To head both gross and nett categories in a Singles competition is a very fine achievement. Obviously only a low handicapper can aspire to it. Aidan Ryan, among the leading lights of our junior section, had the double distinction in the midweek open event.
Details: A. Ryan (3) 41; P. Butler (19) 41; Ml. Gleeson (21) 39; P. Kennedy (12), Nenagh, 38; J. Foran (scr.) 38. The C.S.S. was Aidan engaged in a high class duel with fellow competitor and scratchman Jon Foran. They each recorded a two-under gross of 70, with Ryan shading the issue on the last six holes. Foran had the compensation of fifth prize. Philip Butler lost out to Ryan on nines of 22,19 for Aidan and 25,16 for Philip. The winner’s start was explosive as he went 3,4,2 for eagle, par, birdie. He was out in 34 shots and got to three under after sixteen. Out of the blue came a pointless 17th for 36 back - the zero proved to be academic in the final reckoning. Well done, indeed.
Butler’s 25 points after nine would be excellent in a fourball and was extraordinary in a Singles - he was only three over for the stretch. Later on, however, he blanked the 15th after a “double” at the orchard to fall back with the tie which went against him. Michael Gleeson, Manager of the J.B. Carr team, scored 19,20 for third. Philip Kennedy ended each nine with a birdie in his 20,18 for fourth. Jon Foran had three birdies and one drop in his 20,18, living up well to recent form.
Match-play has been going on, on several fronts. Already Declan Corcoran and Peter Gavin are into the final of the Bray O’Brien Cup. It’s down to the same stage in the Club Foursomes with Stephen Quigley and Brian Lanphier due to meet Martin Fahy and Tom McGrath. The losing semi-finalists were Eamonn and Ciaran Clohessy; Vincent O’Brien and Conor Gleeson. Club Championship and Novices Cup are proceeding. An all finals day is to be arranged.
Our Belvedere Trophy team, after a walk over from Carrick-on-Suir, are away to Templemore in the second round - likely date is Saturday, 13th August.
On the social side we had somewhat of a bonus on last Thursday night by way of a visit and performance from the famous Calgary Fiddlers. The Canadian group made a great impression, as they did in other local appearances on their trip.
The President’s Prize looms up. The affable Joe Kelly’s major occasion is due on Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st August with choice of day for the entrants and the customary Stableford format. Entry will be on the B.R.S. system.
Friday 9h Mixed Foursomes results: P. Griffin (24), J. McLoughney (16), M. Duignan (26) 48; S. Troy (20), P. Fitzpatrick (20), T. Molloy (17) 47; Jas. O’Mahony (5), Ml. O’Grady (12), M. Flanagan (27) 46.
Sunday 14h singles: J. McNally (9) 34; B. Clancy (16) 33; K. Dunphy (22) 33; M. Ryan (12) 32. John McNally played a brilliant first nine of two under par for 25 points with birdies at 3rd and 9th. He added just nine to the 14th but stayed ahead of the pursuit. He also had the best gross of 28. Billy Clancy took second with 21,12 against Killian Dunphy’s 23,10. Mattie Ryan kept up form with 19,13 for fourth. Shots of the day certainly belonged to James Kennedy - a drive and five iron at the 13th which ended in the cup for an “albatross” two. A rare bird indeed.
On Friday 19th we will have a “shotgun” mixed foursomes (6 p.m.) to begin the President’s weekend. An entry sheet will be posted. The draw for partners will take place on Wednesday 17th.
J.B. Carr Win
Congrats to Ml. Gleeson and his J.B.Carr Trophy team. They have now advanced to the Munster final. On a fresh and quite pleasant Monday afternoon they had a solid win over Kanturk, losing none of the five matches. A quick point from Ray Shannon and Jack O’Keeffe gave early encouragement - they won on the 14th. A second success followed on the 16th from Billy Ryan and Pat Fennelly. The third point did not come as readily as had at one time seemed likely. Having lost the 17th to a handicap shot, Eddie Clancy and Gerry Mernagh got the necessary half at the 18th to come through, 1 up and settle the issue. There were “called ins” for Paul Daly and Jim McLoughney, playing a tie-hole, and for Matt Butler and Jack Ryan, 2 up with three to play. The Munster final will be on a two-leg basis, home and away.
Our sympathy is tendered to Declan and the Carr family on the passing of his father, Paddy during last week.
Fixtures: Thurs. Open Singles; Friday, Mixed Foursomes; Sunday, Ladies ILGU Foursomes; Friday 17th, “shotgun” Mixed Foursomes; Saturday/Sunday, 20th/21st, President’s (Joe Kelly) Prize.
On Tuesday 23rd August 2011 Thurles GC will host a preliminary round of the Lancôme Ladies Open Greensomes. Booking became available on Friday, 5th August 2011 on BRS. Booking is also available through the Pro Shop or through Ashling in the office. We would encourage our members to invite a guest.
Last Tuesday’s competition (PGA Tankard) was kindly sponsored by Ger Jones, Club Professional.
Tuesday, 2nd August 2011 18 Hole Singles S/F
1st Ann Molloy (21) 39 points, 2nd Triona Gleeson (18) 38 points, Gross Laura Ryan (6) 28 Gross points, 4th Jacquie Hennessy (22) 36 points, 5th Orla McKevitt (10) 35 points. 2’s Triona Gleeson @ 3rd and Orla McKevitt @ 5th. The Seniors Competition was won by Kathleen Burke.
Sunday’s Competition 7th August, 2011 was an Open Day Team of Two event which was kindly sponsored by McKevitt’s Costcutters.
1st Susan Troy (20) and Ena Hayes (29) 47pts
2nd Maria McGrath (17) and Catherine McCarthy (20) (Tralee GC) 43 pts
3rd Orla McKevitt (10) and Sarah McKevitt (36) 42 pts (on countback)
4th Denise Connor (19) and Anne O’Grady (26) 42 pts
On Sunday next Thurles GC will host the ILGU Inter Club (Munster) Quarter and Semi-Finals of the Junior and Senior Foursomes. The Senior Foursomes Quarter Finals will commence at 9.30am - Monkstown v Muskerry, Killarney v Castletroy, Douglas v Tipperary and Youghal v Clonmel. The Junior Foursomes Quarter Finals will commence at 10.30am Lismore v Fota, Limerick v East Clare, Kinsale v Douglas and Tralee v Macroom. The winners of the respective matches will go on to play the Semi-Finals in the afternoon. We wish all the teams well and look forward to what promises to be great golf for the day.