Golf news from around the county

The O’Dwyer Golf Stores singles competition returned to the Callan GC schedule last week.

The O’Dwyer Golf Stores singles competition returned to the Callan GC schedule last week.

This season’s first qualifier was won by Keith O’Dwyer, nephew of the series sponsor John. Keith, a former junior captain and the current catering manager at the club, carded a total of 44pts, setting a high standard for future qualifiers.

Jimmy Dunne qualified in second place with 41pts while Pat O’Toole took the gross honours and a berth in the play-off final. John Marnell was the top visitor.

The series continues this week.

WINTER - The Winter League has been extended to allow for the inclement weather, with the final date to be decided over the coming days.

SINGLES - An open singles event (ladies and gents prizes) will be held every Friday. Adrian Brennan was the winner of the first event, taking first place on 39pts with Syd Harkin second on 36pts.

The competition continues this Friday. Entry fee is €12.50 for visitors and €6 for members, with full bar and catering services available.

COMPETITIONS - A singles matchplay qualifier, sponsored by Little Sunflowers Creche, will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Last year Denis Carey and Tom Kenny played out a 20-hole final, Denis winning out after a great battle. Thirty-two qualifiers will contest the first round of the matchplay.

On St Patrick’s Day the club will host a nine-hole re-entry competition, which is open to all.

RESULTS - Results, men and women’s open singles, March 7: 1 A. Brennan, 2 S. Harkin.

Results, senior ladies competition, March 6: 1 C. O’Sullivan, 22pts; 2 M. Comerford, 22pts; 3 K. Power, 22pts; 4 A. Phelan, 18pts.

Results, O’Dwyer Golf Stores singles qualifier, March 5: 1 K. O’Dwyer, 44pts; 2 J. Dunne; gross P. O’Toole. Visitor: J. Marnell.

Results, ladies competition, March 4: 1 M. Butler, 26pts; 2 B. Kearns, 25pts; 3 M. O’Mahony, 24pts; 4 C. Dore, 23pts; 5 C. O’Sullivan, 22pts.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 23, 28 and 32. Lucky dip (€30) winners were Kathleen Murphy, Milo Hennessy and Ollie Power. The jackpot is now €2,950.

LESSONS - The club will host beginners’ lessons from Saturday, April 19. Lessons will provide beginners with an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of the game.

Run over four sessions, there will be expert demonstrations in a friendly and relaxed environment. For further information, or to make a booking, contact Margaret, tel 056-7725136.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): O’Dwyer Golf Stores men’s open singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Senior Ladies, 10am to 12 noon. Ladies singles, 12.30 to 2.30pm. Friday: Ladies and gents open singles.

Saturday/Sunday: Little Sunflowers Creche singles matchplay qualifier.

Monday: Open nine-hole re-entry competition. RGA, 11am to 1pm. Tuesday: Ladies Day.

Castlecomer

It was celebration time for Martin Irwin as he recorded his first competitive open singles win at Castlecomer GC over the weekend.

Playing in the men’s open singles competition, Martin had a great score of 40pts to deny John Kelly a second successive victory. Jason Brennan, who played in very windy conditions on Saturday, had the best gross score of the competition.

Results, men’s open singles competition, March 8/9: 1 Martin Irwin (22), 40pts; 2 John Kelly (28), 39pts; gross Jason Brennan (4), 32pts. Class One: Mark Shortall (6), 37pts. Class Two: Johnny Brennan (12), 39pts. Class Three: Donie Walsh (20), 38pts.

LADIES - The ladies high and low competition, which was cancelled the previous weekend, was played on Saturday. Although strong winds prevailed the elements brought out the best in the competitors. Betty Byrne and Jean Ryan got the better of the weather, carding a 22pt finish to win the event. Marnie Brennan and Joan Brennan were second on 21pts, with Ann Breen and Breda Phelan third on 20pts.

There will be a ladies open two-person scramble on St Patrick’s Day.

The ladies Spring league, which will be played in matchplay format, is running to a tight schedule. The first round of matches must be completed by Monday. Early play of subsequent matches is allowed for the convenience of the players.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 4, 15, 19 and 22. The jackpot is now €8,800, with tickets costing €2 available online, from the clubhouse, members and local outlets.

DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Three person open champagne scramble. Cost of entry is €30 per team.

Monday: St Patrick’s Day Special men’s open singles competition. Golf and dinner, €20 visitors, €13 members. Ladies open two-person scramble.

Mountain View

The first of the seven monthly medal competitions was held at Mountain View GC on Sunday.

Playing off 15, Frank Kavanagh scored a fantastic nett 63 to take the category two medal and bag 12 Golfer of the Year points. Michael Kelly (13) was the category one medal winner with 66 nett while Jimmy Fitzpatrick (21) won category three with a nett 67.

Golfer of the Year points went to: Frank Kavanagh, 12pts; Michael Kelly, 9pts; Ned Mullally, 6pts; Jimmy Fitzpatrick, 4pts; Noel Doran, 2pts.

SPRING - Qualifier of the Open Spring Series was Thomas Martin jnr (8, Waterford Castle).

LEAGUE - Members are reminded that this year’s Spring League begins on March 22/23. Teams will comprise of four players, with members allowed to select their own teams (no subs allowed). Two members of one team must play for each round with two members of another team recording and verifying each score card. The four rounds will run over four consecutive weekends. Entry fee is €80 per team, with full details available from the clubhouse.

DIARY - Sunday: Open series (single stableford).

Monday to Saturday: Open series, week nine (single stableford).

Wednesday, March 19: Ladies 18-hole competition.

New Ross

Despite the weather 12 teams turned out for the seniors’ four-person team event at New Ross GC on Thursday.

Week after week the club’s over-50s contingent turn out in style to enjoy the golf and camaraderie associated with it. Prizes are available for collection by the winning team each week and if they are gone home they can collect same the following week - this has been the welcome trend since the fledgling group of seniors started way back in 1996.

Players are also reminded that the competition conforms to GUI rules - one team was disqualified last week for not having a player’s handicap displayed on the score card.

The team of Jimmy Furlong (10), Tom Reid (15), Jim Kehoe (20) and George Peters (21) were first with a total of 90pts. Getting a point allowances for a three-person team, Patsy Farrell (10), Kenny Barrett (18), and Willie Naddy (19) were second on 87pts by virtue of a better back nine. Eddie Keher (9), Ger Freyne (16), Frank Boyle (24) and Tom Kent (27) were third on the same total. Nearest the pin prizes went to Jim Kehoe (ninth hole) and Tommy Tyler (11th).

Borris

Results, Winter League (round five), Borris GC: 1 M.J. Doherty (10), 44pts; 2 Tom Quinn (11), 43pts; 3 Frank Murphy (20), 42pts; gross Jamie Dunne (4), 38pts; 5 John Byrne (14), 41pts; 6 Luke Kiernan, (Killeen, 11), 40pts; 7 Dominic Attride (14), 39pts. Wednesday prize: Tom Attride (6), 39pts. Saturday prize: Sean Buckley (21), 38pts. Sunday prize: Joe Dillon (15).

Overall Winter League results: 1 Des Murphy (22), 271pts; Luke Kiernan, (Killeen, 11), 272pts; 3 Ted Joyce (4), 277pts.

Results, open two-person team event, March 8/9: 1 Ger Carroll (13) & Jonathan Hickey (15), 64pts; 2 Declan Dundon (12) & Paul Dundon (14), 61pts; 3 Dominic Attride (14) & John Joe Nolan (20), 60pts.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Open singles.

Saturday/Sunday: Club Singles (Golfer of the Year) for fully-paid members.