McCaughey shines in Carolan Cup qualifier

The sun wasn’t the only thing to shine at Dundalk on Sunday as Martin McCaughey led home the 16 qualifiers for the matchplay stage of the Carolan Cup,

This was the third Golfer of the Year competition of the season and 168 players teed it up on a beautiful day over the demanding blue course.

Playing off 22, McCaughey produced a solid round that included one birdie, six pars, five bogeys and six double-bogeys as he recorded a nett 67, five under par. The birdie came at the par three fifth, while his six pars were at the fourth, sixth, 10th, 13th, 14th and 17th.

The foundation for McCaughey’s victory came at the par-threes where he had a birdie, two pars and bogey to cover them in gross level par.

McCaughey’s reward for finishing as best qualifier is a meeting with 13 handicapper Seamus Bailey in the first round of the matchplay while the only two single figure handicap players to make the last 16 were Ultan Gaughran (9) and teenager Sean Laverty (4).

The full first round draw is: Andrew Brodigan (12) v Ken Lynch (12), Ultan Gaughran (9) v Richard Barry (11), Dennis Cunningham (10) v Kevin Keenan (12), Seamus Bailey (13) v Sean Laverty (4), Paddy Duffy (13) v Martin McCaughey (22), Jim Burlingham (28) v Gavin McDonnell (19), Tommy Reneghan (13) v Tadhg O’Sullivan (21), Michael Byrne (21) v Ray Pepper  (20).

Sunday, May 7 – Carolan Cup – Leading Qualifier: Martin McCaughey (22) 67. Scores to 73/35/22.33 qualified for Matchplay Stage. CSS: 74