Archives for June 2017

Open Singles Stableford

1st :   Liam McGailey (11)           43 Pts

2nd : Paul Connolly (13)          40/20 pts   Corballis Links

Category 1 (+4 to12)

1st : Fergal Harte (7)   39 Pts

Category 2 (13-18)

1st : Donal Curran     (14)          38 pts

Category 3 (21-28)

1st : Declan Conlon (21)  40 pts

Best Gross

*   Caolan Rafferty (+4)   40   Gross Points 

Juvenile

Timmy Connolly (24)               39/22 Points

 

CSS 36 pts, Home and away

 

Giff wins PGA Tankard

Trevor Giff (12) won the PGA Tankard on Sunday won countback from John McLaughlin (25) after both had shot excellent scored of 41pts.

Three pars in the first three holes yield nine points for Gill and although he dropped shots on the sixth and eighth a birdie two on the par three ninth earned home another three points and a front nine total of 20pts,.

A dropped shot on the 10th was followed by an excellent par on the index two 11th and after bogeying the 12th for two points Giff reeled of three successive three point holes as he parred 13 and 15 and birdied 14. His final three point hole was the 18th which came after he dropped a shot at the 17th but the one point earned there proved vital as his 21pts haul on the back nine was enough to edge out McLaughlin.

Frank Byrne (8) took Category 1 with 40pts while Gerry McDermott (17) was the Category 2 winner thanks to a superb back nine score of 23pts which was enough to edge out Michael Hamailton (15) after both finished on 39pts. Michael Greene (19) also needed his back nine score of 21pts to see off vice captain Gerry Byrne after both finished on 38pts.

After picking up just two points from his opening three holes, Eddie Rogers (3) rallied in superb fashion over the remaining 15 holes and claimed the Gross Prize with a score of 32pts.

Seventeen-year-old Eoin Murphy’s became the latest Dundalk player to reach scratch this week and he did it in some style by winning the Overall and Gross Prizes in Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford. Playing off one he shot a gross round of 40pts and a net round of 41pts and not even a blank at the 15th could halt his march to scratch. Conor McGleenon (11) from The Island took Category 1 while David Cairns (16) won Category 2 and Tom Geray (21) claimed Category 3. The juvenile prize went to Timmy Connolly (24)

 

Sunday, June 25 – PGA Tankard Singles Stableford – Overall: Trevor Giff (12) 41/21pts, John McLaughlin (25) 41pts. Category 1 (0-12): Frank Byrne (8) 40pts, Eddie Rocks (11) 38/19pts. Category 2 (13-17): Gerry McDermott (17) 39/23pts, Michael Hamilton (15) 39pts. Category 3 (18-28): Michael Greene (19) 38/21/14/6/4pts, Gerry Byrne (18) 38pts. Gross: Eddie Rogers (3) 32pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

Wednesday, June 21 – Open Singles Stableford – Eoin Murphy (1) 41pts. Category 1 (0 to15): Conor McGleenon (11, The Island) 40pts. Sean Laverty (4) 39/21pts. Category 2 (16-20): David Cairns (18) 40pts, Peter O’Brien (16) 37pts. Category 3  (21-28): Tom Geary (21) 38pts, Michael Curran (21) 37pts. Gross: Eoin Murphy (1) 40pts. Juvenile: Timmy Connolly (24) 37/21pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

Rafferty makes international headlines at British Amateur

Caolan Rafferty

Dundalk Golf Club’s Caolan Rafferty made international headlines last week when he shot a course record 62 to finish as leading qualifier in the British Amateur Open.

A top class field of 288 of the world’s amateur players teed it up for a place in the matchplay stages of the championship and after carding a level par 70 at Royal St George’s in the first round, Rafferty found himself tied 83rd heading into his second round at nearby Prince’s Golf Club.

His round to remember began with a par before he eagled the par five second and then rolled in birdies on the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth holes turn for home on six under par after going out in 30.

The birdie putts continued to drop down the back nine as birdied 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15 and he looked set to at least match the all-time lowest score in the Amateur Championship under a bogey five at the last left Rafferty having to settle for a ten-under-par 62, a new course records at Prince’s and the prize for leading qualifier.

“The wind was up but everyone knows back home that I love the wind and playing links golf in the wind suits me right down to the ground,” said Rafferty. “It might be a bit of a graft when it comes to getting a score out of it but I just kept hitting it to ten to 12 feet and I couldn’t miss it.

“It was nice to finish as leading qualifier. The players in the British Amateur are the best of the best. They are the closest thing to professionals that we are going to see. To come out on top is always nice.”

In his opening matchplay round at Royal St George’s Rafftery has a comfortable 5&3 victory over David Ravetto of France as he continued the stunning form which saw him set that new course record at Prince’s.

That earned him a place in the last 32 against Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti, who is ranked 24th in the world compared to Rafferty who went into the week ranked 514th. Rafferty was leading by one hole with one to play when thunder and lightning halted play for over two hours. When play resumed he lost the 18th and was then involved in a titantic struggle as the match went to the 25th hole before Tosti emerged as the winner,.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the West of Ireland Championship, finishing seventh in the Lytham Trophy and earning a golf scholarship to Maynooth University, this has been a good year so far for Rafferty and he will look forward to the upcoming major championships with confidence as he chases his dream of an Irish international call-up.

ENDS

PGA Tankard.

Overall

1st : Trevor Giff (12)        41/21 pts

2nd : John McLaughlin (25) 41 pts

Category 1 (0-12)

1st : Frank Byrne (8) 40 pts

2nd : Eddie Rocks   (11)  38/19 pts

Category 2 (13-17)

1st :   Gerry McDermott (17)    39/23 pts

2nd :   Michael Hamilton   (15)  39 pts

Category 3 (18-28)

1st : Michael Greene   (19)  38/21/14/6/4 pts

2nd : Gerry Byrne           (18)  38 pts

Gross Score: Eddie Rogers (3) 32 Gross Points

CSS 36pts

Open Singles Stableford

1st :   Eoin Murphy     (1)           41 Pts

Category 1 (0 to15)

1st : Conor McGleenon (11)   40 Pts   (The Island)

2nd : Sean Laverty (4)               39/21 pts

Category 2 (16-20)

1st : David Cairns     (18)          40 pts

2nd : Peter O’Brien   (16)         37 pts

Category 3 (21-28)

1st : Tom Geary (21)  38 pts

2nd : Michael Curran (21) 37 pts

        Best Gross

*   Eoin Murphy (1)   40   Gross Points 

Juvenile

Timmy Connolly (24)               37/21 Points

CSS 36 pts, Home and away

Record-breaking Rafferty is leading qualifier at British Amateur

Caolan Rafferty

Dundalk Golf Club’s Caolan Rafferty carded a ten-under-par 62 to finish as leading qualifier in the British Amateur Championship today and will face David Ravetto when the matchplay phase commences tomorrow at Royal St George.

Having carded level par 70 at Royal St George in the first qualifying round on Monday, Rafferty jumped from tied 83rd to top spot with his course record round at Prince’s. His 62 also matched the second lowest ever qualifying round in the British Amateur.

Rafferty, who finished tied seventh at the Lytham Trophy, eagled the par five second hole and reached the turn in six-under-par before going on a run of five birdies in six holes from the 10th. A bogey at the last, after finding a bunker, left the Dundalk golfer on ten-under- par.

“The wind was up today but everyone knows back home that I love the wind and playing links golf in the wind suits me right down to the ground,” said Rafferty. “It might be a bit of a graft when it comes to getting a score out of it but today I just kept hitting it to ten to 12 feet and I couldn’t miss it.

“It is nice to know that I am the leading qualifier in this field. The players are the best of the best. They are the closest thing to professionals that we are going to see. To come out on top is always nice.

“Match play is a funny game. You can play really poorly and win a match or you can play really well and lose a match. You just have to take it one step at a time in match play and not get down about it. I enjoy match play so I’m looking forward to it,” said Rafferty who reached the last eight at the West of Ireland Championship.

 

Walsh wins Greenore Junior Scratch Cup for third time

Clem Walshe

Clem Walshe has won the Greenore Junior Scratch Cup for the third time.

The four handicapper shot rounds of 75 and 78 for a 36 hole total of 153 to beat club colleague Kyle Rafferty by one shot after the teenager shot two rounds of 77.

Walshe and Peter Rogers also had a good run in the Ulster Seniors was played over Donegal Golf Club’s testing links at Murvagh.

The Dundalk pair both recorded top ten finishes and Rogers led after the first round of the 36 hole event as he shot four birdies in a one over par round 74.

However, defending champion Garth McGimpsey posted a 70 in the second round to retain the title and Rogers, who shot 79, had to settle for fifth place but had the consolation of winning his age category.

Walshe, with rounds of 77 and 78 took ninth place overall.

 

Cumiskey take route 66 to Professional’s Prize

The weather wasn’t the only thing that was hot at Dundalk Golf Club on Sunday as a few of the 187 strong field took full advantage of the good conditions to go low over the formidable blue course.

Fifteen handicapper Andrew Cumiskey emerged as the winner of Leslie Walker’s Professional’s Prize after shooting a six under par 66 while Aaron Grant (+1) took the Gross Prize with a two under par 70 and Denis Ryan (22) claimed the veteran’s prize with a 71. James Reillyu (26) won the Juvenile Prize.

After opening with a par, Cumiskey double bogeyed the second but got those shots back with back to back pars at the next two holes. A bogey at five was followed by a birdie at the par five sixth and pars at seven and eight. Bogeys at nine, 10 and 11 followed  by pars at 12, 13 and 14 before he took full advantage of his shots by bogeying his way home for a nett 66.

Dillon Green (7) also shot a 66 and that was good enough to take Category 1 by three shots from Barry Cunningham (8). Green’s round  included birdies at 5 and 11. Gerry O’Keefe (13) with a 67 won Category 2 by two shots from Noel Reid (16). Category Three was won by Caoimhin O’Callaghan (20) with 69 as Gavin McDonnell (19) produced  back to back birdies on 17 and 18 to slip into second with a 71.

Sunday, June 18 –  Professional’s Prize (Leslie Walker) – Winner:  Andrew Cumiskey (15) 66. Gross: Aaron Grant (+1) 70. Veteran: Denis Ryan (22) 71. Category 1: (+1-12) Dillon Greene (7) 66, Barry Cunningham (8) 69/34. Category 2: (13-18) Gerard O’Keefe (13) 67, Noel Reid (16) 69/35.  Category 3 (19-28): Caoimhin O’Callaghan (20) 69, Gavin McDonnell (19) 71/32.5. Juvenile: James Reilly (26) 78. CSS: 73.