SEAN Walzer will be hoping that it’s second time lucky when he hosts his Captain’s Prize at Callan GC this weekend.
The event was originally scheduled for the June Bank Holiday Weekend, but the deluge of rain forced its cancellation. The prize will be held this weekend, starting on Friday, with times also available on Saturday and Sunday until 1pm.
There will be a play-off after 5.30pm on Sunday, with a mixed event also scheduled for that evening also.
A Clare native, Sean has been a member of the club since the 1990s. In the latter years he has spearheaded the junior section, which has increased year on year under his leadership.
Sean, Rosie and the Walzer family invite all members to participate over the weekend. No-one would rule out Sean’s sons, Kevin, Sean Og and David winning their father’s prize as all three are very promising golfers.
Following the golf there will be a prize-giving ceremony, followed by social evening, on Sunday.
JUNIOR CUP - Despite their best efforts the club’s Junior Cup team bowed out of the competition at the weekend.
Played in Carlow on Saturday morning, Callan went up against an excellent Miltown team. Niall O’Sullivan won his match on the 18th while Murt O’Halloran was level through 15 holes. John O’Dwyer, Jeff Lynch and Paul Norris all battled well but Callan could not secure the three points needed to move on to the semi-finals.
Manager Richie McMahon praised the excellent efforts of the entire panel, which also included Hugh Fitzpatrick, Sean Brett and Richie Condon. The players and management thanked club pro Michael O’Shea for his assistance in the preparation of this team.
CLASSIC - The annual club fund-raising classic will be held from Thursday, August 23 to Sunday, August 26. As well as golf equipment prizes for the team competition there is an opportunity to play in a Pro Am. Incorporated in the entry fee (E160 for a team of four) for the team competition there is an individual competition in which the top scores will result in three golfers going forward to play in a Pro Am this Autumn.
There is also the opportunity to win a car during the classic. There will be a hole in one competition, with the winner driving away in a brand new car worth E10,000. There will also be a nearest the pin competition, with the winner pocketing E100.
SINGLES - Darren Comerford produced the highest winning total of the open singles series, recording a blistering score of 46 points. James Hartley was second with 44 points, securing a berth in the Autumn playoff. The gross was captured by Gary Walsh, who compiled an excellent total to qualify for the final.
The series continues today (Wednesday) with an early bird option available for visitors before midday.
LADIES - A flawless performance saw Linda Adair win the Lady President Evelyn Bookle’s Prize at Callan GC.
Playing off a handicap of 12 Linda was three under par turning after nine holes on Saturday. Maintaining her super golf on the back nine she finished her round just five over par with a nett score of 65 strokes. Her nearest rival on the day was Ann Reilly, who finished with a good score of 68 (nett).
In her acceptance speech Linda said she was shocked to have won. In all her 36 years of playing golf she had never won a captain or president’s prize, but her victory was testimony to the professional’s buzz word ‘patience’.
Having left England to retire in Mullinahone with her husband Bill, she remarked how the couple often said that Callan golf course was an unspoiled gem, the envy of many a course in Ireland.
Lady President Evelyn congratulated Linda on her great golf and everyone who had helped in making her day such a success.
JUNIORS - The junior programme continues with competitions on Mondays from 8.30am and coaching sessions on Tuesdays from 7.30 to 8.30pm. With record numbers attending these sessions volunteers are welcome to get involved in what is the most vibrant of sections within the club.
Junior membership remains open for all those who may be interested.
RESULTS - Results, Lady President Evelyn Bookle’s Prize, July 29: 1 Linda Adair, 65pts; 2 Ann Reilly, 68pts; gross Rita O’Neill; 3 Laura Morrissey, 70pts; 4 Ena Kennedy, 71pts; 5 Ailish Carey, 71pts; 6 Caroline Healy, 72pts. Past President: Barbara Kearney, 76pts. Front nine: Helena McCormack. Back nine: Claire Henriques. Best 36: Betty Leahy, 73pts.
Results, Leinster Junior Cup semi-final, July 28: Miltown 3.5, Callan GC 1.5.
Results, Open Singles, July 25: 1 Darren Comerford, 46pts; 2 James Hartley, 44pts; gross Gary Walsh.
Results, Ladies Scotch foursomes, July 24: 1 Kay O’Neill & Anna Starr, 42pts; 2 Celine Egan & Ann Reilly, 38pts; 3 Breda Walsh & Helena McCormack, 37pts.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Men’s open singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Ladies 55 Club, 10am to 12 noon. Friday: Captain’s Prize, 12 noon to 6pm.
Saturday: Captain’s Prize, 7am to 6pm. Sunday: Captain’s Prize, 7am to 1pm. To be followed by playoff and social mixed from 5.30pm.
Monday: Juniors 8.30 to 10am. RGA, 11am to 1pm. Marie Keating Foundation Pink Day, 1 to 6pm. Ladies and gents welcome. Tuesday: Ladies Day.