ON the FAIRWAYS
Thursday, December 6, 14 holes stableford turkey competition: 1, Catherine Carmody (24), 30; 2, Cathríona Walsh (14), 28 (back nine). The winner of the nearest the pin competition was Pat Flanagan. Well done ladies.
Next Thursday's competition is a three clubs and putter competition. The ladies' Christmas party will follow, with mulled wine served at 6.30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
The Christmas cookery demo by Phelim Byrne was a great success. The evening started with mulled wine and mince pies, getting everyone in the festive spirit. Then Phelim passed on some great tips, cooking several seasonal dishes.
All those who attended can now be confident of cooking tasty, succulent turkey for Christmas dinner. As an added bonus, some lucky winners got to take the cooked delights home.
NEW ROSS LADIES
As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going!
This was evident last week when the ladies braved the elements and brought in great scores again for our second hamper competition. Well done ladies, keep it up.
December 5, 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Anne T. Curtis (34), 31 points - 2 penalty points; 2, Patricia Quinn (26), 29 points; 3, Ger Mackay (12), 25 points.
Our final 14-hole hamper competition will be held on December 12 with the usual timesheet and draws in operation. Our nine-hole competition is still ongoing.
On Wednesday, December 19, our silly season kicks in with our ladies' Christmas party which will commence at 5.30 p.m.
Please bring along any instruments that will make a bit of noise - drums, shakers, banjos, trumpets!
Dress up in your Mrs. Claus outfit or simply wear sparkled ear-rings or antlers and let's have a bit of fun.
Our noticeboard will keep us up to date as to what is happening.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
It was with deep sadness that we heard of the sudden passing of our friend and colleague, Godfrey Hill, last week. Godfrey was one of the first to arrive every Thursday and really enjoyed the cup of coffee, the golf and the camaraderie as long as his health allowed him.
Early comers were entertained with great stories of happenings in various sports around the world be it golf, rugby, soccer or G.A.A. No nicer man could one meet than the said Godfrey Hill whose friendship we will recall every week that the Seniors group assemble to play.
Truly he was one of nature's gentlemen, a pleasure to meet, a pleasure to have a conversation with, and a pleasure to play with on the same team. We, the Seniors group, extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Peggy, and family on their great loss. May his gentle soul rest in peace. As a mark of respect last Thursday a minute's silence was observed in his memory prior to our A.G.M. and the weekly competition.
Our A.G.M. took place before golf, where another successful year was reviewed in the presence of a large attendance of members. We enjoyed many good golfing days both home and away throughout the year, with social visits to Gowran Park, Coollattin, Mount Wolseley and Waterford Castle.
There were also home and away fixtures with Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford and Faithlegg. It was agreed that for 2013 no outing should have a green fee in excess of €20 in these tough economic times, and most clubs now have that rate or better.
The financial report presented by Kevin Treacy and audited by Denis Kirwan showed that we are on a sound footing and well in the black at the end of November - eat your heart out Michael Noonan, no need for hardship cuts here.
Our new revised handicaps as agreed by the committee will come into force in the new year. The Christmas outing plus dinner takes place on Thursday next with the draw at 10.40 a.m. sharp and dinner being served to all at 3.30 p.m. - thank you Anthony for your help in organising this. There is still room for additional golfers and diners where €20 will fill the bill-book early.
Out on the course in bitterly cold conditions with sleet for a time, scoring for teams was rather difficult with a brisk south-westerly wind and no run on the ball whatsoever. The team target of 90 points was not met on this occasion but nevertheless a good score of 88 points took the prizes.
Patsy Farrell (16), Luke Power (17), Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (20) and Seán Ryan (22) were the winning combination. A point behind with 87 and in second place were Nigel Morrissey (14), Joe O'Farrell (16), John Fitzpatrick (18) and Tony Sexton (27).
The 83 points procured by Seán Murphy (16), John Joe Murray (18), Michael Brennan (18) and Michael Vaughan was good enough to claim the third spot. It was a good day at the office for Luke Power for not alone did he figure on the winning team but he also collected the Nike balls for being nearest the pin on both the ninth and the eleventh holes - well done Luke.
Wednesday's nine-hole competition was won by Paul O'Brien (20) with 22 points. Mick Murphy (13) was second with 19 points and Sammy Walker (8) was third with 18 points.
Sunday's singles stableford was played in dry, cold conditions. Pat Madsen (18) had an outstanding score of 45 points for first prize. David Morris (18) was second with 42 points and Robert Kehoe was third with 42 points also.
Weather permitting, there will be a nine-hole competition on Wednesday and singles stableford next weekend.
Well, as usual at this time of year things are very quiet on the fairways in Courtown as they are in every other club around the county. Next weekend, however, promises to bring a good deal of festive cheer to our club.
On Sunday next the great man himself, Santa Claus, will arrive at Courtown to greet all the small children of our members. We expect Santa to arrive at approximately 1.30 p.m. and to spend an hour or two in the club in a specially-built grotto (check your e-mail for confirmation of times).
Following Santa's visit we will have the presentation of all turkey competitions, singles and fourballs, so we expect to have a very busy afternoon.
Fourball (any combination), December 8-9: 1, Gemma Coughlan (32), Justin Coughlan (19), 34 points; 2, Coleman Doyle (20), Nick Noblett (14), 33 points; 3, Eileen Cullen (17), Paul McDonald (12), 32 points (last six).
Weekly turkey: Cat. 1, Tony Crehan (9), 21 points; Cat. 2, Niall Nolan (16), 22 points (last six).
The ladies' A.G.M. took place in the clubhouse on Tuesday last. Outgoing lady Captain Maura Foran had lots of 'thank you's to say and tons of praise for her hard-working committee in her departure speech.
Maura wished the new incoming lady Captain, Moira Fortune, every success with the following year.
Lady President Irene Walker gave a warm welcome to her successor, Mary A. Doyle. Bernadette Cuddihy takes on the lady Vice-Captain role and Norrie Goff becomes the new Hon. Secretary.
Mary Barry keeps her position as Hon. Treasurer and Niamh Byrne was welcomed on board as the new Handicap Secretary.
Huge thanks and appreciation was shown to Geraldine Colley who retired after long service on the committee.
Best wishes to Kitty Roche, Joan Wallace and Liz Murphy who return to the committee, and a warm welcome to newcomers Gemma Campion, Doreen McGovern and Carmel Quinlivan.
Lady Captain Moira Fortune wished all members a happy Christmas and lots of golf and good health for 2013.
Turkey singles stableford: 1, Irene Walker (18), 29 (back seven); 2, Vandra Deacon (18), 31 -2 = 29 points; 3, Chris White (16), 27 points; 4, Mary Kelleher (13), 24 points (back seven).
Saturday, December 1, fourball stableford: 1, Kitty Roche (16) and Teresa Conway (20), 33 points; 2, Doreen McGovern (13) and Carmel Quinlivan (23), 32 points; 3, Sheila Crosbie (12) and Molly Cash (17), 30 points.