Two more wins as Barton Cup and Jimmy Bruen Shield teams advance

It was a good weekend for Dundalk in inter-club competitions as both the Barton Cup and Jimmy Bruen Shield teams advanced at the expense of Laytown & Bettystown and Bellewstown respectively.

On Saturday, in the Barton Cup, Dundalk faced Laytown & Bettystown for the third time in over a week and came away with a third win over the Co Meath club despite playing three of the matches away from home and facing a Laytown team packed full of experience with two scratch players and a plus one handicapper in their line-up.

The foundation for the victory was laid in Dundalk with two wins on home soil. In the top match Peter Rogers and Bobby McCarthy won 4&3 after three successive birdies on the seventh, eighth and ninths by McCarthy gave them a firm grip of their match.

Behind them Andrew Keenan and Conor Conroy had a one-hole lead playing the 18th and got the half they needed for the win when Keenan sank a six foot clutch putt on the final green.

Up in Laytown & Bettystown, Shane Hession and John Mulligan lost 3&2 after losing three holes in a row from the 12th when their opponents drained three successive long putts while Clem Walsh and Kevin Redmond also lost by the same margin.

But Mark Gorham and his 15-year-old partner Chris Clarke showed great character to hang in after seeing their opponents rattle in four birdies on the first four holes and were only one down after witnessing that onslaught. Clarke played exceptional golf and delivered four birdies of his own as he and Gorham secured a memorable 2&1 victory to send Dundalk into the next round.

On Sunday, in the Jimmy Bruen Shield, Joseph Laverty and Michael Staunton got things off to a flying start in the first of the home matches with a comprehensive 7&6 win while behind them Ciaran Sheridan and Emmet Savage McCabe won 6&5.

Over in Bellewstown, victory was secured when Eugene Hanratty and Conor Murphy won 3&2 to secure the winning point. The other two away matches were called in with Neil Mulooly and Chris Clarke all square while Damian English and Adrian Thornton were 1up.