The juvenile presentation night was on Friday in Kilkenny golf club. Thanks were extended to the Juvenile Committee for their successful organising of the night and also to the primary and juvenile winners who turned up to collect their prizes.
The night started with the presentation of the prizes. This was followed by refreshments and a disco which went on until 9.30pm. The Eamon Crosse memorial plaque was awarded to Mark Power and Kathlyn Leahy. The late Eamon did trojan work with the juveniles when he was a member of the club. He managed teams and was always available to transport youngsters to competitions and inter-club events.
Eamon’s wife Phyllis made the presentation to Mark and Kathlyn. The Juvenile Committee awarded the Eamon Crosse memorial trophy to the boy and girl they reckoned performed best during the year.
The performance is not solely based on their golf but also on the manner and behaviour they displayed throughout the year. The Captains’ prizes to the juvenile boys and girls were won by brother and sister, Cormac Buggy (25) won Captain Michael Mahony’s prize with a phenomenal 48 points and his sister Sonia (34) won Lady Captain Margaret O’Rourke’s prize with 39 points.
Mark Power (10) and Harry Duggan (10) were congratulated on being picked on the under-14 national panel for assessment. Twenty players have been picked from all over Ireland for assessment and 12 will be picked to go forward for national coaching over the winter months.
Kilkenny is the only golf club to have two youngsters picked on the panel. Hopefully they will both make the final cut. Mention was also given to Brian Crowdle, who was only 14 in September. He is currently playing off 6 handicap, having reduced his actual handicap to 5.5 over the summer.
On the girls side of things, Sara Browne and Kathlyn Leahy were held up as role models for the young girls. Both have full lady handicaps and have made serious inroads on their handicaps this year. Sara started playing off 29 and is now 20. Kathlyn started on 33 and is down to 23.
Thanks also went to Michael Cantwell, who was present on the night with his camera.
WEEKEND COMPETITIONS: The three person team event played on Sunday attracted a small turnout due to the inclement weather and the county hurling final. Only twenty 27 teams took part. With the best two scores counting on each hole, the winners were Robert Shortall (12), David Shortall (7) and Pascal Connolly (13), who returned a great score of 88 points in the bad conditions.
They turned with 45 points despite only recording two points on the 5th hole. They accumulated 43 on the back nine which was greatly helped when Robert and David birdied the 13th hole for eight points. David had three birdies on the card at the 4th, 8th and 13th.
Second were Peter Ryan (15), Paddy Lawlor (20) and Willie Murphy (19) with 87 points. Third on 83 points were Cormac Hickey (6), Tom Hickey (9) and Luke Wall (10).
The Two’s Club was very rewarding with only three winners, Frank Byrne and Padraig Keegan, had two’s on the 6th and Richard Dore on the 10th. Each two was worth €52 and is credited in the Pro shop.
Saturday’s crosscard competition over 13 holes also drew a small turnout due to the weather. The competition was a three person team event. The winners were Rob O’Shea (9), John O’Leary (18), Paddy Smee (14) and Peter Ryan (15) with 60 points.
The team returned 65 but as they had a fourth person they were deducted five points. The runners-up were Ollie Cullen (8), Pat Walshe (10), James Walsh (18) and Ronan Morrissey (18) with 57 points. They also had a fourth person and had their score reduced to 57.
Obviously with the poor conditions the fourth person was a great addition to each team. Third place on 57 points went to Mark Grant (8), P.J. O’Reilly (13) and Michael O’Reilly (18) with 57 points.
On Bank Holiday Monday a three person semi-Open competition will be played which means a member may invite two visitors to play if they wish.
BAR CUP: John Byrne (10) defeated Richie Phelan (16) on the 17th hole in the final of the Bar Cup played on Saturday.
The ladies 13 hole Stableford competition played last week was won by Kathlyn Leahy (23) with 27 points. Second on 26 points was Bridie McGarry (8). The gross was won by Mary Leahy Browne (3) with 19 gross points.
The senior men’s 13 hole competition on Thursday was won by Billy Burke (12), Noel O’Sullivan (15), Paddy Byrne (21) and Eddie Geraghty (20) with 62 points. They won on the count back from Willie Murphy (13), Shem Lawlor (19), Jack Nolan (21) and Austin Kiely (22), who also returned 62 points.
The senior ladies competition on Thursday was won by Eileen Reynolds, Breda Kavanagh and Teresa Brandon with 35 points. Second on 34 points were Mary Gorman, Pauline O’Sullivan and Helen Tynan.
ALL-IRELAND FINAL: A recording of this year’s All-Ireland hurling final will be shown in the clubhouse on Friday (8pm). All are welcome.
CAPTAINS’ DINNER: Michael Mahony and Margaret O’Rourke will host their joint Captains’ dinner on Saturday, November 19 (8pm) in the golf club. Members and guests welcome. Those attending are requested to place their names on the sheet on the notice board in the bar.
WINTER RULES: Winter rules were introduced on Saturday. The ball may be lifted and placed everywhere throughout the course, except in hazards.
The spot where the ball lies must be marked before lifting and replaced within six inches, not nearer the hole. Failure to mark the spot before lifting will result in a one stroke penalty.
RESULTS: The team event on Sunday (best two scores counting) 1 Robert Shortall (12), David Shortall (7), Pascal Connolly (13) 88pts; 2 Peter Ryan (15), Paddy Lawlor (20), Willie Murphy (19) 87pts; 3 Cormac Hickey (6), Tom Hickey (9), Luke Wall (10) 83pts.
The presentation of prizes will be Friday, November 4 (8pm).
Two’s club on Sunday, Frank Byrne, Padraig Keegan at 6th and Richard Dore at the 10th. Each two is worth €52 and is credited in the Pro shop.
Crosscard team event October 22, 1 Robert O’Shea (9), John O’Leary (18), Paddy Smee (14), Peter Ryan (15) 60pts (65-5); 2 Ollie Cullen (8), Pat Walshe (10), James Walsh (18), Ronan Morrissey (18) 57pts (62-5); 3 Mark Grant (8), P.J. O’Reilly (13), Michael O’Reilly (18) 57pts.
LADIES NEWS/RESULTS: Ladies 13 hole Stableford October 15 and 18, 1 Kathlyn Leahy (23) 27pts; 2 Bridie McGarry (8) 26pts; best Gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) 19 Gross points; 3 Ruth Bourke (15) 26pts (L3); 4 Jo Lawlor (12) 26pts (B6); 5 Catriona Lynch (28) 26pts.
The ladies competitions will revert back to 9 holes from November 1.
Ladies fixtures - Tuesday, November 1 ladies 9 hole ABC, 9 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm. Slots also available on Sunday, 10.34 to 11am. Bookable Online and 1.40 to 2.20pm. Draw.
Senior ladies results, October 20, 9 holes, 1 Eileen Reynolds, Breda Kavanagh, Teresa Brandon 35pts; 2 Mary Gorman, Pauline O’Sullivan, Helen Tynan 34pts; 3 Ann Widger, Kathleen Price, Etta Shine 33pts (B3).
Competition this week is on Thursday 10am.
SENIOR MEN: Results October 20, 13 holes, 1 Billy Burke (10), Noel O’Sullivan (15), Paddy Byrne (21), Eddie Geraghty (20) 62pts (B6); 2 Willie Murphy (13), Shem Lawlor (19), Jack Nolan (21), Austin Kiely (22) 62pts; 3 Noel Skehan (12), Kevin Donohue (22), Phil Lenehan (28), Dave Schofield (25) 61pts; 4 Con O’Sullivan (14), Paddy Gubbins (17), Paddy Halley (24), Tom Buckley (31) 60pts; 5 Jim Ryan (13), Michael O’Neill (21), Martin Treacy (21), Paddy Holland (28) 60pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday), 11 to 12.15pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, 9.30am schools match, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time; Friday, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 3.30pm visitors; Saturday, 8.30 to 9pm members, 9 to 11.44am men’s November hamper singles, 11.50 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members; Sunday, 7.30 to 1.30pm men’s November hamper, 10.25 to 11am and 1.40 to 2.20pm ladies competition; Monday, 8.30 to 1.45pm three person team event; Tuesday, ladies 9 hole ABC, 9 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm, slots also available, 10.34 to 10.58am. Bookable Online and 2.25 to 3.05pm draw; Wednesday, October 2, 1 to 2pm members time.