The Kilkenny ladies' team of Mary Dowling, Orla Dunphy, Mary Leahy Browne and Liz Kinsella (manager) travelled to play in the European Club Championships in Pravets, Bulgaria last week.
The competition was a 54 hole stroke play over three days, with two scores counting each day.
The team had two practice rounds on the beautiful course bounded by a lake. The course was 5,500m long and included some inclines.
The greens were mainly very large, fast and undulating. Keeping three putts off the card wasn't easy.
For the opening two rounds Kilkenny were drawn with Racing Club de France and Sofia Golf Club.
Mary Dowling shot a 75, Orla 76 and Mary Leahy Browne 80.
On day two Mary Dowling and Orla had the same scores, while Mary Leahy Browne carded an 88.
On day three Mary Dowling had a 76. Orla was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score and so Mary Leahy Browne's 91counted as the second card.
Kilkenny finished in 12th place, rather than 9th which would was the other possibility.
Racing Club de France were the overall winners with a superb score of -18, with Smorum Golf Club, Denmark, second on -6.
Kilkenny's aim was to get into the top ten. The team put in an incredible effort, arriving early at the golf course to practise and also practising after the round each day.
The standard was very high as is evident from the scoring, with 23 of the 50 players playing off scratch or better. Several clubs had their pros with them and they were allowed to act as advisors on the course.
Most of the players were young and were either currently representing their country or had done so recently.
This tournament was a fantastic experience and will spur on Kilkenny to develop younger players to reach this high standard.
The team thanked all the members who played in the fund-raiser to help with the trip, and also Willie Power and Ella Dunphy for their sponsorship.
COURSE NEWS: The final divot repair session of the season was held on Monday evening and 12 members attending.
The Greens Committee and Grounds Staff expressed their gratitude to all members who attended weekly and played a big part in maintaining the high standards expected of the course.
Members should continue this good initiative throughout the Winter months by using the bags available at the first tee.
Kilkenny golf club extended best wishes to Sean Buggy on his recent retirement after 33 years working and maintaining the course.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: Bridge sessions will resume for the Winter on Monday evenings (7.30). The first session will be on Monday, October 10.
New members and beginners are welcome.
Further details from Joan Cashin or Catherine King.
PARTY TIME: Planning a party or Christmas gathering this Winter? Why not contact Barry Joyce to help?
Private rooms available on request.
Winter party and Christmas menus are now available from resident Chef Barry Joyce.
For further information contact Barry (086 820 5260).
RESULTS: Wednesday, September 28, ladies and gents Open singles:
Gents - 1 Richard Louis Duggan (5) 40pts; 2 Gerard (Gus) Carey (8) 39pts (b6); 3 Tom Lawlor (16) 39pts; best Gross Mark Power (-2) 36 gross pts (b6); 5 Paddy FitzPatrick(10) 38pts (b9); 6 Sean O'Shea (18) 38pts.
CSS - Saturday 71; Sunday 73; Monday 72.
Two's Club - 6th Michael Keane, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Emmet Boland, Paschal Connolly; 10th Aidan McDonald, Richard Louis Duggan; 15th Brendan Wall, Eugene Buckley; 18th Paddy Fitzpatrick.
Each Two receives €18 credit in the Pro Shop
Ladies - 1 Evelyn Crotty (12) 32 pts (b9); 2 Niamh Kelly (9) 32pts.
Prize giving to be confirmed at a later date.
Weekend Saturday/Sunday/Monday, Octobrer 1 to 3, 1 Brian Meredith (6) 66pts; 2 Harry Duggan (2) 67pts; 3 Mick O'Flynn (17) 69pts; best Gross, Richard Walsh (1) 72pts; 5 Michael Condon (11) 70pts; 6 Patrick O'Shea (8) 71pts (b9).
Prize giving to be confirmed at a later date.
Two's Club - 6th John Larkin, Kieran Wall, Kieran Hoban, Eddie Power, David Harkin, Patrick O'Shea; 10th Noel Ronan, Mick o'Flynn, Colin Corbett; 15th Stephen Sheenan, Harry Duggan, Paddy Fitzpatrick; 17th Peter Gowan, Mark Power, Noel Casey,
Congratulations are extended to Jim Kelly, who, using his trusty Rescue club, scored a hole in one at the 15th on Monday morning.
Jim and all the Two's receive €17 credit in the Pro Shop.
SENIOR GENTS: Results of 13 hole competition, September 29, 1 Frank Byrne, Richard Butler, Jim Treacy, Dermot Moloney 60pts; 2 Jim Meredith, Nicky Lawlor, Jimmy Rhatigan 54 (+4) 58pts; 3 Willie Leahy, Denis Carey, Brendan McIntyre, Paddy Hally 57pts (b6);4 - John O'Regan, Eugene Orr, Gerry Bowe, Michael Cuddihy 57pts; 5 Pat Drennan, Kevin Donohue, Bob Greany, Tom Keating 55pts (b3); 6 Paddy Raggett, Martin Treacy, Michael Cody, Joe O'Driscoll 55pts (b6); 7 Billy Burke, Andy Hughes, Peter Dabinett, Peter McQuillan 55pts.
Nearly 60 players took part.
Due to pressure of numbers, the Thursday draw for teams closes at 11.15am. If you have not arrived or phoned in by then you will almost certainly miss out.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 8.34am to 3.14pm ladies and gents Open singles; Thursday, 9.30 to 10.58am senior ladies, 11.06am to 1.24pm senior gents, 1.30 to 2.26pm members time; Friday, 12.34 to 12.50pm inter-schools competition, 12.58 to 1.46pm members time, 1.54 to 2.58pm visiting Captains; Saturday, 8.02 to 8.50am members time, 9 to 10.12am ladies and gents competition, 10.26 to 11.38am visitors, 12.02 to 12.50pm Society, 12.58 to 1.54pm members time, 2 to 3.06pm ladies and gents competition; Sunday, 7.45am to 3.06pm ladies and gents competition, gents October hamper - fourball, ladies fourball competition; Monday, 8.58 to 10.34am GUI schools championship, 12.58 to 1.54pm members time, 2 to 2.54pm gents October hamper, fourball; Tuesday, 8.30 to 10.20am ladies fourball competition, 12.20 to 2.20 ladies fourball competition; Wednesday, October 12, 12.56 to 2.28pm members time.
LADIES CLUB: Results Tuesday, September 27, 18 hole Stableford, 1 Evelyn Crotty (12) 34pts (b9); 2 Mary Bradshaw (22) 34pts (b6); best Gross, Niamh Kelly (9) 22 Gross pts; 3 Marian Woods (18) 34pts.
9 hole competition - 1 Eileen Byrne (36) 15pts (b6); 2 Mary Prendergast (27) 15pts.
Forthcoming competition - Tuesday, October 11, 18 hole fourball, Stableford.
SENIORS: September 29, results of 9 hole competition, - 1 Pat Walsh, Breda Kavanagh, Teresa Brandon, 38pts; 2 Ann Gunning, Josie Bolger, Kathleen Price 34pts; 3 Edith Ogilvie, Joan Manion, Mary Gorman, Elizabeth Tobin 27pts.
Twenty players took part.