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Monday 23 April 2018

On the fairways

Noel Ivanoff and Vincent Lumsden of Courtown Golf Club competing in the Holmpatrick Cup recently
Noel Ivanoff and Vincent Lumsden of Courtown Golf Club competing in the Holmpatrick Cup recently
Winners Rory McCarthy and Joanne Kenny of Gary McLean professional's prizes in Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club
Wexford's Minor Cup team being presented with the Mid Leinster A.I.G. Ladies' Minor Cup. Back (from left): Deirdre Colfer, Mary Fallon, Una Robinson, Osnat Manning, Breda Devoy, Marie Byrne (lady President), Therese Glasheen, Maisie Purcell, Denise Dunne. Front (from left): the lady President of Tramore, Yvonne McSweeney (I.L.G.U. Mid Leinster Chairperson), Lily Rowe (Minor Cup manager), Una Doherty (lady Captain, Wexford), Brendan McKenna (A.I.G., sponsors)

New Ross: With the sanding of the greens now completed, the normal Sunday competitions resumed in almost perfect weather conditions. Many thanks go to a number of volunteers who helped the course staff carry out this very necessary operation of coring and sanding of the greens last week.

The lakes also benefited from a clear-out, as did the bunkers which were edged and raked to bring them up to scratch.

The winner of the men's competition sponsored by the Louis Fitzgerald Group from Dublin was Ger Breen (21) with 40 points. Second place went to Kieran McGrath (11) with 38 points, whilst John Molloy (17) finished third, also with 38 points

The ultra-consistent Michael Ryan Jnr. took the gross prize with 34 points. Category 1 went to Tommy Liston (8) with 37 points, Category 2 was won by Cyril O'Grady (10) with 37 points also, and Category 3 saw John Molloy (17) collect that prize with 35 points.

With the evenings closing in fast, we reverted to a ten-hole format for the Tuesday fourball competition. Brendan Duffin (8) and Noel Dunne (19) came home in first place with 26 points by virtue of a better score over the last nine holes.

Eddie Sweeney (8) and Tom Purcell (17) finished second on the same score (26 points), and Seán Furlong (11) and John O'Gara (18) finished third with 25 points.

From this week onwards, please note that the competition has changed. It is now a nine-hole open event where you can play anytime during the day, Monday to Friday. This is in order to facilitate all players who might like to get a game in during daylight hours.

Split The Pot is doing well and the Saturday regulars were the latest winners, receiving €50. You can have a go for €2 and maybe scoop the pot where the more entries that are in, the bigger the pay-out.

NEW ROSS LADIES

This Wednesday, September 27, the 18-hole stroke is sponsored by Barrow Office Supplies, John Street, New Ross.

There is a gross prize this week and it is also a medal competition. Booking online with the draws at the usual times.

Last week's scramble was sadly a non-runner because of inclement conditions. Hopefully we will fit it in the schedule before long.

Shorten your Shortgame will start next Saturday as per text message sent this week. The programme will run until December including five lessons.

Get into Golf continues from 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Lessons for October are being organised and anyone interested should contact the Pro Shop.

Junior golf continues at 4 p.m. on Saturdays with nine holes for older children and a shorter game for small folk. Thanks to Mary Kavanagh and Patricia Quinn for their continued dedication to the young golfers.

Junior Cashin and Noel Kehoe are also playing big part in encouraging boys and girls to improve at the game.

Bridge for all those interested will resume on the first Friday of October at 9.30 in the clubhouse.

ROSSLARE

The medal competition was played in Rosslare on Sunday week and resulted in a win for Con Murphy (11) with a 72.

Con, who is generally overshadowed by his more famous son, Paul, played a very steady round. He had a birdie at the eighth in an outward half of 42.

He had another two at the tenth and, despite finishing with an eight, had one shot to spare over John Brady (+2). John had a seven at the first, a six at the fourth, and was six over par after eight holes.

He then played the next ten holes in six under par with birdies at the ninth, tenth, twelfth, 13th, 15th and 18th to beat Michael Healy (14) by one shot.

In conjunction with the medal, a Seniors' competition was played on the green course. This was won by Jim Anglim (18) with 41 points, four points ahead of Eamonn Goggin (18).

Saturday fourball: 1, David McGee (8), Jim Hore (13), 45 points; 2, Dermot Hall (12), Ned Kinsella (19), 43 points; Burrow course (twelve holes), Michael Reardon (18), 29 points.

Don't forget the Seniors (Over-55) Home Internationals are here today (Tuesday), Wednesday and Thursday. Some top players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales are competing.

Last week the club lost a very prominent member, Teresa Lynch. Teresa has been very active for a long number of years and with her husband, Shay, spent many happy days and nights in Rosslare. May she rest in peace.

WEXFORD LADIES

The results of the Senior competition on Monday, September 18, were: 1, Phil Flood (28), 27 points; 2, Helen McGuire (20), 25 points (back seven).

There was an 18-hole v. par competition held on Saturday and Thursday, September 16 and 21, sponsored by Peter Marks.

Results: 1, Margaret Hearne (16), all square (back nine); 2, Martina Foley (34), all square (back nine); 3, Mary Cashe (24), all square.

Margaret Atkinson (10) won the gross prize with 12 down. The Senior prize went to Delia Brosnan (36) with three down.

Pauline O'Neill (17) won the nine-hole with 17 points. Pauline also won nearest the pin on the ninth with 1m 58cm.

This Thursday (September 28) our Minor Cup team travels to Malone Golf Club in Belfast for the national finals of the A.I.G. Ladies' Cups and Shields.

The women tee-off on Thursday at 10.15 a.m. in the semi-finals against either Mountbellew or Headfort, with the final on Friday. Everyone in the club wishes the players, caddies and managers the very best of luck.

They have brought a great sense of excitement to the club over the past couple of months and we are so proud of them to have gotten this far. The team comprises Therese Glasheen, Breda Devoy, Deirdre Colfer, Ger O'Brien, Una Robinson, Osnat Manning and Ger Draper.

If anyone is interested in travelling by bus to Belfast, contact lady Vice-Captain Patricia (086-8971319).

The competition on September 28 is an open 18-hole stableford sponsored by Carrig Donn.

The final presentation night of the year is Thursday, October 12, for competitions on September 28, October 5 and 12.

Also on the night there will be the presentations for golfer of the year, J.J. Devereux, medals and spoons. Come along and celebrate the close of another successful, fun and competitive golfing year.

ST. HELEN'S LADIES

Saturday, September 23, fun day, play-off (yellow), non-qualifying: 1, Rionach Donlon (22), 31 points; 2, Bernadette Tully (26), 28 points; 3, Mary McCormack (27), 25 points.

Fixtures: Wednesday, September 27, open singles stableford, ladies and gents; Saturday, September 30, open singles stableford, ladies and gents; Sunday, October 1, open singles stableford (ladies and gents, Wednesday/Sunday competition); Wednesday, October 4, open singles stableford (ladies and gents, Wednesday/Saturday competition); Saturday, October 7, open singles stableford (ladies and gents, Wednesday/Saturday competition); Sunday, October 8, singles stableford (ladies and gents), turkeys; Wednesday, October 11, open singles stableford (ladies and gents, Wednesday/Saturday competition).

BLACKWATER SOCIETY

Enniscorthy, July 15 (28 played): 1, Ger Corrigan (16), 42 points; 2, Darren O'Brien (15), 36 points; 3, John Roche (25), 35 points; Cat. 1, Alan Busher (15), 34 points; Cat. 2, John Forde (16), 34 points; Cat. 3, Paddy Chawke (22), 33 points; front nine, Eddie Rowe (15), 18 points; back nine, Paddy O'Connor (11), 19 points; twos club, Alan Busher, hole three.

Bunclody, July 30 (26 played): 1, Patsy Doyle (19), 37 points (countback); 2, Aidan Whelan (13), 37 points; 3, Seán Whelan (11), 35 points; Cat. 1, Andy Roche (13), 33 points; Cat. 2, Stephen Murphy (15), 34 points; Cat. 3, John Roche (25), 27 points; front nine, Eddie Rowe (15), 18 points; back nine, Paddy O'Connor (11), 17 points; twos club, Eddie Rowe, hole 17.

Wexford, August 12, Captain's prize (27 played): 1, Aidan Cogley (19), 36 points; 2, Don Malanowski (19), 35 points; 3, John Roche (25), 34 points; Cat. 1, Eddie Rowe (15), 31 points; Cat. 2, Patsy Doyle (18), 32 points; Cat. 3, Seán Ormonde (28), 30 points; front nine, Michael Byrne (Captain); back nine, John Forde; twos club, Pat O'Toole.

ROSSLARE LADIES

Tuesday was the last of the majors of the season - the Christmas prizes. There is always great interest in this as a huge amount of prizes are on offer - usually wonderful hampers, all presented on our Christmas party night in December.

Everyone tries really hard, so that they can be one of the lucky ones making that walk up to the presentation table to the cheering audience.

The surprising thing when the results were computed, was how low the scores were.

Ladies who thought they hadn't scored enough were suddenly in the prizes. No one scored 36 points.

The weather hadn't been too bad but the pins were in really difficult positions on the greens, and that was the latest excuse!

This all does not deter from Margaret Brady beating everyone and coming first. She is a newcomer to the club and we are really delighted for her tremendous win - well done Margaret.

Remember, if you want to watch how our course should be played, the Senior Home Internationals are being played in the club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

We would like to wish the Minor Cup team from our neighbouring club, Wexford, the very best of luck in Belfast on Thursday and Friday in the All-Ireland finals - a wonderful achievement.

Tuesday, October 3, is a singles Stableford competition sponsored by Esse Boutique.

Saturday, September 16, fourball: 1, Vandra Deacon (15/14) and Carol O'Brien (17/15), 43 points; 2, Joan Bowe (12/11) and Norrie Goff (15/14), 41 points.

Tuesday, September 19, Christmas prizes 2017 sponsored by Newline Oil and the ladies' committee (C.S.S. for Sunday, September 17, 33 points; C.S.S. for Tuesday, 34 points): 1, Margaret Brady (33), 35 points; 2, Ann Kelly (18), 34 points; gross, Mairéad Browne (7), 26 points; 3, Joan Wallace (17), 33 points (back nine); 4, Maura Foran (23), 33 points; 5, Catherine Young (23), 32 points (back nine); Seniors, Paula O'Leary (12), 32 points (back nine); front nine, Marianne Brennan (19), 20 points (back six); back nine, Teresa Cowman (14), 20 points; Cat. A: 1, Eileen Brosnan (15), 32 points (back nine); 2, Doreen McGovern (12), 32 points; 3, Valerie Doyle (10), 31 points (back nine); Cat. B: 1, Jeanne Hamill (18), 32 points; 2, Liz Murphy (22), 31 points (back nine); 3, Joan Walsh (22), 31 points (back nine); Cat. C: 1, Bernie Riordan (27), 32 points (back nine); 2, Rosemary Spelman (25), 32 points; 3, Carmel Morrissey (25), 29 points (back nine); Burrow: 1, Mary Fowler (34/23), 30 points; 2, Kathleen Goggin (30/20), 26-1 (back six).

BUNCLODY

President's (M. Cowman) prize: 1, Ger Tobin (13), 66; 2, Ken Leech (16), 70; gross, Rory McCarthy (+1), 75; 3, Maurice Mahon (17), 73; 4, John Ger Murphy (25), 74; 5, Eddie Redmond (15), 74; 6, Seán O'Brien (6), 74; Category 19+, Vivian Galligan (20), 75.

September 8, 9 and 12, ladies' weekly competition: 1, Ann Cowman (28), 33 points; 2, Fran Crean (22), 31 points; 3, Lucy Healy (12), 30 points.

September 2 and 3, professional prize, ladies' results: 1, Joanne Kenny (14), 71 nett; 2, Alice Druhan (22), 75 nett; gross, Margaret Moore (9), 88; 3, Ann Cowman (28), 77 nett.

August 12, 13 and 15, ladies' fifth monthly medal: 1, Ethel Deacon (25), 70 nett; 2, Evelyn Mulrennan (36), 75 nett; gross, Margaret Moore (9), 86; 3, Ann Cowman (28), 78 nett.

COURTOWN

Our new-style winter league kicks off next weekend. Please pay the entry fee of €45 to John Coone on the opening day.

The subsequent rounds will be as per the club diary and the B.R.S. You will be informed of any required changes due to weather etc.

Players have been divided into twelve teams of eight players. For the purpose of the league, the teams have been divided into two sections of six teams. At the completion of the seven rounds the top two teams in each section will play-off in the semi-finals.

The competition is singles stableford over 14 holes. Please include your team name on your card (e.g. Team D) and post in the box beside the computer in the hallway.

The six best cards of the eight will count for the team score each week. To keep it more manageable, the score posted will be the average of the six counting cards - total divided by six.

Each player will be allowed one substitution during the seven rounds. Please inform your team Captain if you are using a substitute. Substitutions will not be permitted for semi-final and finals unless approved by the committee for exceptional circumstances.

If you wish to enter the weekend club competition, just pay the appropriate fee to John in the Pro Shop. The same scorecard will do for both.

If you wish to enter the weekly nine-hole turkey competitions which begin in October, please use a different card. We look forward to your co-operation and hopefully we will have an exciting and enjoyable competition over the winter months.

Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, any combination fourball hamper: 1, Paddy Donohoe (6), Mairéad Sunderland (20), 44 points; 2, Alan McDonald (1), Larry O'Brien (19), 42 points (last six); 3, Brendan Breen (3), Colin Breen (5), 42 points (last six).

Ladies' day last week moved to Thursday on account of all the course maintenance work, and luckily for us the day was perhaps the best of the week.

The competition format was a three-person team and the winners were Mairéad Carty (20), Mary Osborne (19) and Catherine Quinn (18) with 56 points.

The nine-hole competition was won by Catherine Lawler (36) with 16 points. Congratulations to our winners.

BALLYMONEY

Wednesday nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Tom Keogh (18), 19 points.

A smaller field than usual took part, due to the poor weather.

Matchplay semi-final: Mark Keenan w.o. from Mike O'Grady. Mark will play David Fitzgerald in the final.

Weekend singles stableford (gents), non-qualifier: 1, David Whelan (24), 38 points; 2, Charlie Logan (12), 37 points; 3, Peter Byrne (22), 37 points; 4, Anthony Farrell (14), 36 points; 5, Tom Keogh (17), 36 points; 6, Liam Redmond (10), 36 points.

Next Saturday sees an open three-person team scramble with a shotgun start, 9 a.m. assembly for a 9.20 a.m. tee-off.

Sunday will see a singles stableford competition.

DONOHOE'S SOCIETY

Donohoe's Golf Society played Quinnagh House on Sunday.

Results: 1, Paul Breen, 36 points; 2, Willie Nolan, 35 points; 3, 'Cockney' Murphy, 34 points. John Sullivan took home the birdie money.

The semi-final of the matchplay took place, and through to the final next Sunday are John Sullivan and John Cahill.

The par three player of the year is heading to the wire. Nicky Cahill is currently only three points ahead of Lar Morrissey with four weeks to go.

The venue next week is Blackwater - please be there by 8.45 a.m.

ENNISCORTHY LADIES

The ladies are still very busy on the fairways with large numbers playing for the time of year. The competition on Tuesday, September 19, was sponsored by Glamour Boutique/Ottivia Boutique. This was a team of two event.

Results: 1, Eimear McGrath (9), Breda Morrisson (27), 44 points (back nine); 2, Margaret Mooney (9), Catríona Hogan (9), 44 points (back nine); 3, Mary Ruth-Tobin (19), Jacinta Kenny (21), 44 points; nine-hole qualifier: 1, Josie Gahan, 13 points; 2, Joan Kavanagh, 12 points.

The open Seniors' competition, singles stableford, on Thursday, September 21, was sponsored by Parnell Antiques.

Results: overall, Tina Airey (21), 36 points; Cat. A, Elizabeth Browne (13), 34 points; Cat. B, Hilary Kehoe (34), 34 points; Cat. C, Audrey Lawrence (36), 31 points.

Following the presentation for both competitions which took place on Thursday, both sponsors - Glamour and Ottivia Boutiques - hosted a fashion show. There was an amazing display of what is on trend to have in our wardrobes for the autumn/winter season. Some of four lady members graced the catwalk to whet our appetite!

Next week's competition is sponsored by Hair by Aine and is a singles stableford.

As the golfing season is beginning to wind down it is time to start thinking about 2018. Our lady Vice-Captain, Mary O'Shea, announced her Vice-Captain for next year who is Elizabeth Browne. We look forward to the season with Mary and Elizabeth and wish them luck as they guide us through the golfing year.

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

ENNISCORTHY

Nine-hole midweek, singles stableford, September 20, sponsored by the bank officials (49 played): overall, Nicholas Walsh (21), 24 points; Category A, Nicky Murphy (8), 19 points; Category B, John Colclough (13), 20 points (last three; Category C, Michael Walsh (Ballymoney, 16), 21 points; Category D, Liam Swan (27), 14 points.

Next week's sponsor is Mossy Fitzpatrick. Presentation of all the September Wednesday midweeks will be on September 27.

Please note: Anthony Byrne had a penalty point from September 13 which was not deducted when doing the results so his score was adjusted to 19 points. John Colclough is therefore the winner of Category B on a countback. The competitions office extends apologies for the error.

Ladies' and gents' open singles stableford, September 23 and 24, sponsored by Nicholas Cahill (S.S. Saturday 34, S.S. Sunday 34, 135 played): 1, Anthony Byrne (13), 43 points (last three); 2, Gerard Hendrick (13), 43 points; gross, Joe Kelly (6), 33 points; 3, John Warren (21), 40 points; 4, William Sinnott (14), 40 points; Seniors, George Leech (12), 38 points; first lady, Helene Daly (23), 31 points.

Congratulations to Nicky Murphy and Paul Cosgrave who beat Joe Delaney and Philip 'Choc' Browne in the final of the club fourball recently.

Nicky has now won this for the fourth time and it is Paul's first year as a member, what a start! The winners were three under after five holes and turned it around to win on the 13th.

Nicky informs me that his first two victories were with Pat Goff in 2008 and 2009, and again in 2015 with Robert Byrne R.I.P.

The final of the singles is on next Sunday where Paul Connolly, Barton Cup manager, is waiting on the victor from the semi-final between Provincial Towns Challenge Cup and Barton Cup winner Shane Fortune and James Morrissey, another Barton Cup winner. The cream is really coming to the top.

Declan Byrne, Provincial Towns Challenge Cup winner, lost in the other semi. There is a story going around that he is now officially the fourth best golfer in the club and should have played his semi second!

Next weekend the gents fourball sponsor is Seat Ireland

The gents' fourball is on Saturday, September 30, starting at 8 a.m., and Sunday, October 1, starting at 7.30 a.m., sponsored by Seat Ireland.

Also, the inter-society tournament, day one, is on Saturday, September 30, starting at 8.50 a.m. Day two is on October 14, starting at 10 a.m.

The course will be closed all day on Wednesday, October 4, due to verti-drainage taking place.

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

Wexford People