Three more teams advance but two bite the dust

It was another good weekend for Dundalk Golf Club on the inter-club front with three teams advancing although it was tinged with disappointment that the Mens’ Pierce Purcell team just missed out on qualifying for the matchplay stages of their qualifier in Balbriggan while the Ladies Junior Foursomes side lost narrowly to Headfort.

There were wins for the Men’s All-Ireland Fourball Team and the Ladies Junior and Minor Cup teams all whom had to come through tough tests.

The All-Ireland Fourball team, managed by Frank Byrne and Larry Soraghan, are into the last 16 of the Leinster section after a super 3.5 to 1.5 win over neighbours Greenore on Saturday.

Dundalk won two of the three matches in Greenore and won the top match in Blackrock with the bottom match all square after 15 when it was called in. Dundalk will now face the winners of Headfort and Skerries in the next round.

As was to be expected any time these two great rivals meet, this was an extremely close tie which was decided on the 19h green at Greenore after the top match finished all squad in dramatic circumstances.

The Dundalk pairing of Eamonn McEneaney and Joe Flanagan held a one hole lead playing the last and when McEneaney sank a 30ft putt for par it looked all over but Greenore holed their 12ft birdie putt to send the match into sudden death. However, the Dundalk pairing came out on top on the first play-off hole when Flanagan sank a 20ft putt for victory.

That gave Dundalk the crucial third point as earlier Colm Garvey and David Cairns had recorded a 3&2 victory after finally getting control of a match that, somewhat like the top match, hadn’t seen either pairing open up more than a one hole lead.

In Dundalk, Peter O’Brien and Dermot McKenna won the first three holes to take control of their match but the Greenore pairing fought back to reduce the deficit to one shot after seven holes. However, the home duo regained control of the match by winning the eighth, 10th and 11th and although they lost the 12th, they won the next two holes to record an impressive 5&4 victory.

Michael Keating and Michael Begley, playing in the third match in Greenore, were level after 10 holes but then got hit by birdie blitz as the Greenore pairing birdied three of the next four holes to go three up and eventually won the point by 4&3.

The final match in Dundalk saw the home pairing of Adrian Kenny and Gerry McDermott come from three down after six holes to lead by one hole after 13 and the match was level standing on the 16th tee box when the pairings were called in.

The Ladies Junior Foursomes team, which is managed by Maria Kerr & Violet McGeady, were beaten 2-1 in the second round on Saturday in Mannan Castle by Headfort despite winning the opening match but there was much better news on Sunday when both the Junior and Minor Cup teams advancing to the next stage of their respective competitions.

The Junior Cup team, under the stewardship of Maeve Ahern & Anne Murray, faced Co Meath in Kilcock and three great wins by Pauline Campbell, Lady Vice-Captain Criona O’Reilly and Elaine Ward secured the victory for Dundalk and a place in the third round of the compeitition.

The Minor Cup team, managed by Jacinta Foran & Elizabeth McGuinness, met Balbriggan the third round at Luttrellstown and the three points needed to advance to the fourth round were duly delivered by Ide McDermott, who won by 3&2, Marie McGuigan, who won 4&3 and Briege Renaghan who also won the 15th,. The other members of the team were Geraldine Blackmore and Bernie Prendergast.

The Men’s Pierce Purcell team, managed by Seamus Bailey & Billy Cairns, finished seventh in qualifying at Balbriggan with the cumulative score of xx by the five scotch foursomes pairings just five shots short of the total needed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Dundalk’s defence of their Fred Daly Trophy Leinster title continues next Sunday when the Boys U18 squad face The Island with three match in Dundalk and two in The Island from 4.30pm.

The first leg of the JB Carr Diamond Trophy second round tie against Greenore will be played on Thursday next, May 17, with the second leg in Greenore on May 25.

Dundalk Golf Club’s Ladies Minor Cup team which defeated Balbriggan on Sunday in Luttrellstown. From left: Elizabeth McGuinness (Team Manager), Geraldine Blackmore, Marie McGuigan, Ide McDermott, Briege Renaghan, Bernie Prendergast.