CALLAN golf club opened its doors to visiting and resident golfers alike for its annual Open Week. This year it was earlier in the calendar than normal and it proved to be a successful move.
Despite the weather being colder than is seasonal large crowds took to the fairways. The course stood up to the traffic very well and was the subject of lots of compliments from visiting golfers. One of the biggest attractions was the continuing singles series (sponsored by Springhill Hotel and Citroen Centre) on Wednesdays’ which this week was won by Tipperary hurling legend John Leahy with a fine score of 41 points.
The morning had proved quite cold and wet but the evening was nice and the scoring improved later in the day in tandem with the temperature. John produced an excellent back nine to beat the consistent scoring of Paul Madigan on a count back. Nigel O’Donovan also played consistently to capture the best gross while Robert Kennington, Carrick won the visitors prize with a fine score of 40 points.
All those prizewinners also qualify for the autumn final.
Despite the weather ladies day was, as is traditional, the busiest day of the week. Local golfers Evelyn Bookle, Noelle O’Driscoll and Breda Ryan played excellently in the rain to win this Open Rumble (sponsored by the Pennyfeather Restaurant and Lavender Spa) followed in second by Helen Dunne, Bernie Walsh and Mary Barry with Marion and Maura O’Mahony and Kathleen Phelan narrowly third.
The week opened with a two person team event (sponsored by Strathmore Lodge and Madigans Pharmacy) when David and Jacinta Culleton had an excellent 48 points which saw them one clear of Martin Glendon and Helena McCormack. Tuesday was a singles competition with Moira Mcdonald having an excellent round to beat Paul Madigan and Celine Egan with Tommy Manogue and Bernie Madigan picking up the best gross prizes in their categories.
Friday’s champagne scramble (sponsored by Modern Printers and Dohenys Bins) proved a popular draw with the large entry resulting in victory for Tommy Maher, Teresa O Neill, Helena McCormack and Breda Walsh with an excellent total of 105 points with the team of Michael Comerford, Daniel Mcgrath, Pat Malone and Thomas Comerford second with a score of 101 points while John Butler, John Kirwan and two Mountain View members, Jimmy Foster and Derek Ralph in third with 100 points.
Saturday’s Mens Fourball (sponsored by Callan Co-op and Unecol Oil) was very well supported also and two visitors played superbly to claim first prize. Nicky Butler and John Dowling from Carrick on Suir had a brilliant 45 points with locals Brian Doheny and Willie Hartley 3 points less in second.
Finally, Sunday’s team event (sponsored by John Walsh and Halligans Garage) was won by a team of ladies from Callan. Evelyn Bookle, Breda Ryan and Helena McCormack all won prizes for the second time this week but on this occassion they were ably assisted by Jo Staunton. The ladies had a superb week and proved its an excellent time to strike form with events coming thick and fast.
Open week 2011 was a great success with thanks given to all who made it such a good week often in adverse weather.
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE - The June bank holiday weekend is the date for President John O’Dwyer’s prize. John has been a fixture in the club since the seventies when he was encouraged to take up the game under the tutelage of the late Seamie Horgan.
John was a junior member before becoming s fully fledged around ‘85. In 1991 John was Captain of the club and remembers fondly how Pat Starr won his prize that year. John was Club Pro for a few years earlier this century when his father Joe was a great addition to the Pro shop.
A few years ago John and Margaret set up successful golf equipment shops in Clonmel and Kilkenny with John returning to amature status and making a welcome return to club and inter club competition. Over the years john has represented the club in all the inter club competitions with the exception of the South Leinster. Over the years John has beeen a wonderful ambassador for the club and always gives huge voluntary support. He gives sponsorship and time very generously and Sunday night is an oppurtunity for members and friends of the club to join John and his family (Robbie, Ryan and Margaret are also club members) and enjoy what should be a great occassion.
The presentation is timed for 10pm with a social mixed event from 5.30pm. Entry fee is 15 Euro with times available from 7.30am on Saturday and Sunday.
SWIPE CARDS - New members who have not collected their swipe cards can do so from behind the bar from Micheal Walsh. Any members who have any queries in regard to these cards can contact Margaret in regard to replacing or ordering new cards.
JERSEY DAY - On Bank Holiday Monday Callan will host a jersey day. Members are invited to wear their county jersey or favourite team jersey and come along for a social golf scramble at 1pm on Monday.
Players are invited to put their names on the sheets in the clubhouse before 1pm for a shot gun start at 1.30pm. Entry fee is 5e which includes a drink at the bar. It will be a wonderful oppurtunity for those new to the club to meet fellow golfers and enjoy a sociable game of golf with a drink afterwards.
RESULTS - Open Week, May 23, Open Two Person Team Event, 1 David Culleton, Jacinta Culleton 48pts; 2 MartinGlendon, Helena McCormack 47 pts.
May 24, Open Singles Ladies and Gents, overall winner 1 Moira McDonald; mens’ 1 Paul Madigan; Gross Tommy Manogue; Ladies, 1 Celine Egan; Gross Bernie Madigan.
May 25, Open Singles, 1 John Leahy 41pts; 2 Paul Madigan 41pts; Gross Nigel O’Donovan 31pts; 3 R. .Kennington 40pts.
May 26, Ladies day, 1 Evelyn Bookle, Noelle O’Driscoll, Breda Ryan; 2 Helen Dunne, Berna Walsh, Mary Barry; 3 Marion O’Mahony , Kathleen Phelan, Maura O’Mahony; 4 Eilish Ahern, Anne Wemyss, Jo Staunton.
May 27, Champagne Scramble, 1 Tom Maher, Teresa O’Neill, Helena McCormack, Breda Walsh 105pts; 2 Michael Comerford, Daniel McGrath,Pat Malone, Thomas Comerford 101pts; 3 John Butler, John Kirwan, Jimmy Foster (Mt View), Derek Ralph(Mt View) 100pts.
May 28, Open Mens Fourball, 1 NickyButler, John Dowling (Carrick-on-Suir) 45pts; 2 Brian Doheny, Willie Hartley 42pts; 3 Jimmy Dunne, Gerry Brett 41pts.
May 29, Fourperson Team Event, 1 Evelyn Bookle, Jo Staunton, Breda Ryan, Helena McCormack 95pts; 2 Ryan O’Dwyer, Andy Needham, Conor Murphy, Laura Woodcock 89pts; 3 Richie McMahon Michael Murphy Michael Dempsey Shay Healy.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday) men’s Open singles; Thursday, June 2, 55 Club 10.30am to 12pm; Friday, Social Mixed 6.30pm; Saturday, men’s President’s prize (John O’Dwyer); Sunday, men’s President’s prize (John O’Dwyer) mixed at 5.30pm; Monday, jersey day 1pm; Tuesday, ladies day.