Archives for July 2017

Gents Open Fourball

1st : P O Callaghan (10) & B Mernagh (12)  47 pts

2nd : R Barry (11) & P Fitzpatrick (14)           46/24pts

3rd : D Ward (19) & D Ward (13)  46 pts

124 played

12 Twos, 12 Players

DKIT Sports and Leisure Centre – 4 Man Team

Winners          –   90 Points

Brendan Tinnelly 19

Declan Conlon 19

Liam O’Mahony 18

Steve Buckingham 17

Runners up – 89/46 Points

George Rogers 18

Sean Ward 18

Ollie English 13

Martin Crosby 8

Presentation to all prizewinners 9 p.m. Sunday 9th July



Rafferty leads Leinster to three-in-a-row

Caolan Rafferty was one of the stars as Leinster claimed their third Interprovincial title in a row this week at Carlow Golf Club.

Rafferty, who was part of last year’s successful team, had an impressive haul of 5.5pts from his six foursomes and singles matches over the three days.

In the opening match against Munster, Rafferty and foursomes partner Eugene Smith from Ardee defeated John Murphy and James Sugure 4&4 before Rafferty was sent out at No.1 in the singles and defeated newly crowned Irish Amateur Open champion Peter O’Keefe 2&1. Those wins helped Leinster to a 6.5 to 4.5 victory.

Leinster had a much more emphatic victory on Day Two when they beat Connacht by 8.5 to 2.5. In the morning foursomes Rafferty and Smith halved with Devin Morley and Jack McDonnell while the afternoon Rafferty beat Barry Anderson 5&3 in the top match.

That left Leinster needing just a draw from their final match against Ulster to retain their title and they got off to the best possible start by winning the foursomes 3-1 with Rafferty and Smith winning 2&1 against Jordan Hood and Kyle McCarron.

Team Captain, Seamus McParland from Greenore, again put his faith in Rafferty to lead Leinster our in the singles and for the third day in a row he delivered from the No.1 slot with a one hole win over Irish international Tiarnan McLarnon.

Leinster eventually won 7-4 to complete a 100 per cent record over the week and win three interprovincial titles on the trot for the first time in over 50 years and sights are now set on emulating that team from the 1960s which won four-in-a-row from 1962 to 1965.




Oriel Cup

1st : Chris Murden (10)           67

Gross: Garret Duffy (5)          73 gross

Category 1 (0-11)

1st :Robert O Hanlon (8)          71/32

2nd Andrew Coburn (11) 71/34.5

Category 2 (12-18)

1st :Shane Thornton (14)  72

2nd : Phillip Behan (12) 73/35   Moate

Category 3 (19-28)

1st :Tom Lanigan (21)  69

2nd :Padraig McDonnell (21) 70

Juvenile : James Reilly (23)          72/34.5

Entrants 141,

Twos 15, players 14

CSS 73 Home, 74 away

Teenager Curtin claims Intermediate Scratch Cup

Dundalk’s juvenile programme is producing a steady stream of talented teenagers at the moment and the latest player to announce his potential for future is 14-year-old Declan Curtin who won the Intermediate Scratch Cup on Sunday.

Curtin, who plays off 13, beat a field of 84 on a day when the Competition Standard Scratch was 73, one more than Standard Scratch for the white course.

Curtin shot a gross score of 80 to win by two shots from Brian McDonnell (13) with John Stanley (11) from City West a shot further back having edged out Billy Curran (12) for third place on countback.

Two bogies and two double bogies over the first four holes left Curtin with a lot of work to do but the teenager showed great composure over the remaining 14 holes to produce his winning score.

A par at the par three fifth was followed by a birdie at the par five sixth  and further pars followed at the eighth and ninth as he turned in 42.

Four successive pars from the 11th to the 14th brought him into contention and a par on the short 17th left him needing a par at the last for overall victory.

He left himself with work to do when his approach found a greenside bunker but he showed nerves of steel as he holed from the sand for a closing birdie and a two shot victory.

The competition was sponsored by Martin Lambe Plant Hire and our photo shows winner Declan Curtin (centre) with sponsor Martin Lambe (left) and Vice-Captain Gerry Byrne (right).

Sunday, July 2 – Intermediate Scratch Cup – 80 – Declan Curtin (13). 82 – Brian McDonnell (13). 83 – John Stanley (11, City West) 83/39; Billy Curran (12). 84 – Kevin Smith (11, Ardee) 84/37 (Ardee). Best Nett: Kieran Reidy (15) 69/32. CSS: 73.

Twelve-year-old Caffrey wins Minor Scratch Cup

Twelve-year-old Ben Caffrey from Ardee, where former Dundalk assistant professional Brian Kerley is now head pro, served notice that he is one to watch for the future as he won the Minor Scratch Cup on Sunday by two shots.

He shot an excellent score of 84 in this scratch competition for players of 17 handicap and higher but he had a shaky start with a double bogey six at the opening hole.

However, a par at the third and a birdie two at the fifth got him going and he parred the sixth and ninth to turn in 41 and well on course to challenge for honours.

His back nine was steady as he threw in back to back pars at the 13th and 14th but a double bogey five at the par three 17th threatened to wreck his round. However, he didn’t let it faze him and parred the last for an inward 43 and a final score of 84.

That was good enough for a two shot victory with Colm Garvey (22) taking second on 86, one shot ahead of fellow Dundalk clubman Declan Ward (20)
with Seamus Kelly (18) taking fourth on 88.

Our photo shows 2017 Minor Scratch Cup winner, Ben Caffrey (centre), with sponsor Martin Lambe (centre) of Martin Lambe Plant Hire and Vice Captain Gerry Byrne.

Sunday, July 2 – Minor Scratch Cup – 84 – Ben Caffrey (17, Ardee). 86 – Colm Garvey (22). 87 – Declan Ward (20). 88 – Seamus Kelly (18). Best Nett: James Reilly (26) 66. CSS: 73.

Cavan Crystal Open Singles

1st : Darren Myles*   (7)           43 pts

2nd: Shane Hession (5)           39 pts

3rd : Peter Rogers (2)             38 pts

Juvenile : Chris Clarke (28)  39 pts

*Best Gross, D Myles , 36/20

CSS 36 pts

83 Entrants



Juveniles win Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups

Intermediate Scratch Cup

1st Gross: Declan Curtin (13) 80   (Juvenile)
2nd Gross: Brian McDonnell (13) 82
3rd Gross: John Stanley (11) 83/39 (City West)
4th Gross: Billy Curran (12) 83
5th Gross : Kevin Smith (11) 84/37 (Ardee)
Winner Nett: Kieran Reidy (15) 69/32

CSS: 73
84 Entrants

Minor Scratch Cup

1st Gross: Ben Caffrey (17) 84  (Ardee) (Juvenile)
2nd Gross: Colm Garvey (22) 86
3rd Gross: Declan Ward (20) 87
4th Gross: Seamus Kelly (18) 88
1st Net: James Reilly (26) 66  (Juvenile)

CSS: 73
72 Entrants