Corbett wins Nicklaus Trophy, while club makes history

THE Jack Nicklaus Trophy, one of the principal competitions of the golfing year at Mount Juliet GC, was up for grabs at the club over the weekend.

THE Jack Nicklaus Trophy, one of the principal competitions of the golfing year at Mount Juliet GC, was up for grabs at the club over the weekend.

Competed for over 18 holes (singles stableford format), the holder of the trophy is decided by the best score returned in both the ladies and men’s competition. This year the honour fell to Fiona Corbett who, playing off seven handicap, returned an excellent 39 points which was only four shots over par for the course. She beat the men’s section winner Finbar O’Neill, who scored a fine 38 points off the white tees.

With a very large entry for the coveted trophy scoring was as hot as the day. Apart from Finbar, who readily won the men’s section there was good scoring from Brian Blanchfield and Chris McHugh who filled the runners-up and third spots respectively with 37 points each in this section. Finbar had nines of 18 and 20 points in his very steady round and with a CSS of 34 points for the day has reduced his handicap by a couple of shots.

Fiona, who is new member to the club and is sister of Amelia Drumm, certainly made her mark with a wonderful round of 77 gross for nines of 19 and 20 points respectively. Fiona had two shots to spare from her nearest rival Brenda O’Sullivan, who returned 37 points. She would have won her section handsomely but for Fiona’s intervention.

As in the men’s section the CSS for ladies was also 34 points. The presentation of prizes for this competition, and for the monthly medals of March, April and May, will be held on June 24.

Results, Jack Nicklaus Trophy, May 27 - Men’s section: 1 Finbar O’Neill (16), 38pts; 2 Brian Blanchfield (13), 37pts; 3 Chris McHugh (16), 37pts. First nine: Pat Doyle (14), 19pts. Second nine: Michael Collins (11), 20pts.

Ladies section: 1 Fiona Corbett (7), 39pts; 2 Brenda O’Sullivan (31), 37pts; 3 Brona Reidy (13), 32pts. First nine: Helen Hedigan (20), 17pts. Second nine: Bernie Madigan (12), 19pts.

HISTORY - History was made last week with the first ever under-age team to represent Mount Juliet taking part in the under-15 age Boys Leinster championships. This is a round robin qualifying event with teams representing Kilkenny, Gowran Park, Carlow and Coolattin in the local regional qualifying group.

In the first round Mount Juliet had a comprehensive victory over near neighbours Kilkenny and now will play the remaining clubs in their group. The panel consisted of Luke Donnelly, John Hession, Jack Cullen, Brian Staunton, Ned Kirwan, Tim Howes and Conor Mulholland. Manager is Jeff Howes.

SUMMER - Round two of the Summer League will be held on Sunday. Tee times are available from 08.30 to 11am.