Archives for February 2018

Ladies Spring League Week 6 Results




Winner:         Mags Coburn (19)                        20 pts

Runner-Up:      Bernie MacGuinness (18)         19 pts

(on back 6 from)
Third:          Pauline Campbell (11)           19 pts


Winner:         Anne Murray (21)                        23 pts

Runner-Up:      Katherina Conneally Sloan (21)  21 pts

Third:          Catherine MacGuinness (22)      20 pts

(on back 3 from Jean Connolly)


Winner:         Denise Morrison (36)                    23 pts

Runner-Up:      Pat Cleary (34)                         21 pts
(on back 6 from)
Third:          Maire Conneely (29)                     21 pts

Two’s:  Margaret Kieran on the 5th, Bernie Prendergast on 9th

56 Ladies Played

Ladies Spring League Results Week 4

Results of Ladies Spring League Saturday 17th and Tuesday 20th February 2018


Winner:         Jennifer Holland (13)           17pts
(on back 6 from)

Runner-Up:      Mags Coburn (19)                17pts

Third:          Una Kelly (14)                  16pts


Winner:         Catherine Cafferty (25) 19pts
(on back 6 from)

Runner-Up:      Judy McDonough (25)     19pts

Third:          Mary Cumiskey (25)              18pts


Winner:         Eva Beirne (33)                 21pts

Runner-Up:      Maire Conneely (29)             20pts

Third:          Una Connolly (35)               19pts

Two’s:  Criona O’Reilly on the 9th
Bernie McCabe on the 5th

74 Ladies Played


Walsh wins Hilary outing at Seapoint

Dundalk’s Clem Walshe was the winner of Sunday’s Hilary Golf outing, sponsored by Rabo Direct, at Seapoint with a fine score of 70 in difficult wet conditions. The five handicap player was a model of consistency shooting nines of 37 and 38 to beat Paul Reilly (Co. Louth) by a single shot.

Dave Lowry (Corrstown) shot an impressive one under par 71 to capture the gross prize.

Kevin Knightly (Royal Dublin) was joined by Naas duo Alan Rohan and Lloyd O’Rourke in claiming the team prize with a score of 62.

The next outing in the series takes place on Sunday,March 4,in Laytown and Bettystown.


Thirteen proves lucky for Browne

Mark Browne (22) was the winner of Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition with an excellent score of 33pts which was two better than Michael Gill (8). Gill, who also shot the day’s best gross score of 25pts, edged out Peter O’Brien (15) for the runners-up spot. O’Brien took Category Two with Gregory McCaughey (8) taking Category One and Diarmuid McAdam claiming Category Three.

After picking up one point for a double bogey six at the first, Browne got his round really going at the second which he birdied for four points. He followed that with three consecutive three point pars at the fifth and sixth and a three point bogey at the seventh.

Although he had to settle for a one point double bogey at the eighth, Browne got quickly got back into the groove with three point pars at the ninth and tenth and a two point double bogey at the 11th.

He didn’t let up over the final four holes as he had a three point par at the 15th and a three point bogey at the 16th before finishing with two point bogeys at the 17th and 18th to cover the 13 holes in an impressive 33pts.

Sunday, February 18 – 13 Holes Singles Stableford Competition – Mark Browne (22) 33pts, Michael Gill (8) 31pts. Category 1 (0-11): Gregory McCaughey (8) 29pts.    Category 2 (12-17): Peter O Brien (15) 31pts. Category 3 (18-28): Diarmuid McAdam (23) 29pts. Best Gross: Michael Gill (8) 25pts.

Sunday Stableford

1st :   Mark Browne   (22)  33 pts

2nd :   Michael Gill (8)              31 pts

Category 1 (0-11)

1st     :   Gregory McCaughey (8)     29 pts

Category 2 (12-17)

1st     :   Peter O Brien (15)         31pts

Category 3 (18 -28)

1st :   Diarmuid McAdam   (23)       29 pts

Gross:   Michael Gill (8)              25 gross pts

Rafferty finishes sixth in African Championship

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty got his 2018 season off to a promising start over the past fortnight when he was part of an eight strong Ireland team that travelled to South African for two of the top amateur events on the African golf calendar.

Rafferty finished sixth at the African Championship having recorded a joint 26th place finish at the South African Championship the previous week and said his African adventure had been a great experience.

“I was told before I went out that it was probably the best trip of the year because you are playing on the best golf courses and playing against top players. It was a great experience and the GUI and our new Captain John Carroll had everything done to perfection so all we had to do was turn up and play golf,” said Rafferty.

The trip provided an ideal opportunity for Rafferty to give his new Titleist clubs their competitive debut having flown to England in January for a five-and-a-half hour fitting session.

“That was another great experience as the day after the fitting session I went down to the factory to pick them up and got to see the whole process which was very educational. I had a week to break them in before I went to South Africa.”

His first couple of round at the South African Championship in Peacanwood Golf Club had all the hallmarks of a getting to know you process with the new clubs but six birdies in the third round suggested they were settling in and a final round 66, where he landed seven birdies, proved the point.

“I’d poor starts in three of the rounds at Pecanwood but I had a good chat with the GUI’s National Coach Neil Manchip and he told me not to be afraid to go low and to focus on what I was good at. I had 21 birdies that week but finished on 11 under so I was mixing the good and bad but that last round gave me a lot of confidence heading to the African Championship.”

Rafferty said that conditions in South Africa took a bit of getting used to as the thin air meant the ball was going a lot further than he was used to.

“We had to start doing our yardages in metres and pretending the metre figure was yards. I was hitting a nine iron 190 yards, something I’d never do at home even downwind. Bunkers that would normally be in play could now be driven over. It was really different. The kikuyu grass was very tough, especially in the rough where it was knitted together and all you could do was advance the ball as far you could.”

By his own admission, his opening round of one over par 73 at Glendower was too tentative and left him tied 18th, six shots behind the leader. But, after another good heart to heart with Manchip, he once again focused on hitting fairways and greens and shot a four under par 68 to move to -3 and sixth, three shots off the lead.

He followed that up with a three-under par 69 in the third round to ease into second place on six under on a day when a deluge of rain made South Africa feel a lot more like Ireland. However, South Africa’s James Du Preez stole a march on everybody by posting an eight under par 64 to open up a seven shot lead on Rafferty.

Playing together, Rafferty and Du Preez matched each in the final round by posting one-under par 71s but, while it was enough for the South African to win by three shots, it saw the Dundalk man slip down the leaderboard to joint sixth on seven under.

“I felt I played very well in the final round but things didn’t really happen for me. I then started to chase it when I might have been better aiming to finish second instead of trying to do something to rattle him.”

Having been the second best Irishman in Peacanwood, Rafferty finished as best Irish player in Glendower and also led Ireland to second place in the team event.

“It was great to finish second in the team event because we are out there representing our country and you do take pride in getting that flag up on the leaderboard.”

Rafferty is now back in Ireland and back at Maynooth University where he is on a Harrington Scholarship but he’s off on his travels next Monday when he flies out to La Manga for the Spanish Amateur Championship which take places from February 28 to March 4.



Lawlor wins Troia Trophy in Portugal

Brendan Lawlor

Brendan Lawlor produced a superb performance to win the European Disabled Golf Association’s Troia arophy in Portugal.

The 20-year-old Dundalk Golf Club member won the tournament by ten shots from Hassan Chakboub of France.

Brendan said after his victory: “I hit the ball well and was happy with my performance overall. It was tougher in the wind on the back nine, four or five shots harder than yesterday. I felt calm [on the last three holes] and that’s why I closed it out.”

EDGA events are international events run under PGA Rules for amateur players who have a disablement with 14 events being held each year.

Lawlor’s win follows his fourth place finish in his debut EDGA outing at Pestana Vila Sol course, in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Brendan is now hoping to compete in the United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, which takes place in Orlando, Florida in May.



Ladies Spring League Week 3


The third week of the Spring League took place on Tuesday 13th February 2018. The course was closed on Saturday 10th February. The winning scores proved that difficult conditions are not a problem for some. Teresa Oakes had a fantastic 20pts and Deirdre Smith playing of +1 had another great score coming in with 19pts. It is lovely to see one of our talented juvenile golfers Eve Rowland in the winning enclosure with 18pts.

Overall Winner: Teresa Oakes (28)            20 pts

Overall Runner-up: Deirdre Smith (+1)       19 pts

Overall Third:     Eve Rowland (14)          18 pts
(on Back 6 from Anne Murray)

Two’s:  Eve Rowland on the 9th

42 Ladies Played