In spite of the wintry conditions, a full programme of golf took place last weekend. Once again the course, thanks to the continued hard work and dedication of the greens' staff, was in exceptional condition given the weather during the week.
Forty-six teams competed in an open four-person scramble which took place on both Saturday and Sunday. The winners with a fine score of 55.8 were Jim Byrne (9), Ned Fenlon (13), Joey Furness (8) and Harry Doran (12).
Beaten into second place on the back nine were Joe Morrissey (15), Tim Morrissey (13, Enniscorthy), Philip Lynch (12) and Jo O'Connor (12). Third place with a score of 56.0 went to visitors P. Lawlor (17), S. Dunphy (11), P. Dunphy (16, all Enniscorthy) and J. Lawlor (6, Kilkenny).
Next Sunday's (January 27) competition is the third round of the winter league. There are still a number of tee-times available.
The jackpot for the 'Find the Joker' is now over €1,300. Entries cost €2 and are taken in the bar.
Approximately 90 applications have been received for the new members' offer for 2013 (€300 for annual subscription including bar and restaurant credit of €50 and G.U.I. levy). The offer is limited to one hundred people, so if you are thinking of taking this up 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 (051421433).
The draws for all this year's inter-club competitions have been published on the G.U.I. website. The details of our team managers for these competitions are available on our website and on the noticeboard. If you are interested in playing on any of the teams this year, you can express your interest by signing up on the lists in the bar or by contacting the relevant team manager.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
'When the going gets tough, the tough get going.' That was the story from last Thursday's outing when we were treated to mixed weather conditions. From early mist to sunshine, then on to sleety rain accompanied by a bitter south-easterly wind meant an unpleasant finish for most of the 15 teams.
But as usual all enjoyed their fun game without which the week would not be the same. The exemplary spirit and organisation of our outings is second to none and when you have an 88-year-old golfer in the person of Michael Martin being one of the first to book in each Thursday, that says it all about the Seniors group. Win, lose, or draw it makes no difference - it is the taking part that counts among your friends and colleagues.
The going was certainly tough on Thursday last with heavy underfoot conditions after all the recent rains. Even with preferred lies in operation on the fairways and in the rough, scores were extremely hard to come by.
For the first time in many weeks no team reached the magical figure of 90 points deemed necessary to be in the winners' enclosure. However, Joe O'Farrell (14), Luke Power (18), Johnny Vereker (23) and Tony Sexton (24) made a valiant effort to emerge as the day's victors with a score of 88 points.
Pipped at the post, only a point behind on 87, were John Roche (16), Willie Whitty (16), Dick Cahill (16) and Jamesie Wallace (19). The third spot went to Seán Murphy (13), Tommy Tyler (14), Pat Traynor (18) and Martin Burke (23) with 86 points.
Nearest the pin prizes were won by Noel Kehoe (ninth hole) and Tommy Tyler on the eleventh. A warm welcome was extended to Mick Malone who joined us for the first time on Thursday last - there was no signing-on fee involved!
Our usual outing is on Thursday next, January 24, with the draw at 10.40 a.m. sharp - no late-comers will be accommodated in future.
On Sunday next the winter league begins in Rosslare. This is one of the most popular competitions of the year with 24 teams of players (ladies and gents) competing for the honours.
Sunday's event is a singles over 14 holes. The second round takes place on Sunday, February 10, with the finale on Sunday, February 24.
Johnny Young's Rosslare Alliance continues on the first Monday of each month up until April. The next outing is on Monday, February 4. Visitors €25, members €10 and professionals €15. Ring 0539132032 for the timesheet.
There are a number of vacancies for new members in certain categories. Ring 05391-32203 or 087-6593553 for more information.
Sincere sympathy is extended to our professional, Johnny Young, on the death of his father, John.
Saturday, January 12, 12 holes: 1, Derek Wickham and Dermot Walsh; 2, Tom Kennedy and Toddy Murphy; 3, Niall O'Neill and Keith Deacon.
Sunday, January 13, 12 holes: 1, Colm Callery (8), 31 points; 2, Dan Redmond (12), 31 points; 3, Danny Leacy (14), 29 points; 4, Mark Fitzpatrick (8), 28 points; 5, John Murphy (17), 28 points; 6, Paud O'Brien (3), 27 points.
The 2013 A.G.M. was held on Wednesday evening last in the clubhouse and was very well attended with 160 members present. Last year's Captains, Kevin Frayne and Eimear McGrath, signed off and handed over their roles to 2013 Captain Martin 'Murty' Dempsey and ladies' Captain Joan Dunbar.
Honorary Treasurer John Casey gave a very comprehensive presentation on the financial position of the club and outlined the challenges for the years ahead, for the club management and members alike, to keep the club on a sound financial footing.
The following will comprise the management committee for 2013 following the election at the meeting: Captain, Murty Dempsey; Vice-Captain, Ciarán Tobin; lady Captain, Joan Dunbar; lady ViceCaptain, Mary Halligan; President, Jim Delaney; Vice-President, Seamus Doyle; lady President, Stella Byrne; lady Vice-Captain, Ann Delaney; Pat Jordan, Tommy Cooper, Liam Dunbar, Stellah Sinnott, P.J. Murphy, Martin Sludds.
The Captain, Murty Dempsey, welcomed the new management team and thanked all committees in advance for the work they do voluntarily on behalf of the club while encouraging more members to come forward to assist in the year ahead.
January 12-13, 14-hole open fourball: 1, William Murphy (18) and John Ryan (15), 38 points (last five); 2, Stephen Walsh (18) and Mickie Nolan (22), 38 points.
Next weekend, January 27-28, we will have an open fourball competition for ladies and gents (any combination).
Although the extremely unpleasant weather of late has seriously curtailed our golfing opportunities, in the committee room it's all systems go as Enniscorthy ladies plan for the golfing year ahead. The new ladies' committee met on January 17 to set the ball rolling on what promises to be a very busy year for the club.
The diary of events is very nearly completed and team arrangements are well under way. The finer details of the Captains' drive-in, scheduled for February 17, are being finalised so it's full steam ahead for 2013.
The ladies' committee this year is led by lady Captain Joan Dunbar with Mary Halligan as lady ViceCaptain. Stella Byrne takes on the role of lady President with Anne Delaney as lady Vice-President. This year's Treasurer is Joan Millar while Ann Bernie continues in the role of Secretary. Marie Duggan and Teresa Bailey retain their positions as Handicap Secretary and team co-ordinator respectively while Lucy Healy undertakes the task of Competitions' Secretary.
Seniors' competition is the responsibility of Connie Doyle and Ann Banville will mentor the Juniors. Maeve McCauley will act as P.R.O. for the year and a new position on the committee this year, that of prize-buyer, will be the responsibility of Helen Cosgrave.
Before the meeting closed, a minute's silence was observed in memory of the late Rose Walsh, past lady Captain and highly-esteemed member of the club. Sympathies were extended to Ann Banville and Eilish Sinnott in their recent bereavements.
Thursday, January 17, 12 holes stableford lamb competition: 1, Leonie Furlong (13), 22; 2, Eithne Walsh (26), 21 (back five). Well done ladies.
Next Thursday's competition is a 12-hole two-person team event (two to score on par fives, one to score on other holes).
If any ladies are still interested in playing on teams for the club this year, please see the notice in the ladies' locker room.
Members are reminded that there has been a change to the timesheet for this weekend. The fourball which had been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday has now been changed to a ladies' and gents' singles.
Gents' fourball, Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20: 1, Martin Griffiths (14), Dermot Prendergast (8), 34 points; 2, Brendan Breen (3), Dermot Noctor (18), 32 points; 3, Karl Caulfield (6), Paddy Bernie (22), 31 points (last nine).
Despite the severe wintery weather in the past week, there was still plenty of golf played in Rosslare. On Tuesday last 60 ladies played and even with temporary greens, lifting and placing off the fairways, there were some great scores in.
Well done to the winner, Gráinne Dunphy, with a great score of 38 points. The Thursday morning Seniors' competition is going well and it is great to see so many ladies playing. The winner last week was Vonnie O'Connor with a score of 30 points.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to our club professional, Johnny Young, on the death of his father, John Young Snr.
Saturday, January 12, open fourball: 1, Niamh Byrne (11) and Joan Walsh (22), 22 points; 2, Trish Devereux (20) and Mary Frances Codd (24), 21 points.
Tuesday, January 15, 14-hole stableford lamb competition: 1, Gráinne Dunphy (21), 38 points; 2, Karen O'Keeffe (35), 39 points (-4), 35 points (back seven); 3, Pauline Cafferkey (29), 35 points; 4, Bernie Riordan (28), 34 points (back seven); 5, Mary Corish (36), 34 points; 6, Gemma Campion (33), 33 points (back four).
Wednesday's nine-hole was played in steady rain and was won by David Morton (9) with a fine 23 points. Kevin Byrne (19) was second on 22 points (his recent good form continues...).
Saturday was a wash-out but, despite very cold conditions, Sunday saw the course in great nick and some good scores were returned. Anthony P. Doyle (16) had a cracking round and won first prize with 41 points.
Ed Lysarth (24) also played well and was second with 40 points, holding off David Morris (16), also on 40 points. Kevin Byrne, Thomas Keogh and Wally O'Brien all had 39 points and were unlucky to finish outside the prizes.