The Kilkenny golf club men’s Senior Cup team headed for Rosslare at the weekend for the area qualifier. They received a bye on Saturday morning after Castlecomer withdrew earlier. They played Enniscorthy on Saturday afternoon in poor weather conditions and emerged winners by 3½ to 1½.
Paul O’Hara, who was out first, won his match on the 20th. Richard Duggan won 2 and 1 and Ray Lonergan won 5 and 4 in the remaining matches. Eddie Power was one down playing the 18th and Graham Nugent was defeated.
Sunday morning saw Kilkenny pitched against the home team and favourites Rosslare. Kilkenny played excellent golf with victories secured by Paul O’Hara 4 and 3, Eddie Power 2 and 1 and Craig Martin 1-up. Richard Duggan was all square on the 17th and Ray Lonergan was two up when they were called in.
In the final on Sunday afternoon they faced Waterford. Paul O’Hara, who was out number one for all three matches, again cruised home 4 and 2 to record three wins out of three. Eddie Power won 2 and 1 and Ray Lonergan, out last again, recorded a comfortable win.
In the remaining two matches Craig Martin was one up playing the 18th and Richard Walsh was all square on the 16th when called in. It was a great performance by all concerned and team managers, Aidan McDonald and Gerry Stewart were well pleased.
Well done also to the caddies for their diligent work in Rosslare. The team progress to the Leinster finals in the Hermitage golf club on the weekend of August 17 and 18. Kilkenny play Edenderry at 9.20am in the quarter-final.
The winners of this match will play the winners from NUI Maynooth and Portmarnock in the semi-final that afternnon at 2.45pm. The final is scheduled for Sunday at 10am.
The four other teams to qualify from the area qualifiers played in Leinster over the weekend were The Castle, Greystones, Malahide and Ardee.
It is unfortunate that the Leinsters will clash with ladies All-Ireland Senior Cup finals which will be played on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 in the Grange golf club. The Kilkenny ladies play Roscommon on the Friday (8am) in the quarter-final, with the semi-final fixed for that afternoon. The final is on Saturday morning.
Kevin Browne, playing off 8 handicap, shot a great level par round of 71 for a 63 net to win the June monthly medal played over the weekend. Kevin was four over par for the front nine. He covered the back nine in 31 strokes.
He had four birdies in-a-row on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th and also birdied the 18th. The only blemish on the back nine was a bogey on the 16th. Kevin had four to spare from Michael Keenan (9), who secured second place with the best of the 67s’.
Three other players, James Young (10), Liam Cody (13) and Charlie Boland (12) also returned 67s’. The gross was won by Brian Crowdle (5) with 77.
Six players were disqualified, three of them for no handicap and three others only had one signature on the card. Their scores were not good enough to be involved in the prizes.
The ladies Open 18 hole Scotch foursomes played last week, sponsored by Mint Beauty Salon, was won by Lourda Everard (24) and Margaret Hogan (25) with 40 points. The runners-up with the best of the 38 points were Phyl Doyle (12) and Ann Marie McEvoy (25), Callan.
This Sunday, July 1 the ladies play for President Michael O’Reilly’s prize to the ladies. Timesheet is in operation and is bookable online.
The senior men’s competition last Thursday was a three person team event. It was won by Jack Troy (16), Martin Treacy (21) and Pat Kelleher (26) with 57 points. Second on 56 points were Eddie Guilfoyle (13), Paddy Raggett (15) and Tom Reade (24).
The senior ladies had no competition last Thursday due to the weather.
The Friends of St Luke’s Classic held a very successful classic in the club last week. It was very well organised by Sheila Brennan and her committee of helpers. The competition was won by the team of Charlie Boland (12), Niall Griffin (18), Trevor Ogilvie (20), Roger Ryan (21) with a score of 94 points.
Second were Noel Power (9), Matt Ruth (13), Michael Moore (13) and Jim Ryan (13) with 91 points. Third also on 91 points were Ed Donohue (15), D. Donohue (17), R. Donohue (8) and P.J. Sullivan (14).
PRESENTAION NIGHT: The next men’s prize presentation will be held on Friday, July 6 (10pm). All outstanding competitions will be presented. Prize winners are requested to attend or have someone attend on their behalf.
INFORMATION NIGHT: A members information night on course development will take place on Thursday, July 5 (8pm). All full adult male and female members and lady associate members are invited to attend.
DEADLINES: The following are the deadlines for completion of the current rounds on club match plays: men singles by July 19, men’s fourball by June 30, men’s foursomes by July 8 and mixed foursomes by July 7.
The players on top of the draw are responsible for arranging the matches. Any matches that go outside the deadline will be tossed for unless permission for an extension has been received from competition secretary Ollie Cullen.
The entry sheet for the men’s Scratch matchplay is now posted on the men’s notice board.
MEN’S INTER-CLUB: The South Leinster team which is managed by Pat Coonan and Charlie Phelan defeated Bunclody 3-2 on Sunday. At home Joe O’Neill and Tommy Thompson won their matches. The vital away win was achieved in Bunclody by Jason Barry.
Jason was two down with five to play but won four holes in-a-row to close out his match on the 17th. The other two players in Bunclody were Michael Butler and Seamus O’Neill. Kilkenny play Birr in the semi-final, with three matches in Kilkenny and two in Birr.
The Barton Cup, team managed by P.J. Martin and Brendan Hogan, will play Waterford for a place in the quarter-finals on today (Wednesday) at 5pm. The two matches in Kilkenny will feature Brendan Hogan (4) and Harry Duggan (10) and Ronan Kelleher (4) and Mark Power (10). The three away pairings are Richard Duggan (1) and Kevin Power (13), Jason Lawlor (7) and Ciaran Colfer (9) and Conor Boland (6) and Emmet Boland (8).
ADOPT A GREEN: All members who adopted greens are requested to make a special effort to get out to the green they have adopted some evening each week. Divoting of fairways is fairly well up to date. The club will not have a Monday night session for another couple of weeks.
A special thanks to three of juvenile members, Jay Leahy, Brian Crowdle and Shane Mahony (otherwise known as the Buggy Boys) for helping out with divoting of fairways last week.
RESULTS: June monthly medal, Saturday, June 23 and 24, CSS (Saturday 72, Sunday 70) 1 Kevin Browne (8) 63 net; 2 Michael Keenan (9) 67 net (B9); 3 James Young (10) 67 net (B9); best Gross, Brian Crowdle (5) 77 gross; 5 Laim Cody (13) 67 net (B9); 6 Charlie Boland (12) 67 net.
Junior: Kevin Power (12) 71 net.
The presentation of prizes is on Friday, July 6 (10pm).
Two’s Club June monthly medal - Billy Burke at 6th, Stephen Sheenan, Kevin Browne, Michael Keenan, Terry Mannion at 10th, James Walsh, Liam Cody, Tommy Barry, Mark Power at 15th, Pat Butler Jnr, Colin Corbett, Peter Ryan at 17th.
Each two is worth €27.83 and is credited in the Pro shop.
LADIES NEWS: Results ladies 18 hole Open Scotch foursomes June 19, sponsored by Mint Beauty salon, 1 Lourda Everard (24), Margaret Hogan (25) 40pts; 2 Phyl Doyle (12), Ann Marie McEvoy (18) 38pts (B9); 3 Bridie McGarry (9), Dervilla O’Byrne (25) 38pts; 4 Gretta Kelly (28), Catherine Leahy (25) 37pts (B6); 5 Annette Stapleton (21), Josephine Leahy (13) 37pts
The next ladies prize giving will be on Tuesday (10pm).
Fixtures - Sunday, President Michael O’Reilly’s prize to the ladies; Tuesday, July 3 8.20 to 10.20, 12.20 to 2.20 and 4 to 6pm ladies 18 hole ABC stroke.
The Finn Trophy team will take on Blainroe in Kilkenny today (Wednesday) at 2pm.
SENIOR MEN: Results Thursday June 21, 1 Jack Troy (16), Martin Treacy (21), Pat Kelleher (26) 57pts; 2 Eddie Guilfoyle (13), Paddy Raggett (15), Tom Reade (24) 56pts; 3 Con O’Sullivan (14), Paddy Gubbins (16), Michael O’Neill (22) 52pts; 4 Pat Foley (11), Pat O’Briain (16), Jimmy Rhatigan (18) 52pts; 5 Rodger Curran (13), Michael O’Reilly (19), Tim O’Mahony (31) 52pts; 6 Noel Skehan (13), Jack Nolan (22), Terry Morris (20) 48pts; 7 Matt Ruth (13), Michael Doran (15), Jim Treacy (21) 46pts; 8 Billy Burke (11), Pat O’Shea (18), Eamon Molloy (25) 42pts.
Competition on Thursday 11 to 1pm.
SOCIAL GOLF: No social golf on Friday evening due to James Stephens classic.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE: Results junior/juvenile competition June 18, boys full handicap, 1 Jack Condron (14) 40pts.
Boys junior handicap, 1 Kyle Lanigan (24) 42pts; 2 Conor O’Mahony (26) 41pts; 3 Geoffrey O’Connor (26) 38 pts.
Girls - Sara Browne (19) 40pts.
The boys umder-15 team had their last two group matches last week. On Monday they played Carlow at home. Despite conceding a lot of shots emerged as winners by 3 matches to 2.
On Tuesday they travelled to Coollattin knowing they had to win to be in with a chance to win the group. They rose to the challenge and again emerged winners by 3 matches to 2 to win the group stage.
The panel of Jack Condron, Brian Crowdle, Harry Duggan, Jay Leahy, Shane Mahony, Kevin Power and Mark Power now progress to the knock-out stages.
There will no junior/juvenile competition on Monday due to the club hosting the district final of the ladies Australian Spoons.
Juvenile coaching continues on Saturday, under-12s’, 10 to 11am and vver 12s’ 11 to 12 noon.
Results St Luke’s Classic, June 20, 1 Charlie Boland (12), Niall Griffin (18), Trevor Ogilvy (20), Roger Ryan (21) 94pts; 2 Noel Power (9), Matt Ruth (13), Mick Moore (13), Jim Ryan (13) 91pts (B9); 3 Ed Donohue (15), D. Donohue (17), R. Donohue (8), P.J. Sullivan (14) 91pts; 4 Anthony Phelan’s team 89pts; 5 Henry Burke’s team 89pts; 6 Toss Farrell’s team 89pts; 7 Team Duggan Steel 89pts; 8 Team Dicksboro 89pts; 9 Team Ormonde Veterinary 89pts; 10 Team Modern Printers 89pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 3pm ladies inter-club Finn Trophy v Blainroe, 5 to 5.20pm men’s inter-club, Barton Cup v Waterford; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time, 3 to 6pm James Stephens Classic; Friday, 8am to 6pm James Stephens Classic; Saturday, 7.30 to 9.30am members, 10 to 12.45pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 6.15pm men’s singles competition; Sunday, 8.30am to 5.45pm President Michael O’Reilly’s prize to ladies; Monday, 9am to 12.30pm ladies Australian Spoons district final, 1 to 2pm members time; Tuesday, 8.20 to 10.20am, 12.20 to 2.20pm and 4 to 6pm ladies 18 ABC Stroke.