Lawlor finishes third in Australia

In the Australian All Abilities Championship, Brendan Lawlor finished just one shot off the lead and had to settle for third place as last year’s winner Johan Kammerstad of Sweden beat Canada’s Kurtis Barkley in a play-off.

Close finish to Sunday’s Team Event

Sunday’s competition was a 14 Hole Four Person Team Event and it produced a close finish with countback being required to decide the winner.

In the end Tommy Renaghan (15), Maurice Soraghan (9), Trevor Giff (9) and Denis Cunningham (14) prevailed after they had tied on 71pts with Noel Reidy (13), Kieran Reidy (15), Brendan Duffy (12) and Oliver McGinnity (18).

As both had 42pts over the final nine holes, the countback went to final six holes and the winners prevailed by 28pts to 27pts.

Sunday, December 8 – 14 Hole Four Person Team Event – Winners: Tommy Renaghan (15), Maurice Soraghan (9), Trevor Giff (9), Denis Cunningham (14) 71/42/28pts. Runners-Up: Noel Reidy (13), Kieran Reidy (15), Brendan Duffy (12), Oliver McGinnity (18) 71/42/27pts. 

Final flourish secures team event victory

Sunday’s competition was a four-man team event and for the third week in a row Peter McCaughey (20) found himself among the prizes as he partnered with Pascal Keenan (15), Eamonn Hoey (17) and Kevin Redmond (11) to take first place with an impressive return of 74pts for the 14 hole competition.

After opening with four points they quickly got down to business with six-point hauls from the next three holes before having to settle for four points from the par three fifth. They also missed an opportunity at the par five sixth which Peter McCaughey birdied for four points but they could only add Eamonn Hoey’s one point bogey for a total of five points.

That began a run of six steady five points holes to the 11th before they finished with a flourish as the amassed an impressive 20 points over the final three holes.

It all began on the par five 12th where four-point birdies from McCaughey and Redmond yielded eight points and at the par three 13th McCaughey picked up a four-point birdie while Hoey had a three-point par for a seven point haul. A three-point par from Keenan on their final hole, the 18th, and a two-point bogey from McCaughey delivered another five-point return and overall total of 74pts for the 14 holes played.

That left them four points clear of the second placed team of Mark Cumiskey (7), Andrew Cumiskey (10), Aaron Hoey (10) and Pearse Murphy (18).

Sunday, December 1 – Four Person 14 Hole Team Event – 76pts: Pascal Keenan (15), Peter McCaughey (20), Eamonn Hoey (17), Kevin Redmond (11). 72pts – Mark Cumiskey (7), Andrew Cumiskey (10), Aaron Hoey (10), Pearse Murphy (18).

Rafferty ranked No.1 in Europe

Congratulations to Caolan Rafferty who is currently ranked No.1 on the European Golf Rankings which is compiled by the European Golf Association and is based on performances over the past 52 weeks.

Caolan has also reached a career-high 14th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in recent weeks and is also ranked 17th in the World Scratch Golfers Amater Rankings.

2019 has been another brilliant year for Caolan with the highlights being his appearance in the Walker Cup, his win at the West of Ireland and his semi-final appearance at the South African Amateur Open Championship.

Roll of Honour 2019

  • Competition/Position/Player
  • Captains Prize 1st Conor Hackett
  • Presidents Prize 1st Conor McCaughey
  • Lady Captains Prize to Men 1st Paul O’Hare
  • Professionals Prize 1st Donal Sheridan
  • Arkew Cup 1st David Staunton
  • Cochrane Cup 1st Ultan Gaughran
  • PGA Tankard 1st Donal Sheridan
  • House Committee Cup 1st Derek Murdock (retained trophy)
  • Jubilee Cup 1st Gavin McDonnell
  • Knights of Malta Cup 1st Andrew Cumiskey
  • Irwin Lockington Salver 1st Colm Coburn
  • Paddy Markey Cup 1st Frank Byrne
  • Veterans Cup 1st Dessie Ward
  • GUI Gold Medal Qualifier Cat1 Mark Gorham
  • GUI Gold Medal Qualifier Cat 2 Donal Sheridan
  • GUI Gold Medal Qualifier Cat 3 Jimmy O Connor
  • Senior Scratch Matchplay 1st Billy Cairns
  • Senior Scratch Matchplay 2nd Brian og Renaghan
  • Junior Scratch Matchplay 1st Terry Conlon
  • Junior Scratch Matchplay 2nd Ciaran Traynor
  • Intermediate Scratch Matchplay 1st Kevin Carthy
  • Intermediate Scratch Matchplay 2nd Paul Cheshire
  • Minor Scratch Matchplay 1st Miceal Markey
  • Minor Scratch Matchplay 2nd Conor McClenaghan
  • Harry Walsh Cup 1st Sean O Sullivan
  • Harry Walsh Cup 2nd Patrick Wadding
  • Carolan Cup 1st Ruairi Gogarty
  • Carolan Cup 2nd Richard Copas
  • Carolan Cup Leading Qualifier 1st Brian Og Renaghan
  • Gold Medal 1st Aidan Thornton
  • Gold Medal 2nd Conall Murdock
  • Gold Medal 3rd Adrian Kenny
  • Gold Medal 3rd John Morrison
  • Gold Medal Leading Qualifier 1st Niall McCaul
  • Mens Foursomes 1st Oliver McGinnity & John MacGuinness
  • Mens Foursomes 2nd Tommy Renaghan & Maurice Soraghan
  • Mixed Foursomes 1st Clem Walshe and Siobhan Mulholland
  • Mixed Foursomes 2nd Maurice Soraghan and Elaine Ward
  • Club Championship 1st Josh Mackin
  • Golfer of the Year 1st Clem Walshe (retained trophy)

Day to remember as McKell denies McCaughey

Andrew McKell had a day to remember last Sunday when he won the 14 Hole Singles Stableford competition with an excellent score of 34pts to deny Peter McCaughey victory for a second successive week.

McKell, who plays off 29, took full advantage of the 23 strokes he had as he scored on every hole and managed to collect four points on both the ninth and the 18th. He got off to the perfect start as he picked up three points from the first and second holes and then had three successive two points before a par on the sixth yielded another three points.

A triple bogey eight at the seventh, where he had two shots, delivered a point and he then finished the back nine strongly with a three-point bogey at eight and a four-point birdie two at the par three ninth.

That gave him 23pts for the front nine and he then picked up 11pts over the final four holes with the highlight being his four point par on the last which was enough to edge out McCaughey (20) who had shot 33pts.

Seamus Bailey (12) finished a further shot back on 32pts to take third overall while Charlie Monahan (10), Kieran Reidy (15) and Pat Daly (21) took the category prizes and Frank Byrne (7) with 25pts had the day’s best gross score.

The day was also memorable for Gerard Daly who had a hole in one at the ninth.

Sunday, November 24 – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Andrew MacKell (29) 34pts, Peter McCaughey (20) 33pts, Seamus Bailey (12) 32pts. Category 1 (0-12): Charlie Monahan (10) 31/20pts. Category 2 (13-17): Kieran Reidy (15) 30/20pts. Category 3 (18+): Pat Daly (21) 31pts. Gross recognition: Frank Byrne (7) 25pts. Non-Qualifying. ENDS

McCaughey bounces back for impressive victory

Peter McCaughey (20) won Sunday’s 14 Hole Singles Stablefordcompetition with an excellent score of 34pts.

But thoughts of victory were far from his mind after he walkedoff the first hole having failed to score.

A two point bogey at the secondgot him on the board and pars at the next three holes yielded a haul of 10ptswhich put him right back in the competition.

A two point bogey at the par five sixth was followed bythree point pars at the seventh and eighth before he finished the front ninewith a two point bogey for an impressive 22pts heading into the final fourholes.

Two points were gained at both the 10th and 11thbefore he parred the par five 12th for three points and bogeyed thepar three 13th for two points.

He then jumped from the 13th to the 18th for the 14th hole of his round and a three point par on the last was enough to take McCaughey beyond three players who finished up on 33pts and give him the overall victory.

Mickey Coburn (10) was one of those on 34pts and he tookCategory 1 by a point from Charlie Monahan (10) while Brian Crombie (19) needed a countback that went back to the final two holes before he edged out GerryByrne (19) after both had finished on 33pts in Category 2.

Conor Byrne (21) took Category 3 with 32pts from AnthonyMcGuinness (20) who finished with 31pts while the evergreen Peter Rogers wentaround in 28pts for the day’s best gross score.    

Sunday, November 17 –14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Peter McCaughey (20) 34pts. Category1 (0-13): Michael Coburn (10) 33pts, Charles Monahan (10) 32pts. Category 2(14-19): Brian Crombie (19) 33/21/14/7/5pts, Gerard Byrne (19) 33pts. Category3 (20+): Conor Byrne (21) 32pts, Anthony McGuinness (20) 31pts.  Best Gross: Peter Rogers (3) 28pts.

Walshe putts it in and wins again

Golfer of the Year Clem Walshe took Sunday’s 14 Hole Singles Stableford competition with an excellent nett score of 35pts.

It was enough to give him a one-point victory over fellow five handicapper Colin Roche and he also recorded the day’s best gross score of 31pts in what was a fine round of four birdies, nine pars and one bogey from a very consistent player who managed just 19 putts for the 14 holes.

Walshe opened up with two pars then birdied the third to go under par. He parred the next two before birdieing the par five sixth to go two under. Two more pars followed before another birdie at the par three ninth saw him cover the front nine in three under gross.

After parring the 10th, Walshe dropped his only shot of the day at the index two par four 11th where he missed the green left and lipped out for par from eight feet.

After parring the 12th he got that dropped shot back on the par three 13th and then finished the 14 hole round on the 18th where he had a nice two putt par for three under and a nett score of 35pts.

Roche took Category 1 from Kevin Redmond (11) who finished on 33ptswhile Leslie Toal (18) showed that form is temporary but class is permanent as he made a welcome return to the prizes after a long absence. Toal finished on 32pts but his 22pts over the last nine holes was enough to pip Tom Clarke on countback for the Category 2 prize.

Ray Pepper (19), who took the Category 3 prize, was another player showing a return to winning form with his 33pts edging out the reliable Jimmy O’Connor (19) by a single point. Fionn Cunningham (18) with 30pts took the Juvenile Prize.

Sunday, November 10, – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Clem Walshe (5) 35pts. Category 1 (0-12): Colin Roche (5) 34pts, Kevin Redmond (11) 33pts. Category 2 (13-18): Leslie Toal (18) 32/22pts, Tom Clarke (18) 32/21pts. Category 3 (18+): Ray Pepper (19) 33pts, Jimmy O’Connor (19) 32pts. Juvenile: Fionn Cunningham (18) 30pts. Best Gross: Clem Walshe (5) 30pts.