Bad weather no match for the budding young golfers

IGNORING the biting wind and rain, 29 budding golfers attended the beginners’ coaching sessions on Saturday.

IGNORING the biting wind and rain, 29 budding golfers attended the beginners’ coaching sessions on Saturday.

Under the watchful eye of club professional Michael O’Shea the golfing newcomers enjoyed the sessions. Michael took the groups through the basic elements of the game and, despite the conditions, all agreed that they received invaluable instruction.

There were many club member volunteers who helped out. Lady vice-captain Sheila Foster organised the volunteers, thanking all who helped out and made the morning a success. Thanks also went to club captain Robert Woodcock, vice-captain Sean Walzer, Sheila Kirby, Anne McEvoy, Seamus Foster and Mossy Skehan.

The sessions continue this Saturday, with further rounds on April 2 and 9. Michael will take the beginners through all elements (the long game, short game, putting and basic etiquette) of the game before culminating with a six-hole competition on the final day.

Members who wish to help out on these mornings can contact the pro shop for details of starting times on the remaining Saturdays.

SINGLES - James Logue, a student member from Ballingarry, enjoyed a good round in testing conditions to take first prize at the Open Singles on Wednesday. He had a highly creditable 39 points, playing off 11.

James won on a count-back from Clonmel member Liam Phelan, who also had 39 points. Liam becomes the first non-member to qualify in the first three. The best scoring visitor each week qualifies but Liam qualified in his own right, having produced this highly competitive score.

Another Callan member Richard Condon (5) produced the lowest gross round of the day, 30 points, to qualify also. The series continues today (Wednesday) at a cost of E7 for members, E15 for visitors and an early bird option of E10 for non-members before 12 noon.

QUALIFIER - This year’s club matchplay qualifiers got under way on Saturday and Sunday with the Electro City fourball qualifier. Conditions over the weekend were extremely testing with an arctic air stream effecting play - however, the scoring was anything but cold.

After being beaten on a count-back last weekend president John O’Dwyer (4) and competition secretary Paul Cashin (15) went one place better to produce a marvellous score of 45 points to beat Alan Seery (11) and Michael Murphy (Kells, 14) by a single shot.

The course played well, with the greens as fast as those which you would expect to putt on in July. Ryan O’Dwyer (3) and Sean Brett (9) finished third with 43 points. Thirty-two pairs have qualified as a result of this competition. The full draw along with the time limit for completion of the first round will be printed next week.

MIXED - There is no draw for this year’s mixed match-play. Each pair interested in playing should put their names on a list which is posted in the clubhouse hallway as soon as possible, with a draw to follow.

RESULTS - Results, Electro City club fourball matchplay qualifier, March 12/13: 1 P. Cashin (15)/J. O’Dwyer, 45pts; 2 A. Seery (11)/M. Murphy (Kells, 14), 44pts; 3 R. O’Dwyer (3)/S. Brett (9), 43pts.

Results, Ladies 55 Club, March 10: 1 Margaret T. O’Shea, 2 Mary Croke, 3 Anne McEvoy, 4 Barbara Kearney, 5 Mary Barry.

Results, Open Singles Qualifier, March 9: 1 James Logue (11), 39pts; 2 Liam Phelan (Clonmel), 39pts; gross Richard Condon (5), 35pts.

Results, Ladies 12 hole stableford, March 8: 1 B. Walshe, 28pts; 2 Theresa Phelan, 27pts c/b; 3 R. O’Neill, 27pts; 4 A. Hickey, 26pts c/b; 5 M. Hayden, 26pts; 6 L. Donovan, 26pts.

RGA - Results, RGA Simon O’Brien Trophy: 1 John Kinchella, 30pts; 2 Paddy Moore, 28pts back three; 3 Michael Somers, 28pts.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Open Singles (all day). St Patrick’s Day: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel Open two person team event, 10am to 5pm. Friday: Course availability all day.

Saturday: Course availability all day. Sunday: MP Solar Systems Men’s Singles Stroke.

Monday: Ladies Junior Alliance, 9am to 1.30pm. Tuesday: Ladies Day 12 hole stableford (all day).

CONTACT - Callan Golf Club is available on the internet at www.callangolfclub.com. The club is also now available on Facebook, which provides members with the opportunity to get updates and information from the golf club while also allows them to post their views. To contribute items for the club news contact Denis Carey, the PRO for the men’s section, at deniscarey2000@yahoo.co.uk.