Ladies Winter League is up and running

This year’s ladies winter league is being played over fourteen holes, with a 9-hole competition also taking place on the Tuesday.

The first of the six weeks produced some impressive scoring. Category winners were Brid Rocks, Leone Smyth Baillie, Fiona McLaughlin and Miriam O’Mahony, gaining valuable points for their respective teams. Well done to all prizewinners.

Saturday 23 October and Tuesday 26 October – Winter League Week 1 – 14 Hole Stableford – Division 1: Brid Rocks (17.3) 28pts, Pauline Campbell (11.5) 27pts. Division 2: Leone Smyth Baillie (27.5) 29pts, Briege Renaghan (22.8)            29pts. Division 3: Fiona McLoughlin (28.7) 30pts, Geraldine Mohan (32.7) 25pts. Division 4: Miriam O’Mahony (37.2) 21pts. 9 Hole Competition: Margaret Gaughran (37.6) 18pts, Siobhan Kearney (26.2) 18pts.

Reilly’s fast start proves decisive

Patrick Reilly won the weekend singles stableford competition which was held over the Saturday and Sunday of the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Playing off 24, he had two points to spare over Chris Connolly (15) who edged out Dessie Ward (17) on countback for second place overall.

Reilly flew out of the traps and covered the front nine in 23pts with the highlight being a four-point birdie two on the ninth. He also had three-point returns on the third, fifth, seventh and eighth with the only blemish being a one-point return for a double bogey on the sixth.

At that stage Reilly was in pole position but he then failed to pick up a point from the 10th and 12th. However, three points from both the 11th and 13th meant he had covered the opening four holes of the back nine in six points and, after a two-point bogey at the 14th, he collected three points from each of the next three holes to reach 40pts with one hole to go. A two-point bogey on the last meant he covered the back nine in 19 points and carded 42pts overall.

Connolly, who had won the weekend before, had a solid 18pts on the opening nine, before shooting 22pts on the back nine which included six pars and three bogeys and he edged out Dessie Ward by two points for second place.

Ward took the Division 2 category with .John Mulligan (12) claiming Division 1 on countback from Emmet McCabe-Savage while another player in good form at the moment, Brendan Tinnelly (22) took the Division 3 honours.

Saturday 23 October and Sunday 24 October – Singles Stableford – Overall: Patrick Reilly (24) 42pts, Chris Connolly (15) 40/22pts. Division 1: John Mulligan (12) 39/20pts, Emmet McCabe-Savage (12) 39/18pts. Division 2: Dessie Ward (17) 40/20pts, Eamon Hoey (18) 36pts. Division 3: Brendan Tinnelly (22) 39pts, Anthony McGuinness (22) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Colin Roche (0) 34 pts.

Great turnout for 2021 Adult and Child competition

There was a great turnout for the 2021 Adult and Child competition sponsored by Club Professional Leslie Walker which was played on Bank Holiday Monday in excellent conditions.

Forty-two pairings featuring children of all ages teed it up and the winners were presented with their prizes at a special presentation ceremony in the Clubhouse which was attended by the Captain, Lady Captain and Club President.

The results were:

Category 1 (Adult and 18 Hole Boy): Nicholas MacShane (13) and Odhran MacShane (19) 67, Grainne Mullins (20) and Conal Mullins (5) 68.5, Trevor Giff (10) and John Clarke (16) 69.

Category 2 (Adult and 18 Hole Girl): Fionnuala Dullaghan (23) and Anna Rowland (24) 69.5, Christ Ward (7) and Clara Egan (27) 72.

Category 3 (Adult and 9 Hole Boy): David Hay (21) and Luca Craig Hay (29) 31.5, John Conlon (7) and Darragh Cunningham (32) 32.

Category 4 (Adult and 9 Hole Girl): Brian McClean (19) and Ruby Walker (39) 37.5, Miriam O’Mahony (40) and Anna Cosgrove (39) 39.25.

Category 5 (Adult and 5 Hole Girl): Liam Mernagh (16) and Lola Pentony (39) 30.25.

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Murphy grinds it out to take first Club Championship

Eoin Murphy won the Club Championship for the first time when he had one shot to spare over Joseph Laverty after a tremendous battle between the pair over 36 holes on Saturday.

A 25kmh southerly wind and slick greens created a tough test and Murphy and Laverty were tied after opening with one over par rounds of 73.

Murphy had started with a birdie on the opening hole but turned in one over after dropping shots at the seventh and eighth. He then reeled off three successive birdies from the 10th but then dropped shots when he turned into the wind on 13 and 14 and dropped another shot on the last.

Laverty went through the opening nine in two under thanks to birdies at six and nine but dropped shots at the 10th, 12th and 15th.

Rain made conditions even tougher in the afternoon for the second round and it was Murphy who ground it out better with his three over par 75 which was one shot better than Laverty could manage.

Halloween Hamper ends Ladies Singles Season

Halloween Hamper Winners at Dundalk Golf Club were (from left): June Desmond, Grainne Mullins, Bernadette Kearney, Marie McGuigan, Clara Egan, Lady President Joyce Burbage, Geraldine Mohan, Briege Renaghan, Katherina Conneally Sloan and Angela McGuire.

 

The final ladies 18-hole singles competition of the golfing calendar, the Halloween Hamper, was played on Saturday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 19.

Scoring was excellent despite some difficult conditions, and countbacks were needed to separate some divisional winners with Katherina Conneally Sloan, Anna Rowland and Geraldine Mohan taking the division honours. Well done to all prize winners.

Presentation of the lovely hampers, and of the prizes for the recent rumble and stableford competitions took place on Tuesday evening in the clubhouse.

The annual ladies committee outing with our neighbours and friends from Greenore took place on Sunday, October 17. A lovely afternoon of golf was played in perfect conditions, followed by dinner afterwards in the clubhouse.

The Winter League commences next week. This is always a popular and fun team event. It will be played over six weeks and will be competed over fourteen holes this year.

Saturday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 19 – Halloween Hamper – Division 1: Katherina Conneally Sloan (21) 37pts, Grainne Mullins (20) 37pts, Katie Rowland (20) 36pts. Division 2: Anna Rowland (24) 38pts, Clara Egan (26) 38pts, Briege Renaghan (24) 35pts. Division 3: Geraldine Mohan (34) 36pts, Angela McGuire (33), 33pts, Bernadette Kearney (41) 30pts. 9 Hole Competition: Marie McGuigan 23pts, June Desmond 19pts.

 

 

 

 

Impressive Connolly edges Keating and Lawrence to win Weekend Singles

Chris Connolly won the Weekend Singles Stableford competition which was held over October 16 and 17 with a great score of 43pts. Playing off 18 he was one point better than Michael Keating (20) and Edward Lawrence (22) with Keating edging out Lawrence on countback after shooting 22pts down the back nine.

Connolly’s round contained nine pars with the only blemishes being back to back double-bogeys at the 10th and 11th as he went out in 22pts and came home in 21pts.

Lawrence took Division Three with Derek Cahill (8) winning Division One and Padraig Hassett (13) winning Division 2. Eddie Rogers with 38pts had the competition’s best gross with 38pts.

Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 – Overall: Chris Connolly (18) 43pts, Michael Keating (20) 42/22pts. Division 1: Derek Cahill (8) 41/22pts, Austin Shaw (9) 41/21pts. Division 2: Padraig Hassett (13) 39pts, John Laverty (15) 37pts. Division 3: Edward Lawrence (22) 42/17pts, Patrick Cole (21) 41pts. Gross Recognition: Edward Rogers (3) 38pts.

 

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.