Paddy O’Donovan (right), a member of Callan GC, won the VoxGolf All-Ireland competition at Castleknock GC. He is seen here with Nicholas Walsh (left) and Brian Dignam.
It’s not too a club has an All-Ireland winner in their ranks, but Callan GC do!
Paddy O’Donovan and a few other members, have been competing in the VoxGolf nine hole national competition over the last number of months.
Paddy, wearing the club colours, shot a fantastic nine hole score in Castleknock GC on Monday, finishing with 21pts to secure the All-Ireland crown and earn a trip to a Major Championship of his choice.
Paddy secured his fabulous win on the last hole. Facing a par three 150 yards straight into a gale, Paddy delivered a nine iron shot to clinch the title.
OPEN - Bookings are still being taken for the open club classic, which will be held on April 14, 15 and 16. Entry fee for the four-person champagne scramble event (any combination) is €60, with a special prize for the best all-ladies team. Bookings can be made online or through the pro shop, tel 056-7725136.
STABLEFORD - There was some very good scoring in the men’s 15-hole singles stableford at the weekend. Peter Ryan carded a score of 36pts to take first prize. Paddy O’Donovan was second with 35pts (B6) with Ollie Power third with 35pts also. John Moroney was fourth with 34pts thanks to a fantastic and very rare eagle on the par four 13th. The gross prize went to Paul Madigan with a score of 30pts.
Two’s club: Michael Hickey, Michael Tobin, Andrew Needham, fourth hole; John Moroney, Patrick Mulrooney, eighth hole; Peter Ryan, 14th hole.
RGA - Thirty-five members of the RGA played for the Simon O’Brien Memorial Trophy recently. After a fiercely-fought competition over 12 holes Club Captain Willie Gilbert emerged as winner with a score of 29pts. Category A: 1 Jimmy O’Brien, 27pts; 2 Martin Parker, 25pts (c/b); 3 Denis Collins, 25pts (c/b). Category B: 1 Jim Kehoe, 28pts; 2 Kieran Ryan, 25pts; 3 Murt Duggan, 24pts.
LADIES - Results, senior ladies competition, March 23: 1 Bea O’Donovan, 2 Margaret T. O’Shea, 3 Mary Dempsey.
Results, ladies 15-hole stableford, March 21: 1 Rita O’Neill, 27pts; 2 Noelle O’Driscoll, 26pts (c/b); 3 Marie Gorey, 26pts (c/b); 4 Eileen Cuddihy, 26pts; 5 Eilish Ahern, 25pts. The nine-hole competition was Catherine Gibbons with 9pts (c/b).
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 4, 21, 30. Lucky dip winners (€30) were Derek Halley, Tommy Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy. Sellers were Tom Duffy, Paul Norris and Joe Cuddihy. The jackpot is now €2,650.
COURSE - Hollow coring of the greens has been postponed for the present. It will go ahead as soon as the weather improves and the course is fully dried out.
DIARY - Today (Wednesday): O’Dwyer’s Golf Stores men’s open singles stableford. Thursday: Senior Ladies, 10am to 12 noon. Friday: Social mixed and new members, 2pm. Saturday/Sunday: Men’s singles qualifiers (18 holes, weather permitting. Monday: RGA, 11am to 1pm. Tuesday: Ladies 18-hole nine-hole stableford.
The Thursday Open Singles competition at Gowran Park GC will revert to a weekly event from Thursday, April 6, with a timesheet in place.
An open singles qualifier will be held every Thursday until August 31, with the top three finishers (plus equals) going through to final on September 1. First prize will be a pair of All-Ireland hurling final tickets and overnight stay for two in Citywest Hotel. Timesheets are available from 056-7726699 or online.
WINTER - Tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday will be the final chances to qualify for the Winter Series open singles. The final will be held on Friday, April 21, with all qualifiers to date notified. Entry fee is €20 for visitors, €5 for members.
NEW MEMBERS - The pre-season inaugural new members tournament is on this Saturday. The competition will be an 11-hole scramble with a draw for partners at 1.30pm followed by a 2pm tee-off.
All new members who joined in 2016/17 are invited to come along and enjoy the day. Registration to the Golf Office, tel 056-7726699, by lunchtime Friday.
EASTER - An open fourball competition will be held on Easter Saturday and Sunday, with an open three-person team event on Easter Monday. Timesheets are available from the golf office or online. Entry fee is €20 for visitors, €5 for members.
RESULTS - Results, men’s singles stableford, March 25 & 26: 1 Martin Donohoe (15), 43pts; 2 Pat Nolan (16), 41pts (c/b); 3 Michael Dillon (12), 41pts (c/b).
Results, Golden Golfers’ 11-hole champagne scramble, March 24: 1 Liam Whitely (21), Gay Latchford (23), Ann O’Shea (36), 53pts; 2 Pat Staunton (17), John McNamara (18), Catherine Somers (36), 51pts.
Results, ladies 18-hole singles stableford, March 22: 1 Mary McEvoy, 38pts; 2 Ann Mullins, 36pts.
Results, ladies 11-hole singles stableford, March 15: 1 Ger Hickey, 23pts; 2 Catherine O’Driscoll, 22pts; 3 Helen Dunne, 21pts.
DIARY - Tomorrow (Thursday)/Friday: Winter series open singles, visitors €20, members €5.
Saturday/Sunday: Club 18-hole fourball competition. Wednesday, April 5: Members’ weekly nine-hole competition from 5pm. Thursday, April 6: Weekly open singles (All-Ireland series), visitors €20, members €5.
Michael Hoyne leads the way in Group One of the Spring League at Mountain View GC.
After two rounds of the competition Michael has picked up 150pts, with Michael Waugh and Ken Shaw close behind on 140pts apiece. In Group Two John Coffey leads the way with 200pts. John Coleman and Seamus O’Brien are his nearest rivals on 150pts each.
MEDAL - The next medal competition will be played at the club this weekend. The competition, which will be played in conjunction with the fourth round of the Spring League, will have a single stroke format.
POT - The next Split the Pot draw is on Sunday. Single entry is €2. Full details are available at the clubhouse or from 056-7768122.
RESULTS, Results, seniors 15-hole scramble, March 16: 1 Cyril Foskin, Dick Hanrahan, Eamon Morrissey, 41.0; 2 Frank Costello, John Holohan, 43.0; 3 Tom Grant, Tommy Hayes, John Kirwan, 43.1.
DIARY - Sunday: Medal and Spring League, round four (single stroke). Tuesday: Seniors’ 15-hole competition. Wednesday, April 5: Ladies 13-hole competition. Thursday, April 6: Seniors’ 13-hole competition.
Entries are now being taken for the Foursomes matchplay competition at New Ross GC.
Intending players are asked to place the entry fee of €15 in an envelope and put it in the men’s competition box, together with name and contact details.
FOURBALL - The St Patrick’s Weekend Fourball competition was a smash hit, with a huge turnout of players from many different clubs. The weather was kind too, which added to the enjoyment for all competitors.
The top prize went to the Ballymoney pairing of Mick Walsh (18) and Mick Rossiter (18) with a great score of 49pts. Second place on 47pts was secured by virtue of a better score over the last six holes by the evergreen duo of Denis Kirwan (11) and John Murphy (17). On the same score in third spot came Paul Cleary (10) and Ger Freyne (18).
The ladies prize went to Liz Bennett (9) and Teresa Foley (19) with 39pts. James O’Brien and Michael P. Cullen took nearest the pin and longest drive respectively.
THANKS - Thanks went to all who gave their time and effort to help improve the appearance of the clubrooms and surrounding areas in recent weeks. These include Martin Carroll, Harry Reinhardt and Michael Cullen, who gave freely of their time and expertise in preparing the premises for the coming season.
QUIZ - Davy Doran & Co emerged winners in the latest round of the table quiz. The “Daisy Cutters” team of Hugh Behan, Paddy Shannon, Tommy Tyler and Larry Shannon were the overall victors of the quiz, which has now concluded until Autumn.
LADIES - Wednesday was a very cold day but the ladies braved the elements to compete in the Glanbia 18-hole stableford.
Results: 1 Marie Therese Wall (21), 31pts (L6); 2 Maria Burford (12), 31pts (L9); gross Geraldine Mackey, 20 gross pts; 3 Mary Maher (16), 30pts. The ladies will hold another 18-hole stableford today (Wednesday), which is sponsored by Blossoms Ladies Boutique.
The Tuesday fourball competition is now open to ladies and men. Entry for the nine-hole competition is €4.
The first match of the inter-club season will see the Ladies Intermediate team travel to Waterford Castle GC to take on Tramore on Saturday.
On Sunday the Challenge Cup team are out to do battle against Wexford in Enniscorthy. Supporters are welcome for both ties.
SENIORS - Forty-eight hardy individuals ventured out for the seniors’ weekly competition last Thursday. Conditions were tough facing into that north/easterly wind, which approached gale force at times, making scoring a difficult task.
As the day warmed up slightly the golf also improved, with one team putting in a scorching performance to run away with the spoils. Winners on 94pts were John Kennedy (16), Peter Goggin, (17), Liam Glasheen (20) and Brian Dolan (22), who finished seven points clear of runners-up John Murphy (17), John F. Roche (17), Paddy Mahoney (19) and Martin Burke (25). Third place on 84pts was filled by Denis Kirwan (11), Aidan O’Connor (19), Aidan Kent (20) and Frank Boyle (20). The nearest the pin prize on the ninth hole went to Liam Glasheen.
With the greens now approaching their very best all players are reminded to repair pitch marks on them and to replace divots on the fairways.
Seniors are reminded that the draw for teams is at 10.40am sharp. All wishing to take part should be in house by 10.30am.
Results, singles stableford, Rathdowney GC, March 25 & 26: 1 Martin Gleeson (9), 43pts; 2 P.J. Duggan (14), 42pts; 3 Timmy Williams (19), 41pts.
Results, seniors scramble, March 23: Cat A - 1 Seamus Pyne, Timmy Williams & Frank Scott, 36pts. Cat B - 1 Tom Doheny, P.J. Duggan & Pat Hartigan, 38 1/6pts.
Results, weekly open singles: 1 Willie Bowe (18), 40pts.
LOTTO - The lotto jackpot is now at €8,750.
Results, open singles V par, Borris GC, March 25 & 26: 1 Johnny Prendergast (7), five up; 2 Sean Treacy (14), three up; 3 James Todd (10), two up; 4 Denis O’Neill (22), level (B/9); 5 Sean Hanafin (17), level (B/9); 6 Declan Roberts (7), level.
LOTTO - There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 4, 15, 17 and
18. Lucky dip winners (€20) were Mary Gibbons, Jim Kielthy & Janette O’Neill. Next draw is today (Wednesday) at 12 noon. The jackpot will be €2,400.
DIARY - Friday: Step House Hotel nine-hole singles from 3pm. Table quiz, 8.30pm. Saturday/Sunday: Open singles competition (Golfer of the Year). April 8 & 9: Open three-person team event. Tee times available from 059-9773310.