2015 Scratch Cup

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD County Louth golfer Thomas Mulligan joined illustrious names such as Padraig Harrington and Michael H2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 2oey on the winner’s trophy after cruising to a three-shot win in Sunday’s Jeffers Sportsturf-sponsored Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup.
Five shots clear of the field after a opening 65, the Ireland boys international held his nerve in the second round to shoot a 73 and finish on 138, six-under par.
Mulligan went into the competition as one of the favourites and wasted no time in showing why as he chipped in at the par-four 1st hole for a birdie three in the first round.
After two further birdies on the front nine, things got even better for the County Louth player, who is also a member at Laytown & Bettystown, when he sunk eagle putts of 15ft and 10ft at the 10th and 12th holes to move to seven-under.
After one solitary blip on his scorecard at the 15th, Mulligan closed th2015 Senior Scratch cup winnere first round in style, driving the ball in excess of 300 yards before leaving his chip stone dead for a tap-in birdie.
That 65 left him five shots clear of Athlone’s Thomas O’Connor and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, who both shot two-under par 70s, and that was a big enough cushion for the youngster who played solidly in the second round in wet and blustery conditions.
Rafferty was pipped for second place by Mulligan’s clubmate Gerard Dunne who followed a disappointing 74 with a super bogey-free second round of 67 that featured birdies on the third, seventh, 12th and 15th.
‘The course was great and I know they have redeveloped the bunkers,’ Mulligan added, explaining that his course knowledge was key.
‘I am up with the Leinster panel with Leslie Walker and I was up on Saturday and got in a few holes, which was a help. The course is in great condition. The greens are nice and smooth and quick. They couldn’t have been much better for this time of year on a parkl2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 3and course.
‘I’ve been going to Leinster training sessions with Leslie for five or six years and know this place very well – cold mornings coming up here, hitting balls on that range and going out for a few holes. It knocks it into you what you should be doing out there. It helped today anyway.
‘It’s my first win of the year and that’s always nice, especially in such a big tournament with so many big names on the trophy. I think Harrington might have won it, so it’s a big one.’
Four-handicapper Ciaran Tracey of Seapoint won the 18 nett prize with a score of 71.