Posted on March 5, 2012 in

Club News 5th March 2012

Four Ball Qualifier

The seasons matchplay events, which are always interesting and hotly contested, were played in contrasting conditions. Saturday was wet at times and very windy while Sundays start was delayed following a frosty opening but it didnt stop some fabulous scoring from being produced. Leading qualfiers were Ger Brett and Jimmy Dunne who compiled a superb total of 46 points. Ger and Jimmy were closely followed by David Walzer and 2012 Captain Sean Walzer who claimed second on a countback from Tommy Minogue and Larry O’Shea.The draw was made following the completion of this years qualifier and as always has thrown up some intriging battles. The draw in full is as follows;

  • 1. G.Brett / J.Dunne V Michael Walsh / Mick Fitzpatrick;
  • 2. Tommy Manogue /Larry o’Shea V M.Skehan / J.Holden;
  • 3. Eddie Cunningham / Brian Cullen V M.Hickey / P.Ryan;
  • 4. R.Komar /J.Kennedy V William Phelan / John Moroney;
  • 5. Tom Maher / Ger Freyne V Paul Norris / Niall O’Sullivan;
  • 6. Larry Malone / Michael Murphy V Tommy Tyrrell / Paddy Foley;
  • 7. David Walzer / Kevin Walzer V Tom Kenny / Simon McCarthy;
  • 8. Liam Brennan / Nigel Dagg V Paul Cashin / John Leahy;
  • 9. Pat Cunningham / John Kinsella V Davy Morris / Decky Lawor;
  • 10. Alan Seery / Michael Murphy V Denis Lawor / Billy Mernagh;
  • 11. Paddy Grace / Richard Walsh V John Lennon / Adrian Cunningham;
  • 12. Paul Roche / Sean Walzer V Kevin O’Driscoll / Tony O’Driscoll;
  • 13. Robert Woodcock / Dwane Martin V Kevin O’Gorman / Ollie O’Connor;
  • 14. John Healy / Jim Kirby V Allan Blett / Pat Russell;
  • 15. Nigel O’Donovan / Denis Carey V R.Condon / P. Donovan;
  • 16. Martin Maher / James Logue V C.Vaughan / Tom Walsh.

The format for this years competiton is different this year. There will be a redraw following the completion of this round which must be completed by Monday 16th of April. On that date one name from each of these pairings will be be entered in the redraw. Should the match be unsettled both pairings will be omitted from the redraw. Best of luck to all in this round of 32.

Winter League and upcoming events

The Winter League has been a huge success and is reaching the final stages. The final, which is looming, will be played on Saturday 24th of March when the top 50 qualifiers will compete for a wonderful set of irons. The final date for qualifing is Friday 16th of March for visitors and Saturday 17th of March for members. Qualifiers for the Winter League final will be contacted by the club. On Wednesday 21st of March the opening of the hugely successful Open Singles will commence and continue throughout the season finishing in the Autumn. Hopefully the weather will be kind allowing members and visitors alike to enjoy these open competitions. There is also a lessons programme for beginners or those thinking of joining the club. 24 people (on a first come first served basis) will be able to enjoy a course of 6 lessons for just 20e. Anyone interested should contact Sean Walzer or Margaret Maher through the office in the clubhouse. Race night has been refixed for Saturday 24th of March to avoid a clash with Mothers day. Further details will follow on the Race Night next week. The Scratch Matchplay closing date for entries is Sunday 18th of March. Those who are interested in this event should put their names on the drawsheet in the clubhouse. There is a Mens Committee meeting on Monday 12th of March at 7.30pm. Next weekend sees the qualifier for the Club Foursomes Matchplay.

Inter Club Competitions

Callan will be entering a number of GUI competitions in 2012 with team managers having been recruited. Traditionally the first inter club competition that beings is the Barton Cup with Tom Donovan taking charge. Tom led previous teams to the latter stages of this competiton and will bid to do so again in the coming months. The format for this competition is 5 foursomes matches played home and away with the club with home advantage hosting 3 matches. Each pairing must have a minimum combined handicap of 14 based on last years lowest handicaps. This year Callan have drawn Mount Juliet in the opening round which will be a local battle as is usual in the early rounds. The Provincial Towns team will then be the next team into action and Brian Cullen is this years manager who will select a side of those who have played off 9 or more throughout 2011. The 3 other inter club events which Callan have been entered into in the coming year are the Junior Cup (managed by Richie McMahon who enjoyed much success when managing the Jimmy Bruen team a number of years ago) which comprises of 5 golfers who have played off 5 or more throughout 2011. The Jimmy Breun Shield and the Pierce Purcell trophy will also be contested. Both of these competitions have been strongly contested by Callan teams over the past number of years. Niall O Sullivan (Bruen) and Mick Byrne (Purcell) are both hopeful of putting runs together in these difficult competitions. The Bruen team has a lower limit of 6 with 12 the lower limit for the Pierce Purcell. All those interested in participating in these teams can contact the managers or put their names on team sheets in the mens locker room. Those interested in playing Duggan Cup this year should contact John O’Dwyer in order to join the panel.

Barton Cup Panel

Nicky Morrisey , Ian Fitzpatrick, John O Dwyer, Paul Madigan, Brian Doheny, Nigel O Donovan, Niall O Sullivan, Richie Condon, Paul Norris Richie Cuddihy, Paul Cashin, Brian Cullen, Mick Fitzpatrick, Liam Duggan, Dwayne Martin and Sean Brett have been named as panelists by Tom Donovan (Manager) and will be contacted re practicing in the near future. The opening round is against Mount Juliet and must be played next month.

Glorious Day for Ladies

Tuesdays Glorious Spring day saw 74 ladies play in the weekly 12 hole competition. With good weather and the course in perfect condition the scoring was bound to be high. Afterwards the clubhouse was a buzz with much speculation as to the winning score.

Competion secretary Geraldine O’Sullivan quickly trawled through the cards eventually coming up with the winner for lady Captain Sheelagh Foster to announce 1st Claire Henriques with 28pts 2nd Margaret Comerford 26pts C/B 3rd Anna star 26pts C/b 4th Marie O’Riordan 26 pts C/B 5th Rita O’Neill 26pts C/B 6th Olive Walsh 26pts

The 2 draws at 1pm and 2pm are proving to be very popular on Tuesdays If you wish to take part in the draw put your name on line as normal between 1-1.30pm and 2-2.30pm and be in club house ready to play 10 minutes prior to draw.

Ladies wishing to go on the panel for the various inter club teams. Please put your name on the appropriate sheet in the change room.

Callan Golf Club Lottery Results – Week 58

Winning Number – 18 – 25 – 29

Lucky Dip Winners – 1 Mary Byrne 2 Jim O’Connell 3 Stephen Darmody.
Sellers Prize Robert Woodcock and David/Sean Og Walzer.

Next Weeks Jackpot – €2150


Sat/Sun 3/4 MarchMens Fourball Qualifier
1 G Brett & J Dunne 46pts 2 S Walzer & D Walzer 45pts 3 L O Shea & T Minogue 45pts.

Mens RGA
12 Hole Stableford
1 Willie Gilbert 26pts 2 Seamus Foster 26pts 3 Martin Brennan 26pts

Ladies 12 Hole Stableford Tuesday 28th Feb
1 Claire Henriques 28pts 2 Margaret Comerford 26pts 3 Anna star 26pts 4 Marie O’Riordan 26 pts 5 Rita O’Neill 26pts 6 Olive Walsh 26pts

Ladies 55 Club Thursday 1st March
1st Mary Barry,Ann Hickey, Sheila Ryan.2nd Margaret Coneford, Eileen Hennessy, Bid Byrne.3rd Monica Leyda, Celine Farrell, Grace Brett