Senior News & Results
 
 

Senior News & Results

 

6 June

Costa Del Sol had nothing on Tinneranny last Thursday weather wise as the blazing sun brought out 16 teams for our weekly outing and some of the participants showed off their legs too in well tailored shorts to a varying degree. Off white was the predominant shade although there was a touch of tan (fake or otherwise) also to be seen on their well muscled calves. It was a day for the sun cream but a gentle breeze helped matters in that regard making it very pleasant for the combatants. The golf was good too with a three way tie at the finish leading to a count back to decide the winners.

Here a better back nine (45/41) gave the spoils to Danny O Leary (9), Noel Dunne(18), Willie Naddy(18) and Eddie Rowe (22) with 90 points. On the same score and in second place came a three person team composed of Nigel Morrissey (12), Michael Gannon (18) and Tom Furlong (26) who received the mandatory 6 points extra added to their actual 84 points. In third spot also with 90 points were Denis Kirwan (11), Noel Kehoe (17), Jamesie Murphy (22) and Michael Martin (32).

Nearest the pin prizes went to Patsy Farrell and Jimmy Furlong. In future the number of the team in the order in which they are drawn must appear on the score card. This is to avoid confusion at the end for the checkers about the amount of teams who took part in the competition on any given day. No team number-no prize. Also despite appeals we still have players arriving late for the draw upsetting the smooth running of same-all should be in house by 10-30 and be registered for the draw at 10-40 a.m.
Thursday, June, 13 th, is an Open 3 Person Scramble but we are back again for our normal game on the 20th.

30 May

At last we got a bit of sun and an ideal day to enjoy a game of golf in our usual friendly atmosphere. We had a smaller number of teams taking part than normal but the competition still was keen, with all 12 endeavouring to be in the winner’s enclosure. Lightning fast greens which were a joy to putt on kept the scoring down somewhat with the eventual victors only carding 89 points.

Skippered by Andy Ronan (13) and backed up by Tony Redmond (17), Sean O hUginn (19) and that great old veteran, Michael Martin (32), they had two points to spare over the runners-up. These were Denis Kirwan (11), Martin Cahill (16), Reiner Opperman (20) and Michael Somers (21), their finishing tally being 87 points. In third place on 84 points came Martin McGrath (12), Michael Gannon (18), Jim Kehoe (20) and Les Jastrzebski (27). Only one nearest the pin effort was deemed eligible for a prize and Sean Ryan took that. Would all players please note that the stationery ball-must be inside the tape length to qualify for a nearest the pin prize.
We have our normal outing this Thursday (6 th June) with the draw at the usual time of 10-40 sharp-no latecomers facilitated. On Thursday June 13 th it is an Open 3 Person Scramble and the teams are on the website-please check your team and tee time.

23 May

We were on tour last week taking in the wonderful golf course of Coolattin in County Wicklow-the Garden County of Ireland. Some 46 players made the trip and all were loud in praise of this magnificent parkland course which was in immaculate condition with some stunning scenic views into the bargain. It reminded one of the lines from the old Irish ballad, Doonaree. “To stroll in the shade of the leafy glade where the rhododendrons grew”-yes, we admired them and they were in full bloom too, interspersed with beautiful azaleas of a multi coloured hue and flowering cherries as well all adding to a kaleidoscope of colour which an artist would love to capture on canvas. Add in the ancient old trees dotted around the course and can picture in mind’s eye the character of the place. The weather was kind to us too brightening up as the day progressed and some pleasant sunshine breaking through.

As usual, competition was keen even on a strange course where scoring was difficult enough. In the end the three-person team of Michael Kavanagh (15), Jim “Ross” Ryan (16) and Jamesie Wallace (17) were the victors with 86 points, 80 plus the normal allowance of six. Second place went to Jimmy Furlong (10), Mick Wade (20) and Eddie Rowe (22) the trio carding a total of 84 points. A point behind on 83 came John Harrington (17), Noel Dunne (18) and Michael Gannon (18). The four-person team of John Woods (14), Paul Laffan (18), Larry Shannon (18) and Tom O Shea (24) took the fourth spot with 82 points. Nearest the pin prizes were won by Jimmy Furlong and John Kennedy. Many thanks go to Kevin Treacy for organising the outing which is now an annual event for us seniors.

Back home at Tinneranny on Thursday, we were greeted with a cold northerly gale emanating from the Artic regions which made conditions very trying for the 16 teams who took part in the competition. The weather was more akin to that usually experienced in mid winter rather than at the end of the first month of summer-sure it would skin brass monkeys. No one team was within an ass’s roar of reaching the target figure of 90 points plus which is normal winning score among us.

A three person team made up of Joe O Farrell (13), Kieran O Grady (19) and Sean O hUginn (19) shot 86 points (80+6) to chalk up a winning score of 86. Three points behind and in second place on 83 were Paddy Shannon (12), Michael McGrath (12), John Harrington (17) and Ron Goodwin (19). The 81 points garnered by Jimmy Furlong (10), Dick Cahill (16), Michael Logue (19), and Ollie Brennan (27) was good enough for a third place finish. Fourth prize went to Sean Murphy (10), Tony Redmond (17), Michael Gannon (18), and George Peters (23) with 80 points. Nearest the pin prizes were won by Sean Murphy and Fr Jim Curtis.

Next week we start at the usual time with the draw for teams at 10-40 a.m. sharp, we will also take names for the 3 person Scramble Competition in Open Week on Thursday the 13 th of June. The teams for this will be announced on Thursday the 6 th. All of us wish club captain, Seamus McGuiness, every success in his Captain’s Prize Competition both competitor and weather wise this weekend and all seniors who feel up to it should play in the 9 hole Captain’s mixed on Thursday evening. Manning the board and senior draws for June are Kieran O Grady, Martin Burke, John Kennedy and John Murphy.

9 May

Last Tuesday saw us visiting Tramore Golf Club where we played our usual four-person team event with two scores counting on every hole. With a brisk wind sweeping in from the sea with scoring was never going to be easy but all enjoyed the experience of playing on this championship course. We got away with it weather wise-the rain only arriving on Tuesday night.

They say a game is never won at half time and that assertion was certainly proved right when the winning team only carded 43 points on the front nine but they really opened up on the homeward stretch to add another 46 points for victory with a final tally of 89. Skippered by Tony Harford (14) and backed up by Colin Casey (20), Jamesie Murphy (22) and Ollie Brennan (27) they gelled well as a team to compile their winning score. Second on 87 points were Jim “Ross” Ryan, (16), Aidan O Connor (16), Mick Wade, (20) and Tommy Grennan (21). Third place after a count back on the back nine (42/40) went to John Kennedy (13), Johnny Watson (15), John Joe Murray (19), and Jim Kehoe (20) with 81 points. On the same score and in fourth place, were Johnny Browne (14), Paul Laffan (18), John Browne (18) and Jim “Dublin” Ryan (21).

We have no game this Thursday May 16th as it is Open Seniors Day, next week we have Waterford Seanoiri as visitors with an early start of 10 a.m. Note to all our seniors, please be in good time for the draw. In the meantime anyone who wishes to travel to Coolattin on Tuesday May 21st and have not registered can still do so and pay the green fee €20 as well in the pro shop. The teams for Coolattin will be available for viewing on the website, in the pro shop and in the bar on the 16th so make sure your name is included in the list for the draw before then.
Last Tuesday saw us visiting Tramore Golf Club where we played our usual four-person team event with two scores counting on every hole. With a brisk wind sweeping in from the sea with scoring was never going to be easy but all enjoyed the experience of playing on this championship course. We got away with it weather wise-the rain only arriving on Tuesday night.

They say a game is never won at half time and that assertion was certainly proved right when the winning team only carded 43 points on the front nine but they really opened up on the homeward stretch to add another 46 points for victory with a final tally of 89. Skippered by Tony Harford (14) and backed up by Colin Casey (20), Jamesie Murphy (22) and Ollie Brennan (27) they gelled well as a team to compile their winning score. Second on 87 points were Jim “Ross” Ryan, (16), Aidan O Connor (16), Mick Wade, (20) and Tommy Grennan (21). Third place after a count back on the back nine (42/40) went to John Kennedy (13), Johnny Watson (15), John Joe Murray (19), and Jim Kehoe (20) with 81 points. On the same score and in fourth place, were Johnny Browne (14), Paul Laffan (18), John Browne (18) and Jim “Dublin” Ryan (21).

We have no game this Thursday May 16th as it is Open Seniors Day, next week we have Waterford Seanoiri as visitors with an early start of 10 a.m. Note to all our seniors, please be in good time for the draw. In the meantime anyone who wishes to travel to Coolattin on Tuesday May 21st and have not registered can still do so and pay the green fee €20 as well in the pro shop. The teams for Coolattin will be available for viewing on the website, in the pro shop and in the bar on the 16th so make sure your name is included in the list for the draw before then.

2 May

It must be the gorgeous weather last Thursday that brought out our members in such huge numbers when we had 17 teams competing for the much sought after prizes. Conditions were excellent with the renowned greens now lightning fast and it was here that the game was won and lost. On the deck in regulation was no guarantee that one would par the hole and more often than not a dreaded three putt ensued. However it was as good for the goose as for the gander and once again the fairness of our handicapping system stood up to the test with two teams tied for first place and the third only one point behind them.

It was by virtue of a better back nine (45/40) that the team of Andy Ronan (13), Jim “Ross” Ryan (16), Paul Laffan (18) and Jamesie Murphy (22) were declared the winners with a total of 85 points. In second place with the same total were Hughie O Connor (14), Tony Redmond (17), Tom O Neill (20) and Tommy Grennan (21). Third place went to Kevin Treacy (12), Fr Ger O Brien (17), Robert O Dwyer (18) and Colin Casey (20) with 84 points.

No game this coming Thursday May 9 th as it is the Rower/Inistioge GAA Classic day, the following Thursday (May 16 th) is the Open Seniors and then we welcome our friends from Waterford on the 23 rd. In the meantime the sheet for Coolattin on Tuesday May 21 st is filling fast and anyone wishing to travel should get their name in immediately as we have to finalise our draw for teams in advance of the outing.

25 April

We hosted a 24 strong contingent from Faithlegg on Thursday last where golfing conditions were excellent after the early morning rain. With placing no longer in vogue scoring was back to near normal once again and no team broke the magical 90 points. We ran two separate competitions with two players from New Ross paired with two from Faithlegg and then because of our own extra numbers it was decided to put up three prizes for them.

In the mixed, Robert Hill (15) and Tom Forristal (23) from Faithlegg teamed up with Larry Shannon (18) and Mick Wade (20) to bring a winning score of 86 points. Placed second were the Faithlegg pair of Liam Harding (16) and Tony Dalton (24) with Jimmy Furlong (10) and Larry Doyle (17) on 84 points. Third place went to visitors, John Cooper (12 and David Hannon (28) combining with Andy Ronan (13) and Kieran O Grady (19) whose 82 points was good enough to win the balls.

Our own members competition saw Hughie O Connor (14), John Joe Cullen (17), Sean O hUginn(19)and George Peters (23) capture the “Paddy” whiskey with 88 points. Second on 85 were Joe Farrell (14), Dan Quigley (16), John Harrington (17), and Tony Wallace (19). A point behind and in third spot on 84 points came Tommy Tyler (14), Willie Whitty (16) Tony Redmond (17) and John Joe Murray (19)

On behalf of the New Ross Seniors group, Club President, Mr Brian Dolan, formally welcomed the travelling Faithlegg party and said it was a privilege and a pleasure to welcome them to New Ross and he hoped they enjoyed their visit to us. In reply, the Faithlegg President said it was always one of the highlights of their golfing year to come to New Ross further enhancing the unique bond of friendship that has built up between the two clubs over the years and he looked forward to New Ross visiting them in October.
Next Thursday is an early start due to a Society booking at 11. We will have the draw at 10 a.m. sharp so all players please be in good time. No latecomers, queue jumpers, or team switchers will be accommodated-you’ll play on the team on which you’re drawn. We will finalise the list and teams on Thursday for our visit to Tramore on Tuesday the 7 th of May, green fee plus mixed grill €25. Also we will take names for the highlight of our golfing year-the annual visit to Coolattin on the 21 st of May, green fee €20.

18 April

Our members made up the bulk of the field in the Open Seniors Competition last Thursday and naturally enough featured among the prize winners. Conditions were tough with a stiff westerly wind contriving to keep scores down and as a result no one broke the 40 point mark. In Cat A (under 50) the winner was Mark Furlong (6) with a score of 36 points. A visitor, Seamus Murphy of Enniscorthy, playing off 21 brought in 37 points and took the B category (50/64) first prize. Runner up here was John Woods (16) of the home club with 36 points. In category C (65+) Frank Boyle (22) was the winner with 34 points and Willie Whitty (19) was second recording the same total.

This Thursday we welcome our good friends from Faithlegg Golf Club who have a 26 strong contingent coming and where we start at 10 or before in order to accommodate the big numbers playing. If possible we will get some teams away around 9-30 in a two Faithlegg, two New Ross team of four.
Also on Thursday we will take names and Green fees for our outing to Tramore on Tuesday May 7 th. The all in cost including a mixed grill after golf is only €25-no pay no game. Teams for that eagerly awaited outing will be announced on Thursday the 2 nd of May where we start at 9-30 a.m. as there is a Society group booked in at 11.

4 April

“Glorious Tramore”-famous for its good weather where thousands of visitors enjoy day long sunshine during the holiday period. We were there on Thursday last as guests of Tramore Golf Club where we played a mixed team event on their championship course. The sun shone but there was a biting easterly wind sweeping in over Tramore Bay which would cut you to the bone. With heavily sanded fairways scoring was difficult and local knowledge was paramount to compiling a good score card. We got great help from the friendly locals in that respect but where our playing handicaps seemed far too low in comparison to theirs. When you had 24 and 26 handicappers outdriving their New Ross partners playing off 13 or 14 by 30 yards or more off the tee you can see what I mean.

Over the 11 Holes Champagne Scramble with the best two scores per hole counting the winning team recorded a terrific 62 points and then were promptly disqualified for an incorrect score on the last hole. Promoted to the No 1 spot then were Hughie O Connor and Tom O Shea (N/R) with their two partners from Tramore. The second spot went to Willie Byrne and Michael Gannon (N/R) and their two locals on 60 points. On the same score and in third place came brothers, Tom and Nigel Morrissey (N/R) with two of the Tramore seniors.

Many thanks to Tramore President, Mr Anthony Condon, for his gracious welcome to us and the magnificent prizes he put up for the competition. It was much appreciated by our travelling contingent of 52 players who really enjoyed the outing.
On home territory this Thursday we have an earlier start (10 a.m.) when we welcome our counterparts from Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club.

28 March

What a tough bunch these New Ross Seniors are. After a bitterly cold frosty Wednesday night, Thursday was only a day for snipes and hardy golfers who braved that biting easterly wind and near sub-zero temperatures. It reminded one of the great story told by comedian, Niall Toibin, about the Cavan man who was found dead in the ditch stark naked after a very frosty night in the area. The Parish Priest was questioning a man the day after who passed by the deceased as he lay in the ditch that fatal night. “Did you pass by and see poor Johnny in the ditch last night? Oh, begor I did Father and an awful night of frost it was too. Now, Mick what did you say to him? Well, to tell you the truth Father, I just said, goodnight, you’re a hardy man and I went on my way about my business”.

Thirteen teams of hardy individuals went about their business last week and unlike our Cavan friend they were all well wrapped up against the unseasonable weather which we are enduring. There was as usual one team who sped away from the rest registering a very creditable 93 points. With two All Ireland Hurling captains in the team it was I suppose no surprise when they emerged clear winners. Led by Kilkenny’s Eddie Keher (8), Wexford’s Dan Quigley (16) and backed up by two “Dubs” in Pat Traynor (18) and Jim Ryan (21) they deservedly took the “Paddy” whiskey. In second place on a count back came Hughie O Connor (14), Noel Dunne (18), Richie Byrne (18) and Larry Doyle (19) with a score of 89 points. A three person team comprised of Willie Whitty (16) John F Roche (17) and John Joe Cullen (17)took third prize on the same score (81+6). Nearest the pin prizes went to Tom Murphy (9 th Hole) and Eddie Keher on the 11 th

This Thursday we visit Tramore for a mixed game with their seniors. The format is a four person team Champagne Scramble made up of two players from each club. A timesheet is in operation and these are the New Ross pairs and times which must be strictly adhered to. 9 a.m. Denis Kirwan/Paul Laffan, 9-08, Jim Furlong/Larry Shannon, 9-16, Tony Harford/Ollie Brennan, 9-24, Eddie Keher/Jim Dub Ryan, 9-32, Brian Dolan/Luke Power, 9-40, Jim Ross Ryan/Tony Sexton, 9-48, Paddy Shannon/Martin Cahill, 9-56, John Browne/Frank Boyle, 10-04, Willie Byrne/Michael Gannon, 10-12, Tony Redmond/Michael Long, 10-20, Andy Ronan/Aidan O Connor, 10-28, Hugh O Connor/Tom O Shea, 10-36, Tom Tyler/Noel Dunne, 10-44, John Kennedy/Jamesie Murphy, 10-52, John Fitzpatrick/Jim Kehoe, 11-00, Kevin Treacy/Sean Ryan, 11-08, John Watson/Tom Murphy, 11-16, Harry Rheinhart/Tom O Neill, 11-24, Joe Farrell/John F Roche, 11-32, Bobby Dwyer/Martin Burke, 11-40. Three fourballs will fill in at the end, Tom Morrissey/Pat Kehoe/J. J Murray/George Peters, 11-48, Nigel Morrissey/John Harrington/ Les/Michael Brennan, 11-56, Tommy Grennan/Larry Doyle/Andy Culleton/Richie Byrne. Please note our Senior’s handicaps will apply to this competition.
The Seniors Alliance is at Dungarvan on Monday the 8 th of April and there are a few spots left on the timesheet which is with Jamesie Murphy on 051-421151.

14 March

11 a.m, Tuesday the 12th of March, the course lay under a blanket of three inches of snow with freezing temperatures. Fast forward to Thursday the 14 th, same time, same station, the sun shone, little or no wind and we had a very pleasant spring day for our weekly outing. With the pin positions placed at the very back of almost every green scoring was rather difficult and nobody got even near the pin on the 9th and 11th holes (ball prizes saved for another time). The emphasis this year in Ireland is on “The Gathering” but we have our own gathering every Thursday which is eagerly looked forward to and last week was no different when 17 four person teams went out in search of the elusive prizes.

Coming home in the number one spot were the team of Willie Kelly (16), Pat Traynor (18), Liam Glasheen (18) and Tony Wallace (19) with a fine score of 93 points. On 91, and in second place came Hughie O Connor (14), Luke Power (18), Pat Ryan (18) and Tom O Shea (24). The third place went to Jim Ryan (16), Willie Naddy (18), Michael Somers (20) and Tom Furlong (26) with 88 points. The old bugbear of golf-that of slow play cropped up in a big way last Thursday. It is not acceptable that any team should lose even a hole on the group in front but we had that plus one team losing three holes. In future to cut this out a points deduction will be made to the offending team-so just remember you are being forewarned, “Your place is behind the team in front not in front of the team behind”.

We had a very pleasant function after the golf when the tidy sum of €347 was presented to our Lady Captain, Ger O Donoghue, towards the fund for the provision of a lift in the club. Ger graciously thanked the seniors for their generous contribution which came from the entry fees on the day and said it was greatly appreciated for this much needed facility. Then we had the free raffle for the lovely prize of Dinner for 4 people, the first Dinner for two was won by Paddy Shannon and the second by Liam Glasheen. Many thanks go to Padraig Murphy of the in-house caterers, “Seisuir”, for this magnificent prize.

We have no outing next week as it is Open Seniors Day but we will resume on the 28 th when the draw for partners for Tramore on Thursday the 4 th of April will be made, (44) already booked to travel.

Our injury list is growing by the day and best wishes go to our colleagues, George Peters (recently hospitalised) and John Murphy (hand injury) both of whom are not available for selection at the moment-hope to see both of ye back in action very soon.

7 March

There were all sorts of queer happenings in last Thursday’s outing which was played in unfavourable conditions. From early morning drizzle we had to contend with continuous heavy and bitterly cold rain in the afternoon. Some people cried off at the start, more refused to carry on, more teams retired, and then to cap it all the winning team were disqualified. This occurred when the marker marked an incorrect score (not points) on the team card. According to the strict observance of the Rules of Golf which we in the Seniors Group pride ourselves on the offending team were immediately disqualified.

Promoted to the number 1 spot were Patsy Farrell (14), Tony Redmond (17), Tony Wallace (18) and Michael Long (19) with a winning total of 89 points. Beaten on a count back (41/38) on the last nine holes were the second team of Nigel Morrissey (13), Willie Naddy (18), Sean Ryan (22) and “Mr President himself”, Brian Dolan (22), that quartet also registering a total of 89 points. The 85 points garnered by Hughie O Connor (14), Noel Kehoe (16), Peter Goggin (17), and Michael Brennan (19) was good enough for a third place finish. Nearest the pin prize on the 9 th Hole was won by Brian Dolan-you just can’t keep that man out of the news. A warm welcome was extended to long time member, John Kennedy, on his return to action after being immobilised by a recent Achilles tendon injury. Best wishes go to John Monahan and Tom Kent both of whom are indisposed and out of commission at the moment.

Our outing next Thursday is a special one with all entry fees (€5 per person) going to the Ladies Committee who are raising finance to fund the provision of a much needed lift in the Golf Club. An added attraction on the day is a smashing raffle prize of a dinner for two very kindly presented by Padraig Murphy of our new caterers They are setting a very high standard in the preparation of food and the presentation of same. Thank you Padraig, for this lovely prize, which is well worth winning. Also on Thursday we will take names and green fees (€10) for our first outing of 2013 which is to Tramore on Thursday the 4 th of April.

28 February

They say a week is a long time in politics but it is also a long time especially weather wise in our outings. Last Thursday we endured bitter cold, of only three or four degrees, bringing to mind the lines from the famous monologue, The Cremation of Sam McGee. “On a Christmas Day we were pushing our way over the Dawson trail-talk of the cold in a parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail”. Oh yes, it did stab and it took us senior golfers the full week to recover from the battering we took from that cursed easterly wind. What a change in seven days as a record 19 teams took to the fairways in relatively calm, benign weather with some soothing spring sunshine into the bargain. Competition as always was mustard keen and there was only a point between the first three teams home.

In first place with a great score of 96 points were John Browne (13), Patsy Farrell (17), Larry Doyle (19) and the evergreen Michael Martin (32). Pipped at the post as it were came Sean Murphy (13), John Fitzpatrick (18), Mick Long (20) and Seamus Bradley (24)-that team carding 95 points. A further point behind on 94 points and in third place, were Dick Cuddihy (10), Willie Kelly (16), John F Roche (18) and Aidan Wallace (26). Nearest the pin prizes went to Peter Goggin and Michael Logue.
Prior to our outing on Thursday, Kevin Treacy, on behalf of the seniors group made a presentation to George Peters who is retiring from his position as head barman in the club after many years of loyal and faithful service. A rapturous round of applause greeted the recipient who is now free to concentrate on his golfing exploits with us-so all opponents better watch out in the future-George has more time to practice.
On the draw board for March are, Denis Kirwan, Michael Brennan, Peter Goggin and Tom O Neill. The three monthly review of handicaps pertaining to the seniors has taken place and the new handicaps be they plus or minus will come into force this coming Thursday the 7 th of March.

21 February

They may have had to postpone for a day the Accenture Match Play Golf Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A due to two inches of snow covering the course which was a rare occurrence in the desert where usually there is blistering heat with high temperatures. We had no such problems snow wise in Tinneranny last Thursday where we had a fine day but with a piercing south east wind sweeping the course. It was a day for the long john’s and the winter woollies to keep one’s blood in circulation otherwise there might be a freeze up of the old aching limbs. Never in a long time was that cup of tea more welcome after golf than on Thursday last when as the old slogan for the product said, “When you’re down and out, tea revives you”.

It was not a day for standing around and with the usual co-operation of the 15 teams participating all got finished in record time. None more so than the winning quartet of Tony Harford (13), Tom Murphy (18), John Fitzpatrick (18) and Tom Furlong (26) who carded a great 95 points and played the 18 holes in 3 hours and fifteen minutes. Second spot went to Patsy Farrell (17), Michael Logue (18), Bill Naddy (18) and Seamus Bradley (24) with 92 points. The 86 points returned by Jimmy Furlong (10), Johnny Watson (17), Sean O hUginn (19), and George Peters (23) was good enough to claim third prize. Only one tape returned (9 th Hole) where nearest the pin was won by Sean O hUginn.
With the early arrivals of all competitors, (after a gentle reminder) the draw at 10-40 a.m. each week is running smoothly and well done to all for being on time-it makes it a lot easier for the board men.

14 February

At last we saw a sunny day which brought out our members in record numbers for the time of year including the “special one” from Campile. A grand total of 18 teams took part in the competition where underfoot conditions were rather heavy but the day was fine overhead. As usual there was great co-operation between all players which meant that all teams finished around the same time. The adrenalin was certainly flowing among the winners on Thursday who clocked in with a great score of 96 points (90 plus 6 bonus points) for a three person team.

They were Jimmy Furlong (10), Paul Laffan (18) and Jamesie Wallace (19) whose total was greatly enhanced by two birdies (8 points) on both the  2nd and 11 th holes. Another three person team finished in the runners up spot, Dick Cahill (16), Patsy Farrell (17) and Pat Whelan (17), their score being 92 points (86+6). On 89 points and in third place came Hughie O Connor (14), John Joe Cullen (18) Pat Ryan (18) and Tom O Shea (24). Nearest the pin prizes were won by Kevin Treacy (9 th Hole) and Joe O Farrell on the 11 th.
Players are once again reminded that the draw is each week at 10-40 sharp, so do please arrive in good time in order to facilitate the smooth running of our weekly competition.

7 February

On being appointed captain of this year’s European Ryder Cup team Paul McGinley said “there is nothing like a team game to get the adrenalin flowing”. That remark probably stems from his footballing days with Ballyboden St Enda’s where the said Paul was an excellent Gaelic football player until his career in that code was cut short with a serious injury. You know that self same adrenalin he talks about starts to flow around Sunday evenings when the seniors begin to think about their eagerly awaited game each Thursday which they thoroughly enjoy. It certainly must have been coursing through the veins of the field of nine teams last week when they defied sleet, rain and wind to complete their 18 hole competition.

Our esteemed South Wexford member, Johnny Watson is some man for one man, for last Thursday he was deemed to be like old Boyle Roche’s story from the history books to “be in two places at the same time”. In other words he was supposed to be playing on two teams although only officially selected on one. The absence of a player’s handicap on the card meant disqualification for one quartet who would have being in the first three otherwise-handicaps must be shown on the card otherwise how can a marker keep track of scores on any given hole.

The winners with a good score of 87 points were Nigel Morrissey (13), Sean Murphy (13), John Fitzpatrick (18) and Sean O hUginn (19). Second spot went to Willie Byrne (11), Johnny Watson (17), Tom O Neill (20) and Tom O Shea (24) with 85 points. The 82 points carded by Jimmy Furlong (10) Paddy Hayles (17), John Harrington (17) and Martin Cahill (20) was good enough to claim third prize. Only one tape out for nearest the pin and Sean Murphy took that on the 11 th hole. Draw for teams each week is at 10-40 A.M sharp-no latecomers facilitated.

31 January

The seniors last Thursday had a variable day – sunshine to start, one heavy shower in the middle, followed by more sunshine to the finish. The course was quite wet – how it can drain away all that rain is a mystery. However the scoring was high. With 16 teams playing, first in with a score of 95 points was the team of Sean Murphy (17), Peter Goggin (17), John F Roche (18) & Jamsie Wallace(19). One point behind on 94 was Patsy Farrell (17), John Harrington (17), Liam Glasheen (18), & Ron Goodwin (19). Third place went to Eddie Keher (8), Tom Tyler (14), Pat Traynor (18) & new recruit Martin Cahill (20). Nearest the pin went to JJ Murray & Tom Tyler. The seniors agreed unanimously to support the ladies in their lift project for the club by contributing one of their weekly competition entry fees.

On the draw next month are John Watson, Aidan O’Connor, George Peters & Tony Harford.

3 January

Our first outing of 2013 was held in spring like conditions last Thursday with temperatures way above normal for the time of year. All the cobwebs hanging over from the Christmas period were brushed away as 13 teams got back into the swing of things and high scoring was once again the feature of the day. With new handicaps pertaining to the Seniors group in operation for the first time they seemed to work rather well too. Our handicapping system means there is never only a point or two between the first three teams in the winners enclosure. Organisation and co-operation between all our players means that we are a very well organised group enjoying to the full the friendly camaraderie and our game of golf each Thursday. Full marks to all who facilitated the green fee golfers who were on the course last Thursday by not impinging on their rights of enjoyment-that’s as it should be.
With placing everywhere on the course the 90 point target was again surpassed by the first three teams home. Taking the honours with a fine score of 94 points were Pat Whelan (16), Patsy Farrell (17), Michael Brennan (19) and Larry Doyle (19). Pipped at the post carding 93 points came John Kennedy (13), Willie Naddy (18), Martin Burke (23) and Tony Sexton (27), that team winning the Titleist balls. It was a dead heat for third place but a count back over the last six holes meant that Joe O Farrell, (14)Fr Ger O Brien (17), Peter Goggin (17) and Mick Martin (32) were officially given the nod for the third prize. Nearest the pin prizes went to Pat Whelan (9) and Willie Byrne (11 Hole).

A warm welcome was given to the aforementioned Michael Martin and all were delighted to see him back with us again. Also, we welcomed an addition to our ever expanding ranks when Jim Kehoe joined us for the first time. We have our usual outing next week with the draw at the usual time of 10-40 a. m. sharp.

New Year greetings and many thanks go to all the golf writers both local and national for the excellent coverage they gave to all our activities throughout 2012-it was much appreciated by the New Ross Seniors group.