Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup

Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup

The 2016 Dundalk Scratch Cup – kindly 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.

Draws made for Foursomes and Mixed Foursome matchplay competitions

The draws for both the Men’s Foursomes and the Mixed Foursomes competitions have been made and the draw sheets are now posted in the locker rooms.

Because of the size of entry there will be a preliminary round in both competitions. The Men’s Foursomes preliminary round matches must be played by May 9 while the Mixed Foursomes preliminary round should be completed by May 16.

Handicaps for both competitions will be as they are on day of match which is in accordance with CONGU Guidelines. Matches in the Men’s Foursomes competition will be played off White Tees while in the Mixed Foursomes will be off the White/Red Tees.


McCaughey and Byrne win Sunday’s Fourball

Connor McCaughey (5) and Frank Byrne (10) combined well to win Sunday’s Fourball Stableford competition. They had a point to spare over Tommy Reneghan (13) and Niall McCaul (7) who took second on countback from Noel Reidy (12) and Noel Crowe (25).

David Murden (13) just pipped George Rogers (19) on Easter Monday to win the Singles Stableford competition on countback thanks to 22pts over the final nine holes. Both had shot 38pts as did third placed Kieran Arthurs (11).

Sunday, April 3 – Fourball Stableford – Connor McCaughey (5) & Frank Byrne (10) 45pts, Tommy Reneghan (13) & Niall McCaul (7) 44/24pts, Noel Reidy (12) & Noel Crowe (25) 44/22pts.

Monday, March 28 – Singles Stableford Competition – David Murden (13) 38/22pts, George Rogers (19) 38/21pts, Kieran Arthurs (11) 38pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Grant and Rafferty reach last 16 at West of Ireland

Elite golfers Aaron Grant and Caolan Rafferty proudly flew the flag for Dundalk Golf Club at the West of Ireland Golf Championship in Rosses Point over the Easter Weekend.

Both reached the last 16 of the first major amateur championship of the 2016 season and claimed some notable scalps along the way.

The Dundalk duo qualified for the Matchplay stage of the tournament after finishing among the top 25 of the 64 qualifiers. The qualifying round was reduced to 18 holes after high winds caused the second round on Easter Saturday to be abandoned so Grant’s 77 and Rafferty’s 79 from Friday saw them qualify comfortably inside the cut.

In Round 1 on Easter Sunday morning Grant beat Andrew Morris of Belvoir Park 2&1 while Rafferty defeated James Pierse of Portmarnock by 1 hole.

On Sunday afternoon in Round 2 Grant had a one hole victory over William Russell of Clandeboye while Rafferty came from two down after 11 holes to beat Portmarnock’s James Fox with a birdie on the 19th hole.

That left only Dundalk and host club Co Sligo with two representatives in the last 16 on Easter Monday morning. Rafferty faced Matthew Kane of Whitehead and, after losing the opening hole, was unable to get back on level terms. He was two down after 11 and eventually succumbed to a 3&2 defeat.

Grant faced Daniel Holland of The Castle and found himself two down after 11 holes. They were all square by the time they walked off the 14th green but after halving the 15th, Grant lost 16 and 17 to lose the match 2&1.

Rafferty’s conqueror Kane was beaten in the quarter-finals by the eventual winner Jonathan Yates of Nass who defeated Holland in the final.

Reaching the last 16 of the West represents a good start to the season for Rafferty and Grant and everybody at Dundalk wishes the boys well for the coming season.

One of the big targets for both players in the coming weeks will be the annual Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 24. Entries are now being accepted by the Pro Shop on 042-9321731.

In-form O’Callaghan delivers

Given his recent good form it didn’t really come as surprise to many to see Caoimhan O’Callaghan finally deliver an overall victory in Sunday competition.

The 21 handicapper led home a field of 98 in the Easter Sunday Singles Stableford competiton with a score of 34pts which was one better than that posted by Kevin  Barry (10).

Steadiness provided the foundation for O’Callaghan’s excellent round over the 15 holes in play as he produced a round that showed a golfer in control of his game as he scored on every hole and only once had to settle for one point when he double-bogeyed the second.

After going through the first four holes with eight points he notched three points at the sixth and again at the seventh to move to 14pts after playing six holes.

He had increased that total to 20 points by the time he stood on the 11th tee and, with the wind helping, he proceeded to par the index two hole and collect four points courtesy of the two shots he had.

He followed that by scoring two points at each of the final five holes, three of which were playing into a gale force wind, to finish on 34pts and take the overall prize.

Kevin Barry ended up a point adrift of the winner despite a good start which saw him go through the first four holes in nine points thanks to three point returns at the first and third while a birdie four at the par-five seventh yielded four points.

He also picked up three points at the 12th, 15th and 16th but, while he scored at every hole, he was left to rue the four one-pointers he had on his card.

Clem Walshe (5), Michael Hamilton (16) and Aidan O’Mahony (17) took the three Category prizes.

Sunday, March 27 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) 34pts, Kevin Barry (10) 33pts. Category 1: Clem Walshe (5) 32/18pts. Category 2: Michael Hamilton (16) 32 pts. Category 3: Aidan O’Mahony (17) 32pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Eagle allows McGuinness to soar

An eagle three at the par 5 10th proved to be decisive last Sunday as Pat McGuinness (13) took Sunday’s Singles Stableford Competition on countback from Tommy Renaghan (13),

Both players showed superb early form as they returned scores of 38pts for the 15 hole competition with McGuinness taking top prize after edging out Renaghan 23pts to 21pts on countback over the last nine holes.

The first four holes at Dundalk represent one of the toughest starts in Irish club golf and can wreck a card before a round has even begun. McGuinness got off to a good start with ten points from those first holes after three point pars at the second and third while Renaghan went one better with pars at the first second and fourth for an 11 point start.

Over the next few holes Renaghan continued to impress as took three points from the sixth, seventh and ninth but a blank at the par-four eighth, where he had a six, was the only blemish as he returned 20pts for the opening eight holes.

That was one more than McGuinness, who had birdied the sixth for three points, but former club president ignited his round on the tenth with an eagle three for four points. He followed that with three point pars at the 12th and 13th and then chucked in a birdie three at the 15th for another four points. The only slight blemish on an otherwise flawless round was a six at the 15th for one point and a total of 38pts.

Reneghan continued to build on his impressive start down the back with three points at the 11th, 12, 13th and 15th as he added 18pts from the seven holes on the back to the 20pts he had picked up over the front eight.

The difference in the countback was two points, suggesting that the two four pointers McGuinness got at 10 and 15 really did make a difference as he led home a field of 134.

Ultan Gaughran (8), Darren O’Brien (17) and Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) took the three Category Prizes with O’Brien having also shot 38ptt on the day.

Club members over 55 years of age are asked to register for the new Veterans categories before the start of the official season by placing a note in the Men’s Tournament Box with their name and category. The categories are: Category S (Seniors, 55 to 64), Category V (Veterans, 65 to 74) and Category M (Super Veterans 75 +). They can also mark the appropriate letter on their card if playing in Sunday competitions.

It was a good week for the club’s 13 handicappers as Danny Miele (13) took the Single Stableford competition on St Patrick’s Day with 35pts. He won on countback, 23pts to 19pts, from Martin Cairns (17) with Austin Shaw (9), David Murden (13) and Paul Durnin (20) taking the category prizes.

Sunday, March 20 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Pat McGuinness  (13)  38/23pts, Tommy Renaghan (13) 38/21pts. Category 1: Ultan Gaughran (8)    37/21pts. Mickey Coburn (8) 37pts. Category 2: Darren O’Brien (17) 38pts, Derek Murdock (13) 36/22pts. Category 3: Caoimhan O’ Callaghan (21) 37pts, Nigel Giff   (19) 36pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Thursday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Danny Miele (13) 35/23pts, Martin Cairns (17) 35/19pts. Category 1: Austin Shaw (9) 34/19pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 33pts, Category 3: Paul Durnin (20) 34pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations

This Thursday is St Patrick’s Day and the National Holiday will be celebrated with a singles competition in the morning which will have a shotgun start at 9.30am.

At 2pm the Juvenile Captains will present our Captains and Presidents with shamrock.  This will be followed at 2.45pm by a nine hole semi open mixed foursomes (front and back nines). Time sheets opened last Friday and are available on the BRS system.

The Restaurant will be serving Irish cuisine, and traditional music will be provided by The John Thomas Big Band from 5.30pm.

Early pace-setter Hanratty hangs on

Early starter Eugene Hanratty was proof that the early bird gets the worm when he posted a score that wasn’t bettered by the other 115 competitors in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which was played over 15 holes due to the ongoing course improvement work.

Playing off 10, Hanratty opened up with 10 points from the first four holes courtesy of pars at the first and fourth. With the fifth closed, he then took seven points from the next four holes to turn with 17pts.

Despite 17 and 18 being closed, Hanratty had run up another 18pts by the time he walked off the 16th thanks mainly to a three point birdie at the 10th, a four point birdie at the 15th and three point par at the 16th

That set the score to beat and several players did come close with Brendan Keane and John McLaughlin matching Hanratty’s 35pts but losing out on countback. McLaughlin (25) had to settle for the Category Three prize while Keane (13) finished second overall after an impressive round.

Last year’s Club Captain stormed through first four holes collecting 12 points thanks to three point pars at holes two and four and a four point birdie three at the tricky third. He picked up another eight points from the sixth to the ninth which included a superb birdie three on the eighth after he had messed up the par five seventh and walked off with just one point.

That left him on 20pts for the opening eight holes and over the final seven he picked up another 15pts thanks to three point pars at 12, 13 and 16. But he was left to rue one point returns from the 11th and 14th which ultimately saw up come up short by the narrowest of margins.

The other category prizes were claimed by Paul Morrison (Cat 1) and Aidan Gaughran (Cat 2).

Sunday, March 13 – Overall: E J Hanratty (10) 35/21pts, Brendan Keane (13) 35/20pts. Category 1: Paul Morrison (10) 34/22pts, Pat Donaghy (12) 34/20pts. Category 2: Aidan Gaughran (13) 34/20/14pts, David Cairns (17) 34pts. Category 3: John McLaughlin (25) 35pts, Caoimhan O’Callaghan (21) 34pts.


Captain’s Drive in

Drive in 2016

Lady Captain Jean Connolly receiving a bouquet of flowers from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Drive in Schol

Scotch Mixed Foursomes- Winners Front Nine, from left, Conor McCaughey, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Olivia Cunningham and Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Drive in Scotch Mixed

Scotch Mixed Foursomes- Winners Back Nine, Jim Dwyer, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Mary Dwyer and Captain Maurice Soraghan.