Roche among East Clare scramble winners


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*Willie Roche. Photography: Veronica McMahon

FORMER GAA HANDBALL PRESIDENT, Willie Roche was among the winners of the nine-hole scramble at East Clare Golf Club. FORMER GAA HANDBALL PRESIDENT, Willie Roche was among the winners of the nine-hole scramble at East Clare Golf Club.

Hailing from Wexford Town, Willie has had a long career in handball. A member of Newmarket-on-Fergus Handball Club, he became Chairman of the Association in February 2014 with the Convention ironically held at The Inn at Dromoland in Newmarket.

Since the end of his term, he has become more active in golf circles and is a regular on the fairways of East Clare Golf Club.

Willie with Albhe McDonnell and Ger O Brien won the nine-hole scramble last week, followed by Owen and Gearoid Mannion with third place held by Terry Coughlan, Jim Bradley and Breda O’Loghlin. The mixed race continues every Friday morning at 10 a.m.

Torrential rains over the past week have disrupted numerous sporting events, including weekly golf competitions at a number of clubs. Some of them were canceled while others were played on reduced courses.

Dromoland Golf:

Conor Ryan was the winner of the men’s 18-hole stableford Christmas turkey competition at Dromoland this weekend with 42 points. He had two to spare on Joe Walsh with Brian Foudy, also with 40 points, in third place.

The winner of the women’s 9-hole turkey and wine contest was Leslie O’Flynn with 21 points from Joan Ryan with 20 points. Julie Fitzgerald was third with 18 points followed by Mairead Toomey also with 18 points.

Kilrush Golf Club:

The winner of the men’s 12-hole turkey competition at Kilrush on Sunday was Michael Shannon Senior (17) with 31 from Bernard Coleman (11) with 28.

John Robinson (17) was third with 28 points with Brendan Carey (13) in fourth and he also had 28 points.

Woodstock Golf Club:

The club’s four-ball last week at Woodstock was won, with a best back nine, by Tyrone Kearse and Michael Coughlan with 46 points from Alan Garrihy and Jason Dormer. In third place with 45 points were Ray Casey and Ray McEnery.

In the holiday weekend race, the winners were Colm Mullen, Tony Neville, Liam O’Connor and Steve Lahiffe at 51.3 against Henry Butler, Ross Kenny, Neilius Butler and Vincent McInerney at 54.8.

Ennis Golf:

The men’s competition in Ennis this weekend was a four-ball betterball that was won by Brian Considine (19) and Pat G. McInerney (12) with 47 points. They were one point ahead of John C. McNamara (12) and Noel Normoyle (13). In third place, also with 46 points, were David Casey (14) and Dave Kenneally (3) and they were followed by Leo Herbert (13) and Seamus McEnery (5) with 45 points.