The prestigious Jack Nicklaus Trophy was the prize played for last Sunday and again some very good scoring was recorded especially in the men’s section. This competition is one of the few competitions during the year which is run on a stroke basis as most of the other competitions are based on stableford points. The overall winner was Paul Forde with 65 nett with Thomas Hession placed second with 64. Although Thomas had the best score he was excluded under the local rule from winning during his first year.
Paul seemed not to be destined to win when after nine holes he was 7 over par when he scored 43 shots but he really came to life on his back nine holes which he covered in 2 over par 37 shots. Thomas had nines of 39 and 43 shots respectively. Another new member to feature was James “Cha” Fitzpatrick, better known for his exploits on the hurling field, who won the gross prize with a very commendable two over par 74 gross. Third place in the men’s section was secured by Sean Brett on a countback with 69 shots. The C.S.S. for the day in both the ladies and men’s section was 74.
The ladies’ winner was Cathy Hoyne who won the section with 72 shots and this win made for a memorable weekend for Cathy as she also recorded a “hole in one” on Saturday in the Thomastown Golf Society outing at Mount Juliet. Cathy holed out her tee shot on the 11th. She played consistent golf in her winning round and had 3 shots to spare from her nearest rival, Helen Walsh, with Helen Scully filling third place with 76. The gross prize in the ladies section was won by Ruth Mulholland.
As this competition counted for Golfer of the Year points, the table after only four rounds, is led by Martin O’ Halloran with 20 points, Sean Brett in second place on 18 points followed by Graham Robinson in third position on 16 points. In the Lady Golfer of the Year, Ruth Mulholland leads with 30 points followed closely by Helen Walsh and Cathy Hoyne on 29 points with Bernie Madigan in fourth spot on 26 points and again only four competitions have been held for the ladies as well.
Next Sunday sees another coveted trophy up for grabs with the JB Carr Memorial Trophy down for decision. Players are reminded that this competition will be run on a “shotgun start” basis with the gun “going off” at 11am. This will mean that prizes for the day along with the March, April and May medals and Jack Nicklaus trophy prizes will be presented at 5.30pm on Sunday evening.
The next team in action will be the Ladies Miele team next Monday who take on the ladies of Enniscorthy, with 2 matches at home and 2 matches away. Our good wishes go to them for a successful match.
|Results – Jack Nicklaus Trophy, Sunday 24th May|
|Winner||Paul Forde (15)||65|
|Second||Thomas Hession (18)||64|
|Third||Sean Brett (7)||69|
|Best Gross||James Cha Fitzpatrick (4)||74|
|Front 9||Martin O’Halloran (3)||35|
|Back 9||John Brett (18)||33|
|Winner||Cathy Hoyne (20)||72|
|Second||Helen Walsh (22)||75|
|Third||Helen Scully (14)||76|
|Best Gross||Ruth Mulholland (8)||86|
|Front 9||Anne Marie McEvoy (18)||37|
|Back 9||Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty (17)||38|
|Golfer of the Year – Men||Golfer of the Year – Ladies|
|Martin O’Halloran||20||Ruth Mulholland||30|
|Sean Brett||18||Helen Walsh||29|
|Graham Robinson||16||Cathy Hoyne||29|
|Thomas Hession||14||Bernie Madigan||26|
|Michael Brennan||13||Mary Quigley||21|
|John Doheny||13||Kathleen Brett||16|
|Dermot Fennelly||13||Geraldine Higgins||14|
|Bill Connolly||12||Annette Hogan||13|
|Fintan O’Shea||12||Amelia Drumm||12|
|Paul Forde||12||Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty||11|