Another win for Sexton as he takes PGA Tankard

Fergal Sexton picked up his third win of 2018 when he won PGA Tankard on Sunday. Last month Sexton (11) won back to back Wednesday Open competitions and produced similar form to claim the overall by victory by two points from Shane McGuinness (19) with Andrew Keenan (3) recording the best gross score of the day.

Sexton went out in 21pts after a flawless front nine which included three point pars at the third, eighth and ninth and he produced three more three point pars on the 10th, 11th and 12th to move to 30pts after 12 holes. After that it was all about getting home safely and he dropped only one shot over the closing six holes when he had to settle for one points after a double bogey six at the index four 16th.

That gave Sexton a back nine score of 20pts and an overall total of 41pts which was two more than McGuinness who is another player running into form.

The category prizes were won by Zak Alderdice (9), Kieran Reidy (15) and the in-form Mark Browne (17). Browne started 2018 with handicap of 22 and began last week with a handicap of 20, but lost three shots after he shot a spectacular 42pts to win the Semi-Open Singles Stableford competition on Bank Holiday Monday by seven points from Kyle Rafferty (4) and Michael McDermott (16).

Sunday, May 13 – PGA Tankard – Overall: Fergal Sexton (11) 41pts, Shane McGuinness (19) 39pts. Category 1 (0-11): Zak Alderdice (9) 38pts, Alan McDermott (6) 37pts. Category 2 (12-16): Kieran Reidy (15) 38pts, Brendan Keane (12) 37pts. Category 3 (17-28): Mark Browne (17) 36pts, Hugh Reilly (20) 35pts. Best Gross: Andrew Keenan (3) 31pts. CSS: 73 (35pts)

Giff wins PGA Tankard

Trevor Giff (12) won the PGA Tankard on Sunday won countback from John McLaughlin (25) after both had shot excellent scored of 41pts.

Three pars in the first three holes yield nine points for Gill and although he dropped shots on the sixth and eighth a birdie two on the par three ninth earned home another three points and a front nine total of 20pts,.

A dropped shot on the 10th was followed by an excellent par on the index two 11th and after bogeying the 12th for two points Giff reeled of three successive three point holes as he parred 13 and 15 and birdied 14. His final three point hole was the 18th which came after he dropped a shot at the 17th but the one point earned there proved vital as his 21pts haul on the back nine was enough to edge out McLaughlin.

Frank Byrne (8) took Category 1 with 40pts while Gerry McDermott (17) was the Category 2 winner thanks to a superb back nine score of 23pts which was enough to edge out Michael Hamailton (15) after both finished on 39pts. Michael Greene (19) also needed his back nine score of 21pts to see off vice captain Gerry Byrne after both finished on 38pts.

After picking up just two points from his opening three holes, Eddie Rogers (3) rallied in superb fashion over the remaining 15 holes and claimed the Gross Prize with a score of 32pts.

Seventeen-year-old Eoin Murphy’s became the latest Dundalk player to reach scratch this week and he did it in some style by winning the Overall and Gross Prizes in Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford. Playing off one he shot a gross round of 40pts and a net round of 41pts and not even a blank at the 15th could halt his march to scratch. Conor McGleenon (11) from The Island took Category 1 while David Cairns (16) won Category 2 and Tom Geray (21) claimed Category 3. The juvenile prize went to Timmy Connolly (24)

 

Sunday, June 25 – PGA Tankard Singles Stableford – Overall: Trevor Giff (12) 41/21pts, John McLaughlin (25) 41pts. Category 1 (0-12): Frank Byrne (8) 40pts, Eddie Rocks (11) 38/19pts. Category 2 (13-17): Gerry McDermott (17) 39/23pts, Michael Hamilton (15) 39pts. Category 3 (18-28): Michael Greene (19) 38/21/14/6/4pts, Gerry Byrne (18) 38pts. Gross: Eddie Rogers (3) 32pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

Wednesday, June 21 – Open Singles Stableford – Eoin Murphy (1) 41pts. Category 1 (0 to15): Conor McGleenon (11, The Island) 40pts. Sean Laverty (4) 39/21pts. Category 2 (16-20): David Cairns (18) 40pts, Peter O’Brien (16) 37pts. Category 3  (21-28): Tom Geary (21) 38pts, Michael Curran (21) 37pts. Gross: Eoin Murphy (1) 40pts. Juvenile: Timmy Connolly (24) 37/21pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

Back nine delivers PGA Tankard for Lynch

The PGA Tankard on Sunday was won by Ken Lynch (12) who produced a spectacular back nine to edge out Aaron Waite (16) on countback after both had returned scores of 42pts.

Lynch had turned for home on 17pts after blanking the sixth and having three pointers at the second and fifth cancelled out by one pointers at the third and fourth. He got the back nine off to a steady start with two points on the 10th before exploding into life by taking 13pts from the next four holes which included a birdie four for four points at the par five 12th. He picked up another three points at the 16th and 18th for a back nine of 25 points which is the equivalent of seven under par.

Junior Scratch Cup winner Josh Macken has had some week as he also won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford with a score of 41pts which was enough to see him drop a shot in handicap while on Sunday he shot 40pts on his way to winning Category 1 in the PGA Tankard. Apart from Mackin, the other category winners were David Murden (13) and Stephen Haughey (17).

Sunday, May 15 – PGA Tankard – Ken Lynch (12) 42/25pts, Aaron Waite (16) 42pts. Category 1: Josh Mackin (4) 40pts, Dennis Cunningham (9) 38/20/13/7pts. Category 2: David Murden (13) 40pts, Martin Byrne (13) 38/18pts. Category 3: Stephen Haughey (17) 41/26pts, Paul Lynch (22)       39/22pts. CSS: 71.