Kilkenny golf: Tom Sloyan and Mary Hickey drive into office

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Kilkenny golf: Tom Sloyan and Mary Hickey drive into office

Captain Tom Sloyan and Lady Captain Mary Hickey, held their drive-in on Sunday. It was sponsored by club professional, Jimmy Bolger.
They were joined on the tee by 117 golfers and a large gathering of family and friends.
Having executed their drives to perfection, they joined their playing partners and 29 other teams to participate in a 13 hole Champagne Scramble.
While the weather remained dry but cold, the occasion was extremely successful. Members enjoyed a hot plate after the golf, prepared by Barry Joyce and his team.
The presentation of prizes, sponsored by Club Professional, Jimmy Bolger, followed the meal.
The Captains thanked all who participated or sent greetings. They wished members an enjoyable year’s golfing.
SUBS: Following the decision at the annual meeting, invoices for membership for the coming year have been posted to all members. The final date for the receipt of payment is Wednesday, February 28.
Members can pay by one of three methods - 1 direct to Sean or Aoife in the office; bank transfer, with full name as reference when making the transfer; 3 premium/fairway credit.
Details of this facility, whereby members can spread their payment over 10 months, are available from Sean or Aoife.
Members wishing to use the premium/fairway credit scheme must have their application form completed and submitted to the office by Friday, February 16.
INSURANCE: Following a discussion at the annual meeting, members are being encouraged to take out personal insurance. Two recent incidents highlighted the need and benefit of such a scheme.
Details of the cover offered are available from the office.
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 Ccubs to allocate to members a handicap in excess of 28, which they can use in club competitions.
Full details available 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.
It was disappointing, once again, to see a number of plug marks left unrepaired.
Members should remember if they have pitched on to the green it is almost certain they have left a plug mark.
It is their responsibility to repair it immediately.
Members have been reminded to bring a divot mix bag with them when commencing their round of golf.
BUNKERS: The work on the bunkers at the fifth and sixth holes has been completed. They were brought back into play for the joint Captains’ drive-in.
CASUAL GOLF: For the next few weeks casual golf will be available to members to pre-book. The timesheet will be available from 10.30am to 12noon for members who wish to book a time.
Members may book a line for four people.
The BRS system will go live for bookings at 5.30pm on Thursdays. 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 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.
SNOOKER: The preliminary round of the Pat Wall memorial trophy has to be completed by this weekend.
The winners of the Terry Lyons versus Billy Burke match will face Seamus O’Neill, who beat Brendan Wall in the preliminary round.
Paul Hanafin and Tommy Buckley must play each other to earn the right to face the winners of the match between Johnny McEvoy and Seamus Rochford.
RESULTS: Saturday gents Crosscard, 1 Paddy Crotty, Eddie Guilfoyle, Cathal McDonald, William Cahill 68pts; 2 Tommy Walton, Tom Moore, Tommy Barry, Mark Grant 67pts; 3 Tom Sloyan, Liam Cody, Paddy Smee, John McCarron 66pts (b6); 4 Murt Farragher, Gerry Leahy, Seamus Rochford, Martin Hanrick 66pts (b6); 5 Pat Hickey, Tommy Buckley, Ollie Cullen, Pat McEvoy 66pts.
Sunday - joint Captains’ drive-in, four person Champagne Scramble, 1 Brian Meredith, Gerry O’Dwyer, Roger Ryan, Grainne Parker 75pts; 2 Larry Carroll, Willie Murphy, Gene O’Brien, Claver Cahill 71pts; 3 Paddy Crotty, Liam Merrins, Dorrie Lenihan, Helen Devane 69pts; 4 Mark Shortall, John Keogh, Ann Geoghegan, Ber Crowdle 68pts; 5 John Geoghegan, Carl Widger, Catherine King (61+7) 68pts; 6 Joe Hyland, Noel Maher, Mary Bradshaw, Anne M. Murphy 67 pts (b3); 7 Rob O’Shea, Ollie Cullen, Hilda Richardson, Mary Gorman 67pts.
Senior gents, Thursday, February 1, 12 hole competition, 1 Noel Skehan, Paddy Witherow, Bob Greany, Tom Reade 64; 2 Geoff Meagher, John Keogh, Shem Lawlor, Tom Keating 62; 3 Joe Gannon, Richie McEvoy, Michael O'Sullivan, Tony Joyce 58; 4 Brian Cullen, Phillip O'Neill, Michael Cody, Roger Ryan 57; 5 Tom Moore, Murt Farragher, John King, Pat O'Shea 55; 6 Pat Drennan, Michael Nicholson, Jim Treacy, Seamus Crickley 54 (b6); 7 Matt Ruth, Jerry O'Dwyer, Reay Brandon, Paddy Hally 54.
The Society welcomed new member Tom Moore. Fifty-two players took part.
The next competition is on Thursday. Senior Captain, Willie Leahy’s drive-in is at 10.30am.
Members are requested to be at the club in good time for the drive-in. Draw closes at 11.15am.
Members subs €10 for 2018 are now due.
EURO TOUR: Having successfully negotiated the qualifying rounds, Club Professional, Jimmy Bolger continued his quest to secure his place on the European Seniors Tour last week.
Although he failed to make the cut for the final 18 holes by two shots, Jimmy returned home in upbeat form. He enjoyed the experience and learned lessons that will serve him well in the future.
Participating and doing so well in the cauldron of a European qualifying school was some effort.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 1.03 to 2.31pm members time; Thursday, 9.27 to 10.31am senior ladies, 10.39am to 1.03pm senior gents Captain, Willie Leahy’s drive-in, 1.11am to 2.07pm members time; Friday, 10.31 to 11.51am members Casual Golf, 1.03 to 2.31pm members time; Saturday, 7.55 to 8.11am Barton Cup practice, 8.19 to 9.19am members time, 9.27 to 10.55am ladies and gents competition, 11.27am to 1.59pm gents Saturday Crosscard, 1.45 to 2.18pm ladies Saturday Crosscard; Sunday, 7.55am to 2.23pm ladies and gents competition; Monday, 9.59 to 11.59am gents competition, 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 14, 9.03am to 12.55pm ladies Senior Alliance, 1.03 to 2.31pm members time .
LADIES CLUB: The ladies Saturday Crosscard continues this weekend (February 10).
Those interested are requested to sign in by 1.30pm for tee-off at 1.45pm.
Results Sunday/Tuesday, January 28 to 30, 14 hole Stableford, 1 Niamh Kelly (7) 27pts; 2 Ann Geoghegan (5) 25pts; 3 Catherine King (19) 24pts (b9); 4 Ann Kelly (27) 24pts.
Nine hole competition - 1 Pat Walsh (27) 15pts (b9); 2 Peggy Murray (27) 15pts.
Senior ladies Thursday, February 1, 9 hole Stableford, 1 Edith Ogilvie, Elizabeth Tobin, Mary Feighery 30 (b6); 2 Breda Kavanagh, Joan Cashin, Francis Gray 30.
Fifteen players took part.
The next senior ladies’ golf is on Thursday. Draw is at 9.30am for immediate tee off. Annual subs of €10 are due.
Callan

The season is off to a flying start. Competitions are up and running and the days are getting longer. It’s golf time!
The team captains have been picked, and hopefully silverware will be won.
The sheets for the various competitions will be up shortly in the locker rooms inviting people to put the their names down.
There was a great turn out for the men’s singles competition.
It was won by Paul Murphy. Second was Sean Millea.
Ian Gough had the best gross and Paul Roche was third.