Barry’s birdie blitz clinches Cochrane Cup

Kevin Barry threw in three birdies on his way to winning the Cochrane Cup by one point from Conor Rafferty and Brian Ward.

After picking up three points on the opening two holes he reeled off three successive three pointer with pars at the third and fourth and a birdie two at the fifth. Another two point par at the sixth was followed by a double bogey seven for one point at the par five seventh. That left him on 15 points and he turned in 19pts after bogeys at the eighth and ninth.

He reached 24 points after a three point par at the 10th and a two point bogey at the 11th before scoring his second birdie of the day at the par five 12th when he had a four for four points followed by another birdie on the par three 13th for a further three points.

That left Barry on 31pts with five holes to go and he gathered two points at each of the next four holes with two point pars at 14 and 17 and two point bogeys at 15 and 16 before finishing with a three point par on the 18th.

He came home in 23pts and returned an overall score of 42pts to win by one point from Conor Rafferty (20) whose 23pts down the back nine was enough to pip Brian Ward (15) for second place on countback with Ward denying Jimmy O’Connor (20) a place on the podium thanks to his five points over the final two holes after they tied for back nine, back six and back three.

O’Connor took Category Three with Sean Reidy (5) and Gearóid Ó Conluáin (17) winning the other two categories. Zak Alderdice (4) claimed the Gross Prize after shooting 34pts while Cillian Halpenny (15) won the Juvenile Prize with 41pts.  

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday August 16 – Cochrane Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Kevin Barry (12) 42pts, Conor Rafferty (20) 41/23pts. Brian Ward (15) 41/20/12/6/5pts. Gross Winner: Zak Alderdice (4) 34/17pts. Cat 1 (0-12): Sean Reidy (5) 39/18/10/6pts, Danny Miele (12) 39pts, Turlough King (11) 38/21pts. Cat 2 (13-17): Gearóid Ó Conluáin (17) 40pts, David Lynch (13) 39pts, Barry Rafferty (16) 38/21pts. Cat 3 (18+): Jimmy O’Connor (20) 41pts, PJ Dooley (22) 39/18/13pts, Nigel Giff (22) 39/pts. Juvenile Winner: Cillian Halpenny (15) 41pts. CSS: Saturday – 35pts, Sunday – 36pts.

Walshe retains Golfer of the Year

Congratulations to Clem Walshe who has retained the Golfer of the Year trophy.

Walshe led going into Sunday’s Cochrane Cup, which was the final counting event, but none of his closest challenges were able to produce the low score needed to put the four handicapper under pressure.

Alan Hurley (5) finished second five shots behind Walshe in the overall standings with Aaron Waite (13) in third a further shot back.

Golfer of the Year 2019 (Top 30): 1 – Clem Walshe (4) 499. 2 – Alan Hurley (5) 504. 3 – Aaron Waite (13) 505. 4 – Sean Gallagher (21) 507. 5 – Malcolm Drake (15) 509. 6 – Aidan Thornton (8) 510. 7- Zak Alderdice (7) 510. 8 – Conor Hackett (12) 511. 9 – Neal MacKell (3) 512. 10 – Paul O’Callaghan (10) 513. 11 – Connor McCaughey (5) 516. 12 Christy Ward (6) 516. 13 – Mark Cumiskey (9) 516. 14 – Richard Copas (15) 517. 15 – Conall Murdock (4) 518. 16 – Colin Roche (6) 519. 17 – Fergal Harte (6) 519. 18 – Eddie Rogers (3) 521. 19 – Gregory McCaughey (6) 521. 20 – John McKeever (12) 522. 21 – Niall McCaul (8) 522. 22 – Seamus Bailey (11) 522. 23 – Brian Ward (17) 522. 24 – Frank Byrne (8) 524. 25 – Michael Coburn (9) 525. 26 – Ultan Gaughran (8) 526. 27 – Barry Cunningham (9) 527. 28 – Gerard McDermott (16) 527. 29 – Ciaran Traynor (8) 528. 30 – Sean O’Sullivan (17) 528. ENDS

Gaughran wins Cochrane Cup

The Cochrane Cup was won by Ultan Gaughran who shot a nett two under par 70 over the tough Blue Course.

That gave a one shot win over fellow eight handcapper Conor Murphy who shot a 71 while Neal MacKell (3) took the Gross Prize with a three-over par 76.

Four pars, four bogies and a double bogey – at the seventh – meant Gaughran went to the turn in one over par nett but he turned things around on the back nine as he carded a gross 37 for a nett 33. After a bogey at the 10th, he parred the next two holes before birdieing the par three 13th. Back to back pars followed before a bogey five into the wind at the long 16th and he closed with pars at the 17th and 18th to sign for a gross 78 and a nett 70 which was excellent shooting on a day when the CSS was 75.

Conor Hackett (11), who won this year’s Captain’s Prize, took Cateogry 1 while Paddy Duffy (14) and Sean Gallagher (18) claimed the other two categories with Lee Egan (19) taking the juvenile prize. 

Sunday, October 6 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Ultan Gaughran (8) 70, Conor Murphy (8) 71. Gross: Neil Mackell (3) 76. Category 1 (0-11): Conor Hackett (11) 73/32.5, Neil Mulloly (6) 73. Category 2 (12-17): Paddy Duffy (14) 75/36, Malcolm Drake (14) 72/35. Category 3 (18+): Sean Gallagher (18) 73, Benny O Shaughnessy (20) 75/36. Juvenile: Lee Egan (19) 80. CSS: 75.

Captain Pat wins again with super 68

The burden of high office is not proving to be much of a distraction to our 2019 Captain Pat Davis who earlier this year won the Minor Scratch Cup.

On Sunday, he was in sparkling form again as he shot a four under par 68, off a handicap of 18, in difficult conditions from the back tees.

It was enough to win Sunday’s Singles Stroke competition which replaced the final Golfer of the Year competition, the Cochrane Cup, after it was deferred to another date because of the inclement weather on Sunday.

On a day when a Competition Standard Scratch of 75 clearly reflected the challenge the field faced, Davis managed to keep things together down the front nine as he turned in a nett 37 after two pars, four bogies and three double bogies.

Another double bogey followed at the 10th but he found himself back at level par to his handicap when he birdied the index two par four 11th and he then followed that up with a par five at the 12th and another birdie at the par three 13th.

It was bogey golf for the next four holes before finishing with a par at the last to return a gross score of 86 and a nett score of 68, which was enough to pip this year’s Junior Cup winner, Christy Ward (6), by one shot.

Ward had the day’s best gross and also took Category 1 while Cathal Muckian (11) and Brian Crombie (21) were the other category winners.

Sunday, September 22 – Singles Stroke – Overall: Pat Davis (18) 68. Category 1 (0-10): Christy Ward (6) 69. Category 2 (11-15): Cathal Muckian (11) 75. Category 3 (16+): Brian Crombie (21) 73. Best Gross: Christy Ward (6) 75. CSS:75.

Another win for McGuinness as he lands Cochrane Cup

Shane McGuinness, who earlier in the season captured the Minor Scratch Cup, added another important trophy to his sideboard when he won the Cochrane Cup on Sunday.

Now playing off 15, McGuinness needed a strong back nine to pip another 15 handicapper, Len Mullins, after the two returned five-under par nett scores of 67 on a day when a strong swirling wind asked plenty of questions of the field.

Mullins, who was an early morning starter, set the score to beat after a steady round that saw him show great composure on the index three par five seventh to record a solid six after a bit of trouble on the tee.

McGuinness, playing the afternoon, began steadily but wasn’t as fortunate as Mullins on the seventh where he racked up a triple bogey eight. However, pars at the eighth and ninth helped him in turn in 36 nett.

Three more pars followed at the 10th, 11th and 12th before a bogey four at the index 16, 13th was followed by a par at the short par four 14th. McGuinness then birdied the difficult par four 15th and parred the long par four 16th before finishing with bogeys on the final two holes to come home in 31 nett for an 18 hole nett total of 67.

Ken Lynch (12) was the only other player in the field to shoot in the sixties as he recorded a 69 to take Category 2 while Maurice Soraghan (10) claimed Category 1 and Nigel Giff (21) won Category 3. Senior Panel member Conor Curran (1) took the Gross Prize with a level par 72 while Padraig Grennan (17) was the Juvenile winner.

Sunday, September 9 – Cochrane Cup – Overall: Shane McGuinness (15) 67/30.5, Len Mullins (15) 67/34.5. Gross: Conor Curran (1) 72. Category 1 (0-11): Maurice Soraghan (10) 71/35, Rian McDonnell (7) 71/35.5. Category 2 (12-16): Ken Lynch (12) 69, Derek Teather (16) 72/35. Category 3 (17+): Nigel Giff (21) 71/34.5, Conor McClenaghan (23) 71. Juvenile: Padraig Grennan (17) 73. CSS: 72.



Superb back nine secures Cochrane Cup for Byrne

Martin Byrne (14) needed a superb back nine to capture the Cochrane Cup on Sunday after he and Neil Mullooly (8) shot rounds of 40pts.

Byrne had returned 16pts on the front nine where he had three point pars at the third and ninth but blanked the par three fifth and only managed a single point at the sixth and eighth.

A further four points followed from the 10th and 11th before his round exploded into life and he reeled off four successive three point holes from the 12th to 15th before settling for a two point bogey on the 16th and then finishing with pars on the last two holes for six more points.

His 24pts down the back nine was two better than Mullooly who took second overall while Colin Roche (7) with 33pts was the winner of the Gross Prize. Billy Curran (12), Frank Keys (15) and Sean Gallagher (21) were the Category winners. Conor Murphy (15) was the Juvenile winner and Eamonn McEneaney recorded an ace at the par three 17th

Sunday, July 30 – Cochrane Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Martin Byrne (14) 40/24pts, Neil Mullooly (8) 40/22pts. Gross: Colin Roche (7) 33pts. Category 1 (0-12): Billy Curran (12) 39/22pts, Fergal Harte (6) 39pts. Category 2 (13-18): Frank Keyes (15) 39/20pts. Brendan Reilly (14) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Sean Gallagher (21) 37pts, Hugh Reilly (21) 36pts, Juvenile: Conor Murphy (15) 34pts. CSS: 36pts