Thurles Golf

Thurles Golf Club Fred Daly Team:Thurles beat Mitchelstown in Tipperary Town and are now through to the Quarter-Finals of East Munster.L/R: John Walsh, David Croke, Willie Power, Evan Hughes, John Corbett, Aaron Ryan and John Croke
Having the Senior Cup on our own ground at the weekend offered a chance of a breakthrough at that prestigious level. Wins on Saturday over Tipperary and Mitchelstown led to a Sunday morning semi-final against Waterford Castle.

Having the Senior Cup on our own ground at the weekend offered a chance of a breakthrough at that prestigious level. Wins on Saturday over Tipperary and Mitchelstown led to a Sunday morning semi-final against Waterford Castle.

At that stage our hopes were to be disappointed. Points were won against Tipperary by Kieran Kennedy, Evan Long and Jon Foran in a three and a half to one and a half success. In the afternoon we had big margins from Kennedy, Emmet Leahy, Jim O’Dwyer and Long, with Foran “called in”.

Prospects looked dim against Waterford Castle from early on, as we were trailing in four of the five matches, only Long being ahead after nine holes. Recoveries took place on the second nine to the extent of making possible a “Medinah” surge from behind. Ultimately, though, the Castle prevailed on the 18th over Kennedy and on the 17th in the games involving Leahy and O’Dwyer. Long won on the 16th and Foran had come back to level with three holes left. So the margin against us was three and a half to one and a half. The Castle team went on to defeat Tramore 3 to 2 in the area final and qualify for the Munster semi-final. We hope for better luck this Wednesday at Carrick in the East Munster final of the Junior Cup against Tramore.

Advance news on our “major” event, the Captain’s Prize. It will be held over Friday to Sunday, July 19th/21st. Tossy Hayes has opted to have the competition a 36 holes event. There will be a choice of Friday or Saturday for the first 18; the second round will be on Sunday with leaders “seeded”. Entry will be on the B.R.S. system. A continuation of the ideal weather would be welcome. The course right now is in immaculate condition, much praised by the visiting clubs for the Senior Cup and equally appreciated by ourselves. Well done to Course staff and the committee in charge.

Open Singles results: B. McCormack (4) 38; P. McCormack (17) 38; S. Smith (16) 40; gross, K. Kennedy (plus 2) 36. The C.S.S. was 34. Bill McCormack had been featuring lately in the honours list and this victory was further evidence of his ability and good form. The hurling goalkeeper is a fine striker of the ball. On Thursday he had 18,20 points from a two over round, being level par on the second nine with a useful deuce on the 14th. Paddy McCormack’s nines were 21,17 with eight pars and an unfortunate zero at the 18th. Student member Sean Smith had 20,20 with birdies at 3rd and 11th. Kieran Kennedy shot a level 72 for the gross category on 36 points.

Friday 9h Mixed foursomes: B. Mulcaire (14), Ml. Bracken (15), M. Tuohy (29) 47; E. McAree (19), E. Hayes (28), B. Griffin (34) 42; T.J. Semple (8), D. Stakelum (8), J. Purcell (21) 41.

Fixtures: Thursday, Open Singles; Friday, Mixed Foursomes; Sunday, Club Singles (Stableford); Fri./Sun. 19th/21st Captain’s Prize (36 h. stroke).

Ladies

Results:

Tuesday 25th June 2013 Team of Three Waltz - 1st Susan Troy (17), Triona Gleeson (17), Marie Ryan 26) 83pts; 2nd Jill O’Connor (21), Ann O’Dwyer (23), Brea O’Dwyer (27) 80pts; 3rd Betty Moore (31), Judy Power (32), Josephine Spain (35) 80pts; Seniors Competition Peggy Costello

Tuesday 2nd July 2013 18 Holes Singles S/F PGA Tankard Qualifier - 1st Marian Ryan (27) 41pts; 2nd Annette Boland (13) 38pts; Gross Marian Finn (8); 2’s Competition Lil Leahy and Marian Finn @ 3rd.

Sunday 7th July 2013 14 Hole Singles S/F - 1st Mary Hackett (23) 34pts; 2nd Angela Maher (25) 29pts; 3rd Marian Tuohy (29) 27 pts; 2’s competition Ita O’Sullivan.

Teams

On Saturday 20th June our Junior Foursomes team (Selectors Mary Coman O’Neill and Vera Fitzgerald played their first round match against Co. Tipperary GC at Slievenamon GC winning the first two matches on the 17th and the third being called in all square on the 16th. Well done to the Selectors and Panel. On Sunday next 14th July 2013 the Junior Foursomes will play their second round match at West Waterford Golf Club when they take on the ladies of Slievenamon GG at 10.30am. The winners of that match (hopefully Thurles) will then go on to play the winner of the match between Harbour Point and Cobh at 3.30pm in the afternoon. We would like to wish you every success.

On Sunday 30th June 2013 our Senior Foursomes team (Selectors Brigid McCormack and Mary Phelan) played their first round match against Doneraile at Cork GC at 2.30pm. Doneraile were the victors on this occasion winning the first two matches and the third called in all square on the 16th. Well done to the Selectors, panel and team and to the supporters who travelled to Cork.