Strong finish eases Gallagher to Paddy Markey Cup win

Sean Gallagher’s steady progress continued when he captured the Paddy Markey Cup with a birdie on the last, his second of the round, easing him past another 17 handicapper Chris Malone to victory.

Andrew McKell (29) took the Veteran’s Cup with an impressive 41pts that included two at the second and 17th while Caolan Rafferty (+5) needed countback to emerge as winner of the Gross Prize on 39pts.

The key to Gallagher’s round was a flying start and flying finish and a steady round in between. He began with two three-point pars and although he had to settle for one point after a six at the index one fourth he nailed a birdie two on the par three ninth to turn in 21pts.

He could only collect one point on the par five 10th but a three-point par at the par three 13th balanced that blip and he had accumulated 33pts when he stood on the elevated tee at the par four index four 387m long 16th hole.

Four shots later he had walked off the green with a par four and three points and another three points followed at the par three 17th before a birdie three at the par four 18th gave him a four-point haul and brought his total to 43pts having picked up 10pts over the final three holes.

The Veteran’s Cup is played alongside Paddy Markey Cup each year and Andrew McKell produced some great golf on his way to victory. His front nine included a four point par on the eighth and three-point hauls on the first, third and ninth as he turned with 20pts.

Down the back he had three-point holes at the 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th as he added 21pts to his front nine total for a overall score of 41pts. Blanks at the 2nd and 17th certainly cost him the chance to lift the Paddy Markey Cup but didn’t affect his march to victory in the veteran’s competition.

Eugene Hanratty (8), Seamus Bailey (12) and Colm Garvey (19) took the category prizes while Rory Henry (19) was the juvenile winner with an impressive 41pts.

The Paddy Markey Cup also served as a qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup and the top 16 will battle it out for this prestigious matchplay trophy. Gallagher has been drawn against Noel Crowe in one of the ties of the round but the man to watch will surely be Oliver McGinnity who has a superb record in matchplay competitions over the past two years.

Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 – Paddy Markey Cup – Overall: Sean Gallagher (17) 43pts, Chris Malone (17) 42pts, Gross Winner: Caolan Rafferty (+5) 39/20pts. Veteran’s Cup Winner: Andrew MacKell (29) 41pts. Cat 1 (<11): Eugene J Hanratty (8) 40/20pts, Shane Hession (4) 40pts, Barry Cunningham (10) 39/21pts. Cat 2 (12-17): Seamus Bailey (12) 39/21pts, Patrick Dunne (17) 39pts, Ken Lynch (12) 38/21 pts. Cat 3 (18+): Colm Garvey(19) 40pts, Noel McGuinness (19) 39pts, Conor Marron (23) 38/20/15pts. Juvenile Winner: Rory Henry (19) 41pts. CSS: Saturday – 37pts, Sunday – 37pts.