On the fairways
Rosslare: The first round of the winter league in Rosslare has now been completed. With the singles format now finished, there are only 7.5 points separating the first four teams.
With the fourballs and scramble still to come, all is set for a great finish.
Standings: 1, Eilis Kavanagh, Tom Connon, John Hanrick, Kevin Collins, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Syl Farrell, 77.5 points; 2, Cathy Atkinson, Joe Moran Jnr., Ger O'Reilly, Tim Murphy, Bill Underwood, Philomena Keating, 70.5 points; 2, Bob Quilty, Con Murphy, Jim Hennessy, Rory Deane, Irene Walker, Anne Redmond, 70.5 points; 4, John Barron, Stephen Casey, Keith Deacon, Micheál O'Brien, Gemma Campion, Anne Connolly, 70 points.
Saturday, February 4, 14-hole fourball (turkey): 1, Liam Duggan (6), Cillian Duggan (19), 39 points; 2, Nicky Walsh (14), Liam Lawlor (26, Castlecomer), 38 points.
Sunday, February 5, 14-hole singles (turkey): 1, Paud O'Brien (3), 32 points; 2, Eugene Daly (26), 31 points; 3, Joe Moran Jnr. (6), 30 points; 4, Liam MacNamara (4), 30 points; 5, Anthony Duggan (5), 29 points.
Fourball, Saturday, February 3, 14 holes, 16 pairs: 1, Eilis Kavanagh 35 (25) and Josephine Moran 16 (11), 33 points; 2, Carol O'Brien 17 (12 - 1 = 11) and Marie Garahy 19 (13), 31 points.
Tuesday, February 6, singles stableford, twelve holes with three clubs and a putter, 33 players: 1, Moira Fortune 15 (10), 20 points; 2, Niamh Byrne 8 (5), 19 points (back six); 3, Anne Gaynor 23 (15), 19 points.
The Senior ladies were out in force last week with 37 members playing on Monday, February 5. In a close-fought contest, the prize-winners were:
1, Anna Sullivan (19), 27 points; 2, Margaret Hearne (16), 27 points (back three); 3, Theresa Kehoe (16), 24 points; 4, Eileen Burke-O'Keeffe (23), 23 points; 5, Carmel Murphy (8), 23 points.
Due to bad weather conditions, last week's 14-hole singles stableford competition was converted to a sweep stake. Our winner, for the second week in a row, was Leonie Furlong (12) with 25 points.
Well done to all who played on a bitterly cold day.
The winter league has reached the final stages. Team Brian topped the table, so go straight to the grand final on Saturday, March 3.
Teams Aileen, Simon, Hector, Larry and Georgina battle for the remaining two final places over the next two Saturdays.
We extend our condolences to our past Captain and President John Codd on the recent death of his father, Tom. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Saturday, February 10, winter league round ten: 1, Jimmy Kearney (10), 27 points; 2, Jim Brauneisen (10), 25 points; 3, Frank O'Kennedy (8), 23 points (countback).
Saturday, February 10, eleven-hole sweep: 1, Jimmy Kearney (10), 27 points; 2, Jim Brauneisen (10), 25 points; 3, Jim Murphy (8), 23 points.
Sunday, February 11, winner take all sweep: 1, Tommy Duggan (8), 20 points (countback).
Fixtures: Wednesday, February 14, Wednesday club; Saturday, February 17, winter league qualifier one and two; Saturday, February 17, eleven-hole stableford sweep; Sunday, February 18, eleven holes singles stableford.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
Saturday, January 13, winter sweep, stableford, eleven holes: 1, Nora Kavanagh (8), 20 points; 2, Marie Carroll (17), 19 points; 3, Georgina Darling (14), 18 points.
Sunday, January 14, winter sweep and winter league round seven: 1, Ann Byrne (15), 23 points; 2, Janet Slattery (11), 20 points; 3, Rionach Donlon (13), 20 points.
Saturday, January 27, winter sweep and winter league round eight: 1, Nora Kavanagh (8), 22 points; 2, Emer Farrell (11), 21 points; 3, Janet Slattery (11), 20 points.
Saturday, February 3, winter sweep and winter league round nine: 1, Rionach Donlon (13), 22 points; 2, Nora Kavanagh (8), 22 points; 3, Ann Byrne (15), 19 points.
Saturday, February 10, open singles stableford: 1, Emer Farrell (11), 23 points; 2, Nora Kavanagh (8), 21 points; 3, Ann Marie Murphy (22), 18 points.
Saturday, February 10, winter league round ten: 1, Emer Farrell (11), 23 points; 2, Nora Kavanagh (8), 21 points; 3, Jean O'Kennedy (12), 18 points.
A total of 107 brave souls played in Sunday's competition despite some very inclement weather. The winning score was a fantastic one under the circumstances, with the first team having secured a fourth player just before tee-time.
Results: 1, David Feeney (14), Colin Fenlon (16), Brian St. Ledger (10), Dick Cuddihy (15), 102 points; 2, Tom Tyler (16), Tom Liston (7), Ray Shannon (14), Liam Connolly (7), 94 points (last nine); 3, Val Molloy (13), George Foley (14), Liam Wall (15), Kenny Barrett (21), 94 points.
The presentation will be at the end of the month, together with the last round of the winter league and next week's competition.
Next week we have a singles v. par that is sponsored by three of our members, and the club would like to thank them very much for their support: Des Redmond Draughting and Design, Eamonn Murphy, National Gates, and Patsy Moore Stores.
Sunday, February 25, is an 18-hole strokeford sponsored by our Saturday regulars, with more details to come next week.
Sunday, March 4, will be sponsored by a new sponsor, the Kennedy Boutique Hotel.
The Split The Pot draw will be carried out next Sunday at 3 p.m.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
A murky, damp February morning kept the numbers down for our weekly outing on Thursday. With intermittent rain persisting for most of the round, it was rather uncomfortable for the players but at least it was a bit milder than previous days.
Nevertheless, scoring was quite good in the champagne scramble format with the winning team bringing 100 points (94 + 6), the extra six points being the bonus for a three-person team. The trio who won the bragging rights were Patsy Farrell, Kenny Irwin and Richie Aylward.
Second place went to Dick Cuddihy, John F. Roche, Dickie O'Neill and Donie Cody with 96 points.
The 94 points scored by Hughie O'Connor, John Fitzpatrick, Billy Redmond and Martin Forristal proved good enough to claim the third spot.
Only one nearest the prize was won, by Mikey Lee on the ninth hole.
Next Thursday morning we will discuss the feasibility of starting at a later time, seeing that our earlier start of 9.45 a.m. does not suit a number of our members.
Ladies' weekly competition, January 14 to 21: 1, Eileen Kenny (10), 22 points.
Ladies' weekly competition, Sunday, January 28, to Saturday, February 3: 1, Lucy Healy (12), 23 points; 2, Margaret Moore (9), 23 points; 3, Joanne Kenny (14), 18 points.
Twelve-hole singles, February 3 and 4: 1, Ken Banville (12), 32 points; 2, Liam Doyle (19), 29 points; 3, Tony Murphy (15), 27 points.
Open singles, Wednesday, January 31: 1, Tony Gleeson (8), 42 points; 2, Michael Kenny (11), 39 points; 3, Ger Bolger (12), 36 points.
With all seven qualifying rounds of our Colman Doyle EBS-sponsored winter league now having been completed, we are down to the semi-finals.
Well done to all who took part over the last number of weeks and, even though the course had to be closed on a number of weekends, we are right on schedule for the serious part.
In section one, Quigley's Quorum came out on top with a total score of 185.3 points, followed by Hughes' Heroes with 178.0 points.
In section two, Larry's Lads claimed top spot with 174.7 points, followed by Noel's Knockouts with 172.8 points.
Next Sunday morning it will be Quigley's Quorum versus Noel's Knockouts and Hughes' Heroes versus Larry's Lads. The format will be an aggregate fourball with the three best cards from each team to count.
The final is scheduled for Sunday, February 25, when we will all be back on the course playing for third and fourth places.
There will also be longest drive and nearest the pin competitions on finals day.
Singles, Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11 - gents: 1, David Kennedy (13), 33 points (34 - 1); 2, Keith McKiernan (19), 32 points; 3, Colm Sheehan (4), 31 points (32 - 1, last six); 4, Tom Foster (11), 31 points (last six); ladies: 1, Sarah Donnellan (7), 29 points.