Last Sunday there was a Member/Guest Fourball Stableford played for and this was won in emphatic fashion by Norman Williams and his guest, Willie Horgan, with a score of 47 points. Norman was on fire in his round with birdies at the 3rd, 4th and 11th holes but the pair also had bad holes scoring only one point at the 1st, 14th and 15th holes. The winning combination had nines of 24 and 23 points respectively. However, this scoring was good enough and they held on to win by a shot from the mother and son combination of Una and Graham Robinson, they in turn were a shot clear of Sean Brett and Therese Maher in third place.
The May Men’s Invitation Day was held last week and the format was a four man team event with two scores to count at each hole. This competition was open to a member and his three guests and is an ongoing event each month until next September. Kilkenny may have held the balance on the hurling field recently but the Tipperary golfers held sway in this event when a team from Thurles Golf Club swept the main prize by a whopping 10 shots from their nearest rivals. On a day with a stiff north westerly breeze blowing and some of the tee boxes that were in play positioned on the championship blue course, conditions were testing for a large turnout of competitors. The winners returned a great score of 94 points under the circumstances with two nines of 47 points each. They recorded 6 points on the 1st, 4th, 8th, 10th, 15th, and 17th holes and a seven pointer on the 3rd and on the remainder of their card they never dipped under 4 points. The runners-up were 10 points adrift when they scored 40 and 44 points for their nines and just held on by a point from the third placed team. All prize winners will qualify for the final day to be held in October with the other invitation day prizewinners over the coming months.
In the Golfer of the Year competition, the early lead in the men’s section after three rounds is held by Alan Hearn with 20 points. John Mulholland, Mark Magnier, PJ Aylward and Conor Spain are tied for second place on 12 points. There is a tie in the ladies section between Helen Walsh and Adrienne Walsh with both ladies on 18 points. Second place is shared by Karan Murphy and Ruth Mulholland on 16 points and the next round of the G.O.Y., will be held in conjunction with the Jack Nicklaus Trophy on Sunday week 26th May, for which the timesheet is already open.
On the Inter Club front the last two teams are in action next weekend with the Pierce Purcell Team, managed by Paul Madigan in action in the regional qualifying round in Wexford Golf Club. The Junior Cup Team, managed by Alan Hoyne is also playing in Courtown Golf Club in their regional qualifier. We wish both teams the best of luck in their quest for honours.
The first round of the club match play for men and ladies must be completed by 31st May and players who as yet have not played their respective matches are reminded to contact their opponents as soon as possible and to arrange any outstanding matches.
Results – Member/Guest Fourball Stableford, Sunday 19th May
Winners Norman Williams (13)
Willie Horgan (13) (Kilkenny) 47 points
Second Graham Robinson (6)
Una Robinson (19) (Wexford) 46 points
Third Sean Brett (8)
Therese Maher (36) 45 points
Results – Men’s May Invitation Day 4 Person Team, Wednesday 15th May
Winners Pat Stakelum (18)
Pat McEvoy (14)
John McGrath (15)
Donal Hurley (18) 94 points
Second Jim Gorey (15)
Liam Duggan (11)
Sean O’Neill (15)
Fr. Pat Duggan (18) 84 points
Third PJ Aylward (7)
Seamus Grace (15)
Kevin Fennelly (9)
Eamon Brennan (11) 83 points