The ladies' fun day was held recently and as usual was most enjoyable. A nine-hole waltz was followed by mulled wine, dinner, presents and drama! Thanks to all who made the day such a success.
The Captains' dinner took place on Saturday, December 8, and a wonderful evening was had by all who attended. A sumptuous meal was followed by 'The Presidents' who provided fantastic music for the night. Again thanks to all who worked to make the evening so enjoyable and well done to Captain Tom and lady Captain Liz on a great year.
The ladies' A.G.M. took place on Tuesday last. The following officers were elected: lady Captain, Alice Druhan; lady Vice-Captain, Mary Jordan; lady President, Bríd St. Ledger; Hon. Secretary, Fiona Bodels; Treasurer, Fran Crean; Handicap Secretary, Margaret Byrne; Ex-Officio, Liz Byrne. A warm welcome was extended to new committee member Marita Byrne.
The final of the winter league will be played this weekend. Best of luck to the four teams who topped the tables.
December 1 and 2, 12-hole singles: 1, Mick Carton (19), 30 points; 2, Matt O'Leary (14), 27 points; 3, Willie Harte (12), 27 points.
December 5, Wednesday open singles: 1, Andrew Hickey (7), 40 points; 2, Gavin Sinnott (6), 37 points; 3, Joe Kavanagh (12), 37 points.
December 8 and 9, 12-hole singles: 1, Matt Redmond (22), 30 points; 2, Tony Gleeson (10), 29 points; 3, Ken Leech (16), 28 points.
Upcoming events: Wednesday and Thursday, December 26 and 27, open four-person scramble; Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29, open singles; Sunday and Monday, December 30 and 31, open team event. Open day every Wednesday. The full fixtures list for 2012 is available on the website www.bunclodygfc.ie
Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club would like to wish all our members and friends a very happy Christmas.
Sunday, December 9, open singles stableford (15-hole no qualifier), Christmas hampers: 1, Tom O'Brien, 36 points; 2, Pat O'Brien, 35 (countback); 3, Seán Roche, 35; gross, James Morrissey, 30.
Saturday, December 15, open singles stableford (eleven-hole non-qualifier): 1, Derek Evans, 26 points; 2, Pádraig Tiernan, 25.
Sunday, December 16, open singles stableford (eleven-hole non-qualifier): 1, Clinton McGuire, 27 points; 2, Pat O'Brien, 26; gross, Pat O'Connor, 22; 3, Michael Byrne, 25.
There was a great turn-out on a lovely day for winter golf. The excellent scoring reflects the quality of play. Well done to our winners and enjoy the Christmas goodies.
Captain Maurice, lady Captain Peigi along with Presidents Seamus and Joan and the men's and ladies' committees extend warmest season's greetings to all members and their families, our sponsors and everyone associated with St. Helen's Bay G.C.
Fixtures and events: Wednesday, December 19, singles (gents and ladies); Friday, December 21, open wine competition; Christmas golf programme: contact the club office at 05391-33234 for details and to book a tee-time; Friday, January 4, open wine competition all day; Saturday, January 5, winter league round six; Sunday, January 6, singles stableford gents and ladies; Wednesday, January 9, singles (gents and ladies).
Rosslare Golf Club A.G.M.: President, Terry Fortune; Captain, Len Fowler; lady Captain, Moira Fortune; Vice-Captain, John Galvin; lady Vice-Captain, Bernadette Cuddihy; Hon. Secretary, Frank Codd; Hon. Treasurer, Stan Jackson; Committee: Willie Ennis, Keith Deacon, John Kelleher, Niall Keogh, Niall McGuinness, Denis Noonan, Tim Quinlivan, Bill Underwood, Derek Wickham.
Saturday, December 1, turkey fourball competition: 1, Dave Noonan (5) and John Long (9), 31 points; 2, Pat Rossiter (8) and Pat Wright (19), 29 points (back six).
Sunday, December 2, singles competition: 1, Eamonn Goggin (15), 27 points; 2, Patrick Hanrick (16), 26 points; 3, Stuart Gunning (13), 25 points; 4, Donal O'Keeffe (14 - 2), 25 points; 5, Nicky Newport (22), 25 points.
Saturday, December 8, fourball turkey competition: 1, John Howard (13) and Pat Doyle (17), 30 points; 2, Fintan Moran (8) and Declan Moran (9), 29 points (back six); 3, Charlie O'Gorman (13 - 2) and Daryl O'Gorman (20 - 2), 29 points (back six).
Sunday, December 9, turkey singles: 1, Micheál Stafford (22), 30 points; 2, Tim Long (16), 30 points; 3, Mark Fitzpatrick (8), 28 points; 4, Michael Geraghty (12), 28 points; 5, Jim Doyle (5 - 2), 28 points; 6, Bob Quilty (7 - 3), 28 points; 7, Paul Murphy (4 - 2), 28 points; 8, Terry Fortune (15), 28 points; 9, Jim Hennessy (16 - 2), 28 points; 10, Phil Callery (6), 27 points (back six).
The Captain and committee would like to wish all members and visitors a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Last week's hamper competition was called off due to insufficient numbers, but the competition went ahead as a normal 14-hole competition.
Results: 1, Maria Burford (26), 27 points; 2, Margaret Murphy (28), 26 points; gross, Ger Mackey, 14 points; Seniors, Liz Roberts (22), 24 points.
Our ongoing nine-hole competition will finish on Tuesday, December 18, and a new ongoing ninehole competition will commence from Wednesday, December 19, until the new year. Play as often as you like.
Next Wednesday, December 19, is our annual Christmas party day when we will play a nine-hole three-person scramble. Draws will be at 9.30-10.30 a.m. and 1-1.15 p.m. There will not be a timesheet in operation. Our Christmas competition is draws only.
Our party will start at 5.30 p.m. when lovely mulled wine and yuletide goodies will be served. The presentation of prizes will also take place and we will have a bit of Christmas cheer. We would love to see as many as possible there.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
We had a bumper attendance on Thursday last for our Christmas outing with loads of extra festive prizes on offer. Once again the Gods were kind to us weather-wise: whilst it was cold it remained completely dry during the competition, making for all a most enjoyable game of golf.
The greens were in remarkable condition for this time of year, and here plaudits must go to Seamus and the course staff for the way they look after them and indeed the whole course which was as dry as the proverbial bone. We missed Mr. Fox (the animal) - is he on his Christmas holidays or has someone extinguished him? What harm was he doing with his big long bush of a tail coming looking for titbits from his friendly providers?
Eighteen teams went out in search of the nine prizes on offer and as usual there was a joker or jokers in the pack. They were Paddy Shannon (12), Fr. Ger O'Brien (16), Willie Whitty (18) and Ollie Brennan (24) who scored 94 points to finish well clear of the field.
In second spot on 92 points came John Woods (14), Paddy Hayles (17), Martin Furlong (19) and Tom O'Neill (20). Third were Hughie O'Connor (14), Noel Kehoe (16), John Fitzpatrick (18) and John Vereker (19) with 89 points. Fourth place went to Joe O'Farrell (16), Aidan O'Connor (16), Willie Naddy (19) and Martin Burke (25) on the same score, whilst the fifth major prize went to John Browne (13), John Kennedy (14), Larry Shannon (18) and George Peters (23).
It seems that the score card checkers were in a benevolent Christmas mood because a couple of teams should have been disqualified for marking their team cards incorrectly - one must be seen to be consistent in these matters. Also, our weekly competition is played over 18 holes and there is no excuse for any player leaving his team high and dry by walking in off the 14th hole - if you can't play 18 please don't come.
Congratulations to Tom O'Shea who had a holein-one on the tough par three eleventh hole, and he was presented with a special prize of a dozen golf balls afterwards. Other nearest the pin prize winners were Willie Naddy (second hole), Michael Somers (ninth) and John Vereker on the 14th.
After golf 65 hungry veterans sat down to a magnificent Christmas dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well done to Kevin Treacy for organising the day's prizes and the dinner.
We extend our deepest sympathy to our longtime member, John Kennedy, on the recent death of his brother who was like him a former member of An Garda Síochána. Best wishes go to Michael Brennan, another of our ever-present players, who was indisposed last week and requiring hospital treatment but thankfully is out and about again.
It was another tough week for golfers last week in Enniscorthy with the course being closed due to frost or wet conditions on several days. Despite the unpredictable weather over the last few months, the renovations to our course have been almost completed, thanks to contractors Garry Flood Landscaping from Clonroche. The new 17th green and improved 16th green are looking spectacular and members are looking forward to an even tougher challenge in 2013.
On a related note, a special presentation was recently made to Mick Dee in appreciation of his tremendous work on the course on behalf of the club over many, many years.
Club fourball, December 1-2: 1, Declan Lyons (12) and Gerry O'Connor (18), 36 points (back nine); 2, Jim Holden (13) and Thomas Tonks (15), 36 points.
Club fourball, December 9: 1, Paddy Dobbs (11) and Bert Murphy (9), 39 points; 2, Ted Mangan (16) and Pat Doran (15), 36 points (back nine).
On Thursday next we have the last Seniors singles event of 2012. This is for members only and has a shotgun start at 12.30 p.m. with dinner and presentations afterwards.
Over the Christmas period we have open competitions running daily from December 26 through to January 1, giving a great opportunity to walk off some off the Christmas excesses in the company of friends. Timesheets are now open online at www.enniscorthygc.ie or by contacting the Pro Shop at 05392-37600.
As expected we had a very full house in Courtown on Sunday afternoon when Santa arrived at 2 p.m. to meet with all the children who had turned out to see him. Santa spent about two hours meeting with all the children, giving small gifts and singing some Christmas songs before he had to leave on his long journey back home.
Following Santa's visit there was the presentation of prizes for all the hamper and turkey competitions. The fun part of the evening was the draw for partners following the nine-hole v. par competition.
Scores were very mixed and, as can happen, any combination could have won this prize. However, two people were drawn together in the plus bracket and secured their Christmas dinner. After the presentations the President, Brendan Sheehan, and Captain, Karl Caulfield, took the opportunity to wish all present a very happy Christmas and new year and good golfing for 2013.
Gents' singles, December 15: 1, Rory Farrell (16), 31 points; 2, Jim Hughes Jnr. (10), 30 points.
December 16, draw for partners nine-hole singles: 1, Paddy Stack and Eamonn Byrne, 5 up.
On behalf of our Captain, the executive committee and the general committee, we extend our best wishes to all our members for a very happy Christmas and new year.
Thursday, December 13, 14 holes stableford turkey competition: 1, Patricia Hanton (20), 27; 2, Eileen Kent (27), 26 (back six); 3, Phil Flood (25), 26. Well done ladies.
The ladies' Christmas party was most enjoyable. The evening got under way with mulled wine served on arrival, followed by a delicious threecourse meal prepared by Phelim Byrne and his team. Well done also to the ladies who took part in a fun-packed variety performance, entertaining everyone after dinner. Later the ladies danced the night away (and some even managed the Siege Of Ennis!).
The club Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 21, commencing 8.30 p.m., with finger food, music and dance. Come along, support your club and enjoy a good night!
A small field took part in Wednesday's nine-hole competition and Rudi Wortmann (15) won with 18 points.
The weekend singles stableford was won by Kevin Byrne (20) with his best-ever score of 44 points. Kevin's playing partner, Stephen Greene (23), also enjoyed the benign conditions on Saturday morning and came second with 40 points, holding off David Morris (18) also on 40 points.
The A.G.M. will be held on Saturday, January 5.
As the year is drawing to a close we wish all our members a very happy and peaceful Christmas. This week is your last chance to win a turkey!
A few dates for your diary post Christmas. Our new caterers are taking bookings for New Year's Eve night. Why not book a table and ring in the new year with fellow members?
The Captains' drive-in takes place at 3.30 p.m. on New Year's Day and a four-person scramble is the format for that day's competition.
Saturday fourball, December 8: 1, Joan Bowe (12) and Norrie Goff (22), 28 points; 2, Kathleen Cullimore (18) and Rosemary Spelman (23), 27 points.
Turkey competition, December 11: 1, Carmel Quinlivan (23), 28 points; 2, Mary O'Shaughnessy (14), 27 points (back seven); 3, Carmel Lonergan (28), 27 points; 4, Joan Bowe (12), 30 - 4 = 26 (back seven); 5, Joan Wallace (17), 26 points (back four).