Despite the inclement weather early on Sunday morning, which resulted in a number of withdrawals, there was a very large turnout (264) for President Billy Burke’s prize at Kilkenny golf club the weekend.
The winner, Norman Williams, used the weather App on his ’phone and moved his starting time from early Sunday morning to an afternoon slot thereby taking full advantage of the conditions.
According to his playing partners, Norman could do no wrong, sinking long range putts, getting up and down from some extraordinary positions, covering the last six holes in level par, despite not hitting any of the greens in regulation.
While his name was ‘on the trophy’, the chasing pack led by Liam Barrett did not throw in the towel. Looking at his card it would appear that he was keeping an eye on Norman, who was playing in the match ahead.
Both posted an excellent 43 points. Norman emerged victorious on the count back over the final six holes.
The President, who was joined by members of his family for the presentation of prizes, congratulated all the winners and thanked those who braved the elements and helped make the e day a huge success.
CLUB CLASSIC: The club Classic being held this weekend is proving to be an outstanding success. Scheduled to be played over three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) the time sheet is fully booked for the opening two days. Slots are still available on Monday.
The format will be a four person team (any combination), with two scores counting. The cost per team is €120.
There is a huge array of prizes, with the emphasis on golf breaks at home and abroad.
The winners will receive a five night hotel stay to include three rounds of golf in the Algarve, sponsored by Midland Travel, Tullamore.
There will be a seniors team prize, a ladies team prize plus a special Monday team prize. There is also be a special visitors team prize.
While the time sheet is heavily booked, intending teams should keep a look out for possible late cancellations on Saturday and Sunday.
FINALS DAY: Saturday, September 8 is the date for the finals of all the club Matchplay competitions.
Other than the club fourball, which will be contested by John Grace and Martin Byrne and Joe O’Neill and Tony Butler, the lineup for all other competitions has yet to be finalized.
GOLFER OF YEAR: With the points for the President’s prize allocated, the current standing in the Kilkenny Honda Centre Golfer of the Year is - Luke Kelly 69; Mark Shortall 65; Brendan Power 59; Anthony Cleere 52; John Byrne 52; Niall Sheehan 49; Aidan McDonald 47; John Lawlor 46; Robert Shortall 46; Jim White 46.
While the points for the club singles matchplay have to be added, there will be little adjustment to the above placings.
TEAM NEWS: The ladies senior foursomes team head to Tullamore on Saturday to play the Heath in the Midlands District final.
Details of the match are printed below. It would be greatly appreciated if as many as possible could travel and support the team.
RESULTS: President Billy Burke’s prize, 1 Norman Williams (12) 43pts (b6); 2 Liam Barrett (13) 43pts; 3 Eamon Brennan (9) 41pts; Gross, Stephen Galvin (2) 37pts; 4 Brendan Power (5) 40pts; 5 James Bateman (9) 40 pts.
Category (+ - 4) Michael Buggy (scr) 35pts; Category (5-9) Michael Grant (8) 39pts; Category (10-14) David Dooley (13) 40pts; Category (15-19) Paul Colfer (18) 38pts; Category (20+) Brendan Graham (24) 37pts.
Past President - Tommy Duggan (11) 36pts; student, Jeff Kealy (3) 38pts; Junior, Sean J. Keenan (14) 37pts.
CSS - Saturday 71; Sunday 71.
Two's Club - 6th Jack Tynan, Ricky Nolan, Luke Kelly, Noel Morrissey, Joe Walton, Shane O’Neill, Peter J. Hurley, Anthony Cleere, Eamon O’Connor, Liam Barrett, Conor O’Shea, Michael Kinchella; 10th Ronan Kelleher, Cathal O’Neill, Ben McGarry, Robert O’Shea, Tom Moore, Kevin Glynn; 15th Mark Power, Aidan McDonald; 17th Patrick Bollard, Daragh McNamara, Milo Kavanagh, Aidan Brennan, Tom Hickey, John Doherty.
Each 'Two' receives €19.20 credit in the Pro Shop.
August 22, St Vincent de Paul Open three person team event, 1 Seamus Lee, Bernard Moore, Seamus Cuddihy 96pts; 2 Christy Power, Sean Murphy, Gerry Stewart 90pts; 3 Shane O’Neill, Thomas Comerford, Henry O’Neill 86pts; 4 Seamus O’Connor, David Byrne, Bessie Brophy 86pts; 5 Nicholas Walsh, Gerry Rowe, Stephen Dawson 86pts.
Longest drive - gents, Liam Hickey; ladies, Mary Norton; nearest the pin, Mary Norton.
The SVP thanked all who participated in the event, sponsors and Kilkenny GC.
Thursday, Friday, O’Loughlin Gaels Classic, 1 Mick Galway, Sean Keane, Richie Windle 96pts; 2 Nigel Skehan, Mickey Comerford, David Butler 93pts; 3 Ned Sweeney, David Dowling, Michael Connolly 93pts; 4 Paddy Lawlor, Tom Lawlor, Huw Lawlor 93pts; 5 David Cosgrave, Declan Dowling, Kevin Cleere 93pts
Senior gents, August 23, 14 hole competition, 1 John Bracken, Eddie Geraghty, Jack Nolan, Myles McCabe 72pts; 2 Gerry Leahy, Chris Kelly, Jerry O'Dwyer, Peter McQuillan 70pts (b7); 3 Billy Burke, Michael Nicholson, Jim Treacy, Joe Nolan 70pts; 4 Matt Ruth, John O'Regan, Sean Breathnach, Joe Leech 66pts (b7); 5 Jim Meredith, Eddie Guilfoyle, Tom Sloyan (61+5) 66pts; 6 John Martin, Peter Ryan, Jimmy Rhatigan, Tom Reade 65pts; 7 John Geoghegan, Willie 'B' Murphy, Maurice Ryan, Tony Joyce 64pts.
Sixty-one players took part.
NEXT MONTH’S DIARY: Seniors diary, Monday, September 10, away outing to Thurles GC; Thursday, September 13, Captain Willie Leahy’s prize and Golfer of the Year, Round 4.
Entry sheet for both events on senior gents notice board.
Thursday, September 27 - Golfer of the Year, Round 5.
PRO SHOP: There will be a class for ladies on Friday. The session will cover pitching and chipping. The cost is €15.
The classes will be for a maximum of six ladies and includes tea/coffee afterwards. They will commence at 11am and last one hour.
To book contact the Pro Shop (056 7761730). Participants should gather at the pitching green, adjacent to the ninth tee.
LADIES CLUB: The ladies senior foursomes team play The Heath in Tullamore on Saturday (9am).
The format is straight matchplay format, comprising of three pairs, with a minimum combined handicap of not less than 14.
Team - Mary Leahy Browne (4) and Mary Norton (11); Jan Browne (3) and Breda Roche (13); Ann Geoghegan (4) and Eva Duggan (13).
Reserves - Sarah Molloy (6) and Bridie McGarry (9).
Managers - Eithne Murphy and Liz Cleere.
CLUB FINALS: All ladies involved in the club matchplay competitions should note that the Finals Day is on Saturday, September 8.
If not available to play on finals day you must play your match before the 8th, with the permission of the competition secretary.
RESULTS: Tuesday, August 21, ladies 18 hole Stableford, 1 Joan Cashin (31) 43pts; 2 Jan Browne (4) 40pts (b9); Gross, Ann Geoghegan (5) 35pts; 3 Jane Duggan (26) 38pts (b9); 4 Kay Gray (28) 38pts (b9); 5 Catherine Hughes (37) 38pts (b9).
Nine hole Stableford, 1 Kathleen Price (32) 21pts; 2 Brigid Smee (37) 19pts.
Senior ladies August 23, nine hole Stableford, 1 Jane Duggan, Kathleen Price, Mary Lawlor, Tish Leech 38pts; 2 Pat Walsh, Kay Gray, Marie Curran 38pts; 3 Bridget Norwood, Greta Nicholson, Mary Feighery 38pts; 4 Mary Ryan, Joan Norris, Mary Gorman 37pts; 5 Edith Ogilvie, Peggy Murray, Frances Gray 36pts
Thirty-two players took part.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE CLUB: On Friday the end of season coaching session and barbecue will be held.
Parents/guardians, grandparents and family are invited to join in the fun. The evening commences at 5.30pm. The cost per adult is €10, to include barecue.
All juniors are free.
This evening has been a great success over the years, so a huge turnout is expected.
The weekly junior/juvenile coaching has been completed for the year.
Thanks were extended to the many volunteers who assisted in the organization of the weekly sessions.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: There will be no social golf this week due to the junior/juvenile end of season coaching session.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 8.20 to 9.48am ladies 18 hole competition, 9.56 to 10.20am ladies nine hole draw, 10.44 to 11.40am visitors, 12.20 to 1pm ladies 18 hole competition, 1.08 to 2.04pm ladies 18 hole and nine hole draw, 2.12 to 3.48pm ladies past Captains, 3.56 to 4.52pm ladies 18 hole competition; Thursday, 9.32 to 10.44am senior ladies, 10.52am to 1.24pm senior gents, 1.32 to 2.28pm members time; Friday, 11.56am to 1pm members time, 1.08 to 2.20pm gents past Captains, 2.28 to 4.12pm visitors; 4.28 to 7pm end of season juvenile session; Saturday, 7.15 to 7.50am members time, 7.56 to 9.30am Club Classic, four person team, 9.40am to 12.52pm Society, 1 to 4.45pm Club Classic, four person team event; Sunday, 7.30am to 4.03pm Club Classic, four person team event; Monday, 8am to 4.47pm Club Classic, four person team event; Tuesday, 8.20 to 9.48am ladies 18 hole competition, 9.56 to 10.20am ladies nine hole competition, 12.20 to 1.48pm ladies 18 hole competition, 1.56 to 2.20pm ladies nine hole competition, 3.56 to 4.52pm ladies 18 hole competition; Wednesday, September 5, 8.28 to 10.52am ladies and gents Open singles, 11 to 11.56am Society, 12.04 to 4.36pm ladies and gents Open singles.
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