Month: August 2017

Damien O’Driscoll Wins Beech Park Scratch Cup

Damien O’Driscoll hit top form on Sunday 27th August 2017 to win the Beech Park Scratch Cup.

Facing an excellent field of scratch golfers Damien parked his regular handicap of 2 and came home as the champion.

Congratulations Damien on a fantastic win!!

Kia Liffey Valley sponsors Ladies Open on 25th August

Thanks to our sponsors Kia Liffey Valley, the Ladies Open held on the 25th August was a great success. Goodie bags, a free car service for a lucky participant, and discounts available for anyone who played in the open were all on offer on the day.

The timesheet was full, the waltz format was competitive but enjoyable, and Captain Siobhan thought she had taken top honours as playing alongside her playing partners Mary K O’Mahoney and Keeva Bowe, her 76 points looked like it might be good enough to take top honours. But Vice-Captain Pam, with her visitors from Edmonstown, Martina Ní Chochláin and Adrienne Greydon, playing late into the evening as the fading light made the 18th look less daunting, pipped the Captain with a winning score with 77 points. Like Kia, they had #ThePowerToSurprise !!

Thank you Rita and Gabriel Keane for your support and sponsorship. It is very much appreciated.

Edmondstown GC win Dick Walsh Trophy

The Newlands team of Ross O’Reilly, Dylan Harbourne, Leo Fearon, Alex Raymond, Tom Cadell, Brian Elliott, Niall Majury, Eva Coughlan, Orlaith Leahy and Lucy Kavanagh lost out narrowly to Grange GC in the semi finals of the Dick Walsh Trophy played at Castle GC last Sunday morning. In the afternoon, Newlands defeated Elm Park GC to finish in a creditable 3rd place. Congratulations to Edmondstown GC who overcame Grange GC in the final to win their first ever Dick Walsh Trophy.

Loretto Keane wins Vice-Captain Pam’s Prize

With a magnificent score of 40 points, Loretto Keane took top honours in Vice-Captain Pam Power’s Prize to the Ladies on Saturday last, 19th August 2017.   Beating Amy Condon who also recorded a score of 40 points, Loretto commented that the practise in windy Rosslare, and the avoidance of bunkers, were the key success factors that helped her achieve her win.  A very popular winner Loretto also assured us, the shopping bag (!) would be put to good use. 

Thanks to everyone who played a part in making the day, a very enjoyable one.


Jimmy Maher wins Presidents Prize

Jimmy Maher pictured receiving his prize from President Gerry on Sunday 20th August.  A popular winner Jimmy came out on top of a strong field with a great score of 41 points narrowly beating Stephen Van Loon on count back.

See photos of the presentation night here



Junior Ryder Cup

Junior Ryder Cup

Monday 15th August

The Newlands Junior Ryder Cup was the brainchild of Ken LeGros. It was first played in 2015 and quickly became a firm favourite among juniors. Winning the trophy is now a highlight of any junior’s year.

The Ryder Cup is always played towards the end of the season. This allows juniors to pick partners and put the strongest pairings forward. This year was no exception.

Fourteen teams of all types participated. There were all boys teams, girls teams and mixed teams including all possible handicap combinations.

The morning qualifiers saw the pairings play the first nine as a fourball. All coped well with this. The move to foursomes for the back nine was entirely different. Juniors, like most members, are not used to this discipline. Scoring took a serious drop as players became aware of the pressure that comes with playing with a partner as part of a team.

The clear leaders after the morning session were Ellen Rockett and Lucy Kavanagh who sportingly called a penalty on themselves. After lunch the afternoon session of nine holes stableford with both scores counting began. The morning had been perfect golfing weather but the afternoon was a different story. Heavy clouds gathered as the first players set out and rain was falling as the leaders went out in the final group. The rain soon turned into a deluge. From the comfort of the clubhouse it was obvious that the event should be cancelled. The players felt differently and insisted on staying out and finishing the competition.

As it turned out the scoring was exceptional. The highlight was an individual score of 21pts by Evan Hollowed playing off a handicap of 2! The final countdown went to the wire. The teams of David Lawley (22)/ Matthew Rockett (17) and Dylan Harbourne (9) / Aaron Raymond (6) tied with 75pts. David and Matthew won on a countback of the afternoon scores by the narrowest of margins.

In third place with an amazing afternoon score of 41pts and a total of 70 pts was the all girl team of Aimee Turner (36) /Caoilinn Gavin(36).

Congratulations to all those who played particularly those braved the elements to finished. Hopefully they’ll never have to play in those conditions again!


Get into Golf – Stage III

After a very successful introduction to golf day in June, our ‘Get into Golfers (!)’ completed their 6 week lesson programme with Karl and Amy.  Everyone involved seemed to enjoy the programme, and all felt they had made significant progress.  So thank you Karl and Amy.

Stage 3 of the Newlands ‘Get Into Golf Programme’ will commence on the 15th August, 2017 and will run to the end of November (approximate date). This stage will allow participants to:

  • Participate in scrambles on the course with buddy until end of October
  • Enter a ‘Get into Golf’ League, to be held on 11th, 18th and 25th Turkey vouchers will be awarded to Winner/Runner-Up
  • Full use of practice, dining and bar facilities
  • Attend Ladies ‘End of Year Club Trophies Presentation’ Dinner, on 24th October, 2017
  • Attend Christmas Dinner on 9th December, 2017

Kate Nolan (Junior) Wins Hugh Boyle Trophy with Fantastic Score of 55 pts

Kate Nolan was the overall winner on Thursday 3 August in the Hugh Boyle Trophy with a fantastic score of 55 pts off handicap of 36.   This was an exceptional achievement especially as it was a mixed Junior event with nearly 40 entrants in the competition.  Kate, who turned 14 on the same day, has lost 9 shots as a result of her exceptional score.  #CelebrationsAllRound

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