The following is the news from golf clubs around the Kilkenny area for this week:
The Joint Captains of Casatlecomer golf club will hold a fund-raising competition at Castlecomer GC this weekend.
The charity open champagne classic, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Entry fee is €30 per team of three (any combination).
SINGLES - Michael Dermody (5) went on a birdie spree in the men’s open singles competition last weekend. Michael shot five birdies on his way to recording a brilliant score of 43pts. Mark Shortall (7) also played a great round of golf to finish second on 40pts, while Damien Fogarty (6) was the gross winner. Category prizes went to Michael O’Neill (8), Charlie Hogg (16) and Tom Casey (21).
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. The jackpot remains at €20,000, with tickets (€2) available from local outlets, club members and the clubhouse.
SENIORS - Results, seniors competition, September 25: 1 Johnny Ryan, Pat Morrissey, Jim Tunstead, Ger Comerford, 90pts; 2 Richie Hogan, Tom Casey, John Shore, 85pts; 3 Pat Neary, Michael Furlong, Liam Farrell, 80pts.
Results, seniors competition, September 18: 1 Christy Lynch, Jimmy Byrne, Johnny Ryan, Laughlin Nolan, 75pts; 2 Pat Morrissey, Mal Murphy, Mai McEvoy, 70pts; 3 Jim Purcell, Betty Owens, Seamus Walsh, 66pts.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Joint Captains charity open champagne classic.
The annual Mount Carmel Classic will take centre stage at Callan GC on Friday and Saturday.
The classic is a vital fund-raiser for the Mount Carmel organisation, who nurse the elderly. The classic costs €60 per team with prizes including a weekend break in Kilcoran Lodge in Cahir for the winning combination.
Tee time enquires are available from 056-7725136.
PRIZES - Mary Lanigan claimed top billing when the ladies end of season prizes were played out on Saturday. The unseasonably warm weather suited Mary, who carded 40pts to win by three points from Eilish Ahern with Berna Walsh in third.
Breda Ryan capped off a fine season by taking the gross award. Mary Manning took fourth place with 36 points while Eileen Cuddihy was in fifth.
CATERING - The club welcomes Keith O’Dwyer as the new bar and catering lease holder.
RESULTS - Results, ladies end of season prizes, October 5: 1 M. Lanigan, 40pts; 2 E. Ahern, 37pts; gross B. Ryan; 3 B. Walsh; 4 M. Manning.
Results, ladies open two-person team event, October 1: 1 M. Kennedy & B. McGrath, 2 M. Lanigan & A. Lanigan.
Results, RGA, September 30: Cat A - 1 D. Bolger, 2 J. Kinsella, 3 M. Somers. Cat B - 1 L. Tyrrell, 2 N. Phelan, 3 J. Kehoe.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): O’Dwyer golf store open singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Senior ladies, 9.30 to 10.50am. Ladies 12-hole competition, 11am to 12.50pm. Friday: Mount Carmel Classic.
Saturday: Mount Carmel Classic. Four-person team event. Sunday: Four-person team event.
Monday: RGA. Tuesday: Ladies Day.
More than 80 members played in the final monthly medal of the season at Gowran Park GC.
John Hoyne (11) took the leading spot with a score of 65, while Pat Kirwan (9) secured second place with a nett 66. Pat Nolan returned a nett 67 to take third place.
FOURBALL - Fixtures for next weekend will include an open fourball on Sunday. Timesheet is available online or from the office, tel 056-7726699.
CLASSIC - A very successful classic was held in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund recently. More than 35 teams went out over two shotgun starts in support of this cause. Courtown golfers Michael and John Shiel, along with Danny Whitty, returned the winning score of 98pts with Sean Keane, Jerry McIntyre and Ger Lynch runners-up on 96pts. Brigid Mullins, Michael Morrissey and David Bambrick were third on 95pts, edging Paraic O’Rourke, Tom Mullins and Andy Hughes into fourth place with 94pts.
The singles competition on the day for jockeys saw Fergal Lynch (18) take the honours with 47pts. Alan Donoghue and Ken Whelan were second and third with 43pts, with the countback on the back nine proving decisive.
More than €3,000 was raised for the fund.
STABLEFORD - Winner of the ladies 18-hole stableford on Wednesday was Hilary Dick (18) on 40pts.
OUTING - The ladies enjoyed a great day when Lady Captain Margaret Logue held her outing at Waterford Castle on Friday. The format was a three-person 18-hole scramble with two scores to count on par threes.
The winning team, accompanied by the Lady Captain, were Hilary Dick, Mary Purcell and Fionnuala Hennebry with 84.6pts. In second place with 84.8pts were Ann Mullins, Brigid Mullins and Eithne Byrne, followed by Kate Hennessy, Ina Sweeney and Ann-Marie McSorley in third place with 87.1pts.
MATCHPLAY - After a close final match, Judy Dick won the ladies single matchplay competition, beating her younger sister Rachel on the 19th hole.
TROPHY - Following a qualifying round pairings Eileen Tobin & Ann Farrell, Helen Dunne & Gay Latchford headed off to Birr GC for the Glenns Trophy on Wednesday. There were no winning scores for Gowran, but an enjoyable day was had by all.
Forty-one players took part in the opening round of the Winter League at Mountain View GC last weekend.
The competition, a single stroke event, was played in near-perfect conditions. In category one Colm Hayes (14) recorded a fantastic score with a net 66.
The league points went to: Cat One - C. Hayes, 12pts; E. Walsh, 9pts; S. Byrne, 6pts, M. Waugh, 3pts; T. Walton, 1pt. Cat Two - N. Byrne, 12pts; T. Coyne, 9pts; B. McGuire, 6pts; St John Donovan, 3pts; N. Mullally, 1pt. Cat Three - J. Earle, 12pts; P. Parsons, 9pts; N. Doran, 6pts; M. Hoyne, 3pts; J.J. Holohan, 1pt.
RESULTS - Results, Winter League, round one (single stroke), October 6: 1 J. Earle (21), 65 nett; 2 P. Parsons (19), 65; 3 C. Hayes (14), 66; 4 N. Byrne (16), 66; 5 T. Coyne (18), 66.
Last week’s seniors and ladies competitions were cancelled due to heavy rain.
DIARY - Sunday: Fourball better ball. Wednesday, October 16: Ladies 18-hole competition.
The Staffords Fuels-sponsored October Medal brought a sizeable crowd to New Ross GC at the weekend.
Winner was Seamus Power (15), who carded a 65 to finish two strokes better than Eamon Dungan (7). Competition secretary Andrew Ryan (6) was third on 68 with Rory Hussey winning the gross prize. Category winners were Joe Doyle (8), Leo Carroll (13) and Willie Wallace (15).
FOURBALL - Winners of the recent Tuesday fourball competitions were Ned Fenlon & Jim Kehoe and Richie Aylward & M.J. Cullen. Both pairs carded winning scores of 27pts.
Category prizes went to Davy Doran & Brian Teague, George Walsh & Mick Malone, Brendan Duffin & Noel Dunne, Bill Hurley & Mick Malone.
MATCHPLAY - There was plenty of golfing experience on show in this year’s Fourball Matchplay final where John Dowling & John Murphy met Ned & Tom Fenlon. In a tightly contested match, the two Johns edged home with a 2&1 victory.
There was no surprise then that two Johns, albeit aided by a lesson in driving from President Brian Dolan, also took home the spoils at the Committee day in Courtown last week.
DIARY - This week’s schedule is a busy one with a charity open three-person team event in aid of New Ross Community Workshop tomorrow (Thursday), an open three-person scramble on Friday and Saturday and a club singles competition on Sunday. Tee times are available online.
WINTER - Entries are now being taken for the Winter League. Cost is €25 for five competitions, with all prepaid entrants placed in the draw for tee times. The same timesheet will operate for the five competitions, with a limited number of Saturday tee times available.
SENIORS - The weather took a turn for the worse, but didn’t stop five teams from completing the seniors’ 18-hole competition on Thursday. Winners on 91pts were John Murphy (17), Willie Whitty (17), Tony Sexton (22) and Les Jastraski (27). Runners-up, seven points behind, were Ted Harrington (12), Aidan O’Connor (16), Tom O’Neill (20) and Fr Jim Curtis (20) with Jimmy Furlong (10), Tony Harford (13), Larry Doyle (17) and Jim ‘Dublin’ Ryan (20) third on 79pts.
The seniors will sponsor the charity day in aid of the New Ross Community Workshop tomorrow (Thursday). All tee time bookings are on the club website and must be strictly adhered to. On Tuesday next the seniors travel to Faithlegg for their mixed game. Final names for travelling party, plus the entry fee of €20, must be finalised at the charity outing. Players must be in attendance at Faithlegg at 9am to finalise teams for the 10am shotgun start.
LADIES - The Katie Bailey Trophy competition will be held today (Wednesday). The event is the last 18 holes singles competition for this season.
Results, ladies competition, October 1: 1 Marie Therese Wall (29), 36pts last nine; 2 Maria Burford (24), 36pts; 3 Margaret Murphy (26), 35pts; senior Eleanor Roche (18), 34pts.
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