Fiachra Mc out in front/Interclub news

Fiachra Mc Manus (20) won this year’s 1st race to the Bridge event with a score 0f 42 pts. Fiachra’s 8 pars being the backbone of his excellent return. Cat 1 was won by Pat Courtney (8) with 37 pts, 78 gross Pat, super scoring. Cat 2 honors were awarded to Andrew Maher (15) for his wining score of 39 pts, very steady performer is our Andrew i reckon he will loose a few this season. Cat 3 was won by Mickal Zabek (18) with 42 pts, Mickal was actually beaten on the countback for the overall. Cat 4 was won by that man again Sean Gaffney (28) with 39 pts, another candidate for loosing a few shots this season.

Great result v Cill Dara in the Leinster 4 ball that vital point away lads well done. Pierce Purcell Panel meeting has been arranged/set by Ossie and Skiner. It will take place on Thursday evening the 4th of April at 7 pm in the clubhouse, all panel members need to attend.

The Fred Perry trophy and Duggan cup, over 55 and 50 respectively will have fixtures in late April. Panel sheets are in the dressing room so if you are interested please get your names down. There is one name on the Fred Perry trophy panel sheet which is shocking for a club like ours. We will of course field a competitive team but means that the management team have to go through the membership lists and start contacting people which tbh is time consuming and a pain. Get your names down people.

Wind what Wind

Well done to all who braved the elements at the weekend. Liam Murphy (12) came out top of the pile with a magnificent return of 29 pts for the 12 hole comp. Jamie Stafford’s (8) nice romantic walk on Sunday morning seemed to fit seamlessly with the business of traversing 12 holes of Golf in fewer shots than his handicap mmmm might be on to something Jamie 28 pts well done. In 3rd spot we had John M Dempsey (18) on 26 pts. Well done gents and Sinead for marking himselfs card……Oh and well done to our Barton Cup panel who had a notable win away to Esker Hills as part of their continuing preparations for the 1st rd match v last years finalists Baltinglass gc.

Alan Gormley beats the weather

The weekends of playing in pretty decent weather came to an end this weekend with extremely difficult conditions at times. Alan Gormley’s (12) 28 pts for the 12 holes was good enough to take first place. In second was Sean Gaffney (28) with 27 pts, Sean starting to play well this winter i can see his handicap tumbling come qualifying. In 3rd spot also with 27 pts was James Maloney well done all and fair play for those scores in tough conditions.

Duggan Cup draw

This years Duggan Cup (for over 50’s) draw has just been posted on host club Edenderry’s website. Newbridge GC have drawn a bye in the first round and will be at home the winners of Lisheen Springs and Carton House in the 2nd round which is to be played by May 19th. The draw has been especially kind to us this year with us being at home again should we come through the 2nd round.

Eamon Branigan last missed a fairway in 1987

Eamon Branigan really is a remarkable player, after considerably lowering his handicap to the mid single figure range last year Eamon fired in a score of 22 pts at the weekend singling his intent to keep the downward pressure on his handicap. Brilliant stuff Eamon. Cat 1 was won by Dougie Houlihan with 20 pts. Dougie played an important part in last years run to the Duggan cup semi final partnering John Lonergan in every single round…..which leads me to Cat 2 which was won of the same mark, 20 pts by, guess who, yep John Lonergan, must check with the boys how many matches they actually won in the Duggan cup, “ah boy sure the feckin manager always played us away” Well done John boy might be the only thing Cork win this year. Cat 3, always a dogfight of a category was won by Bernard Moorehouse with a return of 19 pts, well done Bernard. Supervalu vouchers on the way to you all well done again.

So we are in the last week of the league. In the team comp “Under Par” in 2nd spot need to replace a 36 pts with a 40 pts as they are 3 behind “Are We There Yet” who in turn are looking to dump their lowest score of 37 pts.

Find the Joker

Last year “Find the joker” provided much needed revenue to fund our progression into the latter stages of a number of Interclub competitions and many thanks to our regular and occasional players. This season we now have an option where you can sign up to play every week with the fee being taken from your Competition funds. Details of how this operates and permission slips to allow the weekly deduction can be found on the counter beside the competition sign in book. Please support thanks Folks.

Annual subs time

Afternoon all, that time of year the club would like to remind members that the annual subs are now about due. Subscription to a GUI affiliated golf club is the most cost effective way to play and compete in the game we love. Paying your sub on time helps to run the club and maintain the course effectively throughout the year.

No shows are a pain

Something that needs to be said folks, listening to members around the club in recent weeks it seems that instances of people not showing up for their slot or cancelling very late are increasing. This can be a pain in the Swiss Roll especially if it means that you are a 2 ball or 3 ball playing behind a 4 ball. There are options available to the club if this pattern persists. So can all of us please do each other the courtesy of always showing up or letting our playing partners or club know if you do have a make a late cancellation. Its not as if the weather is bad in anyway…..

Nice one James

James Butler from the Big Hitters won the weekends comp with an excellent score of 22 pts. James strong finish saw him eclipsing Cat 1 winner Jim Goulding on the last 6, only one over Jim well done, (Duggan cup and Fred Perry management team please note) and Cat 2 winner John Tierney on the back 3, unlucky John. Cat 3 was won by Pat Gleeson with a return of 20 pts, hatS off to Pat, well done sir. In the team event with 2 cards still to go “Under Par” and “Are We There Yet” lead the way on 276 pts from “Slumdog Slingers” on 276. with the “Heebee Geebies” a further 3 back on……ehhhhmmmm oh yea 273. The top 4 teams are now looking to better 36 pts in the last 2 rounds so all to play for gents.

Jason thorpedo’s the Field

And he sure did, Jason played his 9 holes in one under par with 2 consecutive birdies on the 3rd and 4th holes following on from his only bogey on the 2nd. Provincial towns banker lads. Jason’s efforts resulted in 2 dozen points being proudly penciled into the scorebox on his card. We are gonna need bigger boxes Jim. Cat 1 was won by Noel Guerin with 19 points, well done Noel. Cat 2 honors went to Mark Farrington with 23pts, would have taken the overall most weeks Mark, always the some Bo…….sorry had to self censor. Cat 3 went to Liam Devine who also returned 23 pts. This was our first “Drop Weekend” with competitors in both the team and individual leagues dropping their worst score. Have a look at the tables which have your lowest dropped score and the next worse score to be dropped nicely color coded, lots of ifs, buts, maybes etc, better than looking at Corrie or Emerdallas. In the team event the “are we there yets” on 274 lead by 4 from “lifes a pitch” and “slumdog slingers” 4 back on 270. So we all got to target beating our next lowest score in the weeks ahead, The leagues will tighten up as people with easier scores to drop propel themselves up the table. Watch out for someone coming from nowhere with 4 nines in the twenties to pinch your voucher on the last day…. oh the excitement.