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.

 

 

Eoghan Murphy wins Munster Boys Under 16 title

Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) prodMunster Boys Under 16 open 2016_Eoin Murphy Presentation2 Pressuced an excellent two under par 70 to win the Munster Boys Under 16 title.  Nenagh Golf Club was in excellent condition for the competition, with over 140 golfers taking and light winds which made for ideal playing conditions.

 

The winner Eoin Murphy, playing off a handicap of four, had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine to turn on one under.  Crucially he had the same on the back nine and was the only golfer to play the inward nine under par, and this gave him a two shot win.  Lahinch’s Jonathan Keane continued his recent good form, taking second place with a level par 72.  Keane had two rounds in the 60’s on his home course recently and the two handicapper equalled Murphy’s birdie count but also had four bogies for his level par result.

Scott Jones (Belvoir Park) had a 73 for third and David Twomey from Elm Park was fourth with a 74.  Sean Enright Limerick also had a 74 to take fifth place.  The Under 15 trophy went to Kilkenny’s Jack Walsh who had a 73, Walsh had a bogey on his opening hole but followed with 17 pars to take the prize by one stroke.  The Under 15 runner up was Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass) who had a 74.  Best Nett went to Mel Deasy from Bantry Bay with a 68, and the runner up was Eoin Lawless (Athenry) also with a 68.

Munster Branch Chairman John Moloughney congratulated the winners and thanked everyone for a great tournament.  He thanked Nenagh Captain Michael Fitzgibbon, and the large team of Officers and volunteers from Nenagh Golf Club for all their help in staging the event.  He also had a special word of thanks for tournament director Kevin Murray,  Margaret Sugrue, John Fennessy and Peter English for the seamless running on the day.  He also thanked sponsors Titleist Footjoy for their continued support for Munster Golf.

Josh Mackin wins Leinster Boys

Dundalk’s Josh Mackin won Josh Mackin (web)the Multicargo Ltd sponsored Leinster Boys U16 Amateur Open Championship at Beaverstown GC today in a very exciting 4 hole play-off against Robert Galligan from Elm Park GC.  Both players finished after 18 holes on one under par 71 to force a play-off situation but it was Mackin who became victorious winning by one stroke.

The level of golf was of an exceptionally high standard and was greatly appreciated by the many supporters in attendance.

Third place went to the local hopeful Sean Dowling from Beaverstown GC who carded a 72 level par which included two birdies and two bogeys.

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Rafferty makes Leinster Interpro Team

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty has achieved one of his major goals for 2016 by being selected on the Leinster team for next week’s Interprovincial Championship in Fota Island.

It’s the 23-year-old’s first provincial cap and he’s hoping that it will be a stepping stone to another objective which is to represent Ireland.

The Leinster team, which is captained by Greenore’s legend Seamus McParland, is bidding to retain the title they won last year in Rosapenna and the eight strong team includes four survivors from 2015.

Rafferty got another boost this week when he rose 109 places in the Amateur World Rankings following his great performance at the British Amateur Championship where he reached the last 32.  He is now ranked at 354th in the world.

However, the week ended on a disappointing note for Rafferty and the other members of the club’s Senior Cup team as they went out in the first round on Saturday when they lost 3-2 to Laytown & Bettystown in the Regional qualifier at Baltray.

McDermott’s pace too hot to handle

Ollie McDermott took full advantage of perfect conditions and a golf course in tip top condition to shoot a superb score of 46pts on his way to winning Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which also served as a qualifier for the 3Ts and Harry Walsh Cup.

Ollie will now represent the men in the next stage of the 3Ts while he also led home the 32 qualifiers for the matchplay section of the Harry Walsh. Everybody who scored 33pts or better qualified and the draw is now posted in the Gents’ locker room.

Playing off 15, Ollie had a slow start with a double bogey for one point on the second but a birdie three at the third yielded four points and after walking off with two points from the index one fourth, he moved into top gear and quickly put distance between himself and the rest of the field.

He parred every hole from the fifth to the 12th for a return of 22 points from eight holes and then picked up three points with a birdie at 14 and a par at 17 before finishing in style with a birdie three at the par four 18th for an impressive 46pts having gone round in five over par gross.

Ray Pepper (20) managed to get within four shots of McDermott as he returned 42pts for second place overall while Niall McCaul (8), David Smyth (13) and Michael Begley (21) were the three category winners. Padraig Grennan (22) took the Juvenile Prize with a score of 39pts.

Sunday, June 5 – Singles Stableford Competition and Harry Walsh Cup & 3Ts Qualifier – Overall: Ollie McDermot (15) 46pts (3T’s Qualifier), Ray Pepper (20) 42pts. Category 1 (0-12): Niall McCaul (8) 41pts, Liam McGailey (10) 40pts. Category 2 (13-18): David Smyth (13) 40pts, Paschal Keenan (16) 39/23pts. Category 3 (19-28): Michael Begley (21) 41pts, Caoimhin O’Callaghan (21) 39/23pts. Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (22) 39/22 pts. CSS: 70 (38pts).

Open week prizewinners

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Open Week Singles, front row, left to right: Sponsors, McDonough and Breen, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Pauline Murphy. Back left to right: Leone Ballie, Ann Murray, Ruth Black, Pauline Campbell, Mary M McDonnell.

Open Week Singles, front row, left to right: Sponsors, McDonough and Breen, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Pauline Murphy.
Back left to right: Leone Ballie, Ann Murray, Ruth Black, Pauline Campbell, Mary M McDonnell.

untitled 2The first of the Ladies competitions for Open Week was a Two Lady Team Event played on May 17th. This competition was sponsored by Colorcode.

A large number of ladies played in this competition with some brilliant scores. Miriam O’Mahony and Mary Mc Ginnity had 49 points, an absolutely unbeatable score. The girls were on form and received lovely prizes from Colorcode. It is great to see Miriam in the winning enclosure. Well done to Lady Captain Jean Connolly and Brid Rocks who were third. Congratulations to all the winners.

Many thanks to Colorcode for their continued sponsorship and support of the ladies.

Winners; Miriam O’Mahony(35) & Mary McGinnity(30) 49pts Runners Up: M Mulvany(25) & M Devine(24) (Mannan Castle)  45pts Third: Lady Captain Jean Connolly(20) & Brid Rocks(18) 44pts 2s: G Rafferty Co. Armagh.

The Open Singles Stableford was played on Friday 20th May. This competition was sponsored by McDonough & Breen.

The winning scores demonstrated that some ladies are playing very steady golf. Leone Ballie is playing great golf winning class C with 36 points.  Pauline Murphy had 37 points winning Class B and Pauline Campbell won class A with 37 points playing of eleven. Well done to all the winners who received beautiful prizes from the sponsors Mc Donough and Breen.

At the presentation Lady Captain Jean thanked the sponsors for the exquisite prizes and for their sponsorship. Class A: Winner:  Pauline Campbell (11) 37pts Runner Up:  Mags Coburn (19) 34pts (On Back From Niamh Maguire) Class B: Winner: Pauline Murphy (20) 37pts Runner Up: Ruth Black (27)(Ardee) 36pts Third: Anne Murray (21) 35pts. Class C: Winner: Leone Baillie (29) 36pts Runner Up: Mary M McDonnell (35) 31pts Third: Mary Horan (36) 28pts 2s: 17th: Pauline Campbell & R Hayes (Co Louth)

Sheridan wins Cochrane Cup

Eddie Sheridan (13) produced perfect golf to match the perfect weather on Sunday when he shot a seven-under par 65 to take the Cochrane Cup by three shots from Donal Sheridan (9).

Three birdies on the back nine proved to be the difference as Eddie birdied 10, 12 and 18 to come home in 32 nett despite dropping shots at the 15th and 17th. His round also included seven pars give five of them coming on an error free front nine which he went round in 33 nett.

Donal Sheridan managed two back to back birdies in his round at the 13th and 14th and he also rolled in ten pars on his way to a nett 68 but his hopes of victory were thwarted by dropped shots at the third, 10th and 18th. Those birdies proved crucial when the countback went to the final six holes as he pipped Ciaran Sheridan (5) for second overall.

Ciaran Sheridan had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize with Noel Reidy (12) and Peter McCaughey (18) the other category winners.

May 29 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Edmund Sheridan (13) 65, Donal Sheridan (9) 68/32.5/19. Gross: Robert White (2) 73/34. Category 1 (0-11) Ciaran Sheridan (5) 68, Gerry Murray (9) 70/32.5. Category 2 (12-15): Noel Reidy (12) 69, Michael Gallagher (15) 71. Category 3 (16+): Peter  McCaughey (18) 69. Graham Purcell (21) 71. Juvenile: Thomas O Connell (14) 69. CSS: 72

Back nine delivers PGA Tankard for Lynch

The PGA Tankard on Sunday was won by Ken Lynch (12) who produced a spectacular back nine to edge out Aaron Waite (16) on countback after both had returned scores of 42pts.

Lynch had turned for home on 17pts after blanking the sixth and having three pointers at the second and fifth cancelled out by one pointers at the third and fourth. He got the back nine off to a steady start with two points on the 10th before exploding into life by taking 13pts from the next four holes which included a birdie four for four points at the par five 12th. He picked up another three points at the 16th and 18th for a back nine of 25 points which is the equivalent of seven under par.

Junior Scratch Cup winner Josh Macken has had some week as he also won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a score of 41pts which was enough to see him drop a shot in handicap while on Sunday he shot 40pts on his way to winning Category 1 in the PGA Tankard. Apart from Mackin, the other category winners were David Murden (13) and Stephen Haughey (17).

Sunday, May 15 – PGA Tankard – Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts, Aaron Waite (16) 42pts. Category 1: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts, Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 40pts, Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts. Category 3: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts, Paul Lynch (22)       39/22pts. CSS: 71.

Mackin wins DAR Golf Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

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Josh Mackin receiving the DAR Junior Scratch Cup from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – Second Place – Mark Gotham receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – Third Place – Shane Hession receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – 1st Round – Best Nett – Ryan McDonnell receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Fourteen year old Josh Mackin captured the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup over 36 holes on Saturday to record one of the biggest wins of his fledging career.

The four handicapper, who was a member of Dundalk’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team last year, shot rounds of 78 and 74 for a two round total of 152 and a three shot win over clubmates Mark Gorham (4) and Shane Hession (6). There was some consolation for third place Hession as he aced the par-three fifth during the competition.

Macken had a jittery start as bogeys at the first and fourth and a double bogey at the sixth left him four over after six holes but he steadied the ship and had only two further bogeys over the remaining 12 holes for a six over par 78.

That left him in a strong position entering the second round and he took full advantage as went through the first nine holes in three less shots than he did in the morning with a birdie at the sixth taking some of the sting out of bogeys at the fourth and eighth.

Another birdie followed at the par five 10th and although he gave it away with a bogey at the short par four 14th he kept reeling off the pars and a bogey on his final hole didn’t do any damage when the scores were totted up.

Gorham took second place thanks to a second round 76 after both himself and Hession finished on 155 while another Dundalk youngster, Padraig Fallon (9), took the Overall Nett Prize with a score of 140 and Rian McDonnell (9) claimed the First Round Nett Prize with a 72.

Saturday, May 15 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by DAR Golf – Josh Mackin (4) (Dundalk) 152, Mark Gorham (4) (Dundalk) 155/76, Shane Hession (6) (Dundalk) 155. Nett: Padraig Fallon (9) (Dundalk) 140. First Round Gross: James McCulla (5) (Kilkeel) 77. First Round Nett: Rian McDonnell (9) (Dundalk) 72. Second Round Gross: Gary Currie (6) (Fortwilliam) 76/36. First Round Nett: Jonathon Mallon (8) (Warrenpoint) 71/36. CSS (Round 1): 73 (Home), 75 (Away). CSS (Round 2): 72 (Home), 74 (Away).