O’Donoghue takes Round 3 in Winter League

Fourteen handicapper Anthony O’Donoghue won Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which also doubled as Round 3 of the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League.

A run of five successive three-point holes from the seventh to the 16th proved crucial and was an excellent response to his only dropped shot of the day at the par five sixth where he didn’t have a shot and had to settle for a one point bogey,

O’Donoghue also had back to back three point holes at the third and fourth for a total of seven three pointer while he also managed to score two points on five holes.

Kieran Arthurs (12) took the Category 1 prize on 31pts from Clem Walsh (5) finished on 30pts but had the consolation of taking the gross prize after shooting 26pts which was the equivalent of level par for the 13 holes. Sean O’Sullivan (17) and Anthony McGuinness (23) took the other two category prizes.

The 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition on St Patrick’s Day was won by Michael Hamilton (15) who beat Kenneth Cairns (16) on countback after both had shot best of the day scores of 31pts. They were a point ahead of Sean Ward (17), Michael Browne (21) and Gerry Murray (9) with Ultan Gaughran (9) being the final player to make the podium after his 29pts clinched sixth place.

Sunday, March 19 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford & Round 3 of Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Overall: Anthony O’Donoghue (14) 32pts. Category 1(0-12): Kieran Arthurs (12) 31pts, Clem Walshe (5) 30 pts. Category 2 (13-17): Sean O’Sullivan (17) 29/21/16pts, Paddy Duffy (13) 29pts. Category 3 (18-28): Anthony McGuinness (23) 31pts, Eamon Hoey (18) 29pts. Gross: Clem Walshe 26pts.


Friday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day 13 Hole Singles Stableford Sponsored by Cooley Distillery – Michael Hamilton  (15) 31pts, Kenneth Cairns(16) 31pts, Sean Ward (17) 30pts, Michael Browne (21) 30pts, Gerry Murray (9) 30pts, Ultan Gaughran (9) 29pts.

Practice pays for Rocks

Sunday saw the start of the Winter League, sponsored by Tiernans Centra, Blackrock, and, much to the relief of the 127 players who teed-off, the temperatures were considerably higher than the previous weekend.

There is an old adage in golf that practice makes perfect and so it will come as no surprise to those who saw Eddie Rocks hard at work on the practice ground over the past week that he recorded his first overall victory of the season on Sunday.

The 11-handicapper was one of three players to return a score of 32pts for the 13 holes but took victory on the second round of countback from Barry Cunningham (10) and Conall Murdock (8) as the Category 1 golfers showed their class.

There was some consolation for Murdock as he took the Gross Prize with a fine score of 26pts after being edged out by Cunningham for the Category 1 prize.

Peter O’Brien (18) took Category 2 with 30pts from Willie McKeever (17) on 29pts while Category 3 went to Mark Browne (22) on 31pts which was three clear of Anthony McGuinness (23) in second on 28pts.

Playing off 11 and having only eight shots over the 13 holes, Rocks had a blemish free round as he returned a card that contained six three point holes and seven two point holes.

His first three points came from a par four at the second and he added another at the third with another par four. Another par, and three points, followed at the eighth before a birdie two at the ninth yielded his fourth three pointer of the round and saw him complete the front nine in 22pts.

Back to back pars and two more three pointers followed at the par-five 10th and par four 16th before pars at the 17th and 18th where he didn’t have any shots.

In all, his round consisted of one birdie, nine pars and three bogeys and sent out a strong message that practice does pay off.

Sunday, February 19 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford/Winter League Round 1 (sponsored by Tiernans Centra, Blackrock) – Overall: Eddie Rocks (11) 32/22/16pts. Category 1 (0-12): Barry Cunningham (10) 32/22pts, Conall Murdock (8) 32pts. Category 2 (13-18): Peter O Brien (18) 30pts, Willie McKeever (17) 29/20pts. Category 3 (19-28): Mark Browne (22) 31pts, Anthony McGuinness (23) 28/19pts. Best Gross: Conall Murdock 26pts.

Dwyer masters the wind to win

On a freezing cold day, made even more difficult by the strong winds, Jim Dwyer (8) was the only player to reach 30pts in last Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition.

That was enough to give him overall victory by one point from Seamus Bailey (12) and Clem Walshe (5) who scored 29pts. In addition to his third place finish, Walshe also took the Gross Prize with 25pts.

Dwyer returned a blemish free card made up of four three point holes and nine two point holes. Three of those three pointers came from the opening three holes which he parred and he also parred the par-five seventh for another three points.

Two point pars came at the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, tenth, 17th and 18th and he had shots at the fourth and 16th which he bogeyed for two points at each.

The category honours went to Conall Murdock (8), Kenneth Cairns (14) and Peter O’Brien (18).

Sunday, February 12 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Jim Dwyer (8) 30pts, Seamus Bailey (12), 29/19/14pts, Clem Walshe (5) 29pts. Category 1 (0-11): Conall Murdock (8) 28pts, Category 2 (12-17): Kenneth Cairns (14) 28pts. Category 3 (18-28): Peter O’Brien (18) 28pts. Best Gross: Clem Walshe 25pts.

O’Brien unmatched as he takes Sunday prize

Eighteen handicapper Peter O’Brien was the winner of Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition as he turned in an unmatched score of 38pts.

That was enough to give him a two point victory over Derek Murdock (10) who had settled for winning Category 1 where he edged out Christy Ward (9) by a point.

Patsy Arrowsmith (14) took the Category 2 honours with a score of 33pts but he need a six hole countback to see off the challenge of Willie McKeever (17) who had matched him over 13 and nine holes respectively.

Michael Browne (21) was the Category 3 winner with his score of 35pts being one better than that of Tom Cheevers (23).

Billy Cairns (6) was the winner of the Gross Prize with a fine score of 28pts.

Sunday, February 5 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Peter O’Brien (18) 38pts. Category 1 (0-11): Derek Murdock (10) 36pts, Christy Ward (9) 35pts. Category 2 (12-17): Patsy Arrowsmith (14) 33/23/17pts, Willie McKeever (17) 33pts. Category 3 (18-28): Michael Browne (21) 35pts, Tom Cheevers (23) 34pts. Gross: Billy Cairns (6) 28pts.

Cairns burns it up to take Sunday prize

David Cairns (18) won Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition with the sort of round that most golfers can only dream about.

His 38pts haul consisted of three bogeys, nine pars and an eagle as produced a round that was the equivalent of 12 under par.

With a shot on every hole, Cairns opened with a bogey for two points before notching his first par of the day at the second for three points and another bogey at the third left him on seven points.

Then came a period of amazing scoring as Cairns parred the next six holes, picking up 18 points, and turned for home at the ninth on 25pts.

An eagle three at the 10th yielded another five points and he then parred 16 and 17 for a further six points before taking a bogey five at the 18th to finish his round on 38pts.

That was two points better than 14 handicapper Michael Kelly who edged out Clem Walsh (6) on countback for second place after both were tied on 36pts

Category winners were Fergal Sexton (11), Brian Ward (15) and Peter O’Brien (18) while Peter Rogers (2) took his second gross prize of the year with an excellent score of 29pts.
Sunday, January 29 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: David Cairns (18) 38pts, Michael Kelly (14) 36/26pts, Clem Walshe (5) 36/24pts. Category 1 (0-11): Fergal Sexton (11) 35pts. Category 2 (12-17): Brian Ward (15) 34/25pts. Category 3 (18-28): Peter O’Brien (18) 36pts. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 29pts.


Mernagh’s strong finish delivers victory

Countback was needed to separate the four golfers who returned best of the day scores of 32pts in last Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition.

Last week’s winner Kenneth Cairns (17) was among the quartet but he failed to make the podium and had to settle for winning Category 2. However, two prizes from the opening two weeks of the year isn’t a bad return.

Sean Hession, now playing off five after a very consistent 2016, was the man who edged Cairns off the podium with a score of 17pts for the final nine holes played, which because of ongoing course improvement work was the fifth to the 10th and the 16th to the 18th.

John McKeever (11) is a player who was starting to get the measure of the course towards the end of last year and was an overall winner in November. He went close to a second victory on Sunday but came up short as his countback score of 19pts was three less than Brian Mernagh’s 22pts.

Mernagh produced an almost flawless round. He scored on each on the 13 holes and only once, when he had a bogey four at the par three ninth, did he have to settle for a solitary point.

His opening four holes yielded 10pts thanks to three point pars at third and fourth holes and he picked up another three points at the seventh when he parred the par five. Mernagh covered the opening nine holes in 20pts but finished his round with flourish over the four holes on the back nine that were in play.

At the par five 10th, a birdie four yielded four points and he picked up another three by parring the 16th. A par at the 17th, where he didn’t have a shot, got him another two points and he then parred the 18th for three points.

That return of 12pts from the final four holes proved crucial and gave Mernagh his first win of 2017.

In addition to Carins, the other category winners were Conall Mudock (8) and Ray Pepper (20) while Maurice Murphy (3) took the gross prize with 26pts, the equivalent of level par.

The Tournament Committee will run a Winter League team event from February 5 to April 2. The entry fee is €5 and the entry box is located in the bar. The closing date for entries is January 29 at 6pm.

Sunday, January 22 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Brian Mernagh (12) 32/22pts, John McKeever (11) 32/19pts, Sean Hession (5) 32/17pts. Gross: Maurice Murphy (3) 26pts. Category 1 (0-11): Conall Murdock (8) 31pts. Category 2 (12-17): Kenneth Cairns (17) 32pts. Category 3 (18-28): Ray Pepper (20) 31pts.




Cairns birdie blitz does the trick

Competitive golf made its first appearance of 2017 at Dundalk last Sunday when Kenneth Cairns had the distinction of claiming the initial victory.

The 17 handicapper shot 35pts over the 13 holes played and had two points to spare on Gerry Murray (90 with Willie McKeever (17) a shot further back in third.

Cairns started well and pars at the second and third left him with eight points after three holes but a blank at the fourth threaten to derail him.

But he showed great character to bounce back from that mishap and reeled off four successive pars before birdieing the par three ninth and also the par five 10th.

That left him on 27pts with three holes to go and he picked up a further four points by bogeying the 16th and 17th before nailing his third birdie of the day on the par four 18th to complete a superb round.

Derek Murdock (10), Sean O’Sullivan (17) and Colm Garvey (18) won the category win while Peter Rogers (2) took the Gross Prize with a fine score of 28pts…

The Tournament Committee will run a Winter League team event from February 5 to April 2. The entry fee is €5 and the entry box is located in the bar. The closing date for entries is January 29 at 6pm.

Sunday, January 15 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Kenneth Cairns (17) 35pts, Gerry Murray (9) 32pts, Willie McKeever (17) 31/22pts. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 28pts. Category 1 (0-12): Derek Murdock (10) 31pts. Category 2 (13-17): Sean O’Sullivan (17) 30/22pts. Category 3 (18-28): Colm Garvey (18) 30pts.

Barry leads the Christmas Spirit field home

Richard Barry (12) led the field home in Sunday’s Christmas Spirit competition with a fine score of 34pts.

That was two better than Diarmuid McAdam (23) with Locavore Autumn Series Overall Winner Austin Shaw (8) a further two points back in third having edged out Tommy Renaghan(13) on countback.

The top 20 finishers all received prizes while Ken Lynch (11) also had the distinction of recording a hole in one at the par three ninth.

The Locavore Autumn League presentation took place on Sunday evening in the Clubhouse. Congratulations once again to all the winners and many thanks to Locavore, Blackrock, for their generous sponsorship of the event.

Sunday, December 18 – Christmas Spirit Singles Stableford – Top 20: 34pts – Richard Barry (12). 32pts Diarmuid McAdam (23), 30pts – Austin Shaw (8), Tommy Renaghan (13). 29pts – Michael Coburn (8). 28pts – Liam Mernagh (12), Kevin Barry (9), Peter Rogers (2), Oliver McGinnity (19). 27pts – Ken Lynch (11), Frank Byrne (9), Michael Hamilton (16), Paddy Duffy (13), Michael Gill (7), Barry Cunningham (10). 26pts – Christy Ward (9), Michael Kelly (14), Tom Clarke (16), Sean Quigley (18), Brian Mernagh (12).

Nine Hole Turkey Competition: Liam Mernagh (12) 20pts.

Shaw crowned winner of Locavore Autumn Series

Austin Shaw (8) has been crowned winner of the inaugural Locavore Autumn Series after finishing one point clear of the field following the four round competition.

Playing out of Category One, which was for players off a handicap of less than 13, Shaw showed tremendous consistency with four consecutive top ten finishes to amass his total of 28pts.

Ciaran Sheridan (5), who won Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition, took the Category 1 prize on 23pts with Frank Byrne (9) and Liam Mernagh (12) trailing behind him.

Michael Hamilton (21) was the winner in Category 2 while George Rogers took the Category 3 prize after almost catching Shaw for the overall prize following a great final round performance.

The presentation of prizes to all the winners in the Locavore Autumn Series will take place this Sunday, December 18, in the Clubhouse.

Having shot 31pts the previous Sunday and come up short, Ciaran Sheridan, produced a similar score last Sunday and found it was enough to take the overall prize in Sunday’s 13 hole Single Stableford competition.

The five handicapper was steady throughout his round, picking up three points at the third, sixth and eight thanks to birdies and also scoring a three point par at the par-five seventh. His only blemish was a one point return from the tricky par four eight.

However, it was birdie three on the difficult par four 16th that proved the difference, as the four points he gained there enabled him to pip David Lynch (11) and Barry Grennan (10) by one point for the overall prize

Frank Byrne (9) took the Category 1 prize with Michael Hamilton taking Category 2 and Peter O’Brien (17) winning Category 3.

The winner of Week Four of the Nine Hole Repeater was Ken Lynch (11) who had 23pts and one to spare over Seamus Bailey (12) with Ray Pepper (20) a shot further back.

Locavore Autumn Series (Final Standings) – Overall Winner: Austin Shaw (8) 28. Category 1 (<13): Ciaran Sheridan (5) 23, Frank Byrne (9) 17, Liam Mernagh (12) 16. Category 2 (13-18): Michael Hamtilon 21, P Watters (15) 19, David Brennan (13) 16. Category 3 (18+): George Rogers (19) 27, Conor Byrne (23) 25, Anthony McGuinness (23) 17. Sunday, December 11 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Ciaran Sheridan (5) 31pts, David Lynch  (11) 30/22pts, Barry Grennan (10) 30/20/12/6/3/2pts. Category 1 (0-12): Frank Byrne (9) 30pts. Category 2 (13-16): Michael Hamilton (16) 29pts. Category 3 (17-28): Peter O’Brien (17) 29pts.

Nine Hole Repeater (Week Four): Ken Lynch (11) 23pts, Seamus Bailey (12) 22pts, Ray Pepper (20) 21pts.



Five point birdie reaps rewards for McCrave

Anthony McCrave (21) was the winner of the Second Round of the Locovore Autumn Series when he edged out David Brennan (13) and Vincent Conlon (8) on countback after all three had tied on 30pts in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

McCrave had started steadily enough with picking up four points from the first two holes thanks to two bogeys but when he failed to score at the third things looked bleak given there were only ten holes left to play in this 13 hole competition.

But the tide turned immediately for McCrave at the very next hole, the par four index one fourth, where he had two shots and picked up a massive five points after he managed a birdie three. He parred the par three fifth for another three points and got another three points at the par five seventh where he had two shots.

That left him on 17pts after seven holes and he went through the next three holes in six points to stand on 23pts after ten holes. The 16th, which was his 11th hole, yielded another two points as did the 18th and in between he managed to par the 17th for three points as he finished on 30pts.

He was joined on that total by Brennan and Conlon but while Brennan had 21pts over the final nine holes it was no match for McCrave who had 26pts, helped greatly by that five point birdie on the fourth.

Austin Shaw (8), Michael Hamilton (16) and Anthony McGuinness (23) took the category prizes.

The 10pts for being the leading Category 3 player has moved McCrave into second place in his section of the Locovore Autumn Series, level with Mark Coan and one point behind George Rogers. Shaw leads Category 1 on 17pts which is seven ahead of Conlon and Gregory McCaughey while Michael Hamilton is the Category 2 leader on 12pts, one better than Tom Clarke.

The Locovore Autumn Winter Series includes scores from Saturday as well as Sunday and the scores from Saturday have been weighted by minus five points to reflect the shorter course played.

Darragh O’Brien (13) won Week One of the Nine Hole Repeater with Brendan Cleary (23) taking Week Two with a tremendous score of 25pts.

Sunday, November 27 – Locovore Singles Stableford – Overall: Anthony McCrave (21) 30/26pts, David Brennan (13) 30/21pts, Vincent Conlon (8) 30pts. Category 1(0-11): Austin Shaw (8) 29/21pts. Category 2 (12-17): Michael Hamilton (16) 29/22pts. Category 3 (18-28): Anthony McGuinness (23) 29/21/16pts.

Locovore Autumn Series Leaderboard (after Round 2): Category 1 (<13): 17pts – Austin Shaw. 10pts – Vincent Conlon, Gregory McCaughey. 9pts – Seamus Bailey. 8pts – Connor McCaughey. 7pts – Brendan Duffy, Jim Rowland. 6pts – Frank Byrne, Ciaran Traynor. 5pts – Conal Murdock, Brian Renaghan, Michael Stewart. Category 2 (13-18): 12pts – Michael Hamilton. 11pts – Tom Clarke. 10pts – David Brennan, Eamon Hoey. 9pts – Pat McKeown, P Watters. 7pts – Martin Farrelly, Sean O’Sullivan. 6pts – Martin Byrne, Eamonn McEneaney. Category 3 (19+): 11pts – George Rogers. 10pts – Mark Coan, Anthony McCrave. 9pts – Michael Browne, Jan van Dijk. 8pts – Anthony McGuinness. 7pts – Mark Browne, Ronan Dennedy. 6pts – Conor Byrne, Seamus Capplis, Joe Flanagan.

Nine Hole Repeater: Week One: Daragh O Brien (13) 22pts, Martin Byrne (17) 22pts. Week Two: Brendan Cleary (23) 25pts, Austin Matthews (13) 23pts.