Finlay leads the way in Captain’s Prize

CAPTAIN Michael Mahony’s prize qualifier took centre-stage at Kilkenny GC over the weekend.

CAPTAIN Michael Mahony’s prize qualifier took centre-stage at Kilkenny GC over the weekend.

Conditions on Saturday were ideal, with most of the good scores returned that day. It was a different story for those unfortunate enough to be on the timesheet for Sunday morning. Subjected to an awful hammering from the elements, most of them abandoned the course on the sixth, eighth or 13th.

The greens were gathering water at one stage and the competition was on the verge of being suspended - only two players who fielded on Sunday up to 12 noon managed to make the cut off point of 73. The weather improved dramatically that afternoon, benefitting those who had rescheduled their tee times.

After all the rounds were completed Eugene Finlay emerged as the leading qualifier. Playing off 21 handicap, Finlay shot a 65 net and now leads the qualifiers by one shot from Fergal Cantwell (9) who shot a 66. Two players Billy Burke (10) and Gerry Bowe (24) returned 67s.

Seven players returned 68s and a further five returned 69s, which leaves a large number of players in with a realistic chance of winning next Saturday. Junior members the Power brothers, Mark (15) and Kevin (17), shot great scores of 65 and 66 respectively but are not eligible to win the main prizes. They will, however, be in contention for the Junior/Juvenile Prize.

Those who failed to qualify for next Saturday can avail of the social golf which has been organised to coincide with Captain’s Day on Saturday evening. The social golf will have a shotgun start at 6pm. All intending to play are requested to place their names on the sheet in the clubhouse before 4pm, with the draw for teams being made at 5pm. Entry fee is E10 and includes a hot plate and glass of wine after golf. The hot plate will be served between 9 and 10pm.

SINGLES - The Men’s section in the Ladies & Gents Open Singles, which was played on Wednesday, was won by Patrick Buggy (12, Castlecomer) with 40 points. Patrick had 22 points on the back nine, pushing Noel O’Sullivan (16), who also had 22 on the back nine, into second place by beating him on the back six. Third place went to Tony McCarthy (13), who finished on 40 points. The gross was won by Kieran Wall (5) with 34 gross points.

The Ladies section saw another Castlecomer champion, with Ita Madigan (21) emerging the winner on 41 points. Second place went to Breda Burke (36) with 36 points.

MATCHPLAY - The next round of matchplay competitions must be completed by the following dates: Men’s Club Singles, Saturday July 2; Men’s Foursome, tomorrow (Thursday); Mixed Foursomes, tomorrow (Thursday); Men’s Fourball, Monday.

INTER-CLUB - The Barton Shield area qualifier was held at Mount Juliet over the weekend. At Saturday’s stroke play qualifier Kilkenny’s Eddie Power & Richie Walsh and Paul O’Hara & Graham Nugent were the leading qualifiers on 148. Eddie and Richie shot level par 72 with two birdies and two bogies on their card while Paul and Graham shot 76. The other qualifiers were Waterford and Athy on 154 with New Ross claiming the fourth place on 157.

Kilkenny played New Ross in the semi-final on Sunday morning. Eddie and Richie were five down after five holes. They got back to three down after the 16th but lost the 17th to a birdie and were four down when called in on the 18th. Both groups were in trouble on the third hole but apart from that Eddie & Richie were three over for the remaining 16 holes with their opponents one under.

Paul and Graham were two down after five but got back to lead one up after the 15th. They lost the 16th to a par and were called in on the 17th as with only three holes left to play the two pairings were a combined four down. Apart from the fourth hole, where they lost a ball, Paul and Graham were only two over for the remaining 15 holes.

New Ross went on to beat Waterford in the area final. Kilkenny’s Barton Shield team were managed by Aidan McDonald and Gerry Stewart.

The Brennan Cup team took on Borris in Borris GC on Saturday. Kilkenny were the holders of the trophy but with all five matches in Borris it was a big task and Borris emerged winners by 3½ to 1½. Jim White (7) and Alan Byrne (11) won on the 17th, Denis Brophy (8) and Aidan Phelan (11) lost on the 15th, James Farrell (7) and Michael Butler (16) lost on 16th while Derek Shelley (9) and Michael Raggett (12) lost on 16th.

In the last match Cormac Hickey (7) and Luke Wall (11) were three up with three holes to play before being called in. The team was managed by Pat Butler and Pat Walsh.

The Jimmy Bruen area qualifier will be held in the Heath this Saturday. Managers Pat Collins and Willie Leahy will name their team later in the week.

RESULTS - Results, senior men’s competition, June 9: 1 Jack Troy (14), Eddie Slattery (16), Eugene Orr (19), Donie Butler (22) 63pts; 2 Paddy Witherow (17), Paddy Gubbins (17), Michael Cody (20), Pat Kelleher (24), 61pts back six; 3 Pat Drennan (14), Richie McEvoy (15), Dick Cogan (18), Tim O’Mahony (28), 61pts back six; 4 Denis Carey (12), Michael O’Reilly (18), David Schofield (25), Phil Lenehan (25), 61pts; 5 Jim Ryan (13), Martin Treacy (21), Michael Cuddihy (23), Dick Keoghan (22), 60pts.

Results, senior ladies competition, June 9: 1 Pauline O’Sullivan, Kathleen Price, Kathleen Keneally, Mary Feighery, 34pts; 2 Maureen McDonald, Breda Burke, Mary Shields, 32pts; 3 Mary Gorman, Bridie Sloyan, Stephanie Gubbins, 32pts.

Results, Ladies & Gents Open Singles, June 8: Gents section (CSS 70 (37pts)): 1 Patrick Buggy (12), 40pts back nine; 2 Noel O’Sullivan (16), 40pts (B9); 3 Tony McCarthy (13), 40pts; gross Kieran Wall (5), 34pts gross; 5 Liam McCormack (16), 38pts (B9); 6 Jim Meredith (17), 38pts (B9).

Ladies Section: 1 Ita Madigan (21), 41pts; 2 Breda Burke (36), 36pts. Prize presentation is on Friday, July 1 at 10pm.

Two’s Club: John Martin, Tom Duggan at sixth; Kevin Glynn at 10th, Patrick Buggy, Nicholas Cashin at 15th; Catherine Leahy at 17th. Each receives voucher (E26.50) credited to their accounts in the pro shop.

Two’s Club, June 11 and 12 (Captain’s Qualifying): Tommy Barry, Ray Lonergan, Brian Orr, Brendan Power, P.J. Martin, John Byrne, Frank Morrisssey at sixth; Noel Ronan at 10th; Norman Williams, Sean Boland,

Tom Duggan, Ciaran Colfer, Ger Dowling, Eamon O’Connor at 15th; Tom Sloyan jnr, David Dooley, Myles McCabe at 17th. Each receives voucher (E26.80) credited to their accounts in the pro shop.

Two’s Club, June 6 (Open Week): Alan Phelan at 10th; Sarah Browne, Tim Kealy, Noel Power at 15th; Maurice Ryan at 17th. Each receives voucher (E64.80) credited to their accounts in the pro shop.

Results, Ladies 18 hole stroke, June 7 (CSS 76): 1 Yvonne Dore (17), 69 nett; 2 Dervilla Byrne (32), 70 nett; gross Mary Leahy Browne (3), 79 gross; 3 Niamh Duggan (36), 71 nett.

LADIES - All outstanding prizes on the ladies section will be presented on Tuesday at 10pm along with the prizes from that day’s Ladies Open Scotch Foursomes competition (sponsored by Mint Beauty Salon).

The Challenge Cup team lost to Mount Juliet in Callan by three matches to two. Joan Cashin (32) won 3&2 and Mary Gorman won by 3&2. Kay Gray (30), Catriona Lynch (30) and Breda Kavanagh (30) were beaten.

Mary Leahy Browne (3) and Eithne Murphy (15) were beaten by Tipperary Golf Club in the fourth round of the Irish Mail fourball competition, which was played in Kilkenny on Monday. They came up against a strong Tipperary pair and were four down after seven holes.

Kilkenny fought back well to level the match on the 11th. Tipperary went ahead again on the 12th. All holes were halved to the 17th, leaving Kilkenny one down going down the 18th. Tipperary won the hole with a birdie to win the match two up.

The Senior Foursomes team lost to The Heath in Abbeyleix on Wednesday in a very close match. Eileen Rose Power (scr) and Breda Roche (14) lost in the top match while Bridie McGarry (9) and Mags Cuddihy (9) won 4&3 in the bottom match.

The middle match went down to the wire. Mary Leahy Browne (3) and Mary Norton (12), who were one down going down the 18th, had a great up and down to win the hole and take the match into extra holes. The 19th was halved but when Mary Leahy’s drive hit a tree on the 20th the ball was propelled into a drain, from which they had to take a drop. They eventually had to concede the hole and victory to The Heath.

The Junior Cup team beat Enniscorthy in Borris on Sunday. Evelyn Crotty (9) lost 4&3, Mags Cuddihy (9) and Mary Norton (12) both won 4&3. Bridie McGarry lost on the 19th.

It was down to Phyl Doyle’s match to decide the result. The match was all square going down the 18th, but her opponent overshot the green with her third shot and failed to get up and down. Phyl won the hole with a par, securing victory for the team.

Kilkenny are now through to the semi-final of the Midland District, which will be played on July 25.

Volunteers are required from the Ladies club to ‘adopt’ a junior girl to help her attain a handicap and also help her with the etiquette side of the game. Further information from Joan Cody.

JUNIOR - Junior /Juvenile coaching will be held on Saturday from 10 to 11.30am for under-12s and 11.30am to 1pm for golfers aged 12 and over. There will be a junior/juvenile competition on Monday from 9 to 11am.

The Kilkenny under-15 boys’ team beat Gowran Park 4-1 in Gowran on Saturday. Kevin Power beat Cormac O’Driscoll 6&5, Mark Power beat Sean Roche 4&2, Harry Duggan beat Danny Monks 6&4, Brian Crowdle beat Matt Kenny 4&3 while Jamie Byrne lost to Philip Dreeling on the 19th, conceding five shots to his opponent.

Three reserve matches were also played. Shane Mahony beat Sean Carey 3&1, Eoin Delaney halved with Michael Carey and Jay Leahy beat Gareth Graham 7&6. The next match will be away to Carlow.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Friends of St Luke’s Classic, 8.30am to 6pm. Tomorrow (Thursday): Senior Ladies, 10 to 11am. Senior Men, 11am to 1pm. Members Time, 1 to 2pm. Visitors, 2 to 4.30pm. Dicksboro Classic, 4.30 to 6pm. Friday: Dicksboro Classic, 8.30am to 6pm.

Saturday: Members 7.30 to 9.30pm. Visitors, 9.40am to 12.30pm. Captain’s Prize (final round), 12.45 to 4pm. Mixed Social Golf, 5.45pm (shotgun start at 6pm). Sunday: June Monthly Medal, 7.30am to 5pm.

Monday: Junior/Juvenile competition, 9 to 11am. Members Time, 1 to 2pm. Ladies Inter-Club match, 3 to 3.45pm. Tuesday: Ladies Open Scotch Foursomes, 8.20 to 1pm, 2 to 6pm. Members Time, 1 to 2pm. Wednesday, June 22: Members Time, 1 to 2pm. Visitpors, 2.30 to 3pm. Boys’ Under-15 match, 4.30 to 5.10pm.