The Kilkenny golf club ladies Senior Cup team went very close to claiming All-Ireland victory in the final at Grange on Saturday. They defeated Roscommon comfortably in the quarter-final on Friday morning with Mary Dowling, Eileen Rose Power, Mary Leahy Browne and Ann Smee recording comfortable victories. Orla Dunphy was called in giving them a 4½ to ½ victory.
In the semi-final they faced The Island, Dublin and again won easy enough with victories recorded by Mary Dowling, Eileen Rose Power and Orla Dunphy for 3½ to 1½ victory. This qualified for them the final on Saturday morning against the formidable Portrush team.
Mary Dowling, who was out first, recorded her third straight win of the weekend by a margin of 3 and 2 to give Kilkenny a flying start. Eileen Rose Power had a hard battle against current international, Lucy Simpson, fighting back from three down with three to play and unluckily losing on the 18th.
Mary Leahy Browne won her match 3 and 2 leaving Kilkenny requiring one of the last two matches for overall victory. Unfortunately it was not to be. Orla Dunphy lost 3 and 2 and Ann Smee, after fighting back from being four down at one stage, lost on the 18th.
This is the 25th time Portrush have won the Ladies Senior Cup. Kilkenny had great support over the two days and with a little bit of luck could have emerged victorious. The team was managed by Liz Cleere and Margaret McCreery.
The men’s Senior Cup team were in action in the Leinster finals in the Hermitage golf club over the weekend. They faced Edenderry in the quarter-final on Saturday morning and won 3½ to 1½. Paul O’Hara, out first, lost on the 18th but victories were secured by Eddie Power, Craig Martin and Richard Duggan with Ray Lonergan called in on the 17th.
In the semi-final they faced Portmarnock. At the half way stage Kilkenny were 6 down and 5 down in two of the matches but were two up in the remaining three. In the first match Craig Martin met a blitz of birdies and was defeated on the 13th. Eddie Power, out third, had a comfortable victory.
Richard Duggan, out fourth, lost and Paul O’Hara lost to John Greene 6 and 5 on the 13th hole at which stage Paul was three under par. This left the match at two all with one match still alive on the course. Everyone headed to the second match involving Richard Walsh.
Richard was two up with four to play but was pulled back to all square on the 16th. Richard found greenside bunkers on the 17th and 18th but holed two great putts for par to bring the match down the 19th. He found sand again on the 19th and just failed to get up and down, leaving his opponent with a six foot putt for the match which he duly slotted home.
Portmarnock were defeated 3-2 by The Castle in the final on Sunday. The team was managed by Aidan McDonald and Gerry Stewart.
A special thanks to the Ladies Senior cup team and the supporters who made their way back from the Grange after their match on Saturday morning to support the team.
LADY PRESIDENT PRIZE: Lady President Joan Mannion’s prize is rescheduled for Sunday. Full details on the Ladies notice board. The ladies will also have a meal on Sunday in the clubhouse at 8.45pm and the presentation of prizes will follow the meal.
The men’s August monthly medal was won Pat McEvoy (13) with 67 net. He edged out Morgan Walshe (12) and Billy Burke (10), who both also returned 67s’. Pat was out in 44 shots but came back in 36 with the help of birdies on the 12th, 15th and 17th.
The gross was won by Brendan Dowling (3) with a 72 gross. The presentation of prizes will be on Saturday, September 8 (9.30pm) in conjunction with club finals night
The ladies competition on Tuesday of last week was an Open three person Rumble sponsored by Club Professional, Jimmy Bolger. Scoring was relatively modest for this type of competition. It probably reflects that the course is playing unusually long after the wet weather.
A similar competition held on the August Bank Holiday weekend was won with 88 points. The winners with 75 points were Dervilla O’Byrne (22), Bridie McGarry (8) and Breda Roche (15). Second on 73 points were Phyl Doyle (12), Ann Widger (21) and Ann Woodcock (25), Callan.
The senior ladies had no competition as only a small number turned up.
The senior men’s competition was won by Mick O’Flynn (14), Jim Treacy (21), Christy Rainey (21) and Finbar Coughlan (21) with 63 points. Finbar was very prominent on the card, recording a birdie and four pars.
The runners-up on 60 points were Ken Kinsella (14), John O’Leary (19), Christy Power (14) and Sean Breathnach (23).
LADIES JUNIOR ALLIANCE: The ladies Junior Alliance will be played on Monday, September 3 form 8.30 to 1pm. Kilkenny ladies are requested to play in the early morning slots. All queries to Kathleen Gaffney (087-2068199).
MEN’S CLUB MATCHPLAY SINGLES: The men’s singles quarter-finals will be on Saturday (2pm). The pairings will be allocated times by competition secretary Ollie Cullen.
All players are requested to comply with the deadlines for all the match play competitions. Any matches that go outside the deadlines will be tossed for unless permission for an extension has been received from competition secretary Ollie Cullen.
ADOPT A GREEN: Members will have another session of divot repairs and pitch mark repairs next Monday night August 27th. Please note there is a divot mix box on each of the par 3’s and we would request that members use this mix to replace divots on these tee boxes. If you are waiting for the green to clear in front of you please exercise the time to replace divots and if you take a divot on your own tee shot make sure you use the divot mix also.
It has come to the attention that someone is pitching balls on to the chipping green at the 9th tee box and leaving pitch marks and damaging the green. The club asked members to report the offender to the office if they witness them doing this.
Reminder also that the practice ground and chipping green is for the use of members only. It has been reported also that some members are bringing non-members in to use these facilities.
MEN’S RESULTS: August monthly medal Saturday and Sunday CSS 70, 1 Pat McEvoy (15) 67 net (B9); 2 Morgan Walshe (12) 67 net (B9); 3 Billy Burke (10) 67 net; best Gross, Brendan Dowling (3) 72 Gross; 5 Richie Manogue (9) 68 net (B9).
Presentation of prizes on Saturday, September 8 (9.30pm).
Two’s Club August monthly medal, Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19 - Jay Leahy at 6th and 10th; Pat McEvoy at 15th and 17th; John Keogh, Kieran Wall, Jack Walsh, Ken Kinsella, Noel Power, Ned Nolan, Martin Tynan, Maurice Ryan at 6th; Pat Walshe at 10th; Brendan Dowling, Richard Manogue at 15th; Mark Shortall, Geoff Meagher, Richard Brennan at 17th.
Each Two is worth €15.11 and is credited in the Pro shop.
LADIES NEWS: Ladies three person Rumble, August 14, sponsored by Jimmy Bolger golf professional, Kilkenny, 1 Dervilla O’Byrne (22), Bridie McGarry (8), Breda Roche (15) 75pts; 2 Phyl Doyle (12), Ann Widger (21), Ann Woodcock (25), Callan 73pts; 3 Kathleen Hogan (22), Mary Norton (11), Mary Moynihan (29) 70pts; 4 Margaret Hogan (25), Dorrie Lenihan (25), Eleanor Moore (32), Callan 68pts; 5 Joan Cody (14), Breda Burke (25), Geraldine O’Connor (24) 64pts.
Ladies fixtures - Sunday, Lady President Joan Mannion’s prize 8.30 to 4.30pm; Tuesday, August 28, ladies Open singles Stableford 8.30 to 1pm and 2 to 4.45pm.
SENIOR MEN: Results August 16, four person team event, 1 Mick O’Flynn (16), Jim Treacy (21), Christy Rainey (21), Finbar Coughlan (21) 63pts; 2 Ken Kinsella (14), John O’Leary (19), Christy Power (14), Sean Breathnach (23) 60pts; 3 Tom Gunning (14), Michael Cody (20), David Schofield (27), Paddy Halley (25) 58pts; 4 Con O’Sullivan (15), Fr Pat Duggan (18), Maurice Ryan (20), Eamon Molloy (25) 57pts; 5 Eddie Guilfoyle (13), Joe Doyle (21), Mick O’Neill (23), Martin Cody (22) 52pts; 6 Pat O’Briain (16), Jimmy Rhatigan (16), Jack Nolan (22), Tom McDonald (27) 51pts; 7 Rodger Curran (13), Ger Power (18), Terry Morris (20), Eamon Brennan (28) 47pts.
Competition on Thursday at 11am. Note that the senior men’s competition scheduled for August 30 has been changed to Wednesday, August 29 (11am).
SENIOR LADIES: Competition on Thursday at 10am. Sign in by 9.45am. It should be noted that the senior ladies competition on August 30 has been changed to Wednesday, August 29 (10am).
SOCIAL GOLF: Social golf on Friday. Sign in at 5.30 for shotgun start at 6pm.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE: Four juvenile members, Brian Crowdle, Harry Duggan, Mark Power and Kevin Power are taking part in the Irish boys under-15 Open in Derry this week.
Juvenile coaching schedule: boys and girls 8, 9, 10 on Saturday (10am); boys and girls 11 and 12, Saturday (11am); boys and girls 13 and 14, Saturday, September 1 (10am); boys and girls aged 15 and over, Saturday, September 1 (11am).
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 8.30 to 1pm and 2 to 5pm St Vincent De Paul Open three person team event, 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 4pm visitors; Friday, 11 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members time, 2 to 3.15pm men’s Past Captains, social golf ,sign in at 5.30 for 6pm shotgun start; Saturday, 7.30 to 9.30am members, 9.30 to 1.15pm visitors, 1.15 to 2.15pm members time, club singles quarter-finals 2.30 to 2.45pm, 3 to 3.25pm visitors; Sunday, 8.30 to 4.30pm lady President’s prize; Monday, 8.30 to 10.45am juvenile competition, 1 to 2pm members time; Tuesday, 8.30 to 4.20pm, ladies Open singles Stableford, 1 to 2pm members time; Wednesday, August 29, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time.