Our Club Classic, run over three days at the weekend, was an emphatic success for its fund-raising purpose. Ninety teams of four took part and there was generous additional sponsorship, headed by Golphysics. Weather varied from a reasonable Friday to a sodden Saturday and on to a pleasant Sunday. The trim condition of the course was widely appreciated.
Last year’s event had been led by an alliance of Crokes and Moloneys and again Holycross was to the fore with three Dwans - John, Paddy, young Rory plus Matthew Maher in accumulating a century of points to win by three. Details of prize list: J. Dwan (16), M. Maher (15). P. Dwan (9), R. Dwan (14) 100; B. Byrne (14), C. Power (9), V. Power (13), M. Waters (18) 97; G. Mernagh (17), Ml. Mullaney (15), J. Phelan (14), B. Mulcaire (13) 97; J. McLoughney (16), Ml. O’Dwyer (16), P. Daly (14), Ml. Gleeson (21) 96; C. Gleeson (9), P. Kennedy (15), T. Gleeson (18), E. Cregan (18) 96; T. Shanahan (16), D. Stapleton (14), K. Walsh (17), C. O’Shea (18) 95; E. Maher (5), J. Nevin (14), F. Stafford (8), D. Cunningham (17) 93; P. Flynn (13), G. Butler (11), L. Hickey (12), A. Moloney (19) 92; ladies prize, A. Hackett (23), M. C. O’Neill (13), P. Kirby (27), D. Miley (19) 78.
At the presentation ceremony, Captain Jimmy O’Neill expressed warm thanks to all who had contributed to the substantial gain to the club from the project - the course staff, bar and catering staffs, Ashling for her excellent work, the energetic organising committee - Pat Murray, Pat Davy and Larry Moloney in particular; Bob Coghlan and Stevie Smee on the card checking; the teams and sponsors, especially Golphysics, on whose behalf Jack O’Keeffe conveyed their gratitude for the facility of testing technology given by the club. President Joe Kelly joined in the appreciation for its success. A special token of gratitude was then presented to the tireless Mary Cashen for her customary role on many worthy occasions.
A former Thurles member and indeed “Golfer of the Year” in Pat Ryan of Co. Tipp. Dundrum, won the Thurs. Open Singles by no less than five points. Details: P. Ryan (15) 44; S. Carroll (6) 39; J. Kennedy (3) 36; gross, K. Kennedy (plus one) 37; S. Troy (9) 36. C.S.S. 35. Leader Ryan scored 22,22 from a seven over round with a birdie at the “orchard” in his 39 for the back nine. Young Stephen Carroll showed his high potential with a level 36 for 21 points on the clubhouse side - a 3,4 finish for two birdies was a powerful late flourish. James Kennedy, too, ended strongly with three birdies on the last four - figures emulated by gross winner Kieran Kennedy. Seamus Troy had 19,17 for fifth.
Fri. Mixed Foursomes: J. Slattery (18), L. Fahy (11), F. Corcoran (17) 42: M.C. O’Neill (13), B. O’Dwyer (25), G. Maguire (14) 42; S. Sherlock (15), G. Stapleton (13), B. Behan (19) 41.
Our Mixed Foursomes team had an initial win against Mitchelstown on Sat. at a wet and windy Carrick-on-Suir. Points were scored by D. Corcoran and D. O’Connor; S. Sherlock and M. Finn; L. Troy and S. Troy. “Called in” were P. Fallon and B. Behan while Mitchelstown prevailed against P.J. Broderick - F. Corcoran. On to Sun. morning and a match against neighbouring Templemore, like Thurles, they have been national champions in this competition and are noted match players. This proved to be the case as Templemore took the necessary three points against Corcoran - O’Connor, Sherlock - Finn and Fallon - Behan. Unfinished games involved C. Gleeson - A. Boland and L. and S. Troy. The two remaining Union team events are the Junior and Senior Cups. The former is at Mitchelstown on Sat. July 2nd, we meet the host club (10.15 a.m.). The Senior Cup is at Clonmel on Saturday, 9th July, we play Tipperary or Faithlegg
(3.15 p.m.). Our J.B. Carr match against Templemore is due on Wednesday, June 29th.
A topical note of current relevance. Back in 2002 the Irish Boys Championship was held in Thurles. It was won by Cian McNamara of the Limerick Club. Among the non-qualifiers was a lad who scored 77,76. Not so good? Not that bad, either, when it is considered that, at thirteen years old, he was giving five years advantage to the older and stronger boys. But his father saw enough in him to have him travel and compete against them. The father’s name? Gerry. The son’s, Rory.
Best wishes to Lady Captain Orla McKevitt and her field of competitors in her “major” which begins on Tuesday and concludes on Sun. next.
Fixtures: Thurs. Open Singles. Fri. Mixed Foursomes; Sun. Lady Captain’s Prize. Sun. July 3rd, Club Foursomes qualifier.
TEAMS – On Saturday 25th June 2011 both our Intermediate and Junior Cup teams will play their third round matches in the ILGU Inter Club Championships at The Gold Coast Golf Club. The Intermediate Cup team will play Mitchelstown at 10.40am and the Junior Cup team will take on Doneraile at 9.00am. We wish them the very best of luck and look forward to your support. Congratulations to the Mixed Foursomes Team who beat Mitchelstown on Saturday in Carrick on Suir but defeated by Templemore on Sunday morning.
COMPETITIONS: The final day of Lady Captain Orla McKevitt’s prize will take place on Sunday 26th June 2011. The draw for Sunday will take place on Thursday evening and draw sheet will be posted at 9.00 pm on Thursday evening in the Ladies Locker Room. (Please see Lady Captain’s Competition Rules re seeded players etc.) We send our best wishes to Lady Captain Orla and hope the weather is kind on Sunday.Good luck to all players. The presentation of prizes will take place on Sunday night at 9.00pm followed by musical entertainment provided by the very talented, popular and versatile Mr. Finbar Coady.For those of you who have not seen Finbar perform before the night promises to be a real treat.
RESULTS: Tuesday 14th June 2011 18 Holes Singles S/F
1st Marguerite O’Reilly (24) 42 pts, 2nd Marian Ryan (27) 39 pts, Gross Marian Finn (7) 25 Gross pts, 4th Bridget Gleeson (20) 39 pts, 5th Ena Hayes (30) 38 pts.
Two’s Competition: Brigid McCormack @ 14th and Marian Finn @ 3rd.
Senior’s competition winner was Kathleen Bourke