Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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

Mount Juliet Golf Notes Monday 1st December 2014

Two competitions were decided last week – the ever popular Open Four Person Team Event was held last Wednesday 26th November and was won in convincing fashion by a team led by local member, Richie Tierney, who scored 90 points to clinch victory.  The team had nines of 44 and 46 points respectively and finished with an impressive 25 points on the last four holes.

Last Sunday the Winter League 18 holes singles for members continued and the husband & wife pair of Paul and Bernie Madigan claimed first and second prizes on the day.  Both players scored 39 points apiece but Paul’s superior last nine holes of 20 points just got him home.  In third place with 37 points came Alan Hoyne.  In the same competition, Sean Brett, had the rare distinction of scoring a “hole in one” on the par three 14th where he hit an 8 iron off the tee and this feat will be duly recognised.  The Winter League continues for the next three Sundays, weather permitting, and members are reminded that the preliminary round of the Winter Scotch Foursomes must be completed by next Saturday.

Visitors and members are also reminded that the Christmas Experience with the Santa Train has commenced and care should be exercised in driving on the estate with restrictive car parking in operation until Christmas.

Results – Open Four Person Team Event, Tuesday 26th November
Winners Richie Tierney (15)
Peter Carron (10) (Mountain View) 90 points
Liam Daniels (13) (Lismore)
Eugene Killan (17)
Results – Winter League, Sunday 30th November
Winner Paul Madigan (4) 39 points
Second Bernie Madigan (11) 39 points
Third Alan Hoyne (6) 37 points

Some heavy fog played havoc with golf last week but this did not affect the third round of the Winter League which was completed last Sunday.  The winner was Jack Hearn with a score of 34 points and he just beat Kevin McCartan on a countback.  In third place came Brian Blanchfield, a further shot behind.

The draw for the Winter Scotch Foursomes has been made and is on view on the club notice board with a total of 19 pairs taking part in the competition.  The preliminary round, which has to be completed by 6th December, is as follows:

Seamus Grace / Bryan Phelan v Alan Hoyne / Dermot Fennelly

Kevin McCartan / Graham Robinson v Brian Blanchfield / PJ Aylward

Ger Dowling / Sean O’Neill v Richard Tierney / Michael Hoyne

The winners of the preliminary round will progress to the first round proper which has to be completed on or before 4th January next.  In the preliminary round, the winners of match 1 will play Tom Kelly / Dave McMahon, match 2 winners will play Gordon Hempenstall / Jeff Howes and the winners of match 3 will play Bill Connolly / Billy Fanning.  The remainder of the first round draw also throws up some interesting matches with the final scheduled for completion in early Spring.

The Winter League for members continues next Sunday with players and visitors reminded that the Winter Experience which includes the Santa Train commences this weekend at Mount Juliet and continues until Tuesday 23rd December.

Results – Winter League, Sunday 23rd November 2014
Winner Jack Hearne (4) 34 points (last 8)
Second Kevin McCartan (13) 34 points
Third Brian Blanchfield (8) 33 points (last 8)

Two events on the golf scene were completed in the past week, the next competition in the popular Winter Open Four Person Team was played on Tuesday 11th November and the last Member/Guest Fourball Stableford for 2014 was also competed for on Sunday last.  The latter competition was played for over 16 holes whilst the Open Winter Team Event is, as ever, over the full 18 holes.

The winners of the Winter team Event were all based in the Co. Offaly area and they returned a fine 95 points to win by three points from a Munster based team.  The winning team turned with a moderate 44 points for their first nine holes but really turned on the style on their second nine holes by adding a further 51 points to record a convincing victory.  The runners-up had nines of 48 and 44 points and after their promising start faltered on the back nine holes.

There was very good scoring recorded in the Member/Guest 16 Holes Fourball Stableford for some Christmas Hampers last Sunday.  The winners, Fintan O’Shea, and his guest, Enda McDonald returned 43 points to beat their nearest rivals by a clear two shots.  In second place came the mother and daughter pairing of Geraldine and Claire Higgins on 41 points.  They just pipped the father and son combination of Frank and Gavin Smyth on a countback with the latter pair returning 41 points also.

Diary Events

Next Sunday the Winter League for members continues and on Saturday 29th November the Christmas Experience on the Estate will commence which includes the Santa Train.

Results – Winter Open Four Person Team Event, Tuesday 11th November
Winners Damien Guinan (17) (Esker Hills)
Art Marsh (14) (Slievenamon)
Keith Leahy (13) (Esker Hills) 95 points
Tom Moylan (7) (Birr)
Second Alan Fox (10) (Clonmel)
John Malone (13) (Thurles)
John Keating (12) (Limerick) 92 points
Leo Collins (20) (Abbeyleix)


Member & Guest Fourball Hamper, 16 Holes Fourball Stableford, Sunday 16th November
Winners Fintan O’Shea (10)
Enda McDonald (13) (European Club) 43 points
Second Geraldine Higgins (31)
Claire Higgins (21) 41 points
Third Frank Smyth (10)
Gavin Smyth (+2) 41 points

The Santa Village at Mount Juliet

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