Archives for May 2016

Open Singles Stableford Competition

Monday, May 16, 2016
1st: Padraig Fallon (8) 46pts
2nd: Eoin Murphy (4) 40pts
3rd: Francis McGuigan (14) 39/22pts
4th: Ruairi Gogarty (7) 39pts


CSS 72 / 36pts

Back nine delivers PGA Tankard for Lynch

The PGA Tankard on Sunday was won by Ken Lynch (12) who produced a spectacular back nine to edge out Aaron Waite (16) on countback after both had returned scores of 42pts.

Lynch had turned for home on 17pts after blanking the sixth and having three pointers at the second and fifth cancelled out by one pointers at the third and fourth. He got the back nine off to a steady start with two points on the 10th before exploding into life by taking 13pts from the next four holes which included a birdie four for four points at the par five 12th. He picked up another three points at the 16th and 18th for a back nine of 25 points which is the equivalent of seven under par.

Junior Scratch Cup winner Josh Macken has had some week as he also won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a score of 41pts which was enough to see him drop a shot in handicap while on Sunday he shot 40pts on his way to winning Category 1 in the PGA Tankard. Apart from Mackin, the other category winners were David Murden (13) and Stephen Haughey (17).

Sunday, May 15 – PGA Tankard – Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts, Aaron Waite (16) 42pts. Category 1: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts, Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 40pts, Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts. Category 3: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts, Paul Lynch (22)       39/22pts. CSS: 71.

Open Singles Stableford – May 11

1st: Josh Mackin (5) 41 pts

2nd :  Jim Caraher (9) 40pts

1st Category 1: Gerry Murray (22) 37 pts

1st Category 2: Gareth Halpin (17) 37/20 pts

1st Category 3: Paul Lynch (22) 39 pts

CSS 71 / 37pts
Entrants 91
DQs – 3 players – scorecard not signed
9 Cards not returned
9 Twos

PGA Tankard

Sunday, May 15, 2016

1st: Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts
2nd: Aaron Waite (16) 42pts

Category 1
1st: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts
2nd: Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts

Category 2
1st: David Murden (13) 40pts
2nd: Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts

Category 3
1st: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts
2nd: Paul Lynch (22) 39/22pts

CSS: 71

Sixteen Twos (15 players)

Two DQ

Mackin wins DAR Golf Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

Junior Sratch 2016 winner

Josh Mackin receiving the DAR Junior Scratch Cup from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Junior Sratch 2016 - Mark Gorham

Junior Scratch Cup – Second Place – Mark Gotham receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

junior Sratch 2016 - 3rd

Junior Scratch Cup – Third Place – Shane Hession receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

junior Sratch 2016 - fallon

Junior Scratch Cup – 1st Round – Best Nett – Ryan McDonnell receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Fourteen year old Josh Mackin captured the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup over 36 holes on Saturday to record one of the biggest wins of his fledging career.

The four handicapper, who was a member of Dundalk’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team last year, shot rounds of 78 and 74 for a two round total of 152 and a three shot win over clubmates Mark Gorham (4) and Shane Hession (6). There was some consolation for third place Hession as he aced the par-three fifth during the competition.

Macken had a jittery start as bogeys at the first and fourth and a double bogey at the sixth left him four over after six holes but he steadied the ship and had only two further bogeys over the remaining 12 holes for a six over par 78.

That left him in a strong position entering the second round and he took full advantage as went through the first nine holes in three less shots than he did in the morning with a birdie at the sixth taking some of the sting out of bogeys at the fourth and eighth.

Another birdie followed at the par five 10th and although he gave it away with a bogey at the short par four 14th he kept reeling off the pars and a bogey on his final hole didn’t do any damage when the scores were totted up.

Gorham took second place thanks to a second round 76 after both himself and Hession finished on 155 while another Dundalk youngster, Padraig Fallon (9), took the Overall Nett Prize with a score of 140 and Rian McDonnell (9) claimed the First Round Nett Prize with a 72.

Saturday, May 15 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by DAR Golf – Josh Mackin (4) (Dundalk) 152, Mark Gorham (4) (Dundalk) 155/76, Shane Hession (6) (Dundalk) 155. Nett: Padraig Fallon (9) (Dundalk) 140. First Round Gross: James McCulla (5) (Kilkeel) 77. First Round Nett: Rian McDonnell (9) (Dundalk) 72. Second Round Gross: Gary Currie (6) (Fortwilliam) 76/36. First Round Nett: Jonathon Mallon (8) (Warrenpoint) 71/36. CSS (Round 1): 73 (Home), 75 (Away). CSS (Round 2): 72 (Home), 74 (Away).


DAR Golf Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

1st: Josh Mackin (4) (Dundalk) 152

2nd: Mark Gorham (4) (Dundalk) 155/76

3rd: Shane Hession (6) (Dundalk) 155

Nett: Padraig Fallon (9) (Dundalk) 140

1st Round
Gross: James McCulla (5) (Kilkeel) 77
Nett: Rian McDonnell (9) (Dundalk) 72

2nd Round
Gross: Gary Currie (6) (Fortwilliam) 76/36
Net: Jonathon Mallon (8) (Warrenpoint) 71/36

Congratulations to Shane Hession on a Hole in One @ 5th

CSS 1st  Round 73 Home, 75 Away
CSS 2nd Round 72 Home, 74 Away

Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

New 18th












This Saturday sees the staging of the Junior Scratch Cup in Dundalk Golf Club sponsored by DAR Golf Contruction Ltd.

The 36 hole competitioDAR Construction logon for those with handicaps between 5 and 9 will be played over the remodelled course which has seen extensive work carried out over the past 18 months, with new bunkering on all greens and new fairway bunkering on the front nine.

Further works to the back nine is expected to take place during the  coming winter.

The redesigned course by Ken Kearney has been widely acclaimed by all those who have played the course including 2016 Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup winner Caolan Rafferty.

‘The changes that Ken Kearney has made to the course in Dundalk Golf Club are in my opinion brilliant’, said Rafferty who won the Senior Scratch Cup played in April having finished runner up in the two previous years.

‘The change with the greenside bunkers last year made a big difference and already this year the fairway bunkers have helped to toughen up the course again. This has proven already this year with the scores that are being shot, such as in the Senior Scratch Cup where only a handful of scores were under par and the standard scratch changing from level to +1’.

‘The new bunkers on 2, 4, 6 and 18 are the real stand out changes. These changes make it a lot more difficult off the tee as you are no longer able to just stand up and blast driver. A lot more thought is needed when playing the course now and I don’t think it is just aimed at the longer hitters’.

‘All the changes affect every standard of golfer and that in my opinion makes the changes even better.’

‘I also think that Damien English and the green staff deserve a lot of praise along with DAR Golf for the work they have put in over the winter. The bunkers have set in and look like they have been there a lot longer then they have been which shows the quality of the work which they have done.

Endorsing the sentiments of Caolan Rafferty is Conor McCaughey, Course Chairman who said, ‘Having worked with DAR Golf in the past we had no hesitation in accepting their tender for the major construction work needed to re-model our golf course in line with golf course architect Ken Kearney’s recommendations’.

‘We were not disappointed with the quality of work, the respect with which the workforce had for the golf course, the attention to detail and deadlines and finally the finished product.

We are delighted that DAR Golf continue to be our partners and look forward to a continued fruitful association with them’.

Anyone wishing the play this Saturday’s Junior Scratch Cup should contact Leslie in the Pro Shop as soon as possible as the timesheet is filling rapidly.

Our May open week commences on Monday next, May 16th with competitions right through to Sunday May 22nd. Please refer to the online BRS tee booking system for details.




Senior Mixed Team advance

The Senior Mixed Team are through to the next round of the All-Ireland Senior Mixed Foursomes competition after a 3-2 win over Greenore.

With three of the matches away it was imperative that Dundalk won the two ties at home and Clem Walsh and Olive Jones certainly did that with an impressive 5&4 win while Neal MacKell and Mary Hession made it a clean sweep with a 3&2 victory.

Out on the Cooley peninsula, Mickey Coburn and Anne McArdle were unlucky to lose on the 17th for a 2&1 defeat while Billy Cairns and Brid Rocks came up against stiff opposition in a match that finished on the 13th.

However, Ricky Newell and Anne Murray ensured Dundalk’s place in the third round with an fine 2&1 victory and the team now await the winners of the tie between Ashbourne and Killeen Castle.

The Senior Mixed Team’s victory was the bright spot on an otherwise disappointing weekend as the North Leinster Mixed Foursomes Team was beaten 4-1 by Co Meath with Tommy and Briege Renaghan up in the final match when it was called in while the Provincial Towns Cup team lost to Ardee in their First Round tie.


Specsavers Semi-Open Singles Stableford – May 2, 2016

1st:  Seamus Bailey  (13)          39 pts

2nd:  Barry Grennan  (12)       37/12pts

3rd:  Neill Mullooly  (7)           36/22pts

Juvenile:  Ciaran Johnson (18)    38 pts

CSS  72

McCaughey lifts Paddy Markey Cup

Gregory McCaughey (10) got his summer off to a winning start with a one shot victory in the Paddy Markey Cup on Sunday with Michael Stewart (14) taking the Veteran’s Prize.

McCaughey shot a four under par 68 to edge out four handicapper Mark Gorham who shot a 69.

Eddie Rogers, after a good showing in the Senior Scratch Cup last weekend, won the Gross Prize with a two over par 74 while the category prizes went to Christy Ward (12), Tom Clarke (15) and Kevin Redmond (20).

The Paddy Markey Cup competition also includes a much sought after Veteran’s Prize and it took three countbacks before Michael Stewart and Leslie Toal were separated. Both these 14 handicappers shot 72s and were only separated when the countback went to the last three holes played after they finished equal on the back nine and back six.

The day was marked with a hole in one at the ninth where Ciaran Sheridan aced his tee-shot.

Sunday, May 1 – Paddy Markey Cup/Veterans Prize – Gregory McCaughey (10) 68, Mark Gorham (4) 69. Gross Prize: Edward Rogers 74. Veterans Prize: Michael Stewart (14) 72/36/23.5/11.7, Leslie Toal (14) 72. Category 1 (0-12): Christy Ward (12) 70. Category 2 (13-16): Tom Clarke (15) 72. Category 3 (17+): Kevin Redmond (20) 70. CSS: 72.