Tuesday, 04 February, 2020

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General Notes
Joint Captain’s Drive-in. Anthony Cleere & Bridie McGarry
The Joint Captains Drive In took place on Sunday with a large attendance present.
Both Captains Anthony & Bridie drove off in spectacular fashion in front of a very large attendance which included family members and other members who were not taking part in the competition but turned out to honour both Captains.
After the Drive In 144 players took part in the competition which was a 4 person Champagne Scramble with 2 scores counting. Both Captains were accompanied by the two Presidents Michael Grant and Carmel O’Shea in the competition but failed to feature in the winners enclosure. The Drive In was generously sponsored by Club Professional Jimmy Bolger who had just arrived back from the Seniors Tour Qualifying School in Portugal.
After the golf caterer Barry Joyce provided everyone with a Hot Plate and the prize presentation took place after the food.
A special thanks to the Social Committee and all involved in the doing the draw and organising the running of the day, a lot of unseen work goes on behind the scenes to ensure days like this runs smoothly and successfully.

Captains Drive In Competition Results – 13 Hole Champagne Scramble – Two Scores Counting.
Sponsored by; Jimmy Bolger Club Professional
1st Mark Grant, Philip Crosse, Jimmy Rhatigan, Teresa Brandon 75 pts
2nd Derek Shelley, Seamus O’Neill, Paula Bradbury, Mary Gorman 74 pts
3rd Kieran Hoban, Frank Bradbury, Brendan McIntyre, Ronan Morrissey 71 pts
4th Paul Cleere, Ben McGarry, Ursula deLoughrey, Eleanor Moore 70 pts (B7)
5th Aidan Phelan, Proinnsias O’hAilin, Dick Cogan, Stephanie Downes 70 pts
6th Ollie O’Connor, Morgan Doyle, Sandra Barrett, Marie Kennedy 69 pts (B7)
7th Liam O’Hara, Stephen McCormack, Mary Corcoran, Hilda Richardson 69 pts
8th Eddie Power, Noel Maher, Ann Greany, Gen O’Brien 69 pts

Saturday Crosscard February 8th – Time Change for Shotgun Start
Please note due to the Ireland v Wales rugby match at 2.15pm this weekend the Saturday Crosscard will commence at the earlier time of 12 noon with latest time for sign in 11.45am, this should give players a chance to see the second half of the match if they so wish.

Mens Prize Presentation
Mens Prize Presentation will take place this coming Friday Feb 7th at 7.30pm. All outstanding competitions for December and January will be presented. All prizewinners are requested to attend.

Jimmy Bolger European Tour Qualifying School Portugal
Club Professional Jimmy Bolger took part in the Seniors Tour Qualifying School in Portugal last week.
Well done to Jimmy for his valiant but unsuccessful effort in trying to secure his tour card and maybe he will be succeed in 2021.
Jimmy had finished as leading qualifier in one of the two pre-qualifying sections which were held over 36 holes on the Silves and Pinta Courses in Pestana Portugal.
The qualifiers from the these two sections were then joined by those professionals who had lost their cards last year with only cards available for the top 5 finishers who teed up last Monday. The competition was over 72 holes over four days with 81 players taking part.
Jimmy shot rounds of 78, 69, 67 and 69 to finish on 1 under par. The leading qualifier was Michael Long from New Zealand on -14 and the 5th card was won by Carl Suneson Spain on -8. Jimmy was actually – 8 for his last three rounds and would have been well in the hunt only for his opening round of 7 over 78.

Club Subscriptions
It’s that time of year, once again, when subscriptions fall due for payment.
Members will have received notification, either by e-mail or by post, of their due amount.
Prompt payment would be appreciated and the final day for receipt of subs is by close of business on Friday 28 February.
Membership may be paid as follows:-
Bank Transfer, in a one off payment to the Club, as per the Bank details on your bill with your name as reference on the payment.
Other methods of payment are by Cheque, Credit/Debit Card or Cash through the office.
Once again the Club have arranged with Premium/Fairway Credit to help members who may wish to spread their payments over a period of 10 months.
Existing members, who have previously used the facility, need only to confirm with the office that they wish to use the system once again
For members wishing to avail of the payment scheme for the first time, they should call into the office and complete the necessary forms.
The closing date for availing of this system of payment is Friday, 14 February.

Aon Personal Liability Insurance
Following discussions with Aon Insurance, the cost for personal insurance will remain the same as previous years, which was €27.
The cover commences from 01 April and runs for twelve months.
Further details are available from the office.
This Insurance scheme is very good value and members who are not already part of the scheme should give it serious consideration.

Team News
Captain, Anthony Cleere, has announced his Team Managers for this year’s Gui and other competitions.
Team managers meeting took place last Wednesday and all managers received their documentation and are in the process of arranging squads. With a good few members some of the Team mangers may not know everybody, if you are an existing member or a new member and interested in being considered for a panel for a particular team please let the team manager or his assistant know.

Senior Cup/Barton Shield:- Mark Shortall & Dermot Doyle
Junior Cup:- Luke Kelly & Aidan McDonald
Jimmy Bruen:- Leo Byrne & Alan Snype
Pierce Purcell:- Derek Shelly & Benny Cleere
Mixed Foursomes:- Mags Cuddihy & Morgan Doyle
Fred Daly:- Michael Keenan
U 15:- Joe O’Shea & Ger Crowdle
Junior Foursomes:- Rob O’Shea & Mark Grant
Provincial Towns:- John Byrne & Derek O’Gorman
Barton Cup:- Brendan Power & Paddy Crotty
Duggan Cup:- Ben McGarry & Aidan Phelan
Fred Perry:- John Burke & Liam Cody
JB Carr:- Dom Murphy & AN Other

Course News Ropes & Stanchions
Ropes and stanchions are in place to protect the edges and surrounds of greens, buggies and trolleys should not be brought inside the ropes. A member in a ride on buggy was observed last week lifting the ropes and driving his buggy up to the side of green. Hopefully such incidents are an exception and will not be repeated. Members are also requested to step over the ropes rather than stepping on them. If you observe a player not observing the rules please report to the office

Saturday, 01 February. Gent’s Cross-card.
1. Aidan Brennan, Eamonn Brennan, Jack Walsh, Michael O’Sullivan 68
2. Rob O’Shea, Pat Walsh, Ger Crowdle, Henk Van Der Puil 67
3. PJ Martin, Noel Maher, Joe O’Shea, Oliver Duggan 66
4. Brian Cullen, Jerry Rowe, Paddy Smee, Willie Murphy 65
5. Nicholas Walsh, Morgan Doyle, Damien Casey (60+4) 64

League Table – Round 12. Points
1. Noel Maher 121
2. Pat Walsh 120
3. Rob O’Shea 116
4. Aidan Brennan, Pat Hickey 115
6. Ben McGarry 113
7. Willie Murphy 111
8. Brian Cullen 110
9. Philip O’Neill 109
10. Ronan Morrissey 108

Senior Gents
Thursday, 30 January. 14 Hole Stableford – 76 Players took part.
1. Frank Bradbury, Bob Greany, Michael O’Reilly, Fr Pat Duggan 70.
2. Frank Byrne, Reay Brandon, Brendan McIntyre, Michael O’Neill 68.
3. Morgan Doyle, Willie Leahy, Dermot Moloney, Eamonn Everard 67.
4. Billy Burke, Kevin Donohue, Andy Hughes, Ger Power 66.
5. Mick O’Flynn, Jim Meredith, Oliver Duggan, Denis Carey 65 (B7).
6. Matt Ruth, Pat Gray, Gerry Bowe, Terry Harmer 65.
7. Noel Skehan, Des Byrne, Michael Cody, Joe O’Driscoll 64.

Slow Play
Members are reminded that their place on the course is
Immediately behind the people in front and NOT
In front of the people behind.

Seniors Please Note
Next Competition is Thursday, 06 February.
Play starts at 10.50. Check in is from 09.45. Draw closes at 11.15.
Members Subs, €10 for 2020, are now due

Next Month’s Diary
Thursday, 13 February. Seniors Captain, Brian Keane’s, Drive-in

Pro Shop Corner Ladies Winter Sale
There is 30% off all Ladies Winter clothing available in the Pro Shop.

Ladies Club Notes
Get Ladies into Golf Meeting
A very successful and enjoyable social and information evening was hosted last Wednesday evening by the Lady Captain, Bridie McGarry, Committee members and Buddies of the Ladies into Golf, to welcome all those Ladies who have expressed an interest in progressing to the new category of membership for Ladies at intermediate level.
Morgan Doyle, Club Secretary, also attended and he outlined to the Ladies the costs and benefits of progressing to Ladies into Golf Year 2 Membership.
During the coming year the emphasis for those new Lady members will be on:-
(a) Practicing and improving the learned skills achieved over the last year,
(b) Getting a handicap.
(c) Participating in club competitions and the social life of the club.

Ladies into Golf is a programme designed by the ILGU to support golf clubs in recruiting new Lady Members in order to increase their membership figures.

Since 2016, Kilkenny Golf Club has successfully participated in the Get Ladies Into Golf Programme and is delighted to announce that for the first time since its introduction, 25 ladies from the group of 2019 participants, have positively expressed an interest in progressing to the new Ladies into Golf Year 2 membership category for ladies.
Mary Bradshaw, who is the acting coordinator for the Ladies into Golf, will compile a directory of Buddies who will be available to assist the new members in achieving their handicap and to give them every encouragement to progress to club competitive level. Mary will also compile a “Whats App Group” for the Ladies Into Golf year 2 members so that they can freely contact one another for golf practice and social interaction.
The Buddies will arrange to take the new members out on the course to complete three 18 hole or six nine hole cards, which are required to get an official ILGU handicap.
The new member will be set up on the club system, which will allow them to view the timesheet online and book available tee times.

The club will not be running a new Ladies into Golf Programme in 2020 but hope to start another new programme in 2021.

Tee Box Notice
During the refurbishment of the tee box on the 4th hole, the Tee Box being used is the old Juvenile Tee Box.
For your safety on the 4th, please, stand on the path beneath the Tee Box while waiting to drive.

Tuesday, 28 January.
1. Mags Cuddihy (11) 26pts
2. Imelda Pollack (34) 26pts (B9)
Gross:- Niamh Kelly (8) 19pts
3. Stephanie Downes (36) 24pts

Eight Hole Stableford
1. Catherine Hughes (33) 14pts
2. Mary Ruth (35) 13pts (15-2)

Senior Ladies
Thursday, 30 January. Nine Hole Stableford. – 32 Ladies Played
1. Josie Bolger, Mary Moynihan, Margaret Harmer 38
2. Breda Comerford, Mary Gorman 35
3. Frances Graham, Frances Gray, Breda O’Loughlin 34
4. Ann M. Murphy, Anne Gubbins, Mary Feighery 32
5. Catherine Keane, Kathleen Price, Eileen Byrne 32

Ladies, please note our next outing is a nine hole competition on Thursday, 06 February.
Please check in before 09.20 for a 09.30 Tee-off.

Social Activities
Monday, 27 January. 13 Table Mitchell
1. Joan O’Sullivan & Marcella O’Regan
2. Catherine Barrett & Mary Gorman
3. Martina Naughton & Mary Rice
4. Cecily Costello & Patricia O;Sullivan
5. Paddy Smee & Breda Kavanagh

Tuesday, 04 February
07.30-08.45 Members Time , 08.50-10.00 Ladies 13 Holes , 10.10-10.35 Ladies 13 & Eight Hole Draw, 10.45-11.00 Ladies Into Golf
12.20-13.30 Ladies 13 Holes, 13.40-14.20 Ladies 13 & Eight Hole Draw
Wednesday, 05 February
07.30-08.50 Members Time, 11.30-11.55 Guest/Member, 13.00-14.20 Members Time
Thursday, 06 February
07.30-08.50 Members Time, 09.30-10.45 Senior Ladies, 10.50-13.20 Senior Gent’s, 13.30-14.20 Members Time
Friday, 07 February
07.30-08.58 Members Time, 12.00-12.20 Guest/Member, 13.00-14.20 Members Time
Saturday, 08 February
07.30-09.00 Members Time, 09.05-09.55 Ladies & Gent’s Competition, 10.30 -12.30 Gent’s Saturday Crosscard
12.30-12.45 Ladies Saturday Crosscard
Sunday, 09 February
08.00-14.25 Ladies & Gent’s Competition, 14.35-14.45 Ladies Eight Hole Competition
Monday, 10 February
07.30-09.00 Members Time, 10.55-12.50 Gent’s Competition, 13.00-14.20 Members Time
Tuesday, 11 February
07.30-08.45 Members Time , 08.50-10.00 Ladies 13 Holes , 10.10-10.35 Ladies 13 & Eight Hole Draw, 10.45-11.00 Ladies Into Golf 12.20-13.30 Ladies 13 Holes, 13.40-14.20 Ladies 13 & Eight Hole Draw ,
Wednesday, 12 February
07.30-08.50 Members Time, 13.00-14.20 Members Time