THE LADIES foursomes team from Kilkenny GC saw their hopes of All-Ireland glory end at the quarter-final stage.
The locals travelled to Courtown GC on Friday to take on the Hermitage GC for a place in the semi-finals. With all matches played off scratch and a minimum combined handicap of 14, the Kilkenny team were quietly confident of progressing.
Mary Leahy Browne (3) and Mary Norton (11) played another 14 combination, Suzie Hayes (4) and Barbara Harte (10) in their match. The Kilkenny pair went ahead early on and, playing great golf, closed out their match on the 14th for a 5&4 victory. In the second match Eileen Rose Power (1) & Breda Roche (15) played 15 combination Niamh Prendiville (7) and Carmel Cahill (8) and went four down early in their match.
The duo fought their way back to one down early in the back nine and were unfortunate not to win the 12th and 13th where their opponents holed two great putts to secure halves. They lost the par three 14th when Eileen Rose lipped out for a par and went three down when they lost the 15th. They won the 16th and looked like winning the 17th to bring the match down the 18th, but Hermitage holed a great putt to close out the match 2&1.
In the final match Mags Cuddihy (8) & Bridie McGarry (9) took on 20 combination Aisling Brennan (8) and Ciara Casey (12) and were four down at the turn. They got it back to two down after the 11th but were eventually beaten on the 15th hole 4&3.
The reserves on the team were Orla Dunphy (4), Phyl Doyle (12) and Joan Cody (14). The team was managed by Anne and Eithne Murphy.
Hermitage had an easy win over Ballinasloe in the semi-final on Friday afternoon but lost the final to Belfast’s Malone GC on Saturday.
OPEN SINGLES - The men’s section of the Ladies and Gents open singles, which was played on Wednesday, was won by Gerry Stewart (11) with 39 points. Gerry was out in 20 points despite a blank on the second hole, adding 19 points on the back nine. Gerry had no birdies, but recorded 11 pars in his score.
David Dooley (12) was in second place on 38 points. He had 21 points turning and recorded 17 on the back nine. Third place, also on 38 points, went Reay Brandon (22) who had 24 points at the turn with the help of a birdie on the first hole which was worth five points. He only added 14 points on the second nine, four coming on the 17th where he recorded another birdie. The gross was won by Graham Nugent (2) with 33 gross points.
The Ladies section had a small turnout. The section was won by Helen Butler (26) with 32 points.
It was a very lucrative day to be in the twos club with only three winners. Dom Murphy, Kevin Glynn and Owen Sweeney received E50.66 credit in the pro shop.
TEAM - The four-person team event, held on the day of the All-Ireland replay, was won by Neville Coen (6 Scarke GC), Peter Wilson (6 Mountain View), Tommy Barry (15) and Dean Smithwick (11) with 93 points. Second place on 92 points went to locals Brendan Hogan (5), P.J. Martin (10), Dervilla O’Byrne (19) and Margaret Hogan (25).
There was only one winner in the twos club. Neville Coen, who was also on the winning team, picked up E90 credit in the pro shop for his birdie two on the 10th hole.
LADIES - Owing to inclement weather a field of just 21 ladies played in the 18 hole stableford competition last week. Seventeen ladies played on Sunday, with just four braving the elements on Tuesday.
The winner with 42 points, playing off 26 handicap, was Catherine Leahy. Runner up was Lucy Yeates (30) with 40 points, with the gross going to Bridie McGarry (8) with 25 points. Dervilla O’Byrne (20) returned 39 points but was unfortunate to lose out on the prizes due to the small field.
SENIORS - The senior ladies competition was won by Pat Walsh, Elizabeth Tobin and Barbara Schofield with 34 points. The runners-up, who also finished on 34 points, were Adrienne Walsh, Pauline O’Sullivan and Mary O’Connell.
The senior men’s competition was won by Con O’Sullivan (15), Christy Rainey (21), Finbar Coughlan (21) and Tom McPhilips (36) with 58 points. Con O’Sullivan was in great form, recording a birdie and seven pars as he contributed 30 points to the team’s score.
The runners-up were Noel Skehan (14), Noel Power (20), Dave Schofield (27) and Phil Lenehan (27) on 57 points. Noel Skehan also recorded a birdie and seven pars on their card.
SINGLES - The ladies and gents open singles competition continues today (Wednesday) from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
DINNER - The Joint Captains’ dinner will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday, November 24.
BAR - The club bar will now close at 9pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, closing at 11pm on Wednesdays and 10pm on Sundays. The club will remain open on Wednesdays until 11pm to accommodate meetings.
Closing times for most weekday nights will revert back to 7pm from November.
SOCIAL - The social committee will hold a series of social events at the club over the Winter. The first event will be a table quiz, which will be held at 8pm on Friday, October 26. Format is teams of four, with at least two golf club members per team. Cost is E24, including finger food, with entry sheet available in bar.
Other events being considered are a wine-tasting night, celebrity cook-off and a poker classic.
SNOOKER - The draw for the annual snooker doubles tournament will be made on Wednesday, October 10. Names can be put on the sheet on the men’s noticeboard. Entry fee is E12 per pair, which must be paid before the first round.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE - The presentation evening for the juniors will be held at 6.30pm on Friday, October 14. All prizes for the year will be presented.
LOST PROPERTY - A ladies watch and some keys were found on the course recently. The owner(s) can collect the items from the bar.
RESULTS - Results, four-person team event, September 30: 1 Neville Coen (6 Scarke GC), Dean Smithwick (11), Tommy Barry (15) Peter Wilson (6 Mountain View), 93pts; 2 Brendan Hogan (5), P.J. Martin (10), Dervilla O’Byrne (19), Margaret Hogan (25), 92pts (B9); 3 Pat Dunne (18 Mountain View), Paddy Buckley (10 Slievenamon GC), Denis Moylan (12 Slievenamon), Ollie Maher (19 Slievenamon), 92pts.
Twos Club: Neville Coen at 10th. Two is worth E90, which is credited in the pro shop.
Results, senior men’s team event (13 holes), September 27: 1 Con O’Sullivan (15), Christy Rainey (21), Finbar Coughlan (21), Tom McPhilips (36), 58pts; 2 Noel Skehan (14), Noel Power (20), Dave Schofield (27), Phil Lenehan (27), 57pts; 3 Rodger Curran (13), Paddy Gubbins (17), Reay Brandon (22), Tom McDonald (27), 56pts; 4 Billy Burke (10), Michael Barry (26), Pat Kelleher (26), Austin Kiely (23), 56pts; 5 Eddie Guilfoyle (13), Martin Treacy (21), Paddy Byrne (21), Tony Joyce (27), 55pts; 6 Mick O’Flynn (14), Willie Murphy (20), Sean Breahnach (23), 55pts (50 +5); 7 Pat Foley (11), Noel O’Sullivan (16), Jack Nolan (22), Eamon Molloy (25), 55pts.
Results, senior ladies team event (none hole), September 27: 1 Pat Walsh, Elizabeth Tobin, Barbara Schofield, 34pts; 2 Adrienne Walsh, Pauline O’Sullivan, Mary O’Connell, 34pts; 3 Eileen Reynolds, Josie Bolger, Teresa Brandon, 33pts; 4 Hilda Richardson, Kathleen Price, Josie McPhilips, 33pts.
Results, open singles, September 26: Men - 1 Gerry Stewart (11), 39pts; 2 David Dooley (12), 38pts (B9); 3 Reay Brandon (22), 38pts; gross Graham Nugent (2), 33pts; 5 Kevin Donohue (20), 37pts.
Ladies - 1 Helen Butler (26), 32pts.
Twos Club: Dom Murphy at 15th, Kevin Glynn, Owen Sweeney at 17th. Each two is worth E50.66 and is credited in the pro shop.
Results, ladies 18 hole stableford, September 23/25: 1 Catherine Leahy (26), 42pts; 2 Lucy Yeates (30), 40pts; gross Bridie McGarry (8), 25pts.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Ladies and gents open singles, 8.30 to 3.30pm. Tomorrow (Thursday): Visitors, 9.20 to 9.44am. Senior ladies, 10 to 11am. Senior men, 11am to 1pm. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Friday: Visitors, 10.25 to 11.04am. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm.
Saturday: Members’ Time, 7.30 to 9am. Visitors, 9.30am to 1pm. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Visitors, 2 to 2.45pm. Sunday: October Monthly Medal, 7.30am to 2.45pm. Ladies competition, 10.30 to 11am (bookable online). Ladies competition draw, 2.45 to 3.25pm.
Monday: Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Tuesday: Ladies 18 hole stableford, 9 to 10.20am, 12.20 to 2.20pm.
Wednesday, October 10: Visitors, 11.30am to 1pm. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm.