Walsh wins the Smithwick’s Scratch Cup

THE Smithwick’s sponsored senior Scratch Cup at Kilkenny on Saturday was won by local Richie Walsh (scr) with a 36 hole score of 142. Richie shot a three under par 69 in the morning despite taking a double bogey on the 18th.

THE Smithwick’s sponsored senior Scratch Cup at Kilkenny on Saturday was won by local Richie Walsh (scr) with a 36 hole score of 142. Richie shot a three under par 69 in the morning despite taking a double bogey on the 18th.

He was five under in the morning after the 15th having recorded six birdies, but he dropped three strokes on the closing three. He covered the final three holes in 14 strokes but corrected the matter in the afternoon when he covered the same three holes in nine strokes with birdies on the 16th and 17th followed by a par on the18th.

Richie has taken a year out to concentrate on golf and he has worked very hard on his game. At the presentation he paid tribute to Club Professional Jimmy Bolger, who he has worked with this year and also to J.D. Murphy, who helped develope his game in his junior years. Runner-up was another local and former winner, Paul O’Hara on 144.

Other locals who featured were Eddie Power (4th) and young Eoin Cantwell (5th), who both shot 145. There were 92 players in action. The day went very well thanks to a well organised team of helpers under the stewardship of competition secretary Michael O’Reilly and secretary Tom Gunning.

The course was in great shape thanks to the greenkeeping staff who were on duty early in the morning. The greens received great praise from the players. There were only three sub par rounds over the 36 holes. One was the best score of the day from Daniel Lewis, Woodbrook, who recorded eight birdies in his morning round of 66. He posted 83 in the afternoon.

The May monthly medal was won by Pat Coonan (17), who shot an 82 gross for a 67 nett. He won by two strokes from Brendan Power (7). Pat has been showing a return to form of late. He has been on the panels for the South Leinster and Pierce Purcell teams. He covered the closing five holes in level par which was the making of his card.

The ladies three person team event, sponsored by Newpark Hotel, was won by Joan Cody (18), Grainne Parker (26) and Dorrie Lenihan (23) with 86 points.

The senior men’s competition was won by Seniors Captain Noel O’Sullivan (16), Maurice Ryan (20), Frank Dalton (19) and Eamon Molloy (23) with 64 points. Highlight of their round was on the 10th where Frank had a birdie to add to Noel’s par for seven points.

Noel also had birdies on the 5th and 7th. They had four points to spare from Pat Drennan (14), Frank Colclough (16), Finbar Coughlan (21) and Reay Brandon (16).

Scoring was modest in the senior men’s away outing in Thurles. The team of Noel Skehan (12), Dick Cogan (18), Michael O’Neill (20) and Joe O’ Driscoll (26) won with 80 points.

The winning team in the ladies seniors event were Hilda Richardson, Mary Gorman, Martha McEvoy on 33 points

LADIES SENIOR CUP - The ladies Senior Cup won the Mid-Leinster qualifier in Bunclody and qualified for the All-Ireland finals in Malone, Belfast on Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13.

On Saturday morning Kilkenny got a tough match from Callan before emerging with wins from Mary Dowling, Eileen Rose Power and Mary Leahy Browne, who sank a great putt on the 18th to secure the victory. Bridie McGarry and Mags Cuddihy were called in.

In the afternoon they faced the Heath. Again victories were secured by Mary Dowling, Eileen Rose and Mary Leahy with Niamh Kelly and Phyl Doyle called in.

Wexford provided the opposition in the semi-final on Sunday morning. Kilkenny scored a comfortable win when Mary Dowling won 6 and 5, Eileen Rose 4 and 3, Mags Cuddihy 3 and 1. Mary Leahy Browne and Bridie McGarry were called in.

The final in the afternoon against Enniscorthy was very tight. Mary Dowling won on the 19th. Eileen Rose won 4 and 2. Bridie McGarry won 2 and 1, which led to Mary Leahy and Mags Cuddihy, who were going well, being called in. Team managers Margaret McCreery and Liz Cleere did well and thanks went to the caddies and supporters who travelled.

JUVENILE CLASSIC - The Juvenile Committee have organised a fund raising classic for the junior/juvenile section with a four person team event on Wednesday, May 25. Entry fee €80 per team of four. The competition is bookable online or through the office.

SOLHEIM CUP - European Solheim Cup Captain Alison Nicholas was in the golf club on Thursday of last week. She gave a very informative clinic for 40 minutes on chipping and bunker play.

Alison was in Ireland to promote the Solheim Cup which will be played in Kileen Castle, Meath in September. Alison is a former winner of the ladies British Open and the ladies US Open. She was on her way to play a tournament in the US.

MIXED SOCIAL GOLF - Results Friday, May 12, 1 Mark Grant (8), Joan Cashin (31), Brid White (21) Adrienne Walsh (21) 60pts; 2 Andy Hughes (16), Donie Butler (22), Breda Burke (36), Sheila Brennan (21) 57pts; 3 Hank Vanderpuil (22), Toni Hayes (18), Rosalind Willoughby (30) 56pts (52+4); 4 David Dooley (13), Myles McCabe (20), Anne Murphy (22), Pat Walsh (21) 54pts.

The social mixed golf on Friday will start at 6pm. Sign-in at 5.45pm.

MEN’S FOURBALL FOURSOMES - The draws for the men’s foursomes and mixed foursomes are posted on the notice board under the stairs. Mixed foursomes first round to be completed by Saturday and men’s foursomes first round by May 23, men’s fourball second round by May 23.

The next round of the men’s club singles is due for completion by Friday, June 10.

MEN’S INTER-CLUB - Kilkenny recorded a great 5-4 victory over Gowran Park in the second round of the Provincial Towns Cup. Kilkenny had four matches at home. Derek Shelley was out first but lost on the 17th. Second out was Fergal Cantwell, who lost on the 16th.

Jamie Byrne then recorded a comfortable 4 and 3 win. Sean Kelly won on the 17th. With two losses at home the pressure was on the away players to produce three wins. Niall O’Gorman and Paddy Crotty had comfortable wins and John Byrne secured the third on the 17th. Owen Sweeney was unlucky to lose on the 19th. Ciaran Colfer was defeated on the 17th. They play Killerig next.

The area qualifier of the Pierce Purcell Shield was in Borris on Saturday. The top two teams from the stroke play qualifier, Waterford and Mountain View, qualified for the match play final on Sunday. Kilkenny finished fourth.

The Kilkenny pair of Eugene Deegan (12) and Michael Butler (15) shot a good score of 84 but the remaining scores weren’t good enough. The other members of the team were Michael Raggett (12) and Michael Egan (16), Jack Troy (12) and Joe O’Neill (15), Liam Barrett (14) and Paddy Smee (13), Frank Byrne (14) and Ben McGarry (14).

The Barton Cup team play Callan in the third round on Monday (4pm); two matches in Kilkenny and three in Callan.

Smithwick’s senior Scratch Cup results on Saturday (sponsor Smithwick’s Brewery, Kilkenny) CSS 73 and 72, 1 Richard Walsh (scr), Kilkenny 142 (69, 73); 2 gross, Paul O’Hara (scr), Kilkenny 144 (73, 71); 3 gross, Ger Lawlor (scr), Newbridge 145 (74, 71); 4 gross, Eddie Power (scr), Kilkenny 146 (75, 71) B9; 5 gross, Eoin Cantwell (4), Kilkenny 146 (75, 71).

1 net, Jack Walsh (3), Castle 142 (68, 74); 2 net, Daragh Walsh (2), Castletroy 144 (73, 71); 6 gross, Kyle Dunne (scr), New Ross 146 (73, 73); 3 net, Redmond McDonald (3), Castletroy 145 (73, 72); 4 net, Peter McKeever (4), Castle 146 (76, 70); 1 18 gross, Daniel Lewis (scr), Woodbrook 66; 2 18 gross, Andrew Hogan (+3), Newlands 71; 1 18 net, John Greene (scr), Carlow 71 (B9); 2 18 net, Ian Murphy (1), Waterford 72 (B6).

May monthly medal, Sunday, CSS 71 (sponsor Prochem Engineering Ltd, Joe O’Shea) 1 Pat Coonan (17) 65net; 2 Brendan Power (7) 67 net; 3 Eugene Deegan (12) 68 net; Best Gross, Brendan Hogan (6) 75 Gross (B9); 5 Joe Teehan (8) 69net; 6 Tony Teehan (17) 70net (B9); 7 Richard Brennan (13) 70 net (B9).

Juvenile prize, Shane Mahony (18) 72 net (B9).

Presentation of prizes on Friday, June 3 (10pm).

Two’s Club Sunday - Billy Burke at 6th and 15th, Richard Manogue at 6th and 15th, Maurice Ryan, Geoff Meagher at 6th, Maurice Slater at10th, Denis Brophy, Bernie Clarke, Rory MacEneaney at 15th, Eamon O’Connor, Jack Troy at 17th.

Each receives voucher for €27 in the Pro Shop.

Ladies three person Team Event, May 10 (sponsored by Newpark Hotel), 1 Joan Cody (18), Grainne Parker (26), Dorrie Lenihan (23) 86pts; 2 Ann Ring (34), Castlecomer, Joan Coonan (27), Castlecomer, Breda Ryan (9), Callan 83pts; 3 Margaret Butler (26), Margo Harte (33), Ann Kelly (31) 82pts (B9); 4 Yvonne Dore (17), Sandra Barrett (28), Mary O’Shea (16) 82pts; 5 Eileen Fogarty (19), Castlecomer, Jacintha Culliton (21), Castlecomer, Ita Madigan (22), Castlecomer 81pts

Next competition dates - ladies 18 hole v par, Tuesday, May 24 10.20, 12.20 to 2.20 and 4.10 to 6pm.

LADIES INTER CLUB - Mary Leahy Browne and Eithne Murphy had a great win in the third round of the Irish Mail Fourball competition. They defeated Thurles away and have a home draw against Tipperary in the next round.

The ladies Challenge Cup team beat Courtown in Borris 4-1. Aimee Cleere won on the 16th. Catriona Lynch was all flat when called in on the 15th. Kay Gray won on 14th. Joan Cashin won on 13th and Peggy Murray was called in on the 12th.

They play Killerig or Mount Juliet in Callan on May 30.

The Minor Cup team lost to Gowran in New Ross. Edith Ogilvie, Margaret Hogan and Catherine Leahy were all defeated. Barbara Teehan and Catherine Leahy were called in.

The Junior Cup Team play New Ross in Mount Juliet on Saturday (3pm) and will be represented by Bridie Mc Garry (9), Evelyn Crotty (9), Mags Cuddihy (9), Phyl Doyle (11) and Mary Norton (12). Reserves are Niamh Kelly (11) and Eithne Murphy (15).

SENIOR MEN AND LADIES - Kilkenny senior ladies and gents Golf Socities will combine for a social mixed day on Thursday, May 26. Captains of both societies together with committee members and club Presidents Joe Nolan and Barbara Schofield met recently to organise details of what promises to be a pleasant day’s golf.

The golf will be followed by a meal and social get together in the clubhouse. The regular Thursday tee times of both societies will be utilised and the first tee will be reserved from 10am to 1pm.

Results senior men, May 12 (13 holes) 1 Noel O’Sullivan (16), Maurice Ryan (20), Frank Dalton (19), Eamon Molloy (23) 64pts; 2 Pat Drennan (14), Frank Colclough (16), Finbar Coughlan (21), Reay Brandon (22) 60pts; 3 Jim Ryan (12), Jim Treacy (21), Dick Keoghan (22), Michael Cuddihy (23) 59pts; 4 Pat Foley (10), Paddy Byrne (21), Michael O’Neill (20), Tom Buckley (28) 55pts; 5 Billy Burke (10), Jimmy Rhatigan (16), Martin Treacy (20), Tom McPhilips (36) 55pts

Results seniors away outing to Thurles May 9, 1 Noel Skehan (12), Dick Cogan (18), Michael O’Neill (20), Joe O’Driscoll (26) 80pts (B9); 2 Willie Murphy (14), Martin Treacy (20), Donie Butler (22), Tom Reade (23) 80pts; 3 Eddie Guilfoyle (12), Eddie Slattery (16), Martin Cody (20), Pady Halley (25) 77pts; 4 Martin Murphy (14), Noel O’Sullivan (16), Finbar Coughlan (21), Christy Rainey (21) 76pts; 5 Martin Mullane (13), Pat O’Shea (16), Jack Nolan (20), Peter McQuillan (22) 75pts.

Results senior ladies, May 12 (9 holes), 1 Hilda Richardson, Mary Gorman, Martha McEvoy 33pts (B6); 2 Angela Keoghan, Joan O’Sullivan, Mary Feighery 33pts; 3 Aileen Hehir, Mary Gaffney, Etta Shine 31pts.

No competition in Kilkenny next Thursday as the Ladies have an away outing in Rathdowney.

PRIMARY/JUNIOR/JUVENILE - Junior/juvenile coaching resumes on Saturday. Under-12 10.00 to 11.30am and 12 and over 11.30 to 1pm.

The following girls have been chosen for under-15 coaching in Athy in May and June, Lauren Yeates, Nicola Hutchinson, Brona Cadogan and Jan Browne.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday), 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 3pm visitors, 5 to 5.30pm Jimmy Bruen practice; Thursday, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 1.30pm members time, 1.30 to 3pm visitors; Friday, 12.30 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 3.45pm visitors, 4.20 to 4.30 Duggan Cup, mixed Social Golf Sign in at 5.45 for 6pm shotgun start; Saturday, 7.30 to 9pm members, 9 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 6pm men’s 18 hole singles; Sunday, 8 to 5pm Captain Michael Mahony’s prize to the ladies; Monday, 11.30 to 12.30pm visitors, 12.35 to 1.45pm members time, 1.45 to 2.15pm ladies inter-club Boyne Trophy, 4.15 to 4.45pm Barton Cup men’s inter-club; Tuesday, ladies 18 hole v par 8.20 to 10.20, 12.20 to 2.20pm and 4.10 to 6pm.