Jones, McKenna and Rogers combine to win Three Lady Rumble

A total of 23 teams competed in a Three Lady Rumble on Tuesday, 12 October. Scoring was excellent, with the winning team of Olive Jones, Joan Mc Kenna and Siobhan Rogers returning an impressive score of 76 points. One point further adrift were Fionnuala Dullaghan, playing with her in-form granddaughters, Anna and Katie Rowland. Una Delaney, Marie Griffin and Noreen Mullins took third place after shooting 71pts.

Next week’s competition, the Halloween Hamper, is the final 18 hole singles competition of the year. The Winter League commences the following week, and is a team event played over six weeks.

Tuesday, 12 October – Three Lady Rumble – Winners: Olive Jones (27), Joan McKenna (30), Siobhan Rogers (19) 76pts. Runners up: Fionnuala Dullaghan (22), Katie Rowland (20), Anna Rowland (24) 75pts. Third Place: Una Delaney (21), Marie Griffin (38), Noreen Mullins (35) 71pts. 9 Hole Competition: Anne O’Reilly 20pts.

Mulligan at his best to edge out Lynch

John Mulligan produced one of his best rounds of the season to take the Singles Stableford competition which was played over the weekend of October 9 and 10.

Playing off 13, he shot 38pts to win on countback from David Lynch (10) with Mulligan’s 20pts down the back the nine one better than Lynch’s total of 19pts.

Mulligan was extremely steady throughout and his 18pts points on the front nine was made up of a birdie, a par, six bogies and one double bogey with the birdie coming at the second when he drained a 25ft putt.   

Mulligan’s second double bogey came at the 10th but he reacted to that by rolling in three successive pars before birdieing the 14th  when he tapped in from two feet. Three bogeys followed over the next three holes before he finished the round with a par on 18th to edge out Lynch.

Barry Cunningham (10) took the Division One honours on countback from his namesake Dennis who is a rich vein of format the moment while Eamon Laverty (17) was the Division Two winner.

Mark Coan (23) gained some revenge from his defeat in the semi-finals of the IJM Minor Scratchplay by Brian Crombie when he beat the newly crowned Golfer of the Year by two points to claim the victory in Division Three with an excellent score of 36pts.    

Veteran Peter Rogers had the day’s best gross score of 36pts.

Saturday, 9 October and Sunday, 10 October – Singles Stableford – Overall: John Mulligan (13) 38/20pts, David Lynch (10) 38/19pts. Division One: Barry Cunningham (10) 37/20pts, Denis Cunningham (7) 37/19pts. Division Two: Eamon Laverty (16) 36pts, Bobby McCarthy (12) 35pts. Division Three: Mark Coan (23) 36pts, Brian Crombie (22) 34pts. Gross Recognition: Peter Rogers (0) 36pts.



Morrison, Dullaghan and Donaghy take the honours in Ladies competition

The penultimate ladies 18-hole singles competition of the year was played on Saturday October 2 and Tuesday October 5. Division winners were Juliette Morrison, Fionnuala Dullaghan with a great 36 points, and Nora Donaghy. Well done to all the prize winners.

This week’s competition is a Three Lady Rumble with the Halloween Hamper taking place the following week.

Saturday, October 2 & Tuesday, October 5 – Ladies 18 Hole Stableford: Division 1: Juliette Morrison (14) 33pts, Brid Rocks (18) 32pts, Mags Coburn (17) 32pts. Division 2: Fionnuala Dullaghan (23)        36pts, Joan Corrigan (23) 31pts, Caroline Dunne (23) 30pts. Division 3: Nora Donaghy (38) 31pts, Geraldine Hoare (30) 31pts, Maura Coyle (31) 31pts. 9 Hole Competition: Mary Rowley 19pts, Bernadette Kearney 17pts.

Prize-winners in the recent Ladies’ competition at Dundalk Golf Club sponsored by Gift & Art were (from left): Gillian Murphy, Jacinta Foran, Una Connolly, Lady Captain Pauline Campbell, Katherina Conneally Sloan, Grainne Mullins, Marcella Ui Conluain.


Prize-winners in the recent Ladies’ competition at Dundalk Golf Club sponsored by Tres Belle were (from left): Mary Thornton, Nora Byrne, Caroline Dunne, Lady Captain Pauline Campbell, Grainne Mullins, Geraldine Rogers, Geraldine Hoare.

Prize-winners in the PGA Tankard competition at Dundalk Golf Club were (from left): Geraldine Hoare, Judy Mc Donough, Catherine Duff, Sally Mc Donnell, Lady Captain Pauline Campbell, Grainne Mullins, Elaine Ward, Lesley O’Keeffe.

Professionals turn out in force to honour Michael McCumiskey at Dundalk Pro-Am

Michael McCumiskey (centre) with Dundalk Golf Club’s Lady Captain Pauline Campbell and Captain Trevor Giff.

A WHO’S who of Irish professional golf professionals, plus friends and associates accumulated during his 35 years of service, were in Dundalk Golf Club last week as The PGA in Ireland’s came together to give Michael McCumiskey a memorable send-off following his recent retirement.

McCumiskey retired in May and the occasion was marked by a pro-am and dinner organised by Dundalk Golf Club where The PGA in Ireland has been headquartered for all but one year of his time in the role.

“I was appointed in 1986 and we moved to Dundalk in the following year,” McCumiskey recalled.

“It’s been a really happy marriage. We’ve promoted the club whenever possible, held events there and had a great relationship with all the managers.”

The latest, John O’Sullivan, was the driving force behind the day that celebrated the long-serving PGA in Ireland manager’s retirement and his dedicated service.

“I told John when I was due to retire and he immediately said there should be an event at the club to mark it,” McCumiskey explained.

“Not only did he talk about it, he got the club to approve the staging of the event. Then he worked tirelessly to get sponsors for the day and make it the huge success it was.”

The event also celebrated the long association between Dundalk Golf Club and The PGA in Ireland and Conor Dillon, McCumiskey’s successor, added: “They over-delivered on the event and supported it exceptionally well. The weather was good, the field was over-subscribed and Michael was given the perfect send-off.”

Forty amateur team from across Ireland lined up alongside the 40 professionals for the Michael McCumiskey Testimonial Pro-Am which, at Michael’s request, was a fund-raiser for the PGA Benevolent Fund.

The top honours were shared by Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort) and Colm Moriarty (Glasson Lakehouse) who both shot five under par rounds of 67 over a course in superb condition to finish tied first, two shots clear of Tim Rice (Limerick Golf Club) and Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge Golf Club). 

The golf was followed by a presentation dinner with tributes being paid to Michael’s contribution to Irish professional golf by Dundalk Golf Club’s captain, Trevor Giff, The PGA in Ireland Captain, Michael Kavanagh, and PGA Chief Executive Robert Maxfield. The PGA in Ireland Chairman, Gary Chambers, presented a commemorative Galway Crystal plate, donated by the country’s PGA Members, to Michael in recognition of his 35 years’ service.

Reflecting on McCumiskey’s work for The PGA in Ireland and the Association, PGA Chief Executive Robert Maxfield said: “It’s testament to the high esteem in which Michael is held in Ireland that today’s event has been so well-supported. That esteem is the result of the 35 years of dedicated, exemplary and loyal service he has given The PGA in Ireland’s Members and the Association. I thank him for his invaluable contribution and wish him a long, happy, healthy and well-deserved retirement.”

Michael McCumiskey (left) receives a commemorative Galway Crystal plate from The PGA In Ireland Chairman, Gary Chambers.


Dundalk Golf Club professional Leslie Walker (second left) pictured with Captain Trevor Giff, Lady Captain Pauline Cambpell and Course Superintendent Damian English on the first tee at the Michael McCumiskey Testimonial Pro-Am in aid of the PGA Benevolent Fund.


Ardee Golf Club professional Brian Kerley (second right) pictured with Dundalk Golf Club members Pat Davis, Mickey Coburn and Paul O’Reilly on the first tee at the Michael McCumiskey Testimonial Pro-Am in aid of the PGA Benevolent Fund.



Cairns wins singles stableford by two points

Billy Cairns, playing off five, won the Singles Stableford competition played over the first weekend in October after shooting 41pts.

After opening with two bogies in the first three holes, Cairns got things back on track when he birdied the index one fourth for four points. After four straight pars another birdie arrived on the ninth when he had a two at the par three ninth. That was just one of 12 twos recorded by 10 players in the 156 strong field.

That saw him go out in 21pts and he came home in 20pts helped by a birdie on the par five 12th and three point pars at 11th and 16th where he had shots. His only blemish was at the short par four 14th where he had a five.

Cairns had two points to spare over Barry Cunningham (11) who edged out Jim Dwyer (10) and Peter Fitzpatrick (14) on countback after all three had finished on 39pts. Dwyer and Fitzpatrick took the Division One and Two honours with Andrew Shekleton (25) just edging out the evergreen Harry O’Hanrahan to win Division Three.

Ciaran Johnston, who have moved into plus figures in recent weeks, earned the gross recognition after shooting 36pts.

Saturday, October 2 & Sunday, October 3 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Billy Cairns (5) 41pts, Barry Cunningham (11) 39/18/12pts. Division 1: Jim Dwyer (10) 39/18/11pts, Stephen Lynch (8) 38pts. Division 2: Peter Fitzpatrick (14) 39/18/10pts. Peter Moran (16) 38pts. Division 3: Andrew Shekleton (25) 38pts, Harry O’Hanrahan (26) 37pts. Gross Recognition: Ciaran Johnston (+1) 36pts.

Rogers, Harte, Cunningham and McDonnell take IJM Scratch Matchplay honours

Last Saturday saw the semi-finals and finals of the IJM Matchplay competition take place with Peter Rogers, Fergal Harte, Dennis Cunningham and Gavin McDonnell taking the four titles on offer.

Qualification for the Matchplay was based on the Golfer of the Year standing with the 16 players who teed it up on Saturday morning among the most consistent performers in the Club this season.

In the senior section, Clem Walshe was taken to the 20th by Zak Alderdice before he booked his place in the afternoon final against Peter Rogers who had come back from one down after three to win 5&4 against Billy Cairns.

The final was a closely fought affair with Rogers opening up a one hole lead on the fourth and extending it two with a birdie on the 13th and three with a par on the 15th. Although Rogers lost the 16th to a par he got the halve he needed on the 17th to win 2&1.

The junior final was also settled on the 17th after another close battle between Fergal Harte and Stephen Lynch. Harte had seen off John Conlon 5&4 in the semi-final while Lynch beat Gregory McCaughey 3&2

A poor opening tee-shot resulted in Lynch losing the opening hole but he got back to all square with a par on the fifth. Harte regained the lead with a par on the ninth but lost it when bogeyed the 11th. However a par at the 12th, followed by a biride at the 13th allowed Harte to open up a two hole lead and he retained it to the 17th which he halved to close out a great contest.

The Intermediate Final saw two members of the Jimmy Bruen Shield squad, Denis Cunningham and Ronan Farrelly, go head to head after both had comfortable wins in the morning semi-finals. Cunningham defeated Michael O’Sullivan 4&3 while Farrelly drained a 45ft birdie putt on 12th to close out an impressive 8&6 win over Gerry McDermott.

 In the final Farrelly edged ahead by winning the second but Cunningham took the third and then went ahead on the fourth. He stretch his lead by winning the fifth with a par and then birdied the eighth to go three up. A par at the 10th saw Cunningham extend his lead to four holes but Farrelly took the 11th to bring it back to three. However, Farrelly’s hopes of a comeback were short-lived as Cunningham took the next three holes to win 6&5.

The only final to go the distance was the Minor final between Golfer of the Year Brian Crombie and Gavin McDonnell. Crombie has been in sparking form over the past month but he was made to fight all the way in his semi-final against Mark Coan which he eventually won 2&1.  McDonnell beat Ray Pepper 4&3 having kept his nose in front from the fourth.

In the final Crombie recovered from losing the opening hole to open up a two hole by the fifth but McDonnell won the next two to bring the match back to all square. Crombie regained the lead on two more occasions but each time he brought back by McDonnell who then won the 15th to lead for the first time since the opening two holes. After halving the next two holes, McDonnell closed out the match on the 18th for a two hole victory and almost did it in style but his birdie chip from off the green hit the pin and stayed out.

IJM Senior Scratch Matchplay Finalists Peter Rogers (centre left) and Clem Walshe (centre right) pictured with Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff (left) and Peter McCaughey of IJM.

IJM Minor Scratch Matchplay Finalists Gavin McDonnell (centre left) and Brian Crombie (centre right) pictured with Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff (left) and Peter McCaughey of IJM.

IJM Junior Scratch Matchplay Finalists Stephen Lynch (centre left) and Fergal Harte (centre right) pictured with Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff (left) and Peter McCaughey of IJM.

IJM Intermediate Scratch Matchplay Finalists Ronan Farrelly (centre left) and Dennis Cunningham (centre right) pictured with Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff (left) and Peter McCaughey of IJM.

Back nine the key as McDonagh claims PGA Tankard

Prize-winners in the PGA Tankard at Dundalk Golf Club were (from left): Grainne Mullins (Division 2), Lady Captain Pauline Campbell, Judy Mc Donough (Overall) and Elaine Ward (Division 1).

THE prestigious and popular PGA Tankard Competition was held on Saturday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 28. As always, this attracted a very large entry.

The overall winner was Judy Mc Donough, who returned a superb score of 39 points. Judy’s back nine proved pivotal in securing the winning spot on countback from category winners Elaine Ward and Grainne Mullins, who also shot 39 points.

Her front nine included pars on the first, fourth and ninth holes, yielding three points each. Judy shot 21 points on the back nine, with pars on both par fives, and on the 14th hole.

Many thanks to the PGA for their sponsorship and very well done to all prize winners.

This also marks the end of the Rings Competition for 2021. The finalised listings for this will be posted next week.

An 18 hole stableford competition takes place next week, followed by a three Lady Rumble the following week.

Saturday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 28: Overall Winner: Judy McDonough (23) 39pts. Division 1: Elaine Ward (12) 39pts, Lesley A O’Keeffe (20) 37pts, Mary Sinton (19) 36pts. Division 2: Grainne Mullins (22) 39pts, Sally McDonnell (23) 36pts, Catherine Duff (26) 36pts. Division 3: Martina McArdle (32) 34pts, Geraldine Hoare (30) 33pts, Amanda Reenan (37) 33pts. 9 Hole Competition: Mary Berkery 17pts, Mary Murray 14pts.


Crombie storms through the field to become 2021 IJM Golfer of the Year

Brian Crombie is the 2021 IJM Golfer of the Year after charging through the field over the final two qualifying events to take the title.

After the six of the eight counting events, Crombie was lying in 38th place, 18pts adrift of leader Ray Pepper who was on 183pts but crucially the two lowest of his five counting scores were 29pts.

Crombie then shot 41pts in the Cochrane Cup to climb 24 places up to 14th as he discarded the first of the 29pts scores but he was still eight points drift of the new leader Dennis Cunningham who was setting the pace on 185pts.

However, Crombie was obviously a man in form because in the Jubilee Cup, the last counting event, he shot 40pts to move to 188pts which was three clear of last year’s winner Clem Walshe.

Walshe, who had started the final round in sixth place on 182pts made up three points to leapfrog over leader Cunningham but had to settle for second place behind Crombie with Cunningham finishing third.

Walshe won the Senior Category, Stephen Lynch took the Junior division, Cunningham won the Intermediate section and Crombie claimed the Minor division.

IJM Golfer of the Year 2021 

  1. Brian Crombie 188pts
  2. Clem Walshe 185pts
  3. Dennis Cunningham 185pts
  4. Gerry McDermott 184pts
  5. Laurence Hanratty 184pts
  6. Neal Mackell 183pts
  7. Ray Pepper 183pts
  8. Fearghal Duffy 182pts
  9. Billy Cairns 183pts
  10. Stephen Lynch 181pts