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Rafferty wins One Finance Dundalk Scratch Cup

LOCAL hero Caolan Rafferty won the One Finance sponsored Dundalk Scratch Cup for the second time in three years at Dundalk Golf Club.

The 25-year-old shot two rounds of 68 for an eight under par total of 136 to win his home tournament by six shots from Co Louth’s Gerard Dunne, who stormed through the field after an opening 79 to take second place on two under thanks to a course record nine under par 63 in the second round.

In the morning, Rafferty had covered the opening nine in one-under par after an eagle three at the par five sixth and a bogey at the par four eighth and he then birdied the 10th, 14th and 18th on the way in to take lead after the opening round on four under.

That left him two shots ahead of Max Kennedy, Tom McKibben and Evan Farrell who all shot two under par 70s while Eanna Griffin was a shot further back on 71.

However, none of the chasers managed to mount an attack on Rafferty in the afternoon with Kennedy shooting 81, McKibben 83 and Farrell 80 to drop out of contention while Griffin managed a level par 72 to finish on one under.

During the second round Rafferty moved to five under with a birdie at the par four second but then bogeyed the par three fifth. However, back to back birdies at the sixth and seventh saw him turn in six under for the tournament and he got to nine under with three to go after birdies at 10, 14 and 15.

But Rafferty, who was playing his sixth competitive round in five days having been away with Ireland at the Home Internationals in Wales, admitted the fatigue finally caught up on him on the par three 17th when he overcooked his pitch from the right of the green and took two putts for a bogey four,

He then missed the par four 18th green with his approach but found enough energy to get up and down for par and finish on eight under and six clear of Dunne.

“It was two steady rounds,” said Rafferty afterwards. “I was slow to get going but the eagle on six gave me the kick-start I needed. In the second round after I birdied 10 I had chances on 11, 12 and 13 and just missed. A couple of years ago that would have got me down, I would have been upset that I didn’t get one of them and the whole round would have gone to pot. But I stuck at it and birdied 14 and 15. Seventeen was when the tiredness really kicked-in and the concentration levels were really low but it was nice to hole a putt for par on the last and not finish with a bogey.”

Rafferty acknowledged that his win in this tournament two years ago kick-started his emergence as one of the top players in the country during which he has established himself as an international squad member and captured this year’s South of Ireland Championship, his first major title.

“I started this year by winning the Laytown & Bettystown Scratch Cup, I’ve won the South of Ireland Championship and now I have won this so it’s nice to have won those trophies and the Inter-Varsities Cup as well. It has been a good year even though I missed a couple of cuts at the wrong time of the year but I didn’t get down on myself. I am maturing and accepting what will be, will be,” said Rafferty.

He will now take a break from golf before returning next month to lead Dundalk’s bid for a first national title at senior level when they compete in the AIG Barton Shield All-Ireland Finals at Thurles Golf Club.

“It’s been a long year, the body is starting to ache a little bit so I’m looking forward to a bit of a break before the Barton Shield.”

Dunne’s course record in the afternoon, when he shot a bogey free nine under par 63, was one better than the previous best set by Dundalk’s Aaron Grant last year.

It was also a massive 16 shots better than his first round total of 79 in the morning but it was during that round that the seeds were sown for his record score.

“I was not swinging it well the last few weeks but I figured something out on the 16th this morning and when I was going down the first in my second round I said to Evan Farrell that I was going to birdie every second hole and shoot nine under. I’m glad I kept my word,” said Dunne who finished six shots behind Rafferty in second place on two under.

Dunne’s 63 was made up of seven birdies and an eagle at the par five 10th when he holed a putt from off the green after a 3 wood approach shot.

The presentation of the Dundalk Scratch Cup took place in the clubhouse where Caolan Rafferty was presented with the trophy by sponsor Martin McDonnell of One Finance and Dundalk Captain Gerry Byrne.

DUNDALK SCRATCH CUP sponsored by One Finance: 136 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 68, 68. 142 – Gerard Dunne (Co Louth) 79, 63. 143 – Joshua Robinson (Lisburn) 72, 71; Eanna Griffin (Waterford) 71, 72; 146 – Conor Curran (Dundalk) 75, 71; John McCarthy (The Island) 74, 72; Eugene Smith (Laytown & Bettystown) 75, 71; 147 – G McAuley (Dunmurry) 76, 71; Shane McGlynn (Portmarnock) 75, 72; Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) 74, 73; Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) 72, 75; Ronan McCrory (Lisburn) 79, 69.

Best Nett: Conor Curran (1, Dundalk) 144 (74/70)

First 18 Gross: Max Kennedy (+2, Royal Dublin) 70/33

First 18 Nett: Evan Farrell (Scr, Ardee) 70

Second 18 Gross: Ronan McCrory (Scr, Lisburn) 69

Second 18 Nett: Ronan Cowhey (2, Elm Park) 70.

CSS: 73 (Round 1), 73 (Round 2).

 

 

Senior Scratch Cup

1st         Caolan Rafferty (+5)   136       (68/68)

2nd      Gerard Dunne (+3)  (Co Louth)      142       (79/63) Course record Rd 2

3rd       Joshua Robinson (0)   (Lisburn)       143      (72/71)

4th        Eanna Griffin (+2)  (Waterford)        143       (71/72)

Best Net:   Conor Curran (1)           144       (74/70)

1st 18 Gross: Max Kennedy (+2)  (Royal Dublin)   70/33

1st 18 Net:     Evan Farrell (0)  (Ardee)    70

2nd 18 Gross: Ronan McCrory (0)  (Lisburn)        69

2nd 18 Net:     Ronan Cowhey (2)   (Elm Park)       70

1st Round CSS 73

2nd Round CSS 73

 

 

Wednesday Open 12th September 2018

 

 

Overall

1st : Martin Mills (11)                    41 Pts   ( Nuremore)

2nd : Colm O’ Hanrahan (24)       39 Pts

3rd:   Bert Burke (4)                       38pts   ( Moate)

Category 1 (0-11)

1st : Eamonn Kelly (11)                   37 Pts   ( Roslare)

Category 2 (12-18)

1st : Mark Browne      (13)              37 Pts

Category 3 (19+)

1st : Mark Coan   (25)                      35/18 Pts

Best Gross: Bert Burke (4)         34 Gross Pts

Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (17)    34 Pts

99 played

Two’s 11, Players   9

CSS 73/35 Pts

 

 

 

 

 

Rafferty bidding for second Dundalk Scratch Cup victory

Pictured at the launch of the 2018 Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance were (from left): Pat Cleary (Lady Captain); Martin McDonnell (One Finance), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk & Ireland), Niall McDonnell (One Finance) and Gerry Byrne (Captain).

SOUTH of Ireland champion Caolan Rafferty will be the big draw when the One Finance sponsored Dundalk Scratch Cup takes place this Sunday (September 16) over 36 holes at Dundalk Golf Club.

Since he first won the competition in 2016, Rafferty has firmly established himself as one of the top amateur players in Ireland and is currently the second highest ranked Irishman in the World Amateur Golf Rankings where he sits this week in 63rd place.

He will head home to Dundalk after spending the earlier part of this week in the Welsh seaside resort of Conwy as part of an Irish team looking to win the Home Internationals for a fifth year in a row.

Last year, Rafferty had to settle for third place behind Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell in his defence of a title that includes the likes of three times major winner Padraig Harrington among its former champions since its inception in 1963 when David Sheahan was the first winner.

Rafferty’s presence alone is sure to guarantee a large crowd at Dundalk on Sunday as the locals avail of a rare opportunity to see the 25-year-old in competitive action over his home course.

Rafferty will lead a strong home challenge into this year’s competition with all eight members of Dundalk’s Senior Panel included in the field as they battle for places in next month’s All-Ireland Barton Shield semi-final at Thurles Golf Club.

Entries are still open but the field already includes plenty of quality with the likes of Colin Woodroofe, Aaron Marshall, Eugene Smith, Max Kennedy, TJ Forde, Jack McDonnell and Cian Geraghty among the early entrants for an event that is firmly established as one of the top Scratch Cups in the country.

The greenkeeping staff at the Dundalk have been working hard over the last few weeks to have the course in top shape for Sunday and the course record of 64, which was set last year by Aaron Grant, could be under threat.

 

Another win for McGuinness as he lands Cochrane Cup

Shane McGuinness, who earlier in the season captured the Minor Scratch Cup, added another important trophy to his sideboard when he won the Cochrane Cup on Sunday.

Now playing off 15, McGuinness needed a strong back nine to pip another 15 handicapper, Len Mullins, after the two returned five-under par nett scores of 67 on a day when a strong swirling wind asked plenty of questions of the field.

Mullins, who was an early morning starter, set the score to beat after a steady round that saw him show great composure on the index three par five seventh to record a solid six after a bit of trouble on the tee.

McGuinness, playing the afternoon, began steadily but wasn’t as fortunate as Mullins on the seventh where he racked up a triple bogey eight. However, pars at the eighth and ninth helped him in turn in 36 nett.

Three more pars followed at the 10th, 11th and 12th before a bogey four at the index 16, 13th was followed by a par at the short par four 14th. McGuinness then birdied the difficult par four 15th and parred the long par four 16th before finishing with bogeys on the final two holes to come home in 31 nett for an 18 hole nett total of 67.

Ken Lynch (12) was the only other player in the field to shoot in the sixties as he recorded a 69 to take Category 2 while Maurice Soraghan (10) claimed Category 1 and Nigel Giff (21) won Category 3. Senior Panel member Conor Curran (1) took the Gross Prize with a level par 72 while Padraig Grennan (17) was the Juvenile winner.

Sunday, September 9 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Shane McGuinness (15) 67/30.5, Len Mullins (15) 67/34.5. Gross: Conor Curran (1) 72. Category 1 (0-11): Maurice Soraghan (10) 71/35, Rian McDonnell (7) 71/35.5. Category 2 (12-16): Ken Lynch (12) 69, Derek Teather (16) 72/35. Category 3 (17+): Nigel Giff (21) 71/34.5, Conor McClenaghan (23) 71. Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (17) 73. CSS: 72.

 

 

Cochrane Cup

Overall

1st : Shane McGuinness (15)         67/30.5

2nd : Len Mullins (15)                       67/34.5

Gross: Conor Curran (1)    72 (Gross)

Category 1 (0-11)

1st : Maurice Soraghan (10)         71/35

2nd : Rian McDonnell (7)                 71/35.5

Category 2 (12-16)

1st :   Ken Lynch (12)                 69

2nd :   Derek Teather (16)                 72/35

Category 3 (17+)

1st :   Nigel Giff   (21)                          71/34.5

2nd : Conor McClenaghan (23)       71

Juvenile : Padraig Grennan (17)       73

Css 72

Open Singles Wed 5th Sept 18

Overall

1st : Kevin Henry (19)     43 Pts

2nd : Jamie McCaul (17)         40/21 Pts

Category 1 (0-11)

1st : Ciaran Johnson (8)     40/19 Pts

Category 2 (12-18)

1st : Conor Hackett         (13)   39 Pts

Category 3 (19+)

1st : Nicky Malone     (23)       39 Pts

(Ardee)

Best Gross: Eoin Murphy (-1)   36 Gross Pts

Juvenile: Fionn Cunningham (28)     39 Pts

CSS 72/36 Pts

Caolan Rafferty selected for Home Internationals

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty, has been selected on the Ireland team which will bid for a fifth successive victory at the Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, Wales, from September 12 to 14.

Last week Caolan was part of a Leinster team that finished third in the Inter-Provincials at Athenry Golf Club and won 4.5pts out of a possible six over the course of the week.