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Junior Cup team chase All-Ireland title

Dundalk Junior Cup 1

Junior Cup team with sponsor Eoin Doohan of Doohan Financial Planning

This is the biggest week on the Irish inter-club golf scene with the AIG Ireland Cups and Shields All-Ireland Finals taking place at Carton House and Dundalk Golf Club will head to the Co Kildare venue on Wednesday in search a first ever win in the Junior Cup and only the second national title in the 110 year history of the club.

Under the guidance of team manager Clem Walshe and selector Terry Conlon, this year’s Junior Cup squad have exceeded all expectations and captured the Leinster title for the first time in 21 years last July when they beat Clontarf in a thrilling final at Portarlington.

They will face Connacht champions Westport in Wednesday’s All-Ireland semi-final with the winners advancing to meet either Greenisland or Douglas in Thursday’s final.

The road to Carton House began earnest last June for the Dundalk squad when they won their North East qualifying tournament at Balbriggan on one of the worst weekend’s weather wise of the summer.

After heading the strokeplay qualifying round with an overall score of 342, to lead home Laytown & Bettystown, Ardee and Headfort, Dundalk then beat Headfort 4-1 in the semi-finals before seeing off Ardee 3-2 to advance to the Leinster Finals in July at Portarlington.

They faced Hermitage in the quarter-finals and won by 3.5 to 1.5 with Ciaran Sheridan winning his match 3&2, Richard Newell taking his 4&2 and Josh Mackin edging his by one hole.

That earned the team a semi-final joust with Woodbrook and, after Eoin Murphy had won 3&2 and Richard Newell had won 4&2, the pressure was on anchor man Aaron King with the match tied at 2-2. King held a one hole lead standing on the 18th tee and he kept his nerve to win the final hole for a two up victory and earn Dundalk a 3-2 win.

In the final Dundalk faced Clontarf and, after a 3&1 win for Ciaran Sheridan and a 4&3 victory for Eoin Murphy was balanced by defeats for Josh Macken and Aaron King it all came down to the final match out on the course where Richard Newell was looking for his third win of the weekend,

All square after 18, Newell and his Dublin opponent headed down the 19th where Newell closed out the match after a superb approach shot to six feet. For Walshe, and his squad, it was the highlight of the year, so far.

“There have been a number of memorable moments to date,” said Walshe. “It was a very tough windy day when the regional stroke play qualifiers took place in Balbriggan Golf Club and we did well to knuckle down and top our section. The Leinster finals were all very tight and we had some great battles against some excellent teams but the stand out game has to be winning the Leinster pennant in the final against Clontarf at the 19th hole in Portarlington Golf Club.”

Since that victory in July the Dundalk squad have been busy preparing for the All-Ireland Final and according to Walshe they are ready for what lies ahead over the next few days.

“I’m a great believer in ‘You’ll only get out of it what you put in’. If that stands to be true then I’m confident we’ll do well. The key is to prepare as best we can, enjoy the occasion and be proud of having the opportunity to represent our club and province against the best teams from all over the country in the 2015 All Ireland Finals,” said Walshe

“We’ve had a fairly wide and varied range of sessions over the last few months ranging from official panel meetings to playing golf to practices on the range, pitching and putting areas as well as some light hearted social get-togethers giving the lads a well-earned opportunity to give the management a hard time!”

Walshe and Conlon have already selected Aaron King, Ricky Newell, Josh Macken, Eoin Murphy, Ciaran Sheridan to tee it up on Wednesday but Walshe says that no matter which of the ten players they selected they would have full confidence in their ability to get the job done.

“Apart from their golfing ability I believe they have great strength of character and a passionate desire to win. They’ve bonded really well and support each other whether playing, caddying or subbing in matches. We’ve a big mix of characters from teenagers who are still at school or college to school teachers, accountants and builders but all with one thing in common, the belief and desire to make our members proud and represent Dundalk Golf Club to the very best of their ability every time they tee it up.”

It’s 11 years since Dundalk won its first and to date only GUI All-Ireland pennant when the Jimmy Bruen Shield team took the national title on a not to be forgotten day at Shannon Golf Club. It’s also 11 years since a Leinster club won the All-Ireland Junior Cup so there

Opportunities to win national titles don’t come along too often and fingers are crossed out in Blackrock that the Junior Cup team can follow suit this week.

 

 

Parent and Child Competition winners

Cat 2 Group

(Adult and 18 Hole Boy 21 handicap and over). L>R: David Murden(First), Amy Rafferty (Sponsor – Declan Rafferty) and Michael & David Staunton (Second).

Cat 3 Group

(Adult and 18 Hole Girl). L>R: Eve Rowland & Fionnuala Dullaghan (Second), Amy Rafferty (Sponsor – Declan Rafferty) and Áine & Brendan Keane (First).

Cat 4 Group

(Adult and 9 Hole Boy). L>R: Fergus & Conall O’Callaghan (Second), Paul & Iarlaith Carroll (First), Amy Rafferty (Sponsor – Declan Rafferty) and David & Jack Lynch (Third).

Cat 5 Group

(Adult and 9 Hole Girl). L>R: Joan & Claire McKenna (Second), Amy Rafferty (Sponsor – Declan Rafferty) and Aoife Verling & Stephen Lynch (First).

Cat 6 Group

(Adult and 4 Hole Boy). L>R: Liam Mernagh & Fionn Cunningham (First), Amy Rafferty (Sponsor – Declan Rafferty), Aidan & Oisin McBride (Third) and John & Jack Daly (Second).

Cat 7 Group

(Adult and 4 Hole Girl) – L>R: Jim & Anna Rowland (First) with Amy Rafferty (Sponsor – Declan Rafferty).

(Adult and 18 Hole Boy - 20 handicap and under).  L>R: Pat McGuinness & Cian Lynch McGrave (First), Amy Rafferty (Sponsor - Declan Rafferty) and Conall & Derek Murdock (Second).

(Adult and 18 Hole Boy – 20 handicap and under).
L>R: Pat McGuinness & Cian Lynch McGrave (First), Amy Rafferty (Sponsor – Declan Rafferty) and Conall & Derek Murdock (Second).

PGA Tankard and Captain’s Charity Day

Peter Rogers (Gross winner), Fergus O'Callaghan (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Jim Rowland (Third).

Peter Rogers (Gross winner), Fergus O’Callaghan (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Jim Rowland (Third).

Fergus O’Callaghan (14) won the PGA Tankard on Sunday and now qualifies to represent the club in a PGA Tournament at Royal Tara next Monday, September 7.

O’Callaghan shot an impressive 44pts to win by one from Aidan Gaughran(16) whose 26pts on the back nine was enough to edge Jim Rowland (12) into third on countback.

 Peter Rogers (2) won the Gross Prize with a super round of 40pts while the category winners were Clem Walsh (5), Tommy Renaghan (14) and Patsy Arrowsmith (17). Aidan Curtain took the juvenile prize.

Sunday’s event also doubled as Brendan Keane’s Captain’s Charity event with all proceeds raised going toward SOSAD (Save our Sons and Daughters), the suicide awareness charity. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed on the day and also to Gerry Byrne of The Copper Kettle who sponsored the event.

Clem Walshe (First Category 1), Tommy Renaghan (First Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane and Patsy Arrowsmith (First Category 3)

Clem Walshe (First Category 1), Tommy Renaghan (First Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane and Patsy Arrowsmith (First Category 3)

Charity Group 3

Siobhan Duffy (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gret Manning (Runner-Up).

Rafferty wins Club Championship

Caolan Rafferty

CLUB CHAMPION: Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty captured the Club Championship for the first time when he replicated his first round 69 in the second round to win by four shots from Aaron Grant.

Rafferty, who is in superb form at present, held a three shot lead over Grant going into the final round. Although Grant improved on his first round score by two shots in carding a two-under par 70, Rafferty held his nerve and returned a three under par 69 for a two round total of 138, six under par.

Chris Blackmore took the Round 2 Gross Prize with a 71 with Neal MacKell taking the Round 1 accolade after a 72. The Round 1 Nett went to Ruairi Gogarty with Ciaran Traynor taking the Round 2 prize.

Rafferty’s had taken firm control of the Club Championship, which is confined to members with a handicap of nine or better, after the First Round.

The plus three handicapper, shot a three-under par 69 to lead by three shots from the club’s other plus handicapper, Aaron Grant (+1), who carded a level par 72.

Having opened with two straight pars, Rafferty got the first of five birdies, at the par-four third and followed that with back-to-back birdies at the par-five sixth and par-five seventh before turning in four-under with a birdie two at the ninth. He gave a shot back at the par-five 10th, got back to four under with a birdie four at the 12th and eventually finished at three under following a bogey five at the difficult 15th.
A birdie three at the opening hole got Grant off to a great start but a double-bogey six at the index one fourth was followed by a birdie four at the sixth and a bogey four at the ninth as he turned on one-over. A birdie at the par five 12th got Grant back to level par and he parred his way home for a 72 to lie three shots behind Rafferty.

Neal MacKell (4) also shot a 72 with Maurice J Murphy (3) on 74 as ten players found themselves within eight shots of the leader but in the second round nobody was able to put enough pressure on Rafferty and he held on for an impressive wire to wire victory.

2015 Club Championship – Overall: 138 – Caolan Rafferty (+3)   69/69, 142 – Aaron Grant (+1) 72/70. Round 1 – 1st Gross: Neal MacKell (3) 72, 1st Nett: Ruairi Gogarty (7) 69/33. Round 2 – 1st Gross: Chris Blackmore (1) 71, 1st Nett: Ciaran Traynor (6) 70/22/10. CSS 72.

Captain’s prize prizegiving

Captain's prize winners Paul O'Callghan and 2015 Captain Brendan Keane.

Captain’s prize winners Paul O’Callghan and 2015 Captain Brendan Keane.

Nora Byrne (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gillian McDonnell (Overall Winner).

Nora Byrne (Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gillian McDonnell (Overall Winner).

Saturday Winner - Captains Prize 2015, Clem Walshe (Overall winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gareth Duffy ( Category 1 winner).

Saturday Winner – Captains Prize 2015, Clem Walshe (Overall winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Gareth Duffy ( Category 1 winner).

Donal Sheridan (Category 1 - Third), Paul Cheshire( Overall winner Saturday), Captain Brendan Keane, Shane Hession (Category 1) and Conor Curran (Junior winner).

Donal Sheridan (Category 1 – Third), Paul Cheshire( Overall winner Saturday), Captain Brendan Keane, Shane Hession (Category 1) and Conor Curran (Junior winner).

Richard Copas (Category 2), Michael O'Keeffe (Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane, Denis Ryan (Category 3) and Barry Grennan (Overall winner Sunday qualifier).

Richard Copas (Category 2), Michael O’Keeffe (Category 2), Captain Brendan Keane, Denis Ryan (Category 3) and Barry Grennan (Overall winner Sunday qualifier).

Harry O'Hanrahan (Category 3 Winner), Captain Brendan Keane,Jimmy Connolly (Category 3 - Third) and Dessie Corbett (Category 3 - Second).

Harry O’Hanrahan (Category 3 Winner), Captain Brendan Keane,Jimmy Connolly (Category 3 – Third) and Dessie Corbett (Category 3 – Second).

Rory Staunton (Juvenile Winner), Conall Murdock (Junior Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Joseph Laverty (Juvenile Winner).

Rory Staunton (Juvenile Winner), Conall Murdock (Junior Winner), Captain Brendan Keane and Joseph Laverty (Juvenile Winner).

Eddie Rogers (Category 1 - 1st), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd) and Peter Rogers (Gross).

Eddie Rogers (Category 1 – 1st), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd) and Peter Rogers (Gross).

L>R: Ultan Herr (4th), Pat Curran (Veteran Winner), Paul O'Callaghan (Overall Winner Captains Prize 2015), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd), Ciaran Sheridan (3rd) and Peter Rogers Winner of Gross Prize).

L>R: Ultan Herr (4th), Pat Curran (Veteran Winner), Paul O’Callaghan (Overall Winner Captains Prize 2015), Captain Brendan Keane, George Rogers (2nd), Ciaran Sheridan (3rd) and Peter Rogers Winner of Gross Prize).

Paul wins Captain’s Prize

WinnerBrendan Keane’s Captain Prize produced plenty of drama on Sunday as 13 handicapper Paul O’Callaghan turned a four shot deficit into a four shot winning margin to ease to a comfortable victory in the biggest major of the year.
 First Round leader Ciaran Sheridan (5), who was part of last weekend’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team, was unable to reproduce his excellent form of recent weeks and he returned a five over par 77 for a final four under par total of 140 which left the door open for the chasing pack.
 Veteran George Rogers (19) initially held the clubhouse lead on 139 after adding a 70 to his opening round of 69. His round included six gross pars, including three consecutive pars from the fourth to the sixth holes that put him firmly in contention for the top prize. But dropped shots at the third, seventh, 14th, 15th and 18th left him on two under for his round and five under for the competition.
 Although playing in the final group, O’Callaghan started the day four shots behind first round leader Ciaran Sheridan (5) but he was in prime position to take advantage of Sheridan’s slips and did so with an impressive round of golf. An opening nine of 41 gross included pars at the second, fourth, fifth and sixth and a double bogey seven at the par-five seventh and got him to within two shots of the lead. He then surged past Sheridan on the back nine as he rattled in pars at 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th without any  double bogeys and finished with a gross score of 81 and a nett total of 68 for a two round total of 135, nine under par and four better than Rogers.
 Sheridan hung on to take third place on 140 with Ultan Herr (15) a shot further back after a second round 69 and Paul Morrison in fifth.
 Peter Rogers (1) took the gross prize on 148 after two successive rounds of 74 while Pat Curran (13) took the Veterans Prize on 142 after rounds of 73 and 69.
 First home in each three categories were Eddie Rogers (2), Barry Cunningham (12) and Harry O’Hanrahan (25).
 

Captain’s Prize Weekend

DLK mens captainI would like to wish all members the best of luck on Saturday and Sunday in my Captains Weekend competitions.
The prize giving presentation will commence at 21:00 on Sunday. All winners are requested to be in attendance.
The  Charity event originally scheduled for Monday 3rd of August  will now be played on Sunday 30th  August.
Monday 3rd of August will be casual golf only.
Best wishes,
Captain Brendan.

Singles Stableford

Singles Stableford Wednesday Open Competition
Wednesday 29th  July 2015
1st : Conor Hackett  (14)                   42 pts
2nd :  Andrew Keenan   (2)          40  pts
Gross:  Caolan Rafferty (+4 )      38 pts Gross
3rd  :    Vincent Duffy  (24)          39 pts
4th  :   John Farrell  (22)                  38/20 pts

Visitor:  Jim Nicholson  (16)        37/19 pts
(Aughnacloy)
Juvenile Prize :  Thomas O’ Connolly  (14)       36 pts
Css :    (72)

Local Rule – changes

All members are requested to familiarise themselves with changes to the local rules effective Saturday 01 August 2015. The rules will be posted in the locker room, external notice board and the pro shop. The most notable changes relate to · The elimination of the ‘GUR play prohibited’ areas on the 7th hole. · Local rule specific to general areas of the course damaged by tree felling will no longer apply Players should note that GUR is defined by blue stakes and/or white lines which clearly enclose the area deemed GUR. There may still be a number of partial white lines on the course, these cannot be interpreted as areas of GUR. If in doubt you should play the ball as it lies. Captains Senior Mens’s nine hole event is scheduled for Sunday 2nd August 2015. All senior members are encouraged to participate. Booking available through BRS. Tournament.

Dundalk wins Leinster Junior Cup

Leinster Junior Cup Champions 2015, Back Row . L>R: Josh Mackin, Maurice Soraghan, John Conlon, Richard Newell, Billy Kearnes, Conor McCaughey, Alan Hurley, Kieran Sheridan, Eoin Murphy, Aaron King, Fergal Harte and Clem Walsh (Team Captain). Front row L>R: Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Terry Conlon (Team Captain),Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke.

Leinster Junior Cup Champions 2015, Back Row . L>R: Josh Mackin, Maurice Soraghan, John Conlon, Richard Newell, Billy Kearnes, Conor McCaughey, Alan Hurley, Kieran Sheridan, Eoin Murphy, Aaron King, Fergal Harte and Clem Walsh (Team Captain).
Front row L>R: Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Terry Conlon (Team Captain),Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke.

Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke with the Leinster Junior Cup Pendant.

Lady Captain Mary Lou Grennan, Captain Brendan Keane and President Tom Clarke with the Leinster Junior Cup Pendant.

Dundalk Golf Club won the Leinster Junior Cup for the first time in 21 years on Sunday after a dramatic weekend of action at Portarlington Golf Club.

After two days ofd action and three matches, everything came down to the final match on the course where Richard Newell won on the 19th hole to give Dundalk a 3-2 victory over Clontarf and the Leinster title.

The team, which was managed by Terry Conlon and Clem Walsh, arrived at the Co Laois venue as one of eight teams vying for the coveted Leinster pennant,

They faced Hermitage on Saturday morning in the quarter-finals and won by 3.5 to 1.5 with Ciaran Sheridan winning his match 3&2, Richard Newell taking his 4&2 and Josh Mackin edging his by one hole.

That earned the team a semi-final joust with Woodbrook and after Eoin Murphy had won 3&2 and Richard Newell had won 4&2 the pressure was on anchor man Aaron King with the match tied at 2-2. King held a one hole lead standing on the 18th tee and he kept his nerve to win the final hole for a two up victory and earn Dundalk a 3-2 win and a place in the final.

A 3&1 win for Ciaran Sheridan and 4&3 victory for Eoin Murphy was balanced by defeats for Josh Macken, who lost 3&2, and Aaron King, who was beaten 7&6.

That left the sides level at 2-2 and meant the destination of the title came down to the final match out of the course where Richard Newell was looking for his third win of the weekend,

All square after 18, Newell and his Dublin opponent headed down the 19th with the Clontarf player in the centre of the fairway after his drive while Newell was further on but in the first cut of rough on the left.

The Clontarf player put his approach shot over the back of the green while Newell hit a superb shot to within six feet. When his opponent sent his difficult downhill chip off the green and then failed to hole his return shot, Newell was left with two putts for victory and he duly obliged to send the large Dundalk following home happy.