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.

Big turnout for Adult and Juvenile competition

There was a big turnout yesterday for the annual Adult & Juvenile competition with 39 pairs playing Scotch Foursomes. The competition was very generously sponsored by our Club Professional Leslie Walker. At the presentation ceremony Club President Gerry Murray thanked Leslie for his sponsorship and also for his on-going commitment to juvenile coaching and the overall juvenile programme.

The results were:

Saturday, October 20 – Adult & Juvenile Scotch Foursomes sponsored by Leslie Walker.

Category 1 (Adult & 18 Hole Boy)

1st: Hugh Reilly (21) & James Reilly (17) 66.

2nd: Terry Conlon (6) & Lee Egan (28) 67.

Category 2 (Adult & 18 Hole Girl)

1st: Marie Strain (16) & Katie Rowland (36) 73.

2nd: Stephen Lynch (7) & Aoife Verling (36) 73.5.

Category 3 (Adult & 9 Hole Boy)

1st: Graham Purcell (19) & Jarlath Purcell (36) 76.5

2nd: Nicholas McShane (17) & Ódhran McShane (36) 77.8.

Category 4 (Adult & 9 Hole Girl)

1st: Adrian Kenny (17) & Keira Kenny (36) 75.5

2nd: Eddie Rogers (3) & Clara Egan (36) 83.5.

Category 5 (Adult & 5 Hole Boy)

1st: Sean Ward (19) & Tiernan Cunningham (40) 38.25.

2nd: Joe Garvey (18) & Oran Egan (40) 38.5.

Category 6 (Adult & 5 Hole Girl)

1st: Gerry McDermott (16) & Mia McDermott (40) 43.

2nd: Gerry Murray (10) & Holly Murray (40) 43.5.


Reid takes full advantage on back nine

Noel Reid (13) took full advantage of perfect weather conditions to win Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition with his 21pts down the back nine enough to pip David Murden (9) on countback after both carded rounds of 39pts.

Reid got off to the perfect start with a birdie three for four points on the first hole and although he only picked up one point from the two par fives he managed to cover the front nine in 18pts.

Three consecutive pars at the 11th, 12th and 13th yielded eight points and he also managed to pick up another eight points as he parred the final three holes on his way to a back nine return of 21pts and signed for an overall score of 39pts.

Murden had the consolation of taking Cateogry 1 from Damien Garland (7) who shot 38pts while Paddy Duffy (13) took Category 2 with 36pts despite playing with an ice cold putter. Aaron Waite (13) finished second in Category 2 with 35pts. Colm Garvey (20) shot 36pts to take Category 3 by one point from Seán Quigley while Sean Hession (4) returned the best gross and Rory Henry (23) was the Juvenile prize winner.

Sunday, October 14 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Noel Reid (13) 39/21pts. Category 1 (0-12): David Murden (9) 39pts, Damien Garland (7) 38pts. Category 2 (13-17): Patrick Duffy (13) 36pts, Aaron Waite (13) 35pts. Category 3 (18+): Colm Garvey (20) 36pts, Seán Quigley (18) 35pts. Gross: Shane Hession (4) 31/18pts. Juvenile: Rory Henry (23) 30pts. CSS: Non-Qualifying.




McCarthy masters the wind

Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition was won by Bobby McCarthy (16) who mastered the windy conditions and returned an excellent score of 42pts which was one better than Austin Carroll (13).

After opening with three two point bogeys, McCarthy picked up six points at the fourth and fifth after back to back three point pars and also parred the seventh for another three point par. He covered the back nine in 21 points and although he picked up only one point at the 10th after a double bogey seven he redeemed himself with a three point at the 11th. Three more three point pars followed at the 13th, 16th and 18th as McCarthy covered the inward nine in 21 points for an overall return of 42pts.

Carroll’s 41pts was good enough to claim Category 2 while Mark Cumiskey (9) took Category 1 with 39pts and Conor Byrne (23) claimed Category 3 with 27pts. Peter Rogers (2) had the best gross score of 36pts and his nett total of 38pts was good enough to take second in Category 1.

October 7 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Bobby McCarthy (16) 42pts. Category 1 (0-11): Mark Cumiskey (9) 39pts, Peter Rogers (2) 38/19pts. Category 2 (12-17): Austin Carroll (13) 41pts, Ken Lynch (12) 39pts. Category 3 (18+): Conor Byrne (23) 37pts. Martin Mc Caughey (21) 35/16pts. Gross:   Peter Rogers (2) 36pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

Double for McGinnity as Matchplay finals are decided

The finals of the various matchplay competitions took place over the last few weeks and two out three wasn’t a bad return for Oliver McGinnity who appeared in three of the finals.

McGinnity took the biggest prize of all, The Gold Medal, when he defeated teenager Conall Murdock in the final and he also captured the Harry Walsh Cup when he beat Joe Garvey on the 19th hole. McGinnity also reached the final of the Minor Matchplay but his hopes of a unique hat-trick were dashed by Jimmy O’Connor.

O’Connor had a change to emulate McGinnity’s double as qualified along with partner Gerry Campbell for the final of the Foursomes but they came off second best to the defending champions, Paul Morrison and Michael McDermott, who made it a two-in-a-row.

In the Carolan Cup, Jim Dwyer beat Pat Donaghy while Clem Walshe and Oonagh Quinn won second successive Mixed Foursomes title with a 3&2 win over Mickey and Mags Coburn.

Andrew Keenan, a member of the club’s senior panel, captured the Senior Scratch Matchplay, with a win over Shane Hession while Neil Mullooly beat Barry Cunningham to take the Junior title and Pat Curran defeated Eamon McEneaney in the Intermediate Final.


Senior Panel reach Barton Shield All-Ireland Final

DUNDALK Golf Club’s Senior Panel have reached the AIG Barton Shield All-Ireland Final after a comprehensive win over Munster championship Kinsale in this morning’s semi-final at Thurles Golf Club.

Dundalk beat the Cork club by 10 holes with Aaron Grant and Conor Curran five up with four play while Caolan Rafferty and Eoin Murphy were five up with five play when play came to an end.

Dundalk will now face Athenry in tomorrow morning’s final at 10:15am. Athenry won their match against Clandeboye by seven holes.

In the top match, Grant and Curran got off to a nervy start but they still managed to win the opening hole and they went three up after winning the fourth in par and the sixth with birdie. They were pegged back when they lost the seventh but a great birdie putt from Curran saw them win the eighth after Kinsale had lost a ball off the tee.

Wins at 10 and 11 moved them to five up and although Kinsale won the 12th with a par, the Dundalk pairing took the 14th in par to move five up with four play,.

Behind them Rafferty and Murphy were always in control and, after halving the first six holes, they finally nudged in front when Rafferty made a great up and down out of a bunker to win the hole in par. They then proceeded to win the next four holes to go five up and halves on 12 and 13 closed out the match.


Trip to Tipp in search of Barton Shield glory

Dundalk Golf Club is making its own Trip to Tipp this week as its senior panel heads to Thurles for the All-Ireland Finals of the Barton Shield.

Having won the club’s first ever senior title in July when they captured the Barton Shield Leinster pennant, the senior panel are now looking to make history again by landing a first ever national pennant at senior level.

Dundalk’s only previous national men’s golf title was in 2004 when they won the Jimmy Bruen Shield and there is a strong desire around the Blackrock links to add another.

But it’s not going to be easy as Dundalk will face Munster champions Kinsale in their semi-final on Thursday morning and if they come through that assignment they will meet either Clandeboye or Athenry in Friday’s final.

The Munster finals were held in Thurles a few weeks ago so Kinsale will feel very much at home when they tee it up on Thursday. The Cork men are also guaranteed big support as they have also qualified for the national finals of the Jimmy Bruen Shield which are also being played in Thurles this week.

Like Dundalk, Kinsale won their first provincial Barton Shield pennant this year when they beat Munster Senior Cup winners Dungarvan in the provincial semi-final and then defeated Castletroy in the final.

They did it without their top player, Irish international John Murphy, a plus five handicap player who is on a golf scholarship in America. Murphy has had a great year, winning the St Andrews Trophy and making Ireland’s Eisenhower Trophy team so it remains to be seen if Kinsale will stick with the four men who got them to this stage – Gary Ward, Keith Fitzpatrick, Cathal Butler and Eric Rumley – or bring Murphy home to strengthen their challenge.

However, Alan McCabe, who manages the Dundalk team along with John Conlon, says the fact that Kinsale won the Munster title without Murphy shows the strength of their panel and he added that Dundalk will face a formidable challenge no matter who they face.

“They have an immediate advantage from the Munster finals being played in Thurles and having two teams qualified for this week means they will have no shortage of support. Winning a Munster senior title is no mean feat so they have to be respected. All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and ensure that we are ready to go on Thursday morning. We are well aware that we may never get this opportunity again to win a national title. This is a unique chance for the boys to bring a national pennant back to Dundalk and we intend to give it our best shot,” said McCabe.

Dundalk were in Thurles last weekend practicing and will head south on Tuesday to begin final preparations on a track that is not too dissimilar to their own course according to McCabe.

“It is similar to our own in that it is a traditional parkland course and a members club. The holes are tree-lined and there are some tricky greens. It is a great venue and the members and staff were lovely.”

The Barton Shield is a foursomes competition with each club fielding two pairings and the overall match is decided by the aggregate score of the two matches.

Dundalk will select their four players for Thursday’s semi-final from an eight strong panel that includes Irish international and South of Ireland champion Caolan Rafferty as well Aaron Grant, Eoin Murphy, Josh Mackin, Brendan Lawlor, Neal MacKell, Andrew Keenan and Conor Curran. All have been playing well this year and McCabe admits they face some tough decisions.

“There is huge competition among the eight players and they have pushed each other very hard all year. They have a great spirit and the four who don’t play will be fully behind those who are playing. They are proud to be not only representing the club but also Dundalk, Louth and Leinster.”



AIG All-Ireland Barton Shield at Thurles Golf Club

Thursday, October 4

Semi-Finals: Dundalk v Kinsale 08:20, Clandeboye v Athenry 08:40

Friday, October 5

Final: 10:15

Birdie blitz helps Roche to victory

Colin Roche (7) was an impressive winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition with a score of 44pts.

Roche’s round saw him cover the front nine in 23pts as he birdied the two par fives and had six pars on his way to the turn.

His back nine was also impressive as he got off to a flyer with birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th and he had four more pars on his way to 21pts for the inward nine and that overall total of 44pts.

Roche scored on every hole and actually went around in 71 strokes, which is a gross score of one under par.

Shane McGuinness (14), who is having a tremendous year, shot the second best score on the day with 42pts and that was enough to give him Category 2. David Murden (9) took Category 1 on countback after shooting 37pts while Anthony McCrave (22) with 38pts was the Category 3 winner.

Christy Ward (7) won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a fine score of 41pts which was two better than the in-form Eddie Rogers (3) who followed up his win in Knights of Malta Cup with a super score of 39pts to take Category 1 and his gross score of 36pts was also the best on the day.

Sunday, September 30 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Colin Roche (7) 44pts. Category 1 (0-11): David Murden (9) 37/17pts, Trevor Giff (10) 37pts. Category 2 (12-17): Shane McGuinness (14) 42pts, M.J. Gallagher (13) 41pts. Category 3 (18+): Anthony McCrave (22) 38pts, Dessie Corbett (21) 35pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

Rogers takes Knights of Malta Cup

Eddie Rogers won the final cup of the season on Sunday when he shot the only sub-par round of the day to capture the Knights of Malta Cup.

Playing off four, Rogers shot a one-under par 71 to edge out Ciaran Daly (18) and Trevor Giff (11) by one shot on a day when slick greens and a strong wind provided a stern test for the 160 strong field.

Rogers went through the opening nine holes in level par gross as he shot seven pars, a birdie and a bogey with the birdie coming at the par three ninth.

More birdies followed at the par five 10th, and par three 13th but as the wind picked up the going got tougher and he bogeyed the 11th, 14th, 15th and 18th to come home in 39 gross. That gave him a gross score of 75 and a nett score of 71 and set an early clubhouse lead that wasn’t bettered.

Daly edged out Giff on countback to take second overall with the latter winning Category 2 while Terry Conlon (6) and Derek Teather (16) took Categories 1 and 3 respectively. Padraig Greenan claimed the Juvenile Prize while Senior Panel member Neal MacKell (2) took the Gross Prize with a 74.

Sunday, September 23 – Knights of Malta Cup – Overall: Eddie Rogers (4) 71, Ciaran Daly (18) 72/35. Gross: Neal MacKell (2) 74. Category 1 (0-10): Terry Conlon (6) 73, Damian English (10) 74/37. Category 2 (11-15): Trevor Giff (11) 72, Patrick Duffy (13) 73. Category 3 (16 +): Derek Teather (16) 74/37, Vincent Duffy (25) 74. Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (17) 75. CSS: 75.


Another win for McGuinness as he lands Cochrane Cup

Shane McGuinness, who earlier in the season captured the Minor Scratch Cup, added another important trophy to his sideboard when he won the Cochrane Cup on Sunday.

Now playing off 15, McGuinness needed a strong back nine to pip another 15 handicapper, Len Mullins, after the two returned five-under par nett scores of 67 on a day when a strong swirling wind asked plenty of questions of the field.

Mullins, who was an early morning starter, set the score to beat after a steady round that saw him show great composure on the index three par five seventh to record a solid six after a bit of trouble on the tee.

McGuinness, playing the afternoon, began steadily but wasn’t as fortunate as Mullins on the seventh where he racked up a triple bogey eight. However, pars at the eighth and ninth helped him in turn in 36 nett.

Three more pars followed at the 10th, 11th and 12th before a bogey four at the index 16, 13th was followed by a par at the short par four 14th. McGuinness then birdied the difficult par four 15th and parred the long par four 16th before finishing with bogeys on the final two holes to come home in 31 nett for an 18 hole nett total of 67.

Ken Lynch (12) was the only other player in the field to shoot in the sixties as he recorded a 69 to take Category 2 while Maurice Soraghan (10) claimed Category 1 and Nigel Giff (21) won Category 3. Senior Panel member Conor Curran (1) took the Gross Prize with a level par 72 while Padraig Grennan (17) was the Juvenile winner.

Sunday, September 9 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Shane McGuinness (15) 67/30.5, Len Mullins (15) 67/34.5. Gross: Conor Curran (1) 72. Category 1 (0-11): Maurice Soraghan (10) 71/35, Rian McDonnell (7) 71/35.5. Category 2 (12-16): Ken Lynch (12) 69, Derek Teather (16) 72/35. Category 3 (17+): Nigel Giff (21) 71/34.5, Conor McClenaghan (23) 71. Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (17) 73. CSS: 72.