Club loses great friend in ever-smiling T.J.

The members of Callan golf club lost a wonderful friend last week through the death of T.J. Hogan, a most valuble member who had contributed hugely to the organisation. He held the highest positions in the club - Captain in the 80’s (as did his late brother Patsy) and President more recently.

The members of Callan golf club lost a wonderful friend last week through the death of T.J. Hogan, a most valuble member who had contributed hugely to the organisation. He held the highest positions in the club - Captain in the 80’s (as did his late brother Patsy) and President more recently.

T.J. was a wonderful supporter of social evenings, attending every Captain’s and President’s prize since he joined decades ago. He will be best remembered for his sense of humour, enjoying a laugh at every opportunity.

He had many wonderful friends within the club and one can only hope that part of his eternal reward is golf with another member, Pat Campion, who played for years with T.J. and who passed away sometime ago. A measure of how popular T.J. was demonstrated by the large numbers of current and ex-members of the club who attended the funeral.

OPEN SINGLES: This week’s instalment of the Open singles series was played in a rare break in the awful weather which battered the course for days. Recently the Junior Cup team qualified through their section by winning through in Newbridge. The form of the team remains in great health if recent competitions are anything to go by.

Firstly Junior Cup team member, Jeff Lynch, continued his fine recent form with a wonderful contributition to a winning fourball. With his neighbour, Murt O’Halloran, Jeff helped the pair compile a brilliant total of 48 points in the fourball last weekend, winning by three shots from Barry Butler and Thomas Leahy with Richie Cuddihy and Michael Murphy (Kells) a shot further back.

The form was further advertised on Wednesday of last week when two other Junior Cup players, Paul Norris and Hugh Fitzpatrick, won prizes. Paul topped the scoring with a solid 42 points while Hugh took the Gross, also qualifing for the Autumnal final.

Brian Doheny also completed the course with a fine 42 points, but lost out on a countback. The Junior Cup Leinster semi-finals will be played in late July. Hopefully the panel will continue in this vein.

The Wednesday Open singles series continues every Wednesday throughout the Summer with an early bird option available for visitors.

LADIES: The Ladies Australian Spoon qualifying greensomes competition was held recently. The winners were Sheelagh Foster and Helena McCormack with 38 points. They qualifed to play in the District final on Monday, July 2 in Kilkenny.

Second were Bea O’Donovan and Liz Cashin, who were beaten on a countback. Celine Egan and Ann Reilly were a further point behind.

While the Tuesday competition was washed out this week, the Boyne Trophy match against Gowran went ahead. Callan, having made the semi-finals last year, went out full of hope. Unfortunately it was not to be with a strong Gowran side coming out on top, 3/2 winners.

Team - Breda Ryan/Jo Staunton, Rita O’Neill/Helena McCormack, Kathleen Phelan/Rose Brophy, Pauline O’Brien/Olive Walsh, Marie Gorey/Bea O’Donovan.

Next weekend sees the blue riband of ladies competitions taking place when Sheelagh Foster will host her Captain’s prize to the ladies.

RESULTS: Sunday, July 10 July men’s fourball Stableford, 1 M. O’Halloran/J. Lynch 48; 2 T. Leahy/B. Butler 45; 3 M. Murphy/R. Cuddihy 44

Men’s RGA Jack O’Shea trophy, June 11, overall winner Jim Kehoe; Cat A, 1 Phil Cody 35; 2 Marty Parker 34; 3 Don Bolger 34; 4 Paddy Grace 33; Cat B, 1 Eddie Byrne 31; 2 Dick McGrath 30; 3 Kevin O’Connor 30; 4 Tony Drennan 30.

Wednesday, July 13 men’s Open singles, 1 Paul Norris 42pts; 2 Brian Doheny 42pts; Gross, Hugh Fitzpatrick.

DIARY: Today (Wednesday) men’s Open singles; Thursday, Society 10 to 10.20am, ladies 55s 10.30 to 12noon; Friday, Captain’s Invitational Classic 11am to 5pm; Saturday, Sheelagh Fosters Captain’s prize to the ladies 7am to 6pm; Sunday, June Green Cup 18 hole stroke, GOY points available; Monday, juniors 8.30 to 10am, RGA 11 to 1pm; Tuesday, June 26, ladies day.