Back to back wins for Grennan

To win a Sunday competition at Dundalk Golf Club is not easy given the size and calibre of the field each week so the odds on winning back to back are extremely high but that’s exactly what 11 handicapper Barry Grennan has done over the past week.

Having won the Jubilee Cup the previous week, Greenan took the Members Prize in the Past Captains and Members Competition to complete a notable double.

Grennan shot 43pts over the Green course to win by one point from David Smyth (12) with Newsam Cup panel member Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) taking third on 41pts on countback after a super 22pts down the back nine.

The confidence from last week’s victory was oozing out of Grennan as he amassed 10 points from the opening three holes after two pars and a birdie three at the fourth. A dropped shot at the par five sixth was quickly rescued at the seventh which he parred for three points and a birdie two at the ninth yielded another three points as he turned for home with 23pts.

Although he dropped a shot at the index two 11th, Grennan managed to pick up three points at the 12th, 16th and 18th for a total of 43pts and it was that par at the last that edged him past Smyth and a second successive victory.

Two handicapper Eddie Rogers showed all his class in returning an impressive 41pts to take Category 1 while Michael Gallagher (10) was the Category 2 winner and Gavin McDonnell (20) claimed Category 3.

Sunday was also an opportunity for the club’s past captains to come together for their annual competition and dinner and it was Gerry O’Keefe (13) who took their prize with a score of 42pts which was two better than Sean Hession (8).

Sunday, September 25 – Past Captains and Members Competition – Past Captains Prize: Gerry O’Keefe (13) 42pts, Sean Hession (8) 40/20pts. Members Prize: Barry Grennan (11) 43pts, David Smyth (12) 42pts, Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) 41/22pts. Category 1 (0-12): Eddie Rogers (2) 41pts, Barry Cunningham (10) 39/21pts. Category 2 (13-17): Michael Gallagher (13) 40/19pts, Michael Stewart (13) 40pts. Category 3 (18-28): Gavin McDonnell (20) 41pts, Sean Gallagher (24)  40pts. CSS: 71 (37pts).