The Single series for ‘Golfer of the Year’ got off to a well supported start with the Bogey Cup. The v par format has often been seen as suiting the lower category of handicap and the outcome at the weekend supported the theory. Liam Troy off sic - no stranger to the local footlights - played the leading role in adding to his many successes with 4 up. Junior John Corbett actually scored a better 4 up but qualified only for third according to custom.
Details: L. Troy (6) 4 up; K. Doherty (6) 3 up; J. Corbett (16) 4 up; gross, D. Corcoran (2) 1 up; C.J. Gleeson (9) 3 up. Also on 3 up was M. Barnes (11) with 2 ups from K. O’Dwyer (17), M. Ryan (14), C. Bourke (15), Birdie Ryan (6) and 1 up by J. Fanning (11). Troy’s excellent round of one over par (36,37) was witnessed by fellow ‘low’ men, Captain Jimmy O’Neill and ‘09 Captain Dave Crowley - a useful group indeed. Liam won seven and lost three holes. Birdie’s at the 7th and 8th had him 2 up at the turn. He shot eight pars on the back stretch for a further 2 up and the winning return. The former championship and senior plus Barton team member retains his form well.
Off the same mark of six, Ken Doherty, also a club representative at top level, crossed at level but came strong with nine pars in a row for his 3 up and second prize. Young John Corbett, rapidly coming down the ratings, won eight and lost four, including the 18th, in a very promising showing indeed. In sight of outright victory, ex-Tipp. Captain, Conor Gleeson stood 4 up after seventeen but unluckily fell back at the 18th for one shot. Conor had played brilliantly in winning three in a row from the 10th and another three from the 15th. The C.S.S. of the competition was level-par.
Declan COrcoran mad a great defence of his 2010 triumph. He was in line for an actual repeat till losing 14th and 15th before a birdie on the 16th and a win at the 17th saw him recover for 3 up. Earlier still, the holder had shot a superb two under 34 for the first nine to cross 3 up. In gross terms, his 1 up led that prestigious sector - quite a player and competitor and the ‘Golfer of the Year’ last season.
At prize time on Sunday night, the Captain warmly congratulated his victorious fellow competitor and all the other award winners. A ‘field’ of 155 was, he said, a very fine start to the season and he hoped for strong support also for next weekend’s Dr. Spain Cup. Liam Troy responded with thanks to the organising committee and pleasure at a first success in the old trophy.
Not near so old - indeed quite a recent addition to the rota - is the trophy presented by the Spain family in memory of the late Dr. Niall. Last year’s winner was P.J. Bowden with 39 points. As for the Bogey Cup, ‘play as it lies’ will be the system in operation.
Friday night’s Table Quiz repeated the success of that held five weeks ago in terms of turn out and light hearted mood - no lack of banter back and forth between patrons and quizmaster William O’Grady. Vice-Captain Pat Murray set the tempo in his introductory welcome. Again a nice variety of questions were set, fifty in all over ten sections and again those of mathematical nature caused most uncertainty for the quarters involved.
The standard of answering was high as the leading team scored 48, Pat Murray himself, allied with Pat Fitzgerald, Peter Fitzpatrick and Mary Coman O’Neill. A tie on 47 was resolved in ‘sudden death’, the extra question putting Ray Shannon, Pat Fennelly, Michael Sexton and John O’Grady ahead of Alice Regan, Patricia Gleeson, Ann Lanigan and Una Tierney. The putting competition which wound up the cheerful occasion was headed by Larry Moloney with Ger Sammon second. Our thanks to the Social Committee.
The sympathy of the club is extended to the O’Keeffe and Doyle families on the passing during the week of Danny O’Keeffe, Glenbane, Holycross.
Fixtures: Sat./Sun. Dr. Spain Cup (stableford); Sun. April 10th, Open 18h singles.
Tuesday 22nd March 2011 14 Holes Singles Stableford
1st Marcella Broderick (25) 33 pts, 2nd Fionnuala Corcoran (16) 31 pts, 3rd Denise Connor (23) 30 pts, 4th Aideen O’Sullivan (24) 29 pts, 5th Delia Carroll (28) 28 pts. Also on 28 pts Orla McKevitt (8). The 2’s Competition was won by Marian Finn @ 5th and Frances Ronayne @ 11th.
Sunday 27th March 2011 Team of Three
1st Ann Slattery (29), Ena Hayes (32), Esther Lyons (36) 89 pts.
2nd Margaret Lonergan (13), Denise Connor (23), Anne O’Grady (28) 87 pts.
3rd Jacqueline Corbett (11), Lorraine O’Keeffe (13), Susan Troy (23) 84 pts.
The results for the first round of the Spring League have been posted is the Ladies Locker Room and the second round is now underway.
A further reminder that Ladies Presentation of all outstanding prizes for Tuesday and Sunday competitions will take place on Sunday 3rd April 2011 at 7.00p.m. All Prize winners are pleased asked to attend. If you are unable to attend the presentation of prizes you might please arrange for someone to collect the prize on your behalf.