THE Open Singles Series continued on Wednesday, but early golfers were hit badly when the poor weather wiped out most of the morning and early afternoon scoring.
There was a large take up on the more favourable conditions in the evening, a time when Callan native Brian Doheny produced the highest points total. Playing off five, Doheny produced a very solid score of 38 points in difficult conditions.
Doheny has made a welcome return to the club this year after a year away from the game and is starting to feature on a regular basis. Brian edged out Paul Aylward from Hugginstown, who had 37 points, to take the spoils. Paul and Brian were joined in the final, which will be held in Autumn, by Murt Mangan from Enniscorthy who had 30 points (gross).
The series continues every Wednesday throughout the golfing season with an early bird option available for visitors.
BARTON CUP - Callan’s Barton Cup side lost out to Enniscorthy on Sunday. At home the pairings of Nigel O’Donovan and Murt Cuddihy jnr and John O’Dwyer and Sean Brett established fine leads through the turn but both pairs were pegged back by some excellent golf by their opponents - Sean and John were called in when narrowly down with Nigel and Murt beaten on the 17th.
Ian Fitzpatrick and Cathal Byrne played excellently to take the match down the 19th before losing. Ian and Cathal both holed some brilliant putts to extend the match, in particular Ian’s putt from 30 feet on the 18th. Away from home Niall O’Sullivan and Richard Cuddihy and Mick Hickey and Neville Coen found the competition difficult, but both pairings battled to the end before Enniscorthy were declared winners.
Enniscorthy were well worth their win and are wished the best of luck in the remainder of the competition. Thanks went to manager Mark Shortall for his efforts during the campaign.
The next Callan team into action is the Jimmy Bruen side who start off in a regional qualifier at The Heath on Saturday. The panel had been practising in Callan and The Heath under manager Niall O’Sullivan.
BRENNAN CUP - A disappointing weekend on the inter-club front was capped as Callan were also eliminated from the Brennan Cup on Sunday.
Captain Robert Woodcock and last year’s captain Richie McMahon were defeated along with Tommy Hennessy/Mick Byrne, Paul Cashin/Martin Maher and Michael Walsh/Joe Cuddihy while Callan’s Paul Madigan and vice-captain Sean Walzer won their match on the 16th.
It was an well contested affair with hosts Coolattin delighted to go through.
JOHN LOCKES - The John Lockes GAA club will hold their annual golf classic in Callan GC on Saturday, June 25.
The format for this year’s competition is a three-person team event. Cost is E135, including dinner. Prizes for the classic are sponsored by John O’Dwyer Golf Store. Tee times are available through the golf club pro shop.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 5, 26 and 34. The E30 consolation prize-winners were Eileen Bergin, Andy O’Keeffe and Liam Glennon while sellers’ prizes went to Michael Walsh and Abbey Egan. Next week’s jackpot is E1,650.
RESULTS - Results, Ladies 55 Club three-person rumble, June 9: 1 Monica Leydon, Ann Ryan, Betty Leahy; 2 Mary Barry, Jean Grace, Sheila Kirby; 3 Teresa Phelan, Marie O’Riordan, Mary H. Grace.
Results, Men’s Open Singles, June 8: 1 Brian Doheny (5), 38pts; 2 Paul Aylward (19), 37pts; gross Murt Mangan, 30pts.
Results, RGA, June 7: 1 Willie Gilbert, 32pts; 2 Brian McHenry, 30pts; 3 Peter Whelan, 29pts.
Results, Ladies 18 hole stableford, June 7: 1 Breda Ryan, 35pts C/B; 2 Teresa Freyne, 35pts C/B; gross Bernie Madigan, 22pts; 3 Mandy O’Brien, 35pts C/B; 4 Breda Walsh, 35pts C/B; 5 Laura Morrissey, 35pts C/B.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Men’s Open Singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Ladies 55 Club, 10.30am to 12 noon. Friday: Carrickshock GAA Club Classic, 12 noon to 6pm. Weekly Social Golf, 6.30pm.
Saturday: Carrickshock GAA Club Classic, 8 to 11am, 12.10 to 6pm. Sunday: Men’s four man team event (sponsored by The Steppes Bar).
Monday: Junior competition, 8.30am (E2 entry fee). RGA, 11am to 1pm. Junior coaching session, 7.30pm. Tuesday: Ladies Day.