Front nine lays the foundation for impressive win by Curtin

The Wednesday Open sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms is part and parcel of the golfing season and last week’s competition which was won by Larry Curtin was a high scoring affair.

Playing off 22, Curtin shot 42pts to finished ahead of three players who were tied on 41pts.

The foundation for his score was laid on the front nine which yielded five pars at the first, second, third, fifth and seventh as Curtin racked up 23pts going out. He came home in 19th with two more pars at the 14th and 17th and could even afford a blank at the 12th as he took the overall prize.

John Clarke (12) with 41pts took second place on countback with Paul O’Hare (29) third. Frank Byrne (11) the third player on 41pts had to settled for taking the Division 2 honours. Eddie Rogers (4) won Division 1 and Michael Keating (21) took Division 3 with Garrett Duffy’s 34pts being the best gross score.

Wednesday, July 6 – Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Larry Curtin (22) 42pts, John Clarke (12) 41/20pts, Paul O’Hare (29) 41/19/14pts. Division  1: Edward Rogers (4) 36pts. Division 2: Frank P Byrne (11). 41/19/11pts. Division 3: Michael J Keating (21) 39pts. Gross Recognition: Garrett Duffy (1) 34pts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duffin takes Open Singles on countback

The final event of the Summer Open was a Singles Stableford which was won by Warrenpoint’s Davide Duffin.  

Playing off five he shot 41pts to beat Bernard Crombie (19) from Corballis on countback thanks to his 22pts down the back nine.

After opening with three pars, Duffin bogeyed the next two holes before regaining his composure with six pars in a row followed by a birdie at the par five 12th. He also birdied the 15th after two more pars and then parred his way in.

Neal Mackell took the gross prize with Dennis Cunningham (8), Liam McGailey (13) and Kieran Reidy (19) winning the divisional categories.

Sunday, July 3 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: David Duffin ( 5, Warrenpoint) 41/22pts, Bernard Crombie (19, Corballis) 41/20pts. Gross: Neal Mackell (3) 34pts. Division 1: Dennis Cunningham (8) 41/18pts, Martin Crosby (9) 39pts. Division 2: Liam McGailey (13) 39pts, David Brennan (17) 38pts. Division 3: Kieran Reidy (19) 40pts, John McErlean (28) 39pts.

Smith wins Women’s Senior Close Championship

 

Dundalk Lady Captain Alison Quigley pictured with the new Irish Women’s Senior Close champion Deirdre Smith following her return from the tournament in Thurles.

Deirdre Smith went one better than last year when she won the Women’s Senior Close Championship at Thurles last Friday.

After finishing as leading qualifier in Wesport in 2021, Smith had to settle for being runner-up to Carol Wickham after the Laytown & Bettystown player defeated her 3&2 in the final.

She headed to Thurles for this year’s event as one of the favourites and justified that tag when she led the qualifying phase after the first round following a one under par 72 and led by four from Tracey Eakin of Dooks.

But, in tough conditions on day two, the pair finished level on 152, five clear of the field, after Eakin shot a second successive 76 to Smith’s 80 and the Dundalk player had to settle for second seeding in the matchplay based on countback.

The top 16 qualified for the matchplay stages and Smith needed 36 holes to get to the semi-finals as she beat Clodagh Hopkins of Woodbrook and Maria O’Reilly of Headfort  on the last green in first round and quarter-finals respectively but those two stern tests proved extremely beneficial.

“I hung in throughout the day and played well on the back nine in both matches. I was three down in the two of them. I figured out what I was doing wrong in the afternoon and worked from there,” said Smith.

In the semi-final Smith beat Sheena McElroy of Grange 3&2 in the semi-final and qualified to meet the 2014 champion Laura Webb in the final after the Royal Portrush player had defeated Eakin on the 19th hole in her semi.

Smith was in superb form in the final as she took the lead on the third, and only lost one hole after that before she closed the match out on the 15th green for a 4&3 win and a well-deserved national title.

“I played my best golf of the week in the final,” Smith said after her win. “I was a bit slow in the first two days. I found something yesterday afternoon in my swing and brought it into today.

“I grew in confidence when the shots came. I knew I had to play really well to beat Laura because she is a really good player. It’s not often you play your best golf in the final but I’m delighted I did.”

Smith, who is also a member of Co Louth Golf Club, got a big welcome back when she returned to Dundalk having added the senior version of the Irish Close Championship to the title she won in 2004 when she beat Tara Delaney on the 20th hole of the final at The Island.

 

McBride wins Intermediate Cup as Rice takes Minor Cup

Sponsors Deborah and Ultan Herr present winner Aidan McBride with the Intermediate Scratch Cup.

 

Aidan McBride won the Intermediate Scratch Cup and Aidan Rice won the Minor Scratch Cup at Dundalk Golf Club on Saturday.

McBride, a 10 handicapper who is a member of the Provincial Towns Cup team, had three shots to spare over Vincent Jackson in second place and Danny Gallagher in third. Conor Murray (16) took the nett prize with a 68.

McBride opened with five successive fives before claiming his first biridie of the day at the par five sixth. After a bogey at seven he finished the front nine with two successive pars to go out in 42.

He began the back nine with a bogey at 10 but then had four fours in the next five holes. There was also a par three at the short 13th and more pars followed at the 15th, 17th and 18th as he came home in level par 36 for a score of 78, six over par gross.

Rice, a 19 handicapper, had five pars at the first, second, seventh, ninth and 13th during his round of 89 which also included four double bogeys. He went out in 43 and came home in 46 and had two shots to spare over Mark Coan in second and three over John Parker in third.

Saturday, July 2, Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr – Intermediate Cup: Aidan McBride 78, Vincent Jackson 81, Daniel Gallagher 81. Nett: Conor Murray (16) 68. Minor Cup: Aidan Rice 89, Mark Coan 91, John Parker 92. Nett: Kevin Callan (28) 72.

Aidan Rice, winner of the Minor Scratch Cup, receives the trophy from sponsors Deborah and Ultan Herr

Purton takes Route 66 to win Oriel Cup

Eoin Puton, winner of the Oriel Cup sponsored by Moran CCTV, receives the trophy from Dundalk Golf Club Vice Captain Noel Reid.

Teenager Eoin Purton won the Oriel Cup, sponsored by Moran CCTV, Dundalk, last Wednesday with an excellent nett score of 66 off six.

He went out in 35 nett after eight pars and a double bogey six at the eighth. That was to be the only blemish on an otherwise fine card as he had birdies at the 14th and 17th and seven pars on the back nine.

Turlach King (12) finished second two shots behind Purton while Caolan Rafferty had the day’s best gross with a four under par 68 that included five birdies and just one bogey which unfortunately came at the very last hole. Divisional winners were Bobby McCarthy (10), Kevin Carthy (16) and Killian McDonnell(21).

 

Wednesday, 29 June – Oriel Cup Single Strokes sponsored by Moran CCTV, Dundalk – Overall: Eoin Purton (6) 66, Turlach King (12) 68. Gross: Caolan Rafferty 68. Division 1: Bobby McCarthy (10) 71, Paul Coburn (8) 72. Division 2: Kevin Carthy (16) 72, Derek Williams Jnr (17) 73. Division 3: Killian McDonnell (21) 72, Mark Coan (23) 73.

Great Open Week for the Ladies

Open Week got off to a great start for the ladies, with an 18 Hole Stableford Competition on Tuesday June 28th. This was very kindly sponsored by The Brake. Leading scorers were Bernie McCabe and Geraldine Hoare, who won Division 1 and 2 respectively with a superb 39 points. Juvenile Grace Cosgrove was the winner of Division 3 with 38 points.

A two lady team event took place on Friday July 1st, very kindly sponsored by Tony Kieran Butchers. The winners were Joan Corrigan and Mel O’Loane, who shot a super 45 points, one point ahead of their nearest rivals.

Many thanks to The Brake and Tony Kieran Butchers for their continued support.

Tuesday, June 28 – 18 Hole Stableford sponsored by The Brake, Blackrock – Division 1: Bernie McCabe (18) 39pts, Pauline Campbell (12) 36pts, Olivia Cunningham (15) 35pts. Division 2: Geraldine Hoare          (29) 39pts, Fionnuala Dullaghan (22) 37pts, Keira Kenny (28) 36pts. Division 3: Grace Cosgrove (41) 38pts, Elaine Connolly (31) 33pts, Mary Smyth (33) 32pts. Nine Hole Competition: Wendy Williamson 14pts.

Friday, July 1 – Open 2 Lady Team sponsored by Tony Kieran’s Butchers, Dundalk – Joan Corrigan & Mel O’Loane 45pts, D Fitzsimons & R Thornton 44pts, Kitty Duffy & Louise Lynn 42pts. Nine Hole Competition: Bernie MacGuinness 19pts, June Desmond 18pts.

 

Prize Winners in Singles Stableford sponsored by The Brake, Blackrock during Open Week at Dundalk Golf Club were: Standing (from left): Mary Smyth, Geraldine Hoare, Olivia Cunningham, Bernie McCabe, Pauline Campbell, Wendy Williamson, Fionnuala Dullaghan, Kay O’Sullivan. Seated (from left): Keira Kenny, Lady Captain Alison Quigley, Kate Smyth (The Brake, Blackrock).

 

Prize Winners in the Two Lady Team sponsored by Tony Kieran’s Butchers, Dundalk, during Open Week at Dundalk Golf Club were: Standing (from left): Mel O’Loane, June Desmond, Joan Corrigan. Seated (from left): Vicky Spaight of Tony Kieran’s, Lady Captain Alison Quigley, Kitty Duffy

Close finish to another successful charity event in aid of Hospice Homecare

The annual Four Lady Charity team event, in aid of Hospice Homecare, was played on Saturday June 11 and Tuesday June 14. This is one of the most popular competitions of the golfing season, with all proceeds going towards Hospice Homecare. The competition was once again very kindly sponsored by Paula Bishoff and Catherine McElligott of The Hair Shop.

Thirty teams competed this year, with very high scores returned. The winning team, consisting of Lesley O’Keeffe, Maeve Ahern, Gillian McDonnell and Anne Redahan returned a superb score of 93 points. They clinched victory by one point from Catherine Cafferty, Imelda Cuneen, Bernie Dugall and Clare Farrelly, who in turn, claimed the runner-up spot on countback. In third place were Joyce Burbage, Mairead Garland, Mary Smyth and Siobhan Duffy.

Maura O’Callaghan, Director of the North Louth Branch, was delighted with the support again in 2022. North Louth Hospice was established almost 30 years ago and continues to do Trojan work in supporting those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Some of the many services provided by the Hospice include assisting patients with transport to hospital appointments, provision of specialist Homecare Services, Home Help Support and Family Support.

Lady Captain Alison Quigley spoke of the commitment of the members of Dundalk Golf Club to this most worthy cause and thanked all those who had helped organise the event and all who had played, with the final sum raised amounting to a fantastic €5,500. The generosity of the ladies and gents of Dundalk Golf Club is very much appreciated by all involved. Many thanks again to the very generous sponsorship of The Hair Shop.

On the interclub scene, the Challenge Cup team beat Castleknock in thjeir third round encounter. Both the Minor Cup and Carton Cup teams had great wins last weekend to progress to the next round.

Saturday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 14 – Hospice Homecare 4 Lady Team Competition – Lesley O’Keeffe (20), Maeve Ahern (27), Gillian McDonnell (13) & Anne Redahan (34) 93pts; Catherine Cafferty (28), Imelda Cuneen (29), Bernie Dugall (17) & Clare Farrelly (25) 92pts (on back 9); Joyce Burbage (28), Mary Smyth (35), Mairead Garland (24) & Siobhan Duffy (29) 92pts. 9 Hole Competition: Joan Sexton 17pts, Wendy Williamson 16pts

Pictured at the prize-giving ceremony for the Hospice Homecare Four Lady Team Competition in aid of the North Louth Hospice were: Seated (from left): Catherine McElligott (The Hair Shop), Lady Captain Alison Quigley, Maura O’Callaghan (North Louth Hospice), Paula Bishoff (The Hair Shop). Standing (from left): Wendy Williamson, Gillian McDonnell, Maeve Ahern, Lesley O’Keeffe.

Pictured at the prize-giving ceremony for the Hospice Homecare Four Lady Team Competition in aid of the North Louth Hospice were: Seated (from left): Catherine McElligott (The Hair Shop), Lady Captain Alison Quigley, Maura O’Callaghan (North Louth Hospice), Paula Bishoff (The Hair Shop). Standing (from left): Joyce Burbage, Mairead Garland, Mary Smyth, Siobhan Duffy, Joan Sexton.

Murphy holds off challenge from O’Hanrahan and Rogers to win House Committee Cup

Stephen Murphy held off the challenge of Harry O’Hanrahan and James Rogers to win the House Committee on countback after all three had tied on 41pts.

Murphy, playing off 16, had gone out in 21pts thanks to three-point pars at the third, fifth and seventh and came home in 20pts after three-point pars at the 10th, 15th and 17pts.

O’Hanrahan, also came home in 21pts, and that knocked Rogers into third place as he had only 17pts on the back nine after a sensational 24pts on the front which included a four point par at the first.

Murphy had covered the back six in 13pts and O’Hanrahan was left to rue a blank on the 17th and a one point return on the 15th as he covered the final six in 10pts and had to settle for second place.

Aaron Grant with 40pts took the Gross prize while David Lynch (13), Noel McGuinness (19) and Rogers took the divisional prizes.

Rogers good form continued on Wednesday in the Deluxe Bathrooms sponsored Wednesday open and this time he made no mistake as he took the overall victory by one point from Danny Miele after shooting 42pts.

He went out in 20pts with a four point par at the seventh and a three point par at the first and then had three-point pars at the 11th, 14th, and 15th before finishing with a four point par at the last.

Shane Byrne (10), Conor Murray (17) and John Farrell (19) took the divisional honours with Aaron Grant claims his second gross prize of the week with 37pts.