The following are the notes from Kilkenny golf club this week:
The Christmas mixed competition, sponsored by James Walsh Toyota, was a big success at Kilkenny GC on Sunday.
Winners with a great score of 69pts were Jim White (9), Breda Roche (15), Michael Egan (17) and Gabriel Maher (18). The runners up were the current Captains and Presidents of the club (who will be in situ until this week’s annual meetings) Luke Kelly (5) and Sheila Brennan (24) with Toni Hayes (21) and Tom Gunning (15) on 64pts.
In third place were Ollie Cullen (11), Margaret McCreery (14), Joan O’Sullivan (30) and Dave Culliton (20) on 64pts. Fourth place went to Aidan Phelan (9), Amy Keating (20). John Geoghegan (17) and Paddy Murray (14), who also finished on 64pts.
There were 33 teams out, with every side getting a prize after golf. The scores varied from a high 69pts to a low of 53pts. Two teams recorded 53 points - both also had a Laois man on their team!
There was one three person team due to a no show. They were flying until they came to the 16th when two of team, Rob O’Shea and Peter Ryan, visited the out of bounds on the right of the 16th fairway and they only gained one point from the hole.
Even though it was social golf the committee checking the cards was very strict, with three teams disqualified. One team were missing a handicap on the card while the other two had incorrect scores.
It was good also to see Margaret O’Shea back in competitive action and new member Oliver Duggan also participating in his first club competition.
The day went like clockwork, with great credit due to the social committee and others who made the draw on Saturday evening, took the entries on Sunday morning and checked the cards - a great feat for an event which had a field of 132 people playing.
CROSSCARD - Saturday’s crosscard was a four person team event. The winners were Jack Troy (16), Alan Snype (20), David McMahon (8) and Seamus Rochford (12) with a score of 72pts.
The winners had a total of five birdies on the card. Jack Troy recorded one on the fourth, Alan Snype on the 10th and David McMahon on the 13th. The man in hot form at the moment, Seamus Rochford, had birdies on the sixth and 12th. The quartet had 43pts for the last seven holes, a run which included two seven-pointers.
Runners-up, two points behind on 70, were Denis Brophy (7), Billy Burke (8), Shem Lawlor (22) and Tony O’Reilly (22). Denis, Shem and Tony recorded birdies. In third place on 68pts were Ben McGarry (14), Mick O’Flynn (15) and John Bracken (17). They scored 64pts, with four added to their score as they were only a three man team. Fourth and final place went to John Quane (16), Paddy Smee (15), John Greene (16) and Pat Hickey (11) on 65pts.
Sixty-seven men turned up at 1pm for the crosscard. The competition’s popularity is partly due to the fact that the organising committee have implemented a system where everyone must sign in at least 15 minutes before tee-off. This move, which has been working very well, gives the committee time to fine-tune everything and, as a result, have the competition running like clockwork.
LADIES - Last week’s Ladies competition was a nine-hole ABC stroke event. Winner of Class A was Phyl Doyle (13) on 34.5 nett with Bridie McGarry (9) the runner-up on 35.5 nett (34.5 + 1).
Class B was won by Mary Prendergast (24) on 36 nett with Pat Walsh (22) runner up on 37 nett. In Class C the winner was Joan O’Sullivan (30) on 35 nett with Rosemary Keogh (30) second on 39 nett (37+2). Second overall went to Dervilla O’Byrne (16) on 37 nett while Ann Greaney (18) was third overall on 37.5 nett.
The ladies had their Christmas party in the club on Friday night, with more than 100 ladies enjoying the festivities. The ladies also presented the prizes for all their Christmas fare competitions which were played over the last few weeks.
QUIZ - The table quiz, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until the New Year.
INFORMATION - One hundred members attended the information meeting last week. The meeting was very informative, with many members voicing their opinions and views on the future path for the club. As a result of the meeting the Joint Committee will bring forward some motions for discussion at their annual meeting, which will be held on Thursday, January 9.
MEETING - The Ladies section of the club will hold their annual meeting this evening (Wednesday) at 8pm.
PRESENTATION - The presentation of Men’s Hampers and other outstanding competitions will be held on Saturday at 5.30pm after the crosscard competition.
MEMBERSHIP - There are vacancies in the ladies and men’s sections of the club. Further information from Sean or Aoife, tel 056-7765400.
COURSE - The Winter programme for the course has commenced with the replacing of some of the trees on the left of the first fairway and the planting of Whitethorn on the right of the 11th fairway. The programme, under the stewardship of Billy Burke and green keeper Sean Dowling, includes the construction of a number of new bunkers on the fourth, fifth, 14th and 16th holes and the modification of bunkers already in place. The restructuring of the flower bed on the second tee has also been planned, along with improvements to the ladies tee boxes on the second and 17th tees. Further improvements include the removal of some dead trees on the course and pruning of some trees, including the trees protruding in front of the ladies 13th tee box, and the replacement of the fence at the putting green. SNOOKER - The second round of the snooker doubles is due to be completed by Friday.
BRIDGE - Bridge lessons continue on Monday at 7.45pm in the club. This will be the last session before the New Year.
LADIES - The Ladies Senior Alliance had their outing in the club on Monday, with 70 golfers competing.
The Ladies will have competition slots on Saturdays as well as Sundays going forward. The Saturday slots are bookable online and open to all categories of membership, including juniors and juveniles, who hold a full adult handicap.
Yoga continues every Wednesday at 10.30am.
SENIORS - The Senior Ladies will have their Christmas lunch tomorrow (Thursday) at 1.30pm after their golf competition.
The Seniors’ Christmas party dinner will be held on Thursday, December 19 at 5pm. All senior members are invited.
Seniors not playing golf on the 19th, but attending the dinner, should contact Martin Murphy, tel 086-2363300.
RESULTS - Results, James Walsh Toyota Christmas mixed competition, December 8: 1 Jim White (9), Breda Roche (15), Michael Egan (17), Gabriel Maher (18), 69pts; 2 Luke Kelly (5), Sheila Brennan (24), Toni Hayes (21), Tom Gunning (15), 64pts; 3 Ollie Cullen (11), Margaret McCreery (14), Joan O’Sullivan (30), Dave Culliton (20), 64pts; 4 Aidan Phelan (9), Amy Keating (20), John Geoghegan (17), Paddy Murray (14), 64pts; 5 Pat O’Hanlon (13), Jo Lawlor (12), John Lawlor (16), Tadhg Donoghue (17), 62pts; 6 Tony McCarthy (12), Catherine Leahy (13), Matt Ruth (15), Maurice Ryan (21), 62pts; 7 Anthony Cleere (5), Sandra Barrett (20), John Bracken (17), Stephen Bennett (19), 62pts; 8 Billy Bolster (11), Geraldine O’Connor (24), Margaret O’Shea (28), John Quane (16), 62pts; 9 Owen Phelan (9), Joan Norris (22), Jack Troy (16), Brian Keane (22), 62pts.
Results, men’s Saturday crosscard, December 7: 1 Jack Troy (16), Alan Snype (20), David McMahon (8), Seamus Rochford (12), 72pts; 2 Denis Brophy (7), Billy Burke (8), Shem Lawlor (22), Tony O’Reilly (22), 70pts; 3 Ben McGarry (14), Mick O’Flynn (15), John Bracken (17), 68pts; 4 John Quane (16), Paddy Smee (13), John Greene (16), Pat Hickey (11), 65pts.
Results, senior ladies competition, December 5: 1 Edith Ogilvie, Breda Kavanagh, Phil O’Carroll, 34pts (B6); 2 Sheila Brennan, Joan O’Sullivan, Maureen McDonald, 34pts; 3 Pat Walsh, Greta Nicholson, Teresa Brandon, Mary Shields, 43pts.
Results, senior men’s competition, December 5: 1 John O’Leary (18), Jim Meredith (19), Nicky Lawlor (21), Gerry Bowe (23), 61pts (B6); 2 Noel Skehan (15), Dick Cogan (21), Reay Brandon (21), Dave Schofield (27), 61pts; 3 Con O’Sullivan (15), Shem Lawlor (22), Paddy Byrne (21), Eamon Molloy (26), 60pts; 4 Pat O’Briain (16), Jimmy Rhatigan (19), Michael O’Neill (23), Martin Kelly (26), 58pts; 5 Richie McEvoy (16), Kevin Donohue (19), Joe Nolan (22), Tom Reade (24), 58pts; 6 Eddie Guilfoyle (14), Martin Murphy (16), Frank Dalton (22), Eddie Geraghty (22), 55pts; 7 Jim Ryan (14), Peter Dabinet (19), Donie Butler (21), Paddy Halley (25), 54pts.
Results, ladies nine-hole ABC stroke Christmas fare, December 1/3: Class A - 1 Phyl Doyle (13), 34.5 nett; 2 Bridie McGarry (9), 35.5 nett (34.5 + 1). Class B - 1 Mary Prendergast (24), 36 nett; 2 Pat Walsh (22), 37 nett. Class C - 1 Joan O’Sullivan (30), 35 nett; 2 Rosemary Keogh (30), 39 nett (37+2). Second overall: Dervilla O’Byrne (16), 37 nett; 3 Ann Greaney (18), 37.5 nett.
DIARY - Wednesday: Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Thursday: Senior Ladies, 10 to 11am. Senior Men, 11am to 1pm. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Friday: HSE Outing, 9.30 to 11am. Ramblers & Gamblers, 11.15am to 12.15pm. Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm.
Saturday: U-18 Members’ League, 8.25 to 8.40am. Members’ Time, 8.45 to 10am. Nore Bar Outing, 10 to 11.30am. Men’s Crosscard, 1pm. Ladies nine-hole competition, 1.45 to 2.15pm. Sunday: Men’s three-person team event, 8.30am to 1.30pm. Ladies nine-hole competition (bookable online), 10.30 to 11am. Ladies competition draw, 1.45pm.
Monday: Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm. Tuesday: Ladies nine-hole competition, 8.30 to 10.20am, 12.20 to 2.20pm.
Wednesday, December 18: Members’ Time, 1 to 2pm.