The first of the Kilkenny club qualifiers was played at the weekend with members seeking to secure one of the 32 places in the match play stages.
The 75 pairings had the better conditions on Saturday and Sunday, while those on Monday (12 matches) were faced with wind and rain.
As with last weekend (Richard Duggan memorial singles) scoring proved difficult. Leading the qualifiers were Paul Colfer (21) and Pat Collins (13) with 67. There were only 11 pairings who managed to shoot sub-par rounds.
All 74s bar one made the cut.
For the second year in-a-row, Seamus Rochford and Joe O'Neill failed to qualify on the count back (b9).
Last year's winners Des Woods and Johnny McEvoy shot a 71 net, well within the cut-off point, but they were disqualified due to the lack of the correct number of required signatures. There is a lesson there for all!
The draw for the men's club foursomes has been made and is posted on the men's notice board. First round to be compled by Sunday, April 30.
CHANGES: Members should note the location of their computer terminal - gents in the gents locker room; ladies in the Foyer, outside the Ladies Office.
OPEN: The ladies and gents Open singles today (Wednesday) will be a counting competition with placing on fairway only and the ball played as it lies in the rough.
MANNERS: Good manners and etiquette are part of golf.
A pairing scheduled to try and qualify on Saturday afternoon were unable to do so because their opposites removed their names, very late, from the timesheet and failed to let the opposition know. It was too late to arrange alternative markers.
Following the recent meeting of the Men's Committee the following decision were reached - A to qualify to win Captain's or President's prizes members must have returned three cards from the club in the year (18 hole); B members must not enter their names on weekend timesheets more than once.
If they become aware that a friend has also entered them they should act immediately. If not both names will be deleted.
C there will be no extensions allowed in club match play competitions in future. If unable to meet deadlines players must toss or give walk overs.
D juveniles entering their names on Sunday afternoon timesheets should place their names alongside adults if at all possible. If this is not possible two juveniles may play together but only if no adult line available near their time.
MOVEMENT: In the event of an accidental movement of the ball on the green, the Committee are implementing the Local Rule listed below.
The GUI recommend all clubs implement the rule and it will be played in the All-Ireland Cups and Shields competitions.
Local Rule - Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball marker must be replaced as provided in rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1. This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
NOTE - If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.
MIXED FOURSOMES:The club mixed foursomes entry sheet is posted on the notice board under the stairs. The closing date is Friday, April 21.
Those interested should place names on the sheet and place the entry fee of €12 in envelope in the bar.
SENIOR MIXED: This Thursday the seniors, men and ladies, are having a 13 hole mixed competition. Shotgun start 10.30am.
As a result the course will be closed for play for casual golf from 8am until 1.30pm.
MASTERS DRAW: The two entry sheets for the Masters draw are now complete with 96 names one each sheet. The draw for names will be made today (Wednesday).
The Junior Captain's drive-in is Sunday, April 16 (5pm). It will be followed by a competition.
TEAM NEWS: JB Carr selectors Willie Leahy and Eddie Guilfoyle have announced the squad to face Callan in the first round on Wednesday, April 11 - Pat Collins, Brian Cullen, Mick Daly, John Geoghegan, Pat Hickey, John Marnell, Geoff Meagher, Jim Meredith, Tom Moore, Michael McCarthy, Jerry O'Dwyer, Mick O'Flynn, Jim Ryan, Paddy Smee.
MIXED FOURSOMES: The Kilkenny mixed foursomes team play The Heritage, Killenard, on Saturday (3pm).
Kilkenny have three matches at home.
Home - Luke Kelly and Jacinta Culleton; Paddy Crotty and Jenny Widger; Eoin Cantwell and C.(Kiss) Leahy.
Away - Anthony Cleere and Stella Coughlin; Richard Duggan and Barbara Teehan.
Reserves - Brendan Power, Alan O'Rourke, Derek O'Gorman, Liz Neary, Annette Stapleton, Paula Bradbury, Kathleen Hogan.
Team managers - Frank Dalton and Catherine King.
BRIDGE: 1 Colin Shaw and Bernie O'Connor; 2 Eithne and Willie Murphy; 3 Ann Kelly and Edith Ogilvie, Martina Naughton and Mary Rice.
End of season prizes, April 10. Party night Wednesday, April 12 (7.30pm).
SNOOKER: The last two places in the quarter-finals of the snooker competition have been filled.
Brendan Power overcame John Geoghegan and P.J. Martin beat Paul Hanafin. The winners play each other in the quarters.
RESULTS: Wednesday, ladies and gent's Open singles, 1 Richard Guilfoyle (3) 43pts; 1 Emmett Boland (7) 40pts; 2 Seamus Brennan (11), Gowran 39pts (b9); best Gross, Kevin Power (2) 37pts; 5 Andrew O'Brien (9) 39pts; 6 John Dowd (16) 38pts.
CSS - members 71; visitors 71.
Two's Club - 6th John Clarke, Martin Duggan; 10th John Gleeson (Rathdowney); 15th Richard Guilfoyle, Jason Ryan (Rathdowney).
Each 'Two' receives €44.40 credit in the Pro Shop.
Saturday l Kilkenny Lions Club Golf Classic - 1 Willie P. Murphy, Tony O'Driscoll, Michael Foley 86pts; 2 Sean Boland, Seamus Rochford, Norman Williams 78pts; 3 Ann Moran, Ger Dowling, Frank Dalton 77pts (b9); 4 Joe O'Grady, Dave O'Mahony, Richard Downey 77pts; 5 Liam Barrett, Sandra Barrett, Catherine Leahy 76pts (b9); 6 P.J. O'Reilly, TomLawlor, John Lawlor 76pts; 7 Noel Skehan, Eddie Keher, Christy Forde 75pts (b9).
Ladies prize - Breda Burke, Eleanor Moore, Dorrie Lenihan 69pts.
Longest drive - gents: 16th Niall Grogan (Callan); ladies: 16th. Lourdes Everard.
Nearest pin - 17th Liam Barrett.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday foursomes qualifier - 1 Paul Colfer (21) and Pat Collins (13) 17 shots 67 net; 2 Tom Hickey (9) and Luke Wall (9) 9 shots 68 net (b9); Gross, Jeff Kealy (4) and Simon Cullen (5) 74 gross.
Two's Club - 6th Simon Cullen, Gus Carey, Jeff Kealy, John Meagher, Ian Meagher, Tom Sloyan; 10th John Meagher, Ian Meagher, Liam McCormack, Tony O'Reilly; 17th Eddie Guilfoyle, Richard Guilfoyle.
Each 'Two' receives €21.60 credit in the Pro Shop.
Senior gents March 30, 13 holes, 1 Willie P Murphy, Mick O'Flynn, Brendan McIntyre, Joe O'Driscoll 68pts; 2 Willie Leahy, Gerry O'Dwyer, Michael Cody, Liam Merrins 65pts; 3 Brian Cullen, Des Byrne, Shem Lawlor, Pat O'Shea 64pts (b6); 4 Jim Meredith, Donie Butler, Paddy Hally (61+4) 64pts; 5 Jim Ryan, Martin Mullane, Phillip O'Neill, Joe Nolan 63pts (b6); 6 Pat Drennan, Kevin Donohue, Bob Greany, Tony Joyce 63pts (b6); 7 Matt Ruth, Paddy Raggett, Jimmy Rhatigan, Frank Dalton 63pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 8.36am to 4.36pm ladies and gents Open singles; Thursday, 8am to 1.30pm senior ladies and gents Champagne Scramble, 10am registration, 10.30am shotgun Ssart, 1.38 to 2.30pm members time; Friday, 10.28 to 11.32am Society, 12.20 to 12.52pm visitors, 1 to 2.20pm members time, 2.28 to 3.40pm Society; Saturday, 7.30 to 9.30am members time, 9.38 to 10.34am ladies and gent's competition, 11.06am to 1.22pm Society, 1.30 to 2.26pm members time, 2.34 to 2.50pm ladies and gents competition, 2.58 to 3.22pm Irish mixed foursomes v The Heritage, 3.30 to 4.10pm ladies and gents competition; Sunday, 7.32am to 4.44pm ladies and gents competition (gents singles qualifier; ladies singles ABC Stroke); Monday, 1 to 2.28pm members time, 2.36 to 4.12pm gents singles qualifier; Tuesday, 8.20to 10.20am ladies 9 and 18 hole competition, 12.20 to 2.20pm ladies 9 and 18 hole competition, 4.04 to 4.44pm ladies 9 and 18 hole competition; Wednesday, April 12, 1 to 2.28pm members time, 3.16 to 4.04pm JB Carr v Callan
LADIES: Ruth Ferris and Niamh Glynn have been selected for coaching with the mid-Leinster under-18 Development Squad7.
Also included for further development coaching, with the mid-Leinster Regional Horizon Squad are Jan Browne, Aoife Crowdle, Katie Keenan and Niamh Mulrooney.
These coaching sessions will be held in Mount Juliet in May.
Further success for the girls (under-15) came with invitations to Eva Duggan, Elizabeth O'Shea and Sophie O'Shea to join the coaching in Mount Juliet for the mid-Leinster Development Squad in May/June.
RESULTS: Sunday, Tuesday, March 26, 28, 18 hole Stableford, 1 Yvonne Egan (11) 36pts; 2 Breda Roche (13) 35pts; best Gross, Mary Leahy Browne (3) 29 Gross pts; 3 Mary Hickey (21) 33pts; 4 Martina Naughton (25) 33pts.
CSS - Sunday 76; Tuesday 74.
Nine hole Stableford - 1 Ann Gunning (26) 18pts; 2 Liz Neary (17) 15pts.
TEAM NEWS: Minor Cup match, Kilkenny v Royal Curragh at Carlow on Saturday, April 22 (3pm).
Team - Annette Stapleton, Catherine Leahy, Helen Devane, Martina Naughton, Mags Duggan. Res - Catherine Keane.
Team managers - Stella Coughlan, Sandra Barrett.
Intermediate Cup match, Kilkenny v Carlow in Mount Wolseley.
Panel - Paula Bradbury (18), Liz Cleere (17), Ann Widger (21), Jacinta Culliton (21), Mary Hickey (21), Liz Neary (17), Amy Keating (21).
Coaching to be arranged. Team managers - Margaret McCreery, Mary Browne.
SENIORS: Marc 30, 9 holes, 1 Jane Duggan, Breda Kavanagh, Barbara Schofield, 35pts; 2 Anne Murphy, Josie Bolger, Mary Shields 31pts.
LIONS CLUB: The Kilkenny Lions Club held a very successful golf classic in Kilkenny on Saturday.
All proceeds went to the Alzheimers Kilkenny Day Care Centre in Cootes Lane, Kilkenny.
There was a great turnout and one of the prize winning teams included sporting legends Eddie Keher and Noel Skehan.
Rob O’Shea, mens Captain and Liz Cleere, Lady Captain, Kilkenny Golf Club said they were delighted that the Lions had their classic in Kilkenny and they recognised the valuable charity fund-raising work the Lions do.
At the presentation of the cheque to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions said that Kilkenny Lions were delighted that they had a full time sheet for their second annual charity golf fund raiser and that it was fitting that the proceeds were going to the Kilkenny Day Care Centre.
He thanked the teams that participated, tee box sponsors, Kilkenny golf club and the Kilkenny Lions Club organising committee chaired by Pat O’Hanlon.
Pat McLoughlin National Chief Executive of the Alzheimer Society, thanked the Lions Club and said that it was estimated that there were 50,000 people with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Ireland.
He praised the Lions Club for the wonderful fund raising they did for local charities. He said the 'Classic was a great example of how the local community rally around their own friends and neighbours who have dementia.
He said all the money raised would be spent on the local day care centre. He said services needed to be developed for persons with dementia and their carers.
He added that he would love to work with other statutory, voluntary and sporting organisations to make Kilkenny the first dementia friendly city in Ireland.
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