Wednesday 16 October 2019

On the fairways

Anne Curtis, New Ross President (centre), with Kathleen Pyne Memorial trophy winners Mary Maher and Marie Therese Wall
Anne Curtis, New Ross President (centre), with Kathleen Pyne Memorial trophy winners Mary Maher and Marie Therese Wall

Bunclody: October 29-November 4, twelve-hole ladies' weekly: 1, Lucy Healy, 23 points - 1 penalty = 22 points; 2, Linda Byrne, 21 points - 2 penalty = 19 points; 3, Margaret Moore, 18 points.

Open singles, Wednesday, November 1: 1, Mick Healy (4), 38 points; 2, Paul Gilsenan (15), 37 points; 3, Mick Kenny (11), 35 points.

Singles stableford, November 4 and 5: 1, Stephen Larkin (7), 38 points; 2, Willie Harte (9), 36 points; gross, Mick Healy (4), 35 points; 3, Noel Frazer (12), 36 points.

November 11 and 12, twelve holes singles: 1, Ray Moore (15), 29 points (back three); 2, Wesley Ruttle (24), 29 points; 3, Vincent Murphy (9), 26 points.

Winter league 2017 week one: 1, Ray Moore (15), 29 points; 2, Colm Haughney (18), 27 points; 3, Declan Byrne (15), 26 points (back nine); best lady, Linda Byrne (11), 24 points.


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new manager, Roger Yeats, to Courtown Golf Club. Roger joined us in the last few weeks and we wish him all the best for the future in his new role.

A timely reminder, if one was needed to let us know that the end of the year is fast approaching, is the fact that we are looking at the three A.G.M's in the next two weeks.

The ladies will hold their A.G.M. on Tuesday, November 28, at 7.30 p.m. The men's A.G.M. will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday, December 2, at 5 p.m., and this will be followed by the club A.G.M. at 6 p.m.

The Colman Doyle-sponsored winter league is progressing according to the diary, with only one more round to be played before the Christmas break, on Sunday, December 3. The winter league will resume then on Sunday, January 14.

Wednesday sweep, November 15: 1, Mark McGrath (21), 32 points; 2, Pat Carthy (17), 27 points (last nine); 3, Jimmy Flynn (23), 27 points (last nine); 4, Des Roche (6), 27 points (last six).

Ladies' and gents' turkey singles, Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19: 1, Michael O'Shaughnessy (22), 33 points (34 - 1); 2, Eoin Devlin (8), 32 points (last nine); 3, Noel Ivanoff (8), 32 points (last six); gross, Alan McDonald (1), 27 points; ladies, Sarah Donnellan (7), 27 points.

Weekly turkey: Cat. 1, Jim McDonald (10), 23 points; Cat. 2, Eric Poole (15), 24 points.

On Friday the fair ladies of Courtown will have a nine-hole stableford competition followed by their end-of-year buffet. The weekend competition will be an any combination fourball.


Weekend singles stableford (mixed): 1, Arthur Ring (24), 44 points; 2, Bartie Kehoe (16), 40 points; 3, Robbie Kehoe (12), 39 points, holding off Paul O'Brien (13) on countback; front nine, Paul O'Brien; back nine, Pádraig Grainger.

Winter league second round: Team 1, 95 points; Team 2, 127 points; Team 3, 123 points; Team 4, 121 points; Team 5, 155 points; Team 6, 114 points; Team 7, 132 points; Team 8, 145 points.


The big announcement of who the new vices would be was made recently, and next year's incoming Vice-President will be Matt O'Connor and the Vice-Captain will be John Byrne. Congratulations to both on being picked for these honorary positions, and everybody hopes that you will both enjoy your two year tenures at the helm of the club.

Gents' open Seniors, singles stableford, November 9, sponsored by E.G.C. (84 played): overall, A. Cogley (Wexford, 23), 36 points; Cat. A (50-65): 1, Michael Walsh (16), 34 points; 2, Philip Browne (13), 33 points; Cat. B (66-75): 1, J. Keegan (Courtown, 6), 31 points; 2, John O'Neill (17), 30 points (back six); Cat. C (76 +): 1, Malo Roban (21), 35 points; 2, John Mythen (21), 28 points.

Next month's sponsors are Morgan Dunne and Councillor Paddy Kavanagh.

Weekend turkey competition, singles v. par), November 11 and 12, sponsored by E.G.C. (71 played): Category A, Jason Rackard (0), four up; Category B, Declan Lyons (12), four up; Category C, David Bradley (19), A/S.

Each winner will receive a voucher for €40.

Midweek turkey competition number one, singles stableford, November 2017, sponsored by E.G.C.: overall, Tom Hogan (14), 24 points.

The winner receives a butcher's voucher for €40.

The winter series is ticking along now and the first week's winners for Cat. 1 were James Morrissey and Paul Connolly. Cat. 2 victors were Declan Lyons and Philip Browne, and tops in Cat. 3 were John O'Leary and William Murphy.

The top three in the current leaderboards are - Cat. 1 (0-9): Paul Connolly, 65; James Morrissey, 65; Eddie Doyle, 61; Cat. 2 (10-18): Declan Lyons, 70; Peter O'Shea, 66; James Sheridan, 65; Cat. 3 (19-28): William Murphy, 64; David Bradley, 56; John Ryan, 55.

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


The first round of the winter league got under way in suitable weather conditions and some good scores were returned. Played over 14 holes, there is a total of five outings before the eventual winner can be declared.

All we need is some fine autumnal conditions with the course dry underfoot to make these league rounds more enjoyable for all.

In the first round of the competition we saw John Hartley (16) take the honours with a final score of 31 points. A point behind with 30 and in second place was Charlie Collins (16), whilst John Joe Cullen (19) finished third with 29 points, courtesy of a better total over the last six holes.

The gross prize went to Eamon Dungan with 23 points. Category 1 went to Tommy Liston (7) with 25 points, Category 2 was won by George Foley (14) with 27 points, and Tommy Tyler (16) took the Category 3 prize with 29 points.

Our weekly 'win a turkey or ham' competition is proving very popular at an entry fee of only €4 plus re-entry of €2, with all entries to James or Paul in the Pro Shop.

Making sure of his Christmas dinner last week was Willie Whitty with a great score of 21 points on the nine holes played. For every 20 entries there is a turkey or ham up for grabs to the winner.


We had a big turn-out last Thursday when we enjoyed some lovely sunshine in the afternoon. As is now the norm with all Seniors groups within golf clubs, we went with a champagne scramble format and we will continue to do so for the winter months.

With no run on the ball it brings all short hitters more into the game as there is usually a good driver on every team which makes it easier for everyone. We played off the forward (green stakes) last Thursday and these will be ones from now on.

Once again, the Seniors turned on the style with no less than twelve teams cracking the 90 points target, just proving that these old stagers can bring in a score.

Taking the Paddy Whiskey in first place and of course the bragging rights were Michael O'Neill (13), Michael Lee (18), Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (24) and Jamesie Murphy (24) with a terrific score of 97 points.

After a countback over the last six holes, a total of 96 points saw Andy Ronan (15), Richie Aylward (19), Tony Sexton (22) and Donie Cody (23) secure the runners-up spot.

Tom Murphy (16), John F. Roche (18), Billy Redmond (19) and Tom Kent (26) finished third with 96 points also. Nearest the pin prize on the ninth hole went to Tony Redmond.

Just a reminder that our A.G.M. is on Thursday, November 30, at 8.40 a.m., and our Christmas outing and dinner takes place the following Thursday.


The hilly heights of Mountain View was the venue for our most recent outing.

Scoring was excellent on this testing course, and Pat Furlong led the field to the winners' enclosure with a fine score of 39 points.

He was followed closely behind by Liam Connolly and Alan Nixon, in second and third places respectively. Pat was also successful by capturing a prize in the nearest to the pin section, as was Brian St. Ledger. Well done to all concerned.

New Ross golf course will host our Christmas outing on December 2 with a tee-off time of 10 a.m.

It is hoped to run a two-man scramble on this occasion, and a sheet will be prepared on Tuesday, November 28, subject to an even number of participants.

Please note that only paid-up subscription members will be eligible to win the main prizes.

We would appeal to all members to turn out and make this an enjoyable day.

Presentations will take place in Pauline's at a time to be notified on the score cards on the day.

Sympathy is extended to our members Marty and T.J. Keilthy on the recent death of their father, Martin R.I.P.


There was a very good turn-out on Wednesday for the second turkey competition. The girls in New Ross are no fair weather golfers!

It was great to see such participation, and marvellous to see new names in the winners' enclosure too.

Results, 14-hole stableford: 1, Martina Reidy (30), 28 points; 2, Mary Murphy (35), 26 points; 3, Annette Byrne (33), 26 points.

Next week the same competition will take place. Because of shorter days, the afternoon draw on Wednesdays is withdrawn from now on. The morning draw will stay in place but will be reviewed in December if there is no take-up.

The winter league first round is now in full swing, with the closing date on the board. Don't forget to put your team's name and the round on your card. You can play it with your Wednesday competition but you must fill a separate card. Winter conditions of course are in place.

Sharpen your Shortgame is coming into its last weeks so don't miss a chance of a prize by skipping a week. It might be your lucky one!

Put Wednesday, December 13, in your diary now for our Christmas party with some fun golf before it. Root out the Christmas jumpers because red will be the dress code for the day.

Anyone with a voice better start warming the vocal chords for some festive singing! There will be more about all that nearer the time.

Please note that nominations for the management committee must be with Honorary Secretary Denis Kennedy by next Friday. Everyone should consider the importance of such roles and take an interest in the elections. Please consider putting yourself forward by contacting the Captains.


Today (Tuesday, November 21) is another 14-hole winter competition, with 18 ladies reducing their new winter handicap by an extra -1.

Congratulations to Joan Bowe (9) who won last Tuesday's competition with 35 points over 14 holes. Well done also to the other five ladies who won a turkey voucher.

The ladies' Senior Thursday competitions continue every week with Sheila Crosbie, Molly Cash and Gráinne Dunphy at the helm. We thank them so much for giving us another opportunity to play golf in another 14-hole friendly winter competition.

The ladies put a lot of time and effort in to this weekly competition and we all appreciate this very much.

During the month of November we remember those who have gone before us. At Rosslare Golf Club we think of those who have passed away during the previous year and the years before that.

On Friday, November 17, the annual Mass for deceased members was celebrated in St. Bridget's Church, Rosslare Strand, at 7.30 p.m. with light refreshments served in the clubhouse immediately afterwards. A special thanks to Pat Byrne (former lady Captain) for organising this event.

Dates for your diary as we come to the business end of the season: Friday, December 1, ladies' Christmas party and prizegiving; Tuesday, December 5, 7.30 p.m., ladies' committee A.G.M. in the clubhouse; Monday, December 11, main committee A.G.M. in the clubhouse.

The table plan for the ladies' Christmas party is now available in the clubhouse. Please reserve your place as soon as possible and select your menu.

Next Tuesday, November 28, is another 14-hole ladies' singles stableford winter competition, starting on the first hole and finishing on the 14th hole (to keep in line with the format of the previous Sunday - ladies' alternative day).

Tuesday, November 14, ladies' 14-hole turkey competition: 1, Joan Bowe (12/9), 35 points; 2, Paula Fahey (28/22), 32 points; 3, Susan Stewart (20/16), 31 points (back seven); 4, Paula O'Leary (12/9), 31 points (back seven); 5, Anna O'Leary (18/14 - 1), 31 points; 6, Liz Murphy (22/17), 30 points (back seven).


Thrity-four ladies played in the Seniors' competition on Monday, November 13.

Results: 1, Phil Flood (28), 22 points; 2, Ursula Carey (30), 21 points (back six); 3, Ena O'Donohue (32), 21 points; 4, Anna Sullivan (20), 21 points; 5, Mary Rackard (36), 20 points.

Unfortunately, because of bad weather, the Saturday ladies did not play in last week's 14-hole three-person scramble.

Forty-five ladies played on Thursday, November 16, and in first place with 52 points, playing off of a combined handicap of five, were Tara Dunne (4), Teresa Morris (25) and Wendy Tiernan (21).

In second place with a handicap of 6.4 were Una Doherty (28), Geraldine Draper (24) and Geraldine Mackey (12) with 53.6 points.

Marie Kehoe (35) won the ten-hole competition with 18 points. Nearest the pin was Denise Dunne with eight ft. eleven inches.

Last week we had another player enter the hole-in-one club. Well done to Sally O'Neill who had a hole-in-one on the third.

There are a number of important dates coming up in the next week. Firstly the ladies' A.G.M. is on Wednesday, November 22, at 7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse.

Then on Monday, November 27, at 7.30 p.m., the E.G.M. to discuss the future management of the club (including bar and catering facilities) is being held.

The importance to the club of the decisions made at the E.G.M. cannot be emphasised enough, so please get informed about the proposal, give it careful consideration and make every effort to attend and make your opinion heard.

If your contact details (address, telephone number or e-mail address) have changed, please contact Gráinne in the office with your new details.

The competition on Thursday, November 23, is a 14-hole singles stableford.


Sunday, November 12, 16 holes: 1, Stan Jackson (13), 38 points; 2, Anthony Jones (17), 36 points; 3, Dermot Walsh (6), 36 points; 4, Willie Cuddihy (12), 36 points; 5, Ray O'Donovan (20), 36 points; 6, Eamonn O'Rourke (15), 36 points; 7, Dave Noonan (9), 35 points; 8, Jason Walsh (8), 35 points; 9, Jim Hennessy (18), 34 points.

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