What an extraordinary week it was. Two of Kilkenny’s leading golfers produced superb rounds of golf.
First up in the ladies and gents Open singles on Wednesday of last week, Mark Power (+5) shot a magnificent 64 gross. He carded nine pars, eight birdies and one bogey (16th). He went out in 32 and came home in 32..
Not to be outdone, Graham Nugent (scr), playing in the October Monthly Medal, had a superb and flawless round of 63. He recorded 10 pars, seven birdies and an eagle (out in 33 and home in 30).
Were those rounds good enough to break the course record previously held by Gerry Stewart (7) from 1996-2001 when he had a 64 gross in July, 1996.
Craig Martin (1) shot a 65 gross in August 2008, (adjusted course) to set the course record, which he continues to hold today.
With placing on the fairways for Mark and Graham’s round, Craig’s 65 looks like holding.
PRESENTATION: There will be a presentation of prizes for all outstanding competitions in the Clubhouse this evening (Wednesday) at 9pm.
The following is the list of competitions being presented - McCalmont Cup, Augusts 12/13; Wednesday Open singles, August 15; August Monthly Medal, August 18, 19, 20; Wednesday Open singles, September 15; men's Stableford singles, September 8, 9, 10; September Monthly Medal, Septembere 15, 16, 17; Wednesday Open singles, September 19; men's Scotch foursomes, September 22, 23, 24; Smithwicks Cup, Septembere 29, 30 and October 1.
LUNAR GOLF: The time for Lunar Golf has arrived.
Friday evening promises to be one of fun and entertainment, when Lunar golf arrives in Kilkenny.
With a shotgun start at 7.30pm the teams of four will play holes 1 to 8, 13 (reduced to a par three) and 17 and 18. Viewing from the clubhouse or balcony should be fascinating.
There will be refreshments and music on the course for the team members.
The evening will conclude with a drinks promotion and finger food in the clubhouse.
All payments of €140 per team or €35 per head must be made now. If not the slot will be allocated to a team on the standby list.
CREDIT: Members should note that the €50 beverage credit paid with their annual subscription must be used up by end of the club financial year, Wednesday, October 31 .
Any unused portion of the €50 on that date will be forfeited.
MAINTENANCE: With Winter approaching members are requested not to go out on the course if there is frost on the ground. This can damage the greens when walking on them.
The course closed sign will normally be up, but if not members are requested to use common sense and not endanger the course.
Members are also requested to observe etiquette and good manners towards the course staff.
The workers endeavour to work ahead of golfers each day, but if members skip out to start on the 3rd or 5th hole it is difficult for the workers to keep ahead.
If early starters catch up on the workers they should wait until they have finished on the green ahead or until they stand aside to let you play through.
RESULTS: Wednesday, October 3 ladies and gents Open Ssngles - gents, 1 Des Woods (8) 45pts; 2 Mark Kavanagh (18) 42pts; 3 Noel Casey (10) 41 pts; gross, Mark Power (+5) 43pts; 4 Aidan McCarrick (12) 40pts; 5 Conor O’Shea (13) 39pts (b6).
Category (15-19) Mick Crotty (19) 39pts.
Cateegory (20+) Paul Hanafin (20) 37pts.
CSS - members 71; visitors 72..
Ladies - 1 Anne Geoghegan (5) 43pts.
CSS - 72.
Two great scores in last Wednesday’s men’s Open singles were produced by Mark Power, playing off +5 and shooting seven under 64 gross for 43 gross points and Des Woods, playing off 8, shooting 70 for 45 net points.
There will another ladies and gents Open singles competition played on Wednesday, October 17. As an experiment players will be allowed to play in fours.
The competition went live, for online booking, last Friday for members and visitors.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, October 6, 7, 8 monthly medal, 1 Graham Nugent (scr) 63; 2 Tommy Barry (14) 65; 3 Michael Kinchella (14) 67 (b9); Gross, Derek O’Gorman (3) 72 (b9); 4 Vincent Hayes (11) 67; 5 Joe Lawlor (19) 68; 6 Michael Naughton (16) 68 (b9).
Category 1 (15-19) Michael J. Daly (16), 69.
Category 2 (20 +),Niall Griffin (22), 68.
CSS - Saturday 71; Sunday 71; Monday 71..
Two's Club - 6th Ger Murphy, Michael Condon, Tony Butler, Noel Power, Cormac Hickey, Peter Walsh (Jnr.), David McMahon, David Farragher; 10th Michael J. Daly; 15th Cormac Hickey, Eric Cantwell, Graham Nugent, Patrick Walshe, Donal O’Riordan, Mark Grant, Michael Whelan, David Cosgrave, Des Woods; 17th John O’Donnell, Graham Nugent, Rory MacEneaney, David McMahon, Richard Duggan.
Each 'Two' receives €14.70 credit in the Pro Shop.
Senior gents October 4, 13 hole competition, 1 Joe Ledwidge, Eamon Molloy, Andy MacEneaney, Tom Sloyan 62 (b6); 2. John McCarron, Dermot Moloney, Henk Van Der Puil, Paddy Byrne 62; 3 Matt Ruth, Jerry O’Dwyer, Oliver Duggan, Tony Joyce 61; 4 Paddy Smee, Pat O’Briain, Jack Nolan, Myles McCabe 59 (b6); 5 Geoff Meagher, Kevin Donohoe, Shem Lawlor, Michael O’Brien 59 (b6); 6 Michael Daly, Michael Nicholson, Bob Greany, Joe O’Driscoll 59; 7 Michael McCarthy, Brendan McIntyre, Tom Keating, Tom Reade 57.
Fifty-one players took part.
The winning team certainly rolled back the years. In fact, all 300 plus years, to win on the countback.
A marvellous golf achievement from one Category C player and three Category D players. Seniors vice-Captain Joe Ledwidge featured no less than 12 times out of 13 holes on the card.
At least the handicap system is operating well.
The next senior gents competition is on today (Wednesday).
It is the final round of the ‘Golfer of the Year’ singles competition. Play starts at 10am. Check in is from 9am. Draw closes at 10.45am.
PRO SHOP: There will be a sale of ladies and gents Summer clothing, with 50% off all marked prices. The sale continues until Sunday, Octobe 21r.
Ladies Footjoy shoes reduced to €99.
Water repellent golf bags clearing for €99.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Galvin Green range is now in stock.
Galvin Green is the No. 1 rain suit on the market, as worn by the victorious Ryder Cup team.
LADIES CLUB: The lady Captain Mary Hickey’s away outing is set for Tullafaris on Wednesday, October 17.
Any lady members interested in going to Tulfarris should put their name on the sheet on the ladies notice board. The cost of the outing, which includes a round of golf followed by dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast is €99 per person sharing.
Results Tuesday, October 2, 18 hole Stableford, 1 Rosemary Keogh (29) 37pts (b9); 2 Ann Widger (22) 37pts; Gross, Sarah Molloy (5) 31pts (b9); 3 Ann Short (30) 36pts (b9); 4 Ann Geoghegan (5) 36pts.
Nine hole Stableford, 1 Ursula DeLoughry (22) 19pts; 2 Breeda Roche (13) 16pts (back 6); 3 Josie Bolger (32) 16pts.
The Christmas fare competitions will begin on Tuesday, October 30. There will be a choice of 14 or nine hole events.
Check before you go out what holes are in play each week.
Senior ladies Thursday, October 4, 1 Ann Widger, Phil Cooke, Mary Lawlor 43pts; 2 Mary Gorman, Breda Comerford, Hilda Richardson 40pts; 3 Nuala Crotty, Eileen Reynolds, Marie Curran, 40pts.
Twenty-three players took part.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 9.30am to 12.42pm senior gents, 12.50 to 1.06pm visitors, 1.14 to 2.26pm members time; Thursday, 9.33 to 10.45am senior ladies, 12.29 to 1.25pm members time, 1.33 to 4.01pm Society; Friday, 10.05 to 11.33am visitors, 1.01 to 2.29pm members time, 3.09 to 9pm Lunar Golf; Saturday, 8.04 to 9am members time, 9.08am to 12.36pm society/visitors, 1 to 1.40pm members time, 2.04 to 2.58pm ladies and gents competition; Sunday, 7.57 to 10.12am ladies and gents competition, 10.29am to 12.53pm society, 1 to 2.48pm ladies and gents competition (gents, October 18 hole, fourball hamper; ladies, 13 hole singles Stableford); Monday, 10.57am to 12.53pm October, 18 hole fourball hamper, 1.01 to 2.29pm member 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 10.18am ladies nine hole competition, 12.18 to 1.46pm ladies 13/14 hole competition, 1.54 to 2.18pm ladies nine hole competition; Wednesday, October 17 , 8.32am to 2.48pm ladies and gents Open singles.
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