Walshe, Reidy and McDermott take the honours on Scratch Saturday

Scratch Saturday, which is sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr, took place on Saturday, July 3 with Clem Walshe (3) winning the Junior Cup, Noel Reidy (13) claiming the Intermediate Cup and Gerry McDermott (19) taking the Minor Cup.

Having won the Greenore Junior Scratch Cup three times and the Seapoint Junior Scratch Cup once, Clem Walshe finally took the Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup with a two under par round of 74.

After opening with five straight pars, Walshe bogeyed the par five sixth but bounced back immediately with a birdie at the par five seventh. A par at eight was followed by a bogey at the ninth as he turned in one over. He drifted out to two over with a bogey at the par three 13th and then found himself four over after he double bogeyed the par four 15th.

At that stage he looked set to miss out on the Dundalk title once again but he rallied magnificently with back to back birdies at 16 and 17 to get back to two under which ultimately proved to be winning score and ensured he didn’t add to his five previous Junior Scratch Cup runners-ups at Greenore, Dundalk, The Island, Skerries and Callan.

On 16 he smashed a drive down the middle and a crisp 5 iron to 15ft set up his birdie. On 17 his 5 iron tee shot was heading to the right of the green when it got a favourable bounce off the side of the hollow between the two bunkers and ended up a foot from the hole. He almost made three successive birdies on the last but his putt from 12 feet lipped out.

Andrew McCaughey (8) took the Junior Nett Prize with a 72 that included 11 pars and just one double bogey at the seoncd.

Two pars and birdie over the final four holes proved decisive as Noel Reidy pipped John McKeever (14) to capture the Intermediate Scratch Cup. Reidy birdied the 15th, bogeyed 16 and then parred 17 and 18 to come home in 40 having shot 43 on front nine. His front nine had also produced a birdie at the par four second but he double bogeyed the third and could only manage a par at the fifth to go along with six bogeys. His par at the par five 10th was followed by four successive bogeys until that birdie at 15 inspired his drive to the title.

McKeever’s round included one birdie, at the second, ten pars, four bogeys, one double bogey, one triple bogey, at the eighth, and a quadruple bogey seven at the par three fifth which ultimately led to him coming up one short at the end.

Alan Uzell (17) claimed the Nett Intermediate Prize with a 70 that included a birdie two at the fifth.

Gerry McDermott won the Minor Scratch Cup by three shots from Martin McDonnell (22) as he posted the only round under 90. His 87 was built on steady golf from the blue tees as he went out in 43 with pars at the second, fifth and eighth and he did well to make a double bogey at the seventh after his drive found the lateral hazard on the right. McDermott came home in 44 with double bogeys at the 11th and 18th and pars at the 12th, 14th and 16th.

McDonnell was two shots adrift of McDermott at the turn after going out in 45 with pars at the first and third balanced by double bogeys at the fourth and seventh. He got the back nine off to the perfect start with a par at the 10th but a triple bogey eight at the 12th was a major setback and, although he parred the 13th, he double-bogey 15 and 16. However, he bounced back with two pars over the final two holes to leap into second place.

Frank Keyes (21) showed all his experience to take the nett prize with a 70 after a round that included four pars.

Saturday, July 3 – Scratch Cups sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr – Junior Scratch Cup: Clem Walshe (3) 74. Junior Nett: Andrew McCaughey (8) 72. Intermediate Scratch Cup: Noel Reidy (13) 83, John McKeever (14) 84. Intermediate Nett: Alan Uzell (17) 70. Minor Scratch Cup: Gerry McDermott (19) 87, Martin McDonnell (22) 90. Minor Nett: Francis Keyes (21) 70.