Going into the final round things are heating up in the Precision Cables Winter League as Team Kestrel have knocked Team Raven off top spot for the first time since the league started.
Team captain Martin McDonnell inspired from the front alongside Eamon Mc Eneaney as both scored 33pts in round five with Pat Curran and Colm Garvey adding 32pts each for an overall total of 130.
That allowed them to close the gap and leapfrog over John McEneaney’s Team Raven into top spot but they only lead by one point going into the last round.
Billy Cairns top scored for Team Raven with 32pts as they returned 122pts from their four counting scores.
Team Falcon, assisted by a magnificent score of 42pts from Padraig Fallon Snr and a fine 34pts from Conor Byrne, scored 136pts which was the highest weekly total score from any of the ten teams.
That helped them to jump into third place and with only seven points between them and the leaders Ray Pepper’s team is still in with a big chance going into the final week.
Team Osprey dropped into fourth place despite a tremendous 35 pts from team captain Maurice Soraghan and it now looks a tall ask to make up the 13pts deficit on the leaders going into round six.
Padraig Fallon’s 42pts was also the best individual score of the weekend singles stableford competition as he covered the 14 holes in 56 strokes which was one under par gross.
Playing off 13 he opened with a four-point birdie at the first and followed that with three three point pars before a two-point bogey at the fifth. He then had four three-point pars to the ninth which he covered in 27pts.
Another four-point birdie came at the 10th which was followed by a three-point par at the 11th and then another four-point par at the 12th. The 13th yielded at two-point bogey before he finished with a two-point par at the 14th, the only hole he didn’t have a shot on.
That amazing score was more than enough to take the honours in Division 3 as he had six points to spare over David Kelly (14) whose 36pts was the second best overall score of the weekend.
Maurice Soraghan (6) shot 35pts to win Division 1 by three points from Jim Dwyer (8) while Eamon McEneaney (12) beat Sean Gallagher (9) on countback in Division 2 after both had tied on 33pts. Countback was also needed in Division 4 to divide Gavin McDonnell (16) and Peter Cunningham (16) after both had shot 35pts.
Gerard Carroll also had a day to remember as his sweetly hit nine iron from 108 yards delivered him a hole in one on the par three 13th.
Saturday, 21 January and Sunday, 22 January – Precision Cables Winter League and 14 Hole Singles Stableford - Division 1: Maurice Soraghan (6) 35pts, Jim Dwyer (8) 33pts. Division 2: Eamon McEneaney (12) 33/22/15pts, Sean Gallagher (9) 33/22/14pts. Division 3: Padraig Fallon (13) 42pts, David Kelly (14) 36pts. Division 4: Gavin McDonnell (16) 35/26pts. Peter Cunningham (16) 35/21pts.
Precision Cables Winter League Leaderboard (After Round 5): 611 - Team Kestrel (Capt Martin McDonnell), 610 - Team Raven (John McEneaney), 604 - Team Falcon (Ray Pepper), 598 - Team Osprey (Maurice Soraghan), 590 - Team Eagle (John McKeever), 586 - Sparrow (Gerard Daly), 583 - Team Robin (Mickey Coburn), 577 - Team Harrier (Tommy Renaghan), 569 - Team Hawk (Austin Carroll), 558 - Team Owl (Colm Coburn).
Sylvia McKenna was the leading scorer in the second week of the Spring League to claim the top spot in Division 3. Sylvia returned an excellent 49pts in the 14-hole competition.
Siobhan Rogers was the winner of Division 1 with 34pts and Jean Connolly won Division 2 with 30pts.
Saturday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 24 - Spring League Week 2 - Division 1: Siobhan Rogers (18.1) 34pts, Betty Rogers (17.9) 33pts, Anna Rowland (14.9) 32pts. Division 2: Jean Connolly (24.8) 30pts, Leone Smyth Baillie (28.0) 27pts, Ide McDermott (23.3) 27pts. Division 3: Sylvia McKenna (49.3) 49pts, Mary Meegan (38.8) 36pts, Joanne Lynch (38.7) 33pts. 9-Hole Competition: Siobhan Kearney 21pts, Mary Hession 20pts.
Mickey Coburn and Andrew Shekelton were the leading scorers in the singles stableford competition which marked the fourth round of the Precision Cables Winter League.
Both shot 38pts over the 14 holes in play with Niall Morgan on 36pts managing the third best score of the weekend.
Playing off eight, Coburn produced a superb round that included a four-point eagle at the par five 10th and four-point birdies at two other par fives, the seventh and 12th. He had another three-point birdie at the 13th and three-point pars at the first, third, fourth and eighth as well as two-point pars at the second, fifth and 14th.
His 38pts which was more than enough to take Division 1 with Ciaran Traynor (4) three points behind him on 35pts.
Playing off 17 Shekelton also had an eagle at the 10th which earned him five points and he added four-point pars at the seventh and 11th as well as three-point pars at the fifth, ninth, 12th, 13th and 14th and a three-point bogey at the fourth.
His 38pts earned him first place in Division 4, two points ahead of Morgan who took second in that category.
John McKeever (10) took Division 2 with 35pts after edging out Austin Carroll (12) on countback while Anthony McCrave (14) was the Division 3 winner with 34pts, two more than the evergreen Michael Stewart (15).
In the Precision Cables Winter League Coburn’s 38pts ensured Team Robin was the top scoring team in Week 4 with 132pts but on a weekend of hot scoring they were unable to make any progress up the table and remain second from bottom heading into the final two weeks.
Team Falcon, captained by Ray Pepper, jumped into fourth place with Ciaran Corbett their top performer with a credible 33pts.
However, Team Raven maintained their position on top of the table for the fourth consecutive week with four of their team contributing 30pts plus to their cause while David Brennan was their top scorer with 32pts.
With two rounds to go there is still a lot to play for as only 20pts separate first to fifth place on the table.
Saturday, 14 January and Sunday, 15 January – Singles Stableford and Round 4 of Precision Cables Winter League - Division 1: Michael Coburn (8) 38pts, Ciaran Traynor (4) 35pts. Division 2: John McKeever (10) 35pts/23pts, Austin Carroll (12) 35/21pts. Division 3: Anthony McCrave (14) 34pts, Michael Stewart (15) 32pts. Division 4: Andrew Shekleton (17) 38pts, Niall Morgan (22) 36pts.
Precision Cables Winter League Leaderboard (after Round 4): 488 - Team Raven (Capt John McEneaney). 481 - Team Kestrel (Capt Martin McDonnell). 473 - Team Osprey (Capt Maurice Soraghan) 468 - Team Falcon (Capt Ray Pepper), Team Sparrow (Capt Gerry Daly). 463 - Team Eagle (Capt John McKeever). 462 - Team Hawk (Capt Austin Carroll). 459 - Team Harrier (Capt Tommy Renaghan). 457 - Team Robin (Capt Mickey Coburn). 434 - Team Owl (Capt Colm Coburn).
The Ladies Spring League got off to a great start with a large entry on Saturday January 14 and Tuesday January 17. Fantastic scores were returned in all categories on the first week of the six-week league.
Divisional winners were Brid Rocks with 30 points, Gillian Murphy with 32 points and Grainne Gallagher with 37 points. Congratulations to all prize winners.
Saturday 14 January and Tuesday 17 January - Spring League Week 1 - Division 1: Brid Rocks (19.5) 30pts, Mags Coburn (19.0) 29pts, Mary Carthy (16.6) 29pts. Division 2: Gillian Murphy (26.0) 32pts, Geraldine McGeough (27.8) 31pts, Teresa Matthews (24.7) 30pts. Division 3: Grainne Gallagher (32.4) 37pts, Margaret McCourt (29.1) 36pts, Oonagh Quinn (30.3) 35pts. 9 Hole Competition: Brenda Rogers 25pts.
Tony Ryan produced the top score of the weekend as the Precision Cables WInter League resumed on January 7 and 8 after the Christmas break.
Playing off 13, Ryan covered the 14 holes in 36pts with a round that included nine three points pars. He parred the first and second, fourth, fifth and sixth, eighth and ninth as well as the 12th and 13th. There were also four two point bogey as well as a one-point double bogey at the par five 10th.
Ryan comfortably won Division 3 by four points but it was great to see the ageless Michael Stewart shoot 32pts off 15 to take second spot in this category.
Desmond Keown (8) was the Division 1 winner with 34pts, four better than Ciaran Traynor (4) while Gerry McDermott (12) took Division 2 with 33pts, which was one better than Dermot McKenna (12)
Stephen Fitzpatrick (19) was the Division 4 winner with a score of 34 pts with Edward Lawrence (16) in second place on 33pts.
The competition saw the resumption of the Precision Cables Winter League and Team Eagle were the biggest movers in Week 3 with an impressive 117pts as captain John Mc Keever chipped in with 31 pts for his team.
However, Team Raven continue to set the pace having led from the start with Gerry Mc Dermott their leading scorer as he accounted for 33 of their 112pts haul.
Teams Kestrel and Osprey are hot on their heels trailing by a mere nine points with Maurice Soraghan (29pts) and Eamon Mc Eneaney (31pts) their respective top performers.
There was a change at the bottom of the table as Mickey Coburn’s Team Robin were replaced by Colm Coburn’s Team Owl.
Only 21 pts separate first from fifth after week 3 so there is still a lot to play for with three rounds to go.
Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 - Precision Cables 14 Hole Singles Stableford - Division 1: Desmond McKeown (8) 34pts, Ciaran Traynor (4) 30pts. Division 2: Gerry McDermott (16) 33pts, Dermot McKenna (12) 32pts. Division 3 - Tony Ryan (13) 36pts, Michael Stewart (15) 32pts. Division 4 - Stephen Fitzpatrick (19) 34pts. Edward Lawrence (16) 33pts.
Precision Cables Winter League Leaderboard (Week 3): 365pts - Team Raven (Capt John McEneaney); 356 - Team Kestrel (Capt Martin McDonnell), Team Osprey (Capt Maurice Soraghan); 352 - Team Sparrow (Capt Gerry Daly); 345 - Team Harrier (Capt Tommy Renaghan); 344 - Team Eagle (Capt John McKeever), Team Falcon (Capt Ray Pepper); 341 - Team Hawk (Capt Austin Carroll); 325 - Team Robin (Capt Mickey Coburn); 318 - Team Owl (Capt Colm Coburn) 108 114 96 318
The golfing year got off to a great start after the Christmas break, with the very popular Nollaig na mBan 9 hole singles competition taking place on Saturday, January 7.
Pauline Campbell was the overall winner with a super score of 22 points. Pauline won on countback from Bernie Prendergast. Eva Beirne was a point further adrift in third place. Well done to all the prize winners.
The 3 Lady Scramble, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
The Spring League commences this week. It will be played over 14 holes, with a 9 hole competition also taking place.
Saturday, January 7 - Nollaig na mBan 9 Hole Singles Stableford - Pauline Campbell 22pts, Bernie Prendergast 22pts, Eva Beirne 21pts, Maura Shelly 20pts, Pauline McGovern 19pts.
Winner in the Nollaig na mBan competition at Dundalk Golf Club, Pauline Campbell, receives her prize from Lady Captain Briege Renaghan.
Two nine-hole ladies competitions were played over the Christmas period with Sally McDonnell and Mags Coburn emerging as the winners.
Saturday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 3 – 9-Hole Singles Stableford - Mags Coburn 20pts, Maura Shelly 19pts.
Tuesday December 20 - 9-Hole Singles Stableford - Sally McDonnell 23pts, Mags Coburn 22pts, Una Kelly 22pts.
Team Raven retained top position on the Winter League leaderboard even though they could only manage the fourth highest score of the ten teams in Week Two.
John McEneaney's team picked up 131 points with Niall Sloane top scoring with 34 points. Michael Hamilton and Sean Hession followed in with 33 points each and BennyO'Shaughnessy brought home 31 points as the final counting score.
That has brought their total to 253 points but their lead has been cut to two points as Team Osprey are now 251 points with Larry Hanratty leading the way with an impressive 35 points.
Team Falcon were the top scorers on Week 2 with 134 points which helped them jump from 9th to 5th place and they are now only 14 points behind the leaders. Padraig Fallon was their top scorer with 35 points.
Team Robin remain at the bottom for the second successive week and they will be looking to bounce back after the Christmas break when the Winter League resumes on the weekend of January 8 and 9.
The final eight turkeys of the Christmas season were captured over the weekend of December 10 and 11 with Patrick Curran (17) producing the best score of the weekend with a tremendous 39pts.
He had nine pars over the 14 holes including four point pars at the fourth, seventh and 11th where he had two shots and three point pars at the second, third, fifth, eighth, tenth and 13th.
That left him four points clear of the field with Laurence Hanratty (22) next closest on 35pts and they finished first and second in Division FOur.
Saturday, 10 December and Sunday, 11 December - 14 Hole Turkey Singles Stableford - Division 1: Sean Hession (7) 33pts, Charles P Monahan (8) 32pts.
Division 2: Patrick Duffy (12) 34pts, Seamus Bailey (9) 33pts. Division 3: Noel McGuinness (15) 34pts, Padraig Fallon (13) 34pts. Division Four: Patrick Curran (17) 39pts, Laurence Hanratty (22) 35pts.
Andrew Shekleton had the best score of the competition as eight more golfers claimed their Christmas turkeys over the first weekend of December.
Playing off 17 he shot 38pts over 14 holes to win Division 4 by six points. His round included a five-point haul on one hole after he eagled the par five sixth as well as three point pars at the second, eighth, ninth, 10th, 12th and 14th. He also had three-point bogeys at the index one fourth and index two 11th.
Christy Ward (7) took Division 1 with 31pts from Ultan Gaughran (7) while Ken Lynch (11) shot 34pts to win Division 2 from Tommy Renaghan (11). Gerard Daly was the Division 3 winner with 35pts with Ciaran McAteer (15) taking second and John McEneaney (19) finished second to Shekleton in Division 4.
McEneaney is captain of Team Raven in the Winter League and he led his team to the top of the table after round one. His 32pts was the team’s best individual score with Niall Sloan (31pts), Billy Cairns (30pts) and Sean Hession (29pts) all contributing to their overall total of 122pts.
McEneaney wasn’t the only captain to lead by example as four the team captains were among the top five individual scorers with Gerry Daly (Team Sparrow), Tommy Renaghan (Team Harrier), and John Mc Keever (Team Eagle) also leading from the front.
Team Osprey are in second position with 119pts and with only 18pts separating the ten teams after round one everybody is still in with a chance of taking the title.
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 - 14 Hole Turkey Singles Stableford - Division 1: Christy Ward (7) 31pts, Ultan Gaughran (7) 30pts. Division 2: Kenneth Lynch (11) 34pts, Tommy Renaghan (11) 33pts. Division 3: Gerard Daly (14) 35pts, Ciaran McAteer (15) 30pts. Division 4: Andrew Shekleton (17) 38pts, John McEneaney (19) 32pts.
Winter League Table (after Round 1): 122 - Team Raven (Capt John McEneaney). 118 - Team Sparrow (Capt Gerry Daly). 114 - Team Osprey (Capt Maurice Soraghan). 113: Team Hawk (Capt Austin Carroll). 112 - Team Eagle (Capt John McKeever). 111 - Team Kestrel (Capt Martin McDonnell). 108 - Team Harrier (Capt Tommy Renaghan), Team Owl (Capt Colm Coburn). 105 - Team Falcon (Capt Ray Pepper). 104 - Team Robin (Capt Mickey Coburn).
The Christmas Spirit 9-hole competition was played on Saturday December 3 and Tuesday December 6. There was a great turnout of ladies in their festive outfits on both days.
The Saturday winner was Bernie McCabe, with a superb 20 points. There was a full timesheet for a shotgun start on Tuesday. Brid Rocks was the winner of the Front 9 with 19 points and Geraldine Minogue won the Back 9 winner with 17 points.
This week’s competition is a 3 Lady Rumble, the last competition of a very busy and successful golfing year.
Saturday, December 3 - Christmas Spirit 9 Hole Singles Stableford - Bernie McCabe 20pts, Ann Hopper 19pts.
Tuesday December 6 – Christmas Spirit 9 Hole Singles Stableford - Front 9: Brid Rocks 19pts, Catherine Hogan Conlon18pts, Bernie Muckian 17pts. Back 9: Geraldine Minogue 17pts, Nora Byrne 17pts, Pauline Campbell 16pts.
Gerry McDermott shot the best score as eight more players claimed their turkeys for Christmas in the singles stableford competition held over the last weekend in November
Playing off 12 McDermott shot 33pts which was one better than Ciaran Traynor (4), Conor Murray (12) and George Rogers (16).
After only picking up four points from the opening three holes, McDermott chipped in for a three-point par at the fourth and then got up and down at the next for another three point par.
The next two holes only yielded two points, but he drained a long putt on the eighth for birdie and four points and then got up and down on nine and 10 for two more three-point pars. Two-point bogeys at the 11th and 12th followed to leave McDermott on 26pts with two holes left to go.
He picked up four points at par three 13th when he rolled in a birdie putt from 15ft and then drained an even longer putt on the 14th for a three-point birdie and a final total of 33pts.
That made him the Division 2 winner ahead of Murray while Traynor edged out Peter Rogers (3) for the Division 1 honours. Pascal Keenan (12) shot 31pts to take Division 3 from Sean McErlean (12) while George Rogers 32pts saw off Ciaran Rafferty (18) in Division 4.
Saturday, 26 November and Sunday, 27 November – 14 Hole Turkey Singles Stableford - Division 1: Ciaran Traynor (4) 32pts, Peter Rogers (3) 31pts. Division 2: Gerry McDermott (12) 33pts, Conor Murray (12) 32pts. Division 3: Paschal Keenan (12) 31pts, Sean McErlean (13) 30pts. Division 4: George Rogers (16) 32pts, Ciaran Rafferty (18) 31pts.
The final competition of the Ladies Winter League was played on Saturday November 27 and Tuesday November 29. Great scores were returned in all divisions, with Betty Rogers, Catherine Duff and Teresa O’Mahony claiming the divisional honours.
Team Golden Retriever, captained by Maura Coyle, emerged as the overall winners by 10 points from Team German Shepherd, captained by Mary Laverty. Presentation of prizes for the Winter League, matchplay competitions and all other outstanding prizes took place in the Clubhouse on Tuesday night after the Ladies AGM. The overall winner of the Winter League singles competition was Joan McKenna, who played consistently good golf throughout.
Louise Lynn was awarded Golfer of the Year for 2022. Louise played fabulous golf throughout the season and spoke of her joy at winning this prestigious prize for an amazing third time. Very well done to Louise on this superb achievement.
At the AGM, the newly elected officers assumed office for the coming golfing year. Lady Captain Briege Renaghan, Lady Vice Captain Mags Coburn and Lady President Elizabeth McGuinness spoke of their delight and honour at being elected to their respective roles and looked forward to the golfing year ahead. The evening and the golfing year concluded with mulled wine and mince pies.
Saturday November 27th & Tuesday November 29th – Ladies Winter League Week 6 - Division 1: Betty Rogers (19) 30pts, Una Kelly (20) 29pts, Judy McDonough (22) 27pts. Division 2: Catherine Duff (30) 28pts, Mary Laverty (28) 27pts, Olive Jones (27) 27pts. Division 3: Teresa O’Mahony (32) 30pts, Joanne Lynch (42) 26pts, Amanda Reenan (35) 25pts. 9 Hole Competition: Catherine MacGuinness 17pts, Mary Carthy 16pts.
Winter League Overall Team Results: 476pts - Team Golden Retriever: Maura Coyle (captain), Deirdre Smith, Marylou Grennan, Sinead O’Callaghan, Leone Smyth Baillie, Marcella Ui Conluain. 464pts - Team German Shepherd: Mary Laverty (Captain), Pauline Campbell, Niamh Maguire, Sally McDonnell, Lucy Greenan, Lady Captain Alison Quigley.
The Men's Winter League will tee off over the first weekend in December with 10 teams taking part.
The League will be run over six 14-hole competitions with the best four scores on each team counting towards the team’s weekly score.
The teams have been selected and are as follows:
Team Eagle: David Cairns, Richard Copas, John McKeever, Michael Noone, Gerard O'Keeffe, Peter Rogers, Alan Uzell.
Team Falcon: Seamus Bailey, Conor Byrne, Gerard Carroll, Ciaran Corbett, Padraig Fallon, Daniel Gallagher, Aidan Gaughran, Ray Pepper.
Team Harrier: Frank P Byrne, Fionn Cunningham, David McDonnell, John McLaughlin, Paul Morgan, Tommy Renaghan, Clem Walshe.
Team Hawk: Michael Byrne, Gerry Campbell, Austin Carroll, John Paul Casey, Andrew Cumiskey, Connor McCaughey, Noel McGuinness, Ollie Reilly.
Team Kestrel: Patrick Cole, Lee Egan, Colm Garvey, Barry Grennan, Martin McDonnell, Eamonn McEneaney, Charles P Monahan.
Team Osprey: Gerry Byrne, Malcolm Drake, Laurence Hanratty, Ciaran McAteer, John Mulligan, Pearse Murphy, Conor Murray, Maurice Soraghan.
Team Owl: Martin Byrne, Colm Coburn, Mark Cumiskey, Barry Cunningham, Ultan Herr, Ciaran Rafferty, Brendan Tinnelly.
Team Raven: David Brennan, Dennis Cunningham, Michael Hamilton, Seanl Hession, Gerry McDermott, John McEneaney, Brendan O'Shaughnessy, Niall Sloane.
Team Robin: Kevin Callan, Michael Coburn, Vincent Conlon, Peter Cunningham, John Laverty, Stephen Murphy, Anthony Tuite.
Team Sparrow: David Corrigan, Gerard Daly, Ronan Dennedy, John Farrell, Brian Gaughran, Ultan Gaughran, Michael McNamara, Edmund Sheridan.
Connor McCaughey and Pearse Murphy won the 14 Hole Turkey Singles Stableford competitions which were played on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.
Playing of 11 on the Saturday, Murphy opened with two three point pars and then had a two point par at the sixth and a three point par at the seventh before recording a four point birdies at the par three ninth and par five tenth. Another three point par at the 12th was followed by a two point par at the 13th.
Even though he failed to score at the 14th his 34pts was still enough to comfortably take the overall victory by four points from Matthew McCaughey.
The following day Connor McCaughey (4), Tommy Renaghan (11) and Eamon Hoey (14) had the best scores as they all shot 33pts to take Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 respectively. Gerry Byrne (18) had 30pts to win Division 4.
McCaughey’s round included three birdies and nine pars while Renaghan had one birdie and seven pars and Hoey had four pars and one birdie
Sunday, 20 November 20 - 14 Hole Turkey Singles Stableford - Division 1: Connor McCaughey (4) 33pts, Niall McCaul (7) 32pts. Division 2: Tommy Renaghan (11) 33pts, Martin Byrne (12) 32pts. Division 3: Eamon Hoey (14) 33pts, Thomas Clarke (13) 29pts. Division 4: Gerry Byrne (18) 30pts, Patrick Cole (18) 29pts.
Saturday, November 19 - 14 Hole Turkey Singles Stableford - Pearse Murphy (11) 34pts, Matthew McCaughey (!2) 30pts.
The fifth week of the winter league was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
A 14 hole singles stableford competition was played on Saturday and produced some fine scoring with Sylvia McKenna winning and Eva Beirne taking the runner up spot.
The Ladies AGM and end of season presentation of prizes takes place on Tuesday November 29th in the clubhouse at 8pm. All ladies are encouraged to attend.
Saturday, November 19 - 14 Hole Singles Stableford - Sylvia McKenna (54) 36pts, Eva Beirne (33) 33pts