All out effort to end losing run in Towns Cup

THE first leg of the Provincial Towns Cup final against Moate will be played Sunday (12 noon). The Towns Cup is a singles competition for nine handicap golfers. Players cannot have played off a handicap of less than nine in the previous year.

THE first leg of the Provincial Towns Cup final against Moate will be played Sunday (12 noon). The Towns Cup is a singles competition for nine handicap golfers. Players cannot have played off a handicap of less than nine in the previous year.

Kilkenny defeated Callan, Gowran, Killerig, Blessington Lakes and Borris on the way to the final.

Recently deceased club member Sean Kelly was on the panel and it would be great if the club could bring home the trophy in his memory. Kilkenny last won the title in 1979. They have lost three finals since in 1998 (v Headfor, 1999 (v Ardee) and 2003 (v Co. Meath).

The first leg of nine matches will be on Sunday in Kilkenny. The second leg will be in Moate on Sunday, August 21. Managers Luke Kelly and Jimmy Leahy will post the team on the men’s notice board later in the week.

LADIES INTER CLUB - The second leg of the Finn Trophy against Enniscorthy will be played on Thursday (2.45pm) in Kilkenny. The home side will attempt to overturn a 4/1 deficit from the first leg.

The ladies were unfortunate in the first leg. They lost two matches on the 20th. Although they face a tough task they are capable of overturning the deficit.

MONTHLY MEDAL - Student member Colm Sheenan, son of members Stephen and Eileen, playing off 12 handicap won the July monthly medal with a 64 net. Colm was out in 41 strokes and back in 37. He edged out Ben McGarry (13), who also shot a 64.

Ben had halves of 39 and 38 for a 77 gross and 64 net. John O’Leary (18) was third on 65. The gross was won by Kieran Wall (5) with a 73 gross. Three 67s’ got into the prizes. The best of these was returned by Charlie Browne (12) to follow up his 45 points when winning last week’s Presidents prize.

Nano Brennan (6) returned home on Tuesday to score 39 points and win the Maisie Lambe trophy which was sponsored by Langton’s Hotel. Nano is living and working in Dublin. She is a member of Elm Park where she was Lady Captain in 2004.

Nano has maintained her membership of Kilkenny golf club throughout the years although she has not had much chance to use it. It was good to see her return to her roots and claim a victory. Second, beaten on the back nine, was Mary Leahy Browne (4) with 39 points.

The gross was won by Ciara Sharkey (5), Enniscorthy with 34 gross points. The late Maisie’s husband Joe was in attendance to present the prizes on Tuesday night.

The ladies Lancome Scotch foursomes was won by Eithne Murphy (15) and Ita Madigan (19), Castlecomer with 40 points. Second, also on 40 points, was Mary Dowling (scr) and Nianh Spratt (13). The gross was won by Mary Leahy (3) and Bridie McGarry (7) with 29 gross points.

The Open charity weekend is on Saturday and Sunday. It will be a four person team event. All proceeds will go to local charities. Entry fee is €15 per person.

The senior men’s competition was Captain Michael Mahony’s prize. The winner with 40 points was Denis Carey (11). Denis shot halves of 38 and 40 for 78 gross which gave him 40 stableford points.

Three players returned 39 points. The best was Finbar Coughlan (21), who was second. Noel O’Sulliovan (15) was third and Christy Rainey (22) fourth. Christy actually had 23 points turning when things were looking really good for him.

The team event was won by Michael Doran (14), Noel O’ Sullivan (15), Martin Cody (20) and Tom Buckley (28) with 64 points.

The senior ladies competition was won by Hilda Richardson, Edith Ogilvie and Kathleen Price with 39 points.

PRIZE PRESENTATION - The men’s monthly prize giving will be on Friday (10pm). All outstanding prizes will be presented, including July monthly medal from Sunday, July 31 (sponsored by Pipelife), Open Scotch foursomes from Monday, ladies and gents Open singles, July 6 and August 3, the Open seniors Open on July 21. All prize winners are asked to attend or appoint a deputy.

MIXED SOCIAL GOLF - July 29, 1 Ollie Cullen (8), Myles McCabe (20), Hilda Richardson (23), Adrienne Walsh (22) 63pts (B6); 2 Noel O’Sullivan (15), Maurice Ryan (20), Patty Burke (20), Pauline Cullinane (21) 63pts; 3 Dick Cogan (18), Kay Gray (31), Breda Burke (31), Sheila Brennan (22) 62pts; 4 Ken Kinsella (12), Reay Brandon (23), Catherine Barrett (20), Mary Gorman (27) 61pts; 5 Paddy Smee (14), Mick O’Brien (22), Kathleen Gaffney (20), Pat Walsh (21) 60pts.

Social golf on Friday. Sign in at 6pm for shotgun start at 6.15 pm.

The next round of match play competitions are due for completion by the following dates - men’s club singles, Tuesday, August 23; men’s foursomes semi-finals by August 14; the mixed foursomes by August 14; the Bar Cup first round by August 6 and Scratch matchplay by August 15.

MEN’S RESULTS - July monthly medal, July 31, CSS 70 (sponsored by Pipelife) 1 Colm Sheenan (12) 64 net (B9); 2 Ben McGarry (13) 64 net; 3 John O’Leary (18) 65 net; best gross, Kieran Wall (5) 73 gross; 5 Charlie Browne (12) 67 net (B9); 6 Tom Hickey (9) 67 net (B9); 7 Jim White (7) 67 net.

Junior prize - Jay Leahy (17) 71 net. The presentation of prizes is on Friday (10pm).

Two’s club July monthly medal - Jay Leahy, Tom Deegan (jnr), Stephen Drennan, Martin Duggan, Matt Ruth at 6th; Ben McGarry, P.J. Martin, Brendan Hogan at 15th; Richard Lawrence, Niall O’Gorman, Kieran Wall, Seamus Rochford at 17th.

Each receives €27 credited to their accounts in the Pro shop.

Scotch foursomes on Monday, 1 Pat Walsh (11) and Pat McEvoy (13) 45pts; 2 Jason Lawlor (8) and Eoin McCarthy (7), Bunclody 44pts; 3 Tony Teehan (17) and Barbara Teehan (27) 44pts; 4 Pat Collins (12) and Steve Gilsenan (18) 43pts; 5 Tony McCarthy (13) and John McEvoy (19) 43pts; 6 Pat Butler (7) and Maurice Ryan (13) 42pts.

Two’s club President’s prize, Ian Meagher at 15th and 17th; Larry Carroll at 10th and 17th; Billy Burke, Jimmy Leahy, Conor Boland, Shane Wallace at 6th; Michael Whelan, Gerry Stewart, John Meagher at 10th; Paddy Bollard at 11th; Richard Walsh, Denis Carey, Seamus McGuire at 15th; Gary Byrne, P.J. O’Reilly, Brendan Hogan, Ray Lonergan, John Marnell, Pierce Cullen, Paul Hanafin, Anthony Cleere at 17th; Kevin Browne at 18th.

Each will have €17.50 credited to their accounts in the Pro shop.

LADIES NEWS - July 26th Maisie Lambe trophy (sponsored by Langton’s Hotel) CSS 73, 1 Nano Brennan (6) 39pts (B9); 2 Mary Leahy Browne (4) 39pts (L6); best gross, Ciara Sharkey (5), Enniscorhthy 34 gross pts; 3 Mary Bradshaw (21) 39pts (B9); 4 Joan Daly (36) 39pts; 5 Helen Murphy (17), Castlecomer 38 pts (L3); 6 Carmel Condon (26), Slievenamban 38 pts (L3).

Best under-23, Alice Norwood (14) 37pts.

Ladies Lancome Scotch foursomes, July 28 (sponsored by Lancome) 1 Eithne Murphy (15) and Ita Madigan (19), Castlecomer 40pts (B9); 2 Mary Dowling (scr) and Niamh Spratt (13) 40pts; best gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) and Bridie McGarry (7) 29 gross pts; 3 Breda Ryan (8) and Ann Ring (34), Callan 39pts (L1).

Best front 9, Marie Barrett (18) and Margaret Towers (20), Woodbrook 20 pts (L6); best back 9, Joan Cody (14) and Stella Coughlan (21) 21 pts (L3).

Fixtures - Tuesday, August 9, Open ladies four ball 8.30 to 11.30am and 1.50 to 5.30pm; the 8 hole competition for beginners will continue on Tuesday evenings during the summer.

SENIOR MEN - July 27 results, Captain Michael Mahony prize, singles competition, 1 Denis Carey (11) 40pts; 2 Finbar Coughlan (21) 39pts; 3 Noel O’Sullivan (15) 39pts; 4 Christy Rainey (22) 39pts.

Team results - 1 Michael Doran (14), Noel O’Sullivan (15), Martin Cody (20), Tom Buckley (28) 64pts; 2 Con O’Sullivan (14), Joe Doyle (19), Dick Keoghan (22), Eamon Molloy (23) 63pts; 3 Andy MacEaney (14), Michael O’Reilly (18), Peter McQuillan (22), Joe O’Driscoll (26) 62pts; 4 Ken Kinsella (12), Tom Brett (16), Martin Treacy (21), Michael Cuddihy (23) 62pts; 5 Pat O’Briain (15), Jimmy Rhatigan (16), Austin Kiely (23), Brendan Graham (24) 62pts; 6 Tom Gunning (13), Christy Rainey (22), Finbar Coughlan (21), Jim O’Connell (25) 61pts; 7 Denis Carey (11), Shem Lawlor (19), Michael Barry (24), Tim O’Malley (28).

Senior ladies, July 27, 1 Hilda Richardson, Edith Ogilvie, Kathleen Price 39pts; 2 Pat Walsh, Joan O’Sullivan, Mary Feighery 36pts; 3 Toni Hayes, Mary Gorman, Josie McPhilips 31pts

Competition this week will be 13 holes on Thursday.

Senior men’s Captain Noel O’Sullivan is putting up a prize for the best singles score. The usual team event will also be played. The golf will be followed by finger food.

Ladies Lancome Day, July 28, 1 Ita Madigan (19), Castlecomer and Eithne Murphy (15) 40 pts (B9); 2 Mary Dowling (scr) and Niamh Spratt (13) 40pts; best gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) and Bridie McGarry (7) 29 gross pts; 3 Breda Ryan (8) and Ann Ring (34), Callan 39pts (L1); best front 9, Marie Bartlett (18) and Margaret Towers (20), Woodbrook; best back 9, Joan Cody (14) and Stella Coughlan (21) 21pts (L3).

PRIMARY/JUNIOR/JUVENILE - Juvenile competition July 25, boys full handicap, 1 Mark Slater (16) 41pts; 2 Thomas Kenny (16) 40pts; boys junior handicap, 1 Shane O’Brien (21) 44pts; 2 Andrew Gaffney (23) 42 pts (B9); 3 Jamie Kavanagh (26) 42pts.

Girls - 1 Katie Keenan (36) 44pts; 2 Sarah Molloy (31) 42pts; 3 Jenna Raggett (45) 41pts.

There will a junior/juvenile open day on Monday and also a junior/juvenile Pro Am on Monday, August 15. The Junior Committee intend entering two teams in the Pro Am from the winners of juvenile competitions over the next few weeks.

Those intending to play in the junior/juvenile Open Day on August 8 should give their names to a member of the Junior Committee. Full details are on the junior/juvenile board or from any member of the Junior/Juvenile committee.

Junior/juvenile coaching on Saturday: under-12s, 10 to 11.30am, and age 12 and over 11.30 to 1pm.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday), 8.30 to 5.45pm ladies and gents Open singles; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time, 2.45 to 3.30pm ladies Finn Trophy v Enniscorthy, 6 to 6.30pm Provincial Towns Cup practice; Friday, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 2.35pm visitors, mixed social golf, sign in at 6pm for shotgun start at 6.15pm; Saturday, 7.30 to 9pm and 1 to 1.50pm members time, 9 to 10.10am and 2.55 to 5.30pm Open Charity four person team event, 10.15 to 1pm and 2 to 2.45pm visitors; Sunday, 7.30 to 11.06am and 1.40 to 5.30pm Open four person team event, 11.15 to 1.30pm Provincial Towns Cup final v Moate; Monday, junior/juvenile Open Day 8 to 1pm and 2 to 4.30pm, 1 to 2pm members time; Tuesday, 8.30 to 11.30am and 1.50 to 5.30pm Open ladies fourball, 11.30 to 1pm visitors, 1.08 to 1.48pm members time.