Teenager Curtin claims Intermediate Scratch Cup

Dundalk’s juvenile programme is producing a steady stream of talented teenagers at the moment and the latest player to announce his potential for future is 14-year-old Declan Curtin who won the Intermediate Scratch Cup on Sunday.

Curtin, who plays off 13, beat a field of 84 on a day when the Competition Standard Scratch was 73, one more than Standard Scratch for the white course.

Curtin shot a gross score of 80 to win by two shots from Brian McDonnell (13) with John Stanley (11) from City West a shot further back having edged out Billy Curran (12) for third place on countback.

Two bogies and two double bogies over the first four holes left Curtin with a lot of work to do but the teenager showed great composure over the remaining 14 holes to produce his winning score.

A par at the par three fifth was followed by a birdie at the par five sixth  and further pars followed at the eighth and ninth as he turned in 42.

Four successive pars from the 11th to the 14th brought him into contention and a par on the short 17th left him needing a par at the last for overall victory.

He left himself with work to do when his approach found a greenside bunker but he showed nerves of steel as he holed from the sand for a closing birdie and a two shot victory.

The competition was sponsored by Martin Lambe Plant Hire and our photo shows winner Declan Curtin (centre) with sponsor Martin Lambe (left) and Vice-Captain Gerry Byrne (right).

Sunday, July 2 – Intermediate Scratch Cup – 80 – Declan Curtin (13). 82 – Brian McDonnell (13). 83 – John Stanley (11, City West) 83/39; Billy Curran (12). 84 – Kevin Smith (11, Ardee) 84/37 (Ardee). Best Nett: Kieran Reidy (15) 69/32. CSS: 73.