Greece set pace in Winter League

The eagerly awaited Men’s Winter League teed off on Sunday with a 14 hole single stableford competition.

After the first round Greece are setting the early pace on 148pts with Thailand two points further back. Portugal lie in third on 144pts.

With all eight of their players in action, Greece were able to discard three cards and rely on five counting cards which featured three players on 28pts and two on 32pts, with Eugene J Hanratty and Kevin Barry returning the top scores.

Thailand, with seven players in action, were led home by Sean Quigley on 32pts with their lowest counting card being 24pts.

Sean Hession was top scorer for Portugal with 32pts and their top five dove-tailed well as their lowest counting score was 27pts.

With France in fourth on 141 and three further teams on 140pts, there are six teams within eight points of the leaders as the league moves to its second round next week.

The individual competition was won by 22 handicapper Pat Daly on 33 points who is not taking part in the League. As a free agent he is sure to be the subject of many approaches for his signature over the coming week as some team captains look to beef up their squads ahead of the next round.

Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Singles Stableford 14 hole Competition

1st:  Pat Daly (22)    33 pts
2nd: Sean Hession (10) 32/18 pts
3rd: Sean Quigley (18) 32/17 pts

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(After Week 1)

1 Greece              148
2 Thailand         146
3 Portugal          144
4 France               141
5 Malta                140
6 Caribbean        140
7 Italy                   140
8 Canada             139
9 Turkey               137
10 Australia         135
11 Egypt              130
12 Spain               126
13 USA                 120

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Rules of Engagement for Men’s Winter League

The Tournament Committee have published the Rules of Engagement for the Dundalk Men’s Team Winter League which tees off this Sunday.

Thirteen teams will compete in the Winter League and players must participate in the normal Sunday competition to be eligible to play for their team.

Dundalk Golf Club would like to thank Clem Walshe and lowcostholidays for their kind sponsorship of this event.

Rules of engagement

1. Winter League commences 11/01/2015 and runs until 08/02/2015. (Weather Permitting)
2. Final is held on 15/02/2015. (No Exceptions)
3. Top five scores count each week.
4. Each team to consist of no more than eight players.
5. Top two teams qualify for final.
6. If teams are level after week 5, the five scores for that day will determine top two teams. If teams are still level we will add card six then seven etc.
7. The format for the final will be Singles Stableford Matchplay.
8. The total Stableford score determines each singles match play winner, not individual holes.
9. If both teams are level after the Matchplay final the combined team score for that day will determine the winner. If this does not produce a winner each team’s leading qualifiers combined score over the duration of the league will be used.
10. Tournament will decide pairings for Matchplay final.
11. Tournament decision is final
12. Prize-giving ceremony will be held on day of final.

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Teams selected for Men’s Winter League

There has been a tremendous entry for the Men’s Winter League which will tee off next Sunday and run until February 15.

The 102 players who have entered have been assigned to 13 teams by the Tournament Committee who have also selected a captain for each of the team. Twelve teams have eight members and one team currently has six but a waiting list has been set up and members wishing to play in the League should contact the Pro Shop with their name and handicap.

All team members are asked to ensure that they are available on February 15 in the event of their team making the final as the winners of the first Men’s Winter League will be decided on that day when the top two sides face off in a matchplay event.

The Men’s Winter League is being run in conjunction with the normal Sunday Single Stableford competition and the emphasis is on fun so nobody should get too upset about team allocations, although all look very competitive.

The teams are all named after destinations and are as follows:

Australia: Maurice Murphy (1), Maurice Soraghan (9), Trevor Giff (12), Len Mullins (13), Pat Davis (16), John McCann (16, Capt), Michael Byrne (21), Eddie McMullin (28).

Canada: Eddie Rogers (1), Chris Murden (10), Seamus Bailey (12), Michael Stewart (13), Sean Ward (15), Brian Ward (16, Capt), Joe Flanagan (19), Aubrey Halley (25).

Caribbean: Peter Rogers (1), Michael Coburn (7, Capt), David Murden (12), Gerry Clarke (13), Vincent Murphy (15), Tom Clarke (18), George Rogers (18), Brendan Cleary (22).

Greece: Eoin Doohan (2), E.J. Hanratty (9), Kevin Barry (11), Martin Byrne (12), Dessie Ward (12), Martin Farrelly (14), Michael Hamilton (16, Capt), Pat Boland (19).

Malta: Neal Mackell (4), Austin Shaw (7), Paddy Duffy (12), Brian Mernagh (13), Michael Keating (14, Capt), Gerry Byrne (17), Denis Ryan (19), EJ Shortt (24).

Portugal: Ciaran Traynor (4), Sean Hession (10), Jim Rowland (11, Capt), Brendan Reilly (12), Fergal McKenna (15), Brian Owens (16), Eugene Hanratty (17), Padraic McDonnell (20).

Spain: John Conlon (5), Niall McCaul (7, Capt), John Neary (12), Gerry O’Keefe (13), Ollie Reilly (14), Pat Watters (16), Colm Garvey (20), Conor Byrne (22).

Thailand: Brian Reneghan (5), Gerry Murray (7), Liam Mernagh (11, capt), Tommy Renaghan (13), Larry Soraghan (15), Peter McCaughey (16), Sean Quigley (18), John McLoughlin (24).

Turkey: Clem Walshe (5), Declan Muckian (10), Ciaran Arthurs (12), Tom Wall (13), Dan Prenty (15), Davy Lawrence (16, Capt), Tom Lanigan (19), Hugh Reilly (22).

USA: Billy Cairns (6), Jim Dwyer (9), Ciaran Dunne (12), Gerard Daly (13), Pat Cole (15, Capt), Nigel Giff (17), Ray Pepper, Ronan Dennedy (27).

Italy: Terry Conlon (6), Eddie Rocks (8), Barry Grennan (12), Francis McGuigan (13), Michael Kelly (14, Capt), Noel McGuinness (17), Benny O’Shaughnessy (19), Bill McCarthy (26).

France: Stephen Keenan (6), Denis Cunningham (10), Pat Curran (12), Paul O’Callaghan (13, Capt), Barry Cullen (14),  John Morrisson (16), Dermot Duffy (20), John McErlean (22).

Egypt: Connor McCaughey (6), Neil Mullooly (8), Brendan Keane (11), Eddie Sheridan (13, Capt), Joe Garvey (16), Jim Dearey (18).

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Entries invited for the Men’s Winter League

Entries for the new Men’s Winter League are now being invited. Entry sheets are located in the Bar and Pro Shop and the closing date for entries is December 31.

The Tournament Committee are proposing to run the Team League in conjunction with the scheduled Sunday Single Stableford competitions over the period from January 11 to February 15.

The normal entry fee will apply and there will be no extra charge for this league but participants will need to take part in the Sunday competition to be eligible.

It is hoped that as many full members as possible will enter the league but those entering should ensure that they will be available most Sundays in order to give their team every possible chance of winning. Not all cards will count each Sunday allowing for unforeseen absence. The League is an optional choice and does not restrict members from playing normal Sunday competition.

The number of teams and their sizes will be determined once the entries have been received and the teams will be drawn by the Tournament Committee to ensure there is a fair spread of playing handicaps.

The top two teams will play-off for the League title in a matchplay final on Sunday, February 15.

This is a fun event to start 2015 and it is hoped as many full members as possible will enter.

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Seasoned performers end season on a winning note

The 2014 season was brought to a close on Sunday with a Four Man Scramble and saw two teams of seasoned performers take the prizes.

The winning team covered the 14 holes in 41.6 strokes nett and saw eight handicapper Eddie Rocks combine with three 16 handicappers, John McCann Rogers, Brian Ward and Michael Hamtilton to take the top prize.

In second, with a score of 42.3 nett was a quartet of four more Sunday regulars, namely Tom Wall, Jim Rowland, Michael Begley and Pat Davis.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Four Man Scramble (14 Holes)

41.6 – John McCann Rogers (16), Brian Ward (16), Michael Hamilton (16), Eddie Rocks (8)

42.3 – Tom Wall (13), Jim Rowland (11), Michael Begley (21), Pat Davis (16)



Connollys and Hessions dominate Mixed Foursomes

The Semi-Open Mixed Foursomes Stableford competition on Sunday attracted a good entry and some sizzling golf from the Connollys and Hessions.

The Front Nine honours were taken by John and Theresa Connolly who produced an excellent 23 points to win by two points from Pat Watters and Onagh Quinn who took second spot on countback.

Sean and Mary Hession were even more dominant over the Back Nine shooting an impressive 24 points to canter home four points clear of Peter and Geraldine Rogers followed by the rest of the field.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Semi-Open Mixed Foursomes Stableford

Front Nine

John Connolly (22) & Theresa Connolly (17) 23pts

Pat Watters (16) & Onagh Quinn (33) 21/14pts


Back Nine

Sean Hession (10) & Mary Hession (24) 24pts

Peter Rogers (1) & Geraldine Rogers (27) 20pts                                                                  



Rogers leads the field home

George Rogers led home the field in Sunday’s Turkey Competition with an excellent score of 36pts, one better than Dan Prenty with Noel Crowe a shot further back on 34pts.

Also in the prizes were Connor McCaughey, Eamon Hoey, Patrick Boland, Eugene Hanratty and Leslie Toal.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Turkey Competition

George Rogers (19) 36pts

Dan Prenty (15) 35pts

Noel Crowe (28) 34pts

Connor McCaughey (6) 32pts*

Eamon Hoey (18) 32pts

Michael Kelly (14) 31pts*

Patrick Boland (19) 31 pts

Eugene Hanratty (9) 31pts

Leslie Toal (13) 31pts

Non Qualifying.

* Turkey Handicap adjustment applied

Barry and McEnteggart head Spirits field

Kevin Barry and Martin McEnteggart led the way in Sunday’s Spirits Competition over 14 holes. Both shot 32 points and were among 21 players who made this week’s prize list.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Spirits Competition (14 Holes)

Kevin Barry (11) 32pts

Martin McEnteggart (10) 32pts

Aidan Gaughran (16) 31pts

Trevor Giff (12) 30pts

Michael Coburn (8) 30pts

Paul O’Callaghan (13) 29pts

Shane McGuinness (18) 29pts

Liam Mernagh (11) 29pts

John McErlean (22) 28pts

Michael Stewart (13) 28pts

Patsy Cole (15) 28pts

Tommy Renaghan (13) 28pts

Sean Hession (10) 28pts

Jim Dearey (18)  28pts

Neal Mackell (4) 28pts

Paddy Duffy (12) 28pts

Mickey Hamilton (16) 28pts

Len Mullins (13) 28pts

Pat Donaghy (12) 27/15pts

Diarmuid McAdam (22) 27/14pts

Bernard Crombie (15) 27/14pts