The 3rd Monthly Medal and Golfer Of the Year competition took place over the weekend. The sun was out and the weather was nice and warm although there was a good breeze also to make it challenging from the back tees. The greens have firmed up and this added to the difficulty too.
With all that said, Rioch Walsh took the course apart! Starting the day off a 7 handicap, he had a near flawless 68 gross. He picked up birdies on the first, the ninth, the eleventh and the thirteenth with the only blemish on his card being a bogey on the fifth hole.
Fantastic golf from a young man who is doing his Leaving Cert shortly…
His reward is a cut to a 5.0 handicap and well deserved Category 1 status!

Rioch Walsh

Rioch Walsh in action in the Barton Cup win, September 2009

1st Rioch Walsh (7) – 61 (68 gross)
2nd Ned Nolan (13) – 65
3rd Dermot Fennelly (8) – 66

As usual, the full results and the course analysis is available online on the HowDidiDo website – if you have not yet registered you are missing out!
Check out the guide we have on our blog which will walk you through what’s involved.
Also, the current league table for the Golfer Of the Year is available on the Club Blog on this page.

Results from Open Singles, Thursday 6th May:
1st – Mark Delahunty & 2nd – Scott Daniel, both from Gowran Park.
There will be no Open Singles on Thursday this week because there is racing taking place. However, there is an Open Fourball on Sunday 16th May.
Open Singles will continue on Thursday 20th and every Thursday for the summer months.

Junior Golf:
The Junior golfers continued their good form with a fine win over Callan Golf Club in the Leinster U15 Inter Club Matchplay played at Gowran Park on Sunday last.
Playing their third match in three weeks, the boys showed great determination in overcoming a strong Callan side. In the first match J P Treacy was one down to Conor Murphy after 7 holes and then played excellent golf through the turn before eventually winning his match on the 15th hole. Niall Treacy came up against an in-form Luke Donnelly who was only 6 over par when he leveled the scores for Callan at one game each. Phillip Dreeling was in great form to record his third win in this competition with a 5 and 4 win over Brian O’Sullivan while Matt Kenny ensured a Gowran success with a similar win over Sean Donnelly. In the final match Sean Roche was called in when 2 up against Brian Staunton.
Reserves Paul Delahanty (won 5 and 4) and Cormac O’Driscoll (3 up when called in) ensure keen competition for places on next week’s team to play Mountain View.
Coaching for Juniors continues each Saturday morning at 10.30am.

Inter-Club Golf:
Gowran Park beat New Ross in the 2nd round of the FBD Barton Cup on Saturday 8th May. Gowran had an away draw which meant 3 away games with only 2 at home.
Thos Farrell & Tony Treacy won on the 14th hole at home.
Dave Kearney & Eoin Jordan won away on the 15th hole.
Shane O’Brien & Nicky Cleere sealed the match with a 3&2 victory at home.

This sets up a home draw against Kilkenny Golf Club who defeated Carlow last weekend.

Gowran Park also beat Callan 3-2 in the Duggan Cup this week.
Sean Kiely & Tony Treacy had a fine away win (2up) while the pairings of Michael Brennan & Ted Hoyne (2&1) and Dick Barron & Kieran Mahon (2up) both won at home.
Gerry Minogue & Johnny Greene were beaten away while Alan Hoyne & Matty Byrne Snr. lost at home.

The Irish Mixed Foursomes team is in action against Bunclody on Friday 14th.

Midweek 9-Hole:
The 9 hole competition continues throughout the summer. It’s a great social evening and a chance to get some practice in before the more serious competition on the weekend!
Just show up on the Wednesday evening (around 5pm) and you’ll always get someone to join up with.

Sunday 16th May – Open Fourball. €10 members, €25 visitors.
Phone 056 772 6699 to book a tee time.

Ladies Results:
5th May 2010
1st Ann Mullins (15) 38 pts
2nd Kathleen Whitehead (32) 38 pts
3rd Helen Dunne (27) 37 pts

Fixtures Wednesday 12th May 2010 – 18 hole stroke monthly medal (committee prize Kate Hennessy).
Draws 9:45am, 1:45pm & 3:15pm.

Well done to the Junior Cup Ladies Team who beat Tramore in Wexford 4-1 on Monday 10th May. Best of luck to the Intermediate and Challenge teams who are out next Monday 17th May against New Ross and Wicklow respectively and the Junior Foursomes team who are also playing the Curragh in Enniscorthy on Wednesday the 19th of May.

Club Matchplay Competitions:
The first round of the Club Singles Matchplay is to be played by Wednesday May 19th. You can track the progress of this competition through the Club Blog where the draw and results are published and kept up to date – go to this page.

Also, the closing date for entry to the Club Fourball Matchplay is fast approaching – Get your entries in by Wednesday 12th May.
€20 per team (€10 per member).
See the notice on the board at the club for details.

Online Booking:
The Online Booking facility is now active for members.
Select the ‘Members Area’ under the ‘Golf’ section of the website and follow the instructions to register using your 8 digit GUI number which can be found on the back of your swipe card.

New Swipecard:
A New GUI/Golfnet Card has now been received for each male member of Gowran Park Golf Club. These Cards are held in the shop at the Golf Club and are available for collection.