*Photograph: Brian Arthur
A flurry of activity has been visible in golf clubs across Co Clare over recent weeks with competitions returning last week with all clubs recording big entries.
In the Pat Geaney singles at Kilrush, John Hehir (13) was the winner with 40 points from Shane Lillis (2) with 39 and Sean Lyons (15), also with 39.
The Bank of Ireland singles at Kilrush was won by John McGrath (13) with 47 points from Pat J. Shannon (14) with 41 and Brian Scanlan (11) with 40.
Malcolm McCarthy(12) won the Clare Oil singles last Wednesday with 41 points from Dermot Hammond (22) with 40 points and Shane Lillis (2) with 38 points
John McGrath (11) was back in the winners enclosure on Thursday with 40 points in the INET Consultancy singles. He won by one from Tom Clancy (7) with Thomas Downes (12) in third spot with 38 points
Vice captain Gerry Duffy’s prize was played for on Saturday when the winner was Joe Linnane (14) with 41 points from Rory Flynn (18) with a similar score. Noel Thornton (16) was third with 38 points followed by Michael Miniter (16) with 37 points. Shane Lillis (2) won the gross with 37 and he also won the prize for the longest drive while the category winners were John Saunders (13) with 36 points, John K. Ryan (16) with 36 points and Brendan Carey (20) also with 36 points. Neil Browne (8) won the front nine with 20 points while Paul McGibney (22) won the back nine with 21 point, Martin Queally (12) was nearest to the pin.
In the ladies section Geraldine Burke (18) won the P&M Golf Superstore competition with 37 points from Anne Gallagher (11) with 36 points and Margaret Hehir (20) with 35 points.
Amy O’Shea (15) won the Bank of Ireland singles with 37 points from Margaret Clancy (15) with a similar score. Rebecca Brew (30) was third with 36 points.
Margaret Hehir (20) won the Nia Beauty competition with 39 points from Sheena Mahony (25) with a similar score. Fiona Kinsella (13) was third with 37 points followed by Anne Brennan (12), also with 37 points
Competition for Woodstock seniors resumed last week when there was a team of four modified scramble over 15 holes. The winners, with an impressive 53 points were Paddy Meehan, Pat Barry, Kieran Patton and Sean Howard. In second place with 50 points were Gerry Griffey, Brendan Arthur and Pat Quinn.
In last week’s open singles the winner was Justin McGrath (16) with 45 points from Tom Kelleher (12) with 42, Jason Lee (15) with 41, Stephen McNamara (20) with 41 and Damian Kennedy (15), Gort with 40 points.
Adam Merriman was the winner of the mid week 9 hole competition at Dromoland with 22 points from Patrick Marnane with 21 and Niall O’Connor with 19.
Eoghan Smith won Friday’s open singles with 43 points from Eamonn Power with 41 and Cathal Ruane with 40
In the junior section Tuesday’s competition was won by Callum Hayes with 51 points from Cian Hadden on 43 points while Thursday’s winner was Jack O’Neill with 46 points from Donnacha Mahon with 44 points.
Niamh McDermott won the ladies 9 hole competition with 21 points from Majella Cotgreave on 19, Kitty Quinn on 19 and Julie Fitzgerald on 18
Frank Conway was the winner of category 1 in last week’s seniors outing with 26 points from Willie Fuller on 23 and John Murphy on 22. Category 2 was won by Jimmy Neville with 19 points from Michael Leydon on 19 and Mick Foley on 18 points.