The following are the notes from golf clubs around Kilkenny this week:
The winners of the Golfer of the Year competitions in Mount Juliet may have been known for some time at Mount Juliet GC, but with the final placings announced their coronations have been confirmed.
The winner of the ladies section was Ruth Mulholland, who built up an almost unassailable lead before the last competitions were played for. Playing very consistently throughout the year, her handicap was reduced to single figures as a result. Ruth scored a total of 60pts from her best six cards and was 18 points clear of Helen Walsh, who finished a point clear of last year’s winner, Brenda O’Sullivan. Geraldine Higgins was a point further back in fourth place.
The men’s section was dominated by P.J. Aylward, who scored 47 points for victory. He was 15 points clear of second placed, Mark Magnier, with Graham Robinson a point further back in 3rd place and Bill Fanning filling 4th place.
The presentation of the Golfer of the Year trophies and the McCalmont Cup matchplay prizes will be performed at a members social on Saturday at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.
CAPTAINS - On Sunday a team of men representing the Captain will take on a ladies team representing the Lady Captain over 18 holes singles. A timesheet is in operation for this competition, which should be a fun day for all golfers participating.
TOP GOLFER - Junior Captain Luke Donnelly won the regional final of the Top Golfer tournament, which was held in Conkerwood GC recently. Luke now progresses to the grand final, which will be held in The Heritage GC shortly. Luke qualified for this competition by winning the Junior Scratch Cup in the Summer with a level par round of golf.
LADIES - The October Ladies Invitation Day was a big success with proceeds going to the Marie Keating Foundation. The format was a Waltz competition with the best score taken at the first hole, the best two scores at the second and all three scores at the third. The format was repeated at each three holes hence the “Waltz” musical format.
This was a Pink Ribbon Day and the ladies really turned out for the occasion, with the Cathy Hoyne-led team coming out winners on a countback from the Claire O’Donoghue trio. Cathy had the honour of scoring a hole in one at the 14th which secured her team a further five points and had a big bearing on the overall result.
Such was the competitive edge that there was only two points dividing the first four teams in the overall standings.
RESULTS - Results, Pink Ribbon October ladies invitation day: 1 Cathy Hoyne (19), Catherine Keane (21, Kilkenny GC), Mary O’Dwyer (24, Thurles GC), 100pts; 2 Claire O’Donoghue (23), Niamh Leonard (12, Castle GC), Siobhan Smith (18, Castle), 100pts; 3 Ruth Mulholland (9), Cathy Mitchell (18, Borris GC), Jo Byrne (20, Borris), 99pts; 4 Therese Maher (31), Joan Cody (12, Kilkenny GC), Sharon Quigley (13, Malahide GC), 98pts.
Results, open four-person team event: 1 Paul Roberts (17, Rathdowney GC), Paul Walsh (17, Castlecomer GC), Robert Malone (21, Rathdowney), Shane Dowling (19, Rathdowney), 95pts; 2 Niall Coyne (9, Carton House GC), John Davis (15, Black Bush GC), Alan McGovern (15, Castleknock GC), Oliver O’Leary (17, Westmanstown GC), 94pts.
It has been a long season for all involved in the O’Dwyer Golf Stores singles series but the competition, which began in March, came to a close at Callan GC on Saturday.
Playing in tough conditions, John Hession (Mount Juliet) captured the main prize with a solid 42pts. The weather was in stark contrast to what had become the norm during the season after a fabulous Summer for golf but John’s golf sparkled on a wet and windy day.
John’s total proved unbeatable but Callan’s Niall O’Sullivan chased him hard to finish second on 40pts. Richie Condon took the gross honours with a two over total. Brian Doheny took second gross while Dennis Murphy (Kilkenny) was third on 38pts.
FUND-RAISER - The October Bank Holiday Weekend will play host to a fund-raising team event, with all proceeds going toward the refurbishment of the bar in the clubhouse. The competition, open to ladies and gents teams of any combination, runs from Friday to Sunday.
MEMBERSHIP - Membership is now open for 2014. Fee is €499 for new or lapsed members (€449 for seniors). Membership for existing members has also been reduced to €549 with an option of inviting in a new/lapsed member for €449 each. Full details and information on finance options are available from Margaret, tel 056-7725136.
LADIES - The ladies got off to a good start in this year’s Minor Alliance competition. Anna Starr won first prize in Waterford Castle with a fine score of 39pts. Sheila Kirby was also among the prize-winners.
CATERING - Keith O’Dwyer is the new bar and catering lease holder at the club, taking over from Michael Walsh. A full bar and catering service is available to members and visitors with function catering also.
RESULTS - Results, O’Dwyer Golf Stores open singles playoff: 1 J. Hession (Mount Juliet), 42pts; 2 N. O’Sullivan, 40pts; gross R. Condon; 3 D. Murphy 38pts.
Results, ladies seniors October 17: 1 A. Bowen, 2 M. O’Riordan, 3 M. Lanigan, 4 T. Phelan, 5 B. Byrne.
Results, ladies 12-hole stableford, October 15: 1 E. Kennedy, 24pts; 2 B. Walsh, 24pts; 3 M. O’Riordan, 24pts.
Results, RGA, October 14: Cat A - 1 J. O’Neill, 2 M. Wall, 3 J. Kinsella. Cat B - 1 M. Shortall, 2 J. O’Connell, 3 T. Drennan.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 2, 5, 9 and 28. Lucky dip winners: R. Needham, P. O’Brien, D. Collins. Sellers’ prizes: S. Walzer, P. O’Brien, J. Cuddihy.
DIARY - Thursday: Senior ladies 10am to 12 noon. Friday: Four-person team event.
Saturday: Four-person team event. Sunday: Four-person team event.
Monday: Tee times available. Tuesday: Ladies day.
It will be a busy week at Gowran Park GC as the End of Season Classic starts today (Wednesday) and runs until Monday.
The classic is being run in conjunction with the club promotion week, which incorporates membership offers and society golf. The four-person team event, which runs daily, features prizes including free golf outings for groups and the chance to win a year’s free membership to the club. Entry fee for the competition is €60 per team from Wednesday to Friday and €80 per team from Saturday to Bank Holiday Monday. Members’ entry fee throughout the week will be €10.
Timesheet details are available online or from 056-7726699.
AUTUMN - Joe Costello (13, Dundrum GC) took the leading qualifying spot in the latest round of the Autumn Singles qualifier with a fine score of 42pts, just pipping local member Martin Donohoe (18) with 41pts. Third place went to David Delaney (17, Mountain View) with 39pts.
The Qualifier will resume again on Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 with a timesheet in place on both days. The final will be held on Friday, December 13.
MEMBERS - Members played in an 11-hole stableford competition at the weekend, the first event in the members Winter league. Playing off 16 Paul Fox secured victory with a fine score of 28pts over the 11 holes while handicap secretary Richie Lowry was runner-up on 27pts. Michael Fitzpatrick (13) was third with 26pts.
The league continues on the weekend of November 2/3 with points being awarded for players within the top nine positions.
JUNIORS - There will be a mid-term nine-hole scramble competition for junior/juvenile members on Tuesday. Those with a handicap meet at 9.45am for 10am tee time. Players without a handicap will meet at 11.30am for a 12 noon tee-off.
DIARY - Wednesday - Monday: Open four-person team event (visitors €15 Wed to Fri, €20 Sat to Mon).
Tuesday: Junior nine-hole scramble.
Colm Hayes is in pole position in the Mountain View GC Winter League.
After two rounds Colm (14) leads category one on 24pts. Michael Waugh is second on 12pts with Eddie Walsh third place on 9pts. Tommy Coyne is the category two leader on 21pts, nine clear of Nicky Byrne (12pts) with Frank Kavanagh third on 9pts. Joe Earle and Philly Parsons are tied on 21pts apiece at the top of category three. Noel Doran and Pat Ryan are next with 6pts each.
DIARY - Sunday: Three-person rumble (waltz format).
Tuesday: Seniors competition. Wednesday, October 30: Ladies 18-hole competition.
Results, men’s open singles competition, October 19/20: 1 Sean Ronan (5, Clonmel GC), 38pts; 2 David Phelan (17, Boystown GC), 38pts; gross Sean Alley (10, Dundrum GC, 37pts). Cat One: Anthony Donoghue (9), 36pts. Cat Two: John Brennan (18), 36pts. Cat Three: Matt Dooley (21), 35pts (bk9).
MEMBERSHIP - New members can join the club from October 2013 until January 2015 for €600. Further information from the club, tel 056-4441139.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 1, 15, 16 and 23. The jackpot remains at €20,000.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Men’s open singles.