Lady Luck smiles on Scramble

LADY luck has proven to be the case in the Tuesday Scramble competition at Castlecomer GC - each of the winning teams has had at least one lady in their ranks!

LADY luck has proven to be the case in the Tuesday Scramble competition at Castlecomer GC - each of the winning teams has had at least one lady in their ranks!

Ann O’Neill, Larry Power and Nuala Mahon set a record score for the year of 24 1/6pts. With a fractional difference, the score of 24 2/3pts brought Michael Brennan, Eileen Healy and Seamus Malone in as a very close second.

On May 14 the grouping of Michael Furlong, Eileen Healy and David Lynch won with a score of 25 1/3pts.

It is interesting to note that no all-ladies or all-gentleman teams have won so far. Two of the most featured players, Eileen Healy and Ann O’Neill, are definitely making their mark on the weekly competition. Of the gentlemen, Michael Brennan and Larry Power are the highest repeat performers.

The scramble teams are drawn between 5 and 6.30pm every Tuesday.

SINGLES - The fine weather ensured a turnout of more than 100 golfers in the men’s open singles competition. Pat Comerford played magnificent golf, shooting a four over par gross to take first prize. The highlight of Pat’s round was a birdie three on the index one fourth hole.

Kieran Brennan was next best with 39pts. Kieran had a great front nine with 21pts on the tough front nine, holding his score together on the back nine.

Results, men’s open singles: 1 Pat Comerford (14), 44pts; 2 Kieran Brennan (18), 39pts; gross Michael Buggy (+1), 35pts. Cat One: Mark Shortall (9), 35pts. Cat Two: Michael O’Neill (10), 38pts. Cat Three: Dick Farrell (19), 33pts.

SENIORS - Results, seniors competition, May 22: 1 D. Walsh (18), E. McEvoy (20), C. McGrath (20), J. Byrne (9), 73pts; 2 R. Hogan (14), L. Power (20), J. Tunstead (19), 72pts; 3 M. Murphy (19), J. Hardy (20), G. Comerford (23), 70pts.

Results, seniors outing to Rathdowney, May 15: 1 M. Pollack (25), J. Shore (27), D. Furlong (16), D. Walsh (18), 71pts; 2 N. Kenny (19), J. Hardy (20), E. McEvoy (20), R. Hogan (14), 69pts; 3 L. Nolan (24), J. Byrne (9), B. Owens (18), 68pts.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 15, 20, 21 and 24. The jackpot is now E18,800.

LADIES - Maria Downey and Mary Brophy were crowned winners of the Australian Spoons competition. They will represent the club at the regional tournament in Carlow on July 1.

The senior foursomes team had an epic win against Tullamore in Roscrea on Saturday. While Honoria Fogarty and Betty Byrne won their match on the 15 the other two ties were hard-fought. Emer Foley and Helen Murphy lost on the 20th hole Joan Brennan and Maria Downey won the decider on the 23rd! It was nerve-jangling stuff, but the golfers kept their cool and did the club proud. It was a fantastic win for the team, who are managed by Ita Madigan.

Results, ladies 18-hole Calor Kosangas singles competition, May 25/26: 1 Loretta Mansfield, 37pts (back nine); 2 Eileen Fogarty, 37pts; 3 Margaret O’Keeffe, 35pts.

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday): Men’s open singles.

Saturday: Open three-person classic.

Sunday/Monday: Junior Scratch Cup. Handicap 4-9. Entry fee (visitors golf and dinner E20). Intermediate Scratch Cup. Handicap 10-18. Entry fee (visitors golf and dinner E20).

GOWRAN PARK GC

A SPECIAL open 18-hole singles competition will run across the entire Bank Holiday Weekend at Gowran Park GC.

The Golf for Holidays event will feature a daily prize along with an overall prize of a two-night break to the Atlantic Coast Hotel in Wesport. The timesheet is now available online or from 056-7726699.

FOURBALL - The club hosted a successful fourball qualifier over the weekend. The competition was held in aid of the National Council for the Blind, with the leading players going forward to represent Gowran Park in the county final.

John Barcoe (14) and James Doyle (15) took the leading spot with a great score of 44pts, winning on a countback from Paul Whelan (5) and Anthony McCormack (11). Third place went to Alex Dunne (17) and Gerry Dunne(14) winning on the back 9 with 43pts.

NINE-HOLE - The members’ nine-hole competition is proving as popular as ever. The event continues every Wednesday evening with no timesheet in place. Members are invited to turn up and play alongside their fellow golfers.

Prize-winners from previous competitions during April and May are invited to attend for a presentation in the clubhouse tonight (Wednesday) at 9.30pm.

MATCHPLAY - Members are reminded that the matchplay competition draws have been made. Fixtures for same are now posted on the club noticeboards.

SINGLES - The open singles competition, which attracted a large entry on Friday, saw visiting golfer Declan Muckian (15, Dundalk GC) take the honours with 40pts. Local member Kevin Reade was runner-up with 35pts.

INTER-CLUB - The Pierce Purcell Shield team were in action at Wexford GC on Saturday, but failed to make the knockout stages. The club was well represented by Declan Davis & Pat Roche, Larry Comerford & Ian Morrissey, Paul Fox & Conor Bolger, J.J. Ryan & John O’Driscoll, John Barcoe & James Ryan with Gerry McIntyre as sub. Managers were Gerry Doyle and John O’Driscoll.

The Junior Cup team also failed to qualify for the semi-finals in Birr on Saturday. The team of Colm Corcoran, Ger Treacy, Paul Whelan and Richie Lowry and manager Niall Kiely were thanked for their efforts.

There was better news for the ladies Junior Foursomes team, who had a great win against Moate GC in The Heritage on Sunday. Judy Dick and Karen Haughney won on the 18th, while Deirdre McCabe and Helen Dunne won on the 17th. Ann Mullins and Catherine O’Driscoll were called in on the 18th. The team, managed by Kate Hennessy and Gen Byrne, will now face either Tullamore or Athy in the quarter-finals.

The Mixed Foursomes team took on Killerig in the third round and won by 3.5-1.5. In the away matches Mick Dillon and Kate Hennessey won on the 17th while P.J. Dreeling and Deirdre McCabe lost after a great effort. At home Paul Whelan and Ann Mullins won on the 17th while Liam O’Dwyer and Maura Coe won on the 18th. Thos. Farrell and Linda Donohoe were called in on 19th. The team is managed by Declan Davis and Ann Mullins. Thanks went to Gerry Doyle for his assistance on the day.

JUNIORS - There will be two junior competitions on Saturday. An 18-hole event for juniors with handicap tees off at 4.30pm,. The nine-hole event for juniors with no handicap and beginners starts at 5pm.

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday): Race meeting -no golf.

Friday-Monday: Weekend open singles (visitors E20, members E5).

Tuesday: Seniors open singles (visitors E15, members E5).

CALLAN GC

The good weather came just in time for Callan GC to celebrate its Open Week.

Following on from opening day victories for Niall O’Sullivan and Denis Caery in the Philip O’Mahony Perpetual Junior Scratch Cup and Intermediate Scratch Cup competitoins respectively, the team of Tommy Manogue, Vinny Dunne and Dermot Hoyne took the spoils in the Madigan’s Pharmacy and Strathmore Lodge-sponsored three-person team event. The winners recorded a score of 92pts, finishing five clear of Willie Murphy, Tony O’Driscoll and Michael Foley.

The Seniors Open boasted a full timseheet on Tuesday. Sarah Crowley took the honours in the ladies section, pipping Pauline Kennedy and Anne Hickey to the spoils. In the gents section Frank Phelan beat Michael Kenny by a point, with John Phelan third. Both competitions were kindly sponsored by Hotel Kilkenny and Harvey Nolan Business Advisors.

The O’Dwyer Golf Stores Singles Series continued on Wednesday with more than 90 golfers participating. Frank Nolan won with a fine 41-point total with Paddy Grace second. Niall O’Sullivan continued his fine form by taking the gross prize.

Ladies day, which was sponsored by the Pennefeather restaurant, saw the locals dominate the prizes. Berna Walshe took top honours when shooting 38 points in blustery conditions with Annette Hogan and Anna Starr in second and third repectively.

Friday’s competition, which was sponsored by Modern Printers and Holligans Amber Garage, proved to be a family affair as Team Donovan (Tom, Bea, Nigel and Stewart) produced an excellent score to beat the Starr/Walshe combination of Anna and Killian Starr and Dick and Berna Walshe.

The spoils from Saturday’s fourball event, sponsored by Callan Co-Op and Wall’s Men’s Shop, went to Michael Dempsey and Johnie Proctor, who got home by a shot from Rory Dunne and Liam Murphy. Open Week ended in winning fashion for Milo Carey, Pat Mulrooney, Jim Wellwood and Tom Kenny, who landed the four-person Electro City/Lahart’s Garage four-person team event.

Thanks went to all who supported and sponsored events throughout Open Week.

INTER-CLUB - The Pierce Purcell team have reached the next stage of the qualifiers after a good win over Wexford.

The combinations of Johnny Kennedy & Peter Ryan and John Moroney & Kevin O’Gorman produced the best scores of all the qualifying cards on Saturday. Johnny and Peter shot a brilliant 85 with John and Kevin shooting a shot, more laying the foundation for qualification.

Other Callan pairings were Kevin O’Driscoll & Jimmy Dunne, Liam Brennan & Denis Collins and Paddy Donovan & Tommy Hennessy. Together they produced a total of 357 which saw the team take the lead by five shots.

Team manager Paul Cashin reshuffled his pack for Sunday’s tie against Wexford. Peter Ryan & Johnny Kennedy, Kevin O’Gorman & John Moroney and Liam Brennan & Denis Collins were joined by Paddy Donovan & Pat O’Keeffe and Kevin O’Driscoll & Jimmy Dunne as the hosts were beaten by 3.5-1.5, securing Callan’s place in the final against Borris GC.

In a further shuffle Tommy Hennessy was joined by Joe Tierney replacing Kevin O’Gorman and John Moroney. Once again the team played brilliantly, recording a 4.5-0.5 win, a result which sees the team move on to the next qualifier in Corrstown on July 28.

The Ladies Junior Cup team had a great win over Waterford Castle at Tramore GC in their competition. This was a very close encounter, which went all the way to the final match, Anne Wemyss edging the 3-2 win in this tie. The team also included Rita O’Neill, Breda Ryan, Linda Adair and Marian O’Mahony.

The Boyne Trophy team were not as fortunate, going down to Thurles GC.

RESULTS - Results, Open Week four-person team event, May 26: 1 M. Carey, P. Mulrooney, J. Wellwood, T. Kenny; 2 B. Butler, T. Walsh, E. Slattery, J. Glendon.

Results, Open Week fourball, May 25: 1 J. Proctor & M. Dempsey, 2 R. Dunne & L. Murphy.

Results, Open Week competition, May 24: 1 N. O’Donovan, S. O’Donovan, B. O’ Donovan, T. O’Donovan; 2 K. Starr, A. Starr, B. Walshe, D.Walshe.

Results, Ladies day, May 23: 1 B. Walshe, 2 A. Hogan, 3 A. Starr.

Results, Wednesday open singles, May 22: 1 F. Nolan, 2 P. Grace, gross N. O’Sullivan.

Results, Seniors Open, May 21: Gents - 1 F. Phelan, 2 M. Kenny. Ladies - 1 S. Crowley, 2 P. Kennedy.

Results, three-person team event, May 20: 1 T. Manogue, V. Dunne, D. Hoyne; 2 W. Murphy, T. O’Driscoll, M. Foley; 3 P. Madigan, G. Dowling, J. O’Sullivan.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. The jackpot is now E1,250.

RATHDOWNEY GC

RESULTS, Rathdowney GC men’s second medal (18-hole stableford, sponsored by M&A Coaches), May 26: 1 Paul Delaney (19), 40pts; 2 Joe Bolger (19), 40pts; gross Pat Ruane (3), 31pts; 3 Declan Quinlan (9), 40pts.

Results, ladies first medal (18-hole stroke), May 26: Cat One - 1 Marie Duggan (20), 69pts; 2 Teresa Cahill (17), 73pts. Cat Two - 1 Joyce Bolger (21), 72pts; 2 Maureen Duggan (27), 73pts.

Results, ladies 18-hole stableford, May 22: 1 Kay Muldowney (34), 39pts; 2 Teresa Cahill (18), 38pts; gross Claire Molloy (9), 26pts; 3 Carmel Lonergan (32), 38pts.

Results, senior three-lady team event, May 24: 1 Eileen Phelan, Lucy Hyland, Margaret Kells.