The joint Captains’ dinner (Tom Sloyan and Mary Hickey) at Kilkenny golf club will be held in The Clubhouse on Saturday (7.30pm). Entertainment will be by Liam McCormack.
Dress is informal. Tickets cost €35.
SATURDAY CROSSCARD: The sing in for the Saturday Crosscard is before 12.30pm for a shotgun start at 12.45pm.
RESULTS: Sunday Christmas mixed competition, 1 Anne Geoghegan, Eugene Coyne, Andy Hughes, Kay Gray; 2 Jack Walsh, Stella Coughlan, Margaret Harmer, Trevor Ogilvie; 3 James Hogan, Stephen Dawson, Edith Ogilvie, Peggy Murray; 4 Pat Collins, Lourda Everard, Jim Meredith, Roger Ryan; 5 Pat Hickey, Barbara Teehan, Oliver Duggan, Gabby Maher.
Saturday gents Crosscard, 1 Roger Ryan, Martin Treacy, John Marnell, Iain Harrison 69; 2 Ronan Morrissey, Pat Butler, Morgan Doyle, Dom Murphy 67; 3 Pat Walshe, Tommy Barry, Canice Hickey, Henk van der Puil 64 (b6); 4 Tommy Buckley, Nicholas Walsh, Gus Carey, Peter Dabinett 64 (b1); 5 Michael McCarthy, Myles McCabe, Bernie Clarke, Sean Byrne 64.
League leaderboard after Round 7 (points adjusted using player’s five best cards) - 1 Myles McCabe 69; 2 Gabriel Maher, Mark Grant 60; 4 Ronan Morrissey, Matt Ruth 59; 6 Sean Byrne, Philip O'Neill 58; 8 Martin Treacy, Murt Farragher, David McMahon 57.
The final counting competition of the League is on Saturday, December 22.
The crosscard Christmas outing is on Saturday, December 15. Entry will be €8 to include finger food after golf.
Senior gents November 29, 13 holes, 1 Brian Cullen, Martin Murphy, Dermot Moloney, Pat O’Shea 63; 2 Joe Gannon, Des Byrne, Michael O’Sullivan, Paul Brady 62 (b6); 3 Noel Skehan, Paul Hanafin, Brian Keane, Joe Nolan 62; 4 Michael Grant, Jerry O’Dwyer, Maurice Ryan, Paddy Hally 61 (b6); 5 Gerry Leahy, Brendan McIntyre, Myles McCabe (57+4) 61 (b6); 6 Liam Cody, Donie Butler, Eddie Geraghty (57+4) 61; 7 John Geoghegan, Kevin Donohoe, Bob Greany, Eamonn Everard 60.
HANDICAP REVIEW: The Handicap Review has been completed. Members can see revised handicaps, GUI and Society, on the MSS notice board. Effective now.
DATE CHANGE: The Christmas outing and party has been moved to Thursday, December 20 due to the men’s AGM on Thursday, December 13.
Entry Sheet is on MSS Notice Board.
The annual meeting of the men’s Seniors Society will be on Thursday, January 3 (4.30pm) after the regular golf outing.
LADIES CLUB: Three years ago the GUI and ILGU began work on the development of a new single governing body for golf. Ireland is the only country in the world to have two separate governing bodies for men’s and women’s golf.
A new organisation to be known as Golf Ireland (GI) has been proposed as one governing body for all golfers in Ireland.
The aim of GI is to promote and develop the game. Golf club membership has declined by 25% over the last decade, while the average age of those playing continues to rise.
There will be a presentation on the proposal for Golf Ireland at the annual meeting on December 12, followed by a Q&A. ILGU director Mary Culleton will attend.
After the presentation there will be a vote for or against the proposal.
Results December 3, South East Junior Alliance, 1 Mary O’Shea (Waterford) 25pts; 2 Martina Naughton (Kilkenny) 23pts; 3 Kay Crosse (Dundrum) 22pts; 4 Ann Corbett (Cahir) 21pts; 5 Flan McGlinchey (Dundrum) 20pts.
Senior ladies November 29, 1 Jane Duggan, Mary Gorman, Mary Feighery 40pts; Edith Ogilvie, Breda Kavanagh, Margaret Harmer 38pts; Kitty Nolan, Joan O’Sullivan, Kathleen Price 37pts.
The senior ladies golf and Christmas lunch will be on Thursday, December 6.
JUNIOR/JUVENILE: The junior /juvenile year came to a close when members contested the Captain’s prize.
Winner: gents Captain’s prize to juniors, Billy Fitzpatrick; winner Lady Captain’s prize to juniors, Eva Duggan.
JD Murphy boys matchplay (full handicap), 1 Daragh Larkin; 2 Bobby O’Mahony.
JD Murphy boys matchplay (junior handicap), 1 Mikey Raggett; 2 Rory Glynn.
J D Murphy girls matchplay, 1 Aoife Crowdle; 2 Eva Duggan.
Eamonn Crosse award (for dedication and contribution to junior golf), Jack Walsh and Aoife Crowdle.
The junior Captains’ for 2019 are Patrick O’Shea and Aoife Crowdle.
BRIDGE: November 26. 10 table Howell, 1 Gene O’Brien and Margo Harte; 2 Sheila Brennan and Terry Harmer; 3 Clare O’Hagan and Paul Joshi; 4 Mags Cuddihy and Trevor Ogilvie; 5 Breda Kavanagh and Paddy Smee.
SNOOKER: There is one outstanding first round match to be played. For those concerned, to avoid the wrath of the officials and face the lottery of the toss of the coin, you need to play the match.
CATERING: The golf club would be an ideal venue for a Chrsitmas function. Contact Barry Joyce (086 820 5260). He will discuss requirements and prepare a menu to suit all needs.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 11.28 to 11.36am Kilkenny CBS v Kilkenny College, 1.04 to 2.32pm members time; Thursday, 9.04 to 10.40am senior ladies, 1.36 to 1.52pm guest/member, 2 to 2.32pm members time; Friday 10.32 to 11.28am Society, 11.36 to 11.52am guest/member, 1.04 to 2.24pm members time; Saturday, 8.32 to 9.28am members time, 9.36 to 10.08am ladies and gents competition, 10.16 to 10.56am Society, 11.28am to 1.20pm gents Crosscard (sign in by 12.30 for 12.45pm tee off), 1.28 to 1.52pm ladies Crosscard; Sunday, 8.32am to 1.28pm ladies and gents 13/14 hole singles Stableford; Monday, 10.56am to 12.56pm gents 13/14 hole singles Stableford, 1.04 to 2.32pm members time; Tuesday, 8.32 to 9.28am ladies 13 holes, 9.36 to 10.16am ladies 13 and nine hole draw, 12.16 to 1.28pm ladies 13 holes, 1.36 to 2.16pm ladies 13 and nine hole draw; Wednesday, December 12, 11.04 to 11.52am guest/member, 1.04 to 2.24pm members time.
The 19th annual meeting of the Joint Club of Castlecomer GC will be held in the clubhouse at 8pm on Thursday, December 13.
PARTY: Men’s Captain Seamus Brennan and Lady Captain Margaret O’ Keeffe got the festive season up and running when they held their Christmas party on Saturday night. Presentations were made to the ladies and gents golfer of the year and club matchplay champions. Addresses were made by captains Seamus and Margaret and incoming captains Martin O’Neill and Jo Costigan.
President Honoria Fogarty acknowledged the efforts of all club members and gave great encouragement to all golfers in the club. Toasts were made and floral presentations followed, with the evening concluding with dancing to the musical accompaniment of Seán Kenny. Thanks went to catering manager Eddie Walsh and staff.
CHAMPION GOLFERS: The following champions received awards at the dinner dance: Liam Doyle (golfer of the year), Cierán Kelly (club singles), Micheál Coogan and Fergal O’Neill (fourball), Joe O’Dowd and Nicky Walsh (foursomes), Caroline Conway and Mark O’Dowda (mixed), Maria Downey (golfer of the year), Betty Byrne (Plate) and Caroline Conway (club singles). Helen Murphy and Michael Dermody won the captains’ prizes in 2018, with the presidents’ prizes going to Delia O’Donoghue and John Bergin.
LADIES: The 19th annual meeting of the Ladies club was held recently. There were a large number of ladies in attendance, with all loud in their praise of outgoing Captain, Margaret O’Keeffe.
Awards were presented to the following: Helen Murphy (Silver Medal), Eileen Healy (Bronze Medal) and Betty Owens (Silver Spoon).
Officers elected - Lady Captain, Jo Costigan; Lady Vice Captain, Eileen Healy; Hon. Secretary, Maureen Norton; Hon. Treasurer, Noreen Kinsella; Competition Secretary, Caroline Conway; H/Cap Secretary, Nuala Mahon; PRO, Marnie Brennan, Ex-Officio; Margaret O’Keeffe. Committee: Ellen Phelan, Noreen Curry, Helen Dunne and Maria Downey.
LOTTO: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 5, 20, 22 and 28. The jackpot is now €7,800.
RESULTS: Results, men’s Winter singles (round three), December 2: 1 Martin Ring (21), 35pts (b7); 2 Tommy Kealy (22), 35pts; gross Michael Buggy (1), 28pts; 3 Patsy Brophy (18), 33pts (b7).
DIARY: Wednesday to Sunday: Winter Team league round three. Today (Wednesday): Seniors Classic - meet at 9.30am for 10am tee off. Saturday & Sunday: Men’s 14-hole open singles.
Result, three-person scramble, Mountain View GC, December 2: 1 Paddy Kelly, Keith Kelly, Frankie Kelly, 53.4.
SINGLES: Results, members’ singles competition, November 25: 1 Kevin O’Sullivan (19), 46pts; 2 Alan Cuffe (16), 45pts; 3 Brian Carroll (22), 44pts.
DIARY: Sunday: Members’ Christmas Hamper (single stableford). Tuesday: Seniors’ competition. Wednesday, December 12: Ladies singles competition. Thursday, December 13: Seniors’ 13-hole competition.
Members are reminded that the annual meeting of Gowran Park GC will be held at the club on Friday.
WINTER: The Winter Series weekly open singles competition continues tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. The top three plus equals from each weekly qualifier go forward to the final next Spring. Full details and booking are available from 056-7726699.
SINGLES: Results, 11-hole singles competition, November 25: Cat One - 1 James Doyle (9), 26pts; 2 Dan Stallard (7), 26pts; 3 Niall Patterson (9), 26pts. Cat Two - 1 John Crowe (15), 26pts; 2 Joe Lannon (16), 25pts; 3 Adam Condon (20), 25pts.
LADIES: Results, ladies 11-hole singles, November 28: 1 Kate Hennessey (12), 23pts; 2 Maura Coe (20), 22pts; 3 Helena McCormack (16), 22pts.
Results, ladies 11-hole singles, November 21: 1 Eileen Tobin (20), 26pts; 2 Helen Dunne (19), 24pts; 3 Margaret Bower (25), 22pts.
There are changes on the Kathleen Whitehead League leaderboard this week. Two teams are on 342 points apiece - Team B and Team C.
GOLDEN GOLFERS: Results, 11-hole scramble, November 30: 1 Liam Hutchinson (15), Maura Coe (20), Liam Dowling (20), Tom Dack (23), 34.5 nett; 2 Dan Stallard (8), Michael Byrne (20), Jim Fisher (26), 34.6 nett.
SCRAMBLE: Results, nine-hole scramble, November 23: 1 Pat Staunton (16), Pat Roche (17), Bridget Mullins (28), 26.9 nett; 2 Dan Stallard (8), Eamon Kealy (18), Gay Latchford (24), 28.0 nett.
The annual meeting of the men’s committee of Callan GC will be held in the clubhouse at 8pm on Friday, December 14. Contact the secretary with nominations. Further details are available in the locker room.
TURKEY: Results, Turkey and Ham competition, December 2: 1 Joe Tierney, 46pts; 2 Jamie Tennyson, 41pts (B9); gross Jeff Lynch, 35pts.
RGA: Results, RGa 15-hole competition, December 3: Cat A - 1 Pat Mulrooney, 31pts; 2 Luke Connery, 30pts (B9); 3 Willie Gilbert, 30pts. Cat B - 1 Padraig McMorrow, 30pts; 2 Andy Phelan, 29pts; 3 Jim Kehoe, 28pts.
LADIES: Results, ladies competition, November 27: 1 Catherine Davis, 22pts; 2 Bea Donovan, 22pts (c/b).
LOTTO: There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Benny and Tom, Mai Phelan and Olive O’Halloran. Sellers were Kathleen Phelan and Mossie Skehan. The jackpot is now 2,050.
The annual meeting of the men’s club was held at Borris GC recently. Officers elected were: captain, John Joyce; vice-captain, Denis O’Neill; secretary, Cyril Hughes; competition secretary, Sean Hanafin; handicap secretary, Michael McCarthy. Committee: George Donohoe, Jim Kielthy, James Lillis, James Todd, Sean Treacy.
TEAM: Results, two-person team event, December 2: 1 M. O’Brien (12) & D. Maher (20), 54pts; 2 P. McGrath (14) & G. Donohoe (14), 53pts; 3 D. Doyle (13) & T.C. Clarke (18), 52pts (B9).
NINE: Results, nine-hole weekly competition: 1 D. Gannon (14), 23pts; 2 D. Maher (20), 22pts.
Results, Christmas Fare competition, Rathdowney GC, December 1 & 2: Overall Winner: John Whelan (9), 33pts. Division One: Kevin Galvin (7), 29pts. Division Two: Philip Monnelly (9), 31pts. Division Three: Larry Phelan (12), 30pts.
SENIORS: Results, seniors’ scramble, November 29: 1 Tim Williams, Tom Brennan, Tom Doheny, 39 ⅚; 2 Dave Dalton, Kieran Holland, Mick Gibbons, 40 ⅙.
LOTTO: The lotto jackpot is now €11,450.
Results from Christmas hamper competition, December 1 and 2, 16 hole Stableford, 1 John Hackett (12) 39pts; 2 Ger Freyne(19) 38pts; 3 A.J. Mernagh (12) 37pts; Gross, Michael Ryan 32pts; Cat1, Seamus O’Leary (7) 36pts; Cat2, Martin Carroll (12) 34pts; Cat3, Des Redmond (19) 36pts.
Over 120 took part in the weekday 9 hole competition. Last week’s winner was Davy Doran with 22 points.
Next weekend the club will run another Christmas hamper competition of the same format as used this week. The hampers are high quality.
WINTER LEAGUE: The remaining three rounds of the Winter League will be played in the new year.
Following the first two rounds the leading scores - Sean Murphy 63; Jamesie Wallace 63; Andrew Ryan 60; Sean Furlong 59; Martin Carroll 58; Derek Ronan 57; Seamus O Leary 57; Ed Conway 57; John Flynn 57.
The annual Christmas Classic will be played from Saturday, December 15 to Tuesday, January 1 for teams of four. It promises to be a very popular competition.
Course conditions continue to be good and members and visitors alike can play a part in making sure this remains by continuing to repair pitch marks, rake bunkers and replace/fill divots.
The Split the pot was won by The SaIturday Regulars again, who collected €82 .
The next draw will be held on December 16 after the presentation of prizes.
SENIORS: Prior to last Thursday,’s seniors outing, the AGM was held.
The finances are in a healthy state and the club made sizeable donations to various charities. One of the main items discussed and passed was that where there is a three-person team they have the rights on the first tee.
Also, the club will continue with the champagne scramble format for the Winter and play a team event once every four weeks during the Summer.
Some seniors had notable successes in club competitions, with Tom Kent winning the PGA Tankard, Steve Travis, The Military Cup and medal and Billy Redmond and Dick Cuddihy also figuring in the winners enclosure.
After the torrential rains of the last week 14 teams went out last Thursday. It took a count back to decide the winners.
Here a better back nine, 47/46 saw Michael Gannon (18), Patsy Farrell (20), Larry Shannon (21) and Jim Kehoe (25) take the spoils with 98 points.
On the same score and placed second were Dick Cuddihy (12), Richie Aylward (19), Kenny Irwin (21) and Richie Byrne (21).
Again, after another count back 48/46 on the last nine holes, Jim ‘Ross’ Ryan (17), Luke Power (19), Martin Hartley (22) and Tom O’Shea (24) took third prize with 96 points.
One nearest the pin prize was won and that by Denis Kirwan on the 9th hole.
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