Marvellous week for Murphy clan

IT WAS A wonderful seven days for the Murphy family from Kilmanagh.

IT WAS A wonderful seven days for the Murphy family from Kilmanagh.

Conor, a junior member, produced sparkling golf to card 44 points in capturing first prize in the latest instalment of this open series which runs throughout the golfing year. Conor followed his sister Caoimhe in producing a brilliant round of golf on their home course.

Caoimhe was second in the Captains Prize on Sunday and Conor followed her example with superb scoring off his 11 handicap. Conor won by 3 shots from Paul Cashin (41 points) with Paul Madigan having the best gross score.

The Murphy family rounded off a memorable week when they carded a wonderful score in this open mixed event kindly sponsored by Kilkenny Crystal on Friday.

Caoimhe and her father Mick had 47 points to beat Tom and Bea O’Donovan into second place with Martin and Anne Maher in third place.

The competition, the first of its kind in Callan, proved to be a popular success. The evening was very well supported as was the presentation which followed afterwards. John O’Dwyer (President) represented the Clancy family and presented the father and daughter team who were delighted with their success and all other prize winners.

SENIOR CUP - The Callan ladies Senior Cup team gave a magnificent performance when they took on Kilkenny in the Leinster district of the Senior Cup in Bunclody on Sunday.

The team of Rita O’Neill, Breda Ryan, Marian O’Mahony, Grainne Holohan, Laura Woodcock, Ann Wemyss and Kathleen Phelan all performed heroically to bring the outcome down to the final match which was fittingly won by a brilliant up and down by one of the Kilkenny ladies.

The Callan team, managed by Evelynn Bookle, were playing a Kilkenny side packed with quality and whose team included two plus one handicappers. It was two matches each when the deciding game was decided on the 18th green with the narrowest of victories. It was not surprising that Kilkenny went on in the afternoon to win the regional qualifier and move on to the next round.

KELLY TROPHY - Long-time member Johnny Glendon had his best round for some time to win the Timmy Kelly Trophy, which was kindly sponsored by Murt Duggan (Hon President).

Johnny got off to a very strong opening and continued this good play throughout the round producing a 63 nett score. Playing off 21 on Sunday, Johnny is now down to 19 but on the evidence of Sunday last he will be coming down lower in the near future.

Timmy Kelly was a very popular member of the club during his long association with Callan and it was wonderful to see such a large turnout for his memorial trophy. Billy Mernagh played very solidly to finish second, while Paul Madigan won his second gross prize of the week with an excellent 74. Mick Hickey was third placed with a 68.

SCRATCH CUPS - This weekend will be an important one for the Callan club. The Philip O’Mahony Trophy will be played for as the Junior Scratch Cup (sponsored by Oleum Oil), while the club will also host the Intermediate Scratch Cup.

Both cups are open competitions with an entry fee of E10 for all competitors. The Junior Scratch Cup is for 5-9 handicappers while the Intermediate Scratch Cup is open to 10 handicaps upwards.

Last year Jeff Lynch ran out winner in the junior competition while Mick Byrne took the Intermediate honours. Callan members, Ian Fitzpatrick, John O’Dwyer and John Green have all gone very close in junior and intermediate scratch cups in Rathdowney and Borris and with a large visiting contingent both cups will be extremely competitive.

Last year Callan GC lost a wonderful friend when Philip O’Mahony passed away prematurely. All who knew him will be pleased that such a prestigious trophy, donated by his brother Willie, has been named in his honour. Times are available for members and visitors alike on Saturday and Sunday.

O’SHEA - Resident professional Michael O’Shea produced a stunning round of golf in the Glenmuir PGA Professional Irish region qualifier at Carton House. Michael shot a one over par 73 to pip Enda McLoughlin from Wicklow to first prize. Michael now qualifies for the final, which will be held in the Belfry in June.

CLASSIC - The 14th annual Friends of Ballingarry GAA club golf classic took place in Callan recently. There was a great turnout, as a Callan team with Ballingarry connections won the Donal Kealy Perpetual Trophy for the winners.

John O’Dwyer (President), Paul Madigan, Ryan O’Dwyer and Ballingarry native Paul Cashin had an wonderful score of 95 points to win on countback. In second were Ann Maher, Majella Smith, Martin Maher and James Logue.

JUNIORS - There will be junior coaching for under-10s from Monday and some coaching and six holes of golf for the under-15s. All senior members wishing to help out are invited along.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the club lotto. Numbers drawn were 12, 26 and 35. Weekly draw winners were Philip Murphy, Joe Cuddihy and Seamus Doheny. The jackpot is now E1,250.

RESULTS - Results, Timmy Kelly Memorial Trophy, May 14/15: 1 John Glendon, 63pts; 2 Billy Mernagh, 67pts; gross Paul Madigan, 74pts.

Results, Kilkenny Crystal Open Mixed team event, May 13: 1 Michael & Caoimhe Murphy, 2 Tom & Bea O’Donovan, 3 Martin & Anne Maher.

Results, 55 Club, May 12: 1 Margaret Comerford, 2 Betty McGrath, 3 Mary H. Grace, 4 Mary Norton.

Results, Men’s Singles Series, May 11: 1 Conor Murphy, 44pts; 2 Paul Cashin, 41pts; gross Paul Madigan, 33pts; visitor Paul Sedy (Gowran).

Results, May 10: Cat 0-20: 1 Bernie Madigan, 36pts; 2 Kathleen Phelan, 32pts. Cat 21-28: 1 L. Cashin, 44pts; 2 Miriam Fennelly, 37pts.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Men’s Open Singles (all day). Thursday: 55 Club, 10.30am to 12 noon. Friday: Danesfort GAA Classic.

Saturday: Societies, 10.30am to 11.20am, 2 to 4pm. Junior and Inter Scratch Cup (times available). Sunday: Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups (sponsored by Oleum Oil).

Monday: Open two person Mixed Team Event (sponsored by Strathmore Lodge and Madigan’s Pharmacy). Tuesday: Open Singles Ladies and Gents (sponsored by Hotel Kilkenny and Harney Nolan Business Advisors).