Carroll takes Winter Series Singles Stableford

The Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock continued on Sunday with a singles stableford over 14 holes and it was won by nine handicapper Gerard Carroll who shot an excellent 34pts.

That gave him a one point winning margin as Michael Browne (22) finished with 33pts while Adrian Kenny (19) was a point further back on 33pts.

Three players finished on 31pts with Clem Walshe (4) taking fourth place on countback from Anthony McGuinness (19) who edged out Fergal McKenna (17) while the seventh and final prize went to David Brennan (14) who shot 30pts after covering the final nine holes in 20pts.

Walshe, who was the 2018 Golfer of the Year, has emerged from his winter hibernation in flying form and last week he was just edged out on countback in the second outing of the 2019 Hilary series at Seapoint Golf Club. On a cold and blustery day, on a course playing to its full length, Walshe shot a 74 and was pipped for victory by Royal Dublin’s Kevin Knightly (3) who eagled the par five 18th to pip the Dundalk player on countback.

This is a big year for Eoin Murphy as he moves into senior elite ranks and the plus one handicapper will take a lot of heart from his 73 at the Hilary outing which was enough to claim the gross prize.

Caolan Rafferty’s preparations for the upcoming season continues in South Africa over the next fortnight when he takes part in South African Amateur Championship at King David Mowbray Golf Club and the South African Amateur Strokeplay at De Zalze Golf Club. Rafferty is one of nine players on a GUI panel taking part in both events.

Sunday, February 17 – Winter Series 14 Hole Singles Stableford sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock –
Gerard Carroll (9) 34pts, Michael Browne (22) 33pts, Adrian Kenny (19) 32pts, Clem Walshe (4) 31/20pts, Anthony McGuinness (19) 31/19pts, Fergal McKenna (17) 31pts, David Brennan (14) 30/20pts.

Impressive score from Champagne winners

Sunday saw another team competition as the Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock entered its second week.

This was a Champagne competition over 14 holes so two scores counted at each hole but each player had to play their second shot from the selected drive on par fours and fives.

Three low men, Conor McCaughey (6), David Murden (9) and Mickey Coburn (9) combined with Nigel Giff (21) to return the best score of the day, an impressive 77pts.

That was two points more than the 75pts recorded by the runners-up, a team made up of seasoned veterans George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19) and Ollie English (13) along with Martin Crosby (9). They took second place on countback thanks to their 49pts haul over the final nine holes.

Sunday, February 10 – 14 Hole Champagne Team of Four Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock – 1st: Conor McCaughey (6), David Murden (9), Nigel Giff (21), Mickey Coburn (9) 77pts. 2nd: George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19), Ollie English (13), Martin Crosby (9) 75/49pts.

Exciting finish to Four Man Rumble

The Winter Series, sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock, began last Sunday with a Four Man Rumble over 14 holes and produced an exciting finish as the long-time clubhouse holders were finally knocked off their perch by two of the day’s final groups.

When Terry Conlon (6), Dessie Ward (13), Derek Teather (16) and Gerry McDermott (16) teed off in the opening group of the day at 8am it was cold and dim. But they proved to be in hot form and posted a score of 74pts for the 32 teams following behind them to beat.

They led for most of the day but were eventually toppled when the fifth last group, featuring Pat Beirne (23), Jim Burlingham (28), Michael McNamara (22) and Brian Crombie (22), signed for a superb score of 77pts despite playing most of their round in wet conditions.

The long-time leaders were then pipped for second place on countback when Mark Coan (25), Paul Lynch (18), Ferghal Duffy (16) and Graham Purcell (20) also came home in 74pts. They covered the final nine holes in 59pts and took the countback and second place by one point.

Sunday, February 3 – Four Man 14 Hole Rumble Winter Series, Sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock – 1st: Pat Beirne (23), Jim Burlingham (28), Michael McNamara (22), Brian Crombie (22) 77pts. 2nd: Mark Coan (25), Paul Lynch (18), Fearghal Duffy (16), Graham Purcell (20) 74/59pts.

Quigley & McGuinness on top in Scotch Foursomes

The winter handicap proved decisive in determining the result of Sunday’s 14 Hole Scotch Foursomes competition which saw a field of 54 pairings play in cold and windy but dry conditions.

Sean Quigley (18) and Noel McGuinness (20) took first prize with an excellent score of 49.2 but they benefited from the 0.5 deduction imposed on Brian Crombie (22) & John McGeady (24) for previous successes over the winter season.

Crombie & McGeady finished on 49.6 with the experienced Seamus Bailey (11) partnering juvenile Lee Egan (28) to third place on a score of 49.8.

Next Sunday’s competition is a 14 Hole Four Man Rumble Men’s sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock and there are still slots available on the timesheet which can be booked via the BRS System.

Sunday, February 27 – 14 Hole Scotch Foursomes – 1st: Sean Quigley (18) & Noel McGuinness (20) 49.2, 2nd: Brian Crombie (22) & John McGeady (24) 49.6*, 3rd: Lee Egan (28) & Seamus Bailey (11) 49.8. *Deduction from previous wins (0.5).

Triple winner Walshe is no April Fool!

Clem Walshe

Clem Walshe proved he was no April Fool on Easter Sunday as walked off the course a triple winner.

The five handicapper shot a superb round of 42pts to win Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition and his gross score of 37pts was also the best gross returned on the day.

His nett score also had a major bearing on the outcome of the 2018 Winter League as Team 11, captained by Mark Browne, went from joint fourth place, and five points behind, at the beginning of the final round to top spot by the end of day’s play. They took the title by seven points from Team 7, captained by George Rogers, which had started the day alongside them in fourth place.

Another member of Team 11, Anthony O’Donoghue (13), also made a significant contribution with 38pts which was also enough for him to claim third place overall in the singles competition with Kevin Barry (10), a member of Team 7, finishing second with 40pts.

Team 3, captained by Bill McCarthy, had started the third round leading by one point but after returning a total of 98pts from their three counting cards they had to settle to third place, nine points behind the winners.

Walshe, who won the Hilary Outing at Seapoint recently, produced a superb round of golf on his way to victory as he carded three birdies, 13 pars and two bogeys for a one under par 71 or 37pts that, with the addition of his five strokes became an impressive 42pts.

He went out in 20pts, helped by a four point birdie at the par three fourth, and came home in 22pts having recorded three point birdies at the 12th and 15th and three point pars at the 11th and 15th. A sign of how well he played was shown by the accumulation of 12pts from the five holes where he had strokes.

Colin Roche (6) with 37pts took Category 1 while Kenneth Cairns (13) won Category 2 with 38pts and Sean Gallagher (20) claimed Category 3 with 35pts.

Sunday, April 1 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Clem Walshe (5) 42pts, Kevin Barry (10) 40pts, Anthony O’Donoghue (13) 38/22pts. Category 1(0-11): Colin Roche (6) 37pts. Category 2 (12-16): Kenneth Cairns (13) 38pts. Category 3 (17-28): Sean Gallagher (20) 35/18pts. Best Gross: Clem Walsh 37pts.

Winter League sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock (Final Standings): 216pts – Team 11 (Mark Browne, Clem Walshe, Anthony O’Donoghue, Ciaran Rafferty, Edmund Sheridan). 209pts – Team 7 (George Rogers (c), Kevin Barry, Connor McCaughey, Peter O’Brien, Brendan Tinnelly. Full results here

Winter League Standings Week 2

1 3 Bill McCarthy 109
2 2 Colm Coburn 108
3 14 Sean Ward 106
4 11 Mark Browne 104
4 7 George Rogers 104
4 5 Ray Pepper 104
7 12 Colm Garvey 102
8 9 Brian Ward 100
9 8 Kenneth Cairns 99
10 6 Michael Stewart 98
11 1 Pat Curran 97
11 15 Patsy Cole 97
13 10 Brendan Keane 93
14 13 Barry Cunningham 91
15 4 Tom Clarke  88

The Winter League is sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock

Lack of sleep no obstacle to super Shaw

Lack of sleep proved no obstacle to in-form Austin Shaw as he surged to victory in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which also doubled as Round 2 of the Winter League sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock.

In the first 18 hole competition of the year, Shaw (9) had three points to spare over Neal MacKell (3) who had to settle for winning Category One and also recording the best gross score of the day with 37pts.

A passionate Dundalk FC supporter, Shaw travelled to the Showgrounds on Saturday night to watch Stephen Kenny’s side record a 2-0 victory over Sligo Rovers. He drove home after the match and, despite losing an hour’s sleep when the clocks went forward on Sunday morning, he still made the first tee for his dew-sweeping 08:12 start.

Any tiredness the nine handicapper might have felt were soon banished as opened with two three point pars followed by a two point bogey five at the third and a three point par at the fourth.

That left him on 11 points after the first four holes and then he missed holing his eight iron tee shot at the par three fifth by inches but the three points he gained for the tap in birdie brought him to 14pts for his round. Two pars on the back to back par fives yielded another five points and a one point bogey five at the eighth and a two point par at the ninth saw him turn for home on 22pt.

Three more pars and eight more points followed over the next three holes before a well struck nine wood into the heart of the green on the par three 13th set up his second three point birdie of the day.

A two point par at the 14th took Shaw to 35pts with four holes to go but disaster almost struck on the 15th when he drove into the trees but was fortunate to escape with a one point double bogey six. Shaw got that dropped point back at the 16th where he produced a three point par and he then parred 17 and 18 for a further four points to finish on superb score of 43pts and record his first victory of the season.

Donal Curran (12) took the Category Two prize and Conor Byrne (23) was the Category Three winner.

March 25 – Singles Stableford & Winter League sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra, Blackrock – Overall: Austin Shaw (9) 43pts. Category 1 (0-11): Neal MacKell (3) 40pts, Connor MaCaughey (5) 36/20pts. Category 2 (12-17): Donal Curran (12) 38pts, Noel Reid (15) 37/19/12pts, Category 3 (18-28): Conor Byrne (23) 39pts, Sean Gallagher (20) 37/20pts. Best Gross: Neal MacKell (3) 37pts.

Winter League tees off today

Today’s Sunday competition marks the commencement of the Winter League, sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock.

This will be played over the next four weeks with one score counting in week one, two on week two and three on week three. The top two teams will compete in a Stableford Matchplay Final on April 1.

There are 15 five man teams participating and they are:

Team 1: Peter Rogers, Martin Byrne, Derek Teather, Pat Curran (C), Gerry Campbell.

Team 2: N Mc Caul (C), S. Bailey, M Hamilton, C Coburn, N Mc Guinness.

Team 3: M Coburn (C), B Mernagh,  N Reid, K Redmond, B McCarthy.

Team 4: M Gill, T Giff , D Cairns , T Clarke (C),  N Giff.

Team 5: C Ward (C), D Murdock, J McCann,  R Pepper, C. Byrne.

Team 6: F Byrne,  D Miele, M Stewart (C), C Murphy, J O’Connor.

Team 7: C McCaughey, K Barry, P O Brien (C), G Rogers,  B Tinnelly.

Team 8: N Mullooly, P Morrison, K Cairns, A Uzell (C), J Mc Geady.

Team 9: J Dwyer,  E Rocks (C), B Ward, S O’Sullivan, B O’Shaughnessy.

Team 10: R Soraghan, B Keane (C), G Daly, S Quigley, J Steenvoorden.

Team 11: C Walshe (C), E Sheridan, A O’Donohue, C  Rafferty, M Brown.

Team 12: S Hession, T Renaghan (C), U Herr, G J Byrne, C Garvey.

Team 13: B Cunningham, T King, O Reilly,  F McKenna,  L Hanratty (C).

Team 14, B Cairns, A Cole, D Brennan, S Ward (C), P McDonnell.

Team 15: C Murdock, D Ward, M Noone, P Cole (C), C McAteer.