Archives for September 2014

Birdie blitz powers Hanratty to victory

Eleven handicapper Eugene J Hanratty won today’s Singles Stableford competition with an impressive 44pts over the white course in what were perfect playing conditions.

The Tournament Committee’s decision to have a 9am shotgun start, in order to facilitate those who wanted to watch the drama unfold at the Ryder Cup, ensured that there was a rare early morning buzz around the clubhouse and Hanratty proved to be an impressive winner.

His score was built on an excellent 25 points over the front nine which included a blistering four hole run from the first to the fourth which yielded 15 points as he birdied holes one and three and parred two and four.

He added another birdie at the par-five fifth and eventually finished with three birdies and eight pars with just one blank at the index 18 par four 14th where he recorded a six.

Seventeen-handicapper Fearghal Duffy finished second, three points behind Hanratty with 23 handicapper Pat Daly taking third on 40pts after a back six countback.

Senan Duffy took the juvenile prize after a score of 35pts.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Club Competition Singles Stableford

1st: Eugene J. Hanratty (11) 44pts

2nd: Fearghal Duffy (17) 41pts

3rd: Pat Daly (23) 40/20/14pts

Juvenile: Senan Duffy (27) 35pts

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Superb back nine edges it for Shortt

The superb condition of the course at present led to some hot scoring in Wednesday’s Open Single Stableford competition over the green course.

Twenty-five handicapper Frank Shortt produced a superb back nine to take first prize on countback from Michael Carr and Kieran Arthurs after all had tied on 44pts.

A total of eight players shot over 40 points with three more on 43pts and two on 40pts.

Shortt made a steady to his round and had ten points after five holes but then blanked the par-five sixth. However, a birdie four at the next yielded four points to get him back on track and he followed that with three points at the eighth.

Having completed the front nine with 19pts, Shortt burned it up on the back nine. He scored four points at the par 4 14th, and picked up three points at 10th, 11th, 13th 15th, 16th and 17th and finished it off with a bogey five for two points on the last to come home in 25pts for an overall total of 44pts.

That back nine was good enough to edge out Carr and Arthurs while nine-handicapper Patrick Lawless from Greenore took the gross prize with 34 points.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Open Singles Stableford

1st   Frank Shortt (25) 44/25 pts

2nd   Michael Carr (13) 44/23 pts

Gross: Patrick Lawless (9) (Greenore) 34pts

3rd   Kieran Arthurs (13) (Co Louth) 44/20 pts

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Impressive Mackin holds off Curran

Thirteen-year-old Josh Mackin captured his third Sunday men’s competition of the year when he won today’s strokeplay competition on countback from the highly experienced Pat Curran.

Mackin, playing off five, shot an impressive level par round of 72 gross for a nett total of 67 which was matched by 13-handicapper Curran but the youngster prevailed by virtue of a better back nine.

Mackin went through the front nine in level par gross after balancing a bogey at the index 1 fourth with a superb birdie on the par-three ninth where he drilled a 162 yard tee shot to four feet with a seven iron.

He got up and down out of the front right greenside bunker on the par-five 10th for another birdie but then a wayward tee-shot on the 11th and a three putt on the 12th led to back to back bogies.

He got his third birdie of the round on the short 14th where he fired a three-wood to within 35 yards of the green and followed that with an impressive up and down by holing from 15ft for his three.

Mackin then parred his way in to the clubhouse for a nett 67 and it was enough to deliver him a third Sunday win after he won the Arkew Cup, when he was 12, and also finished leading qualifier in the Carolan Cup.

Two-handicapper Eddie Rogers took the gross with a very impressive two-under par 70 while Michael Keating (14) made a rare visit to the podium by finishing third overall after a 68. The juvenile prize was won by 16-handicapper Flyn Kiernan on countback after a 68.

Club Competition Stroke

Sunday, September 21, 2014

1st: Josh Macken (5) 67/33.5

2nd: Pat Curran (13) 67/34.5

Gross: Eddie Rogers (2) 70

3rd: Michael Keating (14) 68

Juvenile: Fyn Kiernan (16) 68/32

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Matchplay finals decided

The finals of the main club matchplay competitions have been decided.

Martin Crosby and Ollie English took the Club Foursomes title after beating Jim Dwyer and Charlie Monahan in the final.

The Ladies Club Foursome title went to Teresa Giff and Jennifer Holland who defeated Catherine McGuinness and Una Delaney in the decider.

The Gold Medal was won by Alan Hurley who saw off the challenge of Micky Hamilton in the final while Tom Clarke captured the Harry Walsh Cup with a win over Mark Cairns. The Carolan Cup saw Kieran Arthurs come out on top in his final against young Josh Mackin.

Gerry Brennan’s remarkable season continued when he partnerned Mary Laverty to victory in Club Mixed Foursome as they beat Mickey and Mags Coburn to lift the Cassidy Cup.

The Clarke Salver was won by Teresa Matthews who defeated Jacinta Foran and Jacinta was also beaten in the Lait Cup by Rita Moriarty. Siobhan Duffy took the Tempest Dish with a win over Geraldine Blackmore.

These prizes will be presented, along with several others, including the Golfer of the Year, Club Champion, PGA Tankard and Cochrane Cup this Sunday evening, September 21, in the Clubhouse at 9pm.











Open Singles Stableford

Wednesday 17th September

Ladies Winner Mary Smyth 39pts

CSS 73/36 pts

1st Kevin Henry 41/23 pts
2nd A.J.McDonnell 41/20 pts
Gross Paul McCartan (Warrenpoint) 33 pts
3rd Ken Morgan (Co Louth) 40/22 pts

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Ladies 18 Hole Stroke Competition

Sponosred by Tres Belle

Saturday 13th & Tuesday 16th September

Class A
Winner Jackie Connolly 68 nett
Runner up Teresa Giff 70 nett

Class B
Winner Siobhan Duffy 70 nett
Runner Up Geraldine Blackmore 71 nett
Third Maura Hackett 72 nett

Class C
Winner Bernie Landy 67 nett
Runner up Oonagh Coleman 70 nett
Third Teresa Oakes 71 nett

Senior Ladies Mary Berkery 18 pts

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116 Ladies played

Brennan crowned Club Champion

Gerry Brennan completed a unique treble when he captured the Club Championship on Sunday, September 14 to add to the Captain’s Prize and the Golfer of the Year titles he had already won this year.

Playing off 4, Brennan shot rounds of 71 and 73 for a level par total of 144 to take the title for the first time. Five-handicapper Ciaran Traynor won the nett prize.

The Members Prize was won by the wily Pat McGuinness, Now playing off 12, the former club president shot an impressive 66 to pip 14 handicapper Noel Reidy by one shot with Eddie Rocks, following up his win in last week’s Past Captains comeptition,  carding a 68 to take third on countback. Neil Smyth took the Juvenile Prize.


Club Championship (36 Holes)

Gross: Gerry Brennan (4) 144 (71, 73)

Nett: Ciaran Traynor (5) 138 (72, 66)

CSS 72 Rnd 1 & Rnd 2

Members Prize (18 holes)

1: Pat McGuinness (12) 66

2: Noel Reidy (14) 67

3: Eddie Rocks (8) 68/32

Juvenile: Neil Smyth (21) 68

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Kaarnalahti wins Irish Strokeplay at Dundalk

Finland’s Minna Kaarnalahti defeated defending champion Gertie McMullen to win her third Irish Senior Women’s Open Strokeplay title in four years after a six hole sudden death play off at Dundalk Golf Club. Both had finished on 227 after 54 holes.

Kaarnalahti closed a three shot gap on overnight leader McMullen after a fine one over par 74 in breezy conditions. The lead see-sawed between the two past champions throughout the round until McMullen forced extra time following an impressive regulation par on the home green.

The 1st and 18th were shared twice before Kaarnalahti seized the initiative with a closing bogey at the 6th extra hole to claim her third title in four years.

Ireland’s team of Pat Doran (Donabate), Sheena McElroy (Grange) and Gertie McMullen (The Island) won the Nations Cup from Canada, USA and The Netherlands.

Dundalk’s Ita Donnolly, who had pushed the leaders over the opening two rounds eventually finished in 13th place on 243.

There was lots of praise from all competitors after the event for the demanding challenge presented by the Dundalk course and it provided the ideal test for those competitors heading to Scotland for next week’s Senior British Open.

Dundalk Lady Captain Anne Doohan (left) and Men's Captain Brendan Cleary (right) pictured with Irish Senior Women's Strokeplay Champion  Minna Kaarnalahti and ILGU President Mary McKenna

Dundalk Lady Captain Anne Doohan (left) and Men’s Captain Brendan Cleary (right) pictured with Irish Senior Women’s Strokeplay Champion Minna Kaarnalahti and ILGU President Mary McKenna

FINAL 54 HOLE SCORES (PAR 73 SSS 74 CSS 74 74 74)
227 Minna Kaarnalahti (FIN) 75 78 74
227 Gertie McMullen (The Island) 74 76 77
234 Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) 77 78 79
236 Pat Doran (Donabate) 80 80 76 Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) 80 80 76 Alison Murdoch (CAN) 78 79 79
238 Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush) 80 81 77
240 Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire) 77 82 81
241 Gabi Heuchel (ENG) 77 83 81 Mary Dowling (Mallow) 77 81 83
242 Kate Evans (RCD Ladies) 82 77 83 Catherine Reilly (The Heath) 74 84 84
243 Ita Donnelly (Dundalk) 75 82 86
244 Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast) 84 81 79 Becky Neal (USA) 83 82 79
246 Anne Ferguson (Ogbourne Downs) 83 81 82
249 Leslie Olive Henry (USA) 86 80 83 Georgia McCravey (USA) 82 84 83
250 Vivienne Houston (City of Derry) 86 84 80
251 Wanda Mochtar (NED) 87 81 83
252 Ann McAuley (Laytown & Bettystown) 91 80 81 Diane Williams (CAN) 83 85 84
254 Valerie Hassett (Ennis) 88 80 86 Kay McCartan (Greenore) 83 84 87
255 Ruth Maguire (Corrstown) 80 87 88 Gill Rouiller (Mannan Castle) 83 86 86
256 Judy Collins (CAN) 89 84 83 Pauline Walsh (Headfort) 83 89 84
257 Valerie Shannon (Lahinch) 89 87 81 Mary Feenan (CAN) 88 87 82
258 Pamela Williamson (SCO) 93 83 82 Mary McGoey (Greenore) 86 82 90 Paula Murray (Naas) 85 86 87 Evelyn Blackmon (USA) 84 87 87
261 Linda Evers (USA) 90 84 87 Nancy Beck (USA) 82 87 92
263 Elizabeth Neville (Bearna) 93 84 86
265 Patricia Black (Headfort) 94 85 86
266 Manja Reef (NED) 87 85 94
268 Ada Vrolijk (NED) 91 91 86
270 Joan Curran (Laytown & Bettystown) 87 92 91
271 Helen Thornton (Ardee) 94 88 89 Iet Hagels (NED) 87 94 90
282 Nancy Jackson (USA) 98 91 93

NATIONS CUP (2 scores from 3 to count each round)
459 IRELAND A Pat Doran [80] 80 76 Sheena McElroy 76 [DSQ] [DSQ] Gertie McMullen 74 76 77
467 IRELAND B Suzanne Corcoran 77 78 79 Mary Dowling 77 [81] [83] Helen Jones [80] 80 76
488 CANADA A Alison Murdoch 78 79 79 Diane Williams 83 85 84
489 USA A Nancy Beck 82 [87] [92] Leslie Olive Henry [86] 80 83 Becky Neal 83 82 79
504 USA B Evelyn Blackmon 84 [87] 87 Linda Evers [90] 84 [87] Georgia McCravey 82 84 83
513 CANADA B Judy Collins 89 84 83 Mary Feenan 88 87 82
521 NETHERLANDS A Iet Hagels 87 94 89 Wanda Mochtar 87 81 83
534 NETHERLANDS B Manja Reef 87 85 94 Ada Vrolijk 91 91 86