Kilkenny golf club news

The course reopened for competitions at the weekend after the terrible damage caused during last month’s violent storm. The course staff, with the help of members, brought the course back in play quickly.

The course reopened for competitions at the weekend after the terrible damage caused during last month’s violent storm. The course staff, with the help of members, brought the course back in play quickly.

On speaking to a number of members during the weekend they queried where all the trees had fallen as they maintained there were still too many trees on the course. They said in jest that not half enough had fallen.

The March monthly medal was played on Saturday and Sunday. The competition was non counting with placing still in place and scoring was very good. The winner was Tom McInerney (17) with a great score of 63 net. Tom was out in 38 and back in 42 to shoot an 80 gross.

This is Tom’s best score in singles competition and it augurs well for him for the year ahead. He had two strokes to spare from three players on 65. Second with the best of the 65s’ was Brendan Hogan. He enjoyed a good start and finish recording birdies on the 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th. Unusual for Brendan, he failed to take advantage of the par 5s’ where he recorded two pars and a bogey.

Third was Kieran Hoban (10) with halves of 36 and 39. Fifth was Jim White (9) with a split of 35 and 39. The gross was won by Graham Nugent (1) with 68 gross. He had an eagle on the 9th and also four biddies on the card.

This was the first of the Golfer of the Year competitions, which are sponsored by The Honda Centre Kilkenny. The sheet for Golfer of the Year will be updated after the weekend’s Spring singles.

In relation to competitions, members have been asked to be fair to playing partners on timesheets. If they cross off their name late in the week they should contact the other person to let them know. On Saturday a member turned up to play only to discover his playing partner had opted out earlier that morning, which left him with no one to play with.

A reminder also to players to ensure they signed cards and a marker has also signed it. A number of players were disqualified at the weekend as their cards had only one signature. Players are also requested to sign in and enter their scores on the computer. Players got out of the habit over the 14 hole Winter competitions, apparently.

If all players enter their scores on the computer it leaves the job of closing off the competition a lot easier for handicap secretary, Mark Grant and competition secretary, Ollie Cullen.

Saturday’s cross card was a 14 hole four person team event. It was won by Ollie Cullen (11), John Greene (16), P.J. Martin (12) and Willie Murphy (17) with 71 points. Second were Joe O’Neill (17), Ben McGarry (14), Maurice Ryan (9) and Peter Ryan (17) with 70 points.

RAGGETT HOMES: This weekend the Paddy Raggett Homes four person team event will be played on Sunday and Monday. The same team may play both days if they wish. If the same team plays both days they will only be entitled to feature once in the prizes. The competition sponsored by Paddy Raggett Homes.

Friday and Saturday sees the rescheduled of the men’s Spring singles which was cancelled recently.

OPEN SINGLES: Wednesday, March 19 is the date for the first ladies and gents Open singles of the season. The sheet went live for online booking on Friday.

ST PAT’S NIGHT: The social committee have organised a night in the club on Sunday, March 16. The night will commence with food served at 8.30pm. Music will be by the Dempseys and others from 9.30pm till late. The cost is €10 per ticket. Contact any committee member, the office or the bar for tickets.

SPONSOR TREE: By the time you read these notes the likelihood is that the 120 new trees will have been planted to replace the ones lost in the storm. By Thursday they will all have been staked and the project finished. Last week the club was toying with the idea of asking members to sponsor a tree to help defray costs.

Although no official decision was made members jumped at the idea. To date donations of around €1,500 have been received.

The repairs to the protective netting on the left of the 1st hole on the Ballyfoyle Road has started. The hole should be back in play from its regular spot at the weekend. Work has also commenced on replacing the fence at the putting green. The timber fence is being replaced by a small wall.

RULES: Local rules will be in place over the coming weeks. Check the notice on the window and at the first tee before playing in any competitions. As always if availing of relief, consult playing partners.

INTER CLUB: The Barton Cup team will have a practice session on Saturday (9.15am). All panel members are requested to be present. The team is out early this year with a preliminary round against Wexford before the end of March with two matches in Kilkenny and three in Wexford.

The Pierce Purcell area qualifier is in Callan golf club on Saturday, May 17 (8.40am). Top four teams from strokeplay qualifier to return on Sunday, May 18 for matchplay. Handicap range 12 to 16 (foursomes - handicap combination 27). Players lowest handicap in 2013 cannot have gone below 12. Team Managers Alan Snype and Leo Byrne placed a sheet on the men’s notice board

Members interested in being part of the Pierce Purcell panel should add their names to this list or contact Alan or Leo.

SCRATCH MATCHPLAY: The entry sheet for the men’s Scratch matchplay is posted on the men’s notice board. Place your name on the sheet and entry fee of €5 in envelope behind the bar if interested.

CHILD PROTECTION: The child protection course run by Junior Golf Ireland has been rescheduled. It will be on Wednesday, March 19 from 7 to 10pm. Members who signed up for the course are requested to attend.

MEMBERSHIP: Members are reminded that February 28 was final date for payment of annual subscriptions. If it has slipped your mind contact the office.

WINTER SPECIAL: Golf Winter special available Monday to Friday until March 31. Green fee plus hot plate of the day and tea/coffee for €35.

SNOOKER: The quarter-finals of the snooker singles are due for completion by March 15.

One match has already been played with Brendan Power defeating Kieran Wall.

BRIDGE: No Bridge next Monday night due to Bank Holiday.

RESULTS: March Monthly medal, March 8 and 9, 1 Tom McInerney (17) 63 net; 2 Brendan Hogan (5) 65 net (B9); 3 Kieran Hoban (10) 65 net (B9); Gross, Graham Nugent 68 gross; 5 Jim White (9) 65 net.

Best Juvenile - Bobby O’Mahony (17) 72 net.

Two’s Club March monthly medal - Graham Nugent at 6th and 10th; Kieran Wall, Cathal O’Neill, Mark Power, Jim White, Ciaran Aylmer at 6th; Frank Byrne, Gerry Stewart, Shane Henderson at 10th; Aidan Phelan, Seamus McGuire, Steve Rochford, Justin Woods at 15th; Larry Carroll, Brendan Hogan, Colin Corbett at 17th. Each two is worth €16.94 and is credited in the Pro Shop.

Cross card March 8, four person team event (two scores count) 1 Ollie Cullen (11), John Greene (16), P.J. Martin (12), Willie Murphy (17) 71pts; 2 Joe O’Neill (17), Ben McGarry (14), Maurice Ryan (9), Peter Ryan (17) 70pts; 3 Jack Troy (16), Richie Phelan (16), Brendan Hogan (5), Alan Snype (20) 69pts; 4 Liam Cody (12), Philip O’Neill (22), Alan Doran (15), John Bracken (17) 67pts; 5 Seamus Rochford (11), Myles McCabe (22), Peter Gowan (11), Leo Byrne (6) 63pts.

LADIES: Ladies playing in the round robin competition are reminded that matches should be completed by April 8. The sheet for list of names for the high - low competition is on the ladies notice board. To date over 50 ladies have entered.

The ladies yoga on Wednesday mornings has finished for the season and will recommence in the Autumn.

Fixtures - Tuesday, March 18 ladies 18 hole competition 8.20 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm. Slots available on Saturday 2.50 to 3.10pm, bookable Online, Sunday 10.30 to 11am, bookable online and 2.40 to 3.25pm draw.

JUNIOR/JUVENILE: The juvenile section are looking for volunteers to help with Saturday morning coaching which will start back in mid-Spring. Anyone wishing to help should give their name to anyone on the Junior Committee or drop details to kilkennyjuniorgolf@gmail.com

DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 10 to 11.30am Vintners outing, 1 to 2pm members; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members; Friday, 7.30 to 9am members, 9 to 1pm men’s Spring singles, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 3pm men’s Spring singles; Saturday, 7.30 to 9.30am members, 9.40 to 10.05am Barton Cup practice, 10.10 to 1pm men’s Spring singles, 1 to 1.40pm members time, 1.45 to 2.45pm men’s Spring singles, 2.45 to 3.15pm ladies competition, bookable Online; Sunday, 7.30 to 10.30am and 11 to 2.30pm Paddy Raggett Homes four person team event, 10.30 to 11am ladies competition, bookable Online and 2.45 to 3.15pm draw; Monday, 8.30 to 3pm Paddy Raggett Homes four person team event; Tuesday 8.20 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm ladies 18 hole competition, slots also available Saturday and Sunday (see above); Wednesday, March 19 8.30 to 3pm ladies and gents Open singles.