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THE timesheet is now open for the Golfing for Holidays Bank Holiday open singles weekend at Gowran Park GC.

THE timesheet is now open for the Golfing for Holidays Bank Holiday open singles weekend at Gowran Park GC.

First prize for the leading golfer in the competition, which will run from Friday, May 31 to Monday, June 3 is a break away for two at the Atlantic Coast Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo.

SINGLES - The Thursday open singles competition attracted a large entry. Visiting golfer Leo Dunne (12, Abbeyleix GC) took the honours with 38pts. Local member Paddy McGuinness was runner-up on 35pts.

Owing to a horse sale event at the track tomorrow (Thursday), this week’s open singles competition has been moved to Friday. Timesheet is available from 056-7726699 or online.

MEDAL - Playing off the blue tees, James Doyle (17) took the leading spot in the May monthly medal competition on Sunday, carding a fine score of 68. Six handicappers Eoin Jordan and Larry Cleere were second and third respectively, Eoin scoring a 69 nett with Larry one shot further back on 70.

This weekend’s competition is a members fourball in aid of the National Council for the Blind. Timesheet is available online.

LADIES - Results, Ladies Australian spoons qualifier, May 14: 1 Ann Mullins (15) & Deirdre McCabe (16), 36pts (c/b).

INTER-CLUB - The Boyne Trophy team, managed by Joan Murphy, had a very narrow but brilliant win over Kilkenny GC in the first round of the Boyne Trophy with three matches at home and two in Kilkenny.

After a great effort the first pairing of Nora Barron and Kathleen Whitehead were beaten on the 16th in Kilkenny, while Joan Murphy and Catherine O’Driscoll came from two down to win on the 18th.

At home Kate Hennessey and Helen Dunne were beaten on the 18th but Linda Donohoe and Ger Hickey had a great win on the 18th. With the tie evenly balanced Ann Mullins and Maura Coe drew level on the 17th, halved the 18th and went on to win on the 21st hole. Subs for the team were Peggy Canning and Gay Latchford.

The Miele team scored a great win against Faithlegg GC and are now through to the second round. The team, managed by Deirdre McCabe and Eileen Walsh, featured Judy Dick & Deirdre McCabe, Ger Hickey & Ann Farrell, Kate Hennessy & Helen Dunne and Sinead Kearney & Nora Barron. Thanks went to Kerri Bolger for her assistance and to all who supported the team.

Next in action are the Junior Foursomes. They will take on Moate GC in the second round of their competition at The Heritage on Sunday.

CALLAN GC

NIALL O’Sullivan proved that lightning does indeed strike twice when he swept to a Scratch Cup success at Callan GC at the weekend.

O’Sullivan landed the Philip O’Mahony Perpetual Trophy Junior Scratch Cup for the second time following a brilliant duel with his good friend and playing partner Paul Norris. Both golfers performed well on a weekend where the course proved testing to the 100+ field.

O’Sullivan, who last picked up the trophy in 2009, pipped his good pal by a shot following a countback over the last nine holes. The best nett score of 70 was produced by Martin Brett, now playing off his lowest ever handicap, with Nigel O’Donovan following behind on 72.

In the Intermediate Scratch there was also a local winner when Denis Carey shot a 78 to beat John Lennon by a shot and add his name to the intermediate trophy five years after winning the junior equivalent. The best nett score in the intermediate went to Michael O’Neill from Castlecomer with Callan’s Pat Mulrooney second.

The scratch cups are sponsored by the O’Mahony family and Oleum Oil.

OPEN WEEK - Open Week continues over the coming days with a variety of events. On Wednesday 22nd there is There will be an 18-hole single qualifier, sponsored by O’Dwyer Golf Stores, today (Wednesday) along with a ladies open 18-hole singles event.

There will also be a ladies 18-hole open singles competition tomorrow (Thursday), followed by a nine-hole competition from 5pm which is open to men and women. Friday sees a four-person Champagne scramble, followed by a fourball event (any combination) on Saturday.

Open Week finishes on Sunday with a four-person team event (any combination).

INTER-CLUB - Callan bowed out of the Provincial Towns Cup for this year when they were beaten by a strong Kilkenny side in their recent match. There were wins for Conor Murphy and Brian Cullen as the side went down fighting to Kilkenny, who now go on to the last 16. Thanks went to team manager Paul Norris.

The Junior Cup team will be hoping for better luck when they take on Birr GC, while the Pierce Purcell team will have a qualifying tie in Wexford.

SENIORS - John Holden came out on top in the Eddie Lyons Trophy competition for seniors. The Category A prize was won by Michael Wall from Don Bolger, with Tony Freeman pipping Willie Gilbert to the Category B spoils.

LADIES - There were mixed fortunes for the club’s ladies inter-club teams. The Senior Cup team were pipped in Wexford while the Intermediate Cup team had a brilliant win over Mount Juliet.

On the home front Pauline Kenny won the Tuesday competition from Marie O’Riordan with a fine 69. In the senior ladies Ann Campion won from Teresa Drea, with Monica Leydon third.

Owing to Open Week there will be no social mixed competition on Friday.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 26, 29 and 30. Lucky dip winners were S. Donoghue, S. Brett and C. Egan.

Next week’s jackpot will be E1,150.

CASTLECOMER GC

IT WAS A mixed week for the ladies teams who flew the flag for Castlecomer GC on the inter-club front.

The Challenge team put up a great fight against the Curragh GC but were beaten in their match, which was played at Portlaoise GC. The team, which was managed by Noreen Kinsella, featured Jean Ryan, Jean Jackman, Helen Dunne, Margaret O’Keeffe and Loretta Mansfield.

There was better news for the Intermediate team, who beat Abbeyleix GC. Maria Downey’s team of Maureen Norton, Betty Byrne, Caroline Conway, Nuala Mahon and Ita Madigan scored a well-earned win in Athy.

The Finn Trophy team were also in action over the week, travelling to Roscrea GC to take on the hosts. All the fourball matches were close, but ’Comer emerged winners.

The Boyne Trophy team had a difficult assignment on Sunday, with three matches away to Woodenbridge and two at home. On the day, Woodenbridge proved too strong despite close matches.

SINGLES - The draw for the ladies singles matchplay will be made on Monday. Names must be entered on the sheet in the locker room.

The Calor Gas ladies 18 hole singles competition has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

SOCIAL - Social golf continues on Monday. Draw is at 10.15am.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 08, 10, 12 and 22. Next week’s jackpot will be E18,600.

SENIORS - There will be a seniors open day on Wednesday, May 29. Entry fee for the over-50s 18-hole singles stableford is E10 (E6 for members). Catering is available all day with the presentation for the winners to be held at 9.30pm. The Michael Doyle Prize and Trophy will be awarded to the club golfer (male) with the best score.

DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: 18-hole open singles competition.

MOUNT JULIET GC

NORMAN Williams was an emphatic winner of the member/guest fourball stableford at Mount Juliet GC on Sunday.

Williams and his guest, Willie Horgan, took the spoils with a score of 47pts. Williams was on fire in his round, scoring birdies at the third, fourth and 11th holes as the winners carded nines of 24 and 23 points to win by a shot from the mother and son combination of Una and Graham Robinson, who were a shot clear of Sean Brett and Therese Maher in third place.

INVITATION - Tipperary golfers held sway at the May Men’s Invitation Day as a team from Thurles GC swept the main prize by 10 shots.

On a day with a stiff north-westerly breeze blowing conditions were testing for a large turnout of competitors the winners - Pat Stakelum (18), Pat McEvoy (14), John McGrath (15) and Donal Hurley - returned a great score of 94 points. They recorded six points on the first, fourth, eighth, 10th, 15th and 17th holes. They had a seven-pointer on the third and never dipped under the four-point mark on the remainder of their card.

All prize-winners will qualify for the final day to be held in October.

GOLFER - After three rounds Alan Hearn leads the way in the Golfer of The Year competition. Hearn is in pole position on 20pts, eight clear of John Mulholland, Mark Magnier, P.J. Aylward and Conor Spain.

There is a tie in the ladies section between Helen Walsh and Adrienne Walsh, both of whom are on 18pts. Second place is shared by Karen Murphy and Ruth Mulholland on 16pts each.

The next round of the GoTY will be held in conjunction with the Jack Nicklaus Trophy on Sunday, May 26. The timesheet for this competition is already open.

INTER-CLUB - The Pierce Purcell team, managed by Paul Madigan, are in action this week in the regional qualifier at Wexford GC. The Junior Cup team, managed by Alan Hoyne, also have a regional qualifier this weekend at Courtown GC.

MATCHPLAY - Golfers are reminded that outstanding first round ties in the club matchplay competitions must be completed by Friday, May 31.

RESULTS - Results member/guest fourball stableford: 1 Norman Williams (13) & Willie Horgan (13, Kilkenny GC), 47pts; 2 Graham Robinson (6) & Una Robinson (19, Wexford GC), 46pts; 3 Sean Brett (8) & Therese Maher (36), 45pts.

Results, men’s May invitation day four-person team event: 1 Pat Stakelum (18), Pat McEvoy (14), John McGrath (15), Donal Hurley (18), 94pts; Jim Gorey (15), Liam Duggan (11), Sean O’Neill (15), Fr Pat Duggan (18), 84pts; P.J. Aylward (7), Seamus Grace (15), Kevin Fennelly (9), Eamon Brennan (11), 83pts.

NEW ROSS GC

THE Centenary Cup was held at New Ross GC at the weekend, with the good weather reflected in great scores.

Liam Murphy (11) took home the silverware with a 65 and will go on to represent New Ross at the Leinster Golf Centenary Medal at The Curragh in September. John Dowling (11) was second with a 66, one ahead of Michael Ryan jnr (3). Donal Hosey won the gross prize while category winners were Mossy Connell (67), John Whelan (68) and Marco Marsella (67).

INTER-CLUB - The Irish Mixed team lost to Waterford GC in their third round match on Saturday. Ger Ronan & Maria Burford won at home, but Jim Byrne & Ann Conway lost. When Liz Bennett & Sean Murphy lost in Waterford the team were left with unlikely task of having to win the two remaining matches in Waterford. They almost pulled it off, Eamon Dungan & Margaret Furlong winning on the 21st to level matters, but Frankie Morrissey & Ger Mackey lost the last game on the 22nd hole.

The Junior Cup and Pierce Purcell teams will be in action on Saturday, playing their regional qualifying events in Courtown and Wexford respectively.

FOURBALL - Winners of the Tuesday fourball were John Dowling and John Murphy. Ted Harrington and Colm Kehoe won Category One, with Category Two spoils going to David O’Donovan and Victoria Murphy.

OPEN WEEK - Timesheets are now available for Open Week, which runs from June 8 to 16. Golfers are also reminded that the JFK Gathering Classic will be held on June 22 and 23.

CHAMPAGNE - There will be a champagne scramble at the club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by The Augustinians, this is the first time that the format has been tried at the club.

LADIES - Results, ladies 18-hole 3 Tees charity stableford, May 15: 1 Anne Breen (15), 39pts; 2 Mary Dungan (33), 36pts; gross Mary Dowling, 30 gross pts; 3 Mary O’Leary (15), 36pts.

There will be two extra evening timesheet slots for the Sweeney Garden Centre-sponsored 18 hole stableford today (Wednesday).

The club will also start nine-hole competitions for ladies. These will be held at 11.30am on Wednesdays.

An introductory night for all new lady members will be held tomorrow (Thursday). Golfers to meet Liz Bennett on the first tee at 7pm. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

Ladies are reminded that the men’s captain’s prize to the ladies will be held on May 29. Meanwhile entries are also being received for the annual fourball matchplay competition. Entry fee is E5 per person.

RATHDOWNEY GC

RESULTS, men’s 18-hole stableford, Rathdowney GC, May 19: 1 Ossie Bennett (18), 43pts; 2 Patrick Treacy (17), 42pts; gross Brendan Ryan (1), 34pts; 3 Tom Garrett (9), 41pts.

Results, ladies 18-hole singles stableford, May 19: 1 Theresa Kavanagh, 38pts; 2 Mary Dooley, 38pts; gross Elaine Dowling.

Results, senior men’s scramble, May 16: Cat One - Seamus Payne, Willie Ryan & Mick Butler. Cat Two - Christy Jones, Tom Doheny & Paschal Ryan.

Results, ladies Colgan Sports 18-hole open singles stableford, May 15: 1 Ann Creagh (17), 38pts; 2 Norah Harte (20), 37pts; gross Kathleen Maher (12), 22pts; 3 Breda Colleton (24), 36pts. Visitor’s prize: Monica Dooley (18), 34pts.