Carroll takes Winter Series Singles Stableford

The Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock continued on Sunday with a singles stableford over 14 holes and it was won by nine handicapper Gerard Carroll who shot an excellent 34pts.

That gave him a one point winning margin as Michael Browne (22) finished with 33pts while Adrian Kenny (19) was a point further back on 33pts.

Three players finished on 31pts with Clem Walshe (4) taking fourth place on countback from Anthony McGuinness (19) who edged out Fergal McKenna (17) while the seventh and final prize went to David Brennan (14) who shot 30pts after covering the final nine holes in 20pts.

Walshe, who was the 2018 Golfer of the Year, has emerged from his winter hibernation in flying form and last week he was just edged out on countback in the second outing of the 2019 Hilary series at Seapoint Golf Club. On a cold and blustery day, on a course playing to its full length, Walshe shot a 74 and was pipped for victory by Royal Dublin’s Kevin Knightly (3) who eagled the par five 18th to pip the Dundalk player on countback.

This is a big year for Eoin Murphy as he moves into senior elite ranks and the plus one handicapper will take a lot of heart from his 73 at the Hilary outing which was enough to claim the gross prize.

Caolan Rafferty’s preparations for the upcoming season continues in South Africa over the next fortnight when he takes part in South African Amateur Championship at King David Mowbray Golf Club and the South African Amateur Strokeplay at De Zalze Golf Club. Rafferty is one of nine players on a GUI panel taking part in both events.

Sunday, February 17 – Winter Series 14 Hole Singles Stableford sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock –
Gerard Carroll (9) 34pts, Michael Browne (22) 33pts, Adrian Kenny (19) 32pts, Clem Walshe (4) 31/20pts, Anthony McGuinness (19) 31/19pts, Fergal McKenna (17) 31pts, David Brennan (14) 30/20pts.

Impressive score from Champagne winners

Sunday saw another team competition as the Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock entered its second week.

This was a Champagne competition over 14 holes so two scores counted at each hole but each player had to play their second shot from the selected drive on par fours and fives.

Three low men, Conor McCaughey (6), David Murden (9) and Mickey Coburn (9) combined with Nigel Giff (21) to return the best score of the day, an impressive 77pts.

That was two points more than the 75pts recorded by the runners-up, a team made up of seasoned veterans George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19) and Ollie English (13) along with Martin Crosby (9). They took second place on countback thanks to their 49pts haul over the final nine holes.

Sunday, February 10 – 14 Hole Champagne Team of Four Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock – 1st: Conor McCaughey (6), David Murden (9), Nigel Giff (21), Mickey Coburn (9) 77pts. 2nd: George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19), Ollie English (13), Martin Crosby (9) 75/49pts.

Exciting finish to Four Man Rumble

The Winter Series, sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock, began last Sunday with a Four Man Rumble over 14 holes and produced an exciting finish as the long-time clubhouse holders were finally knocked off their perch by two of the day’s final groups.

When Terry Conlon (6), Dessie Ward (13), Derek Teather (16) and Gerry McDermott (16) teed off in the opening group of the day at 8am it was cold and dim. But they proved to be in hot form and posted a score of 74pts for the 32 teams following behind them to beat.

They led for most of the day but were eventually toppled when the fifth last group, featuring Pat Beirne (23), Jim Burlingham (28), Michael McNamara (22) and Brian Crombie (22), signed for a superb score of 77pts despite playing most of their round in wet conditions.

The long-time leaders were then pipped for second place on countback when Mark Coan (25), Paul Lynch (18), Ferghal Duffy (16) and Graham Purcell (20) also came home in 74pts. They covered the final nine holes in 59pts and took the countback and second place by one point.

Sunday, February 3 – Four Man 14 Hole Rumble Winter Series, Sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock – 1st: Pat Beirne (23), Jim Burlingham (28), Michael McNamara (22), Brian Crombie (22) 77pts. 2nd: Mark Coan (25), Paul Lynch (18), Fearghal Duffy (16), Graham Purcell (20) 74/59pts.

Quigley & McGuinness on top in Scotch Foursomes

The winter handicap proved decisive in determining the result of Sunday’s 14 Hole Scotch Foursomes competition which saw a field of 54 pairings play in cold and windy but dry conditions.

Sean Quigley (18) and Noel McGuinness (20) took first prize with an excellent score of 49.2 but they benefited from the 0.5 deduction imposed on Brian Crombie (22) & John McGeady (24) for previous successes over the winter season.

Crombie & McGeady finished on 49.6 with the experienced Seamus Bailey (11) partnering juvenile Lee Egan (28) to third place on a score of 49.8.

Next Sunday’s competition is a 14 Hole Four Man Rumble Men’s sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock and there are still slots available on the timesheet which can be booked via the BRS System.

Sunday, February 27 – 14 Hole Scotch Foursomes – 1st: Sean Quigley (18) & Noel McGuinness (20) 49.2, 2nd: Brian Crombie (22) & John McGeady (24) 49.6*, 3rd: Lee Egan (28) & Seamus Bailey (11) 49.8. *Deduction from previous wins (0.5).

Close finish to Four Man Scramble

Sunday’s competition was a Four Man Scramble with 24 teams taking part following a shotgun start.

A good balance of handicaps proved to be crucial for the winners as low men Colin Roche (5) and Eddie Rogers (3) linked up with Brendan Cleary (24) and Sean Gallagher (21) to take first prize with a final nett score of 42.7 after shooting a gross score of seven under par. This included a 0.3 deduction for a previous Winter success by one of their team.

The strong Northerly wind that swept the course made for a challenging contest but scores were good and the runners-up finished 0.2 of a shot behind the winners with Michael Coburn (9), Bill McCarthy (29), Jimmy O’Connor (19) and Gerry Campbell (24) finishing with 42.9.

That allowed them to edge out the team of Aaron Grant,   Aaron Waite, Conor Murphy and Ciaran Johnston who went through the 14 holes in an amazing 10 under par gross.

Sunday, January 20 – Four Man 14 Hole Scramble – 1st: Colin Roche (5), Edward Rogers (3), Brendan Cleary (24), Sean Gallagher (21), (Team Handicap: 6.6) Nett Score: 42.7*. 2nd: Michael Coburn (9), Bill McCarthy (29), Jimmy O Connor (19), Gerry Campbell (24), (Team Handicap: 10.1) Nett Score: 42.9/25.5. *Deduction from previous wins (-0.3).

Walker wins in Portmarnock

Leslie Walker

Club professional Leslie Walker carded a level par 71 to win the gross prize in the first TaylorMade Winter Series outing of 2019 at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links.

He defied the northerly breeze as he recovered from early bogeys at the first and fourth with birdies the 10th and 14th to edge out Lucan’s Mick Downes and Newlands’ Cameron Raymond.


Experience the key in Sunday Rumble

Experience proved to be the key for the winners of Sunday’s Four Man Rumble which was played over 14 holes.

George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19), Ollie English (13) and Christy Ward (6) mastered the blustery conditions and returned a score of 72pts which included a deduction of one point for previous successes over the winter period.

That was one point better than the foursome of Stephen Haughey (13), John McEneaney (25), Alan Uzell (16) and Michael Byrne (20) who had a gross score of 72pts but also lost one for previous successes.

The Timesheet is now live on the BRS for the Nine Hole Scotch Mixed Foursomes next Sunday, January 20 which will have a Shotgun Start at 1.30pm. There will be dinner afterwards at 4.30pm which will provided by D’Lish Catering. Members should contact the Bar to book tables as booking is essential. This will be followed by presentation of prizes and the Christmas Draw.

Sunday, January 13 – Four Man 14 Hole Rumble – 1st: George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19), Ollie English (13), Christy Ward (6) 72pts*. 2nd: Stephen Haughey (13), John McEneaney (25), Alan Uzell (16), Michael Byrne (20) 71pts*. *Deduction from previous wins (-1).

Burlingham and Beirne blend to start 2019 with a win

The first competition of 2019 attracted a full timesheet with 50 pairings taking part in a Scotch Foursomes competition and there was less than one shot between the top three at the end.

The relentless drizzle certainly didn’t hamper Jim Burlingham (28) and Pat Beirne (23) who blended perfectly to win with a nett score of 47.2.

That was half-a-shot better than the excellent 47.7 returned by 12 handicappers Pat Donaghy and Mark Browne while Conor McCaughey (6) and John McGeady (24) returned a score of 48.3 to finish third.

The competition was the first played under the new rules of golf and members are reminded that they can find out more information about the changes on the club website

Sunday, January 6 – Scotch Foursomes– 1st: Jim Burlingham (28) & Pat Beirne (23) 47.2. 2nd: Pat Donaghy (12) & Mark Browne (12) 47.7. 3rd: Connor McCaughey (6) & John McGeady (24) 48.3.