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In glorious sunny conditions, Kilkenny Golf Club hosted The Irish Amateur Senior Close last week.
A strong field of over 110 Senior Golfers (Over 50) played for the Maurice Kelly Trophy.
Barry O’Leary (Greystones) laid the foundations for his success when he followed his opening round of 72 with an excellent three under, 68 on Thursday.
Playing very steady golf on Friday and despite an early wobble he managed to keep his nearest challengers at bay and a closing par ensured, his one under total of 212 would clinch the title, from Peter Sheehan (Ballybunuion), by two and club Colleague Alan Condren a further two shots back.
Only three Kilkenny players made the cut for the final days play, with Eddie Power, despite a very disappointing opening round, finishing in the top 20 on 227.
Aidan McDonald & Richie Guilfoyle, were three and six shots further back respectively.
The age categories winner were: Doneraile’s Steven Graham (55-59); Tramore’s John Mitchell (60-64), Cork’s Tom Cleary (65-69), Cork’s Peter Cowley (70+).
The Club would like to express a special ‘thank you’ to the course staff, the bar & catering team, the Pro Shop and all the members who volunteered and acted as score reporters and ball spotters over the three days of the Championship.
Thanks also to the members who volunteered with divot repairs and other tasks in the preparation of the course for the Championship.
The Club presented itself in great light and all went very well and the feedback from the GUI and players has been excellent.
The Homecare Golf Classic takes place this coming Friday, 12 July.
The tee has been reserved from 08.30 hrs and there are still a few lines available for anyone who wishes to enter a team.
Please contact Paddy Phelan on 087 6324979
There will be a Divot Repair Session next Tuesday, 16 July at 19.30hrs..
Please contact Sean on 087 1250853 if you are available to give a hand out.
A text message reminder will be sent out to the regulars who are on our divot repair group.
It is very disappointing to see that we have to rely on the same people all the time to help maintain our course. Newcomers would be very welcome.
Please, make an effort and join the repair sessions – it only takes one hour and you can help us achieve so much in that time.
It would be appreciated if some of our Junior members attended these sessions also.
Saturday, 06 & Monday, 08 July. Smithwicks Cup CSS. Saturday – 71. Monday – 71.
1. Noel Maher (17), 64 (B6)
2. Seamus O’Neill (15), 64 (B9)
3. Richard Brennan (12), 64
Gross:- Richard Walsh (1), 69
4. Liam O’Grady (9), 66
5. John Larkin (7), 67
6. Ian Morrissey (13), 68 (B6)
Category 1 (15-19), Ken Kinsella (17), 69
Category 2 (20 +), Michael O’Sullivan (22), 69
6th. Luke Wall, Anthony Cleere, Seamus O’Neill, Richard Walsh, Ricky Nolan,
Eoin McCormack, Robert Kearney, Simon Cullen, Richard Brennan,
10th. Brendan Power,
15th. David Cosgrave, Sam Dunlop (Jnr.) Dean Smithwick, Kevin Browne,
17th. Pat McEvoy, Seamus Rochford,
Each ‘Two’ receives €16.75 credit in the Pro Shop.
Thursday, 02 July.
There was no competition last Thursday due to the staging of the Irish Seniors Amateur Close.
Monday, 08 July. Away outing to Gowran GC.
1. Proinnsias O’hAilín, Michael McCarthy, Brian Keane, Ger Power, 94 (B9).
2. Tom Gunning, John O’Regan, Jim Meredith, Michael O’Neill, 94.
3. Willie Leahy, Martin Mullane, Tom Keating, Dermot Moloney, 91.
4. Matt Ruth, Gabriel Maher, Joe Ledwidge, Tony Joyce, 90.
5. Michael Grant, Mick O’Flynn, Pat O’Briain, Martin Kelly, 89 (B9).
6. John King, Jerry O’Dwyer, Jim Treacy, Christy Rainey, 89 (B9).
7. Gerry Leahy, Willie ‘B’ Murphy, Eugene Orr, Liam O’Carroll, 89.
68 Players took part.
SENIORS PLEASE NOTE
Next competition – Thursday, 11 July.
Play starts at 10:50. Check in is from 09:45 – Draw closes at 11:15.
Thursday, 18 July. – Golfer of the Year Round 4. Entry sheet for President’s Prize available.
Thursday, 25 July. – Rumble – Entry sheet for Athy Outing available
Thursday, 01 August – President Jimmy Rhatigan’s Prize to the Seniors and Golfer of the Year round 5
WEDNESDAY, 07th August – Senior’s Competition instead of Thursday, 08 August.
Monday, 12 August – Away outing to Athy
Thursday, 29 August – Scramble
Pro Shop Corner
Ladies Club Notes
Presentation of Prizes
There will be a Presentation of Prizes for all outstanding competitions held in the Clubhouse this evening, Tuesday, at 22.00hrs. All winners are requested to attend or nominate someone to represent them.
Sunday, 07 July. Lady President, Phyl Doyles Prize. CSS:- 72
Winner:- Josephine Leahy (13), 41pts
2nd Ann Smee (5), 40pts (B9)
Gross:- Sarah Molloy (6), 34pts
1st Class A Evelyn Crotty (13), 38pts
1st Class B Breege Martin (25) 40pts (B9)
1st Class C Mary Corcoran (30), 39pts.
1st Class D Mary O’Connell (40), 40pts
3rd Kathleen Hogan (20), 40pts
4th Sandra Barrett (21), 39pts (B9)
5th Mary Browne (29), 39pts (B9)
6th Yvonne Dore (19), 39pts
7th Helen Butler (21), 38pts (B9)
8th Catherine Barrett (21), 38pts
9th Paula Bradbury (20), 37pts (B9)
10th Joan Cody (16), 37pts (B9)
11th Bridie McGarry (9), 37pts (B9)
12th Mary Leahy Browne (5), 37pts
6th. Amy Keating, Margaret McDonald, 15th. Eva Duggan,, 17th. Jan Browne,
Each ‘Two’ receives €64.50 credit in the Pro Shop.
Nine Hole Competition
1. Patricia Walsh (28) 18 pts
2. Stephanie Downes (45) 16 pts,
Thursday, 04 July. Away Day – New Ross. 14 Hole Stableford.
1. Kathleen Gaffney, Anne Gubbins, Fionnuala Hennebry, Anne B Murphy, 57
2. Bridget Norwood, Greta Nicholson, Celine O’Sullivan, 55
3. Ann Gunning, Breda Kavanagh, Mary Shields, 53
4. Joan Cashin, Margaret Harmer, Marie Curran, 52
29 Ladies travelled to New Ross and enjoyed an excellent days golf.
Our next competition on Thursday, 11 July will be a two club plus putter, nine hole competition.
JD Murphy Matchplay
All Junior’s with playing handicap’s, should note that the entry sheets are up for the JD Murphy matchplay competitions.
This is a knockout competition that’s runs throughout the summer.
If you want to be in the draw please, put your name on the sheet located on the Junior noticeboards for both boys and girls. Closing date for entry is this Friday, 12 July.
The draw will be made at the weekend and will be displayed on the notice board.
There’s will be three draws:-
Girls with full playing handicap
Boys with full playing handicap
Boys with junior handicap
Thursday, 18 July. Boys and Girls Junior Open. Rosslare Golf Club
The Junior Committee are organising a bus to travel to Rosslare Golf Club for their Junior Open Day on Thursday, 18 July.
The cost for the day will be €20 per person, to include bus, competition fee and meal after the round of golf. Juniors should bring a packed lunch to have on arrival.
Juniors with full handicap will play the main course.
Juniors with juvenile handicap will play the Burrows course.
Those interested in travelling should put their name on the sheets displayed on boys and girls notice boards.
Bus seats limited to first 45.
Travel /time details will be in golf notes next week when numbers are confirmed.
The coaching sessions for Junior/Juveniles continues on Saturday, 13 July.
The first session, from 09.45 to 11.00, is for Juniors at Primary School level.
Juniors must be SIGNED-IN and ASSEMBLED beside the Clubhouse,
READY TO LEAVE ‘ON TIME’, as it takes 10 minutes to walk to the practice area.
The second session from 10.50 to 12.00 is for Juniors at Secondary School level.
Juniors, for this session only, must assemble at the PRACTICE AREA Car Park and wait until they are called on to the Practice Area.
Coaching Fee for all is €2.
Monday, 22 July – Club Captain, Mark Grant’s Prize to the Juniors
Wednesday, 31 July – Junior Fundraiser
Monday, 08 July. 18 Hole Stableford.
Winner:- Aisling McGrath (33) 37 Pts
Boys – Full Handicap
1. Sean Keenan (12) 40 Pts
2. Billy Fitzpatrick (1) 37 Pts
3. Luke Bateman (17) 34 Pts
Boys – Junior Handicap
1. James Gladney (23) 39 Pts
2. Joseph McInerney (24), 34 Pts
The next Junior Handicap 18 Hole Competition is on Monday, 22 July. Booking is done through the BRS system which is NOW OPEN and the entrance fee is €4. These competitions do count for handicaps. Anyone who has never played in these competitions before should get approval from the Saturday morning coaching staff before starting.
Tuesday, 09 July
07.00-08.20 Members Time
08.28-10.20 Ladies Open Two Person Team Event
Kindly Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.
09.48-10.20 Ladies 18 & Nine Hole Draw, 10.28-10.53 Ladies Into Golf , 12.20-13.32 Ladies Open Two Person Team Event
13.40-14.20 Ladies 18 & Nine Hole Draw , 16.04-17.56 Ladies Open Two Person Team Event, 17.56-18.04 Club Competitions
18.20-19.00 Ladies Into Golf
Wednesday, 10 July
08.28-17.56 Ladies & Gent’s Open Singles, 18.04-18.20 Club Competitions
Thursday, 11 July
07.00-08.28 Members Time , 09.32-10.44 Senior Ladies , 10.52-13.32 Senior Gent’s
13.40-14.28 Members Time , 17.32-18.04 Club Competitions
Friday, 12 July
07.00-07.56 Members Time , 08.30-10.20 Homecare Classic, 10.28-10.52 Visitors, 11.00-17.48 Homecare Classic
Saturday, 13 July
07.00-08.28 Members Time , 08.36-09.56 Ladies & Gent’s Competition , 11.00-12.52 Society, 13.00-13.56 Members Time
15.00-17.32 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
Sunday, 14 July
07.32-16.28 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
Gent’s:- July Monthly Medal
Kindly Sponsored by ecoCool Refridgeration & Air Conditioning
Ladies:- Valerie Doyle 18 Hole Stroke
Monday, 15 July
07.00-08.28 Members Time , 09.00-11.56 Junior/Juvenile Competition
13.00-14.20 Member Time , 14.28-17.00 Gent’s July Monthly Medal
Tuesday, 16 July
07.00-08.20 Members Time ,08.28-09.40 Ladies 18 Holes , 09.48-10.20 Ladies 18 & Nine Hole Draw
10.28-10.52 Ladies Into Golf , 12.20-13.32 Ladies 18 Holes, 13.40-14.20 Ladies 18 & Nine Hole Draw
16.04-17.48 Ladies 18 Hole , 17.56-19.00 Ladies Into Golf
Wednesday, 17 July
11.00-11.56 Society, 13.00-14.28 Members Time