Michael Buggy, Castlecomer, playing off scratch, won the Smithwick’s Scratch Cup played at the weekend. Michael shot a great round of 67 in the morning and followed it up with a steady par round of 71 in the afternoon for a total of 138. He previously won the trophy in 2007.
Michael carded five birdies in his morning round and a further four in the afternoon. Michael had two shots to spare over Alan Thomas, Tramore (+2) who shot two rounds of 70 for 140. Michael had a remarkable second round. He was five over par after five holes but produced an eagle and four birdies in the last 13 holes to finish on one under 70.
Geoff Lenehan, Portmarnock (+2) was third on 143. Two local members featured in the net prizes. Ray Lonergan (2) won first net on 141 and Eoin Cantwell (4) won third net on 142. In all, 84 players from over 400 clubs participated.
Michael Mahony presented the trophy on behalf of the sponsors Smithwick’s, who have been associated with the Kilkenny Scratch Cup since 1964. The day was well run and organised under the stewardship of secretary, Tom Gunning and Competition Secretary, Ollie Cullen and their team.
The course was in great shape thanks to the course staff and the members who have been volunteering to help out with repair of pitch marks and divots over the last few weeks.
Scoring was hot in the ladies and gents Open singles held the Wednesday. Three scores of 43 points were returned in the gents section. The best of these was Dick Curtin, playing off 13 handicap. Dick was out in 20 points and completed the back nine with seven pars and two bogies for 23 points. His only two bogies came at the 10th and 16th.
Second was Tom Browne, Enniscorthy, playing off 8. Tom produced one over par 72 for his 43 points. He was out in one over par and level on the back nine. Third on 43 points was Des Woods, playing off 10 handicap. Des got off to a flyer and was three under par after six holes with birdies at the 1st, 5th and 6th.
He turned in one under par gross for 24 points and came back in four over with his bogey on the 18th ultimately costing him first place. The Gross was won by Ian Lynch Rosslare (1), who shot one under par 70 with the help of three birdies on the back nine which he covered in 32 strokes.
The ladies section was won by Nuala Crotty (21) with 38 points. The runner-up was Helen Butler (25) on 37 points.
Tommy Deegan (9) won the men’s singles played on Saturday with 39 points. Michael Naughton was second, also on 39 points and Richard Dore (17) secured third on the same score. Cormac Hickey (5) won the gross with 30 points.
The Ladies Australian Spoons scotch foursomes competition played last week was won by Jo Lawlor (13) and Dervilla O’Byrne (25) with 44 points.
The senior men’s competition last week was won by Eddie Guilfoyle (12), Michael Cody (19), Reay Brandon (22) and Austin Kiely (23) with 70 points. They had five birdies on the card. Eddie recorded three of the on the 2nd, 4th and 13th; Reay on the 12th and Austin on the 6th.
They had three points to spare from Jim Ryan (13), Kevin Donohue (21), Michael Barry (26) and Pat Kelleher (26) on 67 points.
The away outing in Thurles on May 14 was won by Ger Walsh (17), Michael O’Reilly (19), Gerry Bowe (23), Austin Kiely (23) with 86 points.
The senior ladies competition was won by Toni Hayes, Mary Gorman, Breda Kavanagh and Etta Shine with 37 points (39-2). They had two points deducted as they had a fourth person on their team. Second place went Joan Norris, Kathleen Price and Mary O’Connell on 36 points.
PRESENTATION NIGHT: Prizes for the following will be presented on Sunday, May 27 (10pm), May monthly medal, Sunday, May 13, ladies and gents Open singles, Wednesday, May 16, men’s singles, Saturday, May 19, Open Week four person team event, Saturday, May 26 and Open Week men’s singles, Sunday, May 27.
The following are the deadlines for completion of the current rounds on club match plays - men singles by June 25, men fourball by June 9, men’s foursomes by May 25 and mixed foursomes by May 25. MEN’S INTER CLUB: The Provincial Towns Cup team defeated Enniscorthy by 6½ to 2½. At home victories were achieved by James Bateman, James Young, Ciaran Colfer and Larry Carroll. In Enniscorhty Des Woods won on the 18th and Harry Duggan was going down the 19th when called in.
The other away members were Aidan Phelan, David Farragher and John Byrne. They play Bunclody in the next round.
The Pierce Purcell area qualifier was in St Helen’s Bay on May 19. Kilkenny failed to make the top four from the stroke play qualifying and accordingly were not involved in the match play on Sunday. The team was managed by Alan Snype and Leo Byrne.
The five pairings were P.J. O’Reilly and Tommy Barry, Colm Sheenan and Terry Mannion, Pierce Cullen and Philip Tierney, Tony Murphy and Kevin Hennessy, Ben McGarry and Des Byrne.
The Junior Cup team play in the area qualifier in Newbridge on Saturday (11am) with stroke play qualifying on Saturday and the top four teams returning for match play on Sunday. This competition is for players of 5 handicap and matches are played off scratch.
Panel chosen by Michael Grant and Tom Hickey - Paddy McKee, Brendan Power, Luke Kelly, Anthony Cleere, Conor Boland, Mark Shortall, Brian Crowdle, Cormac Hickey and Niall O’Gorman.
The South Leinster team will play Castlecomer on Saturday (2pm) with two matches at home and three in Castlecomer. Panel - Michael Butler, Des Byrne, Ger Dowling, P.F. O’Shea, Johnny McEvoy, Cathal O’Neill, Joe O’Neill, Seamus O’Neill, Michael O’Reilly, Tommy Thompson and James Walsh. GOLF RULES: There will be an information night on the Rules of Golf in the club on this evening (Wednesday) at 8.30pm. Dom Murphy, Leinster Branch GUI delegate, will host the night.
PRE ROUND WARM UP CLASSES: Eoin Gibbons, in association with physio Neville Coen, will host an evening class of warm up exercises for players before they commence their round of golf. This will be in the club on Wednesday, May 30 from 6 to 7pm. The fee is €10. Contact Eoin Gibbons (085 1174659) if you wish to attend.
GENTS RESULTS: Smithwicks senior Scratch Cup on Sunday, CSS first round 71, home 73, visitors, second round home and visitors 72, winner, Michael Buggy (scr), Castlecomer 138 (67, 71); 2nd Gross, Alan Thomas (+2), Tramore 140 (70, 70); 3rd Gross, Geoff Lenehan (+2), Portmarnock 141 ( 72, 69); 4th Gross, Johnathan Yeates (+1), Naas 143 (74, 69); 5th Gross, Eanna Griffin (2), Waterford 143 (71, 72); 1st Net, Ray Lonergan (2) 141 (70, 71); 2nd Net, Darragh Congdon (2), Clontarf 142 (70,72); 6th Gross, Jamie Rothwell (1), Curragh 146 (75, 71); 3rd Net, Eoin Cantwell (4), Kilkenny 142 (70, 72); 1st 18 Gross, Mark Shanahan (+2), Castlemartyr (71) (B9); 2nd 18 Gross, Kevin Stack (scr), Dungarvan 68; 1st 18 Net, Michael Ryan (3), New Ross 70; 2nd 18 Net, Nigel O’Donovan (4), Callan 70.
Hole in one on 6th, Niall O’Connor (4), Elm Park.
Open ladies and gents singles, Wednesday, May 16, CSS 70, gents section, 1 Richard Curtin (13) 43pts (B9); 2 Thomas Browne (8), Enniscorthy 43pts (B9); 3 Des Woods (10) 43pts; Best Gross, Ian Lynch (1), Rosslare 37pts; 5 Kevin Power (12) 40pts (B9);
6 John King (18) 40pts.
Presentation of prizes on Sunday, May 27 (10pm). Two’s Club open singles May 15, John Martin at 6th and 15th; Terry Mannion at 6th and 17th; Michael Devane, Jason Rackard, Martin Ryan, Sean Murphy, Gerry Stewart, Sean Moloney, Des Woods, Richard Manogue and Sean Boland at 6th; Niall Griffin at 10th; Kevin Power at 15th; Jimmy Rhatigan at 17th. Each two is worth €16.35 and is credited in the Pro Shop.
Mens singles, May 19, 1 Tommy Deegan, jnr (9) 39pts (B9); 2 Michael Naughton (21); 3 Richard Dore (17) 39pts; Best Gross, Cormac Hickey (5) 30 Gross pts.
Presentation of prizes on Sunday, May 27 (10pm).
Two’s Club, May 19, Stephen Sheenan, Joe O’Neill at 6th; Martin Hanrick at 10th; Tommy Deegan at 15th; Kieran Hoban, Paddy McKee at 17th.
Each Two is worth €23 and is credited in the Pro Shop.
LADIES NEWS: Results Australian Spoons 18 hole Scotch foursomes Stableford, winners Jo Lawlor (13) and Dervilla O’Byrne (25) 44pts.
Ladies and gents Open singles, May 15, 1 Nuala Crotty (21) 38pts; 2 Helen Butler (25) 37pts.
Fixtures - Tuesday, May 29 8.30 to 6pm, Open Week three lady rumble.
The Junior Cup team beat Castlecomer 3-2 in Carlow with victories for Mags Cuddihy on the 17th, Phyl Doyle on the 17th and Niamh Kelly on the 19th. The two other team members were Bridie McGarry and Mary Norton.
The Boyne Trophy team play Callan on Sunday (4pm). The home pairings are Eithne Murphy (15) and Pat Walsh (21) and Liz Cleere (16) and Dervilla O’Byrne (25); away in Callan, Phyl Doyle (12) and Ann Widger (20), Liz Kinsella (12) and Anne Murphy (21), Jo Lawlor (13) and Joan O’ Gorman (22).
The team is managed by Annette Whelan and Bridget Norwood.
The ladies Senior Cup, who reached the All-Ireland finals in the Grange on August 17 play Roscommon (8am) in the quarter-final that day.
Results SOS classic played in the club on Friday - 1 Seamus Lee (20), Callan, Owen Phelan (11), Seamus Cuddihy (14), Callan, Aidan Lee (16); 2 Aiden Phelan (11), Richie Phelan (16), Michael Butler (16), John Dalton (18) 92pts; 3 Joe O’Neill (16), Michael Ryan (10), Bernard Gillane (18), Niall Gillane (20) 88pts; 4 Jack Lowry (16), Mick O’Neill (20), Brian MacEneaney (19), Sean Murphy (20) 86pts; 5 Ollie Hickey (16), John McEvoy (19), Gerry Madden (20), John Dalton (14) 85pts (B9); 6 Liam Cody (13), Pat Cody (15), Pat Hickey (12), Stephen Walshe (13) 85pts; 7 Dick Curtin (11), Tom Gunning (13), Michael Keane (14), Kevin Donohue (20).
SENIOR MEN: Results May 17, 13 hole three person team event, 1 Eddie Guilfoyle (12), Michael Cody (19), Reay Brandon (22), Austin Kiely (23) 70pts; 2 Jim Ryan (13), Kevin Donohue (21), Michael Barry (26), Pat Kelleher (26) 67pts; 3 Ken Kinsella (13), Paddy Hally (25), Gerry Bowe (22), Eamon Brennan (28) 61pts; 4 Matt Ruth (13), Tony Morrissey (16), Martin Kelly (24), Tom Buckley (31) 60pts; 5 Jack Troy (15), Frank Dalton (21), Eddie Geraghty (22) 59pts (54+5); 6 Denis Carey (12), John Bracken (17), Martin Cody (22), Billy Dalton (32) 59pts; 7 Pat Drennan (15), Ger Power (18), Dave Schofield (27), Phil Lenehan (27) 58pts.
Competition Thursday May at 11am.
Away outing in Thurles, May 14, 1 Ger Walsh (17), Michael O’Reilly (19), Gerry Bowe (23), Austin Kiely (23) 86pts; 2 Denis Carey (12), John O’Regan (16), Donie Butler (22), Tim O’ Mahony (28) 81pts; 3 Con O’Sullivan (14), Michael O’Neill (22), Eddie Geraghty (22), Paddy Hally (25) 81pts; 4 Jim Ryan (13), Noel O’Sullivan (15), Martin Murphy (15), Jack Nolan (22) 79pts; 5 Noel Skehan (12), Finbar Coughlan (21), Chris Rainey (21), Reay Brandon (22) 79pts; 6 Eddie Guilfoyle (12), Pat O’Briain (16), Jimmy Rhatigan (17), Peter McQuillan (24) 77pts; 7 Willie Murphy (13), Matt Ruth (13), Martin Treacy (21), Dermot Moloney (21) 76pts.
SENIOR LADIES: Results May 17, 1 Toni Hayes, Mary Gorman, Breda Kavanagh, Etta Shine 37pts (39-2); 2 Joan Norris, Kathleen Price, Mary O’Connell 36pts; 3 Adrienne Walsh, Josie Bolger, Mary Gaffney 35pts. Competition on Thursday (10am).
SOCIAL GOLF: Results May 20, 1 Leo Hennessy (12), Kieran Hoban (9), Frank Morrissey (17) 63pts; 2 Niall Griffin (18), Catherine Griffin (19), Johnny McEvoy (19) 55pts.
There will be no social golf this Friday.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE: The under-15 boys will take on Mount Juliet this evening (5pm) in Mount Juliet. This is the second match in the series having already defeated Gowran Park.
Juvenile coaching continues on Saturday, under-12s’ 10 to 11am and over 12s’ 11 to 12noon. Please be present at the clubhouse 15 minutes before scheduled start time.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday), 1 to 2pm members time; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members, 5.15 to 6pm club matches, 6.15 to 6.30pm Senior Cup practice; Friday, 8.30 to 5.45pm CBS Classic; Saturday, 7.30 to 5.50pm Open Week four person team event; Sunday, 7.30 to 6pm, Open Week men’s singles, 4.10 to 4.35pm ladies inter-club Match Boyne Trophy; Monday, 8 to 6pm Open Week three person team event; Tuesday, May 29, 8.30 to 10am and 2 to 6pm Open Week ladies three person Rumble, 10 to 2pm men’s seniors Over 55’s’ Wednesday, May 30, 8 to 6pm Open Week men’s singles.