CLONMEL GOLF CLUB
Jimmy Bruen and Pierce Purcell Teams
We had hoped for a great week for the Club because our Jimmy Bruen Team was through to the East Munster Final to be played against West Waterford at Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club on Thursday last and our Pierce Purcell Team was in action in Cahir Park at the weekend. By all accounts a good turnout of supporters was expected at Carrick but they were gobsmacked to be informed - even before they travelled to Carrick - that our team had been disqualified because of an error in the handicap set up. There are specific rules regarding the handicap of each player and each pair and through a simple oversight the handicap total of one pair on the team was incorrect and in those circumstances the whole team was disqualified. It was a great pity because the opinion of all members of the Club was that we had a very strong team that might have gone ‘all the way’
On Saturday, our Pierce Purcell Team won their first match - after a long rain delay. Playing against near neighbours Slievenamon the result was a good victory for Clonmel against a strong Slievenamon team. On Sunday morning, the team was pitted against Templemore with the winners to play either Thurles or Ballykisteen in the afternoon. While they did not get off to a great start in the first match the backroom boys had done their homework well and the next three matches had enough firepower to bring the match to a victorious conclusion with only one match going as far as the 17th. Thurles had beaten Ballykisteen and were firm favourites to win in the afternoon. The game never reached the expected highlights and while one Clonmel pair enjoyed a very early finish the next best only got to the 16th with the other pairs beaten earlier. All the players played their hearts out but unfortunately on this occasion the opposition were the stronger side and deserved their victory. We wish them every success in the East Munster Final.
Club Singles Played on Sunday
Due to the very inclement weather on Saturday morning the weekend schedule was postponed and an 18 hole Club Singles Stableford competition was played instead. The results of the Singles are as follows:
1st Billy Acheson (13) 39pts L3
2nd Pat O’Dwyer (11) 39 pts
3rd Alan Shiels (20) 38 pts
Gross Tom Duggan (2) 32pts
Following the very inclement weather on Saturday the 4-person Champagne Scramble for Pubs and Society teams was abandoned but is to be rescheduled. This competition is open to gents, ladies and mixed teams and the only stipulation is that all entrants have a GUI Handicap.
Tuesday May 30th Open Singles 18 hole Stableford (weekly prize and qualifiers every Tuesday until the big Final in October)
Sat & Sun June 3rd & 4th The Centenary Cup, kindly sponsored by two former Captains, Joe Flynn & Ollie Connellan.
Saturday 10th June.
The Vice Captain’s (Mr. Tony Horne) Prize. A note to advise that the Vice-Captain Tony’s prize is an open draw and the timesheet is on the Notice Board
Members should be pleased with the introduction of a Label Printer which is attached to the competition in the ‘entry’ hallway. On entering your ID in the computer for the ‘competition of the day’ a label containing the players name, handicap, date and competition is automatically printed which is then attached to the scorecard (by the player) so there’s nothing left for the competitor to do except sign his name and get his card signed by his marker at the end of his game. This system will eradicate the difficulties that have arisen in the past where players have forgotten to put some of the competition details on his card.
Open 4-Person Champagne Scramble
Also, up and running since 8th May, and running through to September 27th is a 4-person champagne scramble, open to Gents, Ladies and Mixed Teams, with the best three cards winning an amazing golfing trip to Spain with flights, accommodation and golf included in the prize. The best seven cards each month will qualify for a Grand Final on September 27th and to ensure gender equality, there is a guaranteed prize for an all ladies Team.
Entry is €100 per team or €25 per person and any re-entry by any person is €20.
In general, there will be very few days when play will not be possible in this competition, e.g., major Ladies and / or Gents competitions (Captains/Presidents/Vice Captains) so you can book on line at www.clonmelgolfclub.com or phone the Club on 052.6124050.
Our Fred Daly team of Daniel Foley, Darragh Lynch, Luke Bourke, Sean Hawkins and Killian Butler defeated Tipperary GC in the first leg of their match on Sunday 28th May. Best of luck to the boys in the home leg. Date TBC.
Thursday 25th May – Club Seniors
1st – Pat Purcell (13), Ml O’Malley (19), Liam Kennedy (17) 80pts
2nd – Patsy Cunningham (18), Tom O’Keeffe (19), Noel Morrissey (20) 78pts B8
3rd – Richie Power (17), Pat Hanafin (15) 78pts
Next Competition will be held on Thursday 8th June.
CLUB FUNDRAISER – A Night at the Dogs
Don’t forget our upcoming fundraising event which will take place on this Friday night 2nd June in Clonmel Greyhound Stadium with the first race commencing at 7.49pm. Tickets on sale at €10 which includes entry to the stadium and entry into the draw for money prizes and a year’s free lotto etc. This will be a fun night and your support would be greatly appreciated.
The twenty-eight draw in our Weekly Club Fundraising Lotto took place last Saturday 27th May in the Clubhouse. The numbers drawn were 02, 05, 07 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and there were five matched-three winners each receiving €50.
Jackpot is now at €16,200 so be in to win!
Thanks again to everybody who supported it by buying and selling tickets.
New membership rates for 2017 have been agreed at €450 for Year 1 & €500 for Year 2. Easy-payment options available. Terms and conditions apply so for full details please contact Aine at the office on 052-6124050 or download an application form from our website www.clonmelgolfclub.com.
Members who have not made arrangements for payment of subs are not eligible to play on the course or in competitions.
Please contact the office if you wish to renew your membership on 052-6124050 as soon as possible.
Last week we had a magnificent entry for our Ryan design sponsored stroke prize. Results were as follows:
Cat 1. Mary Smyth (18) 75 nett
Cat 2. Antoinette Dougan (28) 71 nett
Cat 3...Elizabeth Joy (30) 76 nett
Front 9 - Alison Sullivan (28) 36 nett
Back 9 - Gwen Walshe (25) 32 nett
All our ladies were also delighted to sample our new caterer Martin Kane’s new menu, delicious sandwiches, salads and paninis on offer. This week the club lotto is 16000 + so why not come up for lunch and enter the lotto. If you are not in you cannot win!
Also, last week saw the opening matches of the revive active competition. Three of our team played in Clonmel and two pairings went to Cobh. Clonmel played brilliant golf and won the match. Next round will be against either Waterford or Tramore.
This week our competition is kindly sponsored by Geraldine O’Gorman and is a POY competition, reminder that 3 18 hole competition cards are needed in order to be eligible for Lady Captain’s Prize on June 17th.
On Friday June 2nd, the club are holding a fund raiser in Clonmel greyhound track, we ask all ladies to support what will be a great night and good fun.