Thursday 19 September 2019

On the fairways

Courtown lady Captain Laura Funge, Eleanor Kelly (winner) and John Coone, club professional (sponsor)
Courtown lady Captain Laura Funge, Eleanor Kelly (winner) and John Coone, club professional (sponsor)
The Murphy's SuperValu Rosslare Harbour-sponsored competition in Rosslare as part of ladies' open week.Back (from left): Martina Dempsey, Anne Moran, Bernadette Cuddihy, Fionnuala Kielthy (lady President), Carmel Morrissey, Jane Burke , Des Murphy (sponsor). Front (from left): Mary Dowling (gross), Alan Murphy (sponsor), Catherine Haugh (winner), Doreen McGovern (lady Captain)
Winners of the Hassett's-sponsored ladies' competition in Wexford. Back (from left): Madge Murphy (third), Mary Cashe (second), Helen Robinson (gross), Una Seaver (nine-hole). Front (from left): Una Doherty (lady Captain), Susan Kelly (winner), Marie Byrne (lady President)

Abbey Ladies Society: Twenty players visited New Ross on Saturday, July 22, for a scramble. The winners were Bridget Duffin and Adeline Fox with 74.3 points, and the runners-up were Theresa Foley, Liz Kelly and Ann Crosbie with 76.4 points.

Nearest the pin was Dympna Molloy, and the longest drive winner was Adeline Fox. Well done ladies.

Abbey ladies played in Carrigelade on August 5. The next game is on Friday, August 25, in the Abbey.

Results: 1, Brigid Doyle, 36 points; 2, Eileen Wallace, 35 points; 3, Ann O'Grady, 33 points; Cat. 1, Marie Therese Wall, 32 points; 2, Martina Reidy, 33 points; 3, Adeline Fox, 33 points; nearest the pin, Eileen Wallace; longest drive, Adeline Fox; back nine, Mary Rose Ryan; front nine, Ann Crosbie.

The Pierce O'Mahoney Golf Classic is on Sunday, August 13, in the Abbey par three in Fethard-on-Sea, with €20 entry for a singles game.

All funds raised will be donated to Suicide Prevention, Pieta House, Wexford. All support will be appreciated. Call Frank on 086-6084257 for times etc.


Last Wednesday, August 2, the 18-hole v. par was sponsored by Joyces Homecare New Ross.

Results: 1, Anne O'Grady (28), one up; 2, Teresa Byrne (20), one up (last nine); 3, Margaret Furlong (15), one down; Senior, Teresa Minihan (28), three down.

On August 9 Brooks Jewellers sponsor an 18-hole stroke competition which is a medal competition also.

Get Into Golf ladies will continue with their Wednesday evening activities from 6.20 p.m. The new golfers are enjoying the experience and the fun. Many thanks to the volunteers who come up to accompany the girls on the Wednesday evenings, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

The club fundraiser classic is next weekend and we are hoping for a really good turn-out. The Culcita-sponsored prizes are splendid and are on view in the clubhouse this week.

The €20 entry is a steal and ladies, do enter every day to improve your chances of taking home the lovely garden furniture. The huge hampers for the raffle are well worth winning...your Christmas presents sorted!

Support your club this week. Prize-winners will be announced next Sunday. Tickets are on sale from committee members and in the clubhouse. The Minor Alliance will start in September so if you are interested in joining please add your name to the list posted in the ladies' locker room before the end of August.

August 30 is the date of our annual ladies' Solheim Cup event. Playing in fours, competitors will play six holes of Scotch foursomes, six holes fourball better ball, and six holes single stableford. It is an open so spread the news wide and far. Members' entry is €10, visitors €15. Booking online is already available.

Fourball matchplay for ladies is well under way but teams are urged to keep to deadlines at this busy holiday period in order that that it can be completed in good time.

Excitement is building for our Mary McKenna team, heading to Co. Meath to do battle with Royal Tara this Thursday, August 10, at 1.30 p.m. This is a tremendous achievement for our girls to reach a Leinster final and we are confident of a positive outcome even from the away fixture.

The team bus will leave from Tinneranny early on Thursday morning so that everyone is relaxed and happy heading out on the first tee. Best wishes to everyone involved and especially the golfers who are an inspiration to the rest of us.

The selected team includes Jacqui Morgan and Mary Maher, Mary Kavanagh and Mary Shannon, Ann Healy and Breda McManus, Ann Conway and Teresa Foley, and Margaret Furlong and Liz Roberts.

The substitutes travelling will be Eleanor Roche and Elizabeth Purcell. The managers/selectors are Liz Bennett and Jacqui Morgan. Any support is warmly welcomed.


The Gate Golf Society held its sixth outing of 2017 at Faithlegg Golf Club. We were playing for the President's prize (Mark Purcell).

The sponsors were The Gate Golf Society and Anthony Purcell, Richie Purcell and Johnny Purcell to whom we are very grateful. We want to thank the Faithlegg Golf Club staff for all their help.

The presentation was held in the Three Bullet Bar, and congratulations to Michael Power who will be the President of the society for 2018.


On the first day of autumn the ladies were keen to get out on the fairways, with the sunshine keeping the rain at bay! The sponsor was Kiltrea Pottery and it was an open singles stableford competition.

Results: 1, Margaret Frayne (12), 42 points; 2, Liz Browne (13), 41 points; 3, Meta Cummins (29), 40 points; 4, Helen D'Eathe (29), 39 points (back nine); 5 and Seniors, Vera Garry (22), 39 points; 36 handicap, Chris Yates (36), 38 points; nine-hole qualifier, Ann McGibney (36), 14 points; visitor, Janette O'Neill (29), 30 points.

Next week's competition is sponsored by David Garahy. It is a stroke medal.

The Mid-Leinster ladies' championships are being played in Enniscorthy Golf Club on Thursday and Friday, August 10 and 11. Contact Enniscorthy Golf Club for booking and further details.

Our next evening mixed competition is on August 20 with a shotgun start at 6.30 p.m.

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


July 27 and 28, open week singles strokes: 1, Alan Harrington (4), 67 nett; 2, Seán Lardner (15, Woodbrook), 67 nett; gross, Derek Kavanagh (6), 79 nett; 3, Eddie Black (10), 71 nett; best lady, Diana Healion (12, Castle), 74 nett.

August 1, ladies' weekly competition: 1, Joanne Kenny (15), 40 points; 2, Maria Beltran Pinotti (25), 36 points; 3, Siobhán Moore (36), 36 points.

August 2, Wednesday open singles: 1, Willie Doyle (8), 40 points; 2, Willie Harte (10), 40 points; 3, Max Patterson (19, Elm Park), 40 points.


Wednesday nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Bernie McGowan (21), 21 points; 2, Stephen Greene (17), 21 points; 3, Bernie Hassett (32), 20 points, holding off Niall Doolan (21) on countback.

Wednesday nine-hole (Junior) mixed: 1, Philip O'Flynn (25), 19 points; 2, Louis Schwartz (28), 17 points. Third round matchplay: David Fitzgerald beat Alex Silva.

August medal (stableford from back tees): 1, Pat Miskella (11), 37 points; 2, Ronan Walsh (19), 37 points; 3, Mark Doran (18), 37 points.

Ladies' singles: 1, Tracey Hutton (29), 31 points; 2, Nuala Le Gros (20, Newlands), 29 points; 3, Kelley Holt (26), 25 points.

Bank holiday weekend Junior nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Tom Higginbotham (28), 11 points.


We are facing into another very busy week at Courtown. On Thursday we will once again host the Tomás Funge Memorial Cups. This is an open competition, open to boys and girls with an age limit of up to 18 years.

Handicap limits apply as follows: boys 10 to 28, and for girls 0 to 36. This is the 19th year of this competition and we would like to thank Joe Funge for his continued sponsorship.

The entrance fee is €10, and a light lunch will be served. The timesheet has been reserved from 8 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

On Wednesday the Gorey Guardian summer series continues with an 18-hole open singles.

On Saturday we welcome two regular societies: Prospect Park (8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.) and Tara Meadows (10.40 a.m. to 1.15 p.m.). There will be an any combination fourball in the afternoon.

On Sunday the ladies' and gents' singles will be sponsored by Brian Hughes Londis, Ballymoney. 

The ageing process is well and truly having an affect as I forgot to mention last week that one of our long-time members scored a hole-in-one at the 14th in the previous week's Wednesday open. Congratulations to Diarmuid Swords who has now joined that elite group.

Wednesday, August 2, Gorey Guardian summer series: 1, Declan O'Toole (18), 38 points; 2, Paul Flynn (18, Newlands), 37 points (last nine); 3, P. Walsh (7, Rathfarnham), 37 points; gross, N. Patterson (5, Milltown), 31 points; eleven holes, David Grant (10, Corballis), 27 points.

Thursday, August 3, Seniors open: overall, Pádraig McKenna (20), 38 points; Cat. 1: 1, Robert O'Neill (12, Beech Park), 36 points (last nine); 2, John Maher (12), 36 points; Cat. 2: 1, Joe Keegan (6), 36 points; 2, Joe Sinnott (17), 35 points; Cat. 3: 1, Rodney Farrell (23), 35 points (last nine); 2, Eric Colin (20), 35 points.

Saturday fourball sponsored by Heiton Buckley: 1, Jim Peppard (20) and Joe Kavanagh (28), 43 points (last six); 2, Gerard Killeen (10) and Paul Lysaght (15), 43 points (last six); 3, Donie Noonan (8) and Fergal Noonan (12), 43 points.

Ladies' nine-hole: 1, Mary Cooper (31), 19 points; 2, Jackie McCoy (26), 19 points.

Tuesday, August 1, our competition was v. par and our sponsor was our professional, John Coone. John has been the professional in Courtown for quite a number of years now and has always been a great supporter of the ladies' section.

We are extremely grateful to John and his family for the sponsorship. John, Maria and Shauna were in attendance in the clubhouse to present the lovely prizes on Tuesday evening.

The course was playing slightly longer than normal as a result of the recent precipitation, otherwise the conditions were perfect. Competition standard scratch was 72.

Results: 1, Eleanor Kelly (35), four up; 2, Helen Cole (26), two up; 3, Catherine Ledwidge (14), one up (countback); Cat. A, Catherine Quinn (18), level; Cat. B, Pat White (24), one up; Cat. C, Breda Nolan (34), level.

The nine-hole competition winners were: 1, Suzanne Hall (27/13), 17 points; 2, Margaret Jones (35/17), 15 points. Nearest the pin on the 18th was Geraldine Nolan.

Congratulations to all our winners.


Two singles competitions were played in Rosslare over the weekend with almost 300 players competing. On Saturday the Summer Cup was played. The winner with 41 points was Cillian Corkery (17).

Young Cillian got a great start of birdie, birdie and turned in 24 points. On the way home he added 17 points which included a birdie at the 18th.

In second place on 40 points was the man in form, Conor Kelly (3). Conor had birdies at the first, fifth, tenth and 18th in halves of 21 and 19 points to beat Ian Lynch (0), who played the first nine in 32, by one point.

Fourth on 39 points was Dixie Devereux (16). Gary Collins (+3) had five birdies in a four under par round of 68 to win the gross. John Galvin (9) won the veterans with 39 points. On Sunday the competition was sponsored by Skoda and resulted in a win for another man at the top of his form, Kevin Foran. It was a good birthday present for Kevin who is now favourite to win all the veterans prizes in the future unless his gardening implements interfere.

On Sunday, Kevin (11) had 21 points on the way out which included two birdies and two double bogeys. He had another double bogey on the eleventh but his 17 points on the way home proved good enough for a one-point win over Kevin Collins (6). Kevin had birdies at the third, tenth, twelfth and 18th.

Brian Fives (4) was third on 35 points, beating Mick Brosnan (10) on the breakdown. Gary Collins was once again well under par when winning the gross, and Tommy Duggan (11, Kilkenny), a former Leinster inter-provincial, won the vets. with 36 points. Ben White (15) won the Junior prize.

Dermot Hall added another major to his list of wins when he won the golfer of the year final on Sunday. In a thrilling final, he beat Ciarán Cuddihy on the 19th having overcome Tim Quinlivan in the semi-final. In the other semi-final Cuddihy beat Denis Noonan. Well done Dermot.

Well done to Paul Murphy who put up a great performance in the South of Ireland Championship in Lahinch. Having qualified on the mark, he won his first two rounds in great style. In the third round he was one up after 15 holes against Irish international Alex Gleeson (Castle) but lost on the 18th. Open week continues until Sunday.


In the commercial world the last week in Rosslare would be called Christmas week, but for us it was ladies' open week. But before that on Saturday, July 29, we had our Mid-Summer Cup which was a new event for the club.

It was a singles competition, where a lady or gent could win, but the ladies, being the fairer sex, were given a bonus of two points. So we were delighted when Susan Evans was the first-ever winner and a lady!

She truly deserves her name there as she has consistently played beautiful golf all year. We then enjoyed a fab barbeque, followed by disco dancing!

Next, the buzz of open many visitors, our holiday members from Dublin and surrounding counties and the regulars. So many winners they can't all be written about individually but detailed results are below.

It started on Monday with a singles competition sponsored by French Connection Boutique, with a happy start for Ruth Deeny with a hole-in-one. It was won by our local Jane O'Shea (39 points), who loves her fashion and was delighted with her most generous voucher for her favorite boutique. In the evening, there was a packed house for Noreen's annual fashion show...wonderful style! 

Tuesday was a fourball sponsored by Caterhire with lovely prizes from the Pro Shop. Winners were Eileen Doyle and Margaret Mangan with 43 points.

Wednesday was singles - sponsored by Murphy's SuperValu - and every prize-winner could have hosted a party with their fabulous hampers. A thrilled Catherine Haugh won first prize, well ahead of everyone on such a windy day with 39 points and could hardly carry her hamper home it was so heavy!

Thursday was a popular team of three event, with two scores to count, sponsored by our clubhouse caterers. The visitors seemed to mainly win out all prizes on this day, showing there is a chance for everyone.

Friday was a mixed foursomes with gorgeous gifts from Barker's Gift Shop with 264 playing (a true test for some marriages). A final day and a packed house...we must now leave it to the men.

Only to say, the week was full of wind, rain, fun, friends and fashion and to everyone please come back for more golf during the year.

Tuesday, August 15, we will be hosting our own open Solheim Cup (team of four) sponsored by our lady Captain Doreen's three sisters, T.J. and Betty O'Neill, Gaynestown Stud, and P+H Doyle Car Sales, Gorey.

Saturday, July 29, Mid-Summer Cup (confined), singles stableford open, C.S.S. 34 points: 1, Maeve Lynch (36), 40 points; 2, Susan Evans (13), 40 points (back nine) +2 = 42 points (winner of cup); gross, Joan Bowe (12), 24 points; 3, Kelly O'Dwyer (36), 38 points; 4, Rita Kelly (34), 37 points; 5, Mary O'Shaughnessy (15), 36 points; Senior, Sheila Crosbie (14), 35 points.

Monday, July 31, 18-hole singles stableford, C.S.S. 33 points, sponsored by French Connection Boutique, Rosslare (167 played): 1, Jane O'Shea (22), 39 points; 2, Emma Walsh (Delgany, 18), 37 points; gross, D. Walsh (Milltown, 1), 33 points; 3, Elaine McGirr (32), 35 points; 4, Aileen Goode (The Castle, 34), 34 points (back nine); Seniors, Patricia Dempsey (Co. Meath, 13), 33 points; front nine, Jenny Conway (Roganstown, 18), 19 points (back six); back nine, D. Marron (Nuremore, 23), 19 points (back six); nearest the pin, Moira Fortune (15), 9 ft. 3 1/4 ins.; visitor's prize, Kate Lanigan (Hermitage, 4), 34 points; Junior, Anna Foster (Elm Park, 4), 35 points.

Tuesday, August 1, open fourball sponsored by Caterhire: 1, Eileen Doyle (21/19) and Margaret Mangan (27/24), 43 points; 2, Mary Sherry (28/25) and Ann Hargaden (30/27), 42 points; gross, Mairéad Browne (7/6) and Rita McGoldrick (8/7), 32 points; 3, Susan Evans (11/10) and Teresa Cowman (14/13), 41 points (back nine); 4, Marianne Brennan (19/17) and Joan Walsh (22/20), 41 points; visitors, Rachael O'Sullivan (20/18) and Patricia McEniff (36/22), 40 points (back nine); nearest the pin, Miriam McEniff, 75 inches; ladies' Burrow course, twelve-hole competition: 1, Claire McCormack (35/23), 28 points; 2, Florence Garrigan (36/24), 23 points (back six); 3, Pauline Maguire (28/19), 23 points.

Wednesday, August 2, sponsored by Murphy's SuperValu (C.S.S. 33, 116 played): 1, Catherine Haugh (20), 39 points; 2, Jane Burke (Rathfarnham, 24), 35 points; gross, Mary Dowling (Mallow, 4), 29 points; 3, Bernadette Cuddihy (24), 32 points (back six); 4, Ann Kelly (18), 32 points; front nine, Carmel Morrissey (25), 20 points; back nine, Martina Dempsey (Wexford, 19), 17 points (back six); visitor, Anne Moran (Castle, 20), 32 points; nearest the pin, Mary Dowling (Mallow, 4), 11' 11''.

Thursday, August 3, sponsored by clubhouse caterers, team of three (two scores to count): 1, Vanessa Phelan (Leopardstown, 26), Rachel O'Sullivan (Milltown, 20), Bridget Maloney (36), 89 points; 2, Jennifer O'Doherty (Tara Glen, 26), Annette Barron (Slieve na Man, 26), Cora Ryan (34), 84 points; 3, Edel Dunleavy (Milltown, 29), Rona Coman (Milltown, 17), Ann Marie Twomey (Cork, 32), 84 points; visitors, Marie Harpur (Newlands, 20), Helen Conway (Newlands, 20), Pam Power (Newlands, 19), 75 points; nearest the pin, Ann Irvine, 9'6".


Last week was open week in the club, and it got under way for the women with a mixed foursomes competition on Monday, July 31.

A total of 108 people played and there were visitors from Rosslare, Mahon, Shannon, Enniscorthy, Tramore and Clonmel. The winners of the prizes sponsored by Joyces Expert were: 1, Michael Field and Trish Field (22.5), 66.5; 2, Mark Mullen and Elaine Mullen (10.5), 67.5 (back nine); 3, John Ffrench and Trish Hanton (16.5), 67.5 (back nine). The winning visitors were Michael Corry and Connie Corry (14) with 76.

Last Thursday we welcomed players to the club from Rosslare, Enniscorthy, Blainroe, Dun Laoghaire and Bunclody for an 18-hole open stableford competition sponsored by Hassett's Chemist. Again, we had some magnificent winning scores.

Results: 1, Susan Kelly (24), 41 points; 2, Mary Cashe (25), 38 points; 3, Madge Murphy (20), 37 points; gross, Helen Robinson (8), 25 points; Senior, Marie Kehoe (35), 34 points (back nine); visitor, Anna O'Leary (17), 31 points; nine-hole, Una Seaver (15), 19 points; nearest the pin, Margaret Hearne, 2m 62cm.

This Thursday's competition, August 10, is an invitational fourball, so do not forget to invite your friends from other clubs. If you need a visiting playing partner, contact Martina Dempsey.

The timesheet is now open for the Advance Cleaners scramble on Sunday, August 20. There are limited spaces left available so make sure to put your name down for this very enjoyable day.

Belated congratulations to Rachael O'Connor and Ruth Kennedy on the birth of their baby twin boys in July. Unsurprisingly, neither Rachael nor Ruth have not been seen around the golf club since!


Last weekend saw our President's prize to the gents played for. On behalf of the members, we would like to sincerely thank our President, Adrian Doyle, for his beautiful prizes.

Results: 1, Barry Malone, 107; 2, Enda Lambert, 108; 3, John Byrne, 108.5; gross, Mark Mullen, 115; 4, John Fenlon, 109.5; 5, Leo Murphy, 109.5; vets., Pat Furlong, 120.

Other prize-winners in various categories were Seán Flood, Andrew Rynhart, Peter Mythen, Mark Waters, Liam Cunningham, James Bridges and Nicky Murphy. Under-age prize-winners were Thomas Rowland, Ryan Cashin, Ben MacAleese, Alex Currid, Chris Frawley and Diarmuid McDonald.

Deirdre Colfer and Patricia Hanton were the winners in the ladies' ten-hole competition, while Seán Hopkins and John Cotter showed their skills by winning the putting competition.

Our second open week took place with big numbers playing in the various competitions. Tuesday's competition was an 18-hole singles. The winner was Billy Roche with 37 points (back nine).

Second place went to Peter Firman, also with 37 points. Joseph Hall took third place with 36 points (back nine). The gross prize was won by Jack Small from Elm Park with 27 points.

The vets. prize went to Seán Kenny with 36 points (back six), and the visitor's prize went to Paul Kelly from Naas with 34 points. Many thanks to Wexford Golf Club's Senior section for sponsoring this competition.

Wednesday's competition was an 18-hole singles sponsored by Musgrave's Cash and Carry.

Results: 1, Larry Murphy, 39 points (back nine); 2, Thomas Rowland, 39 points (back nine); 3, Cathal Dowd, 39 points; 4, Christy O'Gorman, 37 points; vets., Michael Mahoney, 36 points; visitor, Coman Shanley (Black Bush), 30 points. Sincere thanks to Matt Lee and Musgrave's Cash and Carry for their continued sponsorship of this competition.

Friday's competition was sponsored by Fehily's Chemists and was a singles.

Results: 1, Louis Flanagan, 43 points (back nine); 2, Luke Codd, 43 points; 3, Paul Hynes, 41 points; gross, Mark Mullen, 37 points; vets., Brian Judd, 36 points; visitor, Robert Kennedy, 35 points; 4, David Fenlon, 40 points; 5, Keith Rossiter, 40 points. Our thanks to Fehily's Chemist for their continued sponsorship of this competition.

Saturday's competition was a mixed 18-hole, two-person event.

Results: 1, Nicky Murphy and Jim Turner, 50 points; 2, Damien and Irene Bolger, 49 points; 3, Kieran Purcell and Steve Quiqley, 48 points (back nine); 4, Jane Duignan and Mary Cashe, 48 points.

Sunday's competition was an 18-hole fourball sponsored by San Rose. The winners were the father and son combination of Tommy and Paul Hynes with 47 points.

Second were Pearse Frawley and Damien O'Reilly with 44 points. Third were Ian Stafford and Andrew Rynhart with 42 points (back nine).

Fourth were Barry Malone and Ger Lally with 42 points. Sincere thanks to San Rose for their sponsorship of this competition.

The latest Joker prize-winner was Nichola O'Connor. Details of all results and club events are on our website:


Wednesday, August 2, open singles stableford, standard scratch 73: 1, Dolores Hodgins (30), 34 points; 2, Tracie Hogan (Royal Curran, 19), 33; 3, Suzanne Evans (Rosslare, 11), 32 points.

Thursday, August 3, open Junior singles stableford, standard scratch 75: 1, Annabelle Heffernan (Elm Park, 36), 32 points; 2, Aoife Hamilton (Woodbrook, 30), 32 points; 3, Eva Duggan (Kilkenny, 29), 31 points.

Friday, August 4, nine-hole single stableford and summer league round 13, non-qualifying: 1, Fiona Keenan (Elm Park, 12), 22 points; 2, Mary Plan (Ashbourne, 10), 20 points; 3, Marie Carroll (18), 19 points.

Saturday, August 5, ladies' high handicap, standard scratch 73 - Division 2: 1, Marie Carroll (35), 37 points; 2, Geraldine Smith (25), 35 points; 3, Eileen Dunne (Millicent, 30), 33 points ; Division 3: 1, Trina Cooney (36), 32 points; 2, Susan Connolly (36), 27 points; 3, Peigí O Rúairc (36), 27 points.

Ladies' open week: Tuesday, August 8, singles stableford, Juniors 3-4 p.m., gents' nine-hole ompetition at 5.30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 9, ladies' fourball, Junior may enter if playing with an adult; gents' open nine-hole competition at 5.30 p.m.; Thursday, August 10, three-person team event, open Junior singles stableford competition 3-4 p.m., gents' open nine-hole competition at 5.30 p.m.; Friday, August 11, ladies' singles stableford, Junior singles 3-4 p.m., gents' open nine-hole competition at 5.30 p.m.; Saturday, August 12, mixed fourball.

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