Ladies Spring League: Week 1

The SPRING LEAGUE started on Saturday 20th and Tuesday 23rd January 2018. This is the beginning of the golfing season for the ladies and the scores certainly did not disappoint. Jennifer Holland had a great start to the season playing superb golf coming in with 20pts winning Class A. Jennifer has not lost her touch over the winter months. We will be watching Jennifer’s team in anticipation. Sally McDonnell, one to watch this year, wins Class B with another brilliant score of 21pts. Oonagh Quinn wins Class C with 16pts. Well done to all the winners.


Winner:         Jennifer Holland (13)           20pts

Runner-Up:      Jacinta Foran (14)              19pts

Third:          Wendy Williamson (19)           18pts


Winner:         Sally McDonnell (28)            21pts

Runner-Up:      Siobhan Rogers (21)             19pts

Third:          Geraldine McGeough (24)         18pts
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Winner:         Oonagh Quinn (32)               16pts

Runner-Up:      Bernadette Kearney (35)         15pts

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Third:          Alison Quigley (36)             15pts

Two’s:          Bernadette Herr on the 5th

72 Ladies Played


McKeown keeps his composure to deliver winning score

Patrick McKeown was the winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition when he shot 34pts to win the 14 Hole Seven Club competition by one point from Noel Reid (15),

The 17 handicapper had 13 strokes on the day over the reduced layout which saw the first 13 holes being played before finishing on the 18th.

The early starters had to contend with fog but McKeown, with a 10.30 tee time, was able to enjoy the best of the weather and took full advantage of the firm fairways and greens which were in superb condition for this time of year,.

After opening with a double-bogey six on the first for one point, McKeown showed his ability to bounce back from setbacks and promptly parred the next three holes for a nine point haul that left him with a solid foundation after the opening four holes for a possible good round.

A bogey at the par three fifth and a par at the par five sixth, where he didn’t have a shot, yielded another four points but he then failed to score at the par five seventh.

That’s something which can often derail potentially good rounds but, just like he did earlier, McKeown responded positively to the set-back by parring the eighth and ninth, birdieing the par-five 10th and then parring the index two 11th for a 13pts haul.

That left him on 27pts with three holes to go and after successive two point bogeys he finished in style on the 18th with a three point par to sign for 34pts.

That left him one point ahead of Noel Reid who took second place while the category winners were Austin Shaw (9), Eamon McEneaney (15) and Mark Browne (22) who all returned scores of 32pts. The day’s best gross score came from Neil Mullooly (6) with a score of 25pts.

It was a second successive for McKeown in the winner’s circle as the previous Sunday he had joined forces with Ray Pepper, Colm Garvey and Joe Flanagan to win the 14 Hole Team Scramble.

Sunday, January 14 – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Patrick McKeown (17) 34pts, Noel Reid (15) 33pts. Category 1 (0-12): Austin Shaw (9) 32pts. Category 2 (13-17): Eamon McEneaney (15) 32/21pts. Category 3 (18-28): Mark Browne (22) 32pts. Best Gross: Neil Mullooly (6) 25pts.



Draws made for 2018 inter-club competitions

The draws for the various 2018 inter-club competitions have taken place and Dundalk now know the hurdles they will initially face as they try to bring Leinster and All-Ireland pennants back to Blackrock in 2018.

Dundalk have been one of the most formidable teams within Leinster in the Junior Cup and the club will host nine other clubs in the area qualifier on June 9 and 10. The top two strokeplay qualifiers will meet in a matchplay final for a place in the Leinster quarter-final at Carlow on June 28.

The club’s elite players will compete in the Senior Cup and Barton Shield. The Senior Cup qualifier will take place at Laytown & Bettystown on June 13 and 14 with Dundalk due to meet Killeen Castle for a place in the area semi-final where they will meet the winners of Headfort and Greenore. The Barton Shield qualifier takes place in Balcarrick on May 26 where 25 clubs will tee off looking to be one of the top eight teams that will advance to the semi-final stage on Sunday morning. This area qualifier will send two teams to the Leinster Finals in Mount Wolseley on July 20 and 21.

In the Jimmy Bruen Cup, Dundalk will be one of 18 clubs taking part in the area qualifier at Roganstown on June 16 with the top four going forward to the matchplay stage the following day which will decide the team who will advance to the Leinster Finals on July 21 in Mount Wolseley.

The Pierce Purcell Cup is for players with a handicap between 12 and 15 and the area qualifier will take place in Balbriggan on May 12 where 17 clubs will be looking for a place among the four teams that will battle it out on May 13 for a place in the Leinster quarter-final.

The All-Ireland Fourball is one of the newest inter-club competitions and Dundalk have received a bye into the second round where they will play the winner of Bellewstown and Co Louth on or before April 22. It will take Dundalk five matches to reach the Leinster Final in Tullamore on August 12.

In the Barton Cup, Dundalk will meet Ardee on or before April 15 while Greenore will provide the opposition in the Provincial Towns Cup on April 22 with the winners meeting either Seapoint or Co Louth in the second round.

Dundalk will begin the defence of their Leinster Fred Daly pennant in April against Laytown & Bettystown with the winners facing Greenore or Royal Tara while the U15 Inter Club Matchplay competition sees Dundalk meeting Co Louth for a place in the next round against ether Balbriggan or Laytown & Bettystown.



Rafferty receives honorary membership after international breakthrough

Caolan Rafferty

IRISH international Caolan Rafferty has received honorary membership of Dundalk Golf Club after he became only the sixth player from the club to make a senior international appearance.

Rafferty made his international debut at the Home Internationals in August and finished as the competition’s top scorer with five points out of six as he made a significant contribution to Ireland retaining the trophy for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time.

Rafferty has followed in the footsteps of Walter J Carroll, Charles A Carroll, Mick Ferguson and Barry Donnellan, who were Dundalk’s previous senior men’s internationals, and Yvonne Cassidy who was a ladies international.

“This year was a tremendous one for Dundalk Golf Club as we produced three internationals,” said outgoing Captain Michal Coburn. “Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin played for the U18 and U16 teams respectively while Caolan bridged a 65 year gap to our last men’s senior international. Everybody in the club is very proud of what Caolan has achieved this year. He is a great inspiration to everybody in Dundalk.”

Rafferty admitted he was honoured to receive such a special recognition from a club that has already given him tremendous support.

“It’s not something that is easily got so it is a huge honour for me to receive it. I really appreciate everything the club has done for me. They have helped me to play in tournaments here and in Britain and all the members have been following my progress very closely. It’s great to come back to the club and have people asking you about the championship you have just played in,” said Rafferty.

Rafferty has certainly had a year to remember and there have been no shortage of highlights for the 25-year-old who recently won the Irish Universities Championship at Enniscrone while also helping Maynooth University, where he is a Harrington Scholar, to third place in European Universities Championship in the Czech Republic.

His other big individual win of the year was in Colomiba at the Fedegolf Championship where he also partnered Tiarnan McLarnon to victory in the Team Event. That was his first big win as an elite golfer and he admits it is a big breakthrough.

“I’ve won a few Scratch Cups but Colombia was the first big competition I have won. To also win the team competition was special as it was the first time a team from Britain or Ireland had won it. I went on and won the Irish Universities and now I am looking forward to next year and trying to win one of the major Championships. It would mean a lot to me to bring one of those trophies back to Dundalk.”

Rafferty also claimed leading qualifier honours and course records at two of the biggest championships during the year. At the British Amateur Championship he led home 280 of the world’s top amateur players and also managed to set a new course record over the Princes course. He repeated the feat at the North of Ireland Championship where he set a new mark for the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush and then reached the semi-final of the Championship itself.

He also reached the quarter-finals of the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close and finished 10th at the East of Ireland. There was a seventh place at the Lytham Trophy in England, a second place in the Laytown & Betystown Scratch Cup and a third place in a spirited defence of the Dundalk Scratch Cup behind international colleagues Colin Campbell and Tiarnan McLarnon.

As well as helping Ireland to victory in the Home Internationals, Rafferty also led Leinster to a three-in-a-row in the Interprovincial Championships where he finished as top scorer winning 5.5pts out of a possible six.

Not surprisingly, Rafferty won the Leinster Senior Order of Merit to round off a memorable year and he realises it is going to tough to match those achievements in 2018.

“Obviously I want to do well in the major championships and I want to keep my place on the Ireland panel and make the Home International team again. The Eisenhower Trophy is being played at Carton House in September so making that three man team is a target as well.

“I also want to win a pennant with Dundalk. We have some good young lads coming through and we are all determined to do something with the club.”

Having just recovered from a rib injury sustained in a freak accident, Rafferty is currently preparing for 2018 in Maynooth University where he has just started studying Business Management.

“I am really enjoying it and Barry Fennelly has been a big help to me. We have got access to physios and psychologists and I am also in gym and doing things like yoga. I am fully focused on my studies and my amateur career for the next three years. After that we’ll see what happens.”



End of season presentations for ladies

Corina O’Reilly, 2017 Golfer of the Year, pictured with Lady Captain Maeve Ahern. Corina had a total of 522 strokes playing some superb golf throughout the season.


Berni McGuinnes accepts the ILGU Bronze Medal and the Silver Spoon from Lady Captain Maeve Ahern.


Zara Wadding receives the ILGU Junior Medal from Lady Captain Maeve Ahern. Zara has played superb golf this year losing 11 shots.

Men’s Presentation Night

The presentation of Men’s trophies took place in the clubhouse with Captain Michael Coburn and Lady Captain Maeve Coburn doing the honours.

The 2017 Club Champion, Aaron Grant, receives his trophies from Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.
L>R: Lady Captain Maeve Ahern, Aaron Grant (Club Champion 2017) and Captain Mickey Coburn

Golfer of the Year 2017, Vincent Conlon, pictured with Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.


The 2017 Gold Medal winner Maurice Murphy (right centre) and runner-up Ciaran Sheridan (left, centre) pictured with Lay Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.


The 2017 Senior Scratch Matchplay Champion, EOin Murphy, receives his trophy from competition sponsor Peter McCaughey of IJM watched by Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.


Harry Walsh Cup winner Benny O’Shaughnessy and runner-up Joe Flanagan pictured with Lady Captain Maeve Ahern and Captain Michael Coburn.

Walsh pips Coburn to take Sunday prize


Clem Walsh was the winner of Sunday’s Single Stableford competition when he shot 35pts to pip Club Captain Mickey Coburn by one point.

The five handicapper opened with two pars for two points each before another par at the third yielded three points while a birdie at the fourth was worth four points and brought him to 11pts. He picked up one more three point par at the seventh on his way to turning for home on 22pts.

Walsh kicked for home in style and over the final five holes he notched up three three point birdies at the 10th, 12th and 14th and a three point par at the 12th. His only blemish was a one point bogey at the par three 13th.

That left him on 35pts, a total nobody else managed to match with Coburn (8) taking second on countback from Michael McDermott (17) after shooting 22pts over his final nine holes.

McDermott took the Category 3 prize with Jim Dwyer (9) and Derek Teather (13) winning the other categories.

Caolan Rafferty returned the Best Gross of the day with a two under par 30pts for the 14 holes,.

The timesheet for the Scotch Mixed Foursomes event on December 17, which has a shotgun start, has opened and is available on the BRS System.

Sunday, December 10 – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: 1st, Clem Walshe (5) 35pts; 2nd: Michael Coburn (8) 34/22pts. Category 1(0-11): Jim Dwyer (9) 32pts. Category 2 (12-16): Derek Teather (13) 33pts. Category 3 (17-28): Michael McDermott (17) 34pts. Best Gross: Caolan Rafferty 30pts. CSS: Non-Qualifying.

Rafferty wins Leinster Senior Order of Merit

Caolan Rafferty’s great season was recognised by Leinster Golf at their Annual Delegate Meeting recently when he received the Senior Order of Merit Award.

PHOTO: Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty (Senior winner, far right) pictured with the other Leinster Golf Order of Merit Winners (from left) Joseph Byrne (U14), Alex Maguire (U16), Charlie Denvir (U18).

Final hole proves crucial for McKenna

Sunday’s 14 Hole Singles Stableford was won on countback by Dermot McKenna (22) whose final nine holes yielded 21pts which was one than Neil Mullooly

The two had tied on 33pts, along with Patrick Wadding (23) who finished third with Ollie Reilly (14) fourth on 32pts.

McKenna got off to a good start with a three point par on the first and by the time he walked off the index one fourth he was on 11pts after a par on the long par four yielded him four points.

He only picked up one point on the short fifth but pars on the two par-fives yielded three and four points respectively and he also parred the par four eighth for another three points.

That left him on 22pts after eight holes and he picked up two points at each of the next three holes before stumbling slightly at the 12th and 13th where double bogeys yield one point returns.

However, he managed a four at the par four 14th and those three points were what allowed him to pip Mullooly for overall victory. Mullooly did have the consolation of recording the day’s best gross score of 28pts

Brian Mernagh (11), Dessie Ward (13) and Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) were the three category winners.

Sunday, December 3 – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – 1st: Dermot McKenna (22) 33/21pts. 2nd: Neil Mullooly (6) 33/20pts. 3rd: Patrick Wadding (23) 33pts. 4th: Ollie Reilly (14) 32pts. Category 1 (0-12): Brian Mernagh (11) 31/19/14pts. Category 2 (13-18): Dessie Ward (13) 31/20/15pts. Category 3 (18-28): Benny O’Shaughnessy (21) 31pts. Best Gross – Neil Mullooly 28pts.

Connolly, King and Byrne to the fore in Ladies Winter League

Theresa Connolly, Ann King and Teresa Byrne were the class winners in the fourth week of the Ladies Winter League which took place on Sunday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 21.

Connolly (17) shot 21pts to pip Deirdre Smith (-1) and Jennifer (14) on countback for victory in Class A.

In Class B Ann King (20) shot 20pts to beat Bernie Prendergast (24) and Teresa Oakes (28) by one point.

In Class C Teresa Byrne (30) had the day’s best score when she shot 22pts to take victory by one point from Oonagh Quinn (33) and Maire Conneely (29).

Winner: Theresa Connolly (17) 21/16/7
2nd: Deirdre Smith (-1) 21/16/6
3rd: Jennifer Holland (14) 21/15

Winner: Ann King (20) 20.
2nd: Bernie Prendergast (24) 19/15/8
3rd: Teresa Oakes (28) 19/15/6

Winner: Teresa Byrne (30) 22
2nd: Oonagh Quinn (33) 21/17
3rd: Maire Conneely (29) 21/15

Two’s: 5th – Fionnuala Dullaghan, Berni MacGuinness & Betty Rogers