Archives for May 2017

Barton Shield – Dundalk reach Leinster Finals

Dundalk have reached the Leinster finals of the Barton Shield which will take place in July in Kilkenny when the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will take place.
Over the weekend, Dundalk came through a tough qualifying section at Killeen Castle with included 11 clubs from the North East.
On Saturday Dundalk’s two foursomes pairings combined to top the strokeplay qualifying round. Young guns Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin shot a four under par 68 while Caolan Rafferty and Richard Newell went round in 73. That left Dundalk on 141, two shots ahead of Laytown & Bettystown with Co Louth(145) and Co Meath (147)
In the semi-final on Sunday morning, Dundalk faced Co Meath in a match that went to sudden death. Murphy and Mackin won their match 1up but Rafferty and Aaron Grant lost by one hole. The two experienced players faced the sudden death play-off and, after halving the first two holes, they finally got the job done on the 21st.
In the final on Sunday afternoon Grant and Rafferty won 1up and it was left to 16-year-old Mackin to sink a slippery 3ft downhill putt to secure a half and send Dundalk to the finals in Kilkenny where they are set to face Portmarnock in the last eight.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Rafferty and Grant. Both took part in the Irish Amateur Open at Royal Co Down but missed the cut when it fell after 54 holes. The previous weekend Rafferty had been the leading Irishman at the prestigous Lytham Trophy in England where finished an impressive seventh.

Other news

Peter Rogers flew the flag for Dundalk over the weekend at the Irish Amateur Seniors Open in Co Tipperary and secured a top 20 finish in the 54 hole event.
The Provincial Towns Cup team continued their progress with a comprehensive win over Bellewstown while in the Fred Daly Trophy there was a 4-1 victory over Laytown & Bettystown and a 3.5 to 1.5 win over Donabate. Next up are Ardee this Friday. The U15 Inter-club team are due to face Seapoint in their next round after a 4-1 win over Co Louth. However, there was disappointment for the Newsam Cup team who lost to Summerhill and the North Leinster Mixed team who fell to Laytown & Bettystown.
The deadlines for the completion of the current rounds of the Mixed Foursomes and Gold Medal matchplay competitions have been extended by one week to May 29.

Open Week

The first Open Week of the season proved to be very successful with many visitors availing of the opportunity to test themselves over the revamped layout which is bedding in well and has attracted a lot of favourable comment.
The week finished on Sunday with a Singles Stableford competition which was won by Greg McCaughey (10). He shot 41pts and took top prize on countback from Stephen English (12) with Stephen Haughey (16) a further shot back.
Saturday’s Fourball Stableford resulted in a win for Clem Walshe (4) and Paul O’Reilly (16) while Thursday’s Team Event was won by Gerry O’Keeffe, Declan Muckian, Danny Kelleher and C Costelloe.
Conor Curran (3) with 40pts won Wednesday’s Singles Stableford and Dessie Ward (14) won on Monday with 41pts.
The most notable feats of the week went to long-time member Donal Cotter who claimed the first hole-in-one of his career on Wednesday when he aced the par three 5th, this was matched by Ruairi O Connor who had a hole-in-one at the 13th on Thursday .
Many thanks to all the businesses who so generously sponsored the Open Week competitions.
Sunday, May 21 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by Specsavers – Overall: Gregory McCaughey (10) 41/24pts, Stephen English (12) 41, Stephen Haughey (16) 40/21/13/7. Gross: Brendan Lawlor (3) 35pts. Category 1 (+1 to 11): Martin Crosby (8) 39pts. Category 2 (12-16): Phil Holland (12) 37/20pts. Category 3 (17-28): Eamonn Arthur (21) 40pts. Juvenile: Zak Alderdice (15) 40pts. CSS: 36pts.
Saturday, May 20 – Fourball Stableford sponsored by National Tile – Clem Walshe (4) & Paul O’Reilly (16) 46/25pts, John McKeever (12) & JP Casey (16) 46/23/18pts, J Sheridan (11, Gorey) & Eddie Sheridan (13) 46pts.
Thursday, May 18 – Four Man Team Event – sponsored by Flanagan Motors – 92pts: Gerry O’Keeffe (13), Declan Muckian (14), Danny Kelleher (10), C Costelloe (7). 90pts: Dessie Ward (13), Declan Ward (20), Ollie English (12), Gareth Duffy (5).
Wednesday, May 17 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by McCaughey Homes – Overall: Conor Curran (3) 40pts, Ciaran Daly (18) 39/20, Martin Mills (12, Mannan Castle) 39/20/13/6pts. Gross: Caolan Rafferty (+3) 39pts. Category 1: Neil Murphy (9) 39pts. Category 2: Bernard Crombie (14) 38pts. Category 3: G Rice (28, Enniscorthy) 38/19pts. CSS 36pts.
Monday, May 15 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by The Bayview Lounge and Bar – Overall: Dessie Ward (14) 41pts, Michael O Keeffe (17) 39/19/11/5, Jim Rowland (12) 39pts. Seniors Prize (Over 50): Declan Muckian (15) 39/19/13pts. Best Gross: Jim Caraher (7) 29/14. CSS 37pts.

Singles Stableford sponsored by Specsavers

1st :   Gregory McCaughey   (10)     41/24 pts

2nd :   Stephen English (12)            41

3rd :   Stephen Haughey (16)            40/21/13/7

Gross : Brendan Lawlor (3)              35 gross points

Category 1 (+1 to11)

1st : Martin Crosby (8)              39 pts

Category 2 (12-16)

1st : Phil Holland (12)     37/20 pts

Category 3 (17-28)

1st : Eamonn Arthur (21)  40 pts

Juvenile :  Zak Alderdice (15)  40 pts

CSS 36 pts

Open Fourball Stableford Sponsored by National Tile

1st : C Walshe(4) & P O Reilly(16)           46/25 pts

2nd : J McKeever(12) & JP Casey(16)          46/23/18 pts

3rd : J Sheridan(11) Greenore  & E Sheridan(13)   46 pts

60 Entrants

Open Four Man Team Sponsored by Flanagan Motors


1st Place

Gerry o’Keefe            13

Declan Muckian       14

Danny Kelleher       10

C Costelloe                 7

92 Points

2nd Place

Dessie Ward       13

Declan Ward       20

Ollie English         12

Gareth Duffy       5

90 Points

Presentation of prizes 21/05/2017  @ 21:00

Open Singles Stableford – Sponsored by McCaughey Homes

1st :   Conor Curran   (3)     40 pts

2nd:   Ciaran Daly (18) 39/20

3rd :   Martin Mills (12) 39/20/13/6 pts (Mannan Castle)

Gross : Caolan Rafferty (+3) 39 gross pts

 Category 1

1st : Neil Murphy (9) 39 pts

Category 2

Bernard Crombie (14) 38 pts

Category 3

G Rice (28) 38/19 pts          (Enniscorthy)

CSS 36 pts

Hole in 1 – Donal Cotter @ 5th

16 Players, 16 Twos

137 Played


Prizes will be presented on Sunday 21st May @ 9pm

Singles Stableford Open

Kindly sponsored


The Bayview Lounge and Bar

1st :   Dessie Ward   (14)   41 pts

Seniors Prize (Over 50)

Declan Muckian (15) 39/19/13 pts

2nd:   Michael O Keeffe          (17) 39/19/11/5

3rd:    Jim Rowland (12) 39pts

  • Best Gross –Jim Caraher(7)   29/14 Gross Points

CSS 37 pts

9 Players, 9 Twos

47 Players

Prizes to be awarded on Sunday 21st May

Duffy wins Junior Scratch Cup by one shot

Garrett Duffy won the Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup, sponsored by DAR Golf, on Sunday by one shot from Ciaran Traynor with Clem Walshe a shot further back in third place.


Duffy, who plays off five, produced rounds of 78 and 75 for a total of 153 on a day when the weather was varied with morning sunshine for the opening round making way for periods of heavy rain during the second circuit.


After inauspicious start with a double bogey on the opening hole, Duffy dropped three more shots over the par five sixth and seventh to turn in 41. However, he managed to cover the back nine in 37 shots as birdies at the 10th and 14th took the sting out of further bogeys at 11, 12 and 17.


That left Duffy on 78, three adrift of first round leader Joe McArdle from Ardee who shot 75. Traynor, who plays off seven, opened with a 79 and was lying one shot behind Duffy as they teed up for the second round.


Duffy’s hopes seemed to be fading after the first three holes of the final round as he opened with three straight bogeys and although he birdied the index one par four fourth he then went and double-bogeyed the par three fifth.


Another birdie followed at the sixth and three pars ensured he turned for home with a chance after covering the opening nine in 39. A birdie at 10 was followed by bogeys at 11 and 14 but he birdied 16 to get back to level par for the back nine and managed to par the final two holes for a homeward nine of 36, a second round score of 75 and an overall total of 153.


When the dust settled, it proved to be just enough. Traynor matched Duffy’s second round 75 but came up short by one shot while Walshe, who had shot 77 in the first round, could only manage a 78 in the second.


Sunday, May 14 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup, Sponsored by DAR Golf – Overall – 153: Garrett Duffy (5) 78, 75. 154: Ciaran Traynor (7) 79, 75. 155: Clem Walshe (4) 77, 78. 156: Paul Reilly (5, Co Louth) 77,79. Best Nett: 145 – J K Cohalan (6, Ballybunion) 75,70. First 18 Gross: Joe McArdle (5, Ardee) 75. First 18 Nett: Ciaran Sheridan (5) 71/34.5. Second 18 Gross: John Oster (4, Laytown & Bettystown) 77. Second 18 Nett: Damian English (10) 68. First Round CSS: 73 (Home), 74 (Away). Second Round CSS: 73 (Home), 74 (Away).




Dundalk GC Junior Scratch Cup 2017

1st                Garrett Duffy (5)                       153      (78/75)

2nd           Ciaran Traynor (7)                   154      (79/75)

3rd            Clem Walshe (4)                      155       (77/78)

4th                Paul Reilly (5)                          156       (77/79) (Co Louth)

Best Net:   J K Cohalan (6)                      145       (75/70) (Ballybunion)

1st  rd 18 Gross: Joe McArdle (5)           75          (Ardee)

1st rd  18 Net:   Ciaran Sheridan (5)      71/34.5

2nd rd 18 Gross: John Oster (4)             77          (Laytown &Bettystown)

2nd rd  18 Net:     Damian English (10) 68

1st Round CSS 73 Home, 74 Away

2nd Round CSS 73 Home, 74 Away