Browne makes his Mark on back nine

While Michael Browne has clearly been the form player in the 2019 Winter Series, sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock, it was his son Mark who came out on top in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

The 12 handicapper shot 41pts and edged out club president Dessie Ward on countback thanks to a sizzling back nine which yielded 24pts.

Browne had a steady start with four successive bogies before parring the par three fifith and birdieing the par five sixth. That left him on 12pts after six holes and he picked up another five to the turn as he finished the front nine on 17pts.

He moved up several gears down the back nine with his round kick-started by a birdie four at the par five 10th for four points. Three more followed at the next when he parred the index one 11th and he then collected four points at the 12th when he birdied the par five. That 11 point haul from three holes was followed by two point pars at the 13th and 14th and a two bogey at the 15th.

A three point par at the 16th and a two point par at the 17th left him on 39 points standing on the 18th tee and two points adrift of Ward who had posted his score earlier in the day. But Browne held his nerve and got his two point bogey five to reach 41pts and edge out Ward on countback.

Ward had the consolation of taking the Category 2 prize while Billy Cairns (6) edged out Josh Mackin (1) on countback in Category 1 after both had returned 39pts. Peter McCaughey (19) claimed Category 3 with 40pts.

Gerry Murray (10) took the Bank Holiday Monday Open Stableford Singles with a score of 42pts.

He covered the front nine in 20pts after parring three of the first four holes for a 10pt return and down the back he picked up another 22pts helped by four three point pars including one at the 18th

MacShane which proved decisive as Nicholas MacShane (17) and Adrian Kenny (19) both finished on 41pts.took second overall on countback with Kenny claiming Category 3 while Colin Roche (5) took Category 1and Fergal Duffy (16) won Category 2.

Sunday, March 24 – Winter Series Singles Stableford sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock – Overall: Mark Browne (12) 41/24pts. Cat: 1 (0-12): Billy Cairns (6) 39/24pts, Josh Mackin (1) 39pts. Cat:2 (13–17): Dessie Ward (13) 41pts, Anthony O’Donoghue (13) 39/21/12/7pts. Cat: 3 (18 +): Peter McCaughey (19) 40pts, Sean Taaffe (18) 39/18pts.

Monday, March 18 – Bank Holiday Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Gerry Murray (10) 42pts, Nicholas MacShane (17) 41/22pts. Category 1 (0-12): Colin Roche (5) 40pts, Category 2 (13-18): Fearghal Duffy (16) 37/20pts. Category 3 (19+): Adrian Kenny (19) 41pts.

Open Scotch Foursomes: Gerard Carroll (9) & Christy Ward (6) 55.2, Elizabeth McGuinness (19) & Noel McGuinness(20) 55.8.

Birdie blitz proves decisive in St Patrick’s Day team competition

St Patrick’s Day was celebrated on Sunday with a four man team competition over 14 holes in the morning following by a nine hole scotch foursomes event down the front and back nines in the afternoon.

The team competition, which was part of the Winter Series sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock, saw 21 teams battle it out in testing conditions which featured wind, rain and sunshine as the four seasons made regular appearances across the morning.

The shotgun start saw the eventual winners, Shane Hession (4), Ciaran Traynor (7), Paul Cheshire (11) and Bobby McCarthy (14), start off the 14th hole and two pars from Traynor and Cheshire earned them four points.

Another nine points followed at the 17th and 18th and two bogeys at the first  earned another four points to leave them on 17pts after four holes and a little off the pace for a team competition with two to score at each hole.

However, they got themselves right on track at the index one fourth when Hession and Cheshire both birdied the difficult par four for an impressive return of eight points.

Those were the team’s first two birdies of the round and they went on to add another four through Traynor at the par three fifth and Hession at the par five seventh, par four eighth and par five 12th.

Their scoring was extremely consistent and, in addition to that eight point return at the fourth, they scored seven points at the sixth and never managed lower than four points at any hole as they also reeled off one six pointer, five five pointers, and six four pointers for an overall total of 70pts.

That gave then a one point win over Neal MacKell (2), Noel Reidy (12), Dermot McKenna (16) and Gerry McDermott (16) who finished on 69pts having started on the first hole.

They too were very consistent with six six pointers, three five pointers and three four pointers but will regret three point returns at the par five sixth and par five 12th where the various water hazards drowned their hopes of victory.

The afternoon scotch foursomes competitions sponsored by Kilbeggan Distillery saw Tommy Reneghan (14) and Briege Renaghan (24) win the Front Nine prize while the Back Nine was won by Brid Rocks (19) and Eddie Rocks (9).

Entries for the Gents Mixed Foursomes and Scratch matchplay events can be made in the Bar. Entry fee is €5 per player, per event and the closing date for entries is April 1.

St Patrick’s Day 2019 – Four Man Team 14 Hole Winter Series Event sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock – 1st: Shane Hession (4), Ciaran Traynor (7), Paul Cheshire (11), Bobby McCarthy (14) 70pts. 2nd: Neal Mackell (2), Noel Reidy (12), Dermot McKenna (16), Gerry McDermott (16) 69pts. (Deductions for Winter Series applied).

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 – Scotch Foursomes sponsored by Kilbeggan Distillery – Front Nine: Tommy Reneghan (14) & Briege Reneghan (24) 32.5, Jimmy O’Connor (19) & Jacinta Foran (15) 34.5. Back Nine: Brid Rocks (19) & Eddie Rocks (9) 32, Siobhan Mulholland (37) & Clem Walshe (4) 32.75.

Barry the master in difficult conditions

Ten handicapper Kevin Barry mastered the difficult conditions last Sunday to win the latest competition in the Winter Series sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock.

The wind, rain and cold didn’t affect Barry as he returned an impressive 41pts to lead the field home by two clear points.

Colin Roche (5) took Category 1 on 39pts while Derek Teather (16) shot 35pts to take Category 2 with last week’s winner Michael Browne (22) continuing his impressive form by returning 37pts to take Category Three despite a deduction of two points for previous Winter Series wins.

Sunday, March 10 – Winter Series Singles Stableford sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock – Overall: Kevin Barry (10) 41pts. Category 1 (0-11): Colin Roche (5) 39pts. Category 2 (12–16): Derek Teather (16) 35pts. Category 3 (17+): Michael Browne (22) 37pts. Best Juvenile: Lee Egan (28) 36pts. (Deductions for Winter Series in operation).



Browne leads the field home with superb round

Michael Browne took full advantage of an early start and dry round as he led the field home in Sunday’s latest round of the Winter Series sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock.

The first 18 hole competition of the year produced some hot scoring on a day when those still on the course after midday had to contend with a constant downpour to the finish.

The winner had no such problems as he teed off bright and early at 7.30am and had returned an impressive gross score of 45pts long before the first drops of rain fell from the grey sky.

Browne, who plays off 22, was deducted one point for a previous Winter Series prize but his nett score of 44pts was good enough to take top prize from 17 handicapper Fergal McKenna who finished on 43pts after also receiving a one point deduction but managed to hold off Anthony O’Donoghue (13) on countback thanks to an impressive 24pts over the back nine.

Last year’s Captain’s Prize winner Brian Renaghan (5) came next on 42pts with Sean Quigley (18) taking fifth on 41pts as his back nine score of 23pts proved decisive on countback.

Browne got off to a flying start, picking up six points by parring the opening two holes and he then bogeyed the third to go to eight points. On the fourth he sent both his drive and second shot into the trees but knew this had to the potential to be his day when, on both occasions, the ball ricocheted back onto the fairway.

His six on the index one earned him another two points and by time he reached the turn he was on 22pts, thanks to a four point haul at the index three par five seventh which he parred.

Browne then collected a massive five points on the par five 10th when he holed his eight iron approach for an eagle three and gained another three points at the index two 11th which he bogeyed.

When he walked off the 14th hole he was on 38pts, having birdied the short par four for four points, and he managed to cover the final four holes in seven points for a highly impressive gross score of 45pts which nobody in the field managed to better.

Sunday, March 3 – Winter Series 18 Hole Singles Stableford sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock: Michael Browne (22) 44pts*, Fergal McKenna (17) 43/24pts*, Anthony O’Donoghue (13) 43pts, Brian Renaghan (5) 42pts, Sean Quigley (18) 41/23pts. *Point deducted for previous win during Winter Series.



Carroll takes Winter Series Singles Stableford

The Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock continued on Sunday with a singles stableford over 14 holes and it was won by nine handicapper Gerard Carroll who shot an excellent 34pts.

That gave him a one point winning margin as Michael Browne (22) finished with 33pts while Adrian Kenny (19) was a point further back on 33pts.

Three players finished on 31pts with Clem Walshe (4) taking fourth place on countback from Anthony McGuinness (19) who edged out Fergal McKenna (17) while the seventh and final prize went to David Brennan (14) who shot 30pts after covering the final nine holes in 20pts.

Walshe, who was the 2018 Golfer of the Year, has emerged from his winter hibernation in flying form and last week he was just edged out on countback in the second outing of the 2019 Hilary series at Seapoint Golf Club. On a cold and blustery day, on a course playing to its full length, Walshe shot a 74 and was pipped for victory by Royal Dublin’s Kevin Knightly (3) who eagled the par five 18th to pip the Dundalk player on countback.

This is a big year for Eoin Murphy as he moves into senior elite ranks and the plus one handicapper will take a lot of heart from his 73 at the Hilary outing which was enough to claim the gross prize.

Caolan Rafferty’s preparations for the upcoming season continues in South Africa over the next fortnight when he takes part in South African Amateur Championship at King David Mowbray Golf Club and the South African Amateur Strokeplay at De Zalze Golf Club. Rafferty is one of nine players on a GUI panel taking part in both events.

Sunday, February 17 – Winter Series 14 Hole Singles Stableford sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock –
Gerard Carroll (9) 34pts, Michael Browne (22) 33pts, Adrian Kenny (19) 32pts, Clem Walshe (4) 31/20pts, Anthony McGuinness (19) 31/19pts, Fergal McKenna (17) 31pts, David Brennan (14) 30/20pts.

Impressive score from Champagne winners

Sunday saw another team competition as the Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock entered its second week.

This was a Champagne competition over 14 holes so two scores counted at each hole but each player had to play their second shot from the selected drive on par fours and fives.

Three low men, Conor McCaughey (6), David Murden (9) and Mickey Coburn (9) combined with Nigel Giff (21) to return the best score of the day, an impressive 77pts.

That was two points more than the 75pts recorded by the runners-up, a team made up of seasoned veterans George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19) and Ollie English (13) along with Martin Crosby (9). They took second place on countback thanks to their 49pts haul over the final nine holes.

Sunday, February 10 – 14 Hole Champagne Team of Four Winter Series sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock – 1st: Conor McCaughey (6), David Murden (9), Nigel Giff (21), Mickey Coburn (9) 77pts. 2nd: George Rogers (19), Sean Ward (19), Ollie English (13), Martin Crosby (9) 75/49pts.

Exciting finish to Four Man Rumble

The Winter Series, sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock, began last Sunday with a Four Man Rumble over 14 holes and produced an exciting finish as the long-time clubhouse holders were finally knocked off their perch by two of the day’s final groups.

When Terry Conlon (6), Dessie Ward (13), Derek Teather (16) and Gerry McDermott (16) teed off in the opening group of the day at 8am it was cold and dim. But they proved to be in hot form and posted a score of 74pts for the 32 teams following behind them to beat.

They led for most of the day but were eventually toppled when the fifth last group, featuring Pat Beirne (23), Jim Burlingham (28), Michael McNamara (22) and Brian Crombie (22), signed for a superb score of 77pts despite playing most of their round in wet conditions.

The long-time leaders were then pipped for second place on countback when Mark Coan (25), Paul Lynch (18), Ferghal Duffy (16) and Graham Purcell (20) also came home in 74pts. They covered the final nine holes in 59pts and took the countback and second place by one point.

Sunday, February 3 – Four Man 14 Hole Rumble Winter Series, Sponsored by Tiernans Centra Blackrock – 1st: Pat Beirne (23), Jim Burlingham (28), Michael McNamara (22), Brian Crombie (22) 77pts. 2nd: Mark Coan (25), Paul Lynch (18), Fearghal Duffy (16), Graham Purcell (20) 74/59pts.

Quigley & McGuinness on top in Scotch Foursomes

The winter handicap proved decisive in determining the result of Sunday’s 14 Hole Scotch Foursomes competition which saw a field of 54 pairings play in cold and windy but dry conditions.

Sean Quigley (18) and Noel McGuinness (20) took first prize with an excellent score of 49.2 but they benefited from the 0.5 deduction imposed on Brian Crombie (22) & John McGeady (24) for previous successes over the winter season.

Crombie & McGeady finished on 49.6 with the experienced Seamus Bailey (11) partnering juvenile Lee Egan (28) to third place on a score of 49.8.

Next Sunday’s competition is a 14 Hole Four Man Rumble Men’s sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock and there are still slots available on the timesheet which can be booked via the BRS System.

Sunday, February 27 – 14 Hole Scotch Foursomes – 1st: Sean Quigley (18) & Noel McGuinness (20) 49.2, 2nd: Brian Crombie (22) & John McGeady (24) 49.6*, 3rd: Lee Egan (28) & Seamus Bailey (11) 49.8. *Deduction from previous wins (0.5).