Back nine delivers PGA Tankard for Lynch

The PGA Tankard on Sunday was won by Ken Lynch (12) who produced a spectacular back nine to edge out Aaron Waite (16) on countback after both had returned scores of 42pts.

Lynch had turned for home on 17pts after blanking the sixth and having three pointers at the second and fifth cancelled out by one pointers at the third and fourth. He got the back nine off to a steady start with two points on the 10th before exploding into life by taking 13pts from the next four holes which included a birdie four for four points at the par five 12th. He picked up another three points at the 16th and 18th for a back nine of 25 points which is the equivalent of seven under par.

Junior Scratch Cup winner Josh Macken has had some week as he also won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a score of 41pts which was enough to see him drop a shot in handicap while on Sunday he shot 40pts on his way to winning Category 1 in the PGA Tankard. Apart from Mackin, the other category winners were David Murden (13) and Stephen Haughey (17).

Sunday, May 15 – PGA Tankard – Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts, Aaron Waite (16) 42pts. Category 1: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts, Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 40pts, Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts. Category 3: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts, Paul Lynch (22)       39/22pts. CSS: 71.

Mackin wins DAR Golf Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

Junior Sratch 2016 winner

Josh Mackin receiving the DAR Junior Scratch Cup from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Junior Sratch 2016 - Mark Gorham

Junior Scratch Cup – Second Place – Mark Gotham receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – Third Place – Shane Hession receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – 1st Round – Best Nett – Ryan McDonnell receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Fourteen year old Josh Mackin captured the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup over 36 holes on Saturday to record one of the biggest wins of his fledging career.

The four handicapper, who was a member of Dundalk’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team last year, shot rounds of 78 and 74 for a two round total of 152 and a three shot win over clubmates Mark Gorham (4) and Shane Hession (6). There was some consolation for third place Hession as he aced the par-three fifth during the competition.

Macken had a jittery start as bogeys at the first and fourth and a double bogey at the sixth left him four over after six holes but he steadied the ship and had only two further bogeys over the remaining 12 holes for a six over par 78.

That left him in a strong position entering the second round and he took full advantage as went through the first nine holes in three less shots than he did in the morning with a birdie at the sixth taking some of the sting out of bogeys at the fourth and eighth.

Another birdie followed at the par five 10th and although he gave it away with a bogey at the short par four 14th he kept reeling off the pars and a bogey on his final hole didn’t do any damage when the scores were totted up.

Gorham took second place thanks to a second round 76 after both himself and Hession finished on 155 while another Dundalk youngster, Padraig Fallon (9), took the Overall Nett Prize with a score of 140 and Rian McDonnell (9) claimed the First Round Nett Prize with a 72.

Saturday, May 15 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by DAR Golf – Josh Mackin (4) (Dundalk) 152, Mark Gorham (4) (Dundalk) 155/76, Shane Hession (6) (Dundalk) 155. Nett: Padraig Fallon (9) (Dundalk) 140. First Round Gross: James McCulla (5) (Kilkeel) 77. First Round Nett: Rian McDonnell (9) (Dundalk) 72. Second Round Gross: Gary Currie (6) (Fortwilliam) 76/36. First Round Nett: Jonathon Mallon (8) (Warrenpoint) 71/36. CSS (Round 1): 73 (Home), 75 (Away). CSS (Round 2): 72 (Home), 74 (Away).

 

Senior Mixed Team advance

The Senior Mixed Team are through to the next round of the All-Ireland Senior Mixed Foursomes competition after a 3-2 win over Greenore.

With three of the matches away it was imperative that Dundalk won the two ties at home and Clem Walsh and Olive Jones certainly did that with an impressive 5&4 win while Neal MacKell and Mary Hession made it a clean sweep with a 3&2 victory.

Out on the Cooley peninsula, Mickey Coburn and Anne McArdle were unlucky to lose on the 17th for a 2&1 defeat while Billy Cairns and Brid Rocks came up against stiff opposition in a match that finished on the 13th.

However, Ricky Newell and Anne Murray ensured Dundalk’s place in the third round with an fine 2&1 victory and the team now await the winners of the tie between Ashbourne and Killeen Castle.

The Senior Mixed Team’s victory was the bright spot on an otherwise disappointing weekend as the North Leinster Mixed Foursomes Team was beaten 4-1 by Co Meath with Tommy and Briege Renaghan up in the final match when it was called in while the Provincial Towns Cup team lost to Ardee in their First Round tie.

 

Specsavers Semi-Open Singles Stableford – May 2, 2016

1st:  Seamus Bailey  (13)          39 pts

2nd:  Barry Grennan  (12)       37/12pts

3rd:  Neill Mullooly  (7)           36/22pts

Juvenile:  Ciaran Johnson (18)    38 pts

CSS  72

McCaughey lifts Paddy Markey Cup

Gregory McCaughey (10) got his summer off to a winning start with a one shot victory in the Paddy Markey Cup on Sunday with Michael Stewart (14) taking the Veteran’s Prize.

McCaughey shot a four under par 68 to edge out four handicapper Mark Gorham who shot a 69.

Eddie Rogers, after a good showing in the Senior Scratch Cup last weekend, won the Gross Prize with a two over par 74 while the category prizes went to Christy Ward (12), Tom Clarke (15) and Kevin Redmond (20).

The Paddy Markey Cup competition also includes a much sought after Veteran’s Prize and it took three countbacks before Michael Stewart and Leslie Toal were separated. Both these 14 handicappers shot 72s and were only separated when the countback went to the last three holes played after they finished equal on the back nine and back six.

The day was marked with a hole in one at the ninth where Ciaran Sheridan aced his tee-shot.

Sunday, May 1 – Paddy Markey Cup/Veterans Prize – Gregory McCaughey (10) 68, Mark Gorham (4) 69. Gross Prize: Edward Rogers 74. Veterans Prize: Michael Stewart (14) 72/36/23.5/11.7, Leslie Toal (14) 72. Category 1 (0-12): Christy Ward (12) 70. Category 2 (13-16): Tom Clarke (15) 72. Category 3 (17+): Kevin Redmond (20) 70. CSS: 72.

 

Mulligan back to defend Dundalk Scratch Cup

2015 Senior Scratch cup winner 2Teenager Thomas Mulligan will aim to become only the third player to retain the Dundalk Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf, when the 36-hole tournament takes place over the famed Blackrock links this Sunday.

Mulligan became the youngest ever winner of this prestigious competition last year when, as a 15-year-old, he won by three shots from his Co Louth clubmate Gerard Dunne and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty with the highlight being his impressive seven-under par 65 in the first round.

If he manages to come out on top again this year Mulligan will join the legendary Joe Carr and Declan Brannigan as the only players to win the Dundalk title back to back with Carr achieving the feat in 1965 and 1966 while Brannigan did it in 1972 and 1973.

He’ll face a strong challenge from Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell who has started the season in superb form. He reached the semi-finals of the West of Ireland Championship at Easter before winning the Grange Scratch Foursomes with Ryan Gribben last week and then capturing the Lee Valley Senior Scratch Cup on Sunday.

Others to watch out for include Colm Fairweather (Knock), Derek Downie (Sutton) and James Fox who won the title in 2009.

The field also includes two of the winners from last week’s Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne Resort as Hollywood’s Rory Williamson, who won the U21 title, and Dundalk’s Eoin Murphy, who won the U16 event, set to tee it up on Sunday.

Murphy is part of a strong Dundalk contingent that includes another former winner, Aaron Grant, and Rafferty. Grant and Rafferty recently reached the quarter-finals of the West of Ireland at Rosses Point.

The Dundalk course, which hosted last year’s Irish PGA Championship, has undergone major redevelopment work over the past number of years with the most recent work being the addition of new strategically-placed fairway bunkers on several holes.

Previous winners of the Dundalk Scratch Cup include three times major champion Padraig Harrington and all are welcome to the 2015 event where there is every likelihood they will see one of golfing stars of the future in action.

Sheridan pips Shaw to win House Committee Cup

Donal Sheridan (9) won the House Committee Cup on Sunday by the narrowest of margins from Austin Shaw (9).

Both finished with nett 68s but Sheridan took the overall prize on countback having managed to cover the back nine in one shot less than Shaw.

Shaw went through the front nine in 34 nett after parring the first, second, fifth, sixth and ninth holes and birding seven with the only real blemish being a double bogey on the pat-four eighth. Sheridan covered the opening half of the course in 35 nett as he birdied the sixth and had pars at the third, fifth, seventh and eighth as well as a double-bogey at the second.

Shaw kept his good round going down the back with pars at 10, 12, 15, 16 and 17 and a birdie at 14 to come home in 34 nett for his 68.

But his hopes of an overall victory were dashed by Sheridan who bounced back from a double bogey seven at the par five 10th with a birdie three at the index two par four 11th. He then showed remarkable consistency to reel off seven successive pars for his 68 and pip Shaw on the back nine.

Eddie Rogers with a two-over par 74 took the Gross Prize while the category winners were Kevin Barry, Martin Byrne and Eugene Hanratty.

Sunday, April 17 – House Committee Cup – Overall: Donal Sheridan (9) 68/32.5, Austin Shaw (9) 68/33.5. Gross Prize: Eddie Rogers 74. Category 1: Kevin Barry (10) 69/34. Category 2: Martin Byrne (13) 68/35.5. Category 3: Eugene Hanratty (18) 70.

Murphy wins Faldo Series Ireland U16 Championship

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Eoin Murphy receives the gold medal after winning the Faldo Series Ireland U16 Championship

Dundalk Golf Club’s Eoin Murphy won the Faldo Series U16 Ireland Championship at Lough Erne Resort last week when he beat the cream of Irish golfers in his age-group to qualify for the European Grand Final.

After an opening round of 74, he fired a second round of 70 for a level par total of 144 which was good enough to take the title by four shots ahead of several Irish internationals.

“This was my biggest win outside the club and it is a great start to the year,” said Murphy. “It was a very strong field, with several Irish internationals in it, so it was good to show what I can do in that sort of company.”

Murphy, who plays off five, found himself two shots behind Conor Glennon (Glasson) and Robert Galligan (Elm Park) after the first round with a six shot gap to the rest of the field. His opening round of 74 included birdies at the 10th, 15th and 17th, but he was undone by five bogies including one at the last.

However, in round two Murphy blew everybody away with the only sub-par round of the tournament, a two under par 70 as nobody else in the field managed to shoot better than 76.

Things didn’t look good for his chances of catching the leaders when he double-bogeyed the 162-yard par three third after finding a bunker off the tee.

He then spurned an eagle opportunity at the par five fourth when he three-putted from 12 feet but, as the conditions deteriorated, he moved up a gear and sank two 30 foot putts for birdies at the fifth and seventh to get his round back to level par.

Murphy bounced back again after bogeying the 12th with birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th to finish the tournament on level par, four shots ahead of Glennon with his Dundalk clubmate, Sean Laverty finishing in 18th place.

“One of my aims for the season is to play well enough to be considered for the Leinster panel so this has given me a good boost,” said Murphy.

The Faldo Series, which was the brainchild of former Major champion Nick Faldo, is recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls and is now in its 20th year. Among the top professional players to have come through the Faldo Series is Rory McIlroy.

The date and venue for the European Final will be announced shortly but it is likely to be at one of the continent’s major golf venues.

 

 

Murphy leads home Sunday qualifiers in Gold Medal

Seven handicapper Darren Murphy mastered the windy conditions to shoot a one-under par 71 and finish as leading Sunday qualifier in the Gold Medal.

As well as being guaranteed a place in the Matchplay stage of the Gold Medal, Darren will also go forward to represent the men’s section of the club in the Dubai Mixed Fourball qualifying tournament where the big prize is a place in this year’s Irish Open Pro-Am.

Saturday’s Gold Medal qualifying round was cancelled following a course inspection on Friday evening and will be played this Saturday, April 10. Those entered in last Saturday’s postponed qualifier must re-enter for this Saturday via the BRS System.

Members have the option next Saturday of playing casual golf or participating in the Gold Medal Qualifier.  Those participating in the Gold Medal qualifier are reminded that it is a stroke competition played off the blue tees and their card must be signed by a club member. Playing in Saturday’s qualifier does not preclude players from participating in this Sunday’s House Committee Cup.

McCaughey and Byrne win Sunday’s Fourball

Connor McCaughey (5) and Frank Byrne (10) combined well to win Sunday’s Fourball Stableford competition. They had a point to spare over Tommy Reneghan (13) and Niall McCaul (7) who took second on countback from Noel Reidy (12) and Noel Crowe (25).

David Murden (13) just pipped George Rogers (19) on Easter Monday to win the Singles Stableford competition on countback thanks to 22pts over the final nine holes. Both had shot 38pts as did third placed Kieran Arthurs (11).

Sunday, April 3 – Fourball Stableford – Connor McCaughey (5) & Frank Byrne (10) 45pts, Tommy Reneghan (13) & Niall McCaul (7) 44/24pts, Noel Reidy (12) & Noel Crowe (25) 44/22pts.

Monday, March 28 – Singles Stableford Competition – David Murden (13) 38/22pts, George Rogers (19) 38/21pts, Kieran Arthurs (11) 38pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.