Captains Update January 2021

Here we are in the 3 rd week of what has been a difficult January for everyone. I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances. I am really missing the golf and meeting up with members on the course. I console myself a little saying that “it’s not great golfing weather!” Not willing to speculate on a date for a return to golf, I do think
we are heading in the right direction and with the brighter days ahead, better weather and the vaccine we should be able to look forward to a full golf season in 2021.

The Committee are working away and have been since December and we are getting our systems/communications in place so that when we do get back to playing we will have a great golf programme for the year for members to make up for lost time.

The main activities of the committee at present are:

  • Continue the progress in setting up our Club V1 to suit our needs. There are many features available with this programme
    and we hope to make the most of them going forward.
  • A lot of work on the World Handicap System has been done to date and is ongoing to ensure everyone can access their
    Handicap when competitions start again.
  • Make sure our finances are in order and even though we have no income at present we are still getting bills in which must
    be paid.
  • We have a number of projects underway including developing a sponsorship programme with the hope of attracting past
    sponsors and new ones.

This is an important activity to ensure that our finances are kept in good shape and we welcome all members to consider becoming a sponsor. More details on this initiative will follow.

The Junior Section of the golf club is in good shape and we would like to build on this in 2021. A number of ideas are being considered for the Juniors and again more details will follow.

An Interclub Competition Committee has been set up and they have decided which Golf Ireland competitions we will compete in this year. These competitions provide a great opportunity for our members to test themselves out against members from other clubs and I am hopeful that we can produce some great performances in 2021. More details to follow.

We all look forward to getting back out on the course and Jamie and the staff are working away on the course. The weather must be making the job more difficult but I am confident that the course will be in good shape when we return. Jamie reports that the greens have been verti drained and hollow cored. They are also removing stumps this and next week in addition to the general maintenance.

We will keep you posted on further developments and hopefully see you all on the course in the not too distant future.

Regards and Stay Safe

Fran Mackey


Competition Results: 14th – 20th December 2020

9 Hole Midweek Singles Stableford Monday 14th to Thursday 17th December 2020

Winner: Gary O’Rourke (5) 23 Pts
Second: James McEvoy (7) WHR 20 Pts L3

9 Hole Singles Stableford (Turkey) Saturday & Sunday 19th – 20th December 2020

Overall Winner: Frank Martin (16) 23 Pts

Class 1 (0-5): Ross J O’Toole (4) 21 Pts L3
Class 2 (6-8): Peter Williams (6) 22 Pts
Class 3 (9-11): Jim Fitzpatrick (11) WHR 21 Pts
Class 4 (12+): Kevin McDonald (13) 21 Pts

Competition Results: 7th – 13th December 2020

9 Hole Midweek Singles Stableford Monday 7th to Thursday 10th December 2020

Winner: Josh Byrne (3) 22 Pts

12 Hole Seniors Stableford Wednesday 9th December 2020

Winner: Frank Martin (20) 29 Pts
Tom Groarke (19) 28 Pts

9 Hole Singles Stableford (Turkey) Friday – Sunday 11th to 13th December 2020

Overall Winner: Daniel Lynch (14) 27 Pts
Class 1 (0 – 5): Jason Thorpe (4) 20 Pts
Class 2 (6-8): Michael Donnelly (8) 24 Pts
Class 3 (9-11): Jim Fitzpatrick (10) 20 Pts
Class 4 (12+): Ivan Mangourov (12) 21 Pts L3

Competition Results: 1st – 6th December, 2020

12 Hole Midweek Singles Stableford Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd December 2020

Winner: James MacEvoy (9) 32 Pts
Second: John Reilly (7) 29 Pts L9

12 Hole Seniors Stableford Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Winner: Eamonn Donnelly (19) 26 Pts

9 Hole Singles Stableford Friday – Sunday 4th to 6th December 2020

Overall Winner: Richard Stone (14) 24 Pts
Class 1 (0 – 5): Ozzie O’Toole (4) 22 Pts
Class 2 (6-8): Tommy Swords (8) 22 Pts
Class 3 (9-11): Aidan Murphy (9) 21 Pts
Class 4 (12+): Trevor Moran (12) 23 Pts

Newbridge narrowly beaten in Duggan Cup

Newbridge lost their quarter final Duggan cup Match against a strong Baltinglass team. Having 3 matches away meant that it was always going to be tough. Newbridge took the first match at home with Baltinglass replying in quick fashion by securing their first home match. Newbridge won the 2nd match at the Co Wicklow venue on the 21st hole, but with Baltinglass coming back well in the 2nd match in Newbridge to win on the 18th it meant that the sides were tied 2 a piece. Baltinglass eventually held sway with a hard fought win in the final match on their home patch. Well done Balto. Newbridge winners just to mention them in dispatches like, Home Fran Mackey and Noel King, Away, Dougie Houlihan and Kevin Dempsey.

Tomas and Peter leading Qualifiers

Tomas O Riordan and Peter Minnock lead the way in the Presidents prize with both gentlemen returning 42 points. Tomas O Riordan also had a hole in one on the 14th hole when his fairway wood flew straight at the pin and when his playing partners saw no sign of the ball through the green they suggested that he looked in the hole where indeed the ball nestled snugly at the bottom of the cup. Tomas’s card had an unusual couple of holes in that the 14th was marked 1 for 5 pts with the following hole being marked 5 for 1 pt. Also well placed are Liam Field and Pat Courtney with 40 pts. Still all to play for folks

John Fisher catches fire

Incredible scoring from John Fisher (18) saw him demolish the field wining the weekends competition with 47 points. John had a level par front nine and then showed some steady nerves to finish with 2 pars to break 80. Respect John. In 2nd place was John O Rourke (8) with 43 points, just like that Liverpool line about how their return would have won every other time. Really tough John but a score to be proud of. In 3rd spot was Ciaran McManus (22) again with a great score of 41 points well done guys. With the pins being switched for Sunday Senior cup showdown it meant that the club ran off another and competition which was won on a countback by Stephen McLarnan (16) with 38 points. In 2nd place came Seamus Dunne (15) SS for both comps was 70 or 38 pts. Next up is a biggy the Presidents prize qualifiers best of luck folks.

Mixed Fortunes this weekends Club teams

This Weekend saw the club win comfortably in the Michael Moore Trophy against Glasson GC. Well done to players and mentors. This Morning our senior cup team bowed out losing 3 2 to the Heritage Golf Club. Some of the golf played this morning was of the highest quality and thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Mick Seery’s Cullen cup team also won well the previous weekend away to Cill Dara, again an excellent performance given that all matches were away.

Leinster Champions qualify at Kileen

Pierce Purcell Leinster Champions Nebridge GC qualified in 2nd spot at the regional Qualifier Held today at Castlewarden GC. Kileen GC came out top in cool conditions with a score 346. Newbridge came 2nd on 352. The K Club finished a further 2 shots back on 356 with Castlewarden taking the final qualifying spot on 357. Newbridge will face The K club in the semifinal next Sunday morning with Castlewarden taking on Kileen. The final will take place the same afternoon. In other interclub news our Fred Perry side were beaten 3 2 last Friday evening by Millicent GC. What a battle that was with 3 matches going to the 20th, 21st and 22nd hole respectively. it was car head lights time by the last groups finished. Our Mixed foursomes team lead by Mick Seery had a great win last Wednesday evening against Blessington Lakes GC. Well done to all involved.