Wall on the ball again as he wins March medal competition

KIERAN Wall (5) continues to show good form. Kieran won the gross prize last week at Kilkenny golf club in the PGA tankard and he followed that up with a 72 gross to give him a 67 nett and overall win in the March monthly medal.

KIERAN Wall (5) continues to show good form. Kieran won the gross prize last week at Kilkenny golf club in the PGA tankard and he followed that up with a 72 gross to give him a 67 nett and overall win in the March monthly medal.

Kieran came home in level par 35 despite taking a double bogey five on the 15th. This was offset by birdies on the 13th and 14th to add to his birdie on the 9th. Kieran edged out Joe Fitzpatrick (10) on the back nine.

Joe shot consistent halves of 39 and 38 to claim second prize. Third was Tom Moore (14) on 68. Richard Walsh, fresh from his golfing escapades in Portugal, won the gross with a 70. Liam Barrett (14) was fifth on 68 despite taking an eight on the 12th.

Joe O’Neill (16) won sixth prize with a 69. Joe took 47 shots on the front nine. However, he showed a big improvement on the back nine, only taking 38 strokes.

The first Wednesday ladies and gents Open singles of the season was played last week. The frost delayed the start and due to the drainage works on the 7th hole the competition was restricted to 16 holes.

The scoring was very good. Carl Widger (11) returned 37 points to edge out Billy Burke (9) on the back eight. The ladies section was won by Jacintha Culliton (21), Castlecomer with 31 points.

Saturdays men’s crosscard was a four person team event over 13 holes with two scores counting. It was won by Frank Byrne (14), Richie Phelan (15), Chris Rainey (21) and Mick Butler (16) with a great score of 71 points.

They had three points to spare form Sean Boland, Maurice Ryan, Gerry O’Dwyer and Alan Snype on 68 points.

There will be no crosscard on Saturday due to time slots allocated for the Spring singles competition. These have been allocated as there is a limited time sheet on Sunday due to Senior Alliance outing.

The winners in the men’s senior competition on Thursday were Noel Skehan (12), Martin Cody (20), Joe O’Driscoll (26), Tim O’Mahony (27) with 60 points. They had one point to spare from Christy Power (12), Noel O’Sullivan (16), Dermot Moloney (21) and Eamon Molloy (23) on 59 points.

The monthly prize giving was on Friday night. Prizes for the five rounds of the Winter League, the PGA Tankard, the ladies and gents Open singles (March 2) and the three person team event (February 20) were presented. Thanks to all those who turned up to collect their prizes. Any prizes which were not collected can be picked up from the office.

PITCH MARKS: As the season gets underway we would request all members and visitors to pay particular attention to repairing pitch marks, raking bunkers and replacing divots. While the replacing of divots and repairing pitch marks have improved, unfortunately the same cannot be said for raking bunkers.

There is nothing as irritating as walking into a bunker to find a ball in a foot print. Rakes are placed in all bunkers and the club would ask players to have consideration for those coming behind them and ensure as they exit a bunker that they leave it raked properly.

MANAGERS: The following Team Managers will take charge of the men’s inter-club teams this year - Senior Cup and Barton Shield, Aidan McDonald and Gerry Stewart; Junior Cup, Michael Grant and John Grace; Barton Cup, Seamus Rochford and Tom Gunning; Jimmy Bruen Shield, Pat Collins; Provincial Towns Cup, Luke Kelly and Jimmy Leahy; Pierce Purcell Shield, P.J. O’Reilly and Jim White; Brennan Cup, Pat Butler and Pat Walsh; South Leinster trophy, Milo Kavanagh and Frank Dalton; Duggan Cup, Alan Snype and Eddie Guilfoyle; J.B. Carr trophy, Joe Nolan and Martin Cody; Irish mixed foursomes, Seamus Rochford and Pauline Cullinane.

SNOOKER: The entry sheet for the men’s snooker doubles is posted on the men’s noticeboard. Those wishing to participate are requested to place their names on the sheet and place €5 in an envelope behind the bar. Closing date for entries is Monday, March 21. The draw will be posted by Monday, March 28.

RESULTS: March monthly medal on Sunday CSS 70, 1 Kieran Wall (5) 67 nett (B9); 2 Joe Fitzpatrick (10) 67; 3 Tom Moore (14) 68 (B9); Gross, Richard Walsh (Scr) 70 gross; 5 Liam Barrett (14) 68; 6 Joe O’Neill (16) 69 (B9); 7 Noel Skehan (12) 69 (B9).

The presentation of prizes will be on Friday, April 1 (9pm).

Two’s Club Sunday - James Bateman on the 6th, Dermot Doyle, Billy Burke, Jamie Byrne and Ray Lonergan on the 10th, Paschal Connolly and Michael Condon on the 15th, Maurice Ryan, Eddie Power, Dick McEvoy and Luke Wall on the 17th.

Each will have a voucher of €25.60 credited to their accounts in the Pro shop.

Saturday, Crosscard 4 person team event, 1 Frank Byrne (14), Richie Phelan (15), Chris Rainey (21), Mick Butler (16) 71pts; 2 Sean Boland (10), Maurice Ryan (20), Gerry O’Dwyer (16), Alan Snype (17) 68pts; 3 Jack Troy (12), Pat Walshe (12), Noel Skehan (12), Tom McDonald (25) 66pts (B6); 4 Martin Hanrick (11), Tommy Barry (14), Gabriel Maher (16), Michael O’Reilly (18) 66pts.

Open ladies and gents singles, March 2 (16 holes) gents, 1 Carl Widger (11) 37pts (B8); 2 Billy Burke (9) 37pts;

3 Ed Donohue (18) Gowran 36pts; Gross Ray Lonergan (3) 31pts gross pts; 5 Mark Grant (7) 35pts (B8).

Ladies, 1 Jacintha Culliton (21) 31pts.

Two’s Cub Wednesday Open singles, March 2 - Mark O’Neill, Owen Phelan, Pat Walshe, Sean Kelly, Des Byrne at 6th, David Duggan, Gabriel Maher, Murt Farragher at 10th, Geoff Meagher, Niall O’Gorman at 17th.

Each will have a voucher to the value of €15.20 credited to their accounts in the Pro shop.

Ladies news and results, ABC Stroke 12 holes, March 1, 1 Class A, Margaret Kiely (14) 46 2/3 nett; 1 Class B, Ann Widger (19) 45 1/3 nett; 1 Class C, Mary Gorman (30) 48 nett; overall 2, Margaret Hogan (26) 45 2/3; best Gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) 53 gross; 3 Pauline Cullinane (20) 46 2/3; 4 Niamh Kelly (11) 47 2/3; 5 Breda Phelan (28) 48 1/3. =

Competition dates: today (Wednesday) 18 holes Stableford, 9 to 10.20am and 1 to 3pm; Wednesday, March 16 (18 holes Stableford). Time slots also on Sunday, March 13 2.15 to 3pm. No early morning slots on Sunday due to Senior Alliance outing.

INTER-CLUB COMPETITION: Kilkenny’s Mary Leahy Browne and Eithne Murphy scored a convincing win over Craddockstown in the Irish Mail fourball competition at home on Sunday. Mary played some great golf (working with the kettle bells is obviously paying off). Eithne played her part also dove tailing well to secure victory on the 13th hole.

The team is managed by Sheila Brennan.

SENIOR MEN: Results from Thursday, March 3 (14 holes) 1 Noel Skehan (12), Martin Cody (20), Joe O’Driscoll (26), Tim O’Mahony (27) 60pts; 2 Christy Power (12), Noel O’Sullivan (16), Dermot Moloney (21), Eamon Molloy (23) 59pts; 3 Pat O’Briain (14), Martin Murphy (14), Kevin Hogan (27) 56pts (51+5); 4 Johnny Madden (6), Christy Rainey (21), Finbar Coughlan (21), David Schofield (25) 55pts; 5 Ken Kinsella (11), Michael O’Reilly (18), Sean Murphy (21), Tom McDonald (25) 53pts.

The usual competition will be played on Thursday (11am).

Because St Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday the seniors day will be Wednesday, March 16 that week.

DIARY: Today (Wednesday) ladies competition. Draws at 9 to 10.20am and 1 to 3, Vintners Society 11 to 1pm; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies competition, 11 to 1pm senior men’s competition, 1 to 2pm members time; Friday, 10.30 to 11.30am, visitors 1 to 2pm, members time;

Saturday, 7.45 to 9.30 members, 9.45 to 11am Sarsfield Golf Societyy, 11 to 12.30pm Glanbia Golf Society, members casual golf 12.45 to 1.20pm, men’s Spring singles 1.30 to 3pm; Sunday, 7.30 to 9am and 11.30 to 2.10pm men’s Spring singles, 9 to 11.30am men’s senior Alliance, 2.15 to 3.30pm ladies competition; Monday, 11.45 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members; Tuesday, 9 to10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm ladies 18 hole Stableford; Wednesday, March 16, 10 to 11am senior ladies competition, 11 to 1pm senior men’s competition, 1 to 2pm members time.