Mannan Castle Golf Notes: Eugene Molloy secures Winter League crown

The weather did not play ball on the final weekend of the Winter League 2022. So instead of the best six cards from eight rounds, it was decided to count your best five cards from seven rounds.

Eugene Molloy took top honors in Division 1 by breaking the 30 points barrier three times over the seven weeks, which saw him pip Fergal O’Rourke to first, with Shane Donohue claiming third place.

A single point was the difference in Division 2, with John Rouiller beating John Minnock by the smallest of margins. Noel Gartlan took third place after a very good season of golf.

Division 3 was the tightest of all divisions, with only one point separating the top three. Sean Finnegan claims top place on countback by virtue of having the best counting card of 32 pts.

Steven Taylor can count himself very unlucky to finish second, having recorded two rounds of 31 points. Eddie Rouiller takes third place, just one point behind Sean & Stephen.

Men’s Presentations 2022: Golfer of the Year Mark Lamb; Monthly Medals: Gary McAllister (April), Mark Costello (May), Evan Butler (June), Leo Connolly (July), Vincent Duffy (August).

Singles Matchplay: Derek Yorke 1st, John Rouiller 2nd. Doubles Matchplay: George Farrelly/Conor Farrelly 1st, David Hanratty/Andrew Sweetnam 2nd.


A 4-way tie! We had four ladies tied with 23 points, Rita O’Loughlin, Angela McBride, Gill Rouiller and Mary McCabe. Congratulations to the winner Rita O’Loughlin, who won on the countback.

Those who played were surprised how dry the course was after the recent rain. The course is in superb condition, thanks to our hardworking greenkeeping staff. We hope to see ladies out in force again as the month goes on.

Meanwhile, the last of the 2022 presentations took place over Christmas, as the Winter League Winners finally got their hands on their prizes. Below is a breakdown of the winners in what was a cracking few weeks of competition.

Winter League Weekly Prize Winners: Week 1 13 Hole Weekly Comp (Oct 22nd- 26th): 1st Mary Cassidy 30pts, 2nd Louise Hanratty 29pts, 3rd Margaret Bourke 25pts.

Week 3 (Nov 5th – 9th): 1st Maureen Crawley 30pts, 2nd Ali Ellis 25pts, 3rd Margaret Flanagan 24pts. Week 4 (Nov 12- 16th): 1st Angela Gartlan 30pts, 2nd Mary Cassidy 29pts, 3rd Marie Finnegan 25pts. Week 5 (Nov 19th- 23rd): 1st Loraine Delkos 30pts.

Week 6 (Nov 26th-30th): 1st Mary McCabe 28pts, 2nd Jo Morris 28pts. Week 7 (Dec 3rd-7th): 1st Denise McGuinness 26pts c/b, 2nd Angela Gartlan 26pts c/b.

Winter League Team prizes (1st Prize sponsored by Daisy) Winning Team ‘Red Wing’: Lady Captain Siobhan Downey, Rita O’Loughlin, Mary McCabe, Helena Connolly Madeline Devine.

Winter League Runners Up ‘Team Chaffinich’: Marie Finnegan, Geraldine Finnegan, Kate Beagan, Maureen Crawley, Imelda Hanratty, Marion McArdle.

Winter League Category Winners: Category 1 (0-18.9) Mary Cassidy 126pts, Category 2 (19-23.9) Angela Gartlan 133pts, Category 3 (24-29.9) Angela McBride 109pts, Category 4 (30-54) Aine Fitzmaurice 111pts.


Mannan Castle seniors returned to competition following the recent freezing weather and Christmas break. Despite the wet conditions there was a good turnout, and some good scores were returned.

Graeme Woodcock followed his weekend competition victory with five pars in a winning score of 21 points for the 9 holes.

In second place, playing off a 9-hole handicap of 5, Con Hanneffy carded an excellent score of 19 points which included six pars. Declan Govern took third place on countback with 17 points for his first podium since joining the seniors last October.

Seniors Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (9-hole handicap): 1st Graeme Woodcock (9) 21pts, 2nd Con Hanneffy (5) 19pts, 3rd Declan Govern (9) 17pts c/b.

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