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.

 

 

Dundalk win Newsam Cup

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

 

Dundalk Golf Club ended an eight year wait when they captured the Newsam Cup for the first time since 2008 on Saturday.

Dundalk’s first three pairings took just 15 holes each to take out Knightsbrook’s top order in one of the most comprehensive displays ever seen in the 39 year history of the tournament.

Royal Tara, who organise this annual inter-club foursomes matchplay tournament for golfers with a handicap of 17 or higher, hosted the final after the 18 invitees from four counties were narrowed to the final two over the course of the summer.

Knightsbrook made the short trip from Trim to Tara looking to win their first men’s inter-club tournament and travelled with confidence as their opening two pairings hadn’t lost a match en route to the final while the third pairing had only tasted defeated once.

But Dundalk were battle hardened after knocking out 2015 winner Headfort and also seeing off Greenore and Townley Hall on their path to the final and managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan left no stone unturned in their attention to detail and the manner in which they prepared their team.

Solid drives on the first tee from all five Dundalk pairings augured well for what was to follow and so it turned out to be as Dundalk quickly grabbed control of the tie and never relinquished their firm grip as they plotted their way through the tight opening nine before unleashing their obvious power off the tee on the more open back nine.

In the top match Bobby McCarthy and Hugh Reilly were all square after six against David Maguire and Alan Codd but edged into a two hole lead after ten holes and then extended their lead to three before closing out the match on the 15th for a 4 & 3 win and Dundalk’s first point on the board.

Behind them, brothers David and Kenneth Cairns came out of the traps like a bullet and won the first four holes against Brian O’Neill and Eamon O’Brien to open up a four hole lead which wasn’t threatened and they also closed it out on 15 where they won the hole to record a 5&3 victory.

The third match saw Adrian Kenny and Kenneth Carthy take on Billy Tyndall and Rodney Trenwith and the Dundalk pair were two up after five and won the sixth to go three up. They were two up after nine but won two of the next four holes and were dormie four standing on the 15th tee. Like the duo before them they finished the job in style by winning the 15th for a 5 & 3 win and the winning point as Dundalk recorded a 3-0 win.

The other two matches out on the course were called in at that stage with veteran campaigners Jim Gollogley and Sean O’Sullivan involved in a match that seemed destined to go all the way to 18 while the anchor men, Eamonn McEneaney and Nigel Giff, were totally in control of their match when it was called in.

For team managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan it was the culmination of three years of hard work but they were quick to pay tribute to the15 strong squad that had seen Dundalk through the competition.

“It was a great team effort,” said McCaughey. “The boys worked very hard all year and everybody in the squad played their part. There was a great team spirit and you could see the confidence they possessed when they stepped onto the first tee. They beat a very good team in the final and the win is a great boost for the club.”

The Dundalk 2016 Newsam Cup panel was: Nigel Giff, Eamonn McEneaney, Adrian Kenny, Kevin Carthy, Sean Quigley, Brian Crombie, Bobby McCarthy, Hugh Reilly, Jim Gollogley, Sean O’Sullivan, David Cairns, Kenneth Cairns, Martin Cairns, Benny O’Shaughnessy and Caoimhin O’Callaghan.

 

PHOTO: Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan hold aloft the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Young talent to the fore in Adult and Juvenile competition

The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm on Saturday for the annual Adult and Juvenile competition sponsored by club caterer Declan Rafferty.

A total of 56 pairs played Scotch Foursomes over either 18 or nine holes, depending the category of the younger player, and the scoring showed that there is plenty of talent coming through the juvenile ranks.

One of those players to watch out for in the coming years is Oisin Conroy (12) who partnered Nora Byrne (24) to win Cateogry 1 with an excellent score of 65.

Another is Áine Greenan (26) who joined up with Paul Campbell (12) to take Category 2 with a one under par 71 while Ferghal Duffy (16) and Barra Duffy (36) won Category 3 with a 63 and Category 4 saw Joe Durnin (17) and Emma Durnin (36) come out on top with a fabulous nett score of 58½.

The final two categories were played over nine holes with Category5 won by John Mulligan (10) and Oran Mulligan (40) with a score of 30½ while Des Malone (24) and Sarah Coan (40) took Category 6 with a 43.

Saturday, September 3 – Adult & Juvenile Scotch Foursomes Sponsored by Declan Rafferty –

Category 1 (Adult and 18 Hole Boy): Nora Byrne (24) & Oisin Conroy (12) 65, Pat Dunne (19) & Tom Dunne (17) 66, Danny Gallagher (14) & Iarlaith Carroll (20) 68.

Category 2 (Adult and 18 Hole Girl): Pauline Campbell (12) & Áine Grennan (26) 71, Fionnuala Dullaghan (16) & Eve Rowland (16) 74, Jean Connolly (20) & Jane Connolly (22) 79.

Category 3 (Adult and 9 Hole Boy): Fearghal Duffy (16) & Barra Duffy (36) 63, Barry Cunningham (10) & Fionn Cunningham (28) 65, David Brennan (14) & Louis Goodman (32) 66.

Category 4 (Adult and 9 Hole Girl): Joe Durnin (17) & Emma Durnin (36) 58½, Marie Strain (14) & Anna Rowland (36) 67, Jim Rowland (11) & Katie Rowland (36) 76.

Category 5: (Adult and 4 Hole Boy): John Mulligan (10) & Oran Mulligan (40) 30½.

Category 6 (Adult and 4 Hole Girl): Des Malone (24) & Sarah Coan (40) 43.

Dundalk aim for Newsam Cup success

Dundalk Golf Club will hope to end the inter-club season on a winning note this Saturday when they meet Knightsbrook in the final of the 2016 Newsam Cup at Royal Tara Golf Club.

Several years of hard work by team managers Edmund Sheridan and Peter McCaughey have paid off this year with a series of brilliant performances helping Dundalk to reach the final for the first time in years.

The competition is for golfers with a handicap of 17 or more and who are over 30 years old on January 1. The format foursomes, which is a two player team playing alternate shots, and there are five individual matches played over 18 holes and the first club to win three matches winning the tie.

All the rounds up to the final have been played on a home and away basis and Dundalk began their campaign with a major scalp when they knocked out the 2015 winners Headfort from Kells. This was followed by a very close match against neighbours Greenore before they comfortably saw off the challenge of Townley Hall in the semi final.

While only 10 players will be playing in the final the panel of players representing Dundalk is made of 15 members and all contributed to the club reaching the final leaving managers Sheridan and McCaughey with a few tough decisions to make on Saturday when they name their five pairings.

The Dundalk panel is: Nigel Giff, Eamonn McEneaney, Adrian Kenny, Kevin Carthy, Sean Quigley, Brian Crombie, Bobby McCarthy, Hugh Reilly, Jim Gollogley, Sean O’Sullivan, David Cairns, Kenneth Cairns, Martin Cairns, Benny O’Shaughnessy and Caoimhin O’Callaghan.

Saturday’s final will tee off at 2.30pm and is being held at Royal Tara as they are responsible for the running of this annual tournament which is played amongst the clubs in the North East.

Purcell takes President’s Prize

Presidents Prize 2016

Prizewinner Graham Purcell is presented with his prize by President Tom Geary.

Graham Purcell was a clear winner of Tom Geary’s President’s Prize on a perfect day for golf last Sunday.

The 21 handicapper had three shots to spare over Conall Murdock (9) and those two along with Gross Prize winner Aaron Grant were the only players in the 187 strong field to break 70.

Purcell got off to a great start with pars at the first and second and went to four under when he birdied the par five sixth for a nett eagle. He matched that on the next hole, the index three seventh, where he had two shots and walked off with a par for a nett three. A par four at the eighth meant he stood on the ninth tee standing at seven under and at the stage the tournament was very much his to lose.

 A few minutes later he was walking to the 10th tee having dropped two shotsafter running up a triple bogey six and turned in five under but he showed great composure to bounce back immediately with a birdie four at the 10th for yet another nett eagle.

Purcell moved to eight under when he parred the 14th but he handed two shots backs immediately with a triple bogey seven at the par four 15th. However, he kept his head over the final three holes, two of which were playing into the wind, and even managed a par at the short 17th to get to seven under and a nett score of 65.

That left him three ahead of Murdock and Aaron Grant (+1) but the latter’s 67 was enough to comfortably win the Gross Prize. Grant only dropped only one shot in a near flawless round which included birdies at all four par fives as well as the par four 14th and 18th.

Category winners were Barry Grennan, Paschal Keenan and Oliver McGinnity while Larry Hanratty (24) took the Veterans Prize with a 70.

Sunday, August 28 – President Tom Geary’s Prize – Overall: Graham Purcell (21) 65, Conall Murdock (9) 68. Gross: Aaron Grant (+1) 67. Veteran: Larry Hanratty (24) 70. Category 1 (0-12): Barry Grennan (11) 70/33.5, Robert White (2) 70/35/21.3. Category 2 (13-17): Paschal Keenan (15) 70/35.5. Michael Hamilton (16) 71/34. Category 3: (18+): Oliver McGinnity (21) 73/31.5, John O’Connor (19) 73/36.5/22.67. CSS: 73.

Birdies do the trick for Cumiskey

Three birdies on the back nine which yielded 11 points helped Mark Cumiskey take Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

The 10 handicapper scored an amazing 25pts on the homeward nine to return an overall total of 45pts and he won by three points from Michael Gill (8) who edged out early clubhouse leader Michaerl Begley (20) for third place.

Cumiskey went through the front nine in 19pts as he picked up three points at the first, second and but dropped shots at the fourth and eighth. A two point par at the 10th and a three point par the index two 11th yielded five points from the first two holes of the back nine and Cumiskey then picked up four more points after birdieing the par five 12th. The next five holes yielded 13 polnts from a birdie and four pars before the third birdie of his round arrived on the par four last.

He covered the 18 holes in 73 gross and that was enough to take him past Begley who had held the clubhouse lead from early morning after a steady round of 42pts and he will rue a blank at 16 when he airmailed the green with his approach shot and ended up in the forest at the back.

Begley had to settle for the Category Three prize after he was pipped for second overall on countback by Michael Gill who also finished on 42pts. The other Category winners were Alan Hurley (5) and Gareth Halpin (17) while Leinster Boys U16 Champion Josh Mackin (3) took the gross prize with 38pts..

Sunday, August 14 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Mark Cumiskey (10) 45pts, Michael Gill (8) 42pts. Gross: Josh Mackin (3) 38pts. Category 1 (0-12): Alan Hurley (5) 40/20pts, Niall McCaul (8) 40pts. Category 2 (13-17): Gareth Halpin (17) 40/24pts, Brian Gaughran (14) 40/21pts. Category 3 (18-28): Michael Begley (20) 42pts, Larry Hanratty (22) 40/23pts. CSS: 71.

SSS increased by one shot

With the level of changes applied to our course over the last eighteen months we invited the Leinster Golf Course Rating team to review our course and advise if the current Standard Scratch Score reflects its current playing difficulty. The SSS is the measurement by which handicaps are assessed.

Following their assessment the ratings team concluded that Dundalk is now much a tougher course and increased the SSS on each course by one shot so that the new SSS is Blue 73, White 72, and Green 71.

Brilliant back nine wins it for Murdock

A brilliant back nine was the key to12 handicapper Derek Murdock winning Sunday’s Single Stableford competition on countback from John McCann (17).

A three for two points at the par three ninth meant that he walked to the 10th tee having picked up just 15pts from the opening nine holes. While he had scored on every hole, he had only managed one three pointer when he parred the par four third and that two point par at the ninth had been preceded by three one point holes.

The next four holes were a different story altogether as he found the momentum that ultimately led to a winning score and picked up 13pts with a birdie at the 10th and par at the 11th and 12th and a birdie at the 13th. Pars at the 16th and 18th yielded more three points as he covered the back nine in 25pts to finish on 40pts.

McCann also posted a score of 40pts but was blown away on countback by Murdock’s back nine and had to settle for second overall.

The category prizes were won by Niall McCaul (8), David Cairns (18) and Larry Hanratty (25) while Tom Dunne (22) took the Juvenile Prize with 36pts.

Sunday, August 7 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Derek Murdock (12) 40/25pts, John McCann (17) 40pts. Category 1(0-12): Niall McCaul (8) 37/18pts, Noel Reidy (12) 37pts. Category 2 (13-18): David Cairns (18) 39pts, Pat Watters (15) 37pts. Category 3 (19-28): Larry Hanratty (25) 34/17/11pts. Martin McCaughey  (22)  34/17pts. Juvenile: Tom Dunne (22) 36pts. CSS: 72.

Murden storms through to take Captain’s Prize

Overall Winner

Winner David Murden is presented with his prize by Captain Maurice Soraghan

Eleven handicapper David Murden stormed through the field to take Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize last Sunday.

He shot a best of the day 65 for a two round score of 137 and that was enough to give him a three shot win over E J Hanratty (10) who shot 70 in both rounds for a four under par total of 140.

Club stalwart Peter Rogers (2) took the gross prize after shooting rounds of 75 and 76 for 151 while Tommy Reneghan (14) won the Veteran’s Prize after shooting a five under par 67 for 141 after a 74 last week.

Big hitting Murden started the day in 31st place after shooting a level par 72 in last week’s first round and teed off 72 minutes before the leaders having just made it into the seeded group of players for the final round.

Going into the final round under the radar certainly worked for Murden as he burned up the front nine. He shot eight pars and one bogey for a one over par gross score of 37 and a nett total of 32, five under par.

After a bogey six at the par five index 16 10th hole, Murden got back to par golf and parred the next six holes to stand on the 17th tee with a gross score to that point of two over and a nett score of nine under. A double bogey five at the par three, index 14, 17th hole threatened to derail his charge to the title after he found himself two bunkers but he responded brilliantly on the index 10 par four 18th with a booming drive followed by a gap wedge and two putt for a par to finish with a superb round of 65, seven under par.

That left Murden as leader in the clubhouse and he had to spent the next hour watching the remaining 27 players try to find a way to better his score of 137. One by one they came up short and when Brian McCarthy and Jim Dwyer in the final group signed for 74s and an overall total of 141, Murden was confirmed as winner of the 2016 Captain’s Prize which represented his first individual major title.

McCarthy and Dwyer finished third and fourth overall respectively with Intermediate Scratch Cup winner Martin McEntaggart (10) in fifth. Category winners were Frank Byrne (10), Michael Hamilton (16) and Pat Waters (17). The overall winner of Saturday qualifying was Richard Barry (13) with Kevin Redmond (20) taking the Sunday qualifying prize. The winner of the overall Juvenile Prize was Joseph Laverty (19) with Sean Laverty (6) taking the Junior Prize.

Sunday, July 31 – Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize – Overall: 137 – David Murden (11) 72, 65. 140 – E J Hanratty (10) 70, 70. 141 – Bobby McCarthy (17) , Jim Dwyer (9) 67, 74. 142 – Martin McEntaggart (10) 70, 72. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 151 (75, 76). Veteran: Tommy Reneghan (14) 141 (74, 67). Junior: Sean Laverty (6) 141 (70, 71). Juvenile: Joseph Laverty (19) 143 (75, 68). Sunday Final: Category 1 (0-11): Frank Byrne (10) 71/34, Gerry Murray (9) 71, Neil Mullooly (11) 72/34.. Category 2 (12-16): Michael Hamilton (16) 68/34, Aaron Waite (14) 68, Brendan Keane (12) 70/34/19. Category 3: Pat Waters (17) 67, Noel Crowe (26) 68, Gerard Cluskey (19) 70.Saturday Qualifier: Richard Barry (13) 69/32.5. Category 1 (0-12): Damian English (11) 69. Category 2 (13-19): Michael Kelly (14) 72.  Category 3 (20-28): Sean Gallagher (24) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (22) 71. Junior: Andrew Coburn (12) 69. Sunday Qualifying: Kevin Redmond (20) 65. Category 1 (0-12): Carl Stewart (10) 68. Category 2 (13-19): Gerry J Byrne (19) 69. Cateogry 3 (20-28): Paul Matthews (25) 66. Juvenile Cathal Purcell (20) 84. Saturday Non Qualifers: Michael McDermott (16) 72. Category 1 (0-14) Vincent Jackson (13) 73. Category 2 (15-20): Declan Conlon (20) 74/35. Category 3 (21-28): Denis Ryan (21) 76 (33.5).