8th Mar 2022. RESULTS: 17th to 20th Mar 2022. 2 Person Team Event (any combination), 1st Victor Smyth (5), Richard Barrett (11) 35pts, 2nd Tommy Brennan (17), Denis Brennan 34pts (b6), 3rd Michael Manogue (10), Brian Dermody (12) 34pts (b6), Ladies Jean Brennan (10), Jo Costigan (12) 30pt
26th & 27th March 2022. Men’s 18 Hole Open Singles., 1st Tommy Brennan ( hcp 27) 42pts , 2nd Victor Smyth ( hcp 8) 41pts , Best Gross John Doheny (hcp 2) 32pts, 3rd Michael Doyle (hcp 29) 40pts (b9), Class 1 (Hcp to 10) Marty O’ Shea (hcp 10) 39pts , Class 2 (Hcp 11 to 18) Christ Comerford (hcp 16) 39pts, Class 3 (Hcp 19 +) Denis Brennan (hcp 29) 40pts.
CASTLECOMER GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: The countdown clock clock reads 56 days – as of today, Wednesday, 30th March – to tee off in the 2022 open team championship on a truly magnificent golf course. Members are encouraged to notify all and sundry about arguably, “THE” most talked about team event on the golfing calendar in Castlecomer. Remember, the net widens significantly with a non GUI section as well. This category is most welcome. Indeed, we extend the hand of welcome and friendship to everyone, as we get ready for another phenomenal event. Compliments to Fergal O’ Neill and his team in the success of the event that commenced in 2018. We’re sure Fergal could do with some practical help, especially during the weeks leading up to the event and also during the course of the four days of the team championship. I’m sure a myriad of jobs are involved, so why not volunteer your “shoulder to the wheel” in 2022. Many thanks to everyone, in this regard, in anticipation of your kindly volunteerism, once again or be it your first time.
LOTTO: The lotto is going from strength to strength each week, and with the prizemoney increasing significantly,
SENIORS: The seniors completed their winter 13 hole series of golf on Wednesday, 23rd March with a marvellous turnout of 50 golfers. Today’s team classic reverts to 16 holes with holes 7 and 8 omitted. Results are as per whatsapp and Nokia. Many thanks to seniors secretary Mr Donie Walsh for wonderful communication with all seniors’ members including fixtures, results, bar and catering details as well.
BAR AND CATERING: The girls behind the bar, Alison and Barbara are doing a marvellous job. They provide a refreshingly friendly and most efficient service. Food and drink, be it tea, coffee, fresh soup, or a bit stronger is tops. Comer GC is lucky because the barrels are adjacent to the bar, so the pint is legendary. All that we need now, post covid, is members to frequent the bar. A cup of tea or coffee can be consumed in quarter of an hour and it makes such a difference to the Club. We all know, the 136 acres of majestic parkland course is the jewel in the crown, but support for the bar and catering enriches the soul and spirit of Castlecomer Golf Club – as recognised by generations of golfers in Castlecomer since its foundation, way back in 1935!
COURSE PROGRESS: Some marvellous work was completed in recent weeks, with channels dug out adjacent to some key access roads on the course which should channel higher ground surface water into the Glaise tributary of the “Silvery” Deen river on the western flank of the 14th hole, on its winding way towards the river Nore. A second beautiful development has seen the completion of ground works to the right of the 15th tee box. This magnificent piece of ground was the location of a fabulous par 3 – used in the winter months, maybe 25 or more years ago. The undulating green was surrounded by, I might add still surviving, ancient native hardwood trees! A further job on the course saw low lying branches being removed from trees in various locations. Additional annual work resulted in greens being hollowcored first, but then due to the purchase of a specialist new machine, last Monday and Tuesday all greens had new grassseed sown to very specialist detail likewise. This particular grass seed sowing on the greens commenced in the spring of 2021. The seniors’ cohort of volunteers are very active every Tuesday under the watchful eye of club president, Michael Doheny.
SLIEVENAMON VIEW: Well done to Michael Brennan and co for hedge trimming at Slievenamon View on Friday last.
For those unaware of this glorious view, Slievenamon in Tipperary heartland can be seen, if one looks right of the index 1 fourth hole. This is not exclusively a Tipperary View. . A second Munster county is in view when we get crystal clear air down from the Arctic ( northerly airflow). Just to the left of the summit of Slievenamon, the Ordinance Survey of Ireland map confirms, we have a naked eye view of the Comeragh Mts in county Waterford!!
AUGUSTA MASTERS, GEORGIA, USA: Castlecomer golf club reopened the regular 10th hole tee box for the weekend’s men’s 18 hole stableford singles. The elevation variation from tee box to green begs the question for golfing afficionados or the golf intelligentia. What US Masters, Augusta Georgia hole , boasts a comparable drop from tee to green? What another breathtaking glorious view?
Finally, to mention a third glorious breathtaking view, as you walk down Castlecomer’s par five sixth fairway, why not soak up the panoramic view of our own Firoda / Skehana valley ascending to Ballyoskill in the parish of Ballyragget?
Now one might ask where will one get time to look at these three views in between the golf shots? Well, If you are hitting too many shots, make sure to admire the views as they will calm you down especially after a duck hook, slice or socket or worse again, a fresh air! If, however on the other hand your golf is great, well look at the views even more importantly and appreciate or realise, wasn’t creation or isn’t creation truly wonderful indeed!