Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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

Open Four Person Team Event, Tuesday 16th September 2014. Winners; Noel O’Dwyer (18) (Nenagh), Denis Ryan (19) (Nenagh), Mark O’Dwyer (15) (Nenagh), Anthony Finan (18) (Nenagh) on 95 points. Second;Liam O’Flaherty (19) (Edmondstown), Frank Ryan (14) (Mallow), John Broderick (20) (Thurles), Donal Duggan (24) (Thurles) on 91 points

The postponed Residential Trophy was played for last Sunday and victory went to former Captain, Peter Quigley, who returned a fine 39 points. Peter had nines of 19 and 20 points respectively. The keystone to Peter’s win was that he had eight pars on the first nine holes and failed to register a point on the long 4th but continued to play very steady golf for the remainder of his round. In second place came Padraic O’Connor with 38 points for a welcome return of form. Third place went to John Browne with 37 points. The ladies section of this competition was won by Helen Walsh with 36 points and she had 2 shots to spare from Lynda Hickey.

There was a competition for members run in conjunction with the Residential Trophy and this was won by Owen Phelan who returned a highly creditable 40 points and just pipped Ted Hoyne by a shot. Owen played very steady golf, scoring 20 points for both nines and the Junior Prize was won by Tim Howes with 36 points. The C. S. S. for both ladies and men was 36 points on the day.

There was a Member/Guest Four Person Team Event played for last Wednesday with players bedecked in their respective county colours. The honours of the day was won by Tipperary players who left the field trailing in their wake, perhaps a sign of things to come, with a score of 98 points. They were led by Pat Stakelum, nephew of his illustrious hurling uncle of the same name, and they were six shots clear of their nearest pursuers. In second place came a Galway team led by Jim Cusack and in third place came a Kilkenny team led by Liam Duggan. The winners were presented with a perpetual trophy and commemorative plaques.

Next Sunday sees the final competition in the Golfer of the Year series with the September Medal down for decision. At the moment the tables are led by Bernie Madigan and Graham Robinson in their respective divisions. Bernie has 54 points from her best six competitions and leads Geraldine Higgins by 7 points with Ruth Mulholland in third place on 46 points. In the men’s section, Graham Robinson has 37 points from 5 competitions played and he leads Hugh O’Connor by six points.

All finalists are now known in the match play stages of the various competitions with Gavin Smyth/Richard Scott playing Graham Robinson/Kevin McCartan in the fourball final which will be played this Thursday. Dermot Fennelly/Geraldine Higgins play Alan Hearne/Ruth Mulholland in the mixed final on Friday week with Chris McHugh playing Gavin Smyth in the McCalmont Matchplay final. In the final of the McCalmont Cup ladies singles, Anne Murphy had a great win over Amelia Drumm by a margin of 2 and 1. In the match itself Amelia started with six pars but the concession of shot a hole to her opponent proved too much.

Results – Residential Trophy Day, Sunday 14th September
Winner Peter Quigley (8) 39 points
Second Padraic O’Connor (23) 38 points
Third John Browne (18) 37 points
Winner Helen Walsh (23) 36 points
Second Lynda Hickey (20) 34 points
Winner Owen Phelan (10) 40 points
Second Ted Hoyne (8) 39 points
Junior Tim Howes (6) 36 points
Results – Member /Guest Four Person
Inter-County Team Event, Wednesday 10
Winners   Pat Stakelum (19)
John Stakelum (14) (Thurles)
John McGrath (16) (Thurles)
Donal Hurley (20) (Thurles) 98 points
Second    Jim Cusack (14)
Dermot Allen (16) (Dromoland)
John Cahill (20) (Palmerstown)
Gerry Guerin (12) ( Killeen) 92 points
Third  Jim Gorey (14)
Liam Duggan (12) (Callan)
Denis Murphy (7) (Callan)
Pat Gorey (13) (Portmarnock) 91 points
Men’s Results
Winner Peter Quigley (8) 39 points
Second Padraic O’Connor (23) 38 points
Third John Browne (18) 37 points
Ladies Results
Winner Helen Walsh (23) 36 points
Second Lynda Hickey (20) 34 points
Members Results
First Owen Phelan (10) 40 points
Second Ted Hoyne (8) 39 points
Best Junior Tim Howes (6) 36 points
CSS – Ladies and Gents 36 points
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