Lady President Mary Jones held her prize competition in testing conditions at Mount Juliet GC on Thursday. With a very strong South-Westerly wind blowing, scoring proved very difficult for the competitors.
The very convincing winner was Sandra Carr, who returned 32 points to win by four shots from her nearest opponent. It was a case of keeping the ball in play in the conditions and Sandra executed this to her advantage over the 18 holes. Lady Captain (Margaret Twomey) was second with 28 points.
Mrs Jones made the trip over from the South of England for the occasion. The evening ended with a dinner and presentation of prizes in Mount Juliet House.
LEXUS RACE - This weekend sees the final of the Lexus Race to Mount Juliet with the top Irish professional golfers playing for the Order of Merit title. The 2010 winner David Higgins will be hoping to make it two in a row but will have to contend with a field which includes Kilkenny professional Jimmy Bolger in the line-up.
The Pro-Am will be held on Friday, with the professionals taking centrestage on Saturday.
GOLFER OF YEAR - The last of the Golfer of the Year competitions was played recently when Amelia Drumm took on Jeff Howes in the final of the McCalmont Cup matchplay event.
Amelia was in receipt of 13 strokes based on handicaps. This proved to be too much of a burden for Jeff, who had to succumb on the 17th hole, but not after a match of some drama and fluctuating scores.
Amelia was three down after three holes and the signs were looking ominous but, to her credit, she fought back in determined fashion as she turned her deficit into a two-hole lead after the first nine holes. She continued her winning ways by going four up when standing on the 13th tee. She lost the long par four, but hit back straight away by winning the par three 14th to lie dormie going to the 15th.
However, Jeff was not to capitulate so easily. He won the 15th and 16th to reduce the deficit, but Amelia closed out the match on the long 17th with a half to end the match and clinch the Golfer of the Year title.
Amelia scored a total of 87 points in the GOY competition. Her best six cards came to 64, leaving her 19 points clear of her nearest challenger for the title, Sandra Carr.
In the men’s section of the competition Alan Hearne was the runaway winner at the finish, having accumulated a total of 63 points. His best six cards totalled 55 points and he was 18 points clear of John Keane in second place.
CHALLENGE - The Lady Captain Margaret Twomey’s team took on Captain James J. Brett’s team in the annual challenge competition over 18 holes (singles stableford).
With the best eight cards of each team counting, the Lady Captain’s team prevailed on a 266 to 260 scoreline. The best score of the day was returned by John Browne (39 points) for the men and Lynda Hickey (32 points) for the ladies.
SUMMER - The last round of the Summer Series was played recently and saw an emphatic win for a team of Cork-based. The winning team, from Kanturk, had scores of 50 points and 49 points respectively for each nine holes.
The first round of the Winter series begins in October with the same format (four person team event, any combination, with two scores to count on all holes).
RESULTS - Results, Lady President Mary Jones’s Prize, October 6: 1 Sandra Carr (18), 32pts; 2 Margaret Twomey (36), 28pts; 3 Laura Mahony (17), 27pts; 4 Myra Phelan (22), 27pts. First nine: Mary Divilly (25), 14pts. Second nine: Brenda Fitzgerald (21), 14pts. Par threes: Hilary Hegarty, 8pts. Par fives: Ursula Mason, 9pts. Longest drive: Ruth Mulholland.
Results, Summer Series, September 21: 1 M. Hickey (17, Kanturk GC), D. Kiely (17), J. Tobin (22), T. Walsh (16), 99pts; 2 K. Anderson (17, Fermoy GC), T. Baker (15), G. Dolan (16, Ring of Kerry GC, K. Gould (19, Mitchelstown GC), 94pts.