Irwin Lockington Salver

Twelve handicapper Derek Murdock took the Irwin Lockington Salver on Easter Sunday with a six under par 66 to win by one shot from Peter McCaughey.

Murdock took full advantage of a fast start. He had shots on the opening four hole stretch and parred the tricky quartet for four nett birdies to go four under. He went to five under when he parred the index three par five seventh but gave it back at the part three ninth where he didn’t have a shot.

But a birdie three at the index two 11th was the equivalent of a nett eagle two and sent Murdock to six under with seven holes to go. He went through the next five holes without a blemish but a four at the par three 17th, where he didn’t have a shot, dropped him back to five-under.

However, he had a shot at the last and showed great character up the challenging 18th to get a four, and a nett three, to finish on 66 and pip McCaughey by a single shot.

McCaughey, who played off 16, took second overall on countback thanks to a nett 33 over the back nine.

Nine-handicapper Ultan Gaughran edged out Clem Walsh on countback for the Category 1 prize after both had shot 67 while a 67 was good enough for Ciaran Dunne to take the Category 2 prize. Oliver McGinnity, with a 70, edged out Martin McCaughey in Category 3.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Irwin Lockington Salver


1st: Derek Murdock (12) 66

2nd: Peter McCaughey (16) 67/33


Category 1

1st: Ultan Gaughran (9) 67/33.5/30.5

2nd: Clem Walshe (5) 67


Category 2

1st: Ciaran Dunne (12) 67

2nd: Michael Hamilton (15) 68


Category 3

1st: Oliver McGinnity (21) 70/30.5

2nd: Martin McCaughey (21) 70/32.5


Gross Prize: Eddie Rogers 75


Jubilee Cup

Firstly congratulations to David Brennan for a superb hole in one on the ninth hole.

Result from Jubilee Cup

1st :  Dennis Cunningham  (10)   64
2nd :  Maurice Soraghan (9)   67

Category 1
1st :  Jim Dwyer  (9) 69/31.5
2nd :  Michael Coburn  (7) 69/34.5

Category 2
1st :  Barry Grennan  (12) 69
2nd :  Dan Prenty  (15)  70/33.5

Category 3
1st :  Paschal Keenan  (17) 69
2nd :  Brian Crombie  (19) 70/35.5/20.7
Gross Prize:  Ciaran Traynor    74

In-form Ward takes Knights of Malta Cup

Brian Ward’s impressive start to the 2015 season continued on Sunday when he destroyed the field to win the Knights of Malta Cup by an impressive three shot margin.

Ward, who was second last week and won the previous Sunday, shot an eight under par 64, off 16, in the first major Strokeplay event of the season to win comfortably from a group of players on 67.

Best of these was 12-handicapper Ollie English, who took second place on countback thanks to a five under par 31 over the back nine.

Brian Reneghan who has also had a good start to the season won Category 1 ahead off teenager Josh Mackin who shot 68 to follow up his score of 41pts for third place on St Patrick’s Day.

David Brennan edged out Pat Donaghy on countback for the Category 2 prize while Tom Clarke was a comfortable winner of the Category 3 prize after shooting 67 off 18.


Sunday, March 22, 2015
Knights of Malta Cup

1st:  Brian Ward (16) 64.

2nd: Ollie English  (12) 67/31

Category 1
1st:Brian Reneghan (5) 67.

2nd: Josh Mackin (4) 68.

Category 2
1st : David Brennan (13) 69/33.5

2nd: Pat Donaghy (12) 69/34

Category 3
1st: Thomas Clarke  (18)  67

2nd: Sean Quigley (18) 70


St Patrick’s Day Singles Stableford

Saint Patrick Day Singles Stableford  Competition
Tuesday 17th March  2015
1st :  Padraig McDonnell (20)  42/22 pts
2nd :  Paschal Keenan (17)       42/21 pts
3rd :  Josh Mackin (4)               41 pts

Ward denied by Richie finish

A superb back nine delivered an impressive victory for 24-handicapper Peter Richie in Sunday’s Singles Stableford Competition and denied last week’s winner Brian Ward from claiming back to back victories.

Tied on 39pts, Richie took the overall victory on countback after shooting 23pts to Ward’s 20pts over the back nine. He shot six three-pointers on the homeward trip having managed just two on the front nine where he turned with just 16pts compared to Ward’s 19pts.

Just like last week Ward finished with three point pars on 17 and 18 for an impressive back nine of 20pts but this time he came up short after Ritchie’s even more impressive finish.

Gerry O’Keefe and Michael Hamilton also shot 39pts and took the top two prizes on Category 2 while Noel McGuinness took Category 3 with the same score. Brendan Duffy won Category 1 with 37opts on countback from Gerry Murray.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Singles Stableford Competition


1st Peter Ritchie (24) 39/23pts

2nd Brian Ward (16) 39/20pts

Category 1

1st  Brendan Duffy (10) 37/21pts

2nd Gerry Murray (7) 37/18pts

Category 2

1st Gerard O’Keefe (13) 39/19/11pts

2nd Michael Hamilton (15) 39/19/10pts

Category 3

1st Noel McGuinness (17) 39pts

2nd Tom Clarke (18) 38/21pts


Ward’s good start continues

Sixteen handicapper Brian Ward continued his good start to the new season by winning the Singles Stableford Competition on Sunday with a score of 39pts.

That was enough to pip Brian Mernagh, playing off 13, on countback with the scores over the final six holes being used to determine the winner after both shot 20 points on the home stretch.

Ward did well to bounce back from a no score at the par three fifth and a one pointer at the par-five seventh to take four points from the eighth with a birdie three and three points from the ninths and tenth courtesy of pars. Two more three pointers at the 17th and 18th made for an impressive finish and one that ultimately got him over the line.


Sunday, March 8,

Singles Stableford Competition

1st Brian Ward (16) 39/20/13 pts
2nd Brian Mernagh (13) 39/20/12 pts

Category 1
1st Neil Mullooly (8) 39/20pts
2nd Brendan Keane (11) 38pts

Category 2
1st Paul O’Callaghan (13) 39pts
2nd Nigel Giff (17) 38/21 pts

Category 3
1st George Rogers  (18) 36/20pts
2nd Sean Quigley  (18)  36/15pts


Form players to the fore

drive in Dundalk

Our 2015 captains, Brendan Keane and Mary Lou Grennan, finally got to drive themselves into office last Sunday and both did in style, despite the week long wait, with splendid tee-shots that split the first fairway.

There was also plenty of style on show in the two competitions played on Sunday with the form players from the Men’s Winter League continuing to sparkle.

David Murden, who won two individual competitions during the five weeks of the league, found himself on the winners’ podium yet again as he teamed up with Seamus Bailey, Gerry Byrne and Gerry Clarke to take the 14-hole Four Person Team Scramble with a score of 45.80..

They pipped another strong team, consisting of Austin Shaw, Sean Hession, Liam Mernagh and Pat McGuinness, with a mere 0.17 of a shot in the difference.

For Sean Hession, who took a major individual prize in the Winter League, it was to be his first visit of the day to the prizes as straight after the Captains’ Drive-In he teamed up with Mary Hession for the 9-hole Mixed Four and won the Back Nine prize with a score of 21pts.

The Front Nine was won by Tommy and Briege Reneghan who shot 22pts. While Tommy is another player who has started the year well, it was a welcome return to winning ways for Briege following a long absence through injury and a possible pointer towards the new season which is now well and truly underway.


March 1, 2015

Captain’s Drive-In Four Person Team Scramble (14 Holes)

Winners: 45.80 – David Murden (12), Seamus Bailey (12), Gerry Byrne (17), Gerry Clarke (13).

Second: 45.97 – Austin Shaw (7), Sean Hession (10), Liam Mernagh (11), Pat McGuinness (11).

Captain’s Drive-In Mixed Scotch Foursomes (9 Holes)

Front Nine: 1st – T Reneghan (13) & B Reneghan (27) 22pts. 2nd – P O Callaghan (9) & E Ward (13) 20pts.

Back Nine: 1st – S Hession (10) & M Hession (24) 21 pts. 2nd – G Murray(7) & A Murray (20) 20pts.


Ladies Spring League

Spring League Week 5 was played on Saturday 14th and Tuesday 17th February 2015. The competition is hotting up with 13 points separating the two leading teams. Team G ‘Greens’ lead with 363 points, followed by team H ‘Hazards’ with 350 points. However, it’s not over yet with one more week to play and anything can happen in golf!

The results of Week 5 were:
Class A – Winner: Brid Rocks (19) 19 pts; Second: Mary Carthy (18)    18 pts.  (On back 6 from Ita Donnelly, Lesley O’Keeffe & LC Marylou Grennan)
Class B – Winner: Catherine Mullins (25)  24 pts;  Second: Bernie McCabe (20) 22 pts; Third: Joan Corrigan (20) 18 pts.                  Class C – Winner: Nuala Henry (36) 18 pts  (on back 6 from);            Second: Teresa Oakes (32) 18 pts  (on back 6 from), Third: Mary McGinnity (34) 18 pts.
Two’s Competition – Emer Matthews on 5th.
Due to the ongoing works on the course members are asked to familiarise themselves with updated local rules and drop zones.
Friday roll-up will re-commence this Friday 20th February (check whiteboard in ladies locker room).
Time sheet for the Semi-Open 3 Lady Waltz for Saturday 28th February and Tuesday 3rd March is now open.

Pace of Play

This is a general communication to all members from the Tournament Committee.

We are experiencing a worrying trend of slow play associated with our Sunday competitions.

Last Sunday the first four person group completed their fourteen holes in two and a half hours. Because of slow play cascading through the field it took four hours for the last group to complete their round.

We do appreciate that the current works on the course are a contributing factor however it does not excuse the level of slow play experienced.

We have had a number of formal complaints from members about the pace of play and it is our responsibility on tournament to put in place a number of initiatives to address this problem.

As a first step can we ask you to be conscious of your pace of play while playing your round of golf.

Ladies Spring League

Spring League Week 4 was played on Saturday 7th and Tuesday 10th February 2015. The course continues to be presented in fine order despite the major restructuring work being carried out at the moment. It is exciting to see the progress being made week by week and to look at where the new challenges will be during the main playing season as the new features come into play.

The ladies wish Captain Brendan and Lady Captain MaryLou a memorable Drive In as they launch the playing season for 2014 next Sunday.

The full results of week 4 of the Spring League were as follows:
Class A
Winner –  Brid Rocks (19)  19 pts; 2nd Olivia Cunningham  18 pts      (on back 6 from Lesley O’Keeffe).
Class B
Winner – Siobhan Wynne (27) 19 pts (on back 6 from); 2nd Mary Hession (24) 19 pts; 3rd Jean Connolly (21) 18 pts (on back 6 from Siobhan Rogers)
Class C
Winner –  Una Connolly (36)  19 pts; 2nd Noeleen Gernon (29) 18 pts (on back 6 from); 3rd Daphne Boyle (34) 18 pts
Two’s Competition
5th – Fiona McLaughlin, Miriam O’Mahony, Ide McDermott
9th – Ita Donnelly