News from around the Kilkenny golf clubs

With the first round of the Mount Juliet inter-club competitions due to begin shortly various teams from Mount Juliet GC got together over the weekend to shake off some of the rust.

With the first round of the Mount Juliet inter-club competitions due to begin shortly various teams from Mount Juliet GC got together over the weekend to shake off some of the rust.

The outing proved to be a very useful exercise for both players and mentors, who are hopeful of some good results through the season.

Following the golf there was a lively debate in the Spike Bar for all members on some of the Rules of Golf which was given by club professional Sean Cotter.

STABLEFORD - The member/guest fourball stableford, which was played on Sunday, was won by Billy Fanning and his guest Denis Walsh (Kanturk GC). The winners scored 44pts, scoring 23 and 21 points for each nine holes.

In second place two shots behind were Brian Blanchfield and his partner Anthony Rochford (Dungarvan GC). They beat Sean Brett and Sean Walzer (Callan GC) on countback.

FOURBALL - Members are reminded that the preliminary round of the club fourball competition has yet to be completed.

With a closing date of March 31 for this round, players are asked to contact their opponents to arrange their match.

RESULTS - Results, member/guest fourball stableford, March 2: 1 Billy Fanning (16) & Denis Walsh (17, Kanturk GC), 44pts; 2 Brian Blanchfield (8) & Anthony Rochford (6, Dungarvan GC), 42pts c/b; 3 Sean Brett (8) & Sean Walzer (19, Callan GC), 42pts.

DIARY - Sunday: Members’ Winter League. Timesheet available from golf shop.

Wednesday, March 12: Open four-person team event. Timesheet available from golf shop.


The first monthly medal competition of 2014 will be held at Mountain View GC this weekend.

There will be three categories in play (handicaps 0-13, 14-18 and 19+). All medal competitions will be in single stroke format and played on Sundays only.

In order to facilitate the draw, members must be registered by 1pm on Fridays for all weekend competitions.

SPRING - This year’s Spring League begins on March 22 and 23. Teams are of four players, with members allowed to select their own teams. No substitutes will be allowed.

For each round of the league two members of one team must play with two members of another team recording and verifying each score card.

The competition formats are: fourball better ball, champagne better ball (minimum six drives each), rumble (one score on all odd holes and two scores on all even holes) and a champagne rumble (minimum six drives each, one score odd holes and two scores even holes).

The four rounds will run over four consecutive weekends. Entry fee is €80 per team. Contact the clubhouse for more details.

Last week’s qualifier for the open Spring series was Larry O’Neill (9).

DIARY - Sunday: Monthly Medal (single stroke).

Monday to Sunday: Week 8 open series (single stableford). Tuesday: Seniors competition.

Wednesday, March 12: Ladies 18-hole competition.


The Spring League competition proved to be a popular event at Gowran Park GC over the weekend.

Local member Martin Donohoe (17) led the way from a large entry field, taking the first qualifying spot with 40pts on countback from Lawrence Walsh (13). Paddy McGuinness (8) secured the remaining qualifying berth with a score of 38pts.

The competition continues tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday ahead of the final, which will be held on Friday, March 28.

CRUMLIN - Members are reminded that the three-person Rumble for Crumlin competition will be held from Monday, March 10 to Sunday, March 16. An annual event, all are encouraged to support this charity fund-raiser.

OFFICE - Members’ diaries are now available for collection from the golf office.

LADIES - Lady Captain Deirdre McCabe organised an 11-hole scramble to begin the new season. Held on one of the best mornings of the year, there was a great turnout of new and existing members.

Following a shotgun start at 11am there was a presentation of prizes in the clubhouse, followed by refreshments.

It was a very enjoyable start to the golfing season with 18 hole competitions kicking off from today (Wednesday).

RESULTS - Results, golden golfers 11-hole champagne scramble, February 28: 1 Kate Hennessy (10), Michael Comerford (20), Liam Whitely (22), 59pts; 2 Tony Dooley (13), Pat Murphy (20), Jim Fisher (21), 57pts.

Results, ladies 11-hole scramble, February 25: 1 Kate Hennessy (10), Maura Coe (22) & Mary Harding (34), 35.4 nett; 2 Eileen Walsh (21), Peggy Canning (22) & Brigid Mullins (31), 37.6 nett.

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday)/Friday: Spring League singles (visitors €20, includes soup and sandwich).

Saturday: Race meeting - no golf. Sunday: Open fourball (visitor €20, members €5).


The golfing year was officially launched at Callan GC when captains Kathleen Phelan and Martin Maher held their drive-in on Saturday.

Jean Grace (senior ladies captain), Jim Kehoe (RGA) and junior captains Conor and Caoimhe Murphy also launched their respective sections with successful drives.

Following the drive-in a team scramble competition was held. The competition, which was well contested, provided great entertainment.

SINGLES - The O’Dwyer Golf Stores open singles series swings into action from today (Wednesday). A great source of revenue for the club, there will be great interest to see who can follow John Hession (Mount Juliet) and lift the overall title.

WINTER - The Winter League has been extended to allow for the inclement weather. The final date will be decided over the coming days.

OPEN - The club will host an open singles competition every Friday (ladies and gents prizes). These singles competitions are not qualifiers, with prizes awarded every week.

A great addition to the yearly calendar, cost of entry is €12.50 for visitors and €6 for members.

STABLEFORD - Playing great golf saw Larry Malone capture the singles stableford competition over the weekend.

Locked with Tom Kenny on 42pts apiece, Malone’s better inward nine saw him beat the consistent Kenny on a countback. John Sheil was just a point further back in third.

The competition is boasting excellent numbers every week, with timesheets quickly filling up.

QUIZ - The club will host a table quiz on Friday at 8pm. Tables for the event, which is in aid of St Brigid’s College, are €20 for a team of four. All are encouraged to support this event.

RESULTS - Results, singles stableford, March 1/2: 1 L. Malone, 42pts; 2 T. Kenny, 42pts; 3 J. Sheil, 41pts.

Results, RGA outing to Rathdowney, February 24: Cat A - 1 B. Cullen, 2 M. Maher, 3 E. Holohan. Cat B - 1 M. Somers, 2 P. Cody, 3 W. Gilbert.

LADIES - The ladies minor alliance was held in Callan recently. The course, which was bathed in sunshine as 55 golfers set out, stood up to the test following the spell of bad weather.

Results: 1 Phil O’Connor (Cahir Park), 29pts; 2 Ann McLoughlin (Cahir Park), 28pts; 3 Teresa O’Neill (Callan), 28pts; 4 Kathleen Campbell (Clonmel), 28pts; 5 Eileen Tobin (Gowran Park), 27pts c/b; 6 Audrey Fitzpatrick (Carrick-on-Suir), 27pts.

Results, ladies senior outing, February 27: 1 S. Crowley, 2 M. Norton, 3 M. Lanigan, 4 M. Comerford.

Results, ladies senior outing, February 20: 1 C. O’Sullivan, 2 K. Power.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): O’Dwyer Golf Stores men’s open singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Senior Ladies, 10am. Friday: Ladies/Gents open.

Saturday/Sunday: Singles stableford.

Monday: RGA. Tuesday: Ladies day.


The seniors were able to play their weekly outing at New Ross GC thanks to the hard work of the green staff and volunteers.

Together, the group cleared all the fallen trees and debris after the recent gales, leaving the course in perfect condition.

Faced with a brisk North-Westerly wind and showers, including one of hailstones, the 15 teams who competed enjoyed their four-person team event.

After the scores were compiled the spoils went to the team of Patsy Farrell (10), John Joe Cullen (18), Jim Kehoe (20) and Brian Dolan (20), who brought in a winning tally of 93pts. Second place went to Pat Traynor (16), Luke Power (17) Jamesie Murphy (20) and Michael Brennan (21), who finished as runners-up with 90pts on a countback by virtue of a better back nine.

In third place on 90pts were Jim ‘Ross’ Ryan (14), Jamesie Wallace (16), Charlie Collins (17) and Martin Burke (23). Nearest the pin prizes went to John Hosey on the ninth hole and Tony Harford on the 11th.

DIVOTS - All members are once again requested to replace divots on the fairways, repair pitch marks on the green, and keep trolleys off the mounds.

DRAW - The draw board stewards for March are John Murphy, Paddy Shannon, Martin Burke and Larry Shannon