Eagle allows McGuinness to soar

An eagle three at the par 5 10th proved to be decisive last Sunday as Pat McGuinness (13) took Sunday’s Singles Stableford Competition on countback from Tommy Renaghan (13),

Both players showed superb early form as they returned scores of 38pts for the 15 hole competition with McGuinness taking top prize after edging out Renaghan 23pts to 21pts on countback over the last nine holes.

The first four holes at Dundalk represent one of the toughest starts in Irish club golf and can wreck a card before a round has even begun. McGuinness got off to a good start with ten points from those first holes after three point pars at the second and third while Renaghan went one better with pars at the first second and fourth for an 11 point start.

Over the next few holes Renaghan continued to impress as took three points from the sixth, seventh and ninth but a blank at the par-four eighth, where he had a six, was the only blemish as he returned 20pts for the opening eight holes.

That was one more than McGuinness, who had birdied the sixth for three points, but former club president ignited his round on the tenth with an eagle three for four points. He followed that with three point pars at the 12th and 13th and then chucked in a birdie three at the 15th for another four points. The only slight blemish on an otherwise flawless round was a six at the 15th for one point and a total of 38pts.

Reneghan continued to build on his impressive start down the back with three points at the 11th, 12, 13th and 15th as he added 18pts from the seven holes on the back to the 20pts he had picked up over the front eight.

The difference in the countback was two points, suggesting that the two four pointers McGuinness got at 10 and 15 really did make a difference as he led home a field of 134.

Ultan Gaughran (8), Darren O’Brien (17) and Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) took the three Category Prizes with O’Brien having also shot 38ptt on the day.

Club members over 55 years of age are asked to register for the new Veterans categories before the start of the official season by placing a note in the Men’s Tournament Box with their name and category. The categories are: Category S (Seniors, 55 to 64), Category V (Veterans, 65 to 74) and Category M (Super Veterans 75 +). They can also mark the appropriate letter on their card if playing in Sunday competitions.

It was a good week for the club’s 13 handicappers as Danny Miele (13) took the Single Stableford competition on St Patrick’s Day with 35pts. He won on countback, 23pts to 19pts, from Martin Cairns (17) with Austin Shaw (9), David Murden (13) and Paul Durnin (20) taking the category prizes.

Sunday, March 20 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Pat McGuinness  (13)  38/23pts, Tommy Renaghan (13) 38/21pts. Category 1: Ultan Gaughran (8)    37/21pts. Mickey Coburn (8) 37pts. Category 2: Darren O’Brien (17) 38pts, Derek Murdock (13) 36/22pts. Category 3: Caoimhan O’ Callaghan (21) 37pts, Nigel Giff   (19) 36pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Thursday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Danny Miele (13) 35/23pts, Martin Cairns (17) 35/19pts. Category 1: Austin Shaw (9) 34/19pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 33pts, Category 3: Paul Durnin (20) 34pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

St Patrick’s Day Results

St Patrick’s Day Singles Stableford Competition
Overall
1st: Danny Miele (13) 35/23pts
2nd: Martin Cairns (17) 35/19pts

Category 1
1st: Austin Shaw (9) 34/19pts

Category 2
1st: David Murden (13) 33pts

Category 3
1st: Paul Durnin (20) 34pts

Twos: 1 player

CSS: Non Qualifying

Early pace-setter Hanratty hangs on

Early starter Eugene Hanratty was proof that the early bird gets the worm when he posted a score that wasn’t bettered by the other 115 competitors in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which was played over 15 holes due to the ongoing course improvement work.

Playing off 10, Hanratty opened up with 10 points from the first four holes courtesy of pars at the first and fourth. With the fifth closed, he then took seven points from the next four holes to turn with 17pts.

Despite 17 and 18 being closed, Hanratty had run up another 18pts by the time he walked off the 16th thanks mainly to a three point birdie at the 10th, a four point birdie at the 15th and three point par at the 16th

That set the score to beat and several players did come close with Brendan Keane and John McLaughlin matching Hanratty’s 35pts but losing out on countback. McLaughlin (25) had to settle for the Category Three prize while Keane (13) finished second overall after an impressive round.

Last year’s Club Captain stormed through first four holes collecting 12 points thanks to three point pars at holes two and four and a four point birdie three at the tricky third. He picked up another eight points from the sixth to the ninth which included a superb birdie three on the eighth after he had messed up the par five seventh and walked off with just one point.

That left him on 20pts for the opening eight holes and over the final seven he picked up another 15pts thanks to three point pars at 12, 13 and 16. But he was left to rue one point returns from the 11th and 14th which ultimately saw up come up short by the narrowest of margins.

The other category prizes were claimed by Paul Morrison (Cat 1) and Aidan Gaughran (Cat 2).

Sunday, March 13 – Overall: E J Hanratty (10) 35/21pts, Brendan Keane (13) 35/20pts. Category 1: Paul Morrison (10) 34/22pts, Pat Donaghy (12) 34/20pts. Category 2: Aidan Gaughran (13) 34/20/14pts, David Cairns (17) 34pts. Category 3: John McLaughlin (25) 35pts, Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) 34pts.

 

Winter League Final

Centra winners

Centra Winter League – Winning Team, Ceann Scribe, Back row, from left, K. Barry, L.Mullins, Captain Maurice Soraghan, J.Flanagan and T.King. Front row, C.Murdock, S.Gallagher, C.Matthews (Tiernan’s Centra, Blackrock – Sponsors), E.Hanratty and D.Miele.

Team Ceann Scribe won the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League when they defeated Team Deer Park 5-3 in Sunday’s Matchplay Final.

 After winning the qualifying league by a massive 39pts from Ceann Scribe, Deer Park were odds-on favourites to take the 2016 title but the unavailability of three players meant they were forced to concede walkovers to their opponents and they were three matches down before a ball was struck.

 Despite this disadvantage, they went agonisingly close to a memorable victory as the five remaining players battled valiantly to defy the odds in the 14 hole event.

 Team captain Christy Ward led the way with an emphatic 36pts to 28pts victory over Turlough King during which he reeled off four birdies while Eamonn McEneany produced three birdies on his way to pipping Eugene Hanratty 36-35 in pulsating battling and Kevin Carthy also came out on top by a single point as he beat Joe Flanagan 36-35 in another gripping contest.

That left it 3-3 but Ceann Scribe captain Danny Miele beat David Murden 35-31 to edge his team front and it was left to Len Mullins to get them over the finishing line as he just held off the brave challenge of Micky Stewart to win 34-33 and secure the title for Ceann Scribe.

Eamonn McEnenay’s score was enough to win the Overall Individual Prize for the second time during this year’s Winter’s League as he pipped Kevin Carthy on countback while the Category winners were Christy Ward, Tommy Reneghan and Caoimhan O’Callaghan.

When all the individual scores over the duration of the Winter League were totted up the overall category winners were Sean Hession in Category 1, Tom Clarke on Category 2 and Sean Quigley in Category 3. Hession actually tied with Mickey Coburn for the Category 1 prize but won 33-31 in a play-off.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Final – Ceann Scribe 5 Deer Park 3 : Turlough King lst Christy Ward 28-36, Danny Miele bt David Murden 35-31, Len Mullins bt Micky Stewart 34-33, Eugene Hanratty lst to Eamonn McEneaney 35-36, Joe Flanagan lst to Kevin Carthy 35-36.

Conall Murdock bt Alan Hurley w/o, Kevin Barry bt Gregory McCaughey w/o, Sean Gallagher bt Seamus Capplis w/o.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Individual Category Winners – Category 1: Sean Hession 186pts. Category 2: Tom Clarke 177pts. Category 3: Sean Quigley 180pts.

centra single stableford

Centra Winter League – Singles Stableford. Sean Quigley (Category 3 Winner), C.Matthews (Tiernan’s Centra, Blackrock – Sponsors), Captain Maurice Soraghan and Sean Hession (Category 1 Winner).

Sunday, March 6, Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Eamon McEneaney (17) 36/25pts, 2nd:  Kevin Carthy (20) 36/24pts. Category 1: Christy Ward (11) 36pts, Austin Shaw (9) 34pts. Category 2: Tommy Renaghan (13) 35/22 pts, Danny Miele (13) 35pts. Category 3: Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21), 36pts, 2nd: Joe Flanagan (20) 35/24/17pts.

Singles Stableford Competition

Sunday 13th March 2016
Overall

1st :  E J Hanratty (10)                35/21 pts
2nd :  Brendan Keane (13)            35/20 pts

Category 1
1st :  Paul Morrison   (10)              34/22 pts
2nd :  Pat Donaghy       (12)               34/20 pts

Category 2
1st :  Aidan Gaughran     (13)     34/20/14  pts
2nd :  David Cairns           (17)                34 pts

Category 3
1st :  John McLaughlin   (25)             35 pts
2nd :  Caoimhan O’ Callaghan   (21)  34 pts

Ceann Scribe hang on to take Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League

Team Ceann Scribe won the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League when they defeated Team Deer Park 5-3 in Sunday’s Matchplay Final.

After winning the qualifying league by a massive 39pts from Ceann Scribe, Deer Park were odds-on favourites to take the 2016 title but the unavailability of three players meant they were forced to concede walkovers to their opponents and they were three matches down before a ball was struck.

Despite this disadvantage, they went agonisingly close to a memorable victory as the five remaining players battled valiantly to defy the odds in the 14 hole event.

Team captain Christy Ward led the way with an emphatic 36pts to 28pts victory over Turlough King during which he reeled off four birdies while Eamonn McEneany produced three birdies on his way to pipping Eugene Hanratty 36-35 in pulsating battling and Kevin Carthy also came out on top by a single point as he beat Joe Flanagan 36-35 in another gripping contest.

That left it 3-3 but Ceann Scribe captain Danny Miele beat David Murden 35-31 to edge his team front and it was left to Len Mullins to get them over the finishing line as he just held off the brave challenge of Micky Stewart to win 34-33 and secure the title for Ceann Scribe.

Eamonn McEnenay’s score was enough to win the Overall Individual Prize for the second time during this year’s Winter’s League as he pipped Kevin Carthy on countback while the Category winners were Christy Ward, Tommy Reneghan and Caoimhan O’Callaghan.

When all the individual scores over the duration of the Winter League were totted up the overall category winners were Sean Hession in Category 1, Tom Clarke on Category 2 and Sean Quigley in Category 3. Hession actually tied with Mickey Coburn for the Category 1 prize but won 33-31 in a play-off.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Final – Ceann Scribe 5 Deer Park 3 : Turlough King lst Christy Ward 28-36, Danny Miele bt David Murden 35-31, Len Mullins bt Micky Stewart 34-33, Eugene Hanratty lst to Eamonn McEneaney 35-36, Joe Flanagan lst to Kevin Carthy 35-36, Conall Murdock bt Alan Hurley w/o, Kevin Barry bt Gregory McCaughey w/o, Sean Gallagher bt Seamus Capplis w/o.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Individual Category Winners – Category 1: Sean Hession 186pts. Category 2: Tom Clarke 177pts. Category 3: Sean Quigley 180pts.

Sunday, March 6, Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Eamon McEneaney (17) 36/25pts, 2nd: Kevin Carthy (20) 36/24pts. Category 1: Christy Ward (11) 36pts, Austin Shaw (9) 34pts. Category 2: Tommy Renaghan (13) 35/22 pts, Danny Miele (13) 35pts. Category 3: Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21), 36pts, 2nd: Joe Flanagan (20) 35/24/17pts.

Team Deer Park in the driving seat in Winter League

 

DUNDALK

 

With one round to go, Team Deer Park are firmly in the driving seat to qualify for the final of the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League and have extended their lead at the top of the standings.

Their overall score of 145 was two better than second place Team Ceann Scribe and allowed them to go 26 points clear at the top of the table. With a 38 point gap between them and third placed An Seach they are now odds-on to qualify for the matchplay final between the top two sides.

The question as to who will be their opponents is still up for grabs. Twelve points separate Ceann Scribe from An Seach so there will be plenty to play for when the Winter League resumes on February 28.

This Sunday, our 2016 captains Maurice Soraghan and Jean Connolly, will have their Captain’s drive-in.

The weekend Singles Stableford competition was won by Michael Coburn (8) who edged out Austin Shaw (9) on countback after both return scored of 33pts for the 14 hole event.

Gregory McCaughey (10) also shot 33pts to take Category 1 from Kevin Barry (10) while Derek Murdock (13) took Category 2 with 32pts from Anthony O’Donoghue (15). Sean Gallagher (25) won Category 3 with 31pts from Eamon Hoey (18).

Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Michael Coburn (8) 33/22/17/9pts, Austin Shaw (9) 33/22pts. Category 1: Gregory McCaughey (10) 33pts. Kevin Barry (10) 31/21/15pts. Category 2: Derek Murdock (13) 32pts. Anthony O’Donoghue (15) 30/21/14pts. Category 3: Sean Gallagher (25) 31pts. Eamon Hoey (18) 30pts. CSS: Non Qualifying

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Standings: 744 – Team Deer Park. 718 – Team Ceann Scribe. 706 – Team An Seach. 705 – Team Cooley View.  695 – Team Braid’s Way.  694 – Team Felda. 687 – Team Stile. 676 – Team Hawk’s Nest. 673 – Team Slieve Gullion. 672 – Team Bearna Baoil. 651 – Team Jimmy Cassidy. 646 – Team McGeogh. 644 – Team Chapel Pass. 641 – Team Whitworth. 640 – Team Cook’s Lane. 627 – Team Whinney Knoll. 535 – Team The Haggard. 507 – Team Old Clubhouse
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Team Felda set early pace in Centra Winter League

Team Felda lead the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League after Round 1 on 151 points which is four ahead of Team Deer Park with Team McGeough another four points back on 143.

Sean Hession (9), with 33pts, top-scored for Felda with P Watters (31pts), Pat McGuinness (30pts), Fergal McKenna (30pts) and Seamus Bailey (27pts) the other counting scorers for the team.

Brian Gaughran of Team An Seach, playing off 14, was the best individual scorer on Sunday with 33pts, winning on countback from Eugene Hanratty (18) of Team Ceann Scribe with Sean Hession third.

A number of Saturday slots were also made available for Winter League competitors and saw a fine 36pts from David Brenndan (13) of Team Cooley View with Tommy McDonnell of Team Chapel Pass returning an equally impressive 35pts.

Results:

Sunday, January 17 – Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition: Brian Gaughran (14)           33/18pts; Eugene Hanratty (18) 33/16/8pts, Sean Hession (9) 33pts, Vincent Murphy (16) 32/18/12pts, Barry Grennan (12) 32pts.

Saturday, January 16 – Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition: David Brennan (13)         36pts; Tommy Mc Donnell (22) 35pts.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League (after Round 1): 151 – Team Felda, 147  – Team Deer Park, 143 – Team McGeogh, 142 – Team Bearna Baoil, Team Cooley View, 140 – Team Braid’s Way, Team Hawk’s Nest, 139 – Team Ceann Scribe, 138 – Team An Seach, 137 – Team Chapel Pass, Team Slieve Gullion, 136 – Team The Haggard, 135 – Team Cook’s Lane, Team Stile, 134 – Team Whinney Knoll, Team Whitworth, 122 – Team Jimmy Cassidy, 50 – Team Old Clubhouse.

 

 

 

Mernagh wins first Turkey competition

The first sign that Christmas is fast approaching came on Sunday when members teed off in the first Turkey Competition of 2015.

Brian Mernagh (13) led the pack home with a super score of 44pts and was one of ten golfers who shot at least 37pts or better to claim their Christmas Turkeys.

Wednesday’s Open competition was won by Ardee visitor Brendan Lawlor (4) who shot 39pts to win by two points from Stephen Buckingham (17) with veteran Gerry Martin (14) finishing third. Ciaran Johnson (21) took the Juvenile Prize.

The Wednesday Open competition has been extended into November and can be booked via the BRS system with visitors extremely welcome.

Sunday, November 1 – Turkey Competition – Brian Mernagh (13) 44pts, Christie Ward (13) 42pts, Barry Cunningham (12) 40/21pts, Mark Cumiskey (11) 39/18pts, Brian Crombie (20) 39/17pts, Stephen Lynch (6) 38/20pts, Neal MacKell (4) 38/18/12pts, Martin Farrelly (13) 38/18/11pts, Eamon Hoey (18) 37/21pts, John McCann (16) 37/19pts. CSS 71 (37pts).

Wednesday, October 28 – Singles Stableford Open Competition – Brendan Lawlor  (Ardee, 4) 39pts, Stephen Buckingham (17) 37/23pts, Gerry Martin (14) 37/19pts, Jim Caraher (10) 37/16pts. Juvenile: Ciaran Johnson (21) 39pts. CSS: 73 (35pts).

 

 

McCaul pips Brennan on back nine

A better back nine was enough for Niall McCaul (8) to pip 2014 Golfer of the Year Gerry Brennan (3) in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

After a front nine of 17pts, McCaul found his scoring touch once he turned for home and his 23pts gave him an overall total of 40pts.

Brennan, who had lost a shot during the week, matched McCaul on 40pts after delivered two steady nine of 20pts each, but he missed out on the overall prize on countback.

The steady progress towards single figures of teenager Cian Lynch McCrave (11) continued as he returned 39pts to take Category 1 ahead of the experience Denis Cunningham (9) while Richard Barry (13) won Category 2 and Adrian Kenny (21) captured Category 3.

Gerry Brennan, playing off four on Wednesday, won the Gross Prize in the weekly Open Singles Stableford competition with 35pts. The overall prize went to Liam O’Mahony (20) who returned 42pts to win by three from Barry Cunningham (11) with Junior Cup team member Richard Newell (3) another two shots further back.

Sunday, October 11 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Niall McCaul (8) 40/23pts, Gerry Brennan (3) 40/20pts. Category 1: Cian Lynch McCrave (11) 39/21/14pts, Denis Cunningham (9) 39/21/13pts. Category 2: Richard Barry (13) 38/19pts, Danny Miele (13) 38pts. Category 3: Adrian Kenny (21) 39pts, Diarmuid McAdam (22) 36/19pts. CSS: 71 (37pts).

Wednesday, October 7 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Liam O’Mahony (20) 42pts, Barry Cunningham (11) 39/21pts, Richard Newell (3) 37/20pts. Gross: Gerry Brennan (4) 35pts, Visitor: K Stevenson (3) 35pts. CSS: 73 (35pts).