New members welcomed

A large gathering from the 60 new members of Dundalk Golf Club were warmly welcomed by Captain Brendan and Lady Captain MaryLou at a New Members Night recently.
They enjoyed a drink and light refreshments with Presidents Tom Clarke and Mary Murray, the Captains and Club Professional Leslie Walker along with members of Council and Ladies’ and Men’s committees.
Captain Brendan outlined some of major works going on at the moment, with particular investment in a bunkering programme. This should be completed by by late spring, giving members and visitors a top-class golfing experience at Dundalk Golf Club.
Lady Captain Marylou gave a short history of the club and invited all new members to become fully involved in their new club. Club Pro Leslie outlined his role and told the new members he was always on hand with advice and help when needed.
Members both old and new then mingled and chatted and the evening was enjoyed by all.
Captains Brendan and MaryLou are looking forward to getting the playing season off to a great start at their Drive-In this Sunday and they wished all members great golfing and a good year all round, both on the course and in the clubhouse for 2015.

New members of Dundalk Golf Club with seated Vice Captain Maurice Soraghan, Lady Vice Captain Jean Connolly, Captain Brendan Keane & Lady Captain MaryLou Grennan,  Lady President Mary Murray & President Tom Clarke.

New members of Dundalk Golf Club with seated Vice Captain Maurice Soraghan, Lady Vice Captain Jean Connolly, Captain Brendan Keane & Lady Captain MaryLou Grennan, Lady President Mary Murray & President Tom Clarke.

Captains Brendan & MaryLou with John & Teresa O'Mahony at the new members evening.

Captains Brendan & MaryLou with John & Teresa O’Mahony at the new members evening.

Teresa Giff, Anne King, Catherine Mullins & Bernie Kearney at the new members night in Dundalk Golf Club.

Teresa Giff, Anne King, Catherine Mullins & Bernie Kearney at the new members night in Dundalk Golf Club.

Siobhan Keane, Fiona McLoughlin & Geraldine Gorham enjoying the new members night at Dundalk Golf Club.

Siobhan Keane, Fiona McLoughlin & Geraldine Gorham enjoying the new members night at Dundalk Golf Club.

President Tom Clarke and Captain Brendan welcome Diarmuid Dullaghan to Dundalk Golf Club.

President Tom Clarke and Captain Brendan welcome Diarmuid Dullaghan to Dundalk Golf Club.

President Tom Clarke welcomes new member Dermot McKenna to Dundalk Golf Club. Captain Brendan with new member Danny Miele. IMG_3053

Bar Managers David & Lisa looking after everyone at the new members night in Dundalk golf club.

Bar Managers David & Lisa looking after everyone at the new members night in Dundalk golf club.

Lady Vice Captain Jean Connolly with Bríd Rocks.

Committee member Alison Quigley welcomes new members Nuala Henry, Oonagh Quinn & Mary

Committee member Alison Quigley welcomes new members Nuala Henry, Oonagh Quinn & Mary

Captain Brendan with his wife Siobhan who joined Dundalk Golf Club recently.

Local Rule: Ground Under Repair Play Prohibited

All new greenside bunkers, associated areas of work and surrounding newly sodded areas are deemed as ground under repair from which play is prohibited.

If a player’s ball lies in the area, or if it interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief at the designated drop zone assigned to the hole. (33-8/26)

Exception: On the Putting green, Rule 25/1 may apply If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift and place it without penalty, at the nearest point of relief that is not in a hazard or, if complete relief is impossible, at the nearest position to where it lay that affords maximum available relief from the condition, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard. The nearest point of relief or maximum available relief may be off the putting green

 

Team Thailand win Winter League

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After a dramatic day of golf Team Thailand emerged as winners of the lowcostholidays.ie Men’s Winter League with a narrow win over Team Caribbean.

The teams finished tied 4-4 after the eight single stableford matchplay matches but Thailand, captained by Liam Mernagh, emerged victorious over Michael Coburn’s Caribbean side when each team’s total points for the day were calculated. Thailand won by a mere four points 220-216 to take the title in a dramatic finish.

Thailand were out of the traps fast with Brian Renaghan, Gerry Murray, Liam Mernagh and Tommy Renaghan winning the first four matches to leave them one win from overall victory. But the Caribbean’s high handicappers struck back as Vincent Murphy, Tom Clarke, George Rogers and Brendan Cleary all won to force that 4-4 tie and have the title decided by the overall points total.

There was double celebration for Thailand captain Mernagh as his individual score of 35pts was also good enough to win the individual single stableford competition after he finished one point ahead of the in-form Sean Hession with Sean Ward third on 33pts thanks to countback.

Eleven handicapper Mernagh’s round included a four pointer at the Index 1 par four fourth which was an excellence bounce back after a six at the par-four third had only yielded one point. Mernagh also rattled in five three-pointers and had two-pointers at the other seven holes.

Sean Hession also found a birdie for four points at the par-five 12th but could only find four three-pointers to miss out on top prize by the narrowest of margins while Sean Ward had five three-pointers, eight two-pointers and a one-pointer at the par-five sixth.

Dundalk Golf Club and the Tournament Committee would like to thank Clem Walshe and lowcostholidays for their kind sponsorship of the Winter League.

Results
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lowcostholidays.ie Men’s Winter League Matchplay Final: Thailand 4 Caribbean 4. (Brian Renaghan bt Peter Rogers, Gerry Murray bt Michael Coburn, Liam Mernagh bt David Murden, Tommy Renaghan bt Gerry Clarke, Laurence Soraghan lost to Vincent Murphy, Peter McCaughey lost to Tom Clarke, Sean Quigley lost to George Rogers, John McLaughlin lost to Brendan Cleary). Thailand won on Team Stableford score 220-216.
 

Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition

1st: Liam Mernagh (11) 35pts

2nd: Sean Hession (10) 34pts

3rd: Sean Ward (15) 33/19pts

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Newsam Cup and Leinster Fourball teams

If eligible, are you interested in participating in either or both the Leinster Fourball or Newsam Cup this year?

If so, please either enter your details on the sheet in the Gents locker room or email either of the selectors before the 28th Feb 2015.

We have a large number of Members that are eligible for these Teams and we will endeavour to create some level of participation for all that are interested. An information meeting for all will be held early in March to get this years campaign underway.

Qualification Criteria:

Leinster Fourball – You must be at least 35 with a H/cap of 18 on 1st Jan 2015 and have played in at least 4 qualifying competitions during 2014.

Newsam Cup – You must be at least 30 with a H/cap of 17 on 1st Jan 2015

Brendan Cleary and Paschal Keenan have kindly agreed to assist us with the organising for both tournaments and we would like to thank them in advance for their commitment which will help greatly in our approach to the competitions.

We look forward to the start of a great season for all of us.

The Selectors.

Eddie Sheridan   (m) 087 227 1154 (e) edsheridan@hotmail.com

Peter McCaughey   (m) 086 241 1542 (e) peter@ijm.ie

Juvenile Golf

Juvenile Golf quiz and putting competition in clubhouse next Wednesday, February 18th from 6pm to 8pm. €2.

Fun and prizes come along. Everyone bring your putter.

Captain’s Drive In

Timesheets are now open in the bar for the upcoming Captains’ Drive in on Sunday February 22nd.

There is a 4 man 14-hole scramble from 9.30am followed by a Mixed Scotch Foursomes at 1.30pm

Both shotgun starts.

Course work

Captains and Council very much appreciate members continued patience as the work on the course progresses.

The roped off new bunkers are out of play and newly surfaced ground is to be voided at all times.

The next phase of work involves the laying of new turf. It is essential that these areas are not walked on as an imprint will take up to a year to repair.

Ball retrievers must be used to collect golf balls that lie in the new bunkers. Please, under no circumstance enter these areas on foot. This is in order to protect the newly prepared bunkers and surrounding areas.

Your support during this time is required to assure the long-term success of the project.

Regards,

Captains and Council

Final Sunday of Lowcostholidays League

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This Sunday brings us to the conclusion of the league stage of the lowcostholidays team competition. After Sunday’s competition we will know the two teams going forward to compete in the final, scheduled for 15/02/2015. There are still a number of teams in the running.

There will be 3 Category prizes for non qualifiers, 1st Individual in each category. This is the highest number of individual points scored over the 5 weeks of the league. (Finalists are not eligible for these prizes). The category standings are shown below, its very tight so its all to play for on Sunday.

We have set up the time sheet (15/02/2015) to facilitate four persons per slot. Please book your time slot as normal. We have reserved time slots for the Match Play Final competition and we will populate the slots accordingly.

Cat 1

COBURN, MICHAEL         130

SORAGHAN, MAURICE  129

HESSION, SEAN 129

McCAUGHEY, CONNOR 127

HANRATTY, E J   125

KEENAN, STEPHEN          124

MERNAGH, LIAM             123

MULLOOLY, NEIL              122

ROGERS, PETER 120

ROCKS, EDDIE    120

SHAW, AUSTIN 119

 

Cat 2

CLARKE, TOM    129

SORAGHAN, LAURENCE                125

STEWART, M      123

WARD, SEAN      123

MERNAGH, BRIAN           123

SHERIDAN, E      122

RENAGHAN, TOMMY     122

KELLY, MICHAEL                121

McKENNA, FERGAL         121

DUFFY, P              120

CURRAN, PAT    118

BYRNE, MARTIN               118

WARD, D              115

 

Cat 3

QUIGLEY, SEAN 129

McCANN, JOHN                127

McDONNELL, PADRAIG 127

WARD, BRIAN    126

HAMILTON, M   123

GARVEY, COLM 123

ROGERS, G          121

McGEADY, JOHN              121

McLaughlin, John             118

BOLAND, PATRICK           114

 

Entries invited for the lowcostholidays.ie Men’s Winter League

Entries for the new lowcostholidays.ie Men’s Winter League are now being invited. Entry sheets are located in the Bar and Pro Shop and the closing date for entries is December 31.

The Tournament Committee are proposing to run the Team League in conjunction with the scheduled Sunday Single Stableford competitions over the period from January 11 to February 15.

The normal entry fee will apply and there will be no extra charge for this league but participants will need to take part in the Sunday competition to be eligible.

It is hoped that as many full members as possible will enter the league but those entering should ensure that they will be available most Sundays in order to give their team every possible chance of winning. Not all cards will count each Sunday allowing for unforeseen absence. The League is an optional choice and does not restrict members from playing normal Sunday competition.

The number of teams and their sizes will be determined once the entries have been received and the teams will be drawn by the Tournament Committee to ensure there is a fair spread of playing handicaps.

The top two teams will play-off for the League title in a matchplay final on Sunday, February 15.

This is a fun event to start 2015 and it is hoped as many full members as possible will enter.

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Two Men’s competitions this weekend

Men’s Club Members get two chances to win a Halloween Hamper this weekend as there are competitions on both Saturday and Sunday (October 18 & 19).

Competitors are welcome and encouraged to enter both competitions and entries are now being accepted on the BRS system. To book please click here