Captain’s Prize: Last weekend we saw our Captain William Gilbert’s prize played for. We had one of the biggest turnouts anyone can remember with almost two hundred of our men taking part in what was a thrilling and highly competitive competition. The turnout was to be expected considering that Captain Willie is held in very high regard by all who know him. It was a fantastic weekend and a few good nights as well! The competition was held from mid afternoon on Friday and concluded with a nine hole playoff for the qualifiers on the Sunday evening. We had a good number playing on Friday, due to the Kilkenny match being on. The timesheet was also very full on Saturday and Sunday. After the qualifiers over a very tough but fairly set up course we were left with ten qualifiers on Sunday evening, Paddy O’Donovan, Johnny Kennedy, Martin O’Halloran, Andy Needham, Jim Tierney, Kevin O’Gorman, Ted Walsh, Joe Cuddihy, Don Bolger and Kieran Grace. The playoff was held over the back nine and with only four shots separating leading qualifier, Jim Tierney, on 65 and the 10th qualifier on 69 it was there for the winning by any of the qualifiers. But one man was tipped from the start, having had an incredible year of golf with wins in competitions in Bunclody and the new 9’s Golf competition and many more accolades. He came with a pedigree and lived up to it. After a tremendous performance from all ten qualifiers, one man stood tall on Sunday evening on the eighteenth and it was Patrick O’Donovan who held his nerve and came home with a score of 102 to clinch his second Captain’s prize in five years which is a record as far as can be ascertained. Pipped at the post by one shot was Johnny Kennedy with 103. Best gross went to Martin O’Halloran with 72. Third was Andy Needham with 103, fourth was Kevin O’Gorman with 106.5, fifth was Ted Walsh with 107. The leading qualifier prize went to Jim Tierney with 65. Second gross prize went to AJ Murray on 74. Past Captain’s prize was won by Joseph Cuddihy with 66 over the eighteen. Best Senior went to our President Don Bolger with 68. The front nine prize was won by Adrian Fitzpatrick with 30.5 and the back nine by Keith O’Dwyer with 31.5. The long handicap prize went to new member and one to watch for the future Kieran Grace with 68. The best junior prize went to Liam Hennessy with 71. Nearest the pin on the 8th was Jim Kirby and on the 16th was Blade O’Gorman. We had a mixed scrambled played over the front nine as the playoffs were being played and this was won by the team of Anna Corr, Mary Manning and Nigel Dagg with 27.6. In second place were Rose Brophy, Breda O’Brian and Pat Mulrooney with 27.7 and in third place were Ena Kennedy, Mary O’Hanlon and John Holden with 27.9. It was to be a very good day for our Ladies’ Captain Mary O’Hanlon as she shot one of those rarities in golf a hole in one on the fourth. Standard scratch for the qualifiers was 71. The presentations were held on the Sunday night and we had a fantastic turnout for Captain Willie with his family by his side for the occasion. We had a great night and it was heartening to see our clubhouse buzzing with so many turning out to honour a man who has given so much of his time to our Club, a true Gentleman who has carried out his task in the truest traditions of Captains of our Club, well done William J Gilbert.
Scratch Cup Winner: Niall O’Sullivan, one of our best elite players and one of our Barton Cup stalwarts this year took the Scratch Cup in Kilkenny Golf Club last weekend. Niall had a good six over parr round on the Saturday and knew that he needed to do better on the Sunday to have a chance of winning. He did just that and although he only shot two birdies in the competition, it was his consistency in parring his way around the course and keeping the dreaded doubles off the scorecard that gave him the title. He shot a very impressive three over on Sunday to give him the win on 151 by one shot. The Kilkenny scratch Cup has been running since 1967 and Niall can now add his name to the previous Callan winners starting in 1971 with Rev. F Grace and Mark Shortall, Nigel O’Donovan and Ryan Dwyer. A great win and it is guaranteed it will not be his last scratch cup.
Senior Ladies: The Senior Ladies held a mixed competition on the 6th July last in aid of the Kilkenny Home Care team which was very well attended. The winners were Dick O’Shea, Mary Dempsey, Ailish Carey and Sheila Ryan. Second were Michael Somers, Willie Gilbert, Bridget Holohan and Caroline Somers. Third were John O’Neill, Don Bolger, Olive Walsh and Maura Holden.
Get Into Golf: The Get into Golf programme has been a great success to date with a great turnout each week. Volunteers are needed to help on Tuesdays at 6pm for an hour if you are willing and interested please contact Betty McGrath on 086 3782360.
Fixtures Diary weekending 16th July:
Wednesday 12th July: OPEN men’s singles stableford Sponsored by O’Dwyers Golf stores.
Thursday 13th July: Senior Ladies 10am-12am
Friday 14th July: Mixed social moved to Lady Captains Day on Saturday.
Saturday 15th July: Lady Captain’s Day, Mary O’Hanlon/ Mixed social at 5pm
Sunday 16th July: Men’s monthly medal. GOY
Monday 17th July: RGA Brother Burke Trophy 11am-1pm
Tuesday 18th July: Ladies 18 and 9 hole Stableford /Ladies beginners 6pm-7pm.
Course condition update: Please remember that if you are good enough to cause a pitch mark on those fabulous greens then, please be good enough to fix it properly or we will not have sublime greens! The course manager would like to remind ALL members to take and use a divot repair sand bag from the first tee and return same to the station at the 18th after your round. Also, please refrain from bringing buggies onto the apron of greens as this can cause considerable damage.
Ladies Section news: The last of the Ladies Team bowed out of competition at the quarter final stage against the Royal Curragh in The Finn Trophy. Great golf was played by the Callan ladies during the campaign and Team Manager Jo Staunton thanked all the ladies on the panel for their commitment. The team on the day against Royal Curragh were Breda Ryan with Teresa O’ Neill, Rita O’ Neill with Betty McGrath, Catherine Davis with Marie Gorey, Kathleen Phelan with Berna Walsh and Claire Henriques with Lorraine Donovan. The results of the Geraldine Cup were, in first place was Breda Bolger, second was Laoise Hennessy, third was Kathleen Phelan, fourth was Anne Croke and fifth was Ann Needham. The 9 Hole winner was Maura Holden and second was Margaret Hickey. Lady Captain Mary O’Hanlon got her celebrations of to a good start ahead of her Captains Day next Saturday, while playing in the mixed after Captain Willies day, she got a hole in one on the 4th. WELL DONE. Lady Captains Charity Day is on July 25th format is 2 person team event any combination. €10 per person.
Junior Golf Section: Junior golf is back and is on every Tuesday. The junior section organizers will be giving golf lessons to the juniors every Tuesday evening between 7-8pm for the summer months. Please note that any children under ten years of age must have a parent remain with them on the course at all times.
Club Lotto: Week 16 Results for the Jackpot of €850 the numbers drawn were 5,21,29 there was no winner. We had three luck dip winners of €30 each Johnny Butler, Paul Barry and Maura Burke. The sellers were Butlers Shop, John Kirwan and Kathleen Phelan. Next week’s jackpot will be €50. Why not purchase a subscription of €50 for 25 draws or €100 for 50 draws and be in to win the BIG one! To do so please contact Margaret at Callan Golf Club on 056-7725136 for details.
Captain’s Prize winner Paddy Donovan with Captain Willie Gilbert
Captains Prize winners Back From left Ted Walsh, Jim Wellwod (hon Secretary) Liam Hennessy, Keith O Dwyer, Martin O Halloran, Andrew Needham, Joe Cuddihy, Adrian Fitzpatrick, Jim Kirby, Kieran Grace, Blade O Gorman, Johnny Kennedy, Kevin O Gorman
Front from LeftJim Kehoe (Vice Captain) Don Bolger (President) Paddy Donovan (Winner of Captains Prize) Willie Gilbert (Captain) Mary O Hanlon (Lady Captain) John Healy (Competition Secretary)
Niall O Sullivan Winner of Scratch Cup in Kilkenny