Our Ladies Junior Cup team were beaten in their All-Ireland semi-final by Castletroy in Westport.
The official scoreline of 4-1 does not do justice to a tie that saw four matches go down the 18th and two go on to the 19th. Two matches were lost by one hole and the other two were all square when called in.
Congratulation to managers Lesley O’Keeffe and Katherina Conneally-Sloan, their players – Gillian McDonnell, Juliette Morrison, Pauline Campbell, Katie Rowland and Anna Rowland – and their respective caddies on a great season which included a Leinster North title.
A seven point haul from his final two holes allowed Paddy Greene (24) to pip Colin Roche (0) in the latest round of the Cathedral Financial Autumn Series. Green had a three point par at the 17th and then had another three at the 19th which he birdied for four points.
That gave him a back nine of 20pts and allowed him to pip Roche on countback after both had shot 37pts. Roche also birdied the last but playing off scratch he had no shot and only got three points for his three.
Roche took Division with Ciaran McAteer (18) winning Division 2 while Paul Culligan (30) won Division 3. Connor McCaughey claimed the Gross Prize.
Saturday, September 16 – IJM Scratch Matchplay Cups – Senior: Joseph Laverty wo
Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 - Cathedral Financial Autumn Series Singles Stableford – Overall: Patrick Greene (24) 37/20pts. Division 1: Colin Roche (0) 37/19pts. Division 2: Ciaran McAteer (18) 36pts. Division 3: Paul Culligan (30) 35pts. Gross Recognition: Connor McCaughey 34pts.
Wednesday, September 20 - McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford Overall: Clem Walshe (4) 39pts. Division 1: Terry Conlon (8) 36pts. Division 2: Ciaran Daly (11) 36pts. Division 3: Gerry Farrell (30) 36pts.
As Tuesday's competition had to be cancelled, Saturday's competition was not run as a Golfer of the Year or Club Cup competition. The Club Cup will be run at a later date.
Sylvia McKenna (39) was the winner of the Saturday competition
Saturday, September 16 - 18 Hole Singles Stroke – Overall: Sylvia McKenna (39) 71.
The IJM Sponsored Scratch Matchplay Finals took place on Saturday, September 16. In the Senior Joseph Laverty had a walkover against Aidan Lawless while Billy Cairns beat Bernard Laverty in Junior Cup. Peter Moran defeated Laurence O’Hanlon to win the Intermediate Cup while Golfer of the Year Brian Crombie beat Ed Lawrence in Minor Cup final. Many thanks to Peter McCaughey and IJM for their kind sponsorship of this event and the Golfer of the Year award. The cups will be presented to the winners at the prize presentation scheduled to be held on Saturday 18th November.
Saturday, September 16 – IJM Scratch Matchplay Cups – Senior: Joseph Laverty wo Aidan Lawless scr. Junior: Billy Cairns bt Bernard Laverty. Intermediate: Peter Moran Jr. bt Laurence O’Hanlon. Minor: Brian Crombie bt Edward Lawrence
PHOTO (Above): Sponsor Peter McCaughey of IJM (centre) pictured with the finalists in the IJM Scratch Matchplay Cups at Dundalk Golf Club.
The Revive Active Fourball team’s brilliant run came to an end last Saturday when they lost 4-1 in their All-Ireland semi-final against Gowran Park in Knightsbrook. The Kilkenny side eventually took the national title with a 3-2 win over Gort in Sunday’s final.
The match was a lot closer than the scoreline might suggest with the three top matches always finely balanced. However, Gowran Park picked up early wins in the bottom two matches and that left them in a strong position entering the final few holes.
They eventually got the point they needed to book their place with the final with the other two matches, where Dundalk were one up in one and all square in the other, called in.
Great credit must go to Siobhan Rogers and Pat Cleary, who managed the team to a Leinster North title, and their squad of Mary Carthy, Jactina Foran, Mary Lou Grennan, Ann Hopper, Mary Laverty, Ide McDermott. Judy McDonagh, Anne McDonnell, Gillian McDonnell, Sally McDonnell, Grainne Mullins, Anna Rowland, Katie Rowland and Elaine Ward who provided us with some great memories over the past few months.
The Provincial Towns Cup came up short in the second leg of the final against Coollattin on Saturday when they failed to overturn the 4-3 lead which the Wicklow club took home with them from last month’s first leg in Dundalk.
They got off to the best possible start when Des McKeown won the top match on the 19th but then saw Odhran MacShane and Trevor Giff lose on the 18th. When Paul O’Callaghan and Brendan Keane lost their matches, Coollattin had secured the eight points they needed to secure the title. In the bottom two matches John Paul Casey was all square after 15 and John McKeever was one up after 14 when they were called in.
While it was disappointing not to bridge the gap to the club’s last Provincial Town’s cup win in 1984, it was a great run by the Derek Murdock and Mickey Coburn managed team and there is plenty to build on for next year.
Stephen Lynch (10) won the first round of the Cathedral Financial Autumn Series when he shot 43pts to edge out Gary O’Brien (26) by a single point.
Lynch had a birdie at the sixth and 13 pars, nine of which were for three points, as he went out in 21pts and came home in 22pts.
O’Brien also went out in 21pts, helped by three point returns from four holes, and came home in 21pts with a four point birdie at the 13th and three point returns at five other holes.
Brendan Keane (11), Anthony O’Donoghue and Len Mullins (19) were the divisional winners with Garrett Duffy recording the best gross score of the day after shooting 34pts.
Daniel Keane (23) shot 44pts to win the Wednesday Open Singles Stableford sponsored by McKenna Man and had a winning margin of six points. Tony Macguinness (9), Ciaran Murray (16) and Michael Keating (22) were the divisional winners. Chris Clarke with 36pts had the best gross score.
Wednesday, September 13 - Open Singles Stableford sponsored by McKenna Man - Overall: Daniel Keane (23) 44pts. Division 1: Tony Macguinness (9) 37pts. Division 2: Ciaran Murray (16) 38pts. Division 3: Michael J Keating (22) 37pts. Gross Recognition: Christopher Clarke 36 pts.
Sunday, September 10, 2023 - Cathedral Financial Autumn Series Singles Stableford – Overall: Stephen Lynch (10) 43pts, Gary O'Brien (26) 42pts. Division 1: Brendan Keane (11) 40pts, Charles P Monahan (12) 39pts. Division 2: Anthony O'Donoghue (13) 41pts, Ollie Reilly (17) 40pts. Division 3: Leonard Mullins (19) 40pts, Harry O'Hanrahan (30) 39pts. Gross Recognition: Garrett Duffy 34pts.
The annual ‘Play in Pink’ competition, in aid of Breast Cancer Research was played on Sunday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 13 when 42 teams competed, with a great array of glamorous pink costumes on show both on and off the course. The competition was very kindly sponsored by Tony Kieran Butchers.
The winning team of Mary Laverty, Nicola Fee and Elaine Ward returned a fabulous score of 60.9 nett. They narrowly pipped Pauline Campbell, Mags Coburn and Teresa O’Mahony into the runner up spot with 61.2 nett. In third place were Kate Rowland, Anna Rowland and Ciara McGinnity.
There was a great turnout in the club on Tuesday evening for the presentation of the fabulous prizes. Many thanks to Tony Kieran Butchers for their continued support and sponsorship.
Sunday September 10 and Tuesday September 12 - Play in Pink 3 Lady Scramble - Winners: Mary Laverty, Nicola Fee & Elaine Ward 60.9, Second - Pauline Campbell, Mags Coburn & Teresa O’Mahony 61.2. Third: Anna Rowland, Katie Rowland & Ciara McGinnity 64.2. 9 Hole Competition: Winners: Noreen Mullins, Jennifer Holland & Anne Frawley 35. Runners up: Ann Redahan, Rose Curtis & Ann O’Callaghan 36.1.
Eoin Murphy made a big breakthrough on home soil today when he captured the Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance.
The 23-year-old became the fifth Dundalk player to lift the Carroll Cup and joins some of the biggest names in Irish golf, like three-times major winner Padraig Harrington, on the competition’s roll of honour.
Murphy, who was a member of Leinster’s Inter-provincial winning team last week, finished on six under par after two rounds of 69 and won by three shots from Roganstown’s Sean Keeling who is heading for Rome as a member of the European Junior Ryder Cup team.
Murphy was one of three players tied on three under par after the opening round which was played in perfect conditions on a course that was in tip-top shape.
Starting off the 10th, Murphy had three birdies over his opening nine holes as he turned in 33 and he came home in 36 with a bogey at the second, his 11th hole, being balanced by a birdie at the par five sixth.
The 2021 winner Jack McDonnell of Forrest Little and Malahide’s Colin Shiels both had five birdies as they matched Murphy’s opening 69 but neither was able to sustain the challenge in the second round as McDonnell shot 76 and Shiels could only go round in 80, even with an eagle two at the long par four 16th.
Keeling, who was playing alongside Murphy, had shot a level par 72 in the first round to lie three shots off the lead but he was in sparkling form in the afternoon as he carded seven birdies. However, four bogeys meant he was unable to eat into Murphy’s lead and he had to settle for second place after being tied for eighth at the halfway stage.
Murphy, starting again off the 10th, as both rounds began with a shotgun start, eagled his opening hole and birdied the next to take a firm grip of the tournament. Another birdie followed five holes later and he turned for home on seven under. He covered his final nine in one over with two birdies and three bogeys to card another 69 and a final total of 138.
Two more Dundalk players made the top five with Joseph Laverty finishing on one under and Boys Captain Ben Cahill finishing on level par.
“It was nice to get it today and it’s one to tick off the bucket list,” said Murphy afterwards. “ I got off to a tidy enough start this morning. It was a nice 69. It was a wee bit more scrappy in the afternoon. I got off to a nice start with an eagle on ten when I holed a long putt and then birdied the 11th and after that it was just a case of keeping it ticking it over and hitting fairways and greens.”
Murphy was Munster Boys U16 Champions in 2016 and won the Boyd Quaich Memorial Tournament at St Andrew’s last year but this is his first senior trophy and he was delighted to have made that breakthrough.
“It’s nice to get a scratch cup like this. Any scratch cup you’d be delighted with but the home one means a whole lot more, so I am delighted to get this over the line. The pressure’s off now.”
Saturday, September 9 – Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance: 138 - Eoin Murphy (Dundalk 69/69). 141 - Sean Keeling (Roganstown 72, 69). 143 - Joseph Laverty (Dundalk, 72, 71), Niall Carroll (Dunmurry 70, 73). 144 - Ben Cahill (Dundalk 74, 70), Evan Shipp (Headfort 72, 72). Round 1 Gross: Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) 69. Round 2 Gross: Liam Abom (Edmondstown) 70. Overall Nett: 147 - Colin Roche (Dundalk, 1) 75/72.
Rory Henry won the House Committee Cup, which was played over the first weekend of September, when he edged out Clem Walshe on countback after both had shot 69 nett.
Henry (10), a member of the Provincial Towns Cup squad, shot 33 nett down the back nine to seal his victory after going to the turn in 36 nett.
He actually began the back nine with a triple bogey eight at the 10th but three birdies and four pars got him back on track.
It was tough on Walshe, who was also pipped for Golfer of the Year on countback, and he again showed his consistency as he had 14 pars and one birdie on his way to his 69 nett.
The consolation for Walshe was top spot in Division 1 while Peter Moran (15) took Division 2 and Parick Greene (24) was the Division 3 winner.
Caolan Rafferty, who was unlucky not to make the 2023 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, shot the competition’s best gross with a four under par round of 68 that included five birdies.
Last Wednesday’s McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford was won by Damian Garland (6) with an excellent score of 42pts. Bobby McCarthy (8), Patrick Gray (20) and Stephen Buckingham (26) claimed the divisional prizes while Joseph Laverty had the best gross score with 36pts.
The Provincial Town’s Cup team face Coollattin in the away leg of the final this Saturday at 2pm with the match finely poised after the Wicklow side won the first leg 4-3. Good luck to the players, managers and caddies as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 1984. Good luck also to the Women’s Revive Active team in their All-Ireland semi-final against Gowran Park in Knightsbrook this Friday.
Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3 - House Committee Cup Singles Stroke – Overall: Rory Henry (10) 69/33.0. Gross: Caolan Rafferty 68. Division 1: Clem Walshe (5) 69/34.5. John Conlon (8) 70. Division 2: Peter Jnr Moran (15) 71/34.5, Sean McErlean (15) 71/36.5. Division 3: Patrick Greene (24) 69, Oliver McGinnity (24) 71.
Wednesday, September 6. McKenna Man Open Singles Stableford - Overall: Damien Garland (6) 42pts. Division 1: Bobby McCarthy (8) 38pts. Division 2: Patrick Gray (20) 41pts. Division 3: Stephen Buckingham (26) 37pts. Gross Recognition: Joseph Laverty 36pts
Last week's 18 Hole stableford competition was very kindly sponsored by Aidan Brennan Jewellers. It produced some fine scoring, with Pauline McGovern returning the best score of the competition.
Pauline scored a superb 39 points, to win the Division 3 top spot. Pauline Campbell won Division 1 with 34 points, and Bernie Prendergast shot 36 points to win Division 2.
Presentation of prizes took place in the Clubhouse on Tuesday evening, along with prizes from a previous competition, sponsored by Tres Belle Hair Salon. Many thanks to our very generous sponsors.
Preparations continue for the All Ireland semi-finals of the Revive Active and Junior Cup. The Revive are the first in action on Saturday September 16th in Knightsbrook. They face Gowran Park. We wish all involved the very best of luck.
Saturday September 2 and Tuesday September 5 - Ladies 18 Hole Stableford - Division 1: Pauline Campbell (13) 34pts, Anne Murray (20) 33pts, Siobhan Rogers (20) 33pts. Division 2: Bernie Prendergast (26) 36pts, Jean Connolly (28) 34pts, Theresa Smyth (28) 33pts. Division 3: Pauline McGovern (56) 39pts, Leone Smyth Baillie (31) 35pts, Mary Connor (33) 33pts. 9 Hole Competition: June Desmond 17pts, Elizabeth McKeown 16pts.
Dundalk Golf Club are through to the semi-finals of the AIG Women’s Junior Cup after a fantastic win over Ulster North champions Ballycastle in Dundalk last Saturday.
Teenager Anna Rowland held her nerve on the 21st hole of her match against Catherine Black to secure the winning point as Dundalk won 3-2.
In a closely fought contest Dundalk lost the top two matches as Gillian McDonnell was beaten 2&1 by Brenda McNeill while Juliette Morrison took her battle with Mary T McKiernan all the way to the 18th before losing by one hole.
Katie Rowland put the first Dundalk point on the board with a comprehensive 6&4 win over Susan Crawford while Pauline Campbell saw off Fiona McComb on the 16th green as she recorded a 3&2 win.
That left the overall outcome resting on the final match where Rowland came from three down after nine to force the match into sudden death. She holed a clutch putt for par to halve the 20th and then finished the job off on the next hole to book Dundalk’s place in the last four.
Dundalk will now face Munster West champions Castletroy in the All-Ireland semi-finals on Thursday, September 21 in Westport after the Co Limerick club beat Royal Curragh by 3.5 to 1.5 in their quarter-final in Doneraile over the weekend.
With the Revive Active team already preparing for their All-Ireland semi-final against Gowran Park on Saturday, September 16, it promises to be a busy few weeks for the Dundalk ladies. The Revive Active semi-final is scheduled for 11:40 in Knightsbrook with the final against either Gort or Cahir Park fixed for 10:00 the following day.
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