Archives for March 2016

In-form O’Callaghan delivers

Given his recent good form it didn’t really come as surprise to many to see Caoimhan O’Callaghan finally deliver an overall victory in Sunday competition.

The 21 handicapper led home a field of 98 in the Easter Sunday Singles Stableford competiton with a score of 34pts which was one better than that posted by Kevin  Barry (10).

Steadiness provided the foundation for O’Callaghan’s excellent round over the 15 holes in play as he produced a round that showed a golfer in control of his game as he scored on every hole and only once had to settle for one point when he double-bogeyed the second.

After going through the first four holes with eight points he notched three points at the sixth and again at the seventh to move to 14pts after playing six holes.

He had increased that total to 20 points by the time he stood on the 11th tee and, with the wind helping, he proceeded to par the index two hole and collect four points courtesy of the two shots he had.

He followed that by scoring two points at each of the final five holes, three of which were playing into a gale force wind, to finish on 34pts and take the overall prize.

Kevin Barry ended up a point adrift of the winner despite a good start which saw him go through the first four holes in nine points thanks to three point returns at the first and third while a birdie four at the par-five seventh yielded four points.

He also picked up three points at the 12th, 15th and 16th but, while he scored at every hole, he was left to rue the four one-pointers he had on his card.

Clem Walshe (5), Michael Hamilton (16) and Aidan O’Mahony (17) took the three Category prizes.

Sunday, March 27 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) 34pts, Kevin Barry (10) 33pts. Category 1: Clem Walshe (5) 32/18pts. Category 2: Michael Hamilton (16) 32 pts. Category 3: Aidan O’Mahony (17) 32pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Eagle allows McGuinness to soar

An eagle three at the par 5 10th proved to be decisive last Sunday as Pat McGuinness (13) took Sunday’s Singles Stableford Competition on countback from Tommy Renaghan (13),

Both players showed superb early form as they returned scores of 38pts for the 15 hole competition with McGuinness taking top prize after edging out Renaghan 23pts to 21pts on countback over the last nine holes.

The first four holes at Dundalk represent one of the toughest starts in Irish club golf and can wreck a card before a round has even begun. McGuinness got off to a good start with ten points from those first holes after three point pars at the second and third while Renaghan went one better with pars at the first second and fourth for an 11 point start.

Over the next few holes Renaghan continued to impress as took three points from the sixth, seventh and ninth but a blank at the par-four eighth, where he had a six, was the only blemish as he returned 20pts for the opening eight holes.

That was one more than McGuinness, who had birdied the sixth for three points, but former club president ignited his round on the tenth with an eagle three for four points. He followed that with three point pars at the 12th and 13th and then chucked in a birdie three at the 15th for another four points. The only slight blemish on an otherwise flawless round was a six at the 15th for one point and a total of 38pts.

Reneghan continued to build on his impressive start down the back with three points at the 11th, 12, 13th and 15th as he added 18pts from the seven holes on the back to the 20pts he had picked up over the front eight.

The difference in the countback was two points, suggesting that the two four pointers McGuinness got at 10 and 15 really did make a difference as he led home a field of 134.

Ultan Gaughran (8), Darren O’Brien (17) and Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) took the three Category Prizes with O’Brien having also shot 38ptt on the day.

Club members over 55 years of age are asked to register for the new Veterans categories before the start of the official season by placing a note in the Men’s Tournament Box with their name and category. The categories are: Category S (Seniors, 55 to 64), Category V (Veterans, 65 to 74) and Category M (Super Veterans 75 +). They can also mark the appropriate letter on their card if playing in Sunday competitions.

It was a good week for the club’s 13 handicappers as Danny Miele (13) took the Single Stableford competition on St Patrick’s Day with 35pts. He won on countback, 23pts to 19pts, from Martin Cairns (17) with Austin Shaw (9), David Murden (13) and Paul Durnin (20) taking the category prizes.

Sunday, March 20 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Pat McGuinness  (13)  38/23pts, Tommy Renaghan (13) 38/21pts. Category 1: Ultan Gaughran (8)    37/21pts. Mickey Coburn (8) 37pts. Category 2: Darren O’Brien (17) 38pts, Derek Murdock (13) 36/22pts. Category 3: Caoimhan O’ Callaghan (21) 37pts, Nigel Giff   (19) 36pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Thursday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Danny Miele (13) 35/23pts, Martin Cairns (17) 35/19pts. Category 1: Austin Shaw (9) 34/19pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 33pts, Category 3: Paul Durnin (20) 34pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

St Patrick’s Day Results

St Patrick’s Day Singles Stableford Competition
1st: Danny Miele (13) 35/23pts
2nd: Martin Cairns (17) 35/19pts

Category 1
1st: Austin Shaw (9) 34/19pts

Category 2
1st: David Murden (13) 33pts

Category 3
1st: Paul Durnin (20) 34pts

Twos: 1 player

CSS: Non Qualifying

St Patrick’s Day celebrations

This Thursday is St Patrick’s Day and the National Holiday will be celebrated with a singles competition in the morning which will have a shotgun start at 9.30am.

At 2pm the Juvenile Captains will present our Captains and Presidents with shamrock.  This will be followed at 2.45pm by a nine hole semi open mixed foursomes (front and back nines). Time sheets opened last Friday and are available on the BRS system.

The Restaurant will be serving Irish cuisine, and traditional music will be provided by The John Thomas Big Band from 5.30pm.

Early pace-setter Hanratty hangs on

Early starter Eugene Hanratty was proof that the early bird gets the worm when he posted a score that wasn’t bettered by the other 115 competitors in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which was played over 15 holes due to the ongoing course improvement work.

Playing off 10, Hanratty opened up with 10 points from the first four holes courtesy of pars at the first and fourth. With the fifth closed, he then took seven points from the next four holes to turn with 17pts.

Despite 17 and 18 being closed, Hanratty had run up another 18pts by the time he walked off the 16th thanks mainly to a three point birdie at the 10th, a four point birdie at the 15th and three point par at the 16th

That set the score to beat and several players did come close with Brendan Keane and John McLaughlin matching Hanratty’s 35pts but losing out on countback. McLaughlin (25) had to settle for the Category Three prize while Keane (13) finished second overall after an impressive round.

Last year’s Club Captain stormed through first four holes collecting 12 points thanks to three point pars at holes two and four and a four point birdie three at the tricky third. He picked up another eight points from the sixth to the ninth which included a superb birdie three on the eighth after he had messed up the par five seventh and walked off with just one point.

That left him on 20pts for the opening eight holes and over the final seven he picked up another 15pts thanks to three point pars at 12, 13 and 16. But he was left to rue one point returns from the 11th and 14th which ultimately saw up come up short by the narrowest of margins.

The other category prizes were claimed by Paul Morrison (Cat 1) and Aidan Gaughran (Cat 2).

Sunday, March 13 – Overall: E J Hanratty (10) 35/21pts, Brendan Keane (13) 35/20pts. Category 1: Paul Morrison (10) 34/22pts, Pat Donaghy (12) 34/20pts. Category 2: Aidan Gaughran (13) 34/20/14pts, David Cairns (17) 34pts. Category 3: John McLaughlin (25) 35pts, Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) 34pts.


Captain’s Drive in

Drive in 2016

Lady Captain Jean Connolly receiving a bouquet of flowers from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Drive in Schol

Scotch Mixed Foursomes- Winners Front Nine, from left, Conor McCaughey, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Olivia Cunningham and Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Drive in Scotch Mixed

Scotch Mixed Foursomes- Winners Back Nine, Jim Dwyer, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Mary Dwyer and Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Winter League Final

Centra winners

Centra Winter League – Winning Team, Ceann Scribe, Back row, from left, K. Barry, L.Mullins, Captain Maurice Soraghan, J.Flanagan and T.King. Front row, C.Murdock, S.Gallagher, C.Matthews (Tiernan’s Centra, Blackrock – Sponsors), E.Hanratty and D.Miele.

Team Ceann Scribe won the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League when they defeated Team Deer Park 5-3 in Sunday’s Matchplay Final.

 After winning the qualifying league by a massive 39pts from Ceann Scribe, Deer Park were odds-on favourites to take the 2016 title but the unavailability of three players meant they were forced to concede walkovers to their opponents and they were three matches down before a ball was struck.

 Despite this disadvantage, they went agonisingly close to a memorable victory as the five remaining players battled valiantly to defy the odds in the 14 hole event.

 Team captain Christy Ward led the way with an emphatic 36pts to 28pts victory over Turlough King during which he reeled off four birdies while Eamonn McEneany produced three birdies on his way to pipping Eugene Hanratty 36-35 in pulsating battling and Kevin Carthy also came out on top by a single point as he beat Joe Flanagan 36-35 in another gripping contest.

That left it 3-3 but Ceann Scribe captain Danny Miele beat David Murden 35-31 to edge his team front and it was left to Len Mullins to get them over the finishing line as he just held off the brave challenge of Micky Stewart to win 34-33 and secure the title for Ceann Scribe.

Eamonn McEnenay’s score was enough to win the Overall Individual Prize for the second time during this year’s Winter’s League as he pipped Kevin Carthy on countback while the Category winners were Christy Ward, Tommy Reneghan and Caoimhan O’Callaghan.

When all the individual scores over the duration of the Winter League were totted up the overall category winners were Sean Hession in Category 1, Tom Clarke on Category 2 and Sean Quigley in Category 3. Hession actually tied with Mickey Coburn for the Category 1 prize but won 33-31 in a play-off.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Final – Ceann Scribe 5 Deer Park 3 : Turlough King lst Christy Ward 28-36, Danny Miele bt David Murden 35-31, Len Mullins bt Micky Stewart 34-33, Eugene Hanratty lst to Eamonn McEneaney 35-36, Joe Flanagan lst to Kevin Carthy 35-36.

Conall Murdock bt Alan Hurley w/o, Kevin Barry bt Gregory McCaughey w/o, Sean Gallagher bt Seamus Capplis w/o.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Individual Category Winners – Category 1: Sean Hession 186pts. Category 2: Tom Clarke 177pts. Category 3: Sean Quigley 180pts.

centra single stableford

Centra Winter League – Singles Stableford. Sean Quigley (Category 3 Winner), C.Matthews (Tiernan’s Centra, Blackrock – Sponsors), Captain Maurice Soraghan and Sean Hession (Category 1 Winner).

Sunday, March 6, Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Eamon McEneaney (17) 36/25pts, 2nd:  Kevin Carthy (20) 36/24pts. Category 1: Christy Ward (11) 36pts, Austin Shaw (9) 34pts. Category 2: Tommy Renaghan (13) 35/22 pts, Danny Miele (13) 35pts. Category 3: Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21), 36pts, 2nd: Joe Flanagan (20) 35/24/17pts.

Singles Stableford Competition

Sunday 13th March 2016

1st :  E J Hanratty (10)                35/21 pts
2nd :  Brendan Keane (13)            35/20 pts

Category 1
1st :  Paul Morrison   (10)              34/22 pts
2nd :  Pat Donaghy       (12)               34/20 pts

Category 2
1st :  Aidan Gaughran     (13)     34/20/14  pts
2nd :  David Cairns           (17)                34 pts

Category 3
1st :  John McLaughlin   (25)             35 pts
2nd :  Caoimhan O’ Callaghan   (21)  34 pts