J. D. MURPHY, a past Captain, past President and honorary Life Member of Kilkenny golf club passed away during the week and was laid to rest in St Kieran’s cemetery on Sunday. J.D. will be sadly missed by all, and especially the junior and juvenile members of the club he has coached over
the last number of years and the Saturday morning sessions won’t be the same going forward.
J.D’s own golfing career was badly curtailed following a car accident in the mid-nineties, but he spent endless hours on the practice green at the ninth tee box teaching the juniors and juveniles how to pitch and chip. He was also a great man to tell a story and will be missed by adult and juvenile members alike.
The Juvenile Section of the club performed a guard of honour on Saturday evening from the funeral home to St John’s church, the past Captains’ and past Presidents performed a guard of honour on Sunday form the church to St Kieran’s cemetery. The club intend to organise an event later in the
year to commemorate JD’s memory. May he rest in peace.
Saturday’s crosscard was a four man champagne scramble. The winners with a score of 72 points were Michael Butler (15), Ollie Cullen (10),
Dermot Doyle (7) and Jim O’Connell. This type of competition tends to favours the high handicap player as although he may not have the
distance off the tee, the fact that he can avail of someone else’s drive for 11 of the 13 holes he can make his short game count to good effect.
This was the case on Saturday where Jim O’Connell (28) was the star of the card contributing three four pointers and seven three pointers. Jim
accounted for 33 points of the teams 72 points.
Second on 70 points were Billy Burke (9), Tadhg Donoghue (16), P.J. O’Reilly (11) and John Marnell (8). Third place went to Joe O’Neill (16), Richie Phelan (17), Pat O’Hanlon (12) and Richard Dore (17) with the best of the 69 points.
Saturday’s crosscard will commence at 1.30pm instead of the normal time of 1pm.
Players are reminded to check the Winter handicap adjustments if they feature in the first three places in the Sunday competitions to ensure
they are playing off the correct handicap.
The ladies 9 hole competition last week was won by Mary Leahy Browne (3), who covered the holes in a great score of two under par
gross to accumulate 22 points. Second place went to Joan O’Sullivan (29) with the best of the 19 points. The gross was won by Phyl Doyle (12) with 9 gross points.
The senior men’s competition on Thursday was won by Rodger Curran (14), Michael O’Reilly (19), Dick Keooghan (26) and Terry Morris
(22) with a great score of 74 points. The winners had a margin of five points to spare over second place. They all had at least seven entries on the
card, with Michael prominent recording six pars.
The runners-up were Billy Burke (10), Willie Murphy (20), Jack Nolan (22) and Paddy Halley (25) with 69 points with Willie Murphy contributing 28 points to the card. Third went to Noel Skehan (14), Paddy Gubbins (17), Martin Kelly (26) and Tom McPhilips (36) with 67 points. Noel was the star performer on this team featuring on all 14 holes and contributing a massive 34 points for the 14 holes.
Captain of the seniors Martin Murphy had his drive in prior to the competition.
The senior ladies competitions last Thursday was won by Kitty Nolan, Joan Mannion and Jane Duggan with 34 points. The runners-up with the
best of the 31s’ were Adrienne Walsh, Joan Mannion and Breda Kavanagh.
The senior ladies will play holes 5 to 13 for the next couple of weeks.
CAPTAINS DRIVE-IN: Due to the sudden death of J.D. Murphy the Captains’ drive-in was postponed on Sunday and rescheduled for Sunday, February 17. The list of names that was on the board for last weekend will stand. If you are unable to to play delete your name or contact the office to do so.
The drive-in will take place with a shotgun start at 12 noon.
The draw for teams will be made on Saturday, Februry 16 (6pm).The competition will be a four person champagne scramble team event. This
form of competition is very enjoyable and if the weather is kind should draw a large number of entrants.
The competition will be similar to the Christmas mixed with a shotgun start at 12 noon. A hot plate will be served after the golf.
The competition is being sponsored by Club Professional, Jimmy Bolger.
TEAM MANAGERS: There will be a meeting of the men’s team managers on Monday (7pm) in the club. The following is the list of managers for
Senior Cup and Barton Shield, P.J. Martin and Jim White; Barton Cup, Mark Grant and Sean Boland; Junior Cup, Michael Grant and Tom Hickey; Jimmy Bruen, Anthony Cleere and Derek Shelley; Provincial Towns Cup, Frank Dalton and Seamus Rochford; Pierce Purcell Shield, Alan Snype and Leo Byrne; Duggan Cup, Pat Hickey and Liam Cody; South Leinster Trophy, Ben McGarry and Richie Phelan; Irish mixed foursomes, Denis Brophy and Catherine King.
Ladies team managers - Senior Cup, Liz Kinsella and Phyl Doyle; Junior Cup, Ann Widger and Ursula Deloughrey; Intermediate Cup, Mary Browne and Ana Lyons; Minor Cup, Liz Cleere and Joan Cody; Challenge Cup, Joan Mannion and Greta Nicholson; Senior Foursomes, Eithne Murphy and Margaret Kiely; Junior Foursomes, Paula Bradbury and Ann Greaney; Finn Trophy, Catherine King and Pauline Cullinane; Miele Trophy, Joan Cashin and Patti Burke; Boyne Trophy, Toni Hayes and Kitty Nolan.
PRACTICING: The club reminded players that practice chipping and pitching to the greens is not permitted. Greenkeeping staff have reported that
there is evidence of players chipping and pitching to the 15th green.
Members are requested also to report incidents of people walking dogs on the course. These animals are leaving footprints in bunkers and also leaving excrement on the course. The course is private property and walking dogs on the course is not permitted.
SUBSCRIPTIONS: Annual subscription renewal notices were sent out the week of January 14. Members are reminded that payment is due within four weeks of the notice.
Those members who wish to avail of the Premium Credit scheme to pay their annual fees must inform the office by February 14 th at latest.
INTRODUCTORY OFFER: There is a limited introductory first year membership offer open to applicants on our waiting list and other interested parties. If interested contact Sean or Aoife in the office (056 7765400).
SNOOKER: The draw for the singles snooker is posted on the men’s notice board and the first round is due for completion by Friday. In the
only match completed to date Anthony Cleere defeated Michael Power.
RESULTS: 13 holes Crosscard on Saturday 2, 13 hole Scramble, 1.Ollie Cullen (10), Michael Butler (15), Jim O’Connell (28), Dermot Doyle (7) 72pts; 2 Billy Burke (9), Tadhg Donohue (16), P.J. O’Reilly (11), John Marnell (8) 70pts; 3 Joe O’Neill (16), Richie Phelan (17), Pat O’Hanlon (12), Richard Dore (17) 69pts (B6).
LADIES NEWS: Results Sunday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 29, 1 Mary Leahy Browne (3) 22pts; 2 Joan O’Sullivan (29) 19pts (L6); Best Gross, Phyl Doyle (12) 9 Gross pts.
Ladies fixtures - Tuesday, February 12, 13 hole competition 9 to 10.20am and 12.20 and 2.20pm. Slots also available on Sunday, February 10 at 2 to 2.40pm.
Ladies are reminded that the list for names for the round robin competition is on the ladies notice board. Those who intend participating are requested to place their names on the sheet on the ladies notice board. The draw will take place on Monday February 11.
SENIOR MEN: Results on Thursday, January 31, 1 Rodger Curran (14), Michael O’Reilly (19), Dick Keoghan (26), Terry Morris (22) 74pts; 2 Billy Burke (10), Willie Murphy (20), Jack Nolan (22), Paddy Halley (25) 69pts; 3 Noel Skehan (14), Paddy Gubbins (17), Martin Kelly (26), Tom McPhilips (36) 67pts; 4 Eddie Guilfoyle (13), Jimmy Rhatigan (18), Finbar Coughlan (21), Joe Leech (25) 66pts; 5 Pat Foley (11), Martin Murphy (16), Eugene Orr (21), Tony Joyce (27) 65pts; 6 Geoff Meagher (15), Paddy Witherow (17), Michael O’Neill (23), Austin Kiely (23) 65pts; 7 Matt Ruth (14), Richie Phelan (17), Andy MacEneaney (19), Eddie Geraghty (22) 65pts.
The next competition is on Thursday (11am).
SENIOR LADIES: Results Thursday, January 31, 1 Kitty Nolan, Joan Mannion, Jane Duggan 34pts; 2 Adrienne Walsh, Joan O’Sullivan, Breda Kavanagh 31pts (L6).
Competition on Thursday at 10am, holes 5 to 13.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday), 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, senior ladies competition 10am, senior men’s competition 11am, 1 to 2pm members time; Friday, 1 to 2pm members time; Saturday, 8.30 to 10am members time, 11.30 to 12.30pm visitors, 1.30pm men’s Saturday crosscard; Sunday, 8 to 2pm men’s 14 hole competition, 2 to 2.40pm ladies 13 hole Stableford; Monday, 1 to 2pm members competition; Tuesday, 9 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm ladies 13 hole competition. Slots also available on Sunday 2 to 2.40pm; Wednesday, February 13, 1 to 2pm.