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Captains’ drive-in at Doonbeg

Doonbeg Links captains, Helen Williams and Kevin Hayes drove-in to office last Sunday.

The drive-in was followed by a scramble, which was won by Timmy Killeen, Sean Honan, Stephen O’Mahony and Christine O’Faherty from Seanie Moloney, Michael Bermingham, Kathleen Hayes and Mary O’Sullivan. In third spot were Gearóid Williams, Paddy O’Grady, Declan Conway and Irene Neylon followed by John McGuire, Liam Williams, Nigel Dillon and Ann Carrig.
The next competition will be on March 13 and it will be a singles.

Ennis Seniors
Nigel Guiler prepares to putt at Ennis Golf Club during the week. Photograph by Declan MonaghanSeventy-two members played in last week’s fourball competition when the winners were Charlie McEnery and Sean O’Gorman from John Guinan and Pat O’Reilly. In third place were Johnny Cullinan and Ollie Kenneally followed by Dickie Pyne and John Cullinan. In fifth spot were Peadar Cosgrove and Sean Fitzpatrick followed by Tim McAllister and Luke Coote with seventh spot filled by Tom McGrath and Willie Moloney.

The annual general meeting of the Woodstock senior’s section was held last week when Tom Dormer was elected captain for the season with Jim McMahon as secretary and Rory Kennedy as treasurer.
In the 14-hole Stableford competition held prior to the meeting, Richard Pyne was the winner with 35 points from Tom Dormer on 31, Denis Maurer on 31, Seamus Kelly on 31, Tom McKaigney on 30 and Jim McMahon on 28.
The weekend singles competition was won by John Dempsey (14) with 46 points from Seamus Kelly (15) on 44 and Shane Collins (19) on 43.
The first round of the winter/spring league takes place this weekend with a fourball scramble.
For anybody not in the league there will be a club singles Stableford competition. 

The weekend competition at Portumna, played over 15 holes, attracted a good attendance. Ger Madden (10) won the 0-10 category with 37 points and other winners were Ronan Nevin (14) with 37 points in the 11-14 category; David Burke (15) with 34 points in the 15-18 category; Pauric Moroney (21) with 33 points in the 19 and over and Pat Craughwell (17) with 36 points in the seniors category.
In the spring league, Tommy Ryan and Eoin Slattery won section A with 63 points from Dick Quinlivan and Tony Coen with 62 points. In third spot with 61 points were Albert and KP Kelly followed by Frank Kilkenny and Gene McEntee with 58 points.
In section B, John Kennedy and Pat Graughwell were the winners with 67 points from Sean Robinson and Ger Madden with 65 points. In third spot with 61 points were Vincent Treacy and Tom Moloney followed by Mike Kiely and Christy O’Rourke with 48 points.
Section C was won by Oliver Flanagan and Eamon O’Grady with 58 points from Pete Gibbs and Pauric Purcell with 53 points, with third spot filled by Tom Mulvihill and PJ Coughlan with 45 points.
Section D was won by Joe Austin and Paddy Kelly with 65 points from Pascal Moran and Dean Cox on 63 points, with third place filled by Leslie O’Meara and Dan Hogan with 61 points.

Spanish Point
After several postponements due to the poor weather, the men’s hampers (2010) were played for at Spanish Point last weekend in singles stroke format. With the course in good condition, scores were counting for handicap purposes.
The winner was Steve O’Callaghan (13) with 60 nett from John J Skerritt (12) with 62 nett. In third spot was Noel Connellan (16) with 62 nett followed by Martin O’Gorman (20) with 63 nett.
In the weekend’s team of four competition, the winners were  Gerry Meade (16), Bernie O’Halloran (19), Pat Lorrigan (16) and Brendan Reddan (16) with a score of five-under.
This weekend, there will be a modified fourball, with each player required to have a minimum of six drives. A timesheet will operate and details are available in the clubhouse.
The seniors open continues every Tuesday and there is an open competition on Fridays.

East Clare
Tony Duggan (19) won the men’s 14-hole singles at East Clare with a score of 37 points from Donal Fleming (27) who had 35 points.
In the ladies’ 14-hole re-entry competition Nancy Starr was the winner with 31 points from Catherine Minogue on 27 points.
The men’s senior weekly outing was won by Liam Skelly, Mick Gough and Steve Symes from Finbar Ryan, John Stack and Michael Fitzpatrick.
The winners of the ladies’ seniors competition were Nancy Starr, Marie A Kelly and Bernie Bohan from Catherine Murphy, Patricia Kerr and Mary Jo Minogue.
The winter league is continuing and four teams will qualify for the final on March 13. The competition for February is a three-ball scramble.

The men’s Wednesday singles at Shannon saw Christy Power capture the spoils with 39 points. Christy had one to spare from Declan Coyne while Liam Alford was third with 37 points.
Last weekend’s men’s 15-hole singles saw Dermot Finnan a clear winner with 39 points. In second place was Derek Sweeney with 37 points and he just edged out John Gubbins by virtue of a better back six. The gross was captured by Jason O’Donnell with 34 points.
Next weekend sees the final round of the men’s winter league, with the top two teams qualifying for the final. Team six, led by David O’Brien with a 20-point lead on 284 points, appear to be guaranteed a place in the final. However, there are a number of teams in contention for the other final spot with just four points just separating the next five teams.
The ladies’ winter league is in full swing with just two points separating the top three teams. Eleanor O’Brien and Noelle Holland are leading with 60 points closely followed by Bina Donworth and Hilary Clein and Pauline Kilmartin and Mary Clancy, both on 58 points.
An open team-of-four fundraiser in aid of Milford Hospice in memory of Bill O’Shea will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March  4, 5 and 6. All proceeds raised will go to Milford Hospice.

Gerry Huban was the winner of the singles competition at Gort at the weekend with 41 points from Martin Flaherty on 40, Dave Hennessy on 39 and Eoin O’Ceallaigh on 38. Ian McLynn won the gross with 33 points.
The winner of the Monday open singles was Barry Cahill with 38 points.
There will be an 18-hole fourball this weekend with the weekly open continuing on Monday. The ladies spring league is also continuing.

Eileen Corry was the winner of the ladies’ 14-hole competition at Ennis last week with 33 points from Ann Kelly on 32 points.
In the club scramble, Carmel Cummins, Sean Finnerty and Leo Herbert were winners on Saturday with 48 points from Noel Pyne, Michael Culliney and Berna Connolly on 47. In third spot were Tom McGrath, Paul Mockler and Phil Butler and they also scored 47 points.
The ladies’ seniors scramble was won by Bridie Keane, Nuala D’Auria and Kate O’Ceallaigh with 29 points from Nuala Guinan, Bernie Brooks and Phil Butler.

Clare Teachers
The Castle Course in Lahinch was the venue for a team-of-three competition hosted by the Clare Teachers’ Society on Saturday. The winners were Tom Glynn, Alan Dunne and Peter Quinn from John Doyle, James Meade and Michael Kilmartin. In third spot were Tim McGillicuddy, Jerry Nugent and Martin Mason followed by Con Woods, Seamus Hanrahan and Tim Kelly. Fifth place was filled by Conor Murphy, Frank Coffey and Joan Murphy.

Nora Daly Society
The Christmas hampers competition for members of the Nora Daly Society was held recently at the Castle Course in Lahinch when the winners were Gerry O’Neill, Michael Murphy, Robert Neylon and Ollie Kenneally from James Neylon, Mick O’Connor, Tony Lawlor and David Pilkington. In third spot were Michael Neylon, Eugene Killeen and Stephen Clancy.
The society’s February outing was a singles competition in Doonbeg, which was won by Cathal Nagle from Frank McEnery, with Tony Lawlor in third spot. 

Newmarket-on-Fergus Society will have its February outing at Shannon at 10am this Saturday.

Pitch and Putt
Joseph McElligott and PJ Considine were the winners of the county board scramble at the Clare Road venue on Sunday. The winners of the mixed section were Denis McElligott and Helen Daly.


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