THIS weekend will see Callan GC host its blue riband competition of the year when club captain Robert Woodcock hosts his Captain’s Prize.
Robert, who hails from Danesfort, joined the club in 1991, the same year the current president John O’Dwyer enjoyed his captaincy. After a distinguished hurling career with his parish Robert and a fleet of his fellow Danesfort men joined his local golf club. Along with Denis Gorey and the Cunninghams (Dick, Vincent and Eddie) Robert began a long association with the club.
The competition will be played over 27 holes, with a nine-hole play-off on Sunday evening. The social evening that follows is the high point of the weekend as Robert has invited Divil the Bit to supply the music on the night.
In a change to the format this year junior golfers can win every prize except first. The timesheet is available from www.callangolfclub.com, with a redraw tomorrow (Thursday) night.
The redrawn timesheet will be available by ringing the pro shop on Friday morning or checking the website on Friday afternoon. Anyone who wishes to play and who has not put down their names by the time the draw is made on Thursday will need to contact competition secretary Paul Cashin through the club pro shop. All members will be allotted a time within 20 minutes of their original booking time.
The playoff will be held at 6pm on Sunday with the top 12 and ties making the final nine holes, which will be played on the back nine.
There is also a mixed competition at 6pm over the front 9 simultaneously with the playoff. The social evening starts 9.30pm with the presentation at 10pm. All are welcome to attend.
AGRI DAY – The Agri Business day, the brainchild of Robert Woodcock, was a fund-raiser which showcased all that was good about the club to businesspeople in the South East.
Twenty-five teams made up from businesses such as Bretts, Glanbia, farm machinery and chemical companies were invited to attend the event. It proved to be an enormous success and helped to pay for the electric buggies which are available for hire on the course.
The golf itself was very competitive with local knowledge helping John O’Dwyer (president), Paul Cashin, Joe Cuddihy and Denis Gorey finish as top scorers with 105 points. In second place were Mick Murphy, Gordon Hegarty and John and Warren Hendry with 100 points.
SINGLES – Club member Alan Brett produced a good finish to win this week’s Open Singles qualifier and earn a place in the final playoff in Autumn.
The weather improved as the day went on with most of the good scoring coming late in the evening. Alan’s 40 points saw him win the qualifier as a result of a countback with fellow local member Mark Trimble also finishing with the same score.
Brian Doheny was the gross winner with 34 points while Eamon Devlin won the visitors’ prize. The open singles continue every Wednesday, with an early bird option available for visitors before noon.
FOURBALL – Brian Cullen, who has been in great form all year, had the perfect warm up for the Captain’s Prize next weekend with another superb display in this fourball on Sunday.
Brian is still involved in the latter stages of the fourball and foursomes club matchplay competitions with regular partner Mick Fitzpatrick but on this occasion teamed up with Joe Tierney. The duo had an excellent 46 points and held off the challenge of Richie Cuddihy and Mick Murphy by a point.
SISTERS – Sisters Teresa O’Neill and Helena McCormack finished third in the inaugural Two Sisters Classic in Kenmare last weekend.
Among the 62 pairs of sisters from all over the country who competed were sisters from Callan GC Rita O’Neill and Anne Wemyss, Pauline O’Brien and Marie Gorey and Breda Walsh and Anna Langton (Dublin).
RESULTS – Results, men’s fourball, July 10 (sponsored by Lahart’s Garage): 1 B. Cullen/J. Tierney, 46pts; 2 R. Cuddihy/M. Murphy, 45pts.
Results, Ladies RGA, July 7: 1 Margaret O’Shea, 2 Monica Leydon, 3 Maura O’Mahony, 4 Kathleen Power, 5 Mary Barry.
Results, Open Singles, July 6: 1 Alan Brett, 40pts; 2 Mark Trimble, 40pts; gross Brian Doheny; visitor Eamon Devlin.
Results, Ladies Geraldine Cup, July 5: 1 Kay O’Neill, 71pts; 2 Kathleen Brett, 71pts; gross Linda Adair, 84pts; 3 Caroline Healy, 72pts; 4 Sheila Kirby, 72pts. Best 36: Mary D. Grace, 73pts.
Results, RGA, July 4: 1 John Kinsella (Callan), Marty Parker (Callan), Louis Tyrrell (Callan), 45.5pts; 2 Pat Collins (Callan), Paul Tomsett (Callan), Bryan Bines (Cahir) 47.5pts; 3 Michael O’Mahony (Callan), Denis O’Mahony (Cahir), Paul Sarsfield (Cahir), 48.6pts; 4 Don Bolger (Callan), Michael Somers (Callan), Arthur O’Donnell (Cahir), 49.3pts.
Results, junior competition, July 4: Boys 1 Philip Cooney, 2 David Walzer. Girls 1 Jade Butler.
DIARY – Today (Wednesday): Men’s Open Singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Ladies 55 Club, 10.30am to 12 noon. Long Handicap Semi Open from 2pm. Friday: Course availability.
Saturday: Captain Robert Woodcock’s Prize. Sunday: Captain Robert Woodcock’s Prize - nine hole playoff from 6pm, mixed competition at 6pm. Monday: Juniors, 8.30 to 10.30am. RGA, 11am to 1pm. Junior coaching from 7.30pm. Tuesday: Ladies Day all day.