It was St Patrick’s Day delight for Ruth

MATT Ruth returned a massive 43 points to win the Gents section of the Open Ladies & Gents Singles on St Patrick’s Day.

MATT Ruth returned a massive 43 points to win the Gents section of the Open Ladies & Gents Singles on St Patrick’s Day.

Playing off 15 handicap Matt was out in 40 strokes and back in 39 for a 79 gross which gave him 43 points. He had ten pars and eight bogies for a very consistent card. Second place went to Mountain View member Anthony White (10) with 40 points.

Ray Lonergan (3) was third also with 40pts. Ray shot one under par 70 gross. He was out in 32 strokes with birdies on the first, fifth, eighth and ninth and came home in 38 shots with a further birdie on the 17th. The gross was won by Kieran Wall (5) with 30 gross points.

The Ladies section was won by Niamh Kelly (11) on 38 points with Joan Cody (18) in second place on 36 points. THREE-PERSON - The Paddy Raggett Homes sponsored three-person team event, which was held over Saturday and Sunday, was won by Pat Butler (7), Maurice Ryan (13) and Richie Hogan (13, Mountain View) with 85 points. They had a split of 42 on the front and 43 on the back nine and this was good enough to edge out two other teams on the countback.

Maurice and Richie both birdied the ninth hole for eight points but it was Pat who contributed most to the card. He had four birdies and eight pars on the card, covering the back nine in level par 35 to contribute 22 points of their total of 43 on the back nine.

In second place, beaten on the back nine were Anthony Cleere (6) Paul Cleere (7) and M. O’Donnell (15, Castlecomer). The Cleere brothers had seven birdies between them but the team only managed three points on the 18th, which proved to be their downfall. Third place went to the sponsor’s team of Paddy Raggett (15), Michael Raggett (12) and Derek Shelley (9) also on 85 points.

WINNERS - Catherine O’Neill (29) won Tuesday’s ladies 18 hole stableford competition with 38 points. Catherine beat Mary Gorman (30) on the back nine to land the spoils. Mary Leahy Browne (3) secured the gross with 26 gross points.

The winners in the men’s senior competition on Thursday were Willie Murphy (14), Tony Morrissey (16), Peter McQuillan (22) and Austin Kiely (23) on 65 points. In second place, also on 65 points, were Pat O’Briain (14), Gerry Bowe (23), Dave Schofield (25) and Phil Lenehan (25).

The senior ladies competition was won by Nuala Crotty, Anne Gubbins and Breda Kavanagh with 36 points. Second place went to Eileen Reynolds, Phil Cooke and Josie McPhilips.

ALLIANCE - The Men’s Senior Alliance which was cancelled a fortnight ago due to frost, has been rescheduled for Sunday from 9 to 11.30am.

CLOCKS - Reminder to members playing next Sunday. Summer time comes into place this weekend and the clocks will go forward by one hour.

PLACING - Placing will remain in place (except in hazards) during the week for the moment. At the weekend for competitions placing will only be allowed on the fairway and the ball will be played as it lies in the rough. This enables competitions to count for handicapping purposes. Relief may be obtained from the new slit drains on the second, seventh and ninth fairways and also from tractor and machinery tracks.

RESULTS - Open ladies and gents singles St Patrick’s Day: Gents Section - 1 Matt Ruth (15), 43pts; 2 Anthony White (10, Mountain View), 40pts back nine; 3 Ray Lonergan (3), 40pts; gross; Kieran Wall (5), 30pts; 5 Sean Boland (10), 39pts; 6 Alan Byrne (13), 39pts; 7 Simon Fennelly (11, Mountain View), 38pts back nine.

Ladies Section - 1 Niamh Kelly (11), 38pts; 2 Joan Cody (18), 36pts.

Presentation of all prizes will be held on Friday 1st April at 9pm.

Two’s Club: Maurice Slater at tenth and 17th; Richard Cody, Kieran Wall, Tony O’Reilly and Denis Brophy at the sixth; Alan Morrissey, Ned Byrne at tenth; John Byrne, Joe Sweeney at 15th; Ray Lonergan, Breda Roche at 17th. Each of the above will have a voucher of E24 credited to their accounts in the pro shop.

Results, Paddy Raggett Homes Open three-person event, March 19/20: 1 Pat Butler (7), Maurice Ryan (13), Richie Hogan (13, Mountain View), 85pts back nine; 2 Anthony Cleere (6), Paul Cleere (7), M. O’Donnell (15, Castlecomer), 85pts back nine; 3 Paddy Raggett (15), Michael Raggett (12), Derek Shelley (9), 85pts; 4 T. McInerney (20, Callan), G. McInerney (13, Kilrush), P. Russell (14, Callan), 84pts; 5 S. Cuddihy (15, Callan), S. Lee (22, Callan), E. Cuddihy (21, Callan), 83pts back nine; 6 Eugene Deegan (12), Sean Tyrrell (13), Eugene Buckley (11), 83pts. Saturday Prize: Geoff Meagher (16), Ian Meagher (13), Michael Grant (8), 79pts. Sunday Prize: Eddie Guilfoyle (11), Richie Guilfoyle (1), Terence Mannion (17), 82pts.

Presentation of prizes will be held on Friday, April 1 at 9pm.

Two’s Club: Richie Guilfoyle at sixth & 17th; Kieran Wall at sixth & 15th; Sean Boland, L. Brennan (Callan), E. Buckley (Rathdowney), Stephen Sheenan, Peter Walsh snr at sixth; S. Byrne (Mountain View), Christy Forde at tenth; Aidan Brennan, Paul Cleere, Pat Butler, N. Farragher (Naas), D. Morris (Callan) at 15th; P. Forde (Mountain View), Michael Power, Matt Ruth, Paddy Smee, John Peters, Jack McNamara at 17th.

Each of the above will have a voucher of E17 credited to their accounts in the pro shop.

LADIES - Results, ladies 18 hole stableford, March 15: 1 Catherine O’Neill (29), 38pts back nine; 2 Mary Gorman (30), 38pts; gross Mary Leahy Browne (3), 26 gross pts; 3 Paula Bradbury (16), 34pts last six; 4 Claire Mahony (35), 34pts back nine; 5 Niamh Kelly (11), 34pts.

Next competition is on Tuesday, and is an 18 hole stableford. There are time slots available also on Sunday from 3.30 to 4.15pm. There are no morning slots on Sunday owing to the Senior Alliance reschedule.

SENIORS MEN - Results, 13 hole competition, March 16: 1 Willie Murphy (14), Tony Morrissey (16), Peter McQuillan (22), Austin Kiely (23), 65pts last two; 2 Pat O’Briain (14), Gerry Bowe (23), Dave Schofield (25), Phil Lenehan (25), 65pts; 3 Eddie Guilfoyle (11), Eugene Orr (19), Joe Nolan (21), 64pts (59 +5); 4 Ken Kinsella (11), Noel O’Sullivan (16), Michael O’Neill (20), Dermot Moloney (21), 64pts; 5 Jim Ryan (12), Paddy Gubbins (18), Paddy Hally (24), Jim O’Connell (24), 61pts.

Next competition is tomorrow (Thursday) at 11am.

SENIOR LADIES - Results, nine hole competition, March 16: 1 Nuala Crotty, Ann Gubbins, Breda Kavanagh, 36pts; 2 Eileen Reynolds, Phil Cooke, Josie McPhillips, 31pts.

Next competition is tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Members, 1 to 2pm. Thursday: Senior Ladies competition, 10 to 11am. Senior Men’s competition, 11am to 1pm. Members, 1 to 2pm. Friday: Members Times, 1 to 2pm.

Saturday: Members Casual Golf, 7.30 to 8am. Richard Duggan Memorial Men’s competition, 8 to 9am. Visitors, 9am to 1pm. Members Casual Golf, 1 to 1.45pm. Richard Duggan Memorial Men’s competition, 1.50 to 3.50pm. Sunday: Richard Duggan Memorial Men’s competition, 7.30 to 9am and 11.45am to 3.20pm. Senior Alliance, 9 to 11.30am. Ladies Competition, 3.50 to 4.15pm.

Monday: Members, 1 to 2pm. Tuesday: Ladies 18 Holes Stableford, 9 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm.