McCarthy a winner in Kilkenny

The winner of the men’s PGA tankard competition held at the weekend at Kilkenny golf club was Michael McCarthy (21) with 64 net. He had a steady round of 43 on the front nine and 42 on the back.

The winner of the men’s PGA tankard competition held at the weekend at Kilkenny golf club was Michael McCarthy (21) with 64 net. He had a steady round of 43 on the front nine and 42 on the back.

He had a good finish on the back five where he recorded three pars. Second on 65 was John Geoghegan (16). John was out in 38 and back in 43 with a triple bogey 7 on the 16th doing a lot of damage. Third, with the best of the 66s’, was Patrick Kearns (20).

Pat was out in 47 and returned with a great 39. Kieran Hoban (10) and Brendan Hogan (6) also featured in the prizes with 66s’. The Best Gross went to Graham Nugent (2) with 68 gross. The juvenile prize went to Jack Walsh (18) 70 net.

On Bank Holiday Monday a four person team event semi Open was played. The winners with 91 points were Tom Sloyan (6), Eabha Sloyan (30), Amy Lennon (26) and Daniel McGrath (14). Second were Ger Crowdle (26), Ber Crowdle (36), Aoife Crowdle (34) and Doireann Sloyan (25) on 88 points.

Third and fourth on the same score were Mary Browne (25), Tom Browne (18), Charlie Browne (13) and Margaret McCreery (19) 88 points and the team of Jack Troy (16), Frank Byrne (18), David Conlon (13) and Michael Burke (13).

The ladies Australian Spoons Scotch foursomes competition was won by Valerie Graham (26) and Catherine O’Neill (25) with 44 points. The best gross went to Dervilla O’Byrne (14) and Jo Lawlor (12) 26 Gross points.

The senior men and ladies combined for a mixed competition on May 1 for a four person team event and a meal afterwards. Ove 70 players took part. The winners, with a great score of 76 points, were Geoff Meagher (14), Martin Kelly (26), Mary O’Connell (36) and Theresa Brandon (36). They had an eight and a nine pointer on the card.

Martin had a birdie on the 4th and Teresa a par for the eight points. On the 6th hole Mary had a par for three points and Teresa a birdie for fivef points. Both ladies had two shots on the hole for a nine point total.

Second were John O’Leary (18), Eddie Geraghty (24), Joan Mannion (29) and Joan Norris (23) on 76 points. Third were Noel Skehan (15), Joe Nolan (23), Maurice Ryan (21) and Phil Cooke (26) on 73 points. Fourth went to Billy Burke (9), Matt Ruth (15), Andy Hughes (18) and Joan O’Sullvan (30) with 72 points.

Noel Skehan, Captain of the Hurlers Golf Society, held his Captain’s prize in Kilkenny on Friday. Close on 100 former hurlers from all over the country played. Noel’s prize was won by former Limerick star, Eamon Grimes with 43 points.

LOCAL RULES: Placing has ceased. The ball must be played as it lies throughout the course. Relief is available from ground disturbed following the recent work on the course. The areas on the right of the 4th and 7th holes are now back in play and are marked GUR. Relief may be availed of one club length form nearest point of relief.

Where drop zones are in place from some of the new spinneys they must be used. Players should familiarise themselves with the rules which are posted on the window at the front door and also on the first tee box. As always, if availing of relief consult and agree with playing partners.

JUNIOR/JUVENILE: The Juvenile Committee are looking for volunteers to help with the coaching and supervision when the Saturday morning coaching sessions commence. Contact Leo Byrne, Michael Keenan, Niamh Kelly or the office.

New junior/juvenile members were elected last week. They will be notified by post in the coming days. The induction night for these new members will be on Friday, May 16 (7.30pm).

The boys Fred Daly team scored a good win over Mount Juliet on Monday. Brian Crowdle, Kevin Power and Luke Donnelly won at home. Mark Power was two up on the 15th when called in. Dylan Smithwick won in Mount Juliet. The other two players in Mount Juliet were Jeff Kealy and Shane Mahony.

CLUB MIXED: The draw for the club mixed was made at the weekend. It is posted on the notice board under the stairs. The preliminary round, which only involves four pairings, is due for completion by May 16. The first round proper date is May 30.

MEN’S SCRATCH: In the men’s Scratch matchplay/fourball/singles the next round is due for completion by May 23. The second round of the men’s club fourball must be played by May 25. The first round of the mens singles date is May 23.

Those on top of the draws are responsible for arranging the match.

INTER CLUB COMPETITION: The next few weeks will be busy for the ladies section with the inter-club competitions swinging into action. The Boyne Trophy team play Thurles in Kilkenny on Saturday (2pm); the Challenge Cup team play Callan in Gowran Park on Monday; the ladies Senior Cup play in Carlow at the weekend.

They take on the Heath in their first match at 10.48am on Saturday. If successful they play the Curragh in the afternoon.

MEN’S INTER CLUB: In the next round of the Barton Cup, Kilkenny play New Ross on Saturday (3pm). There are two matches in Kilkenny and three in New Ross. The team will be posted on the men’s notice board later in the week.

SOCIAL: No results to hand from Friday’s social golf competition. There won’t be any Social Golf this Friday.

RESULTS: Men’s PGA Tankard, May 3 and 4, CSS 71 both days, 1 Michael McCarthy (21) 64 net; 2 John Geoghegan (16) 65 net; 3 Patrick Kearns (20) 66 net (B9); best Gross, Graham Nugent (2) 68 Gross; 5 Kieran Hoban (10) 66 net (B9); 6 Brendan Hogan (6) 66 net. Best junior, Jack Walsh (18) 70 net.

Two’s Club PGA Tankard - details next week.

Bank Holiday four person team semi Open - 1 Tom Sloyan (6), Eabha Sloyan (30), Amy Lennon (26), Daniel McGrath (14) 91pts; 2 Ger Crowdle (26), Ber Crowdle (36), Aoife Crowdle (34), Doireann Sloyan (25) 88pts (B9); 3 Mary Browne (25), Tom Browne (18), Charlie Browne (13), Margaret McCreery (19) 88pts (B3); 4 Jack Troy (16), Frank Byrne (18), David Conlon (13), Michael Burke (13) 88pts.

LADIES NEWS: Results Australian Spoons scotch foursomes, winner Valerie Graham (26) and Catherine O’Neill (25) 44pts. Best gross, Dervilla O’Byrne (14) and Jo Lawlor (12) 26 Gross points.

Ladies 9 hole competition on Tuesdays for those ladies who are unable to play 18 holes. Slots from 10 to 10.20am and 1.30 to 2pm. Self entry. Swipe ILGU card and enter score in computer. Entry fee €3.

The sheet for list of names for the high/low competition is on the ladies notice board. The competition will be on Sunday, May 18 (6pm).

Fixtures - Tuesday, May 13 Open ladies three person team.

Senior men and ladies, mixed four person team, 1 Geoff Meagher (14), Martin Kelly (26), Mary O’Connell (36), Theresa Brandon (36) 78pts; 2 John O’Leary (18), Eddie Geraghty (24), Joan Mannion (29), Joan Norris (23) 76pts; 3 Noel Skehan (15), Joe Nolan (23), Maurice Ryan (21), Phil Cooke (26) 73pts; 4 Billy Burke (9), Matt Ruth (15), Andy Hughes (18), Joan O’Sullvan (30) 72pts; 5 John Bracken (17), Martin Murphy (17), Shem Lawlor (22), Ann Murphy (23) 72pts; 6 Con O’Sullivan (15), Reay Brandon (22), Mary Gorman (27), Mary Shields (36) 71pts; 7 Denis Carey (13), Michael Barry (26), Edith Ogilvie (24), Pauline O’Sullivan (28) 71pts.

The senior ladies and men will revert to their normal format on Thursday with the ladies out at 10am and the men at 11am.

The senior men will have an away outing in Faithlegg on Monday.

DIARY: Today (Wednesday), ladies and gents Open singles 8.30 to 5.30pm; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1. to 2pm members; Friday, 11.30 to 5.30pm Evergreen Classic; Saturday, 7.30 to 9am members, 9 to 9.30am men’s foursomes qualifier, 9.30 to 12 noon visitors; 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 2.20pm Boyne Trophy ladies inter-club, 3 to 3.15pm Barton Cup inter-club, 3.15 to 4.15pm men’s foursomes qualifier; Sunday, 7.30 to 10.20am and 11 to 5pm men’s foursomes qualifier, ladies casual slots 10.30 to 11am; Monday, 1 to 2pm members time; Tuesday, 8.20 to 11am ladies Open three person team event, 11 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 5.30pm ladies Open three person team event; Wednesday, May 14, 11 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members.

New Ross men’s section

The Spring Cup attracted a great turnout. Seamus O’Leary (8) won it. His score of 67 was one better than Richard O’Grady (17) and two better than Donal Hosey’s (6) 68.

The gross went to Jack Ryan on 74 with the categories going to Seamus McGuinness (8, 70), John Howlin (10, 68) and Kevin Reidy (16, 70). Thank you to Ryan & Hickey Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors for their generous and continued support.

Last week’s Tuesday fourball, sponsored by Eddie Kent, was won by Richie Aylward (17) and M.J. Cullen (20) with 36 points. The category prizes went to Tommy Liston (9) and Jim Howlin (11) with 34 points and James Kent (15) and Noel Kehoe, jnr (18) with 36 points.

Next weekend the 3Ts (Turn the Tide on Suicide) singles qualifier will be played. New Ross are defending national champions. The timesheets are now live for the junior (4-9 handicap) and intermediate (10 to 18); Scratch Cups which is on Saturday, May 17.

It’s less than two weeks to the Pro Am on Friday, May 16. Tournament Director, Yvonne Cassidy of the Irish PGA, visited the course during the week to finalise preparations. There are a small number of places available for teams and individuals who want to play. The Fred Daly trophy team finished fourth in the qualifier.