McKeever edges out Duffy to win

John McKeever shot an excellent round of 42pts to win Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition edging out Paddy Duffy by a single point.

The 12 handicapper was into the groove straight from the off as he parred four of the first five holes for a 14 point haul and he picked up another nine points from the next four holes as he parred his way to the turn.

A bogey at the 10th was his first one point hole but he responded well by parring four of the next five holes for another 14pt haul to move to 37pts with four holes to go.

Another one point followed at the 16th but he stayed on the rails to the finish as he parred 17 and bogeyed 18, where he had shot, for a further four points and a finishing total of 42.

That was one better than Paddy Duffy (13) who shot an excellent 41pts to finish second overall while the category prizes went to Austin Shaw (8), Seamus Bailey (12) and Eamon Hoey (18).

Sunday, November 13 – Singles Stableford – Overall: John McKeever (12) 42pts, Paddy Duffy (13) 41pts. Category 1 (0-11): Austin Shaw (8) 38pts. Category 2 (12-17): Seamus Bailey (12) 39/19/14pts. Category 3 (18-28): Eamon Hoey (18) 40pts.

 

Course knowledge helps McCaughey

As one of the key members of the hard-working course committee over the last few years, Connor McCaughey knows just about every blade of grass around Dundalk Golf Club and he used that knowledge to great effect last Sunday,

A countback over the final six holes was needed before McCaughey, playing off six, was declared the winner after he had finished on 39pts with Darren O’Brien (16) and George Rogers (20).

McCaughey shot 21pts for the front nine, helped greatly by four points at the third where he had a birdie three and three point pars at the fourth, sixth and seventh.

Down the back he shot 18pts with three point pars at the 15th and 18th cancelling out a no score at the par three 13th. That par at the 18th was to prove crucial as the extra point was enough to get past O’Brien and Rogers on countback.

O’Brien and Rogers finished second and third overall respectively while the category winners were Sean Hession (6), Danny Gallagher (14) and Sean Gallagher (23). James Reilly (28) took the juvenile prize while veteran Gerry Murray had a hole in one at the 13th

Sunday, November 6 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Connor McCaughey (6) 39/18/12pts, Darren O’Brien (16) 39pts, George Rogers (20) 38/20pts. Category 1 (0-12): Sean Hession (6) 38pts. Category 2 (13-17): Danny Gallagher (14) 38pts. Category 3 (18-28): Sean Gallagher (23) 38/18/12/7pts. Juvenile: James Reilly (28) 36pts. CSS: 35pts.

Uzell pips Crosbie to take victory

A super back nine was enough to allow Alan Uzell, playing off 20, pip Martin Crosbie (10) on countback in last Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

Uzell shot 24pts on the home nine having turned with 17pts on his card. Although he picked up three points by parring the first and fifth he handed them back with one pointers at the third, seventh and eighth.

However, down the back nine, it was a much more impressive as Uzell took full advantage of the pleasant day.

Three points at the par five 10th got him back to level par for the day and he took command of the competition when he took 13pts from the 12th to the 15th with a scoring blitz that included a birdie two at the par three 13th.

That left him on 35pts standing on the 16th tee and he delivered handicap pars all the way in to finish on 41pts and take the overall honours.

Crosbie, who was the only other player to break 40pts, had to settle for the Category 1 prize while David Brennan (14) and Jim Deary (21) were the other category winners.

October 30 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Alan Uzell (20) 41/24pts. Category 1 (0-12): Martin Crosbie (10) 41pts, Charlie Monahan (9) 39/21pts. Category 2 (13-17): David Brennan (14) 39pts, Michael Flynn (14) 36pts. Category 3 (18-28): Jim Dearey (21) 36pts, Sean Gallagher (23) 35pts. CSS: 36pts.

 

 

ENDS

Carins powers his way to victory

Eighteen handicapper Martin Cairns produced a round that included one birdie and eight pars on his way to posting a score of 43pts in Sunday’s Single Stableford competition.

He could even afford not to score at the par five seventh, where he shot a triple bogey eight, and still have three points to spare over second placed Cathal Muckian (12).

Cairns amassed 15 points from the opening six holes before his stumble on the seventh but five points from the next two holes saw him turn for home on 20pts. He kept the scoring going as he headed down the back nine with pars at the 10th and 11th and a birdie at the 12th to move to 30pts with six holes to go. More pars followed at 14th and 17th while his only dropped shot on the back nine was at the 15th as she shot 23pts for the back nine and an overall score of 43ptd.

Kieran Arthurs (12), Paul Reilly (17) and Colm O’Hanrahan (25) were the category winners with Reilly also managing to include a hole in one at the par three 17th in his round.

Sunday, October 9 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Martin Cairns (18) 43pts, Cathal Muckian (12) 40pts. Category 1 (0-12): Kieran Arthurs (12) 39pts, Ciaran Traynor (6) 36/19/13/8/5pts. Category 2 (13-18): Paul Reilly (17) 39pts, Kieran Reidy (17) 38pts. Category 3 (19-28): Colm O’Hanrahan (25) 38pts, Declan Ward (22) 37/23pts. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (19) 40pts. CSS: 36pts.

Impressive win for Hession

Seven handicapper Sean Hession was an impressive winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition when he shot 42pts to win by two points from teenager Cian Lynch McCrave and Darren O’Brien.

Hession, who is the latest member of the Tournament Committee, to win a Sunday competition, got off to a flying start as birdies at the first and third gave him ten points for the first three holes and although he dropped shots at the eight and ninth he still managed to turn with 20pts.

He took eight points from the first three holes on the back nine thanks to a pars at the 10th and 11th and a birdie at the par five 12th. He dropped a shot at the 13th but made amends with another explosive three hole burst from the 15th which yielded another 10pts thanks to birdies at 15 and 17 and a par at 16.

He covered the back nine in 22pts for an overall total of 42pts and that was enough to take the overall prize from Juvenile Captain Lynch McCrave and O’Brien. Lynch McCrave had the consolation of taking the Category One prize while O’Brien captured Category Three with Aidan Gaughran (13) winning Category Two. .

Singles Stableford Competition – Sunday, October  2 – Overall: Sean Hession (7) 42pts. Category 1 (0-11): Cian Lynch McCrave (10) 40pts, Alan Hurley (4) 38pts. Category 2 (12-16): Aidan Gaughran (13) 39/21pts, Jim Rowland (12) 39pts. Category 3 (17-28): Darren O’Brien (17) 40pts, Andrew Cumiskey (17) 37pts. Juvenile: Daniel Nordon (28) 35pts. CSS: 36pts.

 

 

ENDS

 

Back to back wins for Grennan

To win a Sunday competition at Dundalk Golf Club is not easy given the size and calibre of the field each week so the odds on winning back to back are extremely high but that’s exactly what 11 handicapper Barry Grennan has done over the past week.

Having won the Jubilee Cup the previous week, Greenan took the Members Prize in the Past Captains and Members Competition to complete a notable double.

Grennan shot 43pts over the Green course to win by one point from David Smyth (12) with Newsam Cup panel member Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) taking third on 41pts on countback after a super 22pts down the back nine.

The confidence from last week’s victory was oozing out of Grennan as he amassed 10 points from the opening three holes after two pars and a birdie three at the fourth. A dropped shot at the par five sixth was quickly rescued at the seventh which he parred for three points and a birdie two at the ninth yielded another three points as he turned for home with 23pts.

Although he dropped a shot at the index two 11th, Grennan managed to pick up three points at the 12th, 16th and 18th for a total of 43pts and it was that par at the last that edged him past Smyth and a second successive victory.

Two handicapper Eddie Rogers showed all his class in returning an impressive 41pts to take Category 1 while Michael Gallagher (10) was the Category 2 winner and Gavin McDonnell (20) claimed Category 3.

Sunday was also an opportunity for the club’s past captains to come together for their annual competition and dinner and it was Gerry O’Keefe (13) who took their prize with a score of 42pts which was two better than Sean Hession (8).

Sunday, September 25 – Past Captains and Members Competition – Past Captains Prize: Gerry O’Keefe (13) 42pts, Sean Hession (8) 40/20pts. Members Prize: Barry Grennan (11) 43pts, David Smyth (12) 42pts, Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) 41/22pts. Category 1 (0-12): Eddie Rogers (2) 41pts, Barry Cunningham (10) 39/21pts. Category 2 (13-17): Michael Gallagher (13) 40/19pts, Michael Stewart (13) 40pts. Category 3 (18-28): Gavin McDonnell (20) 41pts, Sean Gallagher (24)  40pts. CSS: 71 (37pts).

Davis wins Arkew Cup in style

Honorary Secretary Pat Davis was an emphatic winner of the Arkew Cup on Sunday when he produced his best round of the year to shoot an eight under 64 and win by four shots from John Paul Casey (17).

The 17 handicapper’s round included three birdies, six pars and seven bogeys as well as a double bogey and a triple bogey.

The double bogey came on the opening hole but Davis showed tremendous character to immediately bounce back at the next with a birdie three and pars at the fourth and fifth left him three under after five. A par four at the eighth and a birdie two at the ninth brought him to six under at the turn and further pars at the 10th and 12th left him eight under standing on the 15th tee.

A gross score in the 70s was definitely looming on the horizon at this stage but a horrible triple bogey seventh at the 15th threaten to derail Davis’s march to victory. However, he regrouped and he got the dropped shots back when he holed for a birdie two at the 17th to get back to eight under.

Shane Hession (6) took the gross prize with a 77 while his father, Sean (9) took the Category 1 prize with the other category winners being Seamus Bailey (13) and Patrick McCormack (22). Adam Lennon (21) took the Juvenile Prize with a 70.

The Arkew Cup was the final Golfer of the Year competition and congratulation are extended to Frank Byrne who emerged as the overall winner.

For the second successive week Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition was won by a visitor with Greenore’s Adam McDonnell (5) taking the honours on countback from 2016 Captain’s Prize winner David Murden (10) after both shot excellent scores of 42pts. Murden had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize with Ashfield’s Damien Ross (15) and Dundalk Club President Tom Geary (21) winning the other two category prizes.

The final preparations are underway for the ILGU Finals beginning on September 20. The time tables for ball spotters, car park attendants and score recorders are at the bar.  If you have time to spare on any of the days we would very much appreciate it.

Sunday, September 11 – Arkew Cup – Overall: Patrick Davis (17) 64, John Paul Casey (17) 68. Gross: Shane Hession (6)  77. Category 1 (0-12): Sean Hession (9) 70, E J Hanratty (9) 71/35.5. Category 2 (13-17): Seamus Bailey (13) 70/32.5, Danny Gallagher (14) 70. Category 3 (18+): Patrick McCormack (22) 70, Tom Lanigan (21) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (21) 70. CSS: 73.

 

Rafferty retains Club Championship

Caolan Rafferty (+3) retained the Club Champio

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

nship on Saturday when a second round of level par was enough to hold off the chasing field.

Rafferty had held a four shot lead after Round 1 and the only player to challenge him was his fellow plus handicapper Aaron Grant (+2) who shot a one under par 71 for an overall score of level par. But Rafferty kept his composure all through the final round as he shot a level par 72 to finish on three under for the championship.

The gross prizes were won by Robert White (1) and Conor Curran (3) while Terry Conlon (6) and Eoin Murphy (3) took the nett prizes.

Club Championship – Overall: 141 – Caolan Rafferty (+3) 69/72. 144 –  Aaron Grant (+2) 73/71. Round 1 (Sept 4) – Gross: Robert White (1) 73/34. Nett: Terry Conlon (6) 68. Round 2 (Sept 11) – Gross: Connor Curran (3) 73/35. Nett: Eoin Murphy (3) 70. CSS: 73.

 

 

Dundalk win Newsam Cup

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

 

Dundalk Golf Club ended an eight year wait when they captured the Newsam Cup for the first time since 2008 on Saturday.

Dundalk’s first three pairings took just 15 holes each to take out Knightsbrook’s top order in one of the most comprehensive displays ever seen in the 39 year history of the tournament.

Royal Tara, who organise this annual inter-club foursomes matchplay tournament for golfers with a handicap of 17 or higher, hosted the final after the 18 invitees from four counties were narrowed to the final two over the course of the summer.

Knightsbrook made the short trip from Trim to Tara looking to win their first men’s inter-club tournament and travelled with confidence as their opening two pairings hadn’t lost a match en route to the final while the third pairing had only tasted defeated once.

But Dundalk were battle hardened after knocking out 2015 winner Headfort and also seeing off Greenore and Townley Hall on their path to the final and managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan left no stone unturned in their attention to detail and the manner in which they prepared their team.

Solid drives on the first tee from all five Dundalk pairings augured well for what was to follow and so it turned out to be as Dundalk quickly grabbed control of the tie and never relinquished their firm grip as they plotted their way through the tight opening nine before unleashing their obvious power off the tee on the more open back nine.

In the top match Bobby McCarthy and Hugh Reilly were all square after six against David Maguire and Alan Codd but edged into a two hole lead after ten holes and then extended their lead to three before closing out the match on the 15th for a 4 & 3 win and Dundalk’s first point on the board.

Behind them, brothers David and Kenneth Cairns came out of the traps like a bullet and won the first four holes against Brian O’Neill and Eamon O’Brien to open up a four hole lead which wasn’t threatened and they also closed it out on 15 where they won the hole to record a 5&3 victory.

The third match saw Adrian Kenny and Kenneth Carthy take on Billy Tyndall and Rodney Trenwith and the Dundalk pair were two up after five and won the sixth to go three up. They were two up after nine but won two of the next four holes and were dormie four standing on the 15th tee. Like the duo before them they finished the job in style by winning the 15th for a 5 & 3 win and the winning point as Dundalk recorded a 3-0 win.

The other two matches out on the course were called in at that stage with veteran campaigners Jim Gollogley and Sean O’Sullivan involved in a match that seemed destined to go all the way to 18 while the anchor men, Eamonn McEneaney and Nigel Giff, were totally in control of their match when it was called in.

For team managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan it was the culmination of three years of hard work but they were quick to pay tribute to the15 strong squad that had seen Dundalk through the competition.

“It was a great team effort,” said McCaughey. “The boys worked very hard all year and everybody in the squad played their part. There was a great team spirit and you could see the confidence they possessed when they stepped onto the first tee. They beat a very good team in the final and the win is a great boost for the club.”

The Dundalk 2016 Newsam Cup panel was: Nigel Giff, Eamonn McEneaney, Adrian Kenny, Kevin Carthy, Sean Quigley, Brian Crombie, Bobby McCarthy, Hugh Reilly, Jim Gollogley, Sean O’Sullivan, David Cairns, Kenneth Cairns, Martin Cairns, Benny O’Shaughnessy and Caoimhin O’Callaghan.

 

PHOTO: Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan hold aloft the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Young talent to the fore in Adult and Juvenile competition

The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm on Saturday for the annual Adult and Juvenile competition sponsored by club caterer Declan Rafferty.

A total of 56 pairs played Scotch Foursomes over either 18 or nine holes, depending the category of the younger player, and the scoring showed that there is plenty of talent coming through the juvenile ranks.

One of those players to watch out for in the coming years is Oisin Conroy (12) who partnered Nora Byrne (24) to win Cateogry 1 with an excellent score of 65.

Another is Áine Greenan (26) who joined up with Paul Campbell (12) to take Category 2 with a one under par 71 while Ferghal Duffy (16) and Barra Duffy (36) won Category 3 with a 63 and Category 4 saw Joe Durnin (17) and Emma Durnin (36) come out on top with a fabulous nett score of 58½.

The final two categories were played over nine holes with Category5 won by John Mulligan (10) and Oran Mulligan (40) with a score of 30½ while Des Malone (24) and Sarah Coan (40) took Category 6 with a 43.

Saturday, September 3 – Adult & Juvenile Scotch Foursomes Sponsored by Declan Rafferty –

Category 1 (Adult and 18 Hole Boy): Nora Byrne (24) & Oisin Conroy (12) 65, Pat Dunne (19) & Tom Dunne (17) 66, Danny Gallagher (14) & Iarlaith Carroll (20) 68.

Category 2 (Adult and 18 Hole Girl): Pauline Campbell (12) & Áine Grennan (26) 71, Fionnuala Dullaghan (16) & Eve Rowland (16) 74, Jean Connolly (20) & Jane Connolly (22) 79.

Category 3 (Adult and 9 Hole Boy): Fearghal Duffy (16) & Barra Duffy (36) 63, Barry Cunningham (10) & Fionn Cunningham (28) 65, David Brennan (14) & Louis Goodman (32) 66.

Category 4 (Adult and 9 Hole Girl): Joe Durnin (17) & Emma Durnin (36) 58½, Marie Strain (14) & Anna Rowland (36) 67, Jim Rowland (11) & Katie Rowland (36) 76.

Category 5: (Adult and 4 Hole Boy): John Mulligan (10) & Oran Mulligan (40) 30½.

Category 6 (Adult and 4 Hole Girl): Des Malone (24) & Sarah Coan (40) 43.