ON Saturday night last a capacity crowd attended the Captains' dinner which was staged in the clubhouse. The number attending bore testimony to the popularity of this year's two Captains, Joe Lennon and Hazel Butler.
Special guests for what was a very enjoyable function were Woodenbridge member, Conor Maguire, representing the Golfing Union of Ireland, and the Reverend Chris Hayden. Master of ceremonies for the evening was club Honorary Secretary, Jack Lynch.
Christmas competition (13 holes): winners, Seán Doyle (18), Matthew Cowman (13), Packie Gorman (23) with a score of 63 points; runners-up, Joe Hilliard (8), Pat Gethings (9), John Rossiter (16), Lynn Deegan (23); third, Paul Murphy (8), Tom Ryan (14), Donal Levingstone (12), Joe Dempsey.
The prizes for the ongoing Christmas competitions will be presented in the clubhouse at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, December 16. Members are reminded that on the remaining Saturdays there will be a 13 holes singles completion, instead of the draws on Saturdays.
We held our Annual General Meeting in the clubhouse on Saturday afternoon last and, as in recent years, business was taken care of in a very professional manner.
Captain Paddy Bernie opened the meeting by asking the members present to observe a minute's silence for deceased members. The minutes of last year's A.G.M., which had been posted online, were taken as read and accepted.
Honorary Treasurer, Pat Walsh, then presented the accounts and it is reassuring to see that even in these pressing times, Courtown is still in a secure position. That being said however, it was pointed out that we need to keep our finances in control, and Pat proposed a modest increase in our annual subscription. An increase of five per cent was proposed and accepted.
Seamus Kennelly then presented his Honorary Secretary's report. We then had the election of officers for the coming year and the meeting was concluded in less than an hour and a half.
Having lost our esteemed member Eamonn Cullen (R.I.P.) earlier this year, we had a vacancy to be filled as a Trustee, and long-time member Pat Doyle was proposed and was delighted to accept the position.
Two other long-serving members, Lilly Daly and Mary Sheehan, were proposed as honorary life members as a recognition of their long-time commitment to the club.
The committee for the next year will be as follows: President, Brendan Sheehan; Vice-President, Paul McDonagh; Captain, Karl Caulfield; Vice-Captain, Seamus Kennelly; Lady Captain, Barbara Long; Lady Vice-Captain, Pat Kinsella; Honorary Treasurer, Pat Walsh; Honorary Secretary, Mary Osborne; Kieran Murphy, Tony Targett, Brian Long, Alan Gray, Pat Dillon, Niall Nolan, Eamonn O'Connor.
Members who have small children are reminded that Santa will arrive in the club on Sunday, December 16, but we will remind you about that great event again.
There will be a gents' Seniors open on Thursday (December 6) and a turkey fourball any combination on Saturday and Sunday (December 8 and 9).
Ladies' and gents' 14-hole singles, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2: 1, Tony Crehan (9), 34 points; 2, Tony Stevens (28), 32 points; 3, Jimmy Woods (16), 31 points (last six). Ladies: 1, Pat Kinsella (18), 26 points (last nine).
Weekly turkey: Cat. 1, Seamus O'Leary (13), 21 points; Cat. 2, Seamus Grogan (14), 21 points.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Mick Murphy (13), 23 points; 2, David Morton (9), 21 points; 3, Rudi Wortmann (15), 21.
The weekend singles stableford was won by Pat Madsen (18) with 40 points. Stevie Greene (14) was second with 39 points and Ed Lysaght (24) held off last man in Stephen Duff (17) for third prize, both on 38 points.
Weather depending, there will be a nine-hole competition on Wednesday and, due to two large societies on Saturday, there will be a singles Stableford on Sunday only next weekend.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Our golf course is in great shape at the moment after such wet weather. Even our resident fox has set up house and by all signs he has no notion of moving on.
The greens are a credit to Seamus and his staff and consequently, there was very hot shooting from our ladies last week.
November 28, 14-hole stableford competition: 1, Joanne Hartley (29), 31 points - 1 domestic penalty point; 2, Liz Bennett (7), 28 points; 3, Marie Burford (26), 27 points (last seven).
At present, there is an ongoing nine-hole competition running, where you can enter as often as you like.
There will be a 14-hole Christmas hamper competition on Wednesday, December 5, and December 12. The usual timesheet and draw times will be in operation.
Just a reminder that we will have our ladies' Christmas party day on December 19.
Thursday, November 29, 14 holes two-person team event turkey competition: 1, Mary Lanigan (17), Theresa Kehoe (14), 40; 2, Anna Sullivan (23), Sally O'Neill (21), 39 (back seven). The winner of the nearest the pin competition was Mary Lanigan. Well done ladies.
The ladies' A.G.M. took place recently. We welcome lady President, Eleanor Conway, lady Captain, Martina Dempsey, lady Vice-Captain, Anna Sullivan, and new committee members. We wish them a very happy, successful and enjoyable year. Well done to Osnat Manning, outgoing lady Captain, and Maureen Rossiter, outgoing lady President, on a great year.
The winter matchplay competition is under way. The second round must be played by December 31.
Please note that the ladies' Christmas party will be held on Thursday, December 13.
There will be a Christmas cookery demonstration by Phelim Byrne in the clubhouse on December 6 at 7.30 p.m., open to members and non-members. Tickets are €15 each, available at the bar.
With temperatures in single figures all last week, the Winter hand-warmers were in great demand from the Pro Shop. The chilly conditions did not deter the ladies of Enniscorthy from enjoying their golf and many took part in the nine holes and 15 holes competitions. The ladies' Christmas singles continues over the next few weeks, with prizes awarded for every 30 entries.
The E.G.M. to adopt the proposed new constitution will take place on Friday, December 14, at 7.30 p.m., and consequently the ladies' A.G.M. has been postponed until Wednesday, January 9, with the club A.G.M. being held on January 11.
The annual Captains' dinner, held on Saturday last, was a tremendous success with everyone thoroughly enjoying the wonderful meal and entertainment. Well done to all responsible!
Our children's Christmas party takes place on Sunday, December 16, with Santa expected to take time out from his busy schedule to pay us a visit at 3.45 p.m. approximately, so let's make sure all the club kiddies are there in good time!
We extend our sincere sympathies to Bernie Delaney and Nora Furlong in their recent bereavements.
Saturday, November 10, 14-hole fourball: 1, John Devlin and Martin Quigley, 36 points; 2, Tom Connon and Declan Curran, 34 points; 3, Denis Noonan and Niall O'Neill, 33 points (back nine); 4, Eamonn Mullan and Joe Kinsella, 33 points.
Sunday, November 11, 14-hole singles: 1, Dermot Walsh (5), 32 points; 2, Jim Hennessy (16), 32 points; 3, Mark O'Leary (10), 31 points; 4, Paddy Cummings (13), 31 points; 5, Paddy Lonergan (14), 31 points; 6, Bill Underwood (14), 31 points; 7, Ray Roche (8), 30 points (back seven); 8, Peter Brady (22), 30 points (back seven); 9, Aidan O'Sullivan (14), 30 points (back seven); 10, Bobby O'Dowd (18), 30 points (back seven); 11, John Barron (6), 30 points (back seven).
Saturday, November 17, 14-hole fourball: 1, Syl Farrell and Stephen Rossiter, 35 points; 2, Liam Duggan and Tommy Byrne, 35 points; 3, Charlie O'Gorman and Daryl O'Gorman, 33 points.
Sunday, November 18, turkey singles: 1, Ian Cuddihy (8), 37 points; 2, Jim Conway (22), 35 points; 3, Shay Lynch (20), 34 points; 4, Jim Anglim (17), 33 points; 5, Alfie Jones (17), 33 points; 6, Dixie Devereux (12), 33 points; 7, Seamus Boggan (11), 33 points; 8, Anthony Duggan (5), 32 points; 9, Willie Malone (18), 32 points; 10, Liam MacNamara (3), 32 points; 11, Larry Kavanagh (20), 32 points.
Saturday, November 24, 12-hole fourball: 1, Stan Jackson and Colman Doyle, 28 points; 2, Jim Doyle and Mick O'Connor, 26 points (back three).
Sunday, November 25, turkey singles: 1, Shane Anglim (12), 32 points; 2, Liam Duggan (5-2), 31 points; 3, Donal O'Keeffe (14), 31 points; 4, Paul Murphy (4), 29 points; 5, Richard Deignan (15), 28 points.
The very popular trio of Sheila Crosbie, Molly Cash and Gráinne Dunphy waltzed their way to victory in the recent rumble team event. Despite bitter cold and strong wind, the trio brought in a great score of 68 points. Well done ladies!
The ladies' Christmas dinner and prizegiving followed the waltzing rumble. Lady Captain Maura Foran welcomed all the members and thanked everyone for their support throughout the year, and encouraged as many members as possible to attend the ladies' A.G.M. which is being held in the clubhouse on Tuesday, December 4.
Tuesday, November 20, 14-hole singles: 1, Máire Farrell (23), 33 points (back seven); 2, Mairéad Esmonde (34), 33 points; 3, Paula Stafford (17), 30 points; 4, Liz Murphy (21), 28 points (back seven); 5, Jane O'Shea (27), 28 points.
Saturday, November 24, open fourball: 1, Joan Bowe (12) and Doreen McGovern (13), 21 points; 2, Sheila Crosbie (12) and Gráinne Dunphy (21), 20 points.
Tuesday, November 27, three-person team event (waltzing rumble): 1, Sheila Crosbie (12), Molly Cash (17), Gráinne Dunphy (21), 68 points; 2, Kathleen Cullimore (18), Mary Barry (19), Rosemary Spelman (23), 65 points; 3, Mairéad MacNamara (5), Caroline Archer (18), Deirdre Connellan (28), 64 points.
November 17 and 18, 12-hole singles: 1, Peter Crean (14), 30 points; 2, Willie Harte (12), 30 points; 3, Matty O'Leary (14), 29 points.
November 18 and 20, ladies' 12-hole weekly: 1, Alice Druhan (21), 23 points; 2, Margaret Byrne (34), 19 points.
November 21, Wednesday open singles: 1, Richard Dore (17, Kilkenny), 40 points; 2, Derek Kelly (20, Kilcoole), 40 points; 3, Jim Druhan (14), 39 points.
November 24 and 26, ladies' 12-hole singles: 1, Margaret Moore (19), 21 points; 2, June Jeffers (24), 21 points; 3, Fran Crean (23), 17 points.
November 25 and 26, 12-hole singles: 1, Mick Cowman, 28 points; 2, Brian Kavanagh, 28 points; 3, Tom Quilter, 27 points.
November 28, Wednesday open singles: 1, Gavin Sinnott (6), 38 points; 2, Pat Smyth (5, Killerig), 32 points; 3, Noel Ryan (16), 32 points.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
It looked early on Thursday morning that Jack Frost was going to be a spoilsport as far as our weekly outing was concerned. But then a rapid thaw set in which meant that proceedings got under way shortly after 11 a.m. and conditions improved even further as the day went on.
After the recent heavy rains it was decided to take the bunkers out of play and this, coupled with placing everywhere, was conducive to good scores being recorded. This was exactly the way it turned out as the winning team carded a terrific total of 97 points, the highest effort so far this year, to emerge clear victors from a starting field of 13 teams.
Paddy Shannon (12), Luke Power (17), Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (20) and Tony Sexton (27) shot 50 points on the front nine holes and, adding 47 on the inward stretch, picked up the whiskey.
In second place two points behind on 95 were Nigel Morrissey (14), Hughie O'Connor (14), Bill Naddy (19) and Martin Burke (25). Third spot was filled by Johnny Watson (17), Noel Dunne (18), John Joe Murray (19) and Seán Ryan (22). There was no nearest the pin as the tapes did not go out.
We will hold our A.G.M. before golf on Thursday next, December 6, at 10 a.m. sharp, and all members are expected to be in attendance and air their grievances or praise as the case may be.
Also on Thursday we will collect the entry fee for our Christmas outing on December 13 which is €20 including dinner. It has been decided in the event of the golf being cancelled due to weather conditions that we will go ahead with the dinner anyway which will be served at 3 p.m.
Wednesday open fourball 14 holes stableford, November 28: 1, Shane McLoughlin (14), Pearse Frawley (12), 7 up; 2, Liam Sinnott (9), James Nolan (12), 6 up.
Friday, November 30, three-person team scramble, 14 holes strokes: 1, Aidan Murphy (8), Billy O'Brien (14), Derek Murphy (9), 38.8 strokes.
Saturday, December 1: 1, Mark Kehoe (12), Pearse Frawley (12), 44 points; 2, Jimmy Thomas (20), Ed McGuire (21), 43 points.
Sunday, December 2, fourball (two scores on all par threes): 1, John O'Neill (18), Peter Byrne (8), 44 points; 2, Pat M. Murphy (10), Christy O'Gorman (14), 42 points (back seven); 3, Tony O'Neill (22), George Hillis (14), 42 points (back seven).
Saturday, December 1, Captains' drinks four-person team, eleven holes stableford. Winning team: Kelley Holt, Mark Byrne, Paul Nolan, Pat Murphy (Dublin), 56 points.
This traditional end-of-season event was played in cool, dry, sunny conditions. Once again with all credit to the green-keeping team, the course was presented in lovely condition and the soft underfoot conditions did not overly impact on the scoring.
The large turn-out of members was a suitable tribute to the hard work and contributions of outgoing Captains John and Marie and outgoing Presidents Micheál and Patricia. During the annual prize-giving ceremony, incoming Captains Maurice and Peigi donned their jackets and were given a warm welcome by all present.
Incoming Presidents Seamus and Joan also took up their duties. As is the custom, the formalities were followed by a fun social evening.
Upcoming fixtures: Wednesday,December 5, singles (gents and ladies), Wednesday section; Friday, December 7, open wine competition all day; Saturday, December 8, winter league round five; Sunday, December 9, gents' and ladies' singles, Christmas goodies; Wednesday, December 12, mixed three-person team scramble and Wednesday section Christmas lunch; Friday, December 14, open wine competition all day; Saturday, December 15, singles (gents and ladies); Sunday, December 16, singles (gents and ladies).