News from golf clubs around county Kilkenny

John Colgan (20) took the honours in the members weekend 11 hole Winter League at Gowran Park GC, carding a great score of 28pts over the 11 holes.

John Colgan (20) took the honours in the members weekend 11 hole Winter League at Gowran Park GC, carding a great score of 28pts over the 11 holes.

Conor Bolger (12) and Olan Corcoran (8) both scored 26pts, Conor taking second place on the countback. With two rounds remaining in this year’s Winter League Mick Dillon and Thomas Nevin lead the points table with 68pts each.

GALA DAY - Members are reminded that the Christmas Gala Day and golf outing will be held on Saturday, December 14. The competition will be a team event with a draw for partners to take place at lunchtime. Prize-giving and a social evening will be held after the golf, along with presentations to the club fourball and matchplay winners.

TURKEY/HAMS - The final open singles competition of the year for turkeys and hams will be held on Sunday, December 15. A timesheet is now in place, with early booking advised.

AUTUMN - Owing to a frosty start Friday’s play in the Autumn singles series was cancelled. There was, however, a good turnout on Thursday with the honours going to Paddy McGuinness. Tommy Bolger, Ger Lynch and Liam O’Dwyer also qualified. The competition is back in play this week, with the grand final scheduled for Friday, December 13.

GOLDEN - The Golden Golfers were out in force on Friday with a nine-hole champagne scramble in play. Joe Lannon (13), Matty Byrne snr (18) and Gay Latchford (25) secured top spot with 51pts. Second place went to John Barcoe (12), Peter O’Shea (19) and Kerri Bolger (27) with 49pts, with Liam O’Dwyer (9), Pat Murphy (20) and Brigid Mullins (31) third on 48pts.

The regular draw is on Friday at 10am. All welcome.

LADIES - Result, ladies 11-hole stableford, November 20: 1 Catherine O’Driscoll (24), 25pts.


Rearranging the order of the holes has been hugely welcomed by members and visitors to Castlecomer GC.

The walk and views are still thoroughly enjoyable, while golfers are also spoiled with easy enjoyment of the golfing challenge of the parkland course. Visitors, societies and members are invited to estimate the benefits of the changes for themselves. Bookings to 056-4441139.

LADIES - Joan Brennan has been crowned winner of the ladies club singles. Runner-up was Caroline Conway.

With the Winter League now up and running ladies are reminded that all first round matches must be played by December 2.

The joint captains dinner will be held at 8pm on Saturday, December 7.

The party will consist of a buffet followed by music by The Irish House Party. Presentations to the Golfers of the Year and club matchplay champions will be made on the night.

A great night is guaranteed, with members encouraged to book their tickets early as the club pays tribute to Captain Eamonn Breen and Lady Captain Marjie Gannon.

MEETING - The annual meeting of Castlecomer GC will take place on Sunday at 4pm.

RESULTS - Results, Winter 15-hole competition, November 23/24: 1 Seamus Kavanagh (17, Abbeyleix), 35pts; 2 Donal Murphy (13, Mountain View), 34pts.

MATCHPLAY - In the club matchplay singles final J.D. Harding (7) beat Patrick Brennan (16). The foursomes final saw Michael Manogue (13) and Ger Mullan (16) beat Pat Comerford (11) and Eddie Kenny (12). The fourball decider went to Jason Brennan (4) and Shay Kennedy (9), who beat John Smith (5) and Seamus Coogan (10).

Jason Brennan and Majorie Gannon will play Martin Brennan and Marie Gannon in the final of the club mixed foursomes competition this weekend.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 3, 20, 24 and 28. The jackpot is now €5,800.

DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Men’s open singles. Winter Team League (round two).


The annual meeting of the men’s section of Callan GC will be held in the clubhouse at 8pm on Friday, December 13.

RAFFLE - Tickets are still available for the club raffle. The first prize in the draw is full membership of the club for a year. Tickets are €5 each or €10 for three.

LADIES - Results, ladies 12-hole stableford, November 19: 1 Eilish Aherne, 27pts (c/b); 2 Ann Wemyss, 27pts; 3 Breda O’Brien, 24pts (c/b); 4 Patsy Murphy, 24pts; 5 Bea O’Donovan, 23pts (c/b).

REVIEW - The past year was a memorable one for the golfers of Callan GC.

On the home front Martin Prendergast took Paul Cashin’s Captain’s Prize in September, securing his maiden ‘major’ in style. Marty Parker won his second President’s Prize in three years, mastering a big field to claim John Kinchella’s award.

In the opening days of the summer Niall O’Sullivan claimed his second Junior Scratch Trophy, narrowly pipping Paul Norris, while the Intermediate Scratch went to Denis Carey. Former junior member John Hession won the season-long O’Dwyer Golf Stores Open Singles Series.

On the inter-club front the Pierce Purcell team, led by Paul Cashin, reached the Leinster final where home advantage saw their opponents Corrstown prevail. With next season’s regional qualifier to be held in Geraldine hopes are high the locals can go one better in 2014. Elsewhere an excellent Kilkenny side beat the club’s Provincial Towns side while the South Leinster team, under Paddy Donovan’s watch, showed much potential in the early rounds before an away draw derailed the effort. Barton Cup defeat was relatively swift, while the Jimmy Bruen side failed to gain momentum in Castlecomer.

Mount Juliet

Competitions and golf in general suffered a blow when a sharp frost made its first appearance of the year at Mount Juliet GC.

The club is now back in full swing as the milder weather has returned.

HAMPERS - The last of the Christmas hampers was held in the form of the member/guest 16-hole fourball better ball competition. The winners were Sean Brett and his guest Brian Duggan, who returned a fine 42pts to edge out their nearest rivals, Jim Cusack and Dan Cronin, by a shot. In third place, a shot further back, were John O’Connor and Annette Duignan.

The winners were four under par gross for their 16 holes, with Brian Duggan contributing three birdies at the fifth, 11th and 15th holes. Sean Brett added to the birdie tally with another at the difficult 13th. This gave them an opening nine holes of 23pts. They completed the remaining seven holes (10th to 16th) with a further 19pts to compile a fine winning score without dropping a shot to par.

The runners-up turned with 24pts but dropped shots to par at the 12th, 13th and 16th holes, something which cost them first prize on the day.

WINTER - The Winter League for members takes precedent over the next few weeks. Visitors should also watch out for the Santa Train, which begins this weekend.

RESULTS - Results, member/guest 16-hole fourball better ball: 1 Sean Brett (8) & Brian Duggan (2, Callan GC), 42pts; 2 Jim Cusack (15) & Dan Cronin (22, Naas GC), 41pts; 3 John O’Connor (18) & Annette Duignan (20, Powerscourt GC), 40pts.


Good golfing conditions prevailed at New Ross GC over the weekend as 130 golfers played in the second round of the Winter League.

The scoring reflected the benign conditions as Seamus Wall (20) amassed 35pts over the 14 holes, holding off the challenge of Tom Purcell (21) with a better back nine to take the winner’s spot. Captain’s Prize winner Donal Redmond (15) finished in third with 34pts, with Derek Ronan claiming the gross (29pts). Category prizes went to Jack Ryan (5), Tommie Ryan (13) and Pat Whelan (17).

The third round of the Winter League will be held this weekend. Current leader Pat Whelan will look to build on his good start.

SINGLES - The monthly open singles competition was held on Thursday, with a great turnout from members and visitors alike. Willie Kelly (17) was the clear winner with a great score of 40pts. Category B spoils went to George Walsh (11) on 35pts while Category C was won by Willie Whitty (19) with 36pts.

Peter Whelan (12) made it two wins in a row in the Friday singles with a steady effort of 38pts. Second place went to Ned Browne (Scarke) on 37pts, edging out Brendan Kelly (13) on the last nine.

The Friday Open Singles will continue throughout the Winter months and will be run as qualifying competitions for handicap purposes weather permitting. Entry fee, including a mixed grill, is €15 for members and €20 for visitors. Tee times are available via the website.

MATCHPLAY - Brian St Ledger held off the formidable challenge of Robert O’Dwyer to win the singles matchplay competition. It was a great win from Brian, who faced strong opposition on the way to the final in the shape of Sean O’Leary, Davy Doran, Frank Cullen and John Byrne.

MEETING - The annual meeting of the Joint Club will be held on Friday, December 6 at 8pm. Notice of Motions have been emailed to members and can be viewed on the notice boards in the clubhouse. All members are encouraged to attend.

SENIORS - The seniors will hold their annual meeting on Thursday at 9.45am. The meeting is the place for seniors to their your views on how the group plans for the future. A fee of €20 will be collected at the meeting, which will cover the cost of prizes and the meal for the Christmas Outing on Thursday, December 5.

The meeting and collection will be followed by the regular competition. Draw for teams is at 10.40am.


Results, Christmas Fare 13-hole stableford, November 24: Cat One - 1 Eamon Maher (11), 36pts; 2 William Maher (12), 30pts. Cat Two - 1 Brendan Stokes (13), 34pts; 2 Denis Cleere (16), 30pts. Cat Three - 1 Tom Doheny (24), 36pts; 2 Mick McCarthy (25), 34pts.

Results, ladies competition, November 23: Cat One - 1 Brigid Maher (12), 27pts; 2 Eileen Dowling (16), 26pts. Cat Two - 1 Kate Kavanagh (22), 28pts; 2 Margaret O’Brien (22), 28pts.

Results, ladies 13-hole stableford, November 18-22: Cat One - 1 Kathleen Maher (12), 19pts. Cat Two - 1 Siobhan O’Reilly (22), 25pts; 2 Sheila Fitzpatrick (25), 23pts.
Result, senior ladies competition, November 22: 1 Brigid Maher, Beatrice O’Regan & Cathy Cooke

Results, senior men’s scramble, November 21: Cat A - 1 Richard Mackey, Ned O’Flanagan, Joe Bolger & Marty Fitzpatrick; 2 Kieran Holland, John O’Malley & Brian McHugh.


Results, ladies competition, Borris GC, November 21: 1 Nollaig Lucas (22), 34pts; 2 Julie Keyes (29), 36.5pts; 3 Martha Kelly (17), 36.5pts.