Gorham leads Carolan Cup qualifiers

Mark Gorham was the leading qualifier in Sunday’s Carolan Cup and heads the 16 players who have qualified for the matchplay stages.

Gorham, who plays off four, produced an excellent nett round of 70 which included birdies at the first and third and 12 pars.

The cut-off for qualifying was 74 but not all players on this total made the cut. The 16 players whose names will go into the matchplay draw later this week are: Brian Reneghan (6), David Brennan (14), Ray Pepper (19), Andrew Brodigan (12), Noel Reid (15), Aidan Gaughran (13), Pat Donaghy (12), Michael Begley (19), Colin Roche (6), Ciaran Johnson (7), Jim Dwyer (9), Shane Hession (5), Brendan Keane (13), Mark Gorham (4), Richard Barry (9), Neil MacKell (3).

Sunday, May 7, 2018 – Carolan Cup Strokeplay Qualifer: Leading Qualifier – Mark Gorham (4) 70. CSS 73.

 

 

 

McCaughey shines in Carolan Cup qualifier

The sun wasn’t the only thing to shine at Dundalk on Sunday as Martin McCaughey led home the 16 qualifiers for the matchplay stage of the Carolan Cup,

This was the third Golfer of the Year competition of the season and 168 players teed it up on a beautiful day over the demanding blue course.

Playing off 22, McCaughey produced a solid round that included one birdie, six pars, five bogeys and six double-bogeys as he recorded a nett 67, five under par. The birdie came at the par three fifth, while his six pars were at the fourth, sixth, 10th, 13th, 14th and 17th.

The foundation for McCaughey’s victory came at the par-threes where he had a birdie, two pars and bogey to cover them in gross level par.

McCaughey’s reward for finishing as best qualifier is a meeting with 13 handicapper Seamus Bailey in the first round of the matchplay while the only two single figure handicap players to make the last 16 were Ultan Gaughran (9) and teenager Sean Laverty (4).

The full first round draw is: Andrew Brodigan (12) v Ken Lynch (12), Ultan Gaughran (9) v Richard Barry (11), Dennis Cunningham (10) v Kevin Keenan (12), Seamus Bailey (13) v Sean Laverty (4), Paddy Duffy (13) v Martin McCaughey (22), Jim Burlingham (28) v Gavin McDonnell (19), Tommy Reneghan (13) v Tadhg O’Sullivan (21), Michael Byrne (21) v Ray Pepper  (20).

Sunday, May 7 – Carolan Cup – Leading Qualifier: Martin McCaughey (22) 67. Scores to 73/35/22.33 qualified for Matchplay Stage. CSS: 74