Golf Festival starts with a bang

THE 33rd annual festival of golf in Castlecomer started with a bang at the weekend. The initial event, as always, was the four person team event which ran over Friday and Saturday. This competition was followed on Sunday by a men’s 18 hole singles Stableford.

THE 33rd annual festival of golf in Castlecomer started with a bang at the weekend. The initial event, as always, was the four person team event which ran over Friday and Saturday. This competition was followed on Sunday by a men’s 18 hole singles Stableford.

Both competitions were extremely well supported with huge numbers playing and enjoying the course which was in excellent condition. There is still a comprehensive schedule of events over the next week with information and timesheets available on 056-4441139.

Full catering available daily. Non-GUI golfers are welcome to play in the 9 hole evening competitions. Early bird for visitors Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays for 10 Euro per person before 12 noon. Buggy hire 15 Euro, must be pre-booked.

The presentation of prizes is on Friday and Sunday. Timesheets for the week available. Today (Wednesday) 27 Seniors Day 18 holes stableford, ladies/gents 9 hole mixed from 6pm; Thursday, men’s 18 hole singles v par, 9 hole two person team Event from 6pm; Friday/Saturday, 18 hole three person rumble, any combination, 9 hole singles from 6pm (Friday only) ladies/gents; Sunday, men’s 18 hole singles stroke 9 hole two person Scramble from 6pm; Monday, 9 hole re-entry front 9 - back 9.

FOUR PERSON CLASSIC - Friday/Saturday, 1 Michael Dowling, Martin Brennan G, Pat Byrne, Paul Shortall Rathdowney 100pts; 2 Jason Brennan, Nicky Walsh, Michael Coogan, Justin Ring 99pts; 3 Betty Owens, Honoria

Fogarty, Jim Higgins, Bernard Higgins 96pts back 9; 4 Betty Owens, Colin Dunne, Delia O’Donoghue, Joan Brennan 96pts.

MEN’S 18 HOLE SINGLES STABLEFORD - Sunday, 1 Murty Coonan 41pts; 2 John Buggy 40pts; Gross David Breen 34pts; Class 1 prize (handicap 10 and under) Graham Lawler 39pts, back 9; Class 2 prize (handicap 11 to 18)

Michael Doheny 37pts; Class 3 prize (handicap 19 and over) Matt Dooley 34pts.

The presentation of prizes for Open Week and all men’s competitions will be on Friday (9.30pm).

SENIORS - July 20, 1 Pa Dillon (17), Jim Tunstead (19), Seamus Farrell (24), Joan Coonan (29) 84; 2 Pat Byrne (14), John Dunne (18), Ed Holland (23), Jean Ryan (28) 78; 3 Ollie Maher (13), Malachy Murphy (16), T.J. McDonald (18), Noel Walsh (19) 76.

Seniors (ladies and gents) outing to the Heritage golf club on Wednesday August 10. Assemble at 10am.

LADIES - The good news story of the week was the success of the junior foursomes team who qualified for the final of their competition. The team had a great win over Abbeyleix with the first two pairs winning on the 17 holes respectively.

The team members were Betty Owens and Margaret Furlong, Joan Brennan and Eileen Fogarty, Theresa Manning and Ita Madigan. The manager was Eimear Foley. More details on the final later.

Open week is continuing with a big weekend of competitions ahead. All are welcome to the social night on Friday for music, food and so on. See notice in Locker Room concerning details of Vice-Captain Helen’s outing to Mount Wolseley in September.

THURSDAY OPEN SINGLES - July 21, 1 Declan Dooley 39pts; 2 Padraig Curry 38pts; Gross John Smith 31pts, back 6.

JUNIORS/JUVENILES - Tuesday, August 2 Junior Day €5 per person under-19, boys and girls. Age category will apply; 18 hole singles. Sponsor: John Buggy. Auctioneer prize for first hole in 1 at any hole. Sponsor: Rowes

Hardware.

LOTTO – Monday, July 18, no Jackpot winner of €2,600. Lucky prize winners 100 Euro, Pat Lahart; 70 Euro Sean Doheny; 30 Euro Thomas Breen, Damien Bryan. Sellers lucky dip 30 Euro Michael Buggy and Vincent Dwyer.

Monday, July 25 €2,900.

DID YOU KNOW that in its hey day Wandesforde House boasted 365 windows, one for every day of the year. It is said that as soon as the cleaners finished cleaning the windows they immediately started all over again as it was a full time job?

Wandesforde House was situated on the site where Delaney’s house is now on the right hand side of the 13th fairway and faced out towards Castlecomer town with its back to the golf course.