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We had a fantastic weekend for Golf in Callan over the past 3 days with over 220 entering Joe Madigan’s Captains prize
As per tradition, the course was set up at its hardest and was a test of golf for all.

15 players qualified for the 9 hole playoff with their 18 hole Net scores ranging from 66 to 69 inclusive.
Well done to all those and hard luck especially to those who barely missed out on 70 / 71.
Holes 7 to 14 and the 18th were played for that play off with a par of 34.

The winner with an excellent 2 over par 36 was JOHN MITCHELL playing off 11
His score for the 27 holes was 98.5 Net.

Best Gross Paul Madigan 74 – playing off 3, net 71
2nd Place Dylan Kealy
3rd Place Robert O’Dwyer
4th Place Dinny Murphy
Past Captain Pat Mulrooney
Junior Evan Comerford
Senior Denis Collins
Front 9 Joe Tierney
Back 9 Stephen Kelly

A Covid 19 restricted presentation took place after the play off and all present received their prizes.

There were 15 2’s and those who paid the entry fee will receive €20 for each two.

Club Classic results

We had a fantastic turnout for the Club classic and a huge thanks to the organizing committee who did Trojan work to run such a successful event for the Club. We had 512 golfers participate over the 4 days with 131 teams as some played with 3. A huge turnout considering Kilkenny also ran a classic over the same weekend. A huge thanks to all of you who played and the 64 of you who played more than once. It was fantastic to see our club buzzing once again and to have the Clubhouse and restaurant full of happy members and guest. Thank you all for making the weekend such a success.

RESULTS.

1st Prize……….4x €150 vouchers for O’Dwyer Golf Stores
Winners. Darren Comerford (Callan) , Martin Prendergast (Gowran), Evan Comerford (Callan) and Ger Prendergast (Gowran). With a fantastic score of 111 points.
2nd Prize………4×32 inch HD TV’s sponsored by Electro City.
Winners. Noel Whelan (Gowran), John Whelan (Gowran), Michael Whelan (Gowran) and Andrew Williamson (Gowran) with a great 108 points.
3rd Prize……..4x Dungarvan green fees sponsored by Dungarvan GC plus €100 meal voucher sponsored by P.O’Dwyer K.S.M.
Winners. Benny McGuire (Callan), Tommy Coyne (Callan), Philly Parsons (Gowran) and Brian O’Neill (Callan) with another high scoring return of 106 points.
4th Prize……..4x Carlow GC green fees sponsored by Carlow GC.
Winners. Liz Cashin (Callan), Paul Cashin (Mount Juliet), Margaret O’Dwyer ( Mount Juliet) and John O’Dwyer (Mount Juliet) with a score of 105 points on countback.
5th Prize……..4x Faithlegg GC green fees sponsored by Faithlegg GC.
Winners.Patrick O’Keeffe (Gowran), Joe Coakley (Gowran), Shane Timmons (Gowran) and John Crowe (Gowran) with 105 points on countback
6th Prize……..4x Tramore GC green fees sponsored by Tramore GC.
Winners. Brian Dargan (Kilkenny), Paul Dargan (Callan), Marco Ruessman (Callan) and Evan Walsh (Gowran) with 104 points.
Best ALL Ladies Team……..4x €100 O’Dwyer Golf Stores voucher.
Winners. Bernie Madigan (Mount Juliet), Elle Madigan (Callan) Mandy O’Brian (Callan), and Anna O’Brian (Callan) with 99 points
Mixed team……..4x New Ross GC green fees sponsored by New Ross GC.
Winners. Jim Wellwood (Callan), Michael Murphy (Callan), Caoimhe Murphy (Callan) and Aoibhe Murphy (Callan) with 102 points
Combined ages team over 250…….4x Waterford GC green fees sponsored by Waterford GC.
Winners. Liam Duggan (Callan), Sean O’Neill (Castlerea), J. Browne (Dundrum) and Rev. P. Duggan (Kilkenny)
Non GUI team…….4x golf shirts sponsored by O’Dwyers Golf Stores.
Winners. Gerard Carroll (Callan), Jonathan Hickey (Callan) S. Kavanagh and G. Downey with 108 points.

We had a great turnout for our President Eamon Holohan’s prize last weekend, with almost 180 entering. The course was in great condition with fast greens and pin placements tricky. The Saturday players had the best conditions and that was reflected with all the top places going to those who played that day.

Winner Sean Lyster (16) 42 Points

Gross Niall O’Sullivan (3) 39 Points

2nd Michael Walsh (18) 41 Points

3rd Aidan O’Dwyer (16) 41 Points

Senior Eddie Tallent (18) 40 Points

Past President John Grace 28 Points

Front 9 Stephen Bateman (16) 23 Points

Back 9 Anthony Corr Larkin (22) 22 Points

Details on Prize giving will be publicised when we know them. We had 13 people with 2’s . Note dates for this week include Wed Open singles and at the weekend we will have the Junior and Intermediate scratch cups (also Open events).

Captains Drive in.

Our Captains, Anna Corr and Joe Madigan, drive in went ahead on Saturday morning last despite ‘Jorge’ rearing his head in the afternoon! We had good weather for it, if a bit cold, and a fantastic number turned out for the drive in and we had in excess of forty for a sit down meal afterwards. All new 2020 officers drove off well on the first with no one in the water. Now that we have the year officially started we can only hope that the storms will stop and let us get on with our golf

Ladies Section.

It has been an awful February to date and hopefully it will ease off for a better month in March and let us play some Golf.

Men’s Section.

Once again the weather played havoc with our weekly competitions with no OPEN competition on Wednesday and both Saturday and Sundays weekend competition also canceled.  February was certainly a month to be forgotten from a golf point of view as the weather played havoc with our golf sending us three storms. There are some good points in that our greens have held up very well and despite some scaring on a few holes should be in very good condition going into the main playing season. While we have had incredible rainfall over the last month and most of the winter the course is drying well. A few good dry days and it will be more than playable.

SUBSCRIPTIONS.

We are now TWO months into the playing year and while many members have made the effort to pay their subscriptions some have not. The office is open seven days a week to facilitate payment and we also have many options available to you including a new direct debit system which can be paid over 6 months. From next year we hope to introduce the direct debit system to everyone which will be of great benefit to your Club and to you as you can spread your subscription payments over the year at a very minimal cost. It allows the club to budget better and it means you will not have one big cost at a difficult time of year for most people, finance wise.

NEW WEBSITE
Our new website went live over the weekend and hopefully you like the look of it and you find it easy to navigate. We still have a few things to finish. We have no pictures of this years Club Officers!! Also the new fixtures section under NEWS is not complete, but will be soon. The course news need to be finished and we hope to have it updating every day during the winter and during the summer with course news and opening times if weather is a problem. If you have any suggestions or ideas on improving it do let us know on the contacts page. Also the new BRS part of the website has nothing to do with the Club the people who own BRS did the upgrade and told no one!!
LADIES SECTION
The Ladies competition played on Tuesday 4th February was won by Rita O’Neill with a score of 21 points and second was Noeleen Quinlan with 17 points on (CB). The nine hole competition was won by Sandra Moore with 16 points and second was Patsy Murphy with 9 points
LADIES SPRING LEAGUE.
The ladies spring league will begin shortly, so if you want to enter the entry sheets are up in the ladies locker room.

MENS SECTION
Our second week back with the Wednesday OPEN singles brought another good entry which was up on last week. The winner playing off a 5 handicap winning with a fantastic score of 27 points was Darren Comerford for a prize of €50 and second was Ollie Fennelly with 26 points (CB) For a prize of €30. This was the first competition of the spring league and judging by the scores its going to be a nail-biter.
The weather at the weekend, especially on Sunday, disrupted our men’s weekend competition and while we had 21 out on Saturday we had no one on Sunday. We had some very good scoring on the Saturday with the greens again being applauded for how good they are.

COURSE NEWS

Over the next few week we will be organizing our fund-raising Classic, which this year is earmarked to be played over the Easter bank holiday weekend. We started our drainage program in 2018 when we ran a very successful Classic which as we all know raised fourteen thousand euro which went towards the drainage plan on the 2nd and to the rotary decompaction program on the rest of the fairways. This was a huge success. Now in 2020 we must continue this program and the target would be to put new drainage in on the 13th and start a sand spreading program for some of the fairways including the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 11th among others. This is a very necessary program and should be continued every year. We are hosting the Jimmy Bruen qualifiers this year and we will need to have our course looking its best for our visitors. This year we must also earmark a considerable sum to rectify the 7th hole and the cost of removing the ‘stump’ on the 7th fairway will be considerable. We may have to do drainage work after that is removed and we will also need to rectify the fact that it is now no longer playing as an index six for men or thirteen for ladies. What we do on this hole will be well communicated to members by way of a survey for direction from you on what you the members want us to do.

A big thanks to all of you who have made the effort over the last week to repair pitch marks as it has been noticed how FEW unrepaired pitch-marks there are as of late. And those greens are looking and rolling fantastically.

CLUB TEAMS

It’s that time of year again when we need people to come forward to play for the Club in inter-club competitions. The entry forms are up on men’s noticeboard in the hallway for you to enter and so are the entry requirements for the individual competitions. Its a fantastic opportunity for members to play for the club and a great way for new members to meet your fellow members. SO go on, please put your names in and maybe this will be our year to get to the finals and win a pennant. Alternatively you can enter your name by e-mail to the [email protected]

Ladies Section
The Ladies competition played on Tuesday 28th January was won by Rita O’Neill with 21 points. The nine hole competition was won by Betty McGrath with 14 points and second was Eleanor Dunne with 11 points.
The Senior Ladies played last Thursday 30th January and the winner was Patsy Murphy, second was Rose Brophy and third was Mary D. Grace.
LADIES SPRING LEAGUE.
The ladies spring league will begin shortly, so if you want to enter the entry sheets are up in the ladies locker room.

Men’s Section
We had another good weekend competition with almost 50 playing despite the cold and windy Saturday we had. Sunday was the better of the two days with the turnout also better. The Spring league begins next Wednesday and scores from either Wednesday, or the weekend can count towards your overall, but only one from the week. Please remember to write Spring league on the card or else it won’t be counted. ALSO, some Gentlemen are not entering their scores on the computer. From next week ANY card not entered on the computer will not be counted.
Results Week end of Feb 1st/2nd
Winner Paul Murphy 30 points for a prize of €€80
2nd Diarmaid Aylward 27 points (CB) for a prize of €€40
3rd Tom Garrett 27 points (CB) for a prize of €€20
One winner of 2’s club will receive a €30 prize.
Diarmaid Aylward on the 4th.
We opened 18 holes last Saturday for the first time this early in many years and the last 6 are in good condition. Hopefully the weather continues to be as kind over the next few months. Today Monday 3rd and tomorrow Tuesday 4th the greens are being pencil tined and rolled which, with minimal disruption, will keep our greens drier and lead to better playing surfaces.
Lately it has been noticed that we have a large build up of unrepaired pitch marks on our greens! PLEASE repair your pitch marks and ONE more if you can. Remember a pitch-mark repaired on time and correctly will heal in less than 24 hours but an unrepaired pitch-mark will be evident for up to a week. If you want good greens please do your part.

SUBSCRIPTIONS
A huge thanks you to all of you who paid your subscriptions over the last two weeks with over one hundred members paying their Yearly subscriptions. Please remember that this is the greatest part of our Club income for the year and it is imperative we get it in as quickly as possible. Remember it is YOUR Club and our overdraft costs us money which if all subscriptions were paid on time we would save money we need for inputs on the course. So PLEASE, the office will be open every day for you to pay your sub. We have many different options, cash, credit card or if you want to spread the payments over six months, that facility is also available, just ask in the office.

Men’s Spring League
LAST CHANCE GUYS !!!!!!
The Men’s spring league will be starting next Wednesday

Inter-Club Teams
It’s that time of year again when we need people to come forward to play for the Club in inter-club competitions. The entry forms are up on men’s noticeboard in the hallway for you to enter and so are the entry requirements for the individual competitions. Its a fantastic opportunity for members to play for the club and a great way for new members to meet your fellow members. SO go on, please put your names in and maybe this will be our year to get to the finals and win a pennant. Alternatively you can enter your name by e-mail to the [email protected]
Lottery
The lottery for €4250 was not won last Thursday nigh 23rd January week number 45 and the numbers drawn were 8,20 and 22. The three winners of the €30 lucky dip were Alice Burke, Anne Dalton and Tommy Hennessy and the sellers were Goretti Hennessy, John Kirwan and Joe Cuddihy. Next weeks Jackpot will be €4350.


Fixtures Diary
Fixtures Diary weekending February 8^th
Monday 3^rd February: RGA 11am-1pm.
Tuesday 4^th February: Ladies 12 and 9 Hole singles.
Wednesday 5^th February : Open Singles Stableford
Thursday 6^th January: Senior Ladies day
Saturday 7^th February: Men’s singles stableford
Sunday 8^th February: Society 10.30am-12.30pm / Men’s singles stableford
Monday 9^th February: RGA 11am-1pm.
Tuesday 10^th February: Ladies 12 and 9 Hole singles.

Club AGM

Our Club AGM was held last Monday 20th of January and we had a fantastic turnout with over seventy attending which was one of the best attended AGM in years, a sure sign our Club is healthy and vibrant. It was a good AGM for our Club with many positive viewpoints on the year ahead. Four members of the Club were made Honorary members for their long and dedicated service to the Club. John Kirwan who has been one of the most active members of the Club Lotto team and he is literally worth his weight in gold to the Club, Johnny Butler another long serving member of our Club who joined in the late sixties and has unbroken service since. Joe Cuddihy, another leading light of the Lottery committee and he has served in many, if not every, position in the Club, without people like Joe our Club would not exist. Last of the four is Milo Carey one of our longest serving members having joined the Club in the 1950’s Milo served two consecutive terms as Captain in the sixties’ and has been one of our Trustees for many years.

The following people were elected to serve the Club in 2020

Elected to the executive finance committee were Denis Lawlor (Chairperson), Denis Collins (Treasurer) and Mary O’Hanlon.

LADIES CLUB Officers: Lady President – Mary Manning, Lady Captain – Anna Corr, Lady Vice Captain – Anna Starr, Secretary – Kathleen Phelan, Treasurer – Mary D Grace, Competition Secretary – Noleen Quinlan, Handicap Secretary – Ena Kennedy. Ladies on Joint Management Committee -Lady Captain Anna Corr, Lady Vice-Captain Anna Starr, Mary Manning, Noelle Cody, Mary O Hanlon.

MENS CLUB Officers: President-Eamon Holohan, Captain-Joe Madigan, Vice-Captain-Denis Lawlor, Hon Secretary-Michael Quinlan, Hon Treasurer-Denis Collins, Junior Officer-Denis Carey. Men on Joint Management Committee: James Wellwood, Billy Mernagh, Jim Kehoe, Mossie Skehan, Tom Walsh, Richard Condon

Ladies Section

The Ladies competition played on Tuesday 21st January was won by Mary D Grace and in second place on count back was Teresa Phelan.

Men’s Section

We had a very good turnout for this time of the year with over 50 playing. We are holding an OPEN singles Competition this Wednesday to kick start mid-week golf, it is open to visitors as well for €10 entry. Next weekend will see another weekend competition – please book via BRS. Also the computer in the Hall is now in use for competition entry and recording scores – please use it as otherwise we may not pick up your score(s). If anyone has suggestions as to competition formats and other positive ideas, submit them via the usual link on the weekly Newsletter.

Results Week end of Jan 25th/26th

Winner Michael Foley 28 points for a prize of €80

2nd Jeff Lynch 27 points for a prize of €40

3rd Nigel Dagg 26 points (countback) for a prize of €20

Two winners of 2’s club will receive a €20 prize. Niall O’Sullivan on the 4th and Michael Foley on the 8th.

Men’s Spring League 2020.

The Men’s spring league will be starting in February, please submit your details to the competition secretary directly or via the weekly newsletter link. The Competition rules are also on the entry link on the website. It’s that time of year again when we need people to come forwards to play for the Club in inter-club competitions. The entry forms are up on men’s noticeboard in the hallway for you to enter and so are the entry requirements for the individual competitions. It’s a fantastic opportunity for members to play for the club and a great way for new members to meet your fellow members. SO, go on, please put your names in and maybe this will be our year to get to the finals and win a pennant. Alternatively, you can enter your name by e-mail to the men’s competition secretary.

Course News

Lately it has been noticed that we have a build-up of unrepaired pitch marks on our greens! PLEASE repair your pitch marks and ONE more if you can. Remember a pitch-mark repaired on time and correctly will heal in less than 24 hours but an unrepaired pitch-mark will be evident for up to a week. If you want good greens please do your part.

Fixtures Diary weekending 2nd February

Monday 27th January: RGA 11am-1pm.

Tuesday 28th January: Ladies 12- and 9-Hole singles.

Wednesday 29thAnchor January: Open Singles Stableford

Thursday 30thAnchor January: Senior Ladies day

Saturday 1st February: Society 10.20am-11.50 am/Men’s singles stableford

Sunday 2nd February: Men’s singles stableford

Monday 3rd January: RGA 11am-1pm.

Tuesday 4th January: Ladies 12- and 9-Hole singles

MOUNT CARMEL HOME GOLF CLASSIC RESULTS FRIDAY 2ND & SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER

1st 107 Pts.Teresa O Neill, Helena Mc Cormack,
David McCormack, Tom Ryan

2nd 106 Pts. Pat O Keeffe, Niall Brett, Ivan Brown, Alan Joyce

3rd 105 Pts. Mossie Skehan, Paddy Landers, Dick Lonergan,
Tom Phelan

4th 102 Pts.C/B John Maher, Dennis Murphy, JJ Farrell,
Paraic Barron

5th 102 Pts. C/B Richie McMahon, Michael Murphy (Kells),
Tom Moore, Michael Mullally

6th 102Pts. C/B John Holden, Dennis Murphy, Ollie O Connor, Shay Burke

7th 101 Pts. C/B Eddie Cunningham, Brian Cullen, Joe Tierney, Ollie O Connor

8th 101 Pts. C/B Seamus Cuddihy, Gerry Gillmartin, T Brennan,
T Dowling

Team Over 250: Seamus Cuddihy, Seamus Lee, Johnny Butler, Bernard Moore

Best Ladies Team: Bea O Donovan, Eileen Cuddihy,
Margaret Comerford, Margaret T O Shea

Visitors Team: Carrick-On-Suir: Gay Doyle Team
Michael Hassett, Pat Mansell, Alan Byrne, Seamus Burke

RAFFLE RESULTS:

1st Load of Timber: Sean O Sullivan
2nd €100 Supervalue Voucher: Rickard Burke
3rd Meal Voucher :Willie Gilbert
4th Bottle Of Whiskey: Mossie Skehan
5th Wine & Biscuits: Ray Hackett