The golfing Gods looked favourably upon the Callan club during Open Week 2012 which was played out in beautiful and unseasonably hot weather. The course was showered with praise from visitors and members alike as it played as superbly as the weather.
Monday saw a two person team event which was won by John Walsh and Kevin McGuire with a fabulous total of 49 points followed by Gerry Brett and Jimmy Dunne in second with a fine total of 46 points. Tommy Hennessy and Murt O’Halloran were third.
Tuesday saw the first day of successive open singles events and it was a day that Paul Madigan will remember for some time following a fabulous total of 43 points. President John Grace was second. Mary Norton took the ladies prize.
Gross winners were Breda Ryan and Michael Comerford in a well attended event. On Wednesday visitors dominated the day with Waterford members Garret O’Mahony (42 points) and Eamonn Fahy (40 points) first and second with the in form Nigel Dagg in third. Paul Madigan continued in the same vein as the previous day with a fine 35 gross points.
Thursday was ladies day which, as always, attracted big visitor numbers the details of which are printed in the Ladies section. Friday’s event was a four person Champagne Scramble with local teams to the fore.
Christy Vaughan, Darrell Doheny, Willie Hartley and Pat Wall (Pro Shop) came out on top with an excellent total of 103 points. Second were John O’Dwyer, Paul Cashin, Liz Cashin and Margaret O’Dwyer with 102 points while Helena McCormack, Tom Maher, Teresa O’Neill and Breda Walsh were third with 100 points.
The fourball on Saturday was won by Brian Cullen and Sean Bolger, who won courtesy of a count back from Murt Cuddihy and Mick Hickey, who also finished with 40 points. Bernard Flaherty and Darren Comerford, Mountain View also had the same score finishing third.
The final day of Open Week featured a four person team event. Conor Murphy, David and Kevin Walzer and Brian O’Sullivan kept the Junior Section flag flying with a brilliant 94 points total. Second were Seamus and Martin McCarthy, Steve Kelly and Pat Cody with 91 points with Tommy Minogue, Richie Cuddihy, David Maher and Anthony McCormack a shot further back.
Open Week 2012 was a fantastic success. The club are indebted to members, visitors, the Pro shop, caterers and bar staff, sponsors, club officers, competition secretaries and Margaret who all made huge contributions to a successful venture.
CAPTAIN’S PRIZE: On Saturday and Sunday Callan Captain, Sean Walzers will have his competition. On Sunday evening there will be a 9 hole play-off (the top 12 plus equals) followed by the presentation of prizes and entertainment.
All members are invited to join Sean and his family on the night. There is also a mixed starting after 6pm with all members invited to either play in the mixed or support the competitors in the play-off.
JUNIOR CUP: Following near misses in the Barton Cup, Pierce Purcell and Provincial Towns, Callan’s luck changed at the weekend when some wonderful golf was produced to qualify from their section of the Junior Cup in Newbridge. In the stroke qualifier John O’Dwyer played beautifully, producing the lowest round of the day with 74 which was two shots better than any other round.
On Sunday morning Jeff Lynch, Niall O’Sullivan and recent Callan Junior Scratch winner, Richie Condon won their matches to secure passage throuogh to the final, beating the hosts 4-1. Carlow provided the opposition in the afternoon and again the first three matches provided Callan with the momentum to get out of this group.
Paul Norris was also 2 up in his match should he have been required. Well done to manager Richie McMahon, and his full panel of Sean Brett, Michael Comerford, Hugh Fitzpatrick, John O’Dwyer, Jeff Lynch, Richie Condon, Niall O’Sullivan and Paul Norris. Hopefully the team can go one better than two years ago when they were close to winning the Leinster section.
LADIES OPEN DAY: The ladies held a three person Rumble for Ladies Day during Open Week. The weather was glorious and visitors from six clubs participated.
Captain Sheelagh Foster thanked all who took part especially the visitors from Slievenamon, Carrick-on-Suir, Kilkenny, Blackbush (Dublin), Castlecomer and Waterford Castle. She hoped all enjoyed their visit to Callan. She gave special thanks to sponsor Pennyfeather Cafe, Kilkenny. The owner Celine Egan said she was delighted to provide the sponsorship.
Sheelagh complimented the course staff for maintaining the course in pristine condition, PRO Kathleen Phelan for the ladies weekly report and competition secretary, Geraldine O’Sullivan for her commitment.
Lady President Evelyn Bookle and Captain Sheelagh presented the prizes as Geraldine made the announcements. Monica Leydon, Margaret T. O’Shea, Mary Kenrick (visitor) recorded 85 points to win. Monica made the acceptance speech on behalf of the team.
Runners-up on 78 points were Teresa O’Neill, Helena McCormack, Breda Walsh; 3 77 points, Audrey Fitzpatrick (Carrickk-on-Suir), Breda Comerford (Carrick-on-Suir), Teresa Dermody (Carrickk-on-Suir); 4 75 points Catherine Davis, Celine Egan, Ann Reilly; 5 74 points Ann Wemyss, Pauline O’Brien, Marie Gorey.
Inter-club match - The Boyne Trophy team scored a convincing win over Kilkenny on Sunday, winning all three matches at home. The two matches in Kilkenny were called in 1 up on the 17th and all square on the 18th.
Team - Breda Ryan/Jo Staunton, Rita O’Neill/Helena McCormack, Kathleen Phelan/Rose Brophy, Pauline O’Brien/Olive Walsh, Marie Gorey/Bea O’Donovan,
JUNIORS: The Junior Section will begin its summer programme on Monday (8.30am) with all junior members invited to participate. The competitions will be held every Monday throughout the summer (8.30am).
RGA: The RGA will host their Waterford counterparts on Monday (11 to 1pm).
SOCIAL MIXED: The Social mixed will recommence on Friday (5.30pm). These evenings provide excellent oppurtunities to meet fellow golfers and enjoy a game in a relaxed atmosphere.
Results - May 21, Open two person team event,1 J Walsh and Kevin McGuire 49; 2 Gerry Brett and Jimmy Dunne 46; 3Tommy Hennessy and Murt O’Halloran 46; 4 Helena McCormack and Teresa O’Neill 46.
May 22, ladies and gents Open singles, 1 overall, Paul Madigan 43; best lady, Mary Norton (Kilkenny) 42; best men’s, John Grace; ;ady gross, Breda Ryan; men’s gross, Michael Comerford.
May 23, men’s Open singles, 1 Garrett O’Mahony (Waterford) 42; 2 Eamonn Fahy (Waterford) 40; 3 Nigel Dagg 40. Best Gross Paul Madigan 35.
May 24, Ladies Day, 1 85 points Mary Kenrick (Slievenamon), Margaret T. O’Shea, Monica Leydon; 2 78 points Teresa O’Neill, Helena McCormack, Breda Walsh; 3 77 points Audrey Fitzpatrick (Carrick-on-Suir), Breda Comerford (Carrick-on-Suir), Teresa Dermody (Carrick-on-Suir); 4 75 points Catherine Davis, Celine Egan, Ann Reilly; 5 74 points Ann Wemyss, Pauline O’Brien, Marie Gorey.
May 25, four person Champagne Scramble, 1 Christy Vaughan, Darrell Doheny, Willie Hartley, Pat Wall 103; 2 John O’Dwyer, Paul Cashin, Margaret O’Dwyer, Liz Cashin 102; 3 Helena McCormack, Teresa O’Neill, Breda Walsh, Tom Maher 100.
May 26, fourball event, 1 Brian Cullen and Sean Bolger 40; 2 Murt Cuddihy and Mick Hickey 40; 3 Brenard Flaharty (Mountain View) and Darren Comerford 40.
May 27, four person team event, 1 Conor Murphy, David Walzer, Kevin Walzer, Brian O’Sullivan 94; 2 Seamus McCarthy, Martin McCarthy, Steve Kelly, Pat Cody 91; 3 Tommy Manogue, Richie Cuddihy, David Maher, Anthony McCormack 90.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) May Open men’s singles; Thursday, Ladies 55s 10am to 12pm; Friday, tee times available, social mixed 5.30pm; Saturday and Sunday, Captain Sean Walzer’s Captain’s prize, play-off from 5.30pm with social and presentation of prizes from 9.30pm; Monday, June 4, RGA 11 to 1pm, juniors 8.30 to 10am; Tuesday, June 5, ladies day.