NEW ROSS SENIORS
Mixed weather and a runaway victory, that was the verdict from Thursday’s Seniors’ outing where twelve teams took part.
Drizzly rain made conditions unpleasant, with rain gear needed one minute and shirt sleeves the next minute.
With the course and greens coming back to their normal high standard, all enjoyed their weekly get together, where the camaraderie and friendship prevailing is thoroughly enjoyed among all these veteran golfers.
Pillar to post winners on Thursday were Dick Cuddihy (12), Willie Whitty (18), Kenny Irwin (21) and Martin Burke (25) with a great score of 98 points.
They set the standard on the first nine holes, clocking up a fantastic 52 points and adding 46 points on the home stretch to make them clear victors.
It took all sorts of countbacks before second and third positions could be decided. In the end a better last three holes total (13/12), gave the runners-up spot to Jim ‘Ross’ Ryan (17), Pat Traynor (18), Mick Long (21) and Pat Kehoe (25) with 92 points.
On the same score (92 points) and placed third were Martin McGrath (15), Colin Casey (22), Tom Kent (25) and Jim Kehoe (25).
Only one nearest the pin prize was won and that was by Martin Forristal on the eleventh hole.
Just a gentle reminder to all players, that the draw for teams each week is at 9.40 a.m. sharp and each individual should be in house well in advance of the cut-off point and remain there until teams are drawn - no use being down in the car park and asking ‘who am I with?’ afterwards.
We had our 16th annual past Presidents’ outing on Friday when eleven teams composed of our current President, Harry Reinhardt, our past Presidents and guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment.
With the weather co-operating although a bit chilly, we thoroughly enjoyed the golf, the dinner and the social evening afterwards. For the first time in 16 years we had one player unable to take part after having had a run-in with a piece of electrical gardening equipment.
Thankfully the injury is not too serious and he is well on the way to full recovery. However, Daithí said there is no hope of a re-match with his opponent that caused the injury, as that thing has wicked sharp teeth.
Due to the non-arrival of a few invitees who did not even notify the organisers of their non-availability even though advised in good time to do so, we had to re-jig the pre-selected teams. Many thanks go to Denis Kirwan who re-arranged the teams and starting tee-boxes to perfection.
Many thanks to John Murphy, Willie Whitty and John Fitzpatrick, and score-checker Davy Doran (have I his name right this time?) for helping out.
Also, to Anthony Connick, the bar staff, and the restaurant staff for looking after us so well with morning coffee and evening dinner.
Playing a three-person champagne scramble, we had some fantastic scoring with even a tie for first place at the end.
A better tally over the last three holes (13/11) saw Jimmy Meggs (14), Jimmy Ryan (17) and John Joe Murray (21) take first prize with a score of 91 points.
On the same score and placed second were George Walsh (12), Willie Whitty (18) and Jamesie Murphy (24). In third place came Liam Quinn (16), Paddy Bennett (20) and Eddie Rowe (23) with 89 points, securing that position by virtue of a better back nine (46/43).
Fourth came Denis Kirwan (12), Seán O hUginn (21) and Brian Dolan (21). Fifth were incoming President, Mick Malone (16), incoming Captain, Bill Hurley (19), and lady President, Liz Roberts (23), with 88 points.
The two Johns, Hosey (14) and Murphy (18), with Kieran O’Grady (22) took sixth prize with 85 points, whilst the President, Harry Reinhardt (16), lady Vice-Captain, Marguerite Sutton (17), and J.J. Hoyne (18) took the seventh prize with 81 points.
Longest drive prizes were won by J.J. Hoyne on the fourth hole and Jimmy Ryan on the 18th.
Nearest the pin prizes were collected by Peter Goggin on the ninth hole and Seamus Power on the 14th respectively.
President, Harry Reinhardt, welcomed everyone to the prize-giving and the biggest cheer of the night was the announcement that there was a prize for everyone in the audience no matter how far down the field they were. After a terrific meal (plaudits to the chef), we had the prize-giving followed by a social evening.
There was some great songs and some great singing by Tom Kent, John Kennedy and Peter Goggin, with a few tall tales from the inimitable Seán O hUginn, but George was slightly disappointed he was not called on for the ‘Rose’.
The grand finale, on what was memorable day’s golf and entertainment, came with lady President, Liz Roberts, and Lady Vice-Captain, Marguerite Sutton, joining together in a splendid rendition of ‘Slaney Valley’.
September 29 and 30, men’s singles: 1, Páraic Doyle (22), 41 points; 2, Dan O’Leary (10), 38 points; gross, Gavin Sinnott (3), 32; 3, Martin Bennett (12), 38 points; 4, Jonnie Ryan (18), 37 points.
September 29 and 30, ladies’ medal: 1, Imelda Redmond (22), 74 nett; 2, Fiona Bodels (20), 74 nett; gross, Margaret Moore (9), 85; 3, Ann Cowman (25), 76 nett.
October 3, Wednesday open singles: 1, John Masterson (13), 39 points; 2, Eddie Redmond (15), 36 points; 3, Johnny Moules (9, Macreddin), 35 points.
The 64 Golf Society outing to Rathsallagh Golf Club was held on Saturday, with 33 members playing on a beautiful day for golf.
The course was presented superbly but proved a little difficult for the members as the scores show.
Results: 1, Dave Maher (3), 34 points; 2, Michael O’Shaughnessy (22), 33 points; 3, Kieran Murphy (15), 32 points; gross, Pat Walsh (6), 24 points; 4, Jim French (16), 31 points (last nine); 5, Ray McGrath (10), 31 points; first nine, David Kennedy (13), 18 points; second nine, Tadgh Sheehan (10), 16 points.
Following the outing, at our A.G.M. Captain Jimmy Woods thanked all the members for their support throughout the year. He especially thanked Paddy Dore and Paddy O’Dowd for their help in organising the finance and outings of the society for the year.
Jimmy then proposed Leslie Masterson as the new Captain, and Leslie then proposed Bryan Hughes as Vice-Captain.
Paddy Dore and Paddy O’Dowd will also be staying on. The committee were voted en bloc to stay on for the coming year.
Our next outing will be to Blainroe Golf Club on Saturday, November 10. All members will be notified in the usual way.
Donohoe’s Society played Rathaspeck Manor on September 23.
Results: 1, Martin Collins, 36 points; 2, Nicky Cahill, 36 points; 3, Paul Breen, 35 points.
On September 29 we played Enniscorthy Golf Club for the M.J. O’Reilly trophy, with Andrew Holden coming out as the winner of the much sought-after cup with 36 points.
Second was Paul Breen with 35 points, and third was Cliff Weeber with 34 points. Nicky Cahill won the longest drive and Martin Collins won nearest the pin. Thanks to Paul O’Reilly for presenting the prizes in Donohoe’s.
On October 7 we played Rathaspeck Manor with 17 players in total.
Results: 1, Pat Morrissey, 38 points; 2, ‘Prof’ Nolan, 35 points; 3, Cliff Weeber, 35 points. Cliff also took home the birdie money.
With another round of the matchplay taking place, the semi-finals now look like this: ‘Cockney’ Murphy v. Paul Breen and Nicky Cahill v. Martin Collins. ‘Cockney’ Murphy won the September player of the month.
The player of the year standings so far are: Jim Breen, 111 points, and ‘Cockney’ Murphy close behind with 110 points. Time to chop some of those handicaps I think!
We play Quinnagh House next Sunday, and please be there by 8.45 a.m.
Wednesday nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Martin Conroy (19), 23 points; 2, Richard McDonald (7), 22 points; 3, Seán Byrne (24), 19 points, holding off Troy Kenny (15) on countback
October medal, gents’ stableford off white tees: gold, Ian Winters (15), 39 points; silver, Gary O’Grady (21), 39 points; bronze, Eugene O’Brien (12); front nine, Thomas Doolan; back nine, Neil McDonald. Leighton Gleeson (6) had 75 strokes (38 points) for lowest gross score.
Monday open, singles stableford, September 24, sponsored by E.G.C. (43 played; S.S. 71, 35 stableford points): 1, Chris Healy (22, Naas),39 points; 2, Robert Frayne (9), 38 points; gross, Jason Rackard (+1), 37 points; 3, Denis Dunbar (9), 37 points.
Monday open, singles stableford, October 1, sponsored by E.G.C. (20 played; S.S. 72, 36 stableford points): 1, Martin Sludds, 39 points (back nine); 2, Clem Byrne, 39 points.
This was the last Monday open for this year. See you all again next year.
Midweek nine-hole, singles stableford, September 19, sponsored by the Bank officials (77 played): overall, John Delaney (9), 20 points (last six); Category A, John Buckley (7), 19 points; Category B, James Newman (14), 19 points; Category C, James Gahan (17), 18 points; Category D, Liam Swan (28), 20 points.
Midweek nine-hole, singles stableford, October 3, sponsored by Wickham’s Butchers (56 played): overall, James Sheridan (10), 23 points; Category A, James Morrissey (5), 22 points; Category B, Michael Walsh (14), 21 points (last one); Category C, Ollie O Connor (15), 21 points; Category D, Liam Swan (28), 21 points.
Gents’ monthly Seniors’ singles stableford, September 13, sponsored by Christy O’Connor (128 played): overall, Gordon Radloff (11), 39 points (last three); Category A (50-65): 1, Dermot Kelly (16), 39 points; 2, Declan Lyons (12), 36 points (last nine); Category B (66-75): 1, David Wrafter (16), 39 points; 2, Clem Byrne (12), 37 points (last nine); Category C (76+): 1, Michael Dee (20), 38 points (last nine); 2, Jimmy Lynch (28), 37 points (last nine).
The gents’ open Seniors is on the second Thursday of every month. The next one is on October 11, sponsored by our Pro Shop. Age group categories for this year are as follows: 50 to 65, 66 to 75, and 76+.
Works to replace greens one and four will be commencing very soon. The designs for same are on display in the clubhouse, with comments welcome.
New Ross Vice-Captain Bill Hurley with Paddy Delaney, winner of the singles competition sponsored by Stafford’s Fuels.