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Mixed fortunes for teams but two move on

There were mixed fortunes for Dundalk Golf Club teams last Saturday but two teams managed to progress to the next stage of their respective competitions.

The Mixed Foursomes team defeated Greenore on Saturday but the ladies Minor team saw their run come to an end at the hands of Ashbourne in a match played in Beaverstown.

The Jimmy Bruen team, managed by Fergal Harte and Clem Walshe, qualified for the regional semi-final in a blustery Roganstown Golf Club.

The new look line up featured many of Dundalk’s young up and coming players who showed maturity beyond their years to get the job done and ensure the club qualified for the section semi- final which will be played against Balbriggan on Sunday next, June 24, at 8am in Roganstown. The regional final will be played that afternoon against the winners of Forrest Little and Co Louth at 2pm.

Balbriggan were the leading qualifiers on 336, which was five ahead of Forest Little and Co Louth on 341 with Dundalk a shot further back on 342.

A big incentive for Dundalk is that the Leinster Finals take place in Mount Wolseley on Saturday, July 21, alongside the Barton Shield which Dundalk have already qualified for.

This Thursday, the Ladies Revive Active team face Ardee in the Third Round of the competition at 3.30pm with the three matches in Dundalk while at 4pm the All-Ireland Fourball team will meet Malahide In the Leinster quarter-finals with three of the five matches at home.


Keane takes Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men

A former Men’s Captain, Brendan Keane, was the winner of Lady Captain Pat Cleary’s Prize to the Men on Sunday when he shot a four under par 68 to win by one shot.

He took full advantage of an early start which allowed him to miss the rain that descended on many of the later starters and made a tough blue course even tougher in the windy conditions.

Keane, playing off 12, went through the opening nine in nett level par as pars at the third, fourth and eighth, where he had shots, cancelled out double bogeys at the first and ninth and a bogey at the second where he didn’t have a shot.

It was much more positive for Keane down the back nine beginning with a birdie four at the par five 10th which was a nett eagle to bring him to two under par. He went to three under with a nett birdie at the par five 12th.

He dropped a shot with a bogey at the par three 13th but got it back with a par into the wind at the index six 15th and went to four under with a wind assisted par at the index four 16th.

Another par three bogey, at the 17th, momentarily took him back to three-under but he eventually signed for a four under par net 68 after a fine par on the last which was playing long into an extremely strong wind.

It proved to be a vital nett birdie as he finished one shot ahead of Mark Browne (16), Danny Miele (11) and Barry O’Hanrahan (20) who all finished on 69 and had to be separated on countback.

Browne, who has been cut six shots already this year, prevailed with a better back nine and his handicap will continue to plummet. Miele took Category One while O’Hanrahan won Category Three and Declan Muckian (14) claimed Category Two after a 70.

Aaron Grant (+2) produced an excellent round of level par 72 to win the gross prize while another former captain, Dermot Duffy (25), took the Veteran’s Prize with a one-under par 71.

Sunday, June 17 – Lady Captain’s (Pat Cleary) Prize to Men – Overall: Brendan Keane (12) 68, Mark Browne (16) 69/33. Gross: Aaron Grant (+2) 72. Veteran: Dermot Duffy (25) 71. Category 1 ( 0-12): Danny Miele (11) 69, Mark Cumiskey (9 ) 70. Category 2 (13-17): Declan Muckian (14 ) 70, Gerard Daly (14) 73/36. Category 3 (18–28); Barry O’Hanrahan (20 ) 69, Caoimhin O’Callaghan (20) 70. CSS: 74.


Lady Captains Prize to Gents

1st : Brendan Keane (12 ) 68

2nd : Mark Browne (16)   69/33

Gross: Aaron Grant (+2)   72   (Gross)

Veteran: Dermot Duffy   (25) 71

Category 1 ( 0 -12)

1st : Danny Miele (11)  69

2nd :   Mark Cumiskey (9 ) 70

Category 2 (13-17)

1st : Declan Muckian   (14 )  70

2nd : Gerard Daly (14 )  73/36

Category 3 (18 – 28)

1st :   Barry O Hanrahan   (20 ) 69

2nd : Caoimhin O Callaghan (20 )  70

CSS: 74

Players 206, DQ 2815, 2837, 0567, 2726, 2839

Two’s 20, 19 players

Ladies 9 Hole

Mary McGinnity (27) 20 pts

Elizabeth McKeown (36) 19pts

Team Awareness 2018

North Leinster Mixed, beat Black Bush 3.5/1,5, now in Semi Final.

Jimmy Bruen All Ireland Foursomes, Qualified in Roganstown, Leinster q/Finals next Sunday

Barton Shield All Ireland Foursomes, Qualified for Leinster Finals on 20th July in Mount Wolseley. Please support this team which comprises three of our current internationals

Open Singles Stapleford 13/6/18


1st :  Tony Mc Guinness (9)    39 Pts

2nd :  Jamie Mc Caul       (21)    38/20 Pts

Category 1  ( 0-11)

1st :  Cian Dullaghan       (+1)  38/19 Pts


Category 2 (12 – 19)

1st :  Mark Browne              (17)    38/18 Pts

Category 3 (20+)

1st :  Tadhg O Sullivan  (21)       35 Pts

Best Gross :   Cian Dullaghan (-1)          39 Gross Pts




Ladies Team Event a Great Success

Four Lady Team

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Tuesday 12th June 2018


Kitty Sharkey (17) Eilish Crawley (26)
Jo Barry (18) & Molly Mulvany (25) 89/47Pts
(Mannan Castle)

Runners Up:

Mary McGrath (15) Glenda McKee (14)
Anne Keenan (13) & Sheila King (36) 89/42Pts


Denise Marron (23) Barbara O’Brien (24)
Una Woods (20) & Doreen McCourt (27) 87 Pts

50 Teams Played

Visiting Clubs: Mannan Castle, Headfort, Warrenpoint, Ardee, Swords, Nuremore, Castle, St. Anne’s, Athenry, Greenore, Concra Wood, Balbriggan Trim and Lucan


Consistent Connolly takes Sunday’s Singles

JP Connolly took full advantage of the excellent conditions to win Sunday’s Singles Stableford with an excellent score of 43pts which was two better than Benny O’Shaughnessy and Kieran Arthurs.

Connolly, playing off 25, scored at every hole and his only one pointers came back to back on the 12th and 13th as he compiled a round that included one four pointer, seven three pointers and eight two pointers.

His first three pointer came at the index five third which he bogeyed and he then had back to back three pointers when he parred the fifth and sixth holes.

Another followed with a par on the par five 10th and he then covered the last five holes in 15 points courtesy of a four point par at the index four 15th and three point pars at the 14th, 17th and 18th.

Behind him, O’Shaughnessy (20) took second place overall after his 23pts on the back nine was better than that returned by Arthurs but the 12 handicapper did take the Category Two prize. Nicholas McKeown (10) claimed Cateogry 1 with 39pts while Brendan Tinnelly (20) took Category 3 with 38pts. The best gross score came from Maurice Murphy (3) with 34pts.

Sunday, June 10 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: JP Connolly (25) 43pts, Benny O’Shaughnessy (20) 41/23pts. Category 1 (0-11): Nicholas McKeown (10) 39pts, Ciaran Sheridan (5) 38/20pts. Category 2 (12-17): Kieran Arthurs (12) 41pts, Derek Teather (17) 38/19pts. Category 3 (18 -28): Brendan Tinnelly (20) 38pts, John McLaughlin (20) 37pts. Gross: Maurice Murphy (3) 34pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).




Rafferty finishes third in East of Ireland

Caolan Rafferty went very close to capturing his first golfing major over the June Bank Holiday weekend when he finished third at the East of Ireland Championship at Co Louth Golf Club.

The Dundalk Golf Club player shot rounds of 69, 69, 66 and 73 to finish on 11 under par, three shots behind the winner Christo Lamprecht from South Africa.

Two steady three-under-par rounds of 69 left Rafferty on six-under par and tied for fourth, four shots off the lead, heading into the final two rounds on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Rafferty then produced a magnificent six-under-par 66 in the third round to moved up to joint second and close the gap on Lamprecht to one shot with 18 holes to play.

The news that he was in contention travelled fast and a large crowd made its way to Baltray for the afternoon round in the hope of seeing a Dundalk member win the East of Ireland for the first time since Mick Ferguson in 1949.

After three putting the opening hole for bogey, Rafferty soon settled down and birdies at the third, fourth and sixth moved him to 14 under. With the South African teenager having dropped shots at the second and fifth, Rafferty found himself leading the Championship with 11 holes to go.

However, a wayward tee shot on the eight found a deep fairway bunker on the right from which he could only pitch out and although he hit a glorious approach shot to within 15 feet of the pin he shaved the hole with his par-saving putt.

That left him tied for the lead but back to back bogeys on the 10th and 11th from the middle of the fairway saw him drop to 11-under and although he parred his way in, he couldn’t find the birdies he badly needed to haul the South African in.

To compound his disappointment Rafferty was pipped for second place by Mark Power who finished on 12-under thanks to three brides on the last six holes.

Nonetheless, it was a great performance from Rafferty, his best ever in one of the GUI’s major tournaments, and suggests that his day is not too far away at this stage.

His Dundalk team-mate, Aaron Grant failed to make the final day after a second round 81 undid his excellent score of 72 in the opening round. A triple bogey six at the par three seventh, when he was lying level par for the tournament, followed by bogeys at the next two holes proved to be his undoing.

Rafferty then headed to Scotland for the St Andrews Links Trophy which took place over the weekend but rounds of 73 and 74 saw him miss the cut, which fell at one-over par, by three shots



Sunday Singles Stableford


1st :   JP Connolly   (25) 43 pts

2nd:     Benny O’Shaughnessy (20) 41/23 pts

Category 1 (0-11)

1st   :   Nicholas McKeown (10) 39 pts

2nd :   Ciaran Sheridan       (5)   38/20 pts

Category 2   (12-17)

1st   : Kieran Arthurs (12) 41 pts

2nd :   Derek Teather (17) 38/19 pts

Category 3 (18 -28)

1st   :   Brendan Tinnelly (20)   38 pts

2nd :     John McLaughlin (20)   37 pts

Gross:   Maurice Murphy (3)    34 gross pts

CSS: 72 (36 pts)