Rafferty claims Irish Intervarsity Championship

Caolan Rafferty has finished off what has been an unforgettable year by winning the Irish Intervaristy Championship at Enniscrone.

After opening with a 78 to lie four shots off the lead, Rafferty put himself right in the mix with a four under par second round 69 and a final round 75 left him with one shot to spare on three over from his playing partner and Maynooth University team-mate, Eugene Smith of Laytown & Bettystown.

Rafferty is among seven members of the GUI Senior Panel who have been selected to travel to PGA Catalunya Resort, Girona, Spain on November 28 for a four-day coaching session with national coach Neil Manchip. The group also includes Colm Campbell and Tiarnán McLarnon who were winner and runner-up respectively in this year’s Dundalk Scratch Cup.

Rafferty is also part of an eight strong Ireland squad that has been selected to compete at the South African Stroke Play Championship at Pecanwood Golf Club from February 6 to 9 and the African Amateur Championship at Glendower Golf Club from February 13 to 16.

 

Walshe clear winner of Halloween Hamper

Five handicapper Clem Walshe was a clear winner of Sunday’s Halloween Hamper competition which was sponsored by Traynor’s Butchers.

He returned a fine score of 42pts in the seven club competition after shooting an equally impressive gross score of 37pts which was a one-under par 71.

His round included birdies at the first, seventh and 10th and his only bogeys came at the 13th and 16th as he produced a round that saw him score 23pts over the front nine and 19pts on the way home.

He had two points to spare over Eddie Rocks (11) who finished 40pts and took second on countback after shooting 22pts on the inward nine relegating David Brennan (14) to third place.

Christy Ward (8), Noel Reidy (13) and Gavin McDonnell (18) took the three category prizes.

October 29 – Halloween Hamper Singles Stableford (Seven Clubs) sponsored by Traynor’s Butchers – Overall : Clem Walshe (5) 42pts, Eddie Rocks (11) 40/22pts, David Brennan (14) 40/20pts. Category 1 (0-12): Christy Ward (8) 39/20pts, Category 2 (13-17): Noel Reidy (13) 40pts. Category 3 (18-28): Gavin McDonnell (18) 38pts. Best Gross: Clem Walshe 37pts. CSS: Non-Qualifying.

Matchplay competitions decided after months of action

The various internal matchplay competitions have now been decided after several months of action.

Maurice Murphy has won the 2017 Gold Medal after beating Ciaran Sheridan in the final while Seamus Bailey captured the Carolan Cup by defeating Ray Pepper in the decider.

In the Harry Walsh Cup Joe Flanagan and Benny O’Shaughnessy beat Joe Flanagan to take the trophy for the first time.

This year saw the introduction of four category matchplay competitions which proved very popular.

In the Senior competition Eoin Murphy emerged as the winner while Declan Ward beat Pat Daly to claim the Minor title. Neil Mullooly defeated Fergal Harte in the Junior final while Stephen Buckingham was beaten by Pat Curran in the Intermediate final.

There are also two major foursomes competitions during the year and in the Men’s Foursomes Sean Gallagher & Conor McClenaghan were beaten by Michael McDermott and Paul Morrison while Clem Walshe and Oonagh Quinn beat Mickey and Mags Coburn in the Mixed Foursomes final.

 

 

Seven clubs more than enough for O’Brien

Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition was a novel event with each player limited to seven clubs instead of the normal 14 but the lack of firepower didn’t bother 13 handicapper Darren O’Brien who took the overall prize with a magnificent score of 44pts.

O’Brien’s score was four points better than Jim Rowland (12) who edged out Eddie Rogers (3) on countback. Rogers took Category One and his 37pts gross was also the day’s best gross score.

Michael Stewart (13) won Category 2 with 37pts while Paschal Keenan (15) was the Category 3 winner after posting a score of 38pts.

O’Brien had a superb start with four successive pars for an opening haul of 12pts and after a two point bogey four at the fifth he then parred the next five holes for another 12pts.

That left him standing on the 11th tee with 26pts already in the bag and he parred the 12th, 15th and 18th on the way home with a one point bogey five, at the short index 18 14th, the only blemish on a card that consisted of 13 pars and five bogeys.

 

Sunday, October 22 – Singles Stableford (Seven Clubs) – Overall: Darren O’Brien (13) 44pts, Jim Rowland (12) 40/20pts. Category 1 (0-9): Eddie Rogers (3) 40pts. Category 2 (10-14): Michael Stewart (13) 37pts. Category 3 (15-28): Paschal Keenan (15) 38pts. Best Gross: Eddie Rogers 37pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

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Steady Harte takes Sunday prize

Fergal Harte was the winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition with the six handicapper compiling a super round of 42pts to win by three points. His gross round of 36pts was also the best gross score of the day.

Harte scored at every hole and his round was made up of two four point holes, six three pointers, six two pointers and four one pointers.

The two four pointers were courtesy of birdies at the par four third and par five seventh where he had shots and contributed to a front nine score of 22pts which also included three point pars at the fourth and eighth.

He shot 20pts over the back nine and the key to that score was four successive three point holes as he birdied the par three 13th and par four 14th and then parred the low index par four 15th and 16th.

That left him three points clear of the field with Cathal Muckian (10), Anthony O’Donoghue (14) and Seamus Kelly (18) all shooting 39pts and claiming the three category prizes for their efforts.

Sunday, October 8 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Harte (6) 42pts. Category 1 (0-11): Cathal Muckian (10) 39pts, Conall Murdock (6) 38/20pts. Category 2 (12-16): Anthony O’Donoghue (14) 39pts. Brian Gaughran (13) 38/19pts. Category 3 (17-28): Seamus Kelly (18) 39pts, Sean Taaffe (19) 37/21pts. Best Gross: Fergal Harte 36pts. CSS: 36pts.

Mernagh pips Rogers in Jubilee Cup

Peter Rogers was pipped for Sunday’s Jubilee Cup as he lost out on countback to Liam Mernagh (13) despite shooting a nett 67 off a handicap of two.

Mernagh had got off to a good start with pars at the first and third but handed them back when he had a triple bogey seven at the index one fourth. However, he bounced back with successive pars at the fifth and sixth followed by another at the eighth and then a birdie two at the ninth for a nett front nine of 33.

More pars followed down the back nine at 10, 12, 13, 15 and 17 and 18 and the only blemish was two dropped shots at the short par four 14th. He came home in 34 nett for an overall score of five under 67 and beat Rogers on countback.

Aaron Grant (+2) took the Gross Prize with a superb five under par 67 in the first grouping of the day while the category prizes went to Conor McCaughey (5), Conor Hackett (12) and Johannes Steenvooden (24)

Sunday, October 1 – Jubilee Cup Singles Stroke – Overall: Liam Mernagh (13) 67/33.5, Peter Rogers (2) 67. Gross: Aaron Grant (+2) 67. Category 1 (0-11): Conor McCaughey (5) 69, Alan Hurley (5) 70. Category 2 (12-17): Conor Hackett (12) 71/34, Brian Ward (16) 71. Category 3 (17+): Johannes Steenvooden (24) 70, Sean Quigley (18) 72/34. CSS: 72.

Conlon holds on to win Golfer of the Year 2017

Vincent Conlon (8) is the Golfer of the Year after he just held on to edge out Peter Rogers (2) and Jim Dwyer (8) following the final counting competition last Sunday.

The Golfer of the Year is based on the seven best results from 13 competitions across the season starting with last April’s Gold Medal Qualifier.

Conlon finished on 507 which represents a stroke average of 72.43 while Rogers and Dwyer were on 509 with a stroke average of 72.71.

The top ten finishers were: 507 – Vincent Conlon (8); 509 – Peter Rogers (2), Jim Dwyer (8); 513 – Brian Mernagh (12); 514 – Connor McCaughey (5), Carl Stewart (9); 516 – Sean Quigley (18); 518 – Paddy Duffy (13), Terry Conlon (6); 519 – Shane Hession (6).

Johnson wins Irwin Lockington Salver

Eight handicapper Ciaran Johnson has had a week to remember. After finishing second in Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition he went one better on Sunday to claim the Irwin Lockington Salver.

The winner’s podium looked a long way off on Sunday when Johnson stood on the fourth tee after double-bogeys at the first and third but he parred the index one and then went par-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-par over the next seven holes before parring his way from the 11th to the 15th,

He then double-bogeyed the par four 16th but recovered to finish with back to back pars and record a nett score of 68 have gone out in 35 nett and returned home in 33 nett. That was enough to pip Colm Coburn (20) by one shot on countback after both had finished on 68

Peter Rogers (2) with a one-under par 71 returned the best gross while category winners were Vincent Conlon (7), Ollie Reilly (16) and Fergal McKenna (18)

Earlier in the week Brendan Lawlor (2) shot 38pts to win Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford by two points from Johnson.

Sunday, September 24 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Ciaran Johnson (8) 68/33, Colm Coburn (20)  68/34. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 71. Category 1 (0-11): Vincent Conlon (7) 69/35, Cathal Muckian (11) 69. Category 2 (12-17): Ollie Reilly (16) 68. Dessie Ward (13) 69/34. Category 3 (18-28): Fergal McKenna (18) 69 Gavin McDonnell (19) 70. CSS: 72.

 

Campbell wins One Finance Dundalk Scratch Cup

Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell receives the Dundalk Scratch Cup from Martin McDonnell of One Finance and Dundalk Club Captain Michael Coburn

 

Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell produced a superb second round to win the 36 hole One Finance Dundalk Scratch Cup at Dundalk Golf Club.

The 30-year-old Irish international shot a five under par 67 to pip Masserene’s Tiarnan McLarnon on countback after the two Ulster players were tied on 138, six under par, with the defending champion, Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, two shots further back in third.

The three internationals had played together in the marquee group and were very much in contention after the opening round when Rafferty and McLarnon had shot two under par 70s and Campbell was a shot further back.

Slieve Russell’s Seamus Cullen led after the round following his excellent four under par 68 which included five birdies and he led by one shot from Boys International Eoin Murphy of Dundalk who had also shot five birdies in compiling his three under par round of 69.

Cullen was unable to keep the momentum going and dropped out of contention after a second round 76 while a lost ball off the 15th tee saw the end of Murphy’s challenge as he faded to a 77.

It was another Dundalk player, former winner and course record holder Aaron Grant, who set the early club house lead as he added a three under par 69 to his opening 73 for a two under par total of 142.

Cairndhu’s Ryan McKinstry, who started the second round at level par, got to six under with three to play but he then double-bogeyed 16 and bogeyed 17 to finish on three-under.

He held the clubhouse lead momentarily as the top three were in the group behind and were producing fireworks of their own with McLarnon eagling the par five sixth to go to four under and a back to back birdies on the ninth and tenth plus a birdie three on the 14th got him to seven under while Campbell was on six under at that points after five birdies of his own.

Not to be outdone, Rafferty had thrown in four successive birdies from the sixth but back to back double bogeys at the 11th and 12th ended his charge.

A bogey at 16th saw McLarnon drop back to six under while a birdie two at 17th got Campbell to six under and in the end it proved decisive as Campbell’s second round 67 was enough for him to pip McLarnon’s 68 on countback as they both tied on 138.

“It was a good battle coming down the last few holes with Tiarnan and I just pipped him,” said Campbell afterwards. “I feel I have robbed Tiarnan a couple of times in Scratch Cups at this stage.”

Runner-up Tiarnan McLarnon with Martin McDonnell of One Finance and Club Captain Michael Coburn

Caolan Rafferty, who finished third, with Martin McDonnell of One Finance and Club Captain Michael Coburn

Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance

138 – Colin Campbell (Warrenpoint) 71, 67; Tiarnan McLarnon (Masserene) 70, 68 (Campbell wins on countback).

140 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 70, 70

141 – Ryan McKinstry (Cairndhu) 72, 69

142 – Aaron Grant (Dundalk) 73, 69, Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint) 72, 70

144 – Seamus Cullen (Slieve Russell) 68, 76; Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire) 73, 71; Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 71, 73; Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) 72, 72; Glenn McAuley (Dunmurry) 71, 73.

146 – Shane McGlynn (Portmarnock) 73, 73; Gerard Dunne (Co Louth) 79, 67; Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) 69, 77;

147 – Josh Robinson (Lisburn) 72, 75

148 – Brendan Lawlor (Ardee) 75, 73; Jonathan Kelly (Athy) 72, 76.

149 – Ross Kelly (Tuam) 77, 72

150 – Thomas Pepper (Mannan Castle) 77, 73; Eoin O’Brien (Clontarf) 74, 76; Liam Grehan (Mullingar) 76, 74; Philip Kelly (Armagh) 74, 76; Alex Maguire (Laytown & Bettystown) 73, 77; Jack Shellard (Lisburn) 75, 75; David Kitt (Athenry) 75, 75, Robert Brown (Castle) 77, 73

151 – Dan Coyle (Portmarnock) 76, 75; Evan Farrell (Ardee) 73, 78; James Temple (Portmarnock) 73, 78, Colin Kenny (Portmarnock) 75, 76

152 – Robert Costello (Headford) 75, 77; William Eickholt (Portmarnock) 76, 76;

153 – Kyle Patton (Lisburn) 78,75; James Lawlor (Naas) 75

154 – Conor Curran (Dundalk) 75,79; Maurice Murphy (Dundalk) 77, 77; Peter Rogers (Dundalk) 77,77; Jamal Sabir (Moate) 77, 77, Dara Smith (Castle) 77, 77.

155 – Sean Laverty (Dundalk) 74, 81; Shane Hession (Dundalk) 74, 81.

156 – Nick Armstrong (Castle) 76, 80; Gerard Brennan (Dundalk) 78, 78

157 – Andrew Keenan (Dundalk) 79, 78, Luka Keyes (Dun Laoghaire) 80, 77

158 – Richard Newell (Dundalk) 79, 79; Andrew Montgomery (Old Conna) 77,

159 – Emmet O’Neill (Trim) 83, 76; Fionntan Lawlor (Dundalk) 80, 79, Christopher Morgan (Dunmurry) 82, 77

161 – Kyle Rafferty (Dundalk) 83, 78

163 – Shane Corr (Mannan Castle) 82, 81

165 – Senan Kavanagh (Borris) 81, 84

175 – Neal McKell (Dundalk) 91, 84

DQ – Edward Rogers (Dundalk) 76, 87; Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) 79, 67; Evan Shipp (Headford) 83, 77

RTD – Ryan Symington (Lisburn) 74, RTD; Colin Pilkington (Cloverhill) 74, RTD; Cian Dullaghan (Greenore) 77, RTD; Andrew Montgomery (Old Conna) 77, RTD; Chris Cullen (Beaverstown) 78, RTD; Christopher Moulds (Lisburn) 78, RTD; David Pilkington (Cloverhill) 78, RTD; Lee Campbell (Armagh) 79, RTD; Clem Walshe (Dundalk) 80, RTD;  Alex Hanneffy (Mannan Castle) 82, RTD; Josh Mackin (Dundalk) RTD, RTD;

CSS: 73 (Round 1), 73 (Round 2).

Detailed Results:

Sunday, September 17 – Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance – 1st               Colm Campbell Jr. (+3) (Warrenpoint) 138/67 (71/67).  2nd Tiernan  McLarnon (+3) (Masserence) 138 (70/68). 3rd Caolan Rafferty (+4) (Dundalk) 140 (70/70). 4th Ryan McKinstry (+1) (Cairndhu) 141 (72/69). Best Nett: Brendan Lawlor (2) (Ardee) 144 (73/71). 1st 18  Gross: Seamus Cullen (0) (Slieve Russell) 68. 1st 18 Nett: Eoin Murphy (1) (Dundalk) 68. 2nd  18  Gross: Aaron Marshall (0) (Lisburn) 67. 2nd  18  Nett: Gerard Dunne (+2) (Co Louth) 69. 1st  Round CSS 73, 2nd Round CSS 73.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st  Round CSS 73

2nd Round CSS 73

 

 

Cullen leads Dundalk Scratch Cup after Round One

Seamus Cullen of Slieve Russell leads the Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance after shooting a four-under par 68 in the first round of the prestigious 36 hole event at Dundalk Golf Club.

He leads by one shot from Dundalk teenager Eoin Murphy with defending champion Caolan Rafferty and fellow Irish international Tiarnan McLarnon another shot back.

The other three players to break the par of 72 were Geoff Lenehan, Colin Campbell and Gareth McAuley who all shot 71.

After bogeying the second, Cullen got under par with back to back birdies at the par three fifth and par five sixth and went to two under with a birdie on the par four 11th, Further birdies followed at the short par four 14th and the par four 18th as he signed for a 68.

Seventeen-year-old Murphy, who is a current Irish Boys International, opened with a birdie three at the first but handed it back at the second. He birdied the fifth to turn in one under and went to two under with a birdie four at the par five 10th. He also birdied the par five 12th and although he bogeyed the par three 13th he finished with a birdie three at the 18th for his round of 69.

Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance – First Round Scores

68 – Seamus Cullen (Slieve Russell)

69 – Eoin Murphy (Dundalk)

70 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), Tiernan McLarnon (Masserene)

71 – Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock), Colin Campbell (Warrenpoint), Gklenn McAuley (Dunmurry)

72 – Josh Robinson (Lisburn), Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock), Ryan McKinstry (Cairndhu), Jonathan Kelly (Athy), Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint)

73 – Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire), Aaron Grant (Dundalk), Shane McGlynn (Portmarnock), James Temple (Portmarnock), Alex Maguire (Laytown & Bettystown), Evan Farrell (Ardee)

74 – Sean Laverty (Dundalk), Ryan Symington (Lisburn), Shane Hession (Dundalk), Philip Kelly (Armagh), Colin Pilkington (Cloverhill)

75 – Conor Curran (Dundalk), Colin Kenny (Portmarnock), Robert Costello (Headford), Jack Shellard (Lisburn), David Kitt (Athenry), Brendan Lawlor (Ardee), James Lawlor (Naas)

76 – Nick Armstrong (Castle), Liam Grehan (Mullingar), Dan Coyle (Portmarnock), William Eickholt (Portmarnock)

77- Thomas Pepper (Mannan Castle), Cian Dullaghan (Greenore), Maurice Murphy (Dundalk), Peter Rogers (Dundalk), Ross Kelly  (Tuam), Andrew Montgomery (Old Conna), Jamal Sabir (Moate), Dara Smith (Castle), Robert Brown (Castle)

78 – Chris Cullen (Beaverstown), Gerard Brennan (Dundalk), Kyle Patton (Lisburn), Christopher Moulds (Lisburn), David Pilkington (Cloverhill)

79 – Andrew Keenan (Dundalk), Gerard Dunne (Co Louth), Lee Campbell (Armagh)

80 – Clem Walshe (Dundalk), Luka Keyes (Dun Laoghaire), Fionntan Lawlor

81 – Senan Kavanagh  (Borris)

82 – Shane Corr (Mannan Castle), Alex Hanneffy (Mannan Castle), Christopher Morgan (Dunmurry)

83 – Emmet O’Neill (Trim), Evan Shipp (Headford), Kyle Rafferty (Dundalk)

91 – Neal McKell (Dundalk)

DQ – Edward Rogers (Dundalk), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn)

RTD – Josh Mackin (Dundalk)

CSS: 73.