ON the FAIRWAYS
We had the annual day for past Captains and past Presidents on Sunday, commencing with a 14-hole singles competition and followed by dinner in the clubhouse.
It was great to see so many of those former officers who contributed so much to the development of our club since its formation attending. Also in attendance was our current Captain, Jack Lynn.
The winner of the 14-hole golf competition was Pat ‘Kenny’ Walsh with 31 points. In second place was Liam Ruttledge with 29 points, and in third place was Pat Geoghegan with 27 points.
After a lovely meal and the presentation of the prizes, it was time for a few drinks with these friends of so many years to recall their past experiences during the development of our club.
On Bank Holiday Monday we had, as usual, a four-person team scramble. To accommodate the large number of entries now that the shorter evenings are in, this was played over 16 holes. The results were close, with less than one shot separating the first three teams.
The winners were John Hammond (10), James Murphy (12), Larry (17) and Kathleen Murphy (33) with 48.8 shots.
In second place were Noel Martin (17), John Byrne (13), Pat Mahon (12) and Tony Walsh (13) with 49.5, and they were closely followed by Kevin Murphy (7), Patch Doyle (19), Jim Doyle (21) and Brian Morris (7) on 49.6.
Tuesday, 15-hole Seniors singles: 1, Seán O’Keeffe (25), 32 points (back six); 2, Seamus Thomas (28), 32 points; 3, Pat Geoghegan (20), 31 points.
Wednesday, 14-hole open fourball: 1, John Ffrench (10) and Tom Foran (13), 37 points (back six); 2, Peadar Dempsey (8) and John Cleary (17), 37 points.
Friday, 14-hole three-person team event: 1, Nigel Morrissey (13), Ted Mangan (16) and Eddie Cousins (24), 76 points.
Sunday, 14-hole two-person team event: 1, John O’Brien (19) and Pat Furlong (21), 52 points; 2, John Hammond (10) and James Murphy (12), 50 points; 3, Adrian Doran (7) and Paul Hynes (10), 49 points.
The weekly draw was won by Tom Foran. As the jackpot was not won, it will increase to €2,35 for next week.
Fixtures: Wednesday, ladies’ and gents’ 14-hole open fourball; Friday, 14-hole open three-person team event; Saturday, gents’ two-person champagne scramble; Sunday, gents’ 14-hole fourball.
Fourball, October 27: 1, Angela Murphy (11/10), Mairéad Esmonde (24/22), 39 points; 2, Marie Harvey (21/19), Bernie Wright (29/26), 35 points; 3, Doreen McGovern (10/9), Anne Brennan (33/30), 34 points.
Open fourball, October 29: 1, Doreen McGovern (10/9), Phyllis O’Farrell (27/24), 35 points (back nine).
October 30, singles stableford, 14 holes, main course: 1, Catherine Howard (15/12), 26 points (back nine); 2, Mary Kelleher (19/15), 26 points; 3, Paula Stafford (13/10), 25 points (back nine); 4, Teresa Cowman (12/9), 25 points.
Burrow course, October 30: 1, Anna O’Leary (19/13), 26 points.
The annual Mass honouring our deceased members takes place in St. Bridget’s Church, Rosslare, on November 16 at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
October 27-November 1, 14-hole singles stableford sweepstake (53 played): 1, Elaine Bolger (43), 29 points; 2, Louise Boshoff (15), 28 points (back seven); 3, Denise Dunne (21), 28 points; 4, Margaret Atkinson (10), 27 points (back seven); nine-hole competition, Mary Maguire (14), 14 points; nearest the pin on the ninth hole, Helen McGuire, 2 metres 13 cms.
Next week’s competition is a 14-hole single stableford. A reminder that Bridge sessions, open to all, recommence in the club on Wednesday, November 7, at 9.45 a.m., and the ladies’ A.G.M. will be held on Monday, November 19, in the clubhouse (copies of last year’s minutes are available in the ladies’ locker room).
Our next outing is a scramble in Enniscorthy Golf Club (the best course in the county) on November 10, starting at 10 a.m.
Our member, Jim McGee, will be representing us in The Heritage Golf Club next Saturday in a competition for all society winners during the year who are playing for a fantastic prize of a trip to Spain for 20 of their society members.
No pressure Jim, just remember who your friends are! We will be waiting in Enniscorthy for that phone call.
Halloween open: 1, John O’Leary (17), J.P. Traynor (17), Martin Bradley (17), Ian Cuddihy (10, Wicklow), 98 points; 2, Liam Connolly (7), Tommy Liston (6), Ray Shannon (14), Tom Tyler (14), 97 points; 3, Chris Elliot (17), Paul Goff (11), Pat Doyle (16), Seán Furlong (13), 91 points.
Winter league rounds one and two are on November 11 and 18 respectively. We are grateful to Hartley’s Autocraft who have come on board to sponsor the league.
NEW ROSS LADIES
Wednesday’s competition was 18-hole stableford sponsored by Murphy’s Cash & Carry.
Results: 1, Eileen Cullinan (17), 35 points; 2, Cathy Casey (29), 33 points; 3, Anne Healy (16), 32 points.
A reminder that our next presentation for competitions will take place on Wednesday, November 7, at 7.30 p.m.
NEW ROSS SENIORS
We made a good decision last week by putting back our starting time to 11 a.m., because Jack Frost had control of the course in the early morning on Thursday.
But later on, we enjoyed a gorgeous November day with unbroken sunshine right through the afternoon. The course was in magnificent condition with a nice growth of grass on the fairways and lightning-fast greens to contend with.
In the autumn sunshine the trees were a picture to behold with coats of many colours. Talk about New England in the Fall; our oak, maple, birch and evergreens provided a kaleidoscope of many hues, matching if not beating the great American boast of their incomparable State’s display come autumn time every year.
In that peaceful setting we had the biggest number of players so far taking part, where 15 four-person teams battled it out in search of a prize. A brisk north-westerly wind kept scoring returns down somewhat, and only one team surpassed the 90 points target mark.
Eddie Keher (12), Pat Traynor (18), Paddy Bennett (20) and Tom Furlong (26) scored 91 points to claim top prize.
It took a countback to decide second and third positions respectively. Tony Harford (14), Michael Kavanagh (16), Bobby Dwyer (22) and Les Jastrebski (26) took second with 90 points courtesy of a better back nine (46/44).
Placed third on the same tally again with a better back nine (44/41) were Jimmy Furlong (12), Mikey Lee (19), Seán O hUginn (21) and Jamesie Murphy (24).
Nearest the pin prizes went to Michael Gannon on the ninth hole and Patsy Farrell on the eleventh.
A gentle reminder to all players - the draw time is 10.45 a.m. sharp, and all should be in house by then. When teams are drawn, they proceed in the order in which they came out, especially on the first tee.
They go in rotation – one-two-three – so no jumping the queue.
As and from next Thursday, November 8, we will have winter rules in operation, with placing on the fairway and in the rough within six inches of the original lie.
Our A.G.M. is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, and the Christmas outing and dinner will take place on Thursday, December 6 - weather permitting of course.
October 27-28, four-person open scramble: 1, Tony Murphy (13), Damien Maher (17), Keith Moore (18), Mick Kenny (17), 58.5; 2, Louis Flanagan (Wexford, 12), John Bail (Enniscorthy, 11), Pechelli English (Enniscorthy, 15), John Healy (Enniscorthy, 6), 59.6; 3, Mick Healy (5), Martin Bennett (12), Maurice Mahon (14), Lucy Healy (11), 59.8 (back nine).
October 29, open singles: 1, Martin Roberts (10), 39 points; 2, Thomas Nevin (Gowran, 5), 35 points; 3, Michael O’Regan (Rosslare, 8), 35 points; ladies: 1, Eweline Halik (Waterford Castle, 28), 33 points; 2, Sadie Tynan (Templemore, 16), 32 points.
October 31, Titleist-sponsored Wednesday open: 1, Michael Ivory (17), 41 points; 2, Ken Johnston (9, Delgany), 37 points; 3, Neal Martin (11), 37 points.
We played Quinnagh House on Sunday, with the first weekend of the turkeys taking place.
Results: 1, Trevor Murphy (7) with a great score of three over and 40 points; 2, John Cahill, 37 points; 3, Jim Breen, 37 points. Joe Byrne took home the birdie money.
Next Sunday we play Blackwater. Please be there by 8.45 a.m.
Bank Holiday nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Neil McDonald (25), 22 points; 2, Ed O’Brien (7), 21 points; 3, Andrew Byrne (20), 19 points, holding off James Dixon on countback.
Wednesday nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Paul Doolan (17), 18 points; 2, Richard McDonald (6), 18 points; 3, Thomas Doolan (16), 18 points.
Sunday singles stableford: 1, Dennis Markey (18), 45 points; 2, Aaron Condren (17), 45 points; 3, Frank Layton (18), 43 points; front nine, Richard McDonald; back nine, Garry Doyle.
Nine-hole matchplay third round: Garry Doyle beat Ian Winters; Brian Carroll beat Mark Sinnott; Robbie Kehoe beat Anthony P. Doyle; Darren Dardis beat Reuben Dover; Leighton Gleeson beat Thomas Keogh; Richard McDonald beat Eamonn Doyle.
Courtown Captains, Niall Nolan and Catherine Quinn, with the President, Vincent Kavanagh, at the Captains’ dinner.
The Viking Glass single stableford presentation in Wexford (from left): Elaine Bolger, Patricia Hanton (lady Captain), Bernie Power (winner), Margaret Atkinson, Ger O’Brien, Róisín Leahy (lady President).