November 12th 2007 - by Peter English, PRO
With the course playing its full length, conditions were chilly for the weekend’s competition. Played over two days allowed a large entry to the competition. Dispensing with the services of his partner from last week, Frank O Mahony choose wisely this week, with Ciaran Fitzpatrick, shooting 8 better for the Hamper. They pipped the early risers of Paddy Byrnes and Ger O’ Donoghue, with Tim Mc Gloughlin and Barry Whelan taking third from Juan Fitzgearld and Joe Kemmy.
Captain Brendan Smyth’s dinner is been held in the Club this Saturday, with tickets available from the Office and the Bar.
The Ladies AGM will be Held in the Club-house on Monday 26th Nov. Mass for the deceased members will take place on Thursday 15th November. Next weekend’s competition is a Hamper Four ball, Saturday and Sunday.
November 5th 2007 - by Peter English, PRO
The annual scotch foursomes
was played this weekend, the format been one not played that often in golf,
needs a solid pairing for good golf and nerves of steel. The winners who had a
few points to spare, are two notable members, John Gleeson the Club Match play
champion, and retired Garda Tom Griffin. Second place,. Ger and that man again
Dan Clancy, shot a very good 4 over par, to have the best card of the 34’s. Hot
on their heels were Frank o Mahony and John O’Reilly. They pipped Dennis Toomey
and Joe Kennedy to the
On Friday night, our Junior Golfers were presented with their prizes for the 2007 season. There was a fantastic turn out, with players and Parents filling the lounge. Out going Captain Darragh Madigan handed over the reins to Gavin Browne, winner of Darraghs’ Prize. Stephanie Mc Hugh handed over to Vicki Morris. The players taken Jack O Brien and his team for all their hard work during the year
Tickets for the Captains
prize are on
October 30th 2007 - by Peter English, PRO
competitions are proving to be very competitive this year, last week 40pts was
the leading score, this week the bar was pushed up to 43, with Sean Mc Guirk
covering the Course in 4 over par, good shooting which will no doubt be noted by
the Handicap Squad. Second place went to Michael Minogue, with a better 41 than
Kevin T Donohue. Two weeks running and Richie Cummins is in the winners
enclosure, just goes to show that even if you do take a break for a few years,
talent remains. Another man not unfamiliar to the winners podium Declan
Barriscale was in 5th
and fighting fir
Carroll was in 6th.
Gross was a very good 3 over from ex captain
This Friday, 2nd Nov is the Junior Night, with the Presentation of all the Competitions held during the Season. Prize winners and their parents are all welcome, proceeding kick off at 7.30pm. A special mention to Joe Kirby, one of our most Senior Members, who had a Hole in One at the 7th, it just goes to show that if you keep up the Practice, there is always the chance that your will get that elusive Ace.
October 16th 2007 - by Peter English, PRO
A competitive return to the winner’s enclosure for past president Joe Hayes, he led the way from James Keating, with Robert Tucker in 3rd place with 39pts. Fourth place was filled by Evan Haugh.
Another member of the Fred Daly squad claims top spot, not just emulating his father’s results, young Paul has gone to the top of the Ladder this week. In 2nd spot was Eamon Enright, with former Captain Bernard Collins taking third place, fourth place was taken by another early morning player Tom O Carroll. Mister Gross Ger Vaughan again claimed the Best Gross CSS :72
Up and coming events, This Saturday Junior Scratch Cup Time Sheet available in Pro Shop, Presentation of Prizes, Sunday 21st October at 8.00 Sharp,with Finger Food. The Annual Masters tournament, Time allocated on Timesheet of Sunday 21st.
October 10th 2007 - by Peter English, PRO
Normal service resumed, after all the activity around the Clubhouse last weekend, the remaining competitions are been run off over the coming weeks. The Junior Scratch Cup Time Sheet is now available, re-scheduled for the Saturday 20th October. With the advent of Winter upon us soon, space on the time sheets is becoming a premium. Members are advised that sheets are available from the Pro Shop on Thursday morning, Once winter time arrives, competitions will be played over Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend’s Medal was played in ideal Autumn
conditions, as the results indicate. Leading the field was Fred Daly panellist
Owen O Brien, Owen has been putting in a lot of practice during the season, and
this has paid dividends. Shooting his best round of 75 Gross. Runner up is the
semi retired Dentist J.D Clery, who obviously kept the Blanks from his card, and
alot less Birdies. 3rd spot was
filled by P,D’Alton, rewarded from the practice he too has been known to put in
on those long summer evenings.
Next Weekend the Mungret Cup and a Singles are been played. Junior Scratch Cup Oct 20th.
September 25th 2007 - by Peter English, PRO
In last weeks report we incorrectly noted the Car Parks for the Clubhouse Opening, we will be using the Fields across from the Club, at Paul Burkes and Colm Kennedy’s, and we would like to thank those members for their assistance.
The timesheets for the two shot gun starts on Saturday and completely full, however the competitions committee have now opened a timesheet for 11.30am please contact the PRO shop. The BBQ will run from 18.45 & 20.45 is open to all members not just the golfers on the day, and Tickets are available from the Bar or the Office.
quiet last week, however two of our members were representing
Wanted SEPT 2008 Muirfield – Caddy of International Standards – Must be capable of 36 holes, 3 Strait days. Be of a Quite Disposition, Monetary Remuneration not an Issue, Be able to Read putts, Ensure the player has all the Necessary bits and Bobs, and Be capable of setting an Alarm Clock for the correct Hour, not reliant of Team Selectors to carry the load for them.
September 17th 2007
The OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW CLUBHOUSE, will take place the weekend after next and as aresult there are some changes to the golfing diary. The September Medal has been postponed to accommodate the opening. Members should note the following is a schedule of events for the weekend.
Saturday 29th September
3.30pm Shotgun start - 10 hole team of four any combinatio permitted. Option to play either of two sets of 10 holes in play.
Timesheet available in clubhouse.
6.45pm-8.45pm BBQ Followed by the Presentation of Prizes.
Music with dancing.
Sunday 30th September
11.00am Access to club car park will close for the remainder of the day.
6.00pm Bar facilities will close until after completion of opening ceremony.
7.00pm Upstairs of clubhouse will close until after completion of opening ceremony, downstairs of clubhouse including toilets will remain open to members.
IMPORTANT NOTICES FOR ALL MEMBERS:
Members & their family only permitted to attend ceremony.
It is an open air event, so please be prepared. External Security staff will only permit access to the Club grounds to those holding the official invites (issued to all members).Official car parks will be in operation at Mulcaire's field on Ballysheedy Rd & Farrington's field at Rosbrien cross. The car parks will have full lighting and the Club will have car parking attendants & security guards at each car park. Both car parks gates will close at 10pm.Anybody playing casual golf on Sunday should note that no car parking will be available in club car park after 11am. For safety reasons those members using the club car park before 11am are requested to remove their vehicle prior to the official ceremony. Children to be supervised by their parents at all times during the ceremony. Full access to the clubhouse will be permitted within 15 minutes of close of ceremony.
This week sees the final Wednesday Night Competition, and no doubt Noel will have something special planned. The Committee and Board would like to thank Noel and his assistants for all the effort they put into running the competitions during the year, they are a highlight of the week. Hopefully we will see the lads back in 2008.
Following on from the gold there will be presentation of Prizes for a number of competitions. Please refer to the Notice board in the clubhouse for a complete list.
With the weather so mixed the scoring for the Final Club major was predictably high, knocking on the winners rostrum in the past few weeks Brian Moroney leaped to the Top of the Podium with a fine round of 71 yesterday. Dan Clancy has found the holy Grail, two weeks running, and he is showing solid form within his game. Early morning golfers seemed to be at the forefront of the results, with Tom O Carroll taking 3rd, Joe Cussen 4th. Dermot Morris was the winner of the Gross, solid round of 74. Colin Mc Namara shot a fine round of 73, obviously college suits Colin’s game. Michael Parkes took the final podium position with 73.
September 3rd 2007 - by Peter English
Congratulations to Pat Murray
and Cian Mc Namara on been picked again to represent
We had two teams in action in
last week. The Fred Daly Team were in
After a few hours waiting for
the outcome of the other semi final, we played the Connaught Champions,
represented by Co.Sligo. With a very strong team, with Handicaps of Scratch up
to Four, we were faced a tough battle. The match was a close affair until the
back nine, as Co Sligo has a lot of experience of the Course having played their
first round Match and Provincial Match in
The J.B. Carr team were
playing the Munster Finals against
This weekend see the 6th playing of the Mid Amateur, and with a very Strong field again this year, competition for prizes will be tough. Making his debut at the event is Pat Murray, hoping to use this event to sharpen his game for the Home Internationals in two weeks. There is a singles competition on Sunday at 1.30 ( Shotgun). Junior Golf is back to Saturday’s, with the Club Captains Prize to the Boys on Saturday 15th, and the Boys Captain’s Prize the Following Saturday, 22nd Sept. Refer to notice board for dates and times of all future events. Lee and Shane are taking bookings for winter Lessons, for all those who wish to spend time sharpening their gain for next year.
The Clubhouse opening will take place on Sunday the 30th September. The ribbon is due to be cut at 8pm. Please note that Car Parking will be limited and the board would ask members to Car Pool if possible. Alternative car parking arrangements will be made and details will be released closer to the date.
Limerick Golf Club through to Munster Final in JB Carr
After a titanic match held at Ennis Golf Club on Friday 17th August, Limerick Golf Club won through to the Munster Final with the deciding match going to the 22nd Hole, against Ennis Golf Club.
This match was played in dreadful rainy conditions, but the weather did not deter the determined Limerick Golf Club team. Led at Number 1 by Paddy O’Neill and Pat Walsh – this strong pairing won 2 up . At number 2 a new pairing of Tim Costelloe and John Gleeson also did the business with the same result. Behind the pairings of Gerry Fullam and Jim Geary , and Cyril Burkley and Pat Moriarty fought gallantly but both lost out at the 16th. The deciding match was at Number 3 where we had two great in form players - Ger Gleeson and Joe Kemmy. The match was all square after 18, so we headed up the 19th which was halved. On the 20th Limericks involvement looked over with Ennis in the hole for 3 and Ger Gleeson facing a difficult 15 footer for a half. Ger rattled the ball into the cup to a rousing relieving cheer from the Limerick contingent. Down 21 for another half. Joe Kemmy drove a fantastic tee shot at the Par 4 22nd to within 80 yards of the green. Ger played a beautiful sand wedge to the back of the double layered green, to give Joe the most level putt on this very tricky green. Joe duly obliged with a putt to 6 inches which was conceded . When Ennis failed to get down in 4 the match was over to the delight of the Limerick team and supporters.
Now we face a Home and away Munster Final to be played by the 4th of September, and we appeal for support both in Ballyclough and away when we learn of our opponents.
Special thanks to reserves – Stephen Carroll, Eamonn Flahive and Frank O’Dwyer and Jim O’Riordan.
Team Captain – JB Carr.
18th August 2007.
August 13th 2007
Open Week Results6th August – Team of Four
1st T Mc Darby, S. Fitzgerald, E. Fahy, M. Hickey - 99pts
2nd M. Ryan, S. Kennedy, S. Ryan M. Ryan, - 95pts
3rd W. Comerford, J. O'Neill, G. Duffy, K. Comerford - 95pts
8th August – Singles
1st Stephen Carroll Jnr 42pts
2nd Ross Tiernan 41pts
3rd T Moran 40pts
4th G. Reeves 40pts
9th August – Fourball
1st P. & K. Kennedy 45pts (back 9)
2nd T. Coffey & D. Coughlan 45pts
3rd B. Leddin & C. Aherne 43pts
10th August – Singles
1st N. Lynch (East Clare) 43pts
2nd D. Frawley (Ballykisteen) 41pts
3rd Chris Hansom 41pts
4th John Tuohy 41pts
5th Liam Naughton 41pts
Gross Darragh Garrihy 37pts
11th August – Team of Four
1st M. Costelloe, B. Keating, N. O'Rourke, S. Madigan 99pts
2nd F. O'Dwyer, M. J. McMahon, J. Dudley, S. Doyle 94pts
12th August - Father & Son
1st Jim & John Geary 42pts
2nd Pat & Michael O' Kelly 39pts
3rd Ger & John O'Donoghue 39pts
Gross Ray & Ray Egan
12th August – Mother & Daughter
1st Siobhan & Sinead Conway 37pts
2nd Colette & Linda Toomey 36pts
A very successful week of competitions was held last week, despite the inclement weather conditions we had to put up with during the weekend and especially on Saturday. Great credit is due to the course staff for having a course available for the annual parent and children competitions.
There was a variety of winners, with some notable individuals getting their game in shape for the Captain's Prize weekend. Captain Brendan is having his competition on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th with Lady Captain Geri’s being played on Sunday 26th. Timesheets for both competitions are now available in the clubhouse. On that note, the new clubhouse has been opened. The facility is all that we expected and even more, with the vistas of the course from the lounge and decking very impressive. Damian and the staff are taking bookings for all occasions, with Sunday lunch now available – early booking is advisable. Our best wishes to Brian Carroll who had a knock on Sunday morning. Hopefully all will go well for Brian and we will be seeing him back for the Fred Daly finals.
The club matchplay competitions are coming to a conclusion; with all bar one at the semi-final stage. Best of luck to the competitors.
August 7th 2007
Fred Daly ust
The Fred Daly team reached the
Munster Finals for the seventh time in eight years, with the last win coming in
2002. The semi-final opponents were
In Match 2, Colin McNamara
always had the upper hand, winning on the 16th.
Darragh Garrighy was in the 3rd
match and was up against a young and upcoming player, Conor O Sullivan. The
match was close, with Darragh taking a one hole advantage up the 18th,
and with all the drama that unfolded he was able to hold his nerve and
result. Chris Hansom playing in the 4th
Match was battling all the way but succumbed on the 17th.
Up next was Conor Carroll (Mr Matchplay 2007). Having won the Smithwick Cup the
previous Friday, Conor kept the rich vein of form for the Fred Daly. He started
the match slowly, and as close as it may have looked, Conor was always in
control and eventually won on the 17th.
Following behind was Paddy Spillane making his debut to this year’s campaign. 5
up after 11, he eventually won out on 16. Finally at the back of the field was
Alex Kennedy, playing a strong player in Mark Collins and found the fighting
Result 4 to 3
After a brief rest, the
afternoon match was against Ballybunion, who were comfortable winners over
Next step the Irish Finals –
The annual Alzheimers' Open Singles was to be
played over Saturday and Sunday. With two full time sheets, Saturday was the
only day play was permissible. The best score returned was
Declan Mooney (14) from
Charleville with 45pts. J Toomey
from Portumna was runner up with 44pts. Best Gross
was won by Pat Murray (+3) with a round of 69.
The second day of the Alzheimers' is hoped to be played on the first weekend in September. Contact the Pro shop for further details. Next Sunday sees the Open Father & Son/Mother & Daughter Foursomes, and the Mid-West Boys' Scratch Cup being played on Monday 20th August.
July 30th 2007
Last weekend was a busy one in the club with two competitions taking place. The Intermediate Scratch Cup was played on Saturday in very tough and blustery conditions with four players finishing their rounds on 81. Mike Cunningham from Castletroy returned the best card for the competition. Second place was our own local member, John Keating, with Doonbeg member B.Lynch and Abbeyfeale member A. Mc Murdo in 4th place. Richard Moloney completed the gross scoring with 82.
On Sunday the Stokes Wallace cup was played and, in complete contrast too Saturday, the weather conditions were more akin to a summer's day.
Back in the
winners enclosure was Gerry Revees, shooting a level
par round of 42 stableford points, putting himself in
the frame for the Mid-Amateur. In second place with
the best of
38pts was Frank Scanlon,
followed by Gerry
Kearns and Denis Toomey.
A number of our Senior Cup players were involved in the South of Ireland with a various degree of success.
Next weekend sees the annual playing of the Alzheimers' Open Singles on Saturday & Sunday with Open Week commencing on Monday. Time Sheets are available from 061 431340.
July 23rd 2007
The Hartman Cup, played in association with Castletroy Golf Club, was held on Saturday. Turnout was well up on last year and congratulations to Christine Conway and the Committee for all the work they have done to revive the Mixed. The winning pairing are stalwarts of the weekly mixed, and are deserving of a long awaited victory. Geri and Ger Baggot had 37pts, one clear of Cassi Cotter and Kevin Browne.
Intermediate Scratch Cup Sat 28th July
Alzheimers Open Singles August Bank Holiday Weekend
Open Week listing of Events
Open Team of Four
Ladies Open Fourball
Open Singles (to 4.45)
Open Mixed Foursomes
Open Team of Four
Open Father & Son
Open Mother & Daughter
Last weekend, the Senior Cup Team were in action at East Clare. A new look team saw Martin Poucher returning to the fold with newcomers, Patrick Sheehy and Vini O’Dowd. They had a clear win over Woodstock on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon the opposition was Shannon which proved to be a tougher affair than in the morning. However, the result was decisive once again. Sunday morning was a much tougher task against Lahinch, with all the matches going down to the wire. On Sunday afternoon the opponents were Castletroy, and although the match was closely contested, Cian McNamara was the only player to gain a point.
July 16th 2007
The July Medal was played in mixed conditions on Sunday with the winner Brian Bresnan shooting a fine 68, followed by Marc Crowe on 69. Following Marc were two of our up and coming junior golfers: Shane Kennedy shooting another 69, and after his Junior Cup match in Roscrea – Chris Hansom scored 70, with a better back nine than John Keating. Gross prize went to Pat Murray, with a fine round of 70.
On Saturday and Sunday the Junior Cup squad
were in action
first match was against the
club, which was
a very tough opening test.
The final match
was decided on the 6th
where Darragh Madigan showed great patience and
determination to ensure victory. The afternoon match
was against a very youthful East Clare team, and the experience of playing
earlier helped Limerick to a comfortable
victory. On Sunday morning
the opponents were
Congratulations to Cian McNamara and Patrick Sheehy who were named on the Munster Youths Interprovincial team. This will take place in Donegal from the 24th to 26th July.
Smithwick Cup – Sunday 22nd
Hartman Cup: 10.30 – 11.30 and 2.30 to 4.30
Intermediate Scratch Cup: Sat 28th July
Alzheimers Open Singles: August Bank Holiday Weekend
Club team in action this weekend is the Senior Cup team in East Clare.
July 2nd 2007
The weekend saw the playing of the President's (Liam Marnell) Prize. A very large field turned out, showing how popular the President is. The course was setup perfectly for the competition, and the winner, Peter Roche, showed that the practice during the week in the Wacky Wednesdays paid off. His 40 points was the best of the bunch. Overseas member Ivan Morrissey made a spectacular return to the Club, shooting a one under par round (46 points). Pat Nolan showed continuity is still in his game, with equal nines of 20. Paddy O’Neill was 4th - a past Captain who rises to these special occasions. Best Gross went to Ger Vaughan with a clinical round of two under par. Friday’s went to Pat Murray and Saturday to Mike Kemmy.
On Thursday two clubs teams were in action in Shannon Golf Club. The Junior Foursomes were playing Lahinch. With Darragh Garaghy and Colin McNamara starting off, they played steady golf, and with the prospect of giving 4 shots, the onus on them was to ensure they kept the team ticking over. They got in front by winning the third and fourth, and maintained the advantage until they were called in when on the 16th green. The second pairing of Darragh Madigan and Conor Carroll got of to a fantastic start by birding the 1st and 2nd, however they lost the 3rd – to a shot and the 4th. They got one back at the next, then slowly built up a lead, and with a run that any Barton Shield team would be proud of, they got to 5up after 15. The match was conceded by 7 holes. Next up is West Waterford in Mahon next Sunday morning. The Mixed Foursomes team were playing Spanish Point, and got of to a flying start. First pairing of John O’Brien and Ailish Dilger won on the 18th. Unfortunately they were unable to secure the two other games necessary to win the Match.
June 25th 2007
The weekend's competition was a singles, with the winner Declan O’Malley showing up the field with 4 points to spare. Declan was in control of his game – as the winter-like conditions, including the heavy showers, prevailed over the rest of the competitors. Best of the 39pts was Ger Cussen from Mike Roche. Showing he has not lost the touch, ex Senior Cup campaigner Ger Vaughan shot a two under par round, upstaging all the other Senior Cup players. Early riser Ray O Halloran pipped John O’Rourke with 38 points, on a better back nine.
On Sunday the Fred Daly team were in action in Limerick County against Castletroy in a repeat of last year's contest. However, the change in personnel made this contest a closer event than was anticipated.
Leading off the team was Colin Mc Namara against John Kavanagh Jnr, in what turned out to be a very close affair, with John having the upper hand for most of the game, until the last few holes, and Colin birdied the 14th to go one up and closed the match out on the 17th. Second Game saw Darragh Garrighy take on Brendan Reidy. Like the first game, this one was very close with Brendan getting ahead early on. Darragh got the holes back however, but Brendan got back the advantage and closed the match out on the 17th. Chris Hansom was the fourth man, and was always in control of his match against John Dwyer, winning out by 4 and 3. Game 6 was Shane Kennedy and Game 7 was Owen Kirby with both playing well. However, they were beaten out the course. Conor Carroll was in control early on, but he relinquished the lead as the game got closer to the clubhouse. When the call was made that we required a result from him, he obliged by birdying the 16th, halving the 17th, after visiting the water, and the match was conceded on the 18th.
Game three was the pivotal game: Darragh Madigan v Brian Hanrahan. This was an epic contest, with the first eight holes halved. Darragh won the next two, but by the time the match got to the 17th, it was tied. After the approach shots to the green failed to stay on the putting surface, it was down to the short game. With both balls lying poorly, Brian played the better chip but Daragh holed a 15 footer to extend the match. On the 18th, Brian played the percentage shot and Daragh took on the green. His approach to the pin was a little unlucky not to stay on the upper level and the hole was halved in par. The 19th saw two great drives; Daragh first away hit the green; Brian followed, and was on the correct level. Limerick away and the putt was left dead. The Castletroy putt rolled and rolled ever so close to dropping such that all of the Limerick supporters turned away. The 20th was the finale with Daragh slotting a 3 footer to win the match and send Limerick on the Munster Finals to be held in Carrcik-on-Suir in August.
June 18th 2007
Congratulations to our Mixed Foursomes managers, Dermot and Patricia. Thier panel did them proud in Castletroy this weekend. On Saturday afternoon they faced Casteltroy who had overcome Limerick County. All the matches were close, with Castletroy holding the edge for most of the holes. When it came down to the closing holes the Limerick pairings kept their cool, playing conservative and positive golf, all of which allowed them to win two matches on the 18th, with Team O’Dowd and Savage claiming the 3rd point on the 19th; Team Dooley and Scalon called in on the 17th.
Next up on Sunday morning was Charleville, with some tactical changes made to the squad. Pat Murray and Carol O’Shea were rested. This promoted team O’Brien and McGann to number one, and they claimed the first match with a 3 and 2 win. Team O’ Mahony and Maher had a 4 and 3 win, O’Dowd and Savage 3 and 2 with Team Dooley and O’Leary called in. Team Fitzgerald and Ryder gained the crucial point on the 18th, after Jane Ryder had split the fairway, Juan Fitzgerald played a magnificent long iron approach, which hit the 18th and set up the all important 3rd winning game.
The afternoon arrived, and the management felt no desire to change the squad for the tough task ahead against Nenagh Golf Club, whose past performances have seen them reach national finals. The early stages were close, with holes won and lost; no pairing getting the upper edge until the latter holes. First to gain a win for Limerick were Vini and Theresa (5 & 4) closely followed by Frank and Ziggy (4 & 3). The impetus was with Limerick at this stage; however this was soon reduced as Liam and Anne were defeated. Two matches remained on the course, the advantage with Nenagh in both with two holes left.
Juan and Jane were unfortunate when they lost on the 17th, 2 and 1. The last remaining match was with John and Fiona; they fought hard to claw back the game. One down with two to play, they won the 17th. The 18th was a much tougher affair. Nenagh ensured that they were not going to give up their title without a battle, with Frances Hawe holing a vital putt from 25ft. The pressure was on John O Brien, who was faced with a four footer with a touch of break. John was well up for the task - the ball dropping to the delight of all the Limerick supporters. The tie holes were a closely fought affair and it took four to separate the pairings.
A big welcome back to our US collegiate player, Cian Mc Namara, who travelled to Carlow for the Scratch Cup. Opening with rounds of two 65s on Saturday, followed up by a 68 in the morning round and 74 in the afternoon on Sunday, earned Cian a spot in a playoff, which he duly won at the first tie hole.
The May Medal, sponsored by James McMahon Ltd., was won by
Ger O’Donoghue (20) with a 66; a solid round by Ger, no doubt with the school winding down, Ger had plenty of time to get some valuable practice in during the week, which appears to have paid off. 2nd was Tony Rodgers (21) with a very impressive 66 also. Best Gross went to Ger Vaughan (+1) with a level par round of 72. 3rd spot went to Derek Casey (8) with 69 - the best of the lot - no doubt Derek will be trying to improve that in the coming weeks. In 4th spot was Liam Naughton (14) 69 - the early morning golf has shown some fruition for Liam, and no doubt he will continue this trend of abstaining on Saturday night, so as to ensure he can reduce the handicap and put in a serious challenge for the winter Fourballs. 5th place went to Colin McNamara (4) 69, showing the junior team managers that the break for exams has not hindered his golfing abilities, and he is ready for the challenge next Sunday. Pat W. McNamara (13) 69, returned to the winners enclosure after a long absence.
Time sheets are open for the Presidents Prize - 29th and 30th June (Mr. Liam Marnell).
Sunday 24th, 2.30pm - Fred Daly Trophy North Munster Final - v Castletroy @ Limerick County
Tuesday, June 26th - Irish Club Youths Munster Finals @ Dromoland GC
Thursday, June 28th, 4pm - Mixed Foursomes North Munster Final v Spanish Point @ Shannon
Thursday, June 28th, 3.45pm - Junior Foursomes North Munster Final - v Lahinch @ Shannon
Support of the Club Teams is appreciated by all Team Members.
June 11th 2007
Congratulations and commiserations to our Jimmy Bruen Team, who were in action in Charleville at the weekend. They had fine wins over Adare and Rathbane on Saturday and on Sunday morning they defeated Ennis. The final was contested against our close neighbours and long term adversaries, Castletroy Golf Club. The match was close and it went to the wire, with the deciding match going to the 17th where Castletroy eventually took the spoils. Our team captain John Mc Carthy, ably assisted by Dinny Ryan, got the best from the squad, especially Anthony Dillon/Conor Carroll and Brian Slattery/John Keating with both pairings undefeated for four matches.
The weekend ahead sees the Mixed Foursomes team in action in Castletroy. Support is gladly welcome. Best of luck to Dermot and Patricia for the weekend.
A correction must be made to last weekends results: Vini O'Dowd was the winner of the best gross and not Dara Madigan. However this did not deter Dara, whose round of 2 under on Sunday was not good enough to knock John Finucane from the winner's rostrum. John shot a very steady round of 42 points, pipping Dara on the back nine. The gross went to Sean Poucher, with a very fine score of 37points (one under). Congratulations to Tom Mulvihill who had a Hole in One at the 8th.
Next Sunday’s competition is the June Medal. Time sheet available from the Pro Shop.
The mixed foursomes had a superb turnout on Friday with 28 pairings participating. The wining team of Carmel Kemmy and Pat Dillon had ample shots to spare. The timesheet is available for next Friday with very few slots available.
Wacky Wednesday’s time sheet also has a few slots available; this is a very popular night, run by Noel Sexton and crew who ensure that everyone who enters has a good time, and enjoys their game. Keep up the good work lads.
Junior Golf is now back to the morning sessions - check the Notice Board for times and dates.
June 5th 2007
The weekend competitions were of mixed fortune - the Junior Scratch Cup to be played Saturday was cancelled: the greens were water-logged from the constant rain the previous night. The re-scheduled date of the competition has not yet been finalised.
On Sunday the Singles was won by Chris Hansom and the Gross won by Dara Madigan (for the second week in a row); both members of the Junior Squad who are preparing for their Fred Daly Match against Castletroy on Sunday the 24th June and a Foursomes Match v Lahinch on Thursday 28th. Both Chris and Dara played in the company of Shane Madden, whose golfing abilities and knowledge surely laid the foundation for his playing partners superb scores. 2nd place was taken by Junior Cup panellist Dara Rainsford on the back nine - all the practice is paying dividends. He was closely followed by a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure for Tony Hartigan.
This weekends Team Carthy & Ryan will be at nervous ends watching the Bruen Panel in Charleville - club support would be most appreciated.
May 28th 2007
The monthly medal was played in very tough conditions on Sunday. Fresh from his debut with the Barton Shield team last weekend, Darragh Madigan showed everyone how the course should be played in the conditions, shooting a superb 3 over par round. Runner-up was a welcome return to the winners enclosure for former rugby supreme Mark Fitzgerald.
The gross prize was won by Senior Cup captain Juan Fitzgerald, no doubt benefiting from his Lahinch. In fourth place was John Leonard who’s 72 was the best of the pack.
Hard luck to the Pierce Purcell team who were narrowly defeated on Saturday Afternoon in Rathbane – with three matches going to the 18th and beyond.
May 21st 2007
Last weekend saw the running of the first round of the Treacy Cup, although the deadline for completion was extended to the 31st May due to the Irish Open in Adare. The involvement of Pat Murray for the four days ensured a lot of the matches were not completed. Pat did himself and the members of Limerick Golf Club proud in making the cut, with rounds of 76 and 72. The scoring at the weekend did not do Pat any justice by all accounts – he was unlucky with some bounces and a few putts did not drop. He was very unfortunate not to be walking away with a new villa in Spain - his tee shot on the 11th hit the flag and spun away, when it could have just as easily dropped straight down.
The course in Adare was in superb condition with the rough extremely tough - a lot of balls will be found when they cut it all back in the coming days. Congratulations to all involved, especially all the volunteers that helped out over the five days. Their help was very much appreciated. Hopefully next year the support will be even bigger.
On Saturday the Barton Shield team were in action in Dromoland. Dara Madigan had to step in at the last minute, and the team were unfortunate to come up against a very strong Castletroy squad, who went on to win the section outright.
Best of luck to the two Ger’s - management of the Pierce Purcell team, who are in action in Rathbane on Saturday and Sunday. Support from the members would be most appreciated.
This weekend we have the May Medal and the presentation of the Junior Prizes for the Winter Season on Saturday at 3.30pm.
The timesheets for the Junior Scratch Cup and the Open Four Ball at the Bank Holiday weekend are available - contact the Pro Shop for times.
May 7th 2007
It was a busy Bank Holiday weekend, with competitive golf every day. On Saturday the Tommie Morris Parent and Child was held – with team Poucher claiming First Prize; Sean making a return to the golf scene after a long winter's break. In 2nd place was Team Clancy, who will rue the excessive amount of 3 putts - this correspondent has been advised that the junior member of the team was not the guilty party. Third place was Team Walsh - Liam was using this game as a practice session for the Pierce Purcell.
On Sunday the Carrigogunnell Cup was played in ideal conditions. This week's winner (Tim Costelloe) follows in the foot steps of his regular playing partners, in claiming first spot, from Niall O Riordan on the back nine. Best Gross was won by the Club Professional, with a level par round. 4th Place was taken by Darragh Rainsford – this will be duly noted by the Junior Cup Team Captain. Darren Hartigan, returning after the winter break, was 5th with the best back nine, scoring 40pts. Declan Costelloe, a nephew of the winner Tim, was in 6th and David Nolan son of Pat – is showing his form for the Father and Son, also shooting 40pts .
There must a something to playing the course first thing in the morning, as four of today’s winners were out within the first hour, and this continues the trend of the last couple of weeks.
On Monday the Parkinsons' Ireland Singles was played – no results to hand. Contact the organisers for complete list.
One of the annual Inter Club competitions against Castletroy, The Burke Shield, was competed for on Monday. The Pierce Purcell pairings of both clubs do Battle for this coveted trophy and in the end they could not be separated, finishing six a piece.
The Holmes Cups qualifying is on Saturday and Sunday. The Fred Daly are in action on Sunday in Woodstock v East Clare @ 12.45. Best of Luck to Pat Murray, who will be in action in the Irish Open in Adare in two weeks time.
April 30th 2007
The weekend’s competition was won by a long standing member, Bill Walsh, with a very impressive 65 nett, having one shot to spare over Conor Wyse. Scoring on the day was very impressive and the faint hearted did not do well.
Congratulations to Dara Madigan, on winning the Roscrea Junior Scratch Cup, shooting a 75 in the morning, and level par for the nine playoff holes. He was tied with Declan Corcoran of Thurles and won the sudden death ply off with another par.
Congratulations to our Fred Daly squad, and especially stand in Captain Nick Sinnott. They had a very impressive win over Nenagh in Nenagh. Colin Mc Namara, Darragh Garrighy, Dara Madigan and Chris Hansom all won their respective matches.
Next weekend is a busy one: on Saturday 5th the Tommie Morris Trophy (Parent & Child) and Sunday 6th the Carrigogunnell Cup. On Monday there is an Open Singles in aid of the Parkinsons charity. A very good cause, your support of this competition will be very much appreciated.
April 23rd 2007
On Sunday the first medal of the year took place, and showing a return to form and mastering the early conditions was Vincent Nevin, shooting one over par to capture the medal. Another early riser was Peter Brazil, who’s back nine was the better of Gerry McKeon, Pat Tobin and Darragh Madigan; but will rue the unconverted putts and dropped shots over the last four holes. First out was Lee Harrington, Liam Naughton and Mike O'Kelly, and with the run on the course, produced some fine scoring on the front nine. Only Mike O’Kelly was able to hold the round together, finishing with 69 gross, showing some early form for the Barton Shield squad.
Members are reminded – that SLOW PLAY is not acceptable, and that your place on the course is behind the group in front of you and NOT in front of the group behind. The Committee will be monitoring competitions and sanctions will be issued.
The Fred Daly Team are in action again in Nenagh on Saturday afternoon, and all support would be appreciated.
April 16th 2007
On Saturday and Sunday, the qualifying round for the first Club Major, the Russell Cup, was played. As in recent years scoring proved to be very good and leading qualifiers were John S O' Brien and Gerard Glesson (Nett 67.5); two prominent golfers in their own right and will be a force to be reckoned with over the course of the competition.
During the week our Juniors and Youths were in action, the Junior Foursomes team travelled to Shannon, and returned a combined total of 143, an excellent result over a tough Shannon Course. They now go on to meet Lahinch in the North Munster Final. The team consisted of Darragh Garrihy & Chris Hansom, Dara Madigan and Conor Carroll.
The following day, at home in Limerick, the Youths team of Patrick Sheehy, Darragh Garrihy and Colin Mc Namara played very solid golf. Patrick, fresh from his exploits in the West, led the way with a 69. Darragh played steadily to finish with 77. Colin, steady as ever, posted a round of 75. With Darragh’s card discarded, a total of 144 was 11 shots ahead of the next team, Castletroy. They now go on to defend their Munster Title in Dromoland in June.
April 9th 2007
The weekend was very busy with competitions played every day. On Friday there was a Team Event in Aid of Cancer Research; the winning team of John O Connor, Billy and Joe Quane, and Mick Ryan were clear winners. It was a very successful day, and with the aid of the sponsors, First Active, the Club raised in excess of €3,000 for the charity.
There was a Fourball on Sunday, with Michael Hourigan and Cyril Burkley leading the way with 49pts, clear winners from Course Chairman John O' Brien and a welcome return to the winners enclosure (and return after his winter break) of Mick Leahy. 3rd place went to Pat and Alan Mc Namara, on the back nine form Sunday regulars Gerry Cussen and Declan Barriscale.
On Sunday we hosted the annual Lifeboats Singles, and the winner was Tom Collery, with 45pts.
This weekend sees the start of the Club Majors; the Russell Cup Foursomes will be played on Saturday and Sunday; time sheet available from the PRO Shop Now.
The Ladies are holding the Maurer Cup on Tuesday, 17th. The following weekend is the April Medal. Members should refer to the website for the rest of Aprils competitions.
Congratulations to Pat Murray and Patrick Sheehy on their performances in the West of Ireland on Friday, with excellent scores of 68 and 66.
Congratulations to the Fred Daly Team, winners over Charleville on Friday. Best of Luck to the Junior Foursomes on the 11th in Shannon and the Youths on the 12th in Limerick.
April 2nd 2007
This weekend we played the first main competition of the year, the PGA Tankard, sponsored by our Club Professional Lee Harrington. The winner, Sean Fitzgerald, outplayed everyone on the day, especially as the course was playing Long, and the prevailing wind was something we are not used to seeing of late. Denis Keating (11) birdied the last to take second place from a long list of players. Dermot Gallagher took the gross prize with a very impressive 1 under par.
We also played the Seniors Trophy, a very coveted competition and a young Pat Murray pipped Tony Madden on the back nine for first place with past winner John Dudley showing some early season form in 3rd place.
This weekend the competitions are club charity event (team of four) on Friday the 6th in aid of cancer research in Limerick.
Sunday is a Fourball and on Easter Monday we will be hosting one of our regular charities, RNLI, - with an Open Singles competition.
Contact the pro shop for timesheets.
March 26th 2007
With the weather much improving we were able to open the 18 holes, to all the members' delight. The competition, the first 18 hole singles of the year, resulted in some very good scores. No one was to beat Pat J. Mc Namara, with 45 points. In second place was the ever steady Tony O'Sullivan, with Best Gross going to Dara Madigan, prominent in the junior scene. Seasoned players, the two Gers found their way on the prize listing, with Ger Naughton outscoring Ger Cussen on the back nine.
The Easter period will see a number of competitions; Good Friday hosts a team event and a Fred Daly match versus Charleville @ 14.30. The Lifeboats Open Singles is on Easter Monday with time sheets available from the Pro Shop.
The Irish Open in Adare is offering a chance to all members to participate in the Pro Am. The Club will draw one male, one female and one junior member to go forward to the playoffs. All members are encouraged to complete an entry form.
Adare Manor has requested volunteers for the Irish Open, for marshalling duties. We would encourage all members to participate, as they have done for previous events. They are also looking for junior members, over the age of 16, to act as scoreboard carriers. Contact Peter English for further details.
March 12th 2007
The weekends competition saw the return to the winners' enclosure of a family partnership. It is a long time since both of the Grimes were at the head of the results list. They combined well and produced a very good result to win by a clear two points, and nine better than the card. Second place was a close call with the pairing of Joe Kelly and Wilton Dennehy beating Tommy Geary and Cathal Walsh.
This Bank Holiday weekend there is a Fourball on Saturday and Sunday, with a Mixed Team event on Monday. Time sheets are available in the Pro Shop; contact Lee or Shane.
The Irish Open Pro-Am in Adare is offering a chance to all members to participate in the Pro-Am. The club will draw a combination of Male, Female and Junior members to go forward to the playoffs; all members are encouraged to complete an entry form.
Adare Manor is looking for volunteers for the Pro-am, primarily for marshalling duties. We would encourage all members to participate as they have done in the past. They are also looking for Junior Members, over the age of 16, to act as Scoreboard Carriers. Contact Peter English for further details.