Archives for July 2015

Open Week – Team Competition



1ST  Pat Curran (13)                            95pts
Brian Crombie (20)
Bernard Crombie (12)
D Gannon (17)

2nd   L O Hualachain (20)                       89pts
P Fennelly (20)
G Nicholson (14)
G Quinn (16)

Hot scoring in Farnham Estates Fourball

There was some hot scoring on Sunday in the Farnham Estates Men’s Open Two Person Team Event as Open Week teed off in style. Tom Geary (20) and Ritchie Barry (13) were clear winners after shooting a breathtaking 51ps to head the field by two shots.

A back nine of 26pts was enough to edge Ciaran Daly (19) and Mark Cumiskey (11) into second place on countback from Bill (27) & Bobby McCarthy (19) after both finished on 49pts.

Sunday also saw the Farnham Estates Open Mixed Scotch Foursomes which was won by Jim and Mary Dwyer who shot a 12 under par total of 60.

Sunday, July 12 – Farnham Estates Men’s Open Two Person Team – Tom Geary (20) & Ritchie Barry (13) 51pts. Ciaran Daly (19) & Mark Cumiskey (11) 49/26pts, Bill McCarthy (27) & Bobby McCarthy (19) 49pts.

Sunday, July 12 – Farnham Estates Open Mixed Scotch Foursomes – Jim Dwyer (9) & Mary Dwyer (35) 60, Vincent Duffy (24) & Pauline Duffy (19) 62.5, Tom Wall (14) & Josephine Wall (35) 63.5.

Cooney pips McKeever for Sunday prize

John Cooney won Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition on countback from Willie McKeever after both shot impressive totals of 42pts.

Cooney, a 14 handicapper, played in the morning and after carding four pars in his opening seven holes he produced a birdie at the next to stand on 20pts after eight. However, he stuttered a little around the turn picking up two points over the next two holes but got them back with pars at the 13th and 15th  He then finished strongly with pars at 17 and 18 to match his front nine score of 21pts for a total of 42pts.

Playing off 17, McKeever teed off in the late afternoon and started well with six points from the opening two holes but drew a blank on the third before finishing the front nine strongly with pars at the seventh, eighth and ninth to turn on 21pts and added two more pars on the 10th and 11th to stand on 27 points with seven holes to go. He picked up four points over the next two holes, and bogeyed the index 18 par four 14th for a point to move 32 points with four holes to go. Back to back pars at the difficult 15th and 16th moved him firmly into contention and left McKeever standing on the 17th tee with 37pts and needing five points from the final two holes to take overall victory. He could only managed two bogeys for a further four points and finished on 42pts. That tied him with Cooney on 42pts and their back nine totals were also level so it came down to the final six holes and Cooney edged that 16pts to 13pts.

Teenager Oisin Murray took Cat 1 with veteran Vincent Murphy winning Cat 2 and Joe Garvey claiming Cat 3.

Sunday, July 5 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: John Cooney (14) 42/21/16pts, Willie McKeever (17) 42pts. Category 1: Oisin Murray (7) 42pts, Cathal Grennan (8) 40pts. Category 2: Vincent Murphy (16) 40/22pts. Danny Gallagher (14) 37/19/13pts. Category 3: Joe Garvey (17) 40pts, Peter McCaughey (18) 36/21pts. CSS 71. to sponsor Irish PGA Championship at Dundalk GC

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Dundalk GC Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Owens (left) with Michael McCumiskey, Secretary PGA in Ireland and Joe Barrett, Chief Operations Officer for Applegreen plc.

The PGA in Ireland has announced as the sponsor for the Irish PGA Championship and the Irish PGA Championship will be held at Dundalk Golf Club from October 1-4.

The LowFuelcard is the latest customer offering from major petrol forecourt retailer, Applegreen plc. It is aimed at businesses with three or more vehicles and is a convenient and safe way for you and your business to pay for fuel. It is the most competitive fuel card on the market with no card fees or hidden charges.

Joe Barrett, Chief Operations Officer for Applegreen plc said: “Our LowFuelcard has the convenience of online registration, itemised billing and online account management. Customers can also collect Applegreen Reward points when using the LowFuelcard – plus most of our forecourts are open 24 hours.”

Applegreen plc is a major petrol forecourt retailer in the Republic of Ireland with a significant and growing presence in the UK. From an operational base of 64 sites at the end of 2009, the Group has grown to 152 sites as of late December 2014, across the Republic of Ireland (96 sites), United Kingdom (54 sites) and in Long Island, United States (4 sites). Applegreen is the number one motorway service area operator by number of sites in the Republic of Ireland.

Mr. Barrett added: “We are delighted to be involved with this national event which engages with businesses in the locality. Applegreen have recently opened a motorway services area (MSA) at Templepatrick on the M2 outside Belfast and are currently building another MSA on the M1 south bound just outside Lisburn. Applegreen already has a significant business presence on the M1 at Castlebellingham, Lusk, Balbriggan and Gormanston.”

Dundalk GC is set on an elevated site above the seaside village of Blackrock, Co Louth, Dundalk Golf Club offers stunning views across Dundalk Bay to the, legendary and imposing, Cooley and Mourne mountains.

The 18 hole, par 72 championship parkland course, which was redesigned by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas in 1980, offers golfers of all abilities a true test, measuring 6,826 yards from the tips. The renowned facility features an extensive practice ground that includes a driving range, pitching, chipping and bunker areas and a putting green.

Dundalk has hosted the Irish PGA Championship on two previous occasions. In 1953, Harry Bradshaw collected his eighth Irish title with a four round total of 272 and in 1969, Jimmy Martin collected the famous trophy with a score of 269.

There has been extensive improvement work carried out on the course at Dundalk over the last 18 months. A number of new bunkers have been added but the main focus has been on redesigning and improving the drainage of the existing green side traps. A tree-thinning process has also been in operation, with the 15th and sixth greens opened up to the elements.

“This new sponsorship agreement is an important development for this historic championship,” said PGA in Ireland Secretary, Michael McCumiskey.

“The PGA in Ireland looks forward to building a strong partnership with Applegreen over the coming years.”

Last year’s Irish PGA Championship, hosted by Adare Manor GC, was won by Niall Kearney, who birdied the 18th to edge out Michael McGeady.

King rules Wednesday Singles

Five handicapper Aaron King won the Singles Stableford Open Competition on Wednesday, July 1, with a superb score of 44pts.

That was good enough for a three point winning margin with Donal Sheridan. off 12, taking second place on 41pts.

Chris Blackmore consolidated his newly acquired scratch status with a sub-par round of 40pts to take the Gross Prize while Oisin Conroy won the Juvenile Prize and Damien Ross from Ashfield won the Visitor’s Prize.

Wednesday, July 1 – Singles Stableford Open Competition – Aaron King (5) 44pts, Donal Sheridan (12) 41pts, Paul Durnin (21) 39pts, Josh Mackin (5) 38/22pts. Gross: Chris Blackmore (scr) 40pts. Visitor: Damian Ross (Ashfield, 17) 37pts. Juvenile Prize: Oisin Conroy (25) 42pts. CSS 71.

Greene wins Thursday singles

Dillon Greene, off 10, won the Singles Stableford Semi-Open competition on Thursday, July 2 with a score of 38pts. The Twos prizes were won by
Cathal Grennan (13th), Rian McDonnell (9th) and Dermot O Callaghan (13th)

Thursday, July 2 – Singles Stableford Semi Open Competition – Dillon Greene (10) 38pts. CSS 71 (37pts)