Cairns burns it up to take Sunday prize

David Cairns (18) won Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition with the sort of round that most golfers can only dream about.

His 38pts haul consisted of three bogeys, nine pars and an eagle as produced a round that was the equivalent of 12 under par.

With a shot on every hole, Cairns opened with a bogey for two points before notching his first par of the day at the second for three points and another bogey at the third left him on seven points.

Then came a period of amazing scoring as Cairns parred the next six holes, picking up 18 points, and turned for home at the ninth on 25pts.

An eagle three at the 10th yielded another five points and he then parred 16 and 17 for a further six points before taking a bogey five at the 18th to finish his round on 38pts.

That was two points better than 14 handicapper Michael Kelly who edged out Clem Walsh (6) on countback for second place after both were tied on 36pts

Category winners were Fergal Sexton (11), Brian Ward (15) and Peter O’Brien (18) while Peter Rogers (2) took his second gross prize of the year with an excellent score of 29pts.
Sunday, January 29 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: David Cairns (18) 38pts, Michael Kelly (14) 36/26pts, Clem Walshe (5) 36/24pts. Category 1 (0-11): Fergal Sexton (11) 35pts. Category 2 (12-17): Brian Ward (15) 34/25pts. Category 3 (18-28): Peter O’Brien (18) 36pts. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 29pts.

 

Mernagh’s strong finish delivers victory

Countback was needed to separate the four golfers who returned best of the day scores of 32pts in last Sunday’s 13 Hole Singles Stableford competition.

Last week’s winner Kenneth Cairns (17) was among the quartet but he failed to make the podium and had to settle for winning Category 2. However, two prizes from the opening two weeks of the year isn’t a bad return.

Sean Hession, now playing off five after a very consistent 2016, was the man who edged Cairns off the podium with a score of 17pts for the final nine holes played, which because of ongoing course improvement work was the fifth to the 10th and the 16th to the 18th.

John McKeever (11) is a player who was starting to get the measure of the course towards the end of last year and was an overall winner in November. He went close to a second victory on Sunday but came up short as his countback score of 19pts was three less than Brian Mernagh’s 22pts.

Mernagh produced an almost flawless round. He scored on each on the 13 holes and only once, when he had a bogey four at the par three ninth, did he have to settle for a solitary point.

His opening four holes yielded 10pts thanks to three point pars at third and fourth holes and he picked up another three points at the seventh when he parred the par five. Mernagh covered the opening nine holes in 20pts but finished his round with flourish over the four holes on the back nine that were in play.

At the par five 10th, a birdie four yielded four points and he picked up another three by parring the 16th. A par at the 17th, where he didn’t have a shot, got him another two points and he then parred the 18th for three points.

That return of 12pts from the final four holes proved crucial and gave Mernagh his first win of 2017.

In addition to Carins, the other category winners were Conall Mudock (8) and Ray Pepper (20) while Maurice Murphy (3) took the gross prize with 26pts, the equivalent of level par.

The Tournament Committee will run a Winter League team event from February 5 to April 2. The entry fee is €5 and the entry box is located in the bar. The closing date for entries is January 29 at 6pm.

Sunday, January 22 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Brian Mernagh (12) 32/22pts, John McKeever (11) 32/19pts, Sean Hession (5) 32/17pts. Gross: Maurice Murphy (3) 26pts. Category 1 (0-11): Conall Murdock (8) 31pts. Category 2 (12-17): Kenneth Cairns (17) 32pts. Category 3 (18-28): Ray Pepper (20) 31pts.

 

 

 

Cairns birdie blitz does the trick

Competitive golf made its first appearance of 2017 at Dundalk last Sunday when Kenneth Cairns had the distinction of claiming the initial victory.

The 17 handicapper shot 35pts over the 13 holes played and had two points to spare on Gerry Murray (90 with Willie McKeever (17) a shot further back in third.

Cairns started well and pars at the second and third left him with eight points after three holes but a blank at the fourth threaten to derail him.

But he showed great character to bounce back from that mishap and reeled off four successive pars before birdieing the par three ninth and also the par five 10th.

That left him on 27pts with three holes to go and he picked up a further four points by bogeying the 16th and 17th before nailing his third birdie of the day on the par four 18th to complete a superb round.

Derek Murdock (10), Sean O’Sullivan (17) and Colm Garvey (18) won the category win while Peter Rogers (2) took the Gross Prize with a fine score of 28pts…

The Tournament Committee will run a Winter League team event from February 5 to April 2. The entry fee is €5 and the entry box is located in the bar. The closing date for entries is January 29 at 6pm.

Sunday, January 15 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Kenneth Cairns (17) 35pts, Gerry Murray (9) 32pts, Willie McKeever (17) 31/22pts. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 28pts. Category 1 (0-12): Derek Murdock (10) 31pts. Category 2 (13-17): Sean O’Sullivan (17) 30/22pts. Category 3 (18-28): Colm Garvey (18) 30pts.

McKeever edges out Duffy to win

John McKeever shot an excellent round of 42pts to win Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition edging out Paddy Duffy by a single point.

The 12 handicapper was into the groove straight from the off as he parred four of the first five holes for a 14 point haul and he picked up another nine points from the next four holes as he parred his way to the turn.

A bogey at the 10th was his first one point hole but he responded well by parring four of the next five holes for another 14pt haul to move to 37pts with four holes to go.

Another one point followed at the 16th but he stayed on the rails to the finish as he parred 17 and bogeyed 18, where he had shot, for a further four points and a finishing total of 42.

That was one better than Paddy Duffy (13) who shot an excellent 41pts to finish second overall while the category prizes went to Austin Shaw (8), Seamus Bailey (12) and Eamon Hoey (18).

Sunday, November 13 – Singles Stableford – Overall: John McKeever (12) 42pts, Paddy Duffy (13) 41pts. Category 1 (0-11): Austin Shaw (8) 38pts. Category 2 (12-17): Seamus Bailey (12) 39/19/14pts. Category 3 (18-28): Eamon Hoey (18) 40pts.

 

Uzell pips Crosbie to take victory

A super back nine was enough to allow Alan Uzell, playing off 20, pip Martin Crosbie (10) on countback in last Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

Uzell shot 24pts on the home nine having turned with 17pts on his card. Although he picked up three points by parring the first and fifth he handed them back with one pointers at the third, seventh and eighth.

However, down the back nine, it was a much more impressive as Uzell took full advantage of the pleasant day.

Three points at the par five 10th got him back to level par for the day and he took command of the competition when he took 13pts from the 12th to the 15th with a scoring blitz that included a birdie two at the par three 13th.

That left him on 35pts standing on the 16th tee and he delivered handicap pars all the way in to finish on 41pts and take the overall honours.

Crosbie, who was the only other player to break 40pts, had to settle for the Category 1 prize while David Brennan (14) and Jim Deary (21) were the other category winners.

October 30 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Alan Uzell (20) 41/24pts. Category 1 (0-12): Martin Crosbie (10) 41pts, Charlie Monahan (9) 39/21pts. Category 2 (13-17): David Brennan (14) 39pts, Michael Flynn (14) 36pts. Category 3 (18-28): Jim Dearey (21) 36pts, Sean Gallagher (23) 35pts. CSS: 36pts.

 

 

ENDS

Carins powers his way to victory

Eighteen handicapper Martin Cairns produced a round that included one birdie and eight pars on his way to posting a score of 43pts in Sunday’s Single Stableford competition.

He could even afford not to score at the par five seventh, where he shot a triple bogey eight, and still have three points to spare over second placed Cathal Muckian (12).

Cairns amassed 15 points from the opening six holes before his stumble on the seventh but five points from the next two holes saw him turn for home on 20pts. He kept the scoring going as he headed down the back nine with pars at the 10th and 11th and a birdie at the 12th to move to 30pts with six holes to go. More pars followed at 14th and 17th while his only dropped shot on the back nine was at the 15th as she shot 23pts for the back nine and an overall score of 43ptd.

Kieran Arthurs (12), Paul Reilly (17) and Colm O’Hanrahan (25) were the category winners with Reilly also managing to include a hole in one at the par three 17th in his round.

Sunday, October 9 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Martin Cairns (18) 43pts, Cathal Muckian (12) 40pts. Category 1 (0-12): Kieran Arthurs (12) 39pts, Ciaran Traynor (6) 36/19/13/8/5pts. Category 2 (13-18): Paul Reilly (17) 39pts, Kieran Reidy (17) 38pts. Category 3 (19-28): Colm O’Hanrahan (25) 38pts, Declan Ward (22) 37/23pts. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (19) 40pts. CSS: 36pts.

Back to back wins for Grennan

To win a Sunday competition at Dundalk Golf Club is not easy given the size and calibre of the field each week so the odds on winning back to back are extremely high but that’s exactly what 11 handicapper Barry Grennan has done over the past week.

Having won the Jubilee Cup the previous week, Greenan took the Members Prize in the Past Captains and Members Competition to complete a notable double.

Grennan shot 43pts over the Green course to win by one point from David Smyth (12) with Newsam Cup panel member Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) taking third on 41pts on countback after a super 22pts down the back nine.

The confidence from last week’s victory was oozing out of Grennan as he amassed 10 points from the opening three holes after two pars and a birdie three at the fourth. A dropped shot at the par five sixth was quickly rescued at the seventh which he parred for three points and a birdie two at the ninth yielded another three points as he turned for home with 23pts.

Although he dropped a shot at the index two 11th, Grennan managed to pick up three points at the 12th, 16th and 18th for a total of 43pts and it was that par at the last that edged him past Smyth and a second successive victory.

Two handicapper Eddie Rogers showed all his class in returning an impressive 41pts to take Category 1 while Michael Gallagher (10) was the Category 2 winner and Gavin McDonnell (20) claimed Category 3.

Sunday was also an opportunity for the club’s past captains to come together for their annual competition and dinner and it was Gerry O’Keefe (13) who took their prize with a score of 42pts which was two better than Sean Hession (8).

Sunday, September 25 – Past Captains and Members Competition – Past Captains Prize: Gerry O’Keefe (13) 42pts, Sean Hession (8) 40/20pts. Members Prize: Barry Grennan (11) 43pts, David Smyth (12) 42pts, Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) 41/22pts. Category 1 (0-12): Eddie Rogers (2) 41pts, Barry Cunningham (10) 39/21pts. Category 2 (13-17): Michael Gallagher (13) 40/19pts, Michael Stewart (13) 40pts. Category 3 (18-28): Gavin McDonnell (20) 41pts, Sean Gallagher (24)  40pts. CSS: 71 (37pts).

Grennan hangs on to claim Jubilee Cup

For the second week in a row a member of the Tournament Committee took top prize in the Sunday competition as Barry Grennan captured the Jubilee Cup with a two-under par score of 70.

He had to rely on countback to see off Paul O’Callaghan, who was second, with newly crowned Golfer of the Year Frank Byrne (9) and Stephen Haughey (16) also shooting 70. Byrne took the Category 1 prize while Haughey won Category 2 and Derek Teather (17) was the Category 3 winner.

Grennan, playing off 11, got off to the best possible start with a birdie three on the first hole which he followed with a par four at the second to stand on three under after two. He dropped a shot at the third but a par at the par three fifth got him back to three under. However, dropped shots at the two par fives on the front nine brought him back to one under and another dropped shot at the par five 10th saw him slip to level par.

But a par four at the index two 11th followed by a birdie four at the par five 12th reignited his round and got him back to three under and although he dropped a shot at the par three 17th he managed to hang on for overall victory as teenager Josh Mackin (3) took the Gross Prize with a 74.

Sunday, September 18 – Jubilee Cup – Overall: Barry Grennan (11) 70/34.5, Paul O’Callaghan (10) 70/35. Gross Prize: Josh Mackin (3) 74. Category 1 (0-12): Frank Byrne (9) 70. Category 2 (13-16): Stephen Haughey (16) 70. Category 3: (17-28) Derek Teather (17) 71. CSS: 73.

Davis wins Arkew Cup in style

Honorary Secretary Pat Davis was an emphatic winner of the Arkew Cup on Sunday when he produced his best round of the year to shoot an eight under 64 and win by four shots from John Paul Casey (17).

The 17 handicapper’s round included three birdies, six pars and seven bogeys as well as a double bogey and a triple bogey.

The double bogey came on the opening hole but Davis showed tremendous character to immediately bounce back at the next with a birdie three and pars at the fourth and fifth left him three under after five. A par four at the eighth and a birdie two at the ninth brought him to six under at the turn and further pars at the 10th and 12th left him eight under standing on the 15th tee.

A gross score in the 70s was definitely looming on the horizon at this stage but a horrible triple bogey seventh at the 15th threaten to derail Davis’s march to victory. However, he regrouped and he got the dropped shots back when he holed for a birdie two at the 17th to get back to eight under.

Shane Hession (6) took the gross prize with a 77 while his father, Sean (9) took the Category 1 prize with the other category winners being Seamus Bailey (13) and Patrick McCormack (22). Adam Lennon (21) took the Juvenile Prize with a 70.

The Arkew Cup was the final Golfer of the Year competition and congratulation are extended to Frank Byrne who emerged as the overall winner.

For the second successive week Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition was won by a visitor with Greenore’s Adam McDonnell (5) taking the honours on countback from 2016 Captain’s Prize winner David Murden (10) after both shot excellent scores of 42pts. Murden had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize with Ashfield’s Damien Ross (15) and Dundalk Club President Tom Geary (21) winning the other two category prizes.

The final preparations are underway for the ILGU Finals beginning on September 20. The time tables for ball spotters, car park attendants and score recorders are at the bar.  If you have time to spare on any of the days we would very much appreciate it.

Sunday, September 11 – Arkew Cup – Overall: Patrick Davis (17) 64, John Paul Casey (17) 68. Gross: Shane Hession (6)  77. Category 1 (0-12): Sean Hession (9) 70, E J Hanratty (9) 71/35.5. Category 2 (13-17): Seamus Bailey (13) 70/32.5, Danny Gallagher (14) 70. Category 3 (18+): Patrick McCormack (22) 70, Tom Lanigan (21) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (21) 70. CSS: 73.

 

Rafferty retains Club Championship

Caolan Rafferty (+3) retained the Club Champio

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

nship on Saturday when a second round of level par was enough to hold off the chasing field.

Rafferty had held a four shot lead after Round 1 and the only player to challenge him was his fellow plus handicapper Aaron Grant (+2) who shot a one under par 71 for an overall score of level par. But Rafferty kept his composure all through the final round as he shot a level par 72 to finish on three under for the championship.

The gross prizes were won by Robert White (1) and Conor Curran (3) while Terry Conlon (6) and Eoin Murphy (3) took the nett prizes.

Club Championship – Overall: 141 – Caolan Rafferty (+3) 69/72. 144 –  Aaron Grant (+2) 73/71. Round 1 (Sept 4) – Gross: Robert White (1) 73/34. Nett: Terry Conlon (6) 68. Round 2 (Sept 11) – Gross: Connor Curran (3) 73/35. Nett: Eoin Murphy (3) 70. CSS: 73.