ON the FAIRWAYS
Saturday, January 12, fourball v. par: 1, Mark Beale (21), Tony Pierce (16), 7 up; 2, Kevin Murphy (9), Billy Roche (26), 6 up (back seven).
Wednesday, January 16, singles v. par: 1, Neil Murphy (16), 7 up; 2, Francis Dempsey (11), 6 up; 3, Ted Hynes (14), 5 up (back seven).
Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21, fourball v. par: 1, Larry O'Neill (6), Alan Carty (12), 7 up; 2, David Byrne (11), Michael Nolan (23), 6 up (back five); 3, Shane Jenkins (11), Paul Carty (10), 6 up.
The inclement weather proved the winner over the weekend as all competitions were called off. Hopefully things will improve next week and players will return rested and ready to post some good scores.
Only Wednesday's competition escaped the onslaught and the results were as follows:
Wednesday, January 23, singles stableford: 1, Brendan Martin, 33 points (back six); 2, John Bell (26), 33 points (back six); 3, Tony Pierce (16), 33 points (back seven).
Rosslare Golf Club is now running an open singles on the Burrow course (12 holes) every Sunday for the winter months. Entry for visitors is €18 which includes the entry fee. A timesheet is in operation.
On Monday next, February 4, the Rosslare Alliance 18-hole singles takes place. Visitors are €25, and professionals €15.
Saturday, January 19, 12-hole lamb fourball: 1, Liam Duggan (5) and Keith Corrigan (21), 29 points (back six).
Sunday, January 20, 12-hole lamb singles stableford: 1, Charlie O'Gorman (13), 30 points; 2, Tim Long (16), 27 points; 3, Pat Wright (19), 26 points; 4, Willie Malone (18), 25 points (back four); 5, Donal Brohan (23), 25 points; 6, Pat Boyle (16), 24 points (back three).
The club was saddened last week at the death of a present member, Rev. Johnny O'Brien, and a former member, Gerry Forde Snr. Both men were very popular and staunch club members and they will be sadly missed. May they rest in peace.
A number of vacancies exist in certain categories in the club. For more information ring 05391-32203 or 087-6593553.
With chilly but dry conditions last week, there was lots of golf played. The course is in terrific condition for this time of year thanks to the dedication of our excellent course maintenance team.
Work on the 16th and 17th greens is progressing well and when complete will greatly enhance the golfing experience at Enniscorthy.
While waiting for the season proper to begin, the Enniscorthy ladies have the nine-hole competition which continues all year round.
The beauty of this particular competition is that, while allowing the ladies to 'keep their hand in' off season, it can be played any day of the week. Many thanks to Mary Dempsey who has been looking after this competition for many years.
Ladies should keep an eye to the noticeboards in the locker room for news of innovative and novel developments in the competition format over the next few weeks. A nine holes ladder matchplay competition will begin shortly. The entry sheet is available now.
Ladies in the 23-29 handicap category (Minor Cup) are invited to take part in a club matchplay competition. The entry sheet and all details are available in the locker room.
Reserve Sunday, February 17, for the Captains' drive-in, officially marking the start of the golfing season.
Results of nine holes competition number 18: 1, Marie Dunphy, 19 points; 2, Anna-Mai O'Connor, 18 points; 3, Clare Lambert, 16 points.
Wednesday's nine-hole was played in good weather and scoring proved very good. Eugene O'Brien (14) won with 25 points! Eugene's brother, Ger (9), was second with 24 points and Michael Murphy (13) was third with 23 points. Eoin Devlin and Sammy Walker both had 22 points and just missed out.
Saturday saw dry weather with a smaller than usual field (Friday's torrential rain made the ground heavy, but playable). Kevin Byrne (19) had the best score of the day with 39 points. Unfortunately, on Saturday afternoon the rain returned and put paid to any possible play on Sunday.
NEW ROSS LADIES
The inclement weather didn't stop the ladies listed below from playing good golf. Well done ladies on featuring early in the new season.
Results from the ongoing nine-hole competition: 1, Maria Burford (26), 20 points; 2, Margaret Murphy (27), 19 points (last six); 3, Joan Foley (31), 19 points.
A new nine-hole competition has started and will run until February 12. Once again, enter as often as you like, €3 entry and re-entry €2.
Just a reminder to our lady members: if you would like to come along next Sunday, February 3, at 2 p.m. for a short game session and a few holes, you are most welcome. The idea of this is to encourage us out to play on Sundays, make it a sociable occasion with a bit of fun and get us ready for upcoming team participation. See you there….
Last week was a very sad one for New Ross Golf Club as our oldest member passed away. A member of the club since the 1940s, Danny Nolan was Captain in 1947, President in 1983 and a club trustee for many years. Danny was on the victorious Brennan Cup team in 1958, and was a dedicated golfer throughout his playing days.
He could be seen on the putting green, practising his putting as recently as last year. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all at New Ross Golf Club. Once again, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his family. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam.
The third round of the winter league took place on Sunday last. Seán O'Neill (21) defied the windy conditions to record the winning score of 35 points. Michael Heaphy (12) took second with 34 points, with M.J. Cullen (20) in third on 31 points.
Derek Ronan won the gross (26 points) and the categories were won by Andrew Ryan (6), 29 points, Liam Wall (12), 31 points, and James Wallace (21), 31 points. After three rounds of the league, James Wallace is the man to beat, but with two rounds remaining the chasing pack will have plenty of opportunity to overtake the leader.
Next weekend's competition is an open fourball. It takes place on both Saturday and Sunday (February 2 and 3) and is open to both ladies and gents.
The 'Find The Joker' jackpot is now over €1,300. Entry costs €2 and is taken at the bar.
The new member's offer for 2013 (€300 for annual subscription including bar and restaurant credit of €50 and G.U.I. levy) has elicited an excellent response. The offer is limited to the first one hundred successful applicants and is now in its closing stages.
If you are thinking of taking up this offer, please do so as soon as possible. Now is also a great time for Junior members (Under-18s) to join the club. The annual subscription is just €100. Please contact Kathleen Daly in the golf club for all membership enquiries (051-421433).
The Saturday fourball on January 19 was called off due to bad weather. Thankfully Tuesday was a better day for the ladies' singles competition.
The first round of the winter league was played on Sunday last. The format was a 12-hole singles competition with the best four scores to count from each team.
Top of the leaderboard in joint first are Liam Duggan's team and Tommy Tierney's team with 97 points. Liam MacNamara's team is in second place with 95 points. Irene Walker had the best ladies' individual score of 26 points.
Tuesday, January 22, 14-hole lamb stableford: 1, Jane O'Shea (26), 41 - 2 = 39 points; 2, Bena Hall (12), 34 points; 3, Barbara McDonnell (27), 31 points (back seven); 4, Joan Wallace (17), 33 - 2 = 31 points (back seven); 5, Angela Murphy (13), 31 points (back seven).
Thursday, January 24, 12-hole stableford, twoperson team event: 1, Catherine Carmody (24) and Wendy Tiernan (25), 34; 2, Yvonne MacSweeney (12) and Theresa Kehoe (14), 33. Well done ladies.
The end of the third round of the winter league is fast approaching. All matches should be played by February 3. The competition is getting more intense and we are all eagerly awaiting the semi-finals.
Next Thursday's competition is 12-hole stableford lamb.
The course held up incredibly well after all the rain that had fallen over the previous few days for the weekend ladies' and gents' singles competition. We are just hoping that things stay as good for next weekend when we will have the final round of the Ulster Bank winter league.
A number of results in the winter league could change depending on next week's matches, so I am certain that some people will be keeping a close eye on results in their groups to see who will qualify for the play-offs in the Shield and the Plate.
Ladies' and gents' singles, January 26-27: 1, Bernard Byrne (15), 32 points; 2, Steven Wildes (12), 31 points (last nine); 3, Colin Browne (19), 31 points; gross, Ross Steedman (4), 26 points (last six).
Ladies: 1, Sarah Donnellan (16), 30 points; 2, Barbara Long (25), 28 points.
G.A.A. GOLF SOCIETY
The Wexford Hurlers' and Footballers' Golf Society will hold their annual outing in Bunclody Golf and Country Club on Friday, May 31.
In 2012 a new team competition was introduced as part of the Captain's day. In addition to competing for the Captain's prize (singles stableford), the cards also counted for a new inter-club team competition.
Teams from six Wexford golf clubs competed for a new perpetual trophy, a replica of the MacCarthy Cup in Tipperary crystal. This innovation proved to be a great success with 90 ex-Senior hurlers and footballers teeing off in shotgun format. Dan Quigley won the Captain's prize with 41 points, and the inaugural winner of the MacCarthy Cup was Wexford Golf Club.
Peadar Murphy (Ferns), the 2012 Captain, thanked the Quigley brothers for sponsoring the perpetual trophy, stating that 'their status as explayers and their support for the society makes their association with such an iconic trophy most appropriate'.
Eddie Walsh (Ballyhogue), the 2013 Captain, is expecting an even bigger turn-out this year. He says 'the reaction last year was so positive that I am expecting well over one hundred to compete this year. The shotgun start means we all assemble at 1 p.m. and sit down together for a meal afterwards, providing a great opportunity for players from different eras to meet and socialise'.
Membership of the society is open to all current and ex-hurlers and footballers who wore the purple and gold at Senior inter-county level. For further information contact the Secretary, Nick Power (0872054076).