Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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

The Annual Mount Juliet Charity Run took place last Saturday and there was a large turnout of contestants for this chiefly fun day with most of the activities taking place on the estate and the more serious participants incorporating the road to Stoneyford in the half marathon part of the run and finishing their competition in Mount Juliet.  Over 800 people took part in all the events with a considerable amount of funds raised for charity.

Sad to hear of the recent death of one of the great professional golfers of the last century and one who should be remembered for great feats on the golf course.  I refer to the late Billy Casper who visited Mount Juliet some ten years ago when he stopped over off a cruise ship at the port of Waterford.  The writer had the pleasure of meeting him and he regaled me with some great stories of his life.  He won 3 major championships and a total of 51 tournaments between the mid 1950’s and the mid 70’s and represented the U.S.A. on 8 occasions in the Ryder Cup team.  He was a true gentleman and a fine ambassador for the game of golf.

On the golf course, the first Member/Guest competition of the New Year took place on Sunday last and the format was a fourball stableford.  Low handicaps were to the fore in the prizewinners with one of the partnerships playing off 3 and the other partnership with a +2 player.  On a typical February day with a cold wind making conditions quite tricky, both partnerships made light of the conditions to record impressive scores.  The winners had 44 points with the runners-up just a point behind.  The winning combination of Pat Joyce and Robert Barry had nines of 21 and 23 points respectively for their round.  In second place came the father and son combination of Frank and Gavin Smyth who finished a shot behind on 43 points.

Diary Events

The next two weekends will include some team practice times for forthcoming participants in inter club events which are due to commence in the not too distant future.

The Winter League continues next Sunday and again on Sunday week.

Results Member/Guest Fourball Stableford Sunday 15th February
Winners Pat Joyce (14)
Robert Barry (3) (Edmondstown) 44 points
Second Frank Smyth (16)
Gavin Smyth (+2) 43 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite some heavy fog and with a delay of an hour before play could commence, some excellent scoring was recorded in the Winter League last Sunday.  The best score of the day was returned by young Thomas Hession who completed his fog shrouded round with a great score of 42 points.  Thomas had nines of 19 and 23 points respectively covering his last nine holes in four over par gross off his handicap of 18.  In second place came Sean Brett with a very commendable 41 points off 7 handicap and he had nines of 20 and 21 points for a gross score of only two over par.  In third place came Liam Naddy, playing off 18, with 38 points and all participants are to be commended for completing their rounds as visibility was very restricted throughout the day whereas other parts of the country was bathed in Spring sunshine.

The scotch foursomes matchplay has reached the quarter-final stages despite the delays due to some very inclement weather over the past few weeks which had an adverse effect on the golf course.  Already through to the semi-final are the pairing of Paul Madigan/John Hoyne and pairings are asked to complete their outstanding matches as soon as possible.

The Inter Club draws for Leinster have placed Mount Juliet at Craddockstown in the Jimmy Bruen Shield on the weekend of the 13/14 June with the Barton Shield team in action at Arklow on the 23rd May and the Senior Cup team in action in Carlow on 27th June.  The Pierce Purcell team will play at New Ross on 16th May with the Junior Cup team playing at Castlecomer on 6th June.  The Mount Juliet team have drawn Wexford in the Leinster Fourball and the Irish Mixed team are drawn against Gowran Park.  In the underage sections, Mount Juliet are in action at Waterford in the Fred Daly on 10th April with the Junior Foursomes team at Callan on Monday 22nd June and the under 15 match play team are drawn in group 15 with Carlow, Castlecomer, Gowran Park and Kilkenny.

On Saturday next the annual Run Mount Juliet takes place and the course is closed for the day with participants taking part in 2k, 10k and Half Marathon in aid of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit of St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny.  The 2k run will be a fun run and a large number of participants are expected to take part on the day which commences at 11am.

Sunday sees the first Member/Guest Fourball Stableford of the New Year scheduled to take place and tee times can be reserved in the usual way.

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Mount Juliet Golf Open Day – Feb 11th

Posted by Sean Cotter

Our next Open Day is Wednesday 11th Feb
4 Person Team Event.

Only €40 (members €20) including burger.

Book on 0567773012 or www.mountjuliet.ie/OpenGolf

 

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