As with the Purcell, so too with the Barton Shield - defeat in the third round by the host club. Victories on Sat. over Gold Coast and Clonmel set up a Sun. morning match against West Waterford, notably strong at this level. Our team went under by an aggregate five holes in the two foursomes format. The pairings in all three contests were Kieran Kennedy - Aidan Ryan and Jon Foran - Evan Long.
The bid to repeat last year’s East Munster success began with a four-holes edge over Gold Coast with four up and “all square” in the respective games. Against Clonmel the pattern was reversed for a similar margin. In scratch context, West Waterford were bound to be stiffer opposition and so it proved in the blustery conditions. Ultimately, a two-up situation for Foran and Long was inadequate, they had been four ahead at one stage. The other game quickly went the home pairing’s way with sub-par scoring and a growing advantage over Kennedy - Ryan for a decisive over-all reckoning. Next Union event is the Bruen Shield at Tipperary G.C. on Sat. June 11th - we play the home club and hope the pattern set in Purcell and Barton does not continue.
On the domestic scene there were victories in Singles for Michael Fitzgerald and Pat Fallon in the Thurs. Open and the weekend “Golfer of the Year” competition, respectively. Thurs. details: M. Fitzgerald (17) 42; P. Byrne Snr. (11) 37; A. Ryan (3) 36; gross, K. Kennedy (plus 2) 36; T. Meehan (11) 35. The C.S.S. was 34. A five points gap between first and second is seldom achieved but Michael did so in the tough windy conditions with 20,22. The highlights for him were certainly at 3rd and 14th with a pair of deuces which piled up the points in his runaway success. On the theme of two’s, all five prizewinners registered one each, Paul Byrne at the 3rd, as did Kieran Kennedy, while Aidan Ryan’s was at the 14th and Tom Meehan’s at the 5th. Byrne’s 4,4,5 finish gained him second. Ryan was one under on the last seven in a 75 gross. Kennedy’s level 72 (38,34) for best gross was brightened by a 3,3,4 ending of successive birdies. Young Meehan shot 19,16 with a zero at the 4th.
Sun. club Singles: P. Fallon (9) 40; R. Stakelum (17) 39; P. O’Carroll (12) 39; gross, D. Crowley (5) 32; E. Kilroy (14) 38. Also on 38 were J. McNally (10), D. Connor (16) and C. Stapleton (9). On 37 came P. Dempsey, T. Hayes (14) and J. Clohessy (18). The C.S.S. was 35. Men’s Secretary Pat topped the lot with a very fine performance, 19, 21 with a great back nine featuring birdies at 10th and 15th, with a one-under run from the 13th to pip Robert and Paul. Stakelum, too, had a useful conclusion over the final four to gain second on the last six over O’Carroll as both had 18, 21. A nice 39 shots for the second nine was a good effort by Paul. David Crowley shot a level 36 to take the gross award. Eric Kilroy had a strong 38 (16,22) to outpoint the others on that mark.
Fri. 9h Mixed Foursomes: S. Ryan (16), M. Ryan (23), Ml. Mullaney (15) 44; O. McKevitt (9), P.J. Mackey (8), R. Shannon (12) 43; M. Butler (13), B. Griffin (33), M. O’Grady. The series continues.
We played a home match in the J.B. Carr Trophy on Wed. Pairings were: R. Shannon - J. O’Keeffe; J. McLoughney - P. Daly;
E. Clancy - G. Mernagh; B. Ryan - P. Fennelly; P. Kavanagh - L. Hanrahan. Manager, Ml. Gleeson. Details next week. The Open Seniors held on last Wed. was a fine success with an excellent entry. The home successes were in Category One (0-15) with Stephen Ryan (14) second with 38 points and Larry Moloney (9) third with 37. J. Darcy (13), Fermoy led with 39. Visitors from Mitchelstown, Mahon, Cobh, Carrick and Nenagh featured in the other sections.
A three day Fundraising Classic is set for June 17th-19th. Teams of four - no more than two to be Juniors - at 100 euro entry, with two scores to count. Entry sheet is posted in clubhouse, while Ashling may be contacted at (0504) 21983. Strong support is urged.
Last this week but very much not least our warm congrats to Pat Finn son of Jim and Mary, Ballinahow. Our former Junior and fine low-handicapper had been Assistant to Union General Secretary, Seamus Smith at the G.U.I. HQ, latterly based at Carlton House, Maynooth. He has now taken over as successor on Smith’s retirement. To have one of our own in a leading role in Irish amateur golf is a matter of great satisfaction and pleasure. Best wishes to Pat and Jenny on this significant distinction.
Fixtures: Thurs. Open Singles; Fri. Mixed foursomes; Sun. Open Singles; Sun. 29th, L.J. Ryan Cup.