The following is a round up of the new from Kilkenny golf clubs this week:
The Callan ladies Junior Cup side have flown the flag brilliantly this season. On Thursday they play the All-Ireland quarter final in Mullingar. Rita O’Neill has previously been player/manager but reverts to the management role this time.
It is unfortunate for Rita following her brilliant display in capturing Rose Brophy’s Captain’s prize (24 hours earlier she helped manage and play a huge part in Callan capturing silverware in the Junior Cup) she has been ruled out from participating as a player as her handicap has dipped below the limit. Rita has a highly competitive panel to choose from. Hopefully they go all the way and capture the All-Ireland title. Any support would be appreciated. There are matches on Friday and Saturday should they win on Thursday.
The Mount Carmel Classic is on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. This Classic is a vital fund-raiser for this wonderful organisation who nurse the elderly in the most caring and respectful manner. Ignasius Rice has fund raised brilliantly for years in aid of Mount Carmel and this year golf club members Robert Woodcock and Bea O’Donovan, aided by Mount Carmel’s Anne Walpoole are the chief organisers.
The cost is 60 euro per team. First prize is a weekend break in Kilcoran Lodge, Cahir for the winners. Sponsorship would be appreciated (donations, tee boxes or prizes). Tee time enquiries to Robert/Bea (056 7725136) or Anne (056 7725301).
Membership for 2014 is now open. There are some fantastic deals for new or lapsed members from 499 euro (449 for seniors). Membership for existing members has also been reduced to 549 euro with an option of inviting in a new/lapsed member for 449 for both the new/lapsed member and the existing member.
Anyone who joins now will bea fully paid up members until January 2015. All options available from Margaret on 056-7725136.
Results - O’Dwyer golf stores Open singles, Septembedr 18, 1 J Hillman 43; 2 J. Byrne (Kilkenny) 38; 3 E. Deegan (Kilkenny) 38; Gross R Guillfoyle (Kilkenny).
Ladies seniors September 19, 1 M. Comerford; 2 T. Phelan ;3 M .Leydon.
Fixtures - Today (Wednesday) O’Dwyer golf stores Open singles; Thursday, senior ladies 11am to 12.50pm; Friday, tee times availability; Saturday, fourball; Sunday, fourball; Monday, RGA; Tuesday, ladies day.
This year’s Winter League will be run as a singles. There will be three single Stableford and three single stroke. The first round will be on the weekend October 5 and 6. Entry fee 5 euro per person per round.
There will be three categories (handicaps 0-13, 14-18 and 19+). Any players handicap that increases or decreases during the competition will still remain in his original category for the duration of the league but will play off his adjusted handicap.
Points will be allotted to the first five places in each category (12pts, 9pts, 6pts, 3pts and 1pt) after each round. There will be prizes for the first three places in each category at the end of the six rounds.
Construction on six new tee boxes will be completed this week. The extension to holes 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 and 16 all have new Blue Marker tees extending the total length of the course by 200 yards. The new tee boxes are seeded and its hoped they will be open for play next Autumn.
Results - Sunday, September 22, three person Scamble, winners F. Kavanagh, M. Waugh, K. Kelly; 2 E. Malone, Tommy Malone, Tony Malone.
September 18, MV ladies single Stableford, 1 Anne Foskin; 2 Aisling Costello.
Diary - Sunday, singles Stableford (Club Tankard competition); Tuesday, MV Ssniors 18 hole competition; Wednesday, MV ladies 18 hole competition; Sunday, October 6, Winter League first round (single Stableford).
P.J. Alyward is having a month to remember. He won three competitions and he is possibly not finished yet as there is still a week to go to make it a even a more memorable September.
The President’s (Des Fitzgerald’s) prize was played for last week. This is the last ‘major’ for men and it carries valuable points in the Golfer of the Year competition for both sexes. The man in form, P.J. carried off this valuable prize in the men’s section when he pipped Liam Collins.
The ladies section was also a close affair. Pauline McEnery just beat Brenda O’Sullivan, also on a countback.
P.J. did not get off to a brilliant start. He had registered 13 points after seven holes, during which he failed to register a point at the tricky 6th hole.
He finished his first nine holes with 17 points. At that stage he looked to be heading for an average round. He really came to life on the last nine when he added a further 23 points to bring his total to 40 points. He birdied the long 13th but dropped shots on the 15th and 16th holes.
He finished with a flourish when he eagled the long 17th and ended with a solid par on the 18th to cover his back nine in a one under gross score of 35 shots. His nearest opponent, Liam Collins, scored 20 points for each of his nine holes in a very solid round comprising of 39 shots for each nine holes, three over par gross for each nine.
The ladies section was equally as exciting. Pauline opened with a blank at the first hole. She finishing her first nine holes with 17 points. She finished her second nine holes with an additional 22 points which included a flourish of four points on each of the 17th and 18th holes which she parred with shots.
She also drew a blank on the 12th hole for her total of 39 points.
Runner-up Brenda had nines of 20 and 19 points respectively. She failed to score on the difficult 13th and then double bogied the 16th which was to cost her first prize.
The scoring in the ladies and mens sections was very close and the CSS for both remained as per the scorecard.
Other notable scores were recorded by Graham Robinson and Michael O’Donoghue, who returned 39 points each only a shot behind the winner and Ruth Mulholland ,who was third in her section with 37 points.
Ruth leads the Golfer of the Year with 51 points from her best six cards with Brenda O’ Sullivan on 40 points from four cards returned and Helen Walsh has 38 points from her best six cards. There are two competitions left for the ladies before the final table is known.
P.J. Alyward has secured Golfer of the Year. He has an unassailable lead with only the September medal down for decision to decide the final placings.
P.J. also added the McCalmont matchplay title to his haul for September when he defeated Mark Magnier in the final. With P.J. conceding shots he still ran out a convincing winner on a score of 4 up with 3 to play.
The September medal was played on Sunday.
The fine weather helped produce good scoring in all four categories. The most significant result came in the ladies section. Ruth Mulholland made sure of the title of Golfer of the Year by winning the September medal in convincing fashion.
Ruth returned an impressive 39 points. She continued her very consistent form for the year.
Returning to the medal results the best score of the day was returned by James E. Brett in winning category 2 with a fine 40 points. In category 3, Bryan Phelan also played impressively to score 39 points. Gordon Hempenstall won category 1 with 38 points.
The medals and Golfer of the Year trophies will be presented at a special function for participating members of teams on Saturday, October 26 in Mount Juliet House.
Next Wednesday sees the final “major” event for the ladies down for decision with the running of the Lady President’s(Rita Garvey) prize. With the present Indian Summer forecast to hold, this should be an enjoyable day.
Results September monthly medal Category 1, Gordon Hempenstall (8) 38 pts; Category 2, James E. Brett (14) 40 pts; Category 3, Bryan Phelan (19) 39 pts.
Ladies - Ruth Mulholland( 9) 39 points.
Results President’s (Des Fitzgerald) prize to the men, winner P.J. Alyward (7) 40 pts; 2 Liam Collins (10) 40 pts; Category 1, Graham Robinson (5) 39 pts; Category 2, Michael O’ Donoghue (16) 39 pts; Category 3, Bryan Higgins (21) 38 pts.
First 9, John Keane (6) 22 pts; back 9, Jeff Howes (7) 21 pts; Best Gross, Gavin Smyth (+2) 37pts; nearest pin Gavin Smyth and Graham Robinson; Past Captain James J. Brett (13) 37 pts; visitor Dave McGrath.
Results President’s prize to the ladies - winner, Pauline McEnery (33) 39 pts.; 2 Brenda O’ Sullivan (16) 39 pts; 3 Ruth Mulholland (9) 37 pts; 4 Mary Divilly (23) 36 pts.
First 9, Helen Scully (17) 20 pts; Back 9, Mary Quigley (21) 20 pts; nearest pin, Jo Duggan and Ruth Mulholland; best Gross, Brona Reidy (13) 24pts; Past Captain, Margaret Twomey (35) 32 pts; visitor, Clare Fitzgerald.
Results of Open singles, 1 Cyril Hughes (15) 44pts; 2 Jonathan Hickey (17) 41pts; 3 Stephen Byrne (16) 41pts; Gross, Ted Joyce (5) 33pts; 5 Sean Hanafin (19) 40pts.
9 hole singles September 20, 1 Joe O’Neill (11) 23pts; 2 Sean Hanafin (19) 21pts; 3 Martin Bolger (16) 20pts.
The birdie hole was won by Martin Bolger.
Fixtures - Open seniors on Tuesday, September 24; last 9 hole singles of the year on Friday 27th from 4.45pm. Draw for 2014 membership concessions to take place in Clubhouse after the 9 hole competition; Open Champagne Scramble (any combination) on Saturday and Sunday September 28 and 29.
Time-sheets in clubhouse. Ring 059- 9773310 for enquiries.