The first of the monthly medal competitions for 2017 was held at Mount Juliet GC on Sunday. The event also marked the start of the Golfer of the Year.
Conditions were testing for all players, with a stiff breeze and occasional showers to make good scoring difficult. The best score of the day was produced by Mark Hennessy when he returned a 70 nett to win the medal in Category One. Mark had a fine first nine holes of 37 strokes, which was only one over par, aided by birdies at the third and seventh holes. He completed the final nine holes in 42 shots.
Category Two spoils were won by the man in form, Mark Taylor, who returned a 74 nett. Mark scored nines of 46 and 41 strokes respectively with Jack O’Byrne securing Category Three with a score of 71 strokes.
The ladies section was won by Niamh Strudwick, another player in good form of late, with 72 nett.
CSS for Sunday was 73 for the men and 75 for ladies.
RESULTS - Results, monthly medal, March 19: Cat One - Mark Hennessy (9), 70 nett. Cat Two - Mark Taylor (13), 74 nett. Cat Three - Jack O’Byrne (22), 71 nett. Ladies - Niamh Strudwick (29), 72 nett.
FOURBALL - A member/guest fourball stableford will be held on Sunday. The one tee start is now firmly in place.
Gowran Park GC is gearing up to hold a Get Into Golf programme to attract new players to the game.
A launch evening for the course, which is open to ladies, will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday, April 26 from 7pm.
The eight-week course costs €50, with all equipment supplied, allowing newcomers to learn the game in a fun and relaxed environment. The one-hour sessions, which will be held on Wednesday evenings, will see a golf professional take newcomers through the game.
The first four weeks will see newcomers participate in putting, chipping and other activities on the range. From weeks five to eight, the lady members of the club will play a few holes with course participants. The first lesson starts on Wednesday, May 3.
Warm casual clothing will be suitable for the sessions and a rain jacket if required. All enquiries to 056-7726699.
NEW MEMBERS - The inaugural preseason tournament for new members will be held on Saturday, April 1. The competition, an 11-hole scramble, will feature a draw for partners at 1.30pm with a 2pm tee off.
All new members who joined in 2016/17 are invited to come along and enjoy the day. Registrations to the golf office, tel 056-7726699, by lunchtime on Friday, March 31.
EASTER - The club will hold an open fourball competition on Easter Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a three-person team event on Easter Monday. Timesheets are available online or from 056-7726699. Entry fee is €20 for visitors, €5 for members.
RESULTS - Results, men’s 18-hole strokeplay (monthly medal), March 18 & 19: 1 John Darcy (14), 64 nett; 2 Dan Stallard (8), 65 nett; gross Larry Cleere (5), 75 gross; 4 Pat Nolan (21), 66 nett. Winner, 18+ category: Liam Whitely (21), 69 nett.
Prize-giving will be held after the nine-hole competition on Wednesday, April 26.
Results, Golden Golfers 11-hole scramble, March 16: 1 Liam O’Dwyer (12), Peter O’Shea (19), Liam Whitely (21), 36.8 nett; 2 Pat Staunton (17), John McNamara (18), Jim Fisher (24), Gay Latchford (23), 37.2 nett.
NINE - The members’ weekly nine-hole competitions will begin on Wednesday, April 5. Tee-off is at 5pm, with a good crowd expected.
DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday)/Friday: Winter Series open singles (visitors €20, members €5).
The first medal of the year was played at Mountain View GC recently.
The competition was played in conjunction with the first round of the Spring League. Owing to some confusion as to the competition format the committee has decided that for this medal only all returned cards will be treated as stableford.
POT - Last week’s Split The Pot winner was Bobby Hearne. Next draw is on Sunday. Single entry is €2.
MEDAL - The monthly medal for April will be held on Sunday, April 1. It will be held in conjunction with the fourth round of the Spring League.
RESULTS - Results, 18-hole single stableford (monthly medal): 1 Seamus Nolan (16), 38pts; 2 John Coffey (19), 37pts; 3 Colin Widger (19), 37pts; 4 Sean Og O’Sullivan (18), 37pts; 4 Seamus O’Brien (19), 37pts; 5 John Coleman (20), 37pts. Medal winners: Group One - Brian Hudson. Group Two - Seamus Nolan. Group Three - John Coffey.
DIARY - Sunday: Spring League, round three (single stableford). Tuesday: Seniors’ 15-hole competition. Wednesday: Ladies 13-hole competition. Thursday, March 30: Seniors’ 13-hole competition.
Despite the weather there was a good turnout for the St Patrick’s Day mixed two-person team event at Callan GC on Friday.
Held over 15 holes, winners were Neville Coen and Lorcan O’Toole with a great score of 40pts. The Gowran Park GC team of Teresa O’Neill and Orla McCormack were second with 39pts.
OPEN - The open Club Classic four-person champagne scramble will be held from April 14 to 16. Cost per team is €60, with bookings available from the pro shop, tel 056-7725136.
MEN - Results, men’s weekend fourball competition, March 18 & 19: 1 Sean Malone and Ollie Murphy, 35pts (B6); 2 J.J. Murphy and Brian Malone, 35pts.
In fourball competitions the 90% rule for handicaps only applies over 18-hole competitions. When the number of holes is reduced the handicap allowance is also reduced. A sheet showing exact handicaps for such competitions is up on the men’s notice-board.
Results, men’s 12-hole competition, March 15: 1 Murt Duggan, 28pts; 2 Brian Dignam, 25pts (B6).
LADIES - Results, ladies 10-hole stableford, March 14: 1 Catherine Dore, 20pts; 2 Noelle Cody, 18pts; 3 Breda Bolger, 17pts; 4 Teresa Phelan, 17pts; 5 Pauline O’Brien, 17pts.
RGA - The RGA played a 15-hole stableford competition on Monday. Winner with a score of 26pts in Category A was Paddy Grace. Liam Duggan was second with 23pts (c/b) with John Kirwan third on 23pts. Category B was won by Tommy Phelan with 20pts. David Nye was second with 19pts while Dan Sullivan was third with 19pts.
GET INTO GOLF - Registration is closing for the Get Into Golf programme. The series, designed to help people learn the basics of the game, is limited to 40 places. Registrations by Saturday to Betty McGrath or Lady Captain Mary O’Hanlon.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 4, 21, 30. Lucky dip winners (€30) were Martin Brett, Teresa Buggy and Marie Gorey. Sellers were Pauline O’Brien and Joe Cuddihy. The jackpot is now €2,550.
COURSE - Hollow coring of greens will, weather permitting, begin on Monday.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): O’Dwyer’s Golf Stores open’s open singles stableford; Mountain View GC seniors, 10 to 11.30am. Thursday: Senior Ladies, 10am to 12 noon. Friday: Social mixed and new members from 2pm. Saturday/Sunday: Men’s club singles qualifier. Monday: RGA, 12.10 to 1pm/Duggan Cup practice, 4.30 to 5.30pm. Tuesday: Ladies 18-hole three-person team event.
The first men’s 18 hole singles of the season was held over St Patrick’s Weekend at Castlecomer GC.
Played in testing conditions, the weather didn’t deter Noel Rothwell from playing a great round. Noel birdied holes one, seven and eight to complete a great front nine of 21pts. He added 20pts to his back nine to return a score of 41pts, pipping Matt Dooley and Nathan Ryan by one point.
Results: 1 Noel Rothwell (12), 41pts; 2 Matt Dooley (21), 40pts (B6); gross Michael Dermody (7), 30pts; 3 Nathan Ryan (12), 40pts.
BEGINNERS - The club will start a series of beginners lessons for new golfers shortly.
The eight one-hour sessions, which will be held in conjunction with PGA professional Noel Leahy, costs €50 total with the first lesson starting on Tuesday, May 2. Equipment is provided free of charge for each lesson, with the emphasis on chipping, putting and the long game.
SENIORS - Forty-five senior golfers enjoyed a marvellous game at Kilkenny GC on Monday. With the course in top class condition all enjoyed a great day.
The winning team of Ger Comerford, Matt Pollack, Nick O’Connor and Kathleen Ryan finished one over gross, a most respectable score in breezy conditions. Nick O’Connor worked the oracle with the putter, getting at least three superb long range putts.
Results, Seniors’ outing to Kilkenny GC, March 20: 1 Ger Comerford (23), Matt Pollack (26), Nick O’Connor (24), Kathleen Ryan (22), 61 1/8; 2 Murty Coonan (12), Pat Graham (24), Richard Smeade (27), Jean Jackman (28), 62 5/8; 3 Richie Hogan (14), Seamie Brennan (20), Noreen Kinsella (25) 63 1/6.
The weather gods smiled on seniors’ captain Gerard Comerford when he held his drive-in on Wednesday last. The course basked in sunshine, with temperatures of 17 degrees recorded.
Results, Senior Captain’s drive-in competition, March 15: 1 Martin Brennan (16), Tony Cooper (26), Pat Morrissey (19), John Shore (28), 50 7/8; 2 Tom Casey (22), Mal Murphy (20), Seamie Brennan (20), Ann O’Neill (28), 52 6/8; Michael Doheny (16), Liam Farrell (21), Tony Whelan (24) 55 5/6.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. The jackpot is now €16,000.
RESULTS - March mixed foursomes qualifier, March 19: 1 Anthony Holohan (7), Patricia Doheny (22), 41pts; 2 Nicky Walsh (16), Joan Brennan (13), 39pts (B9); 3 Ciaran Kelly (5), Noreen Kinsella (25), 39pts; 4 John Kelly (18), Maria Downey (11), 38pts (B9). All four pairs have qualified for the matchplay quarter-finals. A further qualifying round will be held on Sunday, April 23.
Results, St Patrick’s Weekend ladies 18-hole singles: 1 Freda Campion, 2 Theresa Manning.
Results, Lamb 10: 1 Margaret Furlong, 2 Honoria Fogarty.
Results, ladies high/low 11-hole foursomes, March 12: 1 Honoria Fogarty & Ita Madigan, 19pts; 2 Loretta Mansfield & Maureen Norton, 17pts (B6): 3 Delia O’Donoghue & Margaret Furlong, 17pts.
DIARY - Saturday/Sunday: Men’s 18-hole open singles V par.
Fine weather favoured the running of the first major trophy of the year, the March Medal, at New Ross GC.
Scoring was excellent with the winner, Colm Murphy (8) coming home with a nett 63. Noel Kendrick (18) was second on 65 with Declan Clark (18) third on 67. Donal Hosey shot 77 to win the gross.
Category One: Brendan Duffin (8), 72. Category Two: George Walsh (12), 67. Category Three: Ger Freyne (18).
All prize-winners are asked to attend their respective prize-giving ceremony, or to appoint someone to pick up their prize.
FOURBALL - The golfing season gets into full swing with the start of the Tuesday Evening fourball competition. This year’s event, which starts on Tuesday, will be an open competition for ladies, gents, mixed and visitors. Entry fee is €4 for members, €10 for visitors. Booking online is advisable if you wish to play after 2pm.
QUIZ - The next round of the table quiz league is on Friday at 8pm.
LADIES - Registration for Get into Golf Programme will be held this evening (Wednesday) in the clubhouse between 6 and 8pm. People with clubs to donate (left or right hand) can leave same at the Pro Shop or in the ladies locker-room.
This week’s competition is the Glanbia 18-hole stableford. Players can book online.
Results, Creacon Wellness 18-hole stableford, March 15: 1 Teresa Foley (19), 36pts; 2 Marie Therese Wall (21), 34pts (L6); 3 Mary J. Maher (29), 34pts (L9).
SENIORS - The seniors enjoyed some good weather for their outing on Thursday last, with the course in very good condition. The greens, cut that morning, were slick and fast and drew praise from all the players.
The competition, a champagne scramble, was won by the three-man team of Denis Kirwan (11), Kevin Treacy (19) and Brian Dolan (22) with 99pts (93 plus the six point bonus). Second place went to Jimmy Furlong (8), Willie Byrne (14), John Joe Cullen (18) and Tony Sexton (24) on 97pts with Andy Ronan (14), Jim ‘Ross’ Ryan (18) Larry Shannon (18) and Willie Naddy (19) third on 93pts. Nearest the pin: Jim Kehoe (ninth hole) and Willie Byrne (11th hole).
The following are the teams and tee times for the outing to Gowran Park on Monday: Tony Harford, J.J. Cullen, Aidan O’Connor, Kenny Irwin, 10.30am; Denis Kirwan, John Murphy, Brian Dolan, Jamesie Murphy, 10.38am; John Browne, Willie Naddy, Frank Boyle, Tony Sexton, 10.46am; Hughie O Connor, Tommy Ryan, Tony Redmond, Jim Kehoe, 10.54am; Eddie Keher, Tom Murphy, Larry Shannon, Dan Quigley, 11.02am; John Kennedy, Kevin Treacy, P.J. McGrath, Martin Burke, 11.10am; Andy Ronan Michael Lee, Bob Dwyer, Michael Long, 11.18am; Willie Byrne, Jimmy Ryan, Tom O Shea, Bryan Hennessy, 11.26am; Steve Travis, Luke Power, John Joe Murray, Les Jastrzebski, 11.34am.
Extra spaces are now available on the timesheet. Anyone still wishing to travel should contact Jamesie Murphy, tel 051-421151 or 085-1846172 ASAP to ensure inclusion.