O’Byrne wins Captain’s prize to the ladies

DERVILA O’Byrne, playing off 36 handicap, won the Captain’s prize (Michael Mahony) for the ladies at Kilkenny on Sunday. Dervila shot 68 nett. Grainne Walsh (36) shot 66 nett but a prerequisite of the competition was that ladies had to have two 18 hole competition cards in Kilkenny golf club returned for the season to be eligible to win first prize, which decided the issue.

DERVILA O’Byrne, playing off 36 handicap, won the Captain’s prize (Michael Mahony) for the ladies at Kilkenny on Sunday. Dervila shot 68 nett. Grainne Walsh (36) shot 66 nett but a prerequisite of the competition was that ladies had to have two 18 hole competition cards in Kilkenny golf club returned for the season to be eligible to win first prize, which decided the issue.

Nearly 170 participated. Dervila shot consistent halves of 53 and 51 to win in wet and windy conditions. Second was Grainne Walsh (36) with 66 nett. Third was Niamh Spratt (19) with a 72 nett.

The Gross was won by Mary Leahy Browne with an 82.

Best 36 handicap prize was won by Niamh Duggan (36). The Best Junior prize went to Kathlyn Leahy (33) with 78 nett.

The Fred Daly boys’ team scored a great win over Carlow on Saturday by 5½ to 1½.

OPEN WEEK - Open Week kicks off on Saturday with a four person team event and runs through to Bank Holiday Monday, June 6.

There is a mixture of team events and singles competitions during the 10 days. All competitions are bookable online or through the office.

JUVENILE FUND-RAISER - The Juvenile Committee have organised a fund raising classic for the junior/juvenile section with a four person team event on Wednesday, May 25. Entry costs €80 per team of four. The competition is bookable online or through the office.

The senior men’s competition on Thursday was won by Frank Colclough (16), Finbar Coughlan (21), Christy Rainey (21) and Reay Brandon (23) with 64 points. Christy was the dominant player with seven pars over the 13 holes.

The winning team in the ladies seniors event was Hilda Richardson, Mary Gorman, Martha McEvoy with 33 points.

SOLHEIM CUP - Anyone who wishes to purchases tickets for the Solheim Cup in September (23 to 25) should contact Kilkenny golf office if they wish to avail of the exclusive package which is available to members until May 31. Tickets to cover the three practice days and three days of competition costs €125.

Included also in the package is a free green fee for Kileen Castle (worth €125) and free entry to the Ladies Irish Open (worth €25) which will also be held in Kileen Castle from August 5 to 7. The ticket is transferrable which means different people can use them on different days.

MIXED SOCIAL GOLF - The social mixed golf on Friday will be at 7pm. Sign in at 6.45 for shotgun start at 7pm.

The next round of match play competitions in the club men’s singles fourball foursomes and club mixed foursomes are due for completion by the following dates - men’s club singles by Friday, June 10, men’s foursome by Monday, June 13, mixed foursomes by Saturday, June 11 and men’s fourball by Monday, June 20.

MENS INTER-CLUB - The Duggan Cup, under the management of Alan Snype and Eddie Guilfoyle, played Wicklow on Friday. The three away pairings of Owen Phelan and John Martin, Seamus Rochford and Jim Meredith and Pat O’Briain and Noel O’ Sullivan lost. At home Tony Butler and Mick Butler won their match. The second pair of Pat Hickey and Luke Wall was called in.

The Barton Cup team played Callan in the third round and lost by 3½ to 1½. At home Eoin Cantwell and Jamie Byrne had a comfortable win on the 14th. Brendan Hogan and Sean Boland lost 2 and1 on the 17th.

In Callan the pairings of Derek Shelley and Anthony Cleere and Paul Cleere and Tom Sloyan lost. Kieran Wall and Niall O’Gorman were 1 up when called in on the 18th.

The Junior Cup team (5 singles matches, handicap 5) will play in the strokeplay qualifier on Saturday in Castlecomer (8am). The top four teams from Saturday’s stroke lay qualifier will proceed to match play on Sunday morning. The final is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Managers Michael Grant and John Grace have a strong panel. The team will be posted later in the week.

RESULTS - men’s 18 hole singles, May 21 CSS 72, 1 Eddie Power (scr) 37pts; 2 Brendan Hogan (5) 35pts (B9); 3 Willie Leahy (13) 35pts; 4 Colin Corbett (6) 35pts; junior prize, Mark Power (15) 32pts.

The presentation of prizes is on Friday, June 3 (10pm).

Two’s Club on Saturday, Larry Gittens, James Bateman, Sean T. Kelly at 6th, Eddie Power at 15th. Each receives a voucher for €26.50 in the Pro Shop.

LADIES NEWS - Captain Michael Mahony’s prize to the ladies Sunday CSS 76 (to win first prize ladies had to have returned two 18 hole Tuesday cards for 2011) winner Dervila O’Byrne (36) 68 nett; 2 Grainne Walsh (36) 66 nett; Best Gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) 82 Gross; 3 Niamh Spratt (19) 72; 4 Mary Hickey (20) 74 (B9); 5 Grainne Parker (26) 74 (B6); 6 Irene Browne (17) 74; 7 Yvonne Egan (8) 76 (B6); 8 Catherine Keane (18) 76 (B9); 9 Mary Gorman (30) 76; 10 Greta Nicholson (26) 77 (B6); 11 Evelyn Crotty (9) 77 (B9); 12 Connie O’Reilly (16) 77; best 36 handicap, Niamh Duggan (36) 80 nett; best junior, Kathlyn Leahy (33) 78 nett.

Two’s club, Amy Keating, Bridie McGarry at 6th; Mary O’Shea at 10th; Niamh Spratt, Marian Woods, Joan O’Gorman at 15th; Mercy Gaffney at 17th.

Each receives a voucher worth €12.80 in the Pro shop.

Ladies Australian spoons Scotch foursomes, Tuesday, May 17, winners Edith Ogilvie (23) and Breda Kavanagh (30) 43pts.

Next competition dates - ladies 18 hole v par, Tuesday, May 24 10.20, 12.20 to 2.20 and 4.10 to 6pm; ladies 3 person Rumble Open Week, Tuesday, May 31 8.30 to10am and 2 to 6pm.

LADIES IRISH CLOSE - Eileen Rose Power and Mary Dowling qualified from the 36 hole stroke play qualifier of the ladies Irish Close in Carlow at the weekend. Local player Karen Delaney was the leading qualifier on 151. Mary Dowling on 161 (78 and 83) and Eileen Rose on 163 (77 and 86) qualified for the match play series which started on Monday.

Eileen Rose won her two matches on Monday to reach the quarter-final but Mary Dowling, who is the holder, was defeated. Mary Leahy Browne also played in the 36 stroke qualifier but failed to qualify on 171 (83 and 88).

LADIES INTER-CLUB - The ladies Junior Cup team played New Ross in Mount Juliet on Saturday and won 3½ to 1½. The quality of the golf was very good despite the weather conditions. Evelyn Crotty (9) and Mags Cuddihy (9) won on 17th. Mary Norton (12) won on the 13th. Bridie McGarry (9) was called in on the 19th. Phyl Doyle (11) lost on the 17th.

The Boyne Trophy team defeated Waterford on Monday. Full details next week.

The Finn Trophy match against the Curragh will be played on Thursday (3pm).

SENIOR MEN ANDLADIES - Kilkenny senior ladies and gents Golf Societies will combine their talents for a social mixed day on Thursday.The golf will be followed by a meal and social get together in the clubhouse. The regular Thursday tee times of both societies will be utilised. The first tee will be reserved from 10.30am to 1pm.

A unique format of golf called a ‘Champagne Scramble’ will apply which means that each team will drive off, select the drive of their choice, all team members play their own ball from that point for the remainder of the hole.

Results, senior men May 19 (13 holes) 1 Frank Colclough (16), Finbar Coughlan (21), Christy Rainey (21), Reay Brandon (23) 64pts; 2 Martin Murphy (14), Fr Pat Duggan (18), Maurice Ryan (20), Michael Cody (20) 61pts (B6); 3 Noel O’Sullivan (16), Michael O’Neill (21), Eddie Geraghty (20), Paddy Byrne(21) 61pts (B6); 4 Jimmy Rhatigan (16), Jim Treacy(21), Michael Cuddihy(23), Dick Keoghan(22) 61pts; 5 Pat O’Briain (14), Pat O’Shea (16), Tom McDonald (25), Austin Kiely (23) 60pts.

Competition next week on Thursday, May 26 will encompass the senior men and senior ladies and will commence at 10.30am. The draw has been made and is posted on the notice boards. Members should check the notice board or with the office for their tee time.

Results, Senior ladies away outing in Rathdowney, May19 (13 holes) 1 Ursula DeLoughrey, Mary Gorman, Helen Tynan, Mary Murphy 56pts (60-4); 2 Patty Burke, Pauline O’Sullivan, Paula Kavanagh 53pts; 3 Pat Walsh, Elizabeth Tobin, Mary Shields, Mary Barry 52pts (56 – 4) (B3); 4 Angela Keoghan, Maureen McDonald, Breda Burke 52pts.

PRIMARY/JUNIOR/JUVENILE - The Kilkenny boys advanced to the Leinster quarter-finals of the Fred Daly Trophy with a convincing 5½ to 1½ victory over Carlow on Saturday. Carlow had home advantage which meant they had four matches at home and three away.

In Kilkenny Brian Crowdle won 4 and 3, Jamie Byrne won 6 and 5 and Ivor O’Brien, who was one down playing the 16th hole, was called in. In Carlow Brendan Dowling won 3 and 2, Eoin Cantwell won 4 and 3, both Jeremy Duncan and Tim Kealy were each two up playing the 16th when they were called in.

Kilkenny play Naas in the quarter-final with Naas at home. Four matches will be played in Naas and three in Kilkenny. The match is due to be played on or before June 21.

Junior/juvenile coaching is on Saturday; under-12’s 10 to 11.30am and 12 and over 11.30 to 1pm.

The Juvenile Committee are holding a fund-raising classic today (Wednesday).

DIARY - Today (Wednesday), 8.30 to 11am and 2 to 5.30pm Juvenile Classic Fundraiser; 11 to 12.40 visitors; 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, 10.30 to 1pm senior ladies and senior men combined social event; 1 to 2pm members time, 3 to 3.40pm ladies Finn Trophy inter-club, 4.30 to 5.30 men’s Senior Cup practice v Tramore; Friday, CBS Secondary School Classic 8.45 to 6pm, mixed social golf. Sign in at 6.45 for 7pm shotgun start; Saturday, 7.30 to 5.45 Open Week four person team event; Sunday, 7.30 to 6pm Open Week men’s 18 hole singles; Monday, 8 to 6pm Open Week three person team event; Tuesday, 8 to 10.20am and 2 to 6pm, Open Week ladies three person Rumble, 10. to 2pm senior men’s competition (over 55’s); Wednesday, June 1, 8am to 6pm Open Week three person team event.