The following is a round up the news from Kilkenny golf clubs this week:
There was an interesting finale when as the singles matchplay competition drew to a close at Callan GC last weekend.
After a titanic struggle Denis Carey beat the 2011 Golfer of the Year Tom Kenny to the spoils.
Tom took an early lead and was three up through the first eight holes but Denis fought back, winning the ninth and 10th holes to trail by two holes crossing the road. Birdies on 15 and 17 ensured the pair were level going up the final hole and pars meant that they went to extra holes. The 19th was also halved before Denis won a fantastic battle on the 20th hole.
It was the second time that Denis has won the club matchplay - the first time was way back in 1989 when he defeated this year’s Presidents Prize winner, Marty Parker, in the final.
TURKEY & HAMS - The latest turkey and ham competition saw Richie Needham compile a fabulous 46pts to bring home the turkey with some top class scoring. Denis Collins finished second with 44pts while Jim Wellwood was third on 43pts. The turkey and hams are up for grabs every weekend until Christmas.
WINTER LEAGUE - The Winter League is now up and running. An open event, entry fee is €15 for visitors (first entry, €12 second and subsequent entries) and €6 for members (€4 subsequent entries). Golfers can enter the competition seven days a week, with the overall top 50 finishers making the final.
SOCIAL - Captains Paul Cashin and Rose Brophy invite all members to join them for their social evening in the golf club this Saturday. Tickets cost €25, with dinner and entertainment provided, are available from the bar and the office.
RAFFLE - Tickets for the club raffle are now on sale. The first prize is a year’s free full membership. Tickets are €5 each or €10 for three.
RGA - The RGA annual Christmas social will be held on Monday, December 9 at 3pm.
RESULTS - Results, men’s matchplay final: D. Carey bt T. Kenny after 20 holes.
Results, senior ladies, November 14: 1 B. McGrath, 2 S. Crowley, 3 B. O’Donovan, 4 T. Phelan.
Results, ladies competition, November 12: 1 H. McCormack, 29pts; 2 C. Sommers, 28pts; 3 A. Campion, 24pts; 4 T. Freyne, 23pts; 5 T. Phelan, 23pts.
Results, RGA club trophy competition, November 11: Overall - Joe Cuddihy. Cat A - 1 J. Kirwan, 2 P. Mulrooney, 3 J. Butler. Cat B - 1 S. Lee, 2 J. O’Connell, 3 S. Foster.
Results, turkeys and hams competition, November 9: 1 R. Needham, 46pts; 2 D. Collins, 44pts; 3 J. Wellwood, 43pts.
DIARY - Thursday: Senior Ladies, 9.30 to 10.50am. Friday: Men’s Winter League.
Saturday/Sunday: Turkey & Hams.
Monday: RGA. Tuesday: Ladies day. Wednesday, November 27: Men’s Winter League.
There was a full timesheet for the open singles competition at Gowran Park GC on Saturday.
Mountain View’s Liam Murphy (17) won first prize of a turkey and ham while local member Paddy McGuinness (10) was runner-up with 39pts. Castlecomer’s Ger Cody (13) was third on 38pts.
AUTUMN - The Autumn qualifying series continued last week with Eugene Killian (17, Mountain View) compiling the leading score with 40pts. Local member Mick McKillen (13) was next on 39pts while Barry Costello (14, Carlow) and local Michael O’Sullivan (6) took the remaining qualifying spots for the final with 38pts apiece.
In the previous round, held on November 7 and 8, Thomastown’s John Skehan (18) took the lead qualifying spot on a countback from Michael Fitzpatrick (13) after both players scored 37pts each. Gerry Minogue (15) landed the remaining qualifying spot two points further back.
The competition continues Thursday and Friday with a timesheet in place.
MEMBERS - The mild Autumn weather provided a great start for golfers in the members’ 11-hole competition at the weekend. Mick Dillon (13) carded 26pts and won on a countback from Luke Kelly (8), with Thomas Nevin (10) third on 25pts.
The 11-hole competition, part of the Winter League, continues on Sunday. With racing on Saturday, a busy timesheet is expected.
FOURBALL - The last open fourball competition of the year was won by Blessington Lake members Gavin Morris (18) and Michael Anglim (14) with 47pts.
Serious scrutiny was needed to determine the second and third placings as local pairings James Comerford & Larry Cleere and Paddy McGuinness & Mick Dillon were level on the back nine, six, three and even the back one! They were eventually divided by a countback on the last six holes of the front nine, where James Comerford’s eagle on the eighth hole proved the decisive factor.
RESULTS - Results, 11-hole champagne scramble, November 15: 1 Gerry Doyle (11), Tony Dooley (13), Brigid Mullins (31), 57pts; 2 Declan Davis (13), Peter O’Shea (19), Gay Latchford (25), 56pts; 3 Eamon Kealy (15), Pat Murphy (20), Linda Donohoe (20), 53pts.
Results, ladies 11-hole stableford, November 13: 1 Hilary Dick (17), 23pts; 2 Anne Mullins (15), 22pts (c/b); 3 Eileen Walsh (21), 22pts.
Results, golden golfers 11-hole fourball, November 8: 1 Kieran Mahon (12) & Niamh Connolly (17), 28pts; 2 Matty Byrne snr (18) & Pat Roche (16), 27pts; 3 Seamus McKillen (11) & Ger Hickey (21), 25pts.
DIARY - Thursday/Friday: Autumn series open singles. Entry fee €20 visitors (including soup & sandwich).
Saturday: Race Meeting - no golf. Sunday: Members’ 11-hole competition.
The annual meeting of Castlecomer GC will be held on Sunday, December 1 at 4pm.
PARTY - The joint captains Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 8pm. There will be a buffet followed by music from The Irish House Party.
Presentations of the Golfer of the Year awards and club matchplay winners will be made on the night.
Tickets are available from the club captains or the office.
RESULTS - Results, Winter 15-hole competition, November 16/17: 1 Michael Manogue (13), 35pts; 2 Ger Mullan (16), 33pts.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Men’s open singles.
With one round remaining Colm Hayes has extended his lead in the Mountain View GC Winter League.
Colm now has 54pts in Category One, with Eddie Walsh on 33pts and Kevin Kelly on 22pts. Nicky Byrne has gone top of the Category Two table on 24pts with Tommy Coyne second on 21pts and David Fitzpatrick third with 18pts.
There is a battle in Category Three between Philip Parsons and Joe Earle. Joe has moved top with 45pts with Philip close behind on 41pts. J.J. Holohan is third with 20pts.
SCRAMBLE - All members taking part in the Christmas Scramble on Sunday, December 1 must be registered by 5pm on Thursday, November 28.
RESULTS - Results, Winter League (round five), November 17: Cat One - 1 C. Hayes (13), 65 nett; 2 K. Kelly (14), 70 nett; 3 E. Walsh (12), 71 nett. Cat Two - N. Byrne (16), 65 nett ; 2 B. McGuire (15), 66 nett; 3 T. Bookle (16), 67 nett. Cat Three - 1 J. Earle (19), 68 nett; 2 P. Parsons (18), 72pts; 3 J. Coleman (19), 72 nett.
Results, four-man classic, November 12: 1 M. Walsh, L. Maddock, J. Fielding, J. Menton, 105pts; 2 N. Mullally, M. Hoyne, J.J. Holohan, M, Bookle 104pts.
DIARY - Sunday: Winter League (final round).
Tuesday: Seniors Christmas party. Wednesday, November 27: Ladies 18-hole competition.
The annual meeting of the men’s club of Borris GC will be held on Sunday at 5pm.
RESULTS - Results, ladies stroke play competition, November 14: 1 Martha Kelly (19), 34.5pts; 2 Niamh Connolly (17), 34.5pts; 3 Margaret Collins (12), 36pts.
Results, open singles, November 13: 1 Kieran Kelly (18), 42pts; 2 M.J. Doherty (11), 40pts; 3 James Lillis (9), 38pts.
Results, open three-person champagne scramble: 1 Joe Reddy (9), Kieran Kelly (16) & Leo Hayden (18), 84pts; 2 Paddy Molloy (18), Paul Muldoon (19) & John Walsh (6), 83pts.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Nine-hole singles. Sunday will have a morning draw and a shotgun start at 2pm.
Tuesday: Open seniors (time-sheet in clubhouse).
Results, 13-hole stableford, Rathdowney GC, November 17:
Cat One - 1 Mark Kelly (7), 30pts; gross Eddie Kelly (5), 26pts. Cat Two - 1 Tony Coady (13), 31pts; 2 Conor Ryan (13), 31pts. Cat Three - 1 Mick Fitzpatrick (28), 32pts; 2 Denis Dowling (19), 30pts.
Results, seniors competition:
Cat A - 1 John O’Malley, 28pts; 2 Denis Cleere, 28pts. Cat B - 1 Tom Carroll, 25pts; 2 Brian McHugh, 25pts.
Results, senior ladies competition, November 16 - 1 Joyce Bolger, Beatrice O’Regan & Marian Delaney.
Results, ladies competition, November 14: Cat A - 1 Marie Duggan. Cat B - 1 Marie Phelan, 2 Eileen Phelan.
EGAN TROPHY - Brigid Maher & Eileen Phelan won the Egan Trophy, beating Kathleen Maher & Kathleen Flynn in the final.