Murphy on top in singles
AS we come to the latter stages of the competitive golfing season in Enniscorthy, last week certainly had an end of term feel to it. The final medal competition of the year sponsored by Barry Whelan Catering was held over the weekend while the club singles, club fourball and club mixed finals were all contested.
Nicky Murphy was victorious in the club singles final, pipping P.J. Murphy on the 17th hole in a high-quality match between two in-form players.
The club fourball final between Jim Mackey and Jimmy Doran against Martin Sludds and Paul Britton took two attempts to finish, with fading light halting the first match in stalemate after 19 holes. Last week the match was concluded with Sludds and Britton wrapping up matters on the 16th hole.
In the club mixed final on Saturday, Denis Dunne and Liz Browne got the better of Eddie Balfe and Sheelah Farrell after a see-saw tussle to win out on the 17th hole.
The medal competition at the weekend was won by Trevor Buckley with a great score of 67, ahead of John P. O'Neill, with Cormac Martin taking the gross with a fantastic one under par round of 71.
Gents' singles, September 21-22, sponsored by Barry Whelan: 1, Trevor Buckley (15), 67; 2, John P. O'Neill (16), 69; gross, Cormac Martin (2), 71; 3, John Bail (11), 70; 4, Ted Morrissey (10), 70; 5, Fintan O'Sullivan (12), 70.
Nine-hole, September 18, sponsor - Nicholas Cahill (NCRS): overall, Nicky Murphy (7), 24 points; Cat. A, Paddy Hore (5), 22 points; Cat. B, Peter O'Shea (13), 20 points (last two); Cat. C, Tony Hutchinson (18), 23 points; Cat. D, Seamus Murphy (21), 21 points.
Next weekend we have an open four-person team competition sponsored by Ballyhuskard Conservatories which was postponed in open week. Visitors are welcome at the reduced rate of €12 per person.
The following Saturday (October 5) we have the midweek final where all the category winners of the midweek competitions battle for the title of champion of champions. Cooper Training Services have sponsored this event for the past few years and have built it into an important occasion in the year of the club.
Wednesday nine-hole: 1, Ger O'Brien (8), 23 points; 2, Michael Murphy (12), 19 points; 3, Donal Byrne (5), 19 points.
Ladies' Captain Carol Wortmann had her prize played for on Saturday in fine conditions. Lynda Hughes won with 36 points.
The second prize went to Deirdre Smith on 33 points. The front nine prize went to Helen Collins on 22 points and the back nine prize went to former ladies' Captain Louise D'Arcy with 17 points.
The open fourball/better ball played over Saturday and Sunday was won by Martin Conroy with guest John Kinsella with 43 points. Donal Byrne and Gavin Griffiths held off Peter and Andrew Byrne on countback for second place, both teams with 42 points.
September 14 and 16, singles: 1, Willie Harte (13), 39; 2, Adrian Dunne (8), 36; gross, Jason Rackard (+1), 33; 3, Aidan Lyons (6), 35; 4, Malachy Quinn (20), 34.
September 18, open: 1, Jason Rackard (scr.), 38; 2, Paul Gorby (5), 37; 3, Tony Foran (12), 37.
Men's section, September medal: 1, P. Dobey (20), 32 points; 2, T. Noone (13), 31 points; 3, P. Power (6), 30 points.
Ladies' section, singles stableford: 1, J. Hamilton (35), 34 points; 2, A. Donnellan (31), 32 points; 3, M. O'Farrell (28), 30 points.
We were all saddened to learn of the passing on Sunday last of Jack Hardy, past Captain and President of Courtown Golf Club. On behalf of all at Courtown we send our sympathies to his family. May he rest in peace.
Our open singles competition on Wednesday of this week (tomorrow) will be played over 16 holes due to some maintenance work on the course. There will in fact be some disruption over the next two weeks due to some planned drainage work, so apologies to all who might be affected. The weekend competition however will be played over the full course although some tees may be moved forward.
The competition for next weekend will be a ladies' and gents' singles hamper.
The timesheet for the Colman Doyle-sponsored winter league will remain open until tomorrow (Wednesday), and if any member has not as yet booked a slot or perhaps does not have a partner for this year's competition you may contact the club and every effort will be made to facilitate you.
Gents' singles medal, September 15, sponsored by Michael Doyle & Associates: 1, Pat Donnellan (13), 68; 2, Bernard Byrne (15), 70; 3, Matt Power (17), 70; gross, Neville Steedman (scr.), 76 (last nine).
Wednesday singles, September 18: 1, Ciarán Sheridan (5), 38 points; 2, John Bolger Jnr. (4), 37 points; 3, Neville Steedman (scr.), 37 points (last nine); 4, Brendan Malone (17), 37 points; eleven holes, Paddy Dore (19), 26 points.
The marmite of scoring formats, v. par, returned last weekend for the Sunday singles. Some love it and some hate it, however over 150 golfers turned out in summer-like conditions.
David Ronan (15) was the one who adjusted best to the format as his score of five up was good enough for the winner's spot, beating Michael Logue (18) on the back nine. Pat Lynch (21) took third place with four up, Ronán Whelan had the best gross (four down) and the categories went to Mark O'Mahony (8), Robert Katus (12) and Paul Goff (17).
Last week's Tuesday fourball was generously sponsored by Seán Murphy, Pat Whelan, Robert O'Dwyer and Joe O'Farrell. The competition was held over ten holes and best of the bunch were Liam Wall and John Whelan with 26 points. Tommy Liston and Pat Whelan and J.J. Cullen and Robert O'Connor won the categories with 25 and 26 points respectively. This week's Tuesday fourball is sponsored by Aldridge Lodge.
Next weekend, an open fourball takes place on both Saturday and Sunday. The following weekend the October medal, sponsored by Stafford Fuels, takes place.
The timesheet for next weekend's fourball is available online, whilst the timesheet for the October medal will be available from today (Tuesday).
There was another great entry for last Thursday's monthly open singles. The overall winner was M.J. Cullen (21) with 39 points. Ger Ronan (5) took category A with 39 points, John Shalloe (6) won category B, also with 39 points, and Fr. Jim Curtis won category C with 36 points.
Some eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that we wished Pádraig Ryan well on taking over as the caterer last week. Of course we all know Pádraic Murphy is the man stepping in (apologies Pádraic). However, it does give us a chance to remind you that Tee's Restaurant will cater for all types of functions and offers menus to suit all tastes and budgets.
The Sunday lunch specials, two courses for €13.50 and three courses for €16.50, have been very well received so far and will continue for the foreseeable future.
Last week's winner of the Find the Joker draw was Robbie Katus. The card revealed was the King of Hearts, meaning Robbie nets €30 and the jackpot rolls on to €768. Entries cost €2 and are taken in the bar.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
We recently hosted a very successful last outing for the season of the Autumn Seniors Alliance. All participants were loud in praise of the magnificent condition of the course and each and every player thoroughly enjoyed their day's golf. We had a good spread of prizes too with many of our locals figuring prominently.
The overall winner was Jarlath Higgins (21) from Clonmel who brought in 39 points. On a countback, with 38 points, Michael Gannon (18) from New Ross took the runners-up spot.
First in Category 1 was Tony Harford (13, New Ross) with 38 points followed in second place by Tony Keane (15) from Dungarvan with 36 and Frank Phelan of Waterford third on 35.
Category 2 saw another New Ross man heading the poll when Jim Ryan (16) brought in the winning score of 36 points courtesy of a better back nine. On the same score and in second spot was Phil Cody (18) from Callan whilst Ollie Fitzpatrick (19) from Clonmel came third with 35 points.
In Category 3, Willie Naddy (21) kept the home flag flying, finishing with 37 points to be deemed the winner. A point behind was popular KCLR D.J., John Kinsella (20) from Callan, and the final prize went to Kyran Curley (21) from Waterford with 35 points.
Many thanks to Seamus and the staff for the great condition of the course and to Pádraig Murphy in the restaurant who served up excellent food to a big hungry group of golfers - visitors and locals alike.
On our recent outing to Gowran Park it is nice to report that in the open singles competition, Ger Freyne, Jim Kehoe and Willie Kelly took first, second and third prizes respectively.
This Thursday (September 26) is probably going to be the busiest day of our golfing season when we host a big group of our counterparts from Tramore. High numbers mean we had to resort to a timesheet and therefore we could not accommodate everyone. These are the teams and starting times:
8.25 a.m., Willie Byrne, Mick Martin, Colin Casey, Paul Laffan; 8.34 a.m., Tony Harford, Jim Kehoe, Tom Furlong, George Peters; 8.42 a.m., Aidan Kent, Tony Sexton, Reiner Opperman, Tom O'Neill; 8.51 a.m., John Harrington, Willie Whitty, Mick Brennan, Larry Doyle; 8.59 a.m., Dick Cahill, Martin Hartley, Tom Murphy, J.J. Murray; 9.08 a.m., John F Roche, Les Jas, Pat Traynor, Noel Dunne; 9.16 a.m., Dan Quigley, Michael Vaughan, Aidan O'Connor, Mick Somers; 9.25 a.m., Ger Freyne, Jim 'Dub' Ryan, Ron Goodwin, Bill Naddy; 9.33 a.m., Noel Kehoe, Mick Long, Fr. Jim Curtis, Martin Cahill; 9.42 a.m., Tony Redmond, Pat Ryan, Tony Wallace, Jamesie Wallace.
The remaining teams and times consist of two from New Ross and two players from Tramore: 9.50 a.m., John Kennedy, Ollie Brennan; 9.59 a.m., Brian Dolan, John Vereker; 10.07 a.m., Denis Kirwan, Jamesie Murphy; 10.16 a.m., Nigel Morrissey, Tommy Grennan; 10.24 a.m., John Murphy, Tom Kent; 10.33 a.m., Jim Furlong, Larry Shannon; 10.41 a.m., Andy Ronan, Frank Boyle; 10.50 a.m., Paddy Shannon, John Fitzpatrick; 10.58 a.m., Bill Hurley, Seán O hUginn; 11.07 a.m., Jim 'Ross' Ryan, Liam Glasheen; 11.15 a.m., Jim Meggs, Martin Burke; 11.24 a.m., Tom Tyler, Donie Cody; 11.32 a.m., Willie Kelly, Richie Byrne; 11.41 a.m., Kevin Treacy, John Joe Cullen; 11.49 a.m., John Hosey, Mick Wade; 11.58 a.m., Luke Power, John Watson.
Your kind co-operation is needed in order to have a smooth running of the competition, so please be on time. This timesheet is displayed both in the Pro Shop and the bar so anyone who cannot play please ring Kevin on 421442 or Jamesie on 421151 who can then make alternative arrangements as regards teams.
On Thursday, October 10, the Seniors group will sponsor in full the day's prizes for the fundraising competition for New Ross Community Hospital which is being run by the ladies' committee. Entries will ne taken this Thursday and the draw for teams will be finalised on October 3. This is a novel three-person team event called a 'waltz' where, keeping to the old-time waltz dance tempo, it goes, one, two, three. That is, one score on the first hole, two on the second, three on the third, and keep repeating as you go every three holes to the finish on the 18th.
Then on Tuesday, October 15, we make our eagerly-anticipated annual visit to Faithlegg Golf Club where we will have a shotgun 18 holes game with the locals starting at 10 a.m. sharp. We will take names of those wishing to travel this Thursday and payment of the fee (€20) which includes tea/coffee/scone before golf will be taken up next week. All should be in attendance in Faithlegg on the 15th by 9.20 a.m.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Last week's competition was sponsored by Ann Larkin (Calico Designs). Playing in our Indian summer, Jacqui Morgan came to the fore with very good golf.
Results: 1, Jacqui Morgan (14), 38 points; 2, Maria Burford (24), 37 points (last nine); 3, Margaret Murphy (27), 37 points.
This week's competition is a ladies' open team of two, betterball, with full handicaps applied. There are still times available, so invite your friends and book online. There will be a presentation of prizes at 8.30 p.m.
Next week's 18-hole stableford competition (October 2) is sponsored by Arthur O'Sullivan, Kevin Bolger (EMC). This is EMC's second ladies sponsorship this year. What can we say guys, except a huge thank you to you both for your generosity, and if we need to hire/buy a vehicle, we will certainly know who to contact! We wish you every success.