Carins powers his way to victory

Eighteen handicapper Martin Cairns produced a round that included one birdie and eight pars on his way to posting a score of 43pts in Sunday’s Single Stableford competition.

He could even afford not to score at the par five seventh, where he shot a triple bogey eight, and still have three points to spare over second placed Cathal Muckian (12).

Cairns amassed 15 points from the opening six holes before his stumble on the seventh but five points from the next two holes saw him turn for home on 20pts. He kept the scoring going as he headed down the back nine with pars at the 10th and 11th and a birdie at the 12th to move to 30pts with six holes to go. More pars followed at 14th and 17th while his only dropped shot on the back nine was at the 15th as she shot 23pts for the back nine and an overall score of 43ptd.

Kieran Arthurs (12), Paul Reilly (17) and Colm O’Hanrahan (25) were the category winners with Reilly also managing to include a hole in one at the par three 17th in his round.

Sunday, October 9 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Martin Cairns (18) 43pts, Cathal Muckian (12) 40pts. Category 1 (0-12): Kieran Arthurs (12) 39pts, Ciaran Traynor (6) 36/19/13/8/5pts. Category 2 (13-18): Paul Reilly (17) 39pts, Kieran Reidy (17) 38pts. Category 3 (19-28): Colm O’Hanrahan (25) 38pts, Declan Ward (22) 37/23pts. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (19) 40pts. CSS: 36pts.

Impressive win for Hession

Seven handicapper Sean Hession was an impressive winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition when he shot 42pts to win by two points from teenager Cian Lynch McCrave and Darren O’Brien.

Hession, who is the latest member of the Tournament Committee, to win a Sunday competition, got off to a flying start as birdies at the first and third gave him ten points for the first three holes and although he dropped shots at the eight and ninth he still managed to turn with 20pts.

He took eight points from the first three holes on the back nine thanks to a pars at the 10th and 11th and a birdie at the par five 12th. He dropped a shot at the 13th but made amends with another explosive three hole burst from the 15th which yielded another 10pts thanks to birdies at 15 and 17 and a par at 16.

He covered the back nine in 22pts for an overall total of 42pts and that was enough to take the overall prize from Juvenile Captain Lynch McCrave and O’Brien. Lynch McCrave had the consolation of taking the Category One prize while O’Brien captured Category Three with Aidan Gaughran (13) winning Category Two. .

Singles Stableford Competition – Sunday, October  2 – Overall: Sean Hession (7) 42pts. Category 1 (0-11): Cian Lynch McCrave (10) 40pts, Alan Hurley (4) 38pts. Category 2 (12-16): Aidan Gaughran (13) 39/21pts, Jim Rowland (12) 39pts. Category 3 (17-28): Darren O’Brien (17) 40pts, Andrew Cumiskey (17) 37pts. Juvenile: Daniel Nordon (28) 35pts. CSS: 36pts.

 

 

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Back to back wins for Grennan

To win a Sunday competition at Dundalk Golf Club is not easy given the size and calibre of the field each week so the odds on winning back to back are extremely high but that’s exactly what 11 handicapper Barry Grennan has done over the past week.

Having won the Jubilee Cup the previous week, Greenan took the Members Prize in the Past Captains and Members Competition to complete a notable double.

Grennan shot 43pts over the Green course to win by one point from David Smyth (12) with Newsam Cup panel member Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) taking third on 41pts on countback after a super 22pts down the back nine.

The confidence from last week’s victory was oozing out of Grennan as he amassed 10 points from the opening three holes after two pars and a birdie three at the fourth. A dropped shot at the par five sixth was quickly rescued at the seventh which he parred for three points and a birdie two at the ninth yielded another three points as he turned for home with 23pts.

Although he dropped a shot at the index two 11th, Grennan managed to pick up three points at the 12th, 16th and 18th for a total of 43pts and it was that par at the last that edged him past Smyth and a second successive victory.

Two handicapper Eddie Rogers showed all his class in returning an impressive 41pts to take Category 1 while Michael Gallagher (10) was the Category 2 winner and Gavin McDonnell (20) claimed Category 3.

Sunday was also an opportunity for the club’s past captains to come together for their annual competition and dinner and it was Gerry O’Keefe (13) who took their prize with a score of 42pts which was two better than Sean Hession (8).

Sunday, September 25 – Past Captains and Members Competition – Past Captains Prize: Gerry O’Keefe (13) 42pts, Sean Hession (8) 40/20pts. Members Prize: Barry Grennan (11) 43pts, David Smyth (12) 42pts, Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) 41/22pts. Category 1 (0-12): Eddie Rogers (2) 41pts, Barry Cunningham (10) 39/21pts. Category 2 (13-17): Michael Gallagher (13) 40/19pts, Michael Stewart (13) 40pts. Category 3 (18-28): Gavin McDonnell (20) 41pts, Sean Gallagher (24)  40pts. CSS: 71 (37pts).

Grennan hangs on to claim Jubilee Cup

For the second week in a row a member of the Tournament Committee took top prize in the Sunday competition as Barry Grennan captured the Jubilee Cup with a two-under par score of 70.

He had to rely on countback to see off Paul O’Callaghan, who was second, with newly crowned Golfer of the Year Frank Byrne (9) and Stephen Haughey (16) also shooting 70. Byrne took the Category 1 prize while Haughey won Category 2 and Derek Teather (17) was the Category 3 winner.

Grennan, playing off 11, got off to the best possible start with a birdie three on the first hole which he followed with a par four at the second to stand on three under after two. He dropped a shot at the third but a par at the par three fifth got him back to three under. However, dropped shots at the two par fives on the front nine brought him back to one under and another dropped shot at the par five 10th saw him slip to level par.

But a par four at the index two 11th followed by a birdie four at the par five 12th reignited his round and got him back to three under and although he dropped a shot at the par three 17th he managed to hang on for overall victory as teenager Josh Mackin (3) took the Gross Prize with a 74.

Sunday, September 18 – Jubilee Cup – Overall: Barry Grennan (11) 70/34.5, Paul O’Callaghan (10) 70/35. Gross Prize: Josh Mackin (3) 74. Category 1 (0-12): Frank Byrne (9) 70. Category 2 (13-16): Stephen Haughey (16) 70. Category 3: (17-28) Derek Teather (17) 71. CSS: 73.

Davis wins Arkew Cup in style

Honorary Secretary Pat Davis was an emphatic winner of the Arkew Cup on Sunday when he produced his best round of the year to shoot an eight under 64 and win by four shots from John Paul Casey (17).

The 17 handicapper’s round included three birdies, six pars and seven bogeys as well as a double bogey and a triple bogey.

The double bogey came on the opening hole but Davis showed tremendous character to immediately bounce back at the next with a birdie three and pars at the fourth and fifth left him three under after five. A par four at the eighth and a birdie two at the ninth brought him to six under at the turn and further pars at the 10th and 12th left him eight under standing on the 15th tee.

A gross score in the 70s was definitely looming on the horizon at this stage but a horrible triple bogey seventh at the 15th threaten to derail Davis’s march to victory. However, he regrouped and he got the dropped shots back when he holed for a birdie two at the 17th to get back to eight under.

Shane Hession (6) took the gross prize with a 77 while his father, Sean (9) took the Category 1 prize with the other category winners being Seamus Bailey (13) and Patrick McCormack (22). Adam Lennon (21) took the Juvenile Prize with a 70.

The Arkew Cup was the final Golfer of the Year competition and congratulation are extended to Frank Byrne who emerged as the overall winner.

For the second successive week Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition was won by a visitor with Greenore’s Adam McDonnell (5) taking the honours on countback from 2016 Captain’s Prize winner David Murden (10) after both shot excellent scores of 42pts. Murden had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize with Ashfield’s Damien Ross (15) and Dundalk Club President Tom Geary (21) winning the other two category prizes.

The final preparations are underway for the ILGU Finals beginning on September 20. The time tables for ball spotters, car park attendants and score recorders are at the bar.  If you have time to spare on any of the days we would very much appreciate it.

Sunday, September 11 – Arkew Cup – Overall: Patrick Davis (17) 64, John Paul Casey (17) 68. Gross: Shane Hession (6)  77. Category 1 (0-12): Sean Hession (9) 70, E J Hanratty (9) 71/35.5. Category 2 (13-17): Seamus Bailey (13) 70/32.5, Danny Gallagher (14) 70. Category 3 (18+): Patrick McCormack (22) 70, Tom Lanigan (21) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (21) 70. CSS: 73.

 

Rafferty retains Club Championship

Caolan Rafferty (+3) retained the Club Champio

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

nship on Saturday when a second round of level par was enough to hold off the chasing field.

Rafferty had held a four shot lead after Round 1 and the only player to challenge him was his fellow plus handicapper Aaron Grant (+2) who shot a one under par 71 for an overall score of level par. But Rafferty kept his composure all through the final round as he shot a level par 72 to finish on three under for the championship.

The gross prizes were won by Robert White (1) and Conor Curran (3) while Terry Conlon (6) and Eoin Murphy (3) took the nett prizes.

Club Championship – Overall: 141 – Caolan Rafferty (+3) 69/72. 144 –  Aaron Grant (+2) 73/71. Round 1 (Sept 4) – Gross: Robert White (1) 73/34. Nett: Terry Conlon (6) 68. Round 2 (Sept 11) – Gross: Connor Curran (3) 73/35. Nett: Eoin Murphy (3) 70. CSS: 73.

 

 

Dundalk win Newsam Cup

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

 

Dundalk Golf Club ended an eight year wait when they captured the Newsam Cup for the first time since 2008 on Saturday.

Dundalk’s first three pairings took just 15 holes each to take out Knightsbrook’s top order in one of the most comprehensive displays ever seen in the 39 year history of the tournament.

Royal Tara, who organise this annual inter-club foursomes matchplay tournament for golfers with a handicap of 17 or higher, hosted the final after the 18 invitees from four counties were narrowed to the final two over the course of the summer.

Knightsbrook made the short trip from Trim to Tara looking to win their first men’s inter-club tournament and travelled with confidence as their opening two pairings hadn’t lost a match en route to the final while the third pairing had only tasted defeated once.

But Dundalk were battle hardened after knocking out 2015 winner Headfort and also seeing off Greenore and Townley Hall on their path to the final and managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan left no stone unturned in their attention to detail and the manner in which they prepared their team.

Solid drives on the first tee from all five Dundalk pairings augured well for what was to follow and so it turned out to be as Dundalk quickly grabbed control of the tie and never relinquished their firm grip as they plotted their way through the tight opening nine before unleashing their obvious power off the tee on the more open back nine.

In the top match Bobby McCarthy and Hugh Reilly were all square after six against David Maguire and Alan Codd but edged into a two hole lead after ten holes and then extended their lead to three before closing out the match on the 15th for a 4 & 3 win and Dundalk’s first point on the board.

Behind them, brothers David and Kenneth Cairns came out of the traps like a bullet and won the first four holes against Brian O’Neill and Eamon O’Brien to open up a four hole lead which wasn’t threatened and they also closed it out on 15 where they won the hole to record a 5&3 victory.

The third match saw Adrian Kenny and Kenneth Carthy take on Billy Tyndall and Rodney Trenwith and the Dundalk pair were two up after five and won the sixth to go three up. They were two up after nine but won two of the next four holes and were dormie four standing on the 15th tee. Like the duo before them they finished the job in style by winning the 15th for a 5 & 3 win and the winning point as Dundalk recorded a 3-0 win.

The other two matches out on the course were called in at that stage with veteran campaigners Jim Gollogley and Sean O’Sullivan involved in a match that seemed destined to go all the way to 18 while the anchor men, Eamonn McEneaney and Nigel Giff, were totally in control of their match when it was called in.

For team managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan it was the culmination of three years of hard work but they were quick to pay tribute to the15 strong squad that had seen Dundalk through the competition.

“It was a great team effort,” said McCaughey. “The boys worked very hard all year and everybody in the squad played their part. There was a great team spirit and you could see the confidence they possessed when they stepped onto the first tee. They beat a very good team in the final and the win is a great boost for the club.”

The Dundalk 2016 Newsam Cup panel was: Nigel Giff, Eamonn McEneaney, Adrian Kenny, Kevin Carthy, Sean Quigley, Brian Crombie, Bobby McCarthy, Hugh Reilly, Jim Gollogley, Sean O’Sullivan, David Cairns, Kenneth Cairns, Martin Cairns, Benny O’Shaughnessy and Caoimhin O’Callaghan.

 

PHOTO: Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan hold aloft the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Young talent to the fore in Adult and Juvenile competition

The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm on Saturday for the annual Adult and Juvenile competition sponsored by club caterer Declan Rafferty.

A total of 56 pairs played Scotch Foursomes over either 18 or nine holes, depending the category of the younger player, and the scoring showed that there is plenty of talent coming through the juvenile ranks.

One of those players to watch out for in the coming years is Oisin Conroy (12) who partnered Nora Byrne (24) to win Cateogry 1 with an excellent score of 65.

Another is Áine Greenan (26) who joined up with Paul Campbell (12) to take Category 2 with a one under par 71 while Ferghal Duffy (16) and Barra Duffy (36) won Category 3 with a 63 and Category 4 saw Joe Durnin (17) and Emma Durnin (36) come out on top with a fabulous nett score of 58½.

The final two categories were played over nine holes with Category5 won by John Mulligan (10) and Oran Mulligan (40) with a score of 30½ while Des Malone (24) and Sarah Coan (40) took Category 6 with a 43.

Saturday, September 3 – Adult & Juvenile Scotch Foursomes Sponsored by Declan Rafferty –

Category 1 (Adult and 18 Hole Boy): Nora Byrne (24) & Oisin Conroy (12) 65, Pat Dunne (19) & Tom Dunne (17) 66, Danny Gallagher (14) & Iarlaith Carroll (20) 68.

Category 2 (Adult and 18 Hole Girl): Pauline Campbell (12) & Áine Grennan (26) 71, Fionnuala Dullaghan (16) & Eve Rowland (16) 74, Jean Connolly (20) & Jane Connolly (22) 79.

Category 3 (Adult and 9 Hole Boy): Fearghal Duffy (16) & Barra Duffy (36) 63, Barry Cunningham (10) & Fionn Cunningham (28) 65, David Brennan (14) & Louis Goodman (32) 66.

Category 4 (Adult and 9 Hole Girl): Joe Durnin (17) & Emma Durnin (36) 58½, Marie Strain (14) & Anna Rowland (36) 67, Jim Rowland (11) & Katie Rowland (36) 76.

Category 5: (Adult and 4 Hole Boy): John Mulligan (10) & Oran Mulligan (40) 30½.

Category 6 (Adult and 4 Hole Girl): Des Malone (24) & Sarah Coan (40) 43.

Purcell takes President’s Prize

Presidents Prize 2016

Prizewinner Graham Purcell is presented with his prize by President Tom Geary.

Graham Purcell was a clear winner of Tom Geary’s President’s Prize on a perfect day for golf last Sunday.

The 21 handicapper had three shots to spare over Conall Murdock (9) and those two along with Gross Prize winner Aaron Grant were the only players in the 187 strong field to break 70.

Purcell got off to a great start with pars at the first and second and went to four under when he birdied the par five sixth for a nett eagle. He matched that on the next hole, the index three seventh, where he had two shots and walked off with a par for a nett three. A par four at the eighth meant he stood on the ninth tee standing at seven under and at the stage the tournament was very much his to lose.

 A few minutes later he was walking to the 10th tee having dropped two shotsafter running up a triple bogey six and turned in five under but he showed great composure to bounce back immediately with a birdie four at the 10th for yet another nett eagle.

Purcell moved to eight under when he parred the 14th but he handed two shots backs immediately with a triple bogey seven at the par four 15th. However, he kept his head over the final three holes, two of which were playing into the wind, and even managed a par at the short 17th to get to seven under and a nett score of 65.

That left him three ahead of Murdock and Aaron Grant (+1) but the latter’s 67 was enough to comfortably win the Gross Prize. Grant only dropped only one shot in a near flawless round which included birdies at all four par fives as well as the par four 14th and 18th.

Category winners were Barry Grennan, Paschal Keenan and Oliver McGinnity while Larry Hanratty (24) took the Veterans Prize with a 70.

Sunday, August 28 – President Tom Geary’s Prize – Overall: Graham Purcell (21) 65, Conall Murdock (9) 68. Gross: Aaron Grant (+1) 67. Veteran: Larry Hanratty (24) 70. Category 1 (0-12): Barry Grennan (11) 70/33.5, Robert White (2) 70/35/21.3. Category 2 (13-17): Paschal Keenan (15) 70/35.5. Michael Hamilton (16) 71/34. Category 3: (18+): Oliver McGinnity (21) 73/31.5, John O’Connor (19) 73/36.5/22.67. CSS: 73.

Birdies do the trick for Cumiskey

Three birdies on the back nine which yielded 11 points helped Mark Cumiskey take Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

The 10 handicapper scored an amazing 25pts on the homeward nine to return an overall total of 45pts and he won by three points from Michael Gill (8) who edged out early clubhouse leader Michaerl Begley (20) for third place.

Cumiskey went through the front nine in 19pts as he picked up three points at the first, second and but dropped shots at the fourth and eighth. A two point par at the 10th and a three point par the index two 11th yielded five points from the first two holes of the back nine and Cumiskey then picked up four more points after birdieing the par five 12th. The next five holes yielded 13 polnts from a birdie and four pars before the third birdie of his round arrived on the par four last.

He covered the 18 holes in 73 gross and that was enough to take him past Begley who had held the clubhouse lead from early morning after a steady round of 42pts and he will rue a blank at 16 when he airmailed the green with his approach shot and ended up in the forest at the back.

Begley had to settle for the Category Three prize after he was pipped for second overall on countback by Michael Gill who also finished on 42pts. The other Category winners were Alan Hurley (5) and Gareth Halpin (17) while Leinster Boys U16 Champion Josh Mackin (3) took the gross prize with 38pts..

Sunday, August 14 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Mark Cumiskey (10) 45pts, Michael Gill (8) 42pts. Gross: Josh Mackin (3) 38pts. Category 1 (0-12): Alan Hurley (5) 40/20pts, Niall McCaul (8) 40pts. Category 2 (13-17): Gareth Halpin (17) 40/24pts, Brian Gaughran (14) 40/21pts. Category 3 (18-28): Michael Begley (20) 42pts, Larry Hanratty (22) 40/23pts. CSS: 71.