The Oriel Cup is one of the longest running competitions at Dundalk Golf Club and is played during Open Week. This year’s competition was won by Larry Soraghan who, playing off 13, shot a nett 67 to win by three shots. He had eight pars and a birdie at the 14th and was the only man to break 70 nett.
Mark Gorham (3) shot 70 to win Division 1 as did Gerry O’Keeffe (14) who edged out Anhtony Tuite (15) on countback for the Division 2 honours. Michael Byrne (24) took Division 3 with a 71 while Darren Myles had the best gross with a level par 72.
Open Week commenced with a Single Stroke competition on Sunday, June 25 which was won by Ronan Farrelly (10) who opened his round with a eagle two at the par four first. He then reeled off 12 pars over the remaining 17 holes for a nett 66 and a one shot win over Eoin Hamill (23).
Robert White shot 75 to take the gross prize while the divisional winners were Ultan Gaughran (9), Kenneth Lynch (14) and Michael McKevitt (14).
On Thursday, June 29, Aidan Lawless (5) shot 41pts to win the Open Singles Stroke competition sponsored by Flanagan Motors. He had two points to spare over Trevor Giff (12) who needed countback to claim second place after several players tied on 39pts. Mickey Coburn (10), Mickey Hamilton (20) and Adam Brady (23) were the divisional winners while Conal Murdock won the gross prize with 35pts.
Thursday, June 29 - Open Singles Stableford sponsored by Flanagan Motors – Overall: Aidan Lawless (5) 41pts, Trevor Giff (12) 39/22pts. Gross: Conall Murdock 35pts. Division 1: Michael Coburn (10) 39/20pts. Ronan Farrelly (9) 38pts. Division 2: Michael Hamilton (20) 39/17pts. David Manderson 20, Clandeboye) 38pts. Division 3: Adam Brady (23) 39/19pts, John MacGuinness (28) 39/17pts.
Wednesday, June 28 – Oriel Cup Singles Stroke sponsored by Moran CCTV – Overall: Laurence Soraghan (13) 67. Gross: Darren Myles 72. Division 1: Mark Gorham (3) 70, Neal Mackell (1) 72. Division 2: Gerard O'Keeffe (14) 70/34, Anthony Tuite (15) 70/36.5. Division 3: Michael Byrne (24) 71, John McErlean (28) 73.
Monday, June 26 - Seniors Open Singles Stableford – Conor Byrne (19) 42pts, Eamon Hoey (17) 39pts.
Sunday, June 25 - Open Mixed Scotch Foursomes - Jim Burlingham (32) & Mary Burlingham (31) 63.5, Martina Byrne (43) & Michael McNamara (19) 66.0.
Sunday, June 25 - Open Singles Stroke sponsored by KMR Accountants – Overall: Ronan Farrelly (10) 66. Eoin Hamill (23) 67. Gross: Robert White 75. Division 1: Ultan Gaughran (9) 69/31.5, Anthony O'Donoghue (12) 69/32.0. Division 2: Kenneth Lynch (14) 68, Brendan Reilly (15) 69. Division 3: Michael McKevitt (19) 68, Sean Matthews (18) 69.
Saturday, June 24 – Club Championship - Overall: 142 - Eoin Murphy 73/69, 146 - Caolan Rafferty 73/73. Nett: 144 Ben Cahill 70/74.
Open Week got off to a great start for the ladies, with an 18 Hole Stableford Competition on Tuesday June 24. This was very kindly sponsored by The Brake.
Marcella Ui Chonluain was the leading scorer, returning a superb 46 points to win Division 3. Lesley O’Keeffe and Sally McDonnell both returned 40 points to win the Divisions 1 and 2 titles respectively.
A two lady team event took place on Friday June 30th, very kindly sponsored by The Gift & Art Gallery. The winners were Elizabeth McGuinness and Theresa Smyth with an excellent score of 46pts.
Many thanks to The Brake and The Gift & Art Gallery for their continued support.
Saturday, June 24 - 18 Hole Singles Stableford - Ciara McGinnity (41) 42pts, Sally Ann McDonald (29) 39pts.
Tuesday, June 27 - 18 Hole Singles Stableford sponsored by The Brake - Division 1: Lesley O’Keeffe (19) 40pts, Elaine Ward (15) 39pts, Kitty Duffy (20) 39pts. Division 2: Sally McDonald (23) 40pts, Anne Murray (23) 39pts, Joyce Burbage (26) 38pts. Division 3: Marcella Ui Chonluain (43) 46pts, Noeleen Gernon (30) 41pts, Mary White (51) 40pts. 9 Hole Competition: Brenda Laverty 20pts, Diane Arthur 20pts.
Friday, June 30 - Open Two Lady Team Event sponsored by The Gift & Art Gallery - Elizabeth McGuinness & Theresa Smyth 46pts, Bernie McCabe & Zara Wadding 45pts (countback), Joyce Burbage & Mairead Garland 45pts. 9 Hole Two Lady Team: Mary Berkery & Rose Curtis 22pts.
Prize-winners in the Open Two Lady Team Event at Dundalk Golf Club, which was sponsored by The Gift & Art Gallery, were: Standing (from left): Mary Berkery, Rose Curtis, Bernie McCabe, Zara Wadding. Mairead Garland and Joyce Burbage. Seated (from left): Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness, Lady Vice-Captain Mags Coburn and sponsor Alish McQuillan from The Gift & Art Gallery.
Prize-winners in the Open Singles Stableford competition sponsored by The Brake, Blackrock, were Standing (from left): Lesley O'Keeffe, Mary White, Elaine Ward, Sally McDonnell, Noleen Gernon, Diane Arthur, Anne Murray, Marcella Ùi Conluain and Joyce Burbage. Seated (from left): Kate Smyth (The Brake), Lady Captain Briege Renaghan and Kitty Duffy
Congratulation to the Boys team of Adam Brady, John Clarke, Rory Henry, Cameron Kilcoyne and Odhran MacShane who won the Leinster North title at Skerries today.
Vincent Conlon’s team shot 119pts to win by one point.
They have now qualified for the All-Ireland Finals at the end of August in Castletroy.
Eoin Murphy won the Club Championship which was played over 36 holes on June 25.
The Maynooth University Scholarship student beat Caolan Rafferty by four shots thanks to a second round 69 after both had shot a one over par 73 in the opening round.
Rafferty returned the same score over the second 18 for a two over par total of 146 while six birdies in that final round helped Murphy to a two under par total of 142. Boys captain Ben Cahill, playing off four, won the gross prize.
June was a busy few weeks for Rafferty who went agonisingly close to winning the East of Ireland Championship over the June Bank Holiday weekend in Baltray. He shot a four under par 68 in the final round to set the clubhouse lead on nine under where he was subsequently joined by Alex Maguire (Laytown & Nettystown) and Sam Murphy (Portumna). A birdie on the last hole of the three-hold play-off saw defending champion Maguire edge out Rafferty for the title. Eoin Murphy had his best ever performance in a major amateur championship finishing T11, six shots behind the leaders.
The following week Rafferty found himself battling with Maguire again at the St Andrews Links Trophy and produced an excellent performance in finishing seventh on 12 under as Maguire won for the second consecutive week.
The pair teed it up a week later at the Amateur Open in England with Rafferty qualifying tied sixth on eight under, just three shots behind the leading qualified after two rounds over the Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale links.
That saw Rafferty comfortably qualify for the matchplay stages and gained him a bye into the second round where he beat Thom Linssen from the Netherlands 4&3 but he lost out in the last 32 the following morning to Thailland’s TK Chantananuwat who won a tight match 2&1.
Saturday, June 24 – Club Championship - Overall: 142 - Eoin Murphy 73/69, 146 - Caolan Rafferty 73/73. Nett: 144 Ben Cahill 70/74.
Prize-winners in Lady Captain Briege Renaghan's Prize to the Men.
Edward Lawrence won Briege Renaghan’s Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men which was played over the weekend of June 17 and 18.
Playing off 19, he was one of the late starters on Sunday and he charged through the field to pip long-time leader Niall Morgan (29) who had set his score on Saturday morning.
The key to Lawrence’s victory was parring all four par five holes and he also parred the fourth, 14th and 15th as he went out in 43 and back in 43 for a gross score of 86 and a nett score of 67.
That was enough to pip Morgan by one shot and deny him his first ever victory since joining the club a few years ago. After a poor start, Morgan recovered and hit four pars at the fifth, 12th, 14th and 17th as he returned a net score of 68 from a gross total of 97.
Conal Murdock reeled off two birdies and 12 pars on his way to recording the tournament’s best gross score of 74 while the evergreen Packie McGuinness claimed the Veteran’s prize with an excellent 70 nett off 12.
Shane Byrne (10), Laurence O’Hanlon (18) and Craig Colgan (26)were the divisional winners.
The Wednesday Open, sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms, was won by Ross Kehoe (21) who shot 42pts to pip Colin Roche (3) by one point. Roche had the consolation of also taking the Gross Prize.
Saturday, 17 June and Sunday, 18 June - Lady Captain Briege Renaghan's Prize to the Men ( GOY 6) Singles Stroke - Overall: Edward Lawrence (19) 67, Niall Morgan (29) 68/32.5. Gross: Conall Murdock 74. Veteran: Patrick McGuinness (15) 70. Division 1: Shane Byrne (10) 68, Christy Ward (9) 69. Division 2: Laurence O'Hanlon (18) 70, Gerry McDermott (14) 71. Division 3: Craig Colgan (26) 69, Mark O'Sullivan (20) 70
Wednesday, 21 June - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Stableford – Overall: Ross Kehoe (21) 42pts, Colin Roche (3) 41pts. Division 1; Conall Murdock (2) 39pts. Division 2: Turlach King (12) 39pts. Division 3: Peter McGuinness (22) 40pts. Gross: Colin Roche 38pts.
Geraldine Gorham was the leading scorer in the 18 hole stableford played on Saturday June 17th & Tuesday June 20th. This was very kindly sponsored by McQuillan’s Pharmacy in Blackrock. Geraldine returned a fantastic 41 points to claim the division 3 top spot. Bernie McCabe was the winner of division 1 with 38 points and Teresa O’Mahony was the division 3 winner with 40 points. Very well done to all prize winners and many thanks to McQuillan’s for their generous sponsorship.
Next week’s open week competitions are a singles stableford competition on Tuesday, sponsored by The Brake, and a 2 lady team event on Friday, sponsored by The Gift & Art Gallery. On the interclub front, the Intermediate Cup team beat Kilcock last weekend, and the Revive Active Team had a great win over Donabate. Well done to all players and managers.
Saturday June 17 and Tuesday June 20 - Ladies 18 Hole Stableford sponsored by McQuillan’s Pharmacy - Division 1: Bernie McCabe (18) 38pts, Betty Rogers (19) 38pts, Pauline Campbell (14) 34pts. Division 2: Teresa O’Mahony (29) 40pts, Deirdre Clarke (23) 39pts, Rita Moriarty (27) 38pts. Division 3: Geraldine Gorham (45) 41pts, Joanne Lynch (35) 40pts, Geraldine Mohan (34) 40pts. 9 hole Competition: Joan Sexton 19pts, Anne O’Reilly 19pts
Prize-winners in the Ladies 18 Hole Stableford sponsored by McQuillan’s Pharmacy were, Standing (from left): Joanne Lynch, Pauline Campbell, Geraldine Mohan, Joan Sexton, Rita Moriarty, Betty Rogers and Teresa O’Mahony. Seated (from left to right): Geraldine Gorham, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Bernie McCabe.
A birdie on the last proved decisive as Sean Og Cairns edged out Brian Crombie by the narrowest of margins to win Leslie Walker’s Professional’s Prize which was played over the weekend of June 10 and 11.
Cairns (15) and Crombie (25) finished tied on 67 nett and it needed two stages of countback to divide with Cairns having the better back six holes by 0.7 of a shot. The 18th was the key hole as Cairns birdied it while Crombie had a double bogey six
Cairns went out in 33 nett after pars at the first, second, sixth and eighth and had three more pars on the way back at the 11th, 16th and 17th before that brilliant finish on 18.
Birdies were also a feature of Joseph Laverty’s round as he shot a level par 72 to win the Gross Prize. His round included four birdies as well as an eagle three at the par five 10th.
Michael Gallagher (16) with 72 nett won the Veteran’s Prize while the Division prizes went to Dillion Greene (7), Aaron Hoey (12) and Ciaran McAteer (21).
On Wednesday, Conor Murphy (23) shot an impressive 43pts to win the Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford competition. His round included two four-point pars and six three-point pars as he finished three points clear of second place Bernard Laverty (9). Colin Roche with 33pts claimed the day’s best gross score.
There were mixed fortunes for the Club on the inter-club scene this week. The Junior Cup beat Castleknock but there were defeats for the Senior Cup team against Baltray and the Boys Foursomes team against Clontarf.
Saturday, 10 June and Sunday, 11 June – Leslie Walker’s Professional's Prize (GOY 5) Singles Stroke - Overall: Sean Og Cairns (15) 67/33.5/19.0, Brian Crombie (25) 67/33.5/19.7. Gross: Joseph Laverty 72. Veterans Prize: Michael J Gallagher (16) 72. Division 1: Dillon Greene (7) 69, Billy Cairns (7) 71, Connor McCaughey (5) 72. Division 2: Aaron Hoey (12) 70, Trevor Giff (12) 71/35.0, Rory Henry (11) 71/36.5. Division 3: Ciaran McAteer (21) 67, Dessie Corbett (28) 69/31, Oliver McDermott (18) 69/32.
Wednesday, 14 June - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Conor Murphy (23) 43pts, Bernard Laverty (9) 40/21pts, Division 1: Odhran MacShane (10) 38pts. Division 2: Paschal Phelan (18) 40/18pts, Division 3: Stephen Fitzpatrick (24) 39pts. Gross Recognition: Colin Roche (2) 33pts.
Club Professional at Dundalk Golf Club Leslie Walker presents his prize to the winner Sean Og Cairns.
The annual 4 Lady Charity team event, in aid of Hospice Homecare, was played on Saturday June 10 and Tuesday June 13. This is one of the most popular competitions of the golfing season, with all proceeds going towards North Louth Hospice Homecare. The competition was once again very kindly sponsored by Paula Bishoff and Catherine McElligott of The Hair Shop.
Thirty teams competed this year, with very high scores returned. The winning team of Noeleen Gernon, Mary Laverty, Criona O’Reilly and Nicola Fee returned a superb score of 95 points. They clinched victory by one point from Sally McDonnell, Gillian McDonnell, Liz O’Neill and Bernie O’Neill, who in turn, claimed the runner-up spot on countback. In third place were Anna Rowland, Katie Rowland, Una Connolly and Marcella Carr.
Maura O’Callaghan, Director of the North Louth Branch, was delighted with the support again in 2023. North Louth Hospice was established almost 30 years ago and continues to do Trojan work in supporting those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Some of the many services provided by the Hospice include assisting patients with transport to hospital appointments, provision of specialist Homecare Services, Home Help Support and Family Support.
Lady Captain Briege Renaghan spoke of the commitment of the members of Dundalk Golf Club to this most worthy cause and thanked all those who had helped organise the event and all who had played. The final sum raised was in excess of €7,000 . The generosity of the ladies and gents of Dundalk Golf Club is very much appreciated by all involved. Many thanks again to the very generous sponsorship of The Hair Shop.
On the interclub scene, the Intermediate Cup team had a great win over Kilcock. The Carton Cup team face Headfort on Sunday in the away leg of their match. Best of luck to all involved.
Saturday June 10 and Tuesday June 13 - Hospice Homecare 4 Lady Team Competition - Winners: Noeleen Gernon, Mary Laverty, Nicola Fee, Criona O’Reilly 95pts. Runners-up: Sally McDonnell, Gillian McDonnell, Liz O’Neill, Bernie O’Neill 94pts. Third: Anna Rowland, Katie Rowland, Una Connolly, Marcella Carr 94pts. 9 Hole 4 Lady Team: Winners:Margaret Gaughran, Carmel Cahill, Pauline McGovern, Anne Frawley 41pts. Runners up: Mary Berkery, Rose Curtis, Anne Redahan, Jane Savage 41pts.
Prize-winners in the annual 4 Lady Charity team event, in aid of Hospice Homecare, were Standing (from left): Katie Rowland, Anna Rowland, Marcella Carr, Una Connolly, Pauline McGovern, Criona O’Reilly, Carmel Cahill, Noeleen Gernon, Gillian McDonnell, Mary Laverty, Nicola Fee and Sally McDonnell. Seated (from left): Catherine McElligott (Hair Shop), Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Maura O’Callaghan and Paula Bishoff (Hair Shop),
Ciaran Traynor won the Jubilee Cup over the June Bank Holiday Weekend with a super score of 67 nett.
Playing off seven he covered the first 12 holes in one under gross thanks to a birdie at the fourth and 11 pars. He dropped a shot at 13 but got it back immediately when he birdied the 14th. A bogey at 15 and a double bogey at 16 threaten to derail him but he finished with back to back pars to finish on 74 gross which translated into a score of 67 nett.
That left him one shot better than Alex Naylor who, playing off 19, had a 68 nett after a round that included seven pars. He took Division 3 by three shots from Brendan Cunningham (21).
Bernard Laverty (9) was thee Division 1 winner with a 70 nett, two better than Brian Og Renaghan (4) while Fergus O’Callaghan (12) needed countback to edge Sean McErlean (17) for victory in Division 2 after both tied on 71.
Robert White with a 74 recorded the weekend’s best gross score.
On Wednesday, the Open Singles Stableford competition sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms was won by Tom McBride (18) who had a birdie and nine pars on his way to shooting 44pts. That was five points better then Pat Daly (23) who was second on 39pts. Divisional winners were Eoin Purton (23), Ollie McDermott (19) and Daniel Keane (26) while Eoin Murphy shot 34pts for the best gross.
On the inter-club front the Provincial Towns Cup team beat Greenore 3-2 while the Barton Shield team defeated St Anne’s and the Senior Mixed team had a 4-1 win over Roganstown. However, the Barton Cup team lost 4-1 to Ashbourne.
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 – Jubilee Cup Singles Stroke (GOY 4) - Overall: Ciaran Traynor (7) 67. Division 1: Bernard Laverty (9) 70, Brian Og Renaghan (4) 72. Division 2: Fergus O'Callaghan (12) 71/36.0, Sean McErlean (17) 71/36.5. Division 3: Alex Naylor (19) 68, Brendan Cunningham (21) 71. Gross: Robert White 74.
Wednesday, June 7 – Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Tom McBride (18) 44pts. Pat Daly (23) 39pts. Division 1: Eoin Purton (3) 38pts. Division 2: Oliver McDermott (19) 38pts. Division 3: Daniel Keane (26) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Eoin Murphy 34pts.
The first major competition of the year, the Professional, Leslie Walker’s Prize to the Ladies, was played on Tuesday June 6. As always, this attracted a very large entry, and was played in glorious conditions.
The scoring was fantastic in all categories, with the overall winner, Mairead Garland, returning a fabulous score of 69 nett. Mairead’s front nine included pars at the second and seventh holes. This was followed up by a further three pars on the back nine, on the 11th, 14th and 16th holes.
While Mairead took top honours, the best round of the day was carded by the ever improving Anna Rowland, who shot a 66 nett. As juniors are unable to win major competitions, Anna claimed the Division 1 title.
Deirdre Smith claimed the gross prize and Grainne Mullins won the Saturday competition.
There was a large turnout in the clubhouse for the presentation of prizes. Mairead spoke of her joy on winning this prestigious prize. The ladies section expressed their appreciation for Leslie’s constant support, encouragement, and tuition throughout the year. Very well done to all prize winners and many thanks to Leslie for his very generous sponsorship.
In interclub news, the Revive Active team and the Senior Mixed teams had great wins last weekend, over Rathcore and Roganstown respectively. This weekend’s action sees the Minor Cup team take on Ashbourne on Saturday and the Junior Cup team face Balbriggan on Sunday. Very best of luck to all involved.
Tuesday, June 6 - Professional’s Prize to the Ladies Singles Stroke - Overall: Mairead Garland (23.2) 69. Gross: Deirdre Smith (+0.5) 76. Division 1: Anna Rowland (13.2) 66, Anne McDonnell (18.8) 71. Division 2: Lady Captain Briege Renaghan (23.4) 72, Gillian Murphy (27.2) 72, Joyce Connolly (26.2) 73. Division 3: Oonagh Quinn (31.5) 71, Mairead Ahern (30.1) 72, Dara Murphy (44.3) 72. 9 Hole Competition: Mary Murray 21pts, Carmel Cahill 21pts. Saturday Competition: Grainne Mullins (21.9) 80.
Prize winners in Professionals Prize to the Ladies were - Standing (from left): Anna Rowland, Oonagh Quinn, Mairead Ahern, Gillian Murphy, Mary Murray, Carmel Cahill, Joyce Connolly, Dara Murphy, Anne McDonnell. Seated (from left): Deirdre Smith, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Mairead Garland, Club Professional Leslie Walker.
Winner of Professional’s Prize to the Ladies, Mairead Garland, pictured with Lady Captain Briege Renaghan and Club Professional, Leslie Walker
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