Optimistic signs for new season



THE annual meeting of the joint management committee ushered in the Captains for 2013 at Callan GC. The meeting also marked the end of the financial year and hopes for a successful 2013.

On the financial front the news is one of stability, with all financial commitments met and a surplus at the end of trading which Treasurer Christy O’Sullivan pointed out is grounds for optimism following the hard work and endless commitment of many members in all aspects of the club. The wonderful service of John Coogan, Michael O’Shea and Pat Wall was acknowledged and all are wished the very best of luck in the future.

The lotto committee came in for a special mention in all addresses, with the members continuing to be vital to the administration of the club. All outgoing officers were all thanked for their hard work in the last year while members and friends of the club who passed away in the last year were remembered during Sean Walzer’s address.

WINTER LEAGUE - The Winter League continues to attract large numbers, with qualifying running until February 24, with the playoff final down for decision on March 2.

There are many opportunities to qualify for the Michael and Louise Walsh sponsored event with qualification available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to the players with the best three cards counting.

The top 50 will make it through to the final, where the overall winner will earn a set of irons. The monthly winners to date are: October - 1 Brian Doheny, 2 Joe Colclough, gross Dermot Maher. November - 1 Kevin O’Gorman, Phillip O’Connor, gross Brian Doheny. December - 1 John Kennedy, 2 Paddy Donovan, gross Richie Condon.

A full updated list of all entrants and their points tally has been posted in the locker room.

LOTTO - Paul Norris became the latest ‘thousandaire’ when he scooped the jackpot in last week’s club lotto draw. His lucky numbers were 3, 7 and 12, making him the eighth winner since the lotto was relaunched.

Murt Cuddihy, chairman of the lotto committee, thanked everyone for their support and asked all members to continue to support the weekly lotto. Next week’s jackpot will be E750.

DARTS - The golf club’s darts team get into action this week and, following last year’s excellent run, 2013 is being viewed with optimism by manager Michael Walsh.

The team is captained by Murty O’Halloran. Murt will be joined by Tommy Hennessy, Paul Cashin, Jeff Lynch, Tony Moran, Alan Brett, Donal Quigley, Cathal Byrne and Jim Nugent.

RESULTS - Results, men’s 15-hole re-entry competition, January 1 to 6: 1 John Healy, 37pts; 2 Daniel McGrath, 36pts.

Results, ladies 55 club, January 5: 1 Mary H. Grace, 2 Margaret Comerford, 3 Margaret O’Shea.

Results, ladies competition, January 3: 1 Kay O’Neill, 26pts; 2 Breda O’Brien, 26pts; 3 Margaret Comerford, 25pts; 4 Breda Ryan, 25pts; 5 Teresa Drea, 24pts.


THE FIRST official gathering of 2013 saw a large number of golfers attend the annual meeting at Gowran Park GC on Friday.

Outgoing captains Joe Farrell and Anne Mullins gave a detailed account of their terms of office. Both thanked their respective committees for their support over the previous 12 months. They also thanked the golf club’s members for their participation and involvement in club affairs and competitions during the year, wishing the incoming captains the very best for the year ahead.

In accepting their new roles as captains for 2013 Melvyn Kennedy and Margaret Logue spoke of how they were looking forward to the year and the challenges ahead. Both captains were delighted to report that the club is in a healthy and vibrant position and vowed to keep up the excellent work of both Joe and Anne.

A special note of appreciation was extended to outgoing handicap secretary Mark Hennessy for his dedication and efficiency during his term of office.

Officers elected were: president Eamon Kealy, men’s captain Melvyn Kennedy, vice-captain Declan David, club secretary Niall Kiely, treasurer Jim Walsh, handicap secretary Richie Lowry, competition secretary Ger Treacy. Committee members: Gerry Doyle, Liam O’Dwyer, Martin Donnelly, Eoin Jordan, Joe Farrell (ex-officio).

Ladies captain: Margaret Logue, vice-captain Deirdre McCabe, secretary Hilary Dick, handicap secretary Catherine O’Connor, competition secretary Ger Hickey. Committee: Eileen Tobin (junior convenor), Helen Dunne, Anne Mullins (ex-officio).

SENIORS - The club’s mixed seniors (over-50s) competition resumes this Friday and will run until the end of March.

The tee is reserved for these 11-hole stableford competitions from 9 to 11am, with a draw at 10am for anyone without playing partners. Entry fee is E5, with registrations taken in the pro shop.

SPRING SERIES - Despite the mixed weather over the last couple of weeks the Spring League has been very well supported, particularly by golfers from neighbouring clubs who also featured among the qualifiers.

Richard Tierney (Mountain View) took the top spot in last week’s round, followed by Noel Cottrell (Mountain View), local member Martin Donohoe and Tony Malone (Mountain View).

The leading qualifier from the round on January 3/4 was John Brennan (Mountain View) along with Tony Dunne, Leo Dunne (Abbeyleix) and Willie Blanchfield.

The league continues tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday and runs through to March. Three qualifiers and equals from each week will go forward to the grand final, which will be held on Friday, March 22. Green fee for visitors is E20 and E5 for members. Timesheet details are available from 056-7726699.

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday)/Friday: Spring Series open singles.

Saturday/Sunday: Members 11-hole singles competition.

THYESTES DAY - Owing to Thyestes Day there will be no golf at the course on Thursday, January 24.


TWO prestigious presentations took pride of place at the Lady Captain’s dinner, which was held at Castlecomer GC recently.

The Golfer of the Year competition, which was sponsored by Mary Hahessey, was won convincingly by Nuala Mahon. Nuala had a great season on the course, especially in the early part of the year.

The winner of the ladies singles was Delia O’Donohoe. She accepted her prize from Lady Captain Marjie Gannon on behalf of sponsors, the Touch Of Class boutique in Carlow. Runner-up in the singles was Ann Ring, who enjoyed a very successful year also.

WINTER LEAGUE - The Winter League is going well with three rounds now completed. Owing to the changes made to the course layout for the month of January there was some confusion regarding which holes to play. For round four of the league it is proposed that 11 holes will be played - they are holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 8 and 9.

Golfers are asked to check-in at the locker room before playing.

MEMBERSHIP - Golfers are reminded of membership deals available at the club. With new membership fees in place new or returning golfers can sign up with a current member at a rate of E1,000 for the two people which is a significant saving.

JUNIORS - Girls and junior girls are encouraged to link in with the coaching and development programmes specifically designed for their inclusion. Support for junior girls is provided to clubs through the ILGU junior committee.


OWING to heavy frost, Sunday’s leg of the open two-person team event at Borris GC was cancelled.

Saturday’s winners were Johnny Prendergast (12) and Rory ó hEocaidh (18) with 65 points.

SENIORS - The seniors will have their next open competition on Tuesday, January 29. Tee times, which are available from 8.15am, can be booked from 059-9773310.

DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Open two-person team event (18 holes, any combination).

January 26/27: Open Singles.


SUNDAY’S club single stableford competition at Mountain View GC was cancelled due to severe frost.

Weather proved to be a spoilsport for golfers, forcing the closure of the course until 12.30pm.

MEMBERSHIP - Golfers are reminded that membership fees are now due. Management would like all fees paid by January 31 in readiness for the Captains’ Drive-in in February.

RESULTS - Results, Singles stableford, January 15 (GOY): 1 Michael Hoyne (21), 40pts; 2 John Murphy (16), 39pts; 3 Seamus O’Brien (19), 38pts; 4 Eamon Freyne (21), 38pts; 5 Tommy Hayes (19), 38pts; 6 Seamus Keaney (19), 37pts.

DIARY - Sunday: Members single stableford.

Tuesday: Seniors competition. Wednesday, January 23: Ladies competition.


THE ELEMENTS showed their true nature when heavy frost forced the cancellation of the third round of the Winter League at New Ross GC on Sunday.

The competition will be rescheduled for later in the month. It was the only low note for the course, which is in excellent condition for this time of year thanks to the continued hard work of the green-keeping staff.

MEMBERSHIP - There has been an excellent uptake on the new member’s offer (E300 for one year’s membership inclusive of E50 bar/restaurant credit and GUI levy), with more than 70 applications received to date. The offer is limited to 100 people.

The club is also welcoming applications for junior (under-18) membership. The annual subscription is E100.

SPONSORS - The men’s committee continues to look for sponsors for their competition schedule. Contact Kathleen Daly, tel 051-421433.

SENIORS - The outlook looked bleak as the seniors gathered in the pelting rain for their weekly competition on Thursday, but the weather gods were on their side as the rain cleared and the sun delivered a lovely day for golf.

Underfoot conditions were heavy but with placing everywhere and playing off the forward tees scoring was once again quite good. Taking the honours in first place on 92 points were Jim ‘Ross’ Ryan (16), Richie Aylward (17), Tom Murphy (18), and Jim ‘Dublin’ Ryan (20).

In the runners-up spot on 90 points were Jimmy Furlong (9), Bob Dwyer (18), Michael Vaughan (22) and Tony Sexton (24). The 88 points carded by Willie Kelly (16), Luke Power (17) Jamesie Murphy (22) and John Vereker (23) were sufficient to claim third place. Nearest the pin prizes went to Seamus Bradley and Jim ‘Dublin’ Ryan on the ninth and 11th holes respectively.

The seniors will have their usual outing tomorrow (Thursday).

DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday): Seniors outing. Draw at 10.40am.

Saturday/Sunday: Open four-person scramble.