Locavore Artisan Foods Blackrock Autumn Series


Jamie Coyle, Locavore presents a sponsorship cheque to Captain Maurice Soraghan and Sean Hession for the upcoming Locavore Artisan Foods Blackrock Autumn Series.

The Locavore Artisan Foods Blackrock Autumn Series was officially launched ahead of Sunday’s first outing in the competition.

The Men’s autumn series is generously sponsored by new Blackrock business, Locaavore – an artisan food store on Main Street, Blackrock owned by Dundalk Golf Club member, Jamie Coyle.

Jamie a member of the club since his youth, is a member of renowned Coyle family who operate Coyle Meats in town and this new venture in Blackrock will be a welcome shopping addition to the village, stocking their renowned premium beef, in addition to other quality meats, organic vegetables, fresh produce and a wide range of artisan food products, including their festive hampers ideal for Christmas presents.

Attending the launch golf-locavore-2in Locavore was Captain Maurice Soraghan and Sean Hession who is member of Gents Tournament and the Marketing committee.

The Locavore Blackrock Winter Series commences this Sunday and will be played over 13 holes (1-10 and 16-18) and will be played over the next four weeks.

There will be prizes in the form of Locavore vouchers for the overall winner and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in categories.

Eoghan Murphy wins Munster Boys Under 16 title

Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) prodMunster Boys Under 16 open 2016_Eoin Murphy Presentation2 Pressuced an excellent two under par 70 to win the Munster Boys Under 16 title.  Nenagh Golf Club was in excellent condition for the competition, with over 140 golfers taking and light winds which made for ideal playing conditions.


The winner Eoin Murphy, playing off a handicap of four, had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine to turn on one under.  Crucially he had the same on the back nine and was the only golfer to play the inward nine under par, and this gave him a two shot win.  Lahinch’s Jonathan Keane continued his recent good form, taking second place with a level par 72.  Keane had two rounds in the 60’s on his home course recently and the two handicapper equalled Murphy’s birdie count but also had four bogies for his level par result.

Scott Jones (Belvoir Park) had a 73 for third and David Twomey from Elm Park was fourth with a 74.  Sean Enright Limerick also had a 74 to take fifth place.  The Under 15 trophy went to Kilkenny’s Jack Walsh who had a 73, Walsh had a bogey on his opening hole but followed with 17 pars to take the prize by one stroke.  The Under 15 runner up was Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass) who had a 74.  Best Nett went to Mel Deasy from Bantry Bay with a 68, and the runner up was Eoin Lawless (Athenry) also with a 68.

Munster Branch Chairman John Moloughney congratulated the winners and thanked everyone for a great tournament.  He thanked Nenagh Captain Michael Fitzgibbon, and the large team of Officers and volunteers from Nenagh Golf Club for all their help in staging the event.  He also had a special word of thanks for tournament director Kevin Murray,  Margaret Sugrue, John Fennessy and Peter English for the seamless running on the day.  He also thanked sponsors Titleist Footjoy for their continued support for Munster Golf.

Marie wins Ladies Captain’s prize

Overall Winners - Front left to right: Runner up Joan Corrigan, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Winner Marie McKell. Back Left to right: Fourth Maura Hackett, Overall Gross Deirdre Smith, Third Mary Dooley.

Overall Winners – Front left to right: Runner up Joan Corrigan, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Winner Marie McKell. Back Left to right:
Fourth Maura Hackett,
Overall Gross Deirdre Smith, Third Mary Dooley.

The Lady Captain’s Prize took place over two days on Tuesday June 28 and Saturday July 3. On day one 160 ladies played and on day two 144 ladies played.
There was great excitement as Lady Captain Jean Connolly greeted all the ladies going out to play. They were all full of anticipation. On the first day some fantastic scores were returned. Marie McKell, Joan Corrigan, Maura Hackett and Mary Carthy all came in with 70 nett. There was great excitement on day two and some nerves. Marie McKell and Joan Corrigan yet again played brilliant golf coming in with 75 nett. Marie was the overall winner with 145 nett on a count back.
On the presentation evening Marie received a beautiful prize and spoke of her shock and excitement at winning. This is Marie’s first time to win the Lady Captain’s prize. We are all delighted for Marie.
Joan Corrigan also received a beautiful prize and was absolutely thrilled to be runner up. This was a closely fought contest and well done to both ladies.
Congratulations to Deirdre Smith who won the overall gross. Deirdre is a skilful and talented golfer and had a fantastic gross of 155 for the two days.
Well done to Mary Dooley who was third and Maura Hackett who was fourth. These ladies are playing some great golf and no doubt we will be seeing their names in the winning enclosure again. Congratulations to all the winners on Day One and Day Two.
The Lady Captain’s competition was a huge success. On the presentation evening the winners commented on how Lady Captain Jean Connolly is a great ambassador for Dundalk Golf club. She works very hard and has shown magnificent support to all the ladies in Dundalk Golf Club. She has been particularly supportive of all the

Day One Winners - Front Left to Right: Rosemary Gardiner, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Lucy Greenan, Lesley O’Keefe, Mary Carthy. Back Left to Right: Teresa Byrne, Mary Connor, Mia Quinn, Una Connolly, Zoe Hallahan, Ellen McEneaney, Niamh Maguire, Geraldine Blackmore, Bernie Prendergast.

Day One Winners – Front Left to Right: Rosemary Gardiner, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Lucy Greenan, Lesley O’Keefe, Mary Carthy. Back Left to Right:
Teresa Byrne, Mary Connor, Mia Quinn, Una Connolly, Zoe Hallahan, Ellen McEneaney, Niamh Maguire, Geraldine Blackmore, Bernie Prendergast.

Teams representing the club at different events. Lady Captain Jean thanked all those who work to make the club a success and an enjoyable experience for all the members.

Lady Captain’s Prize Results 2016
Winner: Marie McKell (17) 145nett, on count back from runner up Joan Co

Day Two winners

Day Two Winners – Front Left to Right: Oonagh Coleman, Evelyn Fallon, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Fionnuala Dullaghan, Sally McDonnell. Back Left to Right: Mary Hession, Joan McAdam, Mary Burlingham, Olivia Cunningham, Noeleen Gernon, Una Delaney, Majella Cassidy, Deirdre Clarke.

rrigan (19) 145nett. Gross: Deirdre Smith (+1) 155 gross,
Third: Mary Dooley (24) 148nett, on count back from  Maura Hackett (25) 148nett.
Day One Winners
Class A:  1. Mary Carthy (17) 70nett; 2. Lesley O’Keefe (14) 71nett;
3. Gross: Mia Quinn (7) 81 gross. Class B: 1. Lucy Greenan (27) 71nett; 2. Bernie Prendergast (26) 72nett; 3. Rosemary Gardiner (20)         73nett. Class C: 1. Mary Connor (30) 76nett; 2. Una Connolly (34)                   78nett; 3. Carmel Naughton (29) 78nett; Front Nine: Jacinta Foran (14) 34nett; Back Nine: Niamh Maguire (17) 34.5nett; Non Qualifier Prize: Ellen Mc Eneaney (10)  74nett; 9 Hole Ladies: Teresa Byrne (29) 13 pts; Juvenile: Zoe Hallahan (33) 65nett; Nearest the pin: Geraldine Blackmore; CSS 74.
Day Two Winners
Class A: 1. Fionnuala Dullaghan (17) 73nett; 2. Teresa Giff (14)                          74nett; Gross: Olivia Cunningham (11) 88 gross. Class B: 1. Evelyn Fallon (27) 73nett; 2. Majella Cassidy (21) 76nett, on back nine from
3. Deirdre Clarke (19) 76nett. Class C: 1. Sally McDonnell (36)                            70nett; 2. Noeleen Gernon (30) 74nett; 3. Mary Burlingham (34)                          75nett; Front Nine: Una Delaney (17) 36.5nett; Back Nine: Mary Hession (22) 36nett; Non Qualifier Prize: Laura Hackett (24) 73nett;
Nine Hole Ladies : Joan McAdam (36) 15pts; Juvenile Prize: Amy Raffferty (22) 80nett; Nearest the Pin: Fionnuala Dullaghan, CSS 75.
Men’s 9 Hole Competition:
Overall Winner: Gregory McCaughey 42pts; Day One: Diarmuid McAdam 23pts; Day Two: Clem Walshe 21pts.

Josh Mackin wins Leinster Boys

Dundalk’s Josh Mackin won Josh Mackin (web)the Multicargo Ltd sponsored Leinster Boys U16 Amateur Open Championship at Beaverstown GC today in a very exciting 4 hole play-off against Robert Galligan from Elm Park GC.  Both players finished after 18 holes on one under par 71 to force a play-off situation but it was Mackin who became victorious winning by one stroke.

The level of golf was of an exceptionally high standard and was greatly appreciated by the many supporters in attendance.

Third place went to the local hopeful Sean Dowling from Beaverstown GC who carded a 72 level par which included two birdies and two bogeys.

– See more at: https://www.golfnet.ie/news/gui/leinster/1457/josh-mackin-wins-leinster-boys-u16-open-championship#sthash.rLETtkx4.dpuf

Open week prizewinners

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Open Week Singles, front row, left to right: Sponsors, McDonough and Breen, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Pauline Murphy. Back left to right: Leone Ballie, Ann Murray, Ruth Black, Pauline Campbell, Mary M McDonnell.

Open Week Singles, front row, left to right: Sponsors, McDonough and Breen, Lady Captain Jean Connolly, Pauline Murphy.
Back left to right: Leone Ballie, Ann Murray, Ruth Black, Pauline Campbell, Mary M McDonnell.

untitled 2The first of the Ladies competitions for Open Week was a Two Lady Team Event played on May 17th. This competition was sponsored by Colorcode.

A large number of ladies played in this competition with some brilliant scores. Miriam O’Mahony and Mary Mc Ginnity had 49 points, an absolutely unbeatable score. The girls were on form and received lovely prizes from Colorcode. It is great to see Miriam in the winning enclosure. Well done to Lady Captain Jean Connolly and Brid Rocks who were third. Congratulations to all the winners.

Many thanks to Colorcode for their continued sponsorship and support of the ladies.

Winners; Miriam O’Mahony(35) & Mary McGinnity(30) 49pts Runners Up: M Mulvany(25) & M Devine(24) (Mannan Castle)  45pts Third: Lady Captain Jean Connolly(20) & Brid Rocks(18) 44pts 2s: G Rafferty Co. Armagh.

The Open Singles Stableford was played on Friday 20th May. This competition was sponsored by McDonough & Breen.

The winning scores demonstrated that some ladies are playing very steady golf. Leone Ballie is playing great golf winning class C with 36 points.  Pauline Murphy had 37 points winning Class B and Pauline Campbell won class A with 37 points playing of eleven. Well done to all the winners who received beautiful prizes from the sponsors Mc Donough and Breen.

At the presentation Lady Captain Jean thanked the sponsors for the exquisite prizes and for their sponsorship. Class A: Winner:  Pauline Campbell (11) 37pts Runner Up:  Mags Coburn (19) 34pts (On Back From Niamh Maguire) Class B: Winner: Pauline Murphy (20) 37pts Runner Up: Ruth Black (27)(Ardee) 36pts Third: Anne Murray (21) 35pts. Class C: Winner: Leone Baillie (29) 36pts Runner Up: Mary M McDonnell (35) 31pts Third: Mary Horan (36) 28pts 2s: 17th: Pauline Campbell & R Hayes (Co Louth)

Singles Stableford Open Competition

Singles Stableford Open Competition
Wednesday 6th June 2016

1st :  Noel Reid  (22)                    44 pts
2nd :  Ricky Newell  (2)                 40/21 pts
Gross Prize:  Caolan Rafferty (+3)  37 pts

1st   Cat 1: (0-14) Sean Laverty  (6)   40 pts
2nd  Cat 1: (0-14) Martin Farrelly (13) 39 pts
1st   Cat 2: (15-20) Paul Connolly (15) 38 pts
2nd  Cat 2: (15-20) Jerry McCarthy (16) 37/21 pts
1st   Cat 3: (21-28) Pat Daly (21)              37 pts
2nd  Cat 3: (21-28) Eamonn Arthur (21)  34/17 pts

Juvenile: Daniel Mathews  (24)   33 pts

Entrants 156
16 Twos, 15 players
Home CSS 35 pts , Away CSS 35 pts

Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

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This Saturday sees the staging of the Junior Scratch Cup in Dundalk Golf Club sponsored by DAR Golf Contruction Ltd.

The 36 hole competitioDAR Construction logon for those with handicaps between 5 and 9 will be played over the remodelled course which has seen extensive work carried out over the past 18 months, with new bunkering on all greens and new fairway bunkering on the front nine.

Further works to the back nine is expected to take place during the  coming winter.

The redesigned course by Ken Kearney has been widely acclaimed by all those who have played the course including 2016 Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup winner Caolan Rafferty.

‘The changes that Ken Kearney has made to the course in Dundalk Golf Club are in my opinion brilliant’, said Rafferty who won the Senior Scratch Cup played in April having finished runner up in the two previous years.

‘The change with the greenside bunkers last year made a big difference and already this year the fairway bunkers have helped to toughen up the course again. This has proven already this year with the scores that are being shot, such as in the Senior Scratch Cup where only a handful of scores were under par and the standard scratch changing from level to +1’.

‘The new bunkers on 2, 4, 6 and 18 are the real stand out changes. These changes make it a lot more difficult off the tee as you are no longer able to just stand up and blast driver. A lot more thought is needed when playing the course now and I don’t think it is just aimed at the longer hitters’.

‘All the changes affect every standard of golfer and that in my opinion makes the changes even better.’

‘I also think that Damien English and the green staff deserve a lot of praise along with DAR Golf for the work they have put in over the winter. The bunkers have set in and look like they have been there a lot longer then they have been which shows the quality of the work which they have done.

Endorsing the sentiments of Caolan Rafferty is Conor McCaughey, Course Chairman who said, ‘Having worked with DAR Golf in the past we had no hesitation in accepting their tender for the major construction work needed to re-model our golf course in line with golf course architect Ken Kearney’s recommendations’.

‘We were not disappointed with the quality of work, the respect with which the workforce had for the golf course, the attention to detail and deadlines and finally the finished product.

We are delighted that DAR Golf continue to be our partners and look forward to a continued fruitful association with them’.

Anyone wishing the play this Saturday’s Junior Scratch Cup should contact Leslie in the Pro Shop as soon as possible as the timesheet is filling rapidly.

Our May open week commences on Monday next, May 16th with competitions right through to Sunday May 22nd. Please refer to the online BRS tee booking system for details.




Rafferty finally captures Dundalk Scratch Cup

imageAFTER finishing second in each of the past two years Caolan Rafferty finally captured the Dundalk Scratch Cup, sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf, when he beat a quality field to win the 36 hole event by five shots at Dundalk Golf Club.
The Dundalk clubman shot a six under total of 138 after rounds of 67 and 71 with Robbie Pierce from The Grange finishing second after bouncing back from a first round 78 with a seven under par 65 to equal the course record.
“I won the Scratch Cup in Laytown-Bettystown a few years ago and this is my biggest win since then. I have been playing well for the past year and it is great to finally win the Dundalk Scratch Cup after finishing second in the last two years,” said Rafferty who was a semi-finalist in the North of Ireland Championship last year and a quarter-finalist in West of Ireland last month.
This year’s Scratch Cup was the most competitive in the competition’s 53 year history, attracting a field that included 36 players with a handicap of scratch or lower and five international panel members.
The Dundalk course has been toughened up in recent years and this, added to a tricky wind, saw only four players break par in the first round with Rafferty leading the way after shooting a five-under par 67 which left him four shots clear of Nicholas Grant, Paul Reavey and David Mulholland who were grouped together on 71 with Geoff Lenehan and Eddie Rogers a shot further back on level par.
Rafferty’s opening round included two eagles. On the par five sixth he holed out from a bunker 50 metres from the green and on the par four 14th he drove the green before sinking a six foot putt for his two.
Having turned one under, thanks to his first eagle, Rafferty birdied the par-five 10th to go to two under and his second eagle moved him to four under. He went to five under with a birdie three at the 15th but then bogeyed the 16th after failing to get up and down.
However, a long drive at the 18th left him with a pitch and putt for his third birdie of the round and put him firmly in control of the competition.
Rafferty began his second round tentatively and had to scramble to save par at the first, fourth and fifth. A birdie four at the sixth should have settled him but he failed to get up and down at the par-five seventh after leaving his par putt on the lip of the hole.
Four more pars followed before a drive and a three wood set up a birdie on the par five 12th to move him to six under for the tournament.
He scrambled pars on the 13th, 14th and 15th before sinking a monster 40ft putt across the undulating 16th green for a birdie.
He finished on six-under when he bogeyed the last after finding a bunker off the tee but it didn’t matter in the end as nobody came close to threatening his score.
“The two eagles in the first round certainly made a difference. I scrambled really well in the second round and it was a great feeling when I sank that monster putt on the 16th,” said Rafferty.
The challenge of Grant, Reavey and Mulholland faded away in the second round and it was Pierce who stole the headlines with his superb 65 which included six birdies and an eagle to finish on 143, five shots behind Rafferty.
After working for the last few years at Paddock Wood Golf Centre in Dundalk, Rafferty recently moved with professional Brian Kerley to Ardee and he paid credit to Kerley for the work he has done with him over the last few years.
“Brian has been a big influence since I started working with him at the Paddock. I have seen a steady improvement in my game since then as my performances over the past year have shown,” said Rafferty who now heads to England for this week’s Lytham Trophy.
One of the highlights of the day was an albatross two by Tangradee’s Jamie Stothers when he holed his six iron approach at the par-five 10th.
Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by Jeffers Sports Turf
138 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 67, 71.
143 – Robbie Pierce (The Grange) 78, 65.
146 – Tiarnan McLarnon (Masserene) 73, 73, Geoff Lenehan  72, 74.
Best Nett: Maurice Murphy (3) (Dundalk) 145 (74, 71).
1st 18 Gross: Nicholas Grant (Shandon Park) 71
1st 18 Nett: Luke Woods (4) (Balbriggan) 70/34
2nd 18 Gross: Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 70.
2nd 18 Nett: Connor McCaughey (4) (Dundalk) 70.
1st Round CSS: 74
2nd Round CSS: 73