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.

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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.

 

 

Seven clubs more than enough for O’Brien

Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition was a novel event with each player limited to seven clubs instead of the normal 14 but the lack of firepower didn’t bother 13 handicapper Darren O’Brien who took the overall prize with a magnificent score of 44pts.

O’Brien’s score was four points better than Jim Rowland (12) who edged out Eddie Rogers (3) on countback. Rogers took Category One and his 37pts gross was also the day’s best gross score.

Michael Stewart (13) won Category 2 with 37pts while Paschal Keenan (15) was the Category 3 winner after posting a score of 38pts.

O’Brien had a superb start with four successive pars for an opening haul of 12pts and after a two point bogey four at the fifth he then parred the next five holes for another 12pts.

That left him standing on the 11th tee with 26pts already in the bag and he parred the 12th, 15th and 18th on the way home with a one point bogey five, at the short index 18 14th, the only blemish on a card that consisted of 13 pars and five bogeys.

 

Sunday, October 22 – Singles Stableford (Seven Clubs) – Overall: Darren O’Brien (13) 44pts, Jim Rowland (12) 40/20pts. Category 1 (0-9): Eddie Rogers (3) 40pts. Category 2 (10-14): Michael Stewart (13) 37pts. Category 3 (15-28): Paschal Keenan (15) 38pts. Best Gross: Eddie Rogers 37pts. CSS: Non Qualifying.

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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.