After waiting 34 years to win another ladies inter-club pennant Dundalk Golf Club captured two on the same day on Sunday when they won Leinster North titles in the Junior Cup and Revive Active competition.
The Junior Cup team beat holders Royal Tara 4-1 in their final at Corrstown Golf Club while the Revive Active Team, were 3.5 to 1.5 winners over neighbours Ardee in their decider at Westmanstown.
Both team will now advance as regional champions to the All-Ireland quarter-finals where they face the Ulster North winners. Those matches will be on a familiar ground with the Revive Active quarter-final in Greenore against Dunfanaghy or Greenisland on August 26 while on September 2 the Junior Cup team will meet either Cushendall, Malone, Massereene or Ballycastle in Dundalk.
Lady Captain Briege Renaghan congratulated both teams when they returned home to Blackrock to celebrate in the Clubhouse.
“It is unbelievable that, having waited 34 years to win an inter-club pennant, we have won two on the same day. It is a fantastic achievement,” said the Lady Captain.
“I would like to play tribute to the players, their caddies, the team managers and our supporters for the effort that was put in to make this happen. We had to dig deep in both matches but the players showed great determination and fully deserved their respective victories.”
While having both finals on the same day at the same time in different venues caused headaches for supporters forced to choose which to watch, the clash also created some sleepless nights for the team managers as several players were involved in both squads.
In the end the two wins showed the strength in depth within ladies golf in Dundalk at the moment as the replacements stepped up to the plate and delivered.
Dundalk’s last inter-club pennant in 1989 was for the Leinster Junior Cup so it was fitting that the 34 year gap to another blue pennant was bridged by the Junior Cup team who had beaten Skerries, Balbriggan and Headford on their path to the final where they faced the reigning Leinster North champions, Royal Tara.
If they were intimidated, they didn’t show it. Gillian McDonnell closed out her match on the 15th while Katie Rowland won three holes on the trot to win her match on the 16th and put Dundalk 2-0 up.
Juliet Morrison and Pauline Campbell were both four down with four play but critically they kept their matches alive over the final few holes and were eventually called in, while playing the 19th and 18th holes respectively, after Anna Rowland sank the winning putt on the 16th green.
As the celebrations kicked off in Corrstown, they were also starting in Westmanstown where the Revive Active Fourball team upset red-hot favourites Ardee with a brilliant display of golf to win by 3.5 t0 1,5
Sally McDonnell, whose daughter Gillan was on the Junior Cup team, partnered Mary Carthy to victory on 14th while Ann Hopper and Mary Lou Greenan won on 15. Jactinta Foran and Ide McDermott then sealed the team’s victory when they won their match with three holes to play.
Criona O’Reilly and Mary Lavery went down fighting in their match while Anne McDonnell and Grainne Mullins were called in.
It was the team’s fifth win of the campaign having beaten Greenore, Rathcore, Donabate and Balbriggan on their way to the final.
So a great day for Dundalk ladies but, once the celebrations are finished, the attention will turn to the All-Ireland quarter-finals and few busy weeks of planning lies ahead for Junior Cup manager Lesley O’Keefe and Katherina Conneally Sloan and the Revive Active managers Pat Cleary and Siobhan Rogers.
The Dundalk Golf Club team which won the Ladies Leinster North Junior Cup pennant.
The Dundalk Golf Club team which won the Ladies Leinster North Revive Active Fourball pennant.
Lady Captain Briege Renaghan accepts the Leinster North Junior Cup pennant after Dundalk’s win over Royal Tara in Sunday’s final
Ciaran Traynor (6) shot an impressive 40pts to take the Irwin Lockington Salver over the weekend of June 22 and 23.
But he needed countback to see off the challenges of Desmond McKeown (10) and Martin McCaughey (25) who also finished on 40pts.
After opening with two one point bogeys, Traynor collected four points for a birdie at the third. Two more one point bogeys followed before a biride at six and a par at seven both yielded three points. Two point pars at eight and nine saw him turn in 18pts.
The first seven points of his 22pts down the back nine came from birdies on the 10th and 11th and after a one point bogey on1 2 he birided the parthree 13th for three points. Three point pars followed at the 15th and 16h as his excellent back nine propelled him to 40pts.
McKeown took Division from Damien English (11) while McCaughey was the Division 3 winner after pipping Hugh Reilly (24). Robert White with 36pts won the Gross/
On Wednesday, Colin Roche, playing off scratch, shot 38pts to win te Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford with Neil MacKell taking the gross prize. Paul Murphy, John Farrell and John McLaughlin won the category prizes.
Congratulations to the Ladies Junior Cup and Revive Active teams on winning their Leinster North title. Good luck in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23 Irwin Lockington Salver Singles Stableford – Overall: Ciaran Traynor (6) 40/22pts. Division 1: Desmond McKeown (10) 40/20pts, Damian English (11) 38pts. Division 2: Conor Murray (12) 39pts/20, Edward Lawrence (17) 39/17pts. Division 3: Martin McCaughey (25) 40/20pts, Hugh Reilly (24) 39pts. Gross: Robert White 36pts.
Wednesday, July 26 - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Colin Roche (0) 38/20. Division 1: Paul Murphy (3) 36pts. Division 2: John Farrell (19) 38/19pts. Division 3: John McLaughlin (23) 37pts. Gross Recognition Neal Mackell 34pts.
Friday, July 28 – Nine Hold Social Mixed Foursomes - Alison Quigley (39) & Ross Quigley (8) 23.25, Geraldine McGeough (33) & Sean McGeough (16) 26.75.
The sixth stroke competition in the Golfer of the Year series, kindly sponsored by Tres Belle Hair Salon, was played on Saturday July 22 and Tuesday July 25.
Katie Rowland was the Division 1 winner with 73 nett while Margaret McCourt won Division 2 with 75 nett. Nora Donaghy was the winner of Division 3, shooting the best score of the day, a 71 nett. Many thanks to Tres Belle for their sponsorship and continued support.
Congratulations to the Junior Cup and Revive Active teams on winning their Leinster North finals with wins over Royal Tara and Ardee respectively.
Next week’s competition is the Captain Noel Reid’s Prize to the Ladies.
Saturday July 22 and Tuesday July 25 - Ladies 18 Hole Stroke (GOY 6) Division 1: Katie Rowland (10) 73, Niamh Maguire (22) 74, Jennifer Holland (18) 75. Division 2: Margaret McCourt (28) 75, Maura Shelly (29) 75, Jean Connolly (27) 76. Division 3: Nora Donaghy (38) 71, Fiona McLaughlin (32) 73, Rosemary Rogers (44) 74. 9 Hole Competition: Wendy Williamson 19pts, Noreen Mullins 19pts.
Michael Browne won Paul O’Reilly’s President’s Prize over the weekend of July 15 and 16 but he needed countback to claim the top prize after four players had finished on 69 nett.
In the end he won by half-a-shot from Billy Cairns (7) who took second place overall while Jimmy O’Connor (20) had to settle for winning the Veteran’s prize and Christy Ward (8) won the Division 1 category.
Playing off 20, Browne got off to a positive start with a par at the first but he followed it with a double bogey at the second. However four single bogeys followed before a triple bogey eight at the par five seventh. He steadied the ship with five successive singe bogies around the turn to the 12th and then parred the par three 13th and birdied the short par four 14th. He finished with four successive bogies to end with a gross score of 89 and a nett total of 69.
That was enough to edge out Cairns who had played in difficult conditions on the Saturday and set the target of 69 nett. Like Browne, the seven handicapper played his best golf after a double bogey at the seventh as he reeled off 11 succussive pars to finish on 76 gross and 69 nett.
Martin Cairns (18) and Paul Morgan (19) came out top on in Division 2 and 3 respectively while Jim Dwyer (10) won the Super Veteran prize. Boys Captain Ben Cahill shot a one over par 73 to win the gross prize while Robert White had a hole in one on the 13th.
On the inter-club scene the Provincial Towns Cup team are through to the next round after a win over Ardee.
Saturday, July President's Prize (GOY 7) – Overall: Michael Browne (20) 69/32, Billy Cairns (7) 69/32.5. Gross: Ben Cahill (3) 73. Veteran: Jimmy O'Connor (20) 69/35. Super Veteran: Jim Dwyer (10) 73. Division 1: Christy Ward (8) 69/36, Fergal Harte (8) 70, Clem Walshe (5) 70. Division 2: Martin Cairns (18) 71, David Smyth (11) 72/34.5, David Murden (12) 72/36. Division 3: Paul Morgan (19) 70, Conor Marron (23) 72/31.5, Eamon Kelly (19) 72/37.5.
Wednesday, July 19 - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford –
Overall: Steve Cowman (13) 42pts, Mark Coan (24) 41pts. Division 1: Ben Cahill (3) 40pts. Division 2: Frank P. Byrne (12) 40pts. Division 3: Daniel Keane (25) 37pts. Gross Recognition: Caolan Rafferty 42pts.
Due to adverse weather conditions, the Lady Captain's Charity Open Team event, in aid of SOSAD, has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 8. Booking is now open on the BRS.
On the interclub front, the Carton Cup's great run came to an end on Friday, when they bowed out to Corrstown. The North Leinster finals of the Junior Cup and Revive Active Fourball take place on Sunday, July 30. The very best of luck to all players and managers.
Caolan Rafferty justified his call-up to the Irish team for the European Amateur Team Championship in Belgium as he led the team to third place and the bronze medals.
His superb 66 in the second round of qualifying helped Ireland move through the field to finish in fourth place and qualifying for the top flight matchplay stages. Rafferty was Ireland’s leading qualifier on seven under and finished fifth in the individual table, four shots behind the leading qualifier, having shot 71 in the first round.
In the matchplay he was paired with US Mid-Amateur Champions Matt McClean in the morning foursomes of their quarter-final against France. The pair got Ireland off to the perfect with a 5&4 win in the top match. Although Rafferty lost his singles match by one hole, Ireland won 4-3 to advance to the last four.
In the semi-final they lost by 4.5 to 2.5 to Denmark with Rafferty and McClean again combining to secure a point from the foursomes with a 2&1 win in the top match. Rafferty sat out the afternoon singles but returned for the bronze medal match against England which Ireland won 6-1 to claim third place.
Rafferty and McClean beat Barclay Brown and Dylan Shaw Radford by two holes in the foursomes while in the singles the Dundalk man had a settle for a half when his match against James Claridge was called in as Ireland romped to victory.
Rafferty will now be hoping that his performances in Belgium will be enough to earn him a call-up for the Home Internationals in a few weeks time.
Adrian Kenny won the Singles Stableford competition held over the weekend of July 8 and 9.
Playing off 20, he shot an excellent score of 42pts to take the overall victory by one point from Niall McCaul (9)
Kenny got off to a solid start, scoring 12pts over the first five holes including three points for a par at the first and three points for a bogey at the index one fourth.
An eight at the par five sixth had the potential to severely disrupt his momentum but Kenny regrouped and, after picking up two points at the index three seventh, he had five successive pars around the turn from the eighth to the 12th which yielded 16pts.
Another three point par came at the 17th as he came home in 22pts having gone out in 20pts just did enough to hold off the fast finishing McCaul. Having gone out in 18pts McCaul charged down the back nine, covering it in 23pts thanks to three birdies which yielded 10pts. However, he came up short and had to settle for second place.
Matthew McCaughey (12), John Laverty (18) and Derek Maguire (20) took the divisional prizes while Shane Hession shot 36pts to record the best gross score. Pat McEntegart had a Hole-in-One on the 17th.
Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford was won by Adam Brady (22) who edged out Ross Quigley (9) on countback after both had finished on 43pts. Ciaran Traynor (7), Stephen Lennon (17) and John McEneaney (24) won the divisional prizes while Colin Roche shot 38pts for the best gross score.
Saturday, July 8 and Sunday July 9 - Singles Stableford – Overall: Adrian Kenny (20) 42pts, Niall McCaul (9) 41pts. Division 1: Matthew McCaughey (12) 39/20pts, Shane Hession (3) 39/19pts. Division 2: John Laverty (18) 40pts, Conor Murray (14) 38pts. Division 3: Derek Maguire (20) 38pts, Paul Culligan (29) 37pts. Gross: Shane Hession 36pts.
Wednesday, 12 July - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Adam Brady (22) 43/24pts, Ross Quigley (9) 43/22pts. Division 1: Ciaran Traynor (7) 40pts. Division 2: Stephen Lennon (17) 38pts. Division 3: John McEneaney (24) 39pts. Gross Recognition: Colin Roche (1) 38pts.
The great scoring seen over the two days of Lady Captain’s Prize continued this week. Anne Mc Donnell and Eva Beirne both returned 40 points to win Division 1 and Division 3 respectively. Jean Connolly with 39 points won Division 2. Very well done to all prize winners.
Next week’s competition is the Lady Captain’s Charity, in aid of SOSAD.
In interclub news, the Junior Cup team had a great win last weekend over Headfort to advance to the North Leinster Final and the Revive Active team beat Balbriggan in their semi-final on Sunday. Well done to all involved in both teams and we hope as many supporters as possible will turn out for the two finals in a few weeks.
Tuesday, July 11 - Ladies 18 Hole Stableford - Division 1: Anne McDonnell (18) 40pts, Criona O’Reilly (13) 39pts, Fionnuala Dullaghan (21) 38pts. Division 2: Jean Connolly (26) 39pts, Marie MacKell (25) 38pts, Sally Ann McDonald (23) 36pts. Division 3: Eva Beirne (32) 40pts, Joan Smith (34) 38pts, Alison Quigley (37) 35pts. 9 Hole Competition: June Desmond 20pts, Mary Steen 19pts.
The highlight of the ladies golfing calendar, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan’s Prize, was played in great conditions on Tuesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 8. There was a packed timesheet on both days, with all of the ladies showing their support for the Lady Captain’s work and commitment to the Ladies Section.
The overall winners were determined by the cumulative scores over both days. The leaderboard after Day One indicated that it was going to be a tight race to the top. Joyce Connolly and Pat Cleary sat two shots ahead of the field at the end of Day One, having returned superb scores of 65 nett. This was two shots ahead of Lady Vice Captain Mags Coburn and Ide McDermott, with a chasing group of 17 more ladies within five shots.
Day Two also produced some fine scoring, but not quite as low as that of Day One. Joyce Connolly followed up her superb opening round with a very steady 74 nett, which was enough for her to secure the top spot in this year’s Lady Captain’s Prize. Joyce was a very popular winner, and spoke of her delight on winning, as she collected her beautiful prize from Lady Captain Briege.
Paula McKeown was the overall winner of second prize, Anne Murray won overall third, and Pauline Duffy took overall fourth. The winner of the overall gross prize was Gillian McDonnell, who had played superb golf, shooting rounds of 79 and 82 gross.
Deirdre Smith, fresh from her great run in the Irish Senior Close Championships, where she reached the semi-finals, was the gross winner on Day 2. Deirdre was the leading qualifier to progress to the match play stages of the Irish Senior Close, an incredible nine shots ahead of the field, shooting a course record of 68 in her second round at Strandhill
All prize recipients were thrilled with the beautiful prizes that had been presented to them by the Lady Captain. Lady Captain Briege thanked the members, staff, and ladies committee of Dundalk Golf Club for their continued support and generosity, and looked forward to a great summer of golf ahead. After the presentation, a superb week of golf was rounded off by fine food and great music.
In interclub news, the Carton Cup Team won three of their five matches against Corrstown last weekend, with the return matches to be played on July 21st. The Junior Cup team face Headfort this weekend, and the Revive Active play Balbriggan next weekend. Best of luck to all players and managers.
Lady Captain Briege’s annual charity team event takes place next week in aid of SOSAD. This is very kindly sponsored by One Finance.
Tuesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 8 - Briege Renaghan’s Lady Captain’s Prize – Overall: Joyce Connolly 139, Paula McKeown 141, Anne Murray 143, Pauline Duffy 145. Gross: Gillian McDonnell 162. Day 1 (July 4): Division 1: Mags Coburn 67, Sally McDonnell 69. Gross: Criona O’Reilly 87. Division 2: Pat Cleary 65, Ide McDermott 67, Mairead Garland 68. Division 3: Marcella Ui Chonluain 69, Angela Kilboy 70, Geraldine Gorham 70. Ladies 9 Hole: Ciara McGinnity 23pts, Ursula Fee 22pts. Front Nine: Noeleen Gernon 32.5. Back Nine: Jean Connolly 33. Nearest The Pin: Noeleen Gernon (5th hole), Paula McKeown (17th hole). Day 2 (July 8): Division 1: Elaine Ward 73, Pauline Campbell 74. Gross: Deidre Smith 76. Division 2: Olive Jones 68, Grainne Mullins 72, Catherine Cafferty 74. Division 3: Elaine Connolly 72, Ann Redahan 74, Oonagh Quinn 75. Ladies 9 Hole: June Desmond 20pts, Rita Kelly 18pts. Front Nine: Margaret McCourt 35. Back Nine: Violet McGeady 32. Nearest the Pin: Linda Fergus (5th hole), Joan Smith (17th hole). Non- Qualifiers: Jill Gallagher 71. Juvenile Winner (both days): Julia O’Callaghan 147.
Winner of the Lady Captain’s Prize, Joyce Connolly, receives her prize from Lady Captain Briege Renaghan.
Runner-up in the Lady Captain’s Prize at Dundalk Golf Club, Paula McKeown, receives her prize from Lady Captain Briege Renaghan.
Gillian McDonnell, who shot the best overall gross score in the Lady Captain’s Prize at Dundalk Golf Club, receives her prize from Lady Captain Briege Renaghan.
On the final day of Open Week, Sunday July 2, the fourball competition sponsored by John Laverty Motor Factors was won by Colm Garvey (19) and Ray Pepper (19). They combined for a score of 47pts which was just enough to edge out former captains Pat Davis (20) and Dessie Ward (14).
Christy Ward (9) won last Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford sponsored by Deluxe Bathrooms. He shot two birdies and 12 pars on his way to a round of 43pts which was two more than James Kelly (13) in second place. Bernard Laverty (8), Paul Morgan (20) and Paul Hanratty (30) took the divisional prizes while Paul Murphy took the gross prize with 35pts.
On the Inter-Club front the Junior Cup team was beaten by Donabate while the North Leinster Mixed team lost to Headfort.
Tuesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 8 - Lady Captain’s Nine Hole Competitions for the Gents - Overall (Days One and Two combined): 42 - Cian Herr (21) 19/23; Danny Woods (19.9) 22/20 (Back 3). Dy 1 (July 4): Noel McGuinness (16.3) 25, Noel Reid (17.6) 24. Day 2: Diarmuid Dullaghan (30) 23, Ultan Herr (13.1) 21.
Wednesday, July 5 - Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Christy Ward (9) 43pts, Jamie Kelly (13) 41pts. Division 1: Bernard Laverty (8) 40pts. Division 2: Paul Morgan (20) 41pts. Division 3: Paul Hanratty (30) 38pts. Gross: Paul Murphy 35pts.
Sunday, July 2 - Gents Open Fourball sponsored by John Laverty Motor Factors - Colm Garvey (19) & Ray Pepper (19) 47pts, Pat Davis (20) & Dessie Ward (14) 46pts, Ollie Reilly (14) & Gerry Daly (17) 43/21pts.
Sunday, July 2 - Open Mixed Scotch Foursomes sponsored by O’Callaghan Insurances - Ultan Herr (15) & Deborah Herr (40) 61.5 nett, Peter Rogers (3) & Betty Rogers (20) 65.5/37 nett
Winner Denis Cunningham is presented with the Intermediate Scratch Cup by sponsors Ultan and Deborah Herr.
Denis Cunningham shot a superb score of 78 to win the Intermediate Scratch Cup on July 1 with John McQuillan winning the Minor Scratch Cup with an equally impressive score of 83. Both competitions were sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr.
Cunningham changed his clubs over the winter and looks to have them well bedded in at this stage as he went out in 41 and came home in 37 for a six over par gross total of 78.
Three bogeys in the first four holes suggested a nervous start but he found his rhythm from the fifth onwards as he reeled off four successive pars before a double bogey five at the par three ninth halted his momentum.
However, he dug deep and covered the back nine in one over par with eight pars and a bogey at the 17th.
He had three shots to spare over Brian Gaughran who shot 81 with Ferghal Duffy two shot further back after shooting 83. Brendan Tinnelly (18) shot 67 nett to take the best nett prize.
In the Minor Scratch Cup, John McQuillan also had an indifferent start as he recorded three bogeys and a double bogey over the first four holes.
However, just like Cunningham, he too found momentum from the fifth hole onwards and recorded five successive pars followed by a birdie four at the par five 10th. After a double bogey at the 11th, he parred the next three holes before finishing with three bogeys and a double bogey on 18.
He went out in 41 and came home in 42 for a final total of 83 which gave him four shots to spare over second place Aaron Dolan and a six shot gap to third place Charles Doherty. Ciaran McAteer (20) had a 69 for the best nett score.
Saturday, July 1 – Intermediate Scratch Cup sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr – Overall: Dennis Cunningham 78, Brian Gaughran 81. Fearghal Duffy 83. Nett: Brendan Tinnelly (18) 67.
Saturday, July 1 – Minor Scratch Cup sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr – Overall: John McQuillan 83, Aaron Dolan 87, Charles Doherty 89. Nett: Ciaran McAteer (20) 69.
Winner John McQuillan is presented with the Dundalk Minor Scratch Cup by sponsors Ultan and Deborah Herr.
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