Monday 19 August 2019

On the fairways

The St. Helen's Bay Captain's prize presentation. Back (from left): Paul Monks, Dominic Mahon, John Sinnott, Tommy Duggan (Vice-Captain), Joe O'Reilly, Paddy Casey. Front (from left): Seamus Kelly, Michael Conlan (Captain), Seán Sinnott (winner), Pat Murphy, Aidan Colgan (President)
The St. Helen's Bay Captain's prize presentation. Back (from left): Paul Monks, Dominic Mahon, John Sinnott, Tommy Duggan (Vice-Captain), Joe O'Reilly, Paddy Casey. Front (from left): Seamus Kelly, Michael Conlan (Captain), Seán Sinnott (winner), Pat Murphy, Aidan Colgan (President)
The St. Helen's lady Captain's prize presentation. Back (from left): Angie Sheehan, Helen Kelly, Martina Noonan, Maurice Cooper, Trina Cooney, Emer Farrell, Pat O'Connor, Helena O'Connor, Mari Byrne, Mary O'Riordan. Front (from left): Janet Slattery, Nora Kavanagh (winner), Ann Byrne (lady Captain), Mary Cryan (visitor's prize), Aine O'Connor

Rosslare: The monthly medal was played in Rosslare and produced some great scoring. Having won the Captain's prize earlier in the year, Conor Kelly (3) struck again with a blistering 66.

On the way out he birdied the ninth to turn in 36. A birdie two at the tenth put him into red figures and he added another birdie at the 14th.

With no dropped shot he was home in 34 for a two under round of 70 and a three-shot win over Rory Deane (6). Rory started with three bogies and turned in four over 40. He birdied the 13th, 14th and 18th and, despite dropping a shot at the 16th, took second place on the breakdown from Shay Davies (13).

Gary Collins (+2) had three birdies and eagles at the sixth and 18th to win the gross with halves of 33 and 34. Paul White (12) won the Junior prize with a 76. In conjunction with the medal there was a Seniors' competition on the green course. Here, Martin Flynn (11) scored his second win in as many weeks when he brought in 41 points.

Despite a seven at the seventh he put together two halves of 21 and 20 points to win by one from Patrick Kinsella (22), with Phil Callery (6) a point further back in third position.

Wednesday open singles: 1, Claude Howlin (11), 40 points; 2, Tom McGrath (17), 39 points; gross, Gary Collins (+3), 39 points; vet., John Benton (11), 37 points; 3, Eugene Daly (26), 38 points.

John Brady was a member of the six-man Irish Under-18 team competing in the European champioship in La Manga, Spain, recently The team finished eighth out of 16.

In the singles event, John finished 24th. John will be joined by Brendan Rossiter on the Leinster Under-18 panel in the coming weeks. Well done boys.

Four members - Mark Mullen, Ian Lynch, Gary Collins and Paul Murphy - travelled to the North of Ireland Championship in Belfast recently. While Mark, Ian and Gary failed to reach the matchplay stage, Paul put up a great performance, losing only in the quarter-final.

Gents' open week begins on Friday, August 4. Don't forget to put your name on the timesheet.


Our Seniors section held their summer outing at Wexford Golf Club on Tuesday. Under the watchful eye of Seniors guru and recycled teenager Jimmy Thomas, a huge number of elder statesmen took part in the annual summer Seniors competition.

The winner was recently returned from playing on the older Seniors circuit in the U.S.A., the great LIam Ruttledge, who had a fine score of 34 points for the 14 holes stableford competion.

In second place was George Hillis and third was Seamus Byrne. John Foley took fourth place followed by Noel Gordon, John O'Brien, Paddy O'Reilly, the most consistent Lar Rossiter, the evergreen P.C. Browne, and one-time squash master Peter Firman.

The category winners were Tom Byrne, Tom Sullivan, Con Pierce, the returned exile Michael Browne, the maestro Billy Roche and Seán Moynihan. Golf was followed by a sumptuous dinner and a session in the clubhouse with music provided by the famous Amigos. 

Wednesday's 14-hole fourball competition was won by the St. Joseph's combination of Christy O'Gorman and Paul Hammond with 33 points (back seven). In second place on 33 points were John O'Brien and Trevor Healy.

Friday's competition was the annual Golf Digest singles. This is a prestigious national event and competitors and officials were loud in their praise of the course and facilities provided by our club. All results can be found on the Golf Digest website.

Our Saturday competition was our monthly Talbot Collection medal. The winner on 69 nett was Nigel Byrne (17).

The category prizes went to Chris Hayes, Andrew Roche and Ian Murphy. The veteran's prize was won by John Pitt (20).

Wexord Golf Club.would like to take this opportunity to thank the Talbot Collection for their continued sponsorship of our monthly medal competitions.

The weekend competition was our lady Captain's prize to the ladies, and best regards to our lady Captain Una Doherty and her hard-working ladies' committee for an enjoyable and pleasent weekend.

The latest lucky winner of the Joker draw was Roy Doyle.


Captain Mick Conlan hosted his day last Saturday and a full timesheet turned out to compete for his prize. The weather was kind, bright but breezy, and medal play off the blue markers ensured that good scores were at a premium.

But, whatever the scoring, there has to be a winner, and congratulations to Seán Sinnott on a good score in the testing conditions.

Well done to everyone who paricipated, winners and also rans, for contributing to a great day for the club.

Wednesday, July 12, open singles (C.S.S. 72, 36 points): 1, John Pomeroy (15, Adare Manor), 37 points; 2, John Walsh (20), 36 points; 3, Tony Naughton (19), 35 points.

Friday, July 14, nine-hole summer league round ten: 1, Kieran Whelan (14), 20 points; 2, Shay Thornton (9), 20 points (countback).

Saturday, July 15, Captain's prize (C.S.S. 75): 1, Seán Sinnott (11), 71 nett; 2, Pat Murphy (20), 72 nett; gross, Seamus Kelly (5), 80 gross; 3, Paul Monks (19), 74 nett; veteran, Shay Thornton (17), 75 nett; front nine, Joe O'Reilly (22), 32 nett; back nine, Paddy Casey (10), 35 nett; Junior prize, Oisín Ryan (25), 36 points (Red); nearest the pin, Dominic Mann (21); longest drive, John Sinnott (6); ladies' nine-hole: 1, Marie Carroll (18), 36 nett; 2, Verona McConalogue (13), 37 nett.

Sunday, July 16, open singles (C.S.S. 72, 36 points): 1, Paul Bolger (12), 37 points; 2, Fran Anderson (12), 36 points; 3, Brian Buttimer (15), 35 points.

Friday, July 21, open nine-hole summer league round eleven: 1, Maurice Cooper (9), 19 points; 2, Pat O'Connor (2), 18 points (countback).

Saturday, July 22, lady Captain's nine-hole: 1, Maurice Cooper (9), 31 nett; 2, Pat O'Connor (2), 33 nett.

Sunday, July 23, open fourball: 1, Paul Conlon (10) and Mark O'Donoghue (12), 47 points (countback); 2, Tommy Duggan (12) and Fran Anderson (11), 47 points; 3, Nick Hayes (15) and Tom Tevlin (18), 43 points (countback).

Fixtures: Wednesday, July 26, open singles; Thursday, July 27, open Junior singles (11 a.m. to 12 noon); Friday, July 28, open nine-hole summer league round twelve; Saturday, July 29, open singles (Flowers Made Easy); Sunday, July 30, lady Captain's prize to the gents (G.O.Y.).


Last Sunday was Una's lady Captain's day. The weather was lovely, and the dreaded wind was gone, so there was some great scoring.

Results: 1, Jane Duignan (25), 67; 2, Helen McGuire (21), 68; gross, Margaret Atkinson (10), 82; 3, Madge Murphy (21), 70 (back nine); 4, Ger O'Brien (24), 70; 5, Mary Walsh (22), 71 (back nine); Category A, Leonie Furlong (12), 71; Category B, Deirdre Colfer (24), 72; Category C, Rita Douglas (29), 71; Senior, Theresa Kehoe (16), 72; super Senior, Mary Maguire (27), 78 (back nine); front nine, Denise Dunne (22), 31; back nine, Martina Dempsey (19), 35.5; best 36, Kay McCabe (36), 74; nine-hole, Bernie Grant (17), 17; past Captain, Therese Glasheen (22), 73; committee, Mary Fallon (27), 75; men's ten-hole, Martin Bergin (7), 22; nearest the pin on the sixth, Margaret Atkinson, 26 ft.; nearest the pin on the ninth, Denise Dunne, 3 ft. 6 inches.

Thirty-six ladies played in the Seniors competition held on Monday, July 17.

Results: 1, Angie Ruane (29), 31 points; 2, Eileen Kent (23), 29 points; 3, Pat Flanagan (30), 27 points (back seven); 4, Marie Byrne (32), 27 points; 5, Una Doherty (28), 26 points. Last Thursday's 18-hole singles stableford competition was sponsored by Trinity Motors (Mazda). The winner with a magnificent score of 42 points was this year's girls' Junior Captain Caoilfhionn Doyle (34).

Second was Martina Dempsey (21) with 40 points. The gross winner was Sheila Richardson (9) with 27 points. In third place was Jane Duignan (26) with 37 points.

The Senior winner was Marie Kehoe (35) 35 points. The nine-hole competition was won by Rose Morris (15) with 14 points. The customer prize went to Eileen Burke-O'Keeffe (22) with 31 points. Nearest the pin on the ninth hole was Beppi O'Connor, with 48 cms. Well done to the Junior Cup team which put up a brave fight against Enniscorthy in St. Helen's on Sunday, July 16. Alas, it was not our day. Thanks to players, caddies, manager and selectors.

The Minor Cup team will play against Wicklow in Arklow on Friday, July 28, at 1.20 p.m. Support for our last standing team would be greatly appreciated.

This Thursday's competition is a three-person team event sponsored by Hennessy Garden Centre.

Open week starts on Monday, July 31, with a mixed Scotch foursomes competition. On Thursday, August 3, there is an 18-hole singles stableford competition, and then on Saturday, August 5, a two- person team event. The teams can be mixed, two ladies or two gents.


Rosslare ladies' section is now in full swing with last Tuesday seeing part of the influx of visitors coming to the club for the fourball invitational competition. Both the course and the clubhouse were a buzz, and the scores also reflected this atmosphere with all seven prize-winning pairs scoring over 40 points.

First came Gerarde Mahon with Breda Devoy from Wexford with a fabulous 45 points!

Two was a lucky number for the next pairing - Phyllis O'Farrell (22) and Aisling O'Leary (2), and they came second with 44 points.

The remaining prizes were keenly fought over with third and fourth place having 43 points and fifth, sixth and seventh all coming in with 42 points - please see details below.

Paula Stafford, owner of Kerlogue Nursing Home, and sponsor for the day, gave a witty speech, where we were nearly all encouraged to book in for at least the weekend before she presented most generous prizes. 

We also have to thank Mary Doyle for organising the raffle, and over €1,500 was raised on Tuesday for Windmill Therapeutic Centre.

On Thursday we had an open day for our Juniors. It was a great success with 110 girls and boys playing on the main course and eleven playing the Burrow course, coming from all the surrounding counties including Dublin. Our professional, Jamie, is still running his summer camps for those at a loose end. Contact the Pro Shop for details. 

We are all very sorry to hear of Róisín, from the office, having an accident and breaking her leg. We wish her a speedy recovery.

On Saturday, July 29, there is a new competiton to the club of ladies' and gents' singles for a mid-Summer Cup. This will be followed by a barbeque from 7-9 p.m. It's €25, with music and dancing. All are welcome.

Following that will be ladies' open week: Monday, July 31, singles stableford sponsored by French Connection with a fashion show in the evening; Tuesday, August 1, fourball sponsored by Caterhire; Wednesday, August 2, singles stableford sponsored by Murphy's SuperValu; Thursday, August 3, team of three sponsored by Clubhouse Caterers; Friday, August 4, mixed Scotch foursome sponsored by Barkers.

Tuesday, July 18, ladies' invitational fourball sponsored by Kerlogue Nursing Home: 1, Gerarde Mahon (19/17) and Breda Devoy (Wexford, 25/23), 45 points; 2, Aisling O'Leary (2/2) and Phyllis O'Farrell (24/22), 44 points; 3, Emer Kohlmann (8/7) and Joan Bowe (12/11), 43 points (back nine); 4, Caroline Archer (14/13) and Mary O'Hagan (25/23), 43 points; 5, Eileen Doyle (20/18) and Sally O'Neill (20/18), 42 points (back six); 6, Vandra Deacon (15/14) and Geraldine Coghlan (20/18), 42 points (back nine); 7, Pat Flanagan (30/27) and Kay Brady (33/30), 42 points.

Burrow course, Tuesday, July 18, twelve holes singles stableford: 1, Rita Kelly (33/22), 30 points; 2, Catherine Young (35/17), 27 points; 3, Anne Redmond (19/13), 25 points (back six).


Monday, July 17, nine-hole and bunnies round three, non-qualifying, gross scores: 1, Trina Cooney (18), 21 points; 2, Marie Carroll (18), 17 points; 3, Suzanne Glynn (18), 13 points.

Friday, July 21, nine-hole open and summer league round eleven, non-qualifying: 1, Bernie Furlong (11), 19 points; 2, Marie Carroll (18), 18 points; 3, Mary O'Riordan (15), 18 points.

Saturday, July 22, lady Captain's day, gross scores, standard scratch: 72: 1, Nora Kavanagh, 81 - 15 = 66; 2, Frances Reid, 94 - 21 = 73; 3, Janet Slattery, 93 - 19 = 74.

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