Mount Juliet Golf Notes

Golf news and competition results from Mount Juliet Golf Club, Co. Kilkenny

The first round in the Golfer of the Year competition took place last Sunday when the first monthly medals of the year were decided.  After an initial delay due to early morning frost, the day took on a nice Spring glow with plenty of sunshine for the competitors to bask in.  Some of the scoring was reflected in the conditions with the best score of the day 42 points having been achieved by two players, John Doheny and Fintan O’Shea, who unfortunately were drawn in the same division.  After that 38 points was the target for two of the other divisions.  The ladies section was won by Amelia Drumm with a fine 36 points and the junior medal was won by Seamus Burke with 38 points.

John Doheny started his round by failing to score at the 1st hole and added a double bogey on the 8th but still returned 20 points for his first nine holes.  On his homeward journey, he scored a further 22 points aided by a birdie 3 on the 15th hole.  He just pipped Fintan O’Shea on a countback as Fintan scored nines of 24 and 18 points respectively in his round and but for having a triple bogey eight on the long 17th he would have collected his section medal.  Chris McHugh scored very consistenly with nines of 19 points for each of his respective nines and just got the better of Michael Brennan to win section 2.  Brian Dillon won section 3 with 34 points on a countback.  The Junior section was won by Seamus Burke with nines of 18 and 20 points respectively which included a blank on the long 8th and a double bogey on the 10th but he did enough to win by a shot from Brian Staunton.

In the ladies section, Amelia Drumm continued her winning ways by scoring 36 points which included failing to register points at the long 5th and 17th holes and added a double bogey on the 7th but she just did enough to beat her nearest rival, Karan Murphy by a shot.

The early leaders in the Golfer of the Year competition are John Doheny, Fintan O’Shea and Chris McHugh in the men’s section with Amelia Drumm, Karan Murphy and Bernie Madigan setting the pace in the ladies section.

Two of our inter club teams are in action this weekend with the Irish Mixed Foursomes team pitted against Gowran Park and the Leinster Fourball team up against Wexford Golf Club.  On Sunday next, there is a Member/Guest Fourball Stableford competition scheduled to take place with the usual timesheet.

Results March Monthly Medal Sunday 22nd March
Winner Class 1 (0 -12) John Doheny (11)   42 points
Winner Class 2 (13-17) Chris McHugh (15) 38 points
Winner Class 3 (18-28) Brian Dillon (21)   34 points
Ladies Amelia Drumm (12) 36 points
Junior Seamus Burke (7)  38 points

The final round of the Winter League for members took place last Sunday in cold, grey but dry conditions and although none of the final four qualifiers featured in the prizes some good scoring was again a feature of the last round. All prizewinners in the final round scored 39 points with Richie Tierney just getting the nod on a countback over the last nine holes. Richie scored 22 points for his last nine holes against Seamus Grace who scored 21 points for his last nine holes.

In third place came Jerry Crowley with 20 points on his last nine. Richie scored 17 for his first nine holes against Seamus and Jerry who scored 18 and 19 points respectively for their first nine holes. In the overall results of the league, it now transpires that Sean Brett took top place on the leader board with 57 points followed by Paul Madigan with 55 points. Third place is filled by Billy Fanning on 48 points with Graham Robinson filling the fourth and last place with 46 points. These scores are based on the best overall 8 cards returned by each competitor over the series since the league commenced last November and the four mentioned players will now play off over 18 holes stableford to determine the final pacings for the attractive overall prizes.

The Inter Club match scene will shortly swing into action with the first couple of matches to be played over the coming 2 weeks. The Mixed Foursomes team play Gowran Park Golf Club and the Leinster Fourball team are pitted against Wexford Golf Club. Both matches are scheduled to be played the last weekend of March.

Diary Events

The March Medal, which is the first competition in the Golfer of the Year for Ladies and Men, takes place next Sunday and on Thursday 26th March there is an Open 4 Person Team Event.

Finally the Karin Leitner Concert and Dinner in the Lady Helen takes place on Friday 27th March.
Click here for more details or call 056 777 3000 to book your tickets.




Mount Juliet Golf Notes Monday 9th March 2015

Posted by Sean Cotter

Last Sunday saw the running of the first of two Member/Guest Fourball Stableford competitions for March take place.  This competition proved to be a runaway success for the Stakelum’s who scored a decisive victory with 47 points.  They had 3 shots to spare from their nearest rivals, comprised of another family pairing, O’Halloran’s, who in turn took second place on a superior back nine holes.  The winners had nines of 23 and 24 points respectively as against the O’Halloran’s nines of 22 points.  The runners-up just beat Alan Seery and his partner Michael Murphy on a countback on the last three holes.  The winning pair only scored one birdie in their round and this came at the 15th but they still had enough to spare over their rivals by scoring consistently throughout their round.

The Ladies Winter Scotch Foursomes is reaching its final stages as the first semi-finalists are now known with Helen Walsh/Kathleen Hession pitted against Ruth Mulholland/Rebecca Nixon.  The quarter-finals between Lynda Hickey/Niamh Strudwick v Anne O’Shea/Helen Scully and Bernie Madigan/Karen Murphy v Jo Duggan/Cathy Hoyne have yet to completed.  Hopefully the Winter Scotch Foursomes for both the men and the ladies will reach the final stages before the end of March.

Next Sunday sees the final round of the Winter League for members take place with the top four positions on the leaderboard qualifying for the final.

Results Member/Guest Fourball Stableford Sunday 8th March


Pat Stakelum (19)
Richard Stakelum (8) (Thurles)    47 points


Noel O’Halloran (14)
Michael O’Halloran (13) (Balcarrick)    44 points


Alan Seery (13)
Michael Murphy (12) (Callan)    44 points

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