MUSIC takes centre-stage ahead of golf this week as The Boss, aka Bruce Springsteen, set up home in Mount Juliet for a few days before his concerts in Nowlan Park.
The club will also host the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, who are playing in the marquee as part of their Summer Series today (Wednesday).
SCOTCH - On the golf front the member/guest series continued with a mixed scotch foursomes on Sunday. The winners, Frank Smyth and Lisa Lynn - an Irish and Scottish combination of players, scored 42pts and just pipped husband and wife team Billy and Clodagh Davis on a countback.
The winners had nines of 21pts each whereas the runners-up scored 23 and 19pts. They must rue the fact that they only scored a solitary point on the 13th, 15th and 18th holes on their back nine holes.
SUMMER - Brenda O’Sullivan had a convincing win in the Summer Series. She returned a highly impressive 40pts to beat her nearest competitor, Brian Blanchfield, by two shots.
MATCHPLAY - The McCalmont Cup matchplay competitions have reached the semi-final stage in the men’s section. P.J. Aylward awaits the winner of the match between Bryan Phelan and Graham Robinson, while Mark Magnier and Dermot Fennelly have yet to do battle in the other semi-final.
Ursula Mason has reached the final of the ladies matchplay. There she will meet the winner of the match between Helen Scully and Helen Walsh.
GOLFER - The Golfer of the Year competitions have surpassed the halfway stages, with just a few more tournaments left on the calendar.
In the ladies section Ruth Mulholland (46pts) has a commanding 18-point lead on her nearest rival Helen Walsh, with Fiona Corbett a further point behind Helen.
The men’s section is a lot closer with P. J. Aylward (26pts) just ahead of Alan Hearn (25pts) and John Barrett (23pts).
RESULTS - Results, member/guest Scotch mixed foursomes, July 28: 1 Frank Smyth (15) & Lisa Lynn (17, Royal Dornoch G), 42pts; 2 Billy Davis (8, Edmondstown GC) & Clodagh Davis (17), 42pts.
THE Bank Holiday Weekend will play host to an 18-hole singles competition at Gowran Park GC.
The competition runs from Friday to Monday and is open to both ladies and men. To celebrate the club’s 12th year in business, entry fee for visitors is E12.
Timesheets for the competition, which will have daily prizes, are available from 056-7726699 or www.gowranpark.ie
OPEN WEEK - Open Week will be held at the club from Thursday, August 8 to Sunday, August 18. Competitions include a three-person rumble, the Gowran Gathering open singles and a ladies two-woman team event. A four-person team event will conclude the activities on August 17 and 18.
The full programme of events is: singles stableford, August 8; three-person rumble, August 9; fourball stableford, August 10 & 11; The Gathering singles, August 12; Junior singles (morning), ladies team event, August 13; singles stableford, August 15; three-person team event, August 16; four-person team event, August 17 & 18.
SINGLES - The fine weather brought a large entry out for Thursday’s open singles competition on Thursday last. Young local member Ciaran Whelan (12) took the leading spot with a return of 41pts to win a weekend break at the Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ciaran just pipped Damian Dowling (12, Mountain View) for victory, winning on a countback.
The competition continues tomorrow (Thursday) with a timesheet available from 056-7726699.
MEDAL - The members’ monthly medal competition was held at the weekend. Some hot scoring saw 13-handicapper J.J. Ryan take top spot with a great score of a nett 63.
J.J. had two to spare over Tony Dooley, who returned a nett 65. Colm Corcoran, playing off seven, returned a score of two over gross resulting in nett 66 to take third place.
CLASSIC - The Young Irelands GAA club held their golf classic at the club recently. The competitition, which attracted great numbers, was won by Maurice Dunne’s team.
CUP - Course ranger Liam O’Dwyer had a great success at Kilkenny GC recently. Liam was the worthy winner of the club’s Intermediate Cup competition.
RESULTS - Results, ladies 18-hole stableford competition, July 24: 1 Margaret Bower (33), 40pts.
Results, ladies 18-hole stableford, July 21 & 23: 1 Margaret Bower, 40pts; 2 Ann Mullins, 38pts.
Results, Golden Golfers nine-hole competition, July 26: 1 Ann Mullins (15), 22pts; 2 Peter O’Shea (18), 21pts; 3 John O’Driscoll (20), 20pts.
DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday): Weekly open singles, visitor E20, member E5.
Friday to Monday: Open singles birthday celebrations, visitor E12 all weekend.
Tuesday: Seniors open singles, visitor E15, member E5.
IT PROMISES to be a big weekend for John Kinchella, who will host his President’s Prize at Callan GC this weekend.
The weekend marks the culmination of John’s 20-year association with the club. John was introduced to the game by Mick Cummins, a family friend. As he was working in Carrolls Joinery the club was a natural place for John to pick up the rudimentaries of the game. John has stayed loyal to the club and continues to make sure there is a welcoming mat in the club for new and not so new members alike.
He became involved with the juniors, under David Nye, almost immediately nuturing the future of the club. John’s grandchildren have enjoyed the junior programme with David, Luke and Dylan all showing excellent promise. John then became invloved in the RGA and has helped junior and senior members enjoy the facilities of the club.
When the competition ends on Sunday there will be a social night, with music and craic going into the night. The presentation is set for 8pm and promises to be a wonderful conclusion to John’s weekend.
PURCELL - The Pierce Purcell team’s Leinster title bid ended at the final hurdle after a brave effort in Corrstown.
On Saturday morning Callan lined up against Coolattin and were involved in a titanic struggle. Tommy Hennessy & Joe Tierney lost on 18 while John Moroney & Kevin O’Gorman also lost narrowly. Paddy Donovan & Johnnie Kennedy won their game while Jimmy Dunne & Kevin O’Gorman played solidly to ensure that the tie went down to the final game. Denis Collins & Liam Brennan held their nerve in the decider, winning on the 20th hole to guide Callan into the Leinster final against hosts Corrstown.
The final got off to a great start as Paddy Donovan & Paddy O’Keeffe played scintillating golf to win with a par and birdie blitz. Callan put their second point on the board soon afterwards when Johnnie Kennedy & Peter Ryan won out after some fine scoring.
That was where Callan’s run stopped. Despite some good scoring from John Healy & Joe Tierney, Jimmy Dunne & Kevin O’Gorman and Liam Brennan & Kevin O’Gorman home advantage came good as the North Dublin club pipped Paul Cashin’s charges.
HELP - Thanks went to all who gave their help voluntarily at the club over the past few weeks. Huge efforts have been made in all aspects of the club, course and shop. Thanks also went to Ormonde Construction for the loan of their machine which was invaluable in helping a team, led by Pat Cunningham, to clean the pond on the first hole.
RESULTS - Results, O’Dwyer Store open singles, July 24: 1 R. Condon, 40pts; 2 R. Burke, 39pts. Visitor: Jack Cullen (Mount Juliet).
Results, RGA Captain’s Prize, July 22: 1 Tony Drennan, 39pts. Cat A: 1 J. O’Neill, 2 J. Cuddihy, 3 T. Owens. Cat B: 1 D. McGrath, 2 J. Kinsella, 3 K. O’Connor.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the club lotto. Numbers drawn were 3, 9, 14. Lucky dip: S. Hanley, J. Delahunty, B. Roche. Sellers: P. Norris, J. Kirwan. The jackpot is now E2,150.
THE recent dry spell gave way to more familiar Summer showers over the weekend but that did not dampen the spirit of over 130 golfers who played in the Gary Flood Landscapes-sponsored singles competition at New Ross GC.
Declan Hartford (9) took the winner’s prize with a great score of 41pts, one ahead of Martin Kehoe (9) in second and Declan Doyle (15) in third. Category winners were Alan Furness (6) on 36pts, Pat Shannon (14) on 35pts and Michael Logue (19) on 39pts.
Robert Farrell had the consolation of winning the gross (36pts) after he was out of luck in his first round match of the South of Ireland Championships in Lahinch on Saturday, losing out to Ronan Burke from The Castle on the 20th hole.
FOURBALL - Scoring was exceptional in Tuesday’s fourball competition. Winners on 41pts were the experienced duo of John Murphy & Jim Meggs. Frankie Morrissey & Roy Sexton (Scarke) and Hugh Byrne & Luke Power took the categories with 38 and 39pts respectively.
PRIZE - President Brian Dolan will begin his prize competition with a nine-hole mixed event tomorrwo (Thursday) from 4pm.
The President’s Prize qualifying round (an 18-hole stableford) will be held on Friday and Saturday, with some tee times still available on Saturday, before the competition draws to a close with the 18-hole stableford playoff on Sunday.
The presentation of prizes begins at 9.45pm on Sunday, with a social event to follow.
SCRAMBLE - Friday’s three-person scramble was won by Ronan Whelan, Michael Ryan jnr and Aidan O’Neill, who returned an impressive 56.8.
The next open scramble will be held on Friday. The timesheet is now live.
FINAL - John Dowling & Michael Greene and Paul Harrington & Eddie Morrissey have reached the final of the men’s foursomes competition. Golfers are reminded that the deadline for the quarter-finals of the fourball matchplay is July 30.
THE following are the results from the single stableford competition which was held at Mountain View GC, July 28:
1 Frank Culleton, 40pts; 2 Eddie Walsh, 39pts; 3 Michael Waugh, 39pts; 4 Shane Timmons, 38pts; 5 John Coffey, 38pts; 6 T.J. Dowling, 37pts; 7 Kevin Kelly, 35pts; 8 Frank Kavanagh, 35pts; 9 Anthony Holland, 35pts; 10 Michael Kelly, 34pts; 11 Sean Byrne, 34pts; 12 Seamus O’Brien, 33pts; 13 Dermot Haberlin, 32pts; 14 Vincent McCarthy, 32pts; 15 Tommy Walton, 31pts; 16 Paul Muldoon, 30pts; 17 Sean Og O’Sullivan, 30pts; 18 Richard Dowling, 30pts; 19 John Coleman, 29pts; 20 Kevin O’Sullivan, 29pts; 21 Kevin McPhilomy, 29pts; 22 Michael Grace, 28pts; 23 James Dunne snr, 27pts; 24 Tim Carr, 25pts.