The 34th annual Festival of Golf started amid great excitement in Castlecomer gof club at the weekend. The initial event was the four person team competition on Friday and Saturday. This was followed on Sunday by the men’s 18 hole singles Stableford.
Both competitions were extremely well supported with huge numbers playing and all enjoyed the course which was in excellent condition. There is still a comprehensive schedule of events over the next week. Information and timesheets available on 0564441139. Full Catering available daily. Non-GUI golfers are welcome to play in a 9 hole evening competitions.
There are early bird for visitors on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 euro per person before noon. Buggy hire 15 euro, but this must be pre-booked. The presentation of prizes is on Saturday night followed by the Open Week party.
Timesheets for the week are available online - Thursday, men’s 18 hole singles Stableford, 9 hole ladies/gents singles from 6pm; Friday, three person Rumble, any combination, 9 hole foursomes from 6pm; Saturday, three person Champagne Scramble.
RESULTS: Four person classic, Friday/Saturday, 1 John Bergin, Pat Comerford, Michael Daly, Eamonn Brennan 102pts; 2 Jason Brennan, Ann Ring, Patrick Comerford, Justin Ring 99pts back 9; 3 Jason Brennan, Nicky Walsh, Martin Boran, Colm Meagher 99pts.
Men’s 18 hole singles Stableford on Sunday, 1 Jason Brennan 41pts; 2 Pat Murtagh 38pts; Gross Michael Dermody 32pts; Class 1 Prize Handicap 10 and under John Smith 36pts; Class 2 Prize Handicap 11 to 18 John Dooley 37pts; Class 3 Prize Handicap 19 and over Liam Mooney 27pts.
Men’s open 18 hole singles, July 21/22, sponsored by Holland Condon solicitors, 1 Gerry Mealy (14) 41pts; 2 Paul Broderick (12) Carlow 40pts; Gross Michael Buggy 35 gross; Class 1 Prize Handicap 0-9 Robert Brennan (7) 36pts; Class 2 Prize Handicap 10-18 Dave Dooley (12) Callan 38pts; Class 3 Prize Handicap 19+ Pat Gleeson (19) 37pts.
LADIES: The ladies teams have put up great performances to date in many of the team competitions and have been so dedicated in practicing other courses in preparation. Pride of place goes to the minor team in Birr against Mullingar in the semi-final.
The team put in a great performance to secure victory. Joan Coonan sealed it on the 19th. Other team members who had to deal with constant rain were Mary Brophy, Delia O’Donohoe, Noreen Kinsella and Nuala Mahon. They play the final in Enniscorthy in early September.
The journey has came to an end for the Boyne and the Finn Trophy teams. The Boyne team had an away draw to Slade Valley. The two pairs at home, namely Betty Byrne/Patricia Doheny and Ita Madigan/Eileen Fogarty scored good wins. The other team members Honoria Fogarty/Noreen Kinsella, Maria Downey/Claire Dowling and Betty Byrne/ Joan Brennan put up a good fight in Slade Valley but were defeated.
Team manager Theresa Manning was pleased with the performances and felt a small things could have swung the result.
The real drama of the week was in Castlecomer when the Finn Team played the second leg of their match against Kilkenny. Castlecomer were four matches down after the first leg so it was a big ask to turn things around. The locals played with great skill and conviction and won the first four matches.
It was left to the final pair to go up the 19th. Kilkenny had the luck on the night and won on the 19 with an excellent putt. It was a real disappointment after such an excellent comeback. Well done to team manager, Claire Dowling and her team for a great run.
The team who played last Wednesday was Maria Downey, Patricia Doheny, Breda Phelan, Ita Madigan, Honoria Fogarty, Ann Ring, Emer Foley, Maureen Norton, Joan Brennan and Betty Owens.
Results July 21/22, 18 hole singles, sponsored by Calor Gas, 1 Jean Jackman 32pts; 2 Patricia Doheny 31pts; 3 Maria Downey 30pts back 9. Vice Captains outing to Dun Laoghaire is on September 30. Details in the locker room.
Entries are being taken for the club mixed in the club house.
SENIORS: July 25, 1 Jim Purcell (15), John Dunne (17), Liam Farrell (20), Michael Rowe (21) 77; 2 Pat Morrissey (15), Christy McGrath (18), Jim Tunstead (18), Ger Comerford (21) 75; 3 Jimmy Byrne (19), Diarmuid Furlong (16), Christy Lynch (22), John Shore (24) 74. Results 18 July, 1 Murty Coonan (12), Jim Tunstead (18), Jim Bollard (19), John Shore (24) 67; 2 John Hardy (18), Jim Doran (21), Joan Coonan (24) 66; 3 Christy McGrath (18), Tom Casey (19), Mai McEvoy (31) 61.
A ladies and gents 9-hole singles league is run every Friday. Entry fee 5 euro. Re-entry allowed. Weekly prizes, top 10 qualify for final day.
Scramble results, July 24, 1 Michael Brennan, Declan Buggy, Adam Brennan 27.
A 9-hole scramble is played every Tuesday. Draws from 5pm.
LOTTO: Monday, July 23, no jackpot winner of €7,700. Lucky prize winners 100 euro, Marty Butler; 70 euro, Emma Stone; 30 euro, Anne Marie Coogan, Sarah and Katie Brennan. Sellers lucky dip 30 euro, Michael Curry and Colm Meagher.
This week’s jackpot €8,000.