Browne blasts to victory in President’s prize

OVER 260 players participated in President Joe Nolan’s prize on Saturday and Sunday. Charlie Browne (14) blasted around in just five over par to return 45 points. He won by four from Willie Leahy (12).

OVER 260 players participated in President Joe Nolan’s prize on Saturday and Sunday. Charlie Browne (14) blasted around in just five over par to return 45 points. He won by four from Willie Leahy (12).

Charlie covered the front nine in 39 strokes and the back nine in 37. He said he hadn’t been playing well of late but everything obviously fell into place on the day. A number of players, including Aidan Phelan (11), Ger Murphy (19), Joe Hayes (20), Richie Manogue (9) and Billy Burke (10) returned 40 points. The gross was won by Richard Walsh (1) with 36 gross points.

The senior men’s Open singles was won by local Carl Widger (11) with 41 points. Carl turned with 21 points and added 20 on the back nine. He had three points to spare from five players on 38 points.

The best of these was another local Gerry Stewart (10). Gerry was bemoaning the fact last week that his handicap had gone out from singles figures for the first time in something like 40 years but his score was one better than standard scratch so he returned to 9.3 and single figures.

The other 38 points were returned by Kevin Hennessy (16), Willie Leahy (13), Michael Kelly (12), Carrick On Suir and Owen Phelan (12). The Gross was won by Eamon Coughlan (5), Moate with 30 gross points.

Catherine O’Neill (25) continued her recent good form when winning the Mary Cody trophy with 41 points. She had one point to spare from Anita Fitzgerald (21).

The senior men’s competition was won by Michael O’Reilly (18), Paddy Witherow (17), Michael Barry (24), Pat Kelleher (24) with 62 points. Competition secretary Michael O’Reilly was very prominent on the card with five pars and a birdie to contribute six three pointers.

The senior men will play for Captain Michael Mahony’s prize today (Wednesday) over 18 holes.

The senior ladies competition was won by Eileen Reynolds, Ann Gubbins, Lila Byrne and Barbara Schofield with 35 points.

Members were shocked to hear that fellow member Sean Kelly had passed away suddenly on Saturday morning. Sean (51) was in his prime and a very popular member. He took his game very seriously and spent long hours on the practice fairway as well as on the course.

Sean was playing off 9 handicap. He was a member of the current Provincial Towns Cup panel that reached the final against Moate on Sunday, August 7 and 21. The club extends sympathy to his wife Fran and three daughters.

Former member and Lady Captain in 1984, Anne Skelly also passed away last week. Again sympathy goes to her family.

MIXED SOCIAL GOLF - Results July 22, 1 Ollie Cullen (9), Pat Walsh (12), Mercy Gaffney (19) 61pts; 2 John Bracken (16), Barbara Teehan (27), Toni Hayes (18) 56pts; 3 Willie Murphy (18), Paddy Smee (14), Mary Browne (22) 53pts; 4 Maurice Ryan (20), Ken Kinsella (11), Josie McPhilips (36) 51pts.

COMPETITION DATES - The next round of match play competitions are due for completion by the following dates: men’s club singles by Tuesday, August 23; men’s foursomes quarter-finals were due for completion by July 23 but four matches are still outstanding. Those involved are requested to complete as soon as possible or the

matches will be decided by toss of a coin.

The Bar Cup first round is due for completion by August 6 and Scratch matchplay by August 1.

MEN’S RESULTS - President Joe Nolan’s prize, Saturday and Sunday CSS 70, 1 Charlie Browne (14) 45pts; 2 Willie Leahy (12) 41pts; 3 Aidan Phelan (11) 40pts (B9); best Gross, Richard Walsh (1) 36 gross pts; 5 Ger Murphy (19) 40pts (B9); 6 Joe Hayes (20) 40pts (B9); 7 Richie Manogue (9) 40pts (B9); 8 Billy Burke (10) 40pts; 9 Seamus McGuire (11) 39pts.

Best over 70’s Gerry Stewart (9) 36pts; best junior/juvenile Shane Mahony (18) 40pts.

Seniors men’s Open, July 20 CSS 70, 1 Carl Widger (11) 41pts; 2 Gerry Stewart (10) 38pts (B9); 3 Kevin Hennessy (16) 38pts (B9); Gross, Eamon Coughlan (5) 30 gross points; 5 Willie Leahy (13) 38pts (B9); 6 Michael Kelly, Carrick-on-Suir (12) 38pts (B9); 7 Owen Phelan (12) 38pts.

Two’s Club, July 20, Carl Widger at 10th, Johnny Madden at 15th, Gerry Stewart and Peter Ryan at 17th. Each will have €41 credited in the Pro shop.

LADIES NEWS - July 19, 18 hole Stableford Mary Cody Trophy CSS 73, sponsor Anita Foley, 1 Catherine O’Neill (25) 41pts; 2 Anita Fitzgerald (21) 40pts; 3 Aoife Lyons (19) 39pts (B9).

Fixtures - Thursday Ladies Lancome Day (bookable online); Tuesday, August 2, ladies 18 hole ABC stroke Mount Juliet Trophy.

The ladies Junior Cup team beat Wexford 3-2 in New Ross on Saturday. Mags Cuddihy and Rebecca Mulholland lost 2 and 1 in the top two matches. Phyl Doyle, playing in the last match, had a very good win on the 13th finishing with a birdie.

Mary Norton, who was 4th out, also had a comfortable win on the 15th. In the third match Evelyn Crotty was 5 up with six to play but her opponent fought back to be only 1 down on the 18th. Evelyn held her nerve and had a good par on the 18th to win the match 2up to secure the win. Kilkenny are through to the final. They play either Edenderry or Athy in Roscrea on September 4.

The Finn Trophy team lost by 4 games to 1 against Enniscorthy in the first leg of the semi-final in Enniscorthy on Sunday. The standard of golf was very good. Two of the matches went to the 20th hole.

Bridie McGarry (7) and Joan Cody (14) lost on the 20th as did Mags Cuddihy (8) and Liz Cleere (18). Niamh Kelly (12) and Paula Bradbury (16) lost on the 16th and Phyl Doyle (12) and Ann Widger (20) lost on the 15th.

Mary Leahy Browne (4) and Niamh Spratt (14) won on the 17th. The return leg will be played in Kilkenny on August 4. The ladies face an uphill task in the second leg, requiring at least four wins to force a play-off.

SENIOR MEN - Note change in men’s senior competition dates, today (Wednesday) instead of Thursday, July 28 due to Ladies Lancome Day.

Results July 21, 1 Michael O’Reilly (18), Paddy Witherow (17), Michael Barry (24), Pat Kelleher (24) 62 pts; 2 Martin Murphy (14), Jack Nolan (20), Peter McQuillan (22), Michael Cody (21) 59 pts; 3 Richie McEvoy (15), Christy Rainey (22), Finbar Coughlan (21), John Burke (22) 58pts (B6); 4 Frank Dalton (19), Martin Cody (20), Paddy Halley (20), Eamon Brennan (28) 58pts; 5 Andy McEneaney (14), Eddie Geraghty (20), Joe O’Driscoll (26), Sean Breathnach (22) 56pts.

Senior ladies resultrs, July 21, 1 Eileen Reynolds, Ann Gubbins, Lila Byrne, Barbara Schofield 35pts (37-2); 2 Hilda Richardson, Breda Kavanagh, Stephanie Gubbins 35pts; 3 Edith Ogilvie, Aileen Hehir, Paula Kavanagh 32pts.

Competition this week will be 9 holes today (Wednesday) at 10am.

PRIMARY/JUNIOR/JUVENILE - Boys winner, Cormac Buggy (25) 48pts; boys (full handicap) 1 Robbie Murphy (18) 42pts; 2 Robbie Slater (17) 39pts; 3 Danny Fleming (18) 37pts (back 3); boys (junior handicap) 1 Matthew Russell (25) 43pts; 2 Cian Butler (26) 41pts (back 9); 3 Shane O’Brien (26) 41pts; girls winner, Sonia Buggy (34) 39pts; 2 Sara Browne (26) 36pts; 3 Ciara McCormack (45) 34pts.

There will a junior/juvenile Open Day on Monday, August 8 and also a junior/juvenile Pro Am on Monday, August 15. The Junior Committee intend entering two teams in the Pro Am from the winners of juvenile competitions over the next few weeks.

Those intending to play in the junior/juvenile Open Day should give their names to a member of the Junior Committee. Full details are on the junior/juvenile board or from any member of the committee.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday), 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, 8.30 to 5.40pm Ladies Lancome Day, 1 to 2pm members time; Friday, 1 to 2pm members, social mixed golf, sign in at 6pm for shotgun start at 6.15pm; Saturday, 7.30 to 9.30pm members time, 10.15 to 11.30am visitors, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 5.30pm July Monthly Medal; Sunday, 7.30 to 5.30pm July Monthly Medal; Monday, 9 to 5.15pm Open two person Scotch foursomes; Tuesday, ladies 18 hole Mount Juliet Trophy, 8.20 to10.20am, 12.20 to 2.20pm, 4.20 to 5.45pm, lady beginners 5.45 to 6pm; Wednesday, August 3, 8.30 to 5.40pm ladies and gents Open singles.