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

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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 lowcostolidays.ie 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

Team Thailand win Winter League

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After a dramatic day of golf Team Thailand emerged as winners of the lowcostholidays.ie 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

Lowcostholidays.ie 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 lowcostholidays.ie 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 lowcostholidays.ie 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


lowcostholidays.ie 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.

lowcostholidays.ie 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).

lowcostholidays.ie Winter League Non-Qualifiers prizes: Category 1 – Sean Hession (10) 161pts.
Category 2 – Brian Mernagh (13) 158pts. Category 3 – Brian Ward (16) 157pts.

lowcostholidays.ie 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 lowcostholidays.ie 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.

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(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 lowcostholidays.ie 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.

lowcostholidays.ie. 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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