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.

 

 

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)