THE old saying that form is temporary but class is permanent was again proven at the weekend. Dave DeLoughrey, still playing comfortably off a single handicap figure of nine, shot a three over par gross score of 74 to give him a nett 65 and a two stroke win in the Richard Duggan memorial competition, sponsored by Richard Duggan menswear.
Dave has succeeded in reducing his handicap to 7.5. He obviously has a liking for the Richard Duggan memorial. He shot a 67 nett in last year’s competition for 5th place. Dave was out in three over par 39 and covered the inward nine in level par 35 with the help of a birdie three on the index one 11th hole.
Second place on 67 was Geoff Meagher (16). He was out in a moderate 46 but came blistering home in 37 for 83 gross and 67 nett. Third was Paddy Murray (12), also on 67. Paddy again had a very good back nine of 38 to add his outward nine of 41.
The gross was won by Eddie Power (scr) with a 72. The remainder of the net prizes were won by Paddy Gubbins (18), Dermot Doyle (9) and John Peters (15) who all returned 68s’.
Catherine O’Neill (29), with a great score of 6 up, won the ladies 18 hole versus par on Tuesday of last week. Catherine had five to spare from Liz Cleere (18), who was second on 1 up. The gross was won by Mary Leahy Browne (3) on 2 down.
The winners in the men’s senior competition were Noel O’Sullivan (16), Paddy Byrne (21), Eugene Orr (26) with 64points. Second on 63 points were Billy Burke (10), P.J. Carter (15), Finbar Coughlan (21) and Christy Rainey (21). The winners got off to a flying start with seven points on the first hole. Paddy Byrne (21) had a par for four points and Joe O’Driscoll (26) had a bogey for three.
The senior ladies competition last week was won by Aileen Hehir, Mary Gorman and Helen Tynan with 40 points. Second on 40 points were Kitty Nolan, Helen Dwan, Jane Duggan and Kathleen Kelly.
SENIOR ALLIANCE: Paul O’Hara (scr) shot a great score of 67 gross to win the men’s Senior Alliance Captain John Grace’s prize on Sunday. Paul covered the back nine in five under 30 strokes and in all shot seven birdies. Paul, who suffered a back injury lately, had been confined to practicing his putting. His time spent on the putting green yielded dividends.
Paul also won Golfer of the year in the Senior Alliance.
DOWN SCRATCH CUP: Mary Dowling (scr) won the ladies Scratch Cup in Royal County Down over the weekend.
In the run up to the ladies Solheim Cup match in September between Europe and the US in Kileen Castle the Captain Alison Nicholas will be holding a number of Golf Clinics throughout the country. Alison will be in Kilkenny golf club on Thursday, May 12 (10am) when she will give a clinic and will also be available for photographs.
Anyone who wishes to purchases tickets for the Solheim Cup in September (23 to 25) should contact Kilkenny golf office if they wish to avail of the exclusive package which is available until May 31. The cost of a ticket to cover the three practice days and three days of the competition is €125. Included also in the package is a free green fee for Kileen Castle (worth €125) and free entry to the ladies Irish Open (worth €25) which will also be held in Kileen Castle from August 5 to 7.
The ticket is also transferrable, which means different people can use them on different days.
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 2nd, 7th and 9th fairways and also from tractor and machinery tracks.
MONTHLY PRIZEGIVING: The men’s monthly prize giving will be on Friday (9pm). All outstanding competitions will be presented.
The ladies prize giving will be on Tuesday, April 5 (6.30pm).
The monthly ladies and gents Open singles will be on Wednesday, April 6. The timesheet went live for booking on Friday.
NEWS MEMBERS: The induction night for new adult members will be on Thursday (7.30pm) in the clubhouse. The new incoming primary, juvenile, junior and student members will have their induction day on Saturday, April 16 (10.30am).
SNOOKER: The draw for the snooker doubles has been made. The quarter-finals are due for completion by April 15. Draw - Mark Grant/James Butler v Joe O Neill/Joe Sweeney; Mick O’Neill/Christy Power v Liam Barry/Andy Melay; Pat Walsh/Mick Fitzpatrick v Martin Hanrick/Paul Hanafin; Alan Snype/Ciarán Snype v Jack Walsh/Craig Martin.
RESULTS: Richard Duggan memorial (sponsored by Richard Duggan menswear) on Sunday, 1 Dave deLoughrey (9) 65; 2 Geoff Meagher (16) 67 (B9); 3 Paddy Murray (12) 67; Gross Eddie Power (scr) 72; 5 Paddy Gubbins (18) (B9); 6 Dermot Doyle (9) 68 (B9); 7 John Peters (15) 68 (B9); junior/juvenile prize Harry Duggan (14) 74.
Two’s Club Saturday and Sunday, Brian Spratt at 6th and 17th, James Kealy at 5th, Willie Murphy, Michael Grant, Padraig Keegan, Pat Coonan, Ciaran Colfer, Dick McEvoy at 6th, Kevin Glynn, Martin Byrne, and Paul Brennan at 10th, Stephen Sheenan, Jack Troy, Patrick Kavanagh, Paddy Murray, Eddie Power at 15th, Joe Ledwidge, Pater Dabinet, Jim Meredith at 17th. Each will have a voucher of €16.20 credited to their accounts in the Pro shop.
Ladies 18 holes v par March 22, 1 Catherine O’Neill (29) 6up; 2 Liz Cleere (18) 1up; best gross Mary Leahy Browne (3) 2 down; 3 Peggy Murray (32) All Flat (B9); 4t Sheila Brennan (21) All Flat (B9); 5 Mary Bradshaw (20) All Flat.
Next competition dates - Tuesday, April 5 (ABC stroke). Time slots also on Sunday, April 3 10.34 to 10.50am and 3.45 to 4.25pm.
Senior men, March 24 (13 holes) 1 Noel O’Sullivan (16), Paddy Byrne (21), Eugene Orr (19), Joe O’Driscoll (26) 64pts; 2 Billy Burke (10), P.J. Carter (15), Finbar Coughlan (21), Christy Rainey (21) 63pts; 3 Pat Foley (10), Jimmy Rhatigan (15), Jack Nolan (20), Pat Kelleher (24) 62pts (B6);
4 Eddie Guilfoyle (11), Paddy Gubbins (18), Dermot Moloney (21), Peter McQuillan (22) 62pts; 5 Roger Curran (12), Paddy Raggett (15), Gerry Bowe (23), Tom Reade (23) 61pts.
Competition this week is on Thursday (11am).
Senior ladies results March 24 (9 holes) 1 Aileen Hehir, Mary Gorman, Helen Tynan 40pts (B6); 2 Kitty Nolan, Helen Dwan, Jane Duggan, Kathleen Kelly 40pts; 3 Hilda Richardson, Breda Kavanagh, Barbara Schofield 39pts; 4 Ann Bowen, Mary Feighery, Mary Browne 37pts.
Next competition on Thursday (10am).
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 1 to 2pm members; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies competition; 11 to 1pm senior men’s competition,
1 to 2pm members; Friday, 1 to 2pm members time; Saturday, 7.30 to 9am members casual golf, men’s singles qualifer 9 to 10am, 1 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 3pm visitors, 3 to 4.30pm men’s singles qualifier; Sunday, 7.30 to 3.40pm men’s singles qualifier, 10.34 to 10.50am and 3.45 to 4.30pm ladies competition; Monday, 1 to 2pm members; Tuesday, 9 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm, ladies 18 holes ABC Stroke; Wednesday, April 6, 8.30 to 4.45pm ladies and gents Open singles.