A large number of golfers attended the first major event of the year as the captains of Gowran Park GC held their traditional driving-in ceremony on Sunday.
Captains Declan Davis and Deirdre McCabe took to the first tee shortly after lunch and confidently drove into the new golfing year. The drive-in was followed by a three-person scramble. Paul Whelan, Mick Bolger and John O’Driscoll took top spot, with Richie Lowry, Peter O’Shea and Eileen Tobin second, while third place went to John Moore, Pat Roche and J.J. Ryan.
SPRING - The Spring League continued last week with another round of qualifiers. Club member Denis Ryan (12) took the leading spot with a great score of 43pts, with Tom Attride (6, Borris) and Joe Lannon (13, Gowran Park) also qualifying with 38pts each.
The qualifiers continue every Thursday and Friday until March 27.
SENIORS - The club will host a seniors open singles day on Tuesday. Entry fee is €15 for visitors, €5 for members. Timesheet details from 056-7726699.
LADIES - Ann Mullins’ team won the ladies Winter League. The side, which also featured Ger Hickey, Catherine O’Driscoll, Eileen Walsh and Mary Harding, won by one point with a total of 414pts.
Lady members are reminded of the fun 11-hole scramble which will be held today (Wednesday). Draw is at 10.30am with a shotgun start at 11am. Prize-giving will be held after the golf.
RESULTS - Results, golden golfers 11-hole champagne scramble, February 21: 1 Tony Dooley (13), Pat Nolan (23), Kerri Bolger (27), 62.0 nett; 2 Mick Dillon (11), John O’Driscoll (20), Kate Hennessy (10), 59.0 nett.
Results, junior golf, February 20: 1 Ciaran Whelan (9), 38pts; 2 Conor Cleere (28), 34pts.
Results, ladies 11-hole stableford, February 19: 1 Rachel Dick (22), 25pts; 2 Eileen Walsh (19), 24pts.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Ladies 11-hole scramble; shotgun start 11am. Tomorrow (Thursday)/Friday: Spring Series (open singles).
Saturday/Sunday: Members’ 18-hole competition.
Tuesday: Seniors open singles, visitors €15 members €5.
Storm Darwin wreaked havoc on the course at Mountain View.
More than 70 trees were knocked, while debris was strewn throughout the course. Many of the trees were uprooted, some broken in two while others had large limbs broken off. There was also some damage done to the roof of the clubhouse however the course is open for play, largely thanks to the hard work of greenkeeper Edward Power and club members who have assisted with the clean-up.
Until the clean-up is completed any player whose stance or swing is impeded by uprooted trees or piles of branches may take relief of two club lengths.
SPRING - Owing to the poor weather conditions only two competitions in the Open Spring Series have been completed. Jim Dunne was the qualifier from week two with 39pts, following on from Gary Ryan, who qualified with 38pts.
This competition continues for the next seven weeks with the grand final on Saturday, April 19.
This year’s Spring League begins on Sunday, March 23. Run under a new format, teams will comprise of four players with four rounds run over four consecutive weekends. Entry fee will be €80 per team, with full details available from the clubhouse.
DIARY - Sunday: Open series week five (single stableford).
Monday to Sunday, March 9: Open series, week six (single stableford).
Tuesday: Seniors competition. Wednesday, March 5: Ladies 18-hole competition.
Three competitions were played at Mount Juliet GC during the week as golf resumed following the bad weather.
The open four-person team event saw a runaway win for a team from the Slievenamon, Tipperary Loughrea clubs. With two scores to count at each hole they collectively scored a very impressive 100pts, putting some daylight between themselves and their nearest pursuers.
The winning team of Stuart Perry, Shane Kenny, Joseph Costello and J.J. Teehan scored 51pts for their first nine holes, adding a further 49pts on the back nine.
On the same day there was an open competition for juniors. This was won by Tom Walsh (The Castle GC, Dublin) with 40pts. Tom scored two nines of 20pts each.
WINTER - The 11th round of the Members’ Winter League for members was held on Sunday. Alan Seery took the spoils with 42pts, finishing four points clear of Kevin McCartan, who pipped John Browne on a countback for second place.
With only two more rounds to play Paul Madigan is in top spot with 48pts. Ronan Murphy is his nearest pursuer with 44pts while P.J. Aylward is third on 43pts, four points clear of the remainder of the pack.
The four top-placed players will play-off for the Winter League trophy. The best eight cards of the 13 rounds will determine the final leaderboard and the playoff candidates. The next round of the Winter League will be held on Sunday, March 9.
DISCUSSION - There will be a discussion in the Open Room on Saturday dealing with the rules of golf. The discussion will be chaired by Lady Captain Rebecca Nixon, assisted by club professional Sean Cotter.
DIARY - Saturday: Rules of Golf discussion, Open Room. Sunday: Member/guest fourball stableford.
RESULTS - Results, 18-hole singles stableford (Winter League), February 23: 1 Alan Seery (12), 42pts; 2 Kevin McCartan (13), 38pts; 3 John Browne (17), 38pts.
Results, open four-person team event, February 19: 1 Stuart Perry (17, Slievenamon), Shane Kenny (16, Slievenamon), Joseph Costello (13, Tipperary), J.J. Teehan (19, Loughrea), 100pts.
Result, open 18-hole singles stableford for juniors, February 19: 1 Tom Walsh (10, The Castle), 40pts.
The golfing year was given a rousing welcome at Castlecomer GC on Sunday as the joint captains’ drive in took centre-stage.
Captain Gerry Dunne, recovering from illness, arrived with Lady Captain Ita Madigan to take part in the celebration and opening competition of the new season. Despite the overcast clouds the rain held off during the drive-in and the following competition, which had a shotgun start.
After the golf, players convened in the clubhouse to enjoy food provided and sponsored by Eddie Walsh, the golf club’s chef and bar manager. All were welcomed by the two captains, who warmly wished all the golfers an enjoyable and successful year on the course.
The standard of good golf in the club was evident from the great scoring achieved in the nine hole scramble. Steady birdies and pars weren’t enough to feature among the winners for many as the winning team of Michael Brennan, John Brennan, Tony Carr and Mai McEvoy played terrific golf.
A great eagle chance, prepared by the team effort, was pinned down with a massive putt by Michael Brennan on the 12th. With a winning nett score of 25 they pipped the team of Michael Daly, John Dowling, Betty Byrne and Helen Dunne by just a quarter of a point. Captain Gerry Dunne’s wife Helen, a former Lady Captain, was part of the team who finished in second place. Third place honours went to Murty Coonan, John Dooley, Donie Walsh and Theresa Manning with a score of 27.
The day was a great success and was enjoyed by all.
LADIES - Preparations are underway for the selection of teams for the upcoming inter-club competitions.
The Minor Cup, Challenge and Intermediate teams will be in action for the first round of their competitions in April. Scouts for the respective teams are busy looking at players who are encouraged to keep practising.
Next on the calendar for the ladies is the high and low competition, which will be held next weekend, with the Spring League in hot pursuit. Draws for both competitions will be made on Friday, with times to be posted on the club website for players to check for the high and low. Names for the competitions can be placed on the noticeboard sheets in the clubhouse.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 2, 5, 7 and 17.
The jackpot now stands at €8,400. Tickets, which cost €2, are available from the clubhouse, members and local retail outlets.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Ladies high and low competition. Ladies Spring League. Men’s 18-hole open singles competition - visitors welcome.
Golf resumed at Borris GC on Friday after the recent storms. Members were thanked for their assistance in removing all fallen trees and debris on the course.
WINTER - The fourth round of the Winter League, cancelled due to bad weather, will be played today (Wednesday). The fifth round has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 5.
ALLIANCE - The Ladies Alliance has been rescheduled for Monday, March 10.
DRIVE-IN - The Captains’ drive-in will be held on Sunday. Captains Pat Leahy and Stephanie Dargan will drive into office at 2pm. There will also be a three-person team event on the day, with morning start available.