Big wins for Blanchfield and Nixon

THE Captain’s prize to the ladies and the Lady Captain’s prize to the men took centre stage at Mount Juliet GC on Sunday with a large turnout of players for the occasion.

THE Captain’s prize to the ladies and the Lady Captain’s prize to the men took centre stage at Mount Juliet GC on Sunday with a large turnout of players for the occasion.

There were two shotgun starts to cope with the large numbers - one at 9am, the second at 2pm. Despite heavy rain very early in the morning the day turned out to be fine and dry for all competitors. Scoring was reflected in the good conditions, with good tallies returned in both competitions.

The best score of the day was carded by Brian Blanchfield, who scored a magnificent 44 points in the morning round. This prize looked to be in safe hands but Bryan Higgins almost caught the clubhouse leader by scoring 43 points in the afternoon. It was testament to the standard of golf played that some scores of 38 points failed to get among the prizewinners.

In the ladies section Rebecca Nixon, had another dream round by returning 42 points. Fresh from winning the Lady Captain’s Prize some weeks ago she has reduced her handicap by six shots in the past few weeks and hopes to reduce it further by season’s end.

INVITATION - The August Ladies Invitation Day competition, a three-person team event, was a close-run affair as only three shots separated the top four teams.

The winning team was led home by Lady Captain Ruth Mulholland, who won by a shot from Aileen Magee’s team. Kathleen Gaffney’s team and Margaret Clandillon’s team were third and fourth respectively.

FOURBALL - The member/guest fourball competition, which was held on Thursday, was won by the Callan-based pairing of John O’Dwyer and Sean Brett. They had four points to spare over Peter O’Flaherty and John O’Neill.
RESULTS - Results, Lady Captain’s prize to men, August 12: 1 Brian Blanchfield (12), 44pts; 2 Bryan Higgins (25), 43pts; 3 Chris McHugh (16), 40pts; 4 John Thompson (11), 38pts. Gross: John O’Dwyer (5), 31pts. Past Captain: Tom Duggan (9), 35pts. First nine: Alan Hoyne (7), 21pts. Second nine: Owen Phelan (9), 21pts.

Results, Captain’s prize to the ladies, August 12: 1 Rebecca Nixon (15), 42pts; 2 Ruth Mulholland (12), 37pts; 3 Brenda O’Sullivan (29), 36pts. Gross: Bernie Madigan. Past Captain: Helen Comerford (22), 30pts. First nine: Sandra Carr (19), 21pts. Second nine: Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty (15), 17pts.

Results, member/guest fourball, August 9: 1 John O’Dwyer (5) & Sean Brett (10), 45pts; 2 Peter O’Flaherty (12) & John O’Neill (17, Waterford Castle), 41pts.

Results, Ladies Invitation Day, August 8: 1 Ruth Mulholland (12), Marian Booth (11, The Heritage), Noreen O’Grady (13, The K Club), 69pts; 2 Aileen Magee (28), Siobhan Kearney (22, Greenore), Margaret McNulty (25, Milltown), 68pts; 3 Kathleen Gaffney (22), Nano Brennan (6, Kilkenny), Nuala Crotty (12, Kilkenny), 67pts; 4 Margaret Clandillon (26), Elizabeth McCalmont (32), Gillian Kelly (24, Powerscourt), 66pts.

DIARY - Sunday: Member/Guest competition (three-person rumble).