CLONMEL GOLF CLUB
Denis Conway Jnr Wins the Presidents Prize in Style!
Denis Conway Jnr stood on the first tee on Saturday last, teeing off in the President’s (Mr. Liam Maunsell) Prize and stated that there would be low scoring in the conditions - nice warm sunshine and not a puff of wind - and how prophetic Denis’ words were but he possibly didn’t think at that stage that he would be the one to shoot an incredibly low score (and indeed he wasn’t the only one) but back to Denis. I was in the three-ball with Denis and I have certainly seen good and even great golf played in my time but it was a rarity - and a pleasure - to witness the golf Denis played. Starting with a couple of pars his chipshot went long on the third and he just missed the putt for par but it was to be his only bogey for the entire round. Denis immediately hit back with a birdie on four and then proceeded to par the next five holes and finished the nine with another birdie to be out in one under for 23 points and better was to come. After a very good tee shot on ten he holed the putt and followed up with four more pars before holing again for birdie, this time on the fifteenth. The putt on the sixteenth just slipped by for birdie and then on seventeen came his worse and best successive shots of the
day. He badly pulled his tee shot out into the middle of the second fairway - maybe the nerves were jangling - but there was no sign of nerves for his approach which had to be precise - to avoid the bunker directly in his path - which he executed perfectly leaving himself with just a tap in for par. Pin high in two on the last he chipped well but his putt for birdie lipped out but he had done the business by now with a two under back nine and a further 24 points for his 47-winning total.
Truth be told Denis wasn’t the only one playing excellent golf because in second place was Billy Hewitt - Club Captain - who also had a round of three under par gross but playing off of 6, Billy’s total was 45 points. And Brian McLean, also playing off of 6 handicap shot very creditable 43 points to be third.
Overall there was a great turnout of members to show respect for the Club President, Mr Liam Maunsell and some 145 players returned cards, all trying to win the magnificent first prize but for many, any of the beautiful prizes would be welcome.
A great night was had by a big turnout for the presentation of prizes with food, music and craic till the early hours.
The President’s (Mr. Liam Maunsell) Prize - Results
1st Denis Conway Jnr (8) 47pts
2nd Billy Hewitt (6) 45pts
3rd Brian McLean (6) 43pts
Gross Gavin Smyth (+2) 38pts
Cat 1 Sean Ronan (4) 39pts
Cat 2 Nigel Foran (11) 42pts
Cat 3 Thomas Blanche (15) 42pts
Cat 4 Declan Whyte (18) 37pts
Senior Peter Glynn (16) 39pts
Past President’s - Jimmy Cass 41pts
Tuesday August 29th Bulmers Open Singles 18 hole Stableford. Players should note that the best 50 scores and equals in this weekly open singles will qualify for the Final to be played in early October.
Sat & Sun Sept 2nd & 3rd Singles Stableford sponsored by The Golf Store (Mr. John O’Dwyer)
Sat & Sun Sept 9th & 10th Singles Stableford sponsored by DID Electric
Monday Evening Mixed
Don’t forget to come along for the Monday Mixed, it’s gone from strength to strength and the craic in the Clubhouse afterwards is mighty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On Sunday 17th September, the Club is kindly giving competition time for a Fund Raiser for a local young man, Evan Hickey of the Old Bridge, who is in urgent need of a brain operation which will cost many thousands of Euros. Teams of 4 @ €120 / team and if you can’t make it you can donate to the fund at ‘gofundme’............more details later
Next competition will be held on Thursday 31st August.
The President’s, Liam Maunsell, prize to the Juniors took place on the 24th Aug. This is a ‘major’ in the Junior calender and was well supported with 30 boys and girls competing for the prizes. The senior boys prize was won by Shane Ryan with 37pts. Runner up was our Junior Captain, Daniel Foley, with 36pts followed by Sean Hawkins with 35pts. The intermediate prize went to Paudie Ryan, who won on countback from Danny Morris. Both had 28pts. Third place went to Aaron Molloy with 27pts. The girls’ competition was won by Ciara Walsh while the junior boys was won by Tommy O’Neill. With everyone back to school now, this was our last Thursday competition. The final and most important competition of our year, The Junior Captains Prize, is scheduled for Sunday 10th September. We hope everyone will support our Captain, Daniel Foley, on his big day especially with ‘Junior Golfer of the Year’ still to be decided.
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Last week we played one of the most important competitions of the year, the Presidents prize to the ladies. Many thanks to our President Liam Maunsell for a beautiful prize. The winner was Betty Lonergan. The results were as follows;
1. Betty Lonergan (22) 41 pts
2. Ciara O'Donoghue (25) 40 pts
Gross Anna Moloney (10) 28 gross
3. Helen O'Donoghue (14) 38 pts.
Next week's competition is four ball/better ball,
The previous weeks competition reverted to club due to the weather but remained a medal competition and was won by Bobbi Houlihan with 71 nett and Anne Boyle won the Bronze medal with 71 nett.
Congratulations to our men's captain Billy Hewitt for organising a very successful family day. It was great to see such activity around the club with bouncy castles and pitch and putt competitions etc. Hopefully this will become an annual event.
Monday sees the return of our John M. Joy sponsored mixed. Draws at usual times with the usual lovely meal and crack in clubhouse after. The summer is drawing to a close so opportunities to play are becoming limited.
Next Friday sees our annual Hospice Competition, we ask everyone to do their best to support this very worthy cause. Timesheet available.