THE seniors group at New Ross golf club were on tour last week. A 50 strong contingent travelled to the picturesque Coolattin golf club in Shilelagh. The scenery was breathtaking on what was the beautiful last day of May.
Centuries old trees combined with flowering shrubs like rhododendrons in full bloom to give a cascade of stunning colours all along the course. We even had a hole situated within the old walled garden, a short but difficult one to get a par on.
Wild life was in abundance too. We saw grey squirrels, rabbits, pheasants, ducks, a fox and believe it or not an eagle. We all remember the great film on the silver screen called the ‘Eagle Has Landed’. Well, the eagle landed here on the par 5 seventh hole.
It was not the feathered type but a great golf score by one John Fitzpatrick. With a chip in from his third shot that would have done credit to World No. 1, Luke Donald, he executed it with such power and precision that the ball nestled in the cup for a magical five Stableford points.
The team competition with two scores counting on all holes was won by John Kennedy (15), Pat Traynor (17), Fr John French (17) and Michael Vaughan (20) with 87 points. On a count back with a score of 86 points, John Murphy (16), Michael Long (18), John Fitzpatrick (19), and Willie Naddy (19) took second place.
Third on the same total of points were Hughie O Connor (16), John Hanrahan (16), Michael Somers (22) and Ollie Brennan (24). The 82 points scored by Jim Ryan (16), Jamesie Wallace (20), Tom Kent (20) and Michael Martin (27) was good enough to claim fourth prize.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Jim Ryan (Ross) on the 15th hole and John F. Roche on the 18th. Many thanks for this outing which was thoroughly enjoyed must go to Kevin Treacy, who made the booking and also sourced the extra special prizes.
Meanwhile, back on the home course at Tinneranny, some 16 teams battled it out in glorious weather in the weekly outing. It was obvious considering the conditions that there would be some high scoring. So it proved. Extra yardage was gained on the fairways and the renowned greens were back to their pristine best and a pleasure to putt on.
With a fantastic score of 96 points, Michael Kavanagh (14), John Roche (15), Pat Ryan (17) and ‘Dublin’ Jim Ryan (20) romped home unchallenged in top spot. Hughie O’Connor (16), John F. Roche (17), Pat Lynch (19) and Paul Laffan (22) were the runners-up with 93 points.
Third on 90 points were by Aidan Kent (13), Peter Goggin (17), George Peters (21) and Michael Somers (22). Nearest the pin prize on the 9th hole went to Godfrey Hill.
This Thursday the group have the usual outing with the draw sharp at 10.45am. Latecomers may not get a game. The identity of Mr A.N Other to make up the four person looking after the board has been revealed in the person of Willie Byrne, a super sub.
Results New Ross golf (Captain’s mixed foursomes, June 2) 1 Kevin Reidy, Kay Kelleher 30¼; 2 Hugh Behan, Marie O’Connor 31¾; 3 John Howlin, Marie O’Connor 32; 4 Tommy Frisby, Kathleen Pyne 32¼. Captain’s prize Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1 Michael O’Neill 133; 2 John Dowling 134; 3 Noel Murphy 134; Gross Donal Hosey 151; Cat 1, Eddie Keher 139; Cat 2, Harry Doran 138; Cat 3, Colin Codd 138; Cat 4, John Hartley 142; 1st 18, John Joe Cullen; past Captain, Davey Doran; veteran, John Murphy.