KILKENNY GOLF CLUB NOTES
Tuesday, 15 June, 2021
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Kilkenny Junior Cup Team – All-Ireland Champions 2020
Junior Cup 2020
Historic Week for Kilkenny Golf Club
The delayed Leinster Junior Cup Final of 2020 was held in Millicent Golf Club in Clane on the 7th June 2021. Kilkenny Golf Club had already won through 6 rounds in the competition to earn a final place against Corrstown Golf Club. Due to the Covid disruption of the 2020 schedule, the winners of the Leinster Final were required to compete in the All Ireland Finals later in the week in Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh.
Following some relaxation of spectator restrictions by Golf Ireland both clubs were allowed to have a total of 50, including players and officials in attendance. The final which involved 5 singles matches proved to be a nail-biting one for all concerned with the final result in doubt up to the very end.
In match no. 1 Alan O’Rourke fell 4 behind after 12 holes to some excellent golf from his Corrstown opponent. Alan fought back bravely and won two of the next 4 holes to bring the match to the 17th where his hole-winning putt, to bring the match up the 18th , hit the flag and stayed out.
Brendan Dowling produced an inspired finish to his match winning the 15th, 16th and 17th holes in two under par to turn around a 1 hole deficit to win 2/1.
In match no. 3 Sam Dunlop played steadily all through and finished strongly with a birdie on the 16th hole to close out the match 3/2.
Richie Guilfoyle, playing in match no. 5, had been well down early on in his match against an opponent playing superb golf. Richie staged a brave fight-back by Richie in the latter stages but eventually lost on the 17thgreen.
The 4th game involving Simon Cullen proved to be the deciding one. In a very close affair all through, the Corrstown player won the 18th hole to bring the match to a tie-hole. Despite being bunkered off his tee-shot, Simon played an excellent recovery shot but still had a 160 yard shot left for his third to a long par 5. In difficult windy conditions Simon hit a well controlled 6 iron to the heart of the green. The Corrstown player, although nearer the green in two, could not match Simon’s approach missing the elevated green, resulting in a bogey 6. Simon coolly two putted from 25 feet for his par 5 to win the match and earn Kilkenny Golf Club its very first Leinster pennant at Junior Cup level. In his address at the presentation ceremony the team Captain, Luke Kelly, expressed his delight with the winning of this long awaited pennant and thanked the Kilkenny Golf Club members for their great support throughout the competition and in particular on Leinster Final day.
Following the win in Millicent on Monday evening the provisional travel plans for Donegal were put in place. Panel members and management team set out from Kilkenny at various times on Tuesday morning as provisional practice rounds had been organised at Murvagh Golf Club for late afternoon. Unfortunately, due to illness, Team Captain Luke Kelly was unable to travel and Aidan McDonald and the 2020 Captain Anthony Cleere took on the management responsibilities. The practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday were essential as only one member of the 7 man panel had actually played this tough links course before.
Despite several requests to Golf Ireland to allow additional KGC members and players relatives attend at Murvagh, the club was restricted to a maximum number of 11 which include players, reserves and officials. This limit had been insisted on by Golf Ireland because of the number of clubs involved in the various finals. To keep members and relatives informed of events at Murvagh the Junior Cup phone app was extended to all who wished to be up-dated. One non-playing member of the panel was assigned to each match, with the dual function of supporting the KGC player and also keeping the match score relayed to those tuned in on their mobiles.
The semi-final match versus the Ulster champions Balmoral proved to be a surprisingly one-sided affair. The Kilkenny golfers came fast out of the blocks on Thursday morning and each player won the first hole. This encouraging start was built on and very soon the Kilkenny players had significant leads in four of the five matches. Despite the windy conditions, the golf displayed by the Kilkenny golfers was of the highest quality leading to a decisive victory.
Match results: Alan O’Rourke won 5/4
Brendan Dowling all square on 14th when called in ( both players were approx. level par at this stage)
Sam Dunlop won 7/6
Simon Cullen won 7/6
Richie Guilfoyle 4 up on 13th when called in
Despite the convincing semi-final win the team was under no illusion about the task ahead against the Connacht champions, Ballinasloe. Ballinasloe had beaten the competition favourites, Castletroy, in a very tight semi-final match, the final match not being decided until the 21st hole. The final did indeed turn out to be a very close battle all morning in exceptionally windy ‘Donegal’ conditions.
Playing at no. 2, Brendan Dowling played exceptional golf on a very testing golf course and he posted an early decisive win by 7/6.
Sam Dunlop’s game at no. 3 was a close affair up to the 12th hole when he suffered a lost ball in unfortunate circumstances. This upset was a factor in Sam losing his match on the 16th.
With the match score now 1-1 the overall result would be decided by the outcome of the three remaining matches on the course.
Match 1 – Alan O’Rourke all square with his 17 year old opponent after 18 holes. Alan had bravely fought his way back from an early 3 hole deficit.
Match 4 – Simon Cullen had also recovered his match from being 2 down and stood on the 17th tee 1 up.
Match 5 – Richie Guilfoyle was engaged in another tight battle and stood all square on 15th hole.
As Alan made his way up the tie-hole 19th, Simon Cullen was playing the 17th, 1 up in his match. The 1st green and the 17th green on the Murvagh course are no more than 50 yards apart. Alan played an excellent 3rd shot approach to the par 5 leaving himself 20 ft from the hole. His opponent found trouble in some heavy rough beside the green in two and was only able to hack the ball out of a very bad lie. The Ballinasloe player recovered well to pitch up to 6ft from the hole in 4. As Alan lined up his putt on the 19th , Simon solidly parred the 17th a short distance away to close out his match. Alan had an excellent putt to ‘gimme’ distance and you could hear a pin drop as his opponent stood over his short putt, which unfortunately for Ballinasloe, he missed. It was time to tell a ‘relaxed’ Richie Guilfoyle the good news – his match was all square after 16, and let the celebrations begin!
It was a very tense and hard-fought battle but all five matches were played in a very sporting manner. Our Ballinasloe opponents were most gracious afterwards. Just like ourselves, it had been their first provincial title. At the presentation that followed, the acting team Captain, Aidan McDonald, complimented the Ballinasloe players on their performance and Donegal Golf Club for its wonderful hospitality. Aidan also praised the full panel of players and the inspiring role played by Team Captain Luke Kelly throughout the competition.
Reserves, James Meagher, David Charlton, Liam O’ Hara, Rory MacEneany, James Young, Jason Lawlor, Tim Kealy.
Team management and panel were very appreciative of the support from Captain Paul Colfer and his fellow officers in the club.
Junior Academy Course
Last Saturday saw the official opening of Kilkenny Golf Club’s new Junior Academy course. Walker Cup star, Mark Power, was on hand to cut the ribbon in glorious sunshine. This project has been years in the pipeline and credit goes to the current Captains for embracing it and bringing it to fruition.
Eddie Power and Jimmy Bolger worked on the layout with Head Green-keeper, Sean Dowling and a gem was created.
The course consists of 9, par 3 holes and is available exclusively for the Juniors of our club.
Boys and Girls under 12 must be accompanied at all times by an adult. Ages 12-18 can avail of the wonderful facility up to 7pm in the evening. Play, after 7, requires adult supervision.
Tee markers have been kindly sponsored by Kilkenny Block and cards for the course have been sponsored by Modern Printers and will prove invaluable in learning how to mark a card for our young prospects.
We hope to see all the juniors out on the course honing their short game skills over the summer months.
We are starting our season of Friday night social golf this coming Friday (18th), with a three person champagne scramble and will be played over 11 holes, commencing from the third hole.
To enter, please, put your name down on time sheet through the BRS booking system before 18.00hrs on Thursday. The allotted time on Friday is between 17.50 & 19.10hrs.
We will do a draw for teams on Thursday evening, and same will be posted on the BRS that evening. Participants are requested to please check your tee time for Friday.
Sadly, due to Covid restrictions there will be no bar or catering facilities.
For our first outing there will be no entry fee!
Bio Diversity Programme
The Bio Diversity programme undertaken by the Club earlier this year has not developed as quickly as anticipated. It was hoped that, by now, there would be a massive display of colour from the wild flowers that were sown in four locations around the course. Whilst there has been strong growth, the bitterly cold May has not allowed the plants to bloom as early as hoped.
Because of this, it has been decided to continue with the free drop ruling until the end of June, when a review will take place and a final ruling will be issued.
A reminder to all members that when registering for competitive golf they should make sure that they have sufficient credit, to cover the cost of entry, in their purse.
If you are making a booking on behalf of colleagues please be sure they are also in credit. Insufficient funds, in an individuals account, will mean their entry will not be accepted.
During this transition period to the World Handicap System, members are required to enter their Course Handicap on their playing card. They will find this by checking the chart available at the first tee and apply their Handicap Index to the relevant colour tee marker.
Failure to have your Course Handicap on the card will lead to disqualification.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 12,13,14 June. Monthly Medal.
1. Tom Moore (17), 62
2. Frank Morrissey (23), 64 (B9)
3. David Walsh (8), 66
Gross:- Jeff Kealy (Scr.), 69
4. Brian Keane (26), 67
5. Jimmy Leahy (8), 68 (B9)
6. Dean Smithwick (10), 68
6th. David Cosgrove, Mick Kennedy, Brian Cullen, Shane Knox, John Martin,
Dom Murphy, Dave Conlon,
10th. Jeff Kealy, Noel Power, Norman Williams, Dave Dooley,
15th. Conor Whelan, David McMahon, Richard Brennan, Ronan Kelleher,
17th. Eoin Cantwell, Mick Kennedy, PJ O’Reilly, Pat McPhillips,
Each ‘Two’ receives €23.00 and has been credited to the respective accounts in the Pro Shop.
Wednesday, 09 June. Ladies & Gent’s Open Singles
1. Paul Hurley (8), Gowran, 38
2. John Lawlor (11), 37
3. Michael Mullally (8), Gowran, 36
Gross:- Aidan Brennan, (6), 30
4. William Roberts (12), 36
5. Michael Thomas (17), Callan, 36
Winner:- Margaret Butler (25) 42
6th. Aidan Boland, Brian Harrington, Noel Maher, Tony Butler,
Brian Hayes, Pat McPhillips,
10th. Derek O’Gorman, Aidan Brennan, Rob Kearney,
15th. Derek O’Gorman, Richard L. Duggan, Jamie Byrne,
17th. Harry Duggan,
Each ‘Two’ receives €15.00 and has been credited to the respective accounts in the Pro Shop.
Monday, 07 June. Four Person Team Event.
1. Peter Hurley, Dave Hurley (Blessington Lakes). Jim Spratt, Brian Spratt, 94
2. Pat Butler, Tommy Walton, Sean Byrne, Noel Maher, 93
3. Brian Cullen, Michael McCarthy, M FitzPatrick, Callan, Joe Tierney, Callan 92
4. D McMahon, Tom Sloyan, Cathal McDonald, S Knox, 90
Competition:- Duggan Cup
Match:- Carlow v Kilkenny
Venue:- Carlow three matches, Kilkenny two
Date/Time:- Saturday, 19 June @ 17.00hrs.
Team:- Team will be confirmed later in the week.
Managers:- Aidan Phelan & Ben McGarry
Match:- Wexford v Kilkenny
Venue:- Wexford three matches, Kilkenny two.
Kilkenny defeated Wexford in the Senior Cup at the week-end. While Wexford had home advantage Richard Duggan won a vital away point. Our Home players provided the other two points, with Mark Power winning on the 12th and Eddie Power achieving his win on the 17th.
Team Managers:- Mark Shortall & Dermot Doyle
Kilkenny received a walk over from Palmerstown House and so advance to the second round.
Kilkenny failed in their in their bid to advance to the second round when they were defeated by St. Helens at the week-end.
Thursday, 10 June. 14 Hole Four person team
1. Michael Grant, Tom Dunne, Bob Greany, Dick Keoghan. 73
2. Morgan Doyle, Matt Ruth, Jim Treacy, Paddy Hally. 70 (B7)
3. PJ O’Reilly, Paul Hanafin, Michael Cody, Sean Breathnach. 70
4. Henry Bourke, Dave O’Mahony, Maurice Ryan, Tony O’Reilly. 69
5. Dom Murphy, Donie Butler, Dermot Moloney, Eddie Geraghty. 68
6. Proinnsias O hAilin, Jerry O’Dwyer, Eddie Gray, Denis Carey. 67 (B7)
7. Tom Gunning, Willie ‘B’ Murphy, Jim Meredith, Seamus Crickley. 67
87 members played
The Golfer of the Year. Round 1.
1. Jerry O’Dwyer. 32 (B4)
2. Matt Ruth. 32
3. Michael Grant. 31
1. Martin Mullane. 31 (B7)
2. Brian Keane. 31
3. Martin Treacy. 30
The Phil Lenehan Cup
Winner:- Jerry O’Dwyer. 32
Winners may collect their prizes next Thursday.
Next Thursday, 17 June, is a 13 hole competition, starting from the first.
The timesheet goes live on the BRS from 18.00hrs on Friday, 11th.
Monday, 14 June. Away Outing to Faithlegg
1. Pat Collins, Jim Ryan, Peter Dabinett, Tony O’Reilly. 95
2. Morgan Doyle, Tommy Dunne, Nicky Lawlor, Jimmy Rhatigan. 86
3. Noel Skehan, Kevin Donohoe, Maurice Ryan, Henk Van Der Puil. 85
4. Tom Gunning, Matt Ruth, Richie McEvoy, Dick Cogan. 84
5. Geoff Meagher, Frank Bradbury, Pat O’Shea, Pat Duggan. 83
6. John King, Eddie Guilfoyle, Michael Nicholson, Liam Barry. 81
7. John Geoghegan, John Bracken, Dermot Moloney, Roger Ryan. 80
47 Members played
Barry Joyce continues 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.
Ladies Club Notes
Ladies Silver & Bronze Medals 2021
For 2021, as per the Tournament Regulations, the Ladies, Silver and Bronze medal winners, at Club level, will be determined by two competitions designated by the club.
The window for these competitions to take place runs from Monday, 07 June until Saturday, 31 July.
The Regional Finals will take place in August and the National Final will be held in Headfort on Wednesday, 06 October.
The two dates, designated by Kilkenny Golf Club for this competition, are Saturday & Sunday,19, 20 & Tuesday, 22 June and Sunday, 18 July & Tuesday, 20 July 2021.
Ladies Leinster Team.
Congratulations to Orla Dunphy on her appointment as Manager of the Ladies Leinster Team. We wish Orla the best of luck in her new role.
Sheets will be placed on the Ladies notice board for entry into Club competitions.
Tuesday, 08 June. Ladies 18 Hole Stableford.
1. Sarah Molloy (4) 40 pts (B9)
2. Stephanie Downes (29) 40 pts
3. Margaret Cuddihy (12) 38 pts
4. Dorrie Lenehan (30) 37 pts
5. Jan Browne (2) 38 pts (B9)
6. Anne Murphy (29) 37 pts
Nine Hole Stableford:
1. Mary Doyle (21) 17 pts (B9)
2. Mary Hickey (12) 17 pts (B6)
3. Mary Prendergast (14) 17 pts (B6)
Wednesday, 09 June. Ladies Open Singles.
1. Margaret Butler (25), 42 pts
2. Mary M Leahy Browne (4) 37 pts
Competition:- Senior Foursomes
Match:- Kilkenny v New Ross
Venue:- Kilkenny three matches, New Ross two.
Date/Time:- Thursday, 17 June @ 16.00 hrs.
Team:- Mary Leahy Browne & Mary O’Shea, Niamh Kelly & Eva Duggan,
Sarah Molloy & Bridie Mc Garry.
Reserves:- Mags. Cuddihy & Niamh Spratt
Managers:- Liz Cleere & Margaret Kiely
Competition:- Irish Mixed Foursomes
Match:- Borris v Kilkenny
Venue:- Borris, three matches, Kilkenny two
Date/Time:- Sunday, 20 June @ 16.00hrs
Home:- Brendan Dowling & Ana Lyons
Sam Dunlop & Patricia O’Sullivan.
Away:- Richard Duggan & Stella Coughlan
Rory MacEneaney & Marian Woods
John Marnell & Evelyn Crotty
Reserves:- Chris Fitzpatrick & Margaret Kiely
Managers:- Morgan Doyle & Margaret Cuddihy
The Ladies Revive Active Four Ball team beat New Ross in a very competitive match on Sunday last.
New Ross had the advantage of a home draw.
The two matches in Kilkenny were won comfortably by Bridie McGarry & Stella Coughlan, 5 up, and Mary O’Shea & Phyl Doyle, 3up.
Kilkenny had a tough battle in New Ross but the match was secured for Kilkenny when, Mags Cuddihy and Mary Norton had a great win on the 19th.
Paula Bradbury and Niamh Kelly lost and Dervilla O’Byrne and Kathleen Hogan were 1 up when called in on 17.
Kilkenny will have home advantage against the winner of Carlow/Courtown in the next round.
Many thanks to the team and panel for their commitment and thanks to those who came out to support the team.
Managers: Mary Hickey and Eithne Murphy
Commiserations to the Intermediate Cup Team who lost to Athy on Friday last.
All matches were played off scratch. It was a very sporting occasion. The team were managed by Mary Browne and Mary Norton and thanks to managers for organizing and players for participating.
Tuesday, 08 June.Ladies 18 Hole Stableford
1. Sarah Molloy (4), 40 pts (B9)
2. Stephanie Downes (29) 40 pts
3. Margaret Cuddihy (12), 38 pts
4. Dorrie Lenehan (30), 37 pts
5. Jan Browne (2), 38 pts (B9)
6. Anne Murphy (29), 37 pts
Nine Hole Stableford:
1. Mary Doyle (21) 17 pts (B9)
2. Mary Hickey (12) 17 pts (B6)
3. Mary Prendergast (14) 17 pts (B6)
Ladies Open Singles: 9th June, 2021
1. Margaret Butler (25), 42 points
2. Mary M Leahy Browne (4), 37 points
Thursday, 10 June.
1. Ann D Murphy, Kathleen Price, Hilda Richardson, Sheila O’MAhony, 46
2. Carmel O’Shea, Greta Nicholson, Mary Doyle, Gene O;Brien, 42
3. Breda Phelan, Mary Moynihan, Greta Kelly, (38+2) 40
4. Edith Ogilvie Ann Kelly, Joan O’;Brien, Fionnuala Hennebry, 39
43 Ladies played
Next Thursday, 24 June, the Senior Ladies Society will travel to Rathdowney GC for their first away outing of the year.
The Joint Captains, Sean Keenan and Eva Duggan held their drive-in, yesterday, prior to playing in the first competition of the new season. Whilst both Captains took different routes down the first, neither player was in any difficulty for their second shots.
We wish both Sean and Eva every success for their year in office.
The Fred Daly team advanced to the next round by virtue of a walk over from Enniscorthy
Monday, 14 June. 18 Hole Stableford.
1. Louise McInerney (24), 37pts.
2. Eva Duggan (9), 35pts.
Boys – Full Handicap
1. Stephen Manogue (18), 37pts.
2. Sean Casey (20), 31pts.
Friday Social Golf is back. See full details above.
Wednesday, 16 June
08.00-20.30 Members Casual Golf
Thursday, 17 June
08.00-09.00 Members Casual Golf
09.10-10.44 Senior Ladies 5
10.20-13.30 Senior Gent’s
13.40-20.00 Members Casual Golf
Friday, 18 June
08.00-17.20 Members Casual Golf
17.30-18.40 Members Social Golf
18.50-20.00 Members Casual Golf
Saturday, 19 June
07.30-08.50 Members Casual Golf
09.00-09.50 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
10.40-12.00 Ladies & Gent’s Casual Golf
12.20-13.50 Members Casual Golf
14.10-16.30 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
16.50-17.20 Duggan Cup v Carlow
17.30-20.30 Members Casual Golf
Sunday, 20 June
07.30-15.36 Ladies & Gent’s Competition
16.00-16.20 Mixed Foursomes v Borris
16.30-16.50 Ladies Nine Hole Competition
17.20-20.30 Members Casual Golf
Monday, 21 June
08.20-08.50 Members Casual Golf
09.00-12.00 Junior Juivenile Competition
12.00-14.30 Members Casual Golf
14.40-17.30 Gent’s Bar Cup Qualifier
17.40-20.30 Members Casual Golf
Tuesday, 22 June
08.00-08.18 /10.51-12.12/14.40-16.00 & 18.10- 20.30
Members Casual Golf
08.27-10.42 / 12.21-14.36 & 16.10.18.00
Ladies Competitions to include 18 Hole, Nine Hole and Ladies into Golf Events.
Wednesday, 23 June
08.00-20.30 Members Casual Golf