The Castlecomer GC Duggan Cup team are all set for the final.
They will take on The Heath in Edenderry on Sunday. The team is managed by Martin Brennan.
SENIORS: There was a large field for the seniors classic. Golfers experienced damp conditions during the early holes but the weather improved, particularly on the back nine.
Results: 1 Tony Carr (19), Jerry O’Neill (27), Phil Shore (24), Jimmy Byrne (15), 77pts; 2 Shan Butler (16), Pat Graham (23), Matt Pollack (26), Jim Tunstead (20), 74pts; 3 John Brennan (12), Noel Brennan (20), John Hardy (23), 72pts.
HOLE-IN-ONE: Duggan Cup team manager Martin Brennan scored a hole-in-one at the par three ninth hole in the Thursday 18-hole open singles.
TGIF: Great progress has been made to date with all 10 rounds now completed. The remaining wildcard round runs until tomorrow (Thursday).
In the ladies section, round ten saw the in-form Margaret O’Keeffe (lady captain) and Emer Foley consolidate their positions in first and third respectively, while impressive rounds of golf from Helen Murphy and Caroline Conway resulted in both securing positions nine and 10 on the leaderboard and automatic final places. With two places in the final up for grabs in this week’s wildcard round, interest is at a premium.
Ladies Finalists (to date): 1 Margaret O’Keeffe 57, 2 Susan Boland 50, 3 Emer Foley 45, 4 Joan Brennan 42, 5 Honoria Fogarty 42, 6 Ann Doyle 36, 7 Delia O’Donohoe 28, 8 Loretta Mansfield 26, 9 Helen Murphy 24, 10 Caroline Conway 24.
Round 10 in the men’s section proved decisive and competitive with impressive play from Colin Dunne, Eamonn Doyle, Michael Minogue and David Lynch, the only one to clinch an automatic final ticket.
As with the ladies, this week’s wildcard round for the men will arouse great interest. Finalists (to date) are: 1 Nicky Walsh 70, 2 Robert Brennan 36, 3 John Bergin 31, 4 Kieran Bergin 28, 5 Cierán O’Neill 27, 6 Liam Doyle 26, 7 Gerry O’Neill 25, 8 Andy Cleere 24, 9 David Lynch 24, 10 Jonathan Dowling 23.
COURSE NEWS: The club has purchased a new rough mower. The new equipment was bought following the great successful Team Championship Classic in May, which was organised by club members Fergal O’Neill and Colin Dunne.
Following the parched conditions in May, June and early July, where sprinklers more than proved their worth, moderate rainfall in August has resulted in recent excellent growth. With fairways and rough mown to exacting standards the course staff, led by Michael Doheny and Colin Hughes, have continued to present the course in top condition.
LOTTO: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 7, 19, 24 and 26. The jackpot is now €5,000.
RESULTS: Results, men’s singles v par, August 26: 1 David Dowling (20), three up (b9); 2 Jonathan Dowling (18), three up; gross Michael Buggy (0), four down. Class One: Paul Rice (9), two up. Class Two: Johnny Brennan (12), two up. Class Three: Mark O’Dowda (21), two up.
Results, open singles, August 23: 1 Michael Buggy (1), 39pts; 2 Liam Doyle (20), 37pts; gross Michael Dermody (4), 31pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday): Seniors’ Classic. Thursday: Men’s 18-hole open singles. Conclusion of TGIF Wildcard round. Saturday & Sunday: Men’s 18-hole open singles. Ladies 18-hole singles. Tuesday: Nine-hole scramble, 5.30 to 7pm.
Owing to heavy rain, President Frank Costello hand to cancel his prize-giving day at Mountain View GC on Sunday. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 9.
PRIZE: There was a big turn out for Lady Captain Mary Holden’s prize. The 18-hole single stableford was played in perfect golfing conditions.
The festivities continued with refreshments and the presentation of prizes. Noreen Bookle was the winner with a great round of 33pts.
Results: 1 Noreen Bookle (29), 33pts (c/b); 2 Kathleen Lanigan (22), 33pts; 3 Josie O’Gorman (33), 33pts. Nearest to pin: Kathleen Lanigan. Longest drive: Mary Cottrell. Front nine: Jos Holden. Back nine: Mary Cottrell.
CUMMINS CUP: The seniors will play for the Ollie Cummins Memorial Cup on Tuesday, September 4. This competition was previously known as the Dan O’Neill Cup. First tee off will be at 10am.
RESULTS: Results, seniors competition: 1 Michael Hoyne (17), nett 66; 2 John Fielding (26), 68; 3 Michael O’Neill (13), 68; 4 Bobby O’Brien (16), 73; 5 Jim Dunne (16), 73; 6 Liam Maddock (15), 73.
DIARY: Sunday: Members single stableford. Tuesday: Seniors Ollie Cummins Memorial Cup. Wednesday, September 5: Ladies singles competition. Thursday, September 6: Seniors 13-hole competition.
There was great support for the mixed charity day, which was held in Callan GC recently.
Results: 1 Mick Power, Pat Mulrooney & Tereasa Freyne, 47.2; 2 Pat Duggan, Liam Duggan & Caroline Healy, 49.9; 3 Eddie Tallent, Seamus Cuddihy & Ann Hickey, 50.1; 4 Eamonn Holohan, Willie Gilbert & Ann Campion, 50.4; 5 John Holden, Adrian Fitzpatrick & Marie O’Riordan, 50.5.
SOLHEIM: Results, ladies Solheim Cup, August 21: 1 Mandy O’Brien, Margaret O’Dwyer, Ellie Madigan & Bernie Madigan, 92pts; 2 Pauline O’Brien, Anne Croke, Marie Gorey & Anna Starr, 88pts; 3 Noreen Kinsella, Marie Gannon, Marnie Brennan & Kathleen Ryan, 88pts (c/b); 4 Marie Murphy, Charlotte Booth, Margie Maher & Kathleen Butler, 86pts.
Results, nine-hole competition: Melanie O’Brien, 19pts.
LOTTO: There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 2, 19 and 28. Consolation prizes (€30) went to John Foley, Timmy Bergin and Geraldine O’Sullivan. Sellers were Joe Cuddihy, Goretti Hennessy and Kathleen Phelan. The jackpot is now €1,450.
The Junior and Senior Scratch Cups will be up for grabs at Gowran Park GC on Sunday, September 9.
These popular competitions are open to golfers with handicaps from 0 to 4 (Senior Scratch) and 5 to 9 (Junior Scratch).
Timesheet details are available from the Proshop, tel 056-7726699 or online.
DIARY: Tomorrow (Thursday): Open singles (visitor €20, member €50. Sunday, September 9: Junior and Senior Scratch Cups (visitor €20, member €10).
The third major on the calendar, the Club Cup, will be held at New Ross GC this weekend.
The event is sponsored by Seamus McGuinness. Like the Captains and Presidents, members can play either Friday or Saturday in a qualifier with the final round played on Sunday. Timesheets are now open.
LADIES: The Open Ladies Curtis Cup, sponsored by Swiss Financial Services, will be held today (Wednesday). A four-person team event, presentations for this competition only will be made on Wednesday evening at 9pm. All prize winners, representatives and club members are asked to attend.
MATCHPLAY: The draw for the mixed matchplay has been done and is available in the bar. Please arrange with your opposition to play your matches as soon as possible.
The men’s singles and foursomes matchplays have now reached the final stages.
Pairs who are still in the fourball matchplay must complete their matches as soon as possible.
POT: The Split the Pot prize of €135 was won by both Anthony Connick and Junior Cashin. Next draw is on September 4.
SENIORS: The seniors had their outing on Thursday, going with a champagne scramble. They say “a good start is half the battle” and so it was with Willie Naddy (20), Aidan O’Connor (20), Tony Sexton (21) and Jamesie Murphy (24) who carded a terrific 55 points on the outward nine holes and then added 49 on the back nine to emerge clear winners with a cracking total of 104 points.
Second on a countback over the last six holes and with a final total of 95 points came Denis Kirwan (12), Paddy Bennett (20), Dick Cahill (21) and Frank Boyle (23). The third spot was filled by John Browne (13), John F. Roche (21), Tom O’Shea (24) and Jim Kehoe (25) with 95 points also.
Nearest the pin prizes were won by Aidan O’Connor (ninth hole) and Martin Furlong (11th hole).
Seniors who wish to come on the outing to Ballykisteen when New Ross is closed for coring and sanding should contact Jamesie Murphy as soon as possible. The deal there is two nights B&B, two dinners and two rounds of golf for €149. Eighteen players already currently booked in.
Seniors player Tom Kent won the coveted PGA Tankard in a club competition recently. Scoring a winning total of 40 points with a scratch on the 16th hole, Tom turned back the years - he won the Captain’s Prize way back in 1972.
Arrangements have been made by the Chairman to have tea/coffee available from 9am every Thursday before the seniors’ outing. This gesture is much appreciated as anyone feeling like a cuppa can now have it before their round of golf.
RESULTS: Results, O’Brien Construction Tuesday fourball, August 21: 1 Jimmy Furlong (12) and Jimmy Ryan (17), 37pts; 2 Alf Barden (17) and Martin O’Driscoll (14, Lismore), 36pts (L6); 3 Liam Connolly (7) and David Feeney (12), 36pts.
Results, Wall BER ladies competition: 1 Marguerite Sutton (20), 41pts (L3); 2 Kay Kelleher (26), 41pts; 3 Mary J Maher (26), 40pts. Cat One: Maria Burford (12), 32pts. Cat Two: Anna Murphy (26), 38pts (L9). Cat Three: Mary Murphy QS (34), 38pts (L6).
Results, Fitzgerald Group Sunday singles: 1 Ian Duggan (15), 40pts; 2 Michael Kelleher (6), 38pts (L9); 3 Leo Booth (20), 38pts; gross Michael Ryan jnr, 35pts. Cat One: Tommy Liston (6), 35pts. Cat Two: Leo Carroll (11), 37pts. Cat Three: Pat Lynch (23), 36pts.
The Intermediate and Junior Scratch Cup competitions were held at Borris GC at the weekend.
Results, Junior Scratch (4-9): Gross - 1 C. Geoghegan (5), 75; 2 E. Hanley (6, Carlow), 77; 3 B. Bambrick (8), 78. Nett - 1 S. Nolan (7), 70; 2 K. Hayden (9, Carlow), 71 (B9); 3 E. Gallahue (9), 71 (B9).
Results, Intermediate Scratch (10-18): Gross - 1 R. Rowan (10), 75; 2 J. Murphy (12, New Ross), 77; 3 J. Manning (12), 78. Nett - 1 S. Dooley (14), 65 (B9); 2 K. Ryan (15), 66; 3 D. Dundon (13), 68 (B9).
Results, Minor Scratch (19+): Gross - 1 P. Furlong (20), 89; 2 M. Dundon (19), 90; 3 P.J. O’Shea (20), 91. Nett - 1 T. Coburn (22), 68; 2 L. Todd (19, Castlecomer), 71 (B9); 3 J. Brennan (21), 71 (B9).
LADIES: Results, ladies competition, August 23: 1 Brenda McCarthy, 39pts (24); 2 Janette O’Neill (30), 35pts; 3 Martha Kelly (22), 35pts.
NINE: Results, Step House Hotel Friday nine-hole competition: 1 M. Hanrahan (19), 22pts (L6); 2 Mgt Collins (12), 22pts; 3 Bernie Byrne (10), 21pts.
The President’s Prize brought a great crowd to Rathdowney GC over the weekend. Lily Graydon was the overall winner with 74pts.
Results, President’s Prize, August 24 to 26: Overall Winner - Lily Graydon (24), 74pts.
Men - 1 David Guilfoyle (9), 74pts; 2 Ed Kelly (8), 74pts; gross John O’Malley (5), 62pts; 3 Michael Tobin (17), 73pts; 4 James Ryan (9), 73pts; 5 Adrian Sheppard (9), 73pts; 6 Jose Hennessy (15), 36pts. Round One: Mick Fox (17), 44pts. Round Two: T.C. Carroll (14), 38pts. Past President: Anthony Phelan (14), 67pts.
Ladies - 1 Marie Harte (24), 79pts; gross Claire Molloy (11), 48pts; 2 Marie Siney (26); 3 Una O’Connell (22), 72pts; 4 Norah Harte (20), 70pts.
SINGLES: Results, Husqvarna open singles, August 21: 1 Alan Bourke (16), 40pts; 2 Ed Kelly (9), 39pts; gross Brendan Ryan (1), 35pts; 3 Ger O’Brien (13), 38pts.
LOTTO: The golf club lotto jackpot is now €9,350.
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