O’Hare pips Walshe to take Lady Captain’s Prize to Men

Paul O’Hare was the winner of Lady Captain Criona O’Reilly’s Prize to Men on Sunday when he shot 69 for the only sub-70 round of the day.

He pipped last year’s Golfer of the Year Clem Walshe (5) by one shot on a day when the course off the blue tees proved long and difficult for most of the 197 players who took part.

The 28 handicapper took full advantage of the holes where he had two shots particularly the first, seventh, eighth, 11th and 18th where he had nett birdies while parring three of the four par three holes was another major factor in his victory. O’Hare went out in 32 nett and returned in 37 nett for his three part total of 69.

Aaron Grant (+1) shot a level par 72 to claim the Gross Prize while Brian Ward (17) shot a nett 72 to take the Veterans Prize and Cillian Halpenny (19) was the Best Juvenile after returning a 76. Conor Murphy (9), Bobby McCarthy (13) and George Rogers (19) won the Category Prizes.

Sunday, June 16 – Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men (Stroke) – Overall: Paul O’Hare (28) 69, Clem Walshe (5) 70. Gross: Aaron Grant (+1) 72. Veterans: Brian Ward (17) 72. Category 1 (0 -11): Conor Murphy (9) 71/ 35.5, Conall Murdock (5) 71. Category 2 (12-17): Bobby McCarthy (13) 74/35.5, Nicholas McShane (13) 74. Category 3 (18+): George Rogers (19) 73, Brendan Tinnelly (20) 76/37.5. Best Juvenile: Cillian Halpenny (19) 76/35.5. CSS: 74.

Senior panel reach Barton Shield semi-final

Dundalk Golf Club are through to the Leinster semi-finals of the Barton Shield after beating Carton House in the last eight at Seapoint on Saturday.

Last year Dundalk won the Leinster title to claim the club’s first ever senior pennant but lost out on the national crown when they were beaten by Athenry in the All-Ireland Final.

Caolan Rafferty took time out from his preparations for this week’s R&A Amateur Championship in Portmarnock to make himself available for the tie and he partnered Eoin Murphy in what turned out be a very close encounter.

The Dundalk pairing took a one hole lead twice after the third and 10th holes but were pulled back on both occasions to all square by Carton House birdies at the sixth and 11th.

Carton House finally got their noses in front on 14 when the Dundalk pairing recorded their only bogey of the day but they bounced back immediately with a birdie at the next hole, the par three 15th, to get back to all-square and it stayed that way until they were called in.

In the other match Aaron Grant and Josh Mackin were always in control having taken the lead with a birdie on the second hole. They stretched that lead to three holes by winning the fourth and fifth holes with pars before Mackin drained a 20 foot on the par five sixth for eagle and a four hole lead.

A bogey at the par five eighth saw them lose a hole but they won the ninth with another birdie to turn with a four hole lead which then stretched to five with a win on the 11th. Carton House did win 12 and 14 to pull the Dundalk lead back to three but a win on 16 restored the four hole advantage with two to play.

Dundalk will now face the winners of the quarter-final between Corrstown and Woodbrook on Saturday, July 27 at 7.30am in Royal Tara with the final due to take place at 1pm the same day. ENDS

Hospice Homecare Team winners

Back from left: Marcella Ni Conluain, Ann Crombie, Olivia Cunnigham, Elaine Ward.

Front from left: Catherine McElligott Sponsor The Hair Shop. Lady Captain Criona O’Reilly, Maura O’Callaghan Hospice Homecare, Paula Bishoff Sponsor The Hair Shop.

Hospice Homecare Team Event a huge success

The Hospice & Homecare Open 4 Lady Team Event was played on Saturday 8th & Tuesday 11th June. This prestigious competition is sponsored by The Hair Shop. This Team Event is one of the most popular competitions of the golfing season. It attracts visitors from all over the region. This year did not disappoint with 17 visiting clubs participating in the competition. All the ladies arrived and were treated to some lovely clothing from Horseware in Dundalk. Thank you to Horseware for their very generous gifts to all the ladies and gentlemen. Sixty teams played and the scoring was good. The playing conditions were slightly more difficult after all the rain in the previous few days. The winning ladies came from Warrenpoint Golf Club and had 87pts. Well done to all the winners.

This competition was kindly sponsored by The Hair Shop and Paula Bishoff spoke about their delight at supporting this team event. It is 25 years since The Hair Shop began their very generous sponsorship of this competition. Lady Captain Criona O’Reilly explained how important this team event is in the golfing calendar. All proceeds of this competition go towards Hospice Homecare. Maura O’Callaghan representing Hospice Homecare was welcomed by Lady Captain Criona. Lady Captain Criona spoke of the work the organisation do to help support people who have cancer. She spoke of the volunteers who give of their time to drive people to hospital for appointments, one of the many services of Hospice Homecare. Lady Captain Criona thanked the ladies and gentlemen of Dundalk Golf Club for their generous contributions and she announced that 8,500 euros had been raised for Hospice Homecare. Lady Captain Criona invited Tom McGuinness from Horseware to speak and he explained how delighted they were to be involved with this competition. He generously matched the amount Dundalk Golf Club had raised. This was met with delight and Maura O’Callaghan was  in awe with the hard work that went into organising this event and spoke of what this means to Hospice Homecare.

A huge thank you to all who helped with the organisation of this team event and all who played and contributed to this very worthy cause.

Winners: Sheila King (33), Anne Keenan (13)
Antoinette Lenfestey (15) & Mary McGrath (15) 87 Pts
Warrenpoint Golf Club
Runners Up: Teresa Butler (19), Madeline Devine (21)
Rose O’Reilly (23) & Geraldine Finnegan (20) 83 Pts Mannan Castle Golf Club
Third: Elaine Ward (10), Olivia Cunningham (11)
Dundalk Golf Club
Catherine Sheridan (33) & Roisin Devin (32)
Ardee Golf Club 82 Pts
On back 9 from
MaryLou Grennan, Anne McDonnell,
Ide McDermott & Siobhan Wynne
2 Person Team
Winners: Marcella Ui Conluain & Anne Crombie 16 Pts

60 Teams Played

Visiting Clubs:
Mannan Castle, Headfort, Warrenpoint, Ardee, St. Anne’s, Athenry, Greenore, Concra Wood, Trim , Lucan, Clontarf, Kells, Newbridge, Rosses Point, Royal Tara, Edenderry.

Rafferty third in St Andrews Links Trophy

Caolan Rafferty finished third in the St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland at the weekend. He shot rounds of 69, 65, 71 and 66 to finish on 17 under, three shots behind the winners, Jake Burnage of England.

Murdock retains House Committee Cup

Derek Murdock retained the House Committee Cup on Sunday when he shot a six under par 66 to win by three clear shots from Conor McCaughey on a day when only three players managed to break 70.

The 12 handicapper got off to the perfect start with three successive pars and although he bogeyed the next four holes he parred eight and then had a birdie two at the ninth where the tee had been brought forward to encourage attacking play off the tee.

That gave him a nett score of 33 for the front nine and three successive fives then followed before he parred 13 and 14 and bogeyed 15. He had back to back pars at the next two holes before finishing with a five at the last for a nett score of 33 on the back nine and an excellent score of 66.

McCaughey (5) took second overall on countback after both himself and Paul O’Callaghan (11) had come home in 69. O’Callaghan took Category 1 with Gareth Halpin (14) and Men’s Captain Pat Davis taking the other two category prizes. Conor Curran (1) with a 74 won the gross prize while Iarlaith Carroll (13) was the juvenile winner.

Sunday, June 9 – House Committee Cup (Stroke) – Overall: Derek Murdock (12) 66, Conor McCaughey (5) 69/35.5/20.3. Gross Prize: Conor Curran (1) 74. Category 1 (0-11): Paul O’Callaghan (11) 69, Ciaran Sheridan (5) 70. Category 2 (12-17): Gareth Halpin (14) 70, Andrew Brodigan (12) 71. Category 3 (18+): Pat Davis (18) 72, Michael Byrne (20) 73. Juvenile Prize: Iarlaith Carroll (13) 75. CSS: 73 Saturday, June 8 – Singles Stableford – 1st: Alan McDermott, 2nd: Paul Coburn, 3rd: Damian English. CSS:71/37. Wednesday, June 5 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Sexton (9) 42pts, Ciaran Daly (14) 39/21pts, Eamon Hoey (17) 39pts. Best Gross: Conor Curran (1) 37pts. Juvenile: Daniel Nordon (15) 38pts. CSS 72/36pts. Monday, June 3 – Open Stableford Singles – Overall: Zak Alderdice (7) 39pts, Anthony McCrave (21) 38pts, Nicholas McShane (14) 26pts. Best Gross: Aaron Grant 34pts. Best Juvenile: Iarlaith Carroll (15) 41pts. CSS: 35pts. ENDS

Knockout win tees Lawlor up for Challenge Tour date

Dundalk Golf Club’s Brendan Lawlor is set to tee it up with pros after winning an invite to the 2019 KPMG Trophy, a European Challenge Tour event which will be played in Belgium from August 29 to September 1.

The final day of the recent Belgian Knockout tournament on the European Tour featured the G-GOLF Knockout which was a nine-hole stroke play knockout match between two golfers with disability. Lawlor, the current World Number Three in the World Rankings for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD), defeated home favourite and WR4GD Number Five Adem Wahbi by three shots at Rinkven International Golf Course to earn his invite to the Challenge Tour event.

“It’s a fantastic accomplishment, we’re both winners today but I’m getting the prize, it’s really good,” said Lawlor after his victory. “Disability golf is getting more and more seen now all over the world and the European Tour have joined with EDGA, so we’re getting more chances like this to put on a wee show for the fans.

“It’s mind-blowing to get the invite. It’s my first outing in my first professional event. For a disability golfer to play, I think it’s the first time it’s ever happened, so it will be huge step forward for golf, not only for myself but for disability golf, to show other people what I’m capable of,” said Lawlor.

Lawlor also played with the pros in the pro-am on the eve of last month’s Betfred British Masters where the European Tour announced two tournaments for Golfers with Disability. The 36-hole EDGA Scottish Open and the 36-hole EDGA Dubai Finale will be played over the weekends of two of this season’s biggest Rolex Series events, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Scoring for both tournaments will feature on the European Tour’s website and App for fans to follow, while television coverage of both contests will form part of the world feed broadcast, and the winner in Scotland will also take part in the main prize-giving ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Coburn goes low to win Irwin Lockington Salver

Eighteen handicapper Colm Coburn shot one of the best rounds in recent times around Dundalk when he returned a nine under par 63 on Sunday to win the Irwin Lockington Salver by five shots.

Two birdie twos at the par three ninth and 17th were key to his low round as he came home with an impressive gross score of 81.

He went out in 32 nett thanks to that birde at the ninth and pars at the second, seventh and eighth with his only blemish being a double bogey five at the par three fifth.

The strong wind certainly didn’t deter Coburn and on the back nine he parred the 10th and 13th before birdieing the 17th and parring the final hole as he came home in 31 nett.

Noel Crowe (24) with a net 68 led the chasing pack while Fergal Harte (6) with a 76 had the day’s best gross score and James Reilly (17) with a 73 won the Juvenile Prize. The Category prizes went to Fergal Sexton (9), Dermot McKenna (17) and John Oakes (26)

Sunday, June 2 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Colm Coburn (18) 63, Noel Crowe (24) 68. Gross: Fergal Harte (6) 76. Category 1 (0-11): Fergal Sexton (9) 69, Jim Caraher (8) 71. Category 2 (12-17): Dermot McKenna (17) 74/36.5, Gerard O’Keeffe (13) 74. Category 3 (18+): John Oakes (26) 72/35, George Rogers (20) 72. Best Juvenile: James Reilly (17) 73. CSS: 73.