RICHIE Cuddihy enjoyed his day in the sun as he was crowned the winner of the Winter League at Callan GC on Saturday.
The competition, which sponsored by Michael and Louise Walsh, came to a successful close at the weekend with some brilliant scoring. Cuddihy came out on top with a fantastic finish helping him compile a 44-point score which carried the day.
Richie was chased all the way by Johnny Kennedy, who came home just a point behind in cold but enjoyable conditions. John O’Dwyer was third with a solid 41 point total while leading qualifier Brian Doheny took the gross with 33 points. Richie’s prize for his efforts was a new set of irons.
SINGLES SERIES - As one competition draws to a close another opens with the launch of the O’Dwyer Golf Stores open singles. The event starts today (Wednesday) and will run every week until the play-off in Autumn.
The series is a huge source of interest and revenue for the club, enjoying great support from members and visitors alike. Entry includes the early bird option for non-members (E10 before 12 noon for a fourball).
Last year the first winner was Mick Hickey who, in March, was the first name in the hat for the annual play-off. Thousands of shots later, Tommy Minogue was proudly crowned the overall winner of the competition after a hotly-contested finale. This year promises more of the same and hopefully as enjoyable competition throughout our long season.
MATCHPLAY - Also starting this week is the club fourball matchplay competition, with another large turnout expected for the qualifier on Saturday and Sunday.
STABLEFORD - Ryan O’Dwyer proved his wonderful scoring ability with a brilliant round of golf in the singles stableford competition last weekend.
Ryan, currently playing off two, produced an excellent five under par total to win the competition following a wonderful birdie blitz. James Walsh was second on 41 points, beating Patrick O’Keeffe on a countback.
LADIES - The Callan ladies continued their success in the Alliances this week. Marie Gorey was third in the Junior Alliance in Cahir, while Caroline Healy was a prize-winner in the Minor Alliance at Waterford GC.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 11, 22, 25 and 34. Lucky dip winners were Liz Cashin, Paddy Holohan and Teresa Freyne. Sellers’ prizes went to Paul Cashin and Goretti Bergin.
Next week’s jackpot will be E1,450.
RESULTS - Results, Winter League play-off, March 2: 1 R. Cuddihy, 44pts; 2 J. Kennedy, 43pts; 3 J. O’Dwyer, 41pts; gross B. Doheny.
Results, men’s singles stableford, March 2/3: 1 R. O’Dwyer, 43pts; 2 J. Walsh, 41pts; 3 P. O’Keeffe, 41pts.
Results, ladies 12 hole stableford, February 25: 1 Olive Walsh, 2 Margaret Comerford.
Results, RGA February 25: 1 Michael Sommers, Dan Sullivan, John Kirwan, 38.4pts; 2 Michael Shortall, Noel Power, Don Bolger, 40.8pts.
Results, senior ladies competition, February 21: 1 A. Hogan, 2 M.T. O’Shea, 3 A. Phelan.
MOUNT JULIET GC
MEMBERS of Callan GC were to the fore as some very good scoring was recorded in the member/guest fourball stableford played on a dry but cold day at Mount Juliet GC.
While early frost delayed the start to Sunday’s competition the scoring was anything but cold - the best finish on the day was 44 points, which was recorded by two pairings. On a countback the spoils went to Sean Brett and his partner Brian Duggan from Callan GC.
The winners registered four birdies, three of them coming together on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes, with another on the 11th completing the quartet. Both players contributed two birdies each and had nines of 22 points to just get the better of Eamon Murphy and Syl Lester.
The runners-up failed to register on the long eighth hole. This proved to be the losing of the competition as they scored 23 points for the other eight holes on the first nine, adding another 21 points for last nine holes. In third place were the Thurles pairing of John Stakelum and John Nevin with 43 points.
INTER-CLUB - In the inter-club competitions Mount Juliet have drawn some very difficult opponents in the first round of both the Barton Cup and Leinster fourball competitions. Gowran Park GC will provide the opposition in the Barton Cup while in the Leinster fourball the club has been drawn against Waterford GC. Both opposing clubs have home advantage.
RESULTS - Results, member/guest stableford fourball, March 3: 1 Sean Brett (8) & Brian Duggan (2, Callan GC), 44pts; 2 Eamon Murphy (16) & Syl Lester (13, Callan GC), 44pts; 3 John Stakelum (14) & John Nevin (13, Thurles GC), 43pts.
NOT EVEN nature could prevent the launch of the first 18 hole competition of the season at Castlecomer GC at the weekend.
Although the start was delayed by frost, it was easy to see by the turnout that everyone was keen to play competitive golf after the Winter break. Single handicap player Jason Brennan emerged triumphant with a fantastic score of 44 points. Pat Comerford was second with a score of 42 points. Willie O’Gorman took the gross prize with a score of 29 points. Category prize-winners were Martin Brennan (Cat One) 34pts; Martin O’Donnell (Cat Two), 38pts; Gerri Dunne (Cat Three), 36pts.
SENIORS - Results, seniors competition, February 27: 1 Pat Morrissey (18), Ger Comerford (22), John Shore (27); 2 Murty Coonan (14), John Hardy (20), Jim Doran (21); 3 Jimmy Byrne (9), Jim Tunstead (20), Noel Walsh (20), Liam Farrell (21).
The seniors will hold their next competition on Wednesday, March 20. Participating golfers should bring a prize not exceeding €10 in value. Golf will be followed by a meal.
LADIES - The ladies enjoyed glorious sunshine for their first competition of the year. Winners of the Scotch foursomes were Jean Jackman and Maria Downey with 19pts. Noreen Kinsella and Helen Murphy were second on 19pts while Ann Ring and Ita Madigan were third on 18pts.
There will be an 18 hole singles competition next weekend is 18 hole singles. There will also be an interesting match when Nuala Mahon, Golfer of the Year 2012, and Delia O’Donohoe, 2012 singles winner, meet in the Mail on Sunday competition.
The ladies Spring League is continuing with many matches being played in good time due to the fine weather. The Tuesday competition has also been re-introduced by popular demand. Draw is at 10.15am sharp.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Men’s open singles stableford.
March 16/17: Open three-person team event champagne scramble. Entry fee is E30 per team (any combination).
Bookings can be made online at www.castlecomergolfclub.ie or by calling the club, tel 056-4441139.
QUIZ - Members and non-members are invited to the table quiz, which will be held in the clubhouse at 9pm on Friday, March 15. With cash prizes up for grabs it promises to be a good night’s entertainment. Entry fee for teams of four is E25.
MOUNTAIN VIEW GC
THE new golfing year was officially started on Sunday when incoming joint captains Jim Dunne, Anne Foskin and junior captain Sophie O’Grady held their drive-in ceremony.
On a sunny but cool morning, all three captains had good drives straight down the first fairway, after which 72 people played in a four-person team scramble.
The members enjoyed their game on what ended as a bitterly cold day, but conditions were perfect for golf. The presentation of the prizes took place in the clubhouse after refreshments, where captains Jim and Anne expressed their delight at the huge number that took part. Course management and course superintendent Edward Power were thanked for the immaculate condition of the course.
FIXTURE LIST - This year’s club fixture list is now on display on the clubhouse notice board and on www.mviewgolf.com. Further details are available from the clubhouse, tel 056-7768122.
SPRING LEAGUE - The committee has changed the format of the Spring League, with this year’s event being run as a singles event.
There will be three singles stablefords and three single stroke competitions, with the first round to be held on the weekend of March 30/31.
Entry fee is E25 per person for the six rounds. Participants must be registered and fully paid-up before playing. A registration sheet is now available on the notice board in the clubhouse.
The league will have three categories (handicaps 0-13, 14-18 and 19+). Any player’s handicap which increases or decreases during the competition will still remain in his original category for the duration of the league but will play off his adjusted handicap. Points will be allotted to the first five places in each category (12pts, 9pts, 6pts, 3pts and 1pt) after each round. There will be prizes for the first three places in each category at the end of the six rounds.
RESULTS - Results, captain’s drive-in four-person team event, March 3: 1 Tony Malone, Christy Donovan, Richard Murphy, Sophie O’Grady, 58.2pts; 2 Larry O’Neill, John Murphy, Carmel Fennelly, Josie O’Gorman, 58.4pts.
Results, seniors three-person team event, February 26: 1 Michael Hoyne, Liam Kelly, Tom Grant, 96pts; 2 Cyril Foskin, Liam Maddock, John Coleman, 92pts.
DIARY - Sunday: Spring League round one (three-person scramble and single stableford).
Tuesday: Seniors competition. Wednesday, March 13: Ladies competition.
GOWRAN PARK GC
DESPITE a weather delay, popular golfer Noel Kenny (11) made the most of his time on the course to win the Sunday competition at Gowran Park GC. Sean Kiely (10) took the runners-up spot while Luke Kelly finished third. All three finished on 41 points.
SPRING LEAGUE - There was a great response to the Spring League last week. Competition was hot and saw local member Joe Lannon (14) take the first qualifying spot with 45 points on a countback from new member Alan Donoghue (18). Visitor J. Gleeson (11, Rathdowney GC) took the remaining qualifying place with a good score of 42 points.
The competition continues tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday, with the final to be held on Friday, March 22.
RESULTS - Results, golden golfers champagne scramble, March 1: 1 Kieran Mahon (12), John McNamara (17), Matty Byrne (18), 63pts c/b; 2 Pat Staunton (16), Tony Dooley (16), Peter O’Shea (20), 63pts.
Results, lady captain’s 11-hole start of season scramble, February 26: 1 Kate Hennessy (11), Catherine O’Driscoll (24), Mary Murphy (36), Mary Purcell (35), 46 nett; 2 Hilary Dick (18), Ger Hickey (22) and Margie Maher (36), 48.4nett.
COURSE - The Spring works programme has begun on the greens, which have been aerated and top dressed. With favourable weather conditions forecast it is hoped to have the surfaces back to their best shortly.
DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday)/Friday: Spring League/Open Singles.
Saturday: Race meeting - no golf. Sunday: Open fourball, visitors E15.
Tuesday: Seniors open singles (note change of date).