Two more club sides bowed out of competitions over the weekend with the demise of the Fred Daly team in the junior division and the Irish mixed foursomes selection.
The Daly team, managed by Jeff Howes, put up a gallant display against Kilkenny, who ran out convincing winners. The Mount Juliet team was Connor Mulholland, John Hession, Tim Ferris, Tim Howes, Jack Cullen, Ned Kirwan and Brian Staunton.
The story was somewhat similar in the Irish mixed foursomes, where fancied Mount Juliet succumbed to a strong Rathdowney team. With three matches at home and two away, the overall result was 3½ to 1½.
At Mount Juliet, Dermot Fennelly/Ruth Mulholland won on the 14th where John O’Dwyer/Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty met with defeat. The last match at Mount Juliet involved Sean Brett and Nora Deane. They were well in command when called in after Rathdowney secured victory at home by winning both matches.
The away pairings were Peter Quigley/Bernie Madigan and Brian Blanchfied/Rebecca Nixon.
On Sunday the May monthly medal is down for decision. For the first time in years this competition will be stroke play instead of the usual stableford, which should lead to some interesting scoring. This is a Golfer of the Year competition for ladies and men.
At the moment the leader board in both competitions reads - ladies, Lynda Hickey and Liz Beatty are tied for first place with 20 points each followed by Bernie Madigan in third place on 16 points; men, Ryan O’Dwyer and Alan Seery are tied on 12 points with Sean Brett and Hugh O’Connor second with 10 points each.
Members are reminded that the draw for the match play in the ladies and men’s competitions are posted on the club notice boards. The closing dates for both is June 2.
The Open singles played over the weekend proved very popular. The weather was good and all competitors enjoyed the course.
Joe Sinnott (14), Mountain View scooped first prize with 41 points. Gowran Park’s Kevin Reade (11) took the runner-up spot with 39 points ahead of Borris member, Aidan Somers (15) with 38 points.
The gross prize was won by eight handicapper Pat Johnson, Carrick-on-Suir, who returned a gross score of 30 points. The daily winners were Paddy Mahon (20), Gowran Park on Saturday and Eoin O’Mahoney (12), Waterford, who both returned 30 points.
The Thursday Open singles produced a great win for local member, Gearoid Kennedy (8), with 41 points. Kilkenny’s Brian Crowdle (3) was second with 39 points. The competition continues tomorrow (Thursday) with a timesheet in place (tel 056 7726699).
BARTON CUP: On Monday, Gowran Park progressed to the third round of the Barton Cup. Home advantage proved the telling factor as Gowran won all 3 games at home and only lost out narrowly in the games away. Manager Jim Walsh was very pleased with all players.
Ladies results, April 30, 18 hole Stableford, 1 Mary Purcell (34) 41pts; 2 Eileen Tobin (19) 38pts.
Gowran Park are through to the next round of the Junior Cup after defeating Castlecomer in Kilkenny. With the first two matches in Castlecomer’s hands, the remaining three had to be won for Gowran Park to go through.
Ann Mullins and Sinead Kearney won their matches, leaving a thrilling final match in the capable and experienced hands of Nora Barron. She brought the match to all square on the 16th with a great putt. Nora won the 17th leaving Gowran Park 1 up heading down the 18th. It came down to a putt, but it was all that was needed for Gowran to win and go through.
Team - Kate Hennessy, Judy Dick, Sinead Kearney, Ann Mullins and Nora Barron.
DIARY: Thursday, weekly Open singles, visitors €20; Sunday, Open fourball, open to ladies and gents, visitors €20.
The inter-club competitions are in full swing. Castlecomer have had mixed fortunes. The Irish mixed foursomes team had two good wins against Portarlington and Birr to get to the third round.
The over sixties Scotch foursomes team have made a good start in the J.B. Carr tournament. They beat Kilkenny and Mount Juliet and now play Gowran Park in the Kilkenny area final.
The over fifties Duggan Cup foursomes team defeated Borris in the first roun. They now play Glen of the Downs, Wicklow.
Both the Barton Cup (foursomes) and the Provincial Town (singles) teams suffered narrow defeats to Portarlington and Cill Dara respectively. The Leinster fourball team lost to Dunmurry Springs in the first round.
RESULTS: John Bergin, Kieran Bergin, Paul Campion and Martin Brennan won the Classic in aid of Spina Bifida. They will represent the club in The Pakie Bonner Classic in the K Club later in the year.
DIARY: Saturday and Sunday, men’s Open singles (Goy); every Thursday, men’s Open singles (visitors golf €15; golf and dinner €20).
LADIES: The ladies have been registering well in inter-club matches. The Minor Cup team faced Carlow in Borris. The team of Mary Brophy, Nuala Mahon, Delia O’Donoghue, Noreen Kinsella and Loretta Mansfield enjoyed a comfortable win. Team managers are Breda Phelan and Clare O’Connor.
Castlecomer won senior foursomes matches 2 to 1 against Athy in Carlow on Friday. The first pair, Emer Foley and Breda Phelan lost on the 19th hole after a great match. The second pair, Joan Brennan and Maria Downey won on the 15th. Then Honoria Fogarty and Betty Byrne won on the 18th hole.
This was a fantastic win by Castlecomer. Team managers, Lady Captain Ita Madigan and Nuala Mahon were very satisfied with the performance.
There is more inter-club competition next weekend with the Senior Cup in Carlow on Saturday and the Miele fourball on Sunday.
An invitation has been extended to all interested in learning about golf to a beginners course consisting of lessons with golf pro Noel Leahy. This will starting on May 8 (7pm). Contact Honoria Fogarty (087 9171579 after 6pm) or Helen Dunne (087 2540726 after 6pm) to book a slot.
Callan will host the Pierce Purcell regional qualifier on Saturday, May 17 when a huge number of teams from surrounding clubs will compete in a stroke play format. The top four teams qualify for the match play section on Sunday morning for semi-finals and the final in the afternoon.
It is a fabulous honour for the club, who last year reached the Leinster final under the stewardship of Paul Cashin. The panel have been practising hard. Hopefully the home advantage will help.
BARTON CUP: Callan take on Rosslare in a difficult assignment on Friday. The team scored a dramatic victory in the opening round over fancied Waterford. Richie McMahon is the manager. The panel have worked hard at practise in Rosslare and Callan. Thee are three matches in the Wexford venue.
The Provincial Towns team is in action on May 18.
O’DWYER OPEN: The latest golfer to qualify for the O’Dwyer golf stores Open singles playoff in the Autumn did so in difficult conditions. Brian O’Shea (17), had an excellent 40 points to take top spot. The difficult weather meant a smaller group took to the fairways.
The numbers have been way up on recent years. Brian was followed home by John Grace, with Paul Norris taking gross honours. The qualifiers take place every Wednesday throughout the season.
On Fridays’ there is also an open competition. They are open to men and women. Last Friday there was a large visiting contingent with John Gleeson, Rathdowney taking the honours with a fine 41 points. Joe Kelly, Rathdowney was second on 36 points.
O’Dwyer golf stores Open singles, April 30, 1 B. O’Shea 40pts; 2 J. Grace 36pts; Gross P. Norris. Open single ladies and gents, Friday, May 2, 1 J. Gleeson 41pts; 2 J. Kelly.
Ladies seniors, May 1, 1 A. Campion 23; 2 A. Hickey 23; 3 A. Carey 23; 4 M. O’Mahony 21; 5 M. Blanchfield 21.
LOTTO: Week 6 results: numbers drawn 5, 22, 29. No winner. Three lucky dip winners, Kevin O’Gorman, Max Kealy, Seamus Doheny. Next weeks jackpot €3750.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) O’Dwyer golf stores Open men’s singles; Thursday, senior ladies 10am to noon; Friday, Ballingarry GAA Classic; Saturday, Ballingarry GAA Classic; Sunday, men’s singles, sponsored by Madigan’s pharmacy; Monday, RGA 11am to 1pm, Eddie Lyons trophy; Tuesday, May 13, ladies day, Butler Cup.
HURLERS’ SOCIETY: The Hurlers Captain’s Day (Noel Skehan) was in Kilkenny golf club on Friday. Over 100 competed.
Noel Skehan thanked the players for making it such a great day. The co-ordinators of all counties were of immense help. He thanked Mick Carroll, treasurer who stood in for secretary, John McGrath who was unable to be present. Noel acknowledged the tremendous support of Sean Boland and the staff at Kilkenny golf club.
Results - 1 Eamonn Grimes (Limerick) 43 pts, captain 1973 All-Ireland winning team; 2 Greg Kennedy (Galway) 40pts; 3 Ollie Egan (Westmeath) 40pts; 4 Christy Forde (Galway) 40pts, residing in Bennettsbridge; 5 Noel O’Dwyer (Tipperary) 39 pts; 6 Billy Ormond (Waterford) 39pts.