Golfers can look forward to an egg-citing Easter weekend as Callan GC host their club classic. Some fantastic prizes are on offer, with a special prize for the winning all ladies team.
The competition is on Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tee time can be booked Online or by telephoning the office (056-7725136).
MINOR CUP TEAM: The first inter-club team were in action in the ladies Minor Cup against Rathdowney in Castlecomer.
Callan were beaten on the 18th. Team - Anna Star, Anne Croke, Teresa O’Neill, Breda Bolger and Monica Leydon.
Team manager was Kathleen Phelan who praised all for their efforts.
MEN’S COMPETITION: The Wednesday O’Dwyer’s Open singles competition was won by Tommy Phelan with 28 points. Second was Nicholas Walsh with 27 points.
The weekend men’s competition was the fourball club qualifier. There was a great turnout over the two days.
The leading qualifiers were the team of Stephen Kelly and Martin McCarthy with a great score of 45 points (b9). The first round of the fourball is to be completed by the end of the month.
RGA: The RGA members played a 12 hole stableford on April 3 and the winner in category A was Paddy Grace with 26 points. Second was Patrick Mulrooney with 24 points (CB) and third was John Ryan on 24 points (CB).
The next category was won by Paul Coogan with 27 points. Second was Joe Kavanagh (26) and third was Willie Gilbert (23).
The RGA times for Easter Monday are 11am to 12.20pm.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) men’s Open stableford singles, sponsored by O’Dwyer’s Golf Stores; Thursday, senior ladies 10am to 12am; Friday, club Classic Open four person champagne scramble; Saturday, club Classic Open four person champagne scramble/Provincial Towns team v Mountain View 2 to 3pm; Sunday, club Classic Open four person champagne scramble; Monday, RGA Callan 11am to 12.20pm/ Barton Cup v Kilkenny 1.40 to 3pm; Tuesday, ladies 18 hole Australian Spoons and 9 hole stableford,
COURSE UPDATE: Hollow coring of the greens has been completed. The three holes across the road were done in a new way, which will mean less disruption to play in the future.
The greens will be lightly sanded again on Monday and will be back to their usual pristine condition soon.
The hollow coring was carried out by the course staff under the guidance of Tommy Minogue, plus a batch of volunteers.
A reminder goes to all members to take and use a divot repair sand bag from the first tee and return same to the station at the 18th after your round.
Members have been asked to refrain from bringing buggies on to the apron of greens. This can cause considerable damage.
Also, the course manager reminded all that the practice putting green is for putting only and that practice chipping on to it is not allowed.
LADIES NEWS: Due to the inclement weather, the ladies Spring league finish has been fixed for the end of the month.
The senior ladies team event played on April 6 was won by Eileen Cuddihy, Sheila Ryan and Rita Morrissey. Second were Marie O’Riordan, Mary H. Grace and Melanie O’ Briain.
The ladies played a 15 hole three person team competition on April 4. The winning team was Ann Wemyss, Teresa O’Neill and Rita O’Neill with 63 points.
Second were Berna Walsh, Anna Starr and Anne Croke, Third were Eilish Ahern, Catherine Davis and Jo Staunton with 57 points (CB).
The nine hole stableford competition was won by Breda O’Brien with 20 points. Second was Maura Holden with 16 points.
JB CARR TEAM: The JB Carr team are away to Kilkenny. Team manager John D. Grace has put together a strong team. More news next week.
Playing for Callan in a scotch foursomes format away in Kilkenny are John Healy with Liam Duggan, Don Bolger with James Wellwood, Paddy Grace with Jim O’Brien, Liam Brennan with Denis Collins and Pat Mulrooney with Michael Somers.
The sub pairings are Martin Brennan with Marty Parker and John Kirwan with Michael Quinlan.
TOWNS CUP: The Provincial Town team is in action on Easter Saturday against Kilkenny.
Team manager John Healy assisted at home by Nigel Dagg has assembled a strong team.
BARTON CUP: The Barton Cup team is out against Kilkenny in the first round on Easter Monday. Team manager Denis Carey has picked a strong team for what will be a tough encounter against Kilkenny.
All the other teams are practicing and will be ready for their encounters when the time comes.
The gentlemen of the South Leinster team are practicing in Callan and Borris this week. They are away to Borris this month in the preliminary round.
The Pierce Purcell team is practicing at 5pm this evening (Wednesday) in Callan.
LADIES INTER-CLUB: The ladies teams did the club proud last year. Team managers have been named for 2017.
Senior Cup manager is Rose Brophy; senior foursomes Mary Lanigan; Intermediate Cup Catherine Davis; 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. It would be great to see as many ladies avail of these group lessons as possible. Contact Catherine Davis or Mary Lanigan.
Get into Golf is for Ladies and Gentlemen is aimed at those interested in taking up golf. It is a great way to start with the basics and meet other people.
This is on a first come basis. It is limited to 40 places. Anyone interested can contact Betty McGrath, Coordinator or Lady Captain Mary O’Hanlon.
LOTTO: Week 3 results for the Jackpot of €2,750 the numbers drawn were 8,15,36. There was no winner.
Three lucky dip winners of €30 each were Pat Costigan, Betty Leahy and Phil Fitzpatrick. The sellers were Joe Cuddihy, Anne McEvoy and John Kirwan.
Jackpot is now €2,850.
The April monthly medal was held at Mount Juliet GC on Sunday.
Golfer of the Year points were on offer in the competition, which is also used as a qualifying event for the McCalmont Cup matchplay.
The best score of the day was produced by new member, Erik Kolshus (17), who returned a nett 64. His round included nine pars and a birdie at the seventh which helped win the medal in category two.
The next best score was returned by James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (5) who scored 69 nett to secure the category one medal. Jack O’Byrne won the category three medal with Therese Maher winning the ladies section. The junior medal was won by Shane Whelan while Ryan O’Dwyer won the gross with a one under par gross 71.
LADIES - The ladies April Invitation day was a great success. The format of a three-ball rumble was popular with all competitors. The winning team, led by Bernie Madigan, had three shots to spare over their nearest rivals, who were led by Lady Captain Alison Hoyne. Mary Molloy’s team filled third spot.
INTER-CLUB - The Mixed Foursomes team, which is managed by Peter Quigley and Bernie Madigan, had a convincing 4-1 win over Rathdowney GC. The team consisted of Gavin Smyth & Karen Murphy, Sean Brett & Mary Quigley, Dermot Fennelly & Nora Deane, Paul Madigan & Mary Molloy and Tim Howes & Helen Walsh.
FOTA - Gavin Smyth was successful in the Fota Island Scratch Cup recently, returning a fine score of 68 to win the event.
RESULTS - Results April monthly medal, April 9: Cat One - James Fitzpatrick (5), 69. Cat Two - Erik Kolshus (17), 64. Cat Three - Jack O’Byrne (21), 79. Ladies - Therese Maher (26), 77. Junior - Shane Whelan (8), 73. Gross - Ryan O’Dwyer (2), 71.
Results, Ladies Invitation Day, April 5: 1 Bernie Madigan (7), Ellie Madigan (33), Noleen Delahunty (12, Rathdowney GC), 51pts; 2 Alison Hoyne (28), Trish Smyth (27, Waterford Castle), Ber Rohan (28, Waterford Castle), 48pts; 3 Mary Molloy (22), Nora Harte (18, Rathdowney GC), Mary Norton (10, Kilkenny GC), 47pts.
The Thursday Open Singles competition continues tomorrow (Thursday) at Gowran Park GC.
Open singles qualifiers continue every Thursday until August 25. The final will be held on August 26 and features a first prize of a pair of All-Ireland hurling final tickets and overnight stay for two in Citywest Hotel. Timesheets are available from 056-7726699.
EASTER - An open three-person rumble will be held on Easter Saturday and Sunday. An open fourball will be held on Easter Monday. Timesheets are available from the golf office, tel 056-7726699. Entry fee is €20 for visitors, €5 for members.
RESULTS - Results, men’s singles stableford, April 8 & 9: 1 Alex Dunne (11), 38pts; 2 Chris O’Grady (8), 37pts; 3 Ed Drea (17), 36pts.
Results, ladies 18-hole singles stableford, April 5: 1 Ger Hickey (20), 36pts; 2 Niamh Connolly (18), 34pts; 3 Margaret Logue (24), 33pts.
MEDAL - The monthly medal will be held on April 22 and 23.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Members’ weekly nine-hole competition, 5pm. Tomorrow (Thursday): Weekly open singles (visitor €20, member €5). Saturday/Sunday: Open three-person rumble (visitor €20, member €5). Easter Monday: Open fourball (visitor €20, member €5).
Michael Hoyne is in pole position in Group One of the Mountain View GC Spring League.
Michael leads the way with 220pts, followed closely by Jim Dunne (210pts) with Frank Costello and Philip Begley tied on 190pts apiece. John Coffey leads Group Two with 360pts. Seamus O’Brien is in second place with 300pts while John Coleman is third on 290pts.
DOUBLES - The draw for the doubles match is on the clubhouse notice-board.
EASTER - The club will host an open three-person scramble over the Easter Weekend. Open to all the entry fee is €15 for visitors, €5 for members.
POT - The next Split the Pot draw is on Sunday. Single entry is €2.
RESULTS - Results, seniors 13-hole three-man scramble, April 6: 1 Cyril Foskin, Jim Byrne, Tom Walsh, 75pts; 2 Martin Walsh, Jim Dunne, John Fielding, 73pts.
DIARY - Sunday: Easter three-person team scramble. Wednesday, April 19: Ladies 13-hole competition. Thursday, April 20: Seniors’ 13-hole competition.
Great weather drew a strong turnout for the ladies 18-hole stableford at New Ross GC on Wednesday.
Results: 1 Margaret Murphy (22), 34pts; 2 Eibhlin Kielthy (31), 33pts; 3 Mary Maher (16), 32pts. Senior: Liz Roberts (22), 31pts.
The ladies competition today (Wednesday) is an 18-hole greensomes stableford for the Australian Spoons Qualifier. Sponsored by Brandon House Hotel, competition draws are at 10am and 2pm.
PRIZES - There will be a prize-giving ceremony at the club tonight (Wednesday). All winners are asked to be in attendance or to have a representative to collect their prize if unable to attend.
The evening will coincide with a Summer fashion show organised by Margaret O’Hanlon, proprietor of Blossoms Boutique.
PLACING - Placing on fairways only until further notice, with no movement permitted in the rough.
EASTER - An open Easter classic two-person champagne format will be held from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Sponsored by Nolan Transport, the competition provides all with ample opportunity to play some golf over the weekend.
CAMP - An Easter golf camp will be held at the club from April 18 to 20. The camp runs from 10am to 12 noon daily and costs €15. Bookings to 051-421433 for bookings.
Results, singles stableford, Rathdowney GC, April 8 & 9: 1 David Carroll (15), 42pts; 2 Adrian Sheppard (8), 40pts; gross John Moriarty (8), 32pts; 3 John Gorman (15), 40pts.
Result, Husqvarna open singles: 1 Diarmuid Everard (16), 40pts.
Results, seniors competition, April 6: Cat A - 1 Christy Jones, 40pts; 2 P.J. Duggan, 37pts. Cat B - 1 Pat Hartigan, 37pts; 2 Donal Heaphy, 34pts.
An open three-person champagne scramble will be held at Borris GC on Easter Saturday and Sunday.
Tee times available from 059-9773310.
CUP - Entries are now open for the Borris Cup Matchplay competition. Entry sheet is in the men’s locker-room.
RESULTS - Results, open three-person team event, April 8 & 9: 1 Teresa O’Neill (24), Adam Holden (18) & Orla McCormack (34), 87pts; 2 Joe O’Neill (12), Dominic Attride (16) & Sean Hanafin (17), 86pts (B9); 3 Pat Foley (14), Stephen Murphy (17) & Michael Dundon (18), 86pts.
Results, Step House Hotel nine-hole singles, April 7: 1 Sean Hanafin (17), 21pts; 2 Pat Cullen (18), 20pts; 3 Denis O’Neill (21), 18pts (L6).
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Open singles. Good Friday: Step House Hotel nine-hole singles, from 3pm. Easter Saturday & Easter Sunday: Open three-person champagne scramble. April 22 & 23: PGA Tankard open singles.