Connolly, King and Byrne to the fore in Ladies Winter League

Theresa Connolly, Ann King and Teresa Byrne were the class winners in the fourth week of the Ladies Winter League which took place on Sunday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 21.

Connolly (17) shot 21pts to pip Deirdre Smith (-1) and Jennifer (14) on countback for victory in Class A.

In Class B Ann King (20) shot 20pts to beat Bernie Prendergast (24) and Teresa Oakes (28) by one point.

In Class C Teresa Byrne (30) had the day’s best score when she shot 22pts to take victory by one point from Oonagh Quinn (33) and Maire Conneely (29).

CLASS A:
Winner: Theresa Connolly (17) 21/16/7
2nd: Deirdre Smith (-1) 21/16/6
3rd: Jennifer Holland (14) 21/15

CLASS B:
Winner: Ann King (20) 20.
2nd: Bernie Prendergast (24) 19/15/8
3rd: Teresa Oakes (28) 19/15/6

CASS C:
Winner: Teresa Byrne (30) 22
2nd: Oonagh Quinn (33) 21/17
3rd: Maire Conneely (29) 21/15

Two’s: 5th – Fionnuala Dullaghan, Berni MacGuinness & Betty Rogers

 

Keenan wins Turkey competition by one point

Paschal Keenan was the winner of Sunday’s Turkey competition when the 15 handicapper shot a fine score of 36pts for the 14 holes.

That was enough to give him a one point win over Eamon Kelly (13) with Pat Daly (20) and Eddie Rocks (11) two points further back in third and fourth place respectively.

John McKeever (12), Martin Farrelly (14) and Nifel Giff (20) were the category winners while Conor McCaughey with 26pts shot the day’s best score.

Sunday, November 26 – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: 1st, Paschal Keenan (15) 36pts. 2nd, Eamon Kelly  (13) 35pts. 3rd, Pat Daly (20) 33/23pts. 4th, Eddie Rocks (11) 33pts. Category 1(0-12): John McKeever (12 ) 32pts. Category 2 (13-17): Martin Farrelly  (14) 32pts. Category 3 (18-28): Nigel Giff  (20) 32/22pts. Best Gross: Conor McCaughey 26/17pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

Good shooting in Ladies Winter League

The third week of the Winter League took place on Saturday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 14 with Brid Rocks (18), Gilliam Murphy (24) and Grainne Mullins (36) winning the three classes.

Class A scores were extremely competitive with all ladies in the winning enclosure coming in with 20pts. This represents some great play considering the conditions are quite challenging.

Class B and C players did not disappoint with 19pts winning both categories. Not surprisingly Grainne Mullins is in the winning enclosure once more. This young lady is demonstrating some very gritty talent. Well done to all the winners.

CLASS A:
Winner: Brid Rocks (18) 20/16/8pts

2nd: Mags Coburn (19) 20/16/7pts

3rd: Theresa Connolly (17) 20/15

CLASS B:
Winner: Gillian Murphy (24) 19/14
2nd: Deirdre Ryan (26) 19/13
3rd: Sally McDonnell (28) 18/13pts

CLASS C:
Winner: Grainne Mullins (36) 19pts
2nd: Eva Beirne (33) 18/16
3rd: Joan McKenna (31) 18/12

Two’s: 5th – Mags Coburn & Deirdre Smith.  9th – Marie MacKell, Fionnuala Dullaghan & Mary Hession.

Thornton birdies last to claim his turkey

A birdie on the last hole delivered victory for Shane Thornton (14) in the first of this year’s Turkey competitions on Sunday.

Thornton pipped Seamus Bailey (11) on countback after both were tied on 35pts in the 14 hole singles stableford competition.

After a steady start with two point bogeys at the opening two holes Thornton parred the third and fourth to move to 10pts after four holes.

Thornton didn’t have a shot at the par three fifth so his bogey only yielded him a point but he parred the sixth and bogeyed the seventh for a further four points before finishing the front nine with back to back three points pars at the eighth and ninth.

That brought him to 21pts and a bogey six at the 10th yielded another point before he kicked for home with a storming finishing that yielded 13pts over the final four holes.

Thornton had three point pars at the 11th, 12th and 13th before crossing to the 18th where his birdie three delivered four points and clinched his overall victory.

Last week’s winner Ollie English (13) finished third behind Thornton and Bailey after shooting 33pts and edging out Danny Miele (11) on countback.

The category prizes went to Austin Shaw (9), Darren O’Brien (13) and Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) while Peter Rogers posted the day’s best gross score with a round of 27pts.

Sunday, November 19 – Singles Stableford 14 Hole Turkey Competition – 1st: Shane Thornton (14) 35/24pts, 2nd: Seamus Bailey (11) 35pts, 3rd: Ollie English (13) 33/23pts, 4th: Danny Miele (11) 33/22pts. Category 1(0-11): Austin Shaw (9) 32pts. Category 2 (12-17): Darren O’Brien (13) 33pts. Category 3 (18-28): Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) 33pts. Best Gross: Peter Rogers 27pts. CSS: Non-Qualifying. Handicap adjustments to apply for turkey competitions.

 

English takes Sunday stableford on countback

Ollie English (13) was the winner of Sunday’s 14 hole Singles Stableford competition as he defeated Peter O’Brien (15) on countback after both had finished on 30pts.

English covered the first seven holes in 16pts, thanks to a birdie four at the seventh which yielded four points. He then failed to score at the short par four eighth but bounced back with a three point par at the ninth to turn with 19pts. He then picked up 11th more points from the next four holes which included a birdie two for four points at the 13th. That brought him to 30pts with one hole to go but he failed to score on the short par four 14th.

However, the 20pts he had scored over the last nine holes were enough to give him overall victory from O’Brien.

Conor McCaughey (5) took third overall with 29pts and also recorded the best gross score of the day with 25pts.

Pat Donaghy (12), Danny Gallagher (13) and Dermot McKenna (22) took the category prizes.

Fourteen Hole Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Ollie English (13) 30pts, Peter O Brien (15) 30pt, Connor  McCaughey (5)  29/20pts. Category 1 (0-12): Pat Donaghy  (12 ) 29pts,. Category 2  (13-17): Danny Gallagher (13) 28pts. Category 3 (18-28): Dermot McKenna  (22) 28/19pts. Best Gross: Connor McCaughey 25pts. CSS: Non-Qualifying

 

Back nine birdies deliver another win for Shane

Shane Hession (5) won his second Sunday competition in four weeks when he shot 40pts to win this week’s Singles Stableford event.

Hession went out in 19pts after shooting eight pars and then amassed 21pts on the homeward nine where he had four birdies at the 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th. He failed to score at two holes, the eighth and 18, where he had double bogey sixes. His gross score of 35pts was also the best gross score of the day.

Martin Farrelly (14) took second overall on countback after shooting 39pts which included 23pts on the back nine. The Category winners Jim Dwyer (9), Bobby McCarthy (15) and Joe Garvey 18).

Sunday, November 5 – Singles Stableford  – Shane Hession (5)  40pts, Martin Farrelly (14) 39/23pts. Category 1 (0-12): Jim Dwyer (9)  39pts. Category 2  (13-17): Bobby McCarthy  (15)  39/20/16pts. Category 3  (18-28): Joe Garvey (18) 39/22 pts. Best Gross: Shane Hession 35pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

ENDS

Dundalk wins Dungreen Trophy

Dundalk have won the Dungreen Trophy which is an annual competition played with Greenore. The event took place in Dundalk last Thursday, November  2, when 120 competitors played in near perfect weather conditions. It was a shotgun start competition which was the first time this type of format was used.

In a very closely fought contest, where the best 10 scorecards from each club counted, the host club emerged victorious by a score of 382 points to 377 points.

The Dundalk winning scorers were: Tommy McDonnell [22] 41pts, Oliver McGinnety [24] 40 pts, Colm Garvey [20] 39 pts, Pat Daly [20] 38 pts, Tom Clarke [17] 38 pts, Jim Gallogly [19] 38 points, Gerard Daly [13] 37 points, Seamus Bailey [11] 37 points, David Brennan [14] 37pts and Sean Taaffe [19] pts.

The Individual Winners were Tommy McDonnell and Oliver McGinnety of Dundalk while the Greenore winners were Gordon McLaren (10) 41 points and Jim Sheridan (11) 40 points.

Rafferty claims Irish Intervarsity Championship

Caolan Rafferty has finished off what has been an unforgettable year by winning the Irish Intervaristy Championship at Enniscrone.

After opening with a 78 to lie four shots off the lead, Rafferty put himself right in the mix with a four under par second round 69 and a final round 75 left him with one shot to spare on three over from his playing partner and Maynooth University team-mate, Eugene Smith of Laytown & Bettystown.

Rafferty is among seven members of the GUI Senior Panel who have been selected to travel to PGA Catalunya Resort, Girona, Spain on November 28 for a four-day coaching session with national coach Neil Manchip. The group also includes Colm Campbell and Tiarnán McLarnon who were winner and runner-up respectively in this year’s Dundalk Scratch Cup.

Rafferty is also part of an eight strong Ireland squad that has been selected to compete at the South African Stroke Play Championship at Pecanwood Golf Club from February 6 to 9 and the African Amateur Championship at Glendower Golf Club from February 13 to 16.

 

Walshe clear winner of Halloween Hamper

Five handicapper Clem Walshe was a clear winner of Sunday’s Halloween Hamper competition which was sponsored by Traynor’s Butchers.

He returned a fine score of 42pts in the seven club competition after shooting an equally impressive gross score of 37pts which was a one-under par 71.

His round included birdies at the first, seventh and 10th and his only bogeys came at the 13th and 16th as he produced a round that saw him score 23pts over the front nine and 19pts on the way home.

He had two points to spare over Eddie Rocks (11) who finished 40pts and took second on countback after shooting 22pts on the inward nine relegating David Brennan (14) to third place.

Christy Ward (8), Noel Reidy (13) and Gavin McDonnell (18) took the three category prizes.

October 29 – Halloween Hamper Singles Stableford (Seven Clubs) sponsored by Traynor’s Butchers – Overall : Clem Walshe (5) 42pts, Eddie Rocks (11) 40/22pts, David Brennan (14) 40/20pts. Category 1 (0-12): Christy Ward (8) 39/20pts, Category 2 (13-17): Noel Reidy (13) 40pts. Category 3 (18-28): Gavin McDonnell (18) 38pts. Best Gross: Clem Walshe 37pts. CSS: Non-Qualifying.

Matchplay competitions decided after months of action

The various internal matchplay competitions have now been decided after several months of action.

Maurice Murphy has won the 2017 Gold Medal after beating Ciaran Sheridan in the final while Seamus Bailey captured the Carolan Cup by defeating Ray Pepper in the decider.

In the Harry Walsh Cup Joe Flanagan and Benny O’Shaughnessy beat Joe Flanagan to take the trophy for the first time.

This year saw the introduction of four category matchplay competitions which proved very popular.

In the Senior competition Eoin Murphy emerged as the winner while Declan Ward beat Pat Daly to claim the Minor title. Neil Mullooly defeated Fergal Harte in the Junior final while Stephen Buckingham was beaten by Pat Curran in the Intermediate final.

There are also two major foursomes competitions during the year and in the Men’s Foursomes Sean Gallagher & Conor McClenaghan were beaten by Michael McDermott and Paul Morrison while Clem Walshe and Oonagh Quinn beat Mickey and Mags Coburn in the Mixed Foursomes final.