Purcell takes President’s Prize

Presidents Prize 2016

Prizewinner Graham Purcell is presented with his prize by President Tom Geary.

Graham Purcell was a clear winner of Tom Geary’s President’s Prize on a perfect day for golf last Sunday.

The 21 handicapper had three shots to spare over Conall Murdock (9) and those two along with Gross Prize winner Aaron Grant were the only players in the 187 strong field to break 70.

Purcell got off to a great start with pars at the first and second and went to four under when he birdied the par five sixth for a nett eagle. He matched that on the next hole, the index three seventh, where he had two shots and walked off with a par for a nett three. A par four at the eighth meant he stood on the ninth tee standing at seven under and at the stage the tournament was very much his to lose.

 A few minutes later he was walking to the 10th tee having dropped two shotsafter running up a triple bogey six and turned in five under but he showed great composure to bounce back immediately with a birdie four at the 10th for yet another nett eagle.

Purcell moved to eight under when he parred the 14th but he handed two shots backs immediately with a triple bogey seven at the par four 15th. However, he kept his head over the final three holes, two of which were playing into the wind, and even managed a par at the short 17th to get to seven under and a nett score of 65.

That left him three ahead of Murdock and Aaron Grant (+1) but the latter’s 67 was enough to comfortably win the Gross Prize. Grant only dropped only one shot in a near flawless round which included birdies at all four par fives as well as the par four 14th and 18th.

Category winners were Barry Grennan, Paschal Keenan and Oliver McGinnity while Larry Hanratty (24) took the Veterans Prize with a 70.

Sunday, August 28 – President Tom Geary’s Prize – Overall: Graham Purcell (21) 65, Conall Murdock (9) 68. Gross: Aaron Grant (+1) 67. Veteran: Larry Hanratty (24) 70. Category 1 (0-12): Barry Grennan (11) 70/33.5, Robert White (2) 70/35/21.3. Category 2 (13-17): Paschal Keenan (15) 70/35.5. Michael Hamilton (16) 71/34. Category 3: (18+): Oliver McGinnity (21) 73/31.5, John O’Connor (19) 73/36.5/22.67. CSS: 73.

Birdies do the trick for Cumiskey

Three birdies on the back nine which yielded 11 points helped Mark Cumiskey take Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

The 10 handicapper scored an amazing 25pts on the homeward nine to return an overall total of 45pts and he won by three points from Michael Gill (8) who edged out early clubhouse leader Michaerl Begley (20) for third place.

Cumiskey went through the front nine in 19pts as he picked up three points at the first, second and but dropped shots at the fourth and eighth. A two point par at the 10th and a three point par the index two 11th yielded five points from the first two holes of the back nine and Cumiskey then picked up four more points after birdieing the par five 12th. The next five holes yielded 13 polnts from a birdie and four pars before the third birdie of his round arrived on the par four last.

He covered the 18 holes in 73 gross and that was enough to take him past Begley who had held the clubhouse lead from early morning after a steady round of 42pts and he will rue a blank at 16 when he airmailed the green with his approach shot and ended up in the forest at the back.

Begley had to settle for the Category Three prize after he was pipped for second overall on countback by Michael Gill who also finished on 42pts. The other Category winners were Alan Hurley (5) and Gareth Halpin (17) while Leinster Boys U16 Champion Josh Mackin (3) took the gross prize with 38pts..

Sunday, August 14 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Mark Cumiskey (10) 45pts, Michael Gill (8) 42pts. Gross: Josh Mackin (3) 38pts. Category 1 (0-12): Alan Hurley (5) 40/20pts, Niall McCaul (8) 40pts. Category 2 (13-17): Gareth Halpin (17) 40/24pts, Brian Gaughran (14) 40/21pts. Category 3 (18-28): Michael Begley (20) 42pts, Larry Hanratty (22) 40/23pts. CSS: 71.

SSS increased by one shot

With the level of changes applied to our course over the last eighteen months we invited the Leinster Golf Course Rating team to review our course and advise if the current Standard Scratch Score reflects its current playing difficulty. The SSS is the measurement by which handicaps are assessed.

Following their assessment the ratings team concluded that Dundalk is now much a tougher course and increased the SSS on each course by one shot so that the new SSS is Blue 73, White 72, and Green 71.

Brilliant back nine wins it for Murdock

A brilliant back nine was the key to12 handicapper Derek Murdock winning Sunday’s Single Stableford competition on countback from John McCann (17).

A three for two points at the par three ninth meant that he walked to the 10th tee having picked up just 15pts from the opening nine holes. While he had scored on every hole, he had only managed one three pointer when he parred the par four third and that two point par at the ninth had been preceded by three one point holes.

The next four holes were a different story altogether as he found the momentum that ultimately led to a winning score and picked up 13pts with a birdie at the 10th and par at the 11th and 12th and a birdie at the 13th. Pars at the 16th and 18th yielded more three points as he covered the back nine in 25pts to finish on 40pts.

McCann also posted a score of 40pts but was blown away on countback by Murdock’s back nine and had to settle for second overall.

The category prizes were won by Niall McCaul (8), David Cairns (18) and Larry Hanratty (25) while Tom Dunne (22) took the Juvenile Prize with 36pts.

Sunday, August 7 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Derek Murdock (12) 40/25pts, John McCann (17) 40pts. Category 1(0-12): Niall McCaul (8) 37/18pts, Noel Reidy (12) 37pts. Category 2 (13-18): David Cairns (18) 39pts, Pat Watters (15) 37pts. Category 3 (19-28): Larry Hanratty (25) 34/17/11pts. Martin McCaughey  (22)  34/17pts. Juvenile: Tom Dunne (22) 36pts. CSS: 72.

Murden storms through to take Captain’s Prize

Overall Winner

Winner David Murden is presented with his prize by Captain Maurice Soraghan

Eleven handicapper David Murden stormed through the field to take Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize last Sunday.

He shot a best of the day 65 for a two round score of 137 and that was enough to give him a three shot win over E J Hanratty (10) who shot 70 in both rounds for a four under par total of 140.

Club stalwart Peter Rogers (2) took the gross prize after shooting rounds of 75 and 76 for 151 while Tommy Reneghan (14) won the Veteran’s Prize after shooting a five under par 67 for 141 after a 74 last week.

Big hitting Murden started the day in 31st place after shooting a level par 72 in last week’s first round and teed off 72 minutes before the leaders having just made it into the seeded group of players for the final round.

Going into the final round under the radar certainly worked for Murden as he burned up the front nine. He shot eight pars and one bogey for a one over par gross score of 37 and a nett total of 32, five under par.

After a bogey six at the par five index 16 10th hole, Murden got back to par golf and parred the next six holes to stand on the 17th tee with a gross score to that point of two over and a nett score of nine under. A double bogey five at the par three, index 14, 17th hole threatened to derail his charge to the title after he found himself two bunkers but he responded brilliantly on the index 10 par four 18th with a booming drive followed by a gap wedge and two putt for a par to finish with a superb round of 65, seven under par.

That left Murden as leader in the clubhouse and he had to spent the next hour watching the remaining 27 players try to find a way to better his score of 137. One by one they came up short and when Brian McCarthy and Jim Dwyer in the final group signed for 74s and an overall total of 141, Murden was confirmed as winner of the 2016 Captain’s Prize which represented his first individual major title.

McCarthy and Dwyer finished third and fourth overall respectively with Intermediate Scratch Cup winner Martin McEntaggart (10) in fifth. Category winners were Frank Byrne (10), Michael Hamilton (16) and Pat Waters (17). The overall winner of Saturday qualifying was Richard Barry (13) with Kevin Redmond (20) taking the Sunday qualifying prize. The winner of the overall Juvenile Prize was Joseph Laverty (19) with Sean Laverty (6) taking the Junior Prize.

Sunday, July 31 – Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize – Overall: 137 – David Murden (11) 72, 65. 140 – E J Hanratty (10) 70, 70. 141 – Bobby McCarthy (17) , Jim Dwyer (9) 67, 74. 142 – Martin McEntaggart (10) 70, 72. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 151 (75, 76). Veteran: Tommy Reneghan (14) 141 (74, 67). Junior: Sean Laverty (6) 141 (70, 71). Juvenile: Joseph Laverty (19) 143 (75, 68). Sunday Final: Category 1 (0-11): Frank Byrne (10) 71/34, Gerry Murray (9) 71, Neil Mullooly (11) 72/34.. Category 2 (12-16): Michael Hamilton (16) 68/34, Aaron Waite (14) 68, Brendan Keane (12) 70/34/19. Category 3: Pat Waters (17) 67, Noel Crowe (26) 68, Gerard Cluskey (19) 70.Saturday Qualifier: Richard Barry (13) 69/32.5. Category 1 (0-12): Damian English (11) 69. Category 2 (13-19): Michael Kelly (14) 72.  Category 3 (20-28): Sean Gallagher (24) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (22) 71. Junior: Andrew Coburn (12) 69. Sunday Qualifying: Kevin Redmond (20) 65. Category 1 (0-12): Carl Stewart (10) 68. Category 2 (13-19): Gerry J Byrne (19) 69. Cateogry 3 (20-28): Paul Matthews (25) 66. Juvenile Cathal Purcell (20) 84. Saturday Non Qualifers: Michael McDermott (16) 72. Category 1 (0-14) Vincent Jackson (13) 73. Category 2 (15-20): Declan Conlon (20) 74/35. Category 3 (21-28): Denis Ryan (21) 76 (33.5).

Redmond leads the field after first round of Captain’s Prize

Kevin Redmond will lead the field into the Second Round of Maurice Soraghan’s Captain Prize after he shot a seven under par 65 in qualifying over the weekend.

The 20 handicapper has a one shot lead over Paul Matthews (25) and the final group next Sunday will be completed by Bobby McCarthy (17) who shot a 67, as did Jim Dwyer (9).

The 170 players, out of a field of 302, who shot 80 or better qualified for this Sunday’s second round. The top 33 available players are seeded and must play in their allocated time with the leaders going out last.

Redmond will be hoping to get out of the blocks as fast he did in the first round when he parred the first two holes and then finished the front nine with a par at the eighth and a birdie two at the ninth. A par at the 11th was followed by a birdie four at the 12th and a par at 13th but dropped shots at the 14th and 18th meant he had to settle for a 65.

Paul Matthews had a steady round with the highlights being a par four at the index one fourth and a birdie four at the par five 12th.

Unseeded players who have qualified for Sunday can now book their places via the BRS system while non-qualifiers will be able to play on Saturday.

Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize – First Round Leaderboard: 65 – Kevin Redmond ( 20). 66 – Paul Matthews (25). 67 – Bobby McCarthy (17), Jim Dwyer (9). 68 – Carl Stewart (10). 69 – Ken Lynch (11), Richard Barry (13), Gerry J Byrne (19), Damian English (11). 70 – Gavin McDonnell (20), Barry Cunningham (10), E J Hanratty (10), Michael Stewart (13), Pat McKeown (17), Vincent Conlon (8), Tom Wall (13), Connor McCaughey (6), Shane Hession (6), Martin McEntaggart (10).

Dundalk reach Newsam Cup Final

Dundalk are into the final of the Newsam Cup after beating Townley Hall in Saturday’s semi-final.

With three of the five matches at home, Dundalk got off to the perfect start as Eamonn McEneaney & Nigel Giff scored an early win and Bobby McCarthy & Hugh Reilly were equally impressive in claiming victory by the 14th hole.

When word filtered through that Jim Gollogley & Sean O’Sullivan had won on the 15th green at Townley Hall the remaining two matches were called in with Adrian Kenny & Ken Mulholland walking down the 18th and the impressive David Cairns and his brother Kenneth one up playing the 15th.

Dundalk must now wait on the identity of their next opponents but the final will take place on September 3 at Royal Tara.

Sun shines for Professional’s Prize

The sun shone last Sunday for Leslie Walker’s Professional’s Prize and so too did captain Maurice Soraghan (9) who shot 69 to take top prize on countback.

Robert White (2) took the Gross Prize with a one over par 73 while Michael Stewart (14) won the Veteran’s Prize with a 70.

Liam O’Reilly (9) captured the Category One prize while Barry Grennan (12) and Padraig McDonnell were the other category winners with Joseph Laverty (20) claiming the Juvenile Prize.

Sunday, July 17 – Professional’s Prize (Leslie Walker) – Overall: Maurice Soraghan (9) 69. Gross: Robert White (2) 73. Veteran: Michael Stewart (14) 70. Category 1 (0 to 11): Liam O’Reilly (9) 69, Gregory McCaughey (9) 70. Category 2 (12 to 16): Barry Grennan (12) 70/35, Danny Miele (13) 70. Category 3 (17 to 28): Padraig McDonnell (22) 71, Eamon Arthur (21) 72. Juvenile: Joseph Laverty (20) 77. CSS: 73.

 

July Open Week a tremendous success

The July Open Week proved to be a tremendous success with large entries, plenty of visitors and some great golf on a Dundalk course that is in pristine condition at the moment.

A brilliant back nine propelled 22 handicapper Michael Browne to victory in Sunday’s Open Singles Stableford which he won comfortably on countback after four players tied on 39pts.

Browne, who was one of the early starters, certainly didn’t look like a winner when he covered the opening ten holes in just 17pts, but he picked up three points at the 11th and again at 12th and, after securing two points at the 13th, he birdied the short par four 14th, which was playing into a strong wind, for four points to give himself a chance.

After two points at the 15th, he took advantage of the index four 16th playing downwind and where he had two shots. His five gave him three points, a four at the par three 17th yielded another two points and a par at the 18th earned the three points which brought him to 39 with nobody coming near to matching his 24points on the back nine

Local knowledge was very much to the fore in Thursday’s Open Four Man Team Event which was sponsored by DKIT Sports and Leisure Centre. The winning team of Sean Ward (17), George Rogers (19), Damien English (11) and Ollie English (12) combined superbly to shoot an impressive 97pts which was seven points clear of the second placed team.

Six handicapper Gareth Duffy produced once of the rounds of the season to win the Oriel Cup last Wednesday. He shot a two under par gross score of 70 for a nett total of 64 and a four shot winning margin from 21 handicapper Paul Durnin. Duffy’s round included seven birdies, seven pars, three bogeys and just one double bogey as he romped to a well deserved victory. Liam McGailey (10), Len Mullins (16) and Noel McMahon (23) took the category prizes while Ciaran Johnson (15) was the Juvenile winner.

Monday of Open Week saw Ross Quigley (22) win the Open Singles Stableford which was sponsored by Cavan Crystal. He shot a well crafted 42pts to win by three points from this year’s Juvenile Captain Cian Lynch McCrave (12) who shot 39pts with Derek Murdock third on 36pts while a member of the club’s Barton Shield team Ricky Newell (1) took the gross prize.

Sunday, July 10 – Open Singles Stableford- Overall: Michael Browne (22) 39/24pts. Category 1 (0-11): Phil Holland (11) 39/20pts, Ian Suffern (8) (Lisburn) 38/20pts. Category 2 (12-16): David Murden (12) 39/19pts, Brian Mernagh (12) 37/19pts. Category 3 (17-28): Sean Gallagher (25) 39/17pts, Kevin Redmond (20) 36/17pts. Juvenile: Liam Gordon (27) 39pts. CSS: 71.

Thursday, July 7 – Open Four Man Team Event sponsored by DKIT Sports and Leisure Centre – 1st: S Ward (17), G Rogers (19), D English (11), O English (12) 97pts. 2nd: S Finnegan (11) , D Mulligan (5), A McDonnell (5), N Lambe (15) (All Greenore|) 92pts.

Wednesday, July 6 – Oriel Cup – Overall: Gareth Duffy (6) 64, Paul Durnin (21) 68/30.5. Gross: Conor Curran (3) 71. Category 1 (0-12): Liam McGailey (10) 69, Christy Ward (9) 70. Category 2 (13-19): Len Mullins (16) 68. Mark Cairns (15) 71/32.5. Category 3 (20+): Noel McMahon (23) 71/34.5. Frank Barry (20) (Donabate) 71. Juvenile: Ciaran Johnson (15) 68. CSS Home: 71, CSS Away: 73.

Monday, July 4 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by Cavan Crystal – Overall: Ross Quigley (22) 42pts, Cian Lynch McCrave (12) 39pts, Derek Murdock (13) 36/19pts. Gross: Ricky Newell (1) 33pts. CSS: 34pts.

 

Dundalk golfers making their presence felt

Two of Dundalk’s most promising young golfers have earned call-ups to the Leinster team for this month’s U16 Inter-provincials in Tullamore where Leinster will be defending the title they won last year.

Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin will travel to the Offaly venue as provincial champions with Murphy having won the Munster U16 Championship in Nenagh while Mackin captured the Leinster title at Beaverstown last week.

Murphy produced an excellent two under par 70 to beat a field of over 140 players. He produced four birdies during his round and crucially was the only golfer to play the inward nine under par, which gave him a two shot win over Lahinch’s Jonathan Keane.

It was Murphy’s second major win of the season as earlier in the year he captured the All-Ireland Faldo Series and will head to the Grand Final in England later this year.

Mackin needed a four hole play-off against Robert Galligan of Elm Park to take the Leinster title. Both players finished on one under par 71 after 18 holes but Mackin came out on top in the play-off, winning by one shot.

Two other Dundalk golfers, Sean Laverty and Padraig Fallon, played in both championships.

The Leinster call-ups for Murphy and Mackin brings to four the number of Dundalk players capped at provincial level this season as Caolan Rafferty and Deirdre Smith have played in the men’s and women’s senior inter-pros respectively this year.

Smith was part of the Leinster team that finished second to Ulster in the women’s inter-pros at Slieve Russell. She formed a formidable foursomes partnership with Aedin Murphy and the pair recorded wins over Connacht and Munster. However, Smith was injured in her singles match against Munster’s Paula Grant, was forced to withdraw after 13 holes and played no further part in the tournament as Leinster just missed out on taking the title.

Rafferty went one better as Leinster’s men, captained by Greenore’s Seamus McParland, retained the All-Ireland Inter-Provincial title at Fota Island.

The Dundalk player formed an unbeaten partnership with Ardee’s Eugene Smith with the pair winning their foursomes matches against Connacht, Munster and Leinster.

Rafferty sank a birdie putt on the 16th to win their opening match against Connacht’s Sean Flanagan and Mark Morrissey 3&2. They then had a one hole win in the match against Munster’s Peter O’Keefe and Cathal Butler before recording a two hole victory over Ulster’s Stuart Beakley and Jordan Hood on the final day.

Raffterty was unable to carry that winning form into the singles matches where he suffered three defeats but the three points he earned from the foursomes certainly played a part in Leinster’s overall victory and ensured a memorable debut for the Dundalk player.