Crowe leads Captain’s Prize after First Round

Noel Crowe (26) is the leader of Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s Prize after the first round which was played over Saturday and Sunday.

He shot an impressive seven under par 65 on Sunday morning to lead by one from Noel McMahon (23) and Richard Copas (18).

That trio will form the final grouping in this Sunday’s Second Round with Maurice Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17) and John P Daly (14) in the group of ahead of them, all sitting four shots behind the leader on 69.

A total of 33 players, who shot 73 or better, have been seeded for next Sunday;s Second Round and every one of them will fancy their chances especially when they recall that last year’s winner David Murden started his final round in 31st place before blasting his way through the field.

All players with a score of 79 or better have qualified to play on Sunday next and their timesheet is now live on the BRS System as is the timesheet for Saturday’s non-qualifiers competition.

Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s  Prize Round 1 Leaderboard: 65 – Noel Crowe (26). 66 – Noel McMahon (23), Richard Copas (18). 69 – Maurice J Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17), John P Daly (14). 70 – Ken Lynch (12), Alan Cole (13), Paul O’Reilly (17), Brian Mernagh (11), Ciaran Daly (17), Gerard Daly (14), Ciaran Cooney (8). 71 – Sean Ward (18), Tony Hanna (23), Jim Dwyer (9), Kieran Reidy (15), Pat Doanghy (12), Harry O’Hanrahan (26), Ultan Gaughran (6), Andrew Brodigan (12). 72 – Fergal Harte (6), Clem Walshe (4), Austin Mathews (13), Carl Stewart (7), Len Mullins (16). 73 – Tommy McDonnell (22), Martin McEnteggart (10),  Dermot McKenna (21), David Brennan (13), Padraig McDonnell (20), Connor McCaughey (5), Anthony O’Donoghue (13).

Murphy makes international debut

Eoin Murphy

Congratulations to Juvenile Captain Eoin Murphy who made his international debut last week and picked up his first point for Ireland at the Boys Home Internationals in St Anne’s Old Links in England.

After suffering foursomes and singles defeats in Ireland’s draw with Scotland on the opening day and a foursomes loss in the defeat by the eventual winners England, Murphy finally got his debut point on Day Three against Wales when he partnered Charlie Denvir (Elm Park) to a 4&3 win. That point helped Ireland to a 10-5 win over the Welsh and second place overall.

Caolan Rafferty will make his senior international debut this week at the Home Internationals at Moortown Golf Club in England from Wednesday to Friday and everybody at the club extends their best wishes to him.

 

Matchplay competitions nearing conclusion

The various internal matchplay competitions are nearing conclusion with most now at the semi-final or final stage.

The Blue Riband is the Gold Medal and Maurice Murphy has reached the final after beating Turlach King in the last four and is awaiting the outcome of the other semi-final between Billy Cairns and Ciaran Sheridan.

In the Carolan Cup, Ray Pepper beat Gavin McDonnell in their semi-final and will now meet either Seamus Bailey or Richard Barry in the decider. The semi-finals of the Harry Walsh Cup will see Davy Cairns meeting Joe Flanagan while Ciaran Daly faces Benny O’Shaughnessy.

This year saw the introduction of four category matchplay competitions which have proved very popular and they too are coming to a climax.

In the Senior competition Eoin Murphy has reached the final but the other half of the draw is only at the quarter-final stage with the club’s two lowest handicap players, Caolan Rafferty and Aaron Grant, scheduled to meet in the semi-final if they get through their last eight matches.

In the Junior competition Neil Mullooly will play the winner of the quarter-final between Ciaran Traynor and Shane Hession while the other semi-final is between Fergal Harte and Gene Hanratty.

The Intermediate semi-finals sees Pat Curran meet Kevin Carthy while Stephen Buckingham faces Bobby McCarthy while Declan Ward and Pat Daly have reached the Minor Final.

There are also two major foursomes competitions during the year and in the Men’s Foursomes the competition is at the semi-final stage with G Duffy & D Ward meeting S Gallagher & C McClenaghan while P Fennelly & R Barry meet the winners of the quarter-final between M McDermott & P Morrison and P Cheshire & B McCarthy.

The Mixed Foursomes  has also reached the semi-final stage with T & B Renaghan having qualified for one semi and O & M McGinnity for the other and they await the outcome of outstanding quarter-final ties.

Sizzling back nine wins Knights of Malta Cup for Laverty

Four handicapper Sean Laverty one of the members of the club’s Leinster title winning Fred Daly Trophy team, lifted the Knights of Malta Cup on Sunday on countback from Michael Keating (16), Aidan Thornton (8) and Tom Clarke (17),

All three finished with scores of three under par, 69, but Laverty’s back nine of 32 was enough to give him the overall prize with Keating taking the runners up spot. There was some consolation for Thornton and Clarke as they won category one and three respectively. Eddie Rogers, off three, took the gross prize with a 73.

After eight holes of his round few would have bet on Laverty being in the final shake-up as a double bogey six at the fourth and bogies at the first and eighth meant he was standing at three over par nett when he stood on the ninth tee.

But he then birdied the par three hole and that kick-started his round as he reeled off another two birdies down the back nine as well as seven pars to cover the home stretch in 34 gross and 32 nett and that was enough to pip Keating for the overall prize.

Sunday, August 6 – Knights Of Malta Cup – Overall: Sean Laverty (4) 69/32, Michael Keating (16) 69/33. Gross: Eddie Rogers (3) 73. Category 1 (0 -11): Aidan Thornton (8) 69, Connor McCaughey (5) 70/34.5. Category 2 (12-17): Tom Clarke (17) 69, Pat Hoey (13) 70/33.5. Category 3 (18-28): Ciaran Daly (18) 70, Hugh Reilly (21)73. CSS: 72.

 

International call-ups for Rafferty and Murphy

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty and Eoin Murphy have been called up to the Ireland teams for this month’s men’s and boys Home Internationals. It will be the first international appearance for both players and is recognition for the excellent seasons that both players have had.

With Josh Mackin having already appeared for the Irish Boys U16 team at the Home Internationals in Wales it means that Dundalk Golf Club has now produced three internationals in the one year,

Rafferty will be part of an Ireland team that is bidding for a fourth successive triumph in the Home Internationals when they tee off at Moortown on August 16. The team will have a chance to create history as no Ireland team has ever won four times in succession.

He is one of two new caps on the team as Irish Amateur Open Champion Peter O’Keeffe from Douglas is also included.

Rafferty has been having his best ever season and, in addition to reducing his handicap to plus five, he finished tied for seventh at the Lytham Trophy and made it to the

Eoin Murphy

last 32 of The Amateur Championship where he also won the silver medal for leading qualifier. He was also leading qualifier at the North of Ireland where he was a beaten semi-finalist and reached the quarter-finals of the West of Ireland. He also helped Dundalk reach the semi-finals of the Barton Shield for the first time won five points out of six as Leinster won their third successive Interprovincial title.

Team captain Tony Goode feels both new caps will strengthen his side. He said: “I’m very happy with the team that we’ve selected. I’m really pleased with the two new caps, Peter O’Keeffe and Caolan Rafferty. They both deserve their place in the team. It is an experienced team and hopefully the boys can bring their A game. You need your A-game at the Home Internationals.”

Murphy is one of seven new caps in the Ireland team for the Boys U18 Home Internationals at St Anne’s Old Links where hosts England will be defending the title they won last year in Ballyliffen. Ireland last won the Boys Home Internationals in 2013.

Murphy, who last year won the Faldo Ireland Series and the Munster Boys Championship, reached the last 16 of the West of Ireland after coming through pre-qualifying and qualifying rounds. He managed top twenty finishes in all the provincial boys championships and then helped Leinster to the Interprovincial title where he won two points from four matches before leading Dundalk to a first ever Fred Daly Leinster title. He was also part of the Barton Shield team.

Ireland team (Home Internationals, Moortown, 16-18 August): Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Robin Dawson (Tramore), Colin Fairweather (Knock), Alex Gleeson (Castle), John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead), Rowan Lester (Hermitage), Paul McBride (The Island), Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas), Conor O’Rourke (Naas), Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)Team Captain: Tony Goode (Lucan), Team Manager: John White (Co Armagh), National Coach: Neil Manchip.

Ireland team (Boys Home Internationals, St Anne’s Old Links, 8-10 August): Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick), John Brady (Rosslare), Charlie Denvir (Elm Park), Jack Doherty (Carton House), Jack Hearn (Tramore), Ross Kelly (Tuam), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Robert Moran (Castle), Eoin Murphy (Dundalk), Mark Power (Kilkenny), Cameron Raymond (Newlands). Team Captain: Cathal McConn (Roscommon). Team Manager: Alasdair Gibson (Knock). National Coach: Neil Manchip.

 

 

 

 

Superb back nine secures Cochrane Cup for Byrne

Martin Byrne (14) needed a superb back nine to capture the Cochrane Cup on Sunday after he and Neil Mullooly (8) shot rounds of 40pts.

Byrne had returned 16pts on the front nine where he had three point pars at the third and ninth but blanked the par three fifth and only managed a single point at the sixth and eighth.

A further four points followed from the 10th and 11th before his round exploded into life and he reeled off four successive three point holes from the 12th to 15th before settling for a two point bogey on the 16th and then finishing with pars on the last two holes for six more points.

His 24pts down the back nine was two better than Mullooly who took second overall while Colin Roche (7) with 33pts was the winner of the Gross Prize. Billy Curran (12), Frank Keys (15) and Sean Gallagher (21) were the Category winners. Conor Murphy (15) was the Juvenile winner and Eamonn McEneaney recorded an ace at the par three 17th

Sunday, July 30 – Cochrane Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Martin Byrne (14) 40/24pts, Neil Mullooly (8) 40/22pts. Gross: Colin Roche (7) 33pts. Category 1 (0-12): Billy Curran (12) 39/22pts, Fergal Harte (6) 39pts. Category 2 (13-18): Frank Keyes (15) 39/20pts. Brendan Reilly (14) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Sean Gallagher (21) 37pts, Hugh Reilly (21) 36pts, Juvenile: Conor Murphy (15) 34pts. CSS: 36pts

Heartbreak for Junior Cup team in Leinster semi-final

The Junior Cup team’s efforts to win a second Leinster pennant in three years ended in heartbreak on Saturday evening in Callan when they were beaten 3-2 by Malahide.

In the morning quarter-final against Mullingar, a 2&1 win for Ciaran Traynor, a 4&3 win for Kyle Rafferty and a 5&4 win for Shane Hession got Dundalk over the line with Brian Renaghan all square after 14 and Clem Walshe two down after 14 when they were called in.

The semi-final was a real topsy turvey affair with the lead shifting several times over the duration of the afternoon before the match went to the wire. Ciaran Traynor lost 3& 2 in the top match and Kyle Rafferty also lost 3&2 but Clem Walshe had a comprehensive 5&4 win before Shane Hession won on the 19th to leave the tie delicately poised at 2-2 with one match out on the course.

There was little between Brian Og Renaghan and his opponent Ryan Gibson but a controversial ruling on the ninth hole saw the Dundalk player denied a win that would have put him two up and instead left all-square at the turn. The pair remained deadlock all the way to 20th hole when Gibson birdied to send Malahide through the final which they subsequently lost to Grange.

Fred Daly team win first Leinster title

Dundalk Golf Club have won the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy after beating Greystones 4-1 in today’s final at Portmarnock Links.

In the top match Eoin Murphy got Dundalk on their way with a one hole win while Josh Mackin had a 2&1 win and Sean Laverty finished on the 12th with an 8&6 win. Padraig Fallon was one up after 14 and Kyle Rafferty was two down after 15 when their matches were called in.

Dundalk now go forward to the All Ireland Finals which will take place on Tuesday, August 29, in Bray Golf Club.

The Fred Daly Trophy is in memory of Ireland’s first Open Champion and has been competed for since 1995. Daly, who won the Open Championship at Hoylake in 1947, also played in the Ryder Cup four times, 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953. It is Ireland’s premier inter-club tournament for boys and this is the first time that Dundalk have won the Leinster title.

PHOTO: The winning Dundalk team in the Fred Daly Leinster Final 2017 at Portmarnock Links.  Front Row (l-r): Jim Caraher (Juvenile Committe), Mickey Coburn (Club Captain), John Ferriter (Chairman Leinster Golf), Vincent Conlon (Team Manager) and Paul Malone (Juvenile Committe).  Back Row (l-r): Eoin Murphy, Josh Mackin, Sean Laverty, Kyle Rafferty, Padraig Fallon and Conall Murdock.  Photo Courtesy Ronan Quinlan

Waite wins President’s Prize

Aaron Waite receives his winner’s prize from President Noel McGuinness.

Noel McGuinness’s President’s Prize over the Blue Course proved to be a tough test on Sunday with 12 handicapper Aaron Waite emerging as the winner after being the only player in the 202 strong field in break 70 nett.

Waite shot a 69 nett to pip another 12 handicapper, Trevor Giff, by one shot, Richard Newell (2) took the Gross Prize with a one over par 73 while Richie Barry (10) won the Veterans Prize with a 71.

The length of the course, coupled with a strong North Westerly wind and some very tricky pins let everybody in doubt that they were playing in one of the club’s major competition and Waite showed tremendous composure to emerge as winner.

Pars at the second, third, fifth and sixth had him in good shape after six holes but then he had a triple bogey eight at the formidable par five seventh which threatened to derail his challenge.

But he bounced back with back to back pars at the ninth and tenth and then rolled in successive pars at the 12th, 13th and 14th. Two more pars arrived on the 17th and 18th as he returned a nett score of 69 having managed to cover the back nine in 39 gross.

Sunday, July 21 – President Noel McGuinness’s Prize – Winner: Aaron Waite (12) 69, Runner-Up: Trevor Giff (12) 70/34/18. Gross: Richard Newell (2) 73. Veteran: Richie Barry (10) 71. Category 1 (0-12): Karl Stewart (8) 70, Ciaran Johnson (10) 71/34/22.7. Category 2 (13-17): Brendan Keane (13) 71, Padraig Gallagher (13) 72/34.5. Category 3 (18+) Gerry Campbell (25) 73/34.5, Jimmy O’Connor (21) 73/35.5. CSS: 73.

Dundalk lose in Barton Shield Leinster semi-final by one hole

Dundalk’s run in the Barton Shield was agonisingly ended on the 18th green of their Leinster semi-final against The Castle last Friday in Kilkenny Golf Club and the Dubliners went on to take the provincial crown when they beat the host club in Saturday’s Final.

In the quarter-final on Friday morning Dundalk faced five time Baron Shield winners Portmarnock and had a convincing win as Caolan Raffetty and Eoin Murphy defeated Jack Pierce and John Greene by four holes while Aaron Grant and Josh Mackin saw off James Fox and Geoff Lenehan by one hole.

In the semi-final Rafferty and Murphy lost the 18th and had to settle for a halve against The Castle pairing of Alan Lowery and Jack Welch while Grant and Mackin lost the 18th to a birdie and went down by one hole to Robert Moran and Alex Gleeson.

Dundalk’s search for a Leinster pennant continues this weekend with two teams in action. On Friday, the Fred Daly Trophy team takes on Greystones in the Leinster Final at Portmarnock Links with the first match teeing off at 10am while on Saturday the Junior Cup team bids for a second provincial title in three years when they play their Leinster quarter-final in Callan.