With weather more in keeping with the Algarve or the Lisbon coast, New Ross seniors club welcomed 34 colleagues from Carrick-on-Suir on their annual visit last week. It was shirt sleeve weather and the huge field of 25 teams thoroughly enjoyed the round of golf.
Great credit goes to top class stewards, Kevin Treacy, Johnny Watson, Willie Byrne, George Peters and Tom O’Shea for getting such a huge number out in double quick time which is the hallmark of how the seniors function as a unit every week. The old song says “Do what you do, do well boy” and that is way club does things.
John Geraghty, on behalf of the travelling contingent, made reference to the smooth and efficient way New Ross organise things. He said it was a pleasure to come to New Ross, to be so warmly greeted and well looked after into the bargain.
They were delighted to find the course in such terrific condition for their annual visit and looked forward to welcoming New Ross on the return visit to Carrick in July.
With winter rules (placing on fairway and rough) finished it was a whole new experience once again playing the ball as it lies. Scores were hard to come by as well because the greens drying out after early morning frost became lightning fast leading to many a missed putt.
The usual target of 90 points was not reached, but the winning team made a valiant effort in trying to reach it.
The mixed team of Sean Murphy (15), William Stuart (17), Carrick-on-Suir, Ron Goodwin (20) and Jim ‘Dublin’ Ryan (20) won with 89 points. Beaten on a count back into second place on the same score were John Kennedy (15), Godfrey Hill (18), Mick Wade (20) and Martin Burke (25).
Third were Harry Rheinhart (15), John Fitzpatrick (18), George Peters (23) and Mick Martin (32) with 87 points. A mixed team comprised of William Power (15), Carrick-on-Suir, Willie Whitty (17), Tom Kiely (19), Carrick-on-Suir and John Joe Murray (19) filled fourth position on the same number of points.
It was the same story with the fifth placed prize winners as Ralph Ponce De Leon (11), Carrick-on-Suir, Dan Quigley (17), Sean Ryan (21) and Martin Walsh (23), Carrickk-on-Suir also shot 87 points. Interestingly thee was a native of Peru, the above mentioned Ralph Ponce De Leon, featuring prominently.
The Peruvian was hugely impressed with the mighty tee shots of Dan Quigley and was quick to tell his fellow Carrick men about them.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Brian Dolan (2nd hole), Michael O’Sullivan, Carrick (9th hole), Johnny Watson (11th hole) and Dan Quigley (14th hole).
Manning the draw board for April are Richie Byrne, Robert O’Dwyer, Paul Laffan and John Joe Murray, who will make the draw for teams at 10.40am each Thursday.
The sympathy of all the seniors was extended to the Mernagh family, New Ross on the recent death of Jack, who was a much loved and valued member of the group for years. Best wishes go to Colin Casey who is recovering well after the recent operation on his knee.