Quinn holds on to take Halloween Hamper

OONAGH Quinn (28) shot 39pts to win the Ladies Halloween Hamper eating Brid Rocks (20) by one point with Ann McDonnell (19) a shot further back in third place

Quinn picked up three points at the fifth and eighth as she went out in 19pts and she collected three points at the 12th, 15th and 17th as she covered the back nine in 20pts for an overall score of 39pts.

Rocks had a four point par at the par five seventh also had five three-pointers at the fifth, ninth, 10th, 13th and 18th but was left wondering what might have been had she not failed to score at the par four second.

McDonnell also had a blank on her card as he failed to score at the 11th although she did bounce back from that disaster with a four point birdie at the next, the par five 12th. Her round included three-point returns at the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and 18th.

Saturday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 20 – Ladies Halloween Hamper – Winner: Oonagh Quinn(28) 39pts, Runner-Up: Brid Rocks (20) 38pts, Third: Ann McDonnell (19) 37pts. CSS: Saturday 33pts, Tuesday 35pts.

Clarke edges out Mullins and Byrne as youth dominates

TWO of the Club’s promising teenagers were to the fore in the last weekend competition before the Government’s decision to close all golf courses as part of the Level Five restrictions.

Fifteen-year-old Chris Clarke (10) shot 43pts to edge out another 15-year-old, Conall Mullins (12) by one point with 2018 Captain Gerry Byrne flying the flag for the older golfers as he took third after being edged out for second by Mullins on countback as both returned a score of 42pts.

Aidan Thornton (7) was the Category 1 winner with Kenneth Byrne (18) winning Category 2 and Charlie Beattie (18) taking Category 3.

Aaron Grant (-1) shot 38pts for the weekend’s best gross score as he produced a round that included birdies at the first, 12th and 18th and just one bogey at the par three 17th.    

Four pars over the first four holes gave Clarke a perfect start to his round as he had shots on three of those holes and he stood on the fifth tee with 11pts already in the bag.

But he failed to score at the first par three of the day and saw his early advantage whittled away. However, he has shown tremendous character this year in inter-club competitions and that was again evident as he bounced back from his set-back on five by taking 12 points from the next four holes to complete the front nine in 23pts.

After a two-point par at the sixth, he parred the seventh for three-points and then birdied the eighth for four points and birdied the ninth for three points.

Another three-point par followed at the index two 11th and he added three more three-points pars at the 15th, 16th and 18th. The par-threes were definitely not his favourite holes as he could only manage one-point bogeys at the 13th and 17th to come home in 20pts for an overall total of 43pts.

Mullins, who had played on Saturday, had set the score to beat when he returned a total of 42pts which included an eagle two for four points at the par four 14th, a three-point birdie at the fifth and three-point pars at the second, ninth, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th and 18th. He scored on every hole but had to settle for one-point bogeys at the sixth and 13th where he didn’t have shots.

Byrne had cause to rue the par five sixth where he failed to score and the 11th where he had a double bogey for one point. Those were the only blemishes on an otherwise excellent card that included nine three-point pars.

Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Chris Clarke (10) 43pts, Conall Mullins (12) 42/23pts, Gerry J Byrne (19) 42pts. Category 1 (0-12): Aidan Thornton (7) 40pts, J E McEneaney (10) 38pts. Category 2 (13-18): Kenneth Byrne (18) 40pts, Ollie Reilly (17) 37pts. Category 3 (19+): Charlie Beattie (19) 41pts, Conor Marron (23) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Aaron Grant (+1) 38pts. CSS: Saturday 36pts, Sunday 36pts.

Teather triumphs as Ward left to rue disaster at 14th

The 14th hole at Dundalk Golf Club, with a stroke index of 18, is supposed to be the easiest hole on the course but, as any member, and quite a few visitors, will testify, it is anything but.

The short par four features a drive over a pond in front of the tee and if you don’t get your drive over the hill that dissects the fairway some 125 yards from the front of the green you won’t see what’s in front of you for your second shot. The green is well protected by a necklace of bunkers and subtle breaks come into play no matter what the pin position is.

Last Sunday, in the weekly Singles Stableford competition, it had a major say in the final outcome when two 14 handicappers, Derek Teather and Brian Ward, were tied on 41pts and returned back nines of 21pts after going out in 20pts. That meant the countback went to the final six holes where Teather pipped Ward by 14pts to 13pts to take the Overall Prize and his second big win of the season.

Ward had plenty of reasons to rue his visit to the 14th where he failed to score and where even a one-point bogey would have tied the back six count and sent the countback to the last three holes where he had a nine point to seven advantage over Teather.

Ward wasn’t alone in cursing the 14th hole that Sunday as 13 other players also failed to return a score which was the highest number of blanks recorded across the 18 holes.

Ward’s response to that disaster was to par the final four holes in a blistering finish that would normally have sealed the deal. But Teather was already in the Clubhouse after an excellent display of consistent golf that saw him score three points on six holes, two points on 11 and just one point at one hole. His three-point pars came at the second, eighth, ninth, 10th, 16th and 18th.    

Liam McGailey (11) was another player rueing what might have been as he also finished on 41pts. He stood on the 17th with 39pts to his name but proceeded to bogey the par three 17th for one point and double bogey the par for 18th for one point to come home in 20pts having covered the front nine in 21pts.

He did take the Category 1 Prize with Michael Noone (17) winning Category 2 and AJP Green (21) claiming Category 3. Conall Murdock (4) shot 36pts for the best gross score and Lee Egan (15) continued his excellent run of form by winning yet another Juvenile Prize.

Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Derek Teather (14) 41/21/14pts, Brian Ward (14) 41/21/13. Category 1 (0-12): Liam Mc Gailey (11) 41pts, Conall Murdock (4) 40pts. Category 2 (13-18): Michael Noone (17) 40pts, Anthony Tuite (13) 39/21pts. Category 3 (19+): AJP Green (21) 39pts, Ciaran Rafferty (20) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Conall Murdock (4) 36pts. Juvenile: Lee Egan (15) 31/16pts. CSS: Saturday 36pts, Sunday 36pts.

Runaway winners in Ladies Three Player Waltz

THE Ladies staged a Three Player Waltz on October 10 and 13 with 38 teams playing and the runaway winners were Mary Sinton (16), Laura Hackett (23) and Geraldine Hoare (28) with a score of 78pts. That was four better than Maura Coyle (32), Anne McDonnell (19) and Geraldine Mohan (33) with Angela McGuire (30), Bernie McCabe (17) and Una Connolly (35) a shot further back on 73pts. Deirdre Clarke (19) won the 9-Hole competition with 18pts.

THE Ladies Winter League starts on Saturday October 24 and Tuesday, October 27 and entry envelopes are available in the Locker Room. The closing date for entries is Wednesday, October 21.


Saturday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 13. 18 Hole Three Lady Waltz – Winners: Mary Sinton (16), Laura Hackett (23), Geraldine Hoare (28) 78pts. Second: Maura Coyle (32), Anne McDonnell (19), Geraldine Mohan (33) 74pts. Third: Angela McGuire (30), Bernie McCabe (17), Una Connolly (35) 73pts. 9 Hole Competition: Deirdre Clarke (19) 18pts, Sally Goodman (28) 15pts.


Rocks, McDonnell and Morrison are Ladies winners

BRID Rocks (21), Sally McDonnell (24) and Denise Morrison (38) were the category winners in the Ladies 18-Hole Stableford competition which was played, as usual, over Saturday and Tuesday.

Rocks won Category A with 37pts with a round that included five three-point pars as she went out in 19pts and returned in 18pts.

McDonnell took Category B and recorded two three-point pars and two three-point bogeys as she returned nines of 17pts and 18pts respectively and finished strongly with ten points over the final four holes after blanking the par four 14th.

Morrison was the Category C winner and her total of 34pts included a four-point par at the par four 15th as well as three-point returns from the four par-three holes.  

June Desmond (31) won the nine-hole competition shooting an impressive 21pts to win by six from Clodagh Greene (37).

THE Ladies Winter League will commence on Saturday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 27. Please enter by using the envelopes provided in the locker room and take time to read the notice regarding entering and registering your scores.

Saturday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 6 – 18 Hole Stableford Competition – Category A: Brid Rocks (21) 37pts, Juliette Morrison (16) 34pts, Anne McDonnell (19) 32pts. Category B: Sally McDonnell (24) 35pts, Olive Jones (25) 32/15pts, Mary Laverty (24) 32/15/11pts. Category C: Denise Morrison (38) 34pts, Noreen Mullins (30) 33pts, Grainne Gallagher (41) 32pts. 9-Hole Competition: June Desmond (31) 21pts, Clodagh Greene (37) 15pts. CSS: Saturday – 76 (reduction only), Tuesday  -75.


Greenan and Reid the winners in contrasting weather conditions

BARRY Grennan and Noel Reid were the weekend winners in the men’s competitions with Greenan taking Saturday’s Singles Stableford competition and Reid prevailing on Sunday when conditions were absolutely horrendous.

Grennan (13) won the Saturday event with 42pts which was three better than the rest of the field and was greatly assisted by a four point birdie three at the last as he shot 22pts down the back nine. He also managed to birdie the par three 13th on the way home for three points and also had three -returns at the 12th and 15th.  Grennan had gone out in 20pts having recorded three-point pars at the first, second, fourth and ninth  

Cathal Purcell (14) came closest to catching Grennan but had to settle for taking the Category Prize. He had gone out in 22pts having opened the front nine with four successive three-point pars and closed it with back to back three-point pars at the eighth and ninth. He then birided the 10th for another four points and, even though he had another four-point birdie at the 17th, he was left rueing his failure to pick up points at the 13th and 16th as he finished with 39pts.

Mark Gorham (4) claimed Category 1 with 38pts while David McDonnell (22) won Category 3 with 36pts and Lee Egan (15) took yet another Juvenile Prize with 38pts. Gorham also returned the best gross score of the day.  

Sunday was the complete opposite to Saturday from a weather point of view making Noel Reid’s round of 38pts one of the rounds of the year. The 14-handicapper got off to a steady start before recording his first three-point par at the fifth. Although he dropped a point at the next he picked up three-point pars at the seventh and eighth as he went out in 20pts.

Down the back he had three three-point pars at the 12th, 15th and 17th and could even afford a blank at the 14th and a one-point return at the last, from his only double-bogey of the day, as he came home in 18pts for a superb score of 38pts.

That was three better than David Lynch (11) who shot 35pts and also recorded the day’s best gross score while David Cairns (16) was third on 32pts. The CSS of 33pts showed just how tough conditions were.

Saturday, October 3 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Barry Grennan (13) 42pts. Category 1 (0-12): Mark Gorham (4) 38pts. Category 2  (13-18): Cathal Purcell (14) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): David McDonnell (22) 36/19pts. Gross Recognition: Mark Gorham 34pts. Juvenile: Lee Egan (15) 38pts.   CSS: 36pts.

Sunday, October 4 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Noel Reid (16) 38pts, David Lynch (11) 35pts, David Cairns (16) 32pts. Gross recognition: David Lynch 25pts. CSS 33pts: Reductions only.


McDonough wins Lait Cup after excellent round

JUDY McDonough (27) won the Lait Cup with a score of 39pts after she compiled an excellent round that saw her score at every hole after a slow start.

She began by taking a point from the first and second holes before picking up three points at the third. Two points followed at the fourth, fifth and sixth before she earned one point at the seventh. However, she finished the front nine strongly with three point returns at the eighth and ninth.

That saw her go out in 18pts and she really found her rhythm down the back nine where she had three point returns from pars at the 11th, 13th, 16th and 17th as she came home in 21pts for a final score of 39pts which left her two points clear of the field.

Juliette Morrison (16) took Category A with 35pts, Evelyn Fallon (26) won Category B with 37pts and Teresa Oakes (29) claimed Category C with 36pts. Anne Redehan (28) won the 9-Hole competition with 16pts.

Saturday September 26 Tuesday September 29 – Lait Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Judy McDonough (27) 39pts. Category A: Juliette Morrison (16) 35pts, Bernie McCabe (17) 34/18/14, Fionnuala Dullaghan (20) 34/18/13. Category B: Evelyn Fallon (26) 37pts, Caroline Dunne (28) 35pts, Catherine Mullins (28) 34pts. Category C: Teresa Oakes (29) 36pts, Maura M. Coyle (32) 34/20, Geraldine Mohan (33) 34/16/11/5/3. 9 Hole Competition: Anne Redehan (28) 16pts, Anne O’Reilly (32) 15pts.  CSS: Saturday – 73/36pts, Tuesday – 74/35pts.

Blistering finish propels McShane to victory in Irwin Lockington Salver

A blistering back nine was the key to success for Nicholas McShane (15) as he captured the Irwin Lockington Salver.

McShane shot an impressive 42pts to win by two points from Padraig Hassett (20) but it was a return of 24pts down the back nine that sealed the deal for him.

He started well with a three point par at the first followed by a pair of two point bogeys but then blanked the par four index one fourth to lie on seven points after four holes. He bounced back from that setback with a three point par at the fifth and then picked up two points at each of the next four holes to turn on 18pts.

A birdie for four points on the par five 10th was the ideal way to commence the run for home and although he had to settle for one point following a double bogey at the 11th he again showed his ability to bounce back quickly by parring the 12th for three points. He had no shots at the next two holes so his pars at 13 and 14 only yielded two point apiece but his run of pars continued over the final four holes and each yielded three points as he came home in a breath-taking 24pts. His back nine had yielded seven successive pars from the 12th and a birdie as he covered the homeward nine in 37, one over par gross.

 Hassett had roared out of the traps at the start of his his round and gathered 22 points over the front nine after six three point pars at the first, second, fifth, sixth eighth and ninth. It could have been better but for a blank at the difficult par five seventh. He had another blank at the par four 16th on the back nine which he covered in 18pts where the highlights were a four point par at the index two 11th and three points pars at the 13th and 15th.

Aaron Grant took the gross prize with a round of 34pts that included an eagle three at the par five 10th. Conall Mullins (12), Brian McDonnell (13) and Paul Morgan (23) were the category winners with Lee Egan continuing his fine season by winning the Juvenile Prize.

Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 – Irwin Lockington Salver Singles Stableford – Overall: Nicholas Mac Shane (15) 42pts, Padraig Hassett (20) 40pts. Gross Winner : Aaron Grant (+1) 34pts. Category 1 (0-12): Conall Mullins (12) 37/21pts, Joseph Laverty (4) 37/20pts. Category 2 (13-18): Brian McDonnell (13) 39/21pts, Cathal Purcell (16) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Paul Morgan (23) 39pts. Conor Martin (19) 38/22pts. Juvenile: Lee Egan (15) 34pts. CSS: Saturday – 35pts, Sunday 36pts.