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Published 15/01/2013 | 09:53

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December 22 and 23, 12-hole singles: 1, Alan Mullins (20), 29 points; 2, Liam O'Leary (12), 28 points; 3, Nick Byrne (9), 28 points.

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December 26 and 27, open four-person scramble: 1, S. Doyle (6, Lahinch), T. Doyle Snr. (9, Curragh), T. Doyle Jnr. (10, Curragh), D. Doyle (2, Lahinch), 56.33; 2, Pat Moore (10), Willie Harte (12), Joe Redmond (11), Brian Shannon (15, Coollattin), 59.2; 3, Mark Mullen (1, Wexford), Tony O'Leary (0, Wexford), Leo Connolly (2, Wexford), Barry Nolan (4, Wexford), 59.5.

December 28 and 29, open singles: 1, Alan Maher (10, Cobh), 42 points; 2, Ray Furlong (11), 40 points; gross, Clive Murphy (6), 30; 3, John Dooley (11, Castlecomer), 39 points; 4, Ger Tobin (13), 38 points.

December 30 and 31, open four-person team event: 1, Tony Gleeson (9), Matt O'Leary (14), Dean Thompson (14), Ray Furlong (11), 96 points; 2, Pat Moore (10), Paul Jordan (9), Tony Foran (13), Brian Shannon (15, Coollattin), 92 points; 3, John Mahon (9, Carrick-on-Suir), Sammy O'Reilly (13, Carrickon-Suir), James Kirwan (17, Carrick-on-Suir), Mick Long (19, Carrick-on-Suir), 89 points.

January 1, open fourball: 1, Willie Doyle (7), Páiric Doyle (15), 44 points; 2, Clive Murphy (6), Ray Mullen (6), 44 points; 3, Rob Murphy (7), Austin Brownrigg (13, Mountain View), 43 points.

January 2, Wednesday open singles: 1, Vincent Murphy (11), 40 points; 2, Simon Jones (18), 40 points; 3, Noel Ryan (16), 39 points.

January 5 and 6, 12-hole singles: 1, Ger Tobin (13), 29 points; 2, Tom Quilter (23), 29 points; 3, Johnny Redmond (16), 27 points.

January 6 and 8, ladies' 12-hole competition: 1, Lisa O'Leary (29), 22 points; 2, Fiona Bodels (25), 19 points.

January 9, Wednesday open singles: 1, Simon Jones (18), 40 points; 2, Dean Thompson (14), 36

NEW ROSS LADIES

There is an ongoing nine-hole competition taking place at the moment until the 14-hole competitions resume in mid-February. Play as often as you like - €3 entry, and €2 re-entry.

There is a stretch on now in the evenings and it's a good time to start our new year's resolutions of playing more and, of course, practising also.

On Sunday, February 3, we are going to start a ladies' get-together for our members to practice our short game and play a few holes. If there is enough interest, this could become a weekly event. What a lovely way to finish off our weekend! If you are interested in this, come along at 2 p.m. You're more than welcome.

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points; 3, Mick Mahon (10), 35 points.

NEW ROSS SENIORS

'From the little acorn grows the mighty oak,' and the very same sentiment could be applied to the New Ross Seniors group. From the time it was started way back in 1996 by Kevin Treacy, Luke Power, John Delaney and a few others, it has grown rapidly in numbers down the years. The social aspect of the weekly outings cannot be overemphasised as it gives great enjoyment to so many retired people able to play golf in the autumn of their life.

As the great Sam Snead once said, 'golf is a game that can be enjoyed from eight to 88', and how right he was. For over 15 years our group of veterans gather every Thursday to enjoy to the full the unique camaraderie, loyalty, and a sense of being welcome among the ranks. Their tee shots may have shortened, and their iron play as well, but this does not take one whit away from the enjoyment the group gets from their game of golf each week.

We play our competition simply for fun and nobody is worried whether they are on a winning team or not - it's the participation among friends that counts. Each week there is never only a point or two between teams, so it shows the fairness of team selection. A player may only come in a couple of times on the score card and yet could still be on a winning team - that is the beauty of our Thursday game and long may it continue that way.

The weather outlook looked bleak as we gathered on Thursday morning last with the rain pelting down. But once again the Gods were on our side as the rain cleared and the sun appeared to give us a lovely day for golf. The underfoot conditions were heavy but with placing everywhere and playing off the forward tees, scoring was once again quite good.

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