The annual meeting of the joint club of Kilkenny golf club will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday (7.15pm). There are 10 nominations for the nine positions available on the Joint Committee.
Members on the email system were emailed the annual report and meeting notice. Those who do not have an email were sent a hard copy by post. Any member who received the report by email may request a hard copy if they desire.
Saturday’s men’s cross card attracted 77 players. The competition was a four person team event. The winners were Paddy Smee (13), Paddy Bollard (15), Paddy Raggett (15) and Ger Crowdle (19) on 68 points. Paddy Bollard and Paddy Raggett were the main contributors to the card, and they were ably assisted by Paddy Smee and Ger Crowdle.
The runners-up with the best of the 66s’ were Tom Hickey (7), John Bracken (17) and Martin Kelly (26). As a three man team they had 4 point added to their score of 62 points. Third were John Byrne (9), Michael Power (17), Stephen Sheenan (8) and John Geoghegan (16) on 66 points. Fourth place on the same score were Johnny McEvoy (18), Kevin Donohue (19), Bernie Clarke (15) and Peter Gowan (11).
Saturday’s cross card competition will be either a 3 or 4 person team event with two scores counting. Sunday’s competition was cancelled due to the inclement weather.
The senior men resumed on January 2 after the Christmas break. The winners of the three person team event were Dom Murphy (14), Paddy Smee (13) and Finbar Coughlan (22) with 67 points. Paddy started the New Year well with birdies on the 1st and 9th.
Second were Paddy Raggett (15), Reay Brandon (21) and Martin Kelly (26) on 65 points. Paddy Raggett bagged two birdies on the 5th and 8th and Martin Kelly had one on the 6th. Third were Billy Burke (8), John Bracken (17) and Gerry Bowe (23) with 64 points.
The next competition is on Thursday (11am).
ETIQUETTE: It was reported to the office last week that some players are not using the mats in place on the par 3s’. These mats are in place during the week and members are requested to use them to help preserve the tee boxes. Members should also note that caddy cars and trolleys are not to be brought inside the ropes surrounding the greens. These ropes are in place to protect the surrounds of the greens.
It was also noted that some players are still scooping the ball out of the holes with putters, thereby damaging the collars. All players should remind their playing partners to comply with the rules. Members are also requested to continue repairing pitch marks and divots.
The course is in phenomenal condition for this time of year and everybody should do their best to compliment the work of the greens staff.
WINTER SPECIAL: Golf Winter Special are available until March 31. Green fee plus hot plate of the day and tea/coffee for €35.
SNOOKER: The final of the snooker doubles will be played on Thursday (5pm). The final is between Christy Power and Michael O’Neill and Nick O’Donnell and Johnny McEvoy.
The entry sheet for the club snooker singles is on the men’s noticeboard. The draw will be on Friday. The entry fee per player is €5.
BRIDGE: Bridge lessons will resume in the club on Monday, January 13 (7.45pm).
PLACING: Placing is in play everywhere on the course, except in hazards. The ball must be marked before lifting and replaced within six inches, not nearer the hole.
Relief may also be obtained from the drainage tracks on the 7th, 9th and 11th. Nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. Ropes and stanchions are immovable obstructions and cannot be interfered with; felief may be obtained; nearest point of relief not nearer the hole.
RESULTS: Saturday Crosscard, January 4 (13 hole, four person team event) 1 Paddy Smee (13), Paddy Bollard (15), Paddy Raggett (15), Ger Crowdle (19) 68pts; 2 Tom Hickey (7), John Bracken (17), Martin Kelly (26) 66pts (B6) (62 +4); 3 John Byrne (9), Michael Power (17), Stephen Sheenan (8), John Geoghegan (16) 66pts (B6); 4 Johnny McEvoy (18), Kevin Donohue (19), Bernie Clarke (15), Peter Gowan (11) 66pts; 5 Michael McCarthy (21), Jerry O’Dwyer (19), Morgan Doyle (14), Tony O’Reilly (22) 64pts; 6 Noel Skehan (15), John O’Leary (18), Willie Murphy (17), Reay Brandon (21) 63pts.
MEN’S INTER CLUB: The Leinster Branch GUI fixtures were published before Christmas. Details below. The handicap applicable for the men’s competitions is the player’s lowest handicap in the previous calendar year.
Captain Denis Brophy will be picking his team selectors in the coming week.
SENIOR CUP (singles matchplay - 5 players - played off scratch handicap). The area qualifier will be in Waterford on June 28 and 29. Kilkenny have a bye in the first round. They play the winners of Waterford and Bunclody in the quarter-final. The semi-final and final will be on Sunday, June 29.
The Leinster finals are scheduled for Mount Juliet on August 23 and 24.
BARTON SHIELD (foursomes – 2 pairs – scratch handicap). The stroke play qualifier will be in Rosslare on Saturday, May 24. Kilkenny play Rosslare (8am). The top four from the stroke play qualifier will return on Sunday, May 25 for matchplay. The Leinster finals are in Laytown and Bettystown on August 1 and 2.
BARTON CUP (men’s foursomes - 5 pairs - minimum handicap combination 14). Kilkenny play Wexford in the preliminary round with an away draw on or before Sunday, March 30. The winners have a home draw against Seafield in the first round before April 21.
JUNIOR CUP (singles - 5 players – minimum handicap 5). Stroke Play area qualifier in the Heath on Saturday, June 7 with the top four teams returning for matchplay on Sunday, April 8. The Leinster finals are scheduled for Lisheen Springs on July 26 and 27.
PROVINCIAL TOWNS CUP (9 singles matches – minimum handicap 9). Kilkenny away draw to Waterford before Sunday, April 27.
JIMMY BRUEN SHIELD (foursomes - 5 pairs - minimum handicap 6 and minimum combination 17). Stroke play qualifier in Rathdowney on Saturday, June 14. Kilkenny face Catlecomer (10am). The top four qualifiers from Saturday will return on Sunday, June 15th for matchplay. The Leinster finals are scheduled for Laytown and Bettystown on Saturday, August 2.
PIERCE PURCELL SHIELD (foursomes - 5 pairs - minimum handicap 12 and minimum combination 27). Stroke play qualifier in Callan on Saturday, May 17. Kilkenny play Castlecomer (8.40am). The top four teams from the stroke play qualifier will return on Sunday, May 18 for matchplay. The Leinster finals are in Lisheen Springs on Sunday, July 27.
IRISH MIXED FOURSOMES (mixed foursomes - 5 pairs – minimum handicap combination 19). Kilkenny at home against Rathdowney before Sunday, April 13.
Boys competitions: Irish junior foursomes (foursomes, two pairs, players under 18 and maximum handicap of 12). Kilkenny play in Wexford in stroke play qualifier on Monday, June 23. The top four qualifiers return for matchplay the following day. The Leinster finals are scheduled for Naas on Monday, August 11.
FRED DALY (singles, 7 players, under 18 on January 1, played off scratch handicap). The area stroke play qualifier will be in the Curragh on Friday, April 25. The top two teams qualify and playing each other later for an overall qualifier.
The Leinster under-15s’ is played on a league basis with the winners of the groups progressing to the last 16. Kilkenny are grouped with Carlow, Coolattin, Gowran Park and Mount Juliet. All league matches in the group are due for completion by June 22.
LADIES: Fixtures: Tuesday, January 14 ladies 9 hole Stableford 8.45 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm. Slots also available on Saturday, January 11 (1.45 - 2.15). Bookable Online, Sunday, January 12 2-2.35 draw. No Sunday morning slots due to Senior Alliance.
SENIOR MEN: Results 1 Dom Murphy (14), Paddy Smee (13), Finbar Coughlan (22) 67pts; 2 Paddy Raggett (15), Reay Brandon (21), Martin Kelly (26) 65pts; 3 Billy Burke (8), John Bracken (17), Gerry Bowe (23) 64pts; 4 Noel Skehan (15), Dick Cogan (21), Dave Schofield (27) 62pts; 5 Michael Doran (16), Jimmy Rhatigan (19), Jack Nolan (22) 61pts; 6 Pat Drennan (15), Donie Butler (21), Tim O’Mahony (36) 59pts; 7 Rodger Curran (15), Christy Rainey (22), Tom Reade (24) 59pts.
Next competition on Thursday (11 to 1pm).
MEMBERSHIP: The club had a very positive response to the notice concerning new members. Interested parties should contact Sean or Aoife at 056-7765400. Membership for the boys and girls primary/juvenile/junior categories will not be considered until February.
HANDICAPS: Handicap Secretary Mark Grant and his committee met recently to conduct their annual review. Some players who had notable performances since the Summer review were adjusted downwards and a number, mainly in the Seniors category, received shots back.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time;
Friday, 1 to 2pm members; Saturday, 8.35 to 9am boys under-18 practice, 9 to 10am members, 1pm men’s Cross Card, 1.45 to 2.25pm ladies 9 hole ABC competition; Sunday, 8.30 to 1.55pm men’s 14 hole singles, 2 to 2.35pm ladies 9 hole competition; Monday, 1 to 2pm members time; Tuesday, ladies 9 hole Stableford 8.45 to 10.20 and 12.20 to 2.20pm; slots also available on Saturday 1.45 to 2.15, bookable Online, Sunday 2 to 2.35 draw; Wednesday, January 8, 1 to 2pm members time.