Kilkenny Captain Tom Sloyan's prize to the men's Seniors Society was won by Morgan Doyle (centre). Also pictured is Willie Leahy
The final round of Kilkenny club Captain Tom Sloyan’s prize produced exciting fare on Saturday.
The 99 players who qualified, went out in descending order. Heading out in mid-table, the eventual winner, Morgan Doyle (13), made a solid start and was one under after five holes.
He was knocked back with a triple bogey on the sixth hole. He steadied immediately and turned three over (gross).
Meanwhile, Robert Shortall (8), one of the front runners from the first round, posted a four over front nine and Tom Keating, the leading qualifier, was playing within his handicap.
The winner was able to go through his paces and closed with two pars to post an excellent 66 net for a two round total of 137.
Tom and Robert kept their game together. With the result in the balance, it came down to the 18th hole before the winner was confirmed.
Robert staked his claim by holing out for an eagle which left Tom needing a bogey for victory, three putting and a three way tie and the need for the count back, which Morgan won on the back18.
The eagle proved crucial for Robert, who clinched second place from Tom when it was decided on the back 1.
The Captain was thrilled with the exciting finish and congratulated the winners on their performances. He also expressed gratitude to the grounds staff for having the course in excellent condition.
TEAM NEWS: The Kilkenny Barton Shield team travelled to Mount Wolseley on Friday where they faced Elm Park in the quarter-finals.
The format is two pairs, aggregate foursomes after 18 holes.
The team of Michael Buggy and Harry Duggan, who lost by one hole, and Mark Power and Graham Nugent, who lost by two holes, gave everything.
Managers - Richard Duggan and Padraig O’Rourke.
LADIES FOURSOMES: The senior foursomes team travelled to Bunclody on Sunday and overcame Enniscorthy.
The competition comprises three pairs, with a minimum combined handicap of 14.
Mary Leahy Browne and Mary Norton, out last, won their match 5 and 4. Enniscorthy took the second match, beating Sarah Molloy and Dervilla O'Byrne 5 and 4. The top match involving Ann Geoghegan and Bridie McGarry saw the lead change hands several times.
Ann and Bridie were one up going down the 18th but they lost the hole when the Kilkenny ball found the water. The win was secured on the 19th when Ann hit a brilliant second shot to within four feet to set up a birdie for Bridie.
This was a great achievement for the ladies, who qualified for the mid-Leinster final. For this they will travel to Tullamore on Saturday, September 1.
Team managers - Eithne Murphy and Liz Cleere.
SOCIAL GOLF: There will be social golf on Friday. Sign in at 5.30pm for 6pm tee off.
GOLFER OF YEAR: After eight rounds of the Kilkenny Honda Centre Golfer of the Year, Kieran Wall retains the overall lead on 38 points.
There has been little change in the leaderboard over the last few competitions, but a lot more players are now in touch.
Expect a lot of changes in the next week or so with the final of the Captain’s prize completed which carries extra points for the top 20 and ties, and the July Monthly Medal on Sunday and Monday last.
The winner of the Captain’s prize will move into a strong position and will bring a new look to the leader board.
SCORE CARDS: At a recent Men’s Committee meeting it was agreed that in all future singles competitions players should not complete their own score card.
Ideally cards should be swapped between playing partners, with a card being completed by each player. Score cards should be fully completed with the net score clearly identified.
Players should not ‘tear off’ or remove any part of the score card.
SLOW PLAY: As the course will be busy over the coming weeks, members are requested to avoid ‘slow play’.
FUND-RAISER: The annual fund-raiser for the Junior Club will be on Wednesday, August 8. The four person team event will cost €15 per person.
Bookings available online from Friday.
RESULTS: Wednesday, July 18 ladies and gents Open singles, 1 Michael Grace (16), Callan, 42pts; 2 Murt Farragher (17) 41pts; 3 Leo Hennessey (12) 40pts; Gross, Harry Duggan (scr) 39pts; 4 Michael O’Toole (5), visitor 39pts (b3); 5 Sam Dunlop, jnr (6) 39pts.
Category 1 (15-19) Niall Sheenan (15) 36pts; Category 2 (20+) Jimmy Rhatigan (22) 36pts.
Ladies results - 1 Ann Geoghegan 41pts (b9); Annette Whelan 41pts.
CSS - Wednesday 71.
Two's Club - 6th John Geoghegan, Leo Hennessy; 15th Denis Brophy, Kieran Hoban; 17th Patrick Morriss.
Each 'Two' receives €43.20 credit in the Pro Shop.
Weekend Saturday, July 21, Captain Tom Sloyan’s prize, round 2, 1 Morgan Doyle (14), (71+66) 137 (b18); 2 Robert Shortall (9), (67+70) 137 (b1); 3 Tom Keating (27), (66+71) 137; 4 Ger Fogarty (14), (68+70) 138; Category A (+-3) Paul O’Hara (scr) (71+68) 139; B (4-8) Aidan McDonald (4) (76+71) 147; C (9-12) Jim White (9), (82+78) 160.
Net - Category A (13-19) Michael Naughton (18) (69+70) 139; B (20-24) Bob Greaney (22), (72 +68) 140; C (25+) Myles McCabe (27), (72+73) 145; 5 Sam Dunlop (6), (72+67) 139; 6 Richie Power (7), (68 +71) 139; 7 Reuben Holden (15), (71+69) 140; 8 Tom Buckley (5), (68+72) 140; 9 Jimmy Rhatigan (22), (72+69) 141; 10 Brendan Cleere (13), (71+70) 141.
Past Captain - Joe Teehan (9), (69+73) 142; Student - Eoin Cantwell (3), (73+77) 150.
Leading qualifier - Rory MacEneaney (6), 66; Junior - Gavin Phelan (13), 67.
Two's Club - 3rd Morgan Doyle; 6th Reuben Holden, Aidan McDonald; 10th Craig Martin, Ken Kinsella; 15th Luke Kelly; 17th Craig Martin, Graham Nugent, David O’Mahony, Sam Dunlop, Aidan McDonald, Richard Power; 18th Robert Shortall.
Each 'Two' receives €12.90 credit in the Pro Shop.
Weekend Sunday, Monday, July 22, 23 Monthly Medal, 1 Dick Curtin (12) 65; 2 Tom Keating (25) 66 (b9); 3 Joe Ledwidge (24) 66; Gross, Harry Duggan (scr) 69; 4 Christy Power (15) 67 (b9); 5 David McMahon (5) 67; 6 Richie Manogue (8) 68.
Category 1 (15-19) Bill Cuddihy (17) 70; Category 2 (20+) Reay Brandon (20) 69.
CSS: Sunday - 71; Monday - 70.
Two's Club - 4th Harry Duggan; 6th Aidan McDonald, Paul Barrett, Thomas Buckley, David McMahon, Seamus O’Neill, Nicholas Walsh; 10th Sean Denis Keenan, Matt Ruth, snr, Brendan Power, Cathal McDonald; 15th John Doherty, Tommy Walton, Richard Guilfoyle, Anthony Cleere, Aidan McCarrick, Ian Meagher, Niall O’Gorman; 17th Brian Delaney,
Each 'Two' receives €18.40 credit in the Pro Shop.
Senior gents, July 19, club Captain Tom Sloyan’s prize to the senior gents, winner Martin Kelly 31 pts.
Team event - 1 Billy Burke, Richie McEvoy, Michael O'Sullivan, Martin Kelly 67; 2 Pat Foley, John O'Regan, Peter Dabinett, Joe O'Driscoll 66; 3 Frank Bradbury, Martin Mullane, Bob Greany, Tony Joyce 64 (b3); 4 Michael Daly, Michael McCarthy, Dermot Moloney, Tom Reade 64 (b2); 5 Geoff Meagher, Kevin Donohue, Oliver Duggan, Tom Keating 64 (b6); 6 Joe Gannon, Des Byrne, Maurice Ryan, Brendan Graham 64; 7 Richard Butler, Paddy Witherow, Jim Meredith, Sean Breathnach 63.
Nealy 80 players took part.
Golfer of the Year, round 2 Category 1 winner, Frank Bradbury 28pts (b6); 2 Matt Ruth 28pts; Category 2 winner, Peter Dabinett 30pts (b6); 2 Martin Treacy 30pts.
LADIES CLUB: Some have yet to play their first round matches in the club competitions. The time is limited for the second round.
Results July 17, 18 hole Stableford, 1 Kay Gray (31) 43pts; 2 Marcella O’Regan (31) 42pts (b9); Gross, Ann Geaghegan (5) 34pts; 3 Adrienne Walsh (28) 42pts (b9); 4 Marie Kennedy (36) 42pts (b9); 5 Breeda Roche (14) 42pts.
Nine hole Stableford, 1 Mary Feighery (39) 19pts; 2 Kathleen Price (33) 19pts.
CSS - 72.
Senior ladies, July 19, nine hole two club and putter competition, 1 Ann Gunning, Margaret Harmer, Fionnuala Hennebry 48; 2 Edith Ogilvie, Margaret McDonald, Kay Gray 43; 3 Frances Foley, Mary Gorman, Mary Shields 41; 4 Catherine Keane, Phil Cooke, Mary O'Connell 39; 5 Greta Nicholson, Joan O'Sullivan, Ann O'Dwyer 38.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE: Irish boys inter-club championship Leinster regional qualifier in Carlow on Monday (9.45am). The team will be announced later.
Format - teams of five with handicaps of a minimum 5.5 and maximum 24 compete in the Regionals with the top three, Stableford cards, counting.
The top three teams go forward to the area finals.
Managers - James Walsh and Mick Keenan.
BOYS CLUB RESULTS: July 23, 1 Andrew Arnoop (15) 43pts; 2 Oisin Timmons (15) 37pts; 3 Michael Kennedy, jnr (15) 37pts.
CSS - 70
Monday, July 16, 1 Andrew Arnopp, (15) 42pts; 2 Darragh Larkin (13) 41pts; 3 Sean Denis Keenan (16) 39pts.
Girls club July 23, 1 Emma D'Arcy (35) 41pts; 2 Jan Browne (5) 39pts.
COACHING: The small group coaching sessions held on Tuesday afternoons is proving a huge success.
Such is the popularity, Assistant Club Pro, Sean, has to increase the boys sessions to three.
The girls session runs from 2 to 3pm.
The boys follow with sessions at 3 to 4pm, 4 to 5pm and 5 to 6pm.
The regular Saturday morning coaching continues at the usual times.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 9.56 to 11.24am Society, 12.04 to 12.36pm visitors, 12.44 to 2.28pm members/guest time; Thursday, 9.32 to 10.44am senior ladies, 10.52am to 1.24pm senior gents, 1.56 to 3pm members time; Friday, 11.16am to 12.44pm guests/visitors, 1 to 2.28pm members time, 3 to 3.24pm guests, 5 to 6.04pm mixed social golf; Saturday, 7 to 7.56am members time, 8.04am to 12.52pm gents Intermediate Scratch Cup (10-18 handicap), 1 to 1.32pm members time, 1.40 to 2.04pm gents Intermediate Scratch Cup (10-18 handicap), 2.12 to 3.24pm Society, 3.32 to 5.40pm gents Intermediate Scratch Cup (10-18 handicap), sponsored by Prochem Engineering; Sunday, 8.04am to 3.56pm President Billy Burke’s prize to the ladies, 4.04 to 4.36pm ladies 9 hole competition; Monday 9 to 11.56am junior/juvenile Open Day, 13 to 2.12pm members time, 2.20 to 5pm junior/juvenile Open Day; Tuesday, 8.20 to 9.48am ladies 18 hole v par competition, 9.56 to 10.20am ladies 9 hole Stableford competition, 12.20 to 1.16pm ladies 18 hole competition, 1.24 to 1.48pm ladies 18 hole draw, 1.56 to 2.20pm ladies 9 hole competition, 4.04 to 5.48pm ladies 18 hole competition; Wednesday, August 1, 1 to 2.04pm members time.
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