Sun shines for Professional’s Prize

The sun shone last Sunday for Leslie Walker’s Professional’s Prize and so too did captain Maurice Soraghan (9) who shot 69 to take top prize on countback.

Robert White (2) took the Gross Prize with a one over par 73 while Michael Stewart (14) won the Veteran’s Prize with a 70.

Liam O’Reilly (9) captured the Category One prize while Barry Grennan (12) and Padraig McDonnell were the other category winners with Joseph Laverty (20) claiming the Juvenile Prize.

Sunday, July 17 – Professional’s Prize (Leslie Walker) – Overall: Maurice Soraghan (9) 69. Gross: Robert White (2) 73. Veteran: Michael Stewart (14) 70. Category 1 (0 to 11): Liam O’Reilly (9) 69, Gregory McCaughey (9) 70. Category 2 (12 to 16): Barry Grennan (12) 70/35, Danny Miele (13) 70. Category 3 (17 to 28): Padraig McDonnell (22) 71, Eamon Arthur (21) 72. Juvenile: Joseph Laverty (20) 77. CSS: 73.


Dundalk golfers making their presence felt

Two of Dundalk’s most promising young golfers have earned call-ups to the Leinster team for this month’s U16 Inter-provincials in Tullamore where Leinster will be defending the title they won last year.

Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin will travel to the Offaly venue as provincial champions with Murphy having won the Munster U16 Championship in Nenagh while Mackin captured the Leinster title at Beaverstown last week.

Murphy produced an excellent two under par 70 to beat a field of over 140 players. He produced four birdies during his round and crucially was the only golfer to play the inward nine under par, which gave him a two shot win over Lahinch’s Jonathan Keane.

It was Murphy’s second major win of the season as earlier in the year he captured the All-Ireland Faldo Series and will head to the Grand Final in England later this year.

Mackin needed a four hole play-off against Robert Galligan of Elm Park to take the Leinster title. Both players finished on one under par 71 after 18 holes but Mackin came out on top in the play-off, winning by one shot.

Two other Dundalk golfers, Sean Laverty and Padraig Fallon, played in both championships.

The Leinster call-ups for Murphy and Mackin brings to four the number of Dundalk players capped at provincial level this season as Caolan Rafferty and Deirdre Smith have played in the men’s and women’s senior inter-pros respectively this year.

Smith was part of the Leinster team that finished second to Ulster in the women’s inter-pros at Slieve Russell. She formed a formidable foursomes partnership with Aedin Murphy and the pair recorded wins over Connacht and Munster. However, Smith was injured in her singles match against Munster’s Paula Grant, was forced to withdraw after 13 holes and played no further part in the tournament as Leinster just missed out on taking the title.

Rafferty went one better as Leinster’s men, captained by Greenore’s Seamus McParland, retained the All-Ireland Inter-Provincial title at Fota Island.

The Dundalk player formed an unbeaten partnership with Ardee’s Eugene Smith with the pair winning their foursomes matches against Connacht, Munster and Leinster.

Rafferty sank a birdie putt on the 16th to win their opening match against Connacht’s Sean Flanagan and Mark Morrissey 3&2. They then had a one hole win in the match against Munster’s Peter O’Keefe and Cathal Butler before recording a two hole victory over Ulster’s Stuart Beakley and Jordan Hood on the final day.

Raffterty was unable to carry that winning form into the singles matches where he suffered three defeats but the three points he earned from the foursomes certainly played a part in Leinster’s overall victory and ensured a memorable debut for the Dundalk player.



Rafferty makes Leinster Interpro Team

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty

Caolan Rafferty has achieved one of his major goals for 2016 by being selected on the Leinster team for next week’s Interprovincial Championship in Fota Island.

It’s the 23-year-old’s first provincial cap and he’s hoping that it will be a stepping stone to another objective which is to represent Ireland.

The Leinster team, which is captained by Greenore’s legend Seamus McParland, is bidding to retain the title they won last year in Rosapenna and the eight strong team includes four survivors from 2015.

Rafferty got another boost this week when he rose 109 places in the Amateur World Rankings following his great performance at the British Amateur Championship where he reached the last 32.  He is now ranked at 354th in the world.

However, the week ended on a disappointing note for Rafferty and the other members of the club’s Senior Cup team as they went out in the first round on Saturday when they lost 3-2 to Laytown & Bettystown in the Regional qualifier at Baltray.

Good start favours Cumiskey

LC Overall Winner

Overall Winner – Lady Captain Jean Connolly with Mark Cumiskey

A superb opening nine was the foundation for Mark Cumiskey’s victory in Lady Captain Jean Connolly’s Prize to the Men on Sunday.

Cumiskey’s impressive opening nine saw him shoot a gross level par 36 for a nett 30. That included birdies at the second and the sixth and pars at the first, fourth, fifth and seventh. On the back nine he added another birdie at the 14th and pars at 10th, 12th, 13th 15th and 18th.

The 11 handicapper shot a 64 nett to win by three shots in a 177 strong field with Aaron Grant (+2) taking the Gross Prize after shooting a two under par 70 while Bernard White (15) won the Veteran’s Prize with a 68.

Cathal O’Brien (25) shot an impressive 45pts to win the Wednesday Open Singles Stableford competition by one point from Christy Ward (10). Sean Laverty (6), Larry Curtin (16) and Ross Quigley (22) won the category prizes with Greenore’s J Murphy (1) taking the visitor’s prize and Sean McCaughey (13) claiming the juvenile prize.

Sunday, June 12 – Lady Captain’s (Jean Connolly) Prize to Men – Overall: Mark Cumiskey (11) 64. Gross: Aaron Grant (+2) 70. Veteran: Bernard White (15) 68. Category 1 ( 0 -11): Michael Coburn (8) 67/33, Padraig Fallon (7) 67/35.5. Category 2 (12-17): Brendan Keane (12) 67/33, Gerard Daly (13) 67/33.5. Category 3 (18 – 28): Eugene Hanratty (18) 67/30, Sean O’Sullivan (18) 69/35. Juvenile: Joseph Laverty (27) 67. CSS: 71.

McDermott’s pace too hot to handle

Ollie McDermott took full advantage of perfect conditions and a golf course in tip top condition to shoot a superb score of 46pts on his way to winning Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition which also served as a qualifier for the 3Ts and Harry Walsh Cup.

Ollie will now represent the men in the next stage of the 3Ts while he also led home the 32 qualifiers for the matchplay section of the Harry Walsh. Everybody who scored 33pts or better qualified and the draw is now posted in the Gents’ locker room.

Playing off 15, Ollie had a slow start with a double bogey for one point on the second but a birdie three at the third yielded four points and after walking off with two points from the index one fourth, he moved into top gear and quickly put distance between himself and the rest of the field.

He parred every hole from the fifth to the 12th for a return of 22 points from eight holes and then picked up three points with a birdie at 14 and a par at 17 before finishing in style with a birdie three at the par four 18th for an impressive 46pts having gone round in five over par gross.

Ray Pepper (20) managed to get within four shots of McDermott as he returned 42pts for second place overall while Niall McCaul (8), David Smyth (13) and Michael Begley (21) were the three category winners. Padraig Grennan (22) took the Juvenile Prize with a score of 39pts.

Sunday, June 5 – Singles Stableford Competition and Harry Walsh Cup & 3Ts Qualifier – Overall: Ollie McDermot (15) 46pts (3T’s Qualifier), Ray Pepper (20) 42pts. Category 1 (0-12): Niall McCaul (8) 41pts, Liam McGailey (10) 40pts. Category 2 (13-18): David Smyth (13) 40pts, Paschal Keenan (16) 39/23pts. Category 3 (19-28): Michael Begley (21) 41pts, Caoimhin O’Callaghan (21) 39/23pts. Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (22) 39/22 pts. CSS: 70 (38pts).

Sheridan wins Cochrane Cup

Eddie Sheridan (13) produced perfect golf to match the perfect weather on Sunday when he shot a seven-under par 65 to take the Cochrane Cup by three shots from Donal Sheridan (9).

Three birdies on the back nine proved to be the difference as Eddie birdied 10, 12 and 18 to come home in 32 nett despite dropping shots at the 15th and 17th. His round also included seven pars give five of them coming on an error free front nine which he went round in 33 nett.

Donal Sheridan managed two back to back birdies in his round at the 13th and 14th and he also rolled in ten pars on his way to a nett 68 but his hopes of victory were thwarted by dropped shots at the third, 10th and 18th. Those birdies proved crucial when the countback went to the final six holes as he pipped Ciaran Sheridan (5) for second overall.

Ciaran Sheridan had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize with Noel Reidy (12) and Peter McCaughey (18) the other category winners.

May 29 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Edmund Sheridan (13) 65, Donal Sheridan (9) 68/32.5/19. Gross: Robert White (2) 73/34. Category 1 (0-11) Ciaran Sheridan (5) 68, Gerry Murray (9) 70/32.5. Category 2 (12-15): Noel Reidy (12) 69, Michael Gallagher (15) 71. Category 3 (16+): Peter  McCaughey (18) 69. Graham Purcell (21) 71. Juvenile: Thomas O Connell (14) 69. CSS: 72

Open Week action grabs headlines

The past week has seen plenty of competitive action at Dundalk Golf Club as the annual May Open Week was in full flow and there was plenty of headline grabbing action

Teenager Padraig Fallon saw his handicap drop by three shots in three days as he won the Open Singles Stableford on Monday of last week. He had lost a shot when winning the Best Nett Prize at the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup the previous Saturday and then, off his new handicap of eight, lost a further two shots two days later when he shot 46pts to win by six shots from another talented teenager and current All-Ireland Faldo Series U16 champion Eoin Murphy.

Juvenile Committee chairman Jim Caraher is obviously getting plenty of inspiration from his young charges as he was a back to back winner during Open Week. Last Wednesday, he won the Open Singles Stableford with 40pots as he edged out Pat Donaghy on countback and the following day he was back on the winner’s podium when he led his team to victory in the Four Person Team Event sponsored by Flanagan Motors, despite having lost a shot overnight to drop to eight. Vincent Conlon (8), Padraig McDonnell (20) and Danny Gallagher (13) were the other members of the winning team, whose score of 90pts was one more than the second placed team of David Williams (19), Fergus O’Callaghan (13), Eamon McEneaney (17) and Gavin McEneaney (12).

Saturday’s Open Fourball, sponsored by National Tile, was won by seasoned campaigners Paddy Duffy (13) and Vincent Murphy (16) who dovetailed superbly to produce a blemish free round of 47pts. They had eight two point holes, nine three pointers and a four pointer at the ninth where Murphy struck a glorious tee-shot to within three feet of the tricky back pin and then sank the slippery downhill putt. They won by one point thanks to a brilliant up and down on 18 from Duffy who curled in a severely breaking downhill putt from six feet for par. Bobby McCarthy (16) and Shane Hession (5) were second with Richard Copas (17) and his guest from Sutton, M Drake (15) in third a further shot behind,.

Dundalk Golf Club would like to thank all those who participated in Open Week and the companies which sponsored competitions. Our next Open Week will be from July 3 to 10.

May 22 –  Singles Stableford Open sponsored by Copper Kettle Restaurant – Christy Ward (11) 42pts, Tadhg O’Sullivan (21) 41pts, Barry Grennan (12) 40/21pts.

May 21 – Open Fourball sponsored by National Tile Ltd: 47 – Paddy Duffy (13), Vincent Murphy (16). 46 – Bobby McCarthy (16), Shane Hession (5). 45 – Richard Copas (17), M. Drake (15) (Sutton).

May 19 – Four Person Team Event sponsored by Flanagan Motors: 90pts – Jim Caraher (8), Vincent Conlon (8), Padraig McDonnell (20), Danny Gallagher (13). 2nd: 89pts – David Williams (19), Fergus O’Callaghan (13), Eamon McEneaney (17), Gavin McEneaney (12).

May 18 – Open Singles Stableford- Overall: Jim Caraher (9) 40/21/14/7pts, Pat Donaghy (12) 40pts. Category 1: Niall Jackson (14) 39/21pts, William Redmond (12) (Blessington Lakes) 38/19pts. Category 2: Gerry O Keeffe (13) 40pts, John Morrisson (16) 38pts. Category 3: Kevin Carthy (18) 38pts, Tom Lanigan (21) 37pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

May 16 – Open Singles Stableford: Padraig Fallon (8) 46pts, Eoin Murphy (4) 40pts, Francis McGuigan (14) 39/22pts, Ruairi Gogarty (7) 39pts. CSS: 72 (36pts)


Open Singles Stableford Competition

Monday, May 16, 2016
1st: Padraig Fallon (8) 46pts
2nd: Eoin Murphy (4) 40pts
3rd: Francis McGuigan (14) 39/22pts
4th: Ruairi Gogarty (7) 39pts


CSS 72 / 36pts

Back nine delivers PGA Tankard for Lynch

The PGA Tankard on Sunday was won by Ken Lynch (12) who produced a spectacular back nine to edge out Aaron Waite (16) on countback after both had returned scores of 42pts.

Lynch had turned for home on 17pts after blanking the sixth and having three pointers at the second and fifth cancelled out by one pointers at the third and fourth. He got the back nine off to a steady start with two points on the 10th before exploding into life by taking 13pts from the next four holes which included a birdie four for four points at the par five 12th. He picked up another three points at the 16th and 18th for a back nine of 25 points which is the equivalent of seven under par.

Junior Scratch Cup winner Josh Macken has had some week as he also won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a score of 41pts which was enough to see him drop a shot in handicap while on Sunday he shot 40pts on his way to winning Category 1 in the PGA Tankard. Apart from Mackin, the other category winners were David Murden (13) and Stephen Haughey (17).

Sunday, May 15 – PGA Tankard – Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts, Aaron Waite (16) 42pts. Category 1: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts, Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 40pts, Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts. Category 3: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts, Paul Lynch (22)       39/22pts. CSS: 71.

Mackin wins DAR Golf Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

Junior Sratch 2016 winner

Josh Mackin receiving the DAR Junior Scratch Cup from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Junior Sratch 2016 - Mark Gorham

Junior Scratch Cup – Second Place – Mark Gotham receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

junior Sratch 2016 - 3rd

Junior Scratch Cup – Third Place – Shane Hession receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

junior Sratch 2016 - fallon

Junior Scratch Cup – 1st Round – Best Nett – Ryan McDonnell receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Fourteen year old Josh Mackin captured the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup over 36 holes on Saturday to record one of the biggest wins of his fledging career.

The four handicapper, who was a member of Dundalk’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team last year, shot rounds of 78 and 74 for a two round total of 152 and a three shot win over clubmates Mark Gorham (4) and Shane Hession (6). There was some consolation for third place Hession as he aced the par-three fifth during the competition.

Macken had a jittery start as bogeys at the first and fourth and a double bogey at the sixth left him four over after six holes but he steadied the ship and had only two further bogeys over the remaining 12 holes for a six over par 78.

That left him in a strong position entering the second round and he took full advantage as went through the first nine holes in three less shots than he did in the morning with a birdie at the sixth taking some of the sting out of bogeys at the fourth and eighth.

Another birdie followed at the par five 10th and although he gave it away with a bogey at the short par four 14th he kept reeling off the pars and a bogey on his final hole didn’t do any damage when the scores were totted up.

Gorham took second place thanks to a second round 76 after both himself and Hession finished on 155 while another Dundalk youngster, Padraig Fallon (9), took the Overall Nett Prize with a score of 140 and Rian McDonnell (9) claimed the First Round Nett Prize with a 72.

Saturday, May 15 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by DAR Golf – Josh Mackin (4) (Dundalk) 152, Mark Gorham (4) (Dundalk) 155/76, Shane Hession (6) (Dundalk) 155. Nett: Padraig Fallon (9) (Dundalk) 140. First Round Gross: James McCulla (5) (Kilkeel) 77. First Round Nett: Rian McDonnell (9) (Dundalk) 72. Second Round Gross: Gary Currie (6) (Fortwilliam) 76/36. First Round Nett: Jonathon Mallon (8) (Warrenpoint) 71/36. CSS (Round 1): 73 (Home), 75 (Away). CSS (Round 2): 72 (Home), 74 (Away).