Brendan the big winner at Kilkenny golf club

Brendan Hogan (5) won the 14 hole singles on Sunday at Kilkenny golf club with 35 points. Brendan covered the holes in three under gross 51 strokes despite having a double bogey on the 16th. The remainder of his card contained an eagle, three birdies and nine pars.

Brendan Hogan (5) won the 14 hole singles on Sunday at Kilkenny golf club with 35 points. Brendan covered the holes in three under gross 51 strokes despite having a double bogey on the 16th. The remainder of his card contained an eagle, three birdies and nine pars.

He had seven 3s’, including his eagle on the 14th. Brendan was having problems with his putting in Saturday’s cross card. He dispatched the offending ball into the bushes after he completed his round on the 16th. He obviously remedied the problem overnight.

Second was Colin Corbett (8) with 34 points. Colin was level par with two birdies and two bogies on the card. Third, also on 34 points, was John Geoghegan (17) which included birdies on the 4th and 6th. The gross was won by Graham Nugent (1) with 30 gross points with birdies on the 3rd, 4th 13th and 14th.

It is their responsibility to make adjustments to their handicap on the score card.

Eddie Guilfoyle had an unusual encounter playing on Sunday morning. He played a five wood second shot on to the 3rd green. As he and his playing partners Willie Leahy and John Geoghegan were making their way to the green a fox emerged onto the hedgerow, politely took the ball and headed back into the ditch. What is the rule in this situation ? Answer at end of column.

The Saturday (1pm) cross card continues to attract large numbers with 57 members turning out for a 12 hole champagne scramble. The winners with 64 points were Ollie Cullen (11), Martin Kelly (26), Peter Ryan (17) and Bernie Clarke (15).

Bernie (15) handicap seems to have developed a liking for these 12/14 competitions played over the winter. He featured on the winning team two weeks ago also and used his 10 shots over the 12 holes to good effect. Bernie had the team’s only birdie, recorded on the 6th hole for four points. He also recorded another six pars, five of which returned three points. His partners Ollie Cullen, Martin Kelly and Peter Ryan contributed at least three 3 pointers apiece.

On Saturday the greenkeeper on duty said he saw some of young members pitching on to the 18th green before they commenced practice. They should not be doing this. Worst still, when he was sweeping the due off the green he discovered they had not repaired the pitch marks left.

The club keeps harping on about repairing pitch marks. Unfortunately this is not being heeded. A freshly made pitch mark if repaired immediately will fully recover within 24 hours, whereas a pitch mark left unrepaired for an hour will take 15 days to fully recover.

The senior men’s competition last week was won by Con O’Sullivan (15), John O’Donovan (18), Eugene Orr (21) and Martin Treacy (19) with 74 points. Highlight of the card was 8 points on the 7th where Eugene and Martin recorded birdies. Con recorded a birdie on the 15th. John contributed a number of pars.

Second, one point behind, were Richie McEvoy (16), Andy Hughes (18), Finbar Coughlan (22) and Tom Reade (24). They also had three birdies, Tom birding the 6th and Richie and Andy birding the 18th. Third, two points further behind, were Martin Mullane (16), Peter Dabinet (19), Shem Lawlor (22) and Eamon Molloy (26).

The senior ladies competition last Thursday was won by Elizabeth Tobin, Ann Gubbins, Kathleen Price and Jane Duggan with 36 points

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The Special Olympics players had their Christmas mince pies in the club on Monday after practice. Christy Hurley and his fellow players were in great form. Thank go to the club volunteers who give of their time to coach these players.

CHRISTMAS MIXED: The Christmas mixed will be played on Sunday. Shotgun start 12 noon. The sponsor is James Walsh, Walsh Motors Toyota dealers. The sheet for names is inside the bar door. Those interest should place names on the sheet.

The draw for teams will be on Saturday, December 7 (6pm). The course will be free for members’ casual golf up to 12 noon on Sunday but the full course must be free at 12 noon as the Christmas mixed competition will have a shotgun start encompassing all 18 holes.

GIFT VOUCHERS: Christmas gift vouchers are available from the office for green fees or food in the clubhouse. Club professional Jimmy Bolger also has gift vouchers available.

MEMBERSHIP: There are vacancies open for the ladies and gents sections in the club. Contact Sean or Aoife (056 7765400) who will provide full details of all the packages. Membership for the boys and girls primary/juvenile/junior categories will be considered in February.

TABLE QUIZ: There will be a table quiz in the club on Friday, December 13 (8pm).Table of four €24, including finger food. There must be at least two golf club members on each team. Place names on the sheet in the foyer. If you don’t have a team place your name on the sheet and the club will make up teams.

Details posted on the club notice boards. Last year’s quiz was a huge success and enjoyable night with questions set to suit all people and plenty of spot prizes.

DIARY DATES: Friday (8pm) ladies club Christmas party; Sunday, Christmas mixed competition, shotgun start 12 noon; Tuesday, December 10 (7.30pm) men’s club AGM; Wednesday, December 11 (8pm) ladies club AGM; Friday, December 13 (8pm), table quiz.

SNOOKER: The second round of the snooker doubles is due to be completed by Friday, December 13. The club requested all participants to keep to the schedule.

SERVICE: Thanks were extended to relatives and friends of deceased members and former members of the club when they attended the memorial service last week. Special thanks went to Fr Pat Duggan and Rev Ian Poulter for the beautiful service, and also to the choir for their participation.

BRIDGE: Bridge lessons will continue on Monday (7.45pm) in the club. Numbers for the lessons continue to be good with 37 players present last week. All are making good progress.

PLACING: Placing is in play everywhere on the course, except in hazards. The ball must be marked before lifting and replaced within 6 inches not nearer the hole.

Relief may also be obtained from the drainage tracks on the 7th, 9th and 11th. Nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. Ropes and stanchions are immovable obstructions and cannot be interfered with. Relief may be obtained nearest point of relief not nearer the hole.

RESULTS: Men’s 14 hole singles, Sunday - 1 Brendan Hogan (5) 35pts; 2 Colin Corbett (8) 34pts; 3 John Geoghegan (17) 34pts; best Gross, Graham Nugent (1) 30pts; 5 Steve McCormack (19) 33pts (B3); 6 John Lawlor (17) 33pts

Two’s Club, Sunday- John Larkin at 6th and 17th; John Geoghegan, Nick O’Donnell, Christy Power, Maurice Ryan at 6th; Tommy Barry, Michael Naughton at 15th; Kieran Wall, Paul Cleere at 17th. Each two is worth €18.20 and is credited in the Pro shop.

Saturday crosscard - 1 Ollie Cullen (11), Martin Kelly (26), Peter Ryan (17), Bernie Clarke (15) 64pts; 2 Liam Cody (12), Dick Cogan (21), John Quane (16), Anthony Cleere (5) 63pts (B2); 3 Kieran Boland (16), John Greene (16), Paddy Smee (13), P.J. Martin (12) 63pts (B6); 4 Sean Boland (9), John Byrne (9), Brendan Hogan (5), Pat Hickey (12) 63pts (B6)

Ladies 9 hole Stableford Christmas fare, November 24 and 26, 1 Class A, Breda Roche (15) 19pts; 2 Class A, Ursula Deloughrey (18) 17pts; 1 Class B, Valerie Graham (26) 19pts; 2 Class B, Helen Devane (27) (19-1) 18pts; 1 Class C, Rosemary Keogh (30) 17pts (L3); 2 Class C, Ann Kelly (31) 17pts; 2 overall, Margaret McCreery (19) (20-3) 17pts (L6); 3 overall, Margaret O’Rourke (23) 17pts (L6).

The ladies will have competition slots on Saturdays as well as Sundays going forward. The Saturday slots are bookable online and open to all categories, including juniors and huveniles with full adult handicap.

Yoga continues each Wednesday (10.30am).

Senior men, November 28, 1 Con O’Sullivan (15), John O’Donovan (18), Eugene Orr (21), Martin Treacy (19) 74pts; 2 Richie McEvoy (16), Andy Hughes (18), Finbar Coughlan (22), Tom Reade (24) 73pts; 3 Martin Mullane (16), Peter Dabinet (19), Shem Lawlor (22), Eamon Molloy (26) 71pts; 4 Noel Skehan (15), Donie Butler (21), Michael Barry (26), Pat Kelleher (26) 70pts; 5 Michael O’Reilly (19), Paddy Gubbins (17), Peter McQuillan (24), Joe O’Driscoll (26) 69pts; 6 Paddy Raggett (15), Dick Cogan (21), Reay Brandon (21), Matt Ruth (20) 69pts; 7 Christy Power (13), John O’Leary (18), Myles McCabe (22), Frank Byrne (17) 67pts.

Senior ladies, November 28, 1 Elizabeth Tobin, Ann Gubbins, Kathleen Price, Jane Duggan 36pts; 2 Pat Walsh, Josie Bolger, Barbara Schofield 34pts; 3 Mary Prendergast, Aileen Hehir, Mary Murphy 34pts; 4 Kitty Nolan, Ann Murphy, Joan O’Sullivan 32pts.

FOX QUERY: Once Eddie and his playing partners were certain the ball was removed by the fox, Eddie could replace his ball without penalty on the spot where he and his partners agree the ball originally lay. As his original ball is not recoverable he may substitute a new ball without penalty

DIARY: Today (Wednesday), 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time; Friday, 9.15 to 12.15pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members; Saturday, 8.25 to 8.40am under-18s’ members league 8.45 to 9.30, 11 to 11.30am visitors, members, 1pm men’s Crosscard, 1.45 to 2.15pm ladies 9 hole competition; Sunday, Christmas mixed shotgun start 12 noon; Monday, 9 to 12.30pm ladies senior Alliance 1 to 2pm members time; Tuesday, 8.30 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm ladies 9 hole Stableford Christmas fare, slots also available on Saturday from 1.45 to 2.15pm, bookable online; Wednesday, December 11, 1 to 2pm members time.