Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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

Some more good news on the Inter Club scene with two teams tasting victory in their respective competitions. The men’s Duggan Cup team just beat neighbours, Gowran Park, by the odd match in five and the Ladies’s Junior Cup team had an impressive win against Borris on a scoreline of 3½ to 1½ at Mount Wolseley.

In the Duggan Cup the result at Mount Juliet was one game each where John O’Dwyer and Seamus Grace lost and Dermot Fennelly and Kevin McCartan won. At Gowran Park, it was one game each after Alan Hoyne and James J. Brett won with Owen and Bryan Phelan losing. Ted Hoyne and Sean O’Neill for Mount Juliet just prevailed in the last match by a margin of 2 and 1. The overall result was 3 games to 2 in favour of Mount Juliet.

The Ladies Junior Cup team had a great victory over the more fancied team from Borris which was played at the neutral venue of Mount Wolseley. The winning ladies were Ruth Mulholland, Rebecca Nixon and Bernie Madigan with Freda Mullen called in and Brenda O’Sullivan battling hard before succumbing to defeat for an overall team win. The next team in action is the Ladies Intermediate Cup team and they take on Borris at Carlow this week.

On the home front, the “Rumble for Crumlin” 3 person competition was played last Sunday with all proceeds going to the Friends of Crumlin Hospital. There was a good turnout of teams for this worthy cause and the man in form, John O’Dwyer, led his team to a comfortable victory. The team which also consisted of Sean Brett and James J. Brett scored 87 points and they go forward to represent Mount Juliet in the regional final in Mullingar Golf Club in September.

Diary Dates: The Summer League commences this Sunday and on Tuesday next 22nd April there is an Open 4 Person Team Event and tee times can be booked by contacting the golf shop. The following day, Wednesday, there is a Men’s Invitation day for members and their guests and the format will be a fourball stableford.

This Week’s Golf Rule

Rule 13/2 – Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance or Swing or Line of Play – replacing Divot in Divot Hole on Line of Play.

Q. A player’s ball comes to rest close to the putting green and he/she wishes to use the putter for the next stroke. However, there is a divot hole just in front of the ball on the intended line of play. May the player replace the divot before playing the next stroke.

A. No – Rule 13/2 prohibits a player from improving his/her line of play by eliminating an irregularity of surface.


Mount Juliet Golf Notes Monday 7th April 2014

Posted by Sean Cotter

Another week of mixed fortunes for two teams that were involved in Inter Club matches last Sunday.  Pride of place must go to the Ladies Challenge Cup team who took on the ladies from Mount Wolseley at Borris Golf Club and they returned with a very comprehensive victory on a scoreline of 4 matches to 1.  The first three games in the match were won and the last two games were then called in as the match had gone beyond recall.  Karan Murphy won her match by a margin of 3 holes up and then was followed by Pauline McEnery and Anne Murphy who both won by margins of 6 and 5.  The two remaining matches involving Mount Juliet players, Alison Hoyne and Elizabeth McCalmont, were both called in.  Congratulations to joint managers of the team, Helen Hedigan and Brenda O’Sullivan, on their success and thanks must also go to the caddies who kindly took time out to travel and assist in the win.

Challenge Cup team

Challenge Cup Team

Not so fortunate was the men’s Barton Cup team who were narrowly beaten by New Ross Golf Club.  It was hoped that this team might progress further through the tournament as they seemed to have a strong panel on paper.  However, the Wexford team had other ideas and after a protracted struggle the Mount Juliet team were beaten on a scoreline of 3/2.  At Mount Juliet, Luke Donnelly and Kevin McCartan had a good win by a margin of 5 and 4 while Paul Madigan and John Hession lost by a margin of 3 and 2.  The second match got off to a bad start and never really recovered their equilibrium.  In New Ross, Alan and Ted Hoyne were beaten 5 and 4 while PJ Aylward and Brian Blanchfield only lost on the final hole.  In between these two matches, Graham Robinson and Dermot Fennelly had a fine but narrow victory on the last hole.  Our thanks to Norman Kilroy and Jim Cusack for their huge contribution in preparing this team for the match.

The April Ladies Invitation day took place last Wednesday and there was a good turnout for this, the first day of the 2014 season.  The competition was a 3 Person Rumble and victory went to Ruth Mulholland and her guests with a fine 71 points.  In second place came Aileen Magee’s team with 70 points and they just beat Bernie Madigan’s team on a countback

On Sunday there was a Member/Guest 4 person team event and victory went to the team comprised of John O’Dwyer, Paul Cashin, Sean Waltzer and Michael Brennan who combined well to register an impressive score of 100 points.  The Callan based team scored 51 and 49 points on each respective nine holes and were decisive winners from their nearest rivals.

Results – April Ladies Invitation Day, 3 Person Rumble, Wednesday 2nd April

Winners Ruth Mulholland (9)
Gay Latchford (25) (Gowran Park)
Ger Hickey (21) (Gowran Park)
71 points
Second Aileen Magee (27)
Siobhan Kearney (22) (Dundalk)
Jill Ronan (27) (Blessington Lakes)
70 points
Third Bernie Madigan (12)
Noleen Delahunty (12) (Rathdowney)
Kathleen Maher (10) (Rathdowney)
70 points
Fourth Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty (17)
Mary Purcell (17) (Cork)
Orla Kavanagh (18) (Douglas)
65 points
Fifth Helen Scully (16)
Mary Bowden (19) (Elm Park)
Kristine Lawlor (25) (Elm Park)
63 points

Results – Member/Guest 4 Person Team Event, Sunday 6th April

Winners     John O’Dwyer (6)
Michael Brennan (12)
Sean Waltzer (19) (Callan)
Paul Cashin (15) (Callan)
100 points


Ladies Away Day – Pink Jacket
1st   Ms.
“Pink” Jacket 2014
Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty (17)
2nd     Karan Murphy
3rd     Ruth
Mulholland (9)   
4th Ann Murphy
Front 9  Lucy
McFarlane (20)     
Back 9   June
Hole Competition
1st        Jo Duggan 22
2nd             Dorothy
Marked Scorecard
Myra Phelan


This Week’s Golf Rule

The following rule of golf is one that often happens in competitions and matches and is usually interpreted wrongly and is worth taking note of.

Rule 25/1 – Abnormal Ground Conditions.

Q.      A player’s ball lies under a bush and it is clearly unreasonable for the player to play a stroke at it.  However, the ball lies on a mound made by a burrowing animal.  Is the player entitled to relief without penalty under Rule 25/1.

A.      Under the Exception to Rule 25/1, a player may not obtain relief from abnormal ground condition if it is clearly unreasonable for him/her to play a stroke due to interference by something other than such a condition.  Therefore, in the circumstances described, the player is not entitled to relief.

Note:   The same rule applies if the ball comes to rest in an indentation at the base of a tree under similar circumstances.

Should you have a query on any Club Rule, please contact Sean O’Neill at and Sean will be happy to help you.

There was “mixed” fortunes for the two inter club teams who did battle against Enniscorthy Golf Club last Sunday. In the Leinster Fourball, the Mount Juliet team were outplayed by the team from our neighbouring county on a score of 4/1. All three games at Enniscorthy were lost so when news filtered through to Mount Juliet, both matches at home, which were being very closely fought at the time, were called in. Commiserations to the management team and the players who took part at both venues, Diarmaid Crowley, Jack O’Byrne, Michael Hoyne, Michael Coughlan, Billy Murphy and Tommy Butler at Enniscorthy while the home players were Padraic O’Connor, Dermot Divilly, Ronan Murphy and Jon O’Sullivan.

Better news in the Irish Mixed match against the same club when Mount Juliet exacted revenge for the Fourball Team’s defeat. This match was again a very closely fought affair with victory only coming on a tie hole in the final match. With three matches again at Enniscorthy, as in the Fourball, the vital win in Enniscorthy was achieved by Sean Brett and Nora Deane on the 18th. John O’Dwyer and Lucia Ahern O’Flaherty lost on the 17th and the final pair of PJ Aylward and Myra Phelan lost on the 18th. At Mount Juliet, Dermot Fennelly and Ruth Mulholland had a convincing win by 5 and 4 against their opponents. The last pair of Paul Madigan and Helen Walsh treated us to a cliffhanger by coming back from dormie 2 down to win on the 20th after a titanic struggle.

Two more teams do battle next weekend with the Barton Cup team playing New Ross and the Ladies Challenge team in action at Borris against Mount Wolseley. In the Barton Cup, New Ross, have the advantage of three matches at home against two at Mount Juliet.

Last Wednesday the ongoing Open Four Person Team Event took place and this ended up in victory for four golfers from our neighbouring clubs of Callan and Castlecomer who scored an impressive 89 points on a difficult day for scoring. The winners had nines of 41 and 48 points and obviously raised their game considerably on the second nine holes where they started the 10th with a score of 7 points.

Last Sunday there was a Member/Guest Fourball and after the heavy rainfall on Saturday, placing on the fairway and in the rough had to be introduced for this competition. Three pairings returned 44 points each for the competition and on a countback first prize went to John O’Connor and his playing partner Patricia Butler. The first two pairings scored 24 points on their back nine holes with the third pair scoring 22 points.

Diary DatesThis Wednesday the first of the Monthly Ladies Invitation Days takes place and on Sunday next there is a Member/Guest Four Person Team Event down for decision.  The course closes for the early part of next week for the annual Spring maintenance and will reopen for play on Thursday.

Results – Four Person Team Event Wednesday 26th March

Winners       Willie O’Neill (18) (Callan)

                   Pat O’Keeffe (13) (Callan)

                   Niall Brett (15) (Callan)

                   Mick O’Neill (8) (Castlecomer)         89 points

Results – Member/Guest Fourball Stableford Sunday 30th March

Winners       John O’Connor (18)

                   Patricia Butler (19) (Carton House)  44 points (last 6)

Second        Sean O’Neill (15)

                   Fr. Pat Duggan (18) (Kilkenny)        44 points (last 9)

Third            Bill Fanning (16)

                   Steve Cronly (13) (Carlow)               44 points

This Week’s Golf Rule

Rule 25 Abnormal Ground Conditions – Casual Water Definitions.

Q.    Is soft, mushy earth casual water ?

A.    No. Soft mushy earth is not casual water unless water is visible on the surface before or after the player takes his/her stance (see Rule 25/1).

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