Winter league season well under way

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Maura Scott Matchplay: Mary McNicholas (captain), Maeve O’Farrell (winner), and Nuala Moody.

Maura Scott Matchplay: Mary McNicholas (captain), Maeve O’Farrell (winner), and Nuala Moody.

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Last weekend’s competition sponsored by Costello Shopfitters saw Delia O’Hara win out in the ladies’ section with a score of 36. She finished two shots ahead of Breege Jennings in second place who shot a 34 (back nine ), with Nora Heraty coming home in third with a 34.

The men’s competition was won by Seamus Holian who shot a 38 (back nine ) to take the prize just ahead of Noel Hoban who also shot a 38. Third place went to Frank Larkin who finished only one further back on 37. The youths’ prize for the day was won by Audrey Holian. This weekend’s competition is a Stableford event sponsored by Mannions Golf Society.

Dermot MacMahon and Finola Moylette won the Broderick Cup, with the pair of Stephen and Kathleen Minogue coming second in a competition that went right to the 18th hole. Pat Dillion will take over as Lady Captain and Bob Leggett will be the men’s captain for 2010, while Mary Conlon is the incoming president.

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The winter alliance 15 hole competition saw Eoin McEvoy come out on top last weekend, with a score of 38pts. Seamus Owens pushed him close finishing in second place with 37pts. The gross prize was won by Joey McDonnell who scored 34pts, while Ann Moran was the winner of the ladies’ competition with 32pts.

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The ladies’ single stableford saw Maureen Walsh come out on top with 27pts, she finished two ahead of Mary McNicholas in second place, who was two ahead herself of third place Fiona McLoughlin in third. The ladies’ winter league back nine competition saw Jackie Di Lucia win out last weekend with 39pts, she finished just one point ahead of second place Maeve O’Farrell on 38pts with Lucy Golden coming third on 37pts. The gents’ winter league, which was played on the front nine, saw Andy Davitt win out with a score of 52pts (last six ) with Padraig Kilcoyne coming second also on 52 pts. Willie Maxwell came third with a score of 49 points (last three ) with John Connelly in fourth and Owen Hughes in fifth also on 49pts. Paddy Donohoe won the back nine winter league competition with a score of 52pts, with Danny McLaughlin coming second on 51pts and Tim Coffey third on 50pts. Larry Hingerton and Joe Gibbons completed the leaderboard in fourth and fifth position.

A closer look at all the league tables reveals some interesting trends. After last Sunday’s performances there is nothing to separate the top five teams in the ladies’ club. Lucy Golden’s team is the only team to have had podium finishes in the opening two rounds and at this stage is the slight favourite to take title on the January 17. Although, the match-play stages in the gents’ competition have being extended to 16 teams, the projected minimum required to reach the final stages, will be an average of 48pts for each of the four qualifying rounds.

Conditions were slightly more difficult on Sunday last but as ever there were some notable performances. Former lady captain Mary McNicholas featured in eight holes in her team’s winning performance while Sean Kelly playing off (12 ) had four birdies in five holes on the back nine.

 

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