Winter League Standings Week 1

# Name Captain Pts
1 Team 3 Bill McCarthy 36
1 Team 11 Mark Browne 36
3 Team 7 George Rogers 35
4 Team 9 Brian Ward 34
4 Team 14 Sean Ward 34
6 Team 6 Michael Stewart 33
7 Team 2 Colm Coburn 31
8 Team 8 Kenneth Cairns 30
8 Team 12 Colm Garvey 30
10 Team 1 Pat Curran 29
10 Team 5 Ray Pepper 29
10 Team 10 Brendan Keane 29
12 Team 15 Patsy Cole 27
14 Team 13 Barry Cunningham 25
15 Team 4 Tom Clarke 24


McCarthy hottest on day of red-hot scoring

BILL McCarthy was the winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford when he shot a superb score of 36pts to win the 14 hole competition on countback from Mark Browne (22).

On a day of red hot scoring from many of the club’s seasoned campaigners, the 28 handicapper produced a round that included a four point birdie two at the ninth, four three point pars and four three point bogeys.

McCarthy could even afford to blank the par five index three seventh, where he had two shots, and still beat Browne thanks to his 26pts over his final nine holes.

Browne finished second with George Rogers (19) in third place on 35pts. The Category Prizes went to Jim Dwyer (9), Brian Ward (15) and Sean Ward (18) while Billy Cairns (6) returned the day’s best gross score of 27pts.

Sunday, March 11 – 14 Holes Singles Stableford & Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League – Overall: Bill McCarthy (28) 36/26pts, Mark Browne (22) 36pts, George Rogers (19) 35pts. Category 1 (0-12): Jim Dwyer (9) 33/22pts, Category 2 (13-17): Brian Ward (15) 34pts. Category 3 (18-28): Sean Ward (18) 34pts. Best Gross: Billy Cairns (6) 27pts.

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Winter League tees off today

Today’s Sunday competition marks the commencement of the Winter League, sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock.

This will be played over the next four weeks with one score counting in week one, two on week two and three on week three. The top two teams will compete in a Stableford Matchplay Final on April 1.

There are 15 five man teams participating and they are:

Team 1: Peter Rogers, Martin Byrne, Derek Teather, Pat Curran (C), Gerry Campbell.

Team 2: N Mc Caul (C), S. Bailey, M Hamilton, C Coburn, N Mc Guinness.

Team 3: M Coburn (C), B Mernagh,  N Reid, K Redmond, B McCarthy.

Team 4: M Gill, T Giff , D Cairns , T Clarke (C),  N Giff.

Team 5: C Ward (C), D Murdock, J McCann,  R Pepper, C. Byrne.

Team 6: F Byrne,  D Miele, M Stewart (C), C Murphy, J O’Connor.

Team 7: C McCaughey, K Barry, P O Brien (C), G Rogers,  B Tinnelly.

Team 8: N Mullooly, P Morrison, K Cairns, A Uzell (C), J Mc Geady.

Team 9: J Dwyer,  E Rocks (C), B Ward, S O’Sullivan, B O’Shaughnessy.

Team 10: R Soraghan, B Keane (C), G Daly, S Quigley, J Steenvoorden.

Team 11: C Walshe (C), E Sheridan, A O’Donohue, C  Rafferty, M Brown.

Team 12: S Hession, T Renaghan (C), U Herr, G J Byrne, C Garvey.

Team 13: B Cunningham, T King, O Reilly,  F McKenna,  L Hanratty (C).

Team 14, B Cairns, A Cole, D Brennan, S Ward (C), P McDonnell.

Team 15: C Murdock, D Ward, M Noone, P Cole (C), C McAteer.

Three competitions mark Captains’ Drive-In

Captain Gerry Byrne and Lady Captain Pat Cleary

THE Captains’ Drive-In took place on Sunday when Captain Gerry Byrne and Lady Captain Pat Cleary teed off to officially mark the start of the golfing season and their terms of office.

Watched by a large crowd of members, the two Captains were led to the first tee by piper Marc Keller and promptly hit cracking drives to get the year off to a great start.

The day was marked by three competitions which attracted large entries and saw some excellent golf played in sunshine but with the added challenge of a strong easterly wind blowing across the across.

In the Gents Team Scramble the team of Conor Byrne, Niall Sloane, Dermot McKenna and Bill McCarty came out on top with a net score of 44.1 for the 14 holes while in the Mixed Foursomes Sean and Mary Hession took the honours down the back nine while Pat and Eva Beirne came out on top on the Front Nine. Sean & Mary’s round included an eagle three at the par five 10th.

Sunday, February 25 – Gents 14 holes Four Man Team Scramble – Winners: Conor Byrne, Niall Sloane, Dermot McKenna, Bill McCarty (9.9) 44.1. Second: Nigel Giff, Caoimhin O’Callaghan, Michael Noone, Chris Murden (6.1) 44.9. Third: Peter Rogers, Colm Coburn, Patrick Duffy, Martin Crosby (4.1) 44.9. Mixed Foursome Back Nine: Sean and Mary Hession 30.75, Maeve and Dermot Ahern 31.75. Mixed Foursomes Front Nine: Pat and Eva Beirne 32, Andrew MacKell and Anne Murray 32.75.


Spanish heartbreak for Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

CAOLAN Rafferty discovered just how fine the margins can be in elite golf when he took part in the Spanish Amateur Open in La Manga at the beginning of this month.

Rafferty shot two rounds of 77 in qualifying to finish tied for 32nd but missed out on being one of the 32 players who advanced to the matchplay stages on a 27 hole countback.

The player who pipped the Dundalk man to the final place was England’s Billy McKenzie who went on to make his way through the five rounds of matchplay to take the title.

Rafferty, who now ranked 15th in Europe and 165th in the World, will miss the West of Ireland Championship in Rosses Point over Easter as he is heading to St Andrews with Maynooth University for the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament.


Walsh wins Hilary outing at Seapoint

Dundalk’s Clem Walshe was the winner of Sunday’s Hilary Golf outing, sponsored by Rabo Direct, at Seapoint with a fine score of 70 in difficult wet conditions. The five handicap player was a model of consistency shooting nines of 37 and 38 to beat Paul Reilly (Co. Louth) by a single shot.

Dave Lowry (Corrstown) shot an impressive one under par 71 to capture the gross prize.

Kevin Knightly (Royal Dublin) was joined by Naas duo Alan Rohan and Lloyd O’Rourke in claiming the team prize with a score of 62.

The next outing in the series takes place on Sunday,March 4,in Laytown and Bettystown.


Thirteen proves lucky for Browne

Mark Browne (22) was the winner of Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition with an excellent score of 33pts which was two better than Michael Gill (8). Gill, who also shot the day’s best gross score of 25pts, edged out Peter O’Brien (15) for the runners-up spot. O’Brien took Category Two with Gregory McCaughey (8) taking Category One and Diarmuid McAdam claiming Category Three.

After picking up one point for a double bogey six at the first, Browne got his round really going at the second which he birdied for four points. He followed that with three consecutive three point pars at the fifth and sixth and a three point bogey at the seventh.

Although he had to settle for a one point double bogey at the eighth, Browne got quickly got back into the groove with three point pars at the ninth and tenth and a two point double bogey at the 11th.

He didn’t let up over the final four holes as he had a three point par at the 15th and a three point bogey at the 16th before finishing with two point bogeys at the 17th and 18th to cover the 13 holes in an impressive 33pts.

Sunday, February 18 – 13 Holes Singles Stableford Competition – Mark Browne (22) 33pts, Michael Gill (8) 31pts. Category 1 (0-11): Gregory McCaughey (8) 29pts.    Category 2 (12-17): Peter O Brien (15) 31pts. Category 3 (18-28): Diarmuid McAdam (23) 29pts. Best Gross: Michael Gill (8) 25pts.

Rafferty finishes sixth in African Championship

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty got his 2018 season off to a promising start over the past fortnight when he was part of an eight strong Ireland team that travelled to South African for two of the top amateur events on the African golf calendar.

Rafferty finished sixth at the African Championship having recorded a joint 26th place finish at the South African Championship the previous week and said his African adventure had been a great experience.

“I was told before I went out that it was probably the best trip of the year because you are playing on the best golf courses and playing against top players. It was a great experience and the GUI and our new Captain John Carroll had everything done to perfection so all we had to do was turn up and play golf,” said Rafferty.

The trip provided an ideal opportunity for Rafferty to give his new Titleist clubs their competitive debut having flown to England in January for a five-and-a-half hour fitting session.

“That was another great experience as the day after the fitting session I went down to the factory to pick them up and got to see the whole process which was very educational. I had a week to break them in before I went to South Africa.”

His first couple of round at the South African Championship in Peacanwood Golf Club had all the hallmarks of a getting to know you process with the new clubs but six birdies in the third round suggested they were settling in and a final round 66, where he landed seven birdies, proved the point.

“I’d poor starts in three of the rounds at Pecanwood but I had a good chat with the GUI’s National Coach Neil Manchip and he told me not to be afraid to go low and to focus on what I was good at. I had 21 birdies that week but finished on 11 under so I was mixing the good and bad but that last round gave me a lot of confidence heading to the African Championship.”

Rafferty said that conditions in South Africa took a bit of getting used to as the thin air meant the ball was going a lot further than he was used to.

“We had to start doing our yardages in metres and pretending the metre figure was yards. I was hitting a nine iron 190 yards, something I’d never do at home even downwind. Bunkers that would normally be in play could now be driven over. It was really different. The kikuyu grass was very tough, especially in the rough where it was knitted together and all you could do was advance the ball as far you could.”

By his own admission, his opening round of one over par 73 at Glendower was too tentative and left him tied 18th, six shots behind the leader. But, after another good heart to heart with Manchip, he once again focused on hitting fairways and greens and shot a four under par 68 to move to -3 and sixth, three shots off the lead.

He followed that up with a three-under par 69 in the third round to ease into second place on six under on a day when a deluge of rain made South Africa feel a lot more like Ireland. However, South Africa’s James Du Preez stole a march on everybody by posting an eight under par 64 to open up a seven shot lead on Rafferty.

Playing together, Rafferty and Du Preez matched each in the final round by posting one-under par 71s but, while it was enough for the South African to win by three shots, it saw the Dundalk man slip down the leaderboard to joint sixth on seven under.

“I felt I played very well in the final round but things didn’t really happen for me. I then started to chase it when I might have been better aiming to finish second instead of trying to do something to rattle him.”

Having been the second best Irishman in Peacanwood, Rafferty finished as best Irish player in Glendower and also led Ireland to second place in the team event.

“It was great to finish second in the team event because we are out there representing our country and you do take pride in getting that flag up on the leaderboard.”

Rafferty is now back in Ireland and back at Maynooth University where he is on a Harrington Scholarship but he’s off on his travels next Monday when he flies out to La Manga for the Spanish Amateur Championship which take places from February 28 to March 4.



Lawlor wins Troia Trophy in Portugal

Brendan Lawlor

Brendan Lawlor produced a superb performance to win the European Disabled Golf Association’s Troia arophy in Portugal.

The 20-year-old Dundalk Golf Club member won the tournament by ten shots from Hassan Chakboub of France.

Brendan said after his victory: “I hit the ball well and was happy with my performance overall. It was tougher in the wind on the back nine, four or five shots harder than yesterday. I felt calm [on the last three holes] and that’s why I closed it out.”

EDGA events are international events run under PGA Rules for amateur players who have a disablement with 14 events being held each year.

Lawlor’s win follows his fourth place finish in his debut EDGA outing at Pestana Vila Sol course, in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Brendan is now hoping to compete in the United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, which takes place in Orlando, Florida in May.



Ladies Spring League Week 3


The third week of the Spring League took place on Tuesday 13th February 2018. The course was closed on Saturday 10th February. The winning scores proved that difficult conditions are not a problem for some. Teresa Oakes had a fantastic 20pts and Deirdre Smith playing of +1 had another great score coming in with 19pts. It is lovely to see one of our talented juvenile golfers Eve Rowland in the winning enclosure with 18pts.

Overall Winner: Teresa Oakes (28)            20 pts

Overall Runner-up: Deirdre Smith (+1)       19 pts

Overall Third:     Eve Rowland (14)          18 pts
(on Back 6 from Anne Murray)

Two’s:  Eve Rowland on the 9th

42 Ladies Played