This week’s news from around Kilkenny golf clubs

Inclement weather meant there was not too much competitive golf in the past few weeks at Mount Juliet GC, but after a frost-delayed start the member/guest fourball stableford got away. A good entry of players saw a very decisive victory by two Thurles-based players.

Inclement weather meant there was not too much competitive golf in the past few weeks at Mount Juliet GC, but after a frost-delayed start the member/guest fourball stableford got away. A good entry of players saw a very decisive victory by two Thurles-based players.

The pairing of John Stakelum and Donal Hurley returned an excellent score of 47pts to spreadeagle the remainder of the field, beating their nearest rivals by four shots.

Their back nine included two holes where they scored 4pts on each hole, Donal Hurley scoring birdies on the 12th and 15th, which helped them to accumulate a total of 23pts for the last nine holes to add to their first nine hole score of 24pts.

Their nearest pursuers were Sean Brett and Larry Whelan on 43pts, with the local pairing of Mark Magnier and John Browne in third place on 42pts.

MATCHPLAY - The inaugural fourball matchplay draw has thrown up some very interesting matches and will provide some entertaining golf. There was a great entry for this event for its inaugural year and, with 40 pairs entered this time a preliminary draw was made for 16 pairings before the first round proper.

The pairings and matches in the preliminary round are: Pat & John Stakelum v Shay Quinn/Diarmuid Crowley; William Kirby/J.J. Ward v Michael Collins/Martin Freyne; J.J. Farrell/Jim Gorey v Neil/Gerry Magee; Michael O’Donoghue/Lawrence Gordon v Graham Robinson/Kevin McCartan; Sean Brett/ John O’Dwyer v Brian Dillon/Jack McNamara; Frank Smyth/ Gus Grace v Peter O’Flaherty/Sean O’Neill; Pat Doyle/Tim Kavanagh v Peter Quigley/John Hegarty; John Hoyne/Mark Hennessy v P. J. Aylward/Seamus Grace.

The eight preliminary matches must be completed by March 31. Play will be off the white tees, with all other relevant rules posted on the matchplay draw.

The remainder of the first round draw is: Finbar O’Neill/Kevin Holden v Chris McHugh/Fintan O’Shea; Mark & Daniel Higgins v Maurice Nelligan/Stephen O’Connor; Paul Forde/Kieran Cleary v Paul Madigan/Jon O’Sullivan; John & Conor Mulholland v Brian Higgins/Brian Nevin; Richard Scott/Gavin Smyth v Jim Cusack/Gordon Hempenstall; Padraic & Hugh O’Connor v John Masterson/Jason Devine; Mark Logan/Noel O’Halloran v Arthur Hickey/Ronan Murphy; Mark Magnier/John Hession v Alan Hoyne/Dermot Fennelly; Jeff & Tim Howes v Owen Phelan/James E. Brett; Michael Brennan/Ted Hoyne v Pat Fitzpatrick/James J. Brett; Bill Connolly/Billy Fanning v Dick Walsh/William Cotter.

First round matches must be completed by May 5. With no date extensions given, it is hoped that players will complete their respective matches in a timely fashion.

CLUB DIARY - The club diary for 2014 is now available. Members requiring a copy can call to the golf shop.

RESULTS - Results, member/guest fourball stableford: 1 John Stakelum (14) & Donal Hurley (18, Thurles GC), 47pts; 2 Sean Brett (8) & Larry Whelan (6, Callan GC), 43pts; 3 Mark Magnier (12) & John Browne (17), 42pts.

DIARY - The Winter League continues for the next two Sundays. There will be a member/guest fourball on Sunday, February 16.

Castlecomer

Visitors or societies can avail of a number of golfing rates at Castlecomer GC in 2014.

Golf at the club starts at €19, with a rate of €25 for golfers who wish to hire a buggy. There are also a number of meal options which can be added, such as tea and scone on arrival and a main course meal for €35. Societies with ten or more members playing will also get a €50 voucher off their next outing at the club, with a €100 voucher for 20 or more members.

SENIORS - The club’s seniors section, which plays on Wednesdays, has reduced its age limit to 55 for ladies and men. Golfers who qualify for the senior category now or during the year can contact any of the senior officers: captain Pat Morrissey, vice-captain Matt Pollock, secretary John Shore, assistant secretary Christy Ryan, treasurer John Hardy, assistant treasurer Christy McGrath, ladies rep Betty Owens. Committee: Ollie Maher, Donnie Walsh, Eamon McEvoy, Tony Carr.

LADIES - The ladies section continue with their social Tuesday competition every week. Meanwhile, the final round of the Winter league can be played at any time. There is tense and determined competition between Team A and Team D, who are separated by just two points.

The ladies lamb competition is also under way, with multiple entry allowed.

WINTER - The men’s and general section of the club have completed five rounds of the Winter League. With three rounds remaining, the team of John Smith, J.D. Harding, Paul Rice and Michael Daly seem to have an unassailable advantage. The struggle for second place is proving exciting, with one point between the sides in second and third places.

Despite the difficult conditions, Paul Rice (10) and Michael Daly (15) won the weekend’s Winter 15-hole competition with 71pts.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 8, 9, 10, 22. The jackpot now stands at €7,600.

CALLAN

Sean Greene got the better of the elements to come top of the pile in the singles stableford at a wet and windy Callan GC over the weekend.

Playing off 16, Sean notched up a 40pt total which proved unassailable in the conditions. Seamus Burke (20) was second on 38pts while Jim Wellwood’s consistent play led him to third place on 35pts.

A measure of the difficulty provided by conditions was reflected in the numbers of birdie twos recorded on the day - just three scored deuces in their rounds, one of the lowest totals ever recorded in the club over a weekend. Three golfers will receive €30 each for their birdies. It is hoped that conditions will be better for the fourball competition this weekend.

WINTER - The Winter League continues at the club with a healthy entry each week. Golfers can earn a shot at the playoffs by entering the competition five times and finishing in the top 30.

DRIVE-IN - Captains Kathleen Phelan and Martin Maher will drive into office on Saturday, February 22. All golfers are invited to enjoy the ceremonial drives and to play in the social game which will follow.

RESULTS - Results, singles stableford, January 25/26: 1 S. Green, 40pts; 2 S. Burke, 38pts; 3 J. Wellwood, 35pts.

Results, RGA three-person scramble, January 20: 1 Tony Drennan, John Kinsella, Pat Mulrooney, 28.1pts; 2 Nicky Phelan, Joe Cuddihy, Noel Power, 28.6pts.

Results, ladies 12-hole stableford, January 14: 1 Anna Star, 27pts; 2 Pauline O’Brien, 24pts (c/b); 3 Patsy Murphy, 24pts.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 11, 28 and 32. Lucky dip winners (€30) were Mary Byrne, Evelyn Bookle and Jean Grace. Sellers’ prizes: John Kirwin, Teresa Freyne, Anne McEvoy. The jackpot is now €2,350.

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday): Senior ladies, 10 to 11.30am. Friday: Men’s Winter League.

Saturday/Sunday: Fourball stableford.

Monday: Senior Ladies Alliance, 9am to 12.30pm. Tuesday: Ladies Day.

Wednesday, February 5: Men’s Winter League.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

The Ladies Club of Mountain View GC held their annual meeting in the clubhouse on Wednesday.

Officers elected were: Captain Aisling Costello, President Mary Cottrell, secretary Margaret Murphy, competition secretary Mary Cottrell, treasurer Nuala Cummins, handicap secretary Imelda Moloney.

DRIVE-IN - Captains Jim Dunne and Aisling Costello will hold their drive-in on Sunday, February 9. The drive-ins will be followed by a team scramble, with a shotgun start at 9am. Members can now register in the clubhouse or by calling 056-7768122.

Registrations will close at 1pm on Friday, February 7. The draw for teams will be made on the Saturday.

Members taking part are reminded that all subs must be fully paid before playing.

DIARY - Monday: Open series (single stableford). Continues all week. Tuesday: Seniors competition.

Wednesday, February 5: Ladies 18-hole competition.

GOWRAN PARK

While the weather held for Thyestes Day, conditions deteriorated rapidly by the time golfers got back into full swing at Gowran Park GC.

Heavy rain on Friday put paid to the Spring series competition, which has been deferred to this week. Timesheets are open for tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday.

RESULTS - Results, men’s 11-hole singles, January 25/26: 1 John Moore (16), 26pts; 2 Luke Kelly (8), 23pts.

Golden Golfers 11-hole singles stableford, January 24: 1 Eamon Kealy (15), 27pts; 2 Tony Dooley (13), 26pts; 3 Bridget Mullins (31), 23pts.

Results, ladies nine-hole stableford, January 21: 1 Judy Dick (11), 17pts (c/b); 2 Gay Latchford (21), 17pts.

DRIVE-IN - The Captains’ drive-in will be held on Sunday, February 23.

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday)/Friday: Spring series weekly qualifier. Visitors €20 (includes soup & sandwich).

Sunday: Open fourball. Timesheet now open, visitors €20.

Tuesday: Seniors open singles competition. Entry fee €5 members, €15 visitors.