Barry wins the Arkew Cup

Richard Barry won the Arkew Cup on Sunday . The 11 handicapper was the only player in the 180 strong field to break 70 on a day when the course clearly showed just how tough it has become following the recent improvements.

Barry’s nett 69 included birdies at the fifth, 10th and 12th which balanced out double bogeys at the sixth, seventh and 14th. His round also included seven pars and five bogeys.

Neal MacKell took second overall on countback with a nett 70 after the four handicapper shot a 74, which was the best gross round of the day. That allowed Dillon Greene (6) to take the Gross Prize with a 76 while Ciaran Johnston (10), Paschal Keenan (15) and Colm Coburn (21) took the category prizes.

Tom Dunne (15), who had a hole in one on the fifth on Wednesday and lost a shot, won the Juvenile Prize.

Sunday, July 16 – Arkew Cup Singles Stroke – Overall: Richard Barry (11) 69, Neal MacKell (4)* 70/33/18.66. Gross: Dillon Greene (6) 76. Category 1 (0-11): Ciaran Johnston (10) 71, David Staunton (9) 72/33.5. Category 2 (12-16): Paschal Keenan (15) 71/34.5, Kenneth Cairns (14) 71. Category 3 (17+) Colm Coburn  (21) 72/36.5, Ray Pepper  (19) 72. Juvenile: Tom Dunne (15) 76. * Best Gross: Neal MacKell 74. CSS: 73.

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.