Super wins for the Castlecomer Ladies
Sat the 29 Aug was a fantastic day for the ladies of Castlecomer Golf Club. That day the junior foursomes team of Ita Madigan and Theresa Manning, Nuala Mahon and Maureen Norton, Anne Ring and Betty Byrne, Margaret Furlong, Betty Ownes Mary Brophy, Helen Murphy and Caroline Conway took on the ladies of Arklow golf club in the Junior foursomes Mid-Leinster District final in Tullamore.
Things were looking bad for the Castlecomer Ladies at the half way stage with all of the pairing down, but these ladies with a never say die attitude kept battling to the end. Ita and Theresa won on the 18th, Nuala and Maureen were one up on the 18th and halved the 18th to win, giving the Castlecomer ladies a well deserved 2 and 1 win and a ticket to the All-Ireland final in Knightsbrook Golf Club
Castlecomers good form continued on Mon Sept 1st. That day the ladies played Newlands Golf club in the final of the Boyne Trophy.
Fresh from their Junior Foursomes win on the Saturday, the Castlecomer Ladies were determined not to let this trophy slip by. The team consisted of Honoria Fogarty and Ita Madigan, Breada Phelan and Margaret Furlong, Maria Downey and Nuala Mahon, Joan Brennan and Maureen Norton, Theresa Manning and Helen Murphy, along with subs; Kathleen Ryan, Noreen Kinsella, Delia O Donohoe, Emer Foley and Patrica Doheny. The team started very well,with all pairings well up at the half way stage. Newlands fought back but in usual Castlecomer style they kept ahead with Honoria and Ita, Breda and Margaret and Joan and Marueen winning their matches. The other two pairings of Maria and Nuala and Theresa and Helen were called in.
This gave the Castlecomer ladies their second win of the weekend
Well done to all involved and to the team managers –Helen Dunne, Mai McEvoy and Una Whelan (Boyne Throphy), Honoria Fogarty and Anne Ring (Junior Foursomes) and to Lady Captain Patrica Doheny for her encouragement and support.
Irish Mail All-Ireland Foursomes Finalists
Susan Boland and Margaret Furlong played in the semi-final of the Irish Mail foursomes in Powerscourt Golf Club last Mon 7th Sept. The Ladies had a fantastic day out. They were narrowly beaten by the winners Ballinamore Golf Club. Well done Ladies as this is the first time in our history to reach this level.
Any Ladies interested in playing golf please contact Linda (office hours) 056 4441139 on any Tues, Thurs or Sat.
Open Hamper Competition
The ladies club will hold an open hamper competition on Sat 26 oct. this is sponsored by Supervalu Ballyragget
Lady Captain’s Results 2015:
Lady Captain Patricia Doheny hosted her prize over two days golf that were remarkable. The first day’s golf saw two clear leaders in Loretta Mansfield and Susan Boland, shooting scores in the low 60’s, followed hot on their heels by Maureen Norton with a score of 69. With more scoring in the 70’s the scene was set for Saturday’s final to be a highly charged effort to catch the leaders and see if the leaders could hold steady. Having received reduction in handicap and exceptional performance adjustments to their handicaps, Loretta Mansfield and Susan Boland had to perform remarkably well again if they were to feature. All waited with bated breath to watch the final grouping of Loretta Mansfield, Susan Boland and Maureen Norton come to the 18th. Maureen Norton sank a significantly long putt which turned out to be the winning putt, inching her into the lead by one shot. All the top prizes were secured by the ladies in the final grouping, after another terrific round of golf by the three leaders. Lady Captain Patricia Doheny, who is in her second term of Captaincy for the club, was highly commended by all the players for her ever enthusiastic support and encouragement for players, incoming new members and her unstinting affirmation of the club.
Results of Lady Captain’s prize:
1st Maureen Norton 143
2nd Loretta Mansfield 144
3rd Susan Boland 145
Gross: Hanoria Fogarty 175
4th Breda Phelan 149
5th Margaret O’Keeffe 156
6th Ita Madigan 157
1st on Tuesday: Mary Brophy
2nd on Tuesday: Emer Foley
1st on Saturday: Helen Murphy
2nd on Saturday: Betty Owens.
Past Captain’s prize: Marjorie Gannon
Cat 32-36: Joan Cullinane
Silver lady: Joan Coonan
Scramble: 1st: Vice Captain Noel Rothwell, Alison Rothwell, Cian Rothwell. 2nd: Eamonn McEvoy, John Lacey & Pat Gannon.
Pat Gannon kindly sponsored the prizes for the Lady Captain’s prize and has done so for many years. The ladies are very appreciative of his ongoing support, generosity and involvement with this important Major event. The ladies had a fun night after the competition, with a highlight of Betty Byrne taking to the stage to play the spoons, much to the delight of Lady Captain Patricia and all present.
Earlier in the week, the ladies of the club had a marvellous win over Edenderry in the Boyne Trophy. Although Edenderry would have been considered favourites for the match, from their previous track record in the competition over the years, Castlecomer had a comprehensive win both at home and away. Three matches were won by Castlecomer and, although calling in the remaining two, those two were ahead in their matches also. The Boyne team go forward to the semi-final on 24th August, which is held in Edenderry. The very best of luck to those ladies on the panel for the Boyne team, managed by Mai McEvoy and Una Whelan. The team against Edenderry consisted of Joan Brennan & Kathleen Ryan, Hanoria Fogarty & Nuala Mahon, Breda Phelan & Emer Foley, Ita Madigan & Maureen Norton and Helen Murphy & Teresa Manning. Well done Ladies.
There was also a disappointment for Castlecomer during the week. The minor cup team went to Portarlington to play Mullingar in a tense and tightly contested match. With two games won and two lost, the result came down to the wire, which Mullingar managed to pass first. The Castlecomer ladies played with great flair, dignity and exhibition of wonderful golf, but were pipped at the post. However, as the team graciously accepted the defeat, their positive attitude was affirmed as deputy manager Breda Phelan stated, ‘We’ll be back.’ The dedication, effort and commitment of the team is highly appreciated and many thanks are due to all involved who brought the club such a long way in this competition. Playing on the day in Portarlington were Mary Brophy, Joan Coonan, Mary Murphy, Noreen Kinsella and Lady Vice Captain Ellen Phelan. Well done to the ladies and commiserations on being so closely beaten.
This week the Granard Cup foursomes competition runs for the week. The first round of the match play competition must be played by 27th. For those beaten in the first round, there is a second league match play competition so players are advised to check the board for their placing there.
Open week begins on Friday, 24th through to August bank holiday Monday. There is something for everyone in the week and visitors, friends and members are welcome. Many thanks to the sponsors of Open week who make it possible. The course is in supreme condition and a joy to play. Entries for competitions can be made onwww.castlecomergolf.ie, or to check out the news, updates and events
The Castlecomer Junior Cup Team travelled to the neutral venue of Callan to meet Kilkenny, on Friday 10th. After Emer Foley won on the 18th and Honoria Fogarty won on the 17th, the outcome of the match hung in the balance.
Margaret Furlong drew level on the 18th and victory was claimed on the 19th with a super chip that made an easy tap in to win the hole, the match and team success.
The entire ladies section of Castlecomer Golf club were thrilled with the Junior Cup Team of Emer Foley, Honoria Fogarty, Breda Phelan, Margaret Furlong and Betty Byrne. Congratulations to everybody concerned!
Margaret Furlong and Susan Boland are certainly in great golfing form at the moment. As a team together, they won the Daily Mail Foursomes against Craddockstown. After a slow start they bounced back brilliantly and won their match on the 18th.
On Tuesday 14th / Sat 18th there is an 18 hole S/F Open Competition in aid of breast research . For those who want to get a second chance to qualify for the club Mixed Foursomes, Sunday 19th is that opportunity. To be in the draw, please enter name on the draw sheet in the club house. Eddie Walsh sponsors the 18 hole stroke competition on the following week, Tuesday 21st and Sat 25th/Sun 26th. Many thanks to Eddie for his kind sponsorship.
The spring league finishes on April 30th so any who have matches outstanding, there is still time to play them.
the of the most traditionally popular events for evening golf, the 11 hole scramble, begins for 2015 on Monday, 14th from 5.30. All are welcome to this inclusive team event, which holds the draw for teams on the day, at arrival.
Lessons for beginners are available for those interested. Please ring 087 9171579 to find out more about exploring the potential enjoyment golf has to offer.
Thursday, 30th April is a day to learn how to grow your own with the advice of the experts. The gardening night, hosted by Assumpta Meally, horticulturalist, is a night to be enjoyed by all the lovers of plant life and good nature. With a cover charge of 10 euro for the event, which starts at 7.30, anyone with hopes or intention for green fingered success in their gardens are in for a treat. Bring friends, family or those who may be the helpers or beneficiaries of any improved gardening effort to be achieved. Planting the seeds of good growth first, begins the welcome arrival of what then follows in beautiful blooming and fruitful displays. The 30th is your chance to start that happening.
A great score was registered by Susan Boland in the committee sponsored competition of 21st/22nd March. Susan’s 39pts was impressive, as was the score of Teresa Manning who came in second place.
M&A Coaches kindly sponsored the competition of the weekend 28th/29th. Eileen Healy won the competition with a score of 34pts. Betty Owens was in second place with 33 pts and Lady Vice Captain Ellen Phelan had 32pts to secure third place.
The Easter weekend competition is a two person team event (any combination). The lamb competition, which is a re-entry competition, continues. The spring league, consisting of match play, is ongoing with many of the matches played and some still to be played. When all have been played, the results are in.
With spring in the air and growth bursting to life, the club is hosting a gardening night with Assumpta Mealy, horticulturalist. Any with a garden, plot or pots can get great tips and advice from an expert to enhance their green fingered talents and own place. Mark Thursday April 30th in your calendar for the show, beginning at 7.30pm, with a small cover charge of 10 euro. This opportunity to deliberately choose to plant blooming and beautiful surroundings this year and possibly for years to come is very welcome and all are invited to enjoy that experience for themselves too. Tickets are available from the club house, local shops or committee members. Let’s get growing the lovely and fruitful things together, beginning with growing more knowledgeable about ‘how to’ or ‘what to do’ on the 30th, with Assumpta Mealy.
April 11th/12th is your chance to be linked with and reliant upon the best of professional golfers to win in a special competition in the club. Becoming a partner with a professional playing in the Agusta Masters adds spice and professional skill to the outcome and winner in the Castlecomer competition. The draw for your professional playing partner is held on Friday, 10th so book in time. Only those who make the cut and are good enough to play over the weekend, are in the draw. This is a competition with an extra dimention added and one to be sure to play in to doubly enjoy the Masters.
New Members – Taster Sessions
Remember, new members are always welcome. Anyone interested in trying and tasting golf that come to the notice of existing members should be invited to come and sample the joys of golf, without obligation. There are many provisions being made, in the club, to have taster sessions for those speculating about playing. At these taster sessions, the basic fundamentals of golf can be learned first for best effectiveness and enjoyable efforts. If any are interested and express their wondering thought about golf, however vague, to a member, the member could contact a committee member for details about the taster sessions for newcomers that are on offer and coming on stream. That information should be relayed back to the one who showed interest or wonder. The only reason for anyone asking is in their search for a positive response, so, much is being done to ensure the club responds positively.
Ladies back to golf.
For many reasons, some people have allowed the fun of golf to slip out of their life while attending to other things. Fun, entertainment and being involved in a game is important for everybody too. For those who haven’t played golf for a while and want a re-introduction to swinging a club, there is a nine hole event arranged for Sunday, 29th March at 4.30pm, in Castlecomer golf club,to welcome back previous golfers and those ladies looking for a new interesting outlet. If wanting to have the chance to refresh playing golf again, with friends welcome also, ring 087 9171579 to note your interest and to be included.
M&A Coaches kindly sponsor the ladies singles stapleford competition on next weekend, Sat 28th/Sun 29th March. M&A Coaches are long time sponsors of the club, and their generosity is appreciated by all the members.
Many teams of ladies participated in the weekend fourball format competition. However only one ladies team could win. Well done to Helen Dunne and Lady Vice-Captain Ellen Phelan on their win with a great score of 39pts.
There is a ladies open stapleford competition over 18 holes on Tuesday 17th March and Saturday, 21st. This competition is sponsored by the committee. Ladies can invite a friend from another club to play, as this is an open event. On Sunday 22nd, the qualifying round of the club mixed foursome will have ladies and gentlemen playing together, randomly selected as a team, through a draw held on 18th. Ensure your name is on the notice board list to be included.
The spring league continues and many of the matches have been played, thanks to the fine, dry weather. The league prepares and offers practice in match play for the upcoming inter-club competitions, soon to be underway. All ladies are advised to take every opportunity to be out, enjoying the game and growing their ability and confidence which will stand them in good stead, whatever the competition. After the great inter club performance of Castlecomer in 2014, there is a lot to live up to in 2015 and occasions on offer that can yield much honour, celebration and delight for the club. All it takes is to be ready and well prepared with finely honed skills at any level. It sounds simple, and with practice, it becomes more so.
All members could look around their own group of friends and acquaintances for people who may wish to try golf as an entertainment of choice. Efforts are underway in the club to provide taster lessons, lessons for beginners and improvers and to give every chance to new participants in golf. The encouragement of members to those in their circle of friends and acquaintances to explore golf as an option could enhance the membership greatly and expand ways for friends to enjoy good time together. As an entertaining and interesting thing to do, golf provides a broad range of benefits, from the physical to the social, and is worthy of promotion.
The winter street league continues, together with the turkey competitions. The clement weather is facilitating the ‘play as often as you like’ aspect of these competitions and great scores are being recorded. Lady Captain for 2014, Ita Madigan, had her ladies night on Saturday, 29th November. Ladies arrived in true glamour and style for the night of entertainment. The tightly held secret of who won the golfer of the year was announced. Susan Boland, who is a new member and has displayed amazing progress in her first year won the coveted prize, which is generously sponsored by Mary Hahessy. Winner of the ladies match play was Margaret Furlong, who said she ‘focused’ in the final match in order to win. It was no easy feat for her to beat the other contestant, low handicapper Emer Foley, who was presented with the runner up prize. Thanks to ‘Touch of Class’ for sponsorship for the club match play finalists.
This year was the inaugural prize for the Plate match play prize, sponsored kindly by Noreen Kinsella, which was won by another relative newcomer, Loretta Mansfield. Loretta has also shown exceptional ability and talent since she joined the club. A wonderfully entertaining comedy sketch was performed by members, as is the custom, for the outgoing Lady Captain, Ita. Amid shared laughter and enthusiastic singing, Ita Madigan’s year of Captaincy was honoured and applauded. The club’s new Lady Captain Patricia Doheny was MC for the night. If her charming, inclusive and warm performance on the night is anything to go by, it bodes as well for the club into 2015 as Ita’s great leadership did in 2014. (Contribution from Caroline Conway)
A wonderful group of Ladies turned out recently to Celebrate the Finn Trophy Champions of 2014. A round of golf was followed by dinner and presentations. Thanks to all who attended.
The Finn Trophy 28th Aug. It’s all hands on deck for the final of the Finn Trophy, which is being held in Courtown on Thursday, 28th. Tee off time is at 1.30 and the opposing team is Naas. The ladies on the team, who have played magnificent golf throughout the tournament to bring them to the final, have been busy practicing the course in Courtown in preparation for the match. The team of Emer Foley & Betty Byrne, Honoria Fogarty & Betty Owens, Maria Downey & Ann Ring, Joan Brennan & Loretta Mansfield and Breda Phelan & Nuala Mahon have proved great dedication and focus, working individually and collectively to bring chance of victory to Castlecomer Golf Club. With just one more team to overcome, the ladies go to Courtown on Thursday, with the belief and faith of the club that they can and will win, and there are none as deserving of the win. The rest of the ladies in the club are invited to travel to cheer on the team and to fill the spare seats of the cars travelling, with supporters. Whatever the outcome of the day, the club is already delighted with the effort and good show given by this great team of players, representing the club. May the flight and bounce of the ball favour the Castlecomer players and every putt drop for them.
The fun continues with the plans for Vice Captain Patricia Doheny’s outing to the Heritage Golf Club on 5th October. Reported in error last week to cost 50 euro, the outing cost is actually 60 euro, which is still terrific value for a day out with tea and scone before play, a round of golf on the Heritage championship course and meal afterwards. This is one of the most popular competitions of the ladies golfing year. Beginners, new members and established members are very welcome to the inclusive fun of the day out. To indicate participation, those who are going should put their name upon the sheet in the ladies locker room. All enquiries and deposits can be directed to Lady Vice-Captain, Patricia Doheny.
The match play for ladies is underway with the first round played. All who are in the league must ensure that they play within the time frame allocated for the completion of each round.
(Contribution: Caroline Conway)
The Vice Captain’s outing is drawing near. This year it is being held on the beautiful championship course of the Heritage Golf Club on Sunday, 5th October. It is amazingly good value at 50 euro for golf and a meal afterwards. Ladies who are attending can put their names on the list in the club house. Traditionally, this is one of the main ladies competitions in the year with a positive slant on enjoyment, welcome and wholesome involvement. Nobody goes away from it empty handed or without good cheer in gladness for the current Lady Captain, incoming Lady Captain and upcoming Lady Vice Captain. All enquiries and payments for the outing to be directed to our Lady Vice-Captain, Patricia Doheny and all lady members areencouraged to come and enjoy the greatly inclusive occasion. (Contribution by: Caroline Conway)
Aug 10th: The weekend competition was sponsored by Margaret O’Keeffe, with thanks from the Club members. Susan Boland had another great win with 37pts. Margaret O’Keeffe came in second with 36pts and in third place Loretta Mansfield had 34pts.
The Ladies Finn Trophy Team have qualified for the FINAL in Courtown on the 28th August. They beat New Ross on Tue 5th. The semi final was over 2 legs, home & away. They played away firstly and won 2 of the 5 matches. Castlecomer needed to win at least 4 at home and not only did they do that, the Castlecomer ladies did it in style, winning matches on the 14, 15 & 16th holes. Thw Finn Team: Emer Foley & Betty Byrne, Honoria Fogarty & Betty Owens, Maria Downey & Ann Ring, Joan Brennan & Loretta Mansfield and Breda Phelan & Nuala Mahon. Well done to Managers Honoria Fogarty and Ann Ring, all players, subs and supporters. Mark the 28th August in your diary as the team would appreciate as much support as it can get.
Best of luck to Castlecomer Irish Mixed Foursomes Team who play in the Leinster Semi Final next Sunday 10th Aug in Balbriggan. (contribution: Ann Ring)
The Castlecomer Ladies Boyne team had won their way to the quarter final stage where they met Borris. In a tightly fought set of matches, Castlecomer finally surrendered victory to Borris. The ladies involved throughout the tournament have earned the great respect and admiration of Castlecomer club for their fine display of wonderful golf and excellent sporting attitude throughout. The dedication and intense commitment of energy, effort and time given by these ladies for the sake of the club is testament to the calibre of their abilities and characters. Many thanks and congratulations to the team, manager and selectors for the success and achievement of the team to reach the quarter final stage in such a significant competition.
The ladies Finn team are in the semi final stage of that competition. With all matches played in New Ross and then all played at home, the away part of the semi final is completed with wins already gathered in New Ross. The second part of the semi final is played on 5th, and the result is unknown at this time of going to print. Good luck to all the ladies participating and let it be known, before the result is even decided, that the club members are extremely pleased with and proud of the players on the team for all they have already done, that brought them to the semi-final stage in the competition.
The inter-club ladies match play begins with the first round to be played by the end of the month of August. The draw is made and all who are playing can check the matches to be played, which are on notice in the club house. To ensure completion on time, no extensions on the schedule dates is allowed, so it is advised to play as soon as possible. (Contribution: Caroline Conway)
Ladies day result Monday, 28th July.
1st: Paula O’ Flaherty (Athy) 40pts (b9),
2nd: Eileen Fogarty 40pts,
Gross: Honoria Fogarty 26gross pts,
3rd: Maria Downey 37pts(b9)
Lady Captains Prize – Captain Ita Madigan
July 19th 2014. Well done to Nuala Mahon who scooped the top prize in the “Lady Captain’s Prize”
(See pics of “Prize Giving Ceremony” in the Gallery Section)
The Lady Captain’s competition was full of high drama and competitiveness on the two days of the 36 hole stroke competition. Warm, dry weather blessed the competitors on the great occasion of Lady Captain Ita Madigan’s day. Expectations were high that a winner would emerge from the final five groups. As Lady Captain Ita greeted the incoming threesomes, one score shone out on the final day; that of the club secretary Nuala Mahon. None could match the great two day score of Nuala. Amid a night of music, food and celebration, Lady Captain Ita’s beautiful prizes were presented to those who featured in the winners enclosure. Lady Captain Ita’s day was remarkable for the graciousness throughout of Lady Ita herself and the wonderful atmosphere of excitement and companionship as the results rolled in and the winners announced.
Winner: Nuala Mahon 2nd: Hanoria Fogarty Gross: Emer Foley 3rd: Margaret Furlong 4th: Betty Owens 5th: Breda Phelan
1st Day 1 : Eileen Healy 2nd day 1: Joan Brennan
1st Day 2: Mary Murphy 2nd Day 2 : Marie Gannon
Past Captain’s :Kathleen Ryan
Best 36 : Una Whelan
Silver Lady: Betty Byrne
Contribution thanks to Caroline Conway.