Over 300 players turned out on Friday and Saturday to play in President Michael O’Reilly’s prize. The winner, playing off 14 handicap, with a score of 40 points was Joe Brennan. Joe is a long standing member of the club, and despite not playing much competitive golf over the last couple of years he showed he has what it takes to win a major.
Joe had a breakdown of 21 and 19 points. His score was the best of the four 40s’ that were returned with his birdie three on the 18th proving vital. Michael Keenan (8) was second on 40 points, only losing out on the last six.
Third was Liam O’Grady (7) and fourth, also on 40 points went to Geoff Meagher (15). The gross went to Anthony Cleere (5) with 33 gross points.
The juvenile prize was won by Shane Mahony (12), who completed a double having already won the juvenile prize on Captain Seamus Rochford’s day.
President Michael also presented his prize to the ladies. This was won by Pat Walsh some weeks ago. There was a large attendance at the presentation on Saturday night and Michael was fulsome in his praise of all the committees and staff. He said he was immensely honoured to have served as President.
The Intermediate Scratch Cup played on Sunday was won by local member Colm Sheenan (11) with a 77 gross. He beat Larry Gittens (13), who also returned a 77 on the back nine. Colm was out in 40 strokes but came back in 37 stokes for a total of 77.
He covered the last five holes in two under par with the help of birdies on the 14th and 18th. Larry had the reverse of Colm, shooting 37 on the front nine and 40 on the back, with a seven on the 14th doing serious damage to his card. The best net went to Aidan Brennan (12) with 66 net. The presentation of prizes will be on Friday (10pm).
LADIES INTER CLUB: It was a great week for the ladies on the inter-club scene last week. On Friday the senior foursomes took on the Curragh in the semi-final in Carlow with a place in the final at stake. Mary Leahy and Mary Norton were out first and won comfortably on the 15th.
The second pairing were Bridie McGarry and Mags Cuddihy. They lost on the 17th. This left the result down to the last match involving Orla Dunphy and Breda Roche. They completed the job by winning on the 16th. The team play in the final in Enniscorthy on Saturday, September 1.
The ladies Finn Trophy team took on Castlecomer in the second leg last Wednesday. They held a 4 to 1 lead from the home leg in Kilkenny and required two wins from the five matches to qualify for the final.
Castlecomer got off to a flying start and were up in all matches at the turn. It looked like Kilkenny would do well to win one match and hope for a play-off. In the first match out Bridie McGarry and Mary Norton lost on the 15th, as did Phyl Doyle and Mags Cuddihy. Joan Cody and Liz Cleere lost on the 16th and Ella Dunphy and Dervilla O’Byrne lost on the 13th.
The match that held out hope for Kilkenny was Mary Leahy and Marian Woods, who fought back from being down at the turn to secure a great one hole victory on the 18th green. This left the overall result at five all which meant the first pairings out had to head for sudden death play-off.
They say golf is a funny game. It was exemplified in the play-off when the pairing of Mary Norton and Bridie McGarry, who had lost on the 15th in normal play, turned the table on their opponents and secured victory when Bridie McGarry holed a great putt from six feet for a par on the first tie hole. Castlecomer had a chance to halve the hole with a three foot putt, but they missed.
Team manager Catherine King thanked all the Kilkenny ladies who came out to support the team, and also men’s Captain Seamus Rochford and President Michael O’Reilly. The team qualified for the final against West Waterford in Courtown on Thursday, August 30.
The ladies now have three teams in finals over the coming weeks with the two triumphant teams this week joined by the ladies Senior Cup team who are in the All-Ireland finals in the Grange golf club on August 17 and 18.
The ladies 18 hole Maisie Lambe Trophy, sponsored by Langton’s Hotel, was won by Dervilla O’Byrne (23) with 38 points. Dervilla had two points to spare from visitor Ann Ryan (9), Coolattin, who returned 36 points. The gross was won by Orla Dunphy (4) with 31 gross points.
The senior men’s competition was won by Noel O’Sullivan (16), Jack Nolan (22), Eamon Molloy (25) and Tom Sloyan (31) with 63 points. They all contributed to the card, but Noel was most prominent with a birdied and five pars on the card.
The runners-up on 60 points were John O’Leary (18), Finbar Coughlan (21), Michael Barry (26), Pat Kelleher (26).
The senior ladies competition last week was won by Patty Burke, Ann Gubbins and Angela Keoghan with 35 points. The runners-up with 33 points were Anne Murphy, Breda Kavanagh, Deirdre Byrne and Mary Shields.
The senior ladies will play 13 holes on Thursday. All are requested to check in by 9.45am.
The officers, committee and members of the club extend best wish to sisters, Joanne and Caitriona Cuddihy in their endeavours at the London Olympics. Joanne and Catriona parents, Bill and Margaret, have been prominent members of the club for years.
Margaret was on the Finn Trophy and senior foursomes teams that represented the club last week. She is also on the ladies Senior Cup panel that will play in the All-Ireland finals in the Grange golf club on Friday, August 17.
PRESENTATION: There will be a men’s prize presentation on Friday (10pm). All outstanding competitions will be presented.
DEADLINES: The following are the deadlines for completion of the current rounds on club match plays - men’s foursomes matches were due to be played by Friday but some are still outstanding; the Scratch matchplay was due by July 29 and some matches are still outstanding.
The men’s fourball has progressed ahead of schedule and the final on club finals day September 7 will be contested by brothers Ray and Gavin Lonergan and Alan Byrne and Vinny Hayes.
The players on top of the draw in all the match play events are responsible for arranging the matches. Any matches that go outside the deadline will be tossed for, unless permission for an extension has been received from competition secretary Ollie Cullen
ADOPT A GREEN: All members who adopted greens are requested to make a special effort to get out to the green they have adopted some evening each week. A special thanks to the 16 volunteers who turned up on Monday night to help out with the divoting of the fairways and tee boxes. Great work was done in a couple of hours.
MEN’S RESULTS: President Michael O’Reilly’s prize on Friday and Saturday, CSS Friday 72, Saturday 70, 1 Joe Brennan (14) 40pts (B6); 2 Michael Keenan (8) 40pts (B9); 3 Liam O’Grady (7) 40pts (B9); Gross, Anthony Cleere (5) 33 gross pts; 5 Geoff Meagher (15) 40pts; 6 Padraig Keegan (11) 39pts (B9); 7 Luke Wall (11) 39pts (B9); 8 Charlie Phelan (19) 39pts (B6); 9 Noel Casey (12) 39pts.
Over 70’s, Denis Carey (12) 39pts. Junior prize, Shane Mahony (12) 36pts.
Two’s club President’s prize, Saturday, Liam O’Grady, Christy Forde, Rob O’Shea, Brian Leahy, Ben McGarry at 6th; Luke Wall, John Burke, Andrew Glennon, Ronan Kelleher at 10th, Cormac Hickey, Jim Brosnan at 15th.
Each two is worth €47 and credited in the Pro Shop.
Intermediate Scratch Cup, 1st Gross, Colm Sheenan (11) 77 Gross (B9); 2nd Gross, Larry Gittens (13) 77 Gross; 1st net, Aidan Brennan (12) 66 net; 3 Gross, Brendan Wall (10), Callan 78 Gross (B9); 2 net, Jay Leahy (13) 68 net (B9); 4 Gross, Luke Wall (10) 79 Gross; 3 net, Daragh McNamara (13) 68 net (B9); 4 net, Ken Kinsella (14) 68 net; 5 Gross, Paul Campion (11), Castlecomer 79 net (B9).
The presentation of prizes is on Friday (10pm).
Two’s club intermediate Scratch Cup - Brendan Wall, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Pat Collins, John O’Connor, Jay Leahy, John Martin, Aidan Brennan at 6th; David Dooley at 15th; Colin Furlong, John McCarron, Jim Meredith at 17th.
Each Two is worth €20.50 and is credited in the Pro Shop.
DICKSBORO CLASSIC: The Dicksboro classic, which was postponed some weeks ago due to weather, has been rescheduled for Friday.
Maisie Lambe Trophy, July 24, CSS 74, sponsored by Langton’s Hotel, 1 Dervilla O’Byrne (23) 38pts; 2 Ann Ryan (9), Coolattin 36pts; best Gross, Orla Dunphy (4) 31 Gross pts; 3 Niamh Spratt O’Shea (17) 35pts (B9); 4 Ella Dunphy (17) 35pts; 5 Claire Mahony (30) 34pts (B9); 6 Mary O’Shea (16) 34pts (B9).
Best under-23, Sara Browne (18) 35pts.
Ladies fixtures - Tuesday, August 7, 8.20 to 10.20, 12.20 to 2.20 and 4 to 5.45pm ladies ABC strokes. Slots also on Sunday 10.30 to 11am. Bookable Online
SENIOR MEN: Results from Thursday, July 26, four person team event, 1 Noel O’Sullivan (16), Jack Nolan (22), Eamon Molloy (25), Tom Sloyan, senior (31) 63pts; 2 John O’Leary (18), Finbar Coughlan (21), Michael Barry (26), Pat Kelleher (26) 60pts; 3 Mick O’Flynn (14), Michael O’Reilly (18), Maurice Ryan (21), Austin Kiely (23) 59pts; 4 Con O’Sullivan (14), Christy Rainey (21), Tom Reade (24), Tom McPhilips (36) 59pts; 5 Richie McEvoy (16), Paddy Raggett (15), Terry Morris (20), Dave Schofield (27) 57pts; 6 John O’Donovan (17), Jim Treacy (21), Martin Kelly (25), Michael Cuddihy (23) 56pts; 7 Paddy Hally (25), Paddy Byrne (21), Michael O’Neill (23), Tom Buckley (31) 53pts.
Competition on Thursday (11am).
Results July 26, 1 Patty Burke, Ann Gubbins, Angela Keoghan 35pts; 2 Anne Murphy, Breda Kavanagh, Deirdre Byrne, Mary Shields 33pts; 3 Hilda Richardson, Ann Gunning, Mary Barry 31pts; 4 Brid White, Joan Mannion, Phil Cooke 31pts.
Competition on Thursday (10am) will be over 13 holes. All are requested to sign by 9.45am.
SOCIAL GOLF: Social golf on Friday. Sign in at 6pm for shotgun start at 6.30pm.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE: Results July 23, boys full handicap, Mark O’Neill (17) 36pts; boys junior handicap, 1 Jack Smith (20) 40pts; 2 Tim Ferris (18) 37pts (B9); 3 Simon Cullen (18) 37pts (B9).
Girls results, 1 Sara Browne (18) 35pts; 2 Ciara McCormack (32) 32pts.
There will be no juvenile competition on Monday August as it is a Bank Holiday.
Juvenile coaching schedule - Due to the numbers attending the Saturday morning coaching sessions there is a new schedule in place: boys and girls aged 8, 9, 10, Saturday, August 11 and Saturday, August 25 at 10am; boys and girls aged 11 and 12, Saturday, August 11 and Saturday, August 25 at 11am; boys and girls aged 13 and 14, Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, September 1 at 10am; boys and girls aged 15 years and over, Saturday, August and Saturday, September I at 11am.
Boys under-15 matchpla - The under-15 boys travelled to Rathsallagh for their quarter-final. In the opening game, Shane Mahony continued his good form with a 4/3 win. In the next two matches, Kevin Power and Mark Power, conceding a lot of shots each, both lost 6/5.
Harry Duggan played solidly to win 3 and 2. Again it all came down to the deciding final match with Brian Crowdle playing some great golf to lead into the final holes. As a rainstorm flooded the course as they played the 17th, Brian lipped out for victory and on the 18th, conceding a shot, he again lipped out to win the match.
At the 19th play was halted due to the flooded green as conditions worsened and the hole was halved. On the 20th, again conceding a shot, Brian had to watch in agony as his opponent Troy McDaid hit his approach shot to a foot. All credit to Brian, as he holed out for his own par to make his opponent finish out for a nett 3 to end an epic match.
It was an unfortunate end, conceding home advantage to Rathsallagh and also giving a total of 34 shots in the five matches. Well done to all the squad, including Jay Leahy and Jack Condren, for the great effort put in throughout the series.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 8.30 to 5.45pm ladies and gents Open singles; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1 pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time, 2.30 to 3pm visitors, 3.40 to 5pm Dicksboro Classic; Friday, 9 to 5.30pm, Dicksboro Classic, Social Golf sign in 6pm for shotgun start at 6.30pm; Saturday, 7.30 to 9.30 members, 9.30 to 5pm Charity Weekend four person team event; Sunday, 7.30 to 5.30pm Charity Weekend four person team event, ladies competition slots 10.30 to 11am; Monday, 9 to 5pm semi Open three person Rumble; Tuesday, 8.20 to 10.20am, 12.20 to 2.20pm and 4 to 5.30pm ladies 18 hole ABC stroke; Wednesday, August 8, 11 to 12.30pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members time.