Casey wins Captain’s Prize by two shots from Callan


Captain’s Prize Winner John Paul Casey receives his prize from Captain Trevor Giff.

JOHN Paul Casey showed nerves of steel to take Trevor Giff’s Captain’s Prize at Dundalk Golf Club oN Sunday.

Playing off 10, and in the final leaders group, he shot a nett score of two under par 70 to go with his fine five under par 67 from the first round. His score of 137 saw him win by two shots from Shaun Callan with Malcolm Drake in third place. 

Recent Minor Scratch Cup winner Gerry McDermott (17) had set the target as he shot a five under par 67 to charge through the field from 55th position and establish the early club house lead on 141. Drake, who started the day in 30th place, then shot a 68 for a two round total of 140 and he held that lead until the second last group finished and Callan leapfrogged him as he added a 70 to his opening round of 69.

The two other members of the penultimate group – Richard Barry and Shane Thornton – finished on 140 with Barry taking the Veterans Prize after rounds of 68 and 72 while Thornton’s two rounds of 68 and 72 placed him sixth just behind McKeever who shot 69 to go with an opening 71.

Casey began the day in second place, just two shots behind Round 1 leader Maurice Soraghan who had shot a superb seven under par 65 with Fergal Harte completing the final trio after a 68 in the opening round.

Accepting his prize at a special presentation in the Clubhouse, Casey said: “It is an incredible honour for me to win the Captain’s Prize at Dundalk Golf Club and it is something that I will never forget.” 

The foundation for Casey’s victory was laid on the front nine which he covered in 34 nett compared to Soraghan’s 38 and Harte’s 39. He had seven pars, a bogey and a double bogey over the front nine and kept it steady down the back with three pars and six bogeys for a nett score of 36 and a very tidy two under par round of 70 nett.

Callan, playing off 14, was out in 33 nett as he looked to close a first gap of four shots to Soraghan and two to Casey. That left him one ahead of Soraghan after nine and one behind Casey but three double bogeys between the 11th and 14th holes proved costly and he had to sellte for second place after coming home in 37 for a 70 nett.

Caolan Rafferty took the Gross Prize on 138 with a magnificent seven under par 65 the highlight of the second round. He struck for birdie at the first, third, sixth, seventh, 10th 12th, 13th and 14th  and had only one dropped shot at the eighth.

Soraghan took the Division 1 36 hole prize with McDermott claiming the Division 2 honours and Ray Pepper winning Division 3.

Saturday, July 24, Sunday, July 25 and Sunday, August 1 – Trevor Giff’s Captain’s Prize – John Paul Casey 137 (67, 70), Shaun Callan 139 (69, 70) 139, Malcolm Drake 140 (72/69), John McKeever 140 (71\69), Shane Thornton 140 (68/72). Veteran: Richard Barry 140 (68,72). Gross: Caolan Rafferty   138 (73, 65). Division 1 (Up to 11.2):  Maurice Soraghan 140 (65, 75).   Division 2 (11.3 to 16.4): Gerry McDermott 141 (74, 67). Division 3 (16.5+) Ray Pepper 143 (74, 69). Junior/Juvenile – Odhran Mc Shane 137 (70/67), Paul Carroll 139 (66, 73). Gross: Ciaran Johnston 147 (74, 73). Round 1: Fionn Cunningham 64. Round 2: Conal Mullins 66. Saturday Qualifier: Martin McEntaggart 71/32. Division 1 (Up to 11.4): Christy Ward 73/35), Division 2 (11.5 to 17.4): Fergus O’Callaghan 71/35. Division 3 (17.5+): David McDonnell 71/34. Sunday Qualifier: Fergal Harte 68/32. Division 1 (Up to 11.2): Neil Mullooly 69/37. Division 2 (11.3 to 16.4): Michael McDermott 69/34. Division Three (16.5+): Joe Garvey 69/35. Sunday Final Round: Division 1 (Up to -11.2): Austin Shaw 68/31, Anthony O’Donoghue 68/34. Division 2 (11.3 to 16.4): Eamonn McEneaney 71/34, Ciaran Murray 71/35, David Cairns 72/33. Division 3 (16.5+): Dessie Corbett 69/33, Ciaran McAteer 69/35.


Photos from the presentation of prizes.
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Hackett edges Browne in thriller to win Captain’s Prize

Conor Hackett, winner of the 2019 Captain’s Prize, receives the MJ Spillane Cup from Club Captain Pat Davis.

Conor Hackett kept his nerve to win Pat Davis’s Captain Prize on Sunday by three shots from Michael Browne after a titanic battle. The 12 handicapper added a one under par 71 to his impressive first round 65 to finish on eight under par while Browne, playing off 23, finished on five under after a 74, having also carded a seven under par 65 in the first round.

Browne was actually leading by two strokes with five holes to go but dropped three shots at 14 and 15 to hand the initiative to Hackett who then pressed home his advantage with a birdie on the par three 17th when he fired a wind-assisted seven iron to within a few feet of the pin and sank the putt.

“That was the clincher,” said Hackett afterwards. “We had a great battle and it is a great honour for me to win a Captain’s Prize.”

It was Hackett who started the better of the two as he reeled off four straight pars to lead Browne by three shots standing on the fifth tee box. But he then ran up a double bogey five after finding the water and the pair were level after Hackett bogeyed the sixth.

Browne then edged a shot ahead on the seventh but Hackett responded on the eighth to draw level and they both turned for home neck and neck after shooting nett 35s over the front nine.

A double bogey seven at the 10th saw Browne fall two shots behind Hackett, who parred the hole, but Hackett then allowed Browne back into the contest as he produced back to back double bogeys on the 12th and 13th while Browne parred both holes.

That put Browne in the driving seat but he then faltered himself when he dropped three shots over the next two holes to go from two ahead to one behind with three to play. Hackett parred the 16th, where he had a shot, to move two ahead and went three ahead with that superb birdie on the 17th.

He then matched Browne’s bogey five on the last, where they both had shots, to claim his first Captain’s Prize, with a two round total of 136, on what was also his second wedding anniversary.

Eighty-four-year-old Michael Stewart (14), who had carded a magnificent eight under par 64 to lead after round one, was unable to match his two playing partners in the final group but received a deserved standing ovation from a packed Clubhouse on Sunday night when he was presented with his prize for being the leading qualifier from the previous Sunday’s first round.

Brian Ward (16) shot two level par rounds of 72 for a total of 144 on his way to becoming a very popular winner of the Veteran’s Prize while Senior Panel member Neal MacKell (3) shot gross rounds of 75 and 76 to take the Gross Prize on 151.

The category winners over the two rounds were Niall Martin (9), Shane Thornton (14) and Conor McClenaghan (19) while Eddie Rogers (4) won the Saturday Qualifier after his 67.

Sunday, August 4 – Pat Davis’s Captain’s Prize – Overall: 136 – Conor Hackett (12) 65, 71; 139 – Michael Browne (23) 65, 74; 140 – Paul O’Callaghan (10) 70, 70; 141 – Richard Copas (15) 71, 70; 142 – Ferghal Duffy (17) 75, 67. Veteran: 144 – Brian Ward (16) 72, 72. Gross: 151 – Neal MacKell (3) 75, 76. Category 1 (<13): 142 – Niall Martin (9) 74, 68. Category 2 (13-18): 142 – Shane Thornton (14) 71, 71. Category 3 (19+): 143 – Conor McClenaghan (19) 74, 69. Saturday Qualifier (July 27) – Overall: Eddie Rogers (4) 67. Category 1 (0-12): Alan McDermott (4) 68. Category 2 (13-18): Malcolm Drake (15) 69. Category 3 (19+): Sean Taaffe (19) 69/33.5. Sunday Qualifier (July 28) – Overall: Michael Stewart (14) 64. Cat 1 (<12): Billy Cairns (6) 67. Category 2 (13-18): Ronan Farrelly (18) 69. Category 3 (19+): Tom Lanigan (22) 70. Best Juvenile (Qualifying Rounds): Rory Henry (21) 66, Tom Dunne (13) 69. Sunday 18 Holes (August 4) – Category 1 (<12): Aaron Grant (+1) 68/33.5, Ciaran Traynor (8) 68. Category 2 (13-18): Dermot McKenna (16) 67, Danny Gallagher (13) 69/33.5. Category 3 (18+): Noel Crowe (22) 67, Diarmuid McAdam (24) 68. CSS: 72 (Saturday Qualifying), 72 (Sunday Qualifying), 72 (Sunday Final).                             

Evergreen Stewart leads Captain’s Prize after first round

The evergreen Michael Stewart showed that age is no barrier when he emerged from the 316 strong field as the outright leader after Round One of Pat Davis’s Captain’s Prize.

In shooting a nett 64, the 14 handicapper shot a gross 78 which matched his age and showed that there is still plenty of competitive steel amongst the Club’s veterans.

He produced a near flawless round which included a birdie three on the index six par four 15th. He had nothing worse than bogey on his card as he parred ten of the other 17 holes.

Stewart will be in the final group next Sunday afternoon along with Michael Browne (23) and Conor Hackett (12) who both shot 65 nett but there will be a pack full of quality chasing them down over the final 18 holes.

Eddie Rogers (4) and Billy Cairns (6) lie just three shots off the lead after shooting nett 67s with Rogers going around in an impressive one under par gross while Alan McDermott (4), who finished second in last week’s President’s Prize, is a shot further back on his own in sixth place after a nett 68.

There are three father and son combinations in the top 30 which should lead to interesting family dynamics over the next week. Eddie Rogers’ son Brendan (17) is on 71, the same score as Michael Browne’s son Mark (11) while Alan McDermott’s father Ollie (15) lies 16th after shooting a 70 nett.

The recent Scratch Saturday event produced home winners in the Junior, Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups and with Captain Pat Davis having won the Minor Cup, it is somewhat appropriate that the Junior winner Ward Christy Ward (6) is inside the Top Ten after a 69 while the Intermediate winner Paul O’Callaghan (10) is a shot further back. 

July 27 & 28 – Pat Davis’s Captain’s Prize – First Round Leaderboard: 64 – Michael Stewart (14). 65 – Michael Browne (23), Conor Hackett (12). 67 – Eddie Rogers (4), Billy Cairns (6). 68 – Alan McDermott (4). 69 – Ruairi Gogarty (6), Sean Taaffe (19), Fergal Sexton (8), Christy Ward (6), Sean Gallagher (19), Malcolm Drake (15), Colin Roche (5), Brian Crombie (22). 70 – Paul O’Callaghan (10), Oliver McDermott (15), David Murden (9), Tom Lanigan (22). 71 – Shane Thornton (14), Éamonn Laverty (14), Brendan Rogers (17), Dermot Murphy (5), Richard Copas (15), Tommy Renaghan (15), Mark Browne (11). 72 – Anthony Tuite (14), Turlough King (10), Seamus Bailey (11), Anthony O’Donoghue (13), Conor Byrne (21). CSS Saturday: 72. CSS Sunday: 72.

Copas takes Route 66 to Captain’s Prize

2017 Captain’s Prize winner Richard Copas receives the trophy from Captain Mickey Coburn

Richard Copas won Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s Prize thanks to a superb six under par 66 in the second round on Sunday.

His  10 under par overall total of 134 was enough to pip first round leader Noel Crowe by two shots with third placed David Cairns a further six shots behind.
Noel Mahon (23) took the Veterans Prize while the evergreen Peter Roger claimed the Gross Prize with a two round total of 148 which was helped by an impressive one under par 71 in the final round.
Copas and Crowe were paired together in the final group and, as the expected challenge from the groups behind failed to materialise, they rose to the occasion rather than wilt under the pressure.
Eighteen handicapper Copas, who was lying two shots behind Crowe after a first round 68, had a shot at every hole and he produced an almost perfect round in crafting his 66.
He opened steadily with four bogeys before gaining his first par at the par three fifth to go one under. After bogeys at the next three holes, Copas took a firm grip of the competition when he reeled off four successive pars from the ninth to the 12th to go to five under for the round and nine under for the competition.
A birdie three at the par four 16th took him to 11 under for the competition and his only blemish of the day came at the 18th which he doubled bogeyed for a round of 66 and a final total of ten under.
Crowe (26) hung in but with Copas playing so steadily his one under par 71 came up a couple of shots short as he finished on eight under.
Sunday’s Second Round category prizes were won by Ciaran Sheridan (5), Brian Gaughran (13) and Sean Gallagher (20).
Sunday, August 21 – Captain Michael Coburn’s Prize –  1st Richard Copas (18) 134 (68/66); 2nd Noel Crowe (26)  136 (65/71); 3rd David Cairns 142 (73/69/32.5); 4th Martin McEntaggart (10) 142 (73/69); 5th Brian Mernagh (11) 142 (70/72/36.5); 6th Paul O’Reilly (17) 142 (70/72); 143 – 7th Willie McKeever (17) 143 (75/68); 8th Jim Dwyer (9) 143(71/72). Veteran: Noel McMahon (23) 141 (66/75). Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 148 (77/71). Category 1: Ciaran Sheridan (5) 70/33.5. Terry Conlon (6) 70. Category 2: Brian Gaughran (13) 67/32.5, Seamus Bailey (13) 67. Category 3:  Sean Gallagher (20) 70. Dessie Corbett (22) 72. CSS 72.

Sunday Qualifier Category 1: Kyle Rafferty (winner, left) and Caolan Rafferty (second, right)

Sunday Qualifier Overall Winner, Maurice Murphy

Saturday Qualifier Overall Winner, John P Daly

Crowe leads Captain’s Prize after First Round

Noel Crowe (26) is the leader of Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s Prize after the first round which was played over Saturday and Sunday.

He shot an impressive seven under par 65 on Sunday morning to lead by one from Noel McMahon (23) and Richard Copas (18).

That trio will form the final grouping in this Sunday’s Second Round with Maurice Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17) and John P Daly (14) in the group of ahead of them, all sitting four shots behind the leader on 69.

A total of 33 players, who shot 73 or better, have been seeded for next Sunday;s Second Round and every one of them will fancy their chances especially when they recall that last year’s winner David Murden started his final round in 31st place before blasting his way through the field.

All players with a score of 79 or better have qualified to play on Sunday next and their timesheet is now live on the BRS System as is the timesheet for Saturday’s non-qualifiers competition.

Mickey Coburn’s Captain’s  Prize Round 1 Leaderboard: 65 – Noel Crowe (26). 66 – Noel McMahon (23), Richard Copas (18). 69 – Maurice J Murphy (3), Patsy Cole (17), John P Daly (14). 70 – Ken Lynch (12), Alan Cole (13), Paul O’Reilly (17), Brian Mernagh (11), Ciaran Daly (17), Gerard Daly (14), Ciaran Cooney (8). 71 – Sean Ward (18), Tony Hanna (23), Jim Dwyer (9), Kieran Reidy (15), Pat Doanghy (12), Harry O’Hanrahan (26), Ultan Gaughran (6), Andrew Brodigan (12). 72 – Fergal Harte (6), Clem Walshe (4), Austin Mathews (13), Carl Stewart (7), Len Mullins (16). 73 – Tommy McDonnell (22), Martin McEnteggart (10),  Dermot McKenna (21), David Brennan (13), Padraig McDonnell (20), Connor McCaughey (5), Anthony O’Donoghue (13).

Murden storms through to take Captain’s Prize

Overall Winner

Winner David Murden is presented with his prize by Captain Maurice Soraghan

Eleven handicapper David Murden stormed through the field to take Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize last Sunday.

He shot a best of the day 65 for a two round score of 137 and that was enough to give him a three shot win over E J Hanratty (10) who shot 70 in both rounds for a four under par total of 140.

Club stalwart Peter Rogers (2) took the gross prize after shooting rounds of 75 and 76 for 151 while Tommy Reneghan (14) won the Veteran’s Prize after shooting a five under par 67 for 141 after a 74 last week.

Big hitting Murden started the day in 31st place after shooting a level par 72 in last week’s first round and teed off 72 minutes before the leaders having just made it into the seeded group of players for the final round.

Going into the final round under the radar certainly worked for Murden as he burned up the front nine. He shot eight pars and one bogey for a one over par gross score of 37 and a nett total of 32, five under par.

After a bogey six at the par five index 16 10th hole, Murden got back to par golf and parred the next six holes to stand on the 17th tee with a gross score to that point of two over and a nett score of nine under. A double bogey five at the par three, index 14, 17th hole threatened to derail his charge to the title after he found himself two bunkers but he responded brilliantly on the index 10 par four 18th with a booming drive followed by a gap wedge and two putt for a par to finish with a superb round of 65, seven under par.

That left Murden as leader in the clubhouse and he had to spent the next hour watching the remaining 27 players try to find a way to better his score of 137. One by one they came up short and when Brian McCarthy and Jim Dwyer in the final group signed for 74s and an overall total of 141, Murden was confirmed as winner of the 2016 Captain’s Prize which represented his first individual major title.

McCarthy and Dwyer finished third and fourth overall respectively with Intermediate Scratch Cup winner Martin McEntaggart (10) in fifth. Category winners were Frank Byrne (10), Michael Hamilton (16) and Pat Waters (17). The overall winner of Saturday qualifying was Richard Barry (13) with Kevin Redmond (20) taking the Sunday qualifying prize. The winner of the overall Juvenile Prize was Joseph Laverty (19) with Sean Laverty (6) taking the Junior Prize.

Sunday, July 31 – Maurice Soraghan’s Captain’s Prize – Overall: 137 – David Murden (11) 72, 65. 140 – E J Hanratty (10) 70, 70. 141 – Bobby McCarthy (17) , Jim Dwyer (9) 67, 74. 142 – Martin McEntaggart (10) 70, 72. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 151 (75, 76). Veteran: Tommy Reneghan (14) 141 (74, 67). Junior: Sean Laverty (6) 141 (70, 71). Juvenile: Joseph Laverty (19) 143 (75, 68). Sunday Final: Category 1 (0-11): Frank Byrne (10) 71/34, Gerry Murray (9) 71, Neil Mullooly (11) 72/34.. Category 2 (12-16): Michael Hamilton (16) 68/34, Aaron Waite (14) 68, Brendan Keane (12) 70/34/19. Category 3: Pat Waters (17) 67, Noel Crowe (26) 68, Gerard Cluskey (19) 70.Saturday Qualifier: Richard Barry (13) 69/32.5. Category 1 (0-12): Damian English (11) 69. Category 2 (13-19): Michael Kelly (14) 72.  Category 3 (20-28): Sean Gallagher (24) 71. Juvenile: Adam Lennon (22) 71. Junior: Andrew Coburn (12) 69. Sunday Qualifying: Kevin Redmond (20) 65. Category 1 (0-12): Carl Stewart (10) 68. Category 2 (13-19): Gerry J Byrne (19) 69. Cateogry 3 (20-28): Paul Matthews (25) 66. Juvenile Cathal Purcell (20) 84. Saturday Non Qualifers: Michael McDermott (16) 72. Category 1 (0-14) Vincent Jackson (13) 73. Category 2 (15-20): Declan Conlon (20) 74/35. Category 3 (21-28): Denis Ryan (21) 76 (33.5).