THE latest round of the O’Dwyer Golf Store-sponsored open singles series produced a brilliant brace of scores at Callan GC.
After two great rounds, James Hartley and Brian Doheny shared 99 points between them, James scoring 45 points to qualify for the final at the end of the season.
Hartley’s outward half of 24 points was a brilliant half-way total and helped him keep his composure to win out by a point from Brian, who has been cut to three after this excellent display.
Both will be joined in the play off by Michael Comerford (who is now a Kilkenny member) who took the gross prize. Week two saw Milo Carey, Pat Mulrooney and Paddy Grace (gross) move into the end of season finale also.
The series continues every Wednesday with an early bird option available for visitors before 12 noon.
MATCHPLAY - Owing to the inclement weather changes have been made to the format of the club matchplay competitions, with entries now being taken for the scratch matchplay, foursomes and fourball matchplay events.
As the fourball qualifier was abandoned, all who played on the Saturday have been automatically entered with all other pairings, and are asked to put their names on sheets in the locker room. Sheets for the foursomes and singles scratch matchplay are also up.
These competitions are among the hardest to win, providing interest and entertainment throughout the season. The full draws will be printed as soon as they are made.
INTER-CLUB - The Barton Cup team, managed by Richie McMahon, will be the first inter-club team into action in less than a month. The Provincial Towns team, managed by Paul Norris, are not far away from action either.
Richie Condon is in charge of this year’s Jimmy Bruen team while the Pierce Purcell team manager has yet to be confirmed. Captain Paul Cashin has taken on Callan’s most successful team in recent years, the Junior Cup.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Lucky dip winners were K. Hackett, T. Bergin and A. Butler.
Next week’s jackpot will be E1,750. As an added incentive, sellers who reach a weekly sales target of 10 tickets per week or E1,000 of sales per annum will have E100 deducted from their annual subscription. Full details are available from Murt Cuddihy, chairman of the Lotto committee.
DARTS - The Callan GC darts team had a brilliant 14-1 win on Friday night and have qualified for the league semi-finals.
Michael Walsh’s charges will take on Dunphy’s of Kilmoganny over two legs (home and away), starting in a fortnight’s time.
LADIES - The Tuesday 12-hole stableford competition was highly competitive, with Anne Hickey edging out Breda Bolger by a single shot. Anne’s total of 29 was an excellent total in difficult conditions. Third place went to Margaret Comerford with a fine total of 27 points.
RESULTS - Results, O’Dwyer Golf Stores open singles, March 20: 1 J. Hartley, 45pts; 2 B. Doheny, 44pts; gross M. Comerford (Kilkenny).
Results, ladies 12-hole stableford, March 19: 1 A. Hickey, 29pts; 2 B. Bolger, 28pts; 3 M. Comerford, 27pts.
Results, senior ladies competition: 1 M. Comerford, 2 T. Phelan, 3 M. O’Riordan.
A BIRDIE four on the par five 18th hole saw Murty Coonan sweep to victory in the Bank Holiday Monday competition at Castlecomer GC.
Murty finished with a total of 40 points, holding off a late charge from Christy Comerford, who recorded a great back nine of 25 points as part of his 39pt total.
CHAMPAGNE - The husband and wife team Noel and Marnie Brennan, along with Abbeyleix player Tom Morrin, were triumphant in the open champagne classic recently, taking the spoils with a score of 97 points. All three players performed superbly on the day.
Second place was taken by father and son combination of Matt and Declan Dooley, along with Christy Comerford, with a score of 94 points.
SENIORS - Results, senior competition, March 13: 1 Dermot Furlong (16), Eamon McEvoy (20), Mal Murphy (20), 77pts; 2 Donie Walsh (18), John Hardy (20), Jim Tunstead (20), 76pts; 3 Pat Morrissey (18), Jim Purcell (15), Nicholas O’Connor (22), Jim White (24), 69pts.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Draw prize-winners were: E100 Thomas O’Shea; E70 M. Brennan; E30 Martin Maher, Margaret Phelan. Sellers’ dip: John Stedmond, Eamonn Holohan.
The jackpot is now a very handsome E17,000.
E-MAIL - All members are advised to notify the club of their e-mail addresses. Notices regarding upcoming events and club news will no longer be issued by text.
LADIES - Lady members are enjoying the Tuesday morning nine-hole social event. All ladies are welcome and encouraged to participate. The draw is made at 10.15am.
The champagne scramble over the Easter weekend is any combination.
DIARY - Friday: Men’s open singles stableford.
Saturday/Sunday: Open champagne classic (three-person team, any combination).
Monday: Men’s open singles stableford.
GOWRAN PARK GC
PAUDIE Lannon (2) secured victory in the members’ 18-hole singles stableford competition on Sunday at Gowran Park GC, scoring 36 points while Cathal Davis and Thomas Nevin took second and third place respectively.
Cathal took the runners-up spot on a countback, as both players scored 34 points.
MEDAL - The rearranged Monthly Medal (for March) will be played over next weekend for members.
INTER-CLUB - The first of the inter-club competitions will be held on Saturday, with Gowran taking on Mount Juliet in the Barton Cup. Gowran Park have the advantage of three matches at home.
SPRING - Owing to bad weather last Friday the Spring Series final has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Thursday). Competitors are asked to register at 10am in the golf office, with a 10.30am shotgun start.
RACING - Owing to the bad weather, a race meeting has been rescheduled for Gowran Park on Monday, April 8. There will be no golf that day.
RESULTS - Results, ladies 18 hole stableford, March 20: 1 Kathleen Whitehead (27), 37pts; 2 Peggy Canning (21), 33pts.
Results, Golden Golfers 11-hole champagne scramble, March 15: 1 Sean Kiely (9), Peter O’Shea (20), Maura Coe (22), 56pts; 2 Mick Lane (9), John Barcoe (12), Kerri Bolger (27), 55pts.
DIARY - Sunday: Rescheduled Monthly Medal competition.
Monday: Dan Bolger Memorial open singles competition. A timesheet is in place. Tuesday: Junior competition. Tee reserved from 10 to 10.30am for players with a handicap playing 18 holes and from 12 to 12.30pm for beginners playing nine holes.
Wednesday, April 3: Members’ weekly nine-hole competition, 5pm.
MOUNT JULIET GC
THE first Mount Juliet GC team involved in the inter-club scene was in action on Saturday.
The competition, the Leinster Fourball, saw the locals take on Waterford GC. Due to the present inclement weather all five matches had to be played at Mount Juliet as the Waterford course was unplayable.
Despite home advantage the locals bowed out as Waterford prevailed on a 3-2 scoreline. The winning pairs for Mount Juliet were Padraic O’Connor & Dermot Divilly and Pat Stakelum & Bryan Higgins.
MEDAL - Two stroke competitions were also held over the past week, the most important being the March monthly medal event on Sunday. This was the first competition carrying points to decide the Golfer of the Year title for 2013.
Play was off the white tees for the men and with a bitter wind blowing from the East throughout the day conditions for good scoring proved to be very difficult for all competitors. The target for the day proved to be 34 points and this was reached by a number of players with Alan Hearn and Ronan Murphy winning their respective categories on that score - but only just. The other men’s category was won by Ger Dowling, while Adrienne Walsh won the ladies category with 31 points.
SINGLES - An open singles competition was played on St Patrick’s Day. On a day of good scoring Richie Guilfoyle was a convincing overall winner, carding 40 points which equated to a one under par gross for the 18 holes. Former Lady Captain Myra Phelan was second with 38 points while John O’Dwyer was third with 36 points.
FOURBALL - A Member/Guest fourball stableford will be held on Easter Sunday. Elsewhere, the first Ladies Invitation Day for 2013 will be held on Wednesday, April 3. Format for this event is a three-person rumble.
RESULTS - Results, March monthly medal, March 24: Category One - Alan Hearn (7), 34pts. Cat Two - Ger Dowling (16), 33pts. Cat Three - Ronan Murphy (25), 34pts. Ladies - Adrienne Walsh (23), 31pts.
Results, St Patrick’s Day 18-hole open singles: 1 Richie Guilfoyle (3, Kilkenny GC), 40pts; 2 Myra Phelan (22), 38pts; 3 John O’ Dwyer (5, Callan GC), 36pts.
MOUNTAIN VIEW GC
THE first monthly medal competition of the year was played in bitterly cold conditions at Mountain View GC on Sunday.
Joe Forristal, Benny McGuire and Frank Culleton were the medal winners on the day.
SPRING - This year’s club Spring League begins this weekend with a single stableford.
Entry fee will be E25 per person for the six rounds. Participants must be registered and be paid up before they take part.
Details of the competition are available from www.mviewgolf.com. The registration sheet has been posted on the clubhouse notice-board.
RESULTS - Results, monthly medal (single stroke), March 24: 1 F. Culleton (21), 69 nett; 2 J. Forristal (11), 71pts; 3 L. O’Neill (10), 71pts; 4 B. McGuire (16), 73pts; 5 K. McPhilomy, 74pts.
Results, seniors three-person scramble, March 19: 1 C. Foskin, M. Bookle, J. Maher, 64.5 nett; 2 B. O’Brien, D. Hanrahan, J Fitzgerald, 64.8pts.
DIARY - Sunday: Spring League, round one (single stableford).
Tuesday: Seniors competition. Wednesday, April 3: Ladies competition.
RESULTS, open singles, Borris GC: 1 D. Glynn (16), 40pts; 2 M.J. Doherty (11), 39pts; 3 J. Dunne (12), 39pts; 4 T. Kelly (17), 38pts.
Results, two-person team competition: 1 Michael Dundon (19) & Des Murphy (24), 47pts; 2 James Lillis (10) & Eoin Cowman (13), 46pts; 3 Art O’Leary & A.F. Mitchell (17) 45pts.
Results, open fourball: 1 J. Lillis (10) & E. Cowman (13), 43pts; 2 R. O’hEochaidh (18) & C. Dunne (Castlecomer, 6) 41pts; 3 J. Manning (12) & A.F. Mitchell (17), 40pts.
MEMBERSHIP - Borris GC is offering full membership at E350 to new members for 2013. Enquiries to 059-9773310.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Open Singles.