Plenty of Inter Club activity in the past week with four teams in action, three of them were men’s teams and a solitary ladies team. The men’s teams were the J.B. Carr team who played Kilkenny, Duggan Cup team were in action against Castlecomer and the Barton Cup team who played Enniscorthy on Sunday last. The ladies took on Kilkenny in the Miele Cup and this proved to be the first leg of a winning double against Kilkenny as they were joined by the J.B. Carr team as part of that double. Both other teams in action met with narrow defeats at the hands of Castlecomer and Enniscorthy.
The ladies team defeated Kilkenny by a margin of 2½ matches to 1½ with the combinations of Sally Gleeson/Annette Hogan and Geraldine Higgins/Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty getting the necessary wins. Freda Mullen/Helen Walsh halved their match and Amelia Drumm/Brenda O’Sullivan lost their match after a tough struggle.
The next team out on Thursday was the J.B. Carr team and they had the narrowest of victories against Kilkenny by 3½ matches to 1½ matches. Two of the matches were won on the 18th and the vital match was won on the 20th with a fourth match called in all square after nineteen holes. Kilkenny had a good win in the last match by a margin of 3 and 2.
The following pairs won on the 18th Ted Hoyne/Martin Walsh and Frank Smyth/Gus Grace with Richie Tierney/Tommy Malone winning on the 20th.
Billy Fanning/Chris McHugh were called in on the 20th tee all square and Owen Phelan/Finbarr O’Neill lost their match the 16th. All matches were played at Kilkenny Golf Club and now the team await the winners of the Callan/Gowran Park match.
So two up with two to go but unfortunately that’s where the wins ran out. The Duggan Cup team lost out by a margin of 3½ to 1½ matches to Castlecomer. In Mount Juliet, Dermot Fennelly/Michael Brennan came from three down to win on the 19th. Ted Hoyne/Billy Fanning were all square after nineteen holes and Peter Quigley/Bill Connolly lost on the 18th. In Castlecomer Sean O’Neill/Ger Dowling lost on the 18th while Martin Brett/Jon O’Sullivan were well beaten.
The last team out was the Barton Cup team against Enniscorthy and like the previous matches reported on this was another cliff hanger. The overall result was 3 – 2 with Paul Madigan/Alan Seery losing on the 20th at home but Tim Howes/Dermot Fennelly winning the second match at Mount Juliet to square up the proceedings at the home venue at one all.
In Enniscorthy, Graham Robinson/Michael Collins won by a margin of 3 and 2 whilst Connor Mulholland/John Hoyne lost on the 18th but David McMahon/Seamus Burke lost on the 16th. Commiserations to the managers of both teams, PJ Aylward and Norman Kilroy on their heroic efforts in arranging teams and matches.
The ladies had their annual “away day” for the Pink Jacket competition and almost 30 of them made the long trek to Druids Glen for this annual get-together. As usual a good time was had by all with Annette Hogan winning the jacket with 32 points in blustery conditions.
The Summer League for members continued last Sunday with the man in form, John Doheny, securing victory with 36 points. In second place came Seamus Grace with 35 points and Brian Blanchfield took third place with 32 points.
Last Wednesday, the Men’s Invitation Day was won by Paul Mullen and his guests with 97 points. The winners won on a countback from a team led by John Browne with the Bryan Phelan led team in third place also with the same score.
Members are reminded that next Sunday is the last day for entries for both the Fourball and Mixed Foursomes Matchplay. The annual “Rumble for Crumlin” takes place next Sunday as well and members are asked to support this worthy cause.
The draw for the McCalmont Cup Matchplay (ladies) is as follows:
Yvonne Nicholl v Ruth Skehan, Alison Hoyne v Bernie Madigan, Freda Mullen v Helen Hedigan, Brenda O’Sullivan v Helen Walsh, Anne O’Shea v Kathleen Hession, Sharon Ormonde v Helen Comerford, Mary Quigley v Theresa Spain, Amelia Drumm v Therese Maher, Fiona Corbett v Jane Myerscough, Kathleen Gaffney v Karan Murphy, Ruth Mulholland v Anne Murphy, Jo Duggan v Helen Scully, Sally Gleeson v Elizabeth McCalmont, Mary Molloy v Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty with Anne Daly and Myra Phelan getting a bye to the second round. All matches in both the men’s and ladies matchplay must be completed by 1st June.
|Results – Members Summer League, Sunday 19th April|
|Winner||John Doheny (10)||36 points|
|Second||Seamus Grace (15)||35 points|
|Third||Brian Blanchfield (9)||32 points|
|Results – Member/Guest 4 Person Team Event, Wednesday 15th April|
|Winners||Paul Mullen (15)|
|Steve Keneary (19) (The Curragh)|
|Mick Keating (11) (Killeen Castle)|
|Gavin Buckley (11) (Tulfarris)||97 points|
|Second||John Browne (18)|
|Sean O’Neill (16)|
|Fr. Pat Duggan (18) (Kilkenny)|
|Liam Duggan (13) (Callan)||97 points|
|Third||Bryan Phelan (19)|
|David O’Sullivan (15) (Glengariff)|
|Brendan O’Sullivan (12) (Castle)|
|Sean Hurley (15) (Castle)||97 points|