Golf club notes
NEW ROSS LADIES
There was a great turn-out for the Christmas Mexican scramble.
The winners were: 1, Liz Bennett (9), Anne Breen (15), Ger Donohoe (29), 32.7 points; 2, Ann Conway (13), Magaret Furlong (16). Denise Bolger (16), 33.5 points; 3, Joan Foley (30), Mary Finn (29), Cathy Casey (27), 34.4 points.
Our winter league starts on January 17. If you haven't already put you name on the sheet in the locker room, please do so before the draw which takes place on January 16.
Wishing you all a very happy new year and great golfing in 2015.
Harry Doran (13) is proving to be a strong front runner in the winter league as he claimed a win in the third round to establish an imposing lead in the competition over the Christmas break. Leading after two rounds, Harry added a score of 34 points to his other scores of 35 and 34 and has finished first, second and third in the first three rounds - quite an achievement!
Next best was Leo Booth (19) on 33 points with the Captain, Rory Hussey (6), taking third place on 32 points. Mark O'Mahony took the gross with a level par score of 28 points for the 14 holes, whilst Donal Hosey (6, 31 points), Frank Doyle (10, 32 points) and the in-form James O'Brien (19, 31 points) followed suit. The fourth round is scheduled for January 25.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
A mild December day with intermittent light rain was what faced our eleven teams in the final outing for 2014. Once again the veterans defied the elements and some good scores were registered, none more so than the winning total of 93 points posted by a team led by a multi-winning All-Ireland hurler with Kilkenny - a chap with the name of Eddie Keher playing off an eight handicap.
He was well supported by John Hosey (16) who contributed no less than 43 points to his team's total. The other two very effective team members were Eamon Delany (17) and Martin Forristal (20), both of whom came in with scores at vital stages.
Placed second after a countback were Patsy Farrell (10), Richie Aylward (17), Dick Cahill (17) and Larry Shannon (20), recording 90 points. On the same score and in third place came Willie Whitty (15), Luke Power (16), Ger Freyne (16) and Tony Sexton (22). Nearest the pin prizes went to John Shalloe on the ninth hole and Willie Byrne on the eleventh.
We will resume as normal on Thursday, January 8, hoping to see the veterans fully refreshed and eager to go for the new year.
Many thanks to all the golf sports writers, local and national, who carried our results faithfully week after week in 2014 - it was much appreciated.
Results of the Wednesday sweep on December 17 were: 1, Pat Noonan; 2, Brian Poole; 3, Peter McAteer; 4, Pat McCarthy.
This result puts Pat Noonan top of the table with ten points at the half-way stage for the Paschal Storan Trophy. Members had a wonderful night of dining, wine and song. It was a very good evening organised by Pat McCarthy and Jerry O'Riordan.
Ladies' and gents' singles, Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4: 1, Paul Carmody (20), 28 points (last six); 2, Tom Kinsella (18), 28 points; 3, Danny Whitty (16), 27 points (last nine); gross, Ray McGrath (9), 22 points (last nine); ladies: Sarah Donnellan (10), 29 points.
On a wet and windy New Year's Day it was great to see such a big turn-out of members and friends in Rosslare Golf Club to welcome in our 2015 Captains, Paud O'Brien and Joan Wallace, and also our Junior Captains, Alex Brady and Allanah Duggan.
Unfortunately, the competition was postponed due to the weather conditions. The lady members would like to wish Joan all the best for the year ahead and hope she enjoys her time as our lady Captain.
The dates for the winter league are Sunday, January 25, Sunday, February 8, and Sunday, February 22. The first day will be played over twelve holes, singles format, with three scores to count. The second day will be played over 14 holes, singles format, with four scores to count, and the third day will be played over 15 holes in a waltzing rumble format.
The draw will take place a week before the first date. Contact the Pro Shop on 05391-32032 to make your bookings.
Saturday, December 13, 14-hole open fourball: 1, Theresa Conway (20/12) and Margaret Martin (23/13), 34 points.
Tuesday, December 16, 14-hole single stableford: 1, Vandra Deacon (15/12 - 2), 28 points (back seven); 2, Val Mernagh (14/11), 28 points (back three); 3, Sheila Crosbie (13/10), 28 points; 4, Joan Bowe (13/10 -2), 28 points.
ST. HELEN'S LADIES
January 3, winter league sweep: 1, Kelley Holt, 18 points; 2, Ann Byrne, 17 points (countback); 3, Georgina Darling, 17 points.
Well, what a day for golf! The weather was very testing with wind, cold and rain, nevertheless St. Helen's Bay ladies braved the elements and turned out well for their respective teams. Well done Kelley on returning a great score considering the conditions, followed closely by Ann and Georgina hot on her heels.
The next round of the winter league is Saturday ladies so looking forward to some great golf being played.
The St. Stephen's Day nine-hole was called off due to bad weather.
Singles stableford, December 28: 1, Derek Kavanagh (13), 39 points; 2, Shane Fox (11), 39 points; 3, Anthony P. Doyle (17), 38 points.
The New Year's Eve/Day nine-hole suffered from terrible weather on the second day and the best score came from the first day, as John Fitzgerald (20) won with 19 points. Stephen Greene (19) played in the worst of the weather and was second with 18 points.
Friday night's heavy rain put paid to any Saturday golf but a good turn-out on Sunday for the singles stableford saw some good scoring. Tommy Dunne (14) had an excellent round and won with 43 points. Stephen Greene (19) was second with 39 points and Anthony D. Doyle (11) was third with 38 points.
Winter league round four - Group 1: James Byrne (substitute for Sammy Walker) and Nicky Murphy beat Ed O'Brien and Anthony Fortune; Martin Conroy and Tommy Dunne beat Pat Madsen and Peter Brolly; Group 3: A.P. Doyle and Richard Doyle beat Damien Maher and Mick Kenny; Ger O'Brien and Marty Lawlor beat Richard Temple and Steve Sharman; Group 4: Ron Breen and John Fitzgerald beat Joe and Gavin Duffy.
The A.G.M. will be held at the clubhouse at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 10.
Sunday, December 28, club fourball over 13 holes: 1, Peter Byrne (4), Larry O'Neill (6), 35 points; 2, Paul Bridges (14), Kieran Carroll (10), 34 points.
Wednesday, December 31, open fourball over 14 holes: 1, Tim Cummins (15, Rosslare) and John Forde (19, Rosslare), 35 points.
Friday, January 2, open three-person team event over 14 holes: 1, Tom Sullivan (20), Ann Sullivan (21), Ger Lally (21), 53 points; 2, Seamus Sills (23), Brendan Long (22), Brian Judd (19), 52 points.
Saturday, January 3, club fourball over 14 holes: 1, Nicky Reville (6), Roy Sexton (12), 34 points.
Sunday, January 4, club fourball over 14 holes: 1, Maurice Delaney (10), Jim Turner (6), 32 points (back seven); 2, Tony Kelly (14), John Cotter (13), 32 points (back six); 3, Declan Furlong (8), Thomas Furlong (5), 32 points.
Congratulations to Paul Mullin (23) for winning the weekly €50 in the Find the Joker draw. The jackpot now stands at €8,425.There are only nine numbers left. The Joker draw is open to members and visitors and takes place every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse.
Congratulations to Conor Morris for winning the Golf Buddy GPS VS4 in the three-day special draw as part of the Pro Shop winter sale. Many reductions are available on golf equipment for the coming year. Check out all types of golf equipment and ask for assistance with our helpful Pro Shop staff. See details of all sale items on the Wexford Golf Club website.
Please contact the Pro Shop for any local rules regarding play and the condition of the course. Golf buggies are now confined to the buggy paths.
Monday Madness continues with a special 'golf and meal' deal on selected Mondays, details of which can be found on the club website at www.wexfordgolfclub.ie.
Happy new year from Captain Aidan and lady Captain Bernie.
The club office would be delighted to take membership enquiries (special rates now available for new joiners) and bookings for green fees and society outings and is contactable at 05391-33234 or e-mail email@example.com. The club website is www.sthelensbay.ie
Saturday, January 3, winter league round six, eleven holes singles stableford, sponsored by winter league committee - men: individual winner, Ciarán Furlong, 24 points (countback); 2, John Newport, 24 (countback); 3, Phil Cassidy, 24 (countback); ladies: 1, Kelley Holt, 18 points; 2, Ann Byrne, 17 (countback); 3, Georgina Darling, 17.
Fixtures: Wednesday, January 7, Wednesday club (12 holes singles stableford); Saturday, January 10, winter league round seven; Sunday, January 11, singles stableford (men and ladies); Wednesday, January 14, Wednesday club (12 holes singles stableford); Saturday, January 17, winter league round eight; Sunday, January 18, singles stableford (men and ladies); Wednesday, January 21, Wednesday club (12 holes singles stableford); Saturday, January 24, singles stableford (men and ladies); Sunday, January 25, singles stableford (men and ladies); Wednesday, January 28, Wednesday club (12 holes singles stableford); Saturday, January 31, winter league round nine; Sunday, February 1, singles stableford (men and ladies).