Fred Daly and Challenge Cup teams see runs ended

The Dundalk Ladies Challenge Cup team which was beaten by Royal Tara on Sunday in Black Bush Golf Club. Back row (from left): Mary Dooley, Brid Rocks and Lady Captain Pat Cleary. Front Row (from left): Grainne Mullins, Sally McDonnell, Joan McKenna, Oonagh Quinn, Leone Smyth Bailie.

 

On the team front it has been disappointing week for Dundalk with three defeats although the JB Carr Diamond Trophy team still have a slim chance of advancing when they travel to Greenore on Friday for the second leg of the Louth final.

In last week’s home leg Dundalk lost two matches on the 18th, one at the 16th and the remaining two at the 15th, That leaves then trailing 0-5 but they will give it their all in trying to haul that deficit back. The squad is O Reilly, G Murray, C Monahan, T Reneghan, K Barry, P Donaghy, P Duffy, P Hoey, M Coburn, T Clarke, G Daly, E Sheridan, F Byrne.

The Boys U18 team’s hopes of winning back to back Leinster pennants in the Fred Daly Trophy ended today when they lost 3-2 to The Island.

Ciaran Johnston lost 4&3 while Oisin Conroy was beaten 6&5 in The Island meaning that Dundalk had to win the three home matches to advance.

Josh Mackin put the first Dundalk point on the board in the second match when he closed it out on the 13th for a 6&5 victory having been five up after nine. Ahead of him Eoin Murphy had a battle on his hands but he won the 15th and 16th to take control of his match and eventually took it 2&1.

The bottom match in Dundalk then became the decider and it was eventually decided on the 18th when Sean Lavery lost out to a par after a tremendous battle ith his Dublin opponent.

The Ladies Challenge Cup team bowed out in the third round of this year’s competition when they were beaten on Sunday by Royal Tara in Black Bush.  Managed by Brid Rocks and Mary Dooley, the team was Oonagh Quinn, Grainne Mullins, Leone Smyth Bailie, Sally McDonnell and Joan McKenna with Pat Cleary and Eve Beirne as subs.

The Dundalk Ladies Challenge Cup team which was beaten by Royal Tara on Sunday in Black Bush Golf Club.  Back row (from left): Mary Dooley, Brid Rocks and Lady Captain Pat Cleary. Front Row (from left): Grainne Mullins, Sally McDonnell, Joan McKenna, Oonagh Quinn, Leone Smyth Bailie.

 

Three teams make it through the weekend

Three Dundalk teams advanced to the next round of their respective inter-club competitions over the weekend but it is the end of the road for the Barton Cup and Newsam Cup teams as they both lost out to Meath opposition in their respective competitions.

There were wins for the Boys U18 team in the Fred Daly Trophy, the Ladies Revive Action team and the North Leinster Mixed team while the Husband and Wife team produced another strong performance in this annual competition at Co Meath Golf Club.

The strength in depth of the underage programme at Dundalk Golf Club was clearly shown on Saturday when the Boys U18 team went into the second round of the Fred Daly Trophy without three of their top players but beat Greenore 4-1 to remain on course for a successful defence of the Leinster title they won last year.

Boys U18 internationals Eoin Murphy and Josh Mackin, as well as juvenile captain Padraig Fallon, were all unavailable for this match but their replacements stepped up to the plate and won their matches to secure a Dundalk victory.

Playing in Dundalk, Oisin Conroy and Zak Alderdice both recorded victories with Conroy winning 6&5 and Alderdice winning 5&3. The other three matches were played in Greenore where another rookie, Ciaran Johnston, had a one hole win while Kyle Rafferty won 2up and Sean Laverty was beaten on the 15th.

Youth was also to the fore for the Ladies as their Revive Active Fourball team, which is managed by Maureen Sheridan and Marie Griffin, scored an impressive victory over Co Louth despite having to play three of the five matches in Baltray.

Teenager Eve Rowland was one of the stars of a great team performance when she partnered Pauline Campbell to a 3&2 win in Dundalk while in Baltray there was a 2&1 win for Criona O’Reilly and Theresa Connolly and a one hole win for Jacinta Foran and Bernie McCann.

The North Leinster Mixed team faced Royal Tara in the opening round of this year’s competition and won thanks to victories in Dundalk for Tommy and Briege Reneghan as well as Larry Soraghan and Sally McDonnell while Anne Murray and Brendan Keane got the vital win away.

In the Newsam Cup on Saturday it all came down to inches as Dundalk lost by 3.5 to 1.5 to the runners-up in the competition for the past two years, Knightsbrook. Dundalk had defeated the Trim based club in the final in 2016 and the Meath men exacted revenged in a match that was in the balance right up to the final stroke.

After a 3&2 win for Gavin McDonnell and Derek Teather, a 4&3 defeat for Dermot McKenna and Alan Uzell and a 4&3 defeat for Sean Gallagher & Steve Buckingham, Knightsbrook held a 2-1 lead with two matches still alive. In Dundalk Benny O’Shaughnessy and Sean Quigley were 1up standing on the 18th tee while, in Trim, Gerry McDermott and Mark Browne were two down with two to play.

McDermott and Browne, who had hung in doggedly down the back nine, finally got a break on the 17th when they found the par five green in three while their opponents found the water with their fifth shot. The Dundalk pairing then got up and down from off the green at the par three 18th for a win to send their match down the 19th where a booming drive from Browne split the fairway before they were called in because of what had unfolded in Dundalk.

Knightsbrook managed to win the 18th in Dundalk to force their match with O’Shaughnessy and Quigley down the 19th where it all came down to two putts as Dundalk lipped out from five feet and Knightsbrook sank a four footer to take the overall match

In the Barton Cup on Sunday, after a bright start, Dundalk fell away against Headfort and eventually lost 4.5 to 0.5. In Dundalk, Neal MacKell and Aaron Waite lost 6&5, while Ciaran Sheridan and Damian English lost 5&4 and Billy Cairns and Aidan Thornton lost 3&2. In Headfort, Ciaran Traynor & Eugene Hanratty were beaten 4&3 while Clem Walsh and Paul O’Callaghan were all square after 16 when called in.

On Sunday, Dundalk took part in the annual Husband & Wife competition hosted by Co Meath Golf Club in Trim. Dundalk won the inaugural competition in 2016 and the team, managed by Elaine Ward and Paul O’Callaghan, put in another strong showing in this year’s event but came up short at the end as victory went to Killeen Castle.

Next weekend sees the ladies in action in the Junior Foursomes against Headfort in Mannan Castle while the Junior Cup team faces Co Meath in Kilcock. The men’s All-Ireland Fourball team face Greenore on Saturday at 12.30pm with three matches at home. The JB Carr Diamond Trophy second round tie against Greenore will be /played on May 17 and May 25 with the first leg in Dundalk.

Representing Dundalk in the Newsam Cup away leg against Knightsbrook on Saturday were (from left): Steve Buckingham, Gerry McDermott, Pat Davis (Vice-Captain and Assistant Manager), Sean Gallagher and Mark Browne.

 

Ladies sparkle as Mixed Foursomes team bows out

Ladies team which beat Donabate in Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy

Dundalk Ladies produced a superb performance in the Mary McKenna Diamond Trophy last Friday when they travelled to Donabate and beat the hosts 3-0 to advance to the next round.

Donabate is the home club of the legendary Irish international and Curtis Cup player and captain after whom this prestigious competition is named so there was no doubt that the hosts were going to be up for their match with Dundalk.

Donabate also had the advantage of having all five foursomes matches being staged over their impressive course following a change to the rules of the competition this year but team managers Mags Coburn and Rita Moriarty had their players well prepared for this formidable task.

Elizabeth McGuinness & Briege Renaghan, won the top match 4&3 and there were also wins for Joan Corrigan & Siobhan Duffy, who won 3&2 while Maureen Sheridan & Geraldine Blackmore won 4&3.

That gave Dundalk the three points they needed to secure victory and so the matches involving Anne Murray & Mary Dooley as well as Oonagh Quinn and Catherine Smyth were called in.

Things did not go so well for the other Dundalk team in action over the weekend as the Irish Mixed Foursomes team lost 3.5 to 1.5 to Greenore in their second round tie.

The key match turned out to be the third one where Theresa Connolly and Mark Gorham went the distance but lost by one hole.

Dundalk’s only winners were Mags Coburn & Conor Curran who won 3&2 while there were defeats for Anne Murray & Eddie Rogers and Ann King & Clem Walsh. Bernie McGuinness & Pat Purton were called in while on the 16th.

The inter-cub action continues this weekend with Dundalk opening their men’s Newsam Cup campaign on Saturday against Knightsbrook with three of the matches at home from 4pm while the second round of the Fred Daly Trophy sees Dundalk’s U18 Boys face Greenore on Saturday morning at 10.30am with three of the five matches away,

Saturday also sees the North Leinster Mixed team starting their 2018 campaign at 3.15pm against Royal Tara with three matches at home while the Revive Active team are in action at 2.45pm.

On Sunday, the men’s Barton Cup team meet Headfort in the second round at 3pm with three matches at home and two away while Sunday also sees the Mr and Mrs team in action as they bid to win a trophy they last held in 2016..

Good weekend for club teams as four advance

The Barton Cup team members who played at home against Ardee.

It was a good weekend for Dundalk Golf Club on the inter-club front as four teams advanced to the next rounds of their respective competitions.
The men’s Barton Cup team, the ladies Minor and Challenge Cup teams and the Boys U18 Fred Daly Trophy team are all safely through to the next round but the ladies Intermediate Cup team were beaten while the Boys’ U15 team have a mountain to climb after their first leg.
The Ladies were the busiest section with three teams scheduled to play over the weekend although only two of them actually got to tee up as the Minor Cup team, which had been due play Hollywood Lakes in Concra Wood, got a walkover.
On Saturday, the Challenge Cup team were involved in nail-biter with Ashbourne in Laytown & Bettystown. The scores were tied at 2-2 but Marie Griffin got Dundalk over the line when she won her match on the 18th to give Dundalk a 3-2 win. The other players on the team, which is managed by Brid Rocks and Mary Dooley, were Oonagh Quinn, Joan McKenna, Teresa Oakes and Sally McDonnell.
On Sunday, the Intermediate team, managed by Olivia Cunningham and Teresa Oakes, faced Ardee in Concra Wood and unfortunately, despite great preparation by the players and managers, they came out on the wrong side of a narrow 3-2 defeat. The team was Bernie McCabe, Theresa Connolly, Brìd Rocks, Mags Coburn and Katherina Conneally Sloan while Jean Connolly and Maeve Ahern were the subs
The only men’s team in action was the Carl Stewart and Alan McDermott managed Barton Cup team which faced Ardee on Saturday with three of the five matches at home.
Dundalk won the home leg 2-1 with none of the three matches going beyond the 14th hole.
In the top match, Neal MacKell and Aaron Waite got their noses in front early and ran out winners by 5&4. It was even more decisive in the next match but it was the Dundalk pairing of Shane Hession and Donal Sheridan who were on the wrong side of the scoreline, going down 6&5 on a day when nothing went right for them.
Damian English and Ciaran Sheridan  got control of their match around the turn and eventually won by 5&4 to leave Dundalk 2-1 ahead and all eyes on the action in Ardee where the two matches were a lot closer.
Going down the back nine, Dundalk’s lead pairing of Billy Cairns and Aidan Thornton had edged narrowly in front and they closed out the match when they won the 17th hole to win 2&1 with their point securing the overall victory for Dundalk.
In the bottom match the pairings were all square for most of the round with never more than a hole in it. Ardee won the 15th to go one up, but Clem Walshe and Paul O’Callaghan rallied to win the 16th and they were called while on the 17th fairway so the match was halved.
The Boys U18 team delivered Dundalk’s only pennant last year when they won the Fred Daly Leinster title and with five of last year’s squad still underage they definitely have a chance of being in the mix again this year.
They opened their campaign on Sunday afternoon against Laytown & Bettystown and emerged 3.5 to 1.5 winners. Ireland internationals Eoin Muphy and Josh Mackin, playing in Dundalk, both won with Murphy winning 4&3 while Mackin won by 5&4. Sean Laverty, also playing over the home course, was two up when called in on the 14th because Kyle Rafferty, playing in Laytown, had won 2&1 to secure the winning point. Debutant Oisin Conroy lost his match 7&6 in Laytown. Dundalk now play Greenore in the next round.
Finally, the Boys U15 team have it all to do in the second leg of their Leinster Inter-Club tie against Co Louth as they lost all five matches in Baltray on Saturday and must now do a clean sweep in Dundalk on Sunday afternoon.

The members of the Barton Cup team who played away against Ardee.

Boys teams in action this weekend

Next weekend will be a busy one for Dundalk’s Boys team as the U18s begin the defence of their Fred Daly Leinster title while the U15 also open their Leinster campaign.

The U15s face a two-leg tie against Co Louth and will be away in the first leg which will be played on Saturday, April 14 at 3.30m in Baltray.  The return leg is fixed for Sunday 22nd April in Dundalk at 3.30pm. The team consists of five players and the format is singles matchplay over the two legs with the first team to win six matches over both legs progressing to next round.

The U18s, with five of last year’s panel still under-age, begin the quest for back to back Leinster titles against Laytown & Bettystown in the first round on Sunday, April 15. Dundalk have home advantage so three of the five singles matches will be playedin Dundalk with the remaining two being played in Laytown & Bettystown. The first to win three matches progresses to the second round.

Fred Daly team lose All-Ireland semi-final

The Fred Daly Trophy team were beaten in today’s All-Ireland semi-final by Lisburn at Bray Golf Club.

Eoin Murphy lost 3&2 to fellow Boys international Aaron Marshall in the top match while Kyle Patton beat Josh Mackin 4&3 and Padraig Fallon lost 6&5 to Jack Shellard.

Sean Laverty and Kyle Rafferty earned half points from their matches with Joshua Robinson and Mark Stewart respectively.

Lisburn subsequently lost 3.5 to 1.5 against Athenry in the Final.

 

 

 

 

Fred Daly team win first Leinster title

Dundalk Golf Club have won the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy after beating Greystones 4-1 in today’s final at Portmarnock Links.

In the top match Eoin Murphy got Dundalk on their way with a one hole win while Josh Mackin had a 2&1 win and Sean Laverty finished on the 12th with an 8&6 win. Padraig Fallon was one up after 14 and Kyle Rafferty was two down after 15 when their matches were called in.

Dundalk now go forward to the All Ireland Finals which will take place on Tuesday, August 29, in Bray Golf Club.

The Fred Daly Trophy is in memory of Ireland’s first Open Champion and has been competed for since 1995. Daly, who won the Open Championship at Hoylake in 1947, also played in the Ryder Cup four times, 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953. It is Ireland’s premier inter-club tournament for boys and this is the first time that Dundalk have won the Leinster title.

PHOTO: The winning Dundalk team in the Fred Daly Leinster Final 2017 at Portmarnock Links.  Front Row (l-r): Jim Caraher (Juvenile Committe), Mickey Coburn (Club Captain), John Ferriter (Chairman Leinster Golf), Vincent Conlon (Team Manager) and Paul Malone (Juvenile Committe).  Back Row (l-r): Eoin Murphy, Josh Mackin, Sean Laverty, Kyle Rafferty, Padraig Fallon and Conall Murdock.  Photo Courtesy Ronan Quinlan

Boys team reaches Fred Day Leinster Final

Dundalk are through to the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy after an superb win over a Carton House team that contained newly crowned Ulster Boys Champion Jack Doherty.

The Fred Daly Trophy is the premier inter-cub boys tournament in the country and involves five singles matches with the home team staging three and the away team hosting two.

Drawn away, Dundalk despatched Eoin Murphy, Josh Mackin and Padraig Fallon to the Kildare venue while Sean Laverty and Kyle Rafferty were handed responsibility for the home leg.

Laverty was always in control on his way to a 3&2 victory while Rafferty found himself two down after eight but was level after 12 and eventually won on 19th after somehow scrambling a par from the trees on the 18th to force the match to sudden death.

At Carton House defeats for Murphy and Fallon meant the outcome rested on result of Josh Macken’s match and, one down playing the last, the Irish Boys international showed his steel as he eagled the par five 18th after hitting a two iron 215 yards to 20 feet and sinking a tricky downhill breaking putt.

Another great approach shot at the 19th to six feet left Macken with two putts for victory and he duly sealed Dundalk’s place in the final where they will face Greystones at Portmarnock Links on Friday, July 28.

Dundalk began their campaign with a 4-1 win over Laytown & Bettystown before defeating Donabate 3.5 to 1.5 in the Second Round. A narrow 3-2 win over Ardee followed before a 3.5 to 1.5 win over The Island in the quarter-finals.