McCaughey lifts Paddy Markey Cup

Gregory McCaughey (10) got his summer off to a winning start with a one shot victory in the Paddy Markey Cup on Sunday with Michael Stewart (14) taking the Veteran’s Prize.

McCaughey shot a four under par 68 to edge out four handicapper Mark Gorham who shot a 69.

Eddie Rogers, after a good showing in the Senior Scratch Cup last weekend, won the Gross Prize with a two over par 74 while the category prizes went to Christy Ward (12), Tom Clarke (15) and Kevin Redmond (20).

The Paddy Markey Cup competition also includes a much sought after Veteran’s Prize and it took three countbacks before Michael Stewart and Leslie Toal were separated. Both these 14 handicappers shot 72s and were only separated when the countback went to the last three holes played after they finished equal on the back nine and back six.

The day was marked with a hole in one at the ninth where Ciaran Sheridan aced his tee-shot.

Sunday, May 1 – Paddy Markey Cup/Veterans Prize – Gregory McCaughey (10) 68, Mark Gorham (4) 69. Gross Prize: Edward Rogers 74. Veterans Prize: Michael Stewart (14) 72/36/23.5/11.7, Leslie Toal (14) 72. Category 1 (0-12): Christy Ward (12) 70. Category 2 (13-16): Tom Clarke (15) 72. Category 3 (17+): Kevin Redmond (20) 70. CSS: 72.

 

Rafferty finally captures Dundalk Scratch Cup

imageAFTER finishing second in each of the past two years Caolan Rafferty finally captured the Dundalk Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf, when he beat a quality field to win the 36 hole event by five shots at Dundalk Golf Club.
The Dundalk clubman shot a six under total of 138 after rounds of 67 and 71 with Robbie Pierce from The Grange finishing second after bouncing back from a first round 78 with a seven under par 65 to equal the course record.
“I won the Scratch Cup in Laytown-Bettystown a few years ago and this is my biggest win since then. I have been playing well for the past year and it is great to finally win the Dundalk Scratch Cup after finishing second in the last two years,” said Rafferty who was a semi-finalist in the North of Ireland Championship last year and a quarter-finalist in West of Ireland last month.
This year’s Scratch Cup was the most competitive in the competition’s 53 year history, attracting a field that included 36 players with a handicap of scratch or lower and five international panel members.
The Dundalk course has been toughened up in recent years and this, added to a tricky wind, saw only four players break par in the first round with Rafferty leading the way after shooting a five-under par 67 which left him four shots clear of Nicholas Grant, Paul Reavey and David Mulholland who were grouped together on 71 with Geoff Lenehan and Eddie Rogers a shot further back on level par.
Rafferty’s opening round included two eagles. On the par five sixth he holed out from a bunker 50 metres from the green and on the par four 14th he drove the green before sinking a six foot putt for his two.
Having turned one under, thanks to his first eagle, Rafferty birdied the par-five 10th to go to two under and his second eagle moved him to four under. He went to five under with a birdie three at the 15th but then bogeyed the 16th after failing to get up and down.
However, a long drive at the 18th left him with a pitch and putt for his third birdie of the round and put him firmly in control of the competition.
Rafferty began his second round tentatively and had to scramble to save par at the first, fourth and fifth. A birdie four at the sixth should have settled him but he failed to get up and down at the par-five seventh after leaving his par putt on the lip of the hole.
Four more pars followed before a drive and a three wood set up a birdie on the par five 12th to move him to six under for the tournament.
He scrambled pars on the 13th, 14th and 15th before sinking a monster 40ft putt across the undulating 16th green for a birdie.
He finished on six-under when he bogeyed the last after finding a bunker off the tee but it didn’t matter in the end as nobody came close to threatening his score.
“The two eagles in the first round certainly made a difference. I scrambled really well in the second round and it was a great feeling when I sank that monster putt on the 16th,” said Rafferty.
The challenge of Grant, Reavey and Mulholland faded away in the second round and it was Pierce who stole the headlines with his superb 65 which included six birdies and an eagle to finish on 143, five shots behind Rafferty.
After working for the last few years at Paddock Wood Golf Centre in Dundalk, Rafferty recently moved with professional Brian Kerley to Ardee and he paid credit to Kerley for the work he has done with him over the last few years.
“Brian has been a big influence since I started working with him at the Paddock. I have seen a steady improvement in my game since then as my performances over the past year have shown,” said Rafferty who now heads to England for this week’s Lytham Trophy.
One of the highlights of the day was an albatross two by Tangradee’s Jamie Stothers when he holed his six iron approach at the par-five 10th.
Results
Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf
138 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 67, 71.
143 – Robbie Pierce (The Grange) 78, 65.
146 – Tiarnan McLarnon (Masserene) 73, 73, Geoff Lenehan  72, 74.
Best Nett: Maurice Murphy (3) (Dundalk) 145 (74, 71).
1st 18 Gross: Nicholas Grant (Shandon Park) 71
1st 18 Nett: Luke Woods (4) (Balbriggan) 70/34
2nd 18 Gross: Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 70.
2nd 18 Nett: Connor McCaughey (4) (Dundalk) 70.
1st Round CSS: 74
2nd Round CSS: 73

Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup Draw

Dundalk Golf Club – Sun 24 Apr 2016

Time Res. Type Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
07:30 Scratch Cup N Grant Shandon Park C Sheridan Dundalk S Reidy Dundalk
07:38 Scratch Cup J Mcardle Ardee A Keenan Dundalk C Dullaghan Greenore
07:46 Scratch Cup S Hollywood Greenore R O’Callaghan Mannon Cstle R Newell Dundalk
07:54 Scratch Cup M Gorham Dundalk P Kelly Co Armagh J McReynolds Co Armagh
08:02 Scratch Cup M Murphy Dundalk S Stephenson Co Armagh D Murray Co Louth
08:10 Scratch Cup K Sheehy Athlone E Rogers Dundalk C Shields Malahide
08:18 Scratch Cup R White Dundalk S Rooney Fortwilliam C Callan Rossmore
08:26 Scratch Cup J Hughes Balcarrick J Keenan Woodbrook R Pierce Grange
08:34 Scratch Cup R O Connor Co Sligo T Kelly Balcarrick G Fitzmaurice Balcarrick
08:42 Scratch Cup J Monaghan Royal Dublin D Henry Ardee P Rogers Dundalk
08:50 Scratch Cup P Crawley Castleknock E Murphy Dundalk P Mc Carville Clones
08:58 Scratch Cup S O Connor Carton House K Canavan Luttrellstown M Mccusker Shandon Park
09:06 Scratch Cup J Fletcher Warrenpoint J R Galbraith Whitehead T Mclarnon Masserene
09:14 Scratch Cup T Mulligan Co.Louth R Gribben Warrenpoint S McGlynn Carton House
09:22 Scratch Cup C Rafferty Dundalk T O’Connor Athlone C Fairweather Knock
09:30 Scratch Cup J Fox Portmarnock C Campbell Warrenpoint C Geraghty L&B
09:38 Scratch Cup A Grant Dundalk G Lenehan Portmarnock S Cullen Slieverussell
09:46 Scratch Cup G Dunne Co.Louth T Coffey Slieverussell B Best Rathmore
09:54 Scratch Cup E Farrell Ardee N Mackell Dundalk A Mulholland Castlerock
10:02 Scratch Cup D Mulholland Castlerock E O Donovan Craddockstown S Kinch Hollystown
10:10 Scratch Cup C Crowley Woodbrook S Coulter Warrenpoint S Greenberg Tandragee
10:18 Scratch Cup S Ross Kilkeel W Hanna Kilkeel P Reavey Warrenpoint
10:26 Scratch Cup G Mowat Slieve Russell C Melvin Corrstown E O Brien Clontarf
10:34 Scratch Cup K Mcloughlin Royal Tara TJ Ford Co Sligo J Stothers Tandragee
10:42 Scratch Cup M Mckenna Fortwilliam G Mann Tullamore R O Doherty Enniscrone
10:50 Scratch Cup P Kerr Royal Portrush G Mckenna Fortwilliam R Symington Lisburn
10:58 Scratch Cup N Cullen Beaverstown J Sabir Moate P Coghlan Moate
11:06 Scratch Cup D O’Connor Athlone R Hannon Portmarnock D Downie Sutton
11:14 Scratch Cup N Carroll Athlone C Fitzgerald Athlone G Brennan Dundalk
12:34 Scratch Cup N Grant Shandon Park C Sheridan Dundalk S Reidy Dundalk
12:42 Scratch Cup J Mcardle Ardee A Keenan Dundalk C Dullaghan Greenore
12:50 Scratch Cup S Hollywood Greenore R Ocallaghan Mannon Cstle R Newell Dundalk
12:58 Scratch Cup M Gorham Dundalk P Kelly Co Armagh J McReynolds Co Armagh
13:06 Scratch Cup M Murphy Dundalk S Stephenson Co Armagh D Murray Co Louth
13:14 Scratch Cup K Sheehy Athlone E Rogers Dundalk C Shields Malahide
13:22 Scratch Cup R White Dundalk S Rooney Fortwilliam C Callan Rossmore
13:30 Scratch Cup J Hughes Balcarrick J Keenan Woodbrook R Pierce Grange
13:38 Scratch Cup R O Connor Co Sligo T Kelly Balcarrick G Fitzmaurice Balcarrick
13:46 Scratch Cup J Monaghan Royal Dublin D Henry Ardee P Rogers Dundalk
13:54 Scratch Cup P Crawley Castleknock E Murphy Dundalk P Mc Carville Clones
14:02 Scratch Cup S O Connor Carton House K Canavan Luttrellstown M Mccusker Shandon Park
14:10 Scratch Cup J Fletcher Warrenpoint J R Galbraith Whitehead T Mclarnon Masserene
14:18 Scratch Cup T Mulligan Co.Louth R Gribben Warrenpoint S McGlynn Carton House
14:26 Scratch Cup C Rafferty Dundalk T O’Connor Athlone C Fairweather Knock
14:34 Scratch Cup J Fox Portmarnock C Campbell Warrenpoint C Geraghty L&B
14:42 Scratch Cup A Grant Dundalk G Lenehan Portmarnock S Cullen Slieverussell
14:50 Scratch Cup G Dunne Co.Louth T Coffey Slieverussell B Best Rathmore
14:58 Scratch Cup E Farrell Ardee N Mackell Dundalk A Mulholland Castlerock
15:06 Scratch Cup D Mulholland Castlerock E O Donovan Craddockstown S Kinch Hollystown
15:14 Scratch Cup C Crowley Woodbrook S Coulter Warrenpoint S Greenberg Tandragee
15:22 Scratch Cup S Ross Kilkeel W Hanna Kilkeel P Reavey Warrenpoint
15:30 Scratch Cup G Mowat Slieve Russell C Melvin Corrstown E O Brien Clontarf
15:38 Scratch Cup K Mcloughlin Royal Tara TJ Ford Co Sligo J Stothers Tandragee
15:46 Scratch Cup M Mckenna Fortwilliam G Mann Tullamore R O Doherty Enniscrone
15:54 Scratch Cup P Kerr Royal Portrush G Mckenna Fortwilliam R Symington Lisburn
16:02 Scratch Cup N Cullen Beaverstown J Sabir Moate P Coghlan Moate
16:10 Scratch Cup D O’Connor Athlone R Hannon Portmarnock D Downie Sutton
16:18 Scratch Cup N Carroll Athlone C Fitzgerald Athlone G Brennan Dundalk

Clem Walshe wins Hilary Gold Medal

The Hilary GClem Walsheolfing society was founded in 1953 by Sutton Golf Club’s Michael Fitzpatrick and Joe Carr to provide low handicap and professional golfers with competitive golf on links courses in advance of the coming season. The society gets its name from the Hilary law term which extends from Christmas to Easter each year.

Eligibility of the society is reserved for professional and low handicap golfers of less than 6. Over the years many of the country’s top professionals have been members including Harry Bradshaw, Paddy Skerritt and Bobby Browne. The society has also included many of the leading Irish amateurs some of whom went on to very successful amateur and professional careers.

Members play for both individual and team prizes at each outing but the main award of the society is undoubtedly the Gold Medal which is presented to the player with the overall best nett score from three of the five outings played. Venues for the 2016 Hilary included Royal Dublin, Portmarnock, Baltray, Bettystown, Seapoint and Portmarnock Links.

Clem Walshe from Dundalk Golf Club won the 2016 Gold Medal with a total of -4 nett from his performances in Portmarnock Links, Seapoint and Baltray. It was the second time he won the coveted prize having previously secured victory back in 2001.

Gold Medal draw

The leading qualifier from Sunday’s Gold Medal was Darren Murphy 71

The leading qualifier from Saturday’s Gold Medal was Bobby McCarthy 64

Fifty one qualified from Sunday  79/30 was the cut

Thirteen qualified from Saturday  74 was the cut

Matches should be completed by 23rd May 2016

Gold Medal Draw.

MCCARTHY, BOBBY v       WARD, SEAN

HANRATTY, E J   v       STEWART, CARL

McENTEGGART, MARTIN     v       CROMBIE, BRIAN

PURCELL, GRAHAM v       BEGLEY, MICHAEL

GIFF, TREVOR    v       McADAM, DIARMUID

MURDOCK, DEREK  v       McCAUGHEY, GREGORY

MURRAY, GERRY   v       COBURN, MICHAEL

REIDY, NOEL     v       McDONNELL, GAVIN

RENAGHAN, BRIAN v       QUIGLEY, SEAN

CONLON, TERRY   v       McCAUGHEY, CONNOR

MacKELL, NEAL   v       MORRISON, PAUL

CROWE, NOEL     v       McGINNITY, OLIVER

O’CALLAGHAN, PAUL       v       BRENNAN, DAVID

ROGERS, G       v       SORAGHAN, MAURICE

CONLON, VINCENT v       O’SULLIVAN, SEAN

McDERMOTT, ALAN v       ARTHURS, KIERAN

McENEANEY, EAMONN       v       MERNAGH, BRIAN

BROWNE, MICHAEL v       CARAHER, JIM

GRENNAN, BARRY  v       McCAUL, NIALL

DWYER, JIM      v       MONAHAN, CHARLIE

McERLEAN, JOHN  v       BAILEY, SEAMUS

HESSION, SEAN   v       CUNNINGHAM, DENNIS

CAIRNS, MARK    v       HAMILTON, M

GAUGHRAN, ULTAN v       MACKIN, JOSH

MURDEN, CHRIS   v       REID, NOEL

McDERMOTT, OLIVER       v       HURLEY, ALAN

DUNNE, CIARAN   v       MIELE, DANNY

WARD, CHRISTY   v       BARRY, KEVIN

ROGERS, E       v       McKENNA, FERGAL

CAIRNS, MARTIN  v       GIFF, NIGEL

SHERIDAN, DONAL v       GAUGHRAN, A

MURPHY, DARREN  v       MUCKIAN, CATHAL

Mulligan back to defend Dundalk Scratch Cup

2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 2Teenager Thomas Mulligan will aim to become only the third player to retain the Dundalk Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf, when the 36-hole tournament takes place over the famed Blackrock links this Sunday.

Mulligan became the youngest ever winner of this prestigious competition last year when, as a 15-year-old, he won by three shots from his Co Louth clubmate Gerard Dunne and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty with the highlight being his impressive seven-under par 65 in the first round.

If he manages to come out on top again this year Mulligan will join the legendary Joe Carr and Declan Brannigan as the only players to win the Dundalk title back to back with Carr achieving the feat in 1965 and 1966 while Brannigan did it in 1972 and 1973.

He’ll face a strong challenge from Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell who has started the season in superb form. He reached the semi-finals of the West of Ireland Championship at Easter before winning the Grange Scratch Foursomes with Ryan Gribben last week and then capturing the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup on Sunday.

Others to watch out for include Colm Fairweather (Knock), Derek Downie (Sutton) and James Fox who won the title in 2009.

The field also includes two of the winners from last week’s Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne Resort as Hollywood’s Rory Williamson, who won the U21 title, and Dundalk’s Eoin Murphy, who won the U16 event, set to tee it up on Sunday.

Murphy is part of a strong Dundalk contingent that includes another former winner, Aaron Grant, and Rafferty. Grant and Rafferty recently reached the quarter-finals of the West of Ireland at Rosses Point.

The Dundalk course, which hosted last year’s Irish PGA Championship, has undergone major redevelopment work over the past number of years with the most recent work being the addition of new strategically-placed fairway bunkers on several holes.

Previous winners of the Dundalk Scratch Cup include three times major champion Padraig Harrington and all are welcome to the 2015 event where there is every likelihood they will see one of golfing stars of the future in action.

Sheridan pips Shaw to win House Committee Cup

Donal Sheridan (9) won the House Committee Cup on Sunday by the narrowest of margins from Austin Shaw (9).

Both finished with nett 68s but Sheridan took the overall prize on countback having managed to cover the back nine in one shot less than Shaw.

Shaw went through the front nine in 34 nett after parring the first, second, fifth, sixth and ninth holes and birding seven with the only real blemish being a double bogey on the pat-four eighth. Sheridan covered the opening half of the course in 35 nett as he birdied the sixth and had pars at the third, fifth, seventh and eighth as well as a double-bogey at the second.

Shaw kept his good round going down the back with pars at 10, 12, 15, 16 and 17 and a birdie at 14 to come home in 34 nett for his 68.

But his hopes of an overall victory were dashed by Sheridan who bounced back from a double bogey seven at the par five 10th with a birdie three at the index two par four 11th. He then showed remarkable consistency to reel off seven successive pars for his 68 and pip Shaw on the back nine.

Eddie Rogers with a two-over par 74 took the Gross Prize while the category winners were Kevin Barry, Martin Byrne and Eugene Hanratty.

Sunday, April 17 – House Committee Cup – Overall: Donal Sheridan (9) 68/32.5, Austin Shaw (9) 68/33.5. Gross Prize: Eddie Rogers 74. Category 1: Kevin Barry (10) 69/34. Category 2: Martin Byrne (13) 68/35.5. Category 3: Eugene Hanratty (18) 70.

Murphy wins Faldo Series Ireland U16 Championship

Eoin Murphy - Faldo Series 2016 (A)

Eoin Murphy receives the gold medal after winning the Faldo Series Ireland U16 Championship

Dundalk Golf Club’s Eoin Murphy won the Faldo Series U16 Ireland Championship at Lough Erne Resort last week when he beat the cream of Irish golfers in his age-group to qualify for the European Grand Final.

After an opening round of 74, he fired a second round of 70 for a level par total of 144 which was good enough to take the title by four shots ahead of several Irish internationals.

“This was my biggest win outside the club and it is a great start to the year,” said Murphy. “It was a very strong field, with several Irish internationals in it, so it was good to show what I can do in that sort of company.”

Murphy, who plays off five, found himself two shots behind Conor Glennon (Glasson) and Robert Galligan (Elm Park) after the first round with a six shot gap to the rest of the field. His opening round of 74 included birdies at the 10th, 15th and 17th, but he was undone by five bogies including one at the last.

However, in round two Murphy blew everybody away with the only sub-par round of the tournament, a two under par 70 as nobody else in the field managed to shoot better than 76.

Things didn’t look good for his chances of catching the leaders when he double-bogeyed the 162-yard par three third after finding a bunker off the tee.

He then spurned an eagle opportunity at the par five fourth when he three-putted from 12 feet but, as the conditions deteriorated, he moved up a gear and sank two 30 foot putts for birdies at the fifth and seventh to get his round back to level par.

Murphy bounced back again after bogeying the 12th with birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th to finish the tournament on level par, four shots ahead of Glennon with his Dundalk clubmate, Sean Laverty finishing in 18th place.

“One of my aims for the season is to play well enough to be considered for the Leinster panel so this has given me a good boost,” said Murphy.

The Faldo Series, which was the brainchild of former Major champion Nick Faldo, is recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls and is now in its 20th year. Among the top professional players to have come through the Faldo Series is Rory McIlroy.

The date and venue for the European Final will be announced shortly but it is likely to be at one of the continent’s major golf venues.

 

 

Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup

Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup

The 2016 Dundalk Scratch Cup – kindly supported by Jeffers Sportsturf

Supported By JEFFERS SPORTSTURF

SUNDAY 24th APRIL 2016

The Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup is one of Ireland’s leading tournaments for elite amateur golfers and previous winners include three times Major champion Pádraig Harrington.

Harrington took the title in 1995 in his last year as an amateur while Michael Hoey, a five time winner on the European Tour, was the champion in 2000.

Thomas Mulligan from Co Louth won the 2015 Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sportsturf, after shooting a six under par score of 137 in the 36-hole tournament which attracted a quality field.

 The 16-year-old Irish international laid the foundations for his victory in the first round with a fantastic seven-under-par 65 that left him five clear of the field with 18 holes to go.

2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 2The 36 hole event commenced in 1963, the inaugural competition on Sunday, May 12, 1963, set the tone for the following 50 years with an entry that included Walker Cup players Joe Carr, David Madeley and our first champion Dr. David Sheahan.

The 2013 event was won by home club member Aaron Grant, the first time a member won since Dan Coyle’s victory in 1991.

Murphy leads home Sunday qualifiers in Gold Medal

Seven handicapper Darren Murphy mastered the windy conditions to shoot a one-under par 71 and finish as leading Sunday qualifier in the Gold Medal.

As well as being guaranteed a place in the Matchplay stage of the Gold Medal, Darren will also go forward to represent the men’s section of the club in the Dubai Mixed Fourball qualifying tournament where the big prize is a place in this year’s Irish Open Pro-Am.

Saturday’s Gold Medal qualifying round was cancelled following a course inspection on Friday evening and will be played this Saturday, April 10. Those entered in last Saturday’s postponed qualifier must re-enter for this Saturday via the BRS System.

Members have the option next Saturday of playing casual golf or participating in the Gold Medal Qualifier.  Those participating in the Gold Medal qualifier are reminded that it is a stroke competition played off the blue tees and their card must be signed by a club member. Playing in Saturday’s qualifier does not preclude players from participating in this Sunday’s House Committee Cup.