Mount Juliet Golf Notes

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

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After a lull in competitive golf the season re-opened again last week with the “drive in” of the Captains for 2012.  Alan Hoyne and Ruth Mulholland took over the mantle of Captain and Lady Captain from the 2011 pairing of James J. Brett and Margaret Twomey.  The day opened with a 2 person scramble over 9 holes with both nines being used for the occasion.  In Spring-like weather, which was a vast change from the awful weather endured in January last year, there was a very good turnout for the golf competition and the “drive-in” which followed in the afternoon.

This is also the first year that Mount Juliet has a Junior Captain and Luke Donnelly has the honour of filling this role for 2012.  Luke, who plays off an impressive handicap of 6 for his tender age of 14 years, also joined both Captains for his “drive-in” as well and drove his tee shot long and straight.

The presentation of prizes and formal induction of all three Captains took place in The Loft of the Hunters Yard after the “drive-in” and this was followed by a very enjoyable dinner in Kendals Restaurant which ran late into the night.  The new Captain, Alan Hoyne, alluded to the many moments of enjoyment he had as a young boy growing up near Mount Juliet and he felt very proud to be the first native of Thomastown to be elected as Captain of the famous course.

The competition, which was a stroke play event, produced some excellent scoring, especially on the back nine holes.  The par of 36 for each nine being equalled or bettered by a number of partnerships.  Bill Connolly had the distinction of scoring a Hole in One on the 14th where he used a seven iron to obtain this unique achievement.


Results 2 Person Scramble

1st Nine:

Winners         Sean O’Neill (15) & Bryan Phelan (15)                             29

Second          Catherine O’Halloran (29) & Richard O’Halloran (20)           29.2

Third              Tommy Duggan (8) & Jo Duggan (20)                            30.4


2nd Nine: 

Winners         Paul Carty (20) & Anthony Gore-Grimes (23)                    27.4

Second          Frank Kelly (24) & Bryan Higgins (24)                             28.4

Third              Barry Hoyne (12) & Chris Clancy (13)                            29


Hole in One    Bill Connolly @ 14th

Tony Sparkles in Monthly Medal

The July Monthly Medal was played for last Sunday and competitors were lucky with the weather, as almost an inch of rain had fallen in the previous 24 hours, but Sunday remained nice and dry for a good turnout of golfers.

Best score of the day was recorded by Tony Frew who scored a very impressive 44 points which equated to a round of level par off his handicap of 8. Tony had nines of 22 points on each nine holes with bogies on the 7th and 14th holes, but he countered these dropped shots with birdies on the 2nd and 10th holes. He had no other dropped shots but completed his round with 14 pars for a very fine score indeed. Tony easily won his category and was an impressive six shots clear of his nearest rival.

In category 2, Alan Hearne just beat the present Captain, Jim Cusack, on a countback to claim the spoils with another fine round of 40 points. Alan had a rather sluggish start to his round by only recording 11 points for his first seven holes which included two double bogies and four bogies, but he really came to life from thereon as he scored 29 points for the last eleven holes and only dropping two shots to par on the 14th and 18th holes.

Category 3 was won by Paul Carty, who is having a very successful year on the golf course. Paul recorded 32 points for his round.

The ladies division also had a decisive winner in Margaret Clandillon who had three shots to spare from her nearest rivals. Margaret scored a fine 38 points with nines of 20 and 18 points respectively and had only one blip in her round, on the 16th where she failed to register a point. Margaret had three shots to spare from Paula Moore and Lady Captain, Sally Gleeson.

In the Golfer of the Year competitions, Stephen Price leads Alan Hearne with Andrew Nixon holding third place. Ruth Skehan holds sway over Amelia Drumm by four points. Ruth has scored in six competitions whereas Amelia holds a slight advantage by only scoring in five competitions, and can overtake her rival over the next few weeks. The C.S.S. for the men was 36 points and for the ladies was 37 points.

Last week also saw the running of the July Ladies Invitation competition and this proved to be a triumph for Ursula Mason who returned the winning score. The competition for July was an 18 holes singles stableford and Ursula hit top form by scoring 39 points and won by a shot from Brenda O’Sullivan with Sheila MacDonald a shot further behind. Ursula had nines of 21 and 18 points respectively and after a shaky start to her second nine holes, where she only scored two points in total on the 10th and 11th holes, she settled down again to record an impressive win. Brenda had a very indifferent start to her round by scoring 16 points on the first nine holes but came to life on the second nine by scoring a further 22 points.

The popular Summer Series continued last Thursday and the July competition proved to be a triumph for a team led by two New Ross members who returned the winning score of 90 points. They just held on by a shot from a team led by Stephen Price and three friends based in Dublin clubs. The next round in this series will continue in August with a similar four person team event.

The Friday evening competition, which is a social occasion for members and their guests, continues over the next few months and the next competition in the Member/Guest series will be on Sunday 25th July and this will be a Mixed Scotch Foursomes over 18 holes.


Ladies Invitation Day, 7th July 2010

Winner Ursula Mason (30) 39 points

Second Brenda O’Sullivan (33) 38 points

Third Sheila MacDonald (30) 37 points

First Nine Ruth Skehan (27) 19 points

Second Nine Helen Comerford (20) 21 points

Summer Series, 8th July 2010


Richard Murphy (14) (New Ross)

P.J. O’Connor (7) (New Ross)

James Nelson (20) (Corrstown)

Michael Murphy (14) (San Jose) 90 points

Runners Up

Stephen Price (7) (Mount Juliet)

Darren Kelly (18) (Malahide)

Ciaran Maher (20) (Balcarrick)

Brendan Feeney (7) (Balcarrick) 89 points

July Monthly Medal, 11th July 2010

Category 1 Tony Frew (8) 44 points

Category 2 Alan Hearn (15) 40 points

Category 3 Paul Carty (19) 32 points

Ladies Margaret Clandillon (26) 38 points

Results of July Medal / G.O.Y., Sunday 11th July 2010

Category 1 Tony Frew (8) 44 points
Category 2 Alan Hearne (15) 40 points (last 9)
Category 3 Paul Carty (19) 32 points
Ladies Margaret Clandillon (26) 38 points

Men’ CSS – 36 points

Ladies CSS – 37 points

Golfer of the Year July 12th