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.
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)|