Golf is coming in concentrated form at the moment. We’ve had five days in a row from the Thurs. Open Singles to Easter Monday, while upcoming is the May weekend. Prime honours so far have gone to ex All-Ireland captain Declan Carr for a brilliant card on the Thurs. with young Ruairi Dwan winning on Fri. Ronan Spain and Rory Long led the Sat. fourball and Robert Jordan won the Singles v par on Sun.
Carr came back to former prominence with a great 43 points from a two under gross of 70 for a big margin over, coincidentally, another Tipp. captain in Conor Gleeson and two other 38’s. Details: D. Carr (5) 43; C. Gleeson (9) 38; J. Corbett jr. (15) 38; E. Hughes (16) 38; P. Gavin (15) 37. The C.S.S. was 35. An “eagle” at the 8th was a big boost in Declan’s 35 shots to the 9th. He carried on just as capably for another 35 and a score of 43 that left everybody trailing. Well done, Declan. Gleeson’s 38 was 18,20 as he was only two over on the back nine. Youngster Corbett and Hughes scored 19,19 and 21,17 and other junior in Peter Gavin 20,17 for fifth. Carr’s gross pipped Kieran Kennedy by a shot despite Kieran’s six birdies - a blank at the 12th was a setback for him.
Youth was again to the fore on Fri. as Ruairi Dwan’s 43 took the main award over Peter Gavin’s 41. Details: R. Dwan (15) 43; P. Gavin (15) 41; R. Ely (15) 38; gross K. Kennedy (plus 3) 39; L. O’Dwyer (10) 37. The C.S.S. was 37. Dwan was eight over par and had two birdies in his 23,20 easily affording some late drops in his fine round. Gavin kept up form with 21,20. The 9th yielded no point but he was only two over for the other eight holes and two for the last seven. Ely who led the Bray O’Brien qualifier had 19,19 for third. The perennial Kieran Kennedy grossed 69 (35,34) for 39 points and Liam O’Dwyer’s 16,21 featured a grand second nine, level for all bar a blanked 13th.
The Sat. competition was a Fourball of novel type as “any combination” operated - all male, all female, or mixed pairings. Results: R. Spain (9) and R. Long (11) 45; M. O’Reilly (26) and A. O’Sullivan (34) 43; Ml. Doyle (13) and J O’Riordan (16) 43; gross, K. Kennedy (plus 3) and O. McKevitt (9) 38. A superb 25 out was supplemented by 20 home in the performance of Ronan and Rory. Margaret and Aideen had 18,25 in a strong 43, while John and Michael scored 21,22 for third. The gross went to Kieran and Orla with an excellent 38.
A return of 9 up would be creditable in a Fourball and is notable in a Singles. Templemore member Robert Jordan (19) had that total in the Sun. event and, naturally, was way ahead. He beat par in groups of three on the first nine - holes 1,2,3,6,7,8 and took four more on the clubhouse side against a solitary loss. Patrick Dorney (23) had a 6 up that normally would have a chance of taking first. Next came David Connor (17) with 5 up (0 plus 5). David Ruddy’s gross 68 (33,35) for 4 up was brilliant play from the “plus one” man, half a dozen birdies on the card in his exhibition of excellence. The final prize went to Paddy Dwan (11) with 5 up. There were other 5 ups from Liam Moloney (12) and Jim O’Dwyer (2).
Mon. team-of-four: T. Everard (19), F. Dempsey (22), N. Stapleton (23), D. Hurley (16) 100; R. Shannon (12), D. Donohue (17), F. Sheridan (17), K. Shannon (17) 98; B. Ryan (13), C. Ryan (15), T. Fanning (12), D. McGettigan (16) 98; A. Slattery (29), E. Hayes (32), A. O’Sullivan (34); E. Lyons (36) 91. The leaders compiled their century with 45 points followed by a massive 55, eight on 10th and 17th.
The panel for the Barton Shield is as follows: P. Byrne jr. J. Foran, J. Kennedy, E. Long, K. Kennedy and A. Ryan. The venue is West Waterford on Sat. May 7th. Gold Coast are the opposition. We reached the Munster semi-final at this level last year.
The Fri. Mixed Foursomes series commences on May 6th with first draws at 5.30 p.m. This popular social and competitive is an established feature and merits strong support.
Fixtures: Thurs. Open Singles; Sat. Open Scotch Foursomes; Sun. Open Singles (Stableford); Mon. Open Team-of-four (any combination); Sun. May 8th. Ladies Day.
Tuesday 19th April 2011 18 Hole Singles S/F
1st Nora Turner (23) 36 pts, 2nd Mary Duignan (26) 35 pts, Gross Orla McKevitt, 4th Julianne Ryan (24) 34 pts, 5th Sally O’Rourke (20) 33 pts.
Two’s Competition Enid Spencer @ 14th and Bernie White @ 14th.
Friday 22nd April 2011 Ladies Open 18 Hole Singles S/F
1st Marian Finn (7) 35 pts, 2nd Nora Turner (21) 32 pts, 3rd Anne O’Grady (28) 30 pts.
Sunday 24th April 2011 – Ladies Open 18 Hole V Par
1st Marian Finn (6) 2 Up, 2nd Frances Treacy (14) 1 Up, Gross Laura Ryan (6) 3 Down
Ladies please note that there will be no 3.00pm or 3.15pm draw on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 due to a Central Towns Match. Draws will re-commence at 3.30pm. See notice in Clubhouse.
Friday Evening Mixed – The Friday evening mixed competition will commence on Friday the 6th May 2011 with the first draw taking place at 5.30pm and will continue during the Summer months. All members welcome. New members are encouraged to participate in this very social competition. Looking forward to your continued support.