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Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup

Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup

The 2016 Dundalk Scratch Cup – kindly supported by Jeffers Sportsturf


SUNDAY 24th APRIL 2016

The Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup is one of Ireland’s leading tournaments for elite amateur golfers and previous winners include three times Major champion Pádraig Harrington.

Harrington took the title in 1995 in his last year as an amateur while Michael Hoey, a five time winner on the European Tour, was the champion in 2000.

Thomas Mulligan from Co Louth won the 2015 Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sportsturf, after shooting a six under par score of 137 in the 36-hole tournament which attracted a quality field.

 The 16-year-old Irish international laid the foundations for his victory in the first round with a fantastic seven-under-par 65 that left him five clear of the field with 18 holes to go.

2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 2The 36 hole event commenced in 1963, the inaugural competition on Sunday, May 12, 1963, set the tone for the following 50 years with an entry that included Walker Cup players Joe Carr, David Madeley and our first champion Dr. David Sheahan.

The 2013 event was won by home club member Aaron Grant, the first time a member won since Dan Coyle’s victory in 1991.

Murphy leads home Sunday qualifiers in Gold Medal

Seven handicapper Darren Murphy mastered the windy conditions to shoot a one-under par 71 and finish as leading Sunday qualifier in the Gold Medal.

As well as being guaranteed a place in the Matchplay stage of the Gold Medal, Darren will also go forward to represent the men’s section of the club in the Dubai Mixed Fourball qualifying tournament where the big prize is a place in this year’s Irish Open Pro-Am.

Saturday’s Gold Medal qualifying round was cancelled following a course inspection on Friday evening and will be played this Saturday, April 10. Those entered in last Saturday’s postponed qualifier must re-enter for this Saturday via the BRS System.

Members have the option next Saturday of playing casual golf or participating in the Gold Medal Qualifier.  Those participating in the Gold Medal qualifier are reminded that it is a stroke competition played off the blue tees and their card must be signed by a club member. Playing in Saturday’s qualifier does not preclude players from participating in this Sunday’s House Committee Cup.

Draws made for Foursomes and Mixed Foursome matchplay competitions

The draws for both the Men’s Foursomes and the Mixed Foursomes competitions have been made and the draw sheets are now posted in the locker rooms.

Because of the size of entry there will be a preliminary round in both competitions. The Men’s Foursomes preliminary round matches must be played by May 9 while the Mixed Foursomes preliminary round should be completed by May 16.

Handicaps for both competitions will be as they are on day of match which is in accordance with CONGU Guidelines. Matches in the Men’s Foursomes competition will be played off White Tees while in the Mixed Foursomes will be off the White/Red Tees.


McCaughey and Byrne win Sunday’s Fourball

Connor McCaughey (5) and Frank Byrne (10) combined well to win Sunday’s Fourball Stableford competition. They had a point to spare over Tommy Reneghan (13) and Niall McCaul (7) who took second on countback from Noel Reidy (12) and Noel Crowe (25).

David Murden (13) just pipped George Rogers (19) on Easter Monday to win the Singles Stableford competition on countback thanks to 22pts over the final nine holes. Both had shot 38pts as did third placed Kieran Arthurs (11).

Sunday, April 3 – Fourball Stableford – Connor McCaughey (5) & Frank Byrne (10) 45pts, Tommy Reneghan (13) & Niall McCaul (7) 44/24pts, Noel Reidy (12) & Noel Crowe (25) 44/22pts.

Monday, March 28 – Singles Stableford Competition – David Murden (13) 38/22pts, George Rogers (19) 38/21pts, Kieran Arthurs (11) 38pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Grant and Rafferty reach last 16 at West of Ireland

Elite golfers Aaron Grant and Caolan Rafferty proudly flew the flag for Dundalk Golf Club at the West of Ireland Golf Championship in Rosses Point over the Easter Weekend.

Both reached the last 16 of the first major amateur championship of the 2016 season and claimed some notable scalps along the way.

The Dundalk duo qualified for the Matchplay stage of the tournament after finishing among the top 25 of the 64 qualifiers. The qualifying round was reduced to 18 holes after high winds caused the second round on Easter Saturday to be abandoned so Grant’s 77 and Rafferty’s 79 from Friday saw them qualify comfortably inside the cut.

In Round 1 on Easter Sunday morning Grant beat Andrew Morris of Belvoir Park 2&1 while Rafferty defeated James Pierse of Portmarnock by 1 hole.

On Sunday afternoon in Round 2 Grant had a one hole victory over William Russell of Clandeboye while Rafferty came from two down after 11 holes to beat Portmarnock’s James Fox with a birdie on the 19th hole.

That left only Dundalk and host club Co Sligo with two representatives in the last 16 on Easter Monday morning. Rafferty faced Matthew Kane of Whitehead and, after losing the opening hole, was unable to get back on level terms. He was two down after 11 and eventually succumbed to a 3&2 defeat.

Grant faced Daniel Holland of The Castle and found himself two down after 11 holes. They were all square by the time they walked off the 14th green but after halving the 15th, Grant lost 16 and 17 to lose the match 2&1.

Rafferty’s conqueror Kane was beaten in the quarter-finals by the eventual winner Jonathan Yates of Nass who defeated Holland in the final.

Reaching the last 16 of the West represents a good start to the season for Rafferty and Grant and everybody at Dundalk wishes the boys well for the coming season.

One of the big targets for both players in the coming weeks will be the annual Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 24. Entries are now being accepted by the Pro Shop on 042-9321731.