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Captains celebrate as they drive into office in Callan

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Callan GC

Pictured are the winners of the Callan GC Captains’ drive-in competition: Mary O’Hanlon (Lady Captain), William Gilbert (Captain), Olive Walsh (Lady President), Don Bolger (President).

CALLAN GC

There was a great attendance as captains William Gilbert, Mary O’Hanlon and Junior Captains Elle Madigan and Cathal Brett held their drive-in at Callan GC on Saturday.
The clubhouse was buzzing from early in the morning, while an enjoyable four-person scramble competition was held after the drive-in.
For the first time in living memory the drive-in competition was won by the Captains team of Captain William Gilbert, Lady Captain Mary O’Hanlon, President Don Bolger and Lady President Olive Walsh. After the competition all enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse.
OPEN - The club will hold an open two-person team event on St Patrick’s Day (teams of any combination). The club will also hold the popular Club Classic open on April 14, 15 and 16. Prizes for this year’s competition will be announced shortly.
COURSE - Owing to the heavy rain the course was closed for a spell before its playability was reassessed.
RGA - Results, RGA team event, February 20: 1 Liam Duggan, Michael Grace, Liam Holohan and Michael Shortall, 41.3; 2 Michael Power, Luke Connery, and Tony Drennan, 41.8; 3 Paddy Grace, Seamus Brennan and Joe Kavanagh, 42.6; 4 Don Bolger, Jimmy O’Brian and Brian Pilbeam, 42.8.
Results, RGA 12-hole singles stableford, February 14: Cat A - 1 Patrick Mulrooney, 26pts; 2 Don Bolger, 23pts; 3 Tom Walsh, 22pts (c/b). Cat B - 1 Brendan McDonald, 28pts; 2 David Nye, 24pts; 3 William Gilbert, 22pts.
LEAGUE - With the adverse weather delaying its finish, the following changes have been made for this weekend’s Winter League action:
If 15 holes or 18 holes are opened, these scores will count, only 18 hole score will be displaced to bring back a previously discarded lowest score. If only 12 holes are playable or the course is closed the existing Winter League positions will stand as the final result.
LADIES - Results, ladies 12-hole singles stableford, February 22: 1 Margaret Comerford, 19pts (c/b); 2 Caroline Healy, 19pts; 3 Ann Croke, 19pts; 4 Teresa Phelan, 19pts; 5 Catherine Dore, 19pts.
The teams for this year’s Spring League have been posted in the ladies locker-room. The league will run until the end of March.
SINGLES - A better back three saw Ollie O’Connor win the men’s weekend 12-hole singles competition with 26pts. Jeffrey Lynch was second, also on 26pts.
Wednesday’s 12-hole open singles was won by Jack Drew with a fantastic score of 30pts.
INTER-CLUB - All ladies interested in playing on the inter-club teams are asked to put their name on the team sheets in the ladies locker room. Team managers have been named for the 2017 season. The Senior Cup manager will be Rose Brophy, Senior Foursomes Mary Lanigan, Intermediate Cup Catherine Davis, Minor Cup Kathleen Phelan, Challenge Cup Pauline O’Brien, Finn Trophy Jo Staunton, Boyne Cup Olive Walsh and Borris Cup Rose Brophy.
Group lessons have been organised with club professional Brian Doheny, the first of which will be held this Saturday. Contact Catherine Davis, or Mary Lanigan.
GET INTO GOLF - Get into Golf is for Ladies who are interested in taking up golf. It is a great way to start with the basics and meet other people. Places are available on a first come basis as the course is limited to 40 places. Further information from Betty McGrath, Coordinator or Lady Captain Mary O’Hanlon. Registration is on March 25.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 20, 23, 33. Lucky dip winners (€30) were Cathal O’Reilly, Gerard Woodcock and Noel Power. Sellers were Joe Cuddihy and Robert Woodcock. The jackpot is now €2,250.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Men’s open 12-hole stableford. Thursday: Senior Ladies, 10am to 12 noon. Friday: Social mixed competition, 2pm. Saturday/Sunday: Men’s singles stableford (final round Winter League). Monday: RGA, 12.10 to 1pm. Tuesday: Ladies nine and 12-hole stableford.

MOUNT JULIET GC

The score of 42pts was the target to reach in each of the singles competitions played at Mount Juliet GC in the past week.
John Stakelum hit the required figure to win in the Lemongrass Winter League on Sunday, while Pat Ryan scored the same in the Open Singles on Wednesday.
Sunday’s competition, which was played in testing conditions which included rain showers and a tricky wind, saw John Stakelum defy the elements when he returned 42pts to spreadeagle the field.
John scored nines of 19 and 23pts respectively for his round and had four shots to spare from Don Hannigan, with Frank Smyth in third place on 37pts. The ladies section was won by Freda Mullen with a score of 30pts.
With only one more round of the league to be played on Sunday, March 12 the leaders in the individual section are Paul Madigan followed by Liam Naddy. The team event is being dominated by Alan Hoyne’s team, with Paul Mullen’s team second.
OPEN - Pat Ryan (Bunclody GC) won the open singles stableford on Wednesday with his 42pts. He had seven shots to spare from his nearest opponent, Alan Murphy (Ballykisteen GC).
JUNIOR - The club held an open junior singles competition on Wednesday. Sophie Eustace was a first-time winner, recording a score of 38pts off her handicap of 36.
TEE TIMES - As and from today (March 1) tee times will revert back to a one tee only system.
RESULTS - Results, Lemongrass Winter League, February 26: 1 John Stakelum (16), 42pts; 2 Don Hannigan (16), 38pts; 3 Frank Smyth (17), 37pts. Ladies: 1 Freda Mullen (12), 30pts.
Results, 18-hole open singles, February 22: 1 Pat Ryan (13, Bunclody GC), 42pts; 2 Alan Murphy (16, Ballykisteen GC), 35pts.
DIARY - Sunday: Member/Guest fourball stableford. Wednesday, March 8: Open four-person team event.

GOWRAN PARK GC

Despite the inclement weather there was a great turnout for the traditional Captains’ drive-in at Gowran Park GC on Sunday.
Captains Peter O’Shea and Helen Dunne took to the first tee at 11.30am. Both enjoyed favourable drives, hopefully leading to a great year’s golf ahead.
The drive-in was followed by a four-person scramble, with 30 teams involved. An enjoyable social evening was held after the golf.
FOURBALL - The first 18-hole competition of the year, a men’s fourball, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Timesheet is open at the golf office, tel 056-7726699.
RACING - There will be no golf on Saturday, March 11 owing to a race meeting.
RESULTS - Results, Golden Golfers 11-hole scramble, February 24: 1 Mick Bolger, Pat Mulrooney, John McNamara, Catherine Somers, 30.4; 2 Gerry Doyle, Pat Roche, Peter O’Shea, Sally Kavanagh, 31.6.
Results, ladies 13-hole singles, February 22: 1 Ger Hickey (20), 27pts; 2 Ann Farrell (18), 22pts (c/b).
DIARY - Thursday/Friday: Winter series open singles, visitor €20. Saturday/Sunday: Men’s weekly competition.
Castlecomer
Close to 100 golfers turned out as captains Liam Mooney and Betty Owens when they held their drive-in at Castlecomer GC on Sunday.
The captains thanked all for their support, then hit confident drives down the middle to great applause.
The nine-hole four-person scramble held to mark the drive-in was a great success. Results: 1 Ned Mahon, Donie Walsh, Frieda Campion, Marnie Brennan, 25.5; 2 Seamus O’Connor, Paudie Mulhall, Jo Costigan, Delia O’Donohue, 26.2; 3 Colin Dunne, Liam Downey, Danny Walsh, Joan Brennan, 26.8 (b6); 4 Gerry O’Keeffe, Martin Brennan, Paddy Neary, Helen Dunne, 26.8.
SENIORS - Results seniors competition, February 22: 1 John Mulcahy (11), Matt Pollack (26), Jim Doran (23), 69pts (B9); 2 Tom O’Neill (8), Paddy Neary (17), Pat Morrissey (19), Seamie Brennan (20), 69pts; 3 Donal Walsh (16), Jim Tunstead (21), Michael Doheny (16), 68pts.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 6, 13, 15, 18. The jackpot is now €15,400.
VOLUNTEER - A number of members are assisting course manager Michael Doheny every Thursday. The group meet at 9.30am and work for two hours or so.
MEMBERSHIP - New members are welcome at the club. Further information from Linda, tel 056-4441139 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Men’s open 18-hole singles stableford. Bookings, 056-4441139.

NEW ROSS GC

The Captains’ drive-in will be held at New Ross GC on Saturday.
Captain Peter Goggin and Lady Captain Marie Therese Wall will endeavour to split the first fairway with their opening drive into office at 2pm.
A three-person champagne scramble will follow the drive-in. Both captains invite everyone to come along and enjoy the day.
SCRAMBLE - Results, open three-person scramble, February 18 and 19: 1 Andrew Ryan (4), Donal Hosey (4), and John O’Connor (7), 58.5; 2 Alan Somers (7), John Somers (11) and Trevor Moran (12), 58.9; 3 Kieran McGrath (13), Noel Murphy (14) and Tim Murphy (18), 60.3.
DIARY - Sunday: Four Star Pizza open fourball. March 12: March Medal. St Patrick’s Weekend: Carpet Gallery open fourball.
LADIES - The ladies will return to 18-hole competitions on March 8. Sponsor of the opening competition of 2017 is French’s Pharmacy.
GET INTO GOLF - The Get into Golf Initiative is fully subscribed now and will begin with an information meeting in April.
VOLUNTEERS - Thanks went to all ladies who have volunteered for various sub committees and committees since the beginning of the year.
SENIORS - The seniors escaped the brunt of Storm Doris, but had to contend with a biting northerly gale when they played their weekly outing on Thursday last. Taking the top honours with 87pts were Johnny Hosey (14), John Fitzpatrick (18), Pat Traynor (18) and Billy Redmond (19). Second place went to Eddie Keher (9), Steve Travis (18), John Joe Murray (19) and Martin Hartley (22) with 85pts, with Jimmy Furlong (8), Liam Glasheen (20), Robert O Dwyer (20) and Jamesie Wallace (23) third on 84pts.
On the draw board for March are John Shalloe, Billy Redmond and Johnny Watson.

BORRIS GC

Captains Cyril Hughes and Janette O’Neill will hold their drive-in at Borris GC on Sunday at 2pm.
The drive-in will be marked by a nine-hole three-person team event, which will have draw times on Saturday and Sunday.
WINTER - Results, Winter League, round five: 1 Justin Manning (13), 42pts; 2 Terry Whelan (14), 38pts (B9); 3 Michael Morrissey (9), 38pts; gross Ted Joyce (3), 34pts; 4 Pat McGrath (12), 38pts; 5 Eoin Cowman (8), 37pts (L6); 6 James Lillis (9), 37pts. Wednesday Prize: Conor Geoghegan (6), 34pts (B9). Saturday Prize: Barry Bambrick (8), 36pts (B9). Sunday Prize: Luke Kiernan (10), 34pts.
Overall Winter League (best four scores from five rounds): 1 Michael Morrissey (9), 145; 2 Pat Cullen (17), 142; 3 Justin Manning (13), 139.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. Numbers drawn were 20, 24, 25 and 26. Lucky dip winners (€20) were Sandra Stanley, David Hillier and Rose Murphy. The jackpot is now €2,000.
DIARY - Sunday: Captains’ drive-in, 2pm. Wednesday, March 8: Open singles. March 11/12: Draw for paid-up members. Tee times from 059-9773310.

RATHDOWNEY GC

Results, Captains’ drive-in competition, February 25 and 26: 1 Shane Webster (7), John Moriarty (8), Michael Webster (14) & Liam Coady (18), 73pts; 2 Edwin Carter (15), Bobby Sweeney (15), Ned Sweeney (14) & Dick Walsh (19), 72pts; 3 David Moriarty (16), Eoin Moriarty (18), Bobby O’Hara (16) & Michael Tobin (18), 70pts.
SENIORS - Results, seniors competition, February 23: Cat A - 1 Liam Coady, 26pts; 2 Hawlie Bowden, 25pts. Cat B - 1 Seamus Pyne, 32pts; 2 Richard Mackey, 27pts.
SINGLES - Result, weekly open singles: 1 John Whelan (14), 41pts.