Archives for December 2017

Draws made for 2018 inter-club competitions

The draws for the various 2018 inter-club competitions have taken place and Dundalk now know the hurdles they will initially face as they try to bring Leinster and All-Ireland pennants back to Blackrock in 2018.

Dundalk have been one of the most formidable teams within Leinster in the Junior Cup and the club will host nine other clubs in the area qualifier on June 9 and 10. The top two strokeplay qualifiers will meet in a matchplay final for a place in the Leinster quarter-final at Carlow on June 28.

The club’s elite players will compete in the Senior Cup and Barton Shield. The Senior Cup qualifier will take place at Laytown & Bettystown on June 13 and 14 with Dundalk due to meet Killeen Castle for a place in the area semi-final where they will meet the winners of Headfort and Greenore. The Barton Shield qualifier takes place in Balcarrick on May 26 where 25 clubs will tee off looking to be one of the top eight teams that will advance to the semi-final stage on Sunday morning. This area qualifier will send two teams to the Leinster Finals in Mount Wolseley on July 20 and 21.

In the Jimmy Bruen Cup, Dundalk will be one of 18 clubs taking part in the area qualifier at Roganstown on June 16 with the top four going forward to the matchplay stage the following day which will decide the team who will advance to the Leinster Finals on July 21 in Mount Wolseley.

The Pierce Purcell Cup is for players with a handicap between 12 and 15 and the area qualifier will take place in Balbriggan on May 12 where 17 clubs will be looking for a place among the four teams that will battle it out on May 13 for a place in the Leinster quarter-final.

The All-Ireland Fourball is one of the newest inter-club competitions and Dundalk have received a bye into the second round where they will play the winner of Bellewstown and Co Louth on or before April 22. It will take Dundalk five matches to reach the Leinster Final in Tullamore on August 12.

In the Barton Cup, Dundalk will meet Ardee on or before April 15 while Greenore will provide the opposition in the Provincial Towns Cup on April 22 with the winners meeting either Seapoint or Co Louth in the second round.

Dundalk will begin the defence of their Leinster Fred Daly pennant in April against Laytown & Bettystown with the winners facing Greenore or Royal Tara while the U15 Inter Club Matchplay competition sees Dundalk meeting Co Louth for a place in the next round against ether Balbriggan or Laytown & Bettystown.



Spirits Competitions

Gents 4 Man Scramble, 14 Hole

1st   :   Michael Hamilton   (5.8)     43.2

Paul O’Callaghan

Pat Daly

Brendan Keane

2nd : Shane Thornton       (4.7)     43.3

Martin Farrelly

John Conlon

Jamie Coyle

3rd     Tommy Renaghan   (5.7)       44.3

Christy Ward

Michael Brown

Noel Reid

4th     Sean Quigley           (7.4)       44.6

Diarmuid McAdam

Kevin Henry

Vincent Jackson

5th       Terry Conlon           (3.3)       44.7

Sean Hession

Austin Shaw

Liam Mernagh



Scotch Foursomes – Mixed , 9 Hole

Front Nine

1st : Mary & Jim Burlingham  34

2nd :  Mags & Michael Coburn 35


Back Nine

1st : Siobhan Mulholland & Clem Walshe  32

2nd : Geraldine & Peter Rogers 35



Rafferty receives honorary membership after international breakthrough

Caolan Rafferty

IRISH international Caolan Rafferty has received honorary membership of Dundalk Golf Club after he became only the sixth player from the club to make a senior international appearance.

Rafferty made his international debut at the Home Internationals in August and finished as the competition’s top scorer with five points out of six as he made a significant contribution to Ireland retaining the trophy for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time.

Rafferty has followed in the footsteps of Walter J Carroll, Charles A Carroll, Mick Ferguson and Barry Donnellan, who were Dundalk’s previous senior men’s internationals, and Yvonne Cassidy who was a ladies international.

“This year was a tremendous one for Dundalk Golf Club as we produced three internationals,” said outgoing Captain Michal Coburn. “Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin played for the U18 and U16 teams respectively while Caolan bridged a 65 year gap to our last men’s senior international. Everybody in the club is very proud of what Caolan has achieved this year. He is a great inspiration to everybody in Dundalk.”

Rafferty admitted he was honoured to receive such a special recognition from a club that has already given him tremendous support.

“It’s not something that is easily got so it is a huge honour for me to receive it. I really appreciate everything the club has done for me. They have helped me to play in tournaments here and in Britain and all the members have been following my progress very closely. It’s great to come back to the club and have people asking you about the championship you have just played in,” said Rafferty.

Rafferty has certainly had a year to remember and there have been no shortage of highlights for the 25-year-old who recently won the Irish Universities Championship at Enniscrone while also helping Maynooth University, where he is a Harrington Scholar, to third place in European Universities Championship in the Czech Republic.

His other big individual win of the year was in Colomiba at the Fedegolf Championship where he also partnered Tiarnan McLarnon to victory in the Team Event. That was his first big win as an elite golfer and he admits it is a big breakthrough.

“I’ve won a few Scratch Cups but Colombia was the first big competition I have won. To also win the team competition was special as it was the first time a team from Britain or Ireland had won it. I went on and won the Irish Universities and now I am looking forward to next year and trying to win one of the major Championships. It would mean a lot to me to bring one of those trophies back to Dundalk.”

Rafferty also claimed leading qualifier honours and course records at two of the biggest championships during the year. At the British Amateur Championship he led home 280 of the world’s top amateur players and also managed to set a new course record over the Princes course. He repeated the feat at the North of Ireland Championship where he set a new mark for the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush and then reached the semi-final of the Championship itself.

He also reached the quarter-finals of the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close and finished 10th at the East of Ireland. There was a seventh place at the Lytham Trophy in England, a second place in the Laytown & Betystown Scratch Cup and a third place in a spirited defence of the Dundalk Scratch Cup behind international colleagues Colin Campbell and Tiarnan McLarnon.

As well as helping Ireland to victory in the Home Internationals, Rafferty also led Leinster to a three-in-a-row in the Interprovincial Championships where he finished as top scorer winning 5.5pts out of a possible six.

Not surprisingly, Rafferty won the Leinster Senior Order of Merit to round off a memorable year and he realises it is going to tough to match those achievements in 2018.

“Obviously I want to do well in the major championships and I want to keep my place on the Ireland panel and make the Home International team again. The Eisenhower Trophy is being played at Carton House in September so making that three man team is a target as well.

“I also want to win a pennant with Dundalk. We have some good young lads coming through and we are all determined to do something with the club.”

Having just recovered from a rib injury sustained in a freak accident, Rafferty is currently preparing for 2018 in Maynooth University where he has just started studying Business Management.

“I am really enjoying it and Barry Fennelly has been a big help to me. We have got access to physios and psychologists and I am also in gym and doing things like yoga. I am fully focused on my studies and my amateur career for the next three years. After that we’ll see what happens.”



End of season presentations for ladies

Corina O’Reilly, 2017 Golfer of the Year, pictured with Lady Captain Maeve Ahern. Corina had a total of 522 strokes playing some superb golf throughout the season.


Berni McGuinnes accepts the ILGU Bronze Medal and the Silver Spoon from Lady Captain Maeve Ahern.


Zara Wadding receives the ILGU Junior Medal from Lady Captain Maeve Ahern. Zara has played superb golf this year losing 11 shots.

Men’s Presentation Night

The presentation of Men’s trophies took place in the clubhouse with Captain Michael Coburn and Lady Captain Maeve Coburn doing the honours.

The 2017 Club Champion, Aaron Grant, receives his trophies from Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.
L>R: Lady Captain Maeve Ahern, Aaron Grant (Club Champion 2017) and Captain Mickey Coburn

Golfer of the Year 2017, Vincent Conlon, pictured with Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.


The 2017 Gold Medal winner Maurice Murphy (right centre) and runner-up Ciaran Sheridan (left, centre) pictured with Lay Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.


The 2017 Senior Scratch Matchplay Champion, EOin Murphy, receives his trophy from competition sponsor Peter McCaughey of IJM watched by Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.


Harry Walsh Cup winner Benny O’Shaughnessy and runner-up Joe Flanagan pictured with Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.

Walsh pips Coburn to take Sunday prize


Clem Walsh was the winner of Sunday’s Single Stableford competition when he shot 35pts to pip Club Captain Mickey Coburn by one point.

The five handicapper opened with two pars for two points each before another par at the third yielded three points while a birdie at the fourth was worth four points and brought him to 11pts. He picked up one more three point par at the seventh on his way to turning for home on 22pts.

Walsh kicked for home in style and over the final five holes he notched up three three point birdies at the 10th, 12th and 14th and a three point par at the 12th. His only blemish was a one point bogey at the par three 13th.

That left him on 35pts, a total nobody else managed to match with Coburn (8) taking second on countback from Michael McDermott (17) after shooting 22pts over his final nine holes.

McDermott took the Category 3 prize with Jim Dwyer (9) and Derek Teather (13) winning the other categories.

Caolan Rafferty returned the Best Gross of the day with a two under par 30pts for the 14 holes,.

The timesheet for the Scotch Mixed Foursomes event on December 17, which has a shotgun start, has opened and is available on the BRS System.

Sunday, December 10 – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: 1st, Clem Walshe (5) 35pts; 2nd: Michael Coburn (8) 34/22pts. Category 1(0-11): Jim Dwyer (9) 32pts. Category 2 (12-16): Derek Teather (13) 33pts. Category 3 (17-28): Michael McDermott (17) 34pts. Best Gross: Caolan Rafferty 30pts. CSS: Non-Qualifying.

Turkey Competition


1st :     Clem Walshe (5)         35 pts

2nd :   Michael Coburn   (8)   34/22 pts

Category 1 (0-11)

1st : Jim Dwyer (9) 32 pts

Category 2 (12-16)

1st : Derek Teather (13)       33 pts

Category 3 (17-28)

1st : Michael McDermott (17) 34 pts

  • Best Gross – Caolan Rafferty 30 Gross Points


Twos: 8, Players 6

Non Qualifying.

Ladies Winter League concludes

The Ladies Winter League has concluded with Mag Coburn winning the overall singles and Team Caroline taking the overall team prize.

The final week of the Winter League was played on Saturday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 5 and the scoring again was fantastic.

Bernadette McCabe returned a score of 23pts to win Class A. Bernie Prendergast, who has played super golf throughout the league, was the Class B winner with 22pts. Grainne Mulllins, who was the overall runner up in the singles, had another great score winning Class C with 21pts.

Mags Coburn who won the overall singles after playing very steady throughout the six weeks of the league.

Team Caroline, with an impressive score of 358pts won the Team Competition. The members of the team were Mary Carthy, Brid Rocks, Anne Murray, Gillian Murphy, Sally McDonnell, Teresa Oakes, Joan McKenna, Caroline Dunne.

Team Caroline, winners of the 2017 Winter League(Front Row, from left): Joan McKenna, Gillian Murphy, Lady Captain Maeve Ahern, Mary Carthy. (Back Row, from left): Daphne Boyle, Sally McDonnell, Mags Coburn, Eva Beirne, Teresa Oakes, Brid Rocks, Ann Murray.

Winter League singles winner Mags Coburn with Lady Captain Maeve Ahern

Week 6 Results

Winner: Bernadette Mc Cabe (17) 23pts
2nd: Mags Coburn (19) 21/15pts
3rd: Pauline Campbell (11) 21pts.

Winner: Bernie Prendergast (24) 22pts
2nd: Ann Murray (21) 20/15pts
3rd: Ruth Connolly (20) 20/14/8pts

Winner: Grainne Mullins (36) 21pts
2nd: Caroline Dunne (36) 19/14pts
3rd: Eve Beirne (33) 19pts.

Two’s:   9th – Brid Rocks