Junior Cup and Jimmy Bruen teams reach North Leinster semi-finals

On the Inter-Club scene there were wins for the Junior Cup and Jimmy Bruen Shield teams but the Fred Daly team lost 3-2 to Headfort.

A recurring theme for the Junior Cup team has been their performances away from home with nine wins in their last 10 matches away from Dundalk and the “Road Warriors” Ricky Newell and Colin Roche did it again Royal Tara last Thursday as they recorded third successive victories on the road. Both held their nerve in tight matches to win 1up and added to the point already claimed by Ciaran Johnson in Dundalk when he out-birdied the Meath’s club’s young gun Matthew Cully, taking control of their match around the turn and running out a 4&3 winner.

In the other matches Brian Og Renaghan had hung in after finding himself three down early on and was called in on the 17th while Robbie O’Hanlon came from three down after five to be all square going down the last where he lost his tee-shot in a tree down the left. His opponent made a five and took the match when O’Hanlon’s putt for five with his second ball failed to drop. The tie finished 3.5 to 1.5 in favour of Dundalk.

The team are now in the North Leinster semi-final and only two matches away from the All-Ireland series. Next up will be Laytown and Bettystown.

The Jimmy Bruen team are also into the regional semi-finals of their competition following their 3-2 win over Co Meath on Saturday. They now face Donabate in the last four after they beat Balbriggan 3-2 with the last match being decided on the 19th in Balbriggan.

Winners break 100pts in Lady Captain’s Charity competition for SOSAD

Lady Captain Pauline Campbell’s Charity Team Competition was played in glorious conditions on Saturday July 17 and Tuesday July 20. The competition was very generously sponsored by Dundalk Lighting and was in aid of SOSAD, who work tirelessly to raise awareness and help prevent suicide in Ireland. They offer care and support to those in need in our community and their free professional services include counselling, crisis support and a 24 hour helpline.

The scoring was exceptionally high, with a huge 101 points winning overall first. Very well done to the winning team of Marie MacKell, Kitty Duffy, Pauline Duffy and Louise Lynn. They were two points ahead of the runners up who came in with another fabulous score of 99 points.

A nine hole Gents competition was held in the evening, and along with numerous raffles, a large sum was raised for this most worthy of causes. A big thank you to the members of Dundalk Golf Club and the sponsors for making this event such a success.

Saturday July 17 and Tuesday July 20 – Lady Captain Pauline Campbell’s Charity Team Competition – Winners: Marie MacKell (21), Kitty Duffy (19), Pauline Duffy (25), Louise Lynn (24) 101pts. Runners Up: Ann Doohan (26), Angie O’Hara (43), Jacinta Foran (16), Judy Mc Donagh (27) 99pts. Third Place: Noeleen Gernon (30), Rita Moriarty (27), Joan Smith (36), Teresa O’ Mahony (32) 98pts. 9 Hole Competition:               June Desmond 25pts, Marie McGuigan 23 pts.

Tuesday, July 13 – Ladies 18 Hole Stableford Competition – Division 1: Mags Coburn (18) 40pts, Jean Connolly (22) 39/22pts, Lesley A O’Keeffe (18) 39/19pts. Division 2: Anna Rowland (29) 45pts, Ide McDermott (24) 39pts, Pauline Duffy (25) 38pts. Division 3: Catherine Hogan Conlon (41) 42pts, Leone Smyth Baillie (30), 40pts, Maura Shelly (30) 39pts. 9 Hole: Catherine Vaughan 21pts, Mary Rafferty 21pts.

Eagle helps Cairns soar to victory in Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men

David Cairns produced one of his best ever performances to win Pauline Campbell’s Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men.

Playing off 16 he shot a round of 41pts and took the overall prize on countback from in-form teenager Lee Egan (11) and Michael McNamara (26).

His round included seven three-point pars and a five-point eagle as he holed his approach shot to the par four eighth. The eagle made up for four one-pointers on the front nine and allowed him to turn in 20pts. Indeed, it absolutely transformed his round as he followed it with three successive three-point pars to the 11th.

His double bogey six for one point on the last proved absolutely vital as it got him to 41pts and he won on countback thanks to his 13pts down the back six compared to Egan’s 12pts. McNamara, who also shot 41pts lost out on the back nine with 19pts to the other two’s 20pts and had to settle for third overall.

Captain Trevor Giff (9) captured the Division One prize on countback after being tied on 39pts with John Paul Casey (11) while Francis McGuigan(17) won Division Two with 39pts on countback from recent Minor Scratch Cup winner Gerry McDermott (18). Ray Pepper (23) claimed Division Three with Dave Dorr (21) edging out Hugh Reilly (22) on countback after both had tied on 38pts.

Eoin Murphy (+2) delivered the day’s best gross score with 35pts.

Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 – Lady Captain’s Prize to Men (IJM GOY 2) – Overall: David Cairns (16) 41/20/13pts, Lee Egan (Juvenile) (11) 41/20/12pts, Michael McNamara (26) 41/19pts. Gross: Eoin Murphy (+2) 35pts. Division 1: Trevor Giff (9) 39/18pts, John Paul Casey (11) 39/17pts, Martin Crosby (8) 38pts. Division 2: Francis McGuigan (17), 39/19pts, Gerry McDermott (18) 39/16pts, Noel McGuinness (19) 38pts. Division 3: Ray Pepper (23) 39pts, Dave Dorr (21) 38/18/12pts, Hugh Reilly (22) 38/18/10

Lynch wins and leads the qualifiers into Harry Walsh Cup

Paul Lynch won the Singles Stableford competition on July 11 and led home the 16 qualifiers for the first round of the Harry Walsh Cup which is a matchplay competition for those with a handicap index of 15.0 or above.

He produced a super round of 42pts off 21 to win by one point from Conor Marron (22) who edged out Kevin O’Connor (29) on countback after a brilliant back nine of 25pts that included a birdie at the 10th and pars at the 11th, 12th, 14th and 17th.

Lynch’s round was also impressive and his total of 42pts included nine three-point holes including seven pars.

His first par came at the first and although he dropped a shot at the next he had a bogey for three points at the index one fourth and a par for three points at the fifth.  Another three pointer came from a bogey at the index three seventh and he completed the opening nine in 20pts.

He began the journey home with a three-point par at the 10th and his one pointer at the 12th was his third and final dropped shot of the round as he captured 16pts from the final six holes.

The three-point par was an immediate bounce back from the seven at the 12th and he notched back to back pars at the 15th and 16th before finishing with a par at the last to come home in 22pts for an overall score of 42pts and victory.

Gareth Duffy (3), Danny Gallagher (15) and the in-form Martin McDonnell (21) took the divisional prizes with scratch man Sean Reidy claiming the best gross score of the day with 34pts.

The win made Lynch the top seed for the Harry Walsh Cup and he will face Noel McGuinness in the opening round.

Sunday, July 11 – Singles Stableford & Harry Walsh Cup Qualifier – Overall: Paul Lynch (21) 42pts, Conor Marron (22) 41/25pts, Kevin O’Connor, Kevin (29) 41/19. Division 1: Garrett Duffy (3) 37pts, Kieran Arthurs (12) 36pts. Division 2: Danny Gallagher (15) 40, Jamie Coyle (14) 39pts. Division 3: Martin McDonnell (21) 39pts, Kevin Callan (28) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Sean Reidy (Scr) 34pts.

Harry Walsh Cup First Round Draw – Paul Lynch v Noel McGuinness, Brian Mulroy v Kevin Callan, PJ Dooley v Oliver McGinnity, Larry Curtin v Michael Begley, Martin McDonnell v Dessie Corbett, Michael Greene v Jimmy O’Connor, Gerry Campbell v Harry O’Hanrahan, Kevin O’Connor v Stephen Murphy. Matches to be played by August 9.

Gorham wins Junior Scratch Cup at Baltray


Mark Gorham with Captain Trevor Giff.

Mark Gorham won the Co Louth Golf Club Junior Scratch Cup at Baltray last week.

He shot a two over par 74 to win by one shot from James Behan and Toddy O’Reilly of the host club.

He started his round with four straight pars and a birdie two at the fifth put him one under par. However, he dropped shots at the next two holes before a birdie three at the ninth saw him turn in level par for his round.

He was still level par with three holes to go after a bogey at 11 was cancelled out by a birdie three at the 14th but he bogeyed the par four 16th and the par three 17th.

However, a par at the par-five last was enough to get him over the line and give him his fourth Junior Cup victory after previous successes at Faithlegg, Mount Wolseley and Dundalk.  

Two great rounds deliver Lady Captain’s Prize for Smyth Baillie

Lady Captain Pauline Campbell with the overall winner Leonie Ballie Smyth

The highlight of the ladies golfing calendar, Lady Captain Pauline Campbell’s Prize, was played over two days on Tuesday, July 6 and Saturday, July 10. This event was long anticipated, as it had been cancelled last year due to the pandemic. A packed timesheet on both days reflected the enthusiasm of all ladies to return to normal competitive golf and to support the Lady Captain for her work and commitment to the Ladies Section.

The overall winners of this competition were determined by the cumulative stableford scores over two days. Hence, experienced and consistent competitors were the ones to watch in the battle for the top spots.

The leaderboard after Day 1 indicated that it was going to be a tight race to the top. Eight ladies carded 40 points or over, with a further seven ladies returning 39 points. Four ladies were a further point adrift.

The overall winner, Leone Smyth Baillie, carded a superb score of 40 points on Day One to place her as one to watch. A fabulous 25 points on the front nine included a birdie two on the ninth hole. She added 37 points on Day Two to cement her place at the top of the leaderboard and win by one point from Angela McGuire. 

Angela claimed the runners-up position with two steady and excellent rounds of 38 points. Denise Marron was third overall and Angela Kilboy finished fourth. All prize recipients were thrilled with the beautiful jewellery that the Lady Captain presented to them.  

Lady Captain Pauline acknowledged what a difficult year it has been for everyone and welcomed the return to competitive golf. She thanked the members and staff of Dundalk Golf Club for their continued support and generosity and looked forward to a summer of golf ahead.

The sun shone on Dundalk Golf Club on Saturday, making for excellent playing conditions and thankfully, this continued into the evening. After the presentation outdoors, a superb week of golf was rounded off by fine food, great music and fun under the stars.

Lady Captain Pauline’s annual charity team event takes place this week in aid of SOSAD.

Tuesday, July 6 and Saturday, July 11 Pauline Campbell’s Lady Captain’s Day Overall – Winner: Leone Smyth-Baillie (31) 77pts, Runner-Up: Angela McGuire (33) 76/38pts, Gross: Deirdre Smyth (+2) 72pts, Third: Denise Marron (29) 76pts, Fourth: Angela Kilboy (35) 75pts. Day 1 (July 6) – Division 1: Anne McDonnell (20) 44pts, Elizabeth McGuinness (21) 39pts. Gross: Ellen McEneaney (10) 22pts. Division 2: Paula McKeown (25) 41pts, Sinead O’Callaghan (29) 39/18pts, Siobhan Duffy (27) 39pts. Division 3: Clara Egan (39) 47pts, Maura Hackett (30) 42pts, Miriam O’Mahony (42) 40pts. 9-Hole: Kay O’Sullivan 17pts, Joan Sexton 17pts. Day 2 (July 11) – Division 1: Grainne Mullins (22) 39pts, Mags Coburn (18) 37pts, Gross: Elaine Ward 24pts. Division Two: Ide McDermott (25) 41pts, Majella Cassidy (26) 40pts, Gillian Murphy (29) 38pts. Division Three: Jill Gallagher (30) 40pts, Anna Rowland (30) 38pts, Teresa O’Mahony (31) 37pts. 9-Hole: Mairead Ahern 20pts, June Desmond 19pts.

Angela McGuire was the runner-up


Deirdre Smith won the Gross Prize


Denise Marron was third.


Fourth place went to Angela Kilboy



More good wins for inter-club teams

On the inter-club front there were two good wins in the past week. The Jimmy Bruen Shield team beat Headfort 3-2 with the match being decided when Darren Murphy and Niall Murphy won on the 19th hole.

On Sunday evening the Junior Cup team beat Ardee 3-2 with the match being decided when Ricky Newell won on the 19th in Ardee. Dundalk also won the other match in Ardee with Colin Roche coming from four down to win 4&3.

In Dundalk Robbie O’Hanlon won 3&2 but there were defeats for Ciaran Johnston who went down 2&1 and Brian Óg Reneghan who lost 4&3.

The Senior Cup team bowed out of this year’s competition when they lost 3.5 to 1.5 to Laytown & Bettystown. Dundalk were without Caolan Rafferty, who was away with Ireland at the European Team Championships, and Aaron Grant, who was unavailable due to work commitments. Josh Mackin, Conor Curran and Neal MacKell were beaten in Laytown while Eoin Murphy won in Dundalk and Jason Murphy was called in going down the 19th.


Walshe, Reidy and McDermott take the honours on Scratch Saturday

Scratch Saturday, which is sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr, took place on Saturday, July 3 with Clem Walshe (3) winning the Junior Cup, Noel Reidy (13) claiming the Intermediate Cup and Gerry McDermott (19) taking the Minor Cup.

Having won the Greenore Junior Scratch Cup three times and the Seapoint Junior Scratch Cup once, Clem Walshe finally took the Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup with a two under par round of 74.

After opening with five straight pars, Walshe bogeyed the par five sixth but bounced back immediately with a birdie at the par five seventh. A par at eight was followed by a bogey at the ninth as he turned in one over. He drifted out to two over with a bogey at the par three 13th and then found himself four over after he double bogeyed the par four 15th.

At that stage he looked set to miss out on the Dundalk title once again but he rallied magnificently with back to back birdies at 16 and 17 to get back to two under which ultimately proved to be winning score and ensured he didn’t add to his five previous Junior Scratch Cup runners-ups at Greenore, Dundalk, The Island, Skerries and Callan.

On 16 he smashed a drive down the middle and a crisp 5 iron to 15ft set up his birdie. On 17 his 5 iron tee shot was heading to the right of the green when it got a favourable bounce off the side of the hollow between the two bunkers and ended up a foot from the hole. He almost made three successive birdies on the last but his putt from 12 feet lipped out.

Andrew McCaughey (8) took the Junior Nett Prize with a 72 that included 11 pars and just one double bogey at the seoncd.

Two pars and birdie over the final four holes proved decisive as Noel Reidy pipped John McKeever (14) to capture the Intermediate Scratch Cup. Reidy birdied the 15th, bogeyed 16 and then parred 17 and 18 to come home in 40 having shot 43 on front nine. His front nine had also produced a birdie at the par four second but he double bogeyed the third and could only manage a par at the fifth to go along with six bogeys. His par at the par five 10th was followed by four successive bogeys until that birdie at 15 inspired his drive to the title.

McKeever’s round included one birdie, at the second, ten pars, four bogeys, one double bogey, one triple bogey, at the eighth, and a quadruple bogey seven at the par three fifth which ultimately led to him coming up one short at the end.

Alan Uzell (17) claimed the Nett Intermediate Prize with a 70 that included a birdie two at the fifth.

Gerry McDermott won the Minor Scratch Cup by three shots from Martin McDonnell (22) as he posted the only round under 90. His 87 was built on steady golf from the blue tees as he went out in 43 with pars at the second, fifth and eighth and he did well to make a double bogey at the seventh after his drive found the lateral hazard on the right. McDermott came home in 44 with double bogeys at the 11th and 18th and pars at the 12th, 14th and 16th.

McDonnell was two shots adrift of McDermott at the turn after going out in 45 with pars at the first and third balanced by double bogeys at the fourth and seventh. He got the back nine off to the perfect start with a par at the 10th but a triple bogey eight at the 12th was a major setback and, although he parred the 13th, he double-bogey 15 and 16. However, he bounced back with two pars over the final two holes to leap into second place.

Frank Keyes (21) showed all his experience to take the nett prize with a 70 after a round that included four pars.

Saturday, July 3 – Scratch Cups sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr – Junior Scratch Cup: Clem Walshe (3) 74. Junior Nett: Andrew McCaughey (8) 72. Intermediate Scratch Cup: Noel Reidy (13) 83, John McKeever (14) 84. Intermediate Nett: Alan Uzell (17) 70. Minor Scratch Cup: Gerry McDermott (19) 87, Martin McDonnell (22) 90. Minor Nett: Francis Keyes (21) 70.