Rising Kilkenny star, Mark Power, capped an excellent season by winning the Bridgestone boys international Order of Merit.
Mark’s success came on the back of a strong showing for the GB and Ireland team when they defeated the continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
While Mark may not have won an individual title, his consistency throughout the season, at senior and under-age levels, helped him earn valuable points in the Bridgestone event.
One of the main highlights at boys level was tying for the lead in the qualifiers of the Boys Amateur Championship, losing out in the quarter-finals.
Mark also had a very strong showing at senior level when he played some excellent golf in the East of Ireland in early Summer. He was also leading qualifier in the South of Ireland and only lost out in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, Caolan Rafferty.
LADIES ALL-IRELAND: The Kilkenny senior ladies foursomes team travelled to Knightsbrook last week to take on Laytown and Bettystown in the first of the All-Ireland semi-finals.
It proved to be a very difficult match for Kilkenny, who were beaten 2.5 to 0.5.
Try as they might, Kilkenny never got to grips with very strong opposition.
LUNAR GOLF: The Lunar Golf experience in the club on Friday, October 12 is fully booked.
Any team who, for one reason or another, has to cancel their line must contact the office to do so. Their space will be allocated to the next team on the waiting list.
There will be a shotgun start at 7.15pm. Teams must report by 6.15pm to receive instructions on the rules and safety requirements.
Golf will be followed by finger food and a drinks promotion in the clubhouse.
The cost of the evening is €35. This must be prepaid to the office or bar on or before Tuesday.
Failure to meet the deadline will automatically mean you lose your slot and it will be re-allocated to the first team on the waiting list.
PRESENTATION: There will be a presentation of prizes for all outstanding competitions held in the clubhouse on Friday (9pm).
The list of competitions being presented is - McCalmont Cup August 12, 13; Wednesday Open singles August 15; August Monthly Medal August 18, 19, 20; Wednesday Open singles Seeptember 15; men’s Stableford singles Septembere 8, 9, 10; September Monthly Medal September 15, 16, 17; Wednesday Open singles September 19; men’s Scotch foursomes September 22, 23, 24; Smithwicks Cup September 29 and 30 and October 1.
HOSTED GOLF: Kilkenny hosted the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland President’s Cup on Friday.
Six qualifiers from the four regions played a fourball, Stableford competition with all three cards counting.
The North East were the winners, pipping the North West by a single point.
Kilkenny man Gary Byrne, Galway Bay, was a member of the North West team.
Golf was followed by dinner and the presentation of prizes.
Damian Colman, Association President, thanked Kilkenny GC for donating the course and congratulated Sean Dowling and his team on the excellent manner in which they presented the course, and in particular, the magnificent condition of the greens.
The competition was sponsored by Sea-nymph, Terralift and MSK Sands.
RESULTS: Saturday, Sunday, Monday Smithwicks Cup, 1 Rob O’Shea (11) 65; 2 Joe O’Neill (13) 67 (b9); 3 Colin Corbett (6) 67 gross, Michael Buggy (scr) 73 (b9); 4 John Hayes (16) 68 (b9); 5 Brian Twomey (17) 68 (b6); 6 Benny Cleere (10).
Category 1 (15-19), John O’Regan (19) 70; Category 2 (20+), Philip O’Neill (20) 68.
CSS - Saturday 71; Sunday 71; Monday 70.
Two's Club - 2nd Christy Hickey; 6th Jim White, John Martin; 10th Kevin Glynn, Seamus Rochford; 15th Gavin Phelan, Philip O’Neill; 17th Ian Meagher, Jim White.
Each 'Two' receives €30 credit in the Pro Shop.
Senior gents, September 27, 13 hole competition, 1 Brian Cullen, Jerry O'Dwyer, Jimmy Rhatigan, Pat O'Brian 65 (b6); 2 Pat Cody, Donie Butler, Eddie Geraghty, Myles McCabe 65; 3 John McCarron, Eddie Guilfoyle, Noel O'Sullivan (59+4) 63 (b6); 4 Frank Byrne, Roger Ryan, Pat O'Shea, Martin Kelly 63 (b6); 5 Mick O'Flynn, Richard Butler, Jack Nolan, Seamus O'Sullivan 63; 6 Phillip O'Neill, Martin Mullane, Bob Greany, Frank Dalton 62; 7 Willie Leahy, Gabriel Maher, Nicky Lawlor, Paddy Byrne 60.
Seventy-five players participated. The Society welcomed new member Gabriel Maher into the ranks.
Golfer of the Year, Round 5 Category 1, 1 Brian Cullen (9) 30ts; 2 Mick O’Flynn (17) 29pts.
Category 2, 1 Joe Ledwidge (21) 28pts; 2 Reay Brandon/Myles McCabe 27pts.
The next competition for the senior men is on Thursday. Play starts at 10.50am. Check in is from 9.45am. Draw closes at 11.15am.
DIARY CHANGE: The final round in the Golfer of the Year competition has moved from Thursday, October 11 to Wednesday, October 10 with a start time of 10am. Check in is from 9am. Draw closes at 10.45am.
PRO SHOP: There are still a few places available for the ladies putting clinic which is scheduled for Friday, 11am to 12 noon.
The cost is €15, which includes tea or coffee. Interested members should contact the Pro Shop (056 776 1730).
There will be a sale of all ladies and gents summer clothing with 50% off marked prices. The sale continues until Sunday, October 14.
LADIES CLUB: Results Tuesday, September 25, Autumn Cups, 1 Ann Kelly (28) and Jo Lawlor (18) 71; 2 Margaret McCreery (19) and Margaret O’Rourke (27) 74 (b9); 3 Ber Crowdle (33) and Teresa Brandon (34) 74.
Ladies nine hole Stableford, 1 Mary Condon (23) 16pts; 2 Frances Foley (26) 15pts (b6); 3 Mary Gorman (31) 15pts (b3).
Senior ladies September 27, 1 Jane Duggan, Kathleen Price, Fionnuala Hennebry 38pts; 2 Bridget Norwood, Breda Kavanagh, Aileen Hehir, Ann O’Dwyer 33pts; 3 Ann Gunning, Joan O’Sullivan, Phil O’Carroll 33pts; 4 Catherine Keane, Margaret Harmer, Mary Feighery, 32pts.
Twenty-five members played.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 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; Thursday, 9.33 to 10.45am senior ladies, 10.53am to 1.33pm senior gents, 1.41 to 2.37pm members time, 2.45 to 3.01pm visitors; Friday, 1.01 to 1.57pm members time; Saturday, 8.15 to 8.47am members time, 8.55 to 9.27am ladies and gents competition, 9.35 to 11.19am visitors/society, 11.59am to 12.55pm visitors, 1.03 to 1.51pm members time, 1.59 to 3.11 pm ladies and gents competition; Sunday, 7.41am to 3.25pm ladies and gents competition (gents Monthly Medal; ladies nine and 14 hole Stableford); Monday, 11.01am to 12.53pm gents October Monthly Medal, 1.01 to 2.29pm members time; Tuesday, 8.26 to 8.50am ladies 13/14 hole competition, 8.58 to 9.06am ladies nine hole competition, 9.14 to 9.46am ladies 13/14 hole competition, 9.54 to 10.26am ladies nine hole competition, 10.34 to 11.54am guests/society, 12.26 to 1.54pm ladies 13/14 hole competition, 2.02 to 2.26pm ladies nine hole competition; Wednesday, October 10, 9.30am to 12.42pm senior gents, 12.50 to 1.06pm visitor, 1.14 to 2.26pm members time .
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