Wednesday nine-hole competition (mixed): 1, Jason Doolan (22), 21 points; 2, Kevin Byrne (19), 20 points; 3, Sammy Walker (8), 20 points.
Singles stableford (mixed): 1, Frank Layton (17), 42 points; 2, Robbie Kehoe (12), 38 points; 3, Paul Doolan (15), 38 points.
Winter league round three: team 1, 110; team 2, 122; team 3, 145; team 4, 102; team 5, 132; team 6, 137; team 7, 63; team 8, 145.
Two of our A.G.M’s went ahead according to plan on Saturday. We had our men’s general meeting at 5 p.m. and, as in previous years, business was conducted in a very professional and effective manner.
Outgoing Captain John Fitzgerald thanked all present for their help and support over the last twelve months which he said made his job all the more enjoyable and easier.
Outgoing President George Kilbride also thanked those present for all the support shown to him in his office. The election of officers for the coming year then took place.
George Kilbride was pleased to propose long-time member and a great supporter of the club, Vincent Kavanagh, as President, while past Captain Pat Walsh proposed Niall Nolan as our Captain for 2018.
Colman Doyle was proposed as Vice-Captain by John Fitzgerald. Karl Caulfield will once again be Honorary Secretary. The four ordinary members on the men’s committee for 2018 are Alan Gray, Seamus Kennelly, Ollie Quigley and Eamonn O’Connor.
The club A.G.M. then took place at 6 p.m. Before the meeting proper got under way, Captains John Fitzgerald and Laura Funge were delighted to welcome back to the club Sharon O’Hara who left us for pastures new earlier this year.
Following a presentation, Sharon spoke briefly and wished us at Courtown all the best for the future. We in turn wish Sharon and her family all the best for her future and hope that she will be very happy in her new employment.
The committee also took this opportunity to introduce our new manager, Roger Yeats, to the members. We hope that Roger will be afforded the same level of help and co-operation that was shown to Sharon during her years with us.
The Treasurer’s report was presented to the members by Jim French, outgoing Honorary Treasurer, and as it had been e-mailed earlier it was taken as read.
The club’s finances are still in a healthy state but a small increase in subscriptions was proposed (a nominal 4%) and approved by the members. The Honorary Secretary’s report was presented by Geoff Masterson. This too had been e-mailed to members and was taken as read and passed.
As with any club A.G.M., therre are bound to be some issues raised from the floor, and the main concern seemed to be that some members had issue with the number of holes in play following our extensive drainage works, while some more senior members raised the issue of completing the works on the buggy paths.
One other matter arose during the discussions but I believe that it would be best if it were left to club officials to deal with before reporting any further.
The Executive Committee for 2018 is: President, Vincent Kavanagh; lady President, Pat Kinsella; Captain, Niall Nolan; lady Captain, Catherine Quinn; Vice-Captain, Colman Doyle; lady Vice-Captain, Sorcha Howell; Honorary Secretary, Geoff Masterson; Honorary Treasurer, Philip Sherwood; committee: Joe Butler, Stella Courtney, Ciarán O’Donovan, Paddy O’Dowd, Keith Reid, Mairéad Sunderland.
Round five of our Colman Doyle-sponsored winter league was completed last weekend so there will be no more activity in the competition until Sunday, January 14. We will have a report next week on how each team is doing at this halfway stage.
Any combination fourball, November 25 and 26: 1, Pat Kenny (12), Mike Hooke (18), 34 points; 2, Paddy Donohoe (6), Colin Sunderland (8), 33 points; 3, Joe Keegan (6), Colin Browne (20), 32 points.
The Wednesday sweep golf plus Christmas party with dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 13, at 5.30 p.m. As usual, if there is no golf, the dinner and party goes on with a putting competition in the clubhouse.
Details are available from Pat McCarthy, Chairman, on 087-2411451, or committee members Tom Lynch on 0872528935 or Paddy Stack on 086-6095200.
The up to date details for the Paschal Storan Cup are: Darragh Hobbs, eight points; John G. Kinsella, seven points; Pierce Dooley, six points; Les Masterson, five points. This no doubt will change by March on the final date.
Recent weekly results were - October 4: 1, O. Martin (5); 2, P. Donoghue (3); 3, T. Crehan (2); 4, D. Fitzgerald (1).
October 11: 1, Darragh Hobbs (5 + 3); 2, B. Breen (3); 3, E. Nunan (2); 4, P. Dooley (1 + 5).
October 25: 1, Eric Nunan (5); 2, Darragh Hobbs (3); 3, John G. Kinsella (2 + 5); 4, Liam Flynn (1).
November 1: 1, S. Willoughby (5); 2, P. Ryan (3); 3, P. Kenny (2 + 1); 4, T. Kitt (1).
November 8: 1, P. Dooley (5); 2, L. Masterson (3 + 2); 3, M. Kelly (2); 4, P. Kenny (1).
November 15: 1, M. McGrath (5); 2, P. Carty (3); 3, J. Flynn (2); 4, D. Roche (1 + 3).
November 29: 1, John G. Kinsella (5); 2, Des Roche (3); 3, Les Masterson (2); 4, Paddy Stack (1).
Sunday, November 19, to Saturday, November 15, twelve-hole weekly ladies: 1, Bríd St. Ledger, 22 points; 2, Margaret Moore, 22 points; 3, Ann Cowman, 20 points.
Winter league week three: 1, Tom O’Loughlin (20), 29 points; 2, Tony Gleeson (8), 27 points; 3, Tom Swaine (18), 26 points; best lady, Bríd St. Ledger (20), 20 points.
Weekend singles, November 25 and 26: 1, Ken Leech (14), 26 points; 2, Adrian Power (7), 25 points; 3, Pat Nolan, Myshall (14), 25 points.
Weekend turkey competition (singles stableford), November 25/26, sponsored by E.G.C. (67 played): Category A, Martin Sludds (4), 33 points; Category B, Thomas Kielthy (11), 36 points; Category C, David Bradley (19), 34 points.
Each winner will receive a voucher for €40.
The winter series is ticking along now and the winners from week three for Cat. 1 were Seán Hegarty and Eddie Doyle. Cat. 2 winners were Thomas Kielthy and James Sheridan, and Cat. 3 victors were John Conville and David Bradley.
The top three in the current leaderboard for Cat. 1 (0-9) are: Paul Connolly, 65; James Morrissey, 65; Seán Hegarty, 62; Cat. 2 (10-18): Declan Lyons, 70; James Sheridan, 69; Paddy Fitzpatrick, 69; Cat. 3 (19-28): William Murphy, 62; John Ryan, 61; David Bradley, 60.
Please note the change of date for the quiz night which will now be held on Thursday, December 7, at 8.30 p.m. in the clubhouse.
The children’s Christmas party will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday, December 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be a disco, goodies, balloons, pressies and refreshments for the children, and Santa might, just might, arrive in around 4 p.m. if the young uns have been behaving themselves all year long.
There is a men’s 15-hole competition on December 9 and 10, starting at 8.30 a.m. both days. Booking sheets are now open.
The gents’ open Seniors is on December 15, sponsored by Morgan Dunne and Councillor Paddy Kavanagh. The annual Christmas party will be held after the nine-hole single stableford competition.
There is a shotgun start at noon and the competition fee plus dinner is €20. There are just a few spaces available.
For the full report please look at the club website in the news section.
Singles, 14-hole, turkey: 1, Joe Scott (27), 35 points; 2, Tom Foley (16), 32 points; 3, Willie Cuddihy (12 - 2), 31 points; 4, Philip Quigley (18), 31 points; 5, Dave McCabe (16), 30 points; 6, Eddie Fortune (14), 30 points; 7, Rory Deane (5 – 2), 29 points.
Fourball turkey, 14 holes: 1, John Galvin (8), J.J. Byrne (19), 40 points; 2, John (15) and Patrick Hanrick (11), 39 points.
What a wonderful occasion it was! Friday, December 1, at 7.30 p.m. - lady Captain Doreen McGovern’s last offical social function. A great night was enjoyed by all, with many prizes being given out.
The clubhouse caterers prepared a delicious meal, with a choice of starters, main course and dessert. Ninety ladies attended the annual Christmas party and prize-giving ceremony and at least 55 prizes were presented, including trophies and fabulous hampers from Wallace’s of Wellingtonbridge and Boggan’s, Londis, Rosslare Strand.
A special mention to Niamh Byrne who won the Nancy Todd trophy, Catherine Howard and Eleanor O’Connor who won the club fourball, Mary O’Shaughnessy who won golfer of the year, and Norrie Goff who won most improved golfer. Well done ladies!
Today (Tuesday, December 5) is another twelve-hole singles stableford competition, sponsored by Brigid Doyle, La Cuisine, Wexford town - with a homemade Christmas cake for first prize and a homemade plum pudding for second prize. Thank you Brigid. Please support our sponsors.
Tonight is our ladies’ section A.G.M. at 7.30 p.m. sharp in the clubhouse and we look forward to seeing everyone there. There is only one item up for discussion, and the new committee will be appointed.
We say a big ‘thank you’ to our outgoing lady Captain and lady President, and welcome in our new officers and wish them the very best for the season ahead.
Well done to Catherine Howard, Máire Farrell and Catherine Haugh who won last Tuesday’s twelve-hole waltzing rumble competition with a score of 48 points. A total of 17 teams played.
Well done, also, to Joan Bowe and Carmel Quinlivan who won last Saturday’s fourball with 37 points on 14 holes.
Next Tuesday, December 12, is another twelve-hole singles stableford turkey competition. Best of luck everyone!
The main club A.G.M. will be held in the clubhouse on Monday, December 11, at 7.30 p.m. and we ask as many ladies as possible to attend to show our support for Mary McDonald and to thank her for all her work on behalf of the ladies throughout the year. Thank you Mary.
Ladies, please watch the noticeboard for a new ‘adopt a green’ poster. The committee would like to re-introduce this idea where each lady would repair a few pitch marks on their adopted green during their weekly round of golf. If everyone did the same, the greens would be much improved. Thank you all so much!
Saturday, November 25, ladies’ open fourball, 14 holes: 1, Joan Bowe (12/9) and Carmel Quinlivan (19/15), 37 points.
Tuesday, November 28, three-person waltzing rumble, twelve holes, sponsored by Boggan’s, Londis, Rosslare: 1, Miriam Geraghty (19/13), Pauline Cafferkey (21/14), Carmel Lonergan (28/19), 52 points; 2, Catherine Howard (16/11), Máire Farrell (17/11), Catherine Haugh (18/12), 48 points (back six); 3, Bernadette Cuddihy (23/15), Maura Foran (23/15), Sheila Doyle (23/15), 48 points (back six).
The winners of the Seniors’ competition held on Monday, November 27, were: 1, Louise Boshoff (16), 23 points; 2, Eileen Burke-O’Keeffe (23), 21 points (back one); 3, Maisie Purcell (16), 21 points (back three); 4, Mary Rackard (36), 21 points (back six).
Last week’s competition held on November 25 and 30 was a three-person team event, with a choker format. The ladies who showed the greatest nerve were Eileen Kent (24), Ena O’Donoghue (32) and Ella Hudson (34) with 62 points.
Second were Leonie Furlong (13), Cathríona Walsh (13) and Bernie Power (29) with 59 points.
It is festive party time again in the club, so get the glitter out and get ready to sparkle at the ladies’ Christmas party which is on in the clubhouse on Friday, December 8.
The children’s Christmas party is on Sunday, December 17, so bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends and make it a special family day out.
The A.G.M. will be held at the clubhouse on Monday, December 18, at 7.30 p.m. sharp. Please leave all proposals/ motions in the office for the Honorary Secretary’s attention by 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13.
This Thursday’s competition is a 14-hole singles stableford competition.
Our A.G.M. was held on Friday, December 1. A packed clubhouse heard the outgoing Captain, Mick Conlan, report a hugely successful 2017 and outlined ambitious and exciting plans for the coming season.
The incoming officers and committee are: Captain, Tommy Duggan; Vice-Captain, Pádraig Tiernan; President, Aidan Colgan; Honorary Secretary, Nick Hayes; Treasurer, Paddy Dunne; Competition Secretary, Gerry Byrne; Communications Officer, Vincent Murphy; Stephen Kearns, Peter Smith and Daithí Murphy.
Captain’s drinks and end-of-year prize-giving took place on Saturday, December 2. We started the celebrations with a team shotgun waltz and continued with a very enjoyable social evening.
Wednesday club, November 29: 1, Terry O’Toole (20), 18 points; 2, Paul Lattimore (27), 16 points; 3, Seamus McCormack (16), 14 points.
Saturday, December 2, team waltz: 1, Niall Ellard, Pat Murphy, Dermot Walsh, Ann Byrne, 31.3; 2, Verona McConalogue, Pádraig Tiernan, Tommy Duggan, Trish Williams, 35.5.
Sunday, December 3, winter league round five: 1, Seán Sinnott (6), 24 points; 2, Paddy Dunne (12), 24 points (countback); 3, Pádraig Bail (8), 24 points (countback).
Fixtures: December 6, Wednesday club Christmas dinner; Saturday, December 9, Christmas hampers; Sunday, December 10, Christmas hampers.
ST. HELEN’S LADIES
Sunday, November 26, winter sweep, non-qualifying: 1, Bernie Furlong (13), 21 points; 2, Georgina Darling (14), 20 points; 3, Marie Byrne (15), 19 points.
Sunday, December 3, winter league round five, non-qualifying: 1, Janet Slattery (12), 23 points; 2, Ann Parkinson (15), 22 points; 3, Nora Kavanagh (9), 21 points.
Cold but dry weather was the story of the running of the 14-hole stableford competition, with a very good entry taking part. The improved underfoot conditions led to an increase in the scoring stakes, with some excellent cards being returned.
Davy Morris (12) took the accolades with a terrific score of 37 points to finish a clear winner. Two points behind in second place came Martin Murphy (15) with 35 points, whilst Seán Diskin (16) finished third on 34 points. The 27 points total of Ger Ronan was good enough to claim the gross prize.
Category 1 went to the ever-consistent Donal Hosey (5) with 30 points. Michael Butler (10) won Category 2 with 30 points and Ger Freyne (19) had the same score to take the Category 3 prize. Congratulations to Frank Cullen who achieved every golfer’s dream - a hole-in-one on the eleventh.
Our outgoing Captain, Peter Goggin, partnered by Anna Murphy, upset the odds when beating the hotly-fancied pair of Seamus O’Leary and Liz Roberts in the final of the club mixed matchplay. Peter served the club very well during his term in office and it was nice to see him going out with a victory on the course in this prestigious competition.
In the nine-hole weekly competition for turkey/ham, the latest winner was John Aylward with 22 points. This competition is ongoing with the entry fee only €4 and re-entry €2. James or Paul in the Pro Shop will take the entries.
More support from members is needed for the Split The Pot fundraiser where the entry is only €2 with a chance of winning a much larger sum depending on the entries. It could be you taking the ‘pot’ in time for Christmas, so, put your €2 in the envelope, and you might be the lucky one.
The ‘Saturday morning regulars’ were the recipients of a nice return of €113 for their outlay in the latest draw. Just a reminder to all, that the club A.G.M. is on this coming Friday, December 8.
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Greg Kelleher, Dan Cashe, Paddy Lonergan (outgoing Captain) and Philip Balfe at the Walsh Cup presentation in Rosslare.