Golf club news from around Kilkenny county

One of the big events for the golfing year has been confirmed for Callan GC.

One of the big events for the golfing year has been confirmed for Callan GC.

Kathleen Phelan and Martin Maher, the club captains for 2014, will host their drive-in on Saturday, February 22. The event marks the official beginning of the club’s golfing year, with all members invited to enjoy the ceremonial drives and the social game which will follow.

STABLEFORD - The harsh weather couldn’t alter the hot scoring on the fairways at the weekend. In cold conditions, Brian Cullen produced some fine scoring to win the stableford on 43pts. John Doheny, one of a number of golfers who have rejoined the club, was second on 42pts. Willie O’Neill captured third place with a consistent 42pts.

Next week’s competition is a singles stableford with competition fees at the same level as last year (€6 for members, €15 for visitors). The men’s committee have also reinstated the Twos competition, which has always been popular - 90% of the take in the Twos will be distributed among those lucky enough to notch a deuce while a hole-in-one scoops half the pot. The competition will be run from the club shop.

VOLUNTEERS - The club is well-known for the level of volunteers it has enjoyed for many years. It is hoped that members can help out on the course once more in 2014. Lists have been placed in both locker rooms - golfers interested are asked to put their contact number on the sheets. All help will be appreciated.

MEMBERSHIP - Membership for 2014 is available at the club from €499 for new or lapsed members (€449 for seniors). Membership for existing members has been reduced to €549 - an option of inviting a new/lapsed member is available for €449 each. Full details/finance options are available from Margaret, tel 056-7725136. A catering service is also available at the club. Contact Keith, tel 056-7725136.

RESULTS - Results, men’s singles stableford, January 18/19: 1 B. Cullen, 43pts; 2 J. Doheny, 42pts; 3 W. O’Neill, 42pts.

Results, senior ladies competition, January 16: 1 M. Leydon, 2 M. Blanchfield, 3 A. Carey.

Results, senior competition, January 13: Cat A - 1 P. Grace, 28pts; M. Grace, 28pts; 3 M. Somers, 27pts. Cat B - 1 P. Tomsitt, 25pts; 2 S. Lee, 24pts; 3 M. Comerford.

Results, ladies 12-hole stableford, January 7: 1 T. O’Neill, 25pts; 2 B. Walsh, 25pts.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 6, 11, 34. Lucky dip (€30): Betty Duffy, Rob O’Dwyer, Ellen O’Shea. Sellers’ prizes: Tom Duffy, John O’Dwyer, Pauline O’Brien. The jackpot is now €2,250.

CASTLECOMER

The weekend singles competition at Castlecomer GC was won by John Brennan (18) with 39pts.

A two-person champagne scramble will be held this weekend. An open competition, the two-person team can be in any combination.

GET WELL - Club captain Gerry Dunne is recovering well after a recent illness. All at the club are looking forward to seeing him return to the course soon.

WINTER - The fifth round of the Winter team league is ongoing at the club. The ladies Winter league competition continues with the fourth and final round being played this week.

OFFERS - A number of offers are available for visitors, societies and new members at the club. New members can save €100 on membership by linking up with an existing member.

Full details on all the options are available from 056-4441139 or e-mail info@castlecomergolf.com.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 1, 7, 14 and 26. With €7,400 up for grabs, tickets are available from the club, local retail outlets or members.

WEBSITE - A new club website is under construction. The project is under the guideline of club PRO Seamus Malone.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

New captains Jim Dunne and Aisling Costello will drive into office at Mountain View GC on Sunday, February 9.

Following the drive-in, there will be a team scramble competition with a 9am shotgun start. Members can register in the clubhouse or call 056-7768122.

Registrations will close at 1pm on Friday, February 7, with the draw for teams being made on the Saturday. Members taking part are reminded that all subs must be fully paid.

SPRING - The Spring Series (single stableford, Monday to Sunday) is now underway. Running until Saturday, April 19, each weekly winner will compete in the grand final on Saturday, April 26. Entry fee is €15 for visitors and €5 for members, with re-entry permitted in the same week.

MEMBERSHIP - Membership subscriptions are now due. The 2014 rates are €399 for full membership and €370 for seniors. A €99 rate also applies, with all rates including GUI fees. Further details from the golf shop.

RESULTS - Results, seniors single stableford (GoY), January 28: 1 J. Leahy (23), 41pts; 2 J. Fielding (22), 39pts; 3 J. Rochford (26), 38pts; 4 J. Byrne (13), 38pts; 5 M. Owens (16), 37pts; 6 M. Hoyne (18), 37pts.

Results, three-person scramble, January 19: 1 K. O’Sullivan, F. Kavanagh & S. Og O’Sullivan, 58.9; 2 Tommy Malone, E. Malone & Tony Malone, 59.6.

DIARY - Sunday: Three-person scramble (week one).

Monday to Sunday: Spring Series (week two). Tuesday: Seniors competition.

Wednesday, January 29: Ladies 18-hole competition.

NEW ROSS

The fourth round of the New Ross GC Winter League was postponed due to frosty conditions early in the morning.

Once the weather improved, patient golfers were able to take to the fairways and play a 14-hole club singles. Leo Booth (17) posted an impressive score of 34pts to win the competition, one ahead of Fethard’s George Foley (16). John Murphy (17) pipped his fourball partner John Dowling (10) on the countback for third place with both men recording 31pts.

Category prize-winners were John Dowling, Tommy Liston (9, 30pts) and Pat Whelan (17, 31pts). The gross went to Jerry Cronin with 26pts.

The fourth round of the Winter League will now be held on February 1 and 2. This weekend’s competition is a qualifier for the New Ross GC pro-am, which will be held on Friday, May 16.

The pro-am, an Order of Merit event for the PGA professionals, is sure to attract a strong field. For amateur entries contact James or Paul in the pro shop. Cost of entry is €100, including a round of golf with a PGA professional and a four-course dinner.

FRIDAY - The Friday Open Singles returns this week. The Friday Opens are run as qualifying competitions (weather permitting). Entry, including a mixed grill, costs €15 for members and €20 for visitors. Tee times can be booked online at www.newrossgolfclub.ie

MEMBERSHIP - The club is offering an introductory membership of €454 for men and €463 for women, including €75 of bar/restaurant credit and GUI/ILGU levy. Golfers under-30 can join for €365, with full playing rights. Further information from Kathleen Daly, tel 051-421433 or email info@newrossgolfclub.ie

JOKER - There was no winner of the Find the Joker competition. John Holden drew the ten of spades, earning €30. The jackpot is now €1,178.

SENIORS - The going underfoot was soft as the seniors met up for their weekly competition on Thursday last. Even with placing everywhere, approach shots to the green often were left short with little or no run on the ball.

An extra club was needed in most cases and the team who recognised this would bring in a good score. For the first time in many weeks the target of 90pts, something to be expected given the conditions.

In the end two teams were tied on 87pts, with a better back nine total used to decide the winners. John Murphy (16), Aidan O’Connor (16), Pat Traynor (17) and Jamesie Wallace (18) were declared the winners, beating Tommy Tyler (16), John Browne (18), Willie Naddy (19) and Tom Furlong (27) to the spoils.

The third spot went to Jim ‘Ross’ Ryan (14), Richie Aylward (17), Pat Ryan (19) and Fr Jim Curtis (20) with a score of 86 points. Nearest the pin prizes went to Fr Jim Curtis on the ninth hole and Jamesie Wallace on the 11th.

Two newcomers joined the seniors on Thursday. Steve Travis and Charlie Collins were welcomed to the group, with both expressing their delight at the reception they got and also the camaraderie and friendliness of the locals.

In light of the recent spell of wet weather on the course, all players are asked to replace divots on the fairways and repair pitch marks on the greens. As members of the course it is up to each individual to look after it.

The seniors will hold their usual get-together tomorrow (Thursday). The draw will be made at 10.40am, with no latecomers facilitated.

BORRIS

The following are the results of the recent ladies competition at Borris GC:

Results, ladies nine-hole stroke competition, January 16: 1 M. Collins (11), 35.5pts; 2 Bridie Galavan (17), 36.5pts; 3 Breda Kavanagh (29), 37.5pts.

Results, ladies nine-hole stroke competition, January 9: 1 L. Donohoe (20), 36pts; 2 B. Whelan (13), 36.5pts; 3 N. Connolly (16), 37pts.

Results, ladies nine-hole stroke competition, January 2: 1 B. Galavan (19), 35.5pts; 2 P. Kearney (30), 37pts; 3 S. Dargan (29), 37.5pts.