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.
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.
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
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.
Taking the honours in first place on 92 points were Jim 'Ross' Ryan (16), Richie Aylward (17), Tom Murphy (18), and Jim 'Dublin' Ryan (20). In the runnersup spot on 90 points came Jimmy Furlong (9), Bob Dwyer (18), Michael Vaughan (22) and Tony Sexton (24).
The 88 points carded by Willie Kelly (16), Luke Power (17), Jamesie Murphy (22) and John Vereker (23) was sufficient to claim third place. Nearest the pin prizes went to Seamus Bradley (ninth hole) and Jim 'Dublin' Ryan on the eleventh. There is the usual outing on Thursday next (January 17) with the draw at 10.40 a.m. sharp.
There was a terrific turn-out at the ladies' A.G.M. last week where many issues concerning ladies' golf were discussed in an open, positive and enthusiastic manner. All those in attendance congratulated outgoing lady Captain Eimear and lady President Mary on a very successful golfing year despite the weather challenges throughout the summer.
Elections for this year's committee took place. Incoming lady Captain Joan and lady President Stella were presented with their club blazers and received the good wishes of all the lady members for a successful year ahead.
Owing to the sad passing of Rose Walsh, former lady Captain and lady President, the club A.G.M. scheduled for Friday last was postponed as a mark of respect to a lovely lady and highly-esteemed club member. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and many friends.
The club A.G.M. will now be held on Wednesday, January 16, at 8 p.m.
Results of nine holes competition number 17: 1, Ann Nolan, 21 points; 2, Joan Dunbar, 20 points; 3, Teresa Bailey, 16 points. The nine holes and 14 holes competitions continue this month and may be played any time.
Wednesday saw heavy frost and a small field in the nine-hole competition. Rudi Wortmann (16) won ahead of David Morton (9), both on 20 points.
The singles stableford at the weekend was played in cold but dry weather. Saturday was very windy and bitterly cold, and Sunday morning saw a heavy frost meaning play was held up until 11.30 a.m., but it didn't stop Kevin Byrne (20) from posting a great score of 43 points to take first prize.
Anthony Farrell (15) also played very well and was second on 39 points. David Morris (16) continued his recent good form to take third prize from Cillian Hughes and John Farrell, all on 38 points.
A reminder to ladies planning to play in the winter league that the closing date for entries is Sunday next, January 20.
Teams have been entered for the inter-club competitions for the coming season. Thanks to all the ladies who have put their names down to play on teams. If you haven't put your name down yet and would like to play on a team, the list is up in the locker room.
Saturday, January 5, ladies' fourball: 1, Vandra Deacon (18) and Mairéad Esmonde (34), 26 points; 2, Lynn Cronin (11) and Niamh Byrne (11), 24 points (back six); 3, Angela Murphy (13) and Mary O'Shaughnessy (14), 24 points.
Tuesday, January 8, 14 holes singles stableford lamb competition: 1, Karen O'Keeffe (35-2), 30 points; 2, Sheila Hendrick (23), 27 points (back seven); 3, Mary Maguire (25), 27 points.
Saturday, January 5, 12-hole fourball: 1, Liam Duggan (5) and David Duggan (10), 31 points; 2, Davy Noonan (5) and Paddy Lonergan (14), 31 points; 3, Willie Ennis (12) and Michael Healy (15), 31 points.
Sunday, January 6, 12 holes singles stableford: 1, Joe Scott (22), 31 points; 2, Tom Connon (19), 30 points (back six); 3, Don Arthur (12), 30 points; 4, Michael Stafford (22), 29 points; 5, Pat Boyle (16), 28 points (back six); 6, John Barron (6), 28 points.
Sunday, January 13, open singles stableford (12hole non-qualifier): 1, Ben Maddock, 35 points; 2, Brian Dempsey, 31; gross, Ciarán Frost, 26; 3, Kevin Cassidy, 29.
After the cold and windy conditions on Saturday, Sunday was a wonderful day for winter golf. The sun shone and there was hardly a breath of wind on the course. The hot scoring reflects the 'balmy' weather conditions. Well done to all winners and especially Ben on burning it up.
Fixtures: Wednesday, January 16, singles (gents and ladies); Friday, January 18, open wine competition all day; Saturday, January 19, winter league round eight; Sunday, January 20, singles stableford (gents and ladies); Wednesday, January 23, singles (gents and ladies); Friday, January 25, open wine competition all day; Saturday, January 26, singles stableford (gents and ladies); Sunday, January 27, singles stableford (gents and ladies); Wednesday, January 30, singles (gents and ladies). Full details are available at www.sthelensbay.ie
After a few weeks lay-off, the Ulster Bank winter league starts again this weekend, and with scores being very close in quite a few groups there is much to look forward to as we wait to see which pairings will come out on top of their groups and qualify to play for the bigger prize on the final day. Members are advised to check the timesheet for their times for Sunday next.
As advised earlier in the week by e-mail, a small number of vacancies for membership have arisen in Courtown. Preference will be given to family and friends of existing members, so if you know of somebody who is considering joining a golf club, now might be a good time to approach Courtown.
On behalf of all at Courtown Golf Club, we extend our sympathy to Maria Coone whose mother, Bridie Roynane, passed away following a long illness.
Ladies' and gents' singles, January 12 and 13: 1, Pat Byrne (14), 29 points (last nine); 2, Tony Targett (21), 29 points; 3, Colman Doyle (20), 28 points (last nine); gross, Brendan Sheehan (5), 24 points (last six). Ladies: 1, Gemma Coughlan (32), 29 points; 2, Eileen Moriarty (29), 23 points.
The first big tournament of the year took place in the first week of the new year, when a free sub competition was organised for ladies and gents. Such was the demand for places that the event had to be played over four days.
Played in difficult conditions over 15 holes, the stableford format was won with an impressive score of 36 points by Michael Rossiter, playing off a handicap of 14. Daily prizes were also presented to the best scores.
Results: 1, Michael Rossiter (14, 36 points; 2, Louis Flanagan (14), 35 points (back eight); 3, Barry Malone (12), 35 points; daily prizes: Joe Cashe, Seán Nolan, Neil Murphy.
Wednesday singles: 1, Louis Flanagan (14), 38 points; 2, Michael Swan (19), 33 points; 3, Seán Nolan (15), 32 points; 4, David O'Sullivan (11), 31 points.
Friday, January 11, three-person team event: 1, Joe McDaid (18), Jackie Lynn (25), Christy O'Reilly (20), 73 points.
Saturday, January 12, fourball: 1, Ken Jordan (16), Tadhg Foran (8), 35 points; 2, Mick Goggin (8), Alan Tyghe (11), 33 points (back five).
Sunday, January 13, fourball: 1, Joe Cashe (11), Niall McGuigan (12), 37 points; 2, Pat Kavanagh (19), Pascal Kavanagh (12), 37 points; 3, Anthony Sinnott (14), Seán Buckley (19), 37 points.