Scramble is a super success

THE Tuesday evening scramble continues to grow in popularity at Castlecomer GC.

THE Tuesday evening scramble continues to grow in popularity at Castlecomer GC.

Triumphant winners on the first week were Colm Lynch, Eileen Healy and Tom Staunton with a great score of 25 5/6pts. Hot on their heels were runners-up Liam Farrell, David Lynch and Ann O’Neill with the score of 26 4/6pts.

Ann O’Neill was in the winner’s enclosure again on week two. Drawn with Michael Brennan and Eamonn McEvoy, the trio brought in an impressive 25 2/6pts. In a tight finish runners-up Nicky Walsh, James Daly and Ger Comerford brought in a score of 25 3/6pts.

The scramble continues every Tuesday evening, with a trophy presented to the best individual overall scrambler for the season. Teams are drawn on arrival between 5 and 6.30pm.

LADIES - There will be a ladies nine-hole fun golf competition at 6.15pm on Wednesday, May 15. All are welcome, newcomers and non-members. Entry fee is E10, with entries to 087-9171579.

Winners of the Spring league were Team E. Team members were Breda Phelan, Nuala Mahon, Ita Madigan, Marie Gannon, Loretta Mansfield and Margaret O’Keeffe.

The ladies social nine-hole draw continues every Monday at 10.15am.

INTER-CLUB - The Intermediate and Challenge Cup teams are out on Monday, May 13. The Challenge team face The Curragh GC in Portlaoise while the Intermediate face Abbeyleix GC in Athy.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. The big prize is now E18,200.

SENIORS - A Seniors open day (open to men and women over 50) will be held on Wednesday, May 29. Entry fee is E10 or E6 for members, with catering available all day.

The competition format is an 18-hole singles stableford, with the best men’s score winning the Michael Doyle Prize & Trophy.

Timesheet details are available from 087-6315852 or 056-4441139.

FOURBALL - Victor Smyth (6) and Ken Hovendon (16) took the top honours in the open fourball played over the weekend. A great score of 45 points also ensured Victor’s and Ken’s qualification for the area final of the Holmpatrick Cup. Jason Brennan (5) and Shay Kennedy (9) finished second with 42 points (back nine).

SINGLES - Adrian Brennan put in a storming finish on the back nine to emerge victorious in the Bank Holiday open singles with a score of 38pts. Adrian birdied holes 13 and 15, which separated him from the rest of the field.

Matt Dooley also finished with a good back nine to claim second place from a group of other players on 35pts.

Results: 1 Adrian Brennan (15), 38pts; 2 Matt Dooley (22), 35pts; gross Richard Walsh (1), 33pts.

DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Men’s open singles.


THE dates have been announced for the Borris GC Development Classic.

The fund-raising competition will be held from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9. Cost of entry is E100 per team.

LEINSTER - The South Leinster team advanced in the competition after beating Castlecomer GC on Saturday.

RESULTS - Results, Friday nine-hole singles competition: 1 A.F. Mitchell (17), 23pts; 2 Pat Leahy (21), 22pts; 3 Brendan Kiernan (12), 21pts.

Results, open seniors competition: 1 John Joe Nolan (20), 41pts; 2 John Tuite (13), 41pts; 3 Moling Reddy (14), 41pts.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Open singles. Friday: Nine-hole singles.

Saturday/Sunday: Open four-person team event (any combination).


THE busiest period of the season, Open Week swings into action at Callan GC on Sunday, May 19.

This year’s Open Week starts with the Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups, a competitive opening to proceedings. Last year the honours went to two Callan members - Richie Condon took the Philip O’Mahony Perpetual Junior Scratch Cup with a brilliant level par round while Conor Murphy took time out from his Junior Cert studies to fire an excellent 77 and capture the Intermediate title.

The full list of Open Week fixtures, which features a variety of competitions for members and visitors, will be printed next week.

LADIES - Berna and Breda Walsh captured the Australian Spoons title with an excellent score of 44pts. The Walshes won by three shots from Anna Starr and Caroline Somers, who scored 41pts.

The club’s excellent run in the ladies inter-club competitions came to an end when the Minor Cup team were beaten by Bunclody GC at Borris. Despite the result the ladies did well in defeat with Margaret Comerford, Betty McGrath, Teresa O’Neill, Olive Walsh and Rose Brophy (captain) gave their all.

LESSONS - Beginners lessons will continue at the club every Saturday throughout May. Lesson will be provided by PGA professional Ian St John.

Further information is available from Margaret, tel 056-7725173.

Lesson will also be held for junior golfers over 10 years of age, starting on Sunday at 2 and 3pm.

The cost is E25 for boys (five lessons) and E40 for girls (10 lessons).

RESULTS - Results, social mixed competition, May 3: 1 T. Maher, S. Kirby, S. Tennyson; 2 J. Grace, M. Grace, R. Morrissey.

Results, senior ladies competition, May 2: 1 M. Comerford, A. Bowen, S. Kirby; 2 M. Blanchfield, P. Kenny, S. Tennyson; 3 M. O’Mahony, A. Hickey, M. Halley.

Results, ladies competition, April 30: 1 B. Walsh & B. Walsh, 44pts; 2 A. Starr & C. Somers, 41pts.

Results, men’s RGA, April 29: 1 J. Kehoe, 31pts; 2 P. Cody, 29pts; 3 E. Holohan, 27pts.


THERE was a great turnout for the Membership Tournament at New Ross GC over the weekend.

More than 220 golfers took to the fairways in warm but breezy conditions. John Byrne (15) took the spoils again, successfully defending his title. Byrne had a brilliant score of 42pts that was good enough to beat Robbie O’Connor (20) on the back nine.

Results, membership tournament: 1 John Byrne (15), 42pts back nine; 2 Robbie O’Connor (20), 42pts; 3 Ned Lyng (12), 40pts; 4 Paul Rockett (16), 39pts; 5 Andrew Lawlor (13), 39pts; 6 Richie Brazil (15), 39pts; 7 Michael Ryan jnr (3), 38pts; gross Sean O’Leary, 31pts. Category prizes: Declan Breen (8), 35pts; Seamus Phelan (14), 38pts; Jack Murphy (16), 34pts; Donal Redmond (18), 35pts.

FOURBALL - The Tuesday Fourball (April 30) competition was won by Des Redmond (18) and Charlie Bradley (16) with a fine score of 37pts. Club captain Seamus McGuinness (9) and Philip Murphy (12) won category one with 33pts while Ned Lyng (12) and Michael Kavanagh (18) won the category two prize with 37pts. The competition was sponsored by President Brian Dolan.

WEEKEND - It will be a busy weekend at the club. The Junior and Intermediate Scratch Cups (18-hole stroke events) will be held on Saturday. Tee times for the competitions, which are sponsored by Kalonil Stores, are available.

An 18-hole singles stableford competition in aid of the 3T’s (Turning The Tide on Suicide) will be held on Sunday. The winner will go on to represent New Ross in the regional finals, with a chance of going forward to the national finals at The K Club.

INTER-CLUB - The South Leinster Trophy team advanced in this year’s competition after getting the better of Gowran Park GC on Saturday. Hughie O’Connor and Dan Quigley pulled off great away victories, with Peter Goggin narrowly losing out in Gowran. Pat Whelan won his match, whilst Seamus Power was called in.

New Ross will meet Borris GC in the next round. The team is managed by Jim Meggs.

SENIORS - Seventeen teams did battle for the seniors prize on Thursday. Conditions were excellent, and with the renowned greens now lightning fast it was here that the game was won and lost.

A better back nine (45/40) saw the team of Andy Ronan (13), Jim ‘Ross’ Ryan (16), Paul Laffan (18) and Jamesie Murphy (22) take the spoils with 85pts. In second place with the same total were Hughie O’Connor (14), Tony Redmond (17), Tom O’Neill (20) and Tommy Grennan (21). Third place went to Kevin Treacy (12), Fr Ger O’Brien (17), Robert O’Dwyer (18) and Colin Casey (20) with 84pts.


THE open singles competition proved very popular at Gowran Park GC over the weekend with competitors enjoying favourable weather conditions.

Pat Kirwan returned the best score over the three days. Playing off 10, Pat’s 42-point total earned him the spoils ahead of Larry Comerford and Michael Bolger, both of whom scored 40pts. Daily leading qualifiers from each day were Kevin Maher (18), Niall Kiely (3) and Noel Kenny (11), all three returning scores of 39pts.

SINGLES - Thursday’s open singles competition was won by club member Mick Dillon (13) with 42pts. Carlow’s Madeleine Brennan (9) was runner-up on 38pts.

The competition continues tomorrow (Thursday). Timesheet available from 056-7726699.

LADIES - Results, ladies 18-hole competition, April 27/30: 1 Karen Haughney (22), 40pts; 2 Margaret Bower (36), 35pts.

INTER-CLUB - The Irish Mixed Foursomes team, managed by Declan Davis and Ann Mullins, took on Kilkenny GC with three matches at home and two away. At home the pairings of Thos Farrell (4) & Linda Donohoe (20) and Liam O’Dwyer (10) & Maura Coe(22) won comfortably. P.J. Dreeling (8) & Nora Barron (15) were beaten after a great effort.

Mick Dillon (13) & Kate Hennessey (11) had a great win to secure the match in Kilkenny with Paul Whelan (5) & Ann Mullins (15) being called in on 17th. The team will meet the winners of the Mount Wolseley/Killerig match in round three.

The Minor team, managed by Niamh Connolly, went down 3-2 to Birr GC in Abbeyleix. Team was Sally Kavanagh, Kathleen Whitehead, Joan Murphy, Catherine O’Driscoll and Helen Dunne.

There was better fortunes for the Miele team who beat Kilkenny GC in a tense encounter. The match was decided on the 19th in Gowran Park.

The Intermediate team will play Mountrath GC in Castlecomer on Sunday.

JUNIORS - There was great excitement in Saturday’s junior competition when Bill Whelan scored a magnificent hole-in-one at the fifth hole.

Playing off a 24 handicap, 15-year-old Bill played his rescue club to the 150 meter par three and saw it roll straight into the hole. The ace helped Bill win the competition with a great score of 42pts.

RESULTS - Results, junior 18-hole singles stableford, May 4: 1 Bill Whelan (24), 42pts; 2 Joe Murphy (24), 36pts.

Results, junior nine-hole scramble: 1 Conor Cleere, Adam Oakes & Jonathan McGrath; 2 Conor Murphy, Tom Bolger & Padraig Dunne.

DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Race Meeting - no golf. Tomorrow (Thursday): Weekly open singles (golf for holidays), visitors E20.

Sunday: Open fourball (open to men and women), visitors E20.


THE Intermediate Scratch Cup proved to be a great success at Mount Juliet GC on Sunday. A singles stroke competition over 18 holes, there was a large entry field of members and visitors alike.

A steady round throughout saw Aidan O’Keeffe from Cobh GC card the winning score of 81 gross (nine over par for the course). Aidan had nines of 39 and 42, his only birdie coming on the long second hole. He completed his round with bogeys on the 16th and 18th, but held on to win by two shots. John McGrath was second, with Billy Mernagh third.

SUMMER - The second round of the Summer League was held at the weekend, with the ladies to the fore thanks to some excellent scoring. Winner Helen Walsh started her round with a triple bogey seven on the first but settled down well to record 21 points for her first nine holes. She scored a further impressive 22 points for her last nine holes.

INTER-CLUB - The Ladies Miele Fourball team were beaten by Borris GC. The Men’s Duggan Cup team will take on neighbours Callan in the second round this week, Callan enjoying home advantage of the odd match of five.

RESULTS - Results, Intermediate Scratch Cup, May 5: 1 Aidan O’Keeffe (14, Cobh GC), 81 shots; 2 John McGrath (12, Lisheen GC), 83 shots; 3 William Mernagh (13, Callan GC), 83 shots; nett; Keith Richards (13, Fermoy GC), 70 nett.

Results, Summer League, May 5: 1 Helen Walsh (31), 43pts; 2 Karen Murphy (34), 41pts; 3 Conor Mulholland (17), 37pts.


THE APRIL medal competition, which doubled as the club singles qualifier, drew a good crowd to Mountain View GC over the weekend. Medal-winners were John Walsh (Cat One), Tommy Grace (Cat Two) and John Sheil (Cat Three).

Full results and the draw for the singles matchplay are posted in the clubhouse and on All first round matches must be played by May 31.

SPRING - After four rounds of the Spring League Bart Begley jnr and Shane Timmons are tied at the top on 36 points each. Larry O’Neill is in third place on 22pts.

Tommy Walton leads Category Two with 24pts with Pat Joyce second on 18pts. Frank Culleton continues to lead Category Three on 45pts, followed by Dean Dalton on 21pts.

The fifth round of the league (single stableford) will be held this weekend. The final round is on the following weekend and will be held in conjunction with the May medal.

RESULTS - Results, seniors singles, April 30: 1 Martin Walsh (16), 36pts; 2 Christy Donovan (17), 35pts; 3 John Coleman (19), 34pts.

DIARY - Sunday: Spring League. Tuesday, May 14: Seniors competition. Wednesday, May 15: Ladies competition.

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