Club News 2023
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Bar and Foxglade hours week beginning Monday December 4th:
Thur 12 noon – 11pm
Friday 12 noon – 7pm
Sat 10am – close
Sun 10am – 7pm
Sat 12 noon – completion of captain’s dinner
NOTICE: A “Proposed Amended Constitution” for the club will be discussed at the AGM. To familiarise yourselves with this proposition, you may read the wording here …………….
15th Nov 2023. Head chef Lukasz will be hosting a Tapas night @ Foxglade on Saturday November 25th. There will be two sittings, the first @ 5.45pm and the second @ 8pm. Fantastic food and wines available. Places will be by pre booking only. Full details will be announced tomorrow.
30th Oct 2023. Seniors News
Also the Annual Seniors Dinner is on this Friday November 3rd. Cost to Seniors membersis €20, partners / non members €30. There are still some tickets available for this most enjoyable annual night out.
The Junior Season is coming to a close, with the Final Saturday of Lessons taking place on Saturday 28th of October. It’s been a successful season with over 100 different junior girls and boys participating in the Saturday lessons with Sean. This has helped lead to a healthy influx of new junior members to the club. Our Junior club teams didn’t have the success of recent years, however, our junior section was well represented in the successful Barton Cup team with both Junior Captain Luke and Bobby Todd holding their spots throughout the Summer / Autumn campaign. Castlecomer Community School were able to enter both a Junior & Senior golf team at Carlow GC & Esker Hills last week, both teams fully comprising our Junior members.
Castlecomer Golf Club Junior Captain’s Prize winner Jack Holohan being congratulated by club Captain Michael Furlong representing Junior Captain Luke O’Brien Peterson who was unable to attend.
View pictures of Juniors “Last Day of Lessons” here ……….
Some of our juvenile members playing their 5 hole competition
Left to right. Holly Shortall , Katie Lawlor , Sadie Todd & James Graham .
2nd Oct 2023. BARTON CUP FINAL.
South Leinster Trophy Champions
Congratulations to the club’s South Leinster team on their great victory in the final of the South Leinster trophy in Carlow golf club on Sunday 10th September. The team had beaten Birr golf club in the semi final on Saturday and continued their good play on Sunday to beat a very competitive Naas team in the final.The team had provided some outstanding performances during the competition and their good play in the final was to see them crowned as worthy South Leinster champions. Well done to team manager Sean Scanlan and all the panel members on their dedication and sincere commitment at all times during the campaign. The team has brought great honour to the club through their success and all members congratulate them on their achievement. The victorious team members that played in the semi final on Saturday were Gerry Meally, Martin O’Donnell, Michael Doheny, Paul Roberts, Bernard Mullan, Ned Mahon and Martin Brennan and in the final on Sunday the team was Michael Doheny, Paul Roberts, Ned Mahon, Michael Daly, Martin Brennan, Gerry Meally and Eamonn Breen.
South Leinster Team who won the final of this competition in Carlow GC on Sunday 10th September. (L-R) Michael Furlong (Club Captain),Gerry Meally, Martin O’Donnell, Michael Doheny, Paul Roberts, Bernard Mullan, Ned Mahon, Martin Brennan, Sean Scanlon (Team Manager).
7th Sept 2023. Inter Club Fixture.
The club South Leinster team play their semi final match of this competition on Saturday next 9th of September in Carlow golf club.The team play Birr Golf club in this match with a starting time of 9am.Best wishes to team manager Sean Scanlan and all the team players on the day.
6th Sept 2023. Notice: please note that any players who wish to play in the Two Person Team Event scheduled for Sunday may also play in it on Saturday after 2.30 p.m. You do not need an opposite pairing in a two person team event if no other team are booked to play on your tee time.
3rd Sept 2023. Congratulations to the Barton Cup team who had a great win against Newlands in the Leinster semi final.
28th Aug 2023. Captain Michael Furlong’s Prize
Club Captain Michael Furlong hosted his very successful Captain’s Prize Competition over the last two weekends with over 170 members playing. The course was in excellent condition over the two weekends, thanks to the great work of over green-keeping staff and volunteers . The final round took place on Saturday 26th August, with the top 48 from the first round assigned tee times on the day. The final groups out on the course experienced the worst of the weather conditions over the final 9 holes, but that did not deter the overall winner Ciaran O’Neill who shot a wonderful final round score of 65 nett,which gave him an excellent overall winning score of 133 nett . Ciaran was a very popular winner, and in his acceptance speech he thanked Captain Michael for his great contribution to the club, and he said it was a dream come through for him to win his Captain’s Prize.
Ciaran also thanked club member Jimmy Byrne for his golf coaching and mentoring when he joined the club as a juvenile member.
Captain Michael was joined by his wife Margaret, a club member and former Lady Captain, and members of his family from his native Wexford , as well as a large number of members for a most enjoyable presentation night in the club. Captain Michael does a huge amount of work with the volunteer group and club teams in the club and we hope he enjoys the rest of his year as our club captain.
Ciaran O’Neill receiving his prize from captain Michael Furlong
See all captain’s prize pics here …….
26th Aug 2023. Congratulations to Ciaran O’ Neill who won Michael Furlong’s Captains Prize today with a fantastic score of 133 nett (68+65).
26th Aug 2023. Inter club report.
The Moore cup team play Royal Curragh Golf club in the semi final of this competition on Sunday 27th of August at 3pm.The team have a home draw in the match with four games at home.Best wishes to team manager Pat Haughton and his players on the day.Members support on the occasion would be much appreciated.
21st Aug 2023. Junior & Juvenile News.
The Junior Masters Competition hosted by the club last week was a huge success. Starting on bank holiday Monday it included visitors from many local clubs with 43 juniors participating. Over the following three days 30 juniors battled it out for the trophy, which was won by Dean Lyons.The event generated substantial entry fees and over the four days the kitchen and bar area of the club was quite busy catering for participants, supporters and organisers of the event.The many juniors participating created a good atmosphere around the clubhouse and on the course during the week.
On Friday 11th of August nine players represented the club in the esteemed Carlow Boys competition. The club actually had the highest representation numbers of all participating clubs. It was a fantastic week for Junior golf in the club. The club again would like to extend its thanks to Junior Convenor Del Todd and his committee on the huge volume of work they undertook on the club’s behalf during a very busy week.
Winner of the Lady captain’s Prize Nuala Mahon with LC Theresa Manning
Congratulations to Nuala Mahon, winner of this years Ladies Captain’s Prize. Congratulations also to all other prize winners.
14th Aug 2023. Barton Cup v Gowran GC
The Barton cup team qualified for the semi final of this competition on Saturday 12th August when they beat Gowran in an extremely close and exciting match. The win was all the more meritorious as the team had to concede home advantage to a very good Gowran team.The winning of two games away proved decisive in the end. It was a match that provided some outstanding quality golf from both teams and in the end Castlecomer proved worthy winners. The Barton cup is a Leinstet golf competition that has an entry of 130 teams and it confirms the magnificent performances of our team to date in qualifying for the semi finals. Best wishes are extended to team manager Michael Curry and his panel of players in their quest for further success in the latter stages of the competition. Team members in the match versus Gowran .
Michael Buggy and Nicky Walsh, Shay Kennedy and Tom Peterson, Victor Smyth and Tom Coogan, Adam Dempsey and Luke O’Brien Peterson, Mark Shortall and Bobby Todd.
‘Presentation at Castlecomer GC, Mags O’Neill with her family presenting the Mick O’Neill Memorial Trophy to the winner Séan Kiely of Callan GC. Also in photo club President Austin Kelly and Captain Michael Furlong
8th Aug 2023. Congrats to Paul Hurley of Gowran Park Golf Club on winning the Open Week Two’s Competition.
NOTICE: Open Week Prize Presentation will be held at 8 p.m Monday 7th August
All are welcome.
🏅The Prize Presentations for the following competitions will also take place at:
8 pm on Monday 7th August:
◇Michael O Neill Memorial Singles
◇ May Medal Singles
◇ Top 30 Singles (2).
◇ June Medal Singles
◇ Blue Monster Singles
◇ July Medal Singles.
30th July 2023. Upcoming fixtures
Castlcomer Men’s Scratch Cups Sponsor Colgan Sports & Golf.
▪︎Junior (Index 3.2 to 8.5)
▪︎Intermediate (Index 8.6 to 17.6)
▪︎Minor (Index 17.7 upwards)
Saturday 5th , Sunday 6th & Monday 7th August.
Book your tee time early.
Social mixed 11 holes scramble next Friday 4th August from 5.30-6pm
Also extra afternoon draw at 2pm
If interested text name , time and hcap to Seamie Brennan 087 251 9853 or Honoria 0879171579
Before Thursday 6.00pm
Member €5, Guest €10
Draws and times will be on time sheet on Friday
Bar will be open
Tea/Coffee/ drinks available after .
30th July. Congratulations to the O’Moore Cup team, who have now reached the semi-final of that competition after defeating Bunclody yesterday. The team will meet Royal Curragh in the semi-final in about three weeks time.
Well done to team manager Pat Haughton, his assistant Tony Carr and team members;
Michael Doheny, Michael O Connor, Seamus O Connor, Dick Farrell, Gerry Mealy, Donie Walsh and Martin O Donnell.
Next away outing is being planned for late August, details at a later date.
31st July. Our Club’s 45th Annual Open Week/Festival of Golf, which concluded on Sunday 30th July, was a great success. Our Open Week Festival of Golf was very well supported by members and visitors alike. As always the course was in great condition despite the recent inclement weather. We applaud the hard working staff for their efforts in keeping the course to such a high standard. Delia O Donohoe and Mary Brophy coordinated the front desk and with the help of the members ensured the smooth running of the event. Huge work goes on behind the scenes in order for the occasion to be successful and we thank all involved, in particular the many loyal sponsors that consistently support Castlecomer Golf Club. Visitors and members also enjoyed the excellent food served by Lukazs and his team in the newly opened ‘Foxglade Restaurant’ in our clubhouse. Check out all the results for Open Week in our Results Section
Open Week Launch
Captain Michael Furlong, Elizabeth Wall ( Wall’s Mans Shop) sponsor, Jimmy Comerford ( Academy Plaza Hotel) sponsor, Lady Captain Theresa Manning
Congratulations to Christy Comerford winner of the bar Open draw
Notice: 21st July 2023. Bunkers: The following six bunkers will remain out of play until
(1). The bunker on the right-hand side of the 8th hole
(2). The bunker on the 9th hole
(3). The bunker at the back of the 11th Green
(4). The first bunker on the right approaching the 12th green
(5). The 2nd bunker on the left approaching the 12th, Green.
(6). The 3rd bunker on the left approaching the 12th, Green.
□All these bunkers are marked as G. U. R. (Ground under repair).
□ A drop zone has been designated for each of these bunkers. Players
must drop in these zones under no penalty.
□ Please note that the one
drop zone covers the designated bunkers to the left of the 12th Green
□The ball when dropped must lie inside the drop zone. The white line
is considered part of the drop zone.
NOTICE: Friday’s heavy rain caused significant damage to pathways and bunkers. A contractor began work today and we hope to have diggers and dumpers on the course for the next few days. This essential work will require the closure of the course. It is unrealistic to expect paid contractors to stop and start to facilitate golfers. We hope this work will enable buggies to be used and many of the bunkers to come back into play. The course will close from Wednesday to Friday inclusive. Thank you for your cooperation.
14/07/2023 Breakfast is available tomorrow morning from 9.30am in the Foxglade Restaurant.
14/07/2023 Due to the torrential rain in Castlecomer this afternoon and with more rain forecast there is uncertainty at the moment on whether the golf course will open tomorrow. As a result the Top 30 Donal McInerney Memorial Singles will be rescheduled and played at later date. If the course is open a stableford singles will be held instead of the Top 30 singles. Members will be informed of the course status in the morning.
This weeks fixtures
Thursday 13th Men’s Open Singles.
Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th. Donal McInerney Memorial Singles
3rd round of the Top 30 Series.
Sponsor: The McInerney Family
Book your tee time early.
President’s Prize 2023. View all photos here ……..
7th June 2023. Congratulations to the Barton Shield and Duggan Cup teams who both defeated Kilkenny this evening.
5th June 2023.
Castlecomer JB Carr team win county final after another tense and exciting match in the second leg against a very competitive Kilkenny team. All five games were nail-biting affairs with the lead fluctuating regularily in each. At the halfway stage Cadtlecomer were behind in most games. However a stirring fight back was to commence over the back nine holes with Castlecomer clinching the match overall when they won the first three games on the course. Tommy O’Neill and Ollie Gleeson came back from a two deficit to clinch the first game for the team on the 16th green. John Phelan and Michael O’Connor also had a great battle with their opponents before winning their match on the 18th green. Christy Comerford and Tom Mooney also completed a great comeback from two down at one stage to win their match on the 18th also. This win then confirmed Castlecomer as JB Carr county champions for 2023. Andy Cleere and Marty O’Shea were level on the 18th hole when called in. Seamus O’Connor and Michael Doheny had reduced a substantial deficit to just one and were on the 18th hole when called in also. Congratulations to all the team members and a special thanks to their shrewd and dedicated manager Martin Brennan. The team will now play Offally champions Tullamore in the next round.
29th May 2023. Congratulations to all the Classic prize winners. The Classic was a huge success with 120 teams participating. Thanks very much to the course staff for having the course in brilliant condition. Special thanks to the classic organising committee and all the volunteers for their help preparing for the classic and for their trojan work over the four days. Thanks also to our staff in the bar for their superb service and to Lukasz for the excellent catering provided. Thank you to all our sponsors for their continued support. Finally thanks very much to all our members for giving such great support to the competition.
10th May 2023.
Social Mixed 9 Hole Scramble
The very popular social mixed 9 hole scramble will resume next Friday 28th April from 4.30–5.30
If interested text name and hcap to Seamus Brennan (087 2519853) or Honoria Fogarty (0879171579)
before Thursday 6.00pm, Member €5, Guest €10
Draws and times will be on the timesheet on Friday morning.
17th April 2023. Men’s Junior Cup
The Junior Cup team played Kilkenny in a local Derby match on Sunday in glorious sunshine, which was welcome following the recent heavy rainfall. The match was close with Kilkenny coming out on top 3-2 in a closely fought match. Castlecomer had home advantage and following a loss in the first game, secured wins in games 2 and 3 at home. This meant that Castlecomer needed to win one of the away games to secure an overall win in the match. Both games were close with a loss on 18 in the 2nd and on the 20th in the other match. Although disappointed to lose, the match was close and could have gone either way. Best of luck to Kilkenny in the future rounds of the competition.
Team: Kieran Byrne, Mark Shortall, Damien Knox, Michael Curry, Michael Dermody
Manager: Victor Smyth
Forde’s Eurospar Winter Top 40 Champion Michael Daly receiving his prizes from Forde Eurospar Manager Mary Sweeney and Captain Michael Furlong
See more pics from the Prize Ceremony here …….
13th Mar 2023. Club Volunteers
19th Feb 2023. Congratulations to Michael Daly on winning the Forde’s Eurospar Top 40 Final. Many thanks to our Sponsor Forde’s Eurospar Castlecomer. Thanks to all those who played over the winter months.
5th Feb 2023. Last week of qualifying for Top 40 Final. The final takes place on Saturday 18th /Sunday 19th February. Top 40 plus ties qualify. Final qualifying table will be published on Tues 14th February.
The bar will open tomorrow (bank holiday Monday 6th) from 10-6pm and the kitchen will be open from 11.30-5pm
Trophy Presentation to Adam Dempsey, Men’s Singles Matchplay Champion 2022
Trophy Presentation to Ronan Ryan and Michael Daly Men”s Matchplay Fourball Champions 2022
Trophy Presentation to Ciaran Kelly and Betty Owens, Mixed Foursomes Champions 2022.
Reminder: The Annual General Meeting of the Joint Club of Castlecomer Golf Club takes place this *Thursday ,15th December at 8pm* in the clubhouse.