Tuesday, 08 June, 2021

(Leinster’s Hidden Gem 2019)
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General Notes

Kilkenny, AIG Junior Cup Leinster Champions 2020.
Kilkenny travelled to Millicent Golf Club on Monday afternoon to play Corrstown in the Covid delayed 2020 Junior Cup, Leinster Final.
Corrstown were fast out of the blocks and had taken a solid lead in four of the five matches from early on.
Into the back nine and Kilkenny fought their way back, gradually turning the match on its head. Richie Guilfoyle and Alan O’Rourke, who were hit by some excellent golf from their opponents early on, battled hard only to come up short on 17 and 16 respectively. With the remaining three matches ebbing and flowing, the breakthrough came when Sam Dunlop closed out his match 3/2 and with Brendan Dowling winning 2/1, it fell to Simon Cullen to clinch the winning point on the 19th hole.
Heartiest congratulations to all the team and their mentors on winning the Leinster final.
It is the first Leinster final win for the club in the Junior Cup competition.
Their reward is, an immediate turnaround and a trip to Donegal, for some practice before the All-Ireland Finals on Thursday and Friday.

Team:- Alan O’Rourke, Brendan Downing, Sam Dunlop,
Simon Cullen, Richie Guilfoyle.
Reserves:- John Maher & Liam O’Hara

Managers:- Luke Kelly & Aidan McDonald.

Kilkenny will face Ulster champions, Balmoral, at 08.45hrs on Thursday morning. The other semi-final has paired Castletroy and Ballinasloe. The final will be played Friday morning.
After contacting Golf Ireland again this morning we have been informed that due to logistical issues in Murvagh unfortunately no spectators will be allowed attend the finals and only the 11 (7 Players, 2 Managers, Club Officer & Covid Officer) can attend.
On behalf of both Captains, Paul & Ber, the Management Committee, Members & Staff of Kilkenny Golf Club we extend our best wishes to, Luke, Aidan, Anthony, Alan, Brendan, John, Liam, Richie, Sam & Simon every success in their endeavours to bring further glory to Kilkenny Golf Club.

Sean had a Whats App group in operation for the Leinster Final and although there will be less bodies present in Donegal to operate updates we hope to keep all those interested up to-date. The App is now renamed “Junior Cup All Ireland”, Sean will maintain those who were on the app last weekend unless they contact him to be removed and anyone else who wishes to be added please send message to Sean on 087 1250853.

Club Singles Qualifier
There was a big turnout for the Club Singles Qualifier last week-end with 227 members playing for one of the 31 places on offer in the match play stages. They will be joined by last year’s winner Richie Guilfoyle.
John Meagher, playing off four, shot a superb three under gross for a nett 64 to be the clear winner. Only six players, who shot 71, made the cut. You may check the notice board to see if you are one of the six.
Those members who qualified, are requested to inform the Competition Secretary or Sean in the office, as to their availability to contest the match play stages. If you are unable to play, your place, in the matchplay will be given to the next leading contender.
Withdrawals must be confirmed before mid-day, Friday, 11 June.
The draw will take place on Saturday, 12th.

Purse System
The Purse system which was recently introduced in the club comprises three individual purses linked to your Golf Ireland card and membership number namely:
1. Bar Purse which has been operational for some years.
2. Competition Purse through which all entry to competitions will be facilitated.
3. Subscription Purse which allows a member to save for next year’s annual subscription.
The competition Purse will become operational for competitions from the weekend of 19/20th June, (booking on Friday, 11 June) for the Mens Bar Cup Qualifier and the Ladies 18 Hole Singles.
From 19 June the only way to enter a competition is through the Competition Purse. It will not be possible to pay the entry fee in cash after June 19th
The implication of this for members is as follows:
– A member should have sufficient money in the purse either to book a time in a competition via BRS or for another member to book them in as a playing partner.
– The entrance fee for the competition is taken from the purse of the member entered on BRS regardless of who actually makes the booking.
– The Competition Purse will allow a player to overdraw it to the extent of 1 competition
entrance fee i.e. €6. Players are requested to have the purse pre-funded. The €6 overdrawn limit will cover an emergency situation, allowing a player to book a time in a competition, where a player may have forgotten to top up the purse. It will not be possible to book a time on a timesheet if the card is already overdrawn.
– If a player cancels their booking before 6.00 p.m. on the evening preceding the day of
competition the entrance fee will be automatically credited back to their purse.
There will be no refund for a player cancelling a time after 6.00 p.m. of the preceding day. A player who has to cancel after 6.00 p.m. due to an emergency may seek a refund and a decision on same will be made by the Competitions committee.

Outdoor Services.
Please note the Club opened for the outdoor service of Tea/Coffee and Beverages from Monday, June 7th. This service will continue for the immediate future and will be reviewed once further directives are received from the various governing bodies.
Opening hours will continue to be 10.30hrs. to 18.00hrs.

Volvo Car Key
We have a Volvo car key handed in some months ago if anyone is missing same.

Practice Ground. – Health & Safety
With ever increasing numbers using the practice area, the Health & Safety of members using the area has become an issue.
There are six stations set out on the Practice ground and there is a roped off area at each of these stations from where people must hit their practice shots.
You are reminded to use these areas only when hitting your shots.
It is not permissible to practice from any other point.
When you are collecting you golf balls you are not permitted to hit balls to a central location for collection.
More comprehensive guidelines for using the Practice ground safely, will be issued in the next couple of weeks.

Pro Shop Corner
Congratulations to Paddy Morris on his success winning the Bonus Ball Lotto prize. Paddy receives a €230 voucher for the Pro Shop.

Whilst it appears that outdoor catering services can resume, it will be four weeks before Barry Joyce will re-open fully on 05 July.

Barry will, nonetheless, continue with his take away catering at the weekends with adjusted time as follows for take-always.
Saturday & Sunday:- 10.30-13.00hrs Breakfast Rolls. 13.00-18.00hrs week-end menu.
Barry can be contacted on 086 820 5260 when you can place your order and arrange a collection time.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 04, 05, 06 June. May Monthly Medal
1. John Meagher (4), 64
2. Brendan Norris (22), 66
3. James McDermot (9), 67
Gross:- Craig Martin (-1), 70
4. Nathan Ryan (5), 68
5. Kevin Cleere (7), 69
6. Dylan Smithwick (4), 69

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 05, 06 June. Club Singles Qualifier
Winner:- John Meagher (4), 64

Two’s Club
6th. Craig Martin, Graham Nugent, Benny Cleere, Tom Sloyan, James Young, Eugene Buckley, Nathan Ryan, Mikey Drennan,
10th. Neil McDonald, Dylan Smithwick,
15th. Craig Martin, Graham Nugent, Daragh Hennessey, Bernard McDonald, David McMahon,
17th. Alan Phelan, Kieran Brennan, Gerard Carey, John Grace, James FitzPatrick, John Meagher, David McMahon, Nicholas Walsh, Brendan Norris
Each ‘Two’ receives €18.40 credit in the Pro Shop.

Monday, 07 June. Four Person Team Event.
Full details will be available next week.

Team News
Competition:- Senior Cup:-
Match:- Wexford v Kilkenny
Venue:- Wexford three matches, Kilkenny two.
Date/Time:- Thursday, 10 June @ 17.00hrs
Panel:- Eddie Power, Richard Duggan, Richard Walsh,
Harry Duggan, Craig Martin, Mark Power.
Team Managers:- Mark Shortall & Dermot Doyle

Competition:- Jimmy Bruen
Format:- Foursomes
Match:- St. Helen’s v Kilkenny
Venue:- St. Helens three matches, Kilkenny two
Date/Time:- Saturday, 12 June @ 13.00hrs.
Panel:- David Farragher, Kieran Hoban, Brendan Cleere, Benny Cleere,
Bobby O’Mahony, Stephen Dawson, Nathan Ryan, Jack Walsh,
Michael Shaughnessy, Gavin Phelan, Ollie Cullen, Seamus Rochford,
James Young, John Greene & John Byrne.

Managers:- Leo Byrne & Alan Snype

Team Results.
Provincial Towns:-
Kilkenny played Mount Wolseley in the Provincial Towns Cup on Saturday. Winning three of the four points at home they disappointingly come up short in very tight matches away.
Home:- With Gavin Phelan losing his match on the 16th, Niall Higgins, Eamon O’Connor and John Greene secured home victories.
Away:- Paul Cleere, Dean Smithwick and Jack Walsh all lost on the 16th

Managers:- John Byrne & Derek O’Gorman

Senior Gents
Thursday, 03 June – 14 Hole Four person team
1. Morgan Doyle, Pat Drennan, Noel O’Sullivan, Eugene Orr. 72
2. Willie Leahy, Martin Murphy, Richie McEvoy, Shem Lawlor. 66 (B7)
3. Brian Cullen, John Bracken, Pat O’Shea, Jimmy Rhatigan. 66
4. Paul Colfer, Dave O’Mahony, Richie Phelan, Roger Ryan. 64
5. John King, Andy Hughes, Edward Gray, Michael Cody. 63 (B7)
6. John McMahon, Reay Brandon, Michael O’Sullivan, Brian Keane. 63 (B7)
7. Billy Burke, Dermot Moloney, Michael Nicholson, Gerry Bowe. 63
92 Members played.
In keeping with Covid protocols there was no prize giving. Prize winners may collect their golf balls next Thursday.
Entry for our weekly Thursday outings is via the BRS system and goes live at 18.00hrs each Friday.
This Thursday’s outing (10th) is the first round of the Golfer of the Year Competition.

Away Outings.
There are still some places on the timesheet for the first away outing of the year, to Faithlegg, on next Monday, 14 June.
The timesheet is on the Society notice board at the entrance to the dressing rooms and the draw will be made Friday morning.

The proposed list for the remainder of the year’s away outings is –
Monday, 05 July:- Gowran Park GC.
Monday, 16 August :- Athy GC.
Monday, 13 September:- Mountrath GC.

Ladies Club Notes
Competition:- Intermediate Cup
Match:- Kilkenny v Athy
Venue:- Kilkenny three matches, Athy two
Date/Time:- Friday, 11 June @ 16.00
Team:- Ella Dunphy, Joan Cody, Ana Lyons, Paula Bradbury, Margaret McCreery.
Reserves:- Liz Cleere & Kathleen Hogan
Managers:- Mary Norton and Mary Browne.

Competition:- All Ireland Fourball
Match:- Kilkenny v New Ross
Venue:- New Ross three Matches, Kilkenny two.
Date/Time:- Sunday, 13 June @ 15.50 pm.
Team:- Mary O’Shea & Phyl Doyle, – Bridie McGarry & Stella Coughlan,
Margaret Cuddihy & Mary Norton, – Niamh Kelly & Paula Bradbury,
Dervilla O’Byrne & Kathleen Hogan.
Reserves:- Mary Leahy Browne & Liz Cleere.
Managers:- Mary Hickey and Eithne Murphy.

Ladies Get into Golf
Preparations are ongoing for the Get into Golf Programme 2021. The programme generated enormous interest, with nearly 50 Ladies submitting their names hoping to participate.
To ensure that the programme is run to the highest standards and that the Club can fully support the participants, it was necessary to shortlist the numbers to 30 Ladies.
The Covid restrictions also had to considered, taking the advice from Golf Ireland to limit the number of participants.
The successful applicants have now received their offer of a place on the programme which is scheduled to commence week of Monday, 14 June. We are actively seeking members to act as volunteers on the programme and anyone who is interested in helping out, in any way, can contact Martina Naughton, Programme Co-Ordinator.
In running this event, Kilkenny Golf club is fulfilling one of it’s commitments under the Women in Golf Charter, to recruit more women and young girls into the club.

Tuesday, 01 June. 18 hole Stapleford
1. Mary Dowling (1) 40pts
2. Stephanie Downes (29) 39pts
3. Mary Leahy Browne (4) 37pts
3. Stella Coughlan (22) 36 pts
4. Orla Dunphy (2) 35pts (B9)
5. Jan Browne (2) 35 pts

Nine Hole Stableford
1st Abbie O Donoghue (16) 18pts (B6)
2nd Carmel O Shea (13) 18pts (B6)
3rd Adrienne Walsh (15) 18pts

Senior Ladies
Thursday, 03 June.
1. Carmel O’Shea, Ann Kelly, Gene O’Brien, (37+2), 39 (B3)
2. Bridget Norwood, Frances Graham, Mary O’Connell, Mary Shiels, 39
3. Julie Walsh, Greta Nisholson, Deirdre Byrne, Marian Woodcock, 38 (B6)
4. Lourda Everard, Joan Cashin, Eileen Byrne, Joan O’Sullivan, 38
5. Jane Duggan, Mary O’Gorman, Mary Feighery, (33+2), 35
49 Ladies Played.
Next Thursday, 17 June, there will be a 13 hole competition starting on the 5th.
Entries are available from Thursday (10th).

Junior/Juvenile Club
The first of the Summer Season golf for Junior/Juveniles takes place on Monday next the 14th.

Wednesday, 09 June
08.00-08.40 Members Casual Golf
08.50-09.45 Ladies & Gent’s Open Singles
10.40-18.01 Ladies & Gent’s Open Singles
18.50-20.00 Members Casual Golf

Thursday, 10 June
08.00-09.10 Members Casual Golf (13 Holes only).
09.10-10.44 Senior Ladies (Holes 1-4 & 14-18).
10.21-14.00 Senior Gent’s (Holes 5-18).
13.21-16.30 Members Casual Golf
16.40-17.10 Booked
17.20-20.00 Members Casual Golf

Friday, 11 June
08.00-09.30 Members Casual Golf
09.40-11.40 Booked
11.50-20.00 Members Casual Golf

Saturday, 12 June
07.30-08.30 Members Casual Golf
09.00-11.40 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
11.50-13.30 Booked
13.50-14.50 Members Casual Golf
15.00-17.00 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
17.10-20.00 Members Casual Golf

Sunday, 13 June
07.30-16.57 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
Gent’s:- June Monthly Medal
Ladies:- Australian Spoons
17.06-17.24 Ladies Nine Hole Competition
17.40-20.00 Members Casual Golf

Monday, 14 June
09.00-11.51 Junior/Juvenile Competition
12.00-12.50 Gent’s June Monthly Medal
13.00-14.40 Booked
14.50-17.30 June Monthly Medal.
17.40-20.40 Members Casual Golf

Tuesday, 15 June
10.51-12.12 /14.40-16.00 & 18.10-20.00
Members Casual Golf

08.27-10.42 / 12.21-14.36 & 16.10-17.50
Ladies Competitions to include 18 Hole American Spoons, Nine Hole and Ladies into Golf Events.

Wednesday, 16 June
07.00-20.00 Members Casual Golf