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WEXFORD LADIES

Saturday and Thursday, May 14 and 19, 18-hole stableford, Valerie Doyle qualifier, sponsored by Yvonne Mac Sweeney, Mary O’Leary, Ann Conway and Una Doherty (63 played): 1, Leonie Furlong (9), 40 points; 2, Aisling O’Leary (2), 38 points (back nine); gross, Ruth Kennedy (4), 29 points; 3, Ann Gregg (46), 38 points (back nine); Senior, Carmel Murphy (13), 37 points; nine-hole (14 played): 1, Mary McGuire (15), 17 points; 2, Noreen Power (15), 16 points (back six); nearest the pin, Louise Boshoff, 1m 23cm; Cat. A (0-18), Leonie Furlong; Cat. B (19-28), Jane Duignan (back six); Cat. C (29-36), Phil Flood.

The presentation of prizes will take place on Thursday, May 26, at 9.15 p.m.

Monday, May 16, Seniors, 14-hole stableford (37 played): 1, Trish Field (25), 32; 2, Ena O’Donoghue (27), 31; 3, Phil Flood (28), 30 (back nine); 4, Mary Fallon (22), 30.

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ROSSLARE LADIES

Last Tuesday’s team of three competition was rained off, so hopefully it can be played at a later date.

Saturday, May 21, open fourball: 1, Patricia Metcalfe (Druid’s Heath, 19) and Louise Wilson (Killiney, 18), 41 points (back six); 2, Mary Kavanagh (27) and Máire Farrell (14), 41 points (back one).

Hard luck to our Intermediate team who were pipped at the post by Mount Juliet on Thursday. The home and away teams put up a great show. Well done, ladies!

Next Tuesday, May 31, is our annual Play in Pink fourball. Best of luck all and let’s hope the sun shines.

Saturday, June 11, will be lady President Rita’s day, with dinner, music and presentation to follow the golf. Check the ladies’ locker room for details on booking dinner menus.

Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website (www.rosslaregolf.com) and on social media.

ST. HELEN’S

We had mixed luck in our inter-club matches during the week. On Friday our “young veterans” teed off against Borris, in the Fred Perry Trophy.

Playing three matches away and two at home, we knew we were facing a tough task. Our lads were up for the challenge however, and, following a tight contest, we eventually won out, being victorious in both home games and winning one away to win the match 3.5 to 1.5. We face Tulfarris in the next round.

Courtown were our opponents in the Barton Cup on Saturday. This proved to be a topsy-turvy affair as we held the advantage in the early stages, with Courtown having a purple patch in the second nine which saw them come out on top 3.5 to 1.5.

It was a great effort from our lads and a lot of invaluable experience was gained at this level which will stand to us in the future.

Wednesday, May 18, open Seniors (Furlong family) - Division 1 (66+): 1, John Denton (Ballymoney, 24), 40 points; 2, Jimmy McMahon (25), 37 points; Division 2 (50-65): 1, Mike Crowley (15), 35 points; 2, Pádraig Tiernan (16), 33 points (countback).

Saturday, May 21, open singles: overall, Nicky Doyle (26), 42 points; Division 1: 1, Conor Kelly (4), 38 points; 2, Aidan Furlong (14), 37 points; Division 2: 1, Paul Moran (18), 37 points (countback); 2, John Stafford (18), 37 points; Division 3: 1, Ciarán Murphy (24), 38 points; 2, Seamus McCormack (21), 36 points.

Fixtures: Wednesday, May 25, open singles; Saturday, May 28, 3Ts annual charity open singles; Sunday, May 29, monthly medal; Wednesday, June 1, open singles.

WEXFORD

Sunday, May 15, nine holes singles stableford competition, played on Loop 2: 1, Lee Kennedy (7), 21 points (back nine); 2, Cian Moran (6), 21 points.

Tuesday, May 17, evening twelve holes mixed Scotch fourball strokes: 1, Triona Hogan and Neil Murphy (8), 42 strokes; 2, Trish Fields and Michael Fields (18.33), 43.66; 3, Aislinn O’Leary and Paul Harrington (5.33), 44.66 strokes.

The 18 holes open ladies’ and gents’ singles stableford on Wednesday was won by Alan Keeling, and it was probably the most welcome result that any member could have hoped for.

Alan contracted Covid in January 2021 and, after some time at Wexford General Hospital, he deteriorated seriously and was transferred to the Mater Hospital, Dublin where he was placed in the Intensive Care Unit for over three weeks. Thanks to the medical staff at both hospitals, he eventually made enough of a recovery to be discharged.

This time last year he could only walk short distances with great difficulty on level ground. Thanks to a golf buggy, he was able to resume golf some time ago, and Alan would like anyone unfortunate enough to experience a similar health situation, to take encouragement from his win.

Alan has some way to go to fully recover, but thankfully he is slowly getting there. Brendan Long (23), who has been showing good form lately, was in second place with 39 points.

Joseph Doyle (7) was third with 38 points, and Peter Byrne was the gross winner with 31 points.

Friday, May 20, 14 holes open three-person team event with two scores on every hole: 1, Jason Murphy (3), Paul Murphy (7) and Shane Dempsey (9), 71 points; 2, Damien O’Reilly (7), Alan Geraghty (9) and Paul Carthy (15), 68 points.

Congratulations to our Provincial Towns Cup team who had a very comfortable win over our neighbours, Rosslare, on Saturday. They won five matches, with the remaining two matches called in.

The team was Paul Murphy, Colin Edwards, David Fenlon and Killian Brennan at home, and Luke Furlong, Adam Farrell and Neil Murphy away. Team managers Richie Browne and Mick Leniston were delighted with the performance.

Our Pierce Purcell team were also successful against Gowran on Saturday, and on Sunday our Junior team were up against Mount Juliet in the Fred Daly competition.

They also put in a great performance, winning all three matches at home and also winning the two away games to give them a 5-0 win.

Well done to those young players – Rhian Clarke, Alex Currid, Mark Furlong, Luke Furlong and Adam Farrell – and also to their team managers, Derek Furlong and Andrew Farrell.

Two golf matches against Kilkenny teams with two wins – put this with our hurlers’ great performance at Nowlan Park and it was a great weekend’s results for Wexford sports fans.

Each Tuesday evening, we have semi-open Scotch mixed foursomes. Today (Wednesday) we have an open ladies’ and gents’ 14-hole fourball, sponsored by Selskar Pharmacy.

On Friday there is the usual open three-person team event. On Saturday and Sunday, we hold one of our club major competitions, the Pettitt’s SuperValu golfer of the year qualifying competition. The leading 32 players will then go on to compete in the matchplay series.

There are some tickets available for this month’s Liam Bowler Pro Shop bonus ball draw. It’s well worth a try, with the three winners whose line number coincides with one or more of the bonus numbers drawn in the National Lotto wining an Odyssey White Hot Putter each or stock to its value at Liam’s well-stocked Pro Shop.

At the recent gents’ golf committee meeting, votes of sympathy were extended to the following: to our lady Captain Beppi O’Connor on the recent death of her brother, Paul McKeogh; to Betty, Valerie Roche and family on the death of our long-time member, Peter Roche; to the Stafford family on the death of Fran Stafford, wife of our former President, Aidan Stafford; to Richard Walsh on the death of his wife, Sheila; and to Barry Malone on the death of his brother, Paul. May they rest in peace.

BALLYMONEY

May 14-15, open singles: 1, Darragh Levingston (15), 43 points; 2, Mick T. Byrne (18); 3, Kevin Byrne (20), 41 points; Division 1, Sammy Walker (8), 40; Division 2, Mark Sinnott (19), 39 points; Division 3, John James Sheridan (27), 41 points.

Wednesday nine-hole open competition: 1, Seán Cullen, 21 points; 2, Tom Storey, 20 points; 3, Jason Hughes, 20 points.

The weekend three-person open champagne scramble to commemorate Charlie Logan RIP, former honorary Secretary of Ballymoney GC, was very successful with a big turn-out of teams.

There was a plaque unveiled on the new back tee on the 18th hole, and a presentation was made to Charlie’s family. A perpetual trophy bearing Charlie’s name was commissioned and will be presented every year to the winners of the annual competition to remember our dear friend and tireless worker in the setting up and smooth running of Ballymoney Golf Club. May he rest in peace.

It’s a real pity Charlie wasn’t around to enjoy the nail-biting battle with Mount Juliet in the Pierce Purcell foursomes matchplay that took place on Saturday. The first match in Ballymoney went to a play-off, while the second and third matches were won by Ballymoney.

In the meantime, Martin Murphy and Shane O’Sullivan won their match on the 18th to send Ballymoney through to the next round. A tough wind and tricky rough in Mount Juliet proved a strong test for the team. It was a great day all around, with Wexford hurlers also toppling Kilkenny in their own back yard!


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