No ‘Gray’ day for fine striking Pat

Pictured at the launch of the Kilkenny Senior Scratch Cup under the sponsorship if KIA David Buggy Motors were, from left, Aidan McDonald, President, Kilkenny Golf Club; Anne Bowen, Lady President; Catherine King, Lady Captain; Denis Brophy, Captain; David Buggy, David Buggy Moters and Dom Murphy, GUI. Picture: Michael Brophy.
Pat Gray playing (20) played the round of his life on Sunday to win the May monthly medal sponsored by Duggan Lynch CDS Architectural Services. Pat returned a 60 net. If he had parred the last hole he would have hit the magic 59.

Pat Gray playing (20) played the round of his life on Sunday to win the May monthly medal sponsored by Duggan Lynch CDS Architectural Services. Pat returned a 60 net. If he had parred the last hole he would have hit the magic 59.

Pat was out in 40. He had birdies on the 5th and 6th. He came home in 40 also and secured another birdie on the 17th. He had four strokes to spare over Martin Hanrick (11), who continues to show good form. Martin and his partner, John Marnell, were the leading qualifiers in the men’s foursomes at the weekend.

Martin shot 75 gross for his 64. He had a birdie on the 6th. He was one over par for the back nine, with eight pars and one bogey. Third was Justin Woods (6) on 67 net. The best gross went to Graham Nugent (1) with 68 gross.

The ladies competition last week was a three person team event sponsored by the Newpark Hotel. The winners with 81 points were Jacintha Culliton (21), C. O’Driscoll, Susan Olden (24). Second were Phyl Doyle (13), Bernie Madigan (13) and Ann Widger (21) on 79 points.

The senior men’s competition was won by Pat Drennan (15), Donie Butler (22), Reay Brandon (22) and Joe Ledwidge (24) with 69 points. They had five points to spare from Jim Ryan (14), Willie B. Murphy (17), Maurice Ryan (21) and Eamon Molloy (26) on 64 pts.

Pat Drennan was very prominent for the winners with 11 entries on the card, which included a birdie on the 5th and five pars.

The senior men had a successful away outing to Faithlegg. The winners of the four person team event were Noel Skehan (15), John O’Regan (18), Reay Brandon (22) and Matt Peters (20) with 84 points.

The senior ladies competition was won by Edit Richards, Mary Gorman and Jane Duggan on 37 points.

OPEN WEEK: From Saturday, May 24 to Monday, June 2 - May 24 7.30 to 6pm Open Week 4 person team event; Sunday, May 25, 7.30 to 6pm Open Week men’s 18 hole singles stroke; Monday, May 26, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week three person team event; Tuesday, May 27, 8 to 10am and 2 to 6pm Open Week ladies three person rumble, 10 to 2pm Open Week men’s seniors (Over 55); Wednesday, May 28, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week men’s 18 hole singles Stableford; Thursday, May 29, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week ladies 18 hole singles Stableford; Friday, May 30, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week three person team event; Saturday, May 31, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week men’s 18 hole singles Stableford; Sunday, June 1, 7.30 to 3.30pm Open Week men’s fourball, 3.30 to 7.30pm 13 hole mixed team event; Monday, June 2, 7.30 to 6pm Open Week four person team event.

GOLFER Of YEAR: Joint leaders on 36 points in the Honda Centre golf of the year competition are Emmet Boland and Brendan Hogan.

They are followed on 33 points by Kieran Hoban and Colin Corbett. The leader board will be updated this week.

INTER-CLUB: The Finn Trophy Team played Carlow with all five matches in Kilkenny. The team was Mary Leahy Browne (3) and Phyl Doyle (13), Bridie McGarry (9) and Breda Roche (14), Mary Norton (9) and Ana Lyons (20), Niamh Kelly (11) and Mgt McCreery (19), Mags Cuddihy (9) and Ann Widger (21). They won 4½ to ½ with the first four pairings winning and the fifth match called in.

The team is managed by Ursula deLoughrey and Patty Burke.

The ladies senior foursomes played their first round match against the Heath in Castlecomer on Saturday. They were beaten after a great battle. The first pairing of Ann Smee and Sarah Molloy were beaten 2 and 1. Eileen Rose Power and Breda Roche were beaten 4 and 3.

The final pairing of Mary Leahy-Browne and Dervilla O’Byrne were called in on the 16th when one down. The team was managed by Eithne Murphy and Margaret Kiely.

The ladies Junior Cup team defeated Tullamore 3/2 in the Heritage on Sunday. The wins were achieved by Sarah Molloy 6 and 5 on the 13th; Bride McGarry 2 and 1 on the 17th; Mary Norton was all flat playing the 18th and victory was secured when her opponent found the water. Rebecca Mulholland lost on the 16th and Sara Browne was also beaten on the 16th. The team was managed by Joan Cody and Liz Cleere. They play the Curragh or Glasson in the third round.

The Pierce Purcell (foursomes, minimum handicap combination 27 with no player less than 12 handicap.) area qualifier was in Callan at thge weekend. Four teams from 14 qualified from Saturday’s stroke play for match play on Sunday. Kilkenny were joint best qualifiers with Castlecomer on 338. Callan qualified third on 344 and the Heritage were fourth on 352.

Kilkennys’ best scorers on Saturday were Joe Hyland and John Greene with 78. Their other scores were 86, 86, 88 and 89 with their best four cards amounting to 338. Kilkenny played Callan on Sunday morning. Team managers Alan Snype and Leo Byrne fielded the same five pairings who played on Saturday.

Pierce Cullen and Jack Troy were out first and won 4 and 3. The second match out was Gus Carey and Jack McNamara, who lost on the 17th. The fourth match was won by Eugene Buckley and John Geoghegan on the 16th. In the fifth match, Martin Duggan and Tommy Barry were defeated on the 14th.

This left the match at 2 all with the middle match involving Joe Hyland and John Greene still alive. It turned out to be the deciding match. Joe and John were 4 down at one stage but drew back level after the 16th. The 17th was halved but they lost on the 18th.

The Barton Shield (aggregate foursomes, two pairs playing off scratch) area qualifier will be in Rosslare on Saturday. The top four teams from the stroke play qualifier will return to Rosslare for match play on Sunday. P.J. Martin is the team manager, assisted by Luke Kelly and Jim White.

The panel is Paul O’Hara, Brian Crowdle, Michael Buggy, Craig martin, Eddie Power, Mark Power and Luke Donnelly.

RESULTS: May monthly medal, Saturday (72) and Sunday (71), sponsored by Duggan Lynch CDS Architectural Services, 1 Pat Gray (20) 60 net; 2 Martin Hanrick (11) 64 net; 3 Justin Woods (6) 67 net; best Gross, Graham Nugent (1) 68 Gross; 5 Jim White (10) 67 net; 6 Paddy Bollard (15) 68 net (B9).

Junior prize Conor Morrissey (18) 69 net.

Twos’ Club May monthly medal - Pat Gray at 6th and 17th; Eddie Power at 2nd and 17th; John Burke at 5th; Martin Hanrick, Edward Maher, Mick Kennedy, Graham Nugent at 6th; Larry Carroll, Alan Doran at 15th; Martin Byrne, Justin Woods, Owen Sweeney, Peter Ryan, Robert Shortall at 17th. Each Two is worth €17.62 and is credited in the Pro Shop.

LADIES NEWS: Results 18 hole three person team event, sponsord by Newpark Hotel, 1 Jacintha Culliton (21) , C. O’Driscoll, Susan Olden (24) 81pts; 2 Phyl Doyle (13), Bernie Madigan (13), Ann Widger (21) 79pts; 3 Breege Martin (22), Mary Hickey (18), Brigid Mullins (31) 74pts; 4 Catherine King (19), Eithne Murphy (15), Ita Madigan (18) 72pts; 5 Eileen Duggan (16), Hilary Behan (13), Margot Brannigan (36) 71pts (B9).

Fixtures - Tuesday, May 27 OpenWeek ladies three person Rumble; Thursday, May 29 Open Week ladies 18 holes singles.

SENIOR MEN: Results May 15 four person team 13 holes, 1 Pat Drennan (15), Donie Butler (22), Reay Brandon (22), Joe Ledwidge (24) 69pts; 2 Jim Ryan (14), Willie B. Murphy (17), Maurice Ryan (21), Eamon Molloy (26) 64pts; 3 Noel Skehan (15), Ger Power (19), Matt Peters (20), Terry Morris (32) 63pts; 4 Willie P. Murphy (14), Michael Crotty (17), Peter Dabinet (19), Tom McPhilips (36) 63pts; 5 John Bracken (17), Jim Meredith (19), Myles McCabe (22) 61pts (56+5); 6 Tom Gunning (15), Bob Greaney (18), Dermot Moloney (21), Paddy Hally (25) 60pts; 7 Noel O’Sullivan (17), Dick Cogan (21), Eugene Orr (21) 59pts (54+5)

Senior men’s away outing in Faithlegg Monday, May 12, four person team, 18 holes - 1 Noel Skehan (15), John O’Regan (18), Reay Brandon (22) Matt Peters (20) 84pts; 2 Denis Carey (13), Murt Farragher (17), Michael Cody (21), Gerry Bowe (23) 83pts; 3 Michael Doran (16), Martin Treacy (20), Eugene Orr (21), Dave Schofield (27) 82pts; 4 Willie P. Murphy (14), Tony Teehan (17), Frank Dalton (22), Jim Treacy (21) 82pts;

5 Jim Ryan (14), Pat O’Briain (16), John Bracken (17), Paddy Hally (25) 81pts; 6 Matt Ruth (15), Paddy Raggett (15), Jim Meredith (19), Martin Cody (24) 80pts.

SENIOR LADIES: Results Thursday, May 15, three person team, 1 Edit Richards, Mary Gorman, Jane Duggan 37pts; 2 Hilda Richardson, Kathleen Price, Mary Feighery 37pts; 3 Brid White, Breda Kavanagh, Mary Shields 36pts; 4 Ann Murphy, Aileen Hehir, Mary Gaffney 35pts

The next competition is in Rathdowney on Thursday.

DIARY: Today (Wednesday), 8.30 to 6pm ladies and gents Open singles; Thursday 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 3pm Finn Trophy ladies inter-club; Friday, 8 to 5.45pm CBS Classic; Saturday, 7.30 to 6pm Open week four person team event, 5 to 5.30pm men’s South Leinster v Callan; Sunday, 7.30 to 6pm Open Week men’s 18 hole singles stroke; Monday, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week three person team event; Tuesday, 8 to 10am and 2 to 6pm Open Week ladies three person Rumble, 10 to 2pm Open Week men’s seniors (over 55); Wednesday, May 28, 8.30am to 6pm Open Week men’s 18 hole singles Stableford.

Borris ladies

Ladies golf results from May 8, 1 Julie Keyes (29) 3 down; 2 Breda Nolan (22) 4 down; 3 Brenda McCarthy (25) 5 down.