Golf news from around the county

In spite of the inclement weather at the weekend golfers were still determined to play at Castlecomer GC.

In spite of the inclement weather at the weekend golfers were still determined to play at Castlecomer GC.

Michael Daly put together a very steady round of golf in the men’s open singles competition to win the spoils with an impressive 37pts.

The competition continues next weekend. Visitors can play for €10, with buggies also available for hire.

WINTER - The Ladies Winter League is now in round three. The closing date for the completion of the fourth and final round has been extended to Monday, January 20. All are advised to take advantage of the extension.

COURSE - There has been enthusiastic approval of the course changes implemented in late 2013. The elevation changes that had been physically taxing on golfers during their round previously have been eliminated.

Through a clever rearrangement of the order of play, all the beauty of the course has been retained. Having carefully listened to the feedback the management of the club have worked on the difficulty of the course terrain and restored the enjoyment of the course for the players.

The process of consultation and invitation for suggestions from all concerned proved to be respectful and inclusive of all. The result is a tremendously successful and supported outcome. Nothing of the magnificent views and feature holes have been lost while much more leisurely enjoyment has been gained. Visitors have expressed their delight and good impression of a course that they intend to return to again.

SOCIETIES - With societies now planning their outings Castlecomer GC invites all to look at their rates which feature special incentives and rewards for groups and societies. Enquiries and bookings to 056-4441139 or www.castlecomergolf.ie. Green fee players are also welcome.

MEMBERSHIP - Special membership offers are now available at the club. An existing member and a new member can both save €100 each when they join for a combined fee of €1,000. Further information is available from the office, tel 056-4441139.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the last lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 8, 10, 16 and 26. The jackpot is now €7,200. Tickets are €2 and are available from local retail outlets, the club house, club members. Entry is also available via a direct debit option.

Callan

There was a great turn-out for the annual meeting of Callan GC, which was held on Saturday.

Chairman John Kinchella opened the meeting, which featured a positive financial report from Tony Harney. John Kinchella, Linda Adare (Lady President 2013), Rose Brophy (Lady Captain 2013) and Paul Cashin (Captain 2013) all addressed the meeting, praising the level of volunteers which keeps the club vibrant and progressive. The meeting also saw Murt Duggan invited to become a trustee of the club, a role he accepted.

The Joint Management Committee was elected in full. The committee: captain Martin Maher, lady captain Kathleen Phelan, president John Healy, lady president Rita O’Neill, vice-captain Pat Mulrooney, lady vice-captain Mary Manning, secretary Don Bolger, treasurer Stewart O’Donovan, ex officio Paul Cashin, junior officer Joe Cuddihy. Committee: Olive Walsh, Christy Vaughan, Denis Collins, John Kennedy, Nigel O’Donovan, Denis Carey, Jim Wellwood.

SINGLES - Despite the terrible conditions over the week many braved the Wintry elements to play in the singles stableford. John Lennon came out on top following a countback from Derek Delaney after both had 38pts. Given the conditions, hitting better than 36pts was an achievement and John narrowly prevailed. In third place was Michael Tobin with a solid 36pt total.

MEMBERSHIP - Membership for 2014 is now open with deals for new or lapsed members from €499 (€449 for seniors). Membership for existing members has also been reduced to €549, with an option of inviting in a new/lapsed member for €449 apiece. Full details and finance options are available from Margaret, tel 056-7725136.

RESULTS - Results, singles stableford, January 11/12: 1 John Lennon, 38pts c/b; 2 Derek Delaney, 38pts; 3 Michael Tobin, 36pts.

Results, senior ladies competition, January 9: 1 Ailish Carey, 2 Betty Leahy, 3 Mary Norton.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 10, 24 and 26. Lucky dip winners (€30): Terry O’Neill, Mary Manning, Ellen O’Shea. Sellers’ prizes: Mossy Skehan, Robert Woodcock, Pauline O’Brien.

The jackpot is now €2,150.

Gowran Park

A large group came to Gowran Park GC for the annual meeting on Friday.

Outgoing captains Melvyn Kennedy and Margaret Logue gave a detailed account of their terms of office, thanking their respective committees for their support.

New roles as 2014 captains Declan Davis and Deirdre McCabe were looking forward to the year and the challenges ahead. Both captains were delighted to report that the club is in a healthy and vibrant position and vowed to keep up the excellent work of both Melvyn and Margaret.

Officers elected were: president Jim Walsh, men’s captain Declan Davis, vice-captain Liam O’Dwyer, club secretary Niall Kiely, treasurer Joe Farrell, handicap secretary Richie Lowry, competition secretary Ger Treacy. Committee: Jim Walsh, Larry Comerford, Dan Stallard, Martin Donnelly, Melvyn Kennedy (ex officio).

Lady Captain: Deirdre McCabe, ladies vice-captain Hilary Dick, secretary Kerri Bolger, handicap secretary Helen Dunne, competition secretary Ger Hickey. Committee: Eileen Tobin (junior convenor), Margaret Logue (ex officio), Catherine O’Driscoll.

GOLDEN GOLFERS - The club’s mixed seniors (over-50s) competition resumes this Friday and runs until the end of March. Members will be notified of further arrangements by text.

SPRING SERIES - The popular Spring League drew a good entry, despite the mixed weather conditions. Rathdowney’s Mark Kelly (7) took the lead qualifiers spot with 39pts followed by Brendan Melody (15, Cahir GC) on 37pts. Third place went to local member Tommy Bolger with 34pts. The competition continues every Thursday and Friday, with three qualifiers and equals going forward to the grand final on Friday, March 21. Green fee for visitors is €20, including soup and sandwich. Bookings to 056-7726699.

RESULTS - Results, ladies nine-hole stableford, January 8: 1 Kate Hennessy (10), 18pts c/b; 2 Niamh Connolly (17), 18pts.

Results, junior 18-hole singles stableford, January 2: 1 Ciaran Whelan (9), 36pts; 2 P.J. Dowling (4), 34pts.

DIARY - Thursday/Friday: Spring series open singles

Saturday/Sunday: Members’ 11-hole singles.

New Ross

The weather-delayed Christmas Classic came to a conclusion at New Ross GC.

Despite the elements, there was a great entry with golfers coming from near and far to take part in the event. Winners with a fabulous score of 103pts were Tommy Morrissey, Frankie Morrissey, James Morrissey (Enniscorthy) and Larry Doyle (Wexford). Joe O’Farrell, Sean Murphy, Pat Whelan and Ger Freyne finished second on 102pts with Mark Doyle, Pat O’Brien, Tony Coppola and John Hartley a further point behind in third. Joe O’Farrell, Sean Murphy, Pat Whelan featured in the prizes again, this time in the company of Robert O’Dwyer, taking fourth place on 100pts (last nine). The visitors’ prize went to Pat, Sonny, Noel and Michael Landers (West Waterford) on 97pts.

PRO-AM - Three golfers won their places in the New Ross Pro-Am, which will be held on Friday, May 16. The trio, who came from the 14-hole stroke competition that was held on Saturday and Sunday, were Tom Fenlon (15, 48 nett), Sean Murphy (15, 49 nett) and Paul Cashin (7, 50 nett). There will be two more Pro-Am qualifiers in the coming weeks.

WINTER LEAGUE - The fourth round of the Winter League will be held this weekend. The timesheet is available online.

DIARY - Another Pro-Am qualifier will be held on January 25/26. The Friday Open singles will resume on Friday, January 24, weather permitting.

MEMBERSHIP - Golfers looking to join New Ross GC should contact Kathleen Daly in the club, tel 051-421433. New members can join for €454 (men) and €463 (women), inclusive of the GUI/ILGU levy and €75 bar/restaurant credit. Membership fee for under-30s is €365, inclusive of bar and GUI/ILGU levy. The under-30s membership comes with full playing rights.

SENIORS - The seniors were blessed with good weather for their first outing of 2014. In the battle for supremacy, two former All-Ireland senior hurling captains - Eddie Keher and Dan Quigley - were to the fore.

Playing off nine, Keher led his team of Luke Power (17), Martin Cahill (17) and Tom Kent (27) to victory on 95pts. A point behind on 94pts were Danny O’Leary (8), Dan Quigley (15), John Aylward (16) and John Vereker (23). In third place on 93pts were President Jimmy Meggs (14), Ger Freyne (18), Tony Wallace (20) and Tom O’Neill (20). Nearest the pin prizes went to Dan Quigley (ninth hole) and Danny O’Leary (11th).

The seniors will have their weekly outing tomorrow (Thursday). The draw for teams is at 10.40am. Team captains are reminded to put the number in which players are drawn on the scorecard.