Wednesday 28th Oct Open 4 Ball Qualifier

1st:  Tommy Kehoe (14) and Jack Sheridan (16) 46 points.
2nd: Nicky Murphy (6) and Joe Kearns (13) 45 points.
Visitors: Anthony Corish (10) and Ed Fortune (11) 39 points [last 6].

Busy Presentation Night

Unfortunately, the ladies' 15-hole stableford turkey competition on Tuesday last was postponed due to torrential rain. Congratulations to Margaret Mooney (9) who is the lady's singles matchplay champion this
year. This competition has been run over the past number of months. On August 4, Ann Banville's lady President's day, the top 15 qualified for the club singles matchplay competition. The final was between Margaret Mooney and Stellah Sinnott. Margaret had represented the club on the Junior Cup team, and Stellah was on the Intermediate team, so it was going to be a great final. Both ladies played great golf, but there could only be one winner, and Margaret had the edge, winning on the 16th hole. Congratulations to both worthy competitors. A call to all lady members - Saturday, November 14, is the Martin Doyle Classic. This has always been a great fun day out. It will be a three-team scramble, and the list is up in the locker room for anyone interested in playing. On the night there will be a meal and music and hopefully great craic, so get your names down early. The 'Society's Day' proved a huge success with up to forty societies invited to partake in a round of golf followed by dinner in the spacious clubhouse restaurant. Reports from societies who took part were very favourable, with all guaranteeing their custom for next year and placing Enniscorthy Golf Club as a favoured destination in their diaries. They were greeted by the Honorary Secretary, John Cullen, and provided with 'goody bags' by the professional, Stephen Fitzpatrick PGA. One of the novelties was to 'beat the pro'. This involved getting inside Stephen's drive on the sixth-hole par three. With up to eight feet to spare between marker and pin, no one could manage to get inside this. But the 'champion of societies' went to the 19th team from Courtown made up of Liam Cooper (6) and Donnie Weafer (15) with 44 points closely followed by Brian Hudson (10) and Seamus Hurley (14) representing Kate O'Grady Golf Society (KOGGS) also with 44 points[last 3]. Placed third were Anthony Mulhall (6) and Tony Whelan (12) from BNS Great Island, Campile with 44 points. Many of those present on the day with G.U.I. handicaps suggested returning for the Wednesday fourball that continues until February 24th 2010 (excluding Christmas week), with weekly prizes for first, second and with a grand final on March 3. First prize: two rounds of golf, one
night B&B and one evening meal in the K Club, and numerous other prizes. Visitors pay only 15Euro, with reduced buggy rates and 10% voucher off clubhouse meals. Timesheets are open one week prior to each competition. Following a rest last Bank holiday weekend, the winter alliance continues on Sunday next, sponsored by OCM Construction. Sundays, November 8, 15 and 22, remain. Handicap categories: Cat1, 0-9 and Cat2, 10+. Entry fee for visitors is 20 Euro, members 6 Euro. Overall winner in each category based on best three cards from five outings. Weekly prizes for first, second and visitor in each category. Last results were - category 1, 0 to 9 handicap: 1st, Alan Kenny (5), 42 points; 2nd, Martin Sludds (5), 39 points. Category 2, 10 to 18 handicap:1st, Brian Sinnott (17), 42 points; 2nd, Paul Flanagan (11), 41 points.
The Eugene Redmond Perpetual Trophy 2009 was presented to player of the year James Buckley by Eugene's wife Charlotte and his sister Elaine in the company of the Captain Declan Lyons. Eugene sadly passed away a few years ago but his memory is honoured each year in this presentation. Presentations were also made on the night to John Mernagh winner of the Club Singles sponsored by The Bailey. John fought off a great challenge from his runners up rival Michael Healy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Leo Morrissey for his kind sponsorship. Also present to receive their prizes were the winners John Doyle and
Paddy Mooney and runners up Paul Gorby and Maurice Treacy of the O'Learys' Garage sponsored Club Foursomes. We would like to thank them for their generous sponsorship of this event. The Club sponsored Ladies or Gents Open Fourball presentation also took place last Monday evening with clear winners in first position: M J Murphy (10, Slievenamon) and Mark Murphy (5) 48 points while in second place were Martin Dempsey (6) and Davy Murphy (13) 43 pts [Last 2]. Des Kehoe (8) and Conor Flynn (14) 43 pts took third position and we would like to thank Des for his assistance with photography on the night. Beautiful trophies were on display, and thanks to Ciarán Tobin, the competition Secretary, who gave of his time Sunday morning laying out the crystal in a well designed arrangement. Ciarán is to be complimented for the work he has done throughout the years of his tenure in this busy position.

Greens under attack

If you were out on the course last weekend you may have noticed brown circular patches in various sizes from twenty-cent coins to some around the size of an old one punt coin and were generally found in clusters on the greens. They were to be found on all green to some extent and there was even some evidence, though to a lesser extent, on the old 13th green.This is the most common turf grass disease of temperate climates and is caused by a fungus called Microdochium nivale. It's not surprising as the temperatures have been mild and little sunshine with lots of moisture remaining on the surface. One of the older names for this fungus is Fusarium nivale, and hence the common disease name, Fusarium patch. However, there have been attempts to change the common name of the disease to reflect the scientific name of the fungus, such as with the use of Gerlachia patch or Monographella patch. But there is no real difference between Fusarium patch and Microdochium patch since they refer to the same disease and Microdochium patch, Fusarium patch and pink snow mould are all caused by the fungus Microdochium nivale.But not to worry, P.J. and his team have it in hand and have sprayed for the disease today.


CLUB OPEN FOURBALL (Ladies or Gents).

Sat, Sun & Mon 24th, 25th, 26th Oct 2009.
First: M J Murphy (10, Slievenamon) & Mark Murphy (5) 48 points,
Second: Martin Dempsey (6) & Davy Murphy (13) 43 pts [Last 2],
Third: Des Kehoe (8) & Conor Flynn (14) 43 pts.

Winter Alliance Week 1 Results

Cat: 1 0 to 9 handicappers.
1st: Alan Kenny (5) 42 points
2nd: Martin Sludds(5) 39 pts.

Cat: 2 10 to 18 handicapper.
1st: Brian Sinnott (17) 42 points,
2nd: Paul Flanagan (11) 41 pts.
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Junior Captains Prize from Graham Donohoe Results


Firstly, I would like to thank Mr. Jack Murphy, Junior Convenor, for giving me the honour and privilege of being Junior Captain of Enniscorthy Golf Club for the year 2009.
My hopes for the year would be that Enniscorthy Golf Club Junior Section would go one better than last year and win the All-Ireland Pennant for the Club. Thanks to the dedication of Jack, Bridie Kelly, and Marie Dunphy and in previous years George Leech Enniscorthy Golf Club has one of the best Junior Sections in Ireland.
I think that it is now very important that the club tries to promote girl’s junior golf in Enniscorthy Golf Club and this is an issue that requires attention.
I would also like to thank the parents who travelled all over Ireland bringing Junior’s to compete in the tournaments and competitions for the club. Without their support we would not be able to commute to the various venues to compete. These people deserve our appreciation.
I hope that all junior golfers have a very successful and enjoyable golfing year in 2009. I know that all the Juniors are tuning and refining their swings with the help of our Professional Mr. Martin Sludds preparing for the start of Junior competition in early July when the schools close. Junior Club competitions also take place on Wednesday morning during the summer holidays.
I would encourage any young person like myself considering an activity in which they can socialise, have fun, enjoy the outdoors and play a competitive sport to take up the game of golf in Enniscorthy Golf Club. It would be my pleasure to talk to you and tell you how to join and supply you with all the information you need.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Men's Captain Mr. Declan Lyons and the Ladies Captain Mrs. Cora Mernagh a very successful and enjoyable year as Captains of Enniscorthy Golf Club.

Yours in Golf
Junior Captain 2009
Graham Donohoe

Junior Captains Prize Results 18/10/2009
1st: Stephen McGuire (34) 66,
Gross: Jamie Dreelan (5) 72 [67],
2nd: Richard Grannell (21) 67 [b9],
3rd: Michael O'Toole (37) 68,
4th: Robert Frayne (22) 69 [b9],
5th: Billy Murphy (26) 69,
6th: Colin Cleary (34) 70.

1st: Nancy Dunphy 74,
2nd: Kelly Murphy Buckley 76.

Juveniles Prize (Under 12):
1st: David Mernagh (36) 70,
2nd: Lee Martin (36) 65,
3rd: Joshua McGrath (36) 75.

Wednesday the 14th October Open Fourball Qualifier

1st: Hugh O'Connor (6) and John Hayden (10) 42 pts,
2nd: John Doyle (7) and Paddy Mooney (16) 41 pts.
Visitors: Dermot Walsh (5) and Derek Wickham (10) 39 pts.

Can you identify this well-known member from his silhouette?

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Failte Ireland - Irish Independent FREE advertisement

Due to the speedy reaction of the clubs marketing group the club secured a FREE advertisement worth in the region of an adult yearly sub in the Independent supplement of Wednesday the 14th. This is a joint venture between Failte Ireland and the Indo to promote Autumn/Winter Specials at selected golf clubs around Ireland. The only other successful submission for Wexford was St. Helens Bay.

Enniscorthy to host Pierce Purcell

News that Enniscorthy has secured a stage of the hosting of the Pierce Purcell was greeted with elation at the club over the weekend. Named after Professor Purcell, one of Ireland's outstanding golf administrators, from the 1920s to 1960s. Five foursome pairings represent each club, comprised of minimum individual handicaps of 12 and minimum combined of 27. Please bear in mind that all members considering putting their names forward for participating in club tournaments must have at least four qualifying cards entered to be considered for most inter-club events for next year. Qualification takes place at twelve venues throughout the Province in May.
Due to torrential rain on Tuesday 6th October the O’Brien’s Sandwich bar 18-hole stoke medal competition had to be abandoned and postponed to 13th October. As some of the ladies had played on Sunday and a small number of ladies had braved the elements on Tuesday this competition has reverted to a sweepstake. Congratulations to Lucy Healy (13) who a great score of 67 and is this month’s medal winner. Teams for the Autumn League are now posted in the ladies locker room. This is a 15-hole stableford competition. Players may play on any day except during ladies competition times on Sundays or Tuesdays. There is a minimum of 3 cards to be returned by each person by 30th November. It can be played as a team or individually and any club member may mark the card. Tuesday 20th October is a 15-hole stableford turkey competition. Tomorrow, Thursday the 15th, the Open Senior Ladies competition takes place.

Wednesday 7th Oct Ladies or Gents Fourball Qualifier results:
Dermot Walsh (5) & Derek Wickham (10) 43 pts,
Nicky Murphy (6) & Pat Quirke (60 42 pts.
Player of the year 2009 has been finalised with James Buckley a clear winner on 21 points, a clear two points ahead of his nearest rivals Shane Fenlon and Willie Rackard on 19 points sharing second place. With Larry Mackey in third place on 15 and P.J. Murphy in fourth on 14 points.

Last Saturday also saw the much awaited 'Champion of Champions' competition sponsored by FRS Training by Tommy Cooper, Regional Manager. This is a competition between all the first placed winners of the mid-week competitions during the summer. Two beautiful prizes for first and second were on display for the successful golfers. Paddy Mooney who has seen great form this year won outright first with Edward Somers close behind securing second place.

 Photo by Des Kehoe
Tommy, who inaugurated this event many years ago, was on hand to present the prizes with Eamon Whitty, the mid-week organiser. Today and every Wednesday until 24th February next year the Ladies or Gents Open Fourball continues with weekly prizes for first, second and visitor and remains the cheapest golf around. There will be a grand final in March with two rounds of golf, one night B&B and an evening meal in the K club as first prize.
The Winter Alliance sponsored by OCM Construction, Killincooley, Kilmuckridge commences this coming Sunday the 18th. We would ask that members to support all our sponsors in whatever way they can. A large entry for the club hamper competition last weekend might be an ominous sign of the credit crunch but at least for Declan Ivers (17) with his 45 points for first position the basket of goodies will alleviate some of the financial burden from his Christmas shopping list. In second place was John Colclough (16) on 43 points and in third Brian O' Connor (15) returned a 42. The scores reflecting the great condition of the course acclaimed by visitors with one remarking on the speed and quality of the greens exceeding those of what would be considered elite golf course. The annual battle between a representative sample of carefully chosen right-handed golfers and the left-handed golfers within the club took place on Sunday last. The rights won the tournament in ideal playing conditions hands-downs by 7.5 to 3.5.
We have three societies out this coming Saturday and we wish Rich Stafford, Pat McCaul and the Al Amigo’s and the Rockspring golfing societies a pleasant days golfing at Enniscorthy.
Juniors please note that Graham Donhoes' Junior Captains prize previously cancelled due to bad weather will take place next Sunday the 18th from 12.50 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy were passed at the meeting of the men’s committee last Tuesday evening to members Trevor Jacob on the recent passing of his Father Robert Benjamin (Bertie) Jacob and to Martin Canavan at the passing of his dear Mother Mai.

Doyle cards great score in over 70's

Last Thursday’s Open Senior competition at Enniscorthy Golf Club attracted a record turnout of 157 mature golfers competing for prizes sponsored by Harry and Bridie O'Connor. These open events have become a very well supported social outlet and sporting activity over the past few years and the organisers were obviously thrilled with the large attendance on such a lovely day with ideal golfing conditions. Credit is due to the senior committee members of Morgan Dunne, Maurice Boyle, Eamonn Houlahan, John Thorpe, Pat Mulvey and Neville Tector who tirelessly work to promote, organise and carry out the mundane but necessary task of auditing the returned cards for each of the three categories. Great praise for the condition of the course was expressed from the many visitors especially remarking on the quality and speed of the greens. Next outing Thursday the 12th of November at Enniscorthy kindly sponsored by Martin Doyle and time sheets are currently active. 
Thanks to our sponsor Harry & Bridie O'Connor

Ger Turner, Liam Dunbar over 50's winner and Pat Cousins
Over 50's
Liam Dunbar (13) 40 pts,
Michael Booth (18) 38 pts,
Liam Doyle (19) 38 [back 9].

Over 60's
Jim Mackey (10) 39 pts,
Pat Berney (15, Wexford) 37 pts,
Tommy O'Rourke (20) 36 pts.

Over 70's
Michael Doyle (16) 44 pts,
John Walsh (16) 41 pts,
J. Kirwan (17, Wexford) 39.
It was a glorious day for golf on Tuesday 29th September when the ladies competed in the 18-hole stableford competition kindly sponsored by The Logo Centre. There was a great array of prizes on display and we would like to thank Liam Spratt for his continuous sponsorship. In ideal conditions scoring was hot with Anne Harvey (20) coming in first with a great score of 46 pts. 2nd Marie Dunphy (22) 44 pts, 3rd Lucy Healy (14) 43 pts, 4th Joe O’Connor (17) 41 pts and in 5th place Sharon McGuire (31) with 40 pts. The ladies match play has reached the final stages with Stella Sinnott (16) up against Margaret Mooney (9). The competition for the Gill Leo Trophy, a 9-hole match play for the 36 lady handicappers has concluded with congratulations to Deirdre Doyle who is the winner of this prestigious trophy. Next Tuesday the Turkey competition continues with draw times so ladies please note draw times as follows - 9.00am, 9.30am, 10.00am & 10.30am. This will be over 15-holes stableford.

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The popular senior gents' open singles will take place Thursday the 8th sponsored by Harry and Bridie O'Connor and there are still a few vacant tee times available around noon. The seniors tour remains one of the best supported events in most clubs around the region and it popularity has been forged by the efforts of the clubs senior committee who work hard behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of these events.
Next weekends busy schedule includes a visit from the Graiguenamnagh golf society on Saturday followed by a visit from Wexford Golf Club committee to which we extend a special welcome and we wish all our visitors a pleasant days golfing.
Members taking part in the 'Champion of Champions' tournament have been seen on the driving and practise areas of the course tuning and tweaking their swing for the final also taking place this coming Saturday the 10th. It has also been suggested that Mick Wickham is available to carry out all tasks from caddying to lending moral support where requested. The day concludes with a ladies 9-hole competition. Sunday sees the gents open singles competition for hampers sponsored by the club. This is followed by the left versus the right; no, this is not a political battle but rather left handed golfers versus their counter right handed golfers and is seen as a fun event albeit with a serious element of competitiveness. The course superintendent P.J.Dempsey and his staff, together with the course committee under the direction of Michael Dee continue to keep the course in great order constantly up against the elements and time constraints of the shorting days. We commend them for their efforts. The course flourishes with a wide variety of flora and fauna because of the environmental care of the course staff who do not use fertilisers or insecticides that cause harm to the eco-system. The course provides what Mother Nature intended; wonderful views of the countryside, mature trees that provide a challenge to the experienced golfer and a joy to the novice. The clubhouse prides itself on its friendly unpretentious character where a warm welcome awaits the visitor. The past few weeks of dry weather and the timing of the course sanding have improved ball travel and the manicured greens are in top form. The beauty of golf is that each season constructs for the golfer a new layout of challenges on our course to surmount and paints a varied tapestry of colours and beauty of the surround Wexford country-side.
Results of the Sunday Open Four Man Scramble One-Tenth Combined Handicap.  
1st: Robert Byrne( 11), Peter O'Shea (13), Thomas O'Shea (12) & Paul Gorby (5) 53.9.
2nd: Eugene Parker (11), Paul Flanagan (11), P.J. Murphy (5) & Charlie O' Gorman (17) 54.6.
3rd: Peter Jordan (16), David Hart (28), Frank Foley (14) & Tommy Cooper (14) 54.8.