Caolan helps Ireland to silver at European Nations Championship

Caolan Rafferty helped Ireland to second place at the European Nations Championship in Sotogrande last weekend. He finished as the second best placed Irish player in joint 12th on eight over par after rounds of 72, 79, 74, and 71.

 

Triple honours for Hanratty

Eugene Hanratty’s 40pts on Sunday not only meant he won the Singles Stableford competition but he also led the qualifiers for the Harry Walsh Cup as well as qualifying to represent Dundalk in the 3Ts competition.

The 18 handicapper put together a round that included eight three point pars at the first, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 13th, 14th and 17th as he went out in 22pts and home in 18pts. He managed to score at all 18 holes even though he had to settle for one pointers ar the sixth, 12th, 16th and 18th.

His 40 points, and in particular, his 18pts on the back nine, was enough to pip Bobby McCarthy (15) on countback after he too returned a score of 40pts.

Austin Shaw continued his recent fine form with the nine handicapper shooting 38pts to take the Category One prize while Brian Ward (15) and Sean Gallagher (20) took the other two categories.

The best gross of the day was returned by Sean Reidy (4) who shot 32pts in windy conditions.

The competition served as a qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup, which is a matchplay competition for 17plus handicappers an those players on 32pts or better qualified along with some of those who shot 31pts. The first round draw is: Eugene Hanratty v Patrick Wadding, Sean Gallagher v Eamonn Arthur, Jimmy O’Connor v Ciaran Rafferty, George Rogers v John McGeady, Joe Garvey v Niall Connolly, Martin McCaughey v Peter McCaughey, Colm Garvey v Nicholas MacShane, Mark Browne v Derek Teather, Benny O’Shaughnessy v Patsy Cole, Tom Clarke v Fergal McKenna, Ray Pepper v Michael Byrne, Mark Coan v Seamus Kelly, Colm Coburn v Conor McClenaghan, Oliver McGinnity v Conor Marron, Conor Byrne v Gerry J Burne, John Farrell v Ciaran McAteer. Completion date to be confirmed.

Sunday, April 22 – Singles Stableford and Harry Walsh Cup and 3T’s Qualifier – Overall & 3t’S Qualifier: Eugene Hanratty (18) 40/18pts. 2nd: Bobby McCarthy (15) 40pts. Category 1 (0-12): Austin Shaw (9) 38pts, Vincent Conlon (7) 37/20/14pts. Category 2 (13-18): Brian Ward (15) 38pts, Michael Keating (16) 37pts. Category 3 (19-28): Sean Gallagher (20) 38/20pts, Jimmy O’Connor (21) 38/19pts. Best Gross: Sean Reidy (4) 32pts.

 

 

 

Mixed weekend for Dundalk teams

 IT was a mixed weekend for Dundalk Golf Club on the inter-club scene as two teams advanced to the next rounds of their respective competitions while two others bit the dust at the first hurdle.

There was success for the Men’s All-Ireland Fourball and Ladies Junior Foursomes teams but the Men’s Provincial Towns Cup and Boys U15 teams were both beaten.

Having received a bye in the opening round, the All-Ireland Fourball team, which is managed by Frank Byrne and Larry Soraghan, are now through to the third round after an impressive 4-1 win over Bellewstown on Saturday.

With three matches away, against the team that had knocked Co Louth out of the competition in the previous round, it was imperative that Dundalk won their two home games and they not only did that but they did so with two impressive displays of golf.

Adrian Kenny and Gerry McDermott put the first Dundalk point on the board when they stormed to an 8&7 victory without losing a hole in the process while Peter O’Brien and Dermot McKenna were always in front after winning the first. They put the foot down on the eighth from where they won six consecutive holes to close the match out on the 13th and record a 7&5 win.

It was a lot closer in Bellewstown for most of the day but Dundalk eventually kicked on with Eamonn McEneaney and Joe Flanagan securing the tie-winning third point when they won the 15th, 16th and 17th for a 3&1 victory. David Cairns and Colm Garvey had bounced back from being three down at one stage to be two up after 16 when they were called in. The final pairing of Ray Pepper and Kevin Carthy were two down with four to play when were called in.

In the Ladies Junior Foursomes on Sunday at Concra Wood, Dundalk advanced to the next round after a 2-1 win over Greenore. The team, which is managed by Maria Kerr and Violet McGeady comprised of Berni McGuinness & Theresa Connolly, Mags Coburn & Bernie McCabe and Brid Rocks & Niamh Maguire.

The peculiarities of matchplay were definitely on show in the Provincial Towns Cup match against Greenore on Saturday as Dundalk lost 4-5 having looked in control for the most of the day.

As the away team, Dundalk hosted four of the nine matches and got off to a flyer as Damian English and 14-year-old Zak Alderdice, making his senior debut, both won 6&5 while Gerard Carroll won 4&3. The final match in Dundalk resulted in a 5&3 defeat for Trevor Giff.

By that stage the five matches in Greenore were still alive but the home side were mounting a comeback having trailed in most for the best part of the afternoon. Derek Murdock lost 3&2 in the top match but Eddie Rocks won 2&1 to leave the score at 4-2 for Dundalk with three matches still to be decided. Greenore took the bottom match with a 3&2 win over Turlough King while Paul Morrison, after leading for most of the day, was taken to the 18th and lost by one hole.

By this stage Fergal Sexton was heading down the 19th which his Greenore opponent managed to win to secure the tie-winning point for the home side and send them into the next round.

The U15 Boys faced an uphill task going into their second leg at home to Co Louth as they trailed 0-5 from the first leg a week ago in Baltray. But they gave it a go and came very close to causing an upset as they won the leg 3.5 to 1.5 but lost by 6.5 to 3.5 on aggregate.

Christopher Clarke, Tom Dunne and Conor Murphy won their matches but Joseph Laverty lost his and Zak Alderdice was level through 16 when his match was called in.

The All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes team are back in action on Saturday, April 28, when they face Greenore at 3pm with three matches away from home. The Newsam Cup team have three at home when they face Knightsbrook on May 5 and the Barton Cup team will have three at home when they meet Headfort in May 6 at 3pm.

ENDS

 

Good weekend for club teams as four advance

The Barton Cup team members who played at home against Ardee.

It was a good weekend for Dundalk Golf Club on the inter-club front as four teams advanced to the next rounds of their respective competitions.
The men’s Barton Cup team, the ladies Minor and Challenge Cup teams and the Boys U18 Fred Daly Trophy team are all safely through to the next round but the ladies Intermediate Cup team were beaten while the Boys’ U15 team have a mountain to climb after their first leg.
The Ladies were the busiest section with three teams scheduled to play over the weekend although only two of them actually got to tee up as the Minor Cup team, which had been due play Hollywood Lakes in Concra Wood, got a walkover.
On Saturday, the Challenge Cup team were involved in nail-biter with Ashbourne in Laytown & Bettystown. The scores were tied at 2-2 but Marie Griffin got Dundalk over the line when she won her match on the 18th to give Dundalk a 3-2 win. The other players on the team, which is managed by Brid Rocks and Mary Dooley, were Oonagh Quinn, Joan McKenna, Teresa Oakes and Sally McDonnell.
On Sunday, the Intermediate team, managed by Olivia Cunningham and Teresa Oakes, faced Ardee in Concra Wood and unfortunately, despite great preparation by the players and managers, they came out on the wrong side of a narrow 3-2 defeat. The team was Bernie McCabe, Theresa Connolly, Brìd Rocks, Mags Coburn and Katherina Conneally Sloan while Jean Connolly and Maeve Ahern were the subs
The only men’s team in action was the Carl Stewart and Alan McDermott managed Barton Cup team which faced Ardee on Saturday with three of the five matches at home.
Dundalk won the home leg 2-1 with none of the three matches going beyond the 14th hole.
In the top match, Neal MacKell and Aaron Waite got their noses in front early and ran out winners by 5&4. It was even more decisive in the next match but it was the Dundalk pairing of Shane Hession and Donal Sheridan who were on the wrong side of the scoreline, going down 6&5 on a day when nothing went right for them.
Damian English and Ciaran Sheridan  got control of their match around the turn and eventually won by 5&4 to leave Dundalk 2-1 ahead and all eyes on the action in Ardee where the two matches were a lot closer.
Going down the back nine, Dundalk’s lead pairing of Billy Cairns and Aidan Thornton had edged narrowly in front and they closed out the match when they won the 17th hole to win 2&1 with their point securing the overall victory for Dundalk.
In the bottom match the pairings were all square for most of the round with never more than a hole in it. Ardee won the 15th to go one up, but Clem Walshe and Paul O’Callaghan rallied to win the 16th and they were called while on the 17th fairway so the match was halved.
The Boys U18 team delivered Dundalk’s only pennant last year when they won the Fred Daly Leinster title and with five of last year’s squad still underage they definitely have a chance of being in the mix again this year.
They opened their campaign on Sunday afternoon against Laytown & Bettystown and emerged 3.5 to 1.5 winners. Ireland internationals Eoin Muphy and Josh Mackin, playing in Dundalk, both won with Murphy winning 4&3 while Mackin won by 5&4. Sean Laverty, also playing over the home course, was two up when called in on the 14th because Kyle Rafferty, playing in Laytown, had won 2&1 to secure the winning point. Debutant Oisin Conroy lost his match 7&6 in Laytown. Dundalk now play Greenore in the next round.
Finally, the Boys U15 team have it all to do in the second leg of their Leinster Inter-Club tie against Co Louth as they lost all five matches in Baltray on Saturday and must now do a clean sweep in Dundalk on Sunday afternoon.

The members of the Barton Cup team who played away against Ardee.

Reidy leads Gold Medal qualifiers

Noel Reidy with a score of 69 led the 64 qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the Gold Medal.

Reidy, who plays off 13, birdied the par four 14th and also recorded pars at seven other holes, but he only took the leading qualifier spot on countback despite having just one double-bogey, at the seventh, on his card.

The competition was run over Saturday and Sunday with some players on 76 from Saturday and some players on 77 from Sunday qualifying. Defending champion, Maurice J Murphy, is among the qualifiers.

Sunday, April 8 – Gold Medal Qualifier – Leading Qualifier: Noel Reidy (15) 69/32.5. First Round Draw (Matches to be played by May 14): Noel Reidy v Gerry McDermott, Michael Hamilton v Michael Stewart, Nigel Giff v Fergal Sexton, Gerard Carroll v Mark Gorham, Alan Hurley v Conor McClenaghan, Damian English v L Matthews jnr, David Brennan v Tom Lanigan, Andrew Keenan v Barry Cunningham, Paul Lynch v Martin Crosby, Eoghan McKenna v Austin Shaw, Niall McCaul v Pat Curran, Oliver McGinnity v A Gaughran, Fergal McKenna v Maurice Soraghan, Pat McKeown v Adrian Kenny, Clem Walshe v Eddie Rocks, Neal MacKell v Bill McCarthy, Gregory McCaughey v Sean Hession, Paschal Keenan v Michael Gill, Peter O’Brien v Kevin Barry, Brendan Keane v Danny Miele, Mark Browne v Anthony O’Donoghue, Bobby McCarthy v Seamus Bailey, Colm Garvey v Fergal Harte, Derek Murdock v Sean Gallagher, Aidan Thornton v Maurice J Murphy, Noel Reid v Colm Coburn, Martin Cairns v Billy Cairns, Eamonn McEneaney v Martin McEnteggart, Kevin Joyce v Larry Curtin, David Murden v Conall Murdock, Carl Stewart v Gerry Murray, Trevor Giff v Brian Mernagh,

Boys teams in action this weekend

Next weekend will be a busy one for Dundalk’s Boys team as the U18s begin the defence of their Fred Daly Leinster title while the U15 also open their Leinster campaign.

The U15s face a two-leg tie against Co Louth and will be away in the first leg which will be played on Saturday, April 14 at 3.30m in Baltray.  The return leg is fixed for Sunday 22nd April in Dundalk at 3.30pm. The team consists of five players and the format is singles matchplay over the two legs with the first team to win six matches over both legs progressing to next round.

The U18s, with five of last year’s panel still under-age, begin the quest for back to back Leinster titles against Laytown & Bettystown in the first round on Sunday, April 15. Dundalk have home advantage so three of the five singles matches will be playedin Dundalk with the remaining two being played in Laytown & Bettystown. The first to win three matches progresses to the second round.

Triple winner Walshe is no April Fool!

Clem Walshe

Clem Walshe proved he was no April Fool on Easter Sunday as walked off the course a triple winner.

The five handicapper shot a superb round of 42pts to win Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition and his gross score of 37pts was also the best gross returned on the day.

His nett score also had a major bearing on the outcome of the 2018 Winter League as Team 11, captained by Mark Browne, went from joint fourth place, and five points behind, at the beginning of the final round to top spot by the end of day’s play. They took the title by seven points from Team 7, captained by George Rogers, which had started the day alongside them in fourth place.

Another member of Team 11, Anthony O’Donoghue (13), also made a significant contribution with 38pts which was also enough for him to claim third place overall in the singles competition with Kevin Barry (10), a member of Team 7, finishing second with 40pts.

Team 3, captained by Bill McCarthy, had started the third round leading by one point but after returning a total of 98pts from their three counting cards they had to settle to third place, nine points behind the winners.

Walshe, who won the Hilary Outing at Seapoint recently, produced a superb round of golf on his way to victory as he carded three birdies, 13 pars and two bogeys for a one under par 71 or 37pts that, with the addition of his five strokes became an impressive 42pts.

He went out in 20pts, helped by a four point birdie at the par three fourth, and came home in 22pts having recorded three point birdies at the 12th and 15th and three point pars at the 11th and 15th. A sign of how well he played was shown by the accumulation of 12pts from the five holes where he had strokes.

Colin Roche (6) with 37pts took Category 1 while Kenneth Cairns (13) won Category 2 with 38pts and Sean Gallagher (20) claimed Category 3 with 35pts.

Sunday, April 1 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Clem Walshe (5) 42pts, Kevin Barry (10) 40pts, Anthony O’Donoghue (13) 38/22pts. Category 1(0-11): Colin Roche (6) 37pts. Category 2 (12-16): Kenneth Cairns (13) 38pts. Category 3 (17-28): Sean Gallagher (20) 35/18pts. Best Gross: Clem Walsh 37pts.

Winter League sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock (Final Standings): 216pts – Team 11 (Mark Browne, Clem Walshe, Anthony O’Donoghue, Ciaran Rafferty, Edmund Sheridan). 209pts – Team 7 (George Rogers (c), Kevin Barry, Connor McCaughey, Peter O’Brien, Brendan Tinnelly. Full results here

Winter League Standings Week 2

1 3 Bill McCarthy 109
2 2 Colm Coburn 108
3 14 Sean Ward 106
4 11 Mark Browne 104
4 7 George Rogers 104
4 5 Ray Pepper 104
7 12 Colm Garvey 102
8 9 Brian Ward 100
9 8 Kenneth Cairns 99
10 6 Michael Stewart 98
11 1 Pat Curran 97
11 15 Patsy Cole 97
13 10 Brendan Keane 93
14 13 Barry Cunningham 91
15 4 Tom Clarke  88

The Winter League is sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock