OPEN Week drew large numbers to the Kilkenny club despite the recessionary times and the week was very successful. Thanks went to all sponsors who helped make the week such a success.
The week was busy for Captain Michael Mahony and competition secretary Michael O’Reilly. Thanks to the staff in the Pro shop, on the course, in the office, in the bar and kitchen the week went like clockwork.
Ladies day was a three person rumble, sponsored by the Ormonde Hotel. The winners with 85 points were Breda Phelan (28), Catriona Lynch (30) and Annette Hogan (27), Callan. Second were Castlecomer’s Margie Gannon (36), Jean Jackman (30) and Noreen Kinsella (25).
The Open Week three person team event, sponsored by Aviva Insurance, was won by the all ladies team of Mags Cuddihy (9), Catherine Griffin (20) and Cecily Costelloe (21) with 89 points. They turned with 41 points and added a massive 48 on the back nine.
They had added 21 points for the first four holes on the back nine. This was given a major boost when they recorded eight points on the 14th thanks to a birdie by Mags and a par by Catherine. They followed with seven points on the 15th where Catherine birdied and Cecily had a par.
They held their game together and added 12 points for the closing three holes to win by one. Second were Pat Butler, senior (7), Pat Butler, junior (9) and Ollie Hickey (16) on 88 points. They had six birdies between them and had steady halves of 44 on each nine.
There were three scores of 85 points. The best of these were James McDermott (7), Joe O’Shea (11) and Oliver Carter (13), Gowran who finished third. The competition was the same format as Monday’s competition which was won with 82 points. The lowest score to feature in the prizes on Wednesday was 83 points.
Catherine Griffin carried forward her good form into the ladies singles, sponsored by MacDonagh Junction. Catherine (20) shot 21 points on the front and 20 on the back for a 41 total. She edged out Mary Gorman (30), who also returned 41 with 20 on the back nine.
Catherine won on the breakdown of the last six holes. The 16th proved costly for Mary where she had a blank.
Club secretary Tom Gunning (13) and partner Pat Foley (10) won the Scotch foursomes, sponsored by Kilkenny Chartered Accountants. Tom and Pat shot a great four over 75 gross despite taking a double bogey five on the 17th hole.
They covered the front nine in 37 strokes and came home in 38. Second were Joe Teehan (8) and Joe Fitzpatrick (9) who shot 74 gross for a 68 net. Third were Michael O’Reilly (18) and Pauline Cullinane (21) who shot 84 gross for 69 net.
The men’s singles Stableford, sponsored by Newpark Hotel, produced six scores of 39 points. The best came from Handicap Secretary Mark Grant (9), who had 22 points on the back nine to win. Second was Dermot Doyle (9) with 21 points on the back nine. Third was Cormac Hickey with 20 points on the back nine.
Sunday men’s fourball, sponsored by Hotel Kilkenny, was won by Tony Butler (11) and Maurice Ryan (14) with 44 points. They had 24 points on the back nine and pushed Aidan McDonald and Padraig Keegan into second place. Aidan and Paraig recorded 44 points with 23 on the back nine.
Dermot Doyle (9) and Jonathan Halpin (21), Foxrock were third with 44 points also.
The 13 hole three person team event on Sunday evening was won by Luke Kelly (5), Colin Furlong (15) and Niamh Kelly (11) with 58 points.
The last of the Open Week competitions was a four person team event, sponsored by AIB. The winners with 93 points were Sheila Brennan (21), Michael Coogan (9), Nick Walsh (12) and Victor Smyth (7).
Sheila teamed up with her son-in-law Victor and friends from Castlecomer to edge home by a point from four members of Mountain View, Richie Tierney (17), John Walsh (7), Tom Malone (17) and Tony Malone (15), who returned 92 points. One score of 88 points got into the prizes in seventh place.
Joe Walton (13) shot 76 gross to accumulate a great 44 points in the Open men’s seniors competition played in Open Week. Joe had a double bogey six on the first but covered the front nine in level par thanks to four successive threes on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th holes.
Joe was still level par after 12 holes bur dropped a few shots on the way home. Joe had four points to spare from Martin Kelly (24) and John McEvoy (19), who returned 40 points.
MIXED - Social golf on Friday. Sign in at 6.45 for shotgun start at 7pm.
The next round of matchplay competitions are due for completion by the following dates - men’s club singles by Friday; men’s foursome by Monday, June 13; mixed foursomes by Saturday, June 11; men’s fourball by Monday, June 20.
MEN’S INTER CLUB - The Provincial Towns Cup team had a comfortable win by 6 matches to 3 over Killerig on Monday. The five away players were Owen Sweeney, Niall O’Gorman, Paddy Crotty, John Byrne and Ciaran Colfer.
Wins were achieved by Niall, John and Ciaran. At home Derek Shelley, Michael Keenan and Jamie Byrne were winners. The other home member was Fergal Cantwell. The team have reached the quarte-rfinals.
OPEN WEEK RESULTS - mens seniors, May 31 CSS 70, 1 Joe Walton (13) 44pts; 2 Martin Kelly (24) 40pts (B9); 3 John McEvoy (19) 40pts; 4 Pat Foley (10) 39pts (B9); 5 Michael Furlong (18), Castlecomer 39pts (B9);
6 Willie Murphy (14) 39pts (B9).
Two’s Club, May 30 Open Week - Enda Bourke. L Maher at 10th, Kevin Glynn at 15th. Each get voucher for €60 in the Pro shop.
Open Week 3 Person Team Event, June 1 (sponsored by Aviva Insurance) 1 Mags Cuddihy (9), Catherine Griffin (20), Cecily Costelloe (21) 89pts; 2 Pat Butler (7), Pat Butler (9), Ollie Hickey (16) 88pts; 3 James McDermott (7), Joe O’Shea (11), Oliver Carter (13), Gowran 85pts (B9); 4 Tony Butler (12), Seamus Rochford (11), Jim Meredith (17) 85pts; 5 Robert Brennan (6), John Doheny (6), David Lynch (9) all Castlecomer 85pts; 6 Paddy Raggett (15), Michael Raggett (12), Matt Doyle (17), Borris 84pts; 7 Noel Power (9), Tommy Barry (15), Kevin O’Driscoll (15), Callan (15) 83pts.
Two’s Club, June 1 - Brian Spratt at 1st and 15th; Syd Harkin, Michael Hayes, B. Cullen, Paddy Raggett, Michael Raggett at 6th; Pat Butler, jnr, R Brennan at 10th; Catherine Griffin, P.J. Martin, David O’Mahony, snr at 15th; P. Mulrooney, K. Shannon at 17th. Each receive voucher for €28 in the Pro shop.
Open Week Scotch Foursomes, June 3 (sponsored by Kilkenny Chartered Accountants) 1 Tom Gunning (13), Pat Foley (10) 66 net; 2 Joe Teehan (8), Joe Fitzpatrick (9) 68 net; 3 Michael O’Reilly (18), Pauline Cullinane (21) 69 net (B9); 4 Pat Butler (7), Frank Byrne (15) 69 net; 5 Michael Devane (8), Des Woods (9) 70 net (B9); 6 Tony Butler (12), Joe O’Neill (16) 70 net (B9); 7 Derek Shelley (9), Michael Raggett (12) 70 net.
Ladies prize, Mary Leahy Browne (3), Sarah Browne (29) 71 net.
Open Week men’s singles Stableford, June 4 (sponsored by Newpark Hotel) 1 Mark Grant (9) 39pts (B9); 2 Dermot Doyle (9) 39pts (B9); 3 Cormac Hickey (7) 39pts (B9); gross, Richie Guilfoyle (2) 34pts; 5 Kieran Wall (6) 39pts (B9); 6 Jimmy Rhatigan (16) 39pts (B9); 7 Lionel Treacy (15) 39pts; 8 Paddy Kavanagh (17) 38pts (B9); 9 John McEvoy (19) 38pts (B9).
Two’s club Saturday - Pat Dunphy at 5th, Mark Grant, Charlie Browne, Paddy McKee at 6th, Philip Purcell, Larry Gittens, Joe O’Neill at 10th, Alan O’Rourke at 15th, Roger Curran, Richie Phelan, Derek Campion, Kevin Browne, Michael Lyng at 17th. Each receive voucherfor €25 in the Pro Shop.
Open Week men’s fourball Sunday (sponsored by Hotel Kilkenny) 1 Tony Butler (12) and Maurice Ryan (14) 44pts (B9); 2 Aidan McDonald (6) and Paraig Keegan (10) 44pts (B6); 3 Dermot Doyle (9) and Jonathan Halpin (21) Foxrock 44pts; 4 Pat Walshe (12) and Kevin Glynn (11) 43pts (B9); 5 Cormac Hickey (7) and John Larkin (13), Mountain View 43pts (B9); 6 Sean Boland (10) and Norman Williams (13) 43pts; 7 Rory MacEneaney (8) and David O’ Mahony (13) 42pts (B9).
Two’s Club, Sunday - John Doheny at 6th & 17th, Denis Carey, Larry Gittens, Kieran Wall, Tommy Barry at 6th, Richard Dore, Paraig Keegan, Martin Leahy at 15th, Joe Teehan at 17th. Each receive €28 voucher in the Pro Shop.
13 hole three person team event, Sunday (sponsored by Hotel Kilkenny) 1 Niamh Kelly (11), Luke Kelly (5), Colin Furlomg (15) 58pts; 2 Margaret Hogan (24), Claire Mahony (31), Greta Kelly (30) 57pts; 3 Pat Kelleher (22), Maurice Ryan (22), Ss McNamara (21), Templemore 56pts
Open Week four person team event, Monday (sponsored by AIB) 1 Sheila Brennan (21), Michael Coogan (9), Castelcomer, Nick Walsh (19), Castlecomer, Victor Smyth (7), Castlecomer 93pts; 2 Richie Tierney (17), John Walsh (7), Tom Malone (17), Tony Malone (15), all Mountain View 92pts; 3 Jim White (6), Frank Byrne (15), Anthony White (10), Mountain View, Michael Burke (12), Mountain View 91pts; 4 Michael Keane (14), Peter Ryan (17), Pat Walshe (12), Pat Lawlor (20) 90pts; 5 Richie Phelan (15), Ben McGarry (14), Jim Ryan (13), Michael Cody (20) 89pts (B9); 6 Breda White (21), Catherine Barrett (20), Joan Murphy (24), Gowran, Maura Russell (29), Rathcoole 89pts; 7 Ann Creamer (16), Tipperary, Renagh Murphy (14), Tipperary, Michael Hanley (18), Dundrum, Phil Cahill (17), Thurles 88pts (B9).
Open Week ladies 18 hole rumble, May 31 (sponsored by The Ormonde Hotel) 1 Breda Phelan (28), Annette Hogan (27), Callan, Catriona Lynch (30) 85pts; 2 Margie Gannon (36), Jean Jackman (30), Noreen Kinsella (25), Castlecomer 82pts; 3 Rosemary Keogh (29), Amy Keating (21), Ann Kelly (32) 79pts (B9); 4 Breda Kavanagh (30), Mary Bradshaw (20), Teresa Bradshaw (26), Abbeyleix 79 pts (B9); 5 Mary Leahy Browne (3), Bridie McGarry (9), Breda Roche (14) 79pts.
Open Week ladies 18 hole Stableford CSS (sponored by MacDonagh Junction) 1 Catherine Griffin (20) 41pts (B6); 2 Mary Gorman (30) 41pts; best gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) 29 gross points; 3 Ina Sweeney (36), Gowran 39 pts (B9); 4 Claire Mahony (33) 39pts (L3); 5 Valerie Gallagher (17), Borris 39pts (B9); 6 Maragret Hogan (26) 39pts.
Next competition dates - Tuesday, June 14, 18 hole Stableford, Valerie Doyle qualifier.
Competition for the senior men is on Thursday 11am to 1pm. Away outing to Gowran Park on Monday, June 13.
Competition for senior ladies is on Thursday (10am).
PRIMARY/JUNIOR/JUVENILE - Junior/juvenile coaching on Saturday, under-12s’, 10 to 11.30 and 12 and over 11.30 to 1pm. Volunteers are required from the ladies club to adopt a junior girl to help her attain a handicap and also help her with the etiquette side of the game. Those willing to help should contact Joan Cody.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday), 8.30 to 6pm ladies and gents Open singles; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 6pm Ger Devane memorial Classic; Friday, 8.30 to 6pm Ger Devane memorial classic, mixed social golf shotgun start 7pm; Saturday, 7.30 to 8pm members time, 8 to 9.40 Captain’s prize qualifying, 9.50 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 6pm Captain’s prize qulaifying;
Sunday, 7.30 to 6pm Captain’s prize qualifying competition, 2.35 to 3.05 ladies competition Valerie Doyle;
Monday, 9 to 10.30 junior/juvenile competition, 10.30 and 1pm Ossory priests outing, 1 to 2pm, members, 2 to 4.30pm visitors, 5 to 5.45pm ladies inter-club match Athy v Rathdowney; Tuesday, 8.20 to 10.20am, 12.20 to 2.20 and 4.20 to 6pm, ladies 18 hole Stableford Valerie Doyle, 2.30 to 3.40 ladies inter-club matches Miele Trophy and Boyne trophy; Wednesday, June 15, Friends of St Lukes Classic 8.30 to 6pm.