Cunningham leads Gold Medal qualifiers

The weekend action was dominated by the Gold Medal Qualifiers which took place on Saturday and Sunday and attracted a large entry of players battling to win one of the 64 places on offer for the matchplay stages.

The leading qualifier was 10 handicapper Barry Cunningham who posted a 67 on Sunday where the cut was 77/37.5, one higher than Saturday’s cut of 76.

Qualifiers are requested to advise the Tournament Committee if they are unable to participate in the Gold Medal Match play competition. The draw will take place on Wednesday, April 12.

The qualifiers were played over the long blue course but Cunningham began with three straight pars and after bogeying the index one par four fourth and the par three fifth he got back to playing par golf over the nine holes to the 14th.

Bogeys followed over the next three holes but he finished with a par for a fine gross score of 77 and a nett 67 to take the leading qualifier prize.

The Competition Scratch score for Saturday was 73 and Sunday was 74.

Gold Medal Qualifiers: Barry Cunningham, Padraig Fallon, Chris Murden, Ultan Gaughran, Michael Gill, Eoghan McKenna, Pat Daly, Neil Mullooly, Kevin Redmond, Brian Ward, Maurice J Murphy, Martin Byrne, Gerry Oakes, Dessie Ward, Dillon Greene, Gerry Campbell, Turlough King, Dermot Ahern, Martin Farrelly, Gareth Halpin, Conall Murdock, Oliver McGinnity, Liam McGailey, Cian Lynch-McCrave, Diarmuid McAdam, Conor Hackett, Gerry J Byrne, Austin Shaw, Frank Byrne, Gregory McCaughey, Fergal Sexton, B Reilly, Sean O’Sullivan, Patrick Purton, Maurice Soraghan, Eamon Kelly, Jamie McCaul, Sean Laverty, Eddie Rocks, Ollie Reilly, Alan Hurley, Liam Mernagh, Seamus Bailey, Dennis Cunningham, Andrew Cumiskey, Anthony McGuinness, Vincent Conlon, Alan Cole, David Brennan, Richard Barry, Eddie Sheridan, Ciaran Sheridan, Robert O’Hanlon, Adrian Kenny, Jim Dwyer, Michael Flynn, Trevor Giff, Kieran Reidy, Ciaran Traynor, Peter Fitzpatrick, Billy Cairns, Len Mullins, Carl Stewart, Tommy Renaghan..

 

 

Double for McDonnell as Winter League concludes

The Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League successfully concluded in beautiful sunshine on Sunday as the 16 matchplay finals took place. The winners, who are named in the results section, received their prizes afterwards in the clubhouse.

The club would like to thank Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock for their generous sponsorship of the Winter League.

The finals were played as part of the last 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition of the Winter season and it proved to be a double success for Gavin McDonnell as he not only won his final but he took the overall prize in the competition.

The 19 handicapper has been playing steadily over the last few months but it all came good for him on Sunday as he shot 30pts to edge out Vincent Conlon (8) on countback.

McDonnell’s round included five three-point holes, seven two-point holes and one one-point hole and that was enough to give him his first overall win of 2017.

Conlon had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize while Martin Farrelly (13) took Category 2 and Alan Uzell won Category 3. Neal MacKell claimed the Gross Prize with 25pts.

13 Hole Singles Stableford: Gavin McDonnell (19) 30/20pts. Category 1 (0-12): Vincent Conlon (8) 30pts, Brian Mernagh (12) 28/20pts. Category 2 (13-17): Martin Farrelly (13) 28/19pts, Kieran Reidy (16) 28pts. Category 3 (18-28): Alan Uzell (19) 29pts, Noel Crowe (26) 28pts. Best Gross: Neal MacKell 25pts.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Winners: Conall Murdock, Barry Cunningham, Billy Cairns, William McKeever, Ken Cairns, Frank Byrne, Brian Mernagh, Kevin Barry, Vincent Conlon, Dennis Cunningham, Alan Uzell, Brian Gaughran, Richard Barry, Connor McCaughey, Gavin McDonnell, Barry Grennan.

 

Centra Winter League Finals on Sunday

The finals of the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League will take place on Sunday morning with 16 matches down for decision.

Following the fourth round of the League last Sunday, the top 32 players have been drawn to play each other over 18 holes with the top qualifier playing the last qualifier and so on. The pairings are below. The 32 finalists will also be eligible to win the normal singles stableford competition.

The final will be matchplay stableford format with the total stableford points counting. In the event of a tie the higher seeded player will win as there will be no countback. The presentation to the 16 winners will take place at 1.15pm in the clubhouse.

Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Finals: 08:40: Conall Murdock v Jim Dwyer, Barry Cunningham v Edmund Sheridan, 08:50: Billy Cairns v Colm Garvey, William McKeever v Danny Miele, 09:00: Ken Cairns v Martin Byrne, Frank Byrne v Brian Ward. 09:10: Brian Mernagh v Micheal Gill, Kevin Barry v Michael Stewart. 09:20: Niall McCaul v Vincent Conlon, Dennis Cunningham v Maurice Soraghan. 09:30: Alan Uzell v Alan Cole, Anthony O’Donoghue v Brian Gaughran. 09:40: Richard Barry v John McKeever, Ray Pepperv Connor McCaughey. 09:50: Gavin McDonnell v Patrick Cole, Eddie Rocks v Barry Grennan. 10:00: Mickey Coburn v Noel McGuinness.

 

McCaul shoots best nett and best gross

The fourth round of the Winter League was won by six handicapper Niall McCaul who shot a nett 32pts and also managed to return the best gross score of the day with 28pts for the 13 holes. The 13 hole format meant McCaul only had four shots at his disposal so it was an impressive round.

It began with a three point par at the first which was followed by a three point birdie and although he only earned five points over the next three holes he took eight points from the two par-fives on the front nine as he eagled the sixth for four points and birdied the seventh for four points.

Another birdie followed at the eighth for three points and a two point par at the ninth meant he completed the front nine in 24pts.

Three pars at the 10th, 16th and 17th yielded seven points as he only had a shot at the 16th and, although he bogeyed the par four 18th, the point he gained was enough to get over the line in first place.

Another six handicapper, Billy Cairns, shot 31pts to take the Category 1 honours while Ollie English (12) won Category 2 with 30pts and Noel Reid (18) with 27pts claimed the Category 3 prize on countback.

Sunday, March 26 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford and Round 4 of Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League – Overall: Niall McCaul (6) 32pts. Category 1 (0-11): Billy Cairns (6) 31pts, Ultan Gaughran (9) 30pts. Category 2 (12-16): Ollie English (12) 30pts, Peter Fitzpatrick (14) 26/19pts. Category 3 (17-28): Noel Reid (18) 27/20pts, Bill McCarthy (27) 27pts. Best Gross: Niall McCaul 28pts.

O’Donoghue takes Round 3 in Winter League

Fourteen handicapper Anthony O’Donoghue won Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which also doubled as Round 3 of the Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League.

A run of five successive three-point holes from the seventh to the 16th proved crucial and was an excellent response to his only dropped shot of the day at the par five sixth where he didn’t have a shot and had to settle for a one point bogey,

O’Donoghue also had back to back three point holes at the third and fourth for a total of seven three pointer while he also managed to score two points on five holes.

Kieran Arthurs (12) took the Category 1 prize on 31pts from Clem Walsh (5) finished on 30pts but had the consolation of taking the gross prize after shooting 26pts which was the equivalent of level par for the 13 holes. Sean O’Sullivan (17) and Anthony McGuinness (23) took the other two category prizes.

The 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition on St Patrick’s Day was won by Michael Hamilton (15) who beat Kenneth Cairns (16) on countback after both had shot best of the day scores of 31pts. They were a point ahead of Sean Ward (17), Michael Browne (21) and Gerry Murray (9) with Ultan Gaughran (9) being the final player to make the podium after his 29pts clinched sixth place.

Sunday, March 19 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford & Round 3 of Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock Winter League Overall: Anthony O’Donoghue (14) 32pts. Category 1(0-12): Kieran Arthurs (12) 31pts, Clem Walshe (5) 30 pts. Category 2 (13-17): Sean O’Sullivan (17) 29/21/16pts, Paddy Duffy (13) 29pts. Category 3 (18-28): Anthony McGuinness (23) 31pts, Eamon Hoey (18) 29pts. Gross: Clem Walshe 26pts.

 

Friday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day 13 Hole Singles Stableford Sponsored by Cooley Distillery – Michael Hamilton  (15) 31pts, Kenneth Cairns(16) 31pts, Sean Ward (17) 30pts, Michael Browne (21) 30pts, Gerry Murray (9) 30pts, Ultan Gaughran (9) 29pts.

Practice pays for Rocks

Sunday saw the start of the Winter League, sponsored by Tiernans Centra, Blackrock, and, much to the relief of the 127 players who teed-off, the temperatures were considerably higher than the previous weekend.

There is an old adage in golf that practice makes perfect and so it will come as no surprise to those who saw Eddie Rocks hard at work on the practice ground over the past week that he recorded his first overall victory of the season on Sunday.

The 11-handicapper was one of three players to return a score of 32pts for the 13 holes but took victory on the second round of countback from Barry Cunningham (10) and Conall Murdock (8) as the Category 1 golfers showed their class.

There was some consolation for Murdock as he took the Gross Prize with a fine score of 26pts after being edged out by Cunningham for the Category 1 prize.

Peter O’Brien (18) took Category 2 with 30pts from Willie McKeever (17) on 29pts while Category 3 went to Mark Browne (22) on 31pts which was three clear of Anthony McGuinness (23) in second on 28pts.

Playing off 11 and having only eight shots over the 13 holes, Rocks had a blemish free round as he returned a card that contained six three point holes and seven two point holes.

His first three points came from a par four at the second and he added another at the third with another par four. Another par, and three points, followed at the eighth before a birdie two at the ninth yielded his fourth three pointer of the round and saw him complete the front nine in 22pts.

Back to back pars and two more three pointers followed at the par-five 10th and par four 16th before pars at the 17th and 18th where he didn’t have any shots.

In all, his round consisted of one birdie, nine pars and three bogeys and sent out a strong message that practice does pay off.

Sunday, February 19 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford/Winter League Round 1 (sponsored by Tiernans Centra, Blackrock) – Overall: Eddie Rocks (11) 32/22/16pts. Category 1 (0-12): Barry Cunningham (10) 32/22pts, Conall Murdock (8) 32pts. Category 2 (13-18): Peter O Brien (18) 30pts, Willie McKeever (17) 29/20pts. Category 3 (19-28): Mark Browne (22) 31pts, Anthony McGuinness (23) 28/19pts. Best Gross: Conall Murdock 26pts.

Dwyer masters the wind to win

On a freezing cold day, made even more difficult by the strong winds, Jim Dwyer (8) was the only player to reach 30pts in last Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition.

That was enough to give him overall victory by one point from Seamus Bailey (12) and Clem Walshe (5) who scored 29pts. In addition to his third place finish, Walshe also took the Gross Prize with 25pts.

Dwyer returned a blemish free card made up of four three point holes and nine two point holes. Three of those three pointers came from the opening three holes which he parred and he also parred the par-five seventh for another three points.

Two point pars came at the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, tenth, 17th and 18th and he had shots at the fourth and 16th which he bogeyed for two points at each.

The category honours went to Conall Murdock (8), Kenneth Cairns (14) and Peter O’Brien (18).

Sunday, February 12 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Jim Dwyer (8) 30pts, Seamus Bailey (12), 29/19/14pts, Clem Walshe (5) 29pts. Category 1 (0-11): Conall Murdock (8) 28pts, Category 2 (12-17): Kenneth Cairns (14) 28pts. Category 3 (18-28): Peter O’Brien (18) 28pts. Best Gross: Clem Walshe 25pts.

O’Brien unmatched as he takes Sunday prize

Eighteen handicapper Peter O’Brien was the winner of Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition as he turned in an unmatched score of 38pts.

That was enough to give him a two point victory over Derek Murdock (10) who had settled for winning Category 1 where he edged out Christy Ward (9) by a point.

Patsy Arrowsmith (14) took the Category 2 honours with a score of 33pts but he need a six hole countback to see off the challenge of Willie McKeever (17) who had matched him over 13 and nine holes respectively.

Michael Browne (21) was the Category 3 winner with his score of 35pts being one better than that of Tom Cheevers (23).

Billy Cairns (6) was the winner of the Gross Prize with a fine score of 28pts.

Sunday, February 5 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Peter O’Brien (18) 38pts. Category 1 (0-11): Derek Murdock (10) 36pts, Christy Ward (9) 35pts. Category 2 (12-17): Patsy Arrowsmith (14) 33/23/17pts, Willie McKeever (17) 33pts. Category 3 (18-28): Michael Browne (21) 35pts, Tom Cheevers (23) 34pts. Gross: Billy Cairns (6) 28pts.

Cairns burns it up to take Sunday prize

David Cairns (18) won Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition with the sort of round that most golfers can only dream about.

His 38pts haul consisted of three bogeys, nine pars and an eagle as produced a round that was the equivalent of 12 under par.

With a shot on every hole, Cairns opened with a bogey for two points before notching his first par of the day at the second for three points and another bogey at the third left him on seven points.

Then came a period of amazing scoring as Cairns parred the next six holes, picking up 18 points, and turned for home at the ninth on 25pts.

An eagle three at the 10th yielded another five points and he then parred 16 and 17 for a further six points before taking a bogey five at the 18th to finish his round on 38pts.

That was two points better than 14 handicapper Michael Kelly who edged out Clem Walsh (6) on countback for second place after both were tied on 36pts

Category winners were Fergal Sexton (11), Brian Ward (15) and Peter O’Brien (18) while Peter Rogers (2) took his second gross prize of the year with an excellent score of 29pts.
Sunday, January 29 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: David Cairns (18) 38pts, Michael Kelly (14) 36/26pts, Clem Walshe (5) 36/24pts. Category 1 (0-11): Fergal Sexton (11) 35pts. Category 2 (12-17): Brian Ward (15) 34/25pts. Category 3 (18-28): Peter O’Brien (18) 36pts. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 29pts.

 

Mernagh’s strong finish delivers victory

Countback was needed to separate the four golfers who returned best of the day scores of 32pts in last Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition.

Last week’s winner Kenneth Cairns (17) was among the quartet but he failed to make the podium and had to settle for winning Category 2. However, two prizes from the opening two weeks of the year isn’t a bad return.

Sean Hession, now playing off five after a very consistent 2016, was the man who edged Cairns off the podium with a score of 17pts for the final nine holes played, which because of ongoing course improvement work was the fifth to the 10th and the 16th to the 18th.

John McKeever (11) is a player who was starting to get the measure of the course towards the end of last year and was an overall winner in November. He went close to a second victory on Sunday but came up short as his countback score of 19pts was three less than Brian Mernagh’s 22pts.

Mernagh produced an almost flawless round. He scored on each on the 13 holes and only once, when he had a bogey four at the par three ninth, did he have to settle for a solitary point.

His opening four holes yielded 10pts thanks to three point pars at third and fourth holes and he picked up another three points at the seventh when he parred the par five. Mernagh covered the opening nine holes in 20pts but finished his round with flourish over the four holes on the back nine that were in play.

At the par five 10th, a birdie four yielded four points and he picked up another three by parring the 16th. A par at the 17th, where he didn’t have a shot, got him another two points and he then parred the 18th for three points.

That return of 12pts from the final four holes proved crucial and gave Mernagh his first win of 2017.

In addition to Carins, the other category winners were Conall Mudock (8) and Ray Pepper (20) while Maurice Murphy (3) took the gross prize with 26pts, the equivalent of level par.

The Tournament Committee will run a Winter League team event from February 5 to April 2. The entry fee is €5 and the entry box is located in the bar. The closing date for entries is January 29 at 6pm.

Sunday, January 22 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Brian Mernagh (12) 32/22pts, John McKeever (11) 32/19pts, Sean Hession (5) 32/17pts. Gross: Maurice Murphy (3) 26pts. Category 1 (0-11): Conall Murdock (8) 31pts. Category 2 (12-17): Kenneth Cairns (17) 32pts. Category 3 (18-28): Ray Pepper (20) 31pts.