The Kilkenny ladies Senior foursomes team are heading towards the All-Ireland finals.
Having successfully come through the area and regional qualifiers, the ladies contested the All-Ireland semi-final against Laytown and Bettystown on Thursday morning.
The winners of the quarter-final (Blarney v Shandon Park) face Roscommon in the second semi-final, with the respective winners facing each other in the final at 12.30pm on Friday.
The competition is a straight matchplay format, comprising of three pairs, with a minimum combined handicap of not less than 14.
The ladies are wished well.
LUNAR GOLF: Lunar Golf will finally arrive in Kilkenny golf club on Friday evening, October 12.
Organised by the club, in association with #GolfinADifferentLight, the format will be a semi-open Champagne Scramble.
Teams of four will play nine holes on a shortened course, with the lowest club allowed being a five iron for men and 5 wood for ladies.
Interested members should enter their name on the allocated time slot on the BRS system. There will be a shot-gun start at 7.15pm.
Teams must report by 6.15pm to receive instructions on the rules and the safety requirements.
Golf will be followed by finger food and a drinks promotion in the clubhouse.
The cost is €35. This must be prepaid to the office or bar on or before Tuesday, October 9. Failure to meet this deadline will automatically mean you lose your slot and it will be re-allocated to the first team on the waiting list.
FOURBALL: The final match in the Chernobyl fourball due to be played in Kilkenny today (Wednesday) has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date.
The match is to be contested by Club Professional, Jimmy Bolger, who will be partnered by Tony Murphy, and Mark Power, partnered by D.J. Carey.
ESB: The golf club premises will have no electricity on Monday from 9am to 5pm because there will be ESB works in the area. As a result there will be limited catering facilities in the club.
COURSE NEWS: Placing on the fairway only came into play from Friday.
The ball must be marked and replaced within six inches, not nearer the hole.
Failure to mark and replace, as above, will result in a one stroke penalty.
This initiative is to help the fairways to recover from the long dry spell the country had during the Summer months and to give players relief from some of the bare patches that remain on some fairways.
The ball must still be played as it lies in the rough.
This will not affect singles competitions as they will still be qualifying competitions for handicap purposes once the ball is played as it lies in the rough.
SAFETY: Players playing the 5th hole are reminded that if there is any possibility that they may be able to drive the ball onto the green they must wait until the green is clear.
When this hole is playing downwind there is a distinct possibility for a good few players to hit it. Even if not downwind it is good manners and etiquette for all players to observe and take the health and safety of fellow members into account.
DIVOT BAGS: Once again the club has appealed to members to ensure they return divot bags on completion of their round.
The number of available bags continues to dwindle each week. Thanks has been extended to all who use the mix and return the bags each time.
Nine volunteers turned up for the divot repair session on Monday night. This is likely to be the final session of the season.
Thanks went to all who gave of their time on Monday evenings during the Summer.
RESULTS: Wednesday, September 19, ladies and gents Open singles (CSS 72) 1 Paul McCabe (12) 40pts; 2 John Geoghegan (13) 38pts; 3 Seamus Rochford (9) 37pts; gross, Richie Manogue (7) 29pts.
Ladies - Breege Martin (25) 33pts.
Two's Club - 10th Seamus Rochford.
Each 'Two' receives €80 credit in the Pro Shop.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday Scotch foursomes, 1 Anthony Cleere (4) and Benny Cleere (10), 42 (b9); 2 Brian Cullen (9) and Pat Walshe (12) 42; 3 Cathal McDonald (10) and David McMahon (5) 40; 4 James Crotty (5) and Mick Crotty (19) 39.
Two's Club - 6th John Bracken, Barry Walsh; 10th Liam Fahy, Dermot Doyle, Leo Hennessey, David Lunn; 15th David Charlton, James Hogan, Reuben Holden, Philip Kennedy; 17th Eoin McCormack, Liam McCormack.
Each 'Two' receives €15 credit in the Pro Shop.
Senior gents, September 20, nine holes, 1 Michael McCarthy, Donie Butler, Christy Rainey, (41+3) 44pts; 2 Brendan McIntyre, Tony Joyce, Dermot Moloney, Pat O'Shea 42; 3 Willie Leahy, Reay Brandon, Tom Reade, Jim Meredith 35; 4 Billy Burke, Chris Kelly, Brian Keane, (31+3) 34 (b5); 5 John Geoghegan, Michael Nicholson, Tom Keating (31+3) 34.
Seventeen players took part. It was a small field due to the inclement weather, yet the scoring of the winners and runners-up was decent.
The seniors next competition is on Thursday. It will be Golfer of the Year, round 5.
Play starts at 10.50am. Check in is from 9.45am. Draw closes at 11.15am.
October diary – the sixth and final round of the Golfer of the Year event has been moved from Thursday, October 11 to Wednesday, October 10.
PRO SHOP: The shop is hoping to have the final fitting day of the year in the coming weeks. Anybody interested should contact the pro shop (056 776 1730).
The cost will be €30.
There will be a ladies putting class, followed by tea/coffee, held on Thursday, October 4 from 11am to 12 noon.
Interested members should pre book with the Pro Shop to secure their place. The cost of the session is €15.
On Friday, October 5 there will be a chipping class for ladies held from 11am to 12 noon.
The session includes tea/coffee afterwards. Cost is €15 and pre booking in the Pro Shop is advised.
LADIES CLUB: The Lady Captain, Mary Hickey, is hold her away outing in Tullafaris on Wednesday, October 17.
Lady members interested in going to Tulfarris should put their name on the sheet on the ladies notice board.
The cost, which includes a round of golf followed by dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast is €99 per person sharing.
TEAM NEWS: Kilkenny play in the Irish ladies Senior foursomes All-Ireland semi-final against Laytown and Bettystown Knightsbrook GC on Thursday (8.30am).
Team - Sara Molloy and Bridie McGarry; Ann Geoghegan and Eva Duggan; Mags Cuddihy and Mary Notion.
Reserves - Breda Roche and Mary O’Shea.
Managers - Eithne Murphy and Liz Cleere.
RESULTS: September 18, 18 hole Stableford, 1 Eva Duggan (12), 39pts; 2 Dervilla O’Byrne (11) 37pts; gross, Ann Geoghegan (5) 25pts; 3 Eleanor Moore (27) 36pts; 4 Ellie Peters (24) 35pts; 5 Eithne Murphy (17) 35pts; 6 Lourda Everard (20) 35pts.
Nine hole Stableford, 1 Aine Russell (37) 17pts; 2 Margaret McCreery (19) 17pts (b5).
CSS - Saturday 73; Sunday 73; Tuesday 74.
Senior ladies, September 20, nine hole competition, 1 Jane Duggan, Teresa Brandon, Ann B. Murphy, Mary Gorman 37pts; 2 Hilda Richardson, Greta Nicholson, Margaret Harmer, Mary Lawlor 33pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 10.04 to 10.20am guest/member, 12.12 to 12.44pm visitors, 1 to 2.28pm members time; Thursday, 9.32 to 10.44am senior ladies, 10.52am to 1.24pm senior gents, 1.32 to 2.28pm members time, 4.28-to 4.52pm visitors; Friday, 9.56am to 12.44pm Society/visitors, 1 o 2.28pm members time; Saturday, 7.32 to 8.52am members time, 9am to 1.08pm visitors/society, 1.16 to 1.56pm members time, 2.04 to 3.24pm ladies and gents competition; Sunday, 7.32am to 3.32pm ladies and gents competition (gents, Smithwick’s Cup singles; ladies, 18 hole singles; Monday, 10.05 to 11.57am (gents Smithwick’s Cup singles), 1.01 to 2.29pm member time;Tuesday, 8.18 to 8.50am ladies 18 hole competition, 8.58 to 9.06am ladies nine hole competition, 9.14 to 9.46am ladies 18 hole competition, 9.54 to 10.18am ladies nine hole competition, 11.14an to 12.15pm Society, 12.23 to 1.48pm ladies 18 hole competition, 1.56 to 2.20pm ladies nine hole competition; Wednesday, October 3, 8.28 to 11.19am ladies and gents Open singles, 11.27am to 12.08pm Society, 12.16 to 3.36pm ladies and gents Open singles.
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