In-form Harte produces sizzling round to win Arkew Cup from Begley

Fergal Harte is certainly a player bang in form at the moment. A member of the club’s regional winning Jimmy Bruen Shield team, he was part of the pairings that delivered the winning point in the recent semi-final win over Donabate and the final victory over Castleknock.

Sandwiched in between those two performances was a superb round of 43pts to claim the Arkew Cup on countback from Michael Begley after both had shot 43pts in what was also the fifth Golfer of the Year event.  

Playing off eight, Harte was one over par gross for the 18 holes as he produced a round that included two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys. Eight of those pars came on the front nine where he also bogeyed the index one fourth to turn with 21pts. The four-point birdies came at 12th and 16th and although his back nine was bookended by one point bogeys at the 10th and 18th he still managed to get home in 22pts for a total of 43pts.

That was enough to give him a better back nine by two points than Begley who, playing off 19, also shot 43pts. Begley went out in 23pts, scoring three points on six of the nine holes and had three more three points pars down the back as well as a four-point birdie for his three at the 16th. However, he failed to score at the par four 11th and could only pick up one point at par five 12th and in the end those holes proved his undoing.

Junior Cup manager Shane Hession took the Gross Prize with an excellent score of 37pts while Divisional honours went to Cathal Muckian (11), Ciaran Daly (14) and Robert Williams (18).

It was a good week for Williams as on Wednesday, playing off 16, he won Division 2 with a fine score of 38pts and saw his handicap index drop from 17.1 to 13.3.

Fergal Sexton won Wednesday’s competition with 42pts off eight as he beat Noel Tully (16) by one point with Fearghal Duffy (16) a shot further back on 40pts. Sexton’s round included biridies at the 9th and 15th, 12 pars and four bogeys as he went out in 22pts and came home in 20pts.

The other divisional winners were Stephen English (7) and Ciaran Rafferty (21) while Colin Roche recorded the day’s best gross score of 36pts.

The Past Captains and Presidents Prize was held on Sunday, August 22 and was won by Sean Hession (8) with 39pts. Dessie Ward (15) finished a shot further back on 38pts with Brian O’Neill (24) third on 36pts.

Saturday, August 21 & Sunday, August 22 – Arkew Cup (GOY 5) Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Harte (8) 43/22pts, Michael Begley (19) 43/20. Gross: Shane Hession (1) 37pts. Division 1: Cathal Muckian (11) 41pts, Ciaran Traynor (5) 39pts. Division 2: Ciaran Daly (14) 42pts, Conor Rafferty (15) 40pts. Division 3: Robert Williams (18) 42pts, Michael Greene (24) 39pts.

Sunday, August 22 – Past Captains and Presidents Prize – Sean Hession (8) 39pts, Dessie Ward (15) 38pts, Brian O’Neill (24) 36pts.

Wednesday, August 25 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Sexton (8) 42pts, Noel Tully (16) 41pts. Fearghal Duffy (16) 40pts. Division 1: Stephen English (7) 38pts. Division 2: Robert Williams (16) 38pts. Division 3: Ciaran Rafferty (21) 36pts. Gross Recognition: Colin Roche (1) 36pts.

Hoey takes the Arkew Cup

TEN years on, almost to the week, from the biggest disappointment of his football career, former Louth Senior footballer Aaron Hoey got his hands on silverware when he won the Arkew Cup at Dundalk Golf Club.
Because of the COVID-19 lockdown and the subsequent phased return to golf, this was the first men’s competition of the season and it was played over two days attracting a entry of 264 players.
While very few golfers managed to get around dry over the two days, those playing on Sunday faced the toughest conditions and Hoey, who played on Saturday, took full advantage as he carded an excellent round of 41pts to beat Tom Dunne (11) on countback.
Hoey opened with a three point par on the first and then played steady golf over the next five holes as he picked up two points each following three pars and two bogies. He then parred the seventh and eighth for three points on each before finishing the front nine with a two point par on the par three ninth.
That saw him turn on 21pts and after a two point par at the 10th he had his first double bogey of the day when he took a six at the index two 11th. He recovered with a par five on the 12th but recorded another double bogey at the par three 13th where he had a five.
Memories of Croke Park in 2010 might have been justified at that stage as the wheels looked to be coming off for the Knockbridge man. But, no doubt drawing on all his sporting experiences, Hoey dug deep and responded magnificently over the final five holes which he covered in 13pts.
After a two point par four at the short 14th, Hoey parred the difficult 15th for three points and then took a two point bogey five at the equally tough 16th. That brought him to 35pts and a birdie two for three points at the 17th and a par four for three points at last saw him gather six points to finish on 41pts.
His back nine of 20pts was enough to pip Dunne, another Saturday player, for the overall prize but Dunne had the consolation of taking the Saturday honours while Hoey’s fellow Knockbridge man and regular playing partner Pearse Murphy (18) showed he had lost none of his pre-lockdown form by shooting 40pts to take the Sunday prize by three points from Brian Óg Renaghan (5).
Andrew Keenan (4), Ultan Herr (14) and John Parker (21) took Saturday’s top category prizes while Eddie Rocks (9), Anthony O’Donoghue (13) and John McErlean (23) were the Sunday category winners. Ben Cahill (19) with an impressive 41pts was the juvenile winner.
In order to adhere with public health guidelines, members were given the option of uploading their scores online and 60 per cent of those who played did so, thereby saving a lot of time for the Tournament Committee who would have had to upload those cards manually to ensure players’ handicaps were updated. It is hoped that more members will use the online in this weekend’s competition which is the Jubilee Cup.
Saturday, July 4 & Sunday July 5 – Arkew Cup – Overall Winner: Aaron Hoey (10) 41/20pts.
Gross Winner: Eoin Murphy (+1) 36pts. Saturday Results – Overall: Tom Dunne (11) 41pts. Category 1 (0-11): Andrew Keenan (4) 39pts. Category 2 (12-17): Ultan Herr (14) 37pts, Category 3 (18+): John Parker (21) 39pts.
CSS: 36pts. Sunday Results – Overall: Pearse Murphy (18) 40pts, Brian Og Renaghan (5) 37/19/13pts. Category 1 (0-12): Eddie Rocks (9) 37pts, Ultan Gaughran (7) 36/18. Category 2 (13-19): Anthony O Donoghue (13) 37pts, Gerry Byrne (19) 36pts. Category 3 (20+): John McErlean (23) 36pts, George Rogers (20) 33pts. CSS: 33pts. Juvenile : Ben Cahill (19) 41pts.

Barry wins the Arkew Cup

Richard Barry won the Arkew Cup on Sunday . The 11 handicapper was the only player in the 180 strong field to break 70 on a day when the course clearly showed just how tough it has become following the recent improvements.

Barry’s nett 69 included birdies at the fifth, 10th and 12th which balanced out double bogeys at the sixth, seventh and 14th. His round also included seven pars and five bogeys.

Neal MacKell took second overall on countback with a nett 70 after the four handicapper shot a 74, which was the best gross round of the day. That allowed Dillon Greene (6) to take the Gross Prize with a 76 while Ciaran Johnston (10), Paschal Keenan (15) and Colm Coburn (21) took the category prizes.

Tom Dunne (15), who had a hole in one on the fifth on Wednesday and lost a shot, won the Juvenile Prize.

Sunday, July 16 – Arkew Cup Singles Stroke – Overall: Richard Barry (11) 69, Neal MacKell (4)* 70/33/18.66. Gross: Dillon Greene (6) 76. Category 1 (0-11): Ciaran Johnston (10) 71, David Staunton (9) 72/33.5. Category 2 (12-16): Paschal Keenan (15) 71/34.5, Kenneth Cairns (14) 71. Category 3 (17+) Colm Coburn  (21) 72/36.5, Ray Pepper  (19) 72. Juvenile: Tom Dunne (15) 76. * Best Gross: Neal MacKell 74. CSS: 73.

Davis wins Arkew Cup in style

Honorary Secretary Pat Davis was an emphatic winner of the Arkew Cup on Sunday when he produced his best round of the year to shoot an eight under 64 and win by four shots from John Paul Casey (17).

The 17 handicapper’s round included three birdies, six pars and seven bogeys as well as a double bogey and a triple bogey.

The double bogey came on the opening hole but Davis showed tremendous character to immediately bounce back at the next with a birdie three and pars at the fourth and fifth left him three under after five. A par four at the eighth and a birdie two at the ninth brought him to six under at the turn and further pars at the 10th and 12th left him eight under standing on the 15th tee.

A gross score in the 70s was definitely looming on the horizon at this stage but a horrible triple bogey seventh at the 15th threaten to derail Davis’s march to victory. However, he regrouped and he got the dropped shots back when he holed for a birdie two at the 17th to get back to eight under.

Shane Hession (6) took the gross prize with a 77 while his father, Sean (9) took the Category 1 prize with the other category winners being Seamus Bailey (13) and Patrick McCormack (22). Adam Lennon (21) took the Juvenile Prize with a 70.

The Arkew Cup was the final Golfer of the Year competition and congratulation are extended to Frank Byrne who emerged as the overall winner.

For the second successive week Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition was won by a visitor with Greenore’s Adam McDonnell (5) taking the honours on countback from 2016 Captain’s Prize winner David Murden (10) after both shot excellent scores of 42pts. Murden had the consolation of taking the Category 1 prize with Ashfield’s Damien Ross (15) and Dundalk Club President Tom Geary (21) winning the other two category prizes.

The final preparations are underway for the ILGU Finals beginning on September 20. The time tables for ball spotters, car park attendants and score recorders are at the bar.  If you have time to spare on any of the days we would very much appreciate it.

Sunday, September 11 – Arkew Cup – Overall: Patrick Davis (17) 64, John Paul Casey (17) 68. Gross: Shane Hession (6)  77. Category 1 (0-12): Sean Hession (9) 70, E J Hanratty (9) 71/35.5. Category 2 (13-17): Seamus Bailey (13) 70/32.5, Danny Gallagher (14) 70. Category 3 (18+): Patrick McCormack (22) 70, Tom Lanigan (21) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (21) 70. CSS: 73.