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                        Newsletter           June 2018       

I trust you are all enjoying and taking advantage of the fine weather by playing as much golf as possible.

You and your game should be in great shape for our next outing which is to Clonmel on Saturday 30th June.

After that we go to Mount Wolseley near Tullow in Co. Carlow for our National Championships. That is on Saturday, 11th August. Tee time will be from             11.00 am – 12.30 pm.

The course at Mount Wolseley was designed by the late Christy O’Connor Junior. It’s a fine course which is always in good condition. The fairways are fairly generous which should appeal to even the high handicappers.

If you haven’t played it, I think you should.

Being in the South East, I can’t guarantee the weather, but that is why we carry raingear.

Our competitions will follow the usual format.  The Bob Charles Trophy being presented for the Best Gross, The National Trophy for the Best Nett and the Martin Quinlan Trophy for The Best Senior Nett, aged 65 years and over.

Entry will be on a first come pre-paid basis and an Entry Form is enclosed with this newsletter.   Right handed golfers, be they male or female, are welcome to play as guests. Be aware, late tee times are most in demand.

For members who have paid their Annual Sub, the cost per person will be €60.  For members who have yet to pay the Annual Sub, just add €25. I’ll take entries at any time from now on.

Those joining our Association for the first time to play in this event cannot win the Best Gross, Best Nett or Best Senior Prize.

The outing to Clonmel will be the last chance for members who might want to pay cash in advance for the National, saving on the cost of a cheque and the postage.

Good Friday Outing

For our first outing of 2018, we returned to Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Good Friday. We had a full timesheet with over 50 participants.


On this visit we played the Upper and Lower nine, having played the Middle and Lower nine last year.


The course was in good order. The fairways had been sanded but I don’t think it took from the enjoyment of this fine course. There was placing everywhere because of the then recent heavy rain, that helped.  Weather conditions were mixed, cool and overcast to start with a decent sprinkle for the late starters after nine holes. Luckily it didn’t last too long.


Scoring was tight with all the prizewinners just a stroke apart. Much depended on the breakdown.


Ray Rochford came all the way from East Cork to head the list with 38 points. Leading the field is nothing new for people from Cork, even if they are not natives. They soon get into the Cork habit!


Liam McCarthy relished in the damp, overcast conditions, just losing out on a breakdown. As usual Pat Butler was in the mix, also finishing on 38 points. If he ever gets back to full fitness he will be a threat!


The list of prizewinners were


1st Ray Rochford
13 West Waterford
 38 points
2nd Liam McCarthy 16 Waterford Castle  38 points
3rd Pat Butler
6 Kilkenny  38 points
4th Patrick Price 17 St Margaret’s 37 points
5th Jerry Bradley 21 Tuam 37 points


Thanks to Arthur Choyce for his promotion of our outing within the club and to Mick Dunne and Padraic Connolly for their work on registering, taking the money etc. Thanks also to Tom Buckley and Ron Attwooll for assisting with the cards.


It was great to see a big turnout for our first outing of the year. Some overcame various obstacles to be there. I hope it continues through the year.


Sincere thanks to all who stayed for the presentation, especially those who stayed even though they had started early. 


I certainly enjoyed our visit to Dun Laoghaire GC, a fine course, lovely people, among friends in reasonable weather, what more could one ask for.

Outing to Birr 


We went to Birr G. C. as planned on Saturday 12th May.


We had a poor turn out. Some members were otherwise engaged in inter club competitions, others at weddings, confirmations or communions.


My thanks to everyone who did attend.


The course was in good order and it proved a stern test, both golf wise as well as being fairly physically demanding.


The winner on the day was Johnny McNamara who had an excellent 39 points. He just pipped the much travelled Richie Power who had 38 points.



The full list of prizewinners was:

Johnny McNamara 11
Ennis 39 pts
2nd Richard Power 18
Clonmel 38 pts
3rd Tony O’Brien
Clonmel 34 pts
4th Michael Dunne
33 pts
Visitor Jimmy Ryan 17
Clonmel 35 pts




Data Protection


There has been much talk in recent weeks about new Data Protection Legislation.


From what I have read, it seems sporting originations are exempt.  If we are not then I must get members to agree that it is in order for me to hold what details I have on each individual member and that I can continue to send on the newsletter.


All I have really is member’s name and both e mail and postal address. I also have phone numbers, their club and handicap.


Heaven forbid that I would have to discontinue the newsletter. I know one man in the North East who is probably already crying!  


Outing to Clonmel

Our next outing is to Clonmel Golf Club on Saturday 30th June, just over two weeks from now.


We have the first tee from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.


The cost per person will be € 30. The club stipulate that we play in threes.


Ring or text me on 087 2539124 if you want a slot. Feel free to bring a guest.


We are returning to Clonmel because our good friend and ardent supporter, Tony Horne, is Club Captain there.


I’d like to have a full sheet if possible, please make a special effort to attend.


The course is always in good shape, the weather fine and the natives friendly, what more could you ask for?


For any enquiries, the phone number of the club is 052  6124050.







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