Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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

Three competitions were held in the past two weeks and all three were 4 person team events in various forms. There was the Open 4 Person Team Event on 13th October followed by the Men’s Invitation Day on 15th, and finally the Member/Guest Day last Saturday.  All three proved to be highly competitive with some great scoring returned in all 3 events.

The Open Event on 13th proved to be an all family affair with the O’Donnells from Co. Tipperary Golf Club (Dundrum) proving to be comprehensive winners with a score of 94 points.  They scored nines of 45 and 49 points respectively for a comfortable win.  The team consisted of a father and three sons and after a moderate scoring first nine holes they came to life on their last nine holes scoring six points on 12th, 13th 14th 15th and 16th holes.

A similar score would have only got third prize on the Men’s Invitation Day as the winning team returned 99 points and the bonus points for two visitors brought the first place score to 101 points.  On a day that had continual rain until early afternoon the winning team played their first four holes in difficult conditions but this did not seem to deter them as they had accumulated 35 points after six holes.  Granted the weather dictated that placing would operate everywhere but they continued in fine form for the remainder of their round by returning 48 and 51 points respectively for each nine holes with only two scores to count on each hole.  They were seven points clear of their nearest rivals who in turn were ten points clear of the third placed team.

On Saturday last, the Member/Guest event was won with a score of 89 points.  The team led by Pat Doyle comprised of visitors from Newlands and the Ring of Kerry golf clubs and they just got the better of Bryan Phelan’s team by virtue of having an extra bonus point for three visitors whereas Bryan fielded two visitors.  The winners had nines of 40 and 46 points respectively against the runners-up score of 44 and 43 points with the bonus points proving the decisive difference in the overall result.  In second place came Bryan Phelan, Jon O’Sullivan and two visitors from The Castle and Carlow, Leo Dillon and Michael Tynan.

Next Sunday sees the Winter League for members commence and tee times can be booked on-line or through the Golf Shop.

Results – Open 4 Person Team Event, Monday 13th October
Paddy O’Donnell (18) (Co. Tipperary)
John O’Donnell (5)
Darragh O’Donnell (13)
Pat O’Donnell (17)    
94 points
Results – Mens Invitation Day, Wednesday 15th October
Owen Phelan (9)
Mick McKillen (16) ( Gowran Park)
Brian Dillon (21)
Jim Meredith (19) (Kilkenny)
101 points
Sean O’Neill (15)
Fr. Pat Duggan (18) (Kilkenny)
Liam Duggan (12) (Callan)
John Browne (17)   
94 points
Pat Fitzpatrick (13)
Sean Keane (13) (Kilkenny)
Mick Walsh (12) ( Mountain View)
Thos Farrell (4) )( Gowran Park)  
84 points
Results – Member/Guest 4 Person Team Event, Saturday 18th October
Pat Doyle (17)
Ron Kelly (14) (Newlands)
Gavin Lenehan (13) (Ring of Kerry)
Aidan Ryan (17) (Ring of Kerry)    
89 points
Bryan Phelan (19)
Leo Dillon (14) (Castle)
Michael Tynan (18) (Carlow)
Jon O’Sullivan (18)  
89 points


Unfortunately for the ladies, their big charity “Pink Day” last Wednesday had to be called off after a little over two hours of play and the cancellation was due to a thunderstorm accompanied by flashes of forked lightning. However, the good news was that a considerable amount of money was raised for the Cancer Clinical Research Trust. Prizes were given to players on a category basis for competitors who had to be called in off the course. It was just unfortunate that the one bad day over the past six weeks had to fall on 8th October.

Other news is that the drawn club mixed foursomes matchplay final was replayed over the weekend and this proved to be a triumph for Alan Hearne and Ruth Mulholland who defeated Dermot Fennelly and Geraldine Higgins on the 16th. The first match had to be postponed after 18 holes due to bad light with both pairs all square. The winners were only three over par gross when they closed out the match after conceding over a dozen shots to the defeated finalists. So congratulations to Alan and Ruth on their victory and on their standard of golf in the replay.

This Saturday there is a Four Person Member/Guest Team event scheduled for members and their guests down for decision. The Winter League for members commences on Sunday 26th October with a timesheet in operation for both competitions.

Results – Ladies Invitation “Pink Day” Wednesday 8th October
Winners – Category 1
Dorothy Kilroy
Gladys Ruddock (The Grange)
Claire O’Donoghue (Charlesland)
Runners Up
Myra Phelan
Liz Hurley (Charlesland)
Mary Brennan(Charlesland)
Winners – Category 2
Helen Scully
Siobhan Fahy (Powerscourt)
Sarah Tierney (Powerscourt)
Runners Up
Cathy Hoyne
Catherine Keane (Kilkenny)
Mary O’Dwyer (Thurles)
Winners – Category 3
Bernie Madigan
Una O’Connell (Rathdowney)
Liz Meagher (Abbeyleix)
Runners Up
Lynda Hickey
Claire Higgins
Geraldine Higgins
Results – Four Person Team Event, Tuesday 13th October 2014
Winners Paddy O’Donnell (18) (Dundrum)

John O’Donnell (5) (Dundrum)

Darragh O’Donnell (13) (Dundrum)

Pat O’Donnell (17) (Dundrum)

94 points

A very enjoyable social evening was held for members last Saturday night when the outstanding prizes for the golf season were presented. These prizes included the match play trophies together with the Golfer of the Year trophies and the night commenced with a Barbecue supper which was served up in the Hunters Yard. The night preceded Sunday’s annual match between the Captain’s team and the Lady Captain’s Team which was played over 18 holes with scoring by stableford. The overall result of the match favoured the Lady Captain’s selection who defeated the Captain’s team comprehensively.

The best individual score of the day was returned by Alan Hoyne who had 42 points which represented a two over par gross score of 74. Alan had nines of 23 and 19 points respectively for his round and after 11 holes was one under par gross. He dropped shots to par on the 12th, 13th and 17th holes but had a solid par on the 18th to claim first prize in the men’s section. In second place came John O’Dwyer with 37 points.

The ladies section was won by Bernie Madigan with a solid 37 points. Bernie scored very consistently and had no major disaster over the 18 holes, she just got the better of Theresa Spain by a shot to claim the winners prize. Congratulations to Ruth Mulholland who, in the same competition, had the honour of scoring her first ever “hole in one” on the 11th when she holed out her 8 iron tee shot. This is the culmination of a good golfing year for Ruth which saw her handicap reduced to an impressive one of 8.

Another person who made the news this weekend was popular club professional, Sean Cotter, who qualified for the final two rounds of the Irish P.G.A. Championship played at Adare Golf Club and although not featuring in the final placings, he still returned impressive rounds of 74, 72, 75 and 70. Sean was happy to finish just off the pace as he is not a regular player on the professional scene due to his domestic duties at Mount Juliet.

The member/guest day scheduled for 18th October has now been changed from a singles stableford to a 4 person team event.

Dates for the Diary

This Wednesday sees the last of the Ladies Invitation Days with the holding of the annual “Pink Day” for members and their guests with all proceeds going to the Cancer Clinical Research Trust.

Wednesday 15th October – Men’s Invitation Day – 4 person team event

Saturday 18th October – Member/Guest Day – 4 person team event

Sunday 26th October – Winter League commences

Results – Captain’s Team v Lady Captain’s Team, Sunday 5th October 2014


Winner Bernie Madigan (11) 38 points

Runner Up Theresa Spain (17) 36 points


Winner Alan Hoyne (8) 42 points

Runner Up John O’Dwyer (6) 37 points (back 9)

Third Ronan Murphy (25) 37 points

CSS – Ladies 36, Men 35


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