ON the FAIRWAYS
NEW ROSS LADIES
November 7, 14-hole stableford: 1, Ann T. Curtis (34), 29 points; 2, Eleanor Roche (17), 28 points (last one); 3, Geraldine Mackey (12), 28 points.
The charity day in aid of the Community Hospital held on Saturday and Sunday was an open fourperson team event. It was won by Liam Glasheen, Willie Kelly, Danny O'Leary and Pat Traynor with 102 points.
Ladies: Marie Therese Wall, Mary Maher, Margaret Murphy and Marie Burford with 83 points.
Our 14-hole competition on Wednesday, November 14, will be sponsored by Ju-l (Annette Byrne), followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. for all outstanding prize-givings, golfer of the year, birdie tree, spoons, fourball matchplay etc. This will be the last presentation of our current lady Captain's year and it would be nice if as many ladies as possible would show their appreciation by attending.
The ladies' section A.G.M. will be held on Thursday, November 15, at 8 p.m. It is important all ladies attend to avail of the opportunity to hear of developments that may be of interest to them and to discuss any issues they may like to raise.
Wednesday's nine-hole competition was won by Captain Sammy Walker (8) with 22 points. Anthony Fortune (18) was second with 21 points and Ed Walsh (11) was third with 21 points.
The weekend singles stableford was played in cold but dry conditions and was won by commitee member Leo Gleeson (14) with 42 points, playing on Sunday afternoon. Stephen Greene (23) played on Saturday morning and, helped by a chip-in birdie on 12, amassed 39 points for second prize. Robert Kehoe (12) held off Ed Lysarth (24) for third prize, both on 38 points.
Weather permitting there will be a nine-hole competition, and next weekend there will be a threeball scramble (two G.U.I. guests allowed) played for on Saturday or Sunday.
The recent cold weather snap may not suit everyone but, looking at the busy timesheet in Enniscorthy Golf Club on most days last week, it seemed to suit a lot of our golfers.
With the exception of Friday, a lot of golf was played including the continuing winter singles competitions through the week and the November open Seniors singles on Thursday.
Winter singles results - competition number four: 1, Willie Rackard, 36 points (last eight); 2, Tommy Kehoe, 36 points; competition number five: 1, John Healy, 36 points; 2, Denis Dunbar, 35 points; competition number six: 1, John Healy, 32 points (34 points less two penalty points); 2, Nick Casey, 24 points.
Open Seniors singles, November 8, sponsored by Martin Doyle & Sons - Over-50s: 1, Pat J. Nolan (9), 34 points; 2, G. Byrne (17), 33 points (back seven); 3, Pádraig Tiernan (13, St. Helen's), 33 points; Over-60s: 1, Joe Murphy (15), 34 points; 2, Nick Casey (16), 33 points (back seven); 3, Patrick Doran (15), 33 points; Over-70s: 1, Tommy Kehoe (14), 35 points; 2, Jack Sheridan (19), 32 points; 3, Pat Murphy (17), 31 points (back seven).
The next Seniors outing is on Thursday, December 13.
Last Sunday's Christmas competition was won by the team of Paul Murphy (10), Tom Ryan (16), Donal Levingstone (14) and Fergus Garett (17). For the 13-hole competition they returned the magnificent score of 73 points.
Runners-up with a score of 72 points were John Cox Byrne (5), Sham Byrne (17), Ger Bolger (15) and Mick Shortall (15). In third place were Brian Shannon (15), Matthew Cowman (13), Seán Doyle (18) and Packie Gorman (23) with a score of 70 points.
Next Friday sees the inaugural get-together of the disciples. This is a weekly competition for golfers of all ages and abilities - men and ladies. The only criterium is that they are available for a game of golf on Fridays.
Once each month the group hopes to avail of some of the very attractive offers available in neighbouring clubs. Booking is available online or by phoning 05394-29125. Visitors are most welcome.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
How lucky can a group of veteran golfers get in the second week of November, with the sun blazing down on them all day, making their weekly outing a most pleasurable one. Again we had a huge entry with a massive 17 teams taking to the fairways.
With the prevailing weather conditions on Thursday where overhead and underfoot, it was as dry as the proverbial bone, scoring with placing everywhere was going to be good. There we had a twist in the tale as the actual winners (94 points) were disqualified for recording the points rather than the strokes tally on the 16th hole.
With the victors out of the way there was a tie then (93 points) for first place between two teams. How tight it was can be gauged from the fact that it was the best score on the last six holes (31/30) that decided it. Here, the team of Denis Kirwan (11), Willie Whitty (19), Willie Naddy (19) and Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (20) were declared the winners.
In second place on the same score came Joe O'Farrell (16), Patsy Farrell (16), Willie Kelly (17) and Martin Burke (25). The third spot went to John Dowling (11), Paddy Hayles (17), Noel Dunne (20) and Brian Dolan (23) with 92 points.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Peter Goggin (ninth) and Johnny Watson (eleventh). A few players are arriving too close to the draw time each week, upsetting the smooth running of the competition, so be warned - if you are not in time there will be no game for you on that day.
Last weekend's competition was a ladies' and gents' singles. Both Saturday and Sunday were beautiful sunny days ideal for golf which was proven by the wonderful scores returned.
Gents' results: 1, Paddy Donohoe (6), 35 points; 2, Tom Foster (13), 34 points; 3, Matty Forde (6), 33 points; 4, Frank Lillis (8), 32 points.
Ladies' results: 1, Gemma Coughlan (32), 35 points; 2, Sorcha Howell (3), 29 points.
The results for the weekly turkey competition were as follows: Cat. 1, Colin Sunderland (5), 21 points; Cat. 2, Pat Carthy (14), 19 points.
On Friday, November 2, we held a Junior competition sponsored by Diarmuid Bolger.
Results: 1, Alex Reid (15), 36 points (last nine); 2, Ross Steedman (4), 36 points; 3, John Bolger (6), 32 points; 4, Hugh Doyle (16), 30 points.
Nine-hole competition: 1, Darragh Brooks (35), 23 points; 2, Ryan Price (35), 23 points.
Congratulations to all our ladies, gents and Junior competitors.
Thursday, November 8, 14 holes stableford turkey competition: 1, Margaret Hearne (14), 30; 2, Mary Lanigan (17), 29 (back six); 3, Rosaleen Sheil (28), 29 (back six); 4, Trish Field (28), 29; 5, Eithne Walsh (27), 28 (back seven). The winner of the nearest the pin competition was Eileen Kent. Congratulations to all the winners.
It's that time of the year again, so the winter matchplay competition is under way. The draw has taken place and the first round must be played by November 30. Please see details in the ladies' locker room.
Lastly, ladies' please remember that the Annual General Meeting of the ladies' section of Wexford Golf Club will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday, November 21, at 8 p.m. Please do your best to attend.
Saturday, November 3, 14-hole ladies' fourball: 1, Emma Murphy (5) and Kathleen Cullimore (18), 33 points; 2, Sheila Doyle (31) and Ann Gaynor (23), 29 points (back seven); 3, Angela Murphy (13) and Trish Devereux (20), 29 points.
Tuesday, November 6, 14-hole turkey competition (singles stableford): 1, Ann McHugh (17), 31 points (back seven); 2, Vandra Deacon (18), 31 points (back seven); 3, Karen O'Keeffe (35), 31 points; 4, Niamh Byrne (11), 29 points (back seven); 5, Joan Bowe (12), 29 points (back five); 6, Kit Codd (13), 29 points (back seven); 7, Molly Cash (17), 29 points.
Sunday, November 11, open singles stableford, 15 holes, non-qualifier: 1, Brian Dempsey, 39 points; 2, Paul Phillips, 35; 3, John Holt, 34; gross, Mark Byrne, 27.
Fixtures: Wednesday, November 14, open singles gents and ladies, and Wednesday section; Friday, November 16, open wine competition; Saturday, November 17, singles stableford gents and ladies plus open Seniors gents and ladies (over50s) sponsored by Mark Gouldson Pharamacy (deferred competition); Sunday, November 18, fourball (any combination) - turkeys.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
November 4, turkey: 1, Janet Slattery (21), 31 points; 2, Nora Kavanagh (20), 29 points.
Janet and Nora won't be hungry on Christmas day - well done ladies on first and second prizes in the turkey competition. It turned really cold and wet and caught most players out. Many retired gracefully to the 19th for warmth and refreshments! There was a super turn-out for the first round of the winter league on Saturday, November 3. All the members are very grateful to the winter league committee comprising Dermot and Eileen Walsh and Kevin and Laura Maguire for their hard work and enthusiasm and the friendly welcome on the sign-in desk.
November 11, Christmas ham: 1, Margie O'Connor (16), 29 points; 2, Susan Evans (20), 28 points.
Well done Margie and Susan on your good scores in the Christmas ham competition. The course was very wet after the heavy rain, especially on Friday, but this did not stop Margie and Susan making sure that Pat and Derek and their families won't be hungry on Christmas day.
Round two of the winter league on Saturday last once again saw a huge turn-out on what was a beautiful day for golf. Round three is on Saturday, November 24.
Tuesday, November 6, open singles 18 holes stableford: 1st vets., Ollie Dempsey (20), 38 points; 2nd vets., Paddy Cleary (12), 36 points; 1, Darren Delaney (18), 38 points (back three); 2, Ollie Dempsey Jnr. (9), 38 points.
Wednesday, November 7, open fourball 14 holes stableford: 1, Tommy Byrne (18), Michael Byrne (20), 36 points; 2, Darren Delaney (18), Ollie Dempsey Jnr. (9), 35 points.
Saturday, November 10, 14 holes stableford: 1, David Byrne (11), P.C. Browne (17), 37 points; 2, David Steel (18), Joe Wilson (21), 35 points.
Sunday, November 11, 14 holes fourball: 1, Brian Morris (6), Ian Scallan (11), 36 points (back seven); 2, Damien O'Reilly (13), Conor Morris (7), 36 points; 3, Jim Roche (15), Tom Foran (13), 35 points (back seven).