News from the fairways

TULLAMORE: RESULTS: Holmpatrick Cup, March 19 & 20 (sponsored by Walsh & Walsh Financial Consultants) - 1st John O’Shea (8) & Brian Dolan (14) 45 points, 2nd Mick Gillespie (15) & TF Walsh (14) 45 points, 3rd Joe Morris (12) & Willie Egan (16) 44 points.

TULLAMORE: RESULTS: Holmpatrick Cup, March 19 & 20 (sponsored by Walsh & Walsh Financial Consultants) - 1st John O’Shea (8) & Brian Dolan (14) 45 points, 2nd Mick Gillespie (15) & TF Walsh (14) 45 points, 3rd Joe Morris (12) & Willie Egan (16) 44 points.

The competition brought out the highest turnout this year so far with some fantastic shooting from repeat winners John O’Shea and Brian Dolan. John and Brian were the county champions in the Holmpatrick Cup in 2005. Michael Egan and Gerry McCarthy were unlucky to miss out on the prizes with an excellent 44 pts.

St Patrick’s Day 3 Person Team Event (sponsored by J&M Jewellers) - 1st Liam Mooney, Joe Egan & Benny Molloy 90 pts, 2nd David McCann, David Deering & Pascal McCann 88 pts, 3rd David Flanagan,Eoin Flanagan & Shane Molloy 88pts.

FBD Barton Cup: Tullamore play Moate next Sunday, March 27 at 2.45pm. Team is - Home: C Flanagan / L Lynam & R O’Grady / T Martin, Away: P O’Reilly / L McGuinness, S McKeogh / R Coughlan & J Daly / P Daly.

Best wishes to them in what is the club’s first team outing of 2011.

Presentations for the Winter League, Aggregate Fourball, 3 Person Team Event & Holmpatrick Cup this Sunday evening March 27 at 6pm sharp. All prize winners are asked to attend.

Club History: The hard work over almost two years by the History Committee will come to fruition at the presentation on Sunday evening with the official launch of the history of Tullamore Golf Club. Golf has been played in the Tullamore area since 1886 and the Tullamore Club came into existence in 1896. Although it is usual for a Club to complete its History for its centenary year, this did not happen in 1996, however this has now been rectified and the publication is eagerly awaited. All are welcome to attend Sunday evening to mark this significant occasion and copied will be available for sale at €25.

EDENDERRY

THE St Patrick’s Day Open Four Person Scramble generously sponsored by EK Tyres, Eugene and Carmel Kearney, was very well supported with over two hundred and fifty competitors taking part, and with the gorgeous spring weather, the golf course in excellent condition all entrants had an enjoyable day on the golf course and a pleasurable evening in the club house with excellent food from cordon bleu chefs Michael and Eileen McDonnell. Well done to everybody.

First prize was won in great style by John Sheehan, Tom O’Halloran, Denis Breen and Val Costello with a wonderful score of 51.4 just outdoing Sean Murray, Margaret Murray, Pauline Holton and Dermot Bergin who carded 52.00.

Full result: 1st Tom O’Halloran, John Sheehan, David Breen and Val Costello 51.4, 2nd Sean Murray, Margaret Murray, Pauline Holton and Dermot Bergin 52.0.

The Oakwood Inn Club Singles most kindly sponsored by long standing and generous sponsor Eugene and Monica Byrne, was played on Saturday and Sunday last. The turnout of members for this competition was exceptionally high and we wish to thank our members for their continued support of the club competitions. First prize went to Dublin golfer Darren Mulready with an excellent score of 40 points. Class A went to PJ Townsend also on 40 points with Class B going to JA Kelly on 38 points. Naas golfer Gerry Byrne took Class C also with 40 points and Class D was won by John O’Hare

Full result: 1st Darren Mulready 40pts, Class A PJ Townsend 40pts, Class B JA Kelly 38pts, Class C Gerry Byrne 40pts, Class D John O’Hara 36pts.

The first presentation evening of the new golfing season will take place on Saturday evening next March 26 at 8pm sharp. The prizes for the Pro-Vend Cross Entry Fourball, the St Patrick’s Day Open Four Person Scramble and the Oakwood Inn Single Stableford Competition will be presented. All prize winners are requested to attend.

Next weekend’s gents competition is a Club Fourball competition sponsored by Robert McDermott of Eden Print. Edenderry Golf Club would like to express gratitude to all sponsors for their continued support.

The ladies competition on Thursday, March 24 is an 18 hole Singles competition kindly sponsored by Margaret and Gretta and the Lady Captain Trudy O’Neill would like to thank all sponsors for their generosity.

Edenderry Golf Club and Moyvalley Golf and Country Club played their preliminary round of the prestigious FBD Barton Cup inter club competition on Sunday last with Edenderry starting out with a distant disadvantage having to play three of the five matches away.

Edenderry gave a very spirited performance with some notable performances; however the disadvantage of playing three matches away proved too big a burden with Edenderry going down by three matches to two matches. Congratulations to Moyvalley and well done.

Congratulations to the Captains of Highfield Golf Club Jack Gunning and Nora Walsh on their most successful drive in on Sunday last, and may you have a great and rewarding year from our Captains Brendan Bergin and Trudy O’Neill, Presidents Liam Corcoran and Lucy Dempsey, all the officers, committee members and members of Edenderry Golf Club.

Happy birthday to Master Chef Eileen McDonnell on her birthday last Saturday.

CASTLE BARNA

THE final of the Martin’s Golf sponsored Winter League were played on Sunday. In the final, teams captained by Dan Cunningham & Mick Lennon went into battle and after a titanic struggle on the front nine Dan’s team had a slender lead. Mick Lennon’s team battled hard on the back nine to try and turn the match around, but Dan Cunningham’s team were solid and held on to take a well deserved victory. Well done to all who participated and organizsd this years Winter League competition, it has been a great success.

The winners and runners up of the Winter League Final will be presented next Sunday, March 27 at 5.30pm sharp.

Single Stableford: Scoring was again of a high standard at Sunday’s members competition. Winner on the day and keeping the O’Meara’s winning streak still going with a great score of 43pts was Michael O’Meara. Category 1 was won by John Fagan with 40pts. Category 2 winner Stephen Brennan 41pts. Category 3 winner Martin Furlong 42pts. Cat 4 winner Dave Berry 41pts. Junior section winner Conor Casey 42pts.

St Patrick’s Day: Last week’s Thursday Open was very well attended. Ronan Connelly (11) Heath GC brought in a superb score of 45pts and only just clinched it on the back 9. 2nd Conor Casey 45pts, 3rd Stephen Brennan 43pts, 4th Lee O’ Meara 41pts, 5th Anthony Marsh 41pts, 6th Sean Doyle 40pts.

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.

The 2 ball scramble was won by Noel Harte and Margaret Harte a strong husband and wife combination.

Junior: A few details on the outing to Mullingar arranged by our Captain Kieran McGurran for our Fred Daly panel. Eight juniors took part E Mahon, R Coffey, S Lynch, S Daly, C Casey, D Molloy, L O’Meara, D Brazil. Kieran put up a beautiful piece of Galway crystal for the winner inscribed Away Outing which was won by Richard Coffey with a fine score of 39pts on the day and it was Richard’s 18th birthday as well. The juniors played along side some of the seniors who helped out on the day - captain Kieran McGurran, Vice captain Anthony Lynch, Sec Brian McCormack, John M Lynch - Jimmy Slattery - Liam Scally and Martin Furlong. The seniors had a small consideration at the request of past captain Liam Scally €5 a head was the damage and it was John M Lynch who took the money with a score of 36pts. Many thanks must go to Kieran for organising the day a great occasion for the juniors a good team building event which was enjoyed by all.

Upcoming events: Sunday, March 27 - Foursomes Qualifier. Presentation Evening - March 27 at 5.30pm sharp. April 1 - Mens Singles Matchplay open for entries. April 3 - Mens GOY single stableford.

CASTLE BARNA LADIES

SATURDAY, March 19 was the first GOY this year, sponsor was Noelle Interiors Tullamore & Daingean. Winner Lady Captain Eileen, Category 1 Ruth Curran, Category 2 Mary Foy, Category 3 Bríd Connor.

Next Saturday, March 26 at 1.30pm Ladies 18 V Par.

Congratulations to Winter League winners the final took place on Sunday, March 20. Big thanks to sponsor Martin’s Golf World Athlone. Team captain Dan Cunningham, Jim Burke, Ger Mooney, Anthony Lynch Micheal Farrell and well done to the lady representative Jane Kennedy.

PORTARLINGTON

RESULTS: Wednesday, March 16 - 18 Hole Open Stableford 1st John Gordon 43pts(b9), 2nd Matthew O Connell 43pts, Gross Stuart Carter 37pts, 3rd Charles Colbert 41pts.

St Patrick’s Day Scramble (sponsor Tom & Margaret Flanagan) - 1st Martin G Kelly, Thomas Friary, Thomas Fitzpatrick & Andy Molloy 55 4/7, 2nd Leo Defew 55, Mark Hand, Anthony O’Reilly & Austin Fenlon 55 6/7, 3rd John P Lawlor, Gerry Lawlor, Sean Lawlor & Karl Whelan 56 3/7, 4th Michael Murphy, Michael Fitzpatrick, John Gordon & Jean Gordon 57.

Friday, March 18 - 18 Hoel Seniors Open - 1st Michael Murphy 38pts(b9), 2nd John J McCarthy 38pts(b9), 3rd Pat Lyne 38pts.

Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20 - Holmpatrick Fourball 18 Hole Stableford (sponsor Courtfields Restaurant - John & Martha Davies) 1st Peter Watchorne & Sean Smyth 47pts, 2nd Michael Feeley & Michael Slattery 45pts(b6), 3rd Liam Kearney & Brain Kearney 45pts.

Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20 - Club Fourball 18 Hole Stableford (sponsor Smyth Fuels Sean Smyth) 32 qualified all 38pts and better.

Competition: Wednesday, March 23 - Men’s Open 18 Hole Single’s Stableford. Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27 Daffodil Day 18 Hole stableford (Ladies, sponsor Joe & Maura Fitzpatrick).

PORTARLINGTON LADIES

RESULTS: Tuesday, March 15 (sponsor Vindee Hair Salon) 18 Hole Stableford 1st Gretta Foran 39pts, 2nd Sharon Culliton 39pts, 3rd Carmel O’ Donnell 38pts, 4th Margaret Watchorne 35pts, 5th Nora Purcell 33pts.

ESKER HILLS

MEMBERS Scotch Foursomes: The members enjoyed a change from the singles format on Sunday last when they teed up to play Scotch Foursomes. Team managers were notably on hand with the scoring perused in great detail as the searched for potential pairings in the up and coming inter club competitions. Conditions were excellent and the course was in top order allowing members display the best of their talents. Scoring was of a high caliber with Paul Rudge and Ross Scanlon returning a tally of 45 points to take first place by one shot over Con Finnerty and Matt Murphy. Frank Ryan and Dan Hackett were one shot back to claim third spot with 43 points.

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

This year’s 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.

BIRR

SUNDAY sees the first of the Captain’s medals for the 2011 season. Bernard Kennedy, last year’s Captain, introduced this interesting competition. It proved very popular with the members and this year’s Captain Joe Slevin is continuing with the innovation. The club are grateful to Martin McCarthy of Sport’s Wear Direct for his generous sponsorship.

Members and their friends are invited to come along and take part in our table quiz on Thursday, March 24 at 8.30pm.

Results: Weekend 14h Stableford - 1st Pat Molloy 36pts, 2nd Matt Feenane 34pts, 3rd Willie Milne 33pts.

Open 3-ball February Qualifiers - 1st John Conniffe, John Kelly, Thady Clancy 90pts, 2nd Flan Lyons, Aidan Shanahan, Ollie Nolan 83 pts, 3rd Brendan Hogan, Martin Young, Christy McGarry 82pts.

Congratulations to Billy Donlon (71 Gross) on winning the Senior Alliance in Moate GC. Also to Tom Rigney (73) on getting 3rd nett.

Seniors - Tom Wright, Seamas Coakley, Dick Johnston 36; Tony McTague, John Coleman, Billy Donlon, Eamon Moore 38. Outing to Portumna on Thursday, April 7 at 10am.

BIRR LADIES

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 organising teams and keeping the scores up to date and posted each week – well done.

For your diary: 18h competition on Saturday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 30, sponsored by Molloy’s Pub, Connaught Street.

The members extend deepest sympathy to Philip Guilfoyle and his family on the death of his wife Lisa in Birr recently.

CENTRAL HOTEL GOLFING SOCIETY

THE Central Hotel Golfing Society, Tullamore held their first outing of 2011 in Portarlington Golf Club. They had a great attendance on the day and the course was in supreme condition. A very special thanks to the greens committee for the wonderful condition of the course and to Portarlington GC who looked after us very well. Victor on the day with a great score of 43pts was Matt Doyle.

1st Category 1 Noel Kelly 37pts, 2nd Category 1 Alan O’Connell 37pts, 1st Category 2 Enda Mollen 37pts b9, 2nd Categroy 2 Shay Holleran 37pts.

Special thanks to the Central Hotel for their sponsorship and also to O’Malley’s restaurant in the hotel for the nearest the pin and longest drive prizes. Nearest the pin Declan Rogers. Longest drive Alan O’Connell.

Next outing is on April 30 in Mountrath. Time-sheet available in the Central Hotel. All new members welcome. Contact 057 93 60034.

BALLINAGAR GOLF SOCIETY

IT IS that time of year again when cobwebs are removed from the golf bags. Ballinagar Golf Society will hold its first outing for 2011 at Birr GC on Saturday next, March 26 with tee times reserved between 11am & 12 noon. Hope to see a big turnout to get the year off to a good start.

SEERY’S GOLF SOCIETY

SEERY’S Golf Society will hold its first outing for 2011 at Esker Hills GC on Saturday, April 2 with tee times reserved between 10 & 11am.

OFFALY PITCH & PUTT

THE final stage of the Club Alliance took place in Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club on Sunday, March 20 after which all the prizes from each stage were presented to the winners.

The winners from the final Alliance were as follows: 36 Mixed Nett – John Connolly (Tullamore) & Ann Minnogue (Ferbane) 76, 36 Mixed Gross – Joe Egan (Erry) & D. Byrne (Tullamore) 94, 36 Gents Nett – Joe McGrath Jnr. (Erry) & Declan Kelly (Erry) 70, 36 Gents Gross – Patsy Reams (Ferbane) & Mick Kenny (Ferbane) 89.

The Offaly County Board would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Alliance over the past three months and to thank Erry, Ferbane and Tullamore Clubs for hosting the competition and providing welcomed refreshments each week.

Erry St Patrick’s Day Scramble – The winners of the club’s St. Patrick’s Day Two-Ball Scramble were as follows: 36 Nett – Joe Egan (Erry) & Patrick Maher (Erry) 76, 36 Gross – Joe McGrath Jnr. (Erry) 83, 36 R/Up Nett – Sean Robinson (Ferbane) & Aongus Coughlan (Ferbane) 79, 36 R/Up Gross – Ted Kidney (Erry) & Larry Maher Jnr. (Erry) 86, Third 36 Nett – Patsy Reams (Ferbane) & Francis Minnogue (Ferbane) 81. Thanks to all the participants who played in the event and to the Erry Club who welcomed Ferbane and Tullamore to take part in their competition.

The Pitch & Putt season in the midlands officially tees-off this coming weekend with the Jack McCormack Memorial Westmeath Classic on Sunday, March 27 at Kilbeggan Pitch & Putt Club (Play commences at 8am and last card is at 2.30pm.).

This event is quickly followed by our own prestigious Offaly Co. Board Scratch Cup on Sunday, April 3 which is hosted by Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club. The title was won by Erry’s William Buckley last year in which was a record breaking attendance of over 120 players for the event. Play commences at 9am and the last card is at 1.30pm with the play-off scheduled for 5pm. All registered PPUI members are very welcome!

TULLAMORE PITCH & PUTT

THE semi-finals in the Tullamore Business House League will be held on Sunday next March 27 at 10am. The first to tee off are Gallant Embroidery versus Sin Bin A and the second semi final will see Goal Post against Annie Kelly’s. Wishing them all the best of luck.

The progressive 25 continues each Tuesday night at 9pm. Last weeks results saw a tie between Mick Hogan and Una Pyke with Sheila and Eamon Fox.

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