Rafferty wins Laytown & Bettystown Scratch Cup

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty produced a strong finish to win the Laytown & Bettystown Scratch Cup for a second time on Sunday.

The 25-year-old birdied his final three holes to capture the 36 hole competition by one shot after shooting rounds of 70 and 66.

A shotgun start saw Rafferty teeing off both his rounds on the second hole and he admitted he was surprised to find himself only one shot off the lead after the first round.

“It was a cold morning and there was a bit of a breeze but I didn’t hit it that well and I just scrambled my way around with five birdies and four bogeys. I couldn’t believe it when I found out I was only a shot behind a group on two under as I thought somebody would have posted a decent score.”

Relieved to be still in contention, Rafferty knuckled down in the second round and produced some excellent golf as he roared around the famous Co Meath links with a five under par 66 that included seven birdies.

After parring his opening two holes, he then birdied the fourth, fifth and sixth, to move to four under for the tournament. A dropped shot at eight was cancelled out by a birdie 11 but he then bogeyed the 12th to move back to three under.

Last Tuesday in Portmarnock, Rafferty returned the best gross score in the Winter Alliance when he birdied two of the last three holes for a 69 and on Sunday he once again produced some sparkling golf over the final three holes.

After birdieing the 17th, Rafferty hit a drive and an eight iron to set up a birdie on 18 and he then birdied the first, his last, to finish on six under and take the tournament by one shot.

It was his second victory in the competition having won it previously 2013 and he was delighted with the way he played and finished the final round.

“It’s always nice to finish strong and to do it twice in a week is great. Winning the Laytown & Bettystown Scratch Cup in 2013 was a big breakthrough moment for me and it means a lot to have won it again,” said Rafferty

While most of Ireland’s top amateurs are heading to Rosses Point this week for the West of Ireland Championship, Rafferty will heading to St Andrews in Scotland with Maynooth University for the R&A’s Scholars Championship.

“To win in Laytown is a nice boost heading to St Andrews. I played there last year in the St Andrew’s Cup and made the cut so I’m hoping that experience will stand me to this week.”

Lack of sleep no obstacle to super Shaw

Lack of sleep proved no obstacle to in-form Austin Shaw as he surged to victory in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which also doubled as Round 2 of the Winter League sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock.

In the first 18 hole competition of the year, Shaw (9) had three points to spare over Neal MacKell (3) who had to settle for winning Category One and also recording the best gross score of the day with 37pts.

A passionate Dundalk FC supporter, Shaw travelled to the Showgrounds on Saturday night to watch Stephen Kenny’s side record a 2-0 victory over Sligo Rovers. He drove home after the match and, despite losing an hour’s sleep when the clocks went forward on Sunday morning, he still made the first tee for his dew-sweeping 08:12 start.

Any tiredness the nine handicapper might have felt were soon banished as opened with two three point pars followed by a two point bogey five at the third and a three point par at the fourth.

That left him on 11 points after the first four holes and then he missed holing his eight iron tee shot at the par three fifth by inches but the three points he gained for the tap in birdie brought him to 14pts for his round. Two pars on the back to back par fives yielded another five points and a one point bogey five at the eighth and a two point par at the ninth saw him turn for home on 22pt.

Three more pars and eight more points followed over the next three holes before a well struck nine wood into the heart of the green on the par three 13th set up his second three point birdie of the day.

A two point par at the 14th took Shaw to 35pts with four holes to go but disaster almost struck on the 15th when he drove into the trees but was fortunate to escape with a one point double bogey six. Shaw got that dropped point back at the 16th where he produced a three point par and he then parred 17 and 18 for a further four points to finish on superb score of 43pts and record his first victory of the season.

Donal Curran (12) took the Category Two prize and Conor Byrne (23) was the Category Three winner.

March 25 – Singles Stableford & Winter League sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra, Blackrock – Overall: Austin Shaw (9) 43pts. Category 1 (0-11): Neal MacKell (3) 40pts, Connor MaCaughey (5) 36/20pts. Category 2 (12-17): Donal Curran (12) 38pts, Noel Reid (15) 37/19/12pts, Category 3 (18-28): Conor Byrne (23) 39pts, Sean Gallagher (20) 37/20pts. Best Gross: Neal MacKell (3) 37pts.

Presentation of Shamrocks on Saint Patrick’s Day

The Junior Captains Padraig Fallon and Claire McKenna presented shamrocks to Lady President Marie MacKell, Lady Captain Pat Cleary and Captain Gerry Byrne.

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.

ENDS

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.

ENDS

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.