A home first leg of the Munster final of the J.B. Carr Trophy sought a lead for the return match at Tramore. On a showery Wednesday afternoon that aim was certainly achieved, to the extent of 5-0. Tramore would need to reverse those figures on Monday if a play-off was to be secured. Just one of the five would suffice for Michael Gleeson’s quintet.
It’s not usual for the last match to be first to declare a result, but that was what Matt Butler and Jack Ryan achieved. Four up at the turn, they closed out the contest as early as the 12th.
Things were tighter elsewhere though promising for the host side. At the top, Ray Shannon and Jack O’Keeffe hit back from an early deficit to go level after ten and eventually come through on the 18th. Behind them, Jim McLoughney and Paul Daly saw a good margin reduced in the second nine. Their opponents had the day’s highlight by holing out their second for an “eagle” at the 16th to delay the outcome, which arrived at the 17th. The Thurles advantage was then extended by Billy Ryan and Pat Fennelly on the 16th and stretched to the maximum with Eddie Clancy and Gerry Mernagh winning at the same stage. Postscript: The Munster title was duly secured at Tramore, details next week.
A good quota of Visitors again played in our midweek Open Singles. The winner came from among these as Mark Lowry (Tipperary) headed the honours list. Details: M. Lowry (14) 41; P. Gavin (11) 40; Rd. Crean (3), Cahir Park, 39; J. Walsh (17) 39; J. Condon (15) 39. Also on 39 was D. Smee (11). The C.S.S. was 35. Lowry scored nine pars. A finish of four 4’s was the key to victory in his 19,22. Peter Gavin again featured strongly with his 17,23 for second - a level back nine terrific play as he beat par at 13th and 16th. Richard Crean not only came third with 18,21 but also was best gross for a level card. John Walsh took fourth with 19,20 over Fr. John Condon’s 20,19 and Derek Smee’s 21,18.
Fri. 9h Mixed Foursomes: F. Corcoran (17), R. Carroll (20), E. Clancy (14) 44; J. Butler (28), J. O’Mahony (5), D. Hurley (17) 43; M. Finn (7), N. Gleeson (29), B. Coghlan (20) 40.
Our Intermediate Scratch competition was held on Sunday last. The other two scratch events follow on Sunday, 11th September, the Senior for handicaps of four and under, the Junior in the range of five to eleven. Intermediate results: Rev. M. Hayes (12) 79; P.J. Broderick (12) 79; D. Kinnane (15) 80. First nett: C. Kidney (14) Lee Valley, 67; second,
P. Lowry (15) 68. In winning the event Fr. Martin was repeating his success of 2008, a notable achievement indeed. The verdict on Sunday was close as could be as a tie with P.J. was resolved on the last six with 25 against 26 gross. Both had carded 38’s on the back nine, the winner recording eight pars and one “double” while the runner-up had birdies at 14th and 17th before ending with a bogey.
Third placed Donal Kinnane followed 43 to the 9th with a great one over 37 on the other side. Best nett leader Cian Kidney, son of rugby’s Declan, grossed 81. Pat Lowry scored 83. The C.S.S. was 72.
The competition was kindly sponsored by J.J. Kelly and Sons, Solicitors. Our President Joe was warmly thanked by Captain Jimmy O’Neill at the presentation of prizes and in reply said he was delighted to be associated with it. Winner Fr. Martin joined in the appreciation due to the sponsors.
Fixtures: Thurs. Open Singles; Friday 9h Mixed Foursomes; Sunday Ladies Open Day; Sunday 11th, Senior and Junior Scratch Cups, B.R.S. entry.
Captain Niamh Fitzgibbon’s Prize.
The Juniors Captain’s Prize took place on Wednesday 24th with a wonderful turn out of juniors for the final competition of the year for juniors. There was some outstanding golf played with great scores carded by Killian Dunne, Eoin Long and Willie Power.
The prizes were presented by Captain Niamh and Club Captain Mr Jimmy O’Neill.
Niamh thanked all those who took part and congratulated the winners, and wished everyone well for next year.
Captain Jimmy O’Neill congratulated Niamh on her year as Junior Captain and to all the juniors who competed through out the year. In his address he complemented the juniors who took part in the various competitions during the past year on the manner in which they represented their club, on the high standard of their golf and as they are the future members of the club, he wished them well for the next year.
Thanks to Mark Ruddy and Ger Jones for all their work throughout the year.
Results; 1st; Killian Dunne (34) 53 nett, 2nd; Eoin Long (29) 56 nett,
3rd; Mark Purcell (36) 60 nett.
Category 1, 1st Shane Skelly (26) 61 nett, 2nd Mathew Ryan (22) 61 nett.
Category 2 1st Willie Power (24) 64 nett, 2nd Billy Mc Carthy (36) 64 nett.
On Tuesday 23rd August Thurles Golf Club hosted a qualifying round of the 32nd Lancôme Ladies Open Greensomes competition in which over 230 ladies competed. Two Thurles ladies emerged victorious namely Marian Finn (7) and Susan Troy (20) with 45 pts. Congratulations to Marian and Susan and the best of luck in the National Finals to be held at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Sunday 2nd October.
Thurles Ladies Intermediate Cup team, selectors Mary Phelan and Brigid McCormack, were defeated in the Munster Final of the ILGU Inter Club Championships on Saturday last by Shannon Golf Club 3/1 with the final pairing being called in.
We wish Shannon GC the very best of luck in the All Ireland Finals to be held at Ardee Golf Club in September. Well done to all the selectors, players and subs who participated in competitions this year and to the supporters who travelled far and wide to cheer on the teams. Hopefully we will have better luck next season.
The draws have taken place for the Challenge Cup, Turtulla Cup and Johnston Cup and are posted in the Ladies Locker Room. First round matches must be played by Sunday 11th September 2011.
Captain Jimmy O’Neill’s Prize to the Ladies will take place on Tuesday 13th September. The competition will be 18 Holes Singles Stableford and we look forward to your support.
On Sunday 4th September 2011 there will be a Ladies Open Day Sponsored by Margaret Lonergan. Booking is now available on BRS, Pro Shop and office.
Lancôme Ladies Open Greensomes – Tuesday 23rd August 2011
1st Marian Finn (7), Susan Troy (20) 45 pts.
2nd Marian O’Leary (15) Eileen Walsh (17) Harbour Point 44 pts.
3rd Ooonagh Mee (25) Lahinch, Carrie Gormley (30) Fermoy 43 pts.
Gross Mary Sheehy (19) Tralee), Margaret McAuliffe (23) Newcastle West 30 Gross pts.
Best 1st Nine Renagh Murphy (14), Anne Creamer (17) Tipperary 23 pts.
Best 2nd Nine Sadie Ryan (17), Mary A. Maher (24) Templemore 22 pts.