Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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

The dream of All Ireland victory for the first ever team from Mount Juliet almost came through last weekend in Knightsbrook Golf Club when the Ladies Challenge Cup team reached the final. After comprehensively defeating Rossmore Golf Club in the semi-final, they succumbed to a strong East Cork ladies team in the final but not without putting up a brave fight. In the semi-final on Friday Karan Murphy, Pauline McEnery and Alison Hoyne had emphatic wins on the 14th green in the first three matches and the last two matches saw Niamh Strudwick and Anne Murphy in commanding positions when they were called in as the overall result was known at that stage. Unfortunately the Gods did not smile for them in the final on Saturday and from an early stage all matches save Alison Hoyne and Pauline McEnery’s were struggling to come to grips with their strong opponents, some of whom were very long hitters of the ball. In the end, Mount Juliet were beaten on a scoreline of 3½ to 1½ and thereby the dream ended but not after a marvellous display by all the panel and management alike considering they had begun the journey some months ago. They did what no other team from Mount Juliet had ever achieved before, so some consolation in defeat for all concerned. The winners from East Cork Golf Club were the overall favourites to win the competition and duly accomplished their ultimate target in some style.

The September medals were played for on Sunday last and the five winners were Dermot Fennelly, Paul Cottrell, Daniel Higgins and Freda Mullen with the junior section going to Claire Higgins. This was the penultimate round of the Golfer of the Year competition with only the Presidents’ Prizes to come in three weeks’ time. The winner of Category 1 was Dermot Fennelly with 38 points scoring nines of 16 and 22 points respectively. The highlight of his level par back nine holes was an eagle 3 on the long 17th. This score keeps him very much in contention for the G.O.Y. and he added a further 12 points to his total in the same competition by winning last Sunday.

Category 2 was won by Paul Cottrell with 38 points with nines of 20 and 18 points respectively. Paul started his round in very impressive fashion by being level par for his first seven holes but faltered on his way home. Category 3 went to Daniel Higgins with a score of 37 points and after starting warily with 15 points for his first nine holes he finished with a flourish scoring 22 points on the last nine holes. Freda was a worthy winner of the ladies section with a score of 37 points comprised of nines of 18 and 19 points and she finished impressively with four pars in the last five holes. Claire Higgins scored 36 points which was sufficient to win the junior medal and is steadily improving her handicap during this year.

The Golfer of the Year competition for the men is led by Paul Madigan with a group of players comprised of Martin O’Halloran, Dermot Fennelly, Paul Cottrell and Sean Brett still in contention with only the one competition to come. The Lady Golfer of the Year appears to be a two way race between Ruth Mulholland and Bernie Madigan who are locked together with the same number of points with again only one competition left.

There was a good entry for the member guest fourball stableford which took place last Sunday 27th and this was won in convincing fashion by Owen Phelan and Brian Dillon with a score of 44 points. They had nines of 25 and 19 points respectively and had 2 shots to spare over Richard Tierney and his guest Eugene Killen.

Mount Juliet Challenge Cup Team 2015
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Members are reminded that the Ladies Pink Charity Day takes place on Wednesday 7th October and on Saturday 10th October, Member & 3 Guests, 4 Person Team Event.

Results – Ladies Challenge Cup All Ireland Series
Semi Final Mount Juliet 4 Rossmore 1
Final Mount Juliet 1½ East Cork 3½
Results – September Monthly Medal 18 Holes Sunday, 20th September
Category 1 Dermot Fennelly (7) 38 points
Category 2 Paul Cottrell (14) 38 points
Category 3 Daniel Higgins (18) 37 points
Ladies Freda Mullen (13) 37 points
Junior Claire Higgins (20) 36 points
Results – Member Guest Fourball Stableford, Sunday 27th September
Winners Owen Phelan (10) 44 points
Brian Dillon (19)
Second Richard Tierney (15) 42 points (last 3)
Eugene Killen (18) (Mountain View)


Things have been rather quiet on the competitive front over the past week but all roads will lead to Knightsbrook Golf Club located near Trim, Co. Meath next Friday 25th when the Mount Juliet Ladies are pitted against their counterparts from Rossmore Golf Club in the All Ireland Semi-Final of the Challenge Cup.  They have already won the Mid-Leinster regional section to qualify for the first time in any competition for the latter stages and all our good wishes go to everybody concerned to bring back the cup.  The panel of players are Alison Hoyne, Pauline McEnery, Elizabeth McCalmont, Karan Murphy, Anne Murphy, Niamh Strudwick, Margaret Twomey and they are managed by Brenda O’Sullivan and Helen Hedigan.  So fingers crossed that they can add to the county’s list of silverware for 2015.

The first of the matchplay finals was played recently with victory going to Billy Fanning over Paul Madigan in the men’s singles final. The concession of 12 shots proved to be too much for Paul to overcome on the day.

The remainder of the matchplay finals will be played for in the coming week when the ladies singles final sees Mary Molloy take on Alison Hoyne, the men’s fourball final sees Alan Hoyne /Dermot Fennelly play the father and son pairing of Jeff and Tim Howes while the mixed foursomes final is between Brian Blanchfield/Ruth Mulholland and John O’Dwyer/Therese Maher.  Some great golf promises to be on the menu for all three of these finals.  There are now only two competitions left in the Golfer of the Year with the final competition down for decision next month and in next week’s notes the picture should be clearer when the results of the September Medal will be known.  On Sunday next, a Member/Guest competition takes place and the format will be fourball stableford with the timesheet available online or through the golf shop.

At last some good news on the team front when the Ladies Challenge Cup team had a very convincing victory in the Mid Leinster final of the competition to secure their place in the All Ireland semi-final. This is the first pennant secured by the ladies and it is a tribute to the team and selectors to have made the breakthrough after years of trying. The team managed by Brenda O’Sullivan and ably assisted by Helen Hedigan overcame the ladies of Wicklow Golf Club in what turned out to be a one sided final winning the first three matches of five and the remaining matches called in when in a very commanding position. The winning players were Karan Murphy, Pauline McEnery both of whom won on the 16th and Alison Hoyne who won 3 up. The remainder of the team Niamh Strudwick and Anne Murphy were each three up in their respective matches and were called in. The remainder of the panel consisted of Margaret Twomey and Elizabeth McCalmont. The team now go forward to the All Ireland playoffs at Knightsbrook Golf Club on the 23rd to 26th September where our good wishes go with them.

On the club front the final round of the Summer League took place on Sunday last and scoring was very tight with 36 points securing the top spot. The winner was Ned Kirwan followed by Brian Blanchfield who pipped Kevin McCartan on a countback for second place with both players finishing on 35 points. The overall winner of the series was Paul Cottrell who scored a total of 40 points from his best six cards. In second place came Martin O’Halloran with 30 points with Liam Naddy and David Barron in third and fourth places with 30 and 29 points respectively.

Results – Summer League 18 Holes Singles, Sunday 30th August
Winner Ned Kirwan (9) 36 points
Second Brian Blanchfield (9) 35 points
Third Kevin McCartan (13) 35points

Team Photo Anne and Laurence (post match) Brenda Speech Kathleen and Helen Lady Captain Anne Margaret Twomey Myra and Lady President Sally Presentation Supporters Team and Managers Team and Mangers 2

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