GOLF LOG

TULLAMORE

TULLAMORE

THE results of this weekend’s competition were as follows: Winner John Deering(20) 31pts, Category 1 1st John McNiff (11) 31pts, Category 2 1st Eamon Buggy (12) 31pts, Category 3 1st Eddie Dunne (22) 30pts.

There were 8 winners in the 2’s club. Winners can collect their vouchers from the Pro Shop.

Next weekend’s competition is an 18 hole Scotch Foursomes and members are also reminded the the Captains Drive-in takes place on the following Sunday, March 6 where the format will be a 2 Gentlemen & 1 Lady team event.

Delicious weather on Saturday and patchy weather on Sunday were the backdrop to an excwiting weekend of Winter League (sponsored by JD Scanlon & Co - Dermot Scanlon) play-offs. Eighty players teed-off on Saturday morning and after two days of competition only four teams remain. Many thanks to all who took part and turned up on time as it made for a very smooth running of the competition.

Whilst each match had its own fair share of drama, two items are worthy of note. Firstly young Conor Flanagan served up an incredible shot on the Par 3 12th hole leaving the ball three inches from the hole. Conor’s maturity in the way he hid his disappointment with his team’s overall result augurs well for this young man’s future in the sport.

Secondly it took an adrenaline fuelled four additional play-off holes before a winner could be declared in the match between Brendan Dooley and John Casey. Overall the new format was very favourably commented upon and served up a feast of golf.

The semi-final matches will take place next Saturday starting at 11.10am - please see online booking and/or club noticeboards for teetimes. The Winter League Final is down for decision on Sunday, February 27 at 1pm. Best of luck to all.

Tullamore GC, managed by Pat Corcoran, play Moate GC in our first match. Team trials take place next Saturday, February 26 and Saturday, March 5 at 2pm. Please see noticeboards for pairings. It is envisaged that the panel will be selected on Wednesday, March 9.

TULLAMORE LADIES

RESULTS: Ladies’ 14 hole competition on Wednesday, February 16, sponsored by L Flynn. 1st Anne Coughlan (26) 29 pts, 2nd Jacinta Cox (31) 28 pts, 3rd Mary Fogarty (20) 28 pts.

Ladies Open Days 2011: March 26 & 27 - Open Fourball Weekend. April 24 & 25 – Open Singles. May 1 - Open Singles.

Open Week, May 27 to June 6 - May 29 Open Singles (12 noon – 4pm), May 31 Open Team Event – (any combination), June 2 Ladies Open Day – 3 Ball Team Event. June 6 2011 Ladies Open Fourball. July 31 & August 1 Ladies Open Singles Weekend. August 31 Ladies Open 3 Ball Betterball.

EDENDERRY

CAPTAINS’ Drive In at 5pm Sunday: Club Captain Brendan Bergin and Lady Captain Trudy O’Neill Captains’ Drive In Competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6. The competition is a four person (Ladies, Gents or any combination) team event sponsored by Emo Oil.

Club Captain Brendan and Lady Captain Trudy ably assisted by Club President Liam Corcoran and Lady President Lucy Dempsey will formally launch the 2010 golfing season by driving the first golf balls into play on Sunday next March 6 at 5pm and in doing so they will engrave their names into the historical folklore of Edenderry Golf Club.

After the official Drive In at 5pm, light refreshments will be served in the clubhouse followed by the presentation of the competition prizes to the lucky winners. All members, friends and intended members are welcome.

Weekend results: With weather conditions improving a great number of members took part in the weekend competition which was played over 15 holes and it was a clean sweep for Kildare golfers with first prize been won by Kilcock golfer Michael (Mixer) O’Brien with a super score of 32 points with Paddy Coyne taking second prize with 31 points with Allenwood golfer John Smith also on 31 points capturing 3rd prize. Congratulations to all the winners and best on luck for the New Year.

Full Result: 1st Michael O’Brien 32pts, 2nd Paddy Coyne 31pts Back Nine, 3rd John Smith 31pts.

Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary: Congratulations Cllr Noel Bourke and his wife Carmel on their 40th wedding anniversary. Well done to all their friends and relations for keeping the surprise a secret. Long life and happiness to you both from all your friends in Edenderry Golf Club and thanks for a great party.

The timesheet for the Men’s Club Fourball Competition will be posted on the main notice board on the Captains’ Drive In weekend Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6. Member wishing to enter this competition should place their names on the timesheet as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

ESKER HILLS

THE rain threatened to appear on occasions on Sunday morning last but in the end held off to allow the members enjoy competing in the Members Number 3 13 Hole competition. Those who teed it up were treated to a superb challenge with the course in excellent order. The greens were at their challenging best and a stiff breeze added to the test who undoubtedly enjoyed their round.

Peter Fuchs returned an excellent score of 29 points to secure the top spot while John O’Shea, John Sammon and David Dunne all returned 28 points. After a review of the cards the count back showed that John O’Shea had taken second place with John Sammon in Third and David Dunne settling for fourth place.

Members No 3 Results: 1st Peter Fuchs 29 pts, 2nd John O’Shea 28pts, 3rd John Sammon 28pts, 4th David Dunne 28pts.

Members are again reminded that there are just a few places available on this years annual weekend away. Those wishing to travel are asked to put their names down on the sheet provided on the members notice board in the club house.

CASTLE BARNA

RESULTS: 1st Overall Stephen Egan Snr 42pts, Cat 1 Derek Hannon 39pts, Cat 2 Ken Fitzpatrick 42pts, Cat 3 Michael O’Meara 42pts, Cat 4 Dave Berry 40pts, Junior Damien Mooney 39pts.

Due to the very unsettled weather the final round of Martin’s Golf Winter League proved to be a blustery and hard day to get a good score in, some requiring a good score and others safely over the cut off line. It has been decided that the top 40 players will qualify with the best 3 cards to count. The Leader with only one round to play was Dave Berry by 5 points over a determined Adrian Stewart and Colin ‘The Goose’ Carey. Others were somewhat in contention but were more concerned with the bragging rights of winning the all important bet Liam Scally and Anthony Lynch to name a few.

Dave Berry after a scotching on the papers last week about arriving in a colorful Blouse and tee issues was out to prove a point and to squeeze another score in. Hard as the trailing players tried they could not handle the dangling Berry in the wind he brought in another brilliant score. The strong winds blowing lots of potential golfers chances away, even Colin ‘The Goose’ Carey had his wings snipped.

The Donegal man Adrian Stewart fought hard in the tuff conditions but even his low trajectory on every putt proved to be a uphill battle. Well done to Dave Berry on winning the Martins Golf Winter League leading qualifier competition. Dave is a longtime member of Castle Barna and popular winner but also a great supporter of the club in all weathers. Well done Dave.

Sunday, February 20 competition was won by Stephen ‘Zeb’ Egan shooting 1 over par for 42pts. Stephen a former Captain of Castle Barna is enjoying his first year away from committe duties and seems to be getting more golf played, great shooting Stephen.

Category 1 winner and a regular on the podium is Derek ‘Sergio’ Hannon with a score of 39pts. Derek is a quality ball striker and seemed to find the going easy in the blustery winds.

Category 2 Karate kid Ken Fitzpatrick playing very good golf won his category with 42pts another great supporter of the club and all around nice guy.

Category 3 Michael O’ Meara seems to own this position of late with yet another victory in cat 3. Keeping The O’Meara still needing a bigger trailer to collect all of their winning prizes. 42pts.

Category 4 Its that Man again Dave Berry having a great start to this year keep it going Dave. 40pts.

Junior. A tasty little golfer and one to watch for the future Damien Mooney, his score was 39pts.

Clash of the Titans: Not forgetting the all important bet that was putt on at the start of the Winter league by a former captain Liam Scally (Westmeath) and Vice Captain Anthony Lynch (Kildare). They played together at 11am on Sunday so both could keep an eagle eye on each other. Yes the chat in the clubhouse was that it was a game of two half’s with Scally up by one point at half time, a slender lead, but a lead just the same. Then Lillywhite Lynch took the bull by the horns and decided to put a notch in the carpenter Scallys armour on the 13th hole that left a mark near his pocket . Liam fought Gallantly but failed to recover from the lilly whites experience of playing in the wind . Liam was linked back to the Jeep some what injured , but is said to be recovering well by Mavis side.

Bring a Friend Fund Day: Castle Barna had the privilege of being the host of a very popular event in their calender year. Bring a friend Fun Day has become a great social event if you want to introduce someone you know to golf or your golf club and the atmosphere of Castle Barna. The weather on Saturday was beautiful and there was a lovely warmth on your back from the sun shining while you walked up the fairways. Over 100 people arrived on the day with the golf course buzzing. Great banter was had and the odd chuckle of laughter coming from different areas of the course. There were two 9 hole scramble competitions front and back nines. Anyone starting their nine holes received a free tip or quick lesson from pros David Cully and Joe Frawley.

After all the golf was played all resided to the clubhouse for some finger food and light refreshments, some refreshments lighter than others.

The victors on the day for the front nine were Shane Daly, Dan Cunningham and because Dan had no friends to invite he flew in his relation Rick Hearsey all the way from Canada to play with him. Well done Shane and Rick.

The back nine winners were the Sterling couple of Vincent and Angela Murphy who also flew in Gary O’Riordan all the way from Germany to help them clinch victory.

Lucky dip winners were: Andy Dowdall, Paddy Casey and Camillus McCauley.

Well done to all concerned in the success of a this great day.

Last Thursday the Open had a very big entry with golfers from various clubs taking part. The winner on the day was John Mcormack showing very good form at the moment returning 45 pts. Hot on his heels was Ollie McGlynn returning 43pts.

Spring Lamb No 7 was won by David Gavigan with 22pts. David was last seen driving out of the club car park with the Lamb standing up on the back seat of his car.

Spring Lamb No 8 was won by Colin Carey with 23pts. Colin was seen cleaning the back seat of the car due to the lamb being so nervous there was a possibility of an accident.

Seniors 4 Ball Better Ball: Last Tuesday the Seniors 4 Ball Better Ball was won by a baking hot team strumming a good score together of 40pts for 16 holes. Winners John Lowbridge and Mattie Corcoran. 2nd Jim Nolan and Kevin McNamee.

Upcoming Events: 3 Ball Rumble/15 hole on March 6. Captains Drive in Sunday, March 6 at 2pm, 3 Ball scramble afterwards. March 11 Glow in the Dark Golf. Mixed foursomes. Book your place now only €20. Limited numbers. Thursday, February 24 10.30am Castle Barna v Tullamore juniors U-18 and U-15 your support is welcome.

Winter League: Team A Dave Berry (27), Stephen Egan Snr (8), Camillus McCauley (14), Jimmy Slattery (24), Shay Egan (6), Jeanette McCormack. Sub: Aidan Donagher (19).

Team B Adrian Stewart (20), Liam Scally (13), Paddy Casey (19), Darren O’Meara (28), Kieran McGurran (9), Angela Lynch, Sub: Michael Brereton (3).

Team C Colm Carey (24), John M. Lynch (6), Kevin Prendergast (24), Kevin Quinn (22), Pat Fay (21), Mary Colgan. Sub: Conor Casey (21).

Team D John O’Meara (13), Jim Kelly (14), Shamie Feerey (15), Damien Mooney (26), Robert Hogan (5), Eileen Wynne, Sub: Brian Bermingham (22).

Team E Darren Fox (17), Seán Lynch (5), Stephen Harte (13), Noel Mooney (23), Noel Baker (18), Mavis Scally, Sub: Darren Conlon (28).

Team F Murty Quinn (10), Eamonn Lawlor (Port) (14), Chris Merrigan (22), Michael Lennon (15), Pat Rogers (13), Eilish O’Connell, Sub: John Lowbridge (21).

Team G Micheál Farrell (20), Anthony Lynch (21), Dermot Cunningham (13), Jim Baker (15), Ger Mooney (11), Jane Kennedy, Sub: Ethan Mann (15).

Team H: Stephen Brennan (15), Martin Furlong (17), Declan Rogers (6), Terry Carroll (19), Noel Harte (11), Mary Foy, Sub: Seán Doyle (24).

Quarter-final draw: (1) Team D v Team B, (2) Team A v Team F, (3) Team E v Team H, (4) Team C v Team G.

Sunday, March 13, semi-finals - Winners of Q/F 2 v Winners of Q/F 3 & Winners of Q/F 1 v Winners of Q/F 4.

Open Days: The Seniors Open continues every Tuesday while the Open Single Stableford is on each Thursday. Visitors are always welcome. Booking available on-line at www.castlebarna.ie or by phoning the clubhouse on 057 93 53384.

PORTARLINGTON

WINTER League, Week 6, February 20 results: Category 1 1st Niall Cooke 27pts (b6), 2nd Peter Watchorne 27pts, 3rd Tom Sheils 26pts (b6). Category 2 1st John Gordon 30pts, 2nd Brendan Griffin 29pts, 3rd Marty Fitzpatrick 28pts (b6). Category 3 1st Eamonn Murphy 28pts (b6), 2nd Sean Coffey 28pts, 3rd Conor Carroll 27pts.

Winter League (overall best five cards) 1st Jimmy ‘B’ O’Reilly 156, 2nd John Gordon 152, 3rd Brian Keogh 145.

BIRR

THE annual Spring League commenced on Saturday with a fine entry of 32 teams. The first three rounds must be completed by March 6 with 4th and 5th rounds to be played between March 7 and March 21. The competition book must be signed and dated before commencement of each round and cards marked with team letter and round number. The top eight teams will qualify for the final which will be played on Sunday, March 27.

For Your Diary: Thursday, February 24 10.15 Seniors. Saturday / Sunday, February 26 & 27 14 Hole Stableford. Tuesday, March 1 10.30 Bridge in Club. Sunday, March 6 Bennett and Dooley Cups. Sunday, March 13 Captains’ Drive In. Seniors: Cat 1 T McTague 33, J Molloy 31, A Joyce 29, S Moylan 29, B McGurk 27; 2 D Johnston 38, J Gilmartin 38, M Stephens 36, E Nevin 34, J Wimms 33; Cat 3 P Walshe 33, T Nestor 32, M Hynes 30, C Loughnane 29, C McGarry 22; Cat 4 S Coakley 31, D Kealy 31, D Hennessy 30, A Jackson 28, T King 28. 14h Stableford: Jerome Molloy (10) 32 pts. Congratulations to Darragh Kennedy on getting a hole in one at the 14th.

Bridge Results: Feb 8 – Joe Kearns / Theresa Fealy 2nd Joanne Loughnane / Frank Doorley. Feb 15 – Phonsie and Maura Kerrigan 2nd John and Roma Gilmartin.

Members are advised that subscriptions are now due. We would be obliged if members would submit payment as soon as possible. Subscriptions may be paid by cash or cheque, credit/debit cards or monthly standing orders. In order to qualify for vouchers membership must be paid before March 1.

Beginners’ Golf: Francie Horan is interested in organising golf lessons for beginners both adult and juniors. Thursday, February 24 has been selected as beginners’ night 7.30-8.30pm. The cost is a very reasonable 10 euro. Please contact Francie at 057 91 20082 or 087 285 7282. Lessons will be given by Paul McAnny, professional at the Golf Shop.

Operation Transformation: Several golf members are taking part in the 10K walk next Saturday at 11am from John’s Mall in Operation Transformation. Why not come along and join in the fun.

BIRR LADIES

THE League is down to the last two weeks and will finish on Saturday, March 5. Ladies, it’s all to play for as there is little or nothing separating the top seven or eight teams so play your part and make the difference to your team placing. The final of the League will take place on Saturday, 12th March and the format will be posted shortly. Please note the change back to the old course i.e. holes 1 – 9. Please familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations of the league prior to playing – see Notice Board for details.

There is a new nine-hole ongoing competition at the moment and will run in conjunction with the league holes 1 – 9.

Group lessons are been organised for ladies who have never played golf and who are interested in taking lessons with a view to becoming a member of Birr Golf Club. Four lessons will take place in the Driving Range, Birr Golf Club on Saturdays commencing in March. Cost is only w40 for the four lessons. This is an ideal opportunity for any lady to come out and try their hand at a new sport that has no age barriers. For further details contact Rita Delaney at (087) 6808173.

The members express deepest sympathy to Pat Pilkington and his family on the death of his mother Mary in Birr last week.

OFFALY PITCH & PUTT

THE winners of last weekend’s Fourball Alliance at Erry were as follows: 36 Nett Billy Buckley Snr. (Erry) (playing 2 balls) 84, 36 Gross Joe McGrath Jnr. (Erry) & Aonghus Coughlin (Ferbane) 93, 36 Nett Runner-Up Joe Pyke (Tullamore) & Eddie Lynch (Tullamore) 87. Next Sunday, February 27, the Alliance takes place at Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club at 2pm sharp. All are welcome!

The winner of this week’s Lotto Bonus Ball was number 35, Tullamore’s Martina Marron. The Offaly Co Board meeting takes place at Erry at 8pm. on Wednesday, February 23.

TULLAMORE PITCH AND PUTT

The Alliance: Joseph Pyke and Eddie Lynch (Tullamore) was among the winners in the Alliance competition last weekend. The competition will be held next Sunday February 27th in Tullamore starting at 2.30pm.

Progressive 25’s: The progressive 25’s continue each Tuesday night at 9pm. Last weeks winners were Andy Boland and Mary Cuskelly. Runners up were Kathleen Hayden and Pauline Murphy.

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

Best wishes: Good wishes are sent to Mick Byrne following his recent surgery. Hoping to see him out and about soon.

Business House League: The Business House League will commence on Sunday, March 6 at the Arden course at 10am.