Team Thailand win Winter League

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After a dramatic day of golf Team Thailand emerged as winners of the Men’s Winter League with a narrow win over Team Caribbean.

The teams finished tied 4-4 after the eight single stableford matchplay matches but Thailand, captained by Liam Mernagh, emerged victorious over Michael Coburn’s Caribbean side when each team’s total points for the day were calculated. Thailand won by a mere four points 220-216 to take the title in a dramatic finish.

Thailand were out of the traps fast with Brian Renaghan, Gerry Murray, Liam Mernagh and Tommy Renaghan winning the first four matches to leave them one win from overall victory. But the Caribbean’s high handicappers struck back as Vincent Murphy, Tom Clarke, George Rogers and Brendan Cleary all won to force that 4-4 tie and have the title decided by the overall points total.

There was double celebration for Thailand captain Mernagh as his individual score of 35pts was also good enough to win the individual single stableford competition after he finished one point ahead of the in-form Sean Hession with Sean Ward third on 33pts thanks to countback.

Eleven handicapper Mernagh’s round included a four pointer at the Index 1 par four fourth which was an excellence bounce back after a six at the par-four third had only yielded one point. Mernagh also rattled in five three-pointers and had two-pointers at the other seven holes.

Sean Hession also found a birdie for four points at the par-five 12th but could only find four three-pointers to miss out on top prize by the narrowest of margins while Sean Ward had five three-pointers, eight two-pointers and a one-pointer at the par-five sixth.

Dundalk Golf Club and the Tournament Committee would like to thank Clem Walshe and lowcostholidays for their kind sponsorship of the Winter League.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 Men’s Winter League Matchplay Final: Thailand 4 Caribbean 4. (Brian Renaghan bt Peter Rogers, Gerry Murray bt Michael Coburn, Liam Mernagh bt David Murden, Tommy Renaghan bt Gerry Clarke, Laurence Soraghan lost to Vincent Murphy, Peter McCaughey lost to Tom Clarke, Sean Quigley lost to George Rogers, John McLaughlin lost to Brendan Cleary). Thailand won on Team Stableford score 220-216.

Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition

1st: Liam Mernagh (11) 35pts

2nd: Sean Hession (10) 34pts

3rd: Sean Ward (15) 33/19pts

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Thailand and Caribbean qualify for League final

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Thailand will meet Caribbean in the matchplay final of the Winter League after they claimed the top two spots followings five weeks of intense competition among the 13 participating teams.

Thailand finished first, just one point ahead of Caribbean who were knocked off top spot on the final weekend after leading for the previous two weeks. They shot a best of the day 163pts to leap frog over the leaders who returned 160pts. Greece, who had led the league after the opening week, finished third and will rue their Week 3 collapse which, in the end, has cost them dearly.

Sean Quigley, who has been tremendous form throughout the league, again led the Thailand scorers with 34pts as all five scorers scored 31pts or better while David Murden top scored for Thailand closely followed by Tom Clarke, who recorded his fifth successive round of 30pts or better.

Murden, a 12-handicapper who recently joined the club, won the individual single stableford competition over 14 holes for the second time in three weeks, with his 37pts being two more than Kieran Reidy in second with Clarke in third, also on 35pts, after losing out on countback.

Murden’s round included two four-pointers at the par five seventh and 12th and six three-pointers over the 14 hole competition while Reidy picked up four points for his birdie four at the 12th and although he had seven three pointers it was one pointers at the third and sixth which ultimately cost him.

The Winter’s League title will be decided next Sunday when Thailand and Caribbean meet in a singles stableford matchplay final. The total stableford score will determine the winner of each match and if both teams are level after the completion of the matches then the total stableford score will determine the winners. It that doesn’t produce a winner then Thailand’s one point win over the five week league campaign will prove decisive.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition
1st: David Murden (12) 37pts
2nd: Kieran Reidy (15) 35/21pts
3rd: Tom Clarke (19) 35/19pts Winter League Final Standings: 791 – Thailand. 790 – Caribbean. 778 – Greece. 769 – Portugal. 768 – Canada. 766 – Egypt. 759 – France. 752 – Australia. 748 – Malta. 738 – Italy. 738 – Turkey. 735 – USA. 672 – Spain. Winter League Final – Matchplay Pairings: Thailand v Caribbean (Brian Renaghan v Peter Rogers, Gerry Murray v Michael Coburn, Liam Mernagh v David Murden, Tommy Renaghan v Gerry Clarke, Laurence Soraghan v Vincent Murphy, Peter McCaughey v Tom Clarke, Sean Quigley v George Rogers, John McLaughlin v Brendan Cleary). Winter League Non-Qualifiers prizes: Category 1 – Sean Hession (10) 161pts.
Category 2 – Brian Mernagh (13) 158pts. Category 3 – Brian Ward (16) 157pts. Winter League Week by Week Scores


Total Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5
Thailand 791 146 174 143 165 163
Caribbean 790 140 175 156 159 160
Greece 778 149 165 137 166 161
Portugal 769 144 159 145 174 147
Canada 768 140 161 132 182 153
Egypt 766 131 172 133 176 154
France 759 141 154 145 163 156
Australia 752 137 156 135 176 148
Malta 748 140 164 139 156 149
Italy 738 142 159 140 161 136
Turkey 738 140 157 126 156 159
USA 735 121 158 148 155 153
Spain 672 128 164 131 109 140

Caribbean lead cut in Winter League

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The Caribbean became the first team to retain top spot in the Men’s Winter League but their lead has been cut to two points after Week Four of this popular competition.

Caribbean shot 159pts, their second best score of the tournament, but Thailand, who led after Week 2, shot 165pts with Sean Quigley again leading the way, contributing 35pts to bring his total over the first four weeks to 129pts, making him the best individual performer among the 13 teams.

Portugal, who trailed by 25pts heading into Week 4, shot 174pts to jump from fourth to third and close the gap on the leaders to eight points. More importantly, they are now just six points off second and very much in contention for a place in the matchplay final.

The pairings for the February 15 shoot-out will be decided next week and the likes of Greece on 617pts, Canada on 615pts and Egypt on 612pts will also go into the final round feeling they have a chance of making the final.

Canada set a newest highest score for the tournament with their five counting players shooting an incredible 182pts, which was seven more than the previous best recorded by Caribbean in Week 2. Egypt and Australia with 176pts also bettered the previous best.

Sunday’s individual competition was won by 16-handicapper Brian Ward who beat another man off 16, John McCann, by one point after shooting a phenomenal 40pts over 14 holes. Birdies at the seventh and tenth, two of the par-fives on the course, yielded four points at each and Ward also picked up three points from pars at the second, third, fourth, eighth, ninth, 11th, 12th and 13th.

McCann’s round was equally impressive as he recorded nine three pointers but he only managed one four-pointer birdie, at the 10th, to miss out on the top prize by the narrowest of margins.

Third place went to Padraig McDonnell who shot 38pts off 20 and made the podium on countback.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Singles Stableford 14 hole competition

1: Brian Ward (16), 40pts.

2: John McCann (16) 39pts.

3: Padraig McDonnell (20) 38/20pts. Men’s Winter League

(Standings after Week 4)

Team    Total Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4
Caribbean 630 140 175 156 159
Thailand 628 146 174 143 165
Portugal 622 144 159 145 174
Greece 617 149 165 137 166
Canada 615 140 161 132 182
Egypt 612 131 172 133 176
Australia 604 137 156 135 176
France 603 141 154 145 163
Italy 602 142 159 140 161
Malta 599 140 164 139 156
USA 582 121 158 148 155
Turkey 579 140 157 126 156
Spain 532 128 164 131 109

Caribbean now on top of Winter League table

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For the third successive week there are new leaders at the top of the Men’s Winter League.

Having gone from sixth after the opening week to second last week, the Caribbean completed their climb up the table with their total of 155pts on Sunday enough to take them over Thailand into top spot.

Thailand, with 146pts, had the day’s third highest score but it wasn’t enough to keep them at the head of the table although there is a mere seven points between the teams.

The rest of the top five positions remain unchanged but a gap of 25pts has now opened up between the leaders and Portugal in fifth.

After two weeks at the bottom, USA finally climbed up the table with their total of 148pts the second best total of the day and they have been replaced by Turkey who slid from 9th to 13th after posting the day’s lowest score of 121pts.

Sunday’s 14 hole Single Stableford Competition was won by 12 handicapper David Murden who edged out Gerard Daly (13) on countback after both shot 32 points. Sean Hession, off 10, was third on 33pts thanks to an inward 17pts.

The Tournament Committee has asked players to be more diligent when completing their cards as there were six disqualifications on Sunday due to unsigned cards.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition

1st: David Murden (12) 34/20pts.
2nd: Gerard Daly (13) 34/18pts.
3rd: Sean Hession (10) 33/17pts. Men’s Winter League Standing
(after Week 3)
1 Caribbean 470
2 Thailand 463
3 Greece 451
4 Malta 445
5 Portugal 445
6 Italy 441
7 France 440
8 Egypt 436
9 Canada 433
10 Australia 428
11 USA 427
12 Spain 423
13 Turkey 418
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New leaders after week two of Men’s Winter League

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With the cobwebs having been shed on week one, there was a dramatic improvement in scoring in the second round of the Men’s Winter League on Sunday.

Every one of the 13 teams improved their score from the opening week with the biggest increase being recorded by Egypt, whose five counting players shot 172pts, a massive 42pts better than their first round total. Conor McCaughey led their scoring for the second successive week as he shot 36pts off six.

That helped Egypt jump from 11th to sixth and they are now just 14 points adrift of the competition’s new leaders, Thailand. Last week’s second place side shot 171 points to go top, with Liam Mernagh leading the way with 37pts. They are now two points ahead of Caribbean whose best of the day total of 175pts saw them move from joint sixth to second with Michael Coburn their best scorer on 39pts.

Round 1 leaders Greece were 14pts better than last week with 165 but slipped to third, albeit just three points behind the new leaders and ten points behind Malta who have moved two places to fourth.

All the players in action on Sunday were also competing in the weekly 14 hole Singles Stableford competition and 20 handicapper Colm Garvey led the way with a tremendous score of 41pts, two ahead of Michael Coburn with the evergreen Liam Mernagh third, after a countback, on 37pts, thanks to a back nine of 18pts.

Eighteen handicapper Tom Clarke got the first competitive hole-in-one of 2015 when he aced the par three 5th hole.


Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Fourteen Hole Single Stableford competition  

1st: Colm Garvey (20) 41pts

2nd: Michael Coburn (7) 39pts

3rd: Liam Mernagh (11) 37/18pts Men’s Winter League Table

  Team Total Week 1 Week 2
1 Thailand 317    146 171
2 Caribbean 315    140 175
3 Greece 314    149 165
4 Malta 304    140 164
5 Portugal 303    144 159
5 Egypt 303    131 172
7 Italy 301    142 159
7 Canada 301    140 161
9 Turkey 297     140 157
10 France 295    141 154
11 Australia 293    137 156
12 Spain 292     128 164
13 USA 279     121 158

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Greece set pace in Winter League

The eagerly awaited Men’s Winter League teed off on Sunday with a 14 hole single stableford competition.

After the first round Greece are setting the early pace on 148pts with Thailand two points further back. Portugal lie in third on 144pts.

With all eight of their players in action, Greece were able to discard three cards and rely on five counting cards which featured three players on 28pts and two on 32pts, with Eugene J Hanratty and Kevin Barry returning the top scores.

Thailand, with seven players in action, were led home by Sean Quigley on 32pts with their lowest counting card being 24pts.

Sean Hession was top scorer for Portugal with 32pts and their top five dove-tailed well as their lowest counting score was 27pts.

With France in fourth on 141 and three further teams on 140pts, there are six teams within eight points of the leaders as the league moves to its second round next week.

The individual competition was won by 22 handicapper Pat Daly on 33 points who is not taking part in the League. As a free agent he is sure to be the subject of many approaches for his signature over the coming week as some team captains look to beef up their squads ahead of the next round.

Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition

1st:  Pat Daly (22)    33 pts
2nd: Sean Hession (10) 32/18 pts
3rd: Sean Quigley (18) 32/17 pts

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(After Week 1)

1 Greece              148
2 Thailand         146
3 Portugal          144
4 France               141
5 Malta                140
6 Caribbean        140
7 Italy                   140
8 Canada             139
9 Turkey               137
10 Australia         135
11 Egypt              130
12 Spain               126
13 USA                 120

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Seasoned performers end season on a winning note

The 2014 season was brought to a close on Sunday with a Four Man Scramble and saw two teams of seasoned performers take the prizes.

The winning team covered the 14 holes in 41.6 strokes nett and saw eight handicapper Eddie Rocks combine with three 16 handicappers, John McCann Rogers, Brian Ward and Michael Hamtilton to take the top prize.

In second, with a score of 42.3 nett was a quartet of four more Sunday regulars, namely Tom Wall, Jim Rowland, Michael Begley and Pat Davis.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Four Man Scramble (14 Holes)

41.6 – John McCann Rogers (16), Brian Ward (16), Michael Hamilton (16), Eddie Rocks (8)

42.3 – Tom Wall (13), Jim Rowland (11), Michael Begley (21), Pat Davis (16)



Connollys and Hessions dominate Mixed Foursomes

The Semi-Open Mixed Foursomes Stableford competition on Sunday attracted a good entry and some sizzling golf from the Connollys and Hessions.

The Front Nine honours were taken by John and Theresa Connolly who produced an excellent 23 points to win by two points from Pat Watters and Onagh Quinn who took second spot on countback.

Sean and Mary Hession were even more dominant over the Back Nine shooting an impressive 24 points to canter home four points clear of Peter and Geraldine Rogers followed by the rest of the field.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Semi-Open Mixed Foursomes Stableford

Front Nine

John Connolly (22) & Theresa Connolly (17) 23pts

Pat Watters (16) & Onagh Quinn (33) 21/14pts


Back Nine

Sean Hession (10) & Mary Hession (24) 24pts

Peter Rogers (1) & Geraldine Rogers (27) 20pts                                                                  



Rogers leads the field home

George Rogers led home the field in Sunday’s Turkey Competition with an excellent score of 36pts, one better than Dan Prenty with Noel Crowe a shot further back on 34pts.

Also in the prizes were Connor McCaughey, Eamon Hoey, Patrick Boland, Eugene Hanratty and Leslie Toal.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Turkey Competition

George Rogers (19) 36pts

Dan Prenty (15) 35pts

Noel Crowe (28) 34pts

Connor McCaughey (6) 32pts*

Eamon Hoey (18) 32pts

Michael Kelly (14) 31pts*

Patrick Boland (19) 31 pts

Eugene Hanratty (9) 31pts

Leslie Toal (13) 31pts

Non Qualifying.

* Turkey Handicap adjustment applied

Barry and McEnteggart head Spirits field

Kevin Barry and Martin McEnteggart led the way in Sunday’s Spirits Competition over 14 holes. Both shot 32 points and were among 21 players who made this week’s prize list.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Spirits Competition (14 Holes)

Kevin Barry (11) 32pts

Martin McEnteggart (10) 32pts

Aidan Gaughran (16) 31pts

Trevor Giff (12) 30pts

Michael Coburn (8) 30pts

Paul O’Callaghan (13) 29pts

Shane McGuinness (18) 29pts

Liam Mernagh (11) 29pts

John McErlean (22) 28pts

Michael Stewart (13) 28pts

Patsy Cole (15) 28pts

Tommy Renaghan (13) 28pts

Sean Hession (10) 28pts

Jim Dearey (18)  28pts

Neal Mackell (4) 28pts

Paddy Duffy (12) 28pts

Mickey Hamilton (16) 28pts

Len Mullins (13) 28pts

Pat Donaghy (12) 27/15pts

Diarmuid McAdam (22) 27/14pts

Bernard Crombie (15) 27/14pts