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.