Archives for 2018

Open Singles

1st : Shane Hession (5)       38/19 Pts

Category 1

1st :   Josh Mackin   (1)         36 Pts

Category 2

1st :   Donal Curran (12)       37 Pts

Category 3

1st :   Anthony Mc Guinness (21)     38 Pts

Best Gross :   Josh Mackin (1)         35 Gross Pts

Two’s 7, Players   7

CSS 73/35 Pts


PGA Tankard

1st : Fergal Sexton   (11)       41pts

2nd : Shane McGuinness (19) 39 pts

Category 1 (0-11)

1st : Zak Alderdice (9)    38 pts

2nd : Alan McDermott (6)      37 pts

Category 2 (12-16)

1st :   Kieran Reidy (15)     38 pts

2nd :   Brendan Keane (12) 37 pts

Category 3 (17-28)

1st : Mark Browne   (17)  36 pts

2nd : Hugh Reilly   (20)  35 pts

* Gross Score: Andrew Keenan (3) 31 Gross Points

Entrants 158

Two’s 16 (16 Players)      CSS 73 (35pts)

Club Championship 2018


Winner : Caolan Rafferty (+4)     137 (67,70)

Runner Up :Aaron Grant (+3)       146 (73,73)

Best Net : Conor Curran (2)         145 [73,72]

CSS Round 1 (73)

CSS Round 2 (76)

 27 Entrants   10 Twos 9 players

Open Singles Stableford and Scotch Foursomes

Gents Singles

1st :   Mark Brown (20)           42pts

2nd   Kyle Rafferty (4)             35pts/21

3rd     Michael McDermott (16)   35pts

Best Gross:   Richard Newell (2) 32 Gross Pts

Twos: 1

Css 74/34 pts


Scotch Foursomes

1st : Olivia Cunningham & leslie Toal (13.5)     69.5/30.25

2nd: Jimmy O Connor & Bernie McCabe (18.5)   69.5/35.75

Carolan Cup Qualifier and Draw

Leading Qualifier

Mark Gorham (4) 70



Mark Gorham(4) v Jim Dwyer (9)

Brian Renagahan(6) v Colin Roche (6)

Ciaran Johnston (7) v Richard Barry (9)

Shane Hession (5) v Neal Mackell (3)


Andrew Brodigan (12) v David Brennan (14)

Pat Donaghy (12) v Brendan Keane (13)

Noel Reid (15) v Ray Pepper (19)

Michael Begley (19) v Aidan Gaughran (13)


Qualifying score 74/36.5

CSS 73

Entrants 155


Three teams make it through the weekend

Three Dundalk teams advanced to the next round of their respective inter-club competitions over the weekend but it is the end of the road for the Barton Cup and Newsam Cup teams as they both lost out to Meath opposition in their respective competitions.

There were wins for the Boys U18 team in the Fred Daly Trophy, the Ladies Revive Action team and the North Leinster Mixed team while the Husband and Wife team produced another strong performance in this annual competition at Co Meath Golf Club.

The strength in depth of the underage programme at Dundalk Golf Club was clearly shown on Saturday when the Boys U18 team went into the second round of the Fred Daly Trophy without three of their top players but beat Greenore 4-1 to remain on course for a successful defence of the Leinster title they won last year.

Boys U18 internationals Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin, as well as juvenile captain Padraig Fallon, were all unavailable for this match but their replacements stepped up to the plate and won their matches to secure a Dundalk victory.

Playing in Dundalk, Oisin Conroy and Zak Alderdice both recorded victories with Conroy winning 6&5 and Alderdice winning 5&3. The other three matches were played in Greenore where another rookie, Ciaran Johnston, had a one hole win while Kyle Rafferty won 2up and Sean Laverty was beaten on the 15th.

Youth was also to the fore for the Ladies as their Revive Active Fourball team, which is managed by Maureen Sheridan and Marie Griffin, scored an impressive victory over Co Louth despite having to play three of the five matches in Baltray.

Teenager Eve Rowland was one of the stars of a great team performance when she partnered Pauline Campbell to a 3&2 win in Dundalk while in Baltray there was a 2&1 win for Criona O’Reilly and Theresa Connolly and a one hole win for Jacinta Foran and Bernie McCann.

The North Leinster Mixed team faced Royal Tara in the opening round of this year’s competition and won thanks to victories in Dundalk for Tommy and Briege Reneghan as well as Larry Soraghan and Sally McDonnell while Anne Murray and Brendan Keane got the vital win away.

In the Newsam Cup on Saturday it all came down to inches as Dundalk lost by 3.5 to 1.5 to the runners-up in the competition for the past two years, Knightsbrook. Dundalk had defeated the Trim based club in the final in 2016 and the Meath men exacted revenged in a match that was in the balance right up to the final stroke.

After a 3&2 win for Gavin McDonnell and Derek Teather, a 4&3 defeat for Dermot McKenna and Alan Uzell and a 4&3 defeat for Sean Gallagher & Steve Buckingham, Knightsbrook held a 2-1 lead with two matches still alive. In Dundalk Benny O’Shaughnessy and Sean Quigley were 1up standing on the 18th tee while, in Trim, Gerry McDermott and Mark Browne were two down with two to play.

McDermott and Browne, who had hung in doggedly down the back nine, finally got a break on the 17th when they found the par five green in three while their opponents found the water with their fifth shot. The Dundalk pairing then got up and down from off the green at the par three 18th for a win to send their match down the 19th where a booming drive from Browne split the fairway before they were called in because of what had unfolded in Dundalk.

Knightsbrook managed to win the 18th in Dundalk to force their match with O’Shaughnessy and Quigley down the 19th where it all came down to two putts as Dundalk lipped out from five feet and Knightsbrook sank a four footer to take the overall match

In the Barton Cup on Sunday, after a bright start, Dundalk fell away against Headfort and eventually lost 4.5 to 0.5. In Dundalk, Neal MacKell and Aaron Waite lost 6&5, while Ciaran Sheridan and Damian English lost 5&4 and Billy Cairns and Aidan Thornton lost 3&2. In Headfort, Ciaran Traynor & Eugene Hanratty were beaten 4&3 while Clem Walsh and Paul O’Callaghan were all square after 16 when called in.

On Sunday, Dundalk took part in the annual Husband & Wife competition hosted by Co Meath Golf Club in Trim. Dundalk won the inaugural competition in 2016 and the team, managed by Elaine Ward and Paul O’Callaghan, put in another strong showing in this year’s event but came up short at the end as victory went to Killeen Castle.

Next weekend sees the ladies in action in the Junior Foursomes against Headfort in Mannan Castle while the Junior Cup team faces Co Meath in Kilcock. The men’s All-Ireland Fourball team face Greenore on Saturday at 12.30pm with three matches at home. The JB Carr Diamond Trophy second round tie against Greenore will be /played on May 17 and May 25 with the first leg in Dundalk.

Representing Dundalk in the Newsam Cup away leg against Knightsbrook on Saturday were (from left): Steve Buckingham, Gerry McDermott, Pat Davis (Vice-Captain and Assistant Manager), Sean Gallagher and Mark Browne.


Top 15 finishes for Grant and Rafferty

Aaron Grant

Aaron Grant tied 11th at Munster Strokeplay Championship in Cork Golf Club after being one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of the 72 hole tournament,. He shot rounds of 70, 73, 75 and 73 for a three over par total of 291 and finished nine shots behind the winner Alan Fahy,

Caolan Rafferty tied 14th at Lytham Trophy and finished as the leading Irishman. After opening with a one under par 69 to lie two shots off the lead, Rafferty shot rounds of 73, 72 and 76 to finish on nine over with the winner, England’s Matthew Jordan, being the only player to finish under par.

Caolan Rafferty





Gorham leads Carolan Cup qualifiers

Mark Gorham was the leading qualifier in Sunday’s Carolan Cup and heads the 16 players who have qualified for the matchplay stages.

Gorham, who plays off four, produced an excellent nett round of 70 which included birdies at the first and third and 12 pars.

The cut-off for qualifying was 74 but not all players on this total made the cut. The 16 players whose names will go into the matchplay draw later this week are: Brian Reneghan (6), David Brennan (14), Ray Pepper (19), Andrew Brodigan (12), Noel Reid (15), Aidan Gaughran (13), Pat Donaghy (12), Michael Begley (19), Colin Roche (6), Ciaran Johnson (7), Jim Dwyer (9), Shane Hession (5), Brendan Keane (13), Mark Gorham (4), Richard Barry (9), Neil MacKell (3).

Sunday, May 7, 2018 – Carolan Cup Strokeplay Qualifer: Leading Qualifier – Mark Gorham (4) 70. CSS 73.




Ladies Competition Results:

18 Hole Stableford

28th April & 1st May 2018

Sponsored by Felda Health, Fitness & Spa

Class A:

Winner :    Deirdre Smith (+2)                  33pts

Runner Up:  Theresa Connolly (17)               32pts

Third:      Bernie MacGuinness (18)             30pts

Class B:

Winner :    Mary Cumiskey (25)                  33pts

Runner Up:  Bernie Prendergast (23)             31pts

Third:      Sally McDonnell (28)                31pts

Class C:

Winner:     Grainne Mullins (36)                30pts

Runner Up:  Joan McKenna (31)                   30pts

Third:      Alison Quigley (36)                 27pts

9 Hole Competition-

Winner: Margaret Gaughran (36)

Two’s Competition:    2

81 Ladies Played

CSS     Sat and Tues: 76 Reduction only

Lawlor wins in France

Brendan Lawlor


Brendan Lawlor won his second tournament on the European Disabled Golf Association’s tour at the weekend when he won the Pas-de-Calais Handigolf Open at Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club in France.

The 20-year-old won by four shots from the current English, Welsh and British Open champion, Ashley Harris. Lawlor followed up an opening round of 74 with a 78 in the second round to record his second win on tour in three months having already won the Troia Trophy in Portugal this year.

“Delighted to get my second win on the EDGA tour. It was a real battle out there hard conditions but happy I pulled through and got the win. Always nice to finish with a birdie,” commented Brendan afterwards.

Brendan is now targeting the United States Disabled Open Golf Championship in Orlando later this month.