Martin moves handicap into the plus figures

CRAIG Martin was top of the pile in the Spring Singles competition at the weekend.

CRAIG Martin was top of the pile in the Spring Singles competition at the weekend.

Craig shot a great 68 gross for a 68 nett to give him a one stroke winning margin. He had only one bogey on his card, at the tenth, and birdies on the fifth, sixth, 13th and 14th.

Craig has also succeeded in reducing his handicap from scratch to plus 1 as result of his score. This should endure his entry to all the major Irish amateur championships in 2011.

James McDermott secured second place with a 69. James covered the front nine in one over (37 strokes) with the help of an eagle on the fifth hole. He came home in five over (40 strokes) for a gross 77 and nett 69. Richard Guilfoyle (2) won the gross with a 72. There were a lot of 70s and Eoin Cantwell was the best of these, Eoin was out in 41 but came home in one under par 34 to claim fourth place.

Four players were disqualified on Sunday. Two players had no handicap on their cards, one player didn’t sign his card and a fourth played omitted to get his signed by his marker.

WINNERS - The ladies competition on Tuesday was reduced to 16 holes. Brid White (21) returned 34 points to edge out Breda Roche (14) and Stella Coughlan (22), who also returned 34 points.

The winners in the men’s senior competition on Thursday were Jack Troy (12), Martin Treacy (20), Joe O’Driscoll (26) and Eddie Geraghty (20) with 67 points. In second place also on 67 points but beaten on the countback were Tom Gunning (13), Jim Treacy (21), Paddy Hally (24) and Brendan Graham (23).

The senior ladies competition was won by Ursula deLoughrey, Edith Ogilvie, Mary Gorman, Helen Tynan on 52 points. Second place went to Nuala Crotty, Ann Gubbins, Elizabeth Tobin, and Josie McPhilips, also on 52 points.

COMPETITIONS - Owing to St Patrick’s Day both the Senior Men’s and Ladies competitions will be held today (Wednesday) instead of the normal Thursday.

The St Patrick’s Day competition tomorrow (Thursday) will be an open singles competition.

The Paddy Raggett Homes sponsored open three person team event will be held this weekend. Timesheets are full at present.

The Men’s Senior Alliance was cancelled on Sunday owing to the frost not clearing until after 10am. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 27.

PLACING - Placing will remain in place (except in hazards) during the week for the moment. At the weekend for singles competitions placing will only be allowed on the fairway and the ball will be played as it lies in the rough.

This enables competitions to count for handicapping purposes. Relief may be obtained from the new slit drains on the second, seventh and ninth fairways and also from tractor and machinery tracks.

Members are also reminded, as the season gets undereway, of the three Rs - replace divots, rake bunkers and repair pitchmarks.

MANAGERS - The following Team Managers have been appointed to take charge of the Ladies teams in the current season - Senior Cup: Margaret McCrery & Liz Cleere. Challenge Cup: Ann Gunning & Joan Mannion. Intermediate Cup: Mary Browne & Aileen Hehir. Junior Cup: Kathleen Gaffney & Jo Lawlor. Junior Foursomes: Sheila Brennan & Ann Greaney. Minor Cup: Joan Cody & Stella Coughlan. Senior Foursomes: Carmel O’Shea & Eithne Murphy.

SNOOKER - The entry sheet for the Men’s snooker doubles competition is posted on the men’s notice board. All wishing to enter are asked to put their names on the sheet and E5 in an envelope behind the bar. Closing date for entries is Monday. The draw will be posted by March 28.

RESULTS - Results, Spring Singles, March 13 (CSS 71): 1 Craig Martin (scr), 68 nett; 2 James McDermott (8), 69 nett; 3 Eoin Cantwell (5), 70 nett (back nine); gross Richie Guilfoyle (2), 72 gross; 5 David Dooley (13), 70 nett (back nine); 6 Brian Spratt (10), 70 nett (back nine). Presentation of prizes is on Friday, April 1 at 9pm.

Two’s Club: Seamus Rochford at sixth & 17th, Kieran Wall, James McDermott at fifth, Tony Butler, Charlie Browne, Craig Martin, Peter Gowan, Paddy Byrne, Paddy Raggett at sixth, Richard Guilfoyle at 10th, Jim Cradock, Stephen Sheenan at 15th, Bernie Clarke, Eoin Cantwell at 17th. All will have a voucher of E13.80 credited to their accounts in the pro shop.

Results, Ladies 16 hole stableford, March 9: 1 Brid White (21), 34pts (last six); 2 Breda Roche (14), 34pts (last two); gross Niamh Kelly (11), 25 gross pts; 3 Stella Coughlan (22), 34pts; 4 Annette Stapleton (21), 32pts (last six); 5 Valerie Graham (25), 32pts (last six).

Results, senior men’s 13 hole competition, March 10: 1 Jack Troy (12), Martin Treacy (20), Joe O’Driscoll (26), Eddie Geraghty (20), 67pts (back six); 2 Tom Gunning (13), Jim Treacy (21), Paddy Hally (24), Brendan Graham (23), 67pts; 3 Pat O’Briain (14), Fr Pat Duggan (18), Christy Rainey (21), Finbar Coughlan (21), 65pts; 4 Willie Murphy (14), Richie McEvoy (15), Joe Nolan (21), Tom McDonald (25), 63pts; 5 Mick Crotty (13), Paddy Witherow (17), Gerry Bowe (23), Austin Kiely (23), 62pts.

Results, senior ladies competition, March 10: 1 Ursula deLoughrey, Edith Ogilvie, Mary Gorman, Helen Tynan, 52pts (back three); 2 Nuala Crotty, Ann Gubbins, Elizabeth Tobin, Josie McPhilips, 52pts; 3 Patty Burke, Kathleen Price, Breda Kavanagh, Mary Feighery, 51pts.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Senior Ladies Competition, 10 to 11am. Senior Men’s Competition, 11am to 1pm. Members, 1 to 2pm. Thursday: Open Ladies & Gents Singles, 7.30am to 3pm. Friday: Members Time, 1 to 2pm.

Saturday: Members Casual Golf, 7.30am to 8pm. Open three-person team event, 8 to 9.44am, 12.20 to 3.10pm. Visitors, 9.50am to 12.15pm. Sunday: Open three-person team event, 7.30am to 2.20pm. Ladies competition 18 Hole v par, 10.34 to 10.50, 2.35 to 3.05pm.

Monday: Members, 1 to 2pm. Tuesday: Ladies 18 Hole v Par, 9 to 10.20am, 12.20 to 2.20pm. Greenkeepers’ outing, 10.20am to 12.20pm.