Rafferty helps Ireland win back Home Internationals

CAOLAN Rafferty helped Ireland win the Home Internationals for the 19th time, and the first since 2017, at Hankley Common Golf Club in England.

The Dundalk Golf Club player contributed 2.5 points out of a possible five in the matches against Scotland, Wales and England as Ireland beat Scotland and Wales and then drew with England to pip the Scots for the title by half-a-point.

“I made my debut in the Home Internationals back in 2017 when we last won and this was my fourth Homes so it was a nice feeling to claim it back for Ireland. Playing for you country is special, but winning for your country is even better,” said Rafferty.

The 28-year-old headed to England last Monday morning full of expectation after an excellent performance in the One Finance sponsored Dundalk Scratch Cup where he was beaten in a play-off by Ireland team-mate Jack McDonnell after both had finished the 36-hole event on seven under par.

“I was looking forward to the Home Internationals after playing nicely on Sunday. It would have been nice to win the Scratch Cup but being in contention again was nice,” said Rafferty.

However, Rafferty was quickly brought down to earth when the Championship started on Wednesday against Scotland. Although Ireland won 8.5 to 6.5, Rafferty and Marc Boucher were beaten 2&1 in the foursomes and Rafferty lost 7&6 to Andrew Ni in the singles.

“In the morning myself and Marc Bouchar struggled to gel early on and we were just a bit off for some reason. We were four down with six to play but got it together, won 13 and 14, and made a push for it at the end, but just had too much to do. 

“In the evening I didn’t play bad at all. I got caught up in the heather a couple of times which led to three bogeys. But the chap I played had a good day and made a heap of birdies which made the scoreline look worse than it actually was.” 

Despite being the team’s most experienced player, Rafferty was dropped for the morning foursomes against Wales and admitted it was a blow.

“Yes, it was a tough one to take and, after being beaten the day before, it knocked the stuffing out of me. But I had to pull it together and be there for the lads because, at the end of the day, it’s a team competition. I was the team advisor that morning which meant I could help the lads out with shots and chat to them along the fairway so that was passed the morning for me.”

His advice certainly reaped dividends as Ireland won the foursomes 3-2 and Rafferty returned to the fray that afternoon in the singles where he was handed the all-important anchor role and beat Tom Matthews 4&3 as Ireland won the singles 8-2 and the match 11-4.

“It’s a role I was asked would I take up this week. Colm Campbell use to be always there so it’s a position that the Irish set-up really focuses on. Obviously, apart from the first day, it paid off in our favour and it was nice to have that trust placed in you to fill such an important position.”

Rafferty was never behind in his match against Matthews with his third birdie of the round closing it out on the 16th.  

“It was nice to have a good win alright. It picked me up a little after the day before and the disappointment of being dropped too.” 

 With Scotland beating England it meant Ireland only need a draw against the defending champions to take the title and deny the English a clean sweep as they had already won the Senior Men’s, Women’s, Boys and Girls Home Internationals. 

“We all fancied our chances of winning the match. We are a strong team which got on very well together and each player wanted to win a point for the next man so it was a great team to be part of.”

However, things did not look good after the morning foursomes as England led 4-1, winning three of the five matches and halving the other two. Rafferty, playing with Sligo’s TJ Ford, got one of those half points despite never being in front against the English pairing of Jack Bigham and Josh Hill and being two down with three to play.

“We were up against it all day and a few missed chances left us with a lot of work to do. On 16 TJ hit a great shot into about 10-12 feet and I held it for birdie. I had just missed a short one on the hole before, so I was making sure I made up for it.”

The 17th was halved in birdie and the Irish came away with a vital point when the English conceded after a dramatic final hole.“The 18th was a disaster for both sides but we just had a bit less of a nightmare. We had 12 feet for par after a wild tee shot and luckily enough for us the English lads hit a worse tee shot and made a six.” 

The Irish faced an uphill battle in the afternoon singles, but they dug deep and rallied and won the session by 6.5 to 3.5 with Rafferty’s 8&7 demolition of the current British Amateur Champion, Laird Shepherd, the undoubted highlight as it showed the most unlikely of comebacks was possible.

Rafferty bossed the match from the first hole and won every hole on the front nine to be nine up at the turn. Although he lost the 10th to a birdie he halved the 11th in par to seal a remarkable victory.

“The first 9 holes where a bit mad. If he made a mistake, I was putting it in the right position to punish him and then, when he was in position, I made birdie and he didn’t. It was a bit surreal if I’m honest because I never have been in that position before.” 

Click here for the full results from the 2021 Home Internationals.

 

WATCH: 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup Video Report

Here is our video report the 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup, sponsored by One Finance, which took place last Sunday and was won by Forest Little’s Jack McDonnell after a play-off with Caolan Rafferty.

Click on the link to view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jekMEewoqCE 

McDonnell beats Rafferty in play-off to win Dundalk Scratch Cup

Jack McDonnell (centre) receives the Dundalk Scratch Cup from Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff and Martin McDonnell, Managing Director of One Finance.

JACK McDonnell of Forest Little defeated Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty in a sudden-death play-off to win the One Finance sponsored Dundalk Scratch Cup for the first time.

McDonnell and Rafferty were level on seven under at the end of the 36 hole tournaments but McDonnell birdied the opening play-off, the par four first, after an excellent pitch to six feet. 

Dundalk’s Eoin Murphy and Robert Moran of The Castle finished two shots behind McDonnell and Rafferty with another Dundalk player, Aaron Grant in fifth. 

Results

Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance

1st: Jack McDonnell (Forest Little) (+3.3) 137 (67/70) (Won on first play-off hole).

2nd: Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) (+3.4) 137 (69/68)

3rd: Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) (+2.0) 139 (71/68)

4th: Robert Moran (The Castle) (+4.8) 139 (71/68)

Best Nett: Joseph Laverty (Dundalk) (1.9) 146 (74/72) Back 9.

First 18 Gross: Ciaran Tracey (Co Louth) (+1.0 ) 69.

First 18 Nett: Conor Murphy (Dundalk) (2.2) 69.

Second 18 Gross: Matthew Giles (Greenore) (-3.3) 68.

Second 18 Nett: Liam McGavisk (Greenore) (0.9) 70.

Scores

Position – Player – R1 – R2 – Score

1 – Mc Donnell, Jack 67 70 137 137,70,37,25,13,4

1- Rafferty, Caolan 69 68 137 137,68,34,22,12,4
McDonnell won on first play-off hole

3 Murphy, Eoin 71 68 139 139,68,33,21,11,4
4 Moran, Robert 71 68 139 139,68,33,22,11,4
5 Grant, Aaron 70 70 140 140,70,35,22,10,4
6 Ward, Simon 72 69 141 141,69,33,20,10,3
7 Giles, Matthew 76 68 144 144,68,35,22,11,4
8 Coulter, Stephen 71 73 144 144,73,34,21,11,4
9 Dunne, Gerard 72 73 145 145,73,36,23,11,4
10 Abom, Liam 74 72 146 146,72,37,25,11,4
11 Campbell, Colm Jnr 73 73 146 146,73,38,25,14,4
12 Murphy, Jason 76 71 147 147,71,35,23,13,5
13 Boucher, Marc 73 74 147 147,74,37,24,11,4
14 Callaghan, Graham 72 75 147 147,75,35,24,11,4
15 Marshall, David Jnr 70 77 147 147,77,38,24,14,4
16 Johnston, Ciaran 77 71 148 148,71,35,22,11,4
17 Ryan, Aaron 77 71 148 148,71,38,23,13,4
18 McDonnell, Charlie 76 72 148 148,72,36,22,11,4
19 Shiel, Daivd 71 77 148 148,77,39,25,14,7
20 Tracey, Ciaran 69 79 148 148,79,39,24,13,5
21 Smith, Adam 74 75 149 149,75,38,24,11,3
22 Laverty, Joseph 76 74 150 150,74,37,23,13,5
23 Winters, David 77 74 151 151,74,39,24,13,5
24 St. John, Brandon 76 75 151 151,75,36,23,12,4
25 Collins, Annraoi 76 75 151 151,75,37,23,11,4
26 Rogers, Dean 75 76 151 151,76,36,22,9,3
27 Whelan, Jake 74 77 151 151,77,39,26,13,4
28 Connell, Charlie 73 78 151 151,78,37,21,10,4
29 McGavisk, Liam 81 71 152 152,71,36,22,10,3
30 Doyle, Andrew 79 73 152 152,73,38,23,11,4
31 McConnell, Simon 77 75 152 152,75,35,22,11,4
32 Coyle, Daniel 76 76 152 152,76,38,25,13,4
33 Harper, Tristan Lee 74 78 152 152,78,39,26,14,6
34 Justice, Mark 76 77 153 153,77,38,24,11,3
35 Farrell, Evan 74 79 153 153,79,39,25,13,5
36 O’Dwyer, Luke 78 76 154 154,76,38,21,10,3
37 Hession, Shane 77 77 154 154,77,38,24,12,4
38 Rogers, Peter 77 77 154 154,77,39,24,13,4
39 Gammell, Samuel 75 79 154 154,79,40,25,12,4
40 Wade, Gareth 78 77 155 155,77,38,24,11,4
41 Green, Michael 77 78 155 155,78,40,25,13,5
42 O’Connor, Ruairi 75 80 155 155,80,39,23,11,4
43 Harbourne, Dylan 74 81 155 155,81,40,24,12,4
44 Mackell, Neal 82 74 156 156,74,34,21,10,5
45 Quigley, Aidan 80 76 156 156,76,37,23,11,4
46 Dooley, Aidan 80 76 156 156,76,39,23,13,4
47 Murdock, Conall 79 77 156 156,77,39,25,14,4
48 Abom, Thomas 78 78 156 156,78,39,24,12,4
49 Mina Ronayne, Mikey 81 76 157 157,76,38,23,12,5
50 Murphy, Conor 72 85 157 157,85,42,28,15,6
51 Alderdice, Zak 82 76 158 158,76,38,25,13,5
52 McKenna, Daniel 78 80 158 158,80,39,24,13,4
53 McCaughey, Connor 78 80 158 158,80,40,26,13,4
54 Pilkington, David 77 81 158 158,81,38,25,12,4
55 Caffrey, Ben 77 81 158 158,81,40,26,13,4
56 Kelly, Jamie 75 83 158 158,83,41,24,13,5
57 Tynan, David 81 78 159 159,78,39,23,11,5
58 Roche, Colin 82 78 160 160,78,38,21,11,4
59 Mackin, Josh 78 83 161 161,83,44,27,13,4
60 McCann, Austin 82 81 163 163,81,40,24,12,4
61 Mullins Shortt, Conall 89 76 165 165,76,36,22,9,3
62 Kennelly, Ruairi 83 83 166 166,83,42,28,13,4
63 Copeland, Gerard 86 87 173 173,87,46,30,17,6
IC Reidy, Sean 77 IC IC

McDonnell leads Scratch Cup by two after round one

Jack McDonnell from Forest Little leads the Dundalk Scratch Cup after the first round of the 36-hole tournament sponsored by One Finance.

McDonnell shot a five-under-par 67 and leads by two from Co Louth’s Ciaran’s Tracey and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty who both had the misfortune to double-bogey the par three 17th. 

The Connacht inter-provincial player, who is part of the Ireland team for next week’s Home Internationals in England, started on the 10th and covered his first nine holes in five-under par with a superb 31. 

Dundalk Senior Scratch Cup Round 1.
Position Player Handicap Strokes Score
1 Mc Donnell, Jack +3.4 / +4 +4 67 67,31,19,10,3
2 Tracey, Ciaran +1.0 / +1 +1 69 69,36,23,13,4
3 Rafferty, Caolan +3.4 / +4 +4 69 69,37,24,12,4
4 Grant, Aaron +3.1 / +4 +4 70 70,35,22,11,4
5 Marshall, David Jnr +1.9 / +2 +2 70 70,36,23,12,3
6 Moran, Robert +4.8 / +6 +6 71 71,33,21,10,3
7 COULTER, STEPHEN +1.3 / +2 +2 71 71,34,22,12,4
8 SHIEL, DAVID +3.0 / +3 +3 71 71,35,22,12,4
9 Murphy, Eoin +2.0 / +2 +2 71 71,36,21,11,5
10 Callaghan, Graham +3.1 / +4 +4 72 72,33,21,11,5
11 Dunne, Gerard +3.6 / +4 +4 72 72,37,23,11,4
12 Murphy, Conor 2.2 / 3 3 72 72,37,23,12,4
13 Ward, Simon +4.4 / +5 +5 72 72,38,23,11,4
14 CAMPBELL, COLM JNR +4.2 / +5 +5 73 73,36,22,10,4
15 Boucher, Marc +4.8 / +6 +6 73 73,37,22,12,4
16 Connell, Charlie +0.9 / +1 +1 73 73,37,23,13,4
17 ABOM, LIAM +0.3 / 0 0 74 74,35,20,11,4
18 Harbourne, Dylan +0.8 / +1 +1 74 74,37,22,12,6
19 Smith, Adam +1.3 / +2 +2 74 74,37,24,13,4
20 Harper, Tristan Lee 0.3 / 0 0 74 74,38,23,12,3
21 Whelan, Jake +4.4 / +5 +5 74 74,38,24,12,4
22 Farrell, Evan +2.4 / +3 +3 74 74,38,24,12,5
23 O’CONNOR, RUAIRI +1.6 / +2 +2 75 75,34,19,10,3
24 Kelly, Jamie +2.3 / +3 +3 75 75,36,22,11,4
25 Rogers, Dean 0.1 / 0 0 75 75,36,24,11,4
26 Gammell, Samuel 1.5 / 2 2 75 75,38,22,13,3
27 O’Callaghan, Niall +0.4 / 0 0 76 76,35,21,10,4
28 St. John, Brandon 0.1 / 0 0 76 76,35,21,10,4
29 Giles, Matthew +3.3 / +4 +4 76 76,37,22,11,4
30 Laverty, Joseph 1.9 / 2 2 76 76,38,22,12,4
31 Coyle, Daniel +0.4 / 0 0 76 76,38,23,12,4
32 Murphy, Jason +2.1 / +2 +2 76 76,39,22,12,5
33 Justice, Mark 1.1 / 1 1 76 76,39,25,13,3
34 Collins, Annraoi +2.5 / +3 +3 76 76,39,25,13,5
35 McDONNELL, CHARLIE +0.7 / +1 +1 76 76,41,26,13,4
36 McConnell, Simon +0.5 / +1 +1 77 77,36,22,12,4
37 Winters, David +1.6 / +2 +2 77 77,37,23,11,4
38 Johnston, Ciaran +0.1 / 0 0 77 77,37,23,13,5
39 Rogers, Peter 0.1 / 0 0 77 77,38,23,12,4
40 Pilkington, David 0.7 / 1 1 77 77,38,24,12,4
41 Hession, Shane +0.1 / 0 0 77 77,38,24,12,4
42 Reidy, Sean +0.1 / 0 0 77 77,39,24,12,4
43 Green, Michael +1.3 / +2 +2 77 77,39,24,12,4
44 Ryan, Aaron +2.4 / +3 +3 77 77,39,24,12,4
45 Caffrey, Ben +0.3 / 0 0 77 77,41,24,12,3
46 Abom, Thomas +2.8 / +3 +3 78 78,36,22,11,4
47 McKenna, Daniel 1.3 / 2 2 78 78,37,24,12,4
48 Mackin, Josh +3.0 / +3 +3 78 78,38,23,11,4
49 Wade, Gareth +0.9 / +1 +1 78 78,38,23,12,4
50 McCaughey, Connor 2.0 / 2 2 78 78,38,24,14,4
51 O’Dwyer, Luke +1.2 / +1 +1 78 78,40,24,12,4
52 DOYLE, ANDREW +0.8 / +1 +1 79 79,38,24,12,4
53 Murdock, Conall 1.6 / 2 2 79 79,39,24,10,3
54 Dooley, Aidan +3.0 / +3 +3 80 80,39,23,12,4
55 Quigley, Aidan 1.1 / 1 1 80 80,39,25,13,6
56 McGavisk, Liam 0.9 / 1 1 81 81,39,24,12,4
57 Tynan, David +0.1 / 0 0 81 81,39,26,12,4
58 Mina Ronayne, Mikey 0.6 / 1 1 81 81,41,27,12,4
59 Alderdice, Zak 1.2 / 1 1 82 82,39,24,14,5
60 Roche, Colin 0.2 / 0 0 82 82,40,24,13,4
61 Mackell, Neal 1.8 / 2 2 82 82,41,26,13,4
62 McCann, Austin 0.9 / 1 1 82 82,41,26,14,5
63 Chaney, Francis 1.3 / 2 2 83 83,40,24,13,5
64 Gorham, Mark 1.2 / 1 1 83 83,42,25,13,4
65 Kennelly, Ruairi +1.8 / +2 +2 83 83,42,27,13,5
66 Cullen, Gary +3.0 / +3 +3 84 84,46,27,13,4
67 Cullen, Christopher 3.1 / 4 4 85 85,43,26,13,4
68 Copeland, Gerard 0.7 / 1 1 86 86,42,27,12,5
69 Mullins Shortt, Conall 3.2 / 4 4 89 89,46,27,14,4
70 Clarke, Christopher 5.0 / 6 6 91 91,46,28,13,4

Draw made for 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup

THE draw has been made for the 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup, sponsored by One Finance. The 36-tournament will take place on Sunday with shotgun starts to both rounds at 9am and 2pm respectively.

Defending champion Jake Whelan is seeking to become only the fourth player in 59 years to retain what is one of the most prestigious scratch cups events in Ireland. 

But he will face stiff opposition to his hopes of back to back victories with four members of the Ireland team for next week’s Home Internationals in England among the 72 strong field teeing it up on Sunday in Dundalk.

Alongside three-time winner and local hero Caolan Rafferty will be Jack McDonnell (Forest Little), Marc Boucher (Carton House) and Robert Moran (Castle).

The field also includes former winners like Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Aaron Grant (Dundalk), Gary Cullen (Portmarnock Links) and Daniel Coyle (Portmarnock).

Dundalk Scratch Cup 2021 Draw sheet

Shotgun Start. Round 1 (9am), Round 2 (2pm)

Hole 1: Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), Mark Boucher (Carton House), Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint).

Hole 2:  Aaron Grant (Dundalk), Thomas Plunkett (Crober), Aidan Dooley (Carton House).

Hole 3: Ciaran Johnston (Dundalk), Niall O’Callaghan (Greenore), Brandon St John (Portmarnock).

Hole 4: Peter Rogers (Dundalk), Shane Hession (Dundalk), Ciaran Tracey (Co Louth).

Hole 5A: Neal Mackell (Dundalk), Conor Murphy (Dundalk), Samuel Gammel (Naas).

Hole 5B: Liam McGavisk (Rush), Austin McCann (Co Louth), Conall Murdock (Dundalk).

Hole 6: Daniel McKenna (Laytown & Bettystown), Conor McCaughey (Dundalk), Darren Myles (Dundalk).

Hole 7A: Chris Cullen (Portmarnock Links), Aidan Quigley (Woodbrook), Ethan Garvey (Elm Park).

Hole 7B: Colin Roche (Dundalk), Mark Gorham (Dundalk), Mark Justice (Ardee).

Hole 8A: Jason Murphy (Dundalk), David Marshall (Naas), Jamie Kelly (Ardee).

Hole 8B: Ruairi Kennelly (Castleknock), Michael Greene (Greenore), Simon McConnell (Ballyclare).

Hole 9: Cian Dullaghan (Greenore), Annraoi Collins (Laytown & Bettystown), Mathew Giles (Greenore).

Hole 10: Jake Whelan (Grange), Simon Ward (Belvoir Park), Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little).

Hole 11A: David Shiel (Powerscourt), Aaron Ryan (Thurles), Thomas Abom (Edmonstown).

Hole 11B: Liam Abom (Edmonstown), Dillon Harbourne (Newlands), Tristan Harper (Ardee).

Hole 12: Gerard Copeland (Galgorm), Joseph Laverty (Dundalk), Mikey Ronayn (Mullingar).

Hole 13A: Sean Reidy (Dundalk), Luke Harris (Hermitage), Dean Rogers (Forrest Little).

Hole 13B: Zak Alderdice (Dundalk), David Pilkington (Cloverhill), Andrew Doyle (Woodbrook).

Hole 14: Daniel Coyle (Portmarnock), Ben Caffrey (Ardee), David Tynan (Mullingar).

Hole 15: Alexander Purdy (Galgorm), Charlie McDonnell (Concra Wood), Gary Wade (Seapoint).

Hole 16: Charlie Connell (Newlands), Luke O’Dwyer (Forrest Little), Danny Sweeney (Luttrellstown).

Hole 17A: Evan Farrell (Ardee), Graham Callaghan (Co Louth), Gary Cullen (Portmarnock).

Hole 17B: David Winters (Seapoint), Ruairi O’Connor (Sligo), Adam Smith (Mullingar).

Hole 18: Eoin Murphy (Dundalk), Robert Moran (Castle), Gerard Dunne (Co. Louth).

Entries open on Thursday for Dundalk Scratch Cup

Jake Whelan (centre), winner of the 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup, pictured with Martin McDonnell of sponsors One Finance and Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff.

ENTRIES will open on Thursday, August 26, for this year’s Dundalk Scratch Cup which is once again sponsored by One Finance. The 36 hole tournament will be held at Dundalk Golf Club on Sunday, September 12.

The defending champion is Jake Whelan, recent winner of the Mullingar Scratch Cup, who will be bidding to join an elite group of players who have successfully defended the Dundalk Scratch Cup. They were JB Carr (1965-66), Declan Branigan (1972-73) and local hero Caolan Rafferty (2018-19).

The tournament is one of the longest-running and most prestigious Senior Scratch Cups in the country with a roll of honour that includes three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington. This will be the 59th staging of the event which began in 1963.

Entries must be made through the Pro Shop at 042-9321731. The entry fee is €50 which includes soup and sandwiches after round one and a post-tournament meal. The prize-fund is €2,500 with €250 for a course record and €150 for a hole in one. Entries will close on Wednesday, September 8.

There will be a shotgun start for both rounds with the first round commencing at 9am and the second round teeing off at 2pm.

Dundalk Golf Club Captain, Trevor Giff, said: “It has been another tough year for all our elite players because the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected their schedules. We had a great tournament last year and we are all looking forward to seeing if Jake Whelan can successfully defend the title he won so convincingly last year.”

Martin McDonnell, Managing Director of sponsors One Finance, said: “The Dundalk Scratch Cup has always attracted the top amateur golfers and One Finance is delighted to continue our sponsorship of the event and welcoming everybody back to Dundalk in September.”

Last year Whelan fired two three-under-par rounds of 69 to win by five shots from Cian Geraghty of Laytown & Bettystown and Roganstown’s Arron Edward-Hills on a day when a strong wind, tricky pins and slick greens presented a formidable challenge for the top class field.

Past winners of Dundalk Scratch Cup

1963 – David Sheahan (Grange)                              

1964 – G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)

1965 – J.B. Carr (Sutton)

1966 – J.B. Carr (Sutton)

1967 – B.P. Malone (Tullamore)

1968 – Pat Mulcare (Woodbrook)

1969 – J Clynch (Laytown & Bettystown)

1970 – G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)

1971 – M.J Malone (Belvoir Park)

1972 – Declan Branigan (Laytown & Bettystown)

1973 – Declan Branigan (Laytown & Bettystown)

1974 – Rory McCormack (Warrenpoint)

1975 – Adrian Morrow (Hermitage)

1976 – Mick Morris (Portmarnock)

1977 – John Dickson (Hollywood)

1978 – Val Smyth (Laytown & Bettystown)

1979 – Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)

1980 – John Carr (Sutton)

1981 – Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)

1982 – Frank Gannon (Co Louth)

1983 – Eddie Condren (Greystones)

1984 – Paul Rayfus (Trim)

1985 – Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)

1986 – Barry Reddan (Co Louth)

1987 – Pádraig Hogan (Elm Park)

1988 – Peter Rogers (Dundalk)

1989 – Paul Bray (Hermitage)

1990 – Pat Killeen (Claremorris)

1991 – Dan Coyle (Dundalk)

1992 – David Gibson (Downpatrick)

1993 – Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)

1994 – Colm Murphy (Clandeboye)

1995 – Pádraig Harrington (Stackstown)

1996 – Graeme Kennedy (Skerries)

1997 – David Doggett (Co Louth)

1998 – John Foster (Ballyclare)

1999 – Gary Cullen (Beaverstown)

2000 – Michael Hoey (Shandon Park)

2001 – Michael McGeady (City of Derry)

2002 – John McGinn (Greenore)

2003 – Noel Fox (Portmarnock)

2004 – Des Morgan (Mullingar)

2005 – Michael McGeady (North West)

2006 – Simon Ward (Co Louth)

2007 – Stephen Grant (Birr)

2008 – Derek Downie (Sutton)

2009 – James Fox (Portmarnock)

2010 – Rory Leonard (Banbridge)

2011 – Ciaran Molloy (Ardee)

2012 – Stephen Healy (Claremorris)

2013 – Aaron Grant (Dundalk)

2014 – Rory McNamara (Headfort)

2015 – Thomas Mulligan (Co Louth)

2016 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2017 – Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint)

2018 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2019 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2020 – Jake Whelan (Newlands)

 

Impressive Whelan wins Dundalk Scratch Cup by five shots

Jake Whelan from Newlands produced a sublime performance to captured the 58th Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance.

The 26-year-old fired two three under par rounds of 69 to win by five shots from Cian Geraghty of Laytown & Bettystown and Roganstown’s Arron Edward-Hills on a day when a strong wind, tricky pins and slick greens presented a formidable challenge for the top class field.

Whelan led at the halfway stage after shooting an opening 69. The Dubliner, who has strong Dundalk connections, was two under after five holes following birdies at the first and fifth but dropped a shot on the par three ninth to turn in one under. Down the back he birdied the short par four 14th and the long par four 16th to come home in 34 and set the pace at three under.

That left him two shots clear of Dundalk’s Aaron Grant, Roganstown Aaron Edward-Hills, the 2018 North of Ireland winner, and Portmarnock’s Geoff Lenehan with Jack McDonnell of Forest Little and Daivd Shiel of Powerscourt a shot further back on level par.

 Grant, who won this competition in 2013, opened with a birdie on the 10th, his first hole, but turned level after bogeying the 18th. He responded to that setback with back to back birdies on the first and second and parred his way in to sign for a one under par 71.

Edward-Hills also began on the back nine and got off to a blistering start with birdies at the 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th to lie four under after six holes. A bogey at 16 interrupted his momentum but he still completed his first nine in three under par. He was still three under with two to play, after a bogey on five was cancelled out by a birdie on the par five seventh, but dropped to one under following a double bogey six on the tricky par four eighth where he three putted from close range.

The defending champion, Caolan Rafferty, who was bidding for his third successive title and fourth in all, went out in one under par thanks to a birdie on the par four 11th. However, a wayward tee shot on the first, his 10th, led to a double bogey six and that was followed by a bogey five on the next.

He got back to level par for the round with birdies on the third and sixth but a bogey on the par five seventh meant he came home in 38 for a first round total of one over par 73 which was matched by his playing partner Colm Campbell.

In the second round neither Rafferty or Campbell were able to mount a charge. Rafferty did birdie the ninth to turn level but fell away down the back nine and eventually finished on four over par with Campbell matching him.

Edward-Hills set the clubhouse lead when he carded a second round of level par 72 to finish on one-under and was joined by Laytown & Bettystown’s Cian Geraghty who shot a second round 69 to go with his 74 from the morning. After a bogey at the fourth moved him to three over, Geraghty birdied the sixth, eighth, 12th and 17th to move through to the pack into second.

If Whelan was feeling the pressure holding the halfway lead he didn’t show it. Starting his second round on the 10th he reeled off ten consecutive pars, including a sublime up and down from the back of the first green. Then he holed a long putt from the front of the second, his 11th, for birdie to move to four under.

Although he handed that back at the next with a bogey he showed his confidence on the par five sixth when hit a driver off the fairway from 260 yards out and left the ball eight feet from the pin. His eagle putt didn’t drop but his tap-in birde brought him back to four under and he then birdied the par five seventh to move to five under before finishing in style by sinking a birdie putt on his final hole, the par three ninth, to finish on six under.

“This is the biggest win of my career,” said Whelan afterwards. “It is one of the biggest Scratch Cups and there are some great names who have won it in the past. I am delighted for my family as we have strong links to the area and my father was a member here.

“I hit the ball well all day and I also putted well for a change,” said Whelan, who added that he intends to keep an appointment he had made last week for a putting lesson on Tuesday with Dundalk professional Leslie Walker.  

Final Leaderboard:  138 – Jake Whelan (Newlands) 69, 69. 143 – Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 74,        69; Arron Edward-Hills (Roganstown) 71, 72. Robert Moran (The Castle) 74, 70. Jack Mc Donnell (Forest Little) 72, 72. 146 – Dylan Keating (Seapoint) 75, 71; Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 71, 75. 147 – Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) 74, 73. 148 – Sean Keeling (Roganstown) 77, 71; Gerard Dunne (Co Louth) 75, 73; Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass) 74, 74; Colm Campbell Jnr (Warrenpoint) 73, 75; Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 73, 75; David Shiel (Powerscourt) 72, 76. 149 – Richard Knightly (Royal Dublin) 75, 74; 150 – Paul Conroy (Enniscorthy) 78, 72, Jason Rackard (Enniscorthy) 75, 75; Daniel Mulligan (Laytown & Bettystown) 75, 75; Aaron Grant (Dundalk) 71, 79.

Official Results: 1st Jake Whelan (Newlands) (+2) 138 (69/690).  2nd Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) (+1) 143 (74/69) 3rd Aaron Edward-Hills (Roganstown) (+4) 143 (71/72). 4th Robert Moran (The Castle) (+4)           144 (74/70). Best Nett: Sean Keeling (Roganstown) (2) 144 (75/69). 1st 18  Gross: Geoffrey Lenehan (Portmarnock) (+3) 71/36. 1st 18 Nett: David Shiel (Powerscourt) (0) 72/37. 2nd 18 Gross: Dylan Keating (Seapoint) (+3) 71. 2nd  18 Nett: Graham Callaghan (Co Louth) (0) 72/36.

1st  Round CSS 76 reductions only

2nd Round CSS 74

ENDS

PHOTO: The 2020 winner of the Dundalk Scratch Cup Jake Whelan of Newlands Golf Club pictured with sponsor Martin McDonnell, Managing Director of One Finance, and Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff. 

Senior Scratch Cup Timesheet

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Dundalk Scratch Cup 2020 Timesheet