Triple honours for Hanratty

Eugene Hanratty’s 40pts on Sunday not only meant he won the Singles Stableford competition but he also led the qualifiers for the Harry Walsh Cup as well as qualifying to represent Dundalk in the 3Ts competition.

The 18 handicapper put together a round that included eight three point pars at the first, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 13th, 14th and 17th as he went out in 22pts and home in 18pts. He managed to score at all 18 holes even though he had to settle for one pointers ar the sixth, 12th, 16th and 18th.

His 40 points, and in particular, his 18pts on the back nine, was enough to pip Bobby McCarthy (15) on countback after he too returned a score of 40pts.

Austin Shaw continued his recent fine form with the nine handicapper shooting 38pts to take the Category One prize while Brian Ward (15) and Sean Gallagher (20) took the other two categories.

The best gross of the day was returned by Sean Reidy (4) who shot 32pts in windy conditions.

The competition served as a qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup, which is a matchplay competition for 17plus handicappers an those players on 32pts or better qualified along with some of those who shot 31pts. The first round draw is: Eugene Hanratty v Patrick Wadding, Sean Gallagher v Eamonn Arthur, Jimmy O’Connor v Ciaran Rafferty, George Rogers v John McGeady, Joe Garvey v Niall Connolly, Martin McCaughey v Peter McCaughey, Colm Garvey v Nicholas MacShane, Mark Browne v Derek Teather, Benny O’Shaughnessy v Patsy Cole, Tom Clarke v Fergal McKenna, Ray Pepper v Michael Byrne, Mark Coan v Seamus Kelly, Colm Coburn v Conor McClenaghan, Oliver McGinnity v Conor Marron, Conor Byrne v Gerry J Burne, John Farrell v Ciaran McAteer. Completion date to be confirmed.

Sunday, April 22 – Singles Stableford and Harry Walsh Cup and 3T’s Qualifier – Overall & 3t’S Qualifier: Eugene Hanratty (18) 40/18pts. 2nd: Bobby McCarthy (15) 40pts. Category 1 (0-12): Austin Shaw (9) 38pts, Vincent Conlon (7) 37/20/14pts. Category 2 (13-18): Brian Ward (15) 38pts, Michael Keating (16) 37pts. Category 3 (19-28): Sean Gallagher (20) 38/20pts, Jimmy O’Connor (21) 38/19pts. Best Gross: Sean Reidy (4) 32pts.