The following is the news from the last week from golf clubs in the Kilkenny area:
On Saturday, November 23 Paul Cashin and Rose Brophy, the Callan club Captains for 2013, invite members to join them for their social evening in the golf club with dinner and entertainment included in the ticket price. It promises to be a memorable night.
Tickets cost 25 euro and are available from the bar and the office. It is always a great night and is a fitting curtain closer for the golfing year.
RAFFLE - There is a wonderful prize on offer from Callan this November with the possibility of winning a free year’s membership for 2014. The first prize in the club raffle draw is full membership. The cost is 5 euro per ticket or three for 10 euro.
LADIES AGM - The ladies annual meeting will be held on Thursday, December 12 (8.15pm). Members should forward any nominations and motions to Eleanor Moore by Monday, December 2.
The ladies 12 hole stableford competitions will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the winter. Ladies can play in Tuesday competitions on preceding Saturdays.
JUNIOR GOLF - What a year it has been for the junior section of the club. The action packed year began in April with competitive golf and ran the length of the season.
Ian St John became the teaching professional and proved a marvellous asset, putting the young golfers through the basics of the game. When the major competitions came around one young man dominated the honours. Robert Kerwick played superbly to capture the Kinshella Trophy (donated by 2013 President John Kinshella and his two grandsons Dylan and Luke) and compiled 40 points to sweep the honours.
Robert then went a step further when he came good on Junior Captains Day (Davy Walzer and Aoife Donnelly celebrated their Captains prizes) when he completed a famous double with another 40 point total. Robert is an exceptional talent and enjoyed his days but he is not alone as a golfer of great potential.
Blade O’Gorman took the Golfer of the Year award after a string of scoring which marks him as a player for the future. Eoghan Scriven and Therese Donnelly took the most improved golfers awards.
The highlight of the year was the Summer Camp which attracted over 40 participants. There were two days in Mount Juliet at the putting green as well as a trip to Lacken for a round of pitch and putt. The final day was in Callan when the young people had coaching from Jennifer from Junior Golf Ireland and a barbecue to cap off a wonderful week.
The most enjoyable part of the week was the role played by the more senior young members. They volunteer to help out with the organisation. Joe Cuddihy and Liz Cashin are the junior convenors and they do a wonderful job organising the calendar.
There are many who also help to make the junior section such a success as it goes from strength to strength. Hopefully next year will be as enjoyable for the young people of Callan golf club.
RESULTS - Results, ladies senior competition, October 31: 1 M. T. O’Shea & M. Lanigan, 2 J. Grace & A. Hickey, 3 M. Walsh & E. Hennessy.
Results, ladies 12-hole stableford, October 29: 1 A. Campion, 2 M. Leydon, 3 S. Foster, 4 E. Kennedy, 5 E. Ahern.
The first round of the Winter League was played at the weekend with 140 competitors in the 14 hole format. A good start is half the battle, but a number of golfers made great starts and the scoring was more like that of the Tuesday fourball than a singles competition.
John Hartley (21) amassed a huge score of 37 points to take first prize ahead of Michael Vaughan (22) on 35pts. Third was Tom Donovan (14), on a countback. Paul Cashin won the gross with 27pts and Seamus O’Leary (8, 31pts), Martin Carroll (13, 33pts) and Noel Kehoe, jnr (19, 34pts) took home the categories.
The overall winner will be decided by the best four scores from the five rounds. The next round is on November 24. Members who have not prepaid for the five rounds can book a tee time when the timesheets become available and pay for each competition on the day.
This weekend an 18 hole four person Charity Team event will be played in aid of the Community Hospital. It is a worthy cause and huge support is expected. The competition will be on Saturday and Sunday. It is open to men and women in any combination.
On Friday the first weekly Friday Open singles will be played. It will be a qualifying competition and entry, including a mixed grill, costs €15 for member s and €20 for visitors. Tee times can be booked online.
The men’s section annual meeting will be on Friday, November 15 (8pm). All members are encouraged to attend.
Congratulations go to Andrew Ryan who was crowned Golfer of the Year for 2013. Andrew is also the Competition Secretary, so full credit to him for managing to be ‘Mr Consistency’ whilst also putting in a large amount of work behind the scenes. He held off a late surge from Jack Ryan and the steady challenge from John Dowling.
The 3Ts team of Captain Seamus McGuinness, Club Professional James Roche, Maria Burford and Joey Furness set off this week to represent Ireland in Spain as the National Champions. The team won the trip last month at the national finals in the K Club.
The 3Ts, turning the tide on suicide charity does tremendous work all over the country. New Ross golf club is proud to represent them in Spain.
The area to the right of the 8th and 10th fairways is a designated practice area, which is open to members at all times. It is difficult to tell if anyone is using the practice area from the 8th and 10th tees, so members and visitors are reminded to shout “fore” if they hit their ball towards this area.
Last week’s winner of the Find the Joker draw was John Whelan, who picked up €30. The jackpot survived and rolls on to €863. Entries cost €2.
SENIORS - The seniors enjoyed more good weather when 18 four person teams went out for their competition on Thursday.
Only one team broke the magical 90 points target to emerge clear winners. Compiling a majestic 53 points on the outward nine holes set the tone for their eventual success. It was spot on too as Jimmy Furlong (10), Bob O’Dwyer (18), Joe McLoughlin (18) and Michael Brennan (19) added 41 points on the homeward nine to post a winning total of 94 points.
Six points behind (88 points) in second place were Eddie Keher (9), John Joe Cullen (18), Martin Burke (23) and Frank Boyle (24). The 85 points compiled by Kevin Treacy (14), Aidan O’Connor (16), Noel Dunne (17) and Michael Somers (22) earned them third prize. Nearest the pin (9th hole) prize winner was Peter Goggin.
LADIES - The 14 hole competitions are in full swing. It should be noted that it is not necessary to enter the computer for these competitions as they do not count for adjustment of handicaps. However, domestic penalties will apply of two shots for the winner and one shot for second place, whilst the 14 hole competitions are in play.
RESULTS - 1 Margaret Furlong (16) 25pts; 2 Marie Therese Wall (28) 22pts; 3 Bridget Murphy (27) 20pts.
The last presentation will be on November 13 (7pm) for all outstanding prize winners. Maria Burford (Sid’s Diner), will sponsor the competition and the evening.
Borris ladies results from October 31, 1 Mary Morrissey (23) 25pts; 2 Bernie Byrne (12) 24pts; 3 Bridie Galavan (19) 23pts.
Ray Dann was the top finisher as the Autumn singles qualifier continued at Gowran Park.
The Baltinglass golfer took the spoils with 39pts. Other qualifiers were Joe Lannon (Gowran Park, 38pts), R. McHugh (Baltinglass, 36pts) and Darren Carroll (Gowran Park, 36pts). The series continues every Thursday and Friday through November.
SINGLES - The members competition at the weekend was an 11-hole stableford, the second event in the members Winter League. First place went to 10 handicapper Thomas Nevin on 28pts. Alex Dunne was second on 26pts with David Vaughan third place on 25pts.
ALLIANCE - The South Eastern Junior Alliance was played at the club on Sunday. Dungarvan’s Micky Norris took the leading honours with 39pts, one clear of Callan’s Liam Brennan, Kilkenny’s John Martin, Clonmel’s Peter Brennan and Carrick’s Aidan McGrath. Local member Cathal Davis won the back nine prize with 20pts.
Results: 1 Nicky Norris (13, Dungarvan), 39pts; 2 Liam Brennan (14, Callan), 38pts b9; 3 John Martin (13, Kilkenny), 38pts b9; 4 Peter Brennan (14, Clonmel), 38pts b6; 5 Aidan McGrath (12, Carrick-on-Suir), 38pts.
The Ladies South East Junior Alliance played at the club on Monday. Seventy ladies from surrounding clubs played on a crisp and dry day.
RESULTS - Results, golden golfers 11-hole scramble, November 1: 1 L. O’Dwyer, M.Bolger, J.Fisher & S.Kavanagh, 58pts; 2 K. Mahon, M. Comerford, G. Latchford, 57pts.
Results, ladies 11-hole scramble, October 30: 1 D. McCabe, M. Logue, M. Harding & M. Meaney, 62.7nett; 2 A. Mullins, G. Latchford, E. Byrne, 65nett; 3 A. Farrell, C. O’Driscoll, M. Maher & M. Murphy, 71nett.
Results, junior three-person scramble, October 29: 1 James Bergin (13), Tom Bolger (32) & Jack Skehan (36), 31.9nett.
DIARY - Thursday/Friday: Autumn Singles (visitors €20, includes soup and sandwich).
Sunday: Open fourball (visitors €20, members €5).