The elite players’ scratch competition came a gripping conclusion at Callan CG.
The final saw Richard Condon and Jeffrey Lynch go head to head but even after 18 holes the in-form players couldn’t be separated. It wasn’t until the 22nd hole that a winner emerged, Richie edging ahead to take this year’s scratch matchplay title.
The final of the foursomes competition also drew to a conclusion recently, with a fantastic close-fought match between the teams of Nigel Dagg and James Wellwood taking on Jimmy Dunne and Bernard Moore.
This was always going to be a tough, hard fought match with two very strong partnerships pitted against each other. Both had come through some very stiff opposition to reach the final. At the halfway stage it looked as if Nigel and Jim had the upper hand, as they were three up, but Jimmy and Bernard dug deep - some fantastic putting from Jimmy brought them level by the 14th. Winning the next two holes, Jimmy and Bernard needed just a half on the 17th but Nigel and Jim won the hole, leaving the tie down the last. There was no way back for Nigel and Jim, as Bernard and Jimmy took the spoils.
SCRAMBLE - A mixed three-person team nine-hole champagne scramble will be held every Friday at 2pm. The format is a great way to enjoy a friendly game of golf. Bookings online or from Brian in the pro shop.
SERVICE - An Ecumenical service will be held at 7pm on Friday, November 11 for all members and former members and in memory of family and friends of members who have passed away during the year.
DINNER - The Captains’ dinner will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday, November 26.
RGA - There was a very good turnout for the RGA society’s 15-hole competition on October 17. Winner of Category A was Don Bolger with 33pts. John Grace was second with 32pts (c/b) with Willie Gilbert third on 32pts. Category B was won by Glen Wilson on 29pts. Michael Comerford was second on 27pts with Joe Kavanagh third on 26pts.
LADIES - Results, ladies 12-hole stableford, October 18: 1 Margaret T. O’Shea, 25pts (c/b); 2 Bea O’Donovan, 25pts; 3 Anne Croke, 24pts; 4 Kathleen Phelan, 22pts. The nine-hole competition was won by Bid Kearns on 10pts.
RESULTS - Results, men’s open singles, October 19: 1 Andrew Needham (8), 39pts; 2 Denis Gorey (21), 38pts; gross Nicholas Walsh (5), 33pts. Twos club: Tom Maher, Niall O’Sullivan and Michael Quinlan, fourth hole; Martin Maher, eighth hole; Darren Comerford, 14th; Michael Mullally, Daniel O’Donovan, Martin O’Halloran and Michael Quinlan, 16th.
Results, men’s weekend singles, October 22/23: 1 Niall Brett (11), 39pts; 2 Paddy Cody (23), 39pts; gross Jeffrey Lynch (3). Twos club: Michael Davis, Padraig Doheny, Jeffrey Lynch and Oliver Power, fourth hole; Martin Brennan, Niall Brett, Michael Byrne, Kevin O’Gorman and Patrick O’Keeffe, 14th; Niall Brett, Joseph Cuddihy, Michael Foley, Tom Maher and Michael Murphy, 16th.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 14, 16, 25. Lucky dip (€30) winners were Kit Cullen, Graham Doheny, Eileen Hennessy. The sellers were Mary Norton, Paul Norris and Anne McEvoy. The jackpot is now €950.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Open singles stableford. Thursday: Senior ladies, 10am to 12 noon. Friday: Senior ladies and gents open singles stableford. Saturday/Sunday: Men’s singles stableford (Turkey and Hams). Monday: Society, 9 to 10.30am. RGA, 11am to 1pm. Tuesday: Ladies 12-hole stableford.
With dry and windy conditions scoring was very good for the first round of the Lemongrass Winter League at Mount Juliet GC on Sunday.
The winner was Paul Madigan who covered his 18 holes in two over par gross for 38pts. Paul, who scored birdies at the first and 17th holes, had a shot to spare from Pat Joyce who, after a slow start, turned on the style for his last nine holes when he scored 22pts. Peter O’Flaherty was third. The ladies section was won by Annette Hogan with 29pts. The Winter League continues this Sunday.
SENIORS - The latest round of the popular seniors’ 18-hole open, which is held every Monday, saw Donal Simmons (Craddockstown GC) take the spoils. Donal, who scored 38pts with consistent nines of 19pts each, had a shot to spare from Dan Stallard (Gowran Park GC).
The previous seniors open was won by Kevin Cosgrave (Borris GC) with 37pts. He beat Michael Murtagh (Arklow GC) on a countback.
This popular competition continues on Bank Holiday Monday.
RESULTS - Results, Lemongrass Winter League, October 23: 1 Paul Madigan (4), 38pts; 2 Pat Joyce (13), 37pts; 3 Peter O’Flaherty (16), 37pts. Ladies: Annette Hogan (27), 29pts.
Results, Seniors 18-hole open, October 24: 1 Donal Simmons (13, Craddockstown GC), 38pts; 2 Dan Stallard (8, Gowran Park GC), 37pts.
The clock is ticking on the October Membership series at Gowran Park GC, with just two days left to qualify.
The final rounds of the open singles competition will be held today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday). The top three qualifiers from the week will go forward to the final on Friday, where first prize is a free golf membership for 2017 or a 43” LED TV. Second prize is €200 off a full membership or 32” LED TV while third prize is €100 off a full membership or a golf watch.
Entry is €20 for visitors, €7 for members. Timesheet details from 056-7726699 or online.
CHALLENGE - The Society Challenge competition will be held over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Running from Saturday to Monday, the entry fee for the three-person team event is €60 per team and €10 per person for members. The competition features a top prize of golf for a group of 20 players. All participants will be entered into a draw for a free membership. Timesheet details from the golf office, tel 056-7726699.
MEMBERSHIP - The club is continuing its membership drive for 2017. Full details on all membership offers and application forms are available from the golf office.
RESULTS - Results, Golden Golfers 11-hole champagne scramble, October 21: 1 John Greene (18), Pat Murphy (23), Gay Latchford (23), 57 nett; 2 Liam O’Dwyer (12), Helen Dunne (20), David Bambrick (24), 53 nett; 3 Sean Kiely (10), Pat Mulrooney (18), G. Hickey (20), A. O’Shea (36), 53 nett.
WINTER - The first round of the Members’ Winter League was played in near-perfect conditions at the weekend.
Results: 1 Liam Whitely (21), 28pts; 2 Thomas Nevin (8), 26pts; 3 Jimmy Townsend (21), 25pts.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Open Singles. Tomorrow (Thursday): Open Singles. Friday: October Series final. Saturday to Monday: Society Challenge open three-person team event (visitors €20, members €5).
The winners of the last High and Low competition of the season at Castlecomer GC were Joan Costigan and Catriona Meagher. A great day was had by all.
MEETINGS - The 17th annual meeting of the men’s club will be held in the clubhouse on November 17 at 8pm.
The joint club annual meeting is in the clubhouse on December 1 at 8pm.
CLOTHES - The next clothes collection will be held in mid-November. Black bags are available in locker room.
WINTER - The 11-hole competition is ongoing at present. The Winter League will start in November.
SOCIAL - Ladies social golf continues every Monday at 11.15am. All welcome.
DIARY - Saturday to Monday: Men’s open singles.
Results, open two-person team event, October 22/23: 1 Ger Carroll (9) & Jonathan Hickey (12), 49pts; 2 Johnny Murphy (10) & Mick Cody (16), 46pts; 3 Stephen Gannon (16) & Martin Bolger (12), 45pts.
Results, open singles competition, October 19: 1 Kevin Cosgrave (20), 39pts; 2 Dan Glynn (16), 39pts; 3 Pierce Healy (11), 39pts.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto. The jackpot is now €2,100. Tickets, €2, are available from club members and the clubhouse bar.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): Winter League, round three. Saturday/Sunday: Winter League. Tee times from the clubhouse, tel 059-9773310.