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Bad weather threatens club competitions

Inclement weather conditions are still disrupting competitions at golf clubs around the county. Sharp frost resulted in the cancellation of a number of events last weekend when most courses didn’t open until the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.
The disruption has led to a delay in the winter/spring leagues in a number of clubs. All committees are keeping their fingers crossed that the competition schedule will go ahead without interruption this week.

East Clare
Martin McInerney was the winner of the men’s 14-hole singles at East Clare with 34 points, one ahead of John Sheehan.
In the senior ladies competition, the winners were Bess Fennessy, Barbara Lynch and Mary Collins from Margaret McNamara, Connie McKenna and Marie A Kelly.
In the winter league, Connie McKenna, Frank O’Meara and William O’Brien were this week’s winners with 60.2 from Siobhán Shanahan, next year’s lady captain, Tony Stuart and Flan Clune who returned 62.9. In third spot were Teddy and Imelda O’Hanlon and Tony Scott with 64.9.
Kevin O’Brien and Mary Beatty’s team lead the scramble round but Ger Hogan and Terry Mulvihill’s team are the overall league leaders at this time.

John McGrath was the winner of the weekly singles at Woodstock with an impressive 43 points. There will be another singles competition this weekend.
The draw for the winter/spring league will be made on this Sunday at 8pm.
Meanwhile, the club’s senior’s section will have an outing on Tuesday next,
March 2, at 12.30pm the competition will be a 14-hole Stableford event. It will be followed by dinner and by the AGM.

Phil Butler was the winner of the ladies 12-hole Stableford competition at Ennis with 34 points. Pat Leacy was second with 29 followed by Bernie Browne, also with 29.
In the ladies seniors scramble, the winners were Claire Ruane, Pauline Parks and Phil Butler from Ann Daly, Claire Carmody and Monica Gallagher.

There was a mixed scramble at Kilrush on Sunday last in conjunction with the drive-in by captains Imy Kerrigan and Jack Kiely.
The winners were Pat Brennan, Paddy O’Shea, Tony Kenny and Mary Collins from Brian Scanlon, Tom Clarke, Kathleen O’Brien and Margaret Griffin. In third spot were Richard Burke, Michael Hogan, Brendan Carigg and Ailish Lorrigan.
The spring league continues this week with round three.

In the 12-hole Stableford competition at Portumna at the weekend, Frank Kilkenny won the 0-10 category with 27 points. Other winners were Damian Quigley (11-14) with 28 points, Joe Slattery (15-18) with 28 points, Pat Kearney (19 and over) with 24 points and Joe Slattery (seniors) with 26 points.
A competition for seniors will be held every Wednesday commencing on March 3 at 11am. The competition will be open to those who are over 60 and further information is available from Michael Harney, Daithí Frawley, Seán O’Dwyer, Padraic Flynn and John Holohan.
The spring league will commence on this coming Sunday while the Christmas hampers competition is also scheduled for this weekend
Societies wishing to play at Portumna should contact Michael Ryan at 09097 41059.

In the ladies’ winter league at Shannon, De Captain’ comprising Marie Hogan, Mary Sheehan and Marian Boyce hold a one-point lead after round three, having returned a best of the week score of 45 points for a grand total of 125.
Hot on their heels, just one point behind, are The Warriors comprising Jean Murphy Wright, Ailish Sheehan and Mary McGuane on 124. In third place on 123 points are The Ra Ra Sisters comprising Nollie McCarthy, Christina Halpin and Patricia Enright.
With just one round to go, the title rests between the top three teams.
The men’s winter league
is now down to the match-play stages and the semi-finals will go ahead on Sunday at 10am.
In the men’s 15-hole singles, scoring was impressive with 38 points required to figure in the prizes. Pat Griffin continued his good early season form by capturing the honours with 39-points. Pat had one to spare from John O’Connor and John Burns with John O’Connor shading it on the back six. Ed Hickey captured the gross with 31 points.
The captain’s drive-in takes place this Saturday and a big turnout is expected to send good wishes for 2010 to Marie Hogan and Joe Sheehan.

Spanish Point
The frost is still disrupting proceedings at all golf clubs including Spanish Point but the captain’s drive-in did take place on Saturday when a big crowd turned out to wish Mary Saunders and Gary Carroll the best for the year ahead.
A nine-hole, team of four scramble followed and the winners were Geraldine Reddan, Jason Skerritt, Kieran Madigan and Alan Burke from Fergal Hehir, Maura Burke, Dick Ross and Brendan Reddan. The third spot was filled by Mary Saunders, Gary Carroll, Kathleen Twomey and Michael Hennessy.
There will be a team of three fundraiser on the weekend of March 6 and 7, a timesheet will operate.

Michael Mullane was the individual winner in week seven of the winter league at Kilkee. He scored 33 points over 14-holes. The winning team comprised George Roche, Pat Carey and Michael Smyth and they returned 84 points.
The spring league will start on Friday, March 12, and will continue for six weeks.

Ennis seniors
Tom McGrath and Peadar Cosgrove were the winners of the scotch foursomes competition for Ennis seniors last Thursday.
They won from Seán O’Gorman and Seán Fitzpatrick who had a similar score of 40 nett. In third spot on 44 nett were Michael Torpey and George Dilger. They were followed by Noel Pilkington and Frank White on 46 with Liam Rushe and William Moloney in fifth spot on 45.

Newmarket-on-Fergus society will hold its February outing in Shannon on Saturday. The tee will be available at 10.45am.

Brendan McDonagh and Martin Whelan score the narrowest of wins over Pat McCarthy and Gerry O’Donnell in the first outing of the year for members of Corofin society. A close third place in the fourball at Portumna were John Tierney and Gerard Kennedy.
The next society outing will be to Loughrea on Saturday, March 13.

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