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Simon Ryan won the Arkew Cup which was played over the weekend of May 20 and 21 on countback from Anthony Tuite after both had finished on 66 nett.
Ryan, playing off 19, parred the first. fourth, sixth and ninth as he went out in 32 nett and on the back nine he parred the 14th, 15th and 17th as he returned in 34 nett.
Tuite, who was off 15, birdied the eighth and 14th and parred five, six, nine, 10, 12, 17 and 18 as he too went out in 32 nett and returned in 34 nett.
The countback went to the back six with Ryan’s 19.7 better than Tuite’s 21.
While Ryan took the overall prize, Tuite claimed Division 2 with Gerard Carroll (4) taking Division 1 on countback from Darren O’Brien (10).
Adrian Kenny (20), who had a hole in one at the ninth in the Gold Medal qualifier the previous week, was the Division 3 winner while Caolan Rafferty shot 70 to record the best gross.
Countback was also required to decide the winner of the Wednesday Open sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms as David Corrigan (35) edged out Paul Hanratty (32) after both had shot 42pts.
It was a good weekend on the interclub scene as there were wins for the Junior Cup team over Howth, the Senior Cup team over Corballis and the Barton Cup team over Balbriggan. The Boys Junior Foursomes also progressed after received a walkover from Headfort.
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 - Arkew Cup (GOY 2) Singles Stroke – Overall: Simon Ryan (19) 66/33.5/19.7. Division 1: Gerard Carroll (4) 68/ 31.0, Darren O'Brien (10) 68/33.0. Division 2: Anthony Tuite (15) 66/33.5/21.0, Michael Gill (12) 67. Division 3: Adrian Kenny (20) 68, Seamus Kelly (21) 69. Gross: Caolan Rafferty 70.
Wednesday, May 24 - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: David Corrigan (35) 42/23pts, Paul Hanratty (32) 42/22pts. Division 1: Conall Murdock (2) 38pts. Division 2: Paul Ryan (13, Greenore) 39pts. Division 3: John McEneaney (25) 41pts. Gross Recognition: Caolan Rafferty 38pts.
There was great scoring in the 18 hole stroke competition, played on Saturday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 23. This was the second competition of the Golfer of the Year series, and was very kindly sponsored by Mint Jewellers.
Anne McArdle and Caroline Dunne both returned a 68 nett, to claim winner and runner up spots in Division 2 respectively. Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness was the winner of Division 1 and Mary Rafferty was the winner of Division 3.
There was a great turnout for the presentation of prizes in the clubhouse for this and the previous week’s competition. There was also a special recognition of Mary Hession’s hole in one on the fifth hole. Many thanks to Mint for their continued sponsorship and very well done to all recipients.
On the interclub front, Dundalk ladies had great wins last weekend. The Intermediate Cup team beat Co. Louth and the Carton Cup team beat Ardee. This weekend sees the Junior Cup team face Skerries. Best of luck to all involved.
Saturday May 20 and Tuesday May 23 -18 Hole Stroke GOY 2 - Division 1: Elizabeth McGuinness (21) 70, Anna Rowland (14) 72, Lesley O’Keeffe (19) 74. Division 2: Anne McArdle (24) 68, Caroline Dunne (22) 68, Joyce Burbage (26) 72. Division 3: Mary Rafferty (37) 69, Kay O’Sullivan (38) 71, Julia O’Callaghan (45) 71. 9 Hole Competition: Angela McGuire 22pts, Pauline McGovern 21pts.
Prize-winners in the Singles Stroke competition sponsored by Mint Jewellers at Dundalk Golf Club were: Standing (from left): Joyce Burbage, Kay O’Sullivan, Lesley O’Keeffe, Caroline Dunne, Anna Rowland, Pauline McGovern and Mary Rafferty. Seated (from left): Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan and Anne McArdle.
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There was a great turnout for the members four person 18 hole team event last Friday to celebrate the centenary of the club’s move from Deer Park to Blackrock in 1922-23 and the creation of the first 18 hole golf course in the Dundalk area.
The clear winners with 98pts were Seamus Kelly, Richard Barry, David Corrigan & Anthony McGuinness who had six points to spare over a team that featured President Paul O’Reilly.
The Ladies Team Prize was won by Anne McArdle, Nora Byrne, Maura Coyle and Geraldine Mohan who shot 84pts while 41pts was enough for Patrick McKeown, Brendan Cunningham, Peter Cunningham & Brian Kearney to take the nine hole team prize.
Teenager Chris Clarke (2) won the Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford last Wednesday with a fine round of 41pts that included four successive birdies from the 10th to the 13th to go with one on the front nine at the seventh.
Friday, May 19 - Centenary Competition - Four Person 18 Hole Team Event – 98pts: Seamus Kelly, Richard Barry, David Corrigan & Anthony McGuinness. 92pts: Corina O’Reilly, Paul O’Reilly, Pat Cleary, Mary Laverty. 89pts: Mickey Coburn, Mags Coburn, Dessie Ward, Daniel Woods. Ladies Team Prize – 84pts: Anne McArdle, Nora Byrne, Maura Coyle & Geraldine Mohan. 9 Hole Team Prize – 41pts: Patrick McKeown, Brendan Cunningham, Peter Cunningham (S) & Brian Kearney. Lady Nearest the Pin (5th hole): Kitty Duffy. Men’s Nearest the Pin (9th hole): Anthony McGuinness.
Wednesday, 17 May – Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Christopher Clarke (2) 41pts. Category 1: Shane Morgan (5) 39pts. Category 2: Conor Murray (14) 38pts. Category 3: Michael Noone (20) 40pts. Gross Recognition: Caolan Rafferty 36pts,
Katie Rowland returned a fantastic score of 42 points in the 18 hole stableford competition, played on Saturday May 13 and Tuesday May 16.
Playing off 14, Katie’s round included nine pars and a birdie on the 14th hole. She won Division 1 while Theresa Smyth was the Division 2 winner with a great score of 38 points and Noeleen Gernon won Division 3 with 36 points. Very well done to all prize winners.
On the interclub front, the Challenge Cup team bowed out to Skerries last weekend. This weekend sees Dundalk face Co. Louth in the Intermediate Cup and the Carton Cup team take on Ardee. Both matches take place are on Sunday afternoon. Best of luck to all involved.
Saturday May 13 and Tuesday May 16 - Ladies 18 Hole Stableford: Division 1: Katie Rowland (14) 42pts, Gillian McDonnell (10) 37pts, Anna Rowland (15) 37pts. Division 2: Theresa Smyth (27) 38pts, Pauline Duffy (26) 35pts, Anne Murray (24) 35pts. Division 3: Noeleen Gernon (31) 36pts. Mary Connor (35) 35pts, Elaine Connolly (33) 33pts. 9 Hole Competition: Siobhan Duffy 20pts, Nora Donaghy 17pts.
Prize-winners in the Singles Stableford competition at Dundalk Golf Club were: Standing (from left): Theresa Smyth, Gillian McDonnell, Siobhan Duffy, Nora Donaghy and Katie Rowland. Seated (from left): Anna Rowland, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan and Pauline Duffy.
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Daniel Woods (24) was the leading qualifier for the matchplay stages of the 2023 Gold Medal competition after shooting a 69 nett in qualifying. He took the accolade on countback from Conor Curran (2) and will now face Senior Panel member Ciaran Johnstone in the first round.
Woods had five pars during his round at the seventh, eighth, 12th, 14th and 18th while Curran had five birides at the first, sixth, seventh, 10th and 11th.
They finished one shot ahead of four players – Neal MacKell, Chris Clarke, Dermot McKenna and Connor McCaughey – who finished on 70.
The cut line fell at 76 (39/25) and the 64 qualifiers now face a summer of matchplay to determine this year’s champion.
Gold Medal 2023 First Round Draw - Daniel Woods v Ciaran Johnston, Conor Curran v Edward Rogers, Neal Mackell v Desmond McKeown, Christopher Clarke v Gearoid O'Conluain, Dermot McKenna v Mark Gorham, Connor McCaughey v Christy Ward, Bernard R White v David McDonnell, Ciaran Traynor v Aidan Thornton, Cathal O'Neill v Ciaran Daly, Mark Browne v Brendan Keane, Declan Muckian v Colm Coburn, Conor McClenaghan v Gerard Brennan, Dave Dorr v Richard Newell, Kevin Redmond v Peter Durnin, Mark Cumiskey v Stephen English, Conor Murray v Edward Lawrence, Ben Cahill v Patrick Purton, Niall McCaul v Terry Conlon, Conor Martin v Anthony McCrave, Pat O'Hanlon v Gerry Campbell, Derek Teather v Joseph Laverty, Ultan Gaughran v Christopher McGeady, Tommy Renaghan v Fergus O'Callaghan, Patrick Cole v Fearghal Duffy, Patrick G Reilly v Padraig Hassett, Billy Cairns v Laurence O'Hanlon, Derek Murdock v Cormac Malone, Graham Purcell v Carl Stewart, Peter Rogers v Gerry McDermott, Senan Duffy v Craig Colgan, Brian Og Renaghan v Gregory McCaughey, Niall Boyle v Cathal Purcell.
Caolan Rafferty finished seventh in the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open at The Island over the weekend having led at the halfway stage.
Having carded rounds of 69 and 68 over the first two rounds, Rafferty fell down the leaderboard after a 76 in the weather-delayed third round but he climbed back up on the final day with a 73 to finish six shots behind winner John Gough of England.
Rafferty’s former Dundalk team-mate Brendan Lawlor claimed the first ever G4D Open at Woburn as he finished on +3 to edge out England’s Kipp Popert by just two shots. The win also moved him to No.1 in the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability.
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Chris Connolly won the singles stableford competition which was held over the first weekend in May.
Playing off 16 he shot a superb score of 41pts to win by one point from Gerry Campbell (27) thanks to a fabulous performance down the back nine.
Connolly had turned for home on 17pts after a front nine that had featured a run of three successive pars from the fourth which had yielded eight points.
After starting the back nine with a one point return from the par five 10th he moved up a gear with a three point par at the 11th, a four point birdie at the 12th, a three point par at the 13th and a three point birdie at the 14th. That 13pts haul from four holes threw him right into contention but he still needed a four point birdie three at the last to pip Campbell for the overall prize.
The competition was also a qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup, a singles matchplay competition for high handicappers. Campbell, in finishing second overall to Connolly, led the 16 qualifiers home with a superb score of 40pts which included three point pars at the second, fifth and 13th and three point bogeys at the eighth, 12th and 16th. Campbell will now face Brian Whately in the first round of the Harry Walsh Cup.
The Division 1 honours went to Peter Durnin (6) whose 39pts saw him edge out John Sharkey (6) by one point while Brendan Reilly (15) claimed Division 2 with 37pts to Sean Og Cairn’s (16) 36pts.
Campbell added the Division 3 top prize to his leading qualifier accolade with his 40pts just one more than Barry Connolly (22) managed.
On the inter-club scene the JB Carr lost by 7.5 to 2.5 to Greenore while the Provincial Towns Cup team beat Bellewstown to advance to the next round.
Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 – Singles Stableford and Harry Walsh Cup Qualifier – Overall: Chris Connolly (16) 41pts. Division 1: Peter Durnin (6) 39pts, John Sharkey (6) 38pts. Division 2: Brendan Reilly (15) 37pts, Sean Og Cairns (16) 36pts. Division 3: Gerry Campbell (27) 40pts, Barry Connolly (22) 39pts. Gross: Ciaran Johnston 32pts.
Harry Walsh Cup First Round Draw - Colm Coburn v Patrick Greene, Sean Og Cairns v Cormac Malone, Brian Whately v Gerry Campbell, Sean O’Sullivan v John McKenna, Andrew Cumiskey v Derek Williams, Noel McGuinness v Barry Connolly, Tony Ryan v Peter Cunningham, Simon Ryan v Laurence Hanratty. First round to be completed by June 5.
Wednesday, May 10 - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Stephen English (9) 40pts. Division 1: Conall Murdock (3) 38pts. Division 2: Matthew McCaughey (14) 39pts. Division 3: Ross Kehoe (23) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Conor Curran 34pts.
Sally McDonnell was the winner of the PGA Tankard, played on Saturday May 6 and Tuesday May 9. This was very kindly sponsored by Haggardstown Garden Centre.
Sally returned a superb 39 points to claim the title. This was three points ahead of her nearest rival, Mags Coburn, who was the winner of Division 1. Geraldine Minogue was the winner of Division 2 and Oonagh Quinn was the winner of Division 3, both of whom returned a score of 35 points.
Sally now goes forward to represent the club, along with the men’s winner, at the regional finals later this year. Congratulations to all the prize winners and many thanks to Haggardstown Garden Centre for their sponsorship.
In interclub news, the Revive Active team had a great win over Greenore last weekend. The Carton Cup team won two of the five matches away in Ardee, with the return leg yet to be played.
This weekend sees the Challenge Cup team face Skerries on Saturday. The North Leinster Mixed take on Killeen Castle and The Senior Mixed face Seapoint. Best of luck to all involved.
Saturday May 6 and Tuesday May 9 PGA Tankard Singles Stableford sponsored by Haggardstown Garden Centre - Overall: Sally McDonnell (24) 39pts. Division 1: Mags Coburn (20) 36pts, Brid Rocks (20) 35pts. Elaine Ward (15) 34pts. Division 2: Geraldine Minogue (27) 35pts, Maeve Ahern (26) 34pts, Catherine Duff (28) 34pts. Division 3: Oonagh Quinn (32) 35pts, Dara Murphy (47) 34pts, Colette McCrory (32) 34pts. 9 Hole Competition: Jennifer Holland 19pts, Noeleen Heneghan 18pts.
Prize-winners in the PGA Tankard at Dundalk Golf Club which was sponsored by Haggardstown Garden Centre were, standing (from left): Elaine Ward, Noeleen Heneghan, Oonagh Quinn, Jennifer Holland, Geraldine Minogue. Seated (from left): Mags Coburn, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Sally McDonnell.
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Pat O’Hanlon led the qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the Carolan Cup which was played off the blue tees over the last weekend in April.
Playing off 18, O’Hanlon shot a nett four under par score of 68 and pipped Johannes Steenvoorden (26) by a shot.
O’Hanlon had seven pars during his round , two of which came on the front nine at the first and sixth, as he went out in 45 gross which was 36 nett.
He moved up a gear down the back nine as he parred 12, 13, 14 17 and 18 to come home in 41 gross and 32 nett.
Steenvorden had only one par at ninth but he recorded birdies at the fifth and 14th as he went out 33 nett and came home in 36 nett for a three under par 69.
The top 16 qualified for the matchplay stages with the cut coming on 73/36.5/21.3 and the draw saw the top two qualifiers drawn against each other in the first round. The first round matches are to be played by Monday June 5th off the blue markers.
Paul Lynch (21) won the Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford last Wednesday on countback from Kieran Dunne (24) after both finished on 38pts. Caolan Rafferty with 39pts had the best gross score.
On the inter-club front there were two good wins over Ardee in the Senior Cup and the Junior Cup but the Boys team lost to Laytown & Bettystown in the Fred Daly Trophy.
Wednesday, May 3 - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Stableford – Overall: Paul Lynch (21) 38/20/14pts. Division 1: Gerard Brennan (6) 37pts. Division 2: Ciaran Daly (9, Seapoint) 37pts. Division 3: Kieran Dunne (24) 38pts/20/12. Gross Recognition: Caolan Rafferty 39pts.
Carolan Cup Draw – Round 1 - Dillon Greene v Robert O'Hanlon, Darren Myles v Paul Coburn, Niall Boyle v Des McKeown, John McKeever v Derek Murdock, Pat O'Hanlon v Johannes Steenvoorden, Daniel Woods v Kieran Dunne, Billy Curran v Patrick G Reilly, Richard Copas v Aidan Rice.
The popular open four lady team event, sponsored by Specsavers, was held on Saturday April 30 and Tuesday May 3. There was a large entry with many visiting teams competing.
The winning team of Ciara McGinnity, Mary McGinnity, Teresa O’Mahony and Anne McDonnell returned a super score of 81 points, two points ahead of their nearest rivals. Runners up were Gillian McDonnell, Deirdre Smith, Anna Rowland and Katie Rowland.
Presentation of prizes took place in the clubhouse on Tuesday evening, with Paula Owens of Specsavers presenting the prizes. Thank you to Specsavers for their continued very generous sponsorship of this event.
On the interclub front, the Minor Cup team had a great win over Greenore last weekend and advance to the next round. Unfortunately, the Mary McKenna team bowed out to Skerries.
This weekend see the Revive Active Team take on Greenore on Saturday and the Carton Cup team play Ardee away on Sunday. Best of luck to all involved.
Saturday April 29 & Tuesday May 2 - Specsavers Open 4 Lady Team Event - Winners: Ciara McGinnity, Mary McGinnity, Teresa O’Mahony, Anne McDonnell 81pts. Runners Up: Gillian McDonnell, Katie Rowland, Anna Rowland, Deirdre Smith 79pts. Third: Irene Brennan (Ashfield), Rita Mulholland, Ann Kirk (Ashfield), Helen Mullen (Ashfield): 75pts. 9 Hole Competition: Siobhan Keane, Mary T Murray, Orla McBride, Annette Durnin 38pts.
Prize winners in the Specsavers 4 Lady Team Event at Dundalk Golf Club were: Standing (from left): Anna Rowland, Katie Rowland, Gillian McDonnell, Rita Mulholland, Ciara McGinnity. Seated (from left): Paula Owens of Specsavers, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Mary McGinnity.
Prize winners in the Specsavers 4 Lady Team Event were: Standing (from left): Anna Rowland, Katie Rowland, Gillian McDonnell, Rita Mulholland, Ciara McGinnity. Seated (from left): Paula Owens of Specsavers, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Mary McGinnity.
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The Dundalk Golf Club team competed in their first round of the Golf Sixes League in Baltray on Sunday April 30. Five clubs in the locality are competing in this Golf Ireland initiative to encourage young people to play, enjoy and remain in the sport. These are Dundalk, Ardee, Greenore, Seapoint and Baltray. A great day was had by all with lots of good golf and good fun. The Dundalk team consisted of James During, Darragh O’Neill, Dearbhaile Lyons, Cathal Lyons, Cliodhna O’Reilly and Aisling Finnegan.
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