101st running of the Lumley Cup: Winter wollies were cast aside, practice tips and lessons were put to the test and reality dawned that placing was but a distant memory. There was a great turnout over the weekend with 221 members playing in the 101st running of The Lumley Cup.
Denis Guinan gave a golfing lesson to his panel in the South Leinster in how to avoid a double bogey and was duly rewarded with first prize and possession of the Lumley Cup (kindly sponsored by J&A Lumley & Co) after shooting a tremendous net 65 on Saturday.
Michael Fox came second with 67 on Sunday with two ‘birds’ being recorded and Liam Mooney made his usual appearance in the business end of the proceedings by coming 3rd with 69. Nigel Kearney also had a 69 shooting an excellent 85 gross. Hard luck to a number of other members who were beaten on count-back with 69’s - Lawrence Larkin , Barry Scully and Anthony Galvin. Stuart Grehan shot 2 under 68 to win the gross, a round that included four birdies including two at the Par 3’s.
South Leinster & Leinster Fourball: Denis Guinan will be hoping that his success in the Lumley Cup rubs off on the South Leinster team who are facing Athy next Saturday - April 9 while PJ Barron will be hoping for a win away to Cill Dara in the Leinster Fourball next Sunday April 10. Hopefully the baton from the early success of the Barton Cup team will pass onto both our teams this coming weekend.
Club History: Members are asked to support, and recommend to friends, the recent publication of the Club History which is available for purchase in the Clubhouse at €25. It is an excellent & informative read and illustrates all that is good about Tullamore GC.
Results: Lumley Cup -18 Hole Strokeplay – Winner: Denis Guinan (12) 65; 2nd Michael Fox (12) 67; 3rd Liam Mooney (7) 69; Gross Stuart Grehan(+1) 68 gross; Nigel Kearney (16) 69
PGA Tankard Weekend Competition: In spite of the heavy April showers over the weekend a huge number of members turn out for the PGA Tankard tournament one the most celebrated weekend competitions in the golfing calendar. Sponsored by Eddie and Dean Donoghue the array of prizes on display was second to none. Well done to Eddie, Mary, Dean and all the Donoghue family for their great sponsorship and loyalty to Edenderry Golf Club.
The competition itself proved a very exciting contest with Ballyfore golfer Camillus Donoghue playing off a nine handicap and posting 43 points getting the better of up and
Prize went to Noel Usher also on 41 points with John Brady taking the Gross prize with 35 points.
Full Result: 1st Camillus Donoghue 43pts, 2nd John O’Reilly Jun 41pts, Gross John Brady 35pts, 3rd Noel Usher 41pts, Class A Alan Maher 39pts, Class B Peter Brady 41pts, Class C Paul Bagnall 37pts, Class D Sean Donohue 40pts
Attention All Beginner and Junior Members, Aiden Marsden rules officer with the Leinster Branch of the GUI, will hold a rules seminar in Edenderry Golf Club on Thursday evening, April 14 at 8pm.
In conjunction with this seminar Club Professional Ken O’Brien has agreed to give coaching lessons free of charge, preceding the seminar from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Catering: Caterers Michael and Eileen McDonnell and all the catering staff would like to thank all the members and visitors for their support and loyalty over the last year and especially the weekend of Mother’s Day weekend. Many thanks to all, and we look forward to providing for all your catering needs over the year.
Club Fourball: The draw sheet for the Mens Club Fourball competition has been posted on the Competition Notice Board. Entry fee is €7.50 per player. The competition is limited to 32 Fourballs on a first come basis, so get your names on the draw as soon as possible.
Next Weekend’s Competition: Next weekend’s competition is the Eden Décor Centre Club Fourball competition generously sponsored by John and Orla Killmurray of Eden Décor Centre the leading paint stockist in the midlands. Over the years this competition has been noted for its superb prizes, so many thanks to John and Orla for their commitment and allegiance to Edenderry Golf Club.
Reminder: Just a reminder that the Wednesday Open Singles for Ladies and Gents started on Wednesday with a large number of members and visitors taking advantage of the exceptional value for money entry fee of €5 for members and €8 for visitors. Prizes for both Ladies and Gents. So why not come along and enjoy a round of golf on an outstanding championship course which is in pristine condition and afterwards unwind in the comfort of our elegant clubhouse and pamper yourself with the wonderful cuisine freshly prepared by outstanding chefs Michael and Eileen McDonnell.
Spring League: Congratulations to Simon Hogan and his team on winning the Spring League final with just two points to spare over Sean Moylan’s team. The league had a very successful run with over thirty teams taking part. It was great to see that almost all golfers finished out their rounds which added to the success of the competition.
This weekend we have the qualifying round of the long established Hackett Cup with thirty two players to qualify. Also please note that the entry sheets are in the locker room for the Kenny Cup which is generally recognised as producing the matchplay champion of the Club. Both the Kenny and the Hackett are GOY competitions.
The Open Tuesday Stableford will commence next Tuesday. Please encourage all your friends to come along and enjoy a pleasant round in The Glenns. Presentation of all outstanding prizes this Sunday at 8pm. Please attend.
Results: Spring Cup sponsored by John Hassett of Topline, Crinkill. 1st Andy Masterson (12) 65 nett. 2nd Joe Rowland (13) 67 nett. Gross:Roger Byrne 72. 3rd Liam Coughlin (15) 68 nett. Veteran: John Carroll (15) 71 nett. 2’s Billy Donlon Bernard Kennedy Michael Ashe Pat Bennett. 1st 9 Jeff King 33.5 2nd 9 Bernard Kennedy 31.
2011 Spring League. Best 3 Cards. Winners: Team K. Simon Hogan (Capt) 28 Conor Roche 27 Dick Johnston 31 Liam Hogan 21 Total 86 Runners Up Team S: Sean Moylan (Capt) 28 Paschal Foley 24 Michael Stephens 32 Paul Daly 21 Total 84.
Seniors. T Wright P Grealy D Kealy D Hennessy 74; T Nestor J Molloy E Nevin 72; S Bergin P Byrne T Murtagh L Delaney 45; M Dempsey S RyanT Rosney 46. Results for two weeks.
Outing to Portumna Thursday, April 7. Draw at 10 15am.
Bridge : 1st Joanne Loughnane/Frank Doorley. 2nd Cecelia Doorley/Chris Harvey.
Kevin McGrath: Kevin McGrath golf professional is name taking bookings for his ever popular Easter camps for juveniles. Camps will run for 4 days over the Easter break. For more details call Kevin at the shop or mobile 087 237 9234
GOY Single Stableford: With summer rules in operation & tees on the back sticks for the first time in 2011 scoring was expected to be well down from previous weeks. The big man from Westmeath Jimmy Gallagher had other ideas as he posted a fabulous score of 44 pts. Hot on his heels was the Dubmeath man Dave Berry fresh from his winter league top qualifier prize with 42 pts. Keep the saw going Slats.
Cat 1 was won by Robert Hogan who is also no stranger to the winning enclosure with 38pts after a back nine countback.
Cat 2 winner was local roofer/carpenter Stephen Brennan with 42pts who played on Saturday evening after finishing second in Seery’s society earlier that day.
Cat 3 winner was Micheal Farrell playing with a dodgy knee with a score of 40pts.
Cat 4 was won by an upcoming star in John Eustace with a score of 37pts.
Junior winner was Damien Mooney with a score of 33pts. Damien is believed to be have started taking lessons from Noel Mooney but ended up giving lessons to Noel.
Thursday Open: The very popular Thursday Open was won by a junior David Brazil (6) 36pts who is playing terrific golf at the moment & looke certain to feature strongly in the Fred Daly competition later in the year.
Seniors 16 Hole 3-Ball Better-Ball: Winners of the Tuesday Senior Open was an Offaly/Westmeath combination of Kevin Prendergast , Jim Nolan & Paddy Kenny with 42pts . No mention of football took place as this would have been a major stumbling block to a winning combination.
9-Hole: The mid-week 9 hole competition was won by a club stalwart in Martin Furlong with 20 pts. Notices: The draw for the foursomes matchplay is on view on the clubhouse notice board with some very interesting matches to take place in the near future.
Upcoming: Sunday, April 10: Mens Open Fourball; Sunday, April 17: Mens GOY Stroke Medal; Open Week Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 15
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 9353384.
Lynch Oil 18 Hole Stableford Competition: The members togged out in force on Sunday last to play an 18 hole stableford competition which was kindly sponsored by Ciaran Lynch of Lynch Oil. While summer rules were in play the weather attempted to return to winter ways for a time, thankfully the sun came out and allowed for an excellent day.
David Brennan exceled on the day to return a winning score of 41 points with Barry Gillespie returning a score of 39 points to take top spot in Category One. Michael Cleary also had 39 points and found it was enough to take second top honors in Category Two. Greg Odd scored a fine 40 points to collect the spoils in Category Three.
Next week we continue with an 18 hole Stableford Competition which is sponsored by Castle Paints however it’s not a golfer of the year competition as was previously advised.
18 Hole Competition (Sponsor Tullamore Nissan (Pat Marsh)). 1st Mary Spollen(14) 37pts; 2nd Alice Fitzpatrick (23) 34pts; 3rd Marie Fox(23) 32pts.
CASTLE BARNA LADIES
18 Hole Stableford: Category 1 Ruth Curran; Category 2 Eilish O’Connell; Category 3 Teresa Bermingham
The 9 Hole Competition starts this Wednesday at 5.30pm.Looking forward to good support from all ladies for this very popular competition.
There is no competition next Saturday as the ladies make their way to Dunmurray Springs for our first away outing this year. Tee time is 1.30pm.
Molloy’s 18 Hole Stableford. The results of the recent 18 hole Stableford Competition sponsored by Molloy’s Connacht Street are as follows: 1st Valerie Coleman 38 points; 2nd Mary Byrne 37 points; 3rd Dor Dempsey 37 points
Golfer of the Year Competition: Our first GOY competition of the year was held on last Sunday with a good number playing for Mrs. Patsy Burke’s beautiful prize. Patsy presented a painting from her own collection of the new 5th Green and which was displayed on Sunday. It is a most wonderful piece of work by Patsy which was very much admired by all who visited the Glenns on Sunday. The prize winners are: 1st Caroline Guinan 69 (34); 2nd Eimear Delaney 71 (17); Gross: Patrice Delaney 77 (3); 3rd Mairéad McIntyre 74 (8); 4th Mary Byrne 74 (36). Congratulations to all the above prize winners.
Outstanding Prizes: Ladies please note that all outstanding prizes will be presented on Thursday (Holy Thursday) April 21. Please make every effort to attend and if not please arrange to have your prize collected on the night.
Glenn Eagles. 12 noon on Thursday.
Birr Community School Girls’ Golf Team: Congratulations to Shauna Carroll, Eimear Delaney and Amy Spain who came third in the Irish Schools Competition in Athy on March 25. Well done to the girls on this fine achievement with super individual scores on the day.
AA Team News: As promised we hope to keep you up to date on upcoming fixtures in the AA Club Matches. First out this year is the Intermediate Cup Team on next Monday, April 11 against Moate in Tullamore – Team Captain Emer Hanniffy. Next out is the Junior Cup Team on Monday, April 18 against Mullingar in Moate – Team Captain Anne Frawley.
The Irish Mixed Foursomes versus Tullamore is also fixed for Friday, April 22 with two pairs at home and three pairs away – Team Captains are Michael Horan and Vera Smyth.
We wish all our panels and team captains much success with the various teams and we all look forward to bringing some silver to the Glenns in 2011.
Further updates on the teams will be included each week as fixtures and results come to hand.
Results: March 30 -18 Hole Open Stableford. 1st Pat Lynn 43pts(b3); 2nd John Maycock 43pts; Gross Andrew Turley 30pts; 3rd Harold Hainsworth 42pts.
Vice-Captains Prize 18 Hole stroke (Sponsor Conor McCusker): Leading qualifier Larry McLaughlin 66. Some 72s qualified for matchplay.
Notices: Wednesday, April 6: Men’s Open 18 Hole Single’s Stableford; April 9 & 10 : Portarlington Masters 18 Hole Stableford (Sponsor Allied Irish Bank)
March 22: 18 hole Stableford - 1st Sharon Culliton 38pts; 2nd Agnes Holland 38pts; 3rd Mary Finlay 37 pts; 4th Anne Turley 35pts; 5th Joan Murphy 35pts
March Australian Spoons: 1st Jean Gordan & Agnes Holland 43pts; 2nd Rita Sheedy & Breda Conlan 39pts
Junior Golf Lessons with Highfield Golf Club Professional Ken O,Brien returns on Saturday, April 16 at 3.30pm at Highfield Golf Club. All Boys /Girls are welcome to come along and play, practice and brush up on their strokes etc. If interested please phone Ken on the Golf Hot Line Ken at 087 7672465.
OFFALY PITCH AND PUTT
National Scramble Qualifying: The regional qualifying rounds in Offaly for the National Scramble were held in Ferbane on Saturday.
There were 24 teams competing for the 12 qualifying spots that were up for grabs.
The qualifiers were as follows: 1. Liam Bastic, Sean Buckley & Mick Kenny (Ferbane) 67, 2. Gary Pyke, Jamie Hogan & Sean Galvin (Tullamore) 67, 3. Dylan Melia, Joseph Pyke & Ronnie O’Shea (Tullamore) 68 1/3, 4. John Dunican, Michael Devery & Declan Kelly (Erry) 69 1/3, 5. Sean Buckley, Pat Fleming Jnr. & Leonard O’Meara (Erry) 69 2/3, 6. Darren O’Connell, Michael O’Connell & Lauren Pyke (Tullamore) 70 2/3, 7. Tom Egan, Eileen McCabe & Ann-Marie McCabe (Ferbane) 71 2/3, 8. Tom Murphy Snr., Kathleen O’Lone & Sean Robinson (Ferbane) 72, 9. Matt King, Joe McGrath Snr. & Joseph McGrath (Erry) 72, 10. Ian Fitzpatrick, Johnny Scully & Linda Flanagan (Erry) 72 1/3, 11. Eileen Guiren, Noel Duffy & Bridie Nugent (Ferbane) 72 1/3, 12. Patsy Reams, Jim Heffernan & Aongus Coughlan (Ferbane) 72 2/3.
Congratulations to all the qualifiers who will take part in the National Scramble on May 7th and 8th at Erry and Tullamore Pitch & Putt Clubs.
Dates for your Diary: The Erry Open Strokeplay takes place this coming weekend from Friday to Sunday. Play commences at 10am each morning and play is permitted until dusk on Friday and Saturday, with a last card of 5pm in operation for the final day on Sunday. All registered PPUI members are very welcome to take part. Entries close on April 6 for the Leinster Ladies & Gents Matchplay.
The winner of this week’s lotto bonus ball was number 32, Tullamore’s Mick Hogan.
TULLAMORE PITCH AND PUTT
County Board Scratch Cup: The County Board Scratch Cup was held at Arden on Sunday last. Ian Dillon (St Bridgets) beat Anthony Galvin (Tullamore) to claim victory. Other Tullamore winners were Joseph Pyke who finished 3rd, Sean Galvin won the last 18, Margaret Hogan was the Ladies Senior winner 0 – 6 and Denise Pyke won the 7 – 18 category.
National Scramble: Three Tullamore teams have qualified in Ferbane on Saturday last for the National Scramble to be held at Arden and Erry May 7 and 8. The teams of three players are Gary Pyke, Jamie Hogan and Sean Galvin, Darren O’Connell, Michael O’Connell and Lauren Pyke, Dillon Melia, Joseph Pyke and Ronnie O’Shea.
Progressive 25’s: The progressive 25’s continue each Tuesday night at 9pm. Results for last week were 1st Gerry Walsh and Annie Galvin and 2nd Sheila and Eamon Fox.
Dancing: Old time dancing continues on Thursday nights at 8.00pm in the clubhouse. New dancers are heartily welcome.
Committee meeting: April’s committee meeting will be held in the Clubhouse on Tuesday of next week, April 12 at 8pm.
Speedy Recovery: The Club would like to wish a speedy recovery to John Connolly who is out of action at present with a knee injury. Hope to see you back on your feet soon John.
Congratulations: The Club is delighted to extend hearty congratulations to Annie Galvin, secretary of Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club, who received the Hall of Fame award at the National Pitch & Putt Convention held in Abbeyleix recently. A fitting tribute for her many years working for the promotion of the game at home and nationally. She was presented with her award by Myles McMorrow PPUI President.
ERRY PITCH AND PUTT
There will be an open strokeplay competition played this Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am.