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..

Mixed weekend for Dundalk teams

 IT was a mixed weekend for Dundalk Golf Club on the inter-club scene as two teams advanced to the next rounds of their respective competitions while two others bit the dust at the first hurdle.

There was success for the Men’s All-Ireland Fourball and Ladies Junior Foursomes teams but the Men’s Provincial Towns Cup and Boys U15 teams were both beaten.

Having received a bye in the opening round, the All-Ireland Fourball team, which is managed by Frank Byrne and Larry Soraghan, are now through to the third round after an impressive 4-1 win over Bellewstown on Saturday.

With three matches away, against the team that had knocked Co Louth out of the competition in the previous round, it was imperative that Dundalk won their two home games and they not only did that but they did so with two impressive displays of golf.

Adrian Kenny and Gerry McDermott put the first Dundalk point on the board when they stormed to an 8&7 victory without losing a hole in the process while Peter O’Brien and Dermot McKenna were always in front after winning the first. They put the foot down on the eighth from where they won six consecutive holes to close the match out on the 13th and record a 7&5 win.

It was a lot closer in Bellewstown for most of the day but Dundalk eventually kicked on with Eamonn McEneaney and Joe Flanagan securing the tie-winning third point when they won the 15th, 16th and 17th for a 3&1 victory. David Cairns and Colm Garvey had bounced back from being three down at one stage to be two up after 16 when they were called in. The final pairing of Ray Pepper and Kevin Carthy were two down with four to play when were called in.

In the Ladies Junior Foursomes on Sunday at Concra Wood, Dundalk advanced to the next round after a 2-1 win over Greenore. The team, which is managed by Maria Kerr and Violet McGeady comprised of Berni McGuinness & Theresa Connolly, Mags Coburn & Bernie McCabe and Brid Rocks & Niamh Maguire.

The peculiarities of matchplay were definitely on show in the Provincial Towns Cup match against Greenore on Saturday as Dundalk lost 4-5 having looked in control for the most of the day.

As the away team, Dundalk hosted four of the nine matches and got off to a flyer as Damian English and 14-year-old Zak Alderdice, making his senior debut, both won 6&5 while Gerard Carroll won 4&3. The final match in Dundalk resulted in a 5&3 defeat for Trevor Giff.

By that stage the five matches in Greenore were still alive but the home side were mounting a comeback having trailed in most for the best part of the afternoon. Derek Murdock lost 3&2 in the top match but Eddie Rocks won 2&1 to leave the score at 4-2 for Dundalk with three matches still to be decided. Greenore took the bottom match with a 3&2 win over Turlough King while Paul Morrison, after leading for most of the day, was taken to the 18th and lost by one hole.

By this stage Fergal Sexton was heading down the 19th which his Greenore opponent managed to win to secure the tie-winning point for the home side and send them into the next round.

The U15 Boys faced an uphill task going into their second leg at home to Co Louth as they trailed 0-5 from the first leg a week ago in Baltray. But they gave it a go and came very close to causing an upset as they won the leg 3.5 to 1.5 but lost by 6.5 to 3.5 on aggregate.

Christopher Clarke, Tom Dunne and Conor Murphy won their matches but Joseph Laverty lost his and Zak Alderdice was level through 16 when his match was called in.

The All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes team are back in action on Saturday, April 28, when they face Greenore at 3pm with three matches away from home. The Newsam Cup team have three at home when they face Knightsbrook on May 5 and the Barton Cup team will have three at home when they meet Headfort in May 6 at 3pm.

ENDS

 

Dundalk win Newsam Cup

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

 

Dundalk Golf Club ended an eight year wait when they captured the Newsam Cup for the first time since 2008 on Saturday.

Dundalk’s first three pairings took just 15 holes each to take out Knightsbrook’s top order in one of the most comprehensive displays ever seen in the 39 year history of the tournament.

Royal Tara, who organise this annual inter-club foursomes matchplay tournament for golfers with a handicap of 17 or higher, hosted the final after the 18 invitees from four counties were narrowed to the final two over the course of the summer.

Knightsbrook made the short trip from Trim to Tara looking to win their first men’s inter-club tournament and travelled with confidence as their opening two pairings hadn’t lost a match en route to the final while the third pairing had only tasted defeated once.

But Dundalk were battle hardened after knocking out 2015 winner Headfort and also seeing off Greenore and Townley Hall on their path to the final and managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan left no stone unturned in their attention to detail and the manner in which they prepared their team.

Solid drives on the first tee from all five Dundalk pairings augured well for what was to follow and so it turned out to be as Dundalk quickly grabbed control of the tie and never relinquished their firm grip as they plotted their way through the tight opening nine before unleashing their obvious power off the tee on the more open back nine.

In the top match Bobby McCarthy and Hugh Reilly were all square after six against David Maguire and Alan Codd but edged into a two hole lead after ten holes and then extended their lead to three before closing out the match on the 15th for a 4 & 3 win and Dundalk’s first point on the board.

Behind them, brothers David and Kenneth Cairns came out of the traps like a bullet and won the first four holes against Brian O’Neill and Eamon O’Brien to open up a four hole lead which wasn’t threatened and they also closed it out on 15 where they won the hole to record a 5&3 victory.

The third match saw Adrian Kenny and Kenneth Carthy take on Billy Tyndall and Rodney Trenwith and the Dundalk pair were two up after five and won the sixth to go three up. They were two up after nine but won two of the next four holes and were dormie four standing on the 15th tee. Like the duo before them they finished the job in style by winning the 15th for a 5 & 3 win and the winning point as Dundalk recorded a 3-0 win.

The other two matches out on the course were called in at that stage with veteran campaigners Jim Gollogley and Sean O’Sullivan involved in a match that seemed destined to go all the way to 18 while the anchor men, Eamonn McEneaney and Nigel Giff, were totally in control of their match when it was called in.

For team managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan it was the culmination of three years of hard work but they were quick to pay tribute to the15 strong squad that had seen Dundalk through the competition.

“It was a great team effort,” said McCaughey. “The boys worked very hard all year and everybody in the squad played their part. There was a great team spirit and you could see the confidence they possessed when they stepped onto the first tee. They beat a very good team in the final and the win is a great boost for the club.”

The Dundalk 2016 Newsam Cup panel was: Nigel Giff, Eamonn McEneaney, Adrian Kenny, Kevin Carthy, Sean Quigley, Brian Crombie, Bobby McCarthy, Hugh Reilly, Jim Gollogley, Sean O’Sullivan, David Cairns, Kenneth Cairns, Martin Cairns, Benny O’Shaughnessy and Caoimhin O’Callaghan.

 

PHOTO: Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan hold aloft the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Dundalk aim for Newsam Cup success

Dundalk Golf Club will hope to end the inter-club season on a winning note this Saturday when they meet Knightsbrook in the final of the 2016 Newsam Cup at Royal Tara Golf Club.

Several years of hard work by team managers Edmund Sheridan and Peter McCaughey have paid off this year with a series of brilliant performances helping Dundalk to reach the final for the first time in years.

The competition is for golfers with a handicap of 17 or more and who are over 30 years old on January 1. The format foursomes, which is a two player team playing alternate shots, and there are five individual matches played over 18 holes and the first club to win three matches winning the tie.

All the rounds up to the final have been played on a home and away basis and Dundalk began their campaign with a major scalp when they knocked out the 2015 winners Headfort from Kells. This was followed by a very close match against neighbours Greenore before they comfortably saw off the challenge of Townley Hall in the semi final.

While only 10 players will be playing in the final the panel of players representing Dundalk is made of 15 members and all contributed to the club reaching the final leaving managers Sheridan and McCaughey with a few tough decisions to make on Saturday when they name their five pairings.

The Dundalk panel is: Nigel Giff, Eamonn McEneaney, Adrian Kenny, Kevin Carthy, Sean Quigley, Brian Crombie, Bobby McCarthy, Hugh Reilly, Jim Gollogley, Sean O’Sullivan, David Cairns, Kenneth Cairns, Martin Cairns, Benny O’Shaughnessy and Caoimhin O’Callaghan.

Saturday’s final will tee off at 2.30pm and is being held at Royal Tara as they are responsible for the running of this annual tournament which is played amongst the clubs in the North East.

Dundalk reach Newsam Cup Final

Dundalk are into the final of the Newsam Cup after beating Townley Hall in Saturday’s semi-final.

With three of the five matches at home, Dundalk got off to the perfect start as Eamonn McEneaney & Nigel Giff scored an early win and Bobby McCarthy & Hugh Reilly were equally impressive in claiming victory by the 14th hole.

When word filtered through that Jim Gollogley & Sean O’Sullivan had won on the 15th green at Townley Hall the remaining two matches were called in with Adrian Kenny & Ken Mulholland walking down the 18th and the impressive David Cairns and his brother Kenneth one up playing the 15th.

Dundalk must now wait on the identity of their next opponents but the final will take place on September 3 at Royal Tara.