Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition was won by Michael Keating (24) with a super score of 40pts while Colin Roche (1), Gerry O’Keeffe (13) and Sean Ward (26) took the divisional honours.
On Wednesday Michael McKevitt (18) shot 41pts to win the McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford competition with Darren Myles (1), Eamon Kelly (18) and Eugene Hanratty (25) winning the three categories. Colin Roche with 37pts had the best gross score.
Sunday, August 27 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Michael J Keating (24) 40pts. Division 1: Colin Roche (1) 38pts. Division 2: Gerard O'Keeffe (13) 36pts. Division 3: Sean Ward (26) 38pts.
Wednesday, August 30 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by McKenna Man – Overall: Michael McKevitt (18) 41pts. Division 1: Darren Myles (1) 39pts. Division 2: Eamon Kelly (18) 35pts. Division 3: Eugene Hanratty (25) 37pts. Gross Recognition: Colin Roche (1) 37pts.
The penultimate Golfer of the Year event was played on Saturday, August 26 and Tuesday August 29. This was very kindly sponsored by Ultan & Deborah Herr.
The great scoring of recent weeks continued. Gillian McDonnell, a member of both the Junior Cup and Revive Active teams, shot a superb 70 nett to win Division 1. Colette McCrory also shot a 70 to win Division 3. The winner of Division 2 was Mary Lou Grennan with a 73. Many thanks to our very generous sponsors.
The Revive Active are in action in their semi- final clash against Gowran Park on Saturday September 16th in Knightsbrook. We wish them both the best of luck with their preparations and in their matches.
Saturday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 29 – 18 Holes Singles Stableford - Division 1: Gillian McDonnell (8) 70, Pauline Campbell (13) 74, Mary Carthy(18) 75. Division 2: Mary Lou Grennan (22) 73, Mary Dooley (29) 74, Geraldine Hoare (27) 75. Division 3: Colette McCrory (33) 70, Mary Connor (34) 73/35.0, Joan Smith (35) 73/35.5. 9 Hole Competition: Anne Crombie (25) 21pts, Siobhan Duffy (16) 19pts.
Wednesday, August 30 - Open 18 Hole Singles Stableford - Bernie McCabe (18) 37pts.
Friday, August 25 – Nine Hole Social - Bernie McCabe & Katherina Conneally-Sloan 21pts
Prize-winners in the Ladies Singles Stableford sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr at Dundalk Golf Club were: Standing ( from left): Anne Crombie, Geraldine Hoare, Mary Dooley, Siobhan Dooley, Mary Lou Grennan, Gillian McDonnell, Pauline Campbell, Joan Smith, Mary Carthy. Seated (from left): Deborah Herr, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Ultan Herr, Colette McCrory.
Prize-winners in the Ladies Singles Stableford sponsored by Ultan and Deborah Herr were: Standing ( from left): Anne Crombie, Geraldine Hoare, Mary Dooley, Siobhan Dooley, Mary Lou Grennan, Gillian McDonnell, Pauline Campbell, Joan Smith, Mary Carthy. Seated (from left): Deborah Herr, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Ultan Herr, Colette McCrory.
The boys from Dundalk finished fourth in the Irish Boys Inter-Club Championship Final at Castletroy today.
The eight finalists played a stableford competition with the best three cards out of five to count towards the overall score.
Dundalk finished on 117pts which was four behind the winners Lahinch and two behind second place Killeen. They actually tied for third with Belvoir Park but ended up in fourth when the best two cards were counted.
John Clarke (10) top scored for Dundalk with 41, while Rory Henry (9) and Odhran McShane (8) both shot 38pts to make up Dundalk’s total of 117. Adam Brady (15) and Cameron Kilcoyne (13) were the other two members of the team.
Clarke’s score of 42pts saw him finish fourth in the individual competition, just two points behind the winner Daniel Wynne, a 25 handicapper from Killeen.
Robert O’Hanlon won the Park Café Junior Scratch Cup which was played over 36 holes on the last Sunday in August.
He shot rounds of 76 and 78 for a total of 154 which was one better than Peter Durnin who held a one shot lead with nine holes to go after a front nine birdie blitz in his second round.
After a shaky start to Round 1 during which he had three bogeys and a double bogey in the first six holes, O’Hanlon was one under for the final 12 holes as he carded 11 pars and a birdie at the eighth for an opening round of 76.
He maintain that steady momentum on the front nine of his second round as he parred eight of the nine holes with the only blemish being a bogey at the fourth.
That left him on 116 for the first 27 holes but he was trailing Durnin at this stage by one shot. After shooting an 80 in the first round, Durnin had charged through the field thanks to four birdies in the first seven holes of his second round as went out in 33.
However, the wheels came off down the back as a double bogey at the 11th and bogeys at the 10th, 12th, 13th, and 16th saw Durnin come home in 42 for a two round total of 155.
Hanlon also had four bogeys down the back but he also managed five pars and that was enough for him to edge past Durnin and claim the Junior Scratch Cup.
Sunday, August 27 - Park Café Junior Scratch Cup – Overall: Robert O'Hanlon 154 (76, 78). Peter Durnin 155 (80, 75), Aidan Lawless 156 (83, 73). Nett: Paddy Higgins (Grange Golf Club) 145 (75, 70).
Dundalk Golf Club have reached the All-Ireland semi-finals in the Women’s Revive Active Fourball after an impressive 4-1 win over Greenisland.
The Leinster North champions proved too strong for the Ulster North winners on Saturday in Greenore
In the top match in Greenore on Saturday Elaine Ward & Grainne Mullins were taken to the 18th by Greenisland’s Myraid Craig and Lee Ann Clarke but held on to win by one hole and give Dundalk the perfect start.
Behind them, Gillian McDonnell & Judy McDonough secured another point with their 3&2 win over Margaret Brown & Laura Watson.
The vital third point, which booked Dundalk’s place in the last four, was secured by Jacinta Foran & Ide McDermott who had an emphatic 5&4 win over Louise Noble and Nuala Parkes.
In the other two matches, Katie Rowland & Sally McDonnell and Anna Rowland & Mary Lou Grennan, were both in contention for victory when they were called in.
Dundalk now face Leinster Central champions Gowran Park in the semi-final on September 16 in Knightsbrook after the Kilkenny side beat Ballybunnion 4-1 in their quarter-final on Sunday.
This Saturday will see Dundalk go looking for second All-Ireland semi-final place when the Women’s Junior Cup team faces Ballycastle in their national quarter-final which is being played in Dundalk along with two other quarter-finals in other competition.
The Dundalk match will tee-off at 9.30am and will be followed by an AIG Women's Intermediate Cup quarter-final between Portsalon and Black Busk at 10.30am and the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield quarter-final between Cairndhu and Headfort at 11.30am.
This Wednesday, Dundalk get a chance to add to their solitary green pennant when the Boys play in the Irish Boys Inter-club Final at Castletroy Golf Club.
This is a stableford team competition with the best three scores out of five to count and Dundalk will face Ballina, Dungarvan, Kileen, Belvoir Park, Carrickfergus, Delgany and Lahinch. Dundalk have been paired with the Co Clare club and will tee off in the last grouping at 12:30pm.
The Provincial Towns Cup team lost the home leg of their final against Coollattin on Saturday afternoon but are still very much in contention going into the second leg next month.
The Wicklow club won 4-3 but won’t be taking anything for granted when the teams meet again on September 16.
Dundalk’s winners on Saturday were Des McKeown, who came from one down with three to play to win by two holes, Odhran MacShane, who won by 5&4, and Damian English. who won the final two holes to win two up.
Cormac Malone was an impressive winner of final Golfer of the Year competition when he won the Knights of Malta Cup by one shot from Graham Purcell after shooting an eight under par 64 nett.
Playing off 16, Malone produced a round that had one birdie, eight pars and no double bogeys. Over the front nine he had birdie at the par five sixth and pars at the first, fourth, seventh and eighth as he turned in 39, which was 31 nett.
Down the back he had pars at the 10th, 12th, 13th and 14th for a 41, which was 33 nett and gave him his overall score of 64 nett.
Purcell, who was playing off 21, covered the front nine in one shot less than Malone after shooting 30 nett but, although he had three pars down the back nine, three double bogeys saw him come home in 35 nett to lose out on the overall prize by one.
Purcell did claim the Division 3 honours with Maurice Soraghan (9) taking Division 1 and David Brennan (17) winning Division 2. Peter Rogers took the gross prize with a 76. It was also a day to remember for John Farrell who had a hole in one at the fifth.
The competition was also a qualifier for the 3Ts national final and Malone will join the Ladies winner, Pauline Campbell, as well as the Captain and Lady Captain, in representing the club in that event.
Andrew Coburn (8) won the McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford last Wednesday on countback from Pat Davies (22) after both had finished tied on 40pts.
The Singles Stableford competition held on Saturday was won by Kieran Dunne (21) who shot 38pts which was one better than Eoin Murphy (+4), Neal Mackell (0) and Noel Crowe (27).
Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 - Knights of Malta (GOY 10) – Singles Stroke – Overall: Cormac Malone (16) 64. Gross: Peter Rogers 76. Division 1: Maurice Soraghan (9) 69, Carl Stewart (9) 70. Division 2: David Brennan (17) 68, Kieran Arthurs (15) 71. Division 3: Graham Purcell (21) 65, Niall Morgan (29) 71.
Wednesday, August 23 - McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Andrew Coburn (8) 40/22pts, Patrick Davis (22) 40/20pts. Division 1: Ultan Gaughran (9) 38pts. Division 2: Stephen Fitzpatrick (20) 38pts. Division 3: Kevin Henry (20) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Neal Mackell 37pts.
Saturday, 26 August 2023 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Kieran Dunne (21) 38pts. Division 1: Neal Mackell (0) 37pts. Division 2: Pádraig Ó Gallachóir (14) 36pts. Division 3: Noel Crowe (27) 37pts. Gross Recognition: Eoin Murphy 37pts.
The 3T’s competition was played on Saturday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 22. The 3T’s charity helps prevent deaths by suicide through education, research, and support. This tournament is one of their key fundraising activities, and was very kindly sponsored by Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home.
The overall winner, Pauline Campbell, returned a superb score of 38pts. Her front nine included pars at the second, seventh and ninth holes. A further three pars on the back nine followed, with a superb birdie three on the eighteenth. Her back nine proved key in securing the top spot on countback from Nora Donaghy. Nora claimed the Division 3 title and Sinead O’Callaghan was the winner of Division 2.
Pauline will now represent the ladies with the Lady Captain, Captain and the men’s qualifier, Cormac Malone, at the 3T’s Finals. Many thanks to Blackrock Abbey for their very kind sponsorship of this event.
Saturday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 22 - 18 Hole Stableford and 3T’s Competition sponsored by Blackrock Abbey - Division 1: Pauline Campbell (15) 38pts, Anna Rowland (12) 36pts, Mags Coburn (21) 36pts. Division 2: Sinead O’Callaghan (28) 37pts, Geraldine Hoare (28) 36pts, Breige Renaghan (25) 34pts. Division 3: Nora Donaghy (38) 38pts, Mary Horan (43) 36pts, Kate Smyth (40) 35pts. 9 Hole Competition: Carmel Cahill 20pts, Ann O’Callaghan 18pts.
Brian Crombie has been crowned IJM Golfer of the Year for the second time in three years after he edged out former winner Clem Walshe for the title
After the 10th and final round, the pair were tied on 506 when their best seven cards were totaled up. Under tournament rules the best six were then counted and Crombie edged out Walshe for the prestigious title.
The pair finished two shots ahead of Sean Og Cairns with Maurice Soraghan four shots further back with Niall Morgan completing the top five.
The first four were top in each of the four categories and they will head now into the IJM Scratch Cup competitions which will be played off between the top four in each section. All semi-finals are to be played by Tuesday, September 12. Finals will be played on Saturday, September 16.
IJM Golfer of the Year (Final Standings – Top 10): 506 – Brian Crombie (22.0), Clem Walshe (3.8) Crombie wins on countback. 508 – Sean Og Cairns (15.8). 512 – Maurice Soraghan (7.2). 513 – Niall Morgan (25.6). 514 – Peter Rogers (2.6), Ciaran Traynor (4.6), Edward Lawrence (18.7). 517 – Laurence O’Hanlon (16.2). 518 – Billy Cairns (6.0), Bernard Laverty (8.6).
IJM Scratch Matchplay 2023 - Semi-Finals Draw - Category 1: Clem Walshe v Joseph Laverty, Peter Rogers v Aidan Lawless. Category 2: Maurice Soraghan v Bernard Laverty, Ciarán Traynor v Billy Cairns. Category 3: Seán Óg Cairns v Peter Moran Jr, Laurence O’Hanlon v Niall Boyle. Category 4: Brian Crombie v John McLaughlin, Niall Morgan v Edward Lawrence. All matches to be played by Tuesday September 12. Finals will be played on Saturday, September 16.
Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness’s Prize to the Ladies was played on Tuesday, August 15. There was a packed timesheet, with all the ladies turning out in support of the great work our Lady President does.
The scoring was low, with Tina Kirk, returning a superb 67 nett to claim the top prize. This was two shots clear of her nearest rival, Anne Murray.
Gillian Mc Donnell was the winner of Division 1, Joan Corrigan was the winner of Division 2 and Nicola Fee won Division 3. Teenager Katie Rowland won the gross prize and Clara Egan was the juvenile winner.
There was a very large turnout and great atmosphere in the Clubhouse at the presentation of prizes in honour of the Lady President. Lady Captain Briege spoke on behalf of all members of Dundalk Golf Club when she thanked Lady President Elizabeth for her longstanding dedication to the club and its members. She also spoke of her unwavering support to teams, both home and away.
The Lady President was clearly delighted at such a successful event, and recited a beautiful poem she had composed, in which she thanked all members for their support and friendship.
Next week’s competition is the 3T’s charity event.
Tuesday, August 15 – Lady President’s Prize - 18 Hole Singles Stroke (GOY 8) – Overall: Tina Kirk (50) 67, Anne Murray (23) 69. Gross: Katie Rowland 87. Division 1: Gillian McDonnell (9) 70, Elaine Ward (15) 74. Division 2: Joan Corrigan (23) 72, Anne McArdle (24) 73, Joyce Burbage (27) 73. Division 3: Nicola Fee (43) 70, Siobhan Kearney (33) 73, Denise Morrison (49) 75. Front 9: Mary Lou Grennan 34nett. Back 9: Jill Gallagher 31. 9 Hole Competition: Ursula Fee 21pts, Pauline McGovern 18pts. Junior Girls: Clara Egan (16) 78.
Prize-winners in the Lady President’s Prize at Dundalk Golf Club were, Standing (from left): Mary Lou Grennan, Joan Corrigan, Denise Morrison, Gillian McDonnell, Elaine Ward, Siobhan Kearney, Ursula Fee, Nicola Fee, Anne McArdle, Joyce Burbage. Seated (from left): Clara Egan, Anne Murray, Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness, Tina Kirk.
Caolan Rafferty was part of the Ireland team that finished second to England in the Home Internationals in Wales last week. The Irish team lost out by 0.5 of a point after both teams finished level on two points.
On Day One, Caolan partnered Enniscorthy’s Paul Conroy to a 4&3 victory in the foursomes against Wales and then won his singles match against Tom Matthews on the 18th as Ireland got off to a perfect start. They followed that up with a win over Scotland with Caolan only playing in the morning foursomes where he and Conroy halved their match.
Rafferty was partnered with Alex Maguire in the foursomes against England but the pair were beaten 2&1, Caolan then lost on the 18th in the final singles match.
Boys Captain Ben Cahill was the winner of last Wednesday’s McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford competition with an excellent score of 43pts which was four clear of a group of players on 39pts. Cahill, who played off two, also recorded the best gross score with 41pts. Category prizes were won by Eoin Purton (2), Sean Matthews (17) and visitor Ruairí McComish (26) from Greenore.
This week’s competition, the Knights of Malta Cup, will be the tenth and final Golfer of the Year competition. The Golfer of the Year will be awarded to the member with the best seven scores from the 10 competitions and the top four in each handicap index category will go on to play for the IJM Scratch Matchplay Cups. The finals of the IJM Scratch matchplays are scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 16. The GOY award and the Scratch Matchplay competitions are Kindly sponsored by IJM and Peter McCaughey.
The Junior Scratch Cup will take place on Sunday, August 27 and the Senior Scratch Cup is fixed for Sunday, September 10. Both will be played over 36 holes. Please contact the Pro Shop for further details and entries.
Wednesday, August 9, - McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Ben Cahill (2) 43pts. Division 1: Eoin Purton (2) 39pts. Division 2: Sean Matthews (17) 39pts. Division 3: Ruairí McComish (26, Greenore) 39pts. Gross: Ben Cahill 41pts.
Friday, August 11 - Social Mixed Foursomes - Mags and Micky Coburn, 23pts.
Lady Captain, Briege Renaghan’s Charity Team Competition was played in glorious conditions on Tuesday, August 8.
The competition was very generously sponsored by One Finance, and was played in aid of SOSAD, who work tirelessly to raise awareness and help prevent suicide in Ireland. They offer care and support to those in need in our community and their free professional services include counselling, crisis support and a 24 hour helpline.
The scoring was high, with 92 points required to take first place. Very well done to the winning team of Mary Meegan, Angie O’Hara, Joanne Lynch and Aine Kirk. They were three points ahead of the runners up Elaine Ward, Grainne Mullins, Mary Dooley and Siobhan Kearney. In third place, a point further behind, was Teresa Oakes, Geraldine Hoare, Paula McKeown and Catherine Connolly.
A nine hole Gents competition was held in the evening and, along with numerous raffles, in excess of €7,000 was raised for this most worthy of causes. Carol Murphy, Director of SOSAD, spoke of the Trojan work they do, and thanked the members of Dundalk Golf Club and the sponsors, One Finance, for making this event such a success.
Tuesday, August 8 - Lady Captain’s Charity - Winners: Mary Meegan, Angie O’Hara, Joanne Lynch & Aine Kirk 92pts. Second: Elaine Ward, Grainne Mullins, Mary Dooley & Siobhan Kearney 89pts. Paula McKeown, Geraldine Hoare, Teresa Oakes & Catherine Connolly 88pts. 9 Hole Competition: June Desmond, Rita Kelly, Barbara McCourt & Joan Sexton 38pts.
Prize-winners in the Lady Captain’s Charity Team Competition were, standing (from left): Teresa Oakes, Siobhan Kearney, Aine Kirk, Elaine Ward, Mary Meegan, Joanne Lynch, Angie O’Hara and Grainne Mullins. Seated (from left): Carol Murphy, Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Marie Kennedy and Mary Dooley.
Congratulations to Greg McCaughey made history when he won Ireland’s first ever individual gold medal at the European Deaf Golf Senior Championship in Finland and his performance helped Ireland to secure a silver medal in the team competition.
Greg has been a regular on the Irish Deaf Golf team for several years and help Ireland to a silver medal at the 2018 World Deaf Championships which were held at Carton House.
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