Captain Kevin McCartan; Junior Captain Tony Collins and Lady Captain Freda Mullen pictured at the Captains' drive-in at Mount Juliet. Picture Dylan Vaughan.
The annual meeting of the Joint Club at Kilkenny will be held in the Clubhouse on Thursday (7.30pm). Nominations for the committee have closed with nine nominations received for seven positions.
A motion on subscriptions is up for discussion.
JD REMEMBERED: A plaque will be unveiled to the memory of the late JD Murphy at the practice green beside the 9th tee box on Saturday (11am).
JD spent many long hours coaching youngsters on that practice green over the years. All welcome to attend.
CAPTAINS' DRIVE-IN: Captains Mark Grant and Eithne Murphy will hold their drive-in on Sunday, February 3 (10.30am). It will be followed with a four person team event (11am).
A hot plate will be served after the golf. Sheet for names will be in the clubhouse by next week.
COURSE NEWS: Members are not permitted to practice chipping or putting on the course. A few members have been spotted doing so.
Anyone found doing so will be reported to the Committee.
Holes five and six are closed and will remain so for the next couple of weeks.
In the coming weeks the course will be closed for a couple of days for the ground staff to carry out a programme of re-seeding and red-fertilising.
Members will be kept informed.
PUTTING GREEN: Due to the heavy use of the putting green over Christmas, the putting green will be closed for the next couple of weeks.
LOST: On New Year’s Eve a Bushnell Laser was lost on the course. It was in its case red and white case. If anyone found it they should leave it into the Pro shop or office.
A wallet was also lost on the course over Christmas. If found drop it into the office or bar.
With the new zero tolerance to drink and driving, catering manager Peter Walkin, with the assistance of suppliers, has introduced a new alcohol free wine list.
There is a choice of red and white Spanish wine, with the white, Torres Natureo (Moscatel), receiving high praise in a recent review in a Sunday paper. The list is complimented with an Australian Sparkling wine, Rawson’s Retreat.
All wines are competitively priced at €15 per bottle and are available by the glass for €4.50
Non alcoholic beers are available with Heineken Zero and Pure Brew, a lager, produced by Guinness.
RESULTS: January 5, 6 14 hole singles, 1 Brendan Cleere (13) 37pts; 2 Eugene Buckley (12) 33 (b7); 3 Shane O’Neill (12) 33 (b3); gross, Eddie Power (1), 29 (b7); 4 Conor O’Shea (12) 33 (b4); 5 Mark Shortall (5) 33 (b7).
Two's Club - 10th Derek Shelly, Eddie Power; 15th Dermot Doyle, Luke Wall, Christy Power; 17th Graham Nugent, Dick Curtin, Eddie Power.
Each 'Two' receives €31 credit in the Pro Shop.
January 5 gents Crosscard, 1 Larry Gittens, Pat Butler, David Lunn, Canice Hickey 71; 2 Gus Carey, Oliver Duggan, Nathan Ryan, Ronan Morrissey 67 (b6); 3 Jerry O’Dwyer, Rob Kearney, Tadgh Donoghue, Gerry Leahy 67 (b6); 4 David McMahon, Brian Cullen, Reay Brandon, John Quane 67 (b3); 5 Paddy Smee, Morgan Doyle, Murt Farragher, Peter Dabinett 67.
Senior gents, January 3, 11 hole competition, 1 Liam Cody, Jerry O'Dwyer, Brendan McIntyre, Tony Joyce 58; 2 Brian Cullen, Paddy Witherow, Eddie Geraghty, Tom Reade 55; 3 Martin Mullane, Michael Nicholson, Jim Treacy, Joe Nolan 53; 4 Gerry Leahy, Eddie Guilfoyle, Gerry Bowe, Pat Foley 52; 5 Tom Moore, Richard Butler, Dermot Moloney, Dick Cogan 51 (b5); 6 John Geoghegan, Des Byrne, Tom Keating, Joe O'Driscoll 51 (b3); 7 Geoff Meagher, Richie McEvoy, Michael O'Sullivan, Brendan Graham 51.
Following a well attended and successful AGM the following officers and committee were elected for 2019 - Captain, Joseph Ledwidge; Vice-Captain, Brian Keane; secretary, Donie Butler; treasurer, Reay Brandon.
Committee:- Willie Leahy (ex officio), Michael Grant, Martin Murphy, John O’Regan.
The next competition is on Thursday. Play starts at 10.50am. Check in is from 9.45am. Draw closes at 11.15am.
The annual membership subscription is €10. It is now due.
Results senior ladies, January 3, 1 Edith Ogilvie, Josie Bolger, Mary Lawlor 38; 2 Jane Duggan, Joan Cashin, Mary Feighery 37; 3 Kathleen Gaffney, Breda Kavanagh, Gene O’Brien 35; 4 Mary Brown, Francis Graham, Elizabeth Tobin 34.
The AGM of the ladies senior Society will be on Thursday after golf (1.30pm).
BRIDGE: Bridge will be continuing each Monday (7.30pm) with the exception of Bank Holiday Mondays’ from now on.
With the numbers playing Bridge each Monday evening increasing, there is a great need for more tables.
If you have a suitable table in reasonable condition the club might be able to use it.
SNOOKER: The singles snooker championship has reached the semi-final stage. Both need to be completed quickly.
Entries are still being taken for the Pat Wall singles memorial trophy. Intending players should place their name on the entry sheet on the notice board.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday) 8.42 to 9.22am ladies 13 holes , 9.30 to 10.02am ladies 13 and nine hole draw, 12.34 to 1.06pm ladies 13 holes, 1.14 to 1.54pm ladies 13 and and nine hole draw; Thursday, 9.30 to 10.42am senior ladies, 10.50 am to 1.30pm senior gents, 1.38 to 2..18pm members time; Friday, 12.58 to 2.18pm members time; Saturday, 8.42 to 9.38am members time, 9.46 to 10.58am ladies and gents competition, 11.30am to 1.30pm gents Crosscard, 1.38 to 1.54pm ladies Crosscard; Sunday, 8.42m to 1.30pm ladies and gents competition; Monday, 10.58am to 12.50pm gents 13/14 hole singles, 12.58 to 2.18pm members time; Tuesday, 8.42 to 9.38am ladies 13 holes, 9.46 to 10.18am ladies 13 and nine hole draw, 12.18 to 1.22pm ladies 13 holes, 1.30 to 2.18pm ladies 13 and nine hole draw; Wednesday, January 16, 12.58 to 2.18pm members time.
There was a great turnout at Castlecomer GC on Friday for the tribute night in honour of retiring bar and catering manager Eddie Walsh.
Eddie, who retired after 10 years of fantastic service to the club, was hugely popular and highly respected by members.
SUBS: Subscriptions for the 2019 season are now due. Rates are unchanged from 2018 as agreed at the joint annual meeting.
LOTTO: There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 4, 16, 25 and 26. The jackpot is €8,800.
LADIES: Results, turkey competitions: Turkey 1 - 1 C. Meagher, 26pts; 2 M. Downey, 23pts. Turkey 2 - 1 B. Phelan, 22pts; 2 L. Mansfield, 20pts. Turkey 3 - 1 D. O’Donoghue, 18pts; 2 P. Brennan, 18pts. Turkey 4 - 1 H. Dunne, 22pts; 2 P. Doheny, 21pts. Turkey 5 - 1 P. Brennan, 19pts; 2 B. Byrne, 18pts.
COOK-OFF: A Mystery Bag cook-off competition will be held at Castlecomer GC on Thursday, January 17 at 8pm. The night, which has an entry fee of €10, will see chef Edward Hayden take on chef Cathal O’Dowd.
There will also be a fun cookery demonstration on the night, where local club members will entertain with their helpful tips and cooking skills.
DRAW: Results, club fundraiser draw: €1,000 Andrew Carron, €500 Mary Butler, €250 Karl Fleming. €100 Roisin Allen, Therese Brennan, Helen Dunne, Christine Brennan, Michael Rowe, Jacinta Horan, Lizzie Brennan. Sellers Prize €100: Susan Boland.
WINTER LEAGUE: Competition is keen in the Winter League, with nine points separating the top three teams after six rounds. Team G Team G (Michael Dermody, Shay Kennedy, Joe Dowd, Terry Brennan, Sean Scanlan, Martin O’Neill, Martin Ring, M.J. Brennan, Pat Haughton, Margaret Furlong, Kathleen Ryan, Una Whelan) lead the way on 735pts.
Team H (Padraig Curry, Ciaran Kelly, Kieran Brennan, Anthony Gilroy, Seamie Brennan, Matt Dooley, Tommy Kealy, Michael Doyle, Gerri Dunne, Caroline Conway, Frieda Campion, Margaret Conway) are second on 727pts while Team B (Damien Knox, Paul Rice, Eamonn Breen, Eamonn Doyle, John Kelly, Pat Morrissey, Conor Brophy, Tom Casey, Matt Pollock, John Shore, Patricia Doheny, Bessie Brophy) are third with 726pts.
The top three teams will qualify for the final along with the top wildcard team from the final round.
BEREAVED: Sympathy went to members Ollie and Pat Gleeson, who have been bereaved by the death of their brother Tom, Rosslare, Co Wexford.
RESULTS: Results, Winter singles, December 30: 1 James Daly (21), 36pts; 2 Paul Rice (10), 35pts; gross Michael Buggy (12), 30pts; 3 Luke O’Brien Peterson (27), 34pts (b7); 4 Tony Cooper (27), 34pts (b6); 5 Murty Coonan (12), 34pts.
Results, Winter singles, January 6: 1 Tom Peterson (12), 37pts; 2 Karl O’Donnell (5), 35pts (b9); gross Michael Buggy (1), 29pts; 3 Paudie Mulhall (23), 35pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday): Seniors classic. Assembly at 9.30am with 10am tee-off. Wednesday to Sunday: Winter League, round seven.
Results, men’s 11-hole singles, Gowran Park GC January 5 & 6:
Cat One - 1 Shane Timmons (10), 28pts; 2 Larry Comerford (12), 27pts; 3 Dan Stallard (7), 27pts; 4 Niall Brett (11), 27pts.
Cat Two - 1 Michael Bolger (16), 29pts; 2 Mick McKillen (18), 29pts; 3 John Colgan (17), 27pts; 4 David Foley (18), 26pts.
LADIES: Results, ladies nine-hole weekly competition, January 2: 1 Kate Hennessey (10), 17pts; 2 Joan Murphy (21), 17pts; 3 Helena McCormack (16), 17pts.
Team B, captained by Kate Hennessey, remain in the lead of the Kathleen Whitehead League with 470 points. Team C, who are captained by Aisling Costelloe, are hot on their heels with 464 points.
SCRAMBLE: Results, Golden Golfers 11-hole scramble, January 4: 1 Dan Stallard (7), Kieran Mahon (12), Matty Byrne (26), 65 nett; Pat Staunton (16), Pat Purcell (18), Tom Dack (23), 56 nett; 3 Pat Roche (17), Liam Dowling (20), Fionnuala Taylor (33), 53 nett.
There was an excellent entry of 700 players for the Christmas Classic which included 79 visitors.
Results - 1 Paul Cleary (11), James O’Brien (15), Noel Kendrick (13), Des Grace (15) 115pts (last 9); 2 Joey Wadding (18), St Helen’s, Paddy Fitzpatrick (15), Frankie Morrissey (9), James Morrissey (5), all Enniscorthy 115pts; 3 John Murphy (20), Denis Kirwan (12), Willie Whitty (18), Peter Goggin (17) 113pts (last 9); 4 Pat Morrissey (12), Pat Curley (16), Craig Scotten (15), Martin O’Driscoll (13), all Lismore 113pts.
‘V Par’ competition, January 5 and 6, sponsored by ‘The Saturday Regulars’ - 1 Tadgh Cahill (12) 7up; 2 Jim Byrne (9) 5up; 3 Paul Griffin (15) 4up; Gross, Michael Ryan 1 down; Cat 1, John Flynn (8) 3up (last 9); Cat 2 David Feeney(13) 3up (last 9); Cat 3 Tom O’Connor (18) 3up (last 9).
UPCOMING: The Winter League, sponsored by Hartleys Motorcraft, Rounds 2 and 3 will be played over the next two weekends.
Split The Pot was won by Bill Hurley, Mick Malone, George Walsh and Hugh Byrne, who collected €78.
Meanwhile, the much anticipated rule changes are now in force. Golfers must make themselves familiar with the changes which should lead to a better pace of play.
SENIORS: The seniors resumed activities last week after the Christmas break. As ever, the veterans were mad for action and produced excellent scores.
Two pointa separated the top three teams. One team was disqualified for incorrect scores on the card, otherwise they would have picked up a prize.
Results - 1 Jimmy Furlong (13), Mikey Lee (19), Larry Shannon (21) and Jim Kehoe (25) 100pts; 2 Michael Kavanagh (17), Michael Gannon (18), Jamesie Murphy (24) and Martin Burke (25) 99pts; 3 Dick Cuddihy (12), Martin McGrath (15), Tony Sexton (22) and Robert O’Dwyer (22) 98pts.
The nearest the pin prizes were won by Tony Sexton (9th hole) and on the 11th both Denis Kirwan and John F. Roche both put their tee shots exactly 54 inches from the pin. Both collected prizes, recording birdies in the process.
Prior to the outing members observed a minute’s silence in memory of their great friend and colleague, Mick Martin (93), who passed away during the week. He will be fondly remembered. Mick was a thorough gentleman and it was a pleasure to know him.
Results 13 hole singles, January 5 and 6, 1 Ollie Stapleton (10) 31pts; 2 Mick Fox (15) 30pts; Gross, Aidan Galvin (7) 23pts; 3 Robert Jones (11).
Champagne Scramble, January 1, 1 Martin Devlin, Eugene Ryan, Jason Ryan 71pts; 2 Paddy Ryan Casey, Kathleen Maher, Margaret O’Brien 69pts.
The Lotto is now at €2,200.
Open three person Scramble, December 30, 1 S. Canning (18), R.O hEochaidh (19), M. Bolger (8) 52.7pts; 2 D. Roberts (6), P. Brennan(11), P. Dundon(14) 52.9pts.
Open singles, December 31, 1 J. O’Neill (11) 39pts; 2 R. Rowan (9) 37pts (b9); 3 J. Prendergast (7) 37pts (b9).
Open two person team, January 6, 1 S. Gannon (11), P. Kielthy (14) 59pts; 2 N. Loy (9), Kilkenny, L. Conlon (21), Lucan 56pts; 3 B. Begley (12), P. Begley (15) 55pts (b9).
9 hole singles , December 24 to 30, 1 T.C. Clarke (18) 20pts (l6); 2 K. Byrne (13) 20pts.
9 hole singles, December 31 to January 6, 1 M. O’Brien (12) 21pts (l6); 2 J. Manning (12) 21pts.
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