Two teams bidding for pennants and All-Ireland Finals places

Two Dundalk teams will bid for regional pennants and a place in the All-Ireland finals this weekend.

The formation of Golf Ireland led to the creation of eight regions across the country and this has seen Leinster, the province with the most golf clubs, broken up into three regions with Dundalk playing in the Leinster North region.

The Junior Cup Regional Final against Corrstown will take place at 15.50 on Friday with three matches at home and two away and the winners will advance to the All-Ireland finals in Limerick from September 16-19.

Shane Hession’s team have played five matches to get this point beating Co Louth, Greenore, Ardee, Royal Tara and Laytown & Bettystown while Corrstown, who got a bye in the first round, have defeated The Island, St Margaret’s, Corballis and Malahide.

The Jimmy Bruen Shield team, which is managed by Terry Sloane and Fergal Harte, will face Castleknock at 15.20 on Sunday with two matches at home and three away. The winners will advance to the All-Ireland Finals at Shandon Park from September 7 to 11.

Both teams have played four matches to reach the final having received byes in the first round. In the second round Dundalk beat Royal Tara and followed that up with wins over Headfort, Co Meath and Donabate. Castleknock defeated Royal Dublin in their opening match and then accounted for Roganstown, Portmarnock and Malahide on their way to the final.

There could be a third regional final outing as the Pierce Purcell team face Westmanstown in their regional semi-final at 16:00 on Monday, August 16, with three matches at home and two away. The winners will face Donabate or Malahide in the final.

Dundalk Captain Trevor Giff said the success of the three teams had generated a lot of excitement around the club and he urged members to come out and support the teams. “It is every club’s dream to reach the All-Ireland Finals and we have two, possibly three chances, of doing that.  The three teams still standing have shown tremendous commitment over the last few months as the schedule has been relentless and I would like to pay tribute to the managers and the players for their efforts. We are in with a shout in all three competitions and I would urge members to come out and support the teams this week.”

Big week ahead for remaining inter-club teams

It’s a big week on the inter-club front with the three remaining teams all in action. The Junior Cup team will meet Laytown & Bettystown next Thursday, August 5, at 17:00 while the Jimmy Bruen team meet Donabate on August 6 at 15.50. both those teams are looking for a place in the Leinster North regional final while the Pierce Purcell team face Rathcor on Sunday evening at 15:10 for a place in the last four. Members are asked to come out and support the teams at home and away.

Good week on inter-club scene as three more teams advance

IT was another good week for the inter-club teams as Dundalk recorded wins in the Provincial Towns Cup, Pierce Purcell Shield and Fred Daly Trophy. 

Club Captain Trevor Giff led from the front as the Provincial Towns Cup beat Greenore 5.5 to 1.5 on Saturday. The Captain won his match 4&3 with Denis Cunningham winning 3&1while Eoin Purton and Kevin Redmond won their matches in Greenore. Paul O’Callaghan was 1up playing 18 when he was called in while Darren Murphy was all square on 16 and Derek Murdock was on the 19th when Dundalk secured the winning point.

The Fred Daly team beat Donabate 4-1 on Sunday with Zak Alderdice winning 2&1, Conor Murphy winning 2&1 and Eoin Purton winning 5&4 to secure victory for Dundalk while Chris Clarke was 2up after 16 and Conall Murdock was 1up on 17 when they were called in.

The Pierce Purcell team notched up the third win of the week when they beat Greenore on Sunday evening.   

However, the Fred Perry team saw their campaign come to an end on Friday night when they were beaten 3-2 by Westmanstown with the overall match being decided when Mickey Coburn and Eamon McEneaney were beaten on the 25th hole in Westmanstown.  

Wins in Senior and Junior Cups but Pierce Purcell team lose

There’s been a good start to the commencement of inter-club competitions for 2020 with two of our three teams recording first round victories over the past week.

On Thursday, our Senior Cup team had a narrow 3-2 win over Laytown & Bettytown who had won the regional qualifier last year in Dundalk and, with three matches of the five matches being played on the famous Co Meath links, they were favourites to advance.

The match was decided in Laytown after it finished 1-1 in Dundalk where Aaron Grant played some great golf to see off Jack McDonnell who had won the Balbriggan Scratch Cup the previous Sunday. McDonnell was five under through the front nine and along the way eagled the par five sixth following a drive and wedge to eight feet.

But after being two down after two, Grant hung in and won five and 11 to go level with seven to play, He edged in front by winning the 15th and then sealed a 2 and 1 victory by winning on 17.

Behind him Josh Mackin found himself three down after four but managed to steady the ship without being able to eat into his opponent’s lead and eventually ran out of holes on the 16th as he lost 3 and 2, having shaved the edge of the hole with his birdie putt.

In Laytown, Maurice Murphy played their star player Alex Maguire, recently returned from an impressive sophomore year in Florida Atlantic University, in the top match but a misbehaving driver left Maurice chasing the match from early on and he eventually he succumbed on the 14th hole.

Behind him, Eoin Murphy played Annrai Collins and after a blistering start he was three up after three holes. Although Collins pulled him back to all square after 10, Murphy’s power game was ideally suited to the newly re-routed Laytown layout and a series of 350 yard plus drives saw him regain control of the match and run out a comfortable 3&1 winner.

That left everything hinging on the final match where Irish international and Walker Cup star Caolan Rafferty was matched against the dogged David Foy. An out of sorts Rafferty, combined with some inspired iron play from Foy, saw the Dundalk player trailing by one hole with six to play.

But, with Dundalk’s Senior Cup campaign hanging by a thread, Rafferty rose to the challenge and popped in three birdies over the next five holes to record a great 2&1 win and earn Dundalk a place in the next round against either Ardee or Royal Tara.

The clubs met again on Friday in the Junior Cup with Dundalk have the advantage of three matches at home and they made it count as Andrew Keenan, Billy Cairns and Joseph Laverty all won while Laytown and Bettystown won their two home matches to leave the final score at 3-2.

After almost driving the first hole, Keenan was never in trouble in the top match and romped to a 5&4 victory while Cairns won 2&1. Laverty found himself two down after four holes but responded well and played some great golf as he hauled himself back into the match and on the 17th.

On Sunday the Pierce Purcell Shield team met Royal Tara with three matches taking place in Dundalk. The Meath club won the two matches over their home track by 4&2 while, in Dundalk, Ultan Herr and Emmet Savage McCabe took the top match 3&2. John Mulligan & Michael O’Sullivan were dormie two as they headed to the 17th tee but they were called in after Danny Miele & Pat Davis, in the bottom match, lost on the 15th to a strong Meath pairing.