The 53rd running of the Kilkenny Senior Scratch Cup will be on Saturday, May 6. The sponsor is David Buggy, Kia Motors, Kilkenny.
A strong team of players from all over the country are expected to do battle over the 36 holes.
Sean Dowling and his team are preparing the course and they will present it in tip top condition and provide a stern test for Ireland's leading amateurs.
Members can do their part by making sure they back fill divots with the sand mix provided and to immediately repair all pitch marks.
Volunteers are invited to help out with the Scratch Cup. Anyone interested should place their name on the sheet on the men's notice board.
CLERGY AND GOLF: Kilkenny had the honour of hosting the Irish Clergy Golf Championship last week.
In excess of 140 clergy played over three days and according to the feedback, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Among the participants was former Kilkenny PRO, Fr Johnnie Condon (1977).
Fr Derek Darby congratulated KGC for the manner in which they hosted the large gathering, thanking the club, and in particular Sean Dowling and his team, for the excellent condition of the course.
He also thanked members for their kindness in giving over of their course for the three days.
MIXED FOURSOMES: The draw has been completed for the club Mixed Foursomes. It is available on the gents notice board.
First round matches to be played by May 21.
FOURBALL QUALIFIERS: Chris FitzPatrick (8) and Donal O'Riordan (8) were the leading qualifiers in the fourball with an excellent score of 11 up.
Seven pairings of 5 up failed to make the matchplay stages.
The full draw is available on the gents notice board.
First round matches to be played by May 30.
One fourball signed their card for an 8 up by just using the symbols (+,0, -.) to denote their score. Needless to say they were disqualified.
PRESENTATION: There will be a men's prize presentation on Sunday (8.30pm).
Prizes will be presented for the men's Easter Open fourball; the team event on Easter Monday and the ladies and gents Open singles on Wednesday, April 26.
TEAM NEWS: The Irish mixed foursome team play Castlecomer on Friday. ’Comer will have three matches at home.
The team will be named later in the week.
Managers - Frank Dalton and Catherine King.
SOCIAL GOLF: Social golf re-commences for the Summer season with a Champagne Scramble on Sunday.
Those wishing to play are requested to sign in by 5.30pm when the draw will be made.
There will be a shotgun start at 6pm.
There are no fixed dates for Social Golf.
Dates will vary throughout the season according to the club diary.
Future events will be posted on the relevant notice boards and in the club notes.
COURSE NEWS: There will be the usual divot repair session this week. Members are requested to give an hour to help prepare the course for the Scratch Cup.
The course has been extremely busy in the past week. It is noticeable the increased number of 'unrepaired divots' on the course.
Everyone has been asked to do their and bring a bag of sand mix on their round and do one or two extra repairs.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: The new season of Bridge evenings will commence on Monday, May 8 (7.30pm) and will continue each month for the Summer.
There will be a session on the first Monday of each month, with the exception of Bank Holidays when the session will be held on the second Monday.
Pictured are the winners of the recent competition, sponsored by Richard Duggan, played at Kilkenny golf club (rear l to r) Michael McCarthy, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Joe Hyland, Frank Dalton. Front (l to r) Christy Power, Richard Duggan (sponsor), Rob O'Shea (Captain), Anthony Cleere (winner), Eddie Power
SNOOKER: Martin Hanrick qualified for the snooker singles final by beating Brendan Power.
RESULTS: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, April 22, 23, 24 club fourball qualifiers, 1 Chris Fitzpatrick and Donal O'Riordan 11 up; 2 Dave O'Mahony (snr) and Dave O'Mahony (jnr) 10 up.
Two's Club - 6th Kevin Browne, Ger Dowling, Richard Butler, Chris FitzPatrick, Sean Boland, Kieran Hoban, Noel Morrissey, Daragh McNamara; 10th James Crotty, Padraig Keegan, Aidan McCarrick, Simon Cullen, Eamon O'Connor, Ronan Kelleher; 15th Richard Duggan, Joe Casey, David O'Mahony (jnr), Denis Brophy, James Bateman; 17th Barry Doyle, Conor Boland.
Each 'Two' receives €18 credit in the Pro Shop.
SENIOR GENTS: There was no golf last Thursday because of the national Clergy outing.
The next competition is on Thursday. Play starts at 10.30am. Draw closes at 11.15am.
AWAY OUTING: The first away outing is to Carlow on Monday, May 8.
An entry sheet and details will be posted on the senior men’s notice board next week. The field is restricted to the first 60 names because of two tee start.
Society members who have not played in seven home outings may enter for the outing to Carlow but the full cost of food will be charged on the day.
Also, these players may win ball(s) only and not a voucher. However, their score will count in the regular team competition.
JUNIORS: The Fred Daly (under-18) commenced the defence of their Leinster title with a 3.1/2/1.1/2 victory over Gowran.
Home - James Walsh won on 16th; Bobby O'Mahony won on 13th.
Away - James Everard won on 12th; Kevin Brennan lost on 14th; Richard L. Duggan was two down when called in.
CAREY CUP: Mark Power has been selected for the Irish men's Carey Cup match against the Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA, New York) to be played at Galway Bay golf and country club on May 17 and 18.
The Carey Cup is a bi-annual match which was inaugurated in the ’nineties by the late Mr Hugh L. Carey. He was a former Governor of New York who, along with Ted Kennedy, Patrick Moynihan and Tip O'Neill, was known as one of the Four Horsemen who campaigned for peace in Northern Ireland.
The American team includes Stewart Hagestad, the low amateur in the recent US Masters at Augusta.
Mark defended the Peter McEvoy trophy recently in Copt Heath in England. The event was over 72 holes.
It was won by Charlie Strickland, Ham Manor golf club on 8 under par. Mark had rounds of 72, 70, 71 and 74 and finished joint 18th on a score of +3.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 8.28am to 5.16pm ladies and gents Open singles; Thursday, 9.32 to 10.28am senior ladies, 10.36am to 1.16pm senior gents, 1.24 to 2.12pm members time, 2.20 to 2.36pm visitors; Friday, 10.52am to 12.04pm Society, 1 to 2.28pm members time, 4.04 to 4.28pm Irish mixed v Castlecomer; Saturday, 7.32 to 8.52am members time, 9 to 9.56am ladies adn gents competition, 10.04 to 11.40am visitors/Society, 1 to 1.56pm members time, 2.36 to 4.52pm ladies and gents competition; Sunday, 7.32am to 12.44pm ladies and gents competition ( gents - April Monthly Medal, sponsored by CDS Architectural Metal Works; ladies - ABC Stroke), 12.52 to 2.44pm Society, 2.52 to 4.04pm ladies and gents competition, 4.12 to 7pm mixed social golf; Monday, 7.32 to 9am members time, 9.32 to 10.20am gent April Monthly Medal (sponsor CDS Architectural Metal Works), 11am to 12.28pm guest/members, 1 to 2.20pm members time, 2.28 to 5pm gents April Monthly Medal; Tuesday, 8.20 to 10.36am ladies 9 and 18 hole ABC Stroke and 'into Golf', 12.20 to 2.36pm ladies 9 and 18 hole ABC Stroke and 'into Golf', 4.04 to 5.32pm ladies 9 and 18 hole ABC Stroke; Wednesday, May 4, 1 to 2.12pm members time,. 2.20 to 2.52pm Borris v Castlecomer Challenge Cup match, 3.16pm JB Carr v Castlecomer.
PRO SHOP: There will be a club fitting day in the Golf Club on Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 2pm.
All leading brands will be available to test. These will include Taylor-made, Ping, Titleist, Callaway and Mizuno.
To book an appointment call the Pro Shop (056 776 1730). The cost for the fitting is €25.
The Kilkenny Pro Shop now have a page on Facebook. Members are asked to like the page by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/kilkennygcproshop1/
LADIES: The Kilkenny ladies Junior Cup team made a successful debut in this year's competition when they overcame New Ross in extra time in Waterford.
There was disappointment for the Minor Cup team as they were beaten by the Royal Curragh in Carlow on Saturday.
The Kilkenny team for the Intermediate Cup match against Carlow in Mount Wolseley on Saturday (3.20pm) is - Liz Neary (17), Paula Bradbury (18), Mary Hickey (21), Amy Keating (21), Ann Widger (21). Subs - Liz Cleere (17), Catherine King (20).
Team managers - Margaret McCreery and Mary Browne.
Results Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, April 15, 16, 18, 18 hole Stableford, 1 Kathleen Hogan (20) 39pts (b9); 2 Mary Bradshaw (21) 39pts (b9); best Gross, Mary Dowling (+1) 37 Gross; 3 Ann Kelly (30) 39pts; 4 Helen Devane (25) 38pts; 5 Niamh Kelly (9) 36pts.
Fixtures - Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, April 29, 30 and May 2, 18 Hole ABC Stroke and 9 hole Stableford, ladies into Golf, 9 hole Stableford.
There was no golf last Thursday, 20 April, as the the National Clergy Outing took place.
The next competition will be on Thursday. Draw at 9.30am for immediate tee off.
SENIORS, April 19 results, 1 Tom Staunton (14), Seamie Brennan (20), Phil Shore (24), T.J. McDonald (19) 49 3/8 nett; 2 Murty Coonan (11), Sean Scanlon (20), Noel Walsh (25), Jim White (22), 52 nett; 3 Tommy O' Neill (8), Dermot Furlong (20), M. Mc Grath (24), Marjorie Gannon (28) 53 nett.
RESULTS April 20 Open Singles, 1 Michael Dermody (7) 37pts; April 17 Easter Open singles, Colin Dunne had the best round played this year in Castlecomer on his way to winning. Colin shot a round of two under par which included five birdies.
He finished with a great score of 44 points. Joe Dowd, another in-form golfer, was second with 40 points.
Results - 1 Colin Dunne (6) 44pts; 2 Joe Dowd (15) 40pts; Gross Jason Brennan (3) 35pts; Cat 1, Richard Crean (6) 39pts; Cat 2, Ronan Ryan (11) 38pts (b9); Cat 3, Paddy Mahon (21) 37pts.
DIARY: Thursday, men's Open singles; Saturday and Sunday, men's Open fourball, club Matchplay Qualifier and Holmpatrick Cup qualifier; Monday, May 1, 18 hole men's Open singles.