2015 Scratch Cup

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD County Louth golfer Thomas Mulligan joined illustrious names such as Padraig Harrington and Michael H2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 2oey on the winner’s trophy after cruising to a three-shot win in Sunday’s Jeffers Sportsturf-sponsored Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup.
Five shots clear of the field after a opening 65, the Ireland boys international held his nerve in the second round to shoot a 73 and finish on 138, six-under par.
Mulligan went into the competition as one of the favourites and wasted no time in showing why as he chipped in at the par-four 1st hole for a birdie three in the first round.
After two further birdies on the front nine, things got even better for the County Louth player, who is also a member at Laytown & Bettystown, when he sunk eagle putts of 15ft and 10ft at the 10th and 12th holes to move to seven-under.
After one solitary blip on his scorecard at the 15th, Mulligan closed th2015 Senior Scratch cup winnere first round in style, driving the ball in excess of 300 yards before leaving his chip stone dead for a tap-in birdie.
That 65 left him five shots clear of Athlone’s Thomas O’Connor and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, who both shot two-under par 70s, and that was a big enough cushion for the youngster who played solidly in the second round in wet and blustery conditions.
Rafferty was pipped for second place by Mulligan’s clubmate Gerard Dunne who followed a disappointing 74 with a super bogey-free second round of 67 that featured birdies on the third, seventh, 12th and 15th.
‘The course was great and I know they have redeveloped the bunkers,’ Mulligan added, explaining that his course knowledge was key.
‘I am up with the Leinster panel with Leslie Walker and I was up on Saturday and got in a few holes, which was a help. The course is in great condition. The greens are nice and smooth and quick. They couldn’t have been much better for this time of year on a parkl2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 3and course.
‘I’ve been going to Leinster training sessions with Leslie for five or six years and know this place very well – cold mornings coming up here, hitting balls on that range and going out for a few holes. It knocks it into you what you should be doing out there. It helped today anyway.
‘It’s my first win of the year and that’s always nice, especially in such a big tournament with so many big names on the trophy. I think Harrington might have won it, so it’s a big one.’
Four-handicapper Ciaran Tracey of Seapoint won the 18 nett prize with a score of 71.

Mulligan wins Scratch Cup


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.

He came into the tournament as one of the favourites and it imagedidn’t take him long to show why as he chipped in at the par four first for a birdie three. Further birdies at the par-five seventh and par three ninth saw him turn in 33.

 He moved quickly to seven under courtesy of eagle threes at 10th and 12th and although he dropped his only shot of the round at the 15th he got it back on the 18th when, after a drive in excess of 300 yards, he left his chip stone dead for a tap-in birdie.

 His 65 left him five shots clear of Athlone’s Thomas O’Connor and Dundalimagek’s Caolan Rafferty who both shot two-under par 70s. O’Connor’s round featured birdies on each of the par fives while Rafferty produced a bogey free round with birdies at the 10th and 17th.

 It proved to be a big enough cushion for the youngster from Bettystown who shot a one-over par 73 in the second round to finish on six-under. He bogeyed the fourth and fifth on the front nine during his second round but birdies at three, six and nine moved him to eight-under for the tournament at the turn. However, bogeys at 10 and 11 brought him back to six under and finished on that number after a birdie at 12 was cancelled by a bogey on 16.

 It gave the chasing field a glimmer of hope but O’Connor shot a three-over 75 in his second round while Rafferty couldn’t find the birdies he needed to close the gap and eventually carded a 71 for a two round total of 141, three under par, and three shots adrift of Mulligan.

 Rafferty was actually pipped for second place by Mulligan’s clubmate Gerard Dunne who followed a disappointing 74 with a super bogey-free second round of 67 that featured birdies on three, six, seven, 12 and 15.


1st Thomas Mulligan (+1) (Co Louth) 138 (65/73)

2nd Gerard Dunne (+1) (Co Louth) 141 (74/67)

3rd Caolan Rafferty (+3) (Dundalk) 141 (70/71)

4th Seamus Cullen (+1) (Slieve Russell) 142 (76/66)

Best Nett:  Randal Cross (4) (Enniscrone) 144 (73/71)

1st 18  Gross: Thomas O’Connor (+2) (Athlone) 70

1st 18  Nett: Ciaran Tracey (4) (Seapoint) 71

2nd  18  Gross:  Ryan Symington (+1) (Lisburn) 71

2nd 18 Nett: Stephen McCabe (3) (Headfort) 71/34.5

1st  Round CSS 73

2nd Round CSS 73

Scratch Cup winner









Dundalk Scratch Cup winner 2015 sponsored by Jeffers Sportsturf is Thomas Mulligan.

Check out this video interview with him talking to Gerry McDermott on our club facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/dundalkgolfclub


Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup pics

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Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup








The 2015 Dundalk Senior Sratch Cup sponorsed by Jeffers Sportsturf is now underway with the final group pictured teeing off.

There will be scoring updates as the first of the players complete their first 18 holes and again after 27 holes and then to the finish of play this afternoon.

Updates will first apppear on the club’s facebook and twitter social media outlets, search for dundalkgolfclub to follow.

Senior Scratch Cup

Rory McNamara of Headford GC winner of the Dundalk SEnior SCratc






Clive Jeffers, Jeffers Sportsturf presents Rory McNamara (Headfort GC) with the 2014 Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup along with club captain, Brendan Cleary.

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.

The 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.

Previous Winners

2014: Rory McNamara – Headfort
2013: Aaron Grant Dundalk GC
2012: Stephen Healy Claremorris GC
2011: Ciaran Molloy Ardee GC
2010: Rory Leonard Banbridge GC
2009: James Fox Portmarnock GC
2008: Derek Downie Sutton GC
2007: Stephen Grant Birr GC
2006: Simon Ward Co Louth GC
2005: Michael McGeady North West GC
2004: Des Morgan Mullingar GC
2003: Noel Fox (Portmarnock)
2002: John McGinn (Greenore)
2001: Michael McGeady (City of Derry)
2000: Michael Hoey (Shandon Park)
1999: Gary Cullen (Beaverstown)
1998: John Foster (Ballyclare)
1997: David Doggett (Co Louth)
1996: Graeme Kennedy (Skerries)
1995: Padraig Harrington (Stackstown)
1994: Colm Murphy (Clandeboye)
1993: Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)
1992: David Gibson (Downpatrick)
1991: Dan Coyle (Dundalk)
1990: Pat Killeen (Claremorris)
1989: Paul Bray (Hermitage)
1988: Peter Rogers (Dundalk)
1987: Pádraig Hogan (Elm Park)
1986: Barry Reddan (Co Louth)
1985: Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)
1984: Paul Rayfus (Trim)
1983: Eddie Condren (Greystones)
1982: Frank Gannon (Co Louth)
1981: F Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)
1980: John Carr (Sutton)
1979: Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)
1978: Val Smyth (Laytown & Bettystown)
1977: John Dickson (Hollywood)
1976: Mick Morris (Portmarnock)
1975: Adrian Morrow (Hermitage)
1974: Rory McCormack (Warrenpoint)
1973: Declan Brannigan (Laytown & Bettystown)
1972: Declan Brannigan (Laytown & Bettystown)
1971: M.J. Malone (Belvoir Park)
1970: G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)
1969: J Clynch (Laytown & Bettystown)
1968: Pat Mulcaire (Woodbrook)
1967: B.P. Malone (Tullamore)
1966; J.B. Carr (Sutton)
1965; J.B. Carr (Sutton)
1964; G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)
1963: David Sheahan (Grange)

Open Competitions

Following the opening of all the bunkers, we are delighted to announce that the Wednesday open and Thursday semi open competitions will commence this week.
The rates for this week only are €6 per member and €10 per visitor and there after will be €6 for members and €20 per visitor. Timesheet are now live on the BRS.
Please note that members may book a time on Thursday and have the option to play in the competition or play casual golf.

Arrangements for postponed qualifier

Gold Medal Qualifier

The postponed Gold Medal Qualifier last Sunday will be played this coming Sunday, with the House Committee Cup to be played at a later date to be confirmed by the Tournament Committee.

The original timesheet for last Sunday’s quallifer will carry forward to this Sunday.

Finally, please note any golfer who played in Saturday’s completed qualifier cannot play in this Sunday’s qualifier.

New bunkers in play

A reminder to members and non-members that this Wednesday’s open singles stableford competition presents the first opportunity to play the course following the completion of the extensive greenside bunkering programme which is to be complete by Tuesday.

This competition is now open on the BRS and is €6 for members and €10 for non-members.

Gala Concert

Patricia Treacy







Dundalk & District Lourdes Invalid Fund

Dundalk and District Lourdes Invalid Fund presents a gala night of Music and Song in Dundalk Golf Club on Wednesday, April 22nd at 8.30pm.

This special night features Ireland’s premier violinist, local woman Patricia Treacy and local sopranos Ann Carroll and Deirdre Morgan.
Also featuring on the night will be Paddy Martin and Connall Duffy on  Uilleann pipes and the Dundalk String Quartet.
The night will be hosted by Francie Duffy and Marty Garland. Tickets available from committee members and at the office at Dundalk Golf Club, priced €15 each – spot prizes on the night.