Good week on inter-club scene as three more teams advance

IT was another good week for the inter-club teams as Dundalk recorded wins in the Provincial Towns Cup, Pierce Purcell Shield and Fred Daly Trophy. 

Club Captain Trevor Giff led from the front as the Provincial Towns Cup beat Greenore 5.5 to 1.5 on Saturday. The Captain won his match 4&3 with Denis Cunningham winning 3&1while Eoin Purton and Kevin Redmond won their matches in Greenore. Paul O’Callaghan was 1up playing 18 when he was called in while Darren Murphy was all square on 16 and Derek Murdock was on the 19th when Dundalk secured the winning point.

The Fred Daly team beat Donabate 4-1 on Sunday with Zak Alderdice winning 2&1, Conor Murphy winning 2&1 and Eoin Purton winning 5&4 to secure victory for Dundalk while Chris Clarke was 2up after 16 and Conall Murdock was 1up on 17 when they were called in.

The Pierce Purcell team notched up the third win of the week when they beat Greenore on Sunday evening.   

However, the Fred Perry team saw their campaign come to an end on Friday night when they were beaten 3-2 by Westmanstown with the overall match being decided when Mickey Coburn and Eamon McEneaney were beaten on the 25th hole in Westmanstown.  

Men’s teams off to a good start with four wins in a week

It’s been a good week for Dundalk Golf Club on the inter-club front with four wins from five outings for the men’s teams.

The Fred Perry team kicked things off last Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Balbriggan and the Senior Cup team, which features our elite players, made it two out of two on Thursday when they beat Forest Little by 3.5 to 1.5. Aaron Grant won 6&4, Josh Mackin won 3&2 and Caolan Rafferty won 6&5 while Eoin Murphy was all square playing 18 when he was called in. Debutant Jason Murphy lost 3&2 in his first appearance at this level for the club.

On Friday, the Junior Cup team beat Co Louth, with Christy Ward and Colin Roche winning away, before the Provincial Towns Cup team had a 4.5 to 2.5 win over Greenore with Darren Murphy showing great character to clinch victory with a birdie on the 19th hole after he had been three up with three to play.

That made it four wins out of four for the week but the winning run came to an end on Sunday evening when the All-Ireland Fourball team lost 3-2 to South Meath.  

Perry and Carr teams through but Daly team bow out

There were wins this week for the Fred Perry and JB Carr Trophy teams but the Fred Daly team bowed out of this year’s competition.

The JB Carr Trophy team are through to the county final after beating Seapoint by 3.5 to 1.5 in the Louth semi-final. They now face Greenore in a two leg final for the county title. In the top match, the Dundalk pairing of Eddie Rocks and Tommy Renaghan lost 6&5 but Jim Dwyer and Jimmy O’Connor took the second match and Austin Carroll and Pat Curran then halved their match to leave it all square with two matches still to be decided. Martin Crosby and Mickey Hamilton won 2&1 and then Micky Coburn and Sean O’Sullivan sealed the overall victory for Sean Hession’s men with a 4&3 win.

The Fred Perry team are through to the third round of this inaugural national competition for over 55s following their 4-1 win over Greenore. They now play Ardee in the next round.

The Fred Daly U18 team bowed out of the competition on Saturday when they lost 3-2 to Laytown & Bettystown despite winning two matches away from home. Kyle Rafferty won 5&4 while Ciaran Johnston birdied the par five 18th to win his match 1up. Josh Mackin, playing his seventh round in seven days just 24 hours after winning the Ulster Boys, lost in the top match in Laytown while back in Dundalk there were 2&1 losses for Zak Alderdice and Conor Murphy.