News from the fairways



LAST weekend’s competition was an aggregate fourball and unfortunately due to frost and a full time sheet on Sunday morning it was decided to play winter green’s rather than wait for frost to clear.

As full greens were open on Saturday, competition’s committee decided to have two separate competitions and as the score’s suggested, this was a correct decision.

Saturday’s winners in very wintry conditions and obviously getting their parings correct just before entry with a great score for the day were Declan Cooney & Ger Doyle on 77, closely followed by Ray Coughlan & Willie Egan on 75.

Sunday’s scores on the shorter winter greens were extremely high, the winner’s with 89, Tom Sheeran & Brian Deering, followed closely on 88 by two pairs, Ray Dignan & Matt Flannelly just ousting the two Carthage’s Grogan & Flannagan on the back nine.

Liam Mooney recorded an ace on the 8th. - not sure he can really claim it as an eagle.

St Patrick’s Day competition will be a three person team any competition, sponsored by ‘J & M Jewellers’ .All scores on par 3s and 2 to score on all other holes as was very popular in the recent captains drive in competition.

Next week-end’s competition is the Holmpatrick Cup (re-entry allowed with different partner) sponsored by Walsh & Walsh Financial Consultants.

FBD Barton Cup V Moate, Sunday, March 27 with two matches at home. Those involved, please see notice board for final team selections.


RESULTS: Wednesday, March 2 14 hole competition (sponsor Dolores Rouse) 1st Mary Smyth (23) 31pts, 2nd Martini Taffee (32) 30pts, 3rd Anne Moore (24) 28pts.

Wednesday, March 9 14 hole competition (sponsor carmel Coleman) 1st Mary Dagg (21) 27pts, 2nd Grace Ann Finnergan (25) 24pts, 3rd Stephanie McNiff (10) 23pts.

On Wednesday, March 16, there is a 2 ball team event (scramble played as a normal scramble).

Open Weekend on Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27. Booking now on-line at


THOSE members not competing in the final of the Winter League ventured out on the Esker Hill’s on Sunday last to contest the first 18 hole competition of 2011. Conditions were cool but dry and the scoring was excellent. Andrew Bourke took the role of Hon Treasurer of the club this year and when he totted up his card at the end of his round he found himself with the winning score of 39 points. Gary Scanlon took the spoils in category one with a fine score of 38 points and Catch Malloy’s efforts secured him top spot in category three with an excellent 37 points.

Patrick Egan was back in the winning circle again this week when his 37 points topped all in category three. The Front Nine was very tight and after an examination of cards it went to Alan Lowry with 21 points, winning on the back three. Andrew Bourke’s took the back nine with 21 points which added up to a fine start to the season for the Hon Treasurer.

Winter League Final: Our friends in Tullamore Hardware again kindly sponsored the 2011 Winter League and our thanks are extended to Jimmy, Johnny and all in Tullamore Hardware for their continued support.

Captain Sean Doolan tossed a coin to see who would have the choice of play on the tee and when Loretta Flynn won the toss she opted to go first. Loretto was out in the first match against Anna Kavanagh. Anna played some excellent golf to halt proceedings on the 14th to comfortably win the first match.

Three birdies on 14, 15 and 16 gave Luke Mannerings a second point for his team against Barry Gillespie with the focus then switching to the match between Michael McEvoy and Robert Dunne. Robert was giving Michael ten shots and putting up an excellent fight but Michael held his nerve and took the all-important third point for his team. Brendan Kennedy looked like taking a fourth point for the winning team in his match against Martin Devine and Nigel Dunne seemed destined to take a consolation point for the runners up when Club Captain Sean Doolan called the final two matches in.

The teams retired to the club house to enjoy some well deserved refreshments and to take stock of the days events. Presentations and speeches took place afterwards with the Club Captains Sean Doolan and Vivienne Dunican united in their praise for a well run competitive event and complimented the teams on the sporting manner in which the played their matches. Thanks were also extended to the Club Competitions Secretary Paul Stewart who looked after the running of the competition and who contended with the largest entry list in the clubs history.

The winning team: Anna Kavanagh (19), Luke Mannerings (6), Michael McEvoy(17), Brendan Kennedy (19), John O’Shea (15)

The Runners Up: Loretto Flynn (24), Barry Gillespie (5), Robert Dunne (7), Martin Devine (10), Nigel Dunne (9)

Weekend Away: This year’s weekend away is almost upon us and those wishing to travel on the 8th of April are reminded that deposits are now due. Hon Secretary Liam Boland has an excellent weekend planed for those traveling to the sunny south east.

Captains Drive In: This years Captains Drive In takes place on Sunday, March 27 and is a must for every members diary as Captains Sean and Vivienne have a great day planned. All members are welcome on the day so please attend.

Scotch Foursomes: Next Sunday’s competition is played in Scotch Foursomes format and where possible members are asked to use this event to play with potential playing partners of the up and coming inter club matches.


UNTIL recently, life has been relatively simple for all businesses including golf clubs when it came to gaining new members and customers. However, businesses are now fighting for survival and that their potential audience is becoming increasingly segmented and they have to offer different variations of their products or services in order to meet demand and compete.

To this end Edenderry Golf has review its membership structure and are now offering a new range of membership options. The following is a listing of membership options: 1 Full Membership €662, 2 5 Day Membership €400, 3 Beginner Adult €250, 4 Country Member €299, 5 Junior Member €85, 6 Juvenile Member €50.

Edenderry is a top class championship golf course controlled and regulated by the members themselves in the best interest of all the members. The aim is to make the game of golf accessible to everyone from all walks of life, not just the avid golfer. All golfers, beginners and newcomers, welcome.

If you are interested in joining a top class golf club and having inexpensive fun and enjoyment contact Valerie at 046 97 31072.

Kearney in Devastating Form: Allenwood golfer Peter Kearney playing off a handicap of 17 started the new golfing season in devastating form when winning first and second prize with playing partners Timmy McInerney also playing off a handicap of 17 and Christy Mangan playing off a handicap of 15 in the Pro-Vend sponsored cross entry fourball played over the weekend.

With weather conditions less then favourable a large entry of over two hundred members nevertheless turned out to honoured the sponsor Pro-Vend who has down through the years been a more then generous sponsor of Edenderry Golf Club.

As stated above Peter Kearney and Timmy McInerney romped home to win first prize with a great score of 46 points, Peter Kearney also took second prize with Christy Mangan with 44 points. Maynooth golfer Terry Moore playing off a handicap of 10 and Celbridge golfer Niall Burchill playing off a handicap of 22 captured third prize with 44 points.

Full Result: 1st Peter Kearney and Timmy McInerney 46 pts, 2nd Peter Kearney and Christy Mangan 44 pts, 3rd Terry Moore and Niall Burchill 44 pts.

On Thursday, March 17 St Patrick’s Day the EK Tyres Open Scramble, sponsored by Eugene and Carmel Kearney takes place. Teams of Ladies, Gents or Mixed (any combination) can take part. Visitors are very welcome. Top class catering by Michael and Eileen McDonnell available with some great specials, so come along and enjoy the golf and food in a welcoming and friendly environment.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 19 & 20 the Oakwood Inn Club Singles will take place, generously sponsored by Eugene and Monica Byrne. This competition is renowned and acknowledged for its large entries and hopefully this year will be no different.

The Inter Club Competition year in upon us once again with the Barton Cup team playing its preliminary round of the competition against Moyvalley Golf Club on Saturday next March 19 at 1.30pm. Edenderry have three matches away and two at home. Best of luck to all the lads.


THE semi-finals of the Martin’s Golf sponsored Winter League were played on Sunday. In the first semi, teams captained by Noel Mooney & Mick Lennon went into battle and after a titanic struggle the teams were deadlocked at 3 matches each. Mick Lennon’s team then went on to win after a designated player from each team played extra holes.

The second semi was a much more one sided affair with the team that was expertly led by team captain Dan Cunningham out gunned Kieran McGurran’s team in all departments.

The final of the winter league will take place next Sunday, March 20 with tee off at 11.30. Best of luck to both teams.

Scoring was again of high standards at Sundays members competition .Winner on the day was one of the club’s new members in Brendan Kiernan (14) with a great score of 45pts. Cat 1 was won by Shay Egan (6) 38pts . Cat 2 winner Gerry Byrne (15) 39pts . Cat 3 winner Brendan Hennessy (16) 41pts . Cat 4 winner Brendan Cuskelly (22) 42pts . Junior section winner Lee O Meara (16) 36pts. Jimmy Slattery was seen putting a new blade in his cutting machine to sort out some of the above.

Last weeks Thursday Open was by the legend that is one Robert Hogan (5) with a great score of 38pts. This open seems to be getting more popular as more golfers from various clubs are playing almost every week.

The Tuesday Senior Open was again very well supported with the ever green Mick Lennon winning with a score of 37pts followed closely by the ever greener Haul Malone with 36 pts.

Spring Lamb No 11 was won by Aidan Lyons (20) 21pts & Lamb No 12 was won by John McCormack (12) 22pts.


LAST week’s winner of the 18 Hole stableford was Lady Captain Eileen Wynne. Next Saturday, March 19 sees the first of our GOY competitions. 18 Hole Stroke Play tee time 1.30pm. The sponsor for this competition is Noelle Interiors Tullamore & Daingean.


RESULT of 18 hole stroke (sponsor Mary Miller) on Tuesday, March 8 - 1st Helen Whelehan, 2nd Sharon Culliton, Gross Monica Culliton, 4th Nora Purcell, 5th Stephanie Gorman.


CAPTAINS Joe Slevin and Rita Delaney with Presidents Tony McTague and Gemma Butler held their traditional drive in on Sunday. The weather conditions were benign and the members turned out in force to give our Captains and Presidents every encouragement for the season ahead.

At the prize giving later in the evening the Captains thanked all who took part. They had special praise for the organising committee and all the staff who helped to make the day such a resounding success. They encouraged the members to take part in all the club’s competitions and wished all a very enjoyable and successful golfing season.

Results: Seniors - 1st Brian Guinan, Ken McDowell, John Coleman & Coleman Loughnane 35; 2nd Michael Stephens, Eamon Foley & Dan Kealy 38.

Captains’ Drive in 1st Roger Byrne, Kian Harte, Sean Moylan & Dick Johnston 41pts, 2nd Aidan Farrelly, Sean Hanniffy, Rody Molloy & Pat Gleeson 44.1 pts; 3rd Marie Keane, Theresa Fealy, Enda Carroll & Sean Bergin 44.4pts. Nearest flags were Tom King, Agnes Doolin, Darragh Kennedy and Martina O’Brien.

Sincere congratulations to our hard working ground staff who have the course in such splendid order after what must have been a very difficult winter season for all concerned.

We can say without any contradiction that our greens are second to none in the entire area. Well done to all.

As last year’s table quiz proved so popular we are having a repeat on Thursday, March 24 at 8.30pm. Please bring along your friends for a most enjoyable evening with plenty of spots and prizes.


THE Drive In took place on Sunday, March 13. Congratulations and our best wishes to Captains Joe and Rita and Presidents Tony and Gemma as they officially launched the Golfing Year 2011 in front of a very large turnout on the day.

The Winter Spring League Final kindly sponsored by Costcutters, Birr took place on Saturday, March 12 with the four top teams taking part with five scores on each team counting. Congratulations to Team A Vera Smyth, Kate Flynn, Marie Corcoran, Carmel Ryan, Caroline Guinan and Pat Fleury who had a great score of 116 points on the day with Team G Siobhán Tynan, Maura Flannery, Patrice Delaney, Majella Duffy, Maeve Garry, Mary Dolan taking second place with 103 points. The presentation of the League and outstanding nine hole competitions took place on Saturday evening. Compliments were extended to everyone for the huge commitment and turnout to support the Winter Spring League this year and also to the competitions committee who had the huge task of organizing teams and keeping the scores up to date and posted each week – well done!

9 Hole Non-Qualifying League: 1st Valerie Coleman – 15 points, 2nd Jo Conniffe – 13 points.

Marie Keating 9 Hole: Front Nine – Valerie Coleman 18 points Back Nine – Vera Smyth 19 points.

9 Hole (February 13) - Vera Smyth 18 points, Denise Delaney 17 points.

18 Hole Competition - Ladies please note that the first 18 Hole Competition sponsored by Hedgegrows (Mary Noonan) will take place on this Saturday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 23. Timesheet on Saturday with draws on Wednesday.

9 Hole ongoing 1 – 9. There is a nine-hole ongoing competition running at the moment.

At the moment the draws are made for the various ILGU competitions and the panels are being drawn up at present. The competitions commence in April. Regular updates on team progress will be posted in this column – watch this space!


THE winners of the weekly Offaly Club Alliance held at Erry Pitch & Putt Club on Sunday, March 13 were as follows (Three ball scamble): 36 Nett – Sean Robinson (Ferbane), Sean Buckley (Ferbane) & Mary McKenna (Ferbane) 61, 36 Gross – Simon Bracken (Tullamore), Patsy Reams (Ferbane) & Angus Coughlan (Ferbane) 84. Next Sunday, March 20 the final Alliance will take place at Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club at 2.30pm sharp after which all Alliance prizes will be presented. All are welcome and extended thanks to all who have been supporting the Alliances so far!

The winner of this week’s Lotto Bonus Ball was number 23, Tullamore’s Lucy Galvin.

Erry Pitch & Putt Club is holding their annual St Patrick’s Day Scramble at 3pm on Thursday, March 17. All members from Erry, Tullamore and Ferbane are welcome to take part.


THE second day’s play in the Tullamore Business House League was held on Sunday last at the Arden course. Results from the days play were:

Group A: Sin Bin A 9; Sin Bin B 5; Goalpost 12; Fergies 2

Group B: Gallant 11; Galvins 3; Annie Kellys a bye

Next Sundays fixtures are Group A Sin Bin A versus Fergies and Sin Bin B Versus Goalposts. In Group B Annie Kellys Versus Gallant and Galvins get a bye.

Progressive 25’s: The progressive 25’s continue each Tuesday night at 9pm. Last weeks winners were Charlie and Bernie Palmer. Runners up were Ger Palmer and John Leonard.

Dancing: Old time dancing continues on Thursday nights at 8pm in the clubhouse. New dancers are heartily welcome.

Membership: Membership is now due and your attention to this is very much appreciated.