Open weekend a success

IT MAY have been a bad weekend weather-wise, but scoring was hot in the 18 hole singles competition at Gowran Park GC.

IT MAY have been a bad weekend weather-wise, but scoring was hot in the 18 hole singles competition at Gowran Park GC.

A large entry resulted in some hot scores from the competitors, who reported the course to be in good shape. The top spot of the weekend went to local member Judy Dick (21) with a great score of 44pts while Michael Delahunty (15) took the runners-up spot with a good score of 43pts. Michael O’Sullivan (5) was third with a score of 41pts.

Leading scores on each day went to Mick Lane (11) with a score of 41pts on Friday, Darren Comerford (16, Callan) took Saturday’s prize with 41pts. Ger Sheehan (10) had the leading score on Sunday with 36pts while Paul Dundon (16, Borris) took the best score on Monday with 41pts. The gross prize went to Gary Walsh (scratch, Mount Juliet) on Sunday with 37pts.

SINGLES - With a wet start scores were hard to come by for the field in Thursday’s open singles competition. Club members were to the fore with John Barcoe (15) taking the lead spot with 39pts while Frank Nolan (20) scored 38pts to secure the runners-up spot.

The Thursday Open Singles continues this week. Timesheet available from 056-7726699.

INTER-CLUB - Sean Kiely and his J.B. Carr team travelled to Castlecomer last week for the next round of this inter club completion. After taking Kilkenny GC in the previous round hopes were high on their travels. However, after preparing well for the competition Gowran were disappointed to lose out in the Scotch Foursomes format.

The Jimmy Bruen panel are busy preparing for their qualifying round which will be held this weekend in New Ross. The panel are practising in New Ross tomorrow (Thursday) evening ahead of their first round on Saturday morning. Should they qualify on Saturday they will have an early start on Sunday morning in the hunt for a semi-final spot.

POUNDS FOR ROUNDS - The club has announced a special rate for Seniors on Tuesdays. While there is an Open Seniors competition held on the first Tuesday of every month there is now a special green fee of 10 old Irish punts for green fees on the alternate Tuesdays. Bring along old Irish money and play a round. This special rate is available to Seniors on Tuesday only.

LADIES - Results, Ladies 18 hole monthly medal, May 30: 1 Catherine Hoyne (18), 68nett (CB); 2 Kate Hennessy (10), 68nett. Twos competition: Kate Hennessy.

The Ladies Challenge Team beat Enniscorthy in the second round and are now through to the quarter finals against Waterford Castle.

The team, managed by Eileen Tobin, was: Eithne Donnelly, Brigid Mullins, Mary Purcell, Mary Harding and Fionnuala Hennebry. A result of 7&6 in Gowran and 4&3 in Mount Juliet secured the victory for the Miele Team in the first round against Mount Juliet. Team was Sinead Kearney & Catherine O’Connor, Deirdre McCabe & Anne Farrell, Hilary & Judy Dick, Eileen Tobin & Catherine O’Driscoll. Managers: Eileen Walsh & Ger Hickey.

JUNIORS - The Summer coaching programme will begin on Wednesday, June 13. Juniors or juveniles interested in participating please return forms to Dominic immediately.

The junior Summer competitions begin on Monday - 18 hole participants meet at 10am for 10.30am start; nine hole golfers meet at 12 noon for 12.30pm. Format will be decided on the day.

The draw for the Junior Matchplay competition has been posted on the Junior noticeboard. Preliminary round matches must be played by Saturday, June 17.

The next session of the Girls ‘N’ Golf programme will be held on Saturday at 4pm for both groups.

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday): Open Singles Stableford. Friday/Saturday: Thomastown United AFC Classic.

Saturday/Sunday: Members’ 18 hole singles competition.