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ROSS­LARE LADIES

De­cem­ber 18, 18-hole sin­gles sta­ble­ford: 1, Mary O’Shaugh­nessy (14/8-1), 24 points.

De­cem­ber 22, open four­ball: 1, Susan Evans (11/8) and Va­lerie Doyle (11/8-1), 31 points (back three).

Saturday, De­cem­ber 29, open four­ball: 1, An­gela Brady (24/14), Ger Hutchin­son (16/10), 24 points.

Mon­day, De­cem­ber 31, twelve-hole sin­gles sta­ble­ford: 1, Susan Evans (11/7), 27 points.

Tuesday, Jan­uary 1, team of four, two scores to count (all four on par threes): 1, Paul McLough­lin, Mary McDon­ald, Margie O’Con­nor, Joan Walsh, 84 points; 2, Jean Cul­li­nane, Ciarán Lynch, Colm Wal­dron, Liam Lawlor, 84 points.

Fix­ture: Tuesday, Jan­uary 8, ladies’ sin­gles.

It’s win­ter league com­pe­ti­tion time again! Sign up with golf pro­fes­sional Jamie O’Sullivan in the Pro Shop for this very com­pet­i­tive, ex­cit­ing and sea­sonal event.

Wish­ing our new lady Cap­tain Ni­amh Byrne, lady Vice-Cap­tain Carmel Quin­li­van, and lady Pres­i­dent Mary Kelle­her, an ex­cit­ing 2019.

ROSS­LARE

There was a big turn-out for the Cap­tains’ drive-in in Ross­lare on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30, and the weather was very favourable.

All four Cap­tains hit great drives, hope­fully au­gur­ing well for 2019.

Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30, team of four: 1, John Galvin (8), Keith Dea­con (12), Nor­rie Goff (15), Van­dra Dea­con (16), 67 points; 2, Derek Evans (8), Susan Evans (11), Boyd Scott (13), Robin Gard­ner (18), 65 points; 3, Karen O’Ke­effe (11), Jim Mur­phy (17), Pat Kin­sella (22), Jean Cul­limore (29), 64 points.

Bur­row course – gents: 1, Bren­dan Doyle (12), 29 points; 2, Thomas Rochford (15), 28 points; 3, Bill Un­der­wood (11), 27 points; 4, Ray Kelly (12), 26 points; ladies: 1, Alma Roche, 26 points; 2, Louise Wil­son, 23 points; 3, Agnes Grant-Be­han, 23 points.

Mon­day, De­cem­ber 31, sin­gles: 1, Bill Byrne (13), 26 points; 2, John Ben­ton Jnr. (5), 26 points; 3, Peter Grif­fin (8), 26 points.

Tuesday, Jan­uary 1, team of four: 1, Colm Wal­dron (13), Liam Lawlor (22), Ciarán Lynch (24), Jean Cul­li­nane (29), 83 points; 2, Paul McLough­lin (11), Mary McDon­ald (17), Margie O’Con­nor (19), Joan Walsh (23), 79 points; 3, Paul Mur­phy (+2), David Du­rack (9), Cor­mac Quigley (13), Niall For­tune (14), 78 points.

Ping win­ter se­ries: 1, Conor Jame­son (3, Wick­low), 75 gross; 2, Dy­lan Gra­ham (1, Wood­en­bridge), 82 gross; 1, Mark Ka­vanagh (6, Wick­low), 72 nett; 2, Seán Liddy (9, Wick­low), 75 nett.

NEW ROSS LADIES

Fix­ture: Wednesday, Jan­uary 12, 14-hole sta­ble­ford, spon­sored by The Hol­low Bar and Seafood Restau­rant. Plac­ing every­where and new rules of golf ap­ply. Lines are avail­able on the timesheet for a nine-hole com­pe­ti­tion also.

The on­go­ing nine-hole com­pe­ti­tion is also avail­able through­out the week – en­ter in the nine-hole book.

We are now play­ing round three of the win­ter league which must be played by Jan­uary 23. Re­mem­ber to en­ter in the win­ter league book and mark your card ‘round 3’.

Re­sults of round two will be posted on the no­tice­board and in­cluded in next week’s up­date.

Best wishes to all for the new year ahead.

NEW ROSS

There was an ex­cel­lent en­try of 700 play­ers who took part in the Christ­mas Clas­sic which in­cluded 79 vis­i­tors.

The huge en­try was due to the great weather over the hol­i­days and the fact that the course was so dry and in such fine or­der. Many thanks to ev­ery­one who played. There was a good mix of both club mem­bers and vis­i­tors among the prizes.

Re­sults: 1, Paul Cleary (11), James O’Brien (15), Noel Ken­drick (13), Des Grace (15), 115 points (last nine); 2, Joey Wadding (18, St. He­len’s), Paddy Fitz­patrick (15), Frankie Mor­ris­sey (9), James Mor­ris­sey (5, all En­nis­cor­thy), 115 points; 3, John Mur­phy (20), De­nis Kir­wan (12), Wil­lie Whitty (18), Peter Gog­gin (17), 113 points (last nine); 4, Pat Mor­ris­sey (12), Pat Cur­ley (16), Craig Scot­ten (15), Martin O’Driscoll (13, all Lismore), 113 points.

The ‘v par’ com­pe­ti­tion on Jan­uary 5 and 6 was spon­sored by ‘The Saturday Regulars’. A to­tal of 128 golfers took part in the com­pe­ti­tion, with ex­cep­tional con­di­tions for Jan­uary.

Re­sults: 1, Tadgh Cahill (12), seven up; 2, Jim Byrne (9), five up; 3, Paul Grif­fin (15), four up; gross, Michael Ryan, one down; Cat. 1, John Flynn (8), three up (last nine); Cat. 2, David Feeney (13), three up (last nine); Cat. 3, Tom O’Con­nor (18), three up (last nine).

Rounds two and three of the win­ter league spon­sored by Hart­ley’s Mo­tor­craft will be played over the next two week­ends.

Split the pot was won by Bill Hur­ley, Mick Malone, Ge­orge Walsh and Hugh Byrne who col­lected €78.

The much-an­tic­i­pated rule changes are now in ef­fect, and golfers must make them­selves fa­mil­iar with these changes which should lead to a bet­ter pace of play and en­joy­able sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one con­cerned.

NEW ROSS SE­NIORS

We re­sumed ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter the Christ­mas break on Thursday, ex­pect­ing that it would take play­ers time to wipe away the cob­webs and get into the swing of things again.

Not a bit of it, as these vet­er­ans were mad for ac­tion and pro­duced ex­cel­lent scores in the com­pe­ti­tion which fea­tured nine teams fight­ing for the prizes on of­fer.

Even though they had to con­tend with over­cast misty con­di­tions and heavy dew ly­ing on the greens which made putting a lot­tery at times, there were only sin­gle points sep­a­rat­ing the first three teams fig­ur­ing in the shake-up. One team got dis­qual­i­fied for in­cor­rect scores on their card, oth­er­wise they would have picked up a prize.

The team of Jimmy Fur­long (13), Mikey Lee (19), Larry Shan­non (21) and Jim Ke­hoe (25) took the hon­ours, fin­ish­ing in first place with 100 points.

Pipped at the post and placed sec­ond with 99 points were Michael Ka­vanagh (17), Michael Gan­non (18), Jame­sie Mur­phy (24) and Martin Burke (25).

A fur­ther point back (98) and placed third were Dick Cud­dihy (12), Martin Mc­Grath (15), Tony Sex­ton (22) and Robert O’Dwyer (22), who held on by a point from the next team on 97.

The near­est the pin prize was won by Tony Sex­ton on the ninth hole, and we had a very un­usual oc­cur­rence on the eleventh hole where both De­nis Kir­wan and John F. Roche put their tee shots ex­actly 54 inches from the pin. Both col­lected prizes, record­ing birdies in the process.

Prior to the out­ing we ob­served a minute’s si­lence in mem­ory of our friend and col­league, Mick Martin, who passed away dur­ing the week at the great age of 93.

He will be fondly re­mem­bered by all the se­niors with whom he en­joyed many a game of golf down the years. Mick was a thor­ough gen­tle­man and a plea­sure to be in com­pany with, and his pass­ing was deeply re­gret­ted by all in New Ross Golf Club. May his gen­tle soul rest in peace.

BAL­LY­MONEY

De­cem­ber 23, twelve-hole com­pe­ti­tion: 1, Kevin Byrne (19), 32 points; 2, Thomas Doolan (17), 31 points; 3, Ken Lay­ton (15), 27 points.

De­cem­ber 26, nine-hole com­pe­ti­tion (front nine): 1, Rob Bradley (17), 25 points; 2, Liam Red­mond (12), 23 points; 3, Rob­bie Ke­hoe (13), 22 points, hold­ing off Garry Doyle on count­back.

De­cem­ber 28, nine-hole com­pe­ti­tion (back nine): 1, Rob­bie Ke­hoe (13), 25 points; 2, Liam Red­mond (12), 19 points; 3, Garry Doyle (24), 19 points.

De­cem­ber 29-30, 13-hole com­pe­ti­tion: 1, Eu­gene O’Brien (12), 29 points; 2, Rob­bie Ke­hoe (13), 28 points; 3, Paul O’Brien (16), 25 points, hold­ing off Kevin Byrne on count­back.

De­cem­ber 29-30, three-per­son scram­ble (open): 1, Sammy Walker, An­thony For­tune, Ed Walsh, 59.7; 2, Rob­bie Ke­hoe, Seán Fur­long, Martin Conroy, 60.8; 3, An­thony G. Doyle, Paul Sut­ton, Fran­cis Gam­mell, 61.1.

Mid­week nine-hole com­pe­ti­tion (mixed): 1, Ja­son Doolan (21), 23 points; 2, An­thony G. Doyle (21), 22 points; 3, Thomas Doolan (18), 22 points.

Week­end four­ball bet­ter ball: 1, Ron Breen and Char­lie Lo­gan with an out­stand­ing 49 points; 2, Eu­gene O’Brien Snr. and Ger O’Brien, 45 points; 3, Rob Bradley, An­thony G. Doyle, 43 points.

Win­ter league four­ball - Group 1: Peter and An­drew Byrne beat Richard McDon­ald and Troy Kenny; Leighton Glee­son and Eu­gene O’Brien beat Rob­bie Ke­hoe and Stephen Greene; Philip Moore and Ed Lysaght (sub­sti­tute for Garry Doyle) beat Mark Sin­nott and Bren­dan Whyte.

Group 2: Ron Breen and Char­lie Lo­gan beat Eu­gene and Ger O’Brien; John Far­rell and Karl Flynn drew with Paul and Thomas Doolan; Rob Bradley and An­thony G. Doyle drew with Arthur Ring and Alan Rap­ple.

The A.G.M. was held at the club­house on Saturday af­ter­noon. The out­go­ing Cap­tain, Marty Lawlor, thanked all the com­mit­tee for all the hard work of the year and wel­comed Liam Mor­ris as in­com­ing Cap­tain. Liam nom­i­nated Richard McDon­ald as his Vice-Cap­tain.

Trea­surer An­thony For­tune re­ported a healthy state of af­fairs fi­nan­cially. Club Pres­i­dent Ron Breen thanked ev­ery­one for their sup­port and, to­gether with Hon­orary Sec­re­tary Char­lie, ad­dressed the new rules and the up­com­ing vote on the amal­ga­ma­tion of the G.U.I. and the L.G.U.I.

Richard McDon­ald re­ceived his or­der of merit prize for 2018. The out­go­ing com­mit­tee was pro­posed and sec­onded to re­main in place.

All at Bal­ly­money Golf Club would like to wish ev­ery­one a peace­ful, happy and pros­per­ous new year.

COUR­TOWN

The Christ­mas and new year pe­ri­ods have been ex­cep­tion­ally busy for the club. The course has re­mained in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion thanks to the hard work of James and his green­keep­ing staff, and the mild weather has re­ally brought out the num­bers which has been re­flected in the very fine scor­ing and tightly-con­tested com­pe­ti­tions.

The sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion which took place on the week­end of De­cem­ber 22 and 23 was won by our Cap­tain, Col­man Doyle (24), with a very fine score of 35 points off 14 holes.

Run­ner-up was Eu­gene Ho­gan (17) with 33 points (last nine). Des Roche (5) was third, also with 33 points (last six), and fourth was Karl Caulfield (9), also with 33 points.

John Kin­sella (20) won the open sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion on St. Stephen’s Day with 35 points.

The open two-per­son team event which took place from De­cem­ber 27 to 30 was won by the part­ner­ship of Joe Kee­gan (6) and Martin Lip­sitt (16) with 45 points.

Run­ners-up were Ray Mc­Grath (10) and Paul McDon­agh (16) with 44 points, third were Liam Cooper (9) and Ian Crim­mons (16) with 43 points, and fourth were Mark Read (15) and Col­man Doyle (24) with 42 points.

The open sin­gles held on New Year’s Eve was won by Lee Bodger (3) with 31 points (last six), with Kevin Kelle­her (11) sec­ond, also on 31 points, and John Ma­her (12) third on 29 points (last nine).

The Wednesday sweep held on Jan­uary 2 was won by Martin Shee­han (6) with 27 points, fol­lowed by Jimmy Moore (14) with 25 points (last three), Sea­mus Gro­gan (15) with 25 points (last nine), and Eric Poole (12), also with 25 points.

The open Se­niors on Jan­uary 3 re­sulted in a win for Pat Ryan (15) with 32 points, with Mark Mc­Grath (22) in sec­ond place with 30 points, and Joe Sin­nott (19) in third with 29 points (last three).

Fi­nally, in the ladies’ and gents’ sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion held on the week­end of Jan­uary 5 and 6, first prize in the gents’ sec­tion went to Colin Sun­der­land (8) with 34 points, fol­lowed by Ian Crim­mons (16) in sec­ond with 32 points (last nine), and Cil­lian Hughes (5) in third, also with 32 points (last six).

The prize for best gross score went to Alan McDon­ald (1) with 29 points. The win­ner of the ladies’ com­pe­ti­tion was Denise Ka­vanagh (11) with 27 points.

The EBS Col­man Doyle Fi­nance Ltd. win­ter league is reach­ing its fi­nal stages and is hot­ting up nicely, with pair­ings for the sixth round to be played on Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, avail­able for in­spec­tion on the BRS Book­ings page.

The sev­enth and fi­nal round of the group stages will be played on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, with the win­ter league fi­nal it­self be­ing played on Saturday, Fe­bru­ary 16, fol­lowed by the cus­tom­ary din­ner and pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes. With 96 com­peti­tors in­volved, a big turn-out is ex­pected for the fi­nal day’s play and cel­e­bra­tions.

Adeline Foxe, New Ross ladies’ player of the year, with Mar­guerite Sut­ton (lady Cap­tain).

Treasa Byrne and Mar­garet Ros­siter, win­ners of the Kath­leen Pyne ladies’ match­play in New Ross, with lady Cap­tain Mar­guerite Sut­ton (cen­tre).

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