Barry claims Jubilee Cup

Kevin Barry (10) won the first major cup of the season on Sunday when he shot a three-under par 69 to claim the Jubilee Cup.
It was a narrow win as he only edged out the in-form Fergal Sexton (10) on countback. Sexton had won  Wednesday’s Open Singles with an impressive 42pts and was denied back to back victories by the narrowest of margins.
Pars at the opening two holes gave Barry a good start but a double bogey at the third undid that work and the same happened at the sixth where a bogey cancelled out the benefit of parring the index one fourth.
He then parred the index three seventh and index seven eighth to get to two under nett but handed both back at the par three ninth which he double-bogeyed.
That left him on level par nett heading for home but he got it together down the back nine and came home in three-under nett after picking up shots at the 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th and giving away shots at the 10th and 18th.
In end it was that performance down the back nine that allowed him to hold off the challenge of Sexton.
Ollie English (13)  took the Veteran’s Prize while Aaron Grant (+2) shot a two over par 74 to record the day’s best gross score. Category winners were Brian Mernagh (1),  Pat Curran (13) and Mark Browne (20).
Sunday also saw the first nine hole singles competition and Pat Hoey (12) with 23pts took the honours.
Sunday, April 15 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Kevin Barry (10) 69/33, Fergal Sexton (10) 69/34.
Gross: Aaron Grant (+2) 74. Veteran: Oliver English (13) 72/34.5. Category 1 (<11): Brian Mernagh (11) 69, Paul Morrison (11) 72/36.5. Category 2 (12-16): Pat Curran (13) 73/36.5/23.7/11.8. Noel Reidy (15) 73/36.5. Category 3 (17 -28): Mark Browne (20) 71, John Farrell (22) 72/32. Nine Hole Competition: Pat Hoey (12) 23pts.
Wednesday, April 11 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Sexton (10) 42pts, Pat Daly (20) 39pts, Shaun Ward (10) 38/21pts.

Mernagh pips Rogers in Jubilee Cup

Peter Rogers was pipped for Sunday’s Jubilee Cup as he lost out on countback to Liam Mernagh (13) despite shooting a nett 67 off a handicap of two.

Mernagh had got off to a good start with pars at the first and third but handed them back when he had a triple bogey seven at the index one fourth. However, he bounced back with successive pars at the fifth and sixth followed by another at the eighth and then a birdie two at the ninth for a nett front nine of 33.

More pars followed down the back nine at 10, 12, 13, 15 and 17 and 18 and the only blemish was two dropped shots at the short par four 14th. He came home in 34 nett for an overall score of five under 67 and beat Rogers on countback.

Aaron Grant (+2) took the Gross Prize with a superb five under par 67 in the first grouping of the day while the category prizes went to Conor McCaughey (5), Conor Hackett (12) and Johannes Steenvooden (24)

Sunday, October 1 – Jubilee Cup Singles Stroke – Overall: Liam Mernagh (13) 67/33.5, Peter Rogers (2) 67. Gross: Aaron Grant (+2) 67. Category 1 (0-11): Conor McCaughey (5) 69, Alan Hurley (5) 70. Category 2 (12-17): Conor Hackett (12) 71/34, Brian Ward (16) 71. Category 3 (17+): Johannes Steenvooden (24) 70, Sean Quigley (18) 72/34. CSS: 72.

Grennan hangs on to claim Jubilee Cup

For the second week in a row a member of the Tournament Committee took top prize in the Sunday competition as Barry Grennan captured the Jubilee Cup with a two-under par score of 70.

He had to rely on countback to see off Paul O’Callaghan, who was second, with newly crowned Golfer of the Year Frank Byrne (9) and Stephen Haughey (16) also shooting 70. Byrne took the Category 1 prize while Haughey won Category 2 and Derek Teather (17) was the Category 3 winner.

Grennan, playing off 11, got off to the best possible start with a birdie three on the first hole which he followed with a par four at the second to stand on three under after two. He dropped a shot at the third but a par at the par three fifth got him back to three under. However, dropped shots at the two par fives on the front nine brought him back to one under and another dropped shot at the par five 10th saw him slip to level par.

But a par four at the index two 11th followed by a birdie four at the par five 12th reignited his round and got him back to three under and although he dropped a shot at the par three 17th he managed to hang on for overall victory as teenager Josh Mackin (3) took the Gross Prize with a 74.

Sunday, September 18 – Jubilee Cup – Overall: Barry Grennan (11) 70/34.5, Paul O’Callaghan (10) 70/35. Gross Prize: Josh Mackin (3) 74. Category 1 (0-12): Frank Byrne (9) 70. Category 2 (13-16): Stephen Haughey (16) 70. Category 3: (17-28) Derek Teather (17) 71. CSS: 73.