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.


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





KEENAN, STEPHEN          124

MERNAGH, LIAM             123

MULLOOLY, NEIL              122





Cat 2

CLARKE, TOM    129

SORAGHAN, LAURENCE                125

STEWART, M      123

WARD, SEAN      123

MERNAGH, BRIAN           123

SHERIDAN, E      122


KELLY, MICHAEL                121

McKENNA, FERGAL         121

DUFFY, P              120

CURRAN, PAT    118

BYRNE, MARTIN               118

WARD, D              115


Cat 3


McCANN, JOHN                127


WARD, BRIAN    126



ROGERS, G          121

McGEADY, JOHN              121

McLaughlin, John             118

BOLAND, PATRICK           114


Entries invited for the Men’s Winter League

Entries for the new 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

Brennan crowned Club Champion

Gerry Brennan completed a unique treble when he captured the Club Championship on Sunday, September 14 to add to the Captain’s Prize and the Golfer of the Year titles he had already won this year.

Playing off 4, Brennan shot rounds of 71 and 73 for a level par total of 144 to take the title for the first time. Five-handicapper Ciaran Traynor won the nett prize.

The Members Prize was won by the wily Pat McGuinness, Now playing off 12, the former club president shot an impressive 66 to pip 14 handicapper Noel Reidy by one shot with Eddie Rocks, following up his win in last week’s Past Captains comeptition,  carding a 68 to take third on countback. Neil Smyth took the Juvenile Prize.


Club Championship (36 Holes)

Gross: Gerry Brennan (4) 144 (71, 73)

Nett: Ciaran Traynor (5) 138 (72, 66)

CSS 72 Rnd 1 & Rnd 2

Members Prize (18 holes)

1: Pat McGuinness (12) 66

2: Noel Reidy (14) 67

3: Eddie Rocks (8) 68/32

Juvenile: Neil Smyth (21) 68

CSS: 71

Kaarnalahti wins Irish Strokeplay at Dundalk

Finland’s Minna Kaarnalahti defeated defending champion Gertie McMullen to win her third Irish Senior Women’s Open Strokeplay title in four years after a six hole sudden death play off at Dundalk Golf Club. Both had finished on 227 after 54 holes.

Kaarnalahti closed a three shot gap on overnight leader McMullen after a fine one over par 74 in breezy conditions. The lead see-sawed between the two past champions throughout the round until McMullen forced extra time following an impressive regulation par on the home green.

The 1st and 18th were shared twice before Kaarnalahti seized the initiative with a closing bogey at the 6th extra hole to claim her third title in four years.

Ireland’s team of Pat Doran (Donabate), Sheena McElroy (Grange) and Gertie McMullen (The Island) won the Nations Cup from Canada, USA and The Netherlands.

Dundalk’s Ita Donnolly, who had pushed the leaders over the opening two rounds eventually finished in 13th place on 243.

There was lots of praise from all competitors after the event for the demanding challenge presented by the Dundalk course and it provided the ideal test for those competitors heading to Scotland for next week’s Senior British Open.

Dundalk Lady Captain Anne Doohan (left) and Men's Captain Brendan Cleary (right) pictured with Irish Senior Women's Strokeplay Champion  Minna Kaarnalahti and ILGU President Mary McKenna

Dundalk Lady Captain Anne Doohan (left) and Men’s Captain Brendan Cleary (right) pictured with Irish Senior Women’s Strokeplay Champion Minna Kaarnalahti and ILGU President Mary McKenna

FINAL 54 HOLE SCORES (PAR 73 SSS 74 CSS 74 74 74)
227 Minna Kaarnalahti (FIN) 75 78 74
227 Gertie McMullen (The Island) 74 76 77
234 Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) 77 78 79
236 Pat Doran (Donabate) 80 80 76 Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) 80 80 76 Alison Murdoch (CAN) 78 79 79
238 Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush) 80 81 77
240 Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire) 77 82 81
241 Gabi Heuchel (ENG) 77 83 81 Mary Dowling (Mallow) 77 81 83
242 Kate Evans (RCD Ladies) 82 77 83 Catherine Reilly (The Heath) 74 84 84
243 Ita Donnelly (Dundalk) 75 82 86
244 Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast) 84 81 79 Becky Neal (USA) 83 82 79
246 Anne Ferguson (Ogbourne Downs) 83 81 82
249 Leslie Olive Henry (USA) 86 80 83 Georgia McCravey (USA) 82 84 83
250 Vivienne Houston (City of Derry) 86 84 80
251 Wanda Mochtar (NED) 87 81 83
252 Ann McAuley (Laytown & Bettystown) 91 80 81 Diane Williams (CAN) 83 85 84
254 Valerie Hassett (Ennis) 88 80 86 Kay McCartan (Greenore) 83 84 87
255 Ruth Maguire (Corrstown) 80 87 88 Gill Rouiller (Mannan Castle) 83 86 86
256 Judy Collins (CAN) 89 84 83 Pauline Walsh (Headfort) 83 89 84
257 Valerie Shannon (Lahinch) 89 87 81 Mary Feenan (CAN) 88 87 82
258 Pamela Williamson (SCO) 93 83 82 Mary McGoey (Greenore) 86 82 90 Paula Murray (Naas) 85 86 87 Evelyn Blackmon (USA) 84 87 87
261 Linda Evers (USA) 90 84 87 Nancy Beck (USA) 82 87 92
263 Elizabeth Neville (Bearna) 93 84 86
265 Patricia Black (Headfort) 94 85 86
266 Manja Reef (NED) 87 85 94
268 Ada Vrolijk (NED) 91 91 86
270 Joan Curran (Laytown & Bettystown) 87 92 91
271 Helen Thornton (Ardee) 94 88 89 Iet Hagels (NED) 87 94 90
282 Nancy Jackson (USA) 98 91 93

NATIONS CUP (2 scores from 3 to count each round)
459 IRELAND A Pat Doran [80] 80 76 Sheena McElroy 76 [DSQ] [DSQ] Gertie McMullen 74 76 77
467 IRELAND B Suzanne Corcoran 77 78 79 Mary Dowling 77 [81] [83] Helen Jones [80] 80 76
488 CANADA A Alison Murdoch 78 79 79 Diane Williams 83 85 84
489 USA A Nancy Beck 82 [87] [92] Leslie Olive Henry [86] 80 83 Becky Neal 83 82 79
504 USA B Evelyn Blackmon 84 [87] 87 Linda Evers [90] 84 [87] Georgia McCravey 82 84 83
513 CANADA B Judy Collins 89 84 83 Mary Feenan 88 87 82
521 NETHERLANDS A Iet Hagels 87 94 89 Wanda Mochtar 87 81 83
534 NETHERLANDS B Manja Reef 87 85 94 Ada Vrolijk 91 91 86

Top women golfers in action this week

An international field of top women golfers has descended on Dundalk Golf Club for the Irish Senior Women’s Open Strokeplay Championship which tees off on Wednesday morning.

With the course in excellent shape and the weather forecast very favorable, the scene is set for some top class golf and a highly competitive tournament.

The Island’s Gertie McMullen will attempt to claim back-to-back victories after she fired a final round 79 to defeat Canada’s Diane Williams by four strokes to win her first Irish Senior Women’s Strokeplay title at Castlerock last year.

With a host of Ireland’s Senior Internationals in action, the strong field in Dundalk this week also sees players travelling from Canada, England, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland and the USA. The strongest challenge to McMullen’s title defence is likely to come from 2011 and 2012 Champion Minna Kaarnalahti (FIN) or indeed four times Champion Alison Murdoch (CAN) who last won in 2009. With Canada and the USA boasting strong contingents, Ireland’s hopes will rest with 2013’s Irish Close Champion Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) and 2011’s Close Champion Sheena McElroy (Grange) who are cjust back from the European Senior Ladies Team Championships in Austria.

With Canada defending the Nations Cup, this year’s tournament will be as competitive as ever with the majority of the field availing of additional practice for the British Seniors Open at Royal Dornoch next week.

Two 18 hole strokeplay rounds on Wednesday and Thursday will see the field cut to the top forty for the final round on Friday. With over half of the field hailing from Ireland, they will be keen to impress the Irish Selectors ahead of next week’s announcement of the national team to defend the Seniors Home International title at Huddersfield at the end of the month.

With complimentary entry for spectators, visitors to Dundalk are most welcome to come an view not on ly the action but the extensive improvements carried out on the course over the past year.

08:50 Grainne O’Connor (Skerries) Ann McAuley (Laytown & Bettystown)
09:00 Nancy Beck (USA) Mary Dowling (Mallow)
09:10 Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) Becky Neal (USA) Kate Evans (RCD Ladies)
09:20 Minna Kaarnalahti (FIN) Sheena McElroy (Grange) Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush)
09:30 Alison Murdoch (CAN) Pat Doran (Donabate) Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire)
09:40 Diane Williams (CAN) Pauline Walsh (Headfort) Anne Ferguson (Ogbourne Downs)
09:50 Catherine Reilly (The Heath) Paula Murray (Naas) Leslie Olive Henry (USA)
10:10 Kay McCartan (Greenore) Georgia McCravey (USA) Iet Hagels (NED)
10:20 Ada Vrolijk (NED) Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast) Mary Feenan (CAN)
10:30 Ita Donnelly (Dundalk) Ruth Maguire (Corrstown) Evelyn Blackmon (USA)
10:40 Gabi Heuchel (ENG) Wanda Mochtar (NED) Valerie Hassett (Ennis)
10:50 Judy Collins (CAN) Elizabeth Neville (Bearna) Mary McGoey (Greenore)
11:00 Manja Reef (NED) Helen Thornton (Ardee) Joan Curran (Laytown & Bettystown)
11:10 Patricia Black (Headfort) Linda Evers (USA) Gill Rouiller (Mannan Castle)
11:20 Gertie McMullen (The Island) Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) Pamela Williamson (SCO)
11:30 Vivienne Houston (City of Derry) Nancy Jackson (USA) Valerie Shannon (Lahinch)


08:40 Grainne O’Connor (Skerries) Mary McGoey (Greenore)
08:50 Kay McCartan (Greenore) Ada Vrolijk (NED) Ita Donnelly (Dundalk)
09:00 Georgia McCravey (USA) Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast) Ruth Maguire (Corrstown)
09:10 Iet Hagels (NED) Mary Feenan (CAN) Valerie Hassett (Ennis)
09:20 Evelyn Blackmon (USA) Judy Collins (CAN) Helen Jones (Royal Portrush)
09:30 Gabi Heuchel (ENG) Manja Reef (NED) Gill Rouiller (Mannan Castle)
09:40 Wanda Mochtar (NED) Vivienne Houston (City of Derry)
09:50 Elizabeth Neville (Bearna) Helen Thornton (Ardee) Patricia Black (Headfort)
10:10 Joan Curran (Laytown & Bettystown) Paula Murray (Naas) Rita Black Fitzsimons (Ardee)
10:20 Ann McAuley (Laytown & Bettystown) Carmel Cahill (Hermitage) Linda Evers (USA)
10:30 Pamela Williamson (SCO) Anne Ferguson (Ogbourne Downs) Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire)
10:40 Valerie Shannon (Lahinch) Mary Dowling (Mallow) Nancy Jackson (USA)
10:50 Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) Nancy Beck (USA) Minna Kaarnalahti (FIN)
11:00 Becky Neal (USA) Sheena McElroy (Grange) Alison Murdoch (CAN)
11:10 Kate Evans (RCD Ladies) Pat Doran (Donabate) Pauline Walsh (Headfort)
11:20 Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush) Diane Williams (CAN)
11:30 Gertie McMullen (The Island) Leslie Olive Henry (USA) Catherine Reilly (The Heath)

Six matchplay finals on Saturday

The club matchplay season reaches a climax this Saturday afternoon, September 13, with six finals down for decision.
Over the past few months the finalists have battled their way through the rounds and are now just one match away from lifting some of the most prestigious titles on the club calendar.
There are finals in the two men’s and women’s singles competitions as well as the men’s foursomes and the mixed foursomes.
The action starts at 2.30pm with the final of the Harry Walsh Cup between Mark Cairns and Tom Clarke and that will be followed by the Carolan Cup which will be played over 36 holes between Josh Mackin and Kieran Arthurs.
Martin Crosby and Ollie English then meet Jim Dwyer and Charlie Monaghan in the Men’s Foursomes final while Mickey and Mags Coburn take on Gerry Brennan and Mary Laverty in the Mixed Foursomes.
The final two matches are for the two big ladies finals with Jacinta Foran meeting Teresa Matthews for the Clarke Salver while Siobhan Duffy and Geraldine Blackmore contest the Tempest Dish final.
It is hoped that as many members as possible will come out on Saturday to cheer on the finalists.
There will also be a 9 Hole Mixed Foursomes from 3.25pm which will hopefully add to the atmosphere and buzz around the Club.
The presentation will take place on Saturday evening with music and craic organised by the Social Committee.

Matchplay Final Schedule
Saturday, September 13

14:30 Harry Walsh Cup – Mark Cairns v Tom Clarke
14:38 Carolan Cup (over 36 holes) – Josh Mackin v Kieran Arthurs
14:46 Men’s Foursomes – Martin Crosby & Ollie English v Jim Dwyer & Charlie Monaghan
14:54 Mixed Foursomes – Mickey Coburn & Mags Coburn v Gerry Brennan & Mary Laverty
15:05 Clarke Salver – Jacinta Foran v Teresa Matthews
15:15 Tempest Dish – Siobhan Duffy v Geraldine Blackmore

Dundalk Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups 2014

The Dundalk Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups 2014 will take place on Sunday 17th August.

Both are open competitions over 18 holes and are played off scratch.

The eligibility for the intermediate competition is 10 – 16 handicap and the minor is 17 – 28.

The Minor Scratch Cup is kindly supported by Eddie Maguire Electrical, Dundalk.

Entry is €15 for Members and €20 for Visitors.

All entries are through the proshop on 042-9322102.