The joint Captains of Kilkenny Golf Club, Tom Sloyan an d Mary Hickey will officially drive-in to office on Sunday (11am). The event will be sponsored by Jimmy Bolger, Club Professional.
After the drive-in there will be a shot-gun start for a 13 hole, four person Champagne Scramble,. Two scores to count at each hole.
Members interested in what is usually a great day in the club should place their name on the entry sheet inside the bar door.
The draw for partners will be at 6pm on Saturday. No cancellations after 5pm.
Entry fee, to include a hot plate after the golf, is €15.
Registration will take place on Sunday (10am) and will close at 10.45am.
Participants are requested to check the draw sheet, which will be posted on the entrance door.
SUBS: Following agreement at the annual meeting, invoices for the year have been posted to all members.
The final date for the receipt of payment is Wednesday, February 28.
Members may pay their subscription to Sean or Aoife at the office by cash, cheque or credit card, once off bank transfer payment (put name as reference when making transfere) or by Premium/Fairway Credit. This way payment can be spread over 10 months. Sean and Aoife can help.
Following discussion at the annual meeting members are being encouraged to take out their own personal insurance. Two recent incidents highlighted the need and benefit of such a scheme.
HANDICAP REVIEW: A review of the CONGU handicap system has taken place. It was decided to introduce two new categories.
These categories, 5 and 6, will allow clubs to allocate to members a handicap in excess of 28, which they can use in club competitions. Full details on the club notice board.
COURSE NEWS: Members are reminded to exercise caution at all times in these wet and a soft underfoot conditions, particularly when entering and exiting certain tee boxes.
Officers were disappointing to see the number of plug marks left unrepaired.
Members have been advised that if they ‘pitched’ on to any green have left a plug mark.
It is your responsibility to repair it immediately.
Members have been asked to remember to bring a divot mix bag with them when commencing playing.
TREE PLANTING: The tree planting programme continues. Around 100 are being planted at various locations.
The new trees, which were planted after the heavy storms of recent years in the spinney to the right of the fourth and seventh holes, are now mature enough and are ready for transplanting around the course.
Members have been advised to exercise caution when playing as the holes for these new trees have been dug and will be exposed for the duration of this work.
Any shots that land in or on the affected area should be treated as Ground Under Repair.
Take a free drop within one club length, not nearer the hole, from the nearest point of relief, after agreeing with playing partners.
BUNKERS: The work on the bunkers at the fifth and sixth holes has been completed. Weather permitting it is hoped the holes will be back in play for the joint Captains’ drive-in.
Members are reminded that the cordoned off area to the left of the fourth hole is Ground Under Repair.
Take a free drop within one club length, not nearer the hole, from the nearest point of relief after agreeing with your playing partners.
CASUAL GOLF: For the next few weeks, starting on Friday, casual golf will be available to members to pre-book. The timesheet will be available from 10.30am to 12 noon for members. A line for four people can be booked.
The BRS system will go live for bookings at 5.30pm on Thursday. It will be run on a trial basis for a few weeks to see how it works.
The same strict rules that apply to weekend competitions will also apply to the casual bookings on Fridays’. If it is abused by members booking lines and not using them or any other abuse it will be discontinued.
BRIDGE: Monday, January 22, six Table Howell Section A, 1 Ann Lee and Gene O’Brien; 2 Catherine O’Neill and Rosemary Keogh and Jane and Martin Duggan; 3 Pat Walsh and Terry Harmer; 4 Mary Bradshaw and Joan O’Sullivan.
Three Table Howell Section B, 1 Carl Widger and Morgan Doyle; 2 Dee O’Dowd and Stephen Lynch.
SNOOKER: The draw for the Pat Wall Memorial Trophy singles championship has been made. It is posted on the notice board.
There are four preliminary round matches - Terry Lyons v Billy Burke; Brendan Wall v Seamus O’Neill; Paul Hanafin v Tommy Buckley; Johnny McEvoy v Seamus Rochford.
First round draw - Anthony Cleere v Sean Byrne; Pat Walsh v Joe O’Neill; Alan Snype v Martin Hanrick; Andy Melay v Brendan Cleere; Kieran Wall v Philip Cross; Neil Loy v Luke Kelly; John Geoghegan v Tommy Walton; Kieran Hoban v Morgan Walsh.; Paul Carroll v Liam Barry; Frank Bradbury v P.J. Martin; Paul Cleere v Michael Devane; Michael O’Neill v Eoghan Brophy; Brendan Power v Gabriel Meagher; Christy Power v Derek Kinehan.
All first round games must be played before February 15. Entry fee should be placed in an envelope and left behind the bar.
All must contact their opponent and arrange game. It is hoped to have the competition completed before Easter.
Handicaps are displayed on the board.
Well done to Andy Melay, who drew first blood when he defeated Brendan Cleere. Both gave a good example and played early.
RESULTS: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, gents 14 hole Stableford, 1 Sean Boland 9 (7) 33pts; 2 Thomas Buckley 6 (5) 32pts (b7); 3 Cathal McDonald 10 (8) 32pts; Gross, Graham Nugent (scr.) 27pts (b7); 4 Ned Nolan 12 (9) 31pts; 5 Brian Spratt 8 (6) 31pts.
Two's Club - 10th James Hogan, Kevin Browne, James Everard, Michael Egan; 15th Tommy Deegan, Dermot Doyle, Eddie Power, Seamus O’Neill, Liam McCormack, Richard L. Duggan; 17th. Anthony Cleere, David Harkin.
Each 'Two' receives €22.30 credit in the Pro Shop.
Saturday gents Crosscard - 3 Philip O’Neill, Ben McGarry, Pat Hickey, Tony Butler 70pts; 4 David Farragher, Noel Maher, Sean Byrne, Matt Ruth 67pts (b3); 5 Sean Boland, Tommy Buckley, Jim Ryan, Michael Keane 67pts; 6 Mark Shortall, Gabriel Maher, Peter Dabinett, Pat Walsh 66pts.
Senior gents, Thursday, January 25, 14 hole competition, 1 Noel Skehan, Peter Ryan, Oliver Duggan, Brendan Graham 72; 2 Pat Foley, Michael McCarthy, Bob Greany, Pat O’Shea 70; 3 Michael Grant, Willie ‘B’ Murphy, Chris Kelly, Paddy Hally 68; 4 Michael Daly, Brian Keane, Michael Cody, Dermot Moloney 67 (b7); 5 Pat Collins, Philip O’Neill, Eamonn Everard, Tom Reade 67; 6 Jim Ryan, Jerry O’Dwyer, Roger Ryan, Joe O’Driscoll 64 (b7); 7 Matt Ruth, Eddie Guilfoyle, Peter Dabinett, Maurice Ryan 64 (b3).
Nearly 40 players took part.
The next competition is on Thursday. Play starts at 10.30am. Check in is from 9.45am. Draw closes at 11.15am.
Members subs €10 for 2018 are now due.
Captain Willie Leahy’s drive-in will take be on Thursday, February 8.
EURO TOUR: Having successfully negotiated the qualifying rounds, Club Professional, Jimmy Bolger continues his quest to secure his place in the European Seniors Tour.
To obtain a Tour card, Jimmy has another 72 holes to negotiate this week. He has to finish in the top five to secure his place.
Meanwhile, the first custom fitting of the New Year, scheduled for February 24, is fully booked.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 11.12 to 11.36am guest/member, 1.04 to 2.24pm members time; Thursday, 9.27 to 10.23am senior ladies, 10.31am to 1.03pm senior gents, 1.11 to 2.07pm members time; Friday, 10.30am to 12 noon gents Casual Golf, 1.03 to 2.23pm members time; Saturday, 8.11 to 9.35am members time, 11.27am to 1.59pm gents Saturday Crosscard; Sunday, 10.7am to 2.15pm joint Captains drive-in; Monday, 9.03am to 12.55pm ladies Senior Alliance, 1.03 to 2.31pm members time; Tuesday, 8.31 to 10.15am ladies 9 and 14 hole competition, 12.23 to 2.15pm ladies 9 and 14 hole competition; Wednesday, February 7, 1.03 to 2.31 pm members time
LADIES CLUB: Results Tuesday, January 23, 14 hole Stableford, 1 Margaret Cuddihy (9) 28pts; 2 Phyl Doyle (13) 26pts (b9); 3 Marian Woods (18) 26pts.
Nine hole competition, 1 Mary Prendergast (28) 16pts (b2); 2 Joan O’Sullivan (32) 16pts.
Sunday’s card was cancelled.
Senior ladies, Thursday, January 25 January, 9 hole, Stableford, 1 Edith Ogilvie, Josie Bolger, Breda Comerford 27pts; 2 Joan O’Sullivan, Gene O’Brien, Mary Shields, 24pts.
The next senior ladies’ golf is on Thursday. Draw at 9.30am for immediate tee off.
Results of Open three person team event played on December 30, 31 and January 1, 1 Michael Gibbons (19), Gerry Begley (16) and Philip Begley (15) 79pts; 2 Martin Bolger (9), Seamus Canning (17) and Rory Ó hEochaidh (16) 77pts; 3 Jim Whelan (11), Terry Whelan (13) and Michael Connolly (19) 76pts.
Open 16 holes two person team, January 6, 1 Jim Whelan (11) and Terry Whelan (13) 55pts; 2 Pat McGrath (13) and George Donohoe (14) 54pts (l3).
Open two person team on January 13 and 14, 1 Conan Condon (12) and P.J. O’Shea (21) 55pts; 2 Martin Bolger (9) and Alan Foley (12) (l3).
Open 18 hole singles, January 27 and 28, 1 Conor Geoghegan (5) 44pts; 2 Michael Connolly (19) 41 pts (b9); 3 Greg Murphy (12) 41pts; 4 Des Murphy (20) 40pts (b9); 5 Thomas Clarke (21) 40pts (l6).
Ladies 9 holes singles, January 25, 1 Bernie Byrne (9) 38; 2 Stephanie Dargan (32) 43.
The weather was more pleasant and the course was in great condition after the recent rain.
Results of the four ball competition - 1 Andrew Ryan (4) and Declan Clarke (12) 43pts (l 9); 2 John Hartley (23) and Jack Murphy (16) 43pts; 3 John Aylward (17) and Tom Duggan (18) 42pts (l 6).
SENIORS: Tean teams venture out last week when the course was drying out fast, leading to some fine scores.
The threat of teams being put on the clock paid dividends. All finished well within the four-hour guideline.
Winners with a great score of 101 points were Johnny Browne (12), Dan Quigley (20), Kenny Irwin (22) and Jim Kehoe (25).
After a count back over the last nine holes (47/44), Ray Shannon (14), Willie Naddy (20), Aidan O’Connor (20) and Tom Kent (26) finished second on 97 points.
A three person team of Eamon Delaney (16), Mick Gannon (18) and Larry Shannon registered the same score (91+6) to finish third.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Tony Sexton on the 9th hole and Johnny Browne on the 11th.
On the board for February are Martin Forristal, John Joe Murray and John Murphy.
All members have been asked to support the Split the Pot fund-raiser. Entry €2.
LADIES: Results recent 14 hole Stableford, 1 Margaret Rossiter (27) 28pts; 2Tess Ryan (24) 27pts (l7); 3 Teenie Murphy (29) 27pts (l7).
WINTER LEAGUE: It was agreed to extend the third round of the Winter League until January 31. The club is well ahead compared to 2017 so there is no rush.
The top teams are close, so its all to play for.
CAPTAINS DRIVE-IN: The Captains drive-in is scheduled for Sunday, March 11.
The competition is an 18 hole mixed, one man, one woman with A Shot Gun start so that players will return around the same time. All will have food then with the presentation of prizes.
The BRS is set up for the event from mid-morning. Book online now.
Results from recent competitions played at Rathdowney:
12 hole singles January 27, 28 - 1 Willie Bowe (15) 29pts; 2 John O’Malley (4) 27pts; Gross, Jason Ryan (10) 18pts; 3 Dave Hogan (17) 26pts.
January 27, 28 Winter League sponsored by BK Fuels, 1 Paul Gray (12), Willie Bowe (15), Sean Mullins (15) 64pts; 2 Liam Kenny (14), Liam Mahony (9), Declan Dowling (13) 62pts; 3 Cormac Keating (24), Kieran McEvoy (14), Willie Maher (16) 61pts; 4 Ed Carter (13), Dick Walsh (17), Bobby Sweeney (13) 60pts; 5 Joe Hennessy (15), Paddy Sweeney (16), Larry Queally (20) 59pts.
Seniors results, January 25, Category A, 1 Joe Hennessy 25pts; 2 John Moriarty 24pts.
Category B, 1 Mick Gibbons 23pts; 2 Tom Colleton 22pts.
The Lotto jackpot is now €4,800.
There was no winner of the recent Lotto jackpot of €7,200. The numbers drawn were 5, 10, 17 and 27.
Next week’s jackpot is €7,400.
SYMPATHY: Condolences to John Shore, seniors’ secretary on the death of his sister Mary Brophy (nee Shore ). There was a big turnout of members at the funeral.
FIXTURES: Wednesday (today ) seniors 15 hole classic and singles; today to Sunday, round 7 of the 15 hole stableford team winter league and round 9 of the 15 hole stableford winter competition.
RESULTS: January 28, men’s 15 hole Stableford Winter singles (8), 1 Michael Daly (16) 40pts; 2 Ger Mullan (17) 36pts; Gross Karl O’ Donnell 27 pts (b9); 3 Joe Dowd (13) 35pts (b9).
The players produced tremendous golf on Sunday in dry, mild but gusty south westerly winds.
The winner Michael Daly accumulated 40 points and it arguably the best round of golf played in Castlecomer in such conditions for years.
The timesheet was full on Sunday and reflected players appetite for competitive golf after more heavy rain in the past fortnight forced the closure of the course on several days.
Seven official winter storms to date have battered Ireland yet due to the wonderful drainage works carried out over the years, the course has more than passed the test and stood up to nature’s fury.
The new golfing season started at the weekend when the first round of the club Spring League was played.
All five qualifying rounds of the league will be single stableford.
The MV seniors will be playing a 15 hole competitions on Tuesdays over the next few weeks and the usual 13 hole competitions on Thursdays.
A full list of members competitions for 2018 can now be viewed on the notice board in the clubhouse and on www.mviewgolf.com.
SYMPATHY: The management, staff and members of Mountain View wish to extend their sympathy to Michael Hoyne on the recent sudden death of his wife, Brigid.
MEETING: There will be a general meeting of all members of Mountain View golf club in the Longman, Kilfane, Thomastown this Sunday (8pm). All members are invited to attend.
BOOKINGS: Mountain View is now taking bookings for groups and societies for the playing season of 2018.
The club has several tailor made options to suit the various needs of different groups and individuals.
Anyone interested should contact the clubhouse for further information.
RESULTS: January 23, Mountain View seniors 13 hole fourball better ball, 1 Bobby O’Brien/Michael O’Neill 36pts; 2 Liam Maddock/John Menton 34pts.
DIARY: Sunday, February 4, Winter League Round 2;. Tuesday, MV Seniors 15 hole competition; Wednesday, MV ladies singles competition; Thursday, February 8, MV seniors 13 hole competition; Sunday, February 11, Winter League Round 3.