Copas takes Route 66 to Captain’s Prize

2017 Captain’s Prize winner Richard Copas receives the trophy from Captain Mickey Coburn

Richard Copas won Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s Prize thanks to a superb six under par 66 in the second round on Sunday.

His  10 under par overall total of 134 was enough to pip first round leader Noel Crowe by two shots with third placed David Cairns a further six shots behind.
Noel Mahon (23) took the Veterans Prize while the evergreen Peter Roger claimed the Gross Prize with a two round total of 148 which was helped by an impressive one under par 71 in the final round.
Copas and Crowe were paired together in the final group and, as the expected challenge from the groups behind failed to materialise, they rose to the occasion rather than wilt under the pressure.
Eighteen handicapper Copas, who was lying two shots behind Crowe after a first round 68, had a shot at every hole and he produced an almost perfect round in crafting his 66.
He opened steadily with four bogeys before gaining his first par at the par three fifth to go one under. After bogeys at the next three holes, Copas took a firm grip of the competition when he reeled off four successive pars from the ninth to the 12th to go to five under for the round and nine under for the competition.
A birdie three at the par four 16th took him to 11 under for the competition and his only blemish of the day came at the 18th which he doubled bogeyed for a round of 66 and a final total of ten under.
Crowe (26) hung in but with Copas playing so steadily his one under par 71 came up a couple of shots short as he finished on eight under.
Sunday’s Second Round category prizes were won by Ciaran Sheridan (5), Brian Gaughran (13) and Sean Gallagher (20).
Sunday, August 21 – Captain Michael Coburn’s Prize –  1st Richard Copas (18) 134 (68/66); 2nd Noel Crowe (26)  136 (65/71); 3rd David Cairns 142 (73/69/32.5); 4th Martin McEntaggart (10) 142 (73/69); 5th Brian Mernagh (11) 142 (70/72/36.5); 6th Paul O’Reilly (17) 142 (70/72); 143 – 7th Willie McKeever (17) 143 (75/68); 8th Jim Dwyer (9) 143(71/72). Veteran: Noel McMahon (23) 141 (66/75). Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 148 (77/71). Category 1: Ciaran Sheridan (5) 70/33.5. Terry Conlon (6) 70. Category 2: Brian Gaughran (13) 67/32.5, Seamus Bailey (13) 67. Category 3:  Sean Gallagher (20) 70. Dessie Corbett (22) 72. CSS 72.

Sunday Qualifier Category 1: Kyle Rafferty (winner, left) and Caolan Rafferty (second, right)

Sunday Qualifier Overall Winner, Maurice Murphy

Saturday Qualifier Overall Winner, John P Daly

Crowe leads Captain’s Prize after First Round

Noel Crowe (26) is the leader of Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s Prize after the first round which was played over Saturday and Sunday.

He shot an impressive seven under par 65 on Sunday morning to lead by one from Noel McMahon (23) and Richard Copas (18).

That trio will form the final grouping in this Sunday’s Second Round with Maurice Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17) and John P Daly (14) in the group of ahead of them, all sitting four shots behind the leader on 69.

A total of 33 players, who shot 73 or better, have been seeded for next Sunday;s Second Round and every one of them will fancy their chances especially when they recall that last year’s winner David Murden started his final round in 31st place before blasting his way through the field.

All players with a score of 79 or better have qualified to play on Sunday next and their timesheet is now live on the BRS System as is the timesheet for Saturday’s non-qualifiers competition.

Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s  Prize Round 1 Leaderboard: 65 – Noel Crowe (26). 66 – Noel McMahon (23), Richard Copas (18). 69 – Maurice J Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17), John P Daly (14). 70 – Ken Lynch (12), Alan Cole (13), Paul O’Reilly (17), Brian Mernagh (11), Ciaran Daly (17), Gerard Daly (14), Ciaran Cooney (8). 71 – Sean Ward (18), Tony Hanna (23), Jim Dwyer (9), Kieran Reidy (15), Pat Doanghy (12), Harry O’Hanrahan (26), Ultan Gaughran (6), Andrew Brodigan (12). 72 – Fergal Harte (6), Clem Walshe (4), Austin Mathews (13), Carl Stewart (7), Len Mullins (16). 73 – Tommy McDonnell (22), Martin McEnteggart (10),  Dermot McKenna (21), David Brennan (13), Padraig McDonnell (20), Connor McCaughey (5), Anthony O’Donoghue (13).

Murden storms through to take Captain’s Prize

Overall Winner

Winner David Murden is presented with his prize by Captain Maurice Soraghan

Eleven handicapper David Murden stormed through the field to take Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize last Sunday.

He shot a best of the day 65 for a two round score of 137 and that was enough to give him a three shot win over E J Hanratty (10) who shot 70 in both rounds for a four under par total of 140.

Club stalwart Peter Rogers (2) took the gross prize after shooting rounds of 75 and 76 for 151 while Tommy Reneghan (14) won the Veteran’s Prize after shooting a five under par 67 for 141 after a 74 last week.

Big hitting Murden started the day in 31st place after shooting a level par 72 in last week’s first round and teed off 72 minutes before the leaders having just made it into the seeded group of players for the final round.

Going into the final round under the radar certainly worked for Murden as he burned up the front nine. He shot eight pars and one bogey for a one over par gross score of 37 and a nett total of 32, five under par.

After a bogey six at the par five index 16 10th hole, Murden got back to par golf and parred the next six holes to stand on the 17th tee with a gross score to that point of two over and a nett score of nine under. A double bogey five at the par three, index 14, 17th hole threatened to derail his charge to the title after he found himself two bunkers but he responded brilliantly on the index 10 par four 18th with a booming drive followed by a gap wedge and two putt for a par to finish with a superb round of 65, seven under par.

That left Murden as leader in the clubhouse and he had to spent the next hour watching the remaining 27 players try to find a way to better his score of 137. One by one they came up short and when Brian McCarthy and Jim Dwyer in the final group signed for 74s and an overall total of 141, Murden was confirmed as winner of the 2016 Captain’s Prize which represented his first individual major title.

McCarthy and Dwyer finished third and fourth overall respectively with Intermediate Scratch Cup winner Martin McEntaggart (10) in fifth. Category winners were Frank Byrne (10), Michael Hamilton (16) and Pat Waters (17). The overall winner of Saturday qualifying was Richard Barry (13) with Kevin Redmond (20) taking the Sunday qualifying prize. The winner of the overall Juvenile Prize was Joseph Laverty (19) with Sean Laverty (6) taking the Junior Prize.

Sunday, July 31 – Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize – Overall: 137 – David Murden (11) 72, 65. 140 – E J Hanratty (10) 70, 70. 141 – Bobby McCarthy (17) , Jim Dwyer (9) 67, 74. 142 – Martin McEntaggart (10) 70, 72. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 151 (75, 76). Veteran: Tommy Reneghan (14) 141 (74, 67). Junior: Sean Laverty (6) 141 (70, 71). Juvenile: Joseph Laverty (19) 143 (75, 68). Sunday Final: Category 1 (0-11): Frank Byrne (10) 71/34, Gerry Murray (9) 71, Neil Mullooly (11) 72/34.. Category 2 (12-16): Michael Hamilton (16) 68/34, Aaron Waite (14) 68, Brendan Keane (12) 70/34/19. Category 3: Pat Waters (17) 67, Noel Crowe (26) 68, Gerard Cluskey (19) 70.Saturday Qualifier: Richard Barry (13) 69/32.5. Category 1 (0-12): Damian English (11) 69. Category 2 (13-19): Michael Kelly (14) 72.  Category 3 (20-28): Sean Gallagher (24) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (22) 71. Junior: Andrew Coburn (12) 69. Sunday Qualifying: Kevin Redmond (20) 65. Category 1 (0-12): Carl Stewart (10) 68. Category 2 (13-19): Gerry J Byrne (19) 69. Cateogry 3 (20-28): Paul Matthews (25) 66. Juvenile Cathal Purcell (20) 84. Saturday Non Qualifers: Michael McDermott (16) 72. Category 1 (0-14) Vincent Jackson (13) 73. Category 2 (15-20): Declan Conlon (20) 74/35. Category 3 (21-28): Denis Ryan (21) 76 (33.5).