First major as teenager Laverty wins Irwin Lockington Salver

Teenager Joseph Laverty landed the first major of his young career when he produced a superb five-under par 67 to take the Irwin Lockington Salver in perfect conditions on Sunday.

Playing alongside seasoned veterans Edward Rogers and Clem Walshe, 14-year-old Laverty played some fine golf from tee to green in compiling a round that included one birdie, 13 pars, three bogeys and a double-bogey six at the short par four 14th.

His birdie came at the par three 13th and the cornerstone of his round was a run of seven consecutive pars from the fourth hole as the nine handicapper signed for 76 gross and a 67 nett.

That was enough to pip Frank Byrne (8) who almost pulled off a memorable weekend double having managed, along with his assistant Larry Soraghan, the club’s All-Ireland Fourball team to the Leinster quarter-finals on Saturday with a great 3-2 win over Headfort.

Byrne shot a four under par 68 and took second overall on countback from Austin Carroll (16). Carroll had the consolation of winning Category 2 with Nicholas McKeown (10) winning Category 1 and Patsy Arrowsmith (17) claiming Category 3. Another of the club’s young tigers, Josh Mackin (1), claimed the Gross Prize with a three-over par 75.

Sunday, June 3 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Joseph Laverty (9) 67, Frank Byrne (8) 68/32. Gross: Josh Mackin (1) 75. Category 1 (0 -11): Nicholas McKeown (10) 71/36, Dillon Greene (5) 71. Category 2 (12-16): Austin Carroll (16) 68, Oliver English (13) 69/29.5. Category 3 (17-28): Patsy Arrowsmith (17) 69, Colm Coburn (19) 70/33.5. CSS: 72.

 

Two more teams into Leinster quarter-finals

It’s been another good week on the team front for Dundalk Golf Club as two teams took big steps towards Leinster pennants at the expense of Headfort Golf Club.

The men’s All-Ireland Fourball Team and the ladies’ Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy team have both reached the Leinster quarter-finals of their respective competitions after tough matches against their opponents from Meath.

The ladies produced a superb performance last Wednesday when they went to Kells and beat the home club 4-1 to advance to a last eight meeting with The Island, who defeated the reigning national and provincial  champions, Royal Tara, 3-2 in their second round tie.

Managed by Mags Coburn and Rita Moriarity, the ladies played some great golf and got on top early on in four of the five matches.

In the top match, Elizabeth McGuinness and Briege Renaghan were three up after four holes and although the Headfort pairing responded down the back nine and closed the gap to one hole with two to play, the Dundalk pairing held on win by one hole.

That match produced the winning point because Maureen Sheridan & Gerardine Blackmore had closed out their match on the 17th for a 2&1 win having got a firm grip on it when they went two up on the 15th.

Mary Hession and Siobhan Duffy put the first Dundalk point on the board with an impressive performance that saw them go five up after eight holes and they eventually ended it on the 15th to record a 4&3 win.

The other pairings of Anne Murray and Mary Dooley, and Theresa Smyth and Oonagh Quinn, were both well in the hunt for victory when their matches were called in.

Having been drawn away to Donabate and Headfort in the opening two rounds, Dundalk will now have home advantage later this month when they face The Island for a place in the Leinster semi-finals.

The men’s All-Ireland Fourball team, under the management of Frank Byrne and Larry Soraghan, beat Headfort 3-2 last Saturday in a contest that saw all five matches decided on the 17th hole.

Play began in the three away matches at Headfort at 9.30am as Dundalk went in search of an away point to ensure the two home matches in Blackrock, which didn’t tee-off until 12.45pm, would determine the overall outcome.

In the top match Eamonn McEneaney and Michael Begley lost 2&1 despite returning a betterball score in excess of 40pts. Having halved seven of the opening nine holes, the pairing turned level and the home side went one up on the 11th when they hit a 200 yard shot to within inches of the hole for a birdie. A controversial ruling on the 15th paved the way for Headfort to go two up on the 15th and they held on to close it out on the 17th.

In the next match Colm Garvey and Davy Cairns got off to a great start and were two up after seven but the Headfort duo came back at them and won five of the next seven holes to take a three hole lead. The Dundalk pairing won the 15th but had to settle for halves on the next two holes as the Meathmen held on for another 2&1 win.

That left Kevin Carthy and Ray Pepper holding Dundalk’s fate in their hands and they were up against Headfort’s strongest pairing who had not been beaten in five years of matchplay and never taken beyond the 15th hole.

However, it was soon obvious that the Meathmen hadn’t met the likes of Carthy and Pepper before as they took the lead on the second when Pepper parred. Headfort came back and were one up after 10 but then Carthy took centre stage and parred the next three holes to move Dundalk in a two hole lead with five to play. Headfort won the 14th but Pepper parred the 15th to restore the two hole advantage and, after halving the 16th, the Dundalk pairing took the 17th with a par from Carthy to record a 3&1 win.

That left Dundalk trailing 2-1 but with the two home matches still to be decided. In the top match match Peter O’Brien and Dermot McKenna found themselves one down immediately after losing the opening hole and then went two down after four before pars at the fifth and sixth brought their match back to all square.

The Dundalk pairing eventually took the lead on the ninth with a birdie and went two up on the tenth with par. Headfort won the 12th but Dundalk took the 13th to restore the two hole advantage. The away team then won the 15th with a par to reduce the deficit to one with three to play but after 16 was halved in fives, Dundalk closed out the match on the 17th when McKenna sank a short putt for the hole and a 2&1 win.

Behind them Adrian Kenny and Gerry McDermott were never behind but they were made to fight all the way by their dogged opponents. The Dundalk duo won the second and third to open a two hole lead but then lost the fifth to a par and the sixth to a birdie as the match returned to all square.

Headfort then missed a glorious opportunity to take the lead on the seventh when they three putted from 15th feet and they were left to rue that miss two holes later when Kenny rolled in a short biride putt after a magnificent seven iron tee shot.

Dundalk moved two holes clear on the 12th when McDermott holed a breaking downhill putt from 30 feet and a par at the next saw them take a three hole lead. Wayward teeshots at the 14th allowed Headfort take the hole and reduce the gap to two but Kenny and McDermott then halved the next three holes to win 2&1 and secure the winning point for Dundalk.

In the Leinster quarter-finals, Dundalk will have home advantage against either Donabate or Malahide.

This weekend will see Dundalk Golf Club host a qualifying round in the AIG Junior Cup with nine clubs, including Dundalk, teeing it up in qualifying on Saturday with the top two qualifiers advancing to the matchplay final on Sunday morning.

Dundalk reach Barton Shield quarter-finals

Barton Shield squad

Dundalk Golf Club have reached the last eight of the Leinster section of the Barton Shield for the second successive year after some superb performances at Balcarrick Golf Club over the weekend.

After qualifying in second place behind Portmarnock on Saturday, Dundalk then beat Greenore and Royal Dublin in Sunday’s matchplay ties to advance to the Leinster Finals which will take place in Mount Wolseley on the weekend of July 20 and 21.

With recently crowned club champion Caolan Rafferty away on international duty in France with Ireland, Dundalk managers Alan McCabe, John Conlon and Fergal Harte looked to Conor Curran to step up to the plate and he didn’t disappoint.

Curran partnered Irish Boys international Eoin Murphy while the experienced Aaron Grant was paired with the club’s other Boys International, Josh Mackin for the foursomes event.

Both pairings shot rounds of 76 as Dundalk finished three shots behind Portmarnock in qualifying but well inside the qualifying mark of 160 from which the field of 25 clubs was whittled down to eight for the matchplay phase where two clubs would qualify for the Leinster finals.

On Sunday morning, Dundalk faced neighbours Greenore and beat them by four holes with Murphy and Curran winning by one hole while Grant and Mackin were 3up when they were called in, having been all square at the turn.

That earned the team an afternoon match against Royal Dublin for a place in Mount Wolseley in July and things didn’t look good in the top match early on as Murphy and Curran found themselves two down but birdies on seven and 11 brought them back to all square.

They went behind again when they lost the 15th but came good in the end by winning the final two holes to win their match 1up.

Grant and Mackin got their noses in front early on by sinking birdie putts to win two of the first three holes and they then won the 10th and the 11th to extend their lead to four holes with seven to play.

They were still four ahead with four to play but then saw their lead halved when Royal Dublin won the 15th and 16th but a half on the 17th ensured a two hole victory as the match was called in once Murphy and Curran had got over the line up ahead.

Next up for Dundalk’s elite squad will be the Senior Cup qualifier on June 23 in Laytown & Bettystown when the format will be five singles matches.

Dundalk’s elite ladies were also in action on the Donabate peninsula on Sunday as they faced a Senior Foursomes qualifier along with 11 other clubs at Donabate Golf Club and were unlucky to encounter the worst of the heavy rain which fell in the Fingal area during the afternoon.

The team of Jennifer Holland, Criona O’Reilly, Jacinta Foran, Elaine Ward, Ann Hopper and Pauline Campbell missed out by two shots on qualifying for the next phase of the competition,

The JB Carr Diamond Trophy Team went down fighting as they tried in vain to overhaul a 0-5 deficit when they faced Greenore in the second leg of the Co Louth on the Cooley Peninsula last Friday. Despite giving from one to three shots to their opponents in each of their matches, the Dundalk pairings were two up in two matches and level in two others when they were called in after Greenore got the point they needed for overall victory with a 3&2 win as they closed out the top match on the 16th hole.

The inter-club competitions continue this week with all eyes on the All-Ireland Fourball team who meet Headfort on Saturday in the last 16 of the Leinster section. Three of the matches are in Kells with the other two in Dundalk.

 

Ladies Senior Foursomes team

 

 

Rafferty best of the Irish in France

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Raffety finished best of the Irish at the French Amateur Championship in Chantilly over the weekend.

Rafferty ended up tied for 16th place on two over par, which was seven shots behind the winner Hubert Tisserand of France.

A disappointing opening round of 74 during which he played well but failed to get any sort of breaks left Rafferty in 61st place on three over and in real danger of missing the cut which was confined to the top 40 players.

However, he rallied brilliantly in Saturday’s second round and jumped 36 places up the leaderboard after a two under par round of 69 which featured four birdies and an eagle three at the par five ninth.

The third and fourth rounds were played on Sunday and after a one over par round of 72 in the morning which left him in 24th place, Rafferty moved up eight places in the afternoon as he birdied two of the final three holes to finish on level par for the round.

The Dundalk player will be action nearer to home this weekend as he tees it up in the East of Ireland at Baltray before heading to Scotland for the St Andrews Trophy.

 

 

Open week a big success

All Ireland Fourball managers Frank Byrne and Larry Soraghan will be well pleased with the results of the final competition of open week when the overall prize was decided on countback between two members of their panel.

Peter O’Brien (15), who has been in tremendous form for the team on their march to the last 16 in Leinster, took the honours after he and Gerry McDermott (17) shot 39pts on a day when a swirling breeze, afternoon rain showers and lightning greens made for testing conditions.

O’Brien shot 22pts on the back nine against McDermott’s 18 with Alan Hurley (5) finishing in third place on 38pts.

Open Week was a great success with large entries in all competitions and the club would thank those businesses who sponsored events for their generous support.

Austin Shaw (9) has been in fine form all year and on Saturday he teamed up with Vincent Conolon (6) to take the Open Fourball with a score of 46pts which was four better than Ciaran Sheridan (5) and Damien English (10).

On Thursday, Shaw had been part of a team that included Jim Caraher (8), Ciaran Rafferty (17) and Greenore’s D McArdle (16) which came second in the Four Man Team event with 89pts, one less than the 90pts put together by Willie McKeever (16), John P Casey (16), John McKeever (12) and Greenore’s M Coburn (18).

Shaw’s third prize of the week came in Monday’s Open Singles Stableford when he shot 36pts to take the Seniors Prize while Ciaran Dunne, another player who has featured a lot among the prizes this year, took the overall victory with 39pts. That was two better than Conor Hackett (12) and George Rogers (19).

Ultan Gaughran (7) won Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with 38pts which was one better than Darren Myles (6) with Neal MacKell (3) following up his Junior Cup win by taking the gross prize with 33pts.

Sunday, May 27 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by Specsavers: Peter O’Brien (15) 39/22pts, Gerry McDermot (17) 39pts, Alan Hurley (5) 38/20. CSS: 36pts.

Sunday, May 27 – Open Scotch Foursomes sponsored by Super Valu Blackrock: Sinead O’Callaghan (32) & Fergus O’Callaghan (12) 65, Mags Coburn (19) & Mickey Coburn (8) 65.50, Eve Rowland (15) & Mark Browne (17) 67.

Saturday, May 26 – Open Fourball sponsored by National Tile: Austin Shaw (9) & Vincent Conlon (6) 46pts, Ciaran Sheridan (5) & Damien English (10) 42/21/14pts, Ciaran Rafferty (17) & Sean Hession (6) 42/21/13/10pts.

Thursday, May 24 – Four Man Team Event sponsored by Flanagan Motors: 90pts – Willie McKeever (16), John P Casey (16) John McKeever (12) & M Coburn 18, Greenore). 89pts – Jim Caraher (8), Ciaran Rafferty (17), D. McArdle (16, Greenore), Austin Shaw (9).

Wednesday, May 23 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by McCaughey Homes – Overall: Ultan Gaughran (7) 38pts. Darren Myles (6) 37pts, Shane O’Keeffe (6) 36pts/20. Gross: Neal MacKell (3) 33pts. Category 1 (0-9): Mark Gorham (4) 35pts/16/11. Category 2 (10-17): Pat Lambe (11) 36pts. Category 3 (18+): Anthony McCrave (22) 36pts. CSS: 73/35pts.

Monday, May 21 -Open Singles Stableford sponsored by The Bayview Bar and Lounge Blackrock – Overall: Ciaran Dunne (13) 39pts. Category 1 (0-13): Conor Hackett (12) 37pts. Category 2 (14-19): George Rogers (19) 37pts. Category 3 (20+): Peter Kenny (23) 36pts. Senior Prize Austin Shaw (9) 36pts. Best Gross: Peter Rogers (1) 34pts. CSS: 72/36pts.

 

Impressive MacKell wins Junior Scratch Cup

Neal MacKell (4) scored the biggest win of his career on Sunday when he won the Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup and now hopes he doesn’t have to defend it.

MacKell, with an exact handicap of 3.5, only just qualified to play in the 36 hole competition where he was the lowest player in the field and his scores of 71 and 76 were enough to see him lose a shot and move into the senior ranks where he hopes to stay for the next few years.

“It is the first trophy I have won so I am absolutely delighted but I hope I won’t be back to defend it next year as I now want to establish myself as a senior player,” said MacKell.

A top quality field of 87 entered this year’s Junior Cup, with 65 per cent of the field coming from 15 other clubs, but it was the home players who dominated the podium with the evergreen Clem Walshe (4) and Shane Hession (5) filling the top three spots.

MacKell got off to the perfect start in his morning round with back to back birdies on the opening holes and stayed at two under until he bogeyed the seventh having got up and down from 80 yards after being in trouble down the left.

Another bogey on the ninth saw him turn level and a birdie at the 10th was followed by a bogey at the 11th. Birdies at the 14th and 15th followed but a three putt at the par three 17th saw him drop a shot and he had to get up and down out of a greenside bunker on the final score before signing for a one under par 71.

That left him one shot ahead of Walshe who had rolled back the years with an excellent round of 72 but his challenge faltered on the opening nine of his second round and he was unable to take advantage as MacKell dropped three shots on his way to the turn.

A birdie at 10 steadied MacKell and although he handed it back at the next hole he did produce back to back birdies at the 14th and 15th and stood at level par on the 18th tee, five shots ahead of Walshe who had finished with a 77 for 149.

A drive down the middle left MacKell 110 yards to the flag but he pulled his gap wedge left and then dumped a flop shot into a bunker on the far side of the green. He splashed out to 10 feet from the sand but then missed his putt and tapped in from a seven.

“I didn’t know how I stood at that point and I really thought I had blown it because I knew Clem wasn’t too far behind. I was very relieved when I found out I’d hung on to win,” said MacKell who signed for a second round score of 76 and a final total of three over par 147.

After opening with a 79, Hession produced an excellent one-under par 71 to finish three shots behind on 150 with Francis Cheny (4) from St Anne’s two shots further back on 152.

It’s been a good week for Hession who won Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition with a fine score of 38pts to edge out Anthony McGuinness (21) on countback.

Sunday, May 20 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup: 147 – Neal MacKell (4) (71/76). 149 – Clem Walshe (4) 149 (72/77). 150 – Shane Hession (5) 150 (79/71). 152 – Francis Cheney (4) (St Anne’s) 152 (78/74). Best Nett: Dean Mulligan (6) (Greenore) 142 (72/70). First 18 Gross: Eoghan McKenna (5) 75. First 18 Nett: Aidan Thornton (8) 72. Second 18 Gross: Declan Hughes (5) (Fort William) 74. Second 18 Nett: Dillon Greene (6) 70. First Round CSS: 74 Home, 75 Away. Second Round CSS: 74 Home, 75 Away.

 

Fred Daly and Challenge Cup teams see runs ended

The Dundalk Ladies Challenge Cup team which was beaten by Royal Tara on Sunday in Black Bush Golf Club. Back row (from left): Mary Dooley, Brid Rocks and Lady Captain Pat Cleary. Front Row (from left): Grainne Mullins, Sally McDonnell, Joan McKenna, Oonagh Quinn, Leone Smyth Bailie.

 

On the team front it has been disappointing week for Dundalk with three defeats although the JB Carr Diamond Trophy team still have a slim chance of advancing when they travel to Greenore on Friday for the second leg of the Louth final.

In last week’s home leg Dundalk lost two matches on the 18th, one at the 16th and the remaining two at the 15th, That leaves then trailing 0-5 but they will give it their all in trying to haul that deficit back. The squad is O Reilly, G Murray, C Monahan, T Reneghan, K Barry, P Donaghy, P Duffy, P Hoey, M Coburn, T Clarke, G Daly, E Sheridan, F Byrne.

The Boys U18 team’s hopes of winning back to back Leinster pennants in the Fred Daly Trophy ended today when they lost 3-2 to The Island.

Ciaran Johnston lost 4&3 while Oisin Conroy was beaten 6&5 in The Island meaning that Dundalk had to win the three home matches to advance.

Josh Mackin put the first Dundalk point on the board in the second match when he closed it out on the 13th for a 6&5 victory having been five up after nine. Ahead of him Eoin Murphy had a battle on his hands but he won the 15th and 16th to take control of his match and eventually took it 2&1.

The bottom match in Dundalk then became the decider and it was eventually decided on the 18th when Sean Lavery lost out to a par after a tremendous battle ith his Dublin opponent.

The Ladies Challenge Cup team bowed out in the third round of this year’s competition when they were beaten on Sunday by Royal Tara in Black Bush.  Managed by Brid Rocks and Mary Dooley, the team was Oonagh Quinn, Grainne Mullins, Leone Smyth Bailie, Sally McDonnell and Joan McKenna with Pat Cleary and Eve Beirne as subs.

The Dundalk Ladies Challenge Cup team which was beaten by Royal Tara on Sunday in Black Bush Golf Club.  Back row (from left): Mary Dooley, Brid Rocks and Lady Captain Pat Cleary. Front Row (from left): Grainne Mullins, Sally McDonnell, Joan McKenna, Oonagh Quinn, Leone Smyth Bailie.

 

Three more teams advance but two bite the dust

It was another good weekend for Dundalk Golf Club on the inter-club front with three teams advancing although it was tinged with disappointment that the Mens’ Pierce Purcell team just missed out on qualifying for the matchplay stages of their qualifier in Balbriggan while the Ladies Junior Foursomes side lost narrowly to Headfort.

There were wins for the Men’s All-Ireland Fourball Team and the Ladies Junior and Minor Cup teams all whom had to come through tough tests.

The All-Ireland Fourball team, managed by Frank Byrne and Larry Soraghan, are into the last 16 of the Leinster section after a super 3.5 to 1.5 win over neighbours Greenore on Saturday.

Dundalk won two of the three matches in Greenore and won the top match in Blackrock with the bottom match all square after 15 when it was called in. Dundalk will now face the winners of Headfort and Skerries in the next round.

As was to be expected any time these two great rivals meet, this was an extremely close tie which was decided on the 19h green at Greenore after the top match finished all squad in dramatic circumstances.

The Dundalk pairing of Eamonn McEneaney and Joe Flanagan held a one hole lead playing the last and when McEneaney sank a 30ft putt for par it looked all over but Greenore holed their 12ft birdie putt to send the match into sudden death. However, the Dundalk pairing came out on top on the first play-off hole when Flanagan sank a 20ft putt for victory.

That gave Dundalk the crucial third point as earlier Colm Garvey and David Cairns had recorded a 3&2 victory after finally getting control of a match that, somewhat like the top match, hadn’t seen either pairing open up more than a one hole lead.

In Dundalk, Peter O’Brien and Dermot McKenna won the first three holes to take control of their match but the Greenore pairing fought back to reduce the deficit to one shot after seven holes. However, the home duo regained control of the match by winning the eighth, 10th and 11th and although they lost the 12th, they won the next two holes to record an impressive 5&4 victory.

Michael Keating and Michael Begley, playing in the third match in Greenore, were level after 10 holes but then got hit by birdie blitz as the Greenore pairing birdied three of the next four holes to go three up and eventually won the point by 4&3.

The final match in Dundalk saw the home pairing of Adrian Kenny and Gerry McDermott come from three down after six holes to lead by one hole after 13 and the match was level standing on the 16th tee box when the pairings were called in.

The Ladies Junior Foursomes team, which is managed by Maria Kerr & Violet McGeady, were beaten 2-1 in the second round on Saturday in Mannan Castle by Headfort despite winning the opening match but there was much better news on Sunday when both the Junior and Minor Cup teams advancing to the next stage of their respective competitions.

The Junior Cup team, under the stewardship of Maeve Ahern & Anne Murray, faced Co Meath in Kilcock and three great wins by Pauline Campbell, Lady Vice-Captain Criona O’Reilly and Elaine Ward secured the victory for Dundalk and a place in the third round of the compeitition.

The Minor Cup team, managed by Jacinta Foran & Elizabeth McGuinness, met Balbriggan the third round at Luttrellstown and the three points needed to advance to the fourth round were duly delivered by Ide McDermott, who won by 3&2, Marie McGuigan, who won 4&3 and Briege Renaghan who also won the 15th,. The other members of the team were Geraldine Blackmore and Bernie Prendergast.

The Men’s Pierce Purcell team, managed by Seamus Bailey & Billy Cairns, finished seventh in qualifying at Balbriggan with the cumulative score of xx by the five scotch foursomes pairings just five shots short of the total needed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Dundalk’s defence of their Fred Daly Trophy Leinster title continues next Sunday when the Boys U18 squad face The Island with three match in Dundalk and two in The Island from 4.30pm.

The first leg of the JB Carr Diamond Trophy second round tie against Greenore will be played on Thursday next, May 17, with the second leg in Greenore on May 25.

Dundalk Golf Club’s Ladies Minor Cup team which defeated Balbriggan on Sunday in Luttrellstown. From left: Elizabeth McGuinness (Team Manager), Geraldine Blackmore, Marie McGuigan, Ide McDermott, Briege Renaghan, Bernie Prendergast.

 

Another win for Sexton as he takes PGA Tankard

Fergal Sexton picked up his third win of 2018 when he won PGA Tankard on Sunday. Last month Sexton (11) won back to back Wednesday Open competitions and produced similar form to claim the overall by victory by two points from Shane McGuinness (19) with Andrew Keenan (3) recording the best gross score of the day.

Sexton went out in 21pts after a flawless front nine which included three point pars at the third, eighth and ninth and he produced three more three point pars on the 10th, 11th and 12th to move to 30pts after 12 holes. After that it was all about getting home safely and he dropped only one shot over the closing six holes when he had to settle for one points after a double bogey six at the index four 16th.

That gave Sexton a back nine score of 20pts and an overall total of 41pts which was two more than McGuinness who is another player running into form.

The category prizes were won by Zak Alderdice (9), Kieran Reidy (15) and the in-form Mark Browne (17). Browne started 2018 with handicap of 22 and began last week with a handicap of 20, but lost three shots after he shot a spectacular 42pts to win the Semi-Open Singles Stableford competition on Bank Holiday Monday by seven points from Kyle Rafferty (4) and Michael McDermott (16).

Sunday, May 13 – PGA Tankard – Overall: Fergal Sexton (11) 41pts, Shane McGuinness (19) 39pts. Category 1 (0-11): Zak Alderdice (9) 38pts, Alan McDermott (6) 37pts. Category 2 (12-16): Kieran Reidy (15) 38pts, Brendan Keane (12) 37pts. Category 3 (17-28): Mark Browne (17) 36pts, Hugh Reilly (20) 35pts. Best Gross: Andrew Keenan (3) 31pts. CSS: 73 (35pts)

Rafferty regains Club Championship

Caolan Rafferty

 

Caolan Rafferty regained the Club Championship on Saturday when shot a seven under par total of 137 to win the 36 hole event by nine shots from fellow plus player Aaron Grant.

Rafferty, who plays off plus four, shot a bogey free five under par 67 in his morning round and was four under par and bogey free after 15 holes of his second round before three putting the 16th and 17th and finishing with a two under par 70.

“After going for 33 holes without a bogey I was really disappointed to let it slip with three holes to go as I was trying to get around again in the afternoon without a bogey,” said Rafferty, who is currently finishing off his first year exams at Maynooth University before heading to Royal County Down on Thursday for the Flogas Irish Amateur Open and the start of a busy period of tournament golf at home and abroad.

Aaron Grant, who is now off plus three, was battling a head cold as well as the course and in the circumstances did remarkably well to produce two rounds of 73 to take second place. Conor Curran (2) took the best nett with a score of 145 after nett rounds of 73 and 72.

Saturday, May 12 – Club Championship (36 Holes): 137 – Caolan Rafferty (+4) 137 (67, 70), 146 – Aaron Grant (+3) 146 (73, 73). Best Nett: Conor Curran (2) 145 (73,72). CSS: 73 (Round 1), 76 (Round 2).