Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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


Mount Juliet Golf Notes Monday 6th July 2015

Posted by Lisa Fitzgerald

After the excitement of last week’s Captains Prizes, things resumed at a more leisurely pace with the running of the next round of the Summer League on Sunday.  The form shown last week by some players continued on with the first prize in the league won by James “Cha” Fitzpatrick with 38 points, the same score as he returned in the Captain’s prize on the previous Sunday.


This time he won on the back nine holes as against losing out the previous week.  Cha beat PJ Aylward by virtue of the fact that he scored 18 points against PJ’s 17 points on the homeward journey of his round.  Cha started his round with 11 straight pars, which gave him 20 points for his first nine holes.  Unfortunately for him his last nine holes nearly cost him the winner’s purse as he then scored bogies on the 12th, 14th and 18th in his final seven holes but managed to add a birdie 4 on the long 17th to steady the ship and add a further 18 points to his first nine holes and clinch first prize.  Cha did score an admirable two over par 74 gross for his round as he did the previous week.


PJ started in brilliant fashion and was two under par gross after 5 holes and turned with 21 points after nine holes.  Unfortunately he failed to keep up his momentum and could only add a further 17 points on his back nine holes.  Graham Robinson took third place with another fine round, off his handicap of 4, to return 37 points.  The ladies section was won by Helen Walsh with 36 points with nines of 17 and 19 points.


As a result of his previous week’s exertions, Cha now is joint leader of the Golfer of the Year on 23 points with Thomas Hession.  They are followed by Martin O’Halloran on 20 points with Paul Madigan and Paul Forde on 19 points.  After her brilliant win in the Lady Captain’s prize, Ruth Mulholland has a commanding lead in the Lady Golfer of the Year competition with 47 points as against her nearest pursuer, Bernie Madigan, on 33 points followed by Helen Walsh on 30 points with Cathy Hoyne in fourth spot with 29 points.


This week all eyes are on Tullamore Golf Club where the JB Carr Trophy team play the home club on Saturday afternoon in the last stages of this important club competition.



The Ladies Invitation Day for July takes place on Wednesday and next Sunday the July Monthly Medal takes place which carries Golfer of the Year points for both the men and ladies.  On Wednesday 15th July, the Men’s July Invitation Day will be held and the format is a 3 Person Rumble.


Results – Summer League 18 Holes Stableford, Sunday 5th July

Winner           James Cha Fitzpatrick (4)        38 points

Second          PJ Aylward (6)                        38 points

Third              Graham Robinson (4)              37 points

Ladies            Helen Walsh (21)                    36 points



Golfer of the Year – Men

James Cha Fitzpatrick        23

Thomas Hession                23

Martin O’Halloran               20

Paul Madigan                    19

Paul Forde                        19

Sean Brett                         18

John Brett                         17

Graham Robinson              16

Michael Brennan                13

John Doheny                     13

Dermot Fennelly                13


Golfer of the Year – Ladies

Ruth Mulholland                 47

Bernie Madigan                 33

Helen Walsh                      30

Cathy Hoyne                     29

Geraldine Higgins              26

Mary Quigley                     21

Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty       19

Kathleen Brett                    16

Helen Scully                      15

Niamh Strudwick                14



Mount Juliet Golf Notes Monday 29th June 2015

Posted by Lisa Fitzgerald

Plenty of competitive golf last week both on the inter club front and on the domestic scene.  The important singles competitions were the running of both Captains’ Prizes on last weekend.  The target was 38 points in both competitions and this target was achieved by a number of players but the eventual winners in both categories were John Brett and Ruth Mulholland.


The best score of the competition was returned by young Tim Howes in the junior section when he scored 40 points to secure the Junior Prize.  In the men’s section, John Brett just got home on a countback from James “Cha” Fitzpatrick and Tommy Malone with all three players returning 38 points each.  John had nines of 20 and 18 points respectively and also had the misfortune to fail to score on the 3rd and 18th holes, otherwise he would have won by a wider margin from his nearest pursuers.  The scoring in the men’s section was very tight at the top with over a half a dozen players within a whisker of winning the main prize.


In the ladies section, Ruth Mulholland just got the better of Lynda Hickey on a countback with both players scoring 38 points.  Ruth had nines of 18 and 20 points and after a bad start to her round, when she double bogied the 1st hole, she really came alive for the next 16 holes until she again registered a double bogey on the long 17th but scored a safe par on the long 18th to win the prize.  Lynda scored 19 points on each 9 holes but had the bad luck not to register a score on the 14th.


On the inter club scene, four teams were in action and glad to report three teams were successful in their relevant matches.  The Junior Foursomes team qualified in second place for the matchplay stage on Monday 22nd June in the regional qualifier and then proceeded to beat Kilkenny and Enniscorthy in the semi-final and final stages.  The team managed by Kevin McCartan will now play in the Leinster Final which will be held at Greystones Golf Club on 10th August.  The team consisted of Brian Staunton/Connor Mulholland and Tim Howes/Ned Kirwan with the remainder of the panel completed by Seamus Burke, John Hession and Jack Cullen.


The second team in action was the JB Carr Foursomes Trophy team and they had to overcome Dun Laoire Golf Club which they did in some style.  The overall score was 4 matches to 1 and this with three of the matches gaining victories and the other two matches called in when still in a strong position for victory.  The team which is managed by Dermot Fennelly and John O’Dwyer consisted of Frank Smyth/Gus Grace, Tommy Malone/Richie Tierney, Sean O’Neill/Owen Phelan, Chris McHugh/Martin Walsh and Ted Hoyne/Billy Fanning.  The team have now reached the Leinster Semi-Final when they are due to play Tullamore Golf Club away in what looks on paper as a tough assignment.


The final team in action was the ladies Challenge Cup team when they took on Tullamore Golf Club at Rathdowney.  The signs were ominous after seven holes when four of the five matches were all down but true to the team’s fighting qualities they rallied to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for a great overall win.  Karan Murphy won her match on the 20th, Pauline McEnery won on the 19th with the Lady Captain, Anne Murphy, winning her match on the 18th.  Alison Hoyne, although being 4 down at one stage only capitulated on the 19th and Niamh Strudwick was called in on the 17th.  The team which is managed by Brenda O’Sullivan and Helen Hedigan have now reached the semi-final stage and hopefully will bring the Cup back to Mount Juliet in due course.


Because of the Captains’ Prizes taking place on the weekend, a weakened Senior Cup team took on Woodenbridge Golf Club in Carlow but they acquitted themselves admirably by losing out on a score of 3½ matches to 1½ matches to a more experienced team.  But no doubt the experience at this level will stand to this young team in their quest for further honours and they are to be congratulated for their commitment and participation on behalf of the club. The team consisted of Connor Mulholland, Tim Howes, Seamus Burke, John Hession and Ned Kirwan.


Diary Notes


Next Sunday the Summer League resumes.  On Wednesday 8th July the Ladies Invitation Day will take place and the format will be a 4 Person Team Event.  The Lady Helen Friday Evening Social League continues on the next two Fridays.



Results – Captain’s (Laurence K. Shields) Prize, 26th and 27th June 2015

Winner                  John Brett (18)                                   38 points

Second                 James “Cha” Fitzpatrick (4)                 38 points

Third                     Tommy Malone                                  38 points

Category 1            Gordon Hempenstall (8)                      37 points

Category 2            Thomas Hession (15)                          37 points

Category 3            John Joe O’Farrell (20)                       37 points

First Nine              Billy Murphy (22)                                21 points

Back Nine             Tom Kelly (15)                                    21 points

Best Gross            John O’Dwyer (6)                               31 gross points

Past Captain         Tommy Duggan (11)                           36 points

Junior Prize           Tim Howes (5)                                    40 points

Nearest Pin 6th       John Mulholland

Nearest Pin 14th     Tadhg Gleeson


Results – Lady Captain’s (Anne Murphy) Prize, 26th and 27th June 2015

Winner                  Ruth Mulholland (9)                            38 points

Second                 Lynda Hickey (21)                              38 points

Third                     Kathleen Hession (19)                         37 points

Category 1            Brenda O’Sullivan (17)                        34 points

Category 2            Aileen Magee (27)                              33 points

Best Gross            Fiona Corbett (8)                                25 gross points

Past Captain         Sally Gleeson (13)                              34 points

Junior Prize           Hannah Reidy (20)                              36 points

Visitors Prize         Patricia Martin (26)                             30 points

First Nine              Helen Comerford (23)                         18 points

Back Nine             Sharon Ormonde (13)                         18 points

Nearest Pin 3rd       Ruth Mulholland (9)

Nearest Pin 11th     Anne O’Shea


Mount Juliet Golf Notes Monday 22nd June 2015

Posted by Lisa Fitzgerald

Next weekend is Captains’ Prize weekend with the running of both Laurence K. Shield’s prize for the men and Anne Murphy’s prize for the ladies.  Both prizes are run over Friday and Saturday with the main competition taking place on Saturday and Friday used as an overflow if needed.  The format of both competitions will be 18 holes stableford singles and the intention is to have two “shotgun” starts on Saturday – the first one takes place at 8.45am followed by the second start at 1.30pm.  In the evening, prizes will be presented at the dinner which in turn will be followed by a social evening for all.  As usual both of these competitions will carry extra points in the Golfer of the Year competition with the leader boards in both competitions led by Martin O’Halloran for the men and Ruth Mulholland and Bernie Madigan in the ladies section.  Martin leads with 20 points and is closely followed by Paul Madigan, Paul Forde and Sean Brett.  Ruth and Bernie share the lead on 33 points with their nearest pursuers Helen Walsh and Cathy Hoyne not far behind.


On the competition front two competitions took place last weekend with a Member/Guest Singles last Saturday and the Summer League on Sunday.


The member /guest singles was won by Alan Seery with 38 points and the Summer League was won by Owen Phelan with 37 points.  In the singles on Saturday, Alan scored nines of 18 and 20 points respectively and his only blip came on the long 5th where he failed to register a point.  Alan won on a countback from Tom Kelly who scored 19 points for each of his nines.  Tom had the bad luck to draw a blank on the 16th in his round and this mistake probably cost him first place.  In third place came Stephen O’Reilly on 37 points and the ladies section was won by Helen Hedigan with 30 points.


In the Summer League, Owen had nines of 19 and 18 points respectively and was unfortunate to double bogey the 18th but he still had sufficient in hand to carry off first prize.  In the runner-up spot came Paul Cottrell with 35 points who just got the better of Paul O’Loughlin on a countback.  The ladies section was won by Ruth Mulholland with 34 points.


There are a further two teams in action this week with the Ladies Challenge Cup team in action in Rathdowney against Tullamore and the men’s JB Carr team facing Dun Laoire Golf Club with all five matches at Mount Juliet.  Our good wishes go to both teams and their management in their quest for a place in the latter stages of both competitions.



Results – Member/Guest 18 Holes Singles, Saturday 20th June

Winner         Alan Seery (13)                    38 points

Second        Tom Kelly (16)                     38 points

Third            Stephen O’Reilly (9)             37 points

Ladies         Helen Hedigan (19)               30 points


Results – Summer League 18 Holes Singles, Sunday 21st June

Winner         Owen Phelan (10)                 37 points

Second        Paul Cottrell (16)                  35 points

Third            Paul O’Loughlin (15)             35 points

Ladies         Ruth Mulholland (9)              34 points

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