Sunday 12th March Foresomes

Castle Barna Golf Club. Sunday 12th March. Foresomes.
The weekend Foresomes competition was dominated by players from Ballinagar, the village producing the first and second places. After tasting his first ever win recently, Tom Ballesty again produced the goods as he and his partner Tony O’Toole shot a 68 net to claim first place. Their win was by virtue of a countback over the father and son combination of Donal and Fergal Scally. Third place with 69 net went to Dave O’Connell and Declan Rogers. The competition served as the qualifier for the foresomes matchplay, and attracted a very good entry. The draw for the matchplay stages will be made shortly.

During March the GUI are promoting a “Handicap Awareness” campaign. Setting out in a qualification with the aim of getting 0.1 back, or not trying you best, is viewed as cheating. This is unacceptable behaviour and needs to be eradicated in all golf clubs throughout the country. All golfers should try their best on every hole and not attempt to manipulate the system in order the gain advantage over your fellow golfers. There are information leaflets available in the clubhouse, or for more detailed information, visit

Coming up on St. Patrick`s Day there will be a ladies & gents Open Singles. The weekend`s competition will be a single stableford.

Saturday 11th March

Castle Barna Ladies played a Scotch Foursome on Saturday the 11th March. The competition was very well supported with 12 teams playing on the day.   It was a closely contested competation with two teams finishing up on 33 points. Conngratulations to the winners Carmel Lawlor and Caroline Curran whose better performance on the back nine edged them into first place ahead of Laura Dempsey and Oonagh Flynn who were runners up.


There is a mens and ladies OPEN Single Stableford on St. Patrick’s Day the 17th March.  The Ladies Club will play a 18 hole Single Stableford on Saturday the 18th March – tee time 8.30am.    The 9 hole Spring Lamb competition continues and this can be played at any time.  There is also a Ladies 9 hole competition on Wednesday the 15th March at 10.30 am.


Captains Drive In Sunday 5th March 2017

Captains Drive In 2017


Captain`s Drive In: The wet weather thankfully took a break to allow the Captain’s Drive In to take place last Sunday. The three Captains for 2017 Mary Mangan (Ladies Captain), James Mahon (Mens Captain) and Ryan Maher (Junior Captain) all arrived in elegant style in a beautiful horse drawn carriage. There were many good luck wishes, hugs & kisses from the large crowd in attendance before the trio made their way to the first tee.

First up was Ryan, and with no sign of nerves, hit a beauty up the left side. Mary followed and after one quick practice swing sent her ball off straight and true. A nervous James was next up, but having spent the last week at the driving range he had nothing to worry about, as he produced a fine drive, and got the golfing season up and running. Best wishes to our Captains in the year ahead.

A 9 hole mixed scramble followed. Apart from one shower everyone enjoyed themselves. The winners were Joe Mann, David O`Connell & Caitlin Ni Shuilleabhain with a terrific round of 26.6 net. Second place went to Andy Fagan, Derek Hannon and new lady member Lorna Barnewell.
Earlier in the day there was a Mens 15 hole Rumble. The Tyrellspass pair of Seamus Feery & Jimmy Slattery teamed up with Kilbeggan resident Declan Rogers to shoot an impressive 76 pts for the 15 holes and a comfortable victory margin.
Next weekends competition will be a foresomes, which will also be the qualifier for The Sheila Egan Memorial Matchplay Trophy.

The Castle Barna Ladies competition due to be played on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th March was cancelled due to the extremely bad weather.

The Ladies Club will play a Scotch Foursome on Friday the 10th March – tee time 10am – and Saturday the 11th March – tee time 8.30am. The 9 hole Spring Lamb competition continues and this can be played at any time. There is also a Ladies 9 hole competition on Wednesday the 9th March at 10.30 am.



Castle Barna Golf Club. Sunday, 26th February 2017.

Winter League Final sponsored by Fitzpatricks Garage.
After 8 qualifing rounds, a quarter final and a semi final the Winter League Final took place last Sunday, where Party of Fore came up against The Long Putters. In the top match Bridie Fay put the first point on the board for Party of Fore with a 3&2 win over Mary Colgan. It became two nil when John Lowbridge finally got the upper hand over Nigel Molloy on the 17th. Brian Flynn then registered the winning point with a 3&2 victory over Michael Dunne. The final match was called in and declared a half between Aidan Geoghegan and Adrian Duffy. So well done to Party of Fore on their victory of the marathon event.
The weekend`s singles competition was won by Ray Hogan with an excellent return of 43 points in very trying conditions. Runner up was John Thornton with 37 points, with Seamie Feerey taking third on countback on 36 points.
The Captain`s Drive In will take place at 2.00pm next Sunday, 5th March. Mens Captain James Mahon, Lady Captain Mary Mangan and Junior Captain Ryan Maher will all be busy in the driving range this week as the fine tune their techniques to ensure they get the drives away and officially get the new golfing season underway. All members are encouraged to come along and support their Captain`s. A 9 hole mixed scramble will follow the drive in.
Next weekends competition will be a 15 hole Rumble

Ladies Results 24th & 25th Feb


The Castle Barna Ladies played in a 14 hole Single Stableford on the weekend of the 24th & 25th of Feb. and despite the unpredictable weather conditions there was a good turnout. Congratulations to Kate Elliott who won with 28 points and Caroline Curran who was runner-up with 26 points. Bridie Fay was the winner of the 2’s club after her superb drive on the 9th hole landed her within inches of the flag.

The Fitzpatrick’s Garage Hyundai Winter League Final matchplay was played on Sunday the 26th with the Party of Fore team taking on The Long Putters. The ladies were represented by Bridie Fay and Mary Colgan. Bridie won the match on the day and her team the Party of Fore went on to win the competition.

The Ladies Club will play a 14 Hole Single Stableford on Friday the 3rd March – tee time 10am – and Saturday the 4th March – tee time 8.30am. The Captains Drive In will take place on Sunday the 5th March at 2 pm followed by a 9 hole mixed scramble and all are welcome.

The 9 hole Spring Lamb competition continues and this can be played at any time. There is also a Ladies 9 hole competion on Wednesday the 1st March at 10.30 am.

Ladies Winter League 5th Round

The 5th round of the Castle Barna Ladies 12 hole Winter League was played on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th February, 2017. Congratulations to Jacinta Dillon who was this weeks winner with a score of 23 points. The top 12 players from the Ladies 12 Hole Winter League will now progress into the the Quarter Final which will take place on Saturday the 11th February at 11am.

The Ladies Club will play a 12 Hole Single Stableford on Friday the 10th February – tee time 10am – and Saturday the 11th February – tee time 12 noon.

The 9 hole Spring Lamb competition continues and this can be played at any time.

There is also a Ladies 9 hole competition on Wednesday the 8th February at 10.30


Castle Barna Ladies 12 Hole Winter League

The 4th round of the Castle Barna Ladies 12 hole Winter League was played on the weekend of the 27th & 28th January, 2017 and while the weather on Friday proved to be challenging there was a great turn out on Saturday. Mary Kelly was this weeks winner with a score of 22 points. Round 5 will be played on the 3rd & 4th February. The 9 hole Spring Lamb competition continues and this can be played at any time.

Winter Wednesday 9 Hole will commence on Wed  1st February, all welcome.


Results/Captain’s Dinner (Weekend 20th-22nd January 2017)

Sunday 22nd January. Fitzpatrick`s Garage Winter League Round 7.


The penultimate round of the Winter League took place in perfect conditions last Sunday. Francis Reilly (20) produced his best round for years scoring a staggering 48 Pts to claim the overall honours on the day. Francie could have reached the magical 50 points but finished 6, 6. In Div 1 Brendan Byrne came out on top, but only after a tie break when 4 players finished on 37 Pts. Jody Duffy (11) was the dominant player in Div 2, posting 42 Pts. Mark G. Kelly (16) shot an excellent 45 Pts to take the Div 3 prize. Early bird Seamus McGivney (21) claimed Div 4 with 39 Pts, with the final category going to Darren O`Meara (25) also with 39 Pts.
The Captain`s Dinner was held last Friday night. The attendance was smaller than in previous years, however all present enjoyed an excellent night out. Andrew O`Neill was the recipient of the Clubman of the Year, as a just reward for all his hard work as Competition Secretary over the last year. The AGM will be held on Tuesday 24th January. Outgoing Captain Adrian Stewart will hand over the reins to Ballycommon`s James Mahon, who will no doubt seek the advice of his sister Patricia the outgoing Lady Captain.

The final round of the Winter League is down for decision next weekend, the last chance for those targeting a place on a team for the match play stages.


A great night was had by all who attended the Captains’ Dinner Dance on Friday night . Congrats to the ladies who received well deserved awards on the night : Caitlin Ni Shuilleabhan was awarded Club Person of the Year, Kate Elliott was awarded Golfer of the Year, Theresa Kelly received her award for being overall winner in the mixed match play with James Mahon and
Bridie Fay being runner-up with Mick Dunne in the same comp received her award.
The winner of last weeks 12 H Winter League was Bridie Fay.
9H comp for Spring Lamb is on going and can be played any time.

Results (Weekend 13th-15th January 2017)

Sunday, 15th January 2017. Fitzpatrick’s Garages Winter League Round 6.


Seamus Feerey (15) had a comfortable victory in the latest installment of the Fitzpatrick`s Garages Winter League. The Tyrrellspass native aided by birdies on the 6th and 11th shot a terrific 46 points to finish a full 5 points clear of the field. Derek Hannon (0) shot 3 under to take Div 1 with 39 pts. The Div 2 spoils went to Stephen Comerford (14) with 37 pts. Nigel Molloy (15) claimed the Div 3 prize with 40 pts. Ballinagar`s Paul Cuskelly (18) was the Div 4 winner on 41 pts, with Michael Tracey (25) taking Div 5 with 39 pts. The penultimate round of the Winter League is down for decision next weekend.


This weeks winner of the 12 H Winter League was Mary Quinn with 26 points. The competition continues as usual next week.

Results (Weekend 6th-8th January 2017)

The winner of last weekends 1st Round of the Winter League 12H S/F was Kate Elliott with 23 points. There was a big turn out for the competition due in no small way to the ideal weather conditions. The competition continues next week at the same times.
Our Annual Captains’ Dinner Dance takes place on Fri 20th January in the Bridge House Hotel. Contact the Club House to book your tickets to join with our Captains Patricia and Adrian in this celebration.

Deepest sympathy to Angela Murphy on the recent death of her brother Joe Phelan, Portarlington. RIP

Sunday 8th January. Fitzpatrick’s Garage Winter League

The mild conditions and the post holiday resolutions attracted a large entry to Castle Barna last Sunday for the latest installment of the Winter League. Stephen Harte (14) shot an excellent 43pts to take first place. The committee have decided to discontinue the runner up prizes, now introducing 5 Category prizes instead, where entries are quite large. Cat 1 went to Mullingar`s Thomas Cleary (9) with 42pts. Clive Kelly (12) took the spoils in Cat 2 with 41pts. With just a fortnight left of his Captaincy, all were delighted to see Adrian Stewart (17) claim Cat 3, the ex Arsenal trainee shooting 39pts. It was a family affair for the final two prizes, Martin G. Kelly (20) took Cat 4 with 41pts, along with his ever improving grandson Adam (26) taking Cat 5 with 40pts. The Winter League continues with Round 5 next weekend.
Coming up on Friday 20th January, the Captain’s Dinner will take place in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore. Captain’s Adrian & Patricia look forward to seeing many members and friends on the night while enjoying the social highlight of the calendar. Tickets are available or can be booked in the clubhouse, and cost a very reasonable €32.50. Music will be by the excellent Remix. The evening will get underway with a reception from 7.30pm followed by dinner at 8.00pm sharp.