McCalmont matchplay draw announced

THERE was plenty of activity in the McCalmont matchplay competitions at Mount Juliet GC recently.

THERE was plenty of activity in the McCalmont matchplay competitions at Mount Juliet GC recently.

After the completion of the first round in both men’s and ladies competitions the pairings for the second round, which has to be played before June 30, have been decided.

Second round: Alan Hearne v John Keane, Bill Fanning v Maurice Nelligan, David Kelly v John O’Malley, Mark Delahunty v Brian Blanchfield, Peter Gray v John O’Dwyer, John Thornton v Peter Quigley, Andrew Nixon v Frank Smyth, John O’Connor v Michael Coughlan or Brian Nevin.

In the ladies match play the quarter-final line-up is: Myra Phelan v Helen Hedigan, Aileen Magee v Brenda O’Sullivan, Rebecca Nixon v Mary Cotter, Helen Walsh v Bernie Madigan.

GOLFER OF YEAR - The race for the Golfer of the Year titles is now entering a crucial time as players strive to gain valuable points. Eligible competitions include the J.B. Carr Trophy on Sunday, June 24 which will be followed by the Captains’ Prizes on the weekend of July 8 and 9.

Presently, the men’s GoY section is being led by John O’Dwyer with 21 points. Sean Brett and Finbar O’Neill are in second place some seven points behind, with five players in third place on 12 points - Kevin McCartan, Alan Hearne, Hugh O’Connor, Brian Blanchfield and Tim Kavanagh.

In the ladies section the leader on 31 points is Amelia Drumm, who is closely pursued by Bernie Madigan on 30 points. Brenda O’Sullivan has 25 points in third place with Ruth Mulholland, Rebecca Nixon and Ann-Marie McEvoy filling the remaining three places with 22, 20 and 19 points respectively.

INTER-CLUB - The last Mount Juliet team left standing in inter-club competitions made their exit when the ladies Miele Fourball Team lost to near neighbours Gowran Park GC. Unfortunately for the club it means another year without a pennant that is proving very elusive to win.

LADIES - Two competitions were decided in the past week with the June Ladies Invitation Day played on Wednesday last. This was a Fourball Betterball event and the winning combination of Laura Mahony and Aileen Condon had three shots to spare from their nearest opposition, Ruth Mulholland and Susan Hill. They in turn just pipped Kathleen Gaffney and Phil Doyle on a countback with Bernie Madigan and Mandy O’Brien finishing in fourth spot.

SUMMER - The third round of the Summer League was played on Sunday. It was won by Alan Hearne, who returned 36 points to win by a shot from Paul Madigan with Gary Walsh in third spot three shots further adrift. Alan had nines of 17 and 19 points respectively, with Paul scoring 17 and 18 points on each nine holes.

RESULTS - Results, Summer League (round three), June 10: 1 Alan Hearne (7), 36pts; 2 Paul Madigan (3), 35pts; 3 Gary Walsh (scr), 32pts.

Results, June Ladies Invitation Day, June 6: 1 Laura Mahony (17) & Aileen Condon (18, Malahide GC), 39pts; 2 Ruth Mulholland (12) & Susan Hill (36, Achill GC), 36pts; 3 Kathleen Gaffney (21) & Phil Doyle (12, Kilkenny GC), 36pts; 4 Bernie Madigan (12) & Mandy O’Brien (23, Callan GC), 34pts.