Archives for January 2015

Caribbean now on top of Winter League table

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For the third successive week there are new leaders at the top of the Men’s Winter League.

Having gone from sixth after the opening week to second last week, the Caribbean completed their climb up the table with their total of 155pts on Sunday enough to take them over Thailand into top spot.

Thailand, with 146pts, had the day’s third highest score but it wasn’t enough to keep them at the head of the table although there is a mere seven points between the teams.

The rest of the top five positions remain unchanged but a gap of 25pts has now opened up between the leaders and Portugal in fifth.

After two weeks at the bottom, USA finally climbed up the table with their total of 148pts the second best total of the day and they have been replaced by Turkey who slid from 9th to 13th after posting the day’s lowest score of 121pts.

Sunday’s 14 hole Single Stableford Competition was won by 12 handicapper David Murden who edged out Gerard Daly (13) on countback after both shot 32 points. Sean Hession, off 10, was third on 33pts thanks to an inward 17pts.

The Tournament Committee has asked players to be more diligent when completing their cards as there were six disqualifications on Sunday due to unsigned cards.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition

1st: David Murden (12) 34/20pts.
2nd: Gerard Daly (13) 34/18pts.
3rd: Sean Hession (10) 33/17pts. Men’s Winter League Standing
(after Week 3)
1 Caribbean 470
2 Thailand 463
3 Greece 451
4 Malta 445
5 Portugal 445
6 Italy 441
7 France 440
8 Egypt 436
9 Canada 433
10 Australia 428
11 USA 427
12 Spain 423
13 Turkey 418
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Upcoming Social Events

The Social Committee kick off the calendar of events for 2015 with a Table Quiz on Friday, January 30 at 8pm.  Table of four is €20 and light refreshments will be served.

On Valentine’s night, Saturday, February 14, come and enjoy a candlelit dinner in The Restraurant with music and dancing to hits from 60s, 70s and 80s.  Booking is essential.  To make a reservation call 087 2871080.

New leaders after week two of Men’s Winter League

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With the cobwebs having been shed on week one, there was a dramatic improvement in scoring in the second round of the Men’s Winter League on Sunday.

Every one of the 13 teams improved their score from the opening week with the biggest increase being recorded by Egypt, whose five counting players shot 172pts, a massive 42pts better than their first round total. Conor McCaughey led their scoring for the second successive week as he shot 36pts off six.

That helped Egypt jump from 11th to sixth and they are now just 14 points adrift of the competition’s new leaders, Thailand. Last week’s second place side shot 171 points to go top, with Liam Mernagh leading the way with 37pts. They are now two points ahead of Caribbean whose best of the day total of 175pts saw them move from joint sixth to second with Michael Coburn their best scorer on 39pts.

Round 1 leaders Greece were 14pts better than last week with 165 but slipped to third, albeit just three points behind the new leaders and ten points behind Malta who have moved two places to fourth.

All the players in action on Sunday were also competing in the weekly 14 hole Singles Stableford competition and 20 handicapper Colm Garvey led the way with a tremendous score of 41pts, two ahead of Michael Coburn with the evergreen Liam Mernagh third, after a countback, on 37pts, thanks to a back nine of 18pts.

Eighteen handicapper Tom Clarke got the first competitive hole-in-one of 2015 when he aced the par three 5th hole.


Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Fourteen Hole Single Stableford competition  

1st: Colm Garvey (20) 41pts

2nd: Michael Coburn (7) 39pts

3rd: Liam Mernagh (11) 37/18pts Men’s Winter League Table

  Team Total Week 1 Week 2
1 Thailand 317    146 171
2 Caribbean 315    140 175
3 Greece 314    149 165
4 Malta 304    140 164
5 Portugal 303    144 159
5 Egypt 303    131 172
7 Italy 301    142 159
7 Canada 301    140 161
9 Turkey 297     140 157
10 France 295    141 154
11 Australia 293    137 156
12 Spain 292     128 164
13 USA 279     121 158

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Greece set pace in Winter League

The eagerly awaited Men’s Winter League teed off on Sunday with a 14 hole single stableford competition.

After the first round Greece are setting the early pace on 148pts with Thailand two points further back. Portugal lie in third on 144pts.

With all eight of their players in action, Greece were able to discard three cards and rely on five counting cards which featured three players on 28pts and two on 32pts, with Eugene J Hanratty and Kevin Barry returning the top scores.

Thailand, with seven players in action, were led home by Sean Quigley on 32pts with their lowest counting card being 24pts.

Sean Hession was top scorer for Portugal with 32pts and their top five dove-tailed well as their lowest counting score was 27pts.

With France in fourth on 141 and three further teams on 140pts, there are six teams within eight points of the leaders as the league moves to its second round next week.

The individual competition was won by 22 handicapper Pat Daly on 33 points who is not taking part in the League. As a free agent he is sure to be the subject of many approaches for his signature over the coming week as some team captains look to beef up their squads ahead of the next round.

Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition

1st:  Pat Daly (22)    33 pts
2nd: Sean Hession (10) 32/18 pts
3rd: Sean Quigley (18) 32/17 pts

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(After Week 1)

1 Greece              148
2 Thailand         146
3 Portugal          144
4 France               141
5 Malta                140
6 Caribbean        140
7 Italy                   140
8 Canada             139
9 Turkey               137
10 Australia         135
11 Egypt              130
12 Spain               126
13 USA                 120

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Rules of Engagement for Men’s Winter League

The Tournament Committee have published the Rules of Engagement for the Dundalk Men’s Team Winter League which tees off this Sunday.

Thirteen teams will compete in the Winter League and players must participate in the normal Sunday competition to be eligible to play for their team.

Dundalk Golf Club would like to thank Clem Walshe and lowcostholidays for their kind sponsorship of this event.

Rules of engagement

1. Winter League commences 11/01/2015 and runs until 08/02/2015. (Weather Permitting)
2. Final is held on 15/02/2015. (No Exceptions)
3. Top five scores count each week.
4. Each team to consist of no more than eight players.
5. Top two teams qualify for final.
6. If teams are level after week 5, the five scores for that day will determine top two teams. If teams are still level we will add card six then seven etc.
7. The format for the final will be Singles Stableford Matchplay.
8. The total Stableford score determines each singles match play winner, not individual holes.
9. If both teams are level after the Matchplay final the combined team score for that day will determine the winner. If this does not produce a winner each team’s leading qualifiers combined score over the duration of the league will be used.
10. Tournament will decide pairings for Matchplay final.
11. Tournament decision is final
12. Prize-giving ceremony will be held on day of final.

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Teams selected for Men’s Winter League

There has been a tremendous entry for the Men’s Winter League which will tee off next Sunday and run until February 15.

The 102 players who have entered have been assigned to 13 teams by the Tournament Committee who have also selected a captain for each of the team. Twelve teams have eight members and one team currently has six but a waiting list has been set up and members wishing to play in the League should contact the Pro Shop with their name and handicap.

All team members are asked to ensure that they are available on February 15 in the event of their team making the final as the winners of the first Men’s Winter League will be decided on that day when the top two sides face off in a matchplay event.

The Men’s Winter League is being run in conjunction with the normal Sunday Single Stableford competition and the emphasis is on fun so nobody should get too upset about team allocations, although all look very competitive.

The teams are all named after destinations and are as follows:

Australia: Maurice Murphy (1), Maurice Soraghan (9), Trevor Giff (12), Len Mullins (13), Pat Davis (16), John McCann (16, Capt), Michael Byrne (21), Eddie McMullin (28).

Canada: Eddie Rogers (1), Chris Murden (10), Seamus Bailey (12), Michael Stewart (13), Sean Ward (15), Brian Ward (16, Capt), Joe Flanagan (19), Aubrey Halley (25).

Caribbean: Peter Rogers (1), Michael Coburn (7, Capt), David Murden (12), Gerry Clarke (13), Vincent Murphy (15), Tom Clarke (18), George Rogers (18), Brendan Cleary (22).

Greece: Eoin Doohan (2), E.J. Hanratty (9), Kevin Barry (11), Martin Byrne (12), Dessie Ward (12), Martin Farrelly (14), Michael Hamilton (16, Capt), Pat Boland (19).

Malta: Neal Mackell (4), Austin Shaw (7), Paddy Duffy (12), Brian Mernagh (13), Michael Keating (14, Capt), Gerry Byrne (17), Denis Ryan (19), EJ Shortt (24).

Portugal: Ciaran Traynor (4), Sean Hession (10), Jim Rowland (11, Capt), Brendan Reilly (12), Fergal McKenna (15), Brian Owens (16), Eugene Hanratty (17), Padraic McDonnell (20).

Spain: John Conlon (5), Niall McCaul (7, Capt), John Neary (12), Gerry O’Keefe (13), Ollie Reilly (14), Pat Watters (16), Colm Garvey (20), Conor Byrne (22).

Thailand: Brian Reneghan (5), Gerry Murray (7), Liam Mernagh (11, capt), Tommy Renaghan (13), Larry Soraghan (15), Peter McCaughey (16), Sean Quigley (18), John McLoughlin (24).

Turkey: Clem Walshe (5), Declan Muckian (10), Ciaran Arthurs (12), Tom Wall (13), Dan Prenty (15), Davy Lawrence (16, Capt), Tom Lanigan (19), Hugh Reilly (22).

USA: Billy Cairns (6), Jim Dwyer (9), Ciaran Dunne (12), Gerard Daly (13), Pat Cole (15, Capt), Nigel Giff (17), Ray Pepper, Ronan Dennedy (27).

Italy: Terry Conlon (6), Eddie Rocks (8), Barry Grennan (12), Francis McGuigan (13), Michael Kelly (14, Capt), Noel McGuinness (17), Benny O’Shaughnessy (19), Bill McCarthy (26).

France: Stephen Keenan (6), Denis Cunningham (10), Pat Curran (12), Paul O’Callaghan (13, Capt), Barry Cullen (14),  John Morrisson (16), Dermot Duffy (20), John McErlean (22).

Egypt: Connor McCaughey (6), Neil Mullooly (8), Brendan Keane (11), Eddie Sheridan (13, Capt), Joe Garvey (16), Jim Dearey (18).

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