Walshe putts it in and wins again

Golfer of the Year Clem Walshe took Sunday’s 14 Hole Singles Stableford competition with an excellent nett score of 35pts.

It was enough to give him a one-point victory over fellow five handicapper Colin Roche and he also recorded the day’s best gross score of 31pts in what was a fine round of four birdies, nine pars and one bogey from a very consistent player who managed just 19 putts for the 14 holes.

Walshe opened up with two pars then birdied the third to go under par. He parred the next two before birdieing the par five sixth to go two under. Two more pars followed before another birdie at the par three ninth saw him cover the front nine in three under gross.

After parring the 10th, Walshe dropped his only shot of the day at the index two par four 11th where he missed the green left and lipped out for par from eight feet.

After parring the 12th he got that dropped shot back on the par three 13th and then finished the 14 hole round on the 18th where he had a nice two putt par for three under and a nett score of 35pts.

Roche took Category 1 from Kevin Redmond (11) who finished on 33ptswhile Leslie Toal (18) showed that form is temporary but class is permanent as he made a welcome return to the prizes after a long absence. Toal finished on 32pts but his 22pts over the last nine holes was enough to pip Tom Clarke on countback for the Category 2 prize.

Ray Pepper (19), who took the Category 3 prize, was another player showing a return to winning form with his 33pts edging out the reliable Jimmy O’Connor (19) by a single point. Fionn Cunningham (18) with 30pts took the Juvenile Prize.

Sunday, November 10, – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Clem Walshe (5) 35pts. Category 1 (0-12): Colin Roche (5) 34pts, Kevin Redmond (11) 33pts. Category 2 (13-18): Leslie Toal (18) 32/22pts, Tom Clarke (18) 32/21pts. Category 3 (18+): Ray Pepper (19) 33pts, Jimmy O’Connor (19) 32pts. Juvenile: Fionn Cunningham (18) 30pts. Best Gross: Clem Walshe (5) 30pts.

Walshe retains Golfer of the Year

Congratulations to Clem Walshe who has retained the Golfer of the Year trophy.

Walshe led going into Sunday’s Cochrane Cup, which was the final counting event, but none of his closest challenges were able to produce the low score needed to put the four handicapper under pressure.

Alan Hurley (5) finished second five shots behind Walshe in the overall standings with Aaron Waite (13) in third a further shot back.

Golfer of the Year 2019 (Top 30): 1 – Clem Walshe (4) 499. 2 – Alan Hurley (5) 504. 3 – Aaron Waite (13) 505. 4 – Sean Gallagher (21) 507. 5 – Malcolm Drake (15) 509. 6 – Aidan Thornton (8) 510. 7- Zak Alderdice (7) 510. 8 – Conor Hackett (12) 511. 9 – Neal MacKell (3) 512. 10 – Paul O’Callaghan (10) 513. 11 – Connor McCaughey (5) 516. 12 Christy Ward (6) 516. 13 – Mark Cumiskey (9) 516. 14 – Richard Copas (15) 517. 15 – Conall Murdock (4) 518. 16 – Colin Roche (6) 519. 17 – Fergal Harte (6) 519. 18 – Eddie Rogers (3) 521. 19 – Gregory McCaughey (6) 521. 20 – John McKeever (12) 522. 21 – Niall McCaul (8) 522. 22 – Seamus Bailey (11) 522. 23 – Brian Ward (17) 522. 24 – Frank Byrne (8) 524. 25 – Michael Coburn (9) 525. 26 – Ultan Gaughran (8) 526. 27 – Barry Cunningham (9) 527. 28 – Gerard McDermott (16) 527. 29 – Ciaran Traynor (8) 528. 30 – Sean O’Sullivan (17) 528. ENDS

Murphy wins Hilary Society Gold Medal

Eoin Murphy has got his 2019 season off to a great start by winning the Hilary Society’s Gold Medal for the player who shoots the lowest aggregate nett scores from three outings. His four under par score beat long-time leader Graham Lynch (Co. Louth) by a single shot thanks to an eagle, par, birdie finish in the final event at Royal Dublin.

This was Eoin’s first year as a member of the Hilary Society and he has emulated the feat of clubmate Clem Walshe who also won the gold medal in his first year as a member back in 2001.

Walshe also won the Gold Medal in 2016 and, playing off four, he was also the overall winner in Royal Dublin with a nett 72 where Murphy (+1) captured his third gross prize of the season with a 74. The Dundalk pair also teamed up with Sean Murphy from Greenore win the team prize with a score of 65.

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.

Walshe comes out on top

Clem Walshe shot the best gross score of the day on Sunday and it was also good enough to give the four handicapper the overall prize after his nett score of 39pts edged out Colin Roche by the narrowest of margins.

Walshe went round in 71 gross, which equated to 35pts, and it was a round that included back to back birdies at the fifth and sixth, 13 pars and three bogeys as he scored on every hole, going out with 20pts and returning with 19pts.

Roche (9) had to settle for winning Category 1 by one point from Neil Mullooly (6) while Michael McDermott (16) claimed the Category 2 prize by one point from Sean O’Sullivan (18) after shooting 35pts.

Matchplay specialist Oliver McGinnity showed he is just as adept when it comes to singles golf as he took Category 3 on countback from young Lee Egan (28) after both finished on 38pts.

Congratulations to Caolan Rafferty on winning the Fife Tournament in Scotland last week and also leading Maynooth University to victory in the team events.

Sunday, October 21 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Clem Walshe (4) 39/19pts. Category 1 (0-12): Colin Roche (9) 39/18pts, Neil Mullooly (6) 38pts. Category 2 (13-17): Michael Mc Dermott (16) 35pts, Sean O’Sullivan (18) 34pts. Category 3 (18+): Oliver McGinnity (20) 38/20pts, Lee Egan (28) 38pts. Gross: Clem Walshe (4) 35pts.

First major as teenager Laverty wins Irwin Lockington Salver

Teenager Joseph Laverty landed the first major of his young career when he produced a superb five-under par 67 to take the Irwin Lockington Salver in perfect conditions on Sunday.

Playing alongside seasoned veterans Edward Rogers and Clem Walshe, 14-year-old Laverty played some fine golf from tee to green in compiling a round that included one birdie, 13 pars, three bogeys and a double-bogey six at the short par four 14th.

His birdie came at the par three 13th and the cornerstone of his round was a run of seven consecutive pars from the fourth hole as the nine handicapper signed for 76 gross and a 67 nett.

That was enough to pip Frank Byrne (8) who almost pulled off a memorable weekend double having managed, along with his assistant Larry Soraghan, the club’s All-Ireland Fourball team to the Leinster quarter-finals on Saturday with a great 3-2 win over Headfort.

Byrne shot a four under par 68 and took second overall on countback from Austin Carroll (16). Carroll had the consolation of winning Category 2 with Nicholas McKeown (10) winning Category 1 and Patsy Arrowsmith (17) claiming Category 3. Another of the club’s young tigers, Josh Mackin (1), claimed the Gross Prize with a three-over par 75.

Sunday, June 3 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Joseph Laverty (9) 67, Frank Byrne (8) 68/32. Gross: Josh Mackin (1) 75. Category 1 (0 -11): Nicholas McKeown (10) 71/36, Dillon Greene (5) 71. Category 2 (12-16): Austin Carroll (16) 68, Oliver English (13) 69/29.5. Category 3 (17-28): Patsy Arrowsmith (17) 69, Colm Coburn (19) 70/33.5. CSS: 72.

 

Impressive MacKell wins Junior Scratch Cup

Neal MacKell (4) scored the biggest win of his career on Sunday when he won the Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup and now hopes he doesn’t have to defend it.

MacKell, with an exact handicap of 3.5, only just qualified to play in the 36 hole competition where he was the lowest player in the field and his scores of 71 and 76 were enough to see him lose a shot and move into the senior ranks where he hopes to stay for the next few years.

“It is the first trophy I have won so I am absolutely delighted but I hope I won’t be back to defend it next year as I now want to establish myself as a senior player,” said MacKell.

A top quality field of 87 entered this year’s Junior Cup, with 65 per cent of the field coming from 15 other clubs, but it was the home players who dominated the podium with the evergreen Clem Walshe (4) and Shane Hession (5) filling the top three spots.

MacKell got off to the perfect start in his morning round with back to back birdies on the opening holes and stayed at two under until he bogeyed the seventh having got up and down from 80 yards after being in trouble down the left.

Another bogey on the ninth saw him turn level and a birdie at the 10th was followed by a bogey at the 11th. Birdies at the 14th and 15th followed but a three putt at the par three 17th saw him drop a shot and he had to get up and down out of a greenside bunker on the final score before signing for a one under par 71.

That left him one shot ahead of Walshe who had rolled back the years with an excellent round of 72 but his challenge faltered on the opening nine of his second round and he was unable to take advantage as MacKell dropped three shots on his way to the turn.

A birdie at 10 steadied MacKell and although he handed it back at the next hole he did produce back to back birdies at the 14th and 15th and stood at level par on the 18th tee, five shots ahead of Walshe who had finished with a 77 for 149.

A drive down the middle left MacKell 110 yards to the flag but he pulled his gap wedge left and then dumped a flop shot into a bunker on the far side of the green. He splashed out to 10 feet from the sand but then missed his putt and tapped in from a seven.

“I didn’t know how I stood at that point and I really thought I had blown it because I knew Clem wasn’t too far behind. I was very relieved when I found out I’d hung on to win,” said MacKell who signed for a second round score of 76 and a final total of three over par 147.

After opening with a 79, Hession produced an excellent one-under par 71 to finish three shots behind on 150 with Francis Cheny (4) from St Anne’s two shots further back on 152.

It’s been a good week for Hession who won Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition with a fine score of 38pts to edge out Anthony McGuinness (21) on countback.

Sunday, May 20 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup: 147 – Neal MacKell (4) (71/76). 149 – Clem Walshe (4) 149 (72/77). 150 – Shane Hession (5) 150 (79/71). 152 – Francis Cheney (4) (St Anne’s) 152 (78/74). Best Nett: Dean Mulligan (6) (Greenore) 142 (72/70). First 18 Gross: Eoghan McKenna (5) 75. First 18 Nett: Aidan Thornton (8) 72. Second 18 Gross: Declan Hughes (5) (Fort William) 74. Second 18 Nett: Dillon Greene (6) 70. First Round CSS: 74 Home, 75 Away. Second Round CSS: 74 Home, 75 Away.

 

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