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.
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.
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.
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.
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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