Ann Murphy and Mark Grant, Captain unveil a memorial plaque to Ann's late husband JD Murphy at Kilkenny Golf Club.
Outgoing chairman of Kilkenny golf club, Tom Sloyan, chaired the annual meeting of the Joint Clubs last Thursday. Nearly 200 turned out for the meeting.
After business was concluded discussion turned to the motion relating to Rule 14.1 and 14.3 pertaining to the extension of the age profile of the club and the effects on subscriptions; the effects for the coming years and the need to increase the membership of the Intermediate Membership category.
After a long discussion the motion was passed. Two new intermediate categories were introduced.
Intermediate members are under 30 and they qualify for a 50% reduction. Under 35’s will receive a 30% discount with members under 40 getting 20%.
Existing members may avail of Intermediate Membership, but they will have to abide by the restrictions applicable.
WASHBAY: Club Captain Mark Grant unveiled plans for the upgrade of the new Wash Bay. The plans are on display on the notice boards in the club.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP: The club decided to bestow Honarary Life Membership on Mark Power.
Doing so, the gents Captain cited the many, many achievements of Mark over the short number of years he has been playing golf.
Mark has received a scholarship to attend Wake Forest University, North Carolina where he will continue his studies and further his golfing career. He will travel to Wake Forest next August.
Honarary membership for 2019 was given to Leo Byrne for his support and commitment to the junior/juvenile members over many years as Convenor.
Officers and committee for 2019 - gents Captain, Mark Grant; ladies Captain, Eithne Murphy; gent’s vice-Captain, Anthony Cleere; ladies vice-Captain, Bridie McGarry; secretary, Seamus Rochford; treasurer, Morgan Doyle.
Committee - Liam Barrett, Frank Dalton, Rob Kearney, Philip O’Neill, Annette Stapleton, James Walsh, Pat Walshe.
JD REMEMBERED: A plaque was unveiled on Saturday to the memory of the late J.D. Murphy at the practice green, beside the 9th tee box.
JD’s wife, Ann, was joined by her family Jean, Orla, Hilary and Gary and his wife and the two grandchildren. They were joined by over 50 members in recognising the work and dedication shown by J.D. to the club and in particular to the junior and juveniles.
J.D. spent many long hours coaching youngsters on the practice green over the years.
DRIVE-IN: Captains’ Mark Grant and Eithne Murphy will hold their drive-in on Sunday, February 3 (10.30am). It and will be followed with a four person team event at 11.am.
A hot plate will be served after the golf. Members should place their names on the entry sheet which is on the notice board inside the bar door.
PRESENTATION: There will be a presentation of prizes this Friday in the Clubhouse. The list of dates and competitions will be:
December 15/17, 14 hole singles Stableford; December 22/23, 14 hole singles Stableford; Decembere 26, four person Open team event; December 27, 14 hole Open singles Stableford; December 30/31 and January 1, New Year’s Open team event.
COURSE NEWS: Golf will continue following the advice of independent advisors, whose recommendations were not to close the course but to allow continued golf. Holes can then be rested during the Winter season as currently happens.
However, it was also recommended that a managed programme of the course would benefit by the application of fertiliser and the re-seeding of the affected areas.
The Committee have started this programme and as a result the course will be closed for three days this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The course will re-open on Saturday with the weekend competition and the Saturday Cross-card.
RESULTS: January 12, 13 and 14, 14 hole singles, 1 Tony Butler (11) 34; 2 Paul Colfer (17) 32 (b2); 3 David McMahon (5) 32 (b3); Gross, Graham Nugent (+1) 29; 4 Eugene Buckley (11) 32 (b7); 5 Eamon Brennan (8) 32 (b3); 6 James Hogan (9) 32.
Two's Club - 6th Peter Walsh (snr), Thomas Buckley, Niall Sheehan, Eddie Power; 15th Jim White, Tom McInerney; 17th Noel Casey, Noel Power, Liam Merrins, Seamus O’Neill, John Geoghegan, Darren Bourke; 18th James Crotty.
Each 'Two' receives €23 credit in the Pro Shop.
Saturday, January 12 gents Crosscard, 1 Jerry Rowe, Pat Hickey, Paddy Smee, Pat Walshe -12.1; 2 Tony Butler, Peter Ryan, Michael O’Sullivan, Owen Brophy -11.4; 3 Reay Brandon, Pat McEvoy, Pat Butler, Joe O’Shea -11.1; 4 Brian Meredith, Dermot Doyle, Jim Rhatigan, Nicholas Walsh -10.2; 5 Larry Gittens, Rob Kearney, Martin Hanrick, John Clarke -9.5 (b6).
Cross card Individual League - 1 Pat Butler 32; 2. Paddy Smee, Larry Gittens 30; 4 Reay Brandon 29; 5 Pat Hickey, Rob Kearney, Nathan Ryan 28; 8 Tony Butler, Canice Hickey 26; 10 Michael O'Sullivan, David Lunn 25; 12 Brian Cullen, John Quane 24; 14 David Farragher, Gerry Leahy 22; 16 Dermot Doyle, Myles McCabe, Tadgh Donoughue 20; 19 Jimmy Rhatigan, Gus Carey 19.
Congratulations to Jerry Rowe who shot a hole-in-one at the 17th with a 6-iron.
The deadline for Saturday’s draw is 12.45 with tee-off at 1pm.
SENIOR GENTS: January 10, 12 hole competition, 1 Pat Foley, Eddie Geraghty, Nicky Lawlor, Paddy Byrne 64; 2 Pat Collins, Gabriel Maher, Jimmy Rhatigan, Pat O'Briain 62.; 3 Frank Bradbury, Eddie Guilfoyle, Pat O'Shea, Tom Reade 58; 4 Paddy Smee, Tom Gunning, Eugene Orr, Michael O'Neill 56 (b6); 5 Michael Hayes, Reay Brandon, Joe Ledwidge, Andy MacEneaney 56 (b3); 6 Rodger Curran, John O'Regan, Bob Greany, Ger Power 56 (b6); 7 Willie Leahy, Richard Butler, Dermot Moloney, Paddy Hally 56 (b3).
Sixty-eight players, including new member Michael Hayes, took part.
There will be no competition this Thursday. The course is closed for essential maintenance.
The seniors next outing is on Thursday, January 24 (10.50am).
Annual subs now due - €10.
New Captain, Joe Ledwidge will hold his drive-in on Thursday, February 7 (10.45am) before the weekly four person team event.
GOLF BALLS: While the junior/juvenile season may seem a long time away, members are being asked to donate old golf balls to the club.
These balls are required for practice each week.
LADIES CLUB: Results January 8, 13 hole Stableford, 1 Margaret Cuddihy (9) 26pts; 2 Catherine O’Neill (24) 25pts (b3); Gross, Jan Browne (3) 22pts; 3 Ann Widger (21) 25pts (b3); 4 Mary Bradshaw (22) 25pts.
December 27, ladies and gents Open singles, ladies section winner, Pat Walsh (28) 27pts (b5).
Ladies 9 hole Stableford, 1 Adrienne Walsh (26) 15pts.
The ladies competitions over the next couple of months will be either 9 or 13 holes only. Ladies will not be playing 14 holes, even if the men are.
The weekly ladies competition book is written up by the Lady Competition Secretary and should not be interfered with.
Senior ladies, January 10, 1 Josie Bolger, Mary Gorman, Breda Kavanagh 34; 2 Bridget Norwood, Eileen Reynolds, Elizabeth Tobin 30; 3 Edith Ogilvie, MArgaret Harmer, Francis Gray 29.
AGM: Following last week’s golf outing the annual meeting of the Ladies Senior G.S was held.
Elected were - Captain Margaret Harmer; vice-Captain, Joan Mannion; secretary, Anne B. Murphy; treasurer, Bridget Norwood.
Committee - Mary Feighery (ex officio), Edith Ogilvie, Jane Duggan.
BRIDGE: January 7, Section A, six Table Howell, 1 Toni Hayes and Catherine King; 2 Joan O'Sullivan and Mary Bradshaw; 3 Brendan McIntyre and John King; 4 Catherine Barrett and Mary Gorman
Section B, seven Table Howell, 1 Phyl Doyle and Carl Widger; 2 Ann Widger and Morgan Doyle; 3 Dom Murphy and Terri Harmer; 4 Jane and Martin Duggan.
SNOOKER: The entry date for the Patrick Wall memorial singles trophy has been extended to Friday when draw will be made.
Entry is €6 and must be paid.
The final of the snooker doubles will be between Christy Power/Michael O’Neill and Alan Snype/P.J. Martin.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday course closed for re-seeding and fertilising; Saturday, 8.34 to 9.30am members time, 9.38 to 10.50am ladies and gents competition (Gents Scotch foursomes; ladies 13 hole single Stableford) 11.30am to 1.30pm gents Crosscard, 1.38 to 1.54pm ladies Crosscard; Sunday, 8.34am to 1.22pm ladies and gents competition, 1.30 to 2.02pm Barton Cup practice; Monday, 10.58am to 12.50pm gents competition, 12.58 to 2.18pm member time; Tuesday, 8.42 to 9.38am ladies 13 holes, 9.46 to 10.18am ladies 13 and 9 hole draw, 12.18 to 1.22pm ladies 13 holes, 1.30 to 2.18pm ladies 13 and 9 hole draw; Wednesday, January 23, 12.58 to 2.18pm members time.
Castlecomer GC will be as hot as an oven when the Mystery Bag cook-off competition takes over the club tomorrow (Thursday).
Starting at 8pm the evening, 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.
SUBS: Annual subscriptions for 2019 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 10, 11, 21 and 26. The jackpot is now €9,000.
SENIORS: The seniors society held their annual meeting recently. Officers elected were: captain Seán Scanlon, vice-captain Tony Cooper, secretary John Shore, assistant secretary Christy Ryan, treasurer John Hardy, assistant treasurer Christy McGrath, ladies rep Marnie Brennan. Committee members: Ger Comerford, Phil Shore, Pat Morrissey, Donie Walsh, Tony Carr.
WINTER: After seven rounds of competition Team G lead the Winter League with 856 points. Team A are on 847 points, with Team B on 843 points and Team H on 840 points. The top three teams automatically qualify for the final, along with the top wildcard team from the final round.
SINGLES: Results, Winter singles competition, January 13: 1 David Douglas (16), 35pts; 2 James Daly (20), 33pts (b7); gross Michael Dermody (5), 28pts; 3 Michael Brennan (22), 33pts.
DIARY: Today (Wednesday): Seniors classic. Assembly at 9.30am to tee off at 10am. Wednesday to Sunday: Rounds eight and nine of the Winter League continue daily.
With the new golfing year in full swing, Callan GC are currently forming committees for the season.
Anyone with an interest in helping the club progress is asked to contact the office.
LADIES: Results, ladies 12-hole competition, January 8: 1 Bridget Holohan, 25pts; 2 Berna Walsh, 23pts (c/b); 3 Bernie Madigan, 23pts; 4 Anna Starr, 21pts (c/b).
Winner of the nine-hole competition was Maura Holden.
RGA: Results, RGA three-man competition, January 7: 1 John Ryan, Coleman Loughnane & Noel Power, 48.6; 2 Michael Quinlan, Paul Coogan & Glenn Wilson, 51.6; 3 Joe Cuddihy, Tony Drennan & Eddie Ryan, 53.9.
SINGLES: Results, 15-hole singles competition, January 12 & 13: 1 Peter Ryan, 45pts; 2 Jamie Tennyson, 39pts (c/b); 3 Nicky Morrissey, 39pts.
Results, 15-hole competition, January 5: 1 Denis Lawlor, 37pts; 2 James O’Brien, 36pts; 3 Kieran Grace, 35pts.
LOTTO: There was no winner of the golf club lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 8, 29, 33. Consolation prizes (€30) went to Joseph Cuddihy, Johnny Butler and Pauline Holden. Sellers were Joe Cuddihy, Murt Cuddihy and Joe Madigan.
The jackpot is now €2,650.
Gowran Park GC are accepting applications for membership in 2019.
Preferential rates are available for golfers under-30 and over-70. Full details are available from 056-7726699.
DRIVE-IN: Members are reminded that the Captains’ drive-in will be held on Sunday, February 24.
STABLEFORD: Results, men’s 11-hole stableford, January 14: Cat One - 1 Ger Treacy (9), 30pts; 2 Patrick O’Neill (8), 27pts; 3 Larry Comerford (12), 26pts; 4 Patrick O’Hara (4), 26pts.
Cat Two - 1 Vincent O’Hara (18), 27pts; 2 Brian Doherty (25), 27pts; 3 Joe Lannon (16), 26pts; 4 Jonny Dunphy (18), 25pts.
WINTER: The Winter 11-hole competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with an 11-hole fourball competition.
GOLDEN: Results, Golden Golfers 11-hole scramble, January 11: 1 Gerry Doyle (14), Pat Murphy (23), Tom Dack (23), 35pts; 2 Tony Mahon (17), Seamus O’Brien (18), Joan Murphy (21), 35.4pts; 3 Tommy Bolger (15), Pat Purcell (18), Kerrie Bolger (27), 36pts.
LADIES: Results, ladies 11-hole singles, January 9: 1 Judy Dick (12), 19pts; 2 Helena McCormack (16), 17pts; 3 Margaret Bower (25), 17pts.
Team B remains in the lead in the Kathleen Whitehead League with 502 points, followed closely by Team C with 494 points.
THYESTES: As Thursday, January 24 is Thyestes Race Day there will be no golf at the club that day.
DIARY: Thursday & Friday: Winter Series open singles (visitor €20).
Results, open two-person team competition, Borris GC, January 13: 1 Brendan Joyce (8) & Paul Dundon (14), 60pts (B9); 2 Neil Loy (Kilkenny, 9) & Dave Conlon (15), 60pts; 3 Jim Kielthy (13) & Paddy Hayles (18), 58pts.
Results, nine-hole open competition, January 7 to 13: 1 Justin Manning (12), 22pts (L6); 2 Joe O’Neill (11), 22pts; 3 Barry Murphy (20), 20pts (L6).
Competition was keen in the opening week of the Winter League at Rathdowney GC.
Results, Winter League three-ball classic, January 12 & 13: 1 David Fitzpatrick (9), Jimmy Fitzpatrick (15) & Brendan Foyle (13), 65pts; 2 Jim Delaney (18), Ollie Stapleton (10) & Liam Holland (18) 61pts; 3 John Gorman (14), John Stokes (13) & Thomas Sweeney (13), 60pts.
SINGLES: Results, 13-hole singles stableford, January 12 & 13: 1 Jason Ryan (9), 33pts; 2 John Tobin (13), 32pts.
SENIORS: Results, seniors competition, January 9: 1 P.J. Duggan, Kieran Holland & Paddy Delaney, 41 ⅙; 2 Ollie Stapleton, Liam Coady & Donal Heaphy 42 ⅙.
LOTTO: There was no winner of the golf club lotto. The jackpot is now €2,400.
Fourteen teams played in the seniors weekly outing, and 11 clocked up 90 points or more.
Clocking an incredible 56 points on the outward nine holes, this was the foundation of victory for Michael Kavanagh (17), Billy Redmond (19), Martin Forristal (21) and Sean O hUginn (23). They added 47 points on the back nine to finish clear winners with a 103 points.
Second with 99 points - Ray Shannon (14), Steve Travis (17), Tony Sexton (22) and Jamesie Murphy (24); 3 Tony Redmond (18), Jamesie Wallace (21), Mick Long (23) Frank Boyle (23) 97 points.
Nearest the pin prizes were won by Michael Kavanagh on the 9th hole and Willie Naddy on the 11th.
James Roche and Paul Morris from the Pro Shop sponsored the prizes for the outing.
The away outing dates are Tuesday, March 25 Gowran Park; Monday/Tuesday, April 8 and 9, Dundrum; Tuesday, April 23 Bunclody; Monday, May 13, Coolattin.
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