The second instalment of the Open Singles Series attracted a field of over 50 golfers to Callan GC.
Adrian Cunningham took first place, producing an excellent total of 43 points. Adrian has been in fine form lately and his total saw him win by three shots from Mickey Comerford (40 points) with Martin O’Halloran scooping the gross prize. Mountain View’s Seamus Fitzpatrick, one of a large number of visitors, also earned a berth in this year’s final in Autumn.
The series continues every Wednesday, with an early bird option available for visitors before noon.
TEAM - Kevin O’Driscoll and Joe Madigan produced some great golf to dominate the two-person team at the weekend. Kevin and Joe finished with a 47 point haul which saw them home by a point from John Kennedy and Rollie Komar.
There was a large entry for the competition, which was played in nice conditions, with the worthy winners coming home with a fine total.
MATCHPLAY - Following the Singles Matchplay qualifier, the opening round draw was made. The draw is: Brian Doheny v Milo Carey, Richard Cuddihy v Jim Kirby, Paul Madigan v James Hartley, Michael Daly v Ian Fitzpatrick, Denis Carey v Paddy McGuinness, Brendan Wall v Francis Wall, John Kennedy v Eugene Coyne, Mark Trimble v Tom Maher, Michael Tobin v Ollie O’Connor, Niall O’Sullivan v Niall Brett, Adrian Cunningham v John Moroney, Kevin Walzer v Pat Mulrooney, Simon McCarthy v Alan Brett, Liam Brennan v Patrick O’Keeffe, Alan Seery v Seamus Cuddihy, Patrick Denny v Dick O’Shea, John O’Dwyer v Michael Dempsey, John Grace v Paul Cashin, Pat Cunningham v Derek Delaney, Paddy Donovan v Tommy Minogue, Dwayne Martin v Kevin O’Gorman, Brian Cullen v Maurice Skehan, Martin O’Halloran v Denis Collins, J.J. Drennan v Billy Mernagh, David Walzer v Joe Tierney, Denis Lawlor v Tommy Hennessy, John Healy v Declan Lawlor, Mick Fitzpatrick v Davy Morris, Martin Brett v Tom Kenny, Richard Cuddihy v Rollie Komar, John Lennon v Nicky Walsh, Richard Gypps v Mick Byrne.
All matches must be played by April 30. Following this date, a redraw for the second round will be made. Membership should be paid before commencing the opening round.
INTER-CLUB - Callan’s Duggan Cup team got off to a fantastic start with an excellent victory over Mount Juliet in the opening round of this year’s competition.
Brian Cullen & Paddy Hickey, Martin Maher & Pat Cunningham and Liam Brennan & Marty Parker all won in Callan while Liam Duggan & Mick Fitzpatrick and Jim Kirby & John Healy performed excellently in Mount Juliet to complete the victory.
The ladies got off to a flying start in their inter-club matches. The Minor Cup team were first into action, taking on Gowran on neutral ground at Kilkenny GC.
The Callan team hit top form from the first tee, finishing with wins on the 17th, 14th and 16th holes to claim the overall match. The remaining two matches were called in four up and one down. Team members were Marie Gorey, Olive Walsh, Annette Hogan, Theresa O’Neill and Pauline O’Brien.
It was another neutral venue as the ladies Intermediate Cup team had their first match against Baltinglass at Gowran Park GC. Again the locals showed their determination, beating a strong Baltinglass side by winning on holes 14, 15 and 16 to claim the match
Team members were Lorraine Donovan, Teresa Freyne, Evelyn Bookle, Claire Henriques, Mary Barry and Linda Adaire.
LADIES - The ladies weekly 18 hole competition resumed in glorious weather conditions. With temperatures rising to 17 degrees the golfers responded by posting equally hot scores. Results are printed below.
The Junior alliance was held in Kilkenny GC recently. Three Callan ladies featured in the prizes. They were Celine Egan, Margaret Comerford and Miriam Fennelly.
The Ladies Open Day will be held on Tuesday. Format is an open singles stableford competition.
Tee times are available online at www.callangolfclub.com or from the pro shop, tel 056-7725136. Entry fee is E5 for members, E10 for visitors.
LESSONS - Golf lessons will start at Callan GC this month. These are being run in conjunction with Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership and are funded by the HSE. The club will contact interested participants about dates and times.
RESULTS - Results, two-person team event, April 1: 1 Kevin O’Driscoll & Joe Madigan, 47pts; 2 John Kennedy & Rollie Komar, 46pts.
Results, Ladies 55 Club, March 29: 1 Kathleen Power, 2 Margaret O’Shea, 3 Jean Grace, 4 Pauline Kenny, 5 Margaret T. O’Shea, 6 Marie O’Riordan.
Results, Open Singles, March 28: 1 Adrian Cunningham, 2 Michael Comerford, gross Martin O’Halloran, visitor Seamus Fitzpatrick (Mountain View).
Results, ladies weekly 18 hole singles competition, March 27: 1 Kathleen Phelan, 41pts; 2 Noelle Cody, 39pts; 3 Marie O’Riordan, 36pts; 4 Ann Woodcock, 33pts; 5 Breda Ryan, 32pts c/b; 6 Olive Walsh, 32pts.
Results, Men’s RGA, March 26. Cat A: 1 John Kirwan, 36pts; 2 Phil Cody, 33pts; 3 Don Bolger, 31pts. Cat B: 1 Michael Gaine, 30pts; 2 Kevin O’Connor, 27pts; 3 Jim O’Connell, 25pts.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club’s lotto. Numbers drawn were 8, 19 and 29. Lucky Dip (E30) winners were Paddy O’Brien, Maura O’Brien and Elaine Dalton. Sellers’ prize went to John Kirwan.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Men’s Open Singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Ladies 55 Club, 10.30am to 12 noon. Friday: Open two-person team event. McCarthy Golf Society, 12 noon to 1pm.
Saturday: Open two-person team event. Sunday: Open two-person team event.
Monday: Open two-person team event. Tuesday: Ladies Day.