News from around county Kilkenny golf clubs

The 2014 offering of the Spring Series will be launched at Gowran Park GC tomorrow (Thursday).

The 2014 offering of the Spring Series will be launched at Gowran Park GC tomorrow (Thursday).

This singles competition, a popular annual event, can be played every Thursday and or Friday through January, February and March. Three weekly qualifiers, plus equals, will go forward to the grand final, which will be held on Friday, March 28.

Green fee for visitors, which includes soup and sandwich, is €20. Timesheet details are available from 056-7726699.

MEETING - The annual meeting of the club will be held on Friday at 8pm. All members are invited to attend ahead of the new golfing season.

The final preparations of the diary for the year ahead are being completed and will be available shortly in the golf office.

RESULTS - Results, members’ 11-hole singles, January 4: 1 Pat Nolan (15), 27pts; 2 Liam Hutchinson (20), 26pts; 3 Jerry Dunne (13), 25pts.

DIARY - A members’ 11-hole competition will be held over the coming weekend.


The annual meeting of the joint management club of Callan GC will be held on Saturday at 8pm. All full members invited to attend. Full details are available from posters in the clubhouse.

MEMBERSHIP - Membership for the golfing year is now available from €499 for new or lapsed members (€449 seniors). Membership for existing members has also been reduced to €549 with an option of inviting in a new/lapsed member reducing the price to €449 each. Full details/finance options are available from Margaret, tel 056-7725136.

GOLFER OF YEAR - The Golfer of the Year award for 2013 was captured by a long-time member who proved himself to be a most consistent golfer.

Playing off 8, Mick Hickey began with a solid performance in the Winter League and followed up with fantastic displays in the club’s major competitions and monthly medals throughout the year. When the points were tallied up the popular Mullinahone native came out on top for a deserved victory.

SCRATCH - The Scratch Matchplay trophy was decided following a brilliant final between Tommy Minogue and Nicky Walsh. Nicky has progressed very well following his apprenticeship with Sean Walzer in the junior section, but on the day Tommy some consistent golf to win his second scratch title.

WINTER LEAGUE - The Winter League continues into January, offering players competitive golf every time they take to the course. An open event, entry fee is €15 for visitors on their first entry and €12 for second and subsequent entries. Entry fee for members is €6 for first entry and €4 for subsequent entries. The top five cards of each individual will be combined, with the top 50 golfers making the final.


In response to suggestions from members the committee of Mountain View GC have decided to make changes to their weekend competitions for the coming year.

All members playing in weekend competitions must be booked on the timesheet by 1pm on the Friday of each week. A draw will be made weekly, after which members can get their exact tee time by contacting the clubhouse on Saturdays. For the coming year all singles competitions will be played as threeballs.

MEMBERSHIP - Members are reminded that membership subscriptions are now due. Contact golf shop for details.

LOYALTY CARD - The club’s member/green fee loyalty card will be in operation again for 2014. Members and green fee players can receive free a round golf after every five rounds played. Full details are available from the golf shop.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Ladies 18-hole competition.

Sunday: Three-person scramble.


Captains Finbar O’Neill and Rebecca Nixon had their drive-in in front of an enthusiastic gathering of members and friends at Mount Juliet GC on Saturday.

The morning competition, scheduled to run in conjunction with the drive-in, had to be held over for a time due to frost. Following a two-hour delay the competition had to be abandoned, but a large crowd turned up in the afternoon for the big event.

The incoming captains were joined by John Hession, the new junior captain, and together all three completed the formalities of driving-in with impressive tee shots. The three captains were joined in the clubhouse for the official handing over of office by last year’s captains, with a social evening in the clubhouse followed by dinner in Kendall’s Restaurant completing the ceremony.

There were plenty of good wishes offered to both incoming captains who will have a difficult task to follow in the footsteps of their popular predecessors Dermot Divilly, Dorothy Kilroy and junior captain Luke Donnelly.

INTER-CLUB - The new captains have lost little time in announcing the managers and assistants for the various inter-club teams for the coming year, with Alan Hoyne acting as co-ordinator for all teams.

The following teams have been entered in the relevant competitions will be managed by the following members - Barton Cup: manager Norman Kilroy, assisted by Jim Cusack. Pierce Purcell Shield: manager Paul Madigan, assisted by Ronan Murphy. Leinster Fourball: Ted Hoyne, assisted by Kevin McCartan. Duggan Cup: P.J. Aylward, assisted by Dermot Divilly. Jimmy Bruen Shield: Sean O’Neill, assisted by Padraic O’Connor. J.B. Carr Trophy: Dermot Fennelly, assisted by John O’Dwyer. Junior Cup: Alan Hoyne, assisted by Dermot Fennelly.

This is the first year that Mount Juliet has entered a team in the J.B. Carr Trophy. The club are hoping for a good run in the Trophy, which was named after the late J.B. Carr, who was a past president of the club.

DIARY - The first competition of the New Year is scheduled for Sunday, January 19. The format will be a member/guest fourball stableford. The timesheet is now open.


New golfing ground will be broken when New Ross hosts its first Pro-Am this year.

The date for the Pro-Am has been fixed as Friday, May 16 and is already anticipated as an exciting prospect for club members.

The event will form part of the PGA Order of Merit and will attract many of the country’s leading professionals. More information will be released over the coming weeks and months. Members with queries can also contact James Roche or Paul Morris in the pro shop.

MEMBERSHIP - There are two new categories of membership on offer at the club for 2014. New and former members returning after an absence of two or more years, can avail of a ‘Lead in’ membership which costs €454 for men and €463 for women (including €75 bar or restaurant credit). An under-30s membership category has also been introduced, costing €365 for the year, inclusive of all levies.

Further information on membership is available from Kathleen Daly, tel 051-421433 or e-mail People can also visit the club website

CLASSIC - The Christmas Classic is still ongoing, with the inclement weather over the festive period failing to put off the 120 teams or so that have taken part so far. Credit also goes to the course staff, as the course has been open throughout the period and is still in great condition.

DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: 14-hole singles stableford competition. The top three will win a place in the Pro-Am in May. Tee times can be booked online.


Results, team of three rumble, Rathdowney GC, January 5: 1 Paddy Delaney (16), John Fahy (18) & Denis Dowling (18), 73pts; 2 Pat Ruane (4), Marty Fitzpatrick (14) & Paddy Maher (18), 73pts. Ladies prize: Margaret O’Brien (22), Dolores Campion (26) & Ann Grace (35), 65pts.

Results, mixed foursomes, January 4: 1 Peter Gray jnr (9) & Ann Creagh (15), 33pts; 2 Michael Grace (14) & Mary Molloy (29), 32pts.

Results, 18-hole singles stableford, January 1: 1 Sean Kelly (22), 41pts; 2 Ollie Stapleton (11) 40pts. Ladies: 1 Noeline Delahunty (12), 39pts.

Results, fourball better ball, December 29: 1 Sean Bolger (12) & Terry Campion (19), 42pts; 2 Kathleen Maher (10) & Breda Colleton (22), 41pts.

Results, team of three competition, December 26: 1 Marty Fitzpatrick (14), Jim Delaney (16) & Liam Holland (17), 85pts; 2 Eamon Maher (11), Donal Heaphy (20) & Tom Doheny (21), 84pts.


Results, open two-person team event, Borris GC, January 5: 1 Johnny Prendergast (9) & Alan Morrissey (14), 54pts; 2 James Doyle (9) & John Barcoe (14), 54pts.

SINGLES - An 18-hole open singles competition will be held on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20. Timesheet available from clubhouse.

MEMBERSHIP - Membership fees for 2014 are €550 (full membership) and €350 (golfers under-30 and newcomers). Further information from 059-9773310.

DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Open 16-hole two-person team event. Timesheet in clubhouse.