Last week was an important one for our junior members as the competition for the Captain’s (James J. Brett) prize and the Lady Captain‘s (Margaret Twomey) prize took place. This competition was washed out last June when it should have taken place in conjunction with the adult competition. Some fine scoring was recorded by our Junior members as both Darcey Carr, a granddaughter of J.B. and Luke Donnelly, nephew to the hurling Fennellys, scored 42 points and were winners in their respective sections. Darcey, playing off the ladies red tees, had a remarkable two over par gross. She dropped a total of four shots to par but struck back with birdies on the 13th and 15th holes, a fine achievement indeed. As a result Darcey now sees her handicap of 8 reduced further.
Luke Donnelly playing off the yellow tees had a level par round for 42 points and will see his handicap of 6 reducing further in the near future as well. Luke dropped two shots to par at the 9th and 16th holes but made up for these lapses with birdies at the 2nd and 15th. No doubt there is a bright golfing future in store for both of these young players. Other notable scores were recorded by Brian Staunton, Jack Cullen in the boys section and Elizabeth Shields scoring 40 points in the girls section, with the Mulcahy brothers scoring well on each nine holes. Prizes were presented in the clubhouse with proceedings ending with a social get-together for all contestants.
Myra Phelan, followed in the footsteps of her husband Bryan, a previous winner, by capturing the Residential Trophy last week. This annual competition which has a much sought after prize and is confined to the many residents who grace the estate and add great life to the social scene at Mount Juliet. Myra recorded a fine score of 38 points and had a shot to spare from her nearest rivals. Myra scored a first nine holes of 17 points but really came to life on the back nine holes by scoring a further 21 points to clinch victory from John Thompson. The youthful Iona Stevenson won the Junior Prize with a very commendable 37 points and so reduced her playing handicap further in the past week. Myra, who is also Lady Handicap Secretary, will no doubt have to adjust her own handicap accordingly after her fine winning score.
On Saturday afternoon last a Member/Guest 18 hole singles competition was held and competitors had to endure some heavy, thunder showers during the course of play. The winning score of 33 points was returned by Conor Spain with Martin Holohan and Liz Hedigan finishing second and third respectively.
Next Sunday sees the “vice-versa” competition down for decision and this is a Golfer of the Year competition. The competition is officially the Captain’s Prize to the Ladies and the Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men and both competitions are run off together with a “shotgun start” at 11a.m. sharp. Starting holes will be allotted to all competitors on Sunday morning. This competition is another of the “majors” on the golfing calendar and could clinch the G.O.Y. competition as the “Summer Golf” nears a conclusion.
Also the next round of the popular Summer Series takes place on Tuesday 16th August and as usual this is a 4 person team event over 18 holes with any combination eligible to partake and 2 scores to count on each hole.
Results Captains Prize for Juniors
|Boys Winner Luke Donnelly (6)||42 points|
|Second Brian Staunton (17)||41 points|
|Third Jack Cullen (22)||39 points|
|Best 1st Nine Luke Mulcahy||19 points|
|Best 2nd Nine James Mulcahy||19 points|
|Girls Darcey Carr (8)||42 points|
Results Residential Trophy
|Winner Myra Phelan (23)||38 points|
|Second John Thompson (12)||37 points|
|Third Stephen Skehan (18)||36 points|
|Fourth John Mulcahy (15)||36 points|
|Junior Iona Stevenson (30)||37 points|
Member/Guest 18 Holes Singles 6th August
|Winner Conor Spain (11)||33 points|
|Second Martin Holohan (11)
|Third Elizabeth Hedigan (24)