The following is the news from Kilkenny golf club this week:
Scoring in the Mens McCalmont Cup played over the weekend at Kilkenny golf club was very good with some scores of 66 failing to feature in the prizes. The winner with a great score of 63 was Eugene Deegan playing off 10 handicap.
Eugene was out in one over par 37 and back in one over 36 for a gross of 73. Eugene was two over after two holes and level par for the last 16. He had a very consistent round with birdies on the 4th and 17th and only dropping shots on the 1st, 2nd, 13th and 15th.
Eugene had two strokes to spare from Jim O’Connell (28) with a 65 net. Jim, who is in his seventies, was delighted with his score and the fact that he has been cut two shots in handicap. The remainder of the net prizes were won by David McNamara (10) 66 net (B9), Richie Manogue (9) 66 net (B9) and Mick Butler (16) 66 net (B9).
The gross prize was won by Graham Nugent (2) with 72 gross. The juvenile prize was won by Jack Teehan (12) with 67 net.
One disappointing fact about Sunday’s competition was the fact that some members failed to show up for the competition and there had been people on the waiting list. One member who was due out before 8.30am deleted himself at 7.45am on Sunday which wasn’t much good to anyone on the waiting list.
This is very inconsiderate when there are members looking to get on timesheets now that the days are getting shorter. Hopefully the two offenders will contact competition secretary Ollie Cullen or the office with an explion.
In the case of the member who deleted himself at 7.45 another member Paul O’Dwyer, who was on the waiting lists, was automatically defaulted into the vacant slot but it wasn’t much good to him because even if he got the email notification he only had half an hour to get to the club in time for tee off. For the standby list to work effectively members must delete themselves in sufficient time for other members to avail of the vacancy.
Members are also reminded that they must not start before the official starting time on Sunday mornings as the course staff need time to cut the greens and prepare the course.
The weekend competition will be the March monthly medal which had to be postponed. The last ladies and gents Open singles of the season will be played on Wednesday, October 2.
The ladies 18 hole v par played last week was won by Lady Competition secretary, Breda Roche (15) on 2 up. Breda had three to spare from Lady Captain Sheila Brennan (24) on 1 down. Sheila edged Frances Graham (30) into third place on the back nine. The gross was won by Mary Leahy Browne (3) with 5 down.
The senior men’s competition was won by Noel O’Sullivan (17), Finbar Coughlan (22), Nicky Lawlor (21) and Joe Lambe (30) with 58 points. Second were Mick O’Flynn (15), Mick Crotty (16), Joe Nolan (22) and Tim O’Mahony (36) on 57 points.
Third were Geoff Meagher (14), Shem Lawlor (22), Tom Reade (24) and Kevin Hogan (27).
The senior ladies played for Lady Captain Sheila Brennan’s prize on Thursday. The overall winner of the singles competition was Ann Gubbins with 23 points. Ann won on a count back.
The team event was won by Mary Browne, Ann Gubbins, Kathleen Gaffney and Bridie Sloyan with 54 points. Runners-up were Kitty Nolan, Ann Gunning, Barbara Schofield on 51 points. Third were Nuala Crotty, Kathleen Price and Kathleen Kelly on 49 points.
MEMBERSHIP - As we approach the end of the financial year on October 31 the club is open for membership enquiries. There are a number of vacancies open for the ladies and gents sections.
Applicants can enjoy the benefit of three months free membership as their fees will cover them until their subscription becomes due for renewal in 2015. Full details available from Sean or Aoife (056 7765400). Membership for the boys and girls primary/juvenile/junior categories will not be considered until February 2014.
SOCIAL GOLF - The last of this year’s social golf was on Saturday. It was a four person team event with the best two scores counting. The winning team was Sean Boland (10), John King (18), Pat Walsh (22) and Hilda Richardson (23) with 69 points.
The runners-up on 68 points were Ollie Cullen (11), Dick Cogan (20), Bridie McGarry (9) and Lady Captain Sheila Brennan (24).
REPAIRS: The final divot repair session of the season was on Monday and Tuesday evening of last week. There were a number of individuals who turned up practically every night. To those people a special thanks.
Hopefully a few more members will volunteer next season. If the club had a dedicated group of 16 or so it would only need to do an hourly session every three or four weeks. Next year around March the search for volunteers will begin. Members are requested to continue to repair pitch marks, replace divots and most important to please rake bunkers after they have played a shot from them. There are rakes in all bunkers.
BRIDGE LESSONS: Bridge lessons which have been organised by Catherine King will commence on Monday September at 7.45pm in the club.
RESULTS: Men’s McCalmont Cup Saturday and Sunday (CSS 70) 1 Eugene Deegan (10) 63 net; 2 Jim O’Connell (28) 65 net; 3 David McNamara (10) 66 net (B9); Best Gross, Graham Nugent (2) 72 Gross; 5 Richie Manogue (9) 66 net (B9); 6 Mick Butler (16) 66 net (B9).
Junior prize, Jack Teehan (12) 67 net.
Date for presentation of prizes to be confirmed.
Two’s Club McCalmont Cup - Richard Manogue, Graham Nugent, Emmet Boland, Daragh McNamara at 6th; Paul Colfer, Michael Buggy, Tom Moore, Tom Hickey at10th; Ned Nolan, Ollie Cullen at 15th; Aidan Brennan, Pat Butler, Eugene Deegan at 17th.
Each Two is worth €20.76 and is credited in the Pro Shop.
LADIES NEWS: Ladies 18 hole v par,(CSS Sunday 73, Wednesday 72) 1 Breda Roche (15) 2 up; 2 Sheila Brennan (24) 1 down (B9); Best Gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) 5 down; 3 Frances Graham (30) 1 down (B9).
Fixtures - Tuesday, October 1, ladies 18 hole ABC stroke 8.30 to 10.20am and 12.20 to 2.20pm. No evening slots. Slots also available on Sunday 10.30 to 11am, bookable online, 2.50 to 3.30pm draw.
Lady Captain Sheila Brennan has chosen Woodenbridge for the adies away outing. The date is Friday, October 18 with golf in Woodenbridge and staying overnight in the Woodenbridge Hotel. Details of the cost are on the ladies notice board. All interested are requested to place their names on the sheet on the ladies notice board.
SENIOR MEN: Results men’s seniors September 19, 13 hole competition, 1 Noel O’Sullivan (17), Finbar Coughlan (22), Nicky Lawlor (21), Joe Lambe (30) 58 pts; 2 Mick O’Flynn (15), Mick Crotty (16), Joe Nolan (22), Tim O’Mahony (36) 57 pts (B6); 3 Geoff Meagher (14), Shem Lawlor (22), Tom Reade (24), Kevin Hogan (27) 57 pts; 4 Eddie Geraghty (13), Ger Power (18), Dermot Moloney (21), Jim O’Connell (28) 56 pts (B6); 5 Jack Troy (15), Jim Meredith (19), Peter McQuillan (24), Martin Kelly (26) 56 pts; 6 Noel Skehan (15), Paddy Gubbins (17), Michael Barry (26), Pat Kelleher (26) 55 pts (B6); 7 Willie Murphy (17), Peter Dabinet (19), David Schofield (27), Michael Cuddihy (26) 55 pts.
SENIOR LADIES: Results senior ladies September 19, 13 hole competition, Lady Captain Sheila Brennan’s prize, overall winner, Ann Gubbins 23 pts (on count back).
Team event - 1 Mary Browne, Ann Gubbins, Kathleen Gaffney, Bridie Sloyan 54 pts; 2 Kitty Nolan, Ann Gunning, Barbara Schofield 51 pts; 3 Nuala Crotty, Kathleen Price, Kathleen Kelly 49 pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 11.30 to 12.45 Abbeyleix seniors, 1 to 2pm members time, 3.45 to 4.30pm lady team managers outing; Thursday, 10 to 11am senior ladies, 11 to 1pm senior men, 1 to 2pm members time; Friday, 12.20 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 3.45pm club committees outing; Saturday, 7.30 to 9pm members, 9.15 to 1pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members, 2 to 3.30pm March monthly medal; Sunday, 7.30 to 10.30am and 11 to 3.30pm men’s March monthly medal, 10.30 to 11am ladies competition, bookable online, 2.50 to 3.30pm draw; Monday, 11 to 12.15pm visitors, 1 to 2pm members time; Tuesday, 8.30 to 10.20am ladies ABC Stroke, 10.50 to 12 noon visitors, 12.20 to 2.20pm ladies ABC stroke, no evening slots. Slots also available on Sunday 10.30 to 11am, bookable online, 2.50 to 3.30pm draw; Wednesday, October 2, 8.30 to 3.30 ladies and gents Open singles.
Ladie results from weekend, 1 Delia O’Donohoe 40pts; 2 Mary Brophy 34 (b9).
Social Tuesdays nine holes commencing continuing next week. Draw at 10am. This is open to recent beginners.
Castlecomer’s great run in the Jimmy Bruen Shield (men) came to an end at the All-Ireland semi finals in Royal Tara on Friday. It was heartbreak for the team when the last and deciding match went to opponents Killorgin on the 20th hole, giving the Kerry team a 3 matches to 2 victory. Killorgin went on to win their first All-Ireland.
Victor Smyth and Ken Hovendon secured the first point for Castlecomer with a 2 and 1 victory. Killorgin took the next two points with victories over John Doheny and Pat Comerford on the 18th hole and Shay Kennedy and Adam Dempsey on the 15th hole.
Paul Campion and Tom Coogan levelled the match with a great birdie on the par five 18th hole. David Breen and Damien Fogarty, who had been ahead, were pegged back to all square on the 18th hole. The first play-off hole was halved with pars but Killorgins pair won the second play-off hole. Team manager was Michael Curry. The team got bronze medals.