Steady Harte takes Sunday prize

Fergal Harte was the winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition with the six handicapper compiling a super round of 42pts to win by three points. His gross round of 36pts was also the best gross score of the day.

Harte scored at every hole and his round was made up of two four point holes, six three pointers, six two pointers and four one pointers.

The two four pointers were courtesy of birdies at the par four third and par five seventh where he had shots and contributed to a front nine score of 22pts which also included three point pars at the fourth and eighth.

He shot 20pts over the back nine and the key to that score was four successive three point holes as he birdied the par three 13th and par four 14th and then parred the low index par four 15th and 16th.

That left him three points clear of the field with Cathal Muckian (10), Anthony O’Donoghue (14) and Seamus Kelly (18) all shooting 39pts and claiming the three category prizes for their efforts.

Sunday, October 8 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Harte (6) 42pts. Category 1 (0-11): Cathal Muckian (10) 39pts, Conall Murdock (6) 38/20pts. Category 2 (12-16): Anthony O’Donoghue (14) 39pts. Brian Gaughran (13) 38/19pts. Category 3 (17-28): Seamus Kelly (18) 39pts, Sean Taaffe (19) 37/21pts. Best Gross: Fergal Harte 36pts. CSS: 36pts.

Mernagh pips Rogers in Jubilee Cup

Peter Rogers was pipped for Sunday’s Jubilee Cup as he lost out on countback to Liam Mernagh (13) despite shooting a nett 67 off a handicap of two.

Mernagh had got off to a good start with pars at the first and third but handed them back when he had a triple bogey seven at the index one fourth. However, he bounced back with successive pars at the fifth and sixth followed by another at the eighth and then a birdie two at the ninth for a nett front nine of 33.

More pars followed down the back nine at 10, 12, 13, 15 and 17 and 18 and the only blemish was two dropped shots at the short par four 14th. He came home in 34 nett for an overall score of five under 67 and beat Rogers on countback.

Aaron Grant (+2) took the Gross Prize with a superb five under par 67 in the first grouping of the day while the category prizes went to Conor McCaughey (5), Conor Hackett (12) and Johannes Steenvooden (24)

Sunday, October 1 – Jubilee Cup Singles Stroke – Overall: Liam Mernagh (13) 67/33.5, Peter Rogers (2) 67. Gross: Aaron Grant (+2) 67. Category 1 (0-11): Conor McCaughey (5) 69, Alan Hurley (5) 70. Category 2 (12-17): Conor Hackett (12) 71/34, Brian Ward (16) 71. Category 3 (17+): Johannes Steenvooden (24) 70, Sean Quigley (18) 72/34. CSS: 72.

Conlon holds on to win Golfer of the Year 2017

Vincent Conlon (8) is the Golfer of the Year after he just held on to edge out Peter Rogers (2) and Jim Dwyer (8) following the final counting competition last Sunday.

The Golfer of the Year is based on the seven best results from 13 competitions across the season starting with last April’s Gold Medal Qualifier.

Conlon finished on 507 which represents a stroke average of 72.43 while Rogers and Dwyer were on 509 with a stroke average of 72.71.

The top ten finishers were: 507 – Vincent Conlon (8); 509 – Peter Rogers (2), Jim Dwyer (8); 513 – Brian Mernagh (12); 514 – Connor McCaughey (5), Carl Stewart (9); 516 – Sean Quigley (18); 518 – Paddy Duffy (13), Terry Conlon (6); 519 – Shane Hession (6).

Johnson wins Irwin Lockington Salver

Eight handicapper Ciaran Johnson has had a week to remember. After finishing second in Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition he went one better on Sunday to claim the Irwin Lockington Salver.

The winner’s podium looked a long way off on Sunday when Johnson stood on the fourth tee after double-bogeys at the first and third but he parred the index one and then went par-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-par over the next seven holes before parring his way from the 11th to the 15th,

He then double-bogeyed the par four 16th but recovered to finish with back to back pars and record a nett score of 68 have gone out in 35 nett and returned home in 33 nett. That was enough to pip Colm Coburn (20) by one shot on countback after both had finished on 68

Peter Rogers (2) with a one-under par 71 returned the best gross while category winners were Vincent Conlon (7), Ollie Reilly (16) and Fergal McKenna (18)

Earlier in the week Brendan Lawlor (2) shot 38pts to win Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford by two points from Johnson.

Sunday, September 24 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Ciaran Johnson (8) 68/33, Colm Coburn (20)  68/34. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 71. Category 1 (0-11): Vincent Conlon (7) 69/35, Cathal Muckian (11) 69. Category 2 (12-17): Ollie Reilly (16) 68. Dessie Ward (13) 69/34. Category 3 (18-28): Fergal McKenna (18) 69 Gavin McDonnell (19) 70. CSS: 72.

 

Top class field assembled for Dundalk Scratch Cup

A top class field has been assembled for the One Finance sponsored Dundalk Scratch Cup which takes place this Sunday (September 17) over 36 holes at Dundalk Golf Club.

It includes a host of top players including the recent winner of the Irish Close Championship Jamie Fletcher from Warrenpoint and the player he beat in the final, Athenry teenager David Kitt,

Over 25 plus-handicap players will tee it up over Dundalk’s testing championship course including defending champion Caolan Rafferty who will lead a formidable home challenge that includes course record holder and former winner Aaron Grant, Boys internationals Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin, and veteran stalwart Peter Rogers and another former local winner, Dan Coyle.

Tiarnan McLarnon, who partnered Rafferty to success in Colombia last week, is also in the high-quality field along with the likes of Colm Campbell, Jack Doherty, Aaron Marshall, Ross Kelly Eugene Smith and Geoff Lenehan.

The greenkeeping staff at the Dundalk have been working hard over the last few weeks to have the course in top shape for Sunday and club professional Leslie Walker believes that the course record of 64, which was recently set by Grant, could be under threat.

“With the quality of the field and the course set-up, I’m looking forward to a low-scoring event and I think it will be a great opportunity to see some of the top amateur players in action,” said Walker.

Rafferty, who is the defending champion, says he would love to retain his title after an amazing season which has seen him win the silver medal for leading qualifier at the British Amateur and North of Ireland Championships as well as helping Ireland to victory in the Home Internationals and the Copa Fedegolf in Colombia where he also won the individual event.

“It was a big breakthrough for me last year when I won it and I am delighted that I kicked-on after that. I’d love to retain the title but I know that it’s not going to be easy looking at the quality of the field. Hopefully local knowledge will count for something!” said Rafferty who will spend this week playing for Maynooth University at the European University Championships in Prague.

This year’s event has a new sponsor in One Finance and Club Captain Mickey Coburn said it is great to have them on board.

“We are delighted to welcome on board One Finance as the new sponsors of the Scratch Cup and look forward to working with them to consolidate the competition’s status as one of the top 36 hole senior scratch cups in Ireland.

The Dundalk Scratch Cup commenced in 1963 when it was won by David Sheahan and previous champions include three-times Major winner and European Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington.

PHOTO: Pictured at the launch of the 2017 Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance were (from left): Leslie Walker (Club Professional), Niall McDonnell (One Finance), Caolan Rafferty (Current Holder) and Dundalk Golf Club Captain Mickey Coburn.

 

 

Dundalk duo qualify for Morocco final

Leslie Walker

Club captain Mickey Coburn and Club Professional Leslie Walker produced a dominant performance to reach the SkyCaddie PGA Pro-Captain Challenge final by winning their qualifier at Seapoint Golf Club.

The Dundalk pairing will now play in the £22,000 final, in association with Golfplan, which will be played on November 21 and 22 at Mazagan Beach Resort in Casablanca, Morocco.

They carded a 10 under par round to return a total of 46 points without dropping a shot. That gave them a two point advantage over Shaun Donnelly and Neal Graham of Castle Hume Golf Club and David Walker (Leslie’s brother) and Stuart Margetson of Foxrock Golf Club.

This was the first time that Coburn and Walker had actually played alongside each other. But they gelled immediately with Coburn making six birdies and a nett eagle – and the result now sees them travelling to Morocco for the final.

“If I’m brutally honest that’s the first time I’ve ever played with Leslie, it worked out very well on the day, and we started out well which was important,” said eight-handicapper Coburn.

“I really enjoyed it and I love the course. It was cloudy and no wind, we probably got the best of the day, but we had about a four hour wait to see if we’d won. You’re always hoping someone doesn’t nick it at the end.

“But I have to say this is absolutely fabulous prize.”

For Walker it was a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure on the PGA circuit but he was quick to pay tribute to his teammate.

“We played a super round, Mickey was very strong, he did all the scoring with six birdies and an eagle,” said Walker.

“It was a great links course but the rough was very difficult so you can see why some teams dropped shots, but we were in the short grass all day long.

“I’ve never played out in Morocco, it’ll be a great new experience and I hope we can compete out there.”

Win gets Laverty down to single figures

The juveniles have certainly made their presence felt this year and it was another of the club’s up and coming players Joseph Laverty, who won Sunday’s Singles Stableford.

The 10 handicapper won on countback from Fergal Sexton (11) after both had shot 42pts and it resulted in Laverty seeing his handicap cut by two shots to eight.

It was Laverty’s superb short-game that delivered his victory as time and again he managed to get up and down after missing greens. He opened with three points pars at the first, second and fourth and then hit a wobble with a no score on the fifth followed by a solitary point at the sixth but after a three point par at the par five seventh he produced three successive birdies to get to 24pts after 10 holes.

Four more three point pars followed on the back nine as he parred 12, 15, 16 and 18 and although he dropped shots at the 13th and 17th he did enough to come home in 21pts and it was that back nine score which got him through on countback.

Billy Carins (7), Stephen Haughey (13) and JP Connolly took the category prizes with the best gross of 36pts being returned by Carins.

Sunday, September 3 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Joseph Laverty (10) 42/21pts, Fergal Sexton (11) 42pts. Category 1 (0-12): Billy Cairns (7) 40pts. Category 2 (13-17): Stephen Haughey (13) 41 pts. Category 3 (18-28): J P Connolly (25) 37pts. Best Gross: Billy Cairns 33pts. CSS: 36pts.

Fred Daly team lose All-Ireland semi-final

The Fred Daly Trophy team were beaten in today’s All-Ireland semi-final by Lisburn at Bray Golf Club.

Eoin Murphy lost 3&2 to fellow Boys international Aaron Marshall in the top match while Kyle Patton beat Josh Mackin 4&3 and Padraig Fallon lost 6&5 to Jack Shellard.

Sean Laverty and Kyle Rafferty earned half points from their matches with Joshua Robinson and Mark Stewart respectively.

Lisburn subsequently lost 3.5 to 1.5 against Athenry in the Final.