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)

Sheridan wins Cochrane Cup

Eddie Sheridan (13) produced perfect golf to match the perfect weather on Sunday when he shot a seven-under par 65 to take the Cochrane Cup by three shots from Donal Sheridan (9).

Three birdies on the back nine proved to be the difference as Eddie birdied 10, 12 and 18 to come home in 32 nett despite dropping shots at the 15th and 17th. His round also included seven pars give five of them coming on an error free front nine which he went round in 33 nett.

Donal Sheridan managed two back to back birdies in his round at the 13th and 14th and he also rolled in ten pars on his way to a nett 68 but his hopes of victory were thwarted by dropped shots at the third, 10th and 18th. Those birdies proved crucial when the countback went to the final six holes as he pipped Ciaran Sheridan (5) for second overall.

Ciaran Sheridan had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize with Noel Reidy (12) and Peter McCaughey (18) the other category winners.

May 29 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Edmund Sheridan (13) 65, Donal Sheridan (9) 68/32.5/19. Gross: Robert White (2) 73/34. Category 1 (0-11) Ciaran Sheridan (5) 68, Gerry Murray (9) 70/32.5. Category 2 (12-15): Noel Reidy (12) 69, Michael Gallagher (15) 71. Category 3 (16+): Peter  McCaughey (18) 69. Graham Purcell (21) 71. Juvenile: Thomas O Connell (14) 69. CSS: 72

Back nine delivers PGA Tankard for Lynch

The PGA Tankard on Sunday was won by Ken Lynch (12) who produced a spectacular back nine to edge out Aaron Waite (16) on countback after both had returned scores of 42pts.

Lynch had turned for home on 17pts after blanking the sixth and having three pointers at the second and fifth cancelled out by one pointers at the third and fourth. He got the back nine off to a steady start with two points on the 10th before exploding into life by taking 13pts from the next four holes which included a birdie four for four points at the par five 12th. He picked up another three points at the 16th and 18th for a back nine of 25 points which is the equivalent of seven under par.

Junior Scratch Cup winner Josh Macken has had some week as he also won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a score of 41pts which was enough to see him drop a shot in handicap while on Sunday he shot 40pts on his way to winning Category 1 in the PGA Tankard. Apart from Mackin, the other category winners were David Murden (13) and Stephen Haughey (17).

Sunday, May 15 – PGA Tankard – Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts, Aaron Waite (16) 42pts. Category 1: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts, Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 40pts, Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts. Category 3: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts, Paul Lynch (22)       39/22pts. CSS: 71.

Mackin wins DAR Golf Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

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Josh Mackin receiving the DAR Junior Scratch Cup from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Junior Sratch 2016 - Mark Gorham

Junior Scratch Cup – Second Place – Mark Gotham receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – Third Place – Shane Hession receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – 1st Round – Best Nett – Ryan McDonnell receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Fourteen year old Josh Mackin captured the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup over 36 holes on Saturday to record one of the biggest wins of his fledging career.

The four handicapper, who was a member of Dundalk’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team last year, shot rounds of 78 and 74 for a two round total of 152 and a three shot win over clubmates Mark Gorham (4) and Shane Hession (6). There was some consolation for third place Hession as he aced the par-three fifth during the competition.

Macken had a jittery start as bogeys at the first and fourth and a double bogey at the sixth left him four over after six holes but he steadied the ship and had only two further bogeys over the remaining 12 holes for a six over par 78.

That left him in a strong position entering the second round and he took full advantage as went through the first nine holes in three less shots than he did in the morning with a birdie at the sixth taking some of the sting out of bogeys at the fourth and eighth.

Another birdie followed at the par five 10th and although he gave it away with a bogey at the short par four 14th he kept reeling off the pars and a bogey on his final hole didn’t do any damage when the scores were totted up.

Gorham took second place thanks to a second round 76 after both himself and Hession finished on 155 while another Dundalk youngster, Padraig Fallon (9), took the Overall Nett Prize with a score of 140 and Rian McDonnell (9) claimed the First Round Nett Prize with a 72.

Saturday, May 15 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by DAR Golf – Josh Mackin (4) (Dundalk) 152, Mark Gorham (4) (Dundalk) 155/76, Shane Hession (6) (Dundalk) 155. Nett: Padraig Fallon (9) (Dundalk) 140. First Round Gross: James McCulla (5) (Kilkeel) 77. First Round Nett: Rian McDonnell (9) (Dundalk) 72. Second Round Gross: Gary Currie (6) (Fortwilliam) 76/36. First Round Nett: Jonathon Mallon (8) (Warrenpoint) 71/36. CSS (Round 1): 73 (Home), 75 (Away). CSS (Round 2): 72 (Home), 74 (Away).


Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

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This Saturday sees the staging of the Junior Scratch Cup in Dundalk Golf Club sponsored by DAR Golf Contruction Ltd.

The 36 hole competitioDAR Construction logon for those with handicaps between 5 and 9 will be played over the remodelled course which has seen extensive work carried out over the past 18 months, with new bunkering on all greens and new fairway bunkering on the front nine.

Further works to the back nine is expected to take place during the  coming winter.

The redesigned course by Ken Kearney has been widely acclaimed by all those who have played the course including 2016 Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup winner Caolan Rafferty.

‘The changes that Ken Kearney has made to the course in Dundalk Golf Club are in my opinion brilliant’, said Rafferty who won the Senior Scratch Cup played in April having finished runner up in the two previous years.

‘The change with the greenside bunkers last year made a big difference and already this year the fairway bunkers have helped to toughen up the course again. This has proven already this year with the scores that are being shot, such as in the Senior Scratch Cup where only a handful of scores were under par and the standard scratch changing from level to +1’.

‘The new bunkers on 2, 4, 6 and 18 are the real stand out changes. These changes make it a lot more difficult off the tee as you are no longer able to just stand up and blast driver. A lot more thought is needed when playing the course now and I don’t think it is just aimed at the longer hitters’.

‘All the changes affect every standard of golfer and that in my opinion makes the changes even better.’

‘I also think that Damien English and the green staff deserve a lot of praise along with DAR Golf for the work they have put in over the winter. The bunkers have set in and look like they have been there a lot longer then they have been which shows the quality of the work which they have done.

Endorsing the sentiments of Caolan Rafferty is Conor McCaughey, Course Chairman who said, ‘Having worked with DAR Golf in the past we had no hesitation in accepting their tender for the major construction work needed to re-model our golf course in line with golf course architect Ken Kearney’s recommendations’.

‘We were not disappointed with the quality of work, the respect with which the workforce had for the golf course, the attention to detail and deadlines and finally the finished product.

We are delighted that DAR Golf continue to be our partners and look forward to a continued fruitful association with them’.

Anyone wishing the play this Saturday’s Junior Scratch Cup should contact Leslie in the Pro Shop as soon as possible as the timesheet is filling rapidly.

Our May open week commences on Monday next, May 16th with competitions right through to Sunday May 22nd. Please refer to the online BRS tee booking system for details.




Senior Mixed Team advance

The Senior Mixed Team are through to the next round of the All-Ireland Senior Mixed Foursomes competition after a 3-2 win over Greenore.

With three of the matches away it was imperative that Dundalk won the two ties at home and Clem Walsh and Olive Jones certainly did that with an impressive 5&4 win while Neal MacKell and Mary Hession made it a clean sweep with a 3&2 victory.

Out on the Cooley peninsula, Mickey Coburn and Anne McArdle were unlucky to lose on the 17th for a 2&1 defeat while Billy Cairns and Brid Rocks came up against stiff opposition in a match that finished on the 13th.

However, Ricky Newell and Anne Murray ensured Dundalk’s place in the third round with an fine 2&1 victory and the team now await the winners of the tie between Ashbourne and Killeen Castle.

The Senior Mixed Team’s victory was the bright spot on an otherwise disappointing weekend as the North Leinster Mixed Foursomes Team was beaten 4-1 by Co Meath with Tommy and Briege Renaghan up in the final match when it was called in while the Provincial Towns Cup team lost to Ardee in their First Round tie.


McCaughey lifts Paddy Markey Cup

Gregory McCaughey (10) got his summer off to a winning start with a one shot victory in the Paddy Markey Cup on Sunday with Michael Stewart (14) taking the Veteran’s Prize.

McCaughey shot a four under par 68 to edge out four handicapper Mark Gorham who shot a 69.

Eddie Rogers, after a good showing in the Senior Scratch Cup last weekend, won the Gross Prize with a two over par 74 while the category prizes went to Christy Ward (12), Tom Clarke (15) and Kevin Redmond (20).

The Paddy Markey Cup competition also includes a much sought after Veteran’s Prize and it took three countbacks before Michael Stewart and Leslie Toal were separated. Both these 14 handicappers shot 72s and were only separated when the countback went to the last three holes played after they finished equal on the back nine and back six.

The day was marked with a hole in one at the ninth where Ciaran Sheridan aced his tee-shot.

Sunday, May 1 – Paddy Markey Cup/Veterans Prize – Gregory McCaughey (10) 68, Mark Gorham (4) 69. Gross Prize: Edward Rogers 74. Veterans Prize: Michael Stewart (14) 72/36/23.5/11.7, Leslie Toal (14) 72. Category 1 (0-12): Christy Ward (12) 70. Category 2 (13-16): Tom Clarke (15) 72. Category 3 (17+): Kevin Redmond (20) 70. CSS: 72.