Open Week at Kilkenny golf club kicked off on Saturday in glorious sunshine. With a steady breeze all day scoring was difficult. The winning team with a score of 93 points was Sean Boland (10), Sean Dowling (12), Nigel Skehan (13) and Tommy O’Connell (15).
They had steady halves of 46 and 47 with all four playing their part. The only poor holes on the card were the 5th and 6th where they recorded three pointers. They had four birdies with Sean Boland on the 4th, 10th and 18th and Sean Dowling birding the 14th.
Second on 92 points were Valerie Graham (25), Pat Graham (22), Castlecomer, Seamus Cuddihy (14), Callan and E. Cuddihy (20), Callan. Third were a team from Abbeyleix, F. Brennan, P. Murphy, S. Kavanagh and B. Loughman with the best of the 91s’. Sunday’s men’s stableford, sponsored by Richard Duggan menswear, was won by Robert Shortall (12) with a great score of 65. Robert was out in 38 strokes and back in 39 for a 77 gross. He got off to a shaky start with a bogey on the first and a double on the second. He repaired the damage with birdies on the 5th, 7th and 12th.
Robert had two shots to spare from Morgan Walshe (17), who shot 67. Morgan is one the young up and coming golfers in the club. A feature of Sunday’s competition was the number of juvenile members who featured in the prizes with Kevin Power, Mark Power, Shane Mahony and Jeff Kealy also showing.
The gross was won by Eddie Power with 70 gross.
The three person team event on Monday was won by Pat Drennan (15), Stephen Drennan (9) and Tom Browne (18) with 89 points. They had two to spare over Anthony Cleere (5), Kevin Cleere (13), Mountain View and Tommy Coyne (17), Mountain View. Third on 85 points were Derek Shelley (9), Paddy Raggett (13) and Lou Wall (11).
The team of Eithne Murphy (15), Helen Murphy (17) and Kathleen Gaffney (21) finished outside the prizes on 82 points but they took nine points off the 17th hole. Helen had a hole in one for 5 points. Kathleen had a birdie two for four points.
Big numbers played over the weekend and if the weather continues there should have good numbers throughout the week up to the bank holiday Monday.
The ladies v par competition last Tuesday was won by Mary Leahy Bronwe (4) with 1 up. Mary had seven wins and six losses on the card for her 1 up. Mary was 1 up on the back nine. She won from Rose O’Neill (28), who also returned 1 up but was only all square for the back nine.
The Gross was won by Bridie McGarry. It was nice to see honorary member, Rita McGoldrick, in action. She was visiting with her mother, Phyl Walsh. She featured in the prizes.
The senior men’s competition last week was won by Noel Skehan (12), Michael O’Reilly (19), David Schofield (27), Phil Lenehan (27) with 66 points. They had two to spare over Pat Walshe (11), Michael Cody (19), Peter McQuillan (24) and Austin Kiely (23) in second place on 64 points.
On the winning team, Noel Skehan recorded a birdie on the third and David Schofield on the 6th. On the runners-up team, Pat Walshe recorded three birdies on the 6th, 8th and 11th.
The senior ladies competition on Thursday was won by Edith Ogilvie, Joan Mannion and Helen Dwan with 45 points. Second on 40 points were Eileen Reynolds, Breda Kavanagh and Mary Feighery.
There will be no senior ladies competition on Thursday because of Open Week. Senior ladies take note that the senior mixed with the senior men will be played on Thursday, June 14.
PRIZE PRESENTATIONS: Prizes for the following will be presented today (Wednesday) at 10pm - Open Week three person team event, Monday, May 28; Open Week men’s seniors competition Tuesday, May 29; Open Week three person team event Wednesday, May 30.
The remainder of Open Week competitions from Friday will be presented on Monday, June 4 at 10pm. The ladies competitions on the Tuesday and Thursday will presented on the day at 10pm. The deadlines for completion of the current rounds on club match plays are - men’s singles by June 25, men’s fourball by June 9, men’s foursomes by June 15 and mixed foursomes by June 16. The players on top of the draw are responsible for arranging the matches. MEN’S INTER-CLUB: The Junior Cup team qualified from the Strokeplay qualifier on Saturday in Newbridge. Luke Kelly shot 78, Brian Crowdle 79, Conor Boland 80, Anthony Cleere 82 and Mark Shortall 84. Their best four scores of 319 was good enough to qualify in the top four.
They met Carlow in the semi-final match play on Sunday morning. This was a tight affair. Brian Crowdle won on the 13th. Brendan Power won 2 up on the 18th. Cormac Hickey and Conor Boland were defeated. This left it down to the last match involving Anthony Cleere. Anthony was beaten on the 20th.
The panel, under the stewardship of Michael Grant and Tom Hickey, had put a lot of hard work and practice into preparations and were unlucky to be beaten.
The South Leinster team beat Castlecomer on Saturday. Joe O’Neill won at home. Victories in Castlecomer were achieved by James Walsh and Michael Butler. The other two matches were close also, with Cathal O’Neill losing on the 17th away and Ger Dowling losing on the 20th at home.
The team will have an away draw to the winners of Bunclody and Wicklow in the quarter-final before June 28.
The Barton Cup team will take on Courtown on Monday (3pm) with two matches in Kilkenny and three in Courtown. The pairings at home are Denis Brophy and Ciaran Colfer, Ronan Kelleher and Mark Power, away in Courtown Richard Duggan and Kevin Power, Brendan Hogan and Harry Duggan and Conor Boland and Emmet Boland. WARM UP CLASSES: Eoin Gibbons, in association with physio Neville Coen, will host an evening class of warm up exercises for players before they commence their round of golf in the club tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 7pm. The fee is €10. Contact Eoin Gibbons at 085 1174659 if you wish to attend.
ADOPT A GREEN: Special thanks were extended to the members who took part in the divot and pitch mark repairs over the last few weeks. Great work was done in preparation for the Scratch Cup.
The club will give the divoting on Monday nights a break for a couple of weeks but would request members to keep up the good work with the pitch marks on the greens.
OPEN WEEK RESULTS: Open four person team event, Saturday, 1 Sean Boland (10), Sean Dowling (12), Nigel Skehan (13), Tommy O’Connell (15) 93pts; 2 Valerie Graham (25), Pat Graham (22), Castlecomer, Seamus Cuddihy (14), Callan, E. Cuddihy (20), Callan 92pts; 3 F. Brennan (8), P. Murphy (17), S. Kavanagh (16), B. Loughman (14), all Abbeyleix 91pts ( B9); 4 Paddy Byrne (21), Alan Snype (19), Ollie Cullen (9), Jim Meredith (18) 91pts; 5 Willie Murphy (13), L. Brennan (14), Carlow, M. Foley (17), Callan, Kevin O’Driscoll (13), Callan 90pts.
Two’s Club - Michael Power at 5th and 17th, Jason Barry, Ollie Cullen, Yvonne Dore, Noel Power, Pat Walsh, Theresa Manning, Castlecomer at 6th, Sean Boland, Tom Browne at 10th, Niall Griffin, Margaret Hogan, Eoin O’Neill at 17th.
Each two is worth €20.50 and is credited in the Pro shop.
Open Week gents singles stroke CSS 71, visitors 72, sponsored by Richard Duggan menswear, 1 Robert Shortall (12) 65net; 2 Morgan Walshe (17) 67net; 3 Kevin Power (12) 68net (B9); Gross, Eddie Power (Scr) 70 Gross; 5 Mark Power (10) 68net; 6 Aidan Brennan (12) 69 net (B9); 7 Colin Corbett (7) 69net (B9); 8 Jeff Kealy (19) 69net (B9); 9 Richard Lawrence (4) 69net (B6); 10 Shane Mahony (14) 69net.
Two’s Club - Michael Buggy at 6th and 10th, Steve Cronly Carlow, Kevin Leavey Edmonstowm, J Foster Mountain View at 6th, Ned Nolan, Brian O’Neill Mountain View, Ciaran Colfer, Paul Brennan at 10th, Liam Barrett, Joe Teehan at 15th, Kevin Power, Richard Lawrence, Martin Ryan at 17th.
Each two is worth €23.00 and is credited in the Pro shop.
Open Week three person team event, Monday, 1 Pat Drennan (15), Stephen Drennan (9), Tom Browne (18) 89pts; 2 Anthony Cleere (5), Kevin Cleere (13), Mountain View, Tommy Coyne (17), Mountain View 87pts; 3 Derek Shelley (9), Paddy Raggett (15), Lou Wall (11) 85pts; 4 Nigel Skehan (13), David Butler (9), Waterford Castle, Brian Skehan (15), Slieve na Mban 83pts (B9); 5 David McCormack (13), John Quane (21), Teresa O’Neill (25) 83pts (B9); 6 Brendan Graham (22), Nick Cashin (15), Jim Kelly (21) 83pts.
LADIES NEWS: Results ladies 18 hole v par May 22, CSS 73, 1 Mary Leahy Browne (4) 1 up (B9); 2 Rose O’Neill (28) 1 up; best Gross, Bridie McGarry (9) 9 down; 3 Joan O’Sullivan (29) 1 down (B9); 4 Sheila Brennan (22) 1 down (B9); 5 Rita McGoldrick (11) 1 down; 6 Stella Coughlan (22) 1 down (B9).
Fixtures - Thursday, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week singles Stableford; Tuesday, June 5, 8.20 to 10.20, 12.20 to 2.20 and 4 to 6pm ladies ABC Stroke. Slots also available on Sunday 10.30 to 11am. Bookable Online
The Bone Trophy team were beaten by Callan on Sunday. The Finn Trophy team play Cill Dara on Sunday and with all five matches in Kilkenny they will be fancied to progress.
SENIOR MEN: Results May 24, 13 hole three person team event, 1 Noel Skehan (12), Michael O’Reilly (19), David Schofield (27), Phil Lenehan (27) 66pts; 2 Pat Walsh (11), Michael Cody (19), Peter McQuillan (24), Austin Kiely (23) 64pts; 3 Billy Burke (10), Nicky Lawlor (21), Jack Nolan (22), Paddy Halley (25) 60pts; 4 Ken Kinsella (13), Jimmy Rhatigan (17), Michael Barry (26), Pat Kelleher (26) 58pts; 5 Paddy Byrne (21), Christy Rainey (21), Finbar Coughlan (21) 58pts (53+5); 6 Jim Ryan (13), Pat O’Shea (18), Joe Nolan (22), Billy Dalton (33) 57pts; 7 Ger Walsh (17), Paddy Gubbins (17), Kevin Donohue (21), Tim O’Mahony (31) 56pts.
There won’t be a competition on Thursday because of Open Week.
SENIOR LADIES: Results May 24, 9 hole team event, 1 Edith Ogilvie, Joan Mannion, Helen Dwan 45pts; 2 Eileen Reynolds, Breda Kavanagh, Mary Feighery 40pts; 3 Maureen McDonald, Elizabeth Tobin, Barbara Schofield 39pts; 4 Toni Hayes, Josie Bolger, Mary Murphy 39pts. No competition on Thursday because of Open Week.
SOCIAL GOLF: Results Sunday, 1 Leo Hennessy (12), Kieran Hoban (9), Frank Morrissey (17) 63pts; 2 Niall Griffin (18), Catherine Griffin (19), Johnny McEvoy (19) 55pts
There will be no social golf on Friday.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE: The under-15 boys played Mount Juliet away. They were unlucky to lose 4-1. Jay Leahy lost 5 and 4, Jack Condren lost 3 and 2, Shane Mahony won 5 and 4. Harry Duggan lost a close game on the 18th. He was one up playing the 16th but giving a shot on the 16th and 18th. His opponent birdied the 17th to level the match and won the 18th with his shot.
Brian Crowdle was level playing the 18th and looked set to win the hole with his opponent 80 yards away in two. However, his opponent proceeded to hole out his third shot for a birdie to win the match. All is not lost as the boys still have to play against Carlow and Coolattin, so hopefully luck will run their way in these matches.
There will be a three person team event played in the club on Wednesday, June 13. The timesheet went live for online booking last week. This event is being held as a fund-raiser for the Juvenile Section of the club.
Great work is ongoing with the Saturday morning coaching sessions. The Juvenile Committee hope this event is supported to help defray some of the costs involved in running this section of the club. The entry fee is €6 for members and €16 for visitors.
The Monday morning juvenile competitions will commence on June 11. Juvenile members will have to book online this year for the Monday competitions. Any Juvenile member who has not received their GUI card should call to the office. You need this card to register for online booking.
Juvenile coaching continues on Saturday, under-12s’ 10 to 11am and over 12s’11 to 12noon. Please be present at the clubhouse 15 minutes before scheduled start time. DIARY: Today (Wednesday), 8 to 6pm Open Week men’s singles; Thursday, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week ladies 18 hole singles Stableford; Friday, 8.30 to 6pm Open Week three person team event; Saturday, 7.30 to 5.50pm Open Week men’s singles Stableford; Sunday 7.30 to 3pm Open Week men’s fourball, 3 to 4pm ladies inter-club Finn Trophy, 4 to 6.30pm Open Week three person team event; Monday, 8.30 to 6pm, Open Week four person team event; Tuesday, June 5, 8.20 to 10am, 20, 12.20 to 2.20pm and 4.20 to 6pm ladies ABC stroke; Wednesday, June 6, 8.30 to 6pm ladies and gents Open singles.