Archives for August 2017

Captain Michael Coburn’s Prize.

1st Richard Copas (18)                          134 (68/66)

2nd Noel Crowe (26)                             136 (65/71)

Veteran: Noel McMahon (23)          141 (66/75)

Gross: Peter Rogers (2)                      148 (77/71)

3rd David Cairns (17)                            142 (73/69/32.5)

4th Martin McEntaggart (10)              142 (73/69)

5th Brian Mernagh (11)                         142(70/72/36.5)

6th Paul O’Reilly (17)                             142 (70/72)

7th Willie McKeever (17)                       143 (75/68)

8th Jim Dwyer (9)                                   143(71/72)

Category 2

1st Ciaran Sheridan (5)                          70/33.5

2nd Terry Conlon (6)                              70

Category 2

1st Brian Gaughran (13)                        67/32.5

2nd Seamus Bailey   (13)                       67

Category 3

1st Sean Gallagher (20)                         70

2nd Dessie Corbett (22)                        72

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Dream debut for Rafferty as Ireland wins Home Internationals

Caolan Rafferty receives a special presentation from Captain Mickey Coburn and Lady Captain Caolan Rafferty to mark his international debut

Caolan Rafferty had a dream international debut last week when he helped Ireland to an historic fourth successive Home Internationals title at Moortown Golf Club in England.

The 24-year-old Dundalk Golf Club player finished as Ireland’s top scorer with five points out of a possible six from the matches against Wales, Scotland and England.

“It was the best week I have had in golf in a long time,” said Rafferty. “To do something as a team was great but to perform as well as I did was extremely satisfying.”

Rafferty had never previously been capped by Ireland at any level and, while he was being tipped for call-up this year, he admitted that he was nervous in the lead-up to the team being finally announced even though he had won the silver medal for leading qualifier at the British Amateur and North of Ireland Championships and reached the last 16 at the British, the last eight at the West of Ireland and the semi-finals of the North as well as leading Leinster to the third successful Inter-provincial title.

“Others boys who were on the fringes did well at the South so I was a little bit apprehensive. I knew they were going for four-in-row and there wouldn’t be many changes to the team so it was nice when the phone-call came although it was hard keeping it quiet for a few days until it was officially announced. It’s been a goal of mine for some time to play for Ireland.”

The Home Internationals involved five foursomes matches each morning followed by 10 singles matches and for Ireland’s opening tie against Wales, Rafferty was partnered with Conor Purcell but they lost 2&1 after getting off to a slow start and finding themselves trailing early on.

“At the team meetings we spoke about the need to get out fast and get up early. Because the standard is so high it is usually one or two small things that decides it.”

Ireland lost the foursomes 4-2 to Matthew Harris and Lewys Sanges so going into the afternoon singles the pressure was on to keep alive their hopes of becoming the first team ever to win four successive Home Internationals titles.

Playing against Jake Hapgood, Rafferty got ahead on the first hole and played steady golf to eventually win 3&1 and pick up his first international point. His team-mates had also bounced back from the morning disappointment and Ireland took the singles 7-3, for an overall 9-6 victory.

The following day against Scotland, Rafferty was paired with Colin Fairweather in the foursomes and it proved to be an inspired choice by team captain Tony Goode as they won 3&2 against Craig Ross and Sam Locke and helped Ireland into a 4-1 lead. Rafferty and Ross met again in the afternoon singles with Rafferty coming from behind to win the last two holes and win by one hole. Ireland won the singles 6-4 and the overall match 10-5.

That set up a showdown with England for the title with the Irish only needing a draw because of their superior point difference.

Playing against Jack Gaunt and David Hague in the foursomes, Rafferty and Fairweather found themselves three down early on but fought back to win 5&3 and give the Irish team a massive lift as they headed into the singles with a narrow 3-2 lead.

“It gave everybody a big lift because a lot of the lads thought we had lost. I have played a lot with Colin over the years and we get on well. We just went about our own jobs and also helped out one another. It was so laid-back we were never flustered.”

With so much on the line, the singles were nail-biting as Ireland looked for the 4½ points they needed to take the title. They got there thanks to three halved matches and three wins with Rafferty delivering one of those victories by beating David Hague 4&3.

“I was two down through three but then I got to work and won four of the next five holes to go two up. After that it was just a case of hitting fairways and greens and keeping him under pressure.”

Rafferty has been inundated with messages of congratulations all week but the texts he was constantly receiving from his father Ciaran were particularly special.

“He been a huge influence on me. It would have been lovely to have had him there but it was nice to know he was following it all at home. My family have been very supportive as has my girlfriend Hayley. They’ve had to put with a lot!

“I’ve also had great support from Dundalk Golf Club and all the members. The club linked up with DKIT at the start of the year to provide fitness training for the elite squad members. It wasn’t something I’d done before but every little bit helps.”

One of the messages he received was from a Dundalk golfer now living in Galway who took the opportunity to congratulate him and offer him the use of his locker at Galway Golf Club where this week’s Irish Close Championship is being held.

That’s the next target for Rafferty before he heads to Colombia for the South American Championship with Tiarnan McLarnon as part of a two man Irish team. Then he’s off to Maynooth University to commence a Business Management course having received one of the Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarships which were set up by Major winner Padraig Harrington in memory of his father.

However, his first week of college will be spent in Prague at the European University Championships before he returns home to defend the Dundalk Scratch Cup he won for the first time last year.

It’s been a season to remember for Rafferty and there are still plenty of opportunities ahead to make it even more memorable.

 

 

 

Open Singles Stableford

1st :   Paul Malone (11)     43 Pts (Ardee)

Category 1 ( <11)

1st : Sean Reidy   (5)       40 Pts

Category 2 (12 to 18)

1st : Danny Gallagher (12)   37/20 pts

Category 3 (19-28)

1st : Padraig McDonnell (20)          35pts

Best Gross

*   Sean Reidy (5) 35  Gross Points 

  Juvenile

Cathal Purcell (16)     38 Pts

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Crowe leads Captain’s Prize after First Round

Noel Crowe (26) is the leader of Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s Prize after the first round which was played over Saturday and Sunday.

He shot an impressive seven under par 65 on Sunday morning to lead by one from Noel McMahon (23) and Richard Copas (18).

That trio will form the final grouping in this Sunday’s Second Round with Maurice Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17) and John P Daly (14) in the group of ahead of them, all sitting four shots behind the leader on 69.

A total of 33 players, who shot 73 or better, have been seeded for next Sunday;s Second Round and every one of them will fancy their chances especially when they recall that last year’s winner David Murden started his final round in 31st place before blasting his way through the field.

All players with a score of 79 or better have qualified to play on Sunday next and their timesheet is now live on the BRS System as is the timesheet for Saturday’s non-qualifiers competition.

Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s  Prize Round 1 Leaderboard: 65 – Noel Crowe (26). 66 – Noel McMahon (23), Richard Copas (18). 69 – Maurice J Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17), John P Daly (14). 70 – Ken Lynch (12), Alan Cole (13), Paul O’Reilly (17), Brian Mernagh (11), Ciaran Daly (17), Gerard Daly (14), Ciaran Cooney (8). 71 – Sean Ward (18), Tony Hanna (23), Jim Dwyer (9), Kieran Reidy (15), Pat Doanghy (12), Harry O’Hanrahan (26), Ultan Gaughran (6), Andrew Brodigan (12). 72 – Fergal Harte (6), Clem Walshe (4), Austin Mathews (13), Carl Stewart (7), Len Mullins (16). 73 – Tommy McDonnell (22), Martin McEnteggart (10),  Dermot McKenna (21), David Brennan (13), Padraig McDonnell (20), Connor McCaughey (5), Anthony O’Donoghue (13).

Murphy makes international debut

Eoin Murphy

Congratulations to Juvenile Captain Eoin Murphy who made his international debut last week and picked up his first point for Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals in St Anne’s Old Links in England.

After suffering foursomes and singles defeats in Ireland’s draw with Scotland on the opening day and a foursomes loss in the defeat by the eventual winners England, Murphy finally got his debut point on Day Three against Wales when he partnered Charlie Denvir (Elm Park) to a 4&3 win. That point helped Ireland to a 10-5 win over the Welsh and second place overall.

Caolan Rafferty will make his senior international debut this week at the Home Internationals at Moortown Golf Club in England from Wednesday to Friday and everybody at the club extends their best wishes to him.

 

Matchplay competitions nearing conclusion

The various internal matchplay competitions are nearing conclusion with most now at the semi-final or final stage.

The Blue Riband is the Gold Medal and Maurice Murphy has reached the final after beating Turlach King in the last four and is awaiting the outcome of the other semi-final between Billy Cairns and Ciaran Sheridan.

In the Carolan Cup, Ray Pepper beat Gavin McDonnell in their semi-final and will now meet either Seamus Bailey or Richard Barry in the decider. The semi-finals of the Harry Walsh Cup will see Davy Cairns meeting Joe Flanagan while Ciaran Daly faces Benny O’Shaughnessy.

This year saw the introduction of four category matchplay competitions which have proved very popular and they too are coming to a climax.

In the Senior competition Eoin Murphy has reached the final but the other half of the draw is only at the quarter-final stage with the club’s two lowest handicap players, Caolan Rafferty and Aaron Grant, scheduled to meet in the semi-final if they get through their last eight matches.

In the Junior competition Neil Mullooly will play the winner of the quarter-final between Ciaran Traynor and Shane Hession while the other semi-final is between Fergal Harte and Gene Hanratty.

The Intermediate semi-finals sees Pat Curran meet Kevin Carthy while Stephen Buckingham faces Bobby McCarthy while Declan Ward and Pat Daly have reached the Minor Final.

There are also two major foursomes competitions during the year and in the Men’s Foursomes the competition is at the semi-final stage with G Duffy & D Ward meeting S Gallagher & C McClenaghan while P Fennelly & R Barry meet the winners of the quarter-final between M McDermott & P Morrison and P Cheshire & B McCarthy.

The Mixed Foursomes  has also reached the semi-final stage with T & B Renaghan having qualified for one semi and O & M McGinnity for the other and they await the outcome of outstanding quarter-final ties.

Open Singles Stableford

1st : Stephen English (11)     40 Pts

2nd : Hugh Reilly (21)           39 Pts

3rd :   John P Daly (15)          38/20 Pts

Category 1 ( <11)

1st : Conall Murdock   (6 )     38//19 Pts

Category 2 (12 to 18)

1st : Pat O Hanlon   37/18/12   pts

Category 3 (19-28)

1st : Joe Flanagan (20)          35/20 pts

Best Gross

*   Caolan Rafferty (+4)  35  Gross Points 

Juvenile

Matthew Fee (21)     35 Pts

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110 played

Two’s 8 (8 players)

 

Sizzling back nine wins Knights of Malta Cup for Laverty

Four handicapper Sean Laverty one of the members of the club’s Leinster title winning Fred Daly Trophy team, lifted the Knights of Malta Cup on Sunday on countback from Michael Keating (16), Aidan Thornton (8) and Tom Clarke (17),

All three finished with scores of three under par, 69, but Laverty’s back nine of 32 was enough to give him the overall prize with Keating taking the runners up spot. There was some consolation for Thornton and Clarke as they won category one and three respectively. Eddie Rogers, off three, took the gross prize with a 73.

After eight holes of his round few would have bet on Laverty being in the final shake-up as a double bogey six at the fourth and bogies at the first and eighth meant he was standing at three over par nett when he stood on the ninth tee.

But he then birdied the par three hole and that kick-started his round as he reeled off another two birdies down the back nine as well as seven pars to cover the home stretch in 34 gross and 32 nett and that was enough to pip Keating for the overall prize.

Sunday, August 6 – Knights Of Malta Cup – Overall: Sean Laverty (4) 69/32, Michael Keating (16) 69/33. Gross: Eddie Rogers (3) 73. Category 1 (0 -11): Aidan Thornton (8) 69, Connor McCaughey (5) 70/34.5. Category 2 (12-17): Tom Clarke (17) 69, Pat Hoey (13) 70/33.5. Category 3 (18-28): Ciaran Daly (18) 70, Hugh Reilly (21)73. CSS: 72.

 

Knights of Malta Cup

1st : Sean Laverty   (4)                    69/32

2nd : Michael Keating (16)            69/33

Gross: Eddie Rogers (3)                     73

Category 1 (0 -11)

1st :   Aidan Thornton (8)             69

2nd : Connor McCaughey (5)                70/34.5

Category 2 (12-17)

1st :   Tom Clarke (17)                     69

2nd :   Pat Hoey     (13)                     70/33.5

Category 3 (18-28)

1st :   Ciaran Daly (18)                  70

2nd : Hugh Reilly   (21)                73

CSS: 72 Twos: 13 (12 Players) Entry: 162

 

Open Singles Stableford

1st : Ruairi Gogarty (8)     39/19 Pts

Category 1 (0 to10)

1st : Christy Ward   (8 )     39 Pts

Category 2 (11 to 17)

1st : Gareth Halpin (12)   34 pts

Category 3 (18-28)

1st : Padraig McDonnell (20)          34 pts

Best Gross                                    

 Connor McCaughey (5) 31/18  Gross Points 

Juvenile

Conor Murphy (15)     45 Pts

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