The winner of the 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup, Jack McDonnell, receives the Carroll Cup from Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff and Martin McDonnell of One Finance

Dundalk Scratch Cup

The Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup is one of Ireland’s leading tournaments for elite amateur golfers and previous winners include three times Major champion Pádraig Harrington.

Harrington took the title in 1995, in his last year as an amateur, while Michael Hoey, a five time winner on the European Tour, was the champion in 2000.

The 36 hole event commenced in 1963 and the inaugural competition on Sunday, May 12, 1963, set the tone for the following 50 years with an entry that included Walker Cup players Joe Carr, David Madeley and our first champion Dr. David Sheahan.

The 2013 event was won by home club member Aaron Grant, the first time a member won since Dan Coyle’s victory in 1991. Peter Rogers was the first Dundalk player to win the event in 1988.

Another Dundalk winner followed in 2016 when Caolan Rafferty took the title. Rafferty, who won the South of Ireland Championship in 2018 and the West of Ireland Championship in 2019, also won the Dundalk Scratch Cup in 2018 and 2019. 

He was denied his fourth title in six years in 2021 when he was beaten at the first play-off hole by Jack McDonnell of Forest Little. Rafferty is the only player to have won the event three times and only himself, JB Carr and Declan Brannigan have managed to successfully retain the trophy. 

A video report of the 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jekMEewoqCE 

The event is currently sponsored by One Finance and the 2022 Scratch Cup will be the 60th staging of the event.

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PREVIOUS WINNERS

Dundalk Scratch Cup

1963 – David Sheahan (Grange)

1964 – G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)

1965 – J.B. Carr (Sutton)

1966 – J.B. Carr (Sutton)

1967 – B.P. Malone (Tullamore)

1968 – Pat Mulcaire (Woodbrook)

1969 – J Clynch (Laytown & Bettystown)

1970 – G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)

1971 – M.J Malone (Belvoir Park)

1972 – Declan Brannigan (Laytown & Bettystown)

1973 – Declan Brannigan (Laytown & Bettystown)

1974 – Rory McCormack (Warrenpoint)

1975 – Adrian Morrow (Hermitage)

1976 – Mick Morris (Portmarnock)

1977 – John Dickson (Hollywood)

1978 – Val Smyth (Laytown & Bettystown)

1979 – Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)

1980 – John Carr (Sutton)

1981 – Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)

1982 – Frank Gannon (Co Louth)

1983 – Eddie Condren (Greystones)

1984 – Paul Rayfus (Trim)

1985 – Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)

1986 – Barry Reddan (Co Louth)

1987 – Pádraig Hogan (Elm Park)

1988 – Peter Rogers (Dundalk)

1989 – Paul Bray (Hermitage)

1990 – Pat Killeen (Claremorris)

1991 – Dan Coyle (Dundalk)

1992 – David Gibson (Downpatrick)

1993 – Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)

1994 – Colm Murphy (Clandeboye)

1995 – Pádraig Harrington (Stackstown)

1996 – Graeme Kennedy (Skerries)

1997 – David Doggett (Co Louth)

1998 – John Foster (Ballyclare)

1999 – Gary Cullen (Beaverstown)

2000 – Michael Hoey (Shandon Park)

2001 – Michael McGeady (City of Derry)

2002 – John McGinn (Greenore)

2003 – Noel Fox (Portmarnock)

2004 – Des Morgan (Mullingar)

2005 – Michael McGeady (North West)

2006 – Simon Ward (Co Louth)

2007 – Stephen Grant (Birr)

2008 – Derek Downie (Sutton)

2009 – James Fox (Portmarnock)

2010 – Rory Leonard (Banbridge)

2011 – Ciaran Molloy (Ardee)

2012 – Stephen Healy (Claremorris)

2013 – Aaron Grant (Dundalk)

2014 – Rory McNamara (Headfort)

2015 – Thomas Mulligan (Co Louth)

2016 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2017 – Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint)

2018 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2019 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2020 – Jake Whelan (Newlands)

2021 – Jack McDonnell (Forest Little)