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The Barton Shield at Tramore last weekend saw our selection get to the third round before exiting the double Foursomes competition. The format is of aggregate holes up between the two pairs, played off scratch. Our representatives were Kieran Kennedy-Evan Long and Jon Foran-Emmet Leahy. They both had handsome wins over Mitchelstown on Saturday morning and Clonmel in the afternoon, with a joint surplus of eight holes. On Sunday morning, however, the team from Waterford Castle put an end to our ambitions with a margin of three holes.

The Junior Cup follows closely, with Mitchelstown as the host club this Saturday and Sunday. Teams will be of five - handicaps of five or above - to play Singles matches. Our first round will be against Tipperary (9.50am). Success would set up a meeting with Carrick-on-Suir or Co. Tipperary on Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm. The concluding Union event, the Senior Cup, also of five Singles matches and involving the lowest handicaps, will be on our own course on Saturday and Sunday, July 6th and 7th.

The Thursday Open Singles on June 20th resulted: R. Carroll (20) 46; P. Fallon (11) 43; G. McCormack (10) 40; gross, K. Kennedy (plus 2) 40. Also on 40 was L. Mackey (13), with M. O’Dwyer (3) on 39. There were 38’s from D. O’Dwyer (17), B. Callanan (11) and A. Ryan (5). Also beating the C.S.S. of 36 was M. Kennedy (4) with 37. The lovely weather seems to have put the competitors in scoring mood, Ritchie Carroll’s 46 would be quite a creditable card in a fourball. He shot nines of 24,22 with a deuce at the 3rd and nine pars piling up the points for him in a notable performance. Vice-Captain Pat Fallon’s 43 (22,21) began with seven pars before he dropped a couple of shots to the ninth. Pars from 12th to 18th completed a very fine return. Gerry McCormack’s 40 (20,20) for third place featured a zero at the 8th but birdies at 3rd and 6th. Kieran Kennedy’s gross of four under (35,33) was embellished with no fewer than six birdies, four of them on the back nine. Powerful play, indeed.

Friday “shotgun” Mixed Foursomes details: D. Hurley (19), E. O’Meara (18), K. Craddock (25), H. Rattigan (25) 44; Ml. Bracken (15), P. Foley (17), D. Connors (20), B. O’Dwyer (27) 44; T. Maguire (9), G. Callanan (19), J. Hennessy (23), P. Kirby (28) 44. The order of merit in the triple tie was decided on the last six holes, with 31, 30 and 29 points from the quartets as listed.

The Club Fundraising

Classic has become an important annual enterprise for that best of causes, the club itself. Strong support is urged for the three day event which runs from Friday to Sunday next. The format will be a three ball “Champagne” Scramble at 10 euro per member and 15 euro for visitors. Re-entry will be permitted. Time sheets available on the BRS for members from Wednesday, June 19th, or contact Ashling at (0504) 21983, Ext. No. 1.

Good deeds done on the golf course generally involve great shots and fine figures. A “birdie” of feathered variety, however, was the beneficiary of timely and kindly action on Tuesday of last week from Ml. Dempsey and Gerry Stapleton. The swans which inhabit the waters at the short 3rd, and the main Suir stream itself, are greatly admired. On this occasion, though, a cygnet was observed to be in difficulties through getting caught in an obstruction. Rescue was hand from the gallant pair of players. The cygnet was then brought to the appropriate vet, attended to as necessary and, on the following day, re-united with next of kin. Well done to the Samaritans!

Warm congrats to Lady Captain Louise Maher on the great success of her Prize competition, held on a beautiful Tuesday and a blustery Sunday. Also to the efficient organisers and, in particular to the worthy winner, Clodagh Cox.

Fixtures: Thursday, Open Singles; Friday - Sunday, Club Fundraising Classic.

Thurles Ladies Golf


Tuesday 11th June 2013 18 Hole Singles S/F

1st Joephine Spain (36) 40pts, 2nd Frances Ronayne (21) 38pts, Grass Marian Finn (8) 26 Gross pts, 4th Annette Boland (14) 38pts.

2’s Competition: Vera Fitzgerald & Theresa Spain @ 3rd, Marian Finn @ 5th.

Seniors Competition: Claire Cleere

Hole in One: Marian Ryan @ 3rd.


On Saturday 15th June 2013 our Boyne Trophy Team (Selectors Mary Duignan and Maria Dempsey) played Borris G.C. in home and away matches in what can only be deemed dreary wintery conditions. While our ladies battled on through the tough weather conditions the ladies of Borris G.C. took the honours with a 4/1 win. Well done to Selectors, team and the many Thurles supporters who turned out to cheer on their team.

On Saturday the 22nd June 2013 our Intermediate Team (selectors Rose Moloney and Peggy Kirby) played their third round match in the Private Homecare Inter Club Championship against Clonmel GC at Cahir Park at 2.30pm. Clonmel won 3/2 in very closely fought matches with the final match going to the 19th hole. We thank the Selectors, Panel, Team and supporters for their hard work and support throughout.

On Saturday next the 20th June 2013 our Junior Foursomes team (Selectors Mary Coman O’Neill and Vera Fitzgerald) will play their first round match against Co. Tipperary GC at Slievenamon GC at 4.00pm. On Sunday 30th June 2013 our Senior Foursomes team (Selectors Brigid McCormack and Mary Phelan) will play their first round match against Doneraile at Cork GC at 2.30pm. We wish the Selectors, team, panel and supporters the very best of luck next weekend.


The final day of Lady Captain Louise Maher’s Prize was played on Sunday 23rd June 2013 in dry and blustery conditions with the final seeded players teeing off at 1.30p.m. The scoring was very close all afternoon despite the very windy conditions. Clodagh Cox (35) finished with a two day score of 141nett narrowly beating her closest competitor Mary Coman O’Neill (15) on 142 nett. Laura Ryan (7) having led on the first day took the Gross Prize with 161 Gross. The presentation of prizes took place at 9.00pm when Lady Captain Louise thanked all who had participated in her Lady Captain’s prize and to all who contributed to make her day so special. The evening’s entertainment then commenced with the arrival of “Elvis” to the delight of the members who danced into the wee hours. Congratulations to Lady Captain Louise on a great night.

Results of Lady Captain’s Prize 2013 Louise Maher - 1st Clodagh Cox (35) 141 Nett; 2nd Mary Coman O’Neill (15) 142 Nett; Gross Laura Ryan (7) 161 Gross; 3rd Rose Moloney (14) 147 Nett; 4th Susan Troy (17) 147 Nett; 5th Jacqueline Corbett (11) 147 Nett; 6th Peggy Kirby (28) 148 Nett; 7th Pauline Byrne (20) 149 Nett; 8th Betty Moore (31) 149 Nett; 9th Margaret Corcoran (13) 149 Nett; 10th Bernie White (20) 154 Nett; Past Captain’s Brigid McCormack (16) 158 Nett

Tues 18th June 2013 (First 18) - 1st Annette Boland (14) 71 Nett; 2nd Marian Finn (8) 75 Nett; Gross Brigiette Behan (16) 92 Gross

Sunday 23rd June 2013 (2nd 18) - 1st Bridget Gleeson (18) 74 Nett; 2nd Jacquie Hennessy (23) 75 Nett; Gross Orla McKevitt (9) 91 Gross

Seniors 18th June and 23rd June 2013 - 1st Peggy Costello (35); 2nd Claire Clear (36)


18th JUNE 2013: Pauline Byrne and Mary O’Dwyer @ 3rd Margaret Corcoran and Lil Leahy @ 5th

23rd June 2013: Brigiette Behan, Mary Coman O’Neill and Joan O’Brien @ 14th.


Slievenamon Golf


Our first Ladies Open Day of 2013 was a resounding success.  The course was in pristine condition and 31 teams from all over Munster played in glorious sunshine from early morning. The last team out were from East Cork Golf Club and they were also the eventual winners with 56 points. Catherine Cooney Slievenamon and her two friends from Rathdowney G.C. were second with 55 points followed closely by Joan Morrissey, Pauline Lucey and Geraldine Meagher Slievenamon who also had 55 points. Pauline Lucey was the only player to land on the 1st green to take Nearest the Pin prize and Mary Liston Charleville G.C had the Longest Drive. We look forward to our next Open Day on Tue July 16th. The name sheet for Lady Captain’s Day on Sunday July 7th is now available on the notice board. The format this year is 18 hole Singles Stableford. Dinner and presentation of prizes will take place at 8 p.m. Next Sunday 30th June is the last opportunity to play a qualifier. The June 14 and 18 hole monthly competitions are ongoing and of course we have a most enjoyable Open Mixed Foursomes every Friday evening. Best of Luck to our ladies playing against Youghal Golf Club in East Cork Golf Club on Sunday next the 30th of June in the Junior Foursomes competition.


The winners of our Scratch Cups at the weekend were Ian Gough (Junior Scratch Cup, 4 to 11 H/C), Tony White (Intermediate Scratch Cup, 12 to 17 H/C) and Seamus McGowan (Minor Scratch Cup, 18 to 28 H/C). Pat McCarthy (9) was the winner of our weekly Open singles with 39pts. The three qualifiers this week for the final of the Clonmel Oil Open singles in September are Stephen O’Donnell, Pat McCarthy and Jason Strang.

Gents Captains Prize

The qualifying round for the Gents Captain’s Prize (Robert Reid) will take place on Friday the 6th and Sat 7th of July with the Final Round (top 36 + equals) taking place on Sunday the 8th July. Please put your name down as soon as possible or contact 052 6132213 as the draw for partners will be held on Thursday the 5th July.

Junior Summer Camp

The Junior Summer Golf Academy will take place on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th & Friday 5th July (9.30am to 4.00pm daily) under the guidance of Suzie O’Brien (European Tour Pro). The cost is €50 per person, which includes coaching, prizes and a meal etc every day. Please contact our Junior Officer Billy Phelan or Michael A O’Meara or the office 052 6132213 as soon as possible with a deposit of €20 as places are limited.


John Fitzpatrick, Frank Roche & Anthony O’Dwyer were the winners of last Wednesdays 3 Man Rumble with a score of 87 points. By all accounts this win was down to John who played great golf on the day. Please note that the seniors meet every Wednesday morning with a draw for partners at 9.30am and the competition starts at 10.00am sharp. All members over 55 and their friends are welcome.

Mixed Foursomes

No competition on Friday last due to the bad weather. The mixed foursome’s competition is held every Friday evening starting from 5.30pm. All members and their friends and partners are welcome to play. if you would like to play and have no partner just come along and we will fix you up with a partner.

Membership Offer

We have a beginner’s membership until January 2014 for €100. If you are interested you can contact the club on 052 6132213. Fixtures

Gents Weekend Open Singles, Sat 29th & Sun 30th June, 18 Hole Stableford Competition, Please note that members tee off between 8.00am and 10.00am. Green fee patrons & societies welcome before and after these times

Captain’s Prize (Robert Reid), 36 Hole Strokeplay Competition. Qualifying Round, Fri 5th July Tee off 4.00pm to 5.30pm, Sat 6th July Tee off 8.30am to 10.30am. Sun 7h July Final Round Top 36 qualifiers + ties Tee off 9.00am to 11.00am

Clonmel Oil Open Singles Qualifier Every Monday to Wednesday until the end of September. Entry fee €5 – Non Members €10

Weekly Open Singles. Thursday & Friday Entry fee €5 – Non Members €10


Gents Open Scratch Cups Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 18 Hole Strokeplay Competition Junior Scratch Cup (Burke) (4 to 11 H/C) - 1st Ian Gough 76; 2nd Brian Higgins 76; 3rd Denis Burke 77

Intermediate Scratch Cup (Pollard) (12 to 17 H/C) - 1st Tony White 76; 2nd Jaromir Halamicek 77; 3rd Brendan McCarthy 78

Minor Scratch Cup (Kenny) (18 to 28 H/C) - 1st Seamus McGowan 84; 2nd Joe Corbett 85;

3rd Tommy O’Donoghue 88

Clonmel Oil Open Singles Mon 17th to Wed 19th June 18 Hole Stableford Competition - 1st Stephen O’Donnell (18) 41pts; 2nd Pat McCarthy (9) 38pts; 3rd Jason Strang (12) 36pts

Gents Weekly Open Singles Wed 20th & Fri 21st June 18 Hole Stableford Competition - 1st Pat McCarthy (9) 39pts; 2nd Richard Glavin (15) 38pts; 3rd Seamus O’Connor (15) 35pts

Seniors 3 Man Rumble Wednesday 19th June 18 Hole Competition - 1st John Fitzpatrick, Frank Roche & Anthony O’Dwyer 87pts; 2nd John Beckett, Pat Hickey & Michael W O’Meara 85pts

3rd Ray Carthy, Pat Slattery & Pat McGarry 82pts

Ladies Competition Thursday 20th June 12 Hole Stableford Singles - 1st Eileen Noonan 29pts; 2nd Breda O’Meara 28pts; 3rd Mary Comerford 26pts