Gold Coast Golf Club Notes 9th March 2020
3 Man Scramble Next Weekend:
On Saturday and Sunday there will be a 3 Man Scramble for legs of Lamb.
One of the most important things any golfer should possess is insurance. For a fee of just €30, cover will include the following: Golf Equipment, Personal Clothing, GPS/Electronic Golfing Aid, Personal Liability etc. You can check the exact details of the cover on the brochure displayed in the kiosk. Closing date for insurance is 25th March
Reverend Father Connie Kelleher P.P.
Long time popular member of the Gold Coast, Fr. Connie, very sadly passed on to his eternal reward last week. Father Connie was a very enthusiastic sportsman all his life and had great interest in GAA and golf as well as many other sports. But his huge contribution to life was his ministry to the people of Tourneena and the Nire and all the parishes that he had served in previously. His popularity with these people was boundless and they will have lost not just a Parish Priest but also a great friend. To all his family we extend our sincere sympathies. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
This year’s Deise League will commence shortly and Bruen selector, John White and Purcell selectors Michael Wall and Brian Dunbar will be delighted to hear from any player interested in playing in these competitions this year. The Deise League comprises teams from Faithlegg, Gold Coast Tramore and Waterford Castle.
Gold Coast play Tramore at the Gold Coast on Saturday 14th March, players to be at the venue at 9.45 a.m.
The Captains and all members of the Gold Coast would like to offer their sympathies to Rafael Alvarez on the death in Spain of his mother last week.
Winter League Semi-Finals:
Nire/Tourneena and Ballinacourty had real battles on their hands to reach the final as both faced very stiff opposition from Abbeyside and Copper Coast respectively. In the Nire/Tourneena v Abbeyside one match went all the ways to the 28th Hole with Neil dermody taking the honours. The overall match went down to the final match before Darren Williams sank the winning putt on the 17th hole. Also this match featured a game where the two players had reached over 160 years between them and this match went all the ways to the 18th hole. In the second semi-final Ballinacourty had to come from behind and win the final three matches, all on the 18th hole to clinch their spot in the final.
The addition of three ladies to each team has added an extra impetus to the league and hopefully more ladies will join in next year.
John White Carpentry Winter League Final:
With a novel pairing of the Nire/Tourneena and Ballinacourty in the final this year, with both teams not having won the league for a good many years, there was an added element of excitement prior to the start of the match. The Nire/Tourneena team had a two match advantage as they won both midweek matches going into the final on Sunday:
Representing the Nire/Tourneena: Brian Fahey, Captain, Barry Power, Michael Wall, Tom Reynolds, Larry Whelan, Mick Cronin, Jody Hallinan, Martin Morris, Mairead Ryan (Sub for Noirin Darcy), Leanne Bumster, Aisling Fennell, Darren Williams, Gearoid Breathnach, Rafael Alvarez, Darren O’Droma and Neil Dermody.
Representing Ballinacourty: John Hughes, Captain, Frank Mulvihill, Bob O’Brien, Jerome Maye, Conan Watt, Paddy Walsh, Jimmy O’Dwyer, Seamus O’Connell, Martina Corkery, Esther McGuckian, Mairead Manning, Mark Lenihan, Alan Landers, Dave O’Connor, John Ahearne and Seanie Lenihan.
Conditions weren’t too bad when the first of the players teed off at 9.30 on Sunday and it wasn’t long before all 14 matches were on the course. After 9 holes Ballinacourty looked to be trouble in a lot of matches and this pattern followed through with the Nire/Tourneena eventually claiming enough points to clinch the match around just short of 1.30 p.m. Congratulations to Brian Fahey and the Nire/Tourneena team on their victory and well done to Johnny Hughes and the Ballinacourty team on reaching the final.
Following the match both teams adjourned to the Gold Coast for the post match meal, presentation of prizes and celebrations.
With well over 1,000 games played in the league, it has proved, once again, to be an outstanding success. Great efforts were put in by many players to ensure that their respective teams qualified for the match-play. Huge thanks to our Captain, John White, for sponsoring the league. John always had a huge interest in the Gold Coast Golf Club and is one of our better sponsors. Thanks again John.
Overall Winners: Nire/Tourneena
Runners Up: Ballinacourty
League Section Winners: Copper Coast
1st Thomas Power 407 pts
2nd: Nicky Dee 403 pts.
3rd: John Flynn 401 pts
Gross: Alan Harty 374 pts
4th: Darren O’Droma 400 pts
5th: Tony Fitzgerald 398
Best Lady: Rebecca Kavanagh 397 pts
Captain John White and his committee are working hard in organising this year’s classic and they have now put together a great array of prizes which we will publish next week. The classic will run from Friday 1st to Thursday 7th May. It will be open to Gents, Ladies and Mixed Teams. Entry is €20 per person and re-entry id €10 per person.
Mon. 9th – 13th Mar Singles S/F:
Tues. 10th Mar Open Gents/Ladies Seniors (50+) Singles:
Fri. 13th Mar Open Gents Singles S/F
Sat 14thSun 15th: Three Man Scramble
Mon. 16th – Fri 20th: Gents Singles S/F
Tues. 17th Open Gents Singles S/F
Mon. 2nd – 6th Mar Singles S/F: Mick Cronin (24) 41 pts.
Tues. 3rd Mar Open Gents/Ladies Seniors (50+) Singles:
1st Frank Mulvihill (21) 39pts,
2nd Paddy Walsh (15) 36pts.
Sat 7th & Sun. 8th Mar Club Singles S/f:
1st: Willie Moore (20) 36 pts.
2nd: Micheal White (0) 35 pts.
Gross: Conor Clancy (8) 27 PTS.
Sun. 8th Mar: John White Carpentry Winter League Final
Winners; Nire/ Tourneena.
Well done to the Ladies:
Our ladies contributed hugely in all rounds of the John White Carpentry Winter League and the honour of sinking the winning putt went to Leanne Bumster. It was great to see so many of our ladies getting involved and well done to all who played in the league.
10 Hole Lamb Competition
18 Hole on-going
Winter League Results
1st Leanne Bumster (32) 18pts
2nd Elaine Nash (20) 16pts
Best Beginner Breda Veale
1st Mary Kiely (11) 20pts
2nd Liz Ivory (37) 17pts
Best Beginner Breda Veale
Team Results after Rd 18
Suir 837 Captain; Breda Conway
Liffey 800 Captain; Irene Lynch
Nore 754 Captain; Mary Kiely
Moorings Winter League
The winter league has now finished with some surprising results, after a long battle between the Suir, Liffey and the Nore from the beginning, the Suir have come out on top to reap their rewards!! The three teams were in contention at all times with the placings changing on a weekly basis, the team captains, Breda, Irene and Mary K left nothing to chance and encouragement was foremost after every round result. There was a tremendous effort put in with some of the team members recording up to 20 rounds each giving themselves a chance of reaching their goal!!
Congratulations to the Suir team with a superb score of 837pts and to the Liffey who took second position with a great score of 800pts. Well done to everybody who took part and thank you for your co-operation in participating in the new format which proved very successful!! Presentation of prizes will be at a later date.
18 Hole On-Going Competition
Now that the Winter league is over, an 18 Hole on-going competition has started for those who wish to play a longer course. The 10 Hole on-going will still be in play with the Easter lamb competition starting soon, so there is a choice for everyone.