, to whom we extend our sincere thanks.

Two low handicappers, Joe Doyle (7) and John McEvoy (13), took the honours with 36 points. After a countback the pairing of Tommy Liston (8) and Tommy Ryan (15) took second prize with 35 points, whilst club President J.J. Hoyne (18) and Teresa Byrne (20) were third on the same score. This Tuesday evening the sponsor will be Pat Kehoe Oils.

Please note: this is an all-day event and you can play at any time whatever pairings you have - men, ladies or mixed - so please give it your support. Morning time is usually free but you should book a time after 2 p.m.

Members are encouraged to support the Split The Pot fundraiser which only costs €2 to enter. Remember, the bigger the pot the bigger the pay out with a guaranteed winner each week.

You are helping the club's finances in a real and meaningful way for a small donation, with a chance of pulling in a nice sum if lucky.

NEW ROSS SENIORS

We had a big crowd on tour at the truly magnificent Dungarvan Golf Club yesterday (Monday), and the results will be published next week.

All members please note that there is a change to the club's monthly singles competition. This format has been cancelled courtesy of club Captain, Peter Goggin, and will be replaced by a three-person team competition each month alternating between a scramble and stableford. The first of the new competitions is on Thursday, July 27, and will be a three-person scramble.

In the Autumn Seniors Alliance outing at Clonmel on Monday, July 31, the format here too has been changed from a singles to a four-person champagne scramble with the two best scores per hole 1-18 counting.

The timesheet for that is with Jamesie Murphy by text or phone on 085-1846172.

The second-last fixture of that group is pencilled in for New Ross on Monday, August 21, when we expect a big influx of players coming to take part.

ROSSLARE

The President (John Furlong) presented his prize to the members and in pefect weather conditions scoring was very good.

The winner with 43 points was Kevin Foran. Kevin (13) has been playing well of late with a few minor wins to his name.

On Sunday he was in great form, producing two steady halves of 21 and 22points. Despite a birdie four at the third, he was six over par after nine holes.

On the way home he was really on fire. He had seven pars, a dropped shot at the twelfth, and a birdie at the fourth for level par nine of 36 and a three-shot win over one of our new members, Eamonn O'Rourke (12).

Eamonn turned in only 16 points but then played some great golf. He parred the twelfth, 13th and 14th and then finished three, four, four for 24 points and second position.

John Morris (+2) had birdies at the sixth, twelfth and 18th in a level par round of 72 to win the gross, and Vice-Captain Jim Cullimore (8) won the veterans with 39 points.

Other results: 3, Seán Mernagh (14), 40 points; 4, Mark O'Connor (9), 39 points; 5, Stephen Healy (10), 39 points; 6, Vinnie O'Reilly (13), 39 points; 7, Tim Quinlivan (8), 39 points; front nine, Robert Quilty (14), 24 points; back nine, Colman Doyle (19), 22 points; Junior prize, Niall O'Kennedy (14),  30 points.

On the Burrow course, Michael Riordan (19) won with 28 points, beating Frank Byrne (18) on the back six. John Furlong presented the prizes.

Saturday team of four, sponsored by Europcar (Colm and Ger Menton): 1, Ciarán (8), Willie (13), Alan (17) and Bernadette Cuddihy (24), 94 points; 2, Teresa (22) and Jim Conway (23), Carmel Morrissey (25), Margaret Martin (25), 89 points; 3, Trish Devereux (21), Mary O'Shaughnessy (16), Marie Therese Swan (23) and Dan Redmond (15), 88 points (back nine).

Wednesday open singles: 1, Seán Benton Jnr. (16), 40 points; 2, E. Benton (Beech Park, 15), 39 points (back nine); gross, Liam MacNamara (4), 32 points; vet., Matt Grogan (23), 39 points; 3, Robert McKeown (11), 38 points.

On Sunday the qualifying round for the golfer of the year takes place, with 16 players to qualify for matchplay .

Round one, Monday, July 24; round two, Thursday, July 27; semi-final, Saturday, July 29; final, Sunday July 30.

When entering the singles competition, please indicate in the Pro Shop whether you are available of unavailable for matchplay.

Fixtures: Saturday, ladies' and gents' fourball; Sunday, Ffrench Cup and G.O.Y.

ROSSLARE LADIES

Our third major of the year - lady Captain Doreen McGovern's special day - was held during the week.

It was a two-day event, 36-hole strokes competition - a first for Rosslare ladies' section - and what a success it was! First prize was a patio set (table and three chairs) specially commissioned by Doreen from The Forge in Baldwinstown and won by regular player, great supporter of club activities, hard-working Hon. Treasurer and ladies' committee member, Dorcas Maher (19) with a score of 152 (83 on Tuesday and 69 on Saturday).

We are all delighted for Dorcas. Well done and a big congratulations!

Also, well done to Handicap Secretary, Niamh Byrne, on winning the gross prize (again!) and wonderful club member, Bena Hall, on winning the Seniors' prize. Congratulations to Penny Gleeson, Carmel Quinlivan and Carmel Morrissey on winning their respective category prizes.

Also, we are delighted that busy Vice-Captain, Norrie Goff, won the committee prize. Well done to Junior girls' Captain, Emma Fenelon, who won the first prize on Tuesday with a score of 70, and to Dr. Miriam Geraghty, who won the first prize on Saturday, with a score of 70 also. 

Special thanks to the card-checkers: Kitty Roche, Mairéad Esmonde, Miriam Geraghty and Dorcas Maher.

A total of 24 prizes were presented by lady Captain Doreen. What a wonderful display of fabulous bags from Shoe Style International and pottery from Paul Moloney, Barntown. 

A great night was enjoyed by all, with 144 ladies at the evening's celebrations. The meal was delicious thanks to Siobhán, Dave and their team.

A special mention to Dave to compliment him on his amazing ice-sculpture in the lobby to welcome us all on arrival. The dancing continued into the late hours - seventies disco music played by Ronnie Bent; the first time ever the dance floor was not big enough in Rosslare Golf Club! 

Our weekly open competitions continued on Wednesday, with lovely sunny seasonal weather. Ten people played. Anne Kelly (18) won with a score of 34 points. Well done Anne!

Well done to Ruth Deeny on winning the Pro-Am team slot for Saturday, September 9, in aid of St. Patrick's Special Needs School (new school project) and Wexford Hospice Homecare, which was donated by members Billy and Penny Gleeson, Castle Knits, Dublin. 

Today (Tuesday) is our annual invitational fourball competition, sponsored by Philip and Paula Stafford, Kerlogue Nursing Home, with Windmill Therapeutic Centre being the charity. It promises to be another great day with more than 60 pairings booked on the timesheet. 

Also, we look forward to Saturday, July, 29, and the Mid-Summer Cup - a singles ladies' and gents' competition, followed by a mid-summer barbeque that evening in the clubhouse. 

Lady Captain Doreen McGovern's prize, strokeplay, two-day event, July 11 and 15: 1, Dorcas Maher (19), 152; 2, Máire Downer (25), 153; gross, Niamh Byrne (9), 173; 3, Mary Barry (26), 154; 4, Caroline Archer (15), 156; 5, Marianne Brennan (19), 157; Senior, Bena Hall (14), 157; 6, Cathy Atkinson (12), 157; Cat. 1, Penny Gleeson (8), 158; Cat. 2, Carmel Quinlivan (20), 160; Cat. 3, Carmel Morrissey (25), 158; committee prize, Norrie Goff (15), 165; Burrow, Norrie Egan (27/18), 27; super Seniors, Angela McGuinness (31/21), 26; Ladies in Golf, Mary Kavanagh (35/23), 21 (back six).

Strokeplay day one, Tuesday, July 11: 1, Emma Fenelon (12), 70; 2, Mary O'Shaughnessy (16), 73; front nine, Teresa Conway (22), 38; back nine, Catherine Young (25), 33.5.

Strokeplay day two, Saturday, July 15: 1, Miriam Geraghty (20), 70; 2, Mary Browne (23), 71; front nine, Susan Stewart (20), 32; back nine, Carmel Lonergan (28), 35.

WEXFORD LADIES

Twenty-seven ladies played in last Monday's Seniors' competition.

Results: 1, Eileen Burke-O'Keeffe (22), 30 points; 2, Wendy Tiernan (21), 28 points (back seven); 3, Marie Jones (17), 28 points.

On Thursday there was a two-person team event sponsored by Selskar Pharmacy. Congratulations to all the winners.

Results: 1, Martina Gately (17) and Martina Dempsey (21), 55 points; 2, Madge Murphy (20) and Wendy Tiernan (21), 53 points; 3, Kathleen Rossiter (35) and Mary Robinson (19), 52 points.

The nine-hole competition was won by Marie Kehoe (35/17) with 16 points. Nearest the pin was Bridget O'Neill with 1m 31cm. The presentation of prizes is this Thursday (July 20) at 10 p.m.

The Women in Golf (W.I.G.) programme is in full swing. A huge thank you to the members who have volunteered to take the ladies out on the course.

Also a big thank you to the Pro Shop and club for helping, accommodating and allowing the W.I.G. ladies full access to the course over the three months. It is a great way to start playing golf and to familiarise yourself with golf etiquette. 

Any holiday-makers down in the south-east are welcome to join our 2018 programme that will run for the months of June, July and August of next year. Bring the children along to join the Junior academy and soon the whole family will be golfing.

This Thursday's competition is an 18-hole singles stableford sponsored by La Cote. 

Sunday, July 23, is Una's lady Captain's prize. There is an 18-hole strokes (medal) competition during the day, followed by dinner, music and dancing Sunday evening. The table plan for dinner is in the locker room. Best of luck to all the players, and best wishes to Una, that she may enjoy the day.

WEXFORD

The final competition in our open week was played on Sunday, July 9. This was an 18 holes singles stableford and it was won with 40 points by Seán Farrell.

In second place was Ollie Dempsey Jnr. on 39 points (back nine). Third place went to Ciarán Grace, also on 39 points.

Peter Byrne was the gross winner with 30 points, and the vets' prize went to Des O'Neill on 38 points. David Cleary from Enniscorthy won the visitor's prize with 32 points.

Wednesday's 14-hole open fourball competition was won by John Foley and Seamus Byrne with 37 points (back six). Second place went to the seasoned duo of John McNicholas and Michael Browne, also on 38 points, and third place went to Vice-Captain Derek Walshe and Roy Doyle on 36 points.

The past weekend's competition was a single stableford sponsored by John Codd Decorators. In difficult conditions due to strong winds, scoring was not up to the usual high numbers but in what must be a unique happening, all the prize-winners finished on the same score of 36 points.

The winner was Rhys Clarke on 36 points (back three). A very close second was Craig Moran, also on 36 points (back nine). Third place went to Tony Kelly on 36 points (back six). Fourth place went to Peter Corish on 36 points (back nine).

John O'Brien took fifth place on 36 points, and the vets' prize was won by Richard Buggy on 36 points. The odd man out in the prizes was Brad Cohen who won the gross with 31 points.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Peter Corish of Safeco Electric and John Codd Decorators, for their continued generous support.

Tom Bell from Dunmurray Golf Club was the lucky winner of the Joker jackpot which was worth €3,120. Tom is one of a group of golfers from Dunmurray who have been coming to Wexford for many years and play in our open week competitions. Congratulations to Tom on his win.

Details of all forthcoming competitions and results can be found on our website: wexfordgolfclub.ie.

ST. HELEN'S LADIES

Sunday, July 9, open singles stableford (standard scratch 75): 1, Cathy Dalton (30), 30 points; 2, Marie McHugh (25, Grange), 27 points.

Monday, July 10, nine-hole singles, Bunnies round two, N/Q: 1, Marie Carroll (18), 20 points; 2, Suzanne Flynn (18), 16 points; 3, Patricia Williams (18), 15 points.

Wednesday, July 12, open singles stableford (standard scratch 72): 1, Fiona Neill (16, Stackstown), 42 points; 2, Joyce Brennan (25), 38 points; 3, Eileen Walsh (32), 37 points.

Friday, July 14, nine-hole and summer league, N/Q, gross scores: 1, Marie Carroll (18), 23 points; 2, Bernie Furlong (11), 18 points; 3, Emer Farrell (9), 17 points.

Saturday, July 15, nine-hole strokes Captain's day, gross scores: 1, Marie Carroll, 54 - 18 = 36; 2, Verona McConologue, 50 -13 = 37; 3, Eileen Walsh, 53 - 16 = 37.

Sunday, July 16, open singles stableford (standard scratch 72): 1, Ann Parkinson (23), 35 points; 2, Bernadette Tully (26), 34 points; 3, Linda Shine (20), 33 points.

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