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Michael McKevitt recorded a stunning 48pts to post the best score in the singles stableford competition that was played over the St Patrick’s Weekend as part of the SuperValu Series.
Playing off 21 he went out in 23pts and added another 25pts down the back nine to claim the leading scorers honours by four points and take Division 4 by seven points from Sean Ward (25)
McKevitt got off to a great start with three-point pars at the opening two holes and a three-point bogey at the index one fourth where he had two shots.
He followed that with a four-point birdie at the par three fifth and then added another three point par at the par five sixth to reach 18 points after just six holes.
A two-point double bogey at the seventh was followed by a triple bogey blank at the eight but he bounced back with a 16 point haul over the next five holes which included a four point par at the 11th and three point pars at the ninth, 10th, 12th and 13th.
He didn’t put a foot wrong after that and added another 12 points over the final five holes which included three-point pars at the 15th and 17th to finish that impressive score of 48pts.
Gregory McCaughey (7) needed countback to claim the Division 1 top prize after himself and Mark Cumiskey (10) finished level on 41pts while Paddy Duffy (16) also needed countback to edge out Kevin Barry (14) after both finished on 43pts.
Gerard Daly (18) shot 43pts to win Division 3 by three points from Eamon Hoey (18) while Peter Rogers had the competition’s nest gross score of 35pts.
Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 - SuperValu Series 18 Hole Singles Stableford – Division 1: Gregory McCaughey (7) 41/19/13pts, Mark Cumiskey (10) 41/19/10pts. Division 2: Patrick Duffy (16) 43/23pts, Kevin Barry (14) 43/22pts. Division 3: Gerard Daly (18) 43pts, Eamon Hoey (18) 40pts. Division 4: Michael McKevitt (21) 48pts, Sean Ward (25) 41pts. Gross Recognition: Peter Rogers 35pts.
The Breffni Shield 18 Hole Scotch Foursomes qualifying competition took place on Saturday, March 18 and Tuesday March 21.
The overall winners were Sylvia McKenna & Martina Byrne, who carded a superb score of 66.8 nett. Marcella Carr and Una Connolly were runners up, with Oonagh Quinn and Siobhan Kearney in third place.
The winners go forward to represent Dundalk Golf Club in the finals later in the summer.
Very well done to all prize winners and the best of luck to Sylvia and Matina in their next round.
Saturday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 21 - Breffni Shield 18 Hole Scotch Foursomes - Sylvia McKenna & Martina Byrne 66.8, Marcella Carr & Una Connolly 68, Oonagh Quinn & Siobhan Kearney 69.2. 9 Hole Scotch Foursomes: Bernie Muckian & Olive Lowth 35.25.
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The first 18 hole competition of 2023 was played over the first weekend in March and scoring was hot as the Winter mats were left in the bags.
There was still placing and tees were up but the course still had to be negotiated. Eighteen of the 158 entrants shot 40pts or better and the best of those was Ciaran Rafferty who shot an amazing 46pts off 23.
After opening with two two-point bogeys, Rafferty parred the third for four points and then picked up three points at each of next six holes with a mixture of pars and bogeys.
That saw him go out in 26pts and while he had three one point returns down the back nine he also managed a four point birdie two at the 17th, a three point par at the 13th and three bogeys at the 11th and 16th.
That gave him a homeward haul of 20pts and a final score of 46pts which was enough to win Division Three but only by two points from Tom Rogers (22) who shot a superb 44pts but will rue a no score six at the par three fifth as he had 24pts down the back nine.
Ciaran Traynor (5) needed countback to take Division 1 after himself and Desmond McKeown (10) shot 41pts while in Division 2 Eamon McEneaney (16) also needed countback to edge out Austin Carroll (16) after both finished on 42pts.
Peter McCaughey (20) shot 42pts on his way to winning Division 3 by one point from John Morrison (17) while Neal MacKell (0) had the best gross score of the weekend with a one under par 37pts that included four birdies.
Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 – SuperValu Series 18 Hole Singles Stableford - Division 1: Ciaran Traynor (5) 41/23pts, Desmond McKeown (10) 41/19pts. Division 2: Eamon McEneaney (16) 42/25pts, Austin Carroll (16) 42/21pts. Division 3: Peter McCaughey (20) 42pts, John Morrison (17) 41pts. Division 4: Ciaran Rafferty (23) 46pts, Tom Rogers (22) 44pts. Gross Recognition: Neal Mackell (0) 37pts.
The first ladies 18 hole singles competition of the year was played on Saturday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 7. The transition to the longer course proved no issue for the ladies, with excellent scoring in all divisions.
The leading scorer was Joan Smith, who won the Division 3 title with a superb 48 points. This was two points clear of Mary Meegan, who, in turn, was a point clear of Teresa O’Mahony.
Anne Murray was the winner of Division 2, carding another great score of 44 points and Judy McDonough took Division 1 honours with 43 points.
Very well done to all prize winners.
Saturday March 4 & Tuesday March 7 - Ladies 18 Hole Stableford - Division 1: Judy McDonough (21) 43pts, Elizabeth McGuinness (20) 41pts, Katie Rowland (14) 40pts. Division 2: Anne Murray (26) 44pts, Theresa Smyth (26) 39pts, Pauline Duffy (25) 38pts. Division 3: Joan Smith (34) 48pts, Mary Meegan (40) 46pts, Teresa O’Mahony (30) 45pts. 9 Hole Competition: Bernadette Kearney 27pts, Rita Kelly 26pts.
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Gerard Daly shot the best score in the most recent competition in the SuperValu Series which was played over the last weekend in February.
He returned an impressive 38pts for the 14 holes played as he won Division 3 from Pat Davis (16) whose 36pts was the weekend’s second best score.
Playing off 14 Daly got off to a great start with a four point birdie on the second hole and he repeated the feat on the 12th. He also had six three point pars at the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, 10th and 13th holes and with two point bogeys at the other holes he managed to get around without any blemishes on his card.
Turlach King (8) won Division 1 by one point from Peter Durnin (5) after shooting 33pts while Aidan Rice (13) shot 35pts in winning Division 2 by the minimum margin from Richard Smyth (12).
Two in-form players, Tony Duffy (23) and Ciaran Rafferty (18), led the way in Division 4 with Duffy taking first place by a point after shooting 34pts to Rafferty’s 33.
Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 - SuperValu Series 14 Hole Singles Stableford - Division 1: Turlach King (8) 33pts, Peter Durnin (5) 32pts. Division 2: Aidan Rice (13) 35pts, Richard Smyth (12) 34pts. Division 3: Gerard Daly (14) 38pts, Patrick Davis (16) 36pts. Division 4: Tony Duffy (23) 34pts, Ciaran Rafferty (18) 33pts.
Teenagers Anna and Katie Rowland teamed up with Gillian McDonnell to win the 18 Hole Scramble which was played at the end of February.
The trio shot 63.6 nett to win by almost two shots from Elaine Ward, Ruth Connolly and Teresa Giff who edged out Grainne Jevins, Geraldine Mohan, Theresa Smyth for second place.
The 9-hole scramble was won by Ann Kirk, June Desmond, Jennifer Holland
Saturday February 25 th & Tuesday February 28 - 3 Lady 18 Hole Scramble - Winners: Gillian McDonnell, Katie Rowland, Anna Rowland 63.6 nett. Runners Up: Elaine Ward, Ruth Connolly, Teresa Giff 65.5 nett. Third Place: Grainne Jevins, Geraldine Mohan, Theresa Smyth 66 nett. 9 Hole Scramble: Ann Kirk, June Desmond, Jennifer Holland 33.6 nett.
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The Tournament Committee set competitors a novel task in the opening SuperValu Series event by asking them to take on the 14 Holes in play with just five clubs.
Paul Culligan definitely found the right combination as he shot the best score of the weekend and claimed his first prize since joining the club a couple of years ago.
Playing off 23, Culligan produced a very steady round which included a four point par at the eighth and three point pars at fifth and 14th as well as three point bogeys at the first. third. seventh, ninth and 10th.
That gave him a total of 34pts which enough to win Division 4 by one point from Tony Duffy (23).
Damien Garland (5) captured Division 1 by two points from Desmond McKeown (8) after shooting 31pts while Anthony Tuite (12) shot 33pts in edging out Sean McErlean (13) to take Division 2.
The Division 3 winner was Adrian Kenny (16) who also shot 33pts as he pipped Ray Pepper (16) by one point.
Saturday, 18 February and Sunday, 19 February – SuperValu Series - 5 Club 14 Hole Singles Stableford - Division 1: Damien Garland (5) 33pts, Desmond McKeown (8) 31pts. Division 2: Anthony Tuite (12) 33pts, Sean McErlean (13) 32pts. Division 3: Adrian Kenny (16) 33pts, Ray Pepper (16) 32pts. Division 4: Paul Culligan (23) 34pts, Tony Duffy (23) 33pts.
The six-week Winter League sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms was very keenly contested throughout, with the scoring in the final week proving no exception.
Bernie McCabe was the winner of Division 1 with 31 points, Sinead O’Callaghan won Division 2 with 32 points and Sylvia McKenna won Division 3 with a superb 35 points.
There was a large turnout in the clubhouse on Tuesday evening for the presentation of all prizes for the league.
Team Chapel Pass took top honours with a superb 685 points. This was 18 points clear of their nearest rivals, Team Cooks Lane, with Team Deer Park a further nine points behind. Margaret McCourt was the overall individual winner.
Very well done to all prize winners.
Next week’s competition is a 3 Lady Rumble, with a return to 18 hole competition the following week.
Saturday February 18 and Tuesday February 21 - Spring League Week 6 -
Division 1: Bernie McCabe (15.8) 31pts, Pauline Campbell (12.0) 31pts, Una Kelly (18.7) 30 pts. Division 2: Sinead O’Callaghan (24.6) 32pts, Maura Shelly (27.3) 30pts, Mary Laverty (24.8) 30pts. Division 3: Sylvia McKenna (49.3) 35pts, Bernadette Kearney (38.6) 33pts, Grainne Jevens (38.9) 32pts. 9 Hole Competition: Kate Smyth 23pts, Miriam Williams 21pts.
Spring League Final Standings – Winners: Team Chapel Pass 685pts (Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Jean Connolly, Judy McDonough, Geraldine Blackmore, Marcella Ui Conluain, Margaret McCourt and Mairead Ahern). Runners up: Cook’s Lane 667pts (Anna Rowland, Tina Kirk, Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness, Olive Jones, Fionnuala Dullaghan. Lucy Greenan and Teresa Matthews.). Third: Deer Park 658pts (Junior Captain Clara Egan, Angie O'Hara, Brid Rocks, Sinead O'Callaghan, Sally McDonnell, Joan Mc Kenna and Oonagh Quinn). Overall Individual Winner: Margaret McCourt.
Winners in Week 6 of the Deluxe Bathrooms sponsored Spring League were: Standing (from left): Bernadette Kearney, Maura Shelly, Grainne Jevens, Una Kelly. Seated (from left): Sylvia McKenna, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Pauline Campbell.
Members of the winning team, Chapel Pass, pictured at the presentation of prizes fro the Spring League sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms (from left): Jean Connolly, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Mairead Ahern
Prize Winners in the Spring League sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms were: Standing (from left): Lucy Greenan, Brid Rocks, Joan McKenna, Oonagh Quinn, Olive Jones. Seated (from left): Margaret McCourt, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness.
Overall Individual Winner in the Deluxe Bathrooms sponsored Spring League Margaret Mc Court, pictured with Lady Captain Briege Renaghan.
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There was a full timesheet for the 14 Hole Team event which was held prior to the Captain’s Drive-In on February 12.
Countback was needed to separate the top two teams after both finished on 80pts with Ciaran Rafferty, Harry O’Hanrahan, Dessie Corbett and Brendan Cleary emerging as the overall winners.
Sunday, February 12 - Captain’s Drive-In 14 Hole Team Event - Winners: Ciaran Rafferty, Harry O’Hanrahan, Dessie Corbett, Brendan Cleary 80/56pts. Runners Up: Conall Murdock, John McKeever, Stephen English, Laurence O’Hanlon 80pts.
Week five of the Spring League was played on Saturday February 11 and Tuesday February 14.
The top scorer was Ciara McGinnity, who won Division 3 with a superb 36 points. Ruth Connolly was the winner of Division 1 and Maura Shelly was the winner of Division 2, both carding 33 points.
With one week remaining, it’s all to play for. Presentation of prizes for the Spring League, which is very kindly sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms, will take place in the clubhouse on Tuesday February 21 at 7:30pm.
Next week’s competition is a Three Lady scramble, played over 18 holes and 9 holes.
Saturday February 11 and Tuesday February 14 - Deluxe Bathrooms Spring League Week 5 - Division 1: Ruth Connolly (18.2) 33pts, Brid Rocks (19.5) 33pts, Una Kelly (18.7) 31pts. Division 2: Maura Shelly(27.3) 33pts, Theresa Smyth (24.8) 31pts, Ide McDermott (23.3) 31pts. Division 3: Ciara McGinnity (39.6) 36pts, Joanne Lynch (38.7) 34pts, Hermione Duffy (44.9) 33pts. 9 Hole Competition: Bernie Muckian 21pts, Geraldine Gorham 21pts.
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The 2023 Captains Drive-In took place on Sunday, February 12 when a large crowd gathered around the first tee to watch Captain Noel Reid, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Girls Captain Clara Egan and Boys Captain Ben Cahill hit their ceremonial shots.
Watch our video to see what happened.
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Last week’s men’s competition was a 14 Hole Champagne Scramble with teams of four. The winners were JP Casey, John McKeever, Paul Cheshire and Brian Crombie who combined excellently to shoot a score of 81pts.
Sunday, February 5 - Champagne Scramble 14 Hole Stableford - Winners: J.P Casey, John McKeever, Paul Cheshire, Brian Crombie 81pts. Runners Up: Martin Cairns, Aidan Rice, Kevin Redmond, Adrian Kenny 80pts.
The Deluxe Bathrooms Spring League is fast progressing, with four of the six weeks completed.
The scoring in week four was impressive yet again, with Joanne Lynch carding a superb 39 points to win Division 3. Anna Rowland was the winner of Division 1 with 34 points and Anne Murray was the Division 2 winner with 31 points.
Very well done to prize winners and thanks to the sponsors of the league, Deluxe Bathrooms.
Saturday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 7 – Deluxe Bathrooms Spring League Week 4 - Division 1: Anna Rowland (14.9) 34pts, Ruth Connolly (18.2) 31pts, Fionnuala Dullaghan (20.8) 30pts. Division 2: Anne Murray (24.7) 31pts, Nora Byrne (25.3) 30pts, Maura Shelly (27.3) 30pts. Division 3: Joanne Lynch (38.7) 39pts, Mairead Ahern (33.1) 32pts, Grainne Gallagher (32.4) 30pts. 9 Hole Competition - Geraldine Rogers 21pts, Bernadette Kearney 20pts.
The traditional Captain's Drive-In to mark the start of the new golfing season will take place this Sunday, February 12, at 1.30pm on the first tee.
The Juvenile Captains - Ben Cahill and Clara Egan - will hit their drives first before the incoming Captain, Noel Reid, and Lady Captain, Briege Reneghan, step up to hit their ceremonial shots.
All members are invited to attend the event which is always one of the highlights of the year at Dundalk Golf Club.
Prior to the Drive-In there will be a 14 Hole Champagne Scramble Team competition with a shotgun start at 9am and following the Drive-In there is a 9-Hole Mixed Scotch Foursomes competition utilizing both the front and back nines with a shotgun start at 2.15pm.
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Martin McDonnell’s Team Kestrel won the Precision Cables Winter League as they edged out Ray Pepper’s Team Falcon by two points after the six round campaign.
Having edged in front after round five when they leap-frogged over John McEneaney’s long-time leaders, Team Raven, Team Kestrel managed to hang on and hold off the late charge from Team Falcon who had been second from bottom after round one but top scored over three of the remaining five rounds.
Team Kestrel never produced the best weekly score over the six rounds but they had three second best scores, a third best score and a fifth best score over the campaign as they finished with 733pts.
Patrick Curran and Eamon McEneaney were their most consistent contributors as they were among the four counting scores on each of the six rounds and delivered 188pts and 187pts respectively while Barry Grennan and Charlie Monahan came in on four of the rounds. The other members of McDonnell’s team were Patrick Cole and Lee Egan.
Grennan with 34pts was their leading scorer in the final round as Curran with 32pts, Colm Garvey with 28pts and McEneaney with 28pts delivered the 122pts that took them to victory.
Team Falcon came agonisingly close to an amazing comeback but, despite scoring 127pts in the final round, they came up two points short. Padraig Fallon with 36pts led the way with Ciaran Corbett 32pts, Conor Byrne 30pts and Seamus Bailey 29pts their other scorers.
With Team Raven only managing 118pts that allowed Falcon to move past them into second place and the long-time leaders had to settle for third place on 728pts, just five points off the winners.
For the second successive week Padraig Fallon shot the best score of the weekend although he was matched on this occasion by 2021 Golfer of the Year Brian Crombie who also shot 36pts over the 14 holes.
Playing off 13 Fallon produced back to back four-point birdies at the ninth and tenth and also delivered three-point pars at the second, third, sixth, seventh, 12th and 13th holes as he showed that the previous week’s 42pts was no one-off.
Crombie, who was off 19, made full use of his shots with four-point pars on the third and eighth and three-point bogeys at the 4th, 7th and 11th. He also had three-point pars at the fifth, ninth, 10th and 13th.
Not surprisingly those excellent scores allowed Fallon and Crobmie to claim top spot in their respective categories with Fallon winning Division 2 by two points from Barry Grennan (10) while Crombie also had two points to spare over Andrew Shekleton (17) in claiming Division 4.
Ciaran Traynor (4) with 32pts won Division1 by one point from John Mulligan (8) while two rounds of countback were need to separate Michael Hamilton (14) and George Rogers (16) in Division Three after both finished on 34pts.
Saturday, 28 January 2023 and Sunday, 29 January 2023 – Precision Cables Winter League 14-Hole Singles Stableford – Division 1: Ciaran Traynor (4) 32pts, John Mulligan (8) 31pts. Division 2: Padraig Fallon (13) 36pts, Barry Grennan (10) 34pts. Division 3: Michael Hamilton (14) 34/23/15pts George Rogers (16) 34/23/14pts. Division 4: Brian Crombie (19) 36pts, Andrew Shekleton (17) 34pts.
Precision Cables Winter League Final Leaderboard (after Round 6): 733 – Team Kestrel (Martin McDonnell (C), Patrick Cole, Patrick Curran, Lee Egan, Colm Garvey, Barry Grennan, Martin McDonnell, Eamon McEneaney, Charles Monahan). 731 – Team Falon (Ray Pepper (C), Seamus Bailey, Gerard Carroll, Ciaran Corbett, Padraig Fallon, Daniel Gallagher, Aidan Gaughran). 728 – Team Raven (John McEneaney). 716 – Team Eagle (John McKeever). 715 – Team Osprey (Maurice Soraghan). 709 – Team Robin (Mickey Coburn). 702 – Team Sparrow (Gerry Daly). 693 – Team Harrier (Tommy Renaghan). 688 – Team Hawk (Austin Carroll). 681 – Team Owl (Colm Coburn).
The Ladies Winter League, sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms, has reached the halfway point, with three of the six weeks completed.
Week 3 produced some fine scoring over the 14-hole competition. The leading scorer was Catherine Duff, who carded a superb 33 points to win Division 2. A point further adrift was Marcella Uí Conluain, who won Division 3. Judy Mc Donough was the winner of Division 1 with 31 points.
Team Chapel Pass, with 349 points, hold a substantial lead at this stage. In second place is Team Hawks Nest with 328 points and Team Cooley View currently lie in third position with 322 points.
Saturday January 28 and Tuesday January 31 - Deuxe Bathrooms Spring League Week 3 - Division 1: Judy McDonough (20.4) 31pts, Bernie McCabe (15.8) 28pts, Jennifer Holland (16.4) 28pts. Division 2: Catherine Duff (26.2) 33pts, Caroline Dunne (21.2) 28pts. Sally McDonnell (24.5) 27pts. Division 3: Marcella Uí Conluain (40.8) 32pts, Joanne Lynch (38.7) 31pts, Sylvia McKenna (49.3) 29pts. 9-Hole Competition: Katherina Conneally Sloan 22pts, Una Connolly 20pts.
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