Phelan leads the chase for Captain’s Prize

AIDAN Phelan blew the lights out in the first round of Captain Seamus Rochford’s prize qualifier at Kilkenny GC over the weekend.

AIDAN Phelan blew the lights out in the first round of Captain Seamus Rochford’s prize qualifier at Kilkenny GC over the weekend.

Playing off 11, Aidan was one under par after nine holes. He covered the back nine in three over 38 for a great round of 73 gross and 62 nett. Gary Byrne (9) was in second place on 66 and three players - James Walsh (16), Paddy Fitzpatrick (12) and Thomas Moore (14) - shot 67s. All scores of 71 or better made the cut and the only seven scores of 72 got in.

Sixty players, including four juvenile/student players, will play the second 18 holes this Saturday from 12 noon. The times are posted on the BRS system. Following this second 18 holes the top 21 players will play a further nine holes starting at 7pm.

In conjunction with the second round of the Captain’s Prize there will be nine hole social golf also on Saturday evening. Those playing in the Social golf are requested to sign in at 6pm for a shotgun start at 6.30pm. There will be a hot plate served after the social golf. Entry fee for the competition and hot plate is E10. A sheet will be posted in the clubhouse for members to put down their names for the social golf.

SINGLES - The men’s section of the open singles was won by Martin Holohan (12) with 40 points. Martin had two halves of 20 points and recorded birdies on the 11th and 18th. Second-placed Dermot Doyle also had two halves of 20 points, shooting an eagle on the 14th and birdies on the first and 18th but had no score on the 16th.

Handicap secretary Mark Grant had a hole in one on the sixth with an 8 iron. James Young holed out his second shot on the 11th for an eagle two.

The Ladies section was won by Anna Lyons (22) with 33 points.

DEADLINES - The following are the deadlines for completion of the current rounds of club matchplay competitions. The men’s singles must be completed by June 25, men’s foursomes by June 15 and mixed foursomes by June 16.

The players on top of the draw are responsible for arranging the matches. Any matches that go outside the deadline will be tossed for unless permission for an extension has been received from competition secretary Ollie Cullen.

INTER-CLUB - The Barton Shield area qualifier was held in Coolattin on Saturday. This competition is foursomes played of scratch and the top four teams from the stroke play qualifier on Saturday qualified for match play on Sunday.

Kilkenny were represented by the pairs of Graham Nugent & Paul O’Hara and Richard Walsh & Craig Martin. The two pairs shot rounds of 78 and 86 for a total of 164, four shots outside the fourth qualifying slot of 160. Rosslare were the leading qualifiers on 153. The team was managed by Aidan McDonald and Gerry Stewart.

The Provincial Towns Cup team took on Bunclody on Saturday and were unlucky to lose 5-4. The four players away in Bunclody were Harry Duggan, Des Woods, James Young and John Byrne, with Duggan achieving a great win for a vital away point. This left Kilkenny requiring four wins from the five home games.

Things were looking good with four matches in the ascendency as the back nine developed. Michael Keenan won on the 13th and Jamie Byrne won on the 14th. James Bateman closed out his match on the 18th while Aidan Phelan lost on the 16th, leaving the tie at 4-4 with one match still alive. Ciaran Colfer was two up with four to play but was unfortunate to lose his ball when it struck the spinney on the 15th and had to take a penalty drop on the 16th when his second shot flew the green.

This left the match all square on the 17th, where Bunclody went one up after their player chipped in for a birdie, but Ciaran replied with a great birdie on the 18th to bring the match down the 19th. Both players had great par fours on the 19th but Bunclody won the 20th after Ciaran had got into trouble off the tee. The team was managed by Frank Dalton and Rob O’Shea.

The Jimmy Bruen area qualifier takes place in New Ross this weekend. Four teams will qualify from the stroke play qualifier on Saturday for match play on Sunday. The team will be managed by P.J. O’Reilly and Pat Butler.

INSURANCE - Members who have put their names on the AON insurance scheme application list are requested to drop the E20 fee into the office if they have not already done so.

ADOPT A GREEN - Work on divoting of fairways and tees will continue on Monday. All involved in the Adopt A Green programme are asked to assemble at the clubhouse at 7pm.

RESULTS - Results, open singles, June 6: Men’s section (CSS 70) - 1 Martin Holohan (12), 40pts (B6); 2 Dermot Doyle (10), 40pts; 3 Richard Dore (17), 39pts (B9); gross Eddie Power (scr), 37pts; 5 Ciaran Colfer (6), 39pts.

Hole in One on 6th: Mark Grant.

Ladies section (CSS 75) - 1 Anna Lyons (22), 33pts (B9); 2 Valerie Graham (25), 33pts.

Presentation of prizes is on Friday, July 6 at 10pm.

Two’s Club: Mark Grant hole in one on 6th, Carl Widger, Christy Power, Shane Mahony, Derek Campion, Ronan Kelleher on 6th, Jamie Byrne, Ciaran Colfer on 10th, James Young on 11th, Gary Walsh, on 15th, John Martin, Anthony White (Mountain View), Noel Casey on 17th.

Each two is worth E20.15 and is credited in the Pro Shop.

Results, Ladies 18 hole ABC stroke (CSS 73): 1 Ursula deLoughrey (18), 72nett; 2 Pat Walsh (21), 73nett (B9); gross; Mary Dowling (+1), 72pts gross; 3 Ana Lyons (22), 73nett (B9); 4 Margaret Kiely (15), 73nett; 5 Niamh Kelly (11), 74nett; 6 Dervilla O’Byrne (25), 75nett (B9).

LADIES - The Ladies Senior foursomes team beat the Heath in Abbeyleix on Sunday by 2.5 to 0.5. Mary Leahy and Mary Norton won their match on the 12th, Eileen Rose Power and Breda Roche won on the 17th and in the remaining match Mags Cuddihy and Bridie McGarry were one up on the 16th when called in.

Kilkenny will play the Curragh in the next round of this competition. The team is managed by Eithne and Anne Murphy.

The Ladies Junior foursomes lost to Carlow in Castlecomer by 2/1. Marian Woods & Dervilla O’Byrne won but the pairings of Liz Cleere & Anna Lyons and Anne Murphy & Barbara Teehan were defeated. The team was managed by Sheila Brennan and Anne Greaney.

SENIORS - Owing to weather, there was no competition for the seniors last week. This week’s competition will be a mixed seniors event. Golf starts tomorrow (Thursday) at 9.30am.

JUNIOR/JUVENILE - There will be a three-person team event in the club today (Wednesday). The timesheet is now live for online booking. This event is being held as a fund-raiser for the juvenile section of the club.

Great work is ongoing with the Saturday morning coaching sessions. The juvenile committee hope this event is supported to help defray some of the costs involved in running the juvenile section of the club. The entry fee is E6 for members and E15 for visitors.

The Monday morning juvenile competitions will be held on Mondays unless otherwise notified in these notes. Juvenile members will have to book online this year for the Monday competitions, or juvenile members who have not received their GUI card are asked to call to the office. Golfers will need this card to register for online booking.

Juvenile coaching continues this Saturday from 10 to 11am for under-12s and from 11am to 12 noon for over-12s. Golfers are asked to be present at the clubhouse 15 minutes before their scheduled start time.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Junior/Juvenile three-person team event fund-raiser, 9am to 1pm, 2 to 5.15pm. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Thursday: Senior Ladies & Gents competition, 8.45am to 12.30pm. Members’ Time, 12.45 to 1.45pm. Visitors, 1.45 to 4pm. Dicksboro GAA club golf classic, 4 to 6pm. Friday: Dicksboro GAA club golf classic, 8.30 to 6pm.

Saturday: Members’ Time, 7.30 to 9.30am. Visitors, 9.30 to 11.30am. Captain’s Prize (second round), 12.15 to 3.15pm. Social golf nine hole competition (in conjunction with Captain’s Prize night). Entry fee is E10 to include hot plate after the golf. Sunday: Ned Byrne Memorial Ladies & Gents Singles, 7.30am to 6pm. Ladies Open Scotch foursomes, 10.30 to 11am.

Monday: Junior/Juvenile competition, 9 to 11am. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Kilkenny under-15s v Carlow, 5 to 5.45pm. Tuesday: Ladies open Scotch foursomes, 8.30 to 6pm. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Wednesday, June 20: Friends of St Luke’s Classic, 8.30 to 6pm.