Murdock retains House Committee Cup

Derek Murdock retained the House Committee Cup on Sunday when he shot a six under par 66 to win by three clear shots from Conor McCaughey on a day when only three players managed to break 70.

The 12 handicapper got off to the perfect start with three successive pars and although he bogeyed the next four holes he parred eight and then had a birdie two at the ninth where the tee had been brought forward to encourage attacking play off the tee.

That gave him a nett score of 33 for the front nine and three successive fives then followed before he parred 13 and 14 and bogeyed 15. He had back to back pars at the next two holes before finishing with a five at the last for a nett score of 33 on the back nine and an excellent score of 66.

McCaughey (5) took second overall on countback after both himself and Paul O’Callaghan (11) had come home in 69. O’Callaghan took Category 1 with Gareth Halpin (14) and Men’s Captain Pat Davis taking the other two category prizes. Conor Curran (1) with a 74 won the gross prize while Iarlaith Carroll (13) was the juvenile winner.

Sunday, June 9 – House Committee Cup (Stroke) – Overall: Derek Murdock (12) 66, Conor McCaughey (5) 69/35.5/20.3. Gross Prize: Conor Curran (1) 74. Category 1 (0-11): Paul O’Callaghan (11) 69, Ciaran Sheridan (5) 70. Category 2 (12-17): Gareth Halpin (14) 70, Andrew Brodigan (12) 71. Category 3 (18+): Pat Davis (18) 72, Michael Byrne (20) 73. Juvenile Prize: Iarlaith Carroll (13) 75. CSS: 73 Saturday, June 8 – Singles Stableford – 1st: Alan McDermott, 2nd: Paul Coburn, 3rd: Damian English. CSS:71/37. Wednesday, June 5 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Sexton (9) 42pts, Ciaran Daly (14) 39/21pts, Eamon Hoey (17) 39pts. Best Gross: Conor Curran (1) 37pts. Juvenile: Daniel Nordon (15) 38pts. CSS 72/36pts. Monday, June 3 – Open Stableford Singles – Overall: Zak Alderdice (7) 39pts, Anthony McCrave (21) 38pts, Nicholas McShane (14) 26pts. Best Gross: Aaron Grant 34pts. Best Juvenile: Iarlaith Carroll (15) 41pts. CSS: 35pts. ENDS

Late birdie delivers House Committee Cup for Murdock

A BIRDIE on the last hole clinched the House Committee Cup for 11 handicapper Derek Murdock on a beautiful day at Dundalk last Sunday.

Oliver McGinnity, who was in the first group that teed off at 7.15am, had set the early clubhouse with a four under par 68 and was subsequently joined by Tom Clarke (17) and Michael Coburn (9).

McGinnity was well finished when Murdock began his round just before noon and he began the chase earnestly as took full advantage of the excellent conditions down the front nine which he covered in four under par after back to back birdies at the fifth and sixth and pars at the second, fourth and seventh.

He played to his handicap on the first three holes of the back nine but then dropped shots on the 13th and 14th where he didn’t have shots and ended up bogeying the holes to slip back to two under with four to play.

With the wind at this back he parred the 15th to get back to three under and he was still on the number when he teed off on the last hole. But he managed to get the birdie he needed to leapfrog over the trio on 68 and claim the House Committee Cup with an excellent five-under par 67.

Coburn took Category 1, Clarke won Category 2 and McGinnity was the Category 3 winner while the evergreen Peter Rogers shot the day’s best gross score of 74.

Sunday, October 28 – House Committee Cup: Overall: Derek Murdock (11) 67. Category 1 (0-11): Michael Coburn (9) 68, Carl Stewart (7) 69. Category 2 (13-17): Tom Clarke (17) 68, Shane Thornton (14) 69. Category 3 (18+): Oliver McGinnity (20) 68, Colm Garvey (20) 71. Best Gross: Peter Rogers (4) 74. CSS: Non-Qualifying.