Purton wins House Committee Cup and leads home Gold Medal qualifiers

Eoin Purton won the House Committee Cup and led qualifying for the Gold Medal after shooting a superb round of 43pts to win by one shot from Mark Cumiskey.

Purton, playing off 10, produced an almost faultless round that included three birdies, nine pars and six bogeys as he went out in 20pts and came home in 23pts.

He started by picking up two points on each of the opening three holes before producing a six point haul over the next two holes as he parred the index one fourth and birdied the par three fifth.

Two pars at the back to back par-fives yielded another five points and back to back bogeys at the eight and ninth delivered three more points for his front nine total of 20pts.

Two-point returns at each of the first five holes on the back nine kept his round going steadily along and he found himself on 30pts with four holes to go.

The next four holes were the ones that delivered the overall honours for Puton as he birdied the long index 6 par four 15th for four points and then had a three point par at the even longer par four 16th. A two-point par at the par three 17th was then followed by a birdie three at the last as he came home in 23pts.

Mark Cumiskey, off nine, also produced a superb round on his way to 42pts. He had five birdies, five pars and eight bogeys as he went out in 22pts and came home in 20pts.

Aaron Grant won the Gross Prize with 34pts while the Divisional winners were Austin Shaw (10), Brendan Duffy (13) and John McLaughlin (24).

The competition served as a qualifier for the Gold Medal with the cut failing at  33pts as the 64 players on or above that mark making it through to the matchplay rounds. The draw for the first round is below ad the first round must be played by July 13.

Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 – House Committee Cup/Gold Medal Qualifier – Overall: Eoin Purton (10) 43pts, Mark Cumiskey (9) 42pts. Gross: Aaron Grant (+3) 34pts. Division 1 (Up to 9.6): Austin Shaw (10) 39pts, John Neary (10) 38pts. Division 2 (9.7 to 15.1) Brendan Duffy (13) 40pts, Kenneth Lynch (13) 38pts. Division 3 (15.2 +): John McLaughlin (24) 41pts, Dessie Corbett (26) 41pts.

Gold Medal First Round Draw – Eoin Purton v Paul Morgan, Eamonn Arthur v John McKeever, James Rowland v Michael Greene, David Cairns v John Paul Casey, PJ Dooley v Edmund Sheridan, Martin McCaughey v Zak Alderdice, Michael Keating v David McDonnell, John Neary v George Rogers, Gerry Campbell v Patrick Donaghy, Fergal Sexton v Robert Williamson, Dennis Cunningham v Vincent Jackson, Jim Dwyer v Oisin Murray, John MacGuinness v Paul Coburn, Ciaran Cooney v Liam McGailey, Jim Caraher v Harry O’Hanrahan, Dessie Corbett v Garrett Duffy, John McLaughlin v Hugh Reilly, Brendan Tinnelly v Ronan Farrelly, Aidan Thornton v Maurice Soraghan, Frank Byrne v Mark Coan, Anthony Tuite v v Charles Monahan, Gerard Carroll v Pascal Keenan, Derek Cahill v Patrick McGuinness, Brendan Duffy v Peter McCaughey, Austin Shaw v Thomas Clarke, Kenneth Lynch v Patrick Reilly, Kieran Arthurs v Sean Hession, Ciaran Traynor v Nigel Giff, Eamon Hoey v Aaron Grant, Martin McDonnell v Odhran MacShane, Kevin Callan v David Smyth, Mark Cumiskey v Aaron Waite. Matches to be played by July 13.

Reidy leads Gold Medal qualifiers

Noel Reidy with a score of 69 led the 64 qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the Gold Medal.

Reidy, who plays off 13, birdied the par four 14th and also recorded pars at seven other holes, but he only took the leading qualifier spot on countback despite having just one double-bogey, at the seventh, on his card.

The competition was run over Saturday and Sunday with some players on 76 from Saturday and some players on 77 from Sunday qualifying. Defending champion, Maurice J Murphy, is among the qualifiers.

Sunday, April 8 – Gold Medal Qualifier – Leading Qualifier: Noel Reidy (15) 69/32.5. First Round Draw (Matches to be played by May 14): Noel Reidy v Gerry McDermott, Michael Hamilton v Michael Stewart, Nigel Giff v Fergal Sexton, Gerard Carroll v Mark Gorham, Alan Hurley v Conor McClenaghan, Damian English v L Matthews jnr, David Brennan v Tom Lanigan, Andrew Keenan v Barry Cunningham, Paul Lynch v Martin Crosby, Eoghan McKenna v Austin Shaw, Niall McCaul v Pat Curran, Oliver McGinnity v A Gaughran, Fergal McKenna v Maurice Soraghan, Pat McKeown v Adrian Kenny, Clem Walshe v Eddie Rocks, Neal MacKell v Bill McCarthy, Gregory McCaughey v Sean Hession, Paschal Keenan v Michael Gill, Peter O’Brien v Kevin Barry, Brendan Keane v Danny Miele, Mark Browne v Anthony O’Donoghue, Bobby McCarthy v Seamus Bailey, Colm Garvey v Fergal Harte, Derek Murdock v Sean Gallagher, Aidan Thornton v Maurice J Murphy, Noel Reid v Colm Coburn, Martin Cairns v Billy Cairns, Eamonn McEneaney v Martin McEnteggart, Kevin Joyce v Larry Curtin, David Murden v Conall Murdock, Carl Stewart v Gerry Murray, Trevor Giff v Brian Mernagh,

Cunningham leads Gold Medal qualifiers

The weekend action was dominated by the Gold Medal Qualifiers which took place on Saturday and Sunday and attracted a large entry of players battling to win one of the 64 places on offer for the matchplay stages.

The leading qualifier was 10 handicapper Barry Cunningham who posted a 67 on Sunday where the cut was 77/37.5, one higher than Saturday’s cut of 76.

Qualifiers are requested to advise the Tournament Committee if they are unable to participate in the Gold Medal Match play competition. The draw will take place on Wednesday, April 12.

The qualifiers were played over the long blue course but Cunningham began with three straight pars and after bogeying the index one par four fourth and the par three fifth he got back to playing par golf over the nine holes to the 14th.

Bogeys followed over the next three holes but he finished with a par for a fine gross score of 77 and a nett 67 to take the leading qualifier prize.

The Competition Scratch score for Saturday was 73 and Sunday was 74.

Gold Medal Qualifiers: Barry Cunningham, Padraig Fallon, Chris Murden, Ultan Gaughran, Michael Gill, Eoghan McKenna, Pat Daly, Neil Mullooly, Kevin Redmond, Brian Ward, Maurice J Murphy, Martin Byrne, Gerry Oakes, Dessie Ward, Dillon Greene, Gerry Campbell, Turlough King, Dermot Ahern, Martin Farrelly, Gareth Halpin, Conall Murdock, Oliver McGinnity, Liam McGailey, Cian Lynch-McCrave, Diarmuid McAdam, Conor Hackett, Gerry J Byrne, Austin Shaw, Frank Byrne, Gregory McCaughey, Fergal Sexton, B Reilly, Sean O’Sullivan, Patrick Purton, Maurice Soraghan, Eamon Kelly, Jamie McCaul, Sean Laverty, Eddie Rocks, Ollie Reilly, Alan Hurley, Liam Mernagh, Seamus Bailey, Dennis Cunningham, Andrew Cumiskey, Anthony McGuinness, Vincent Conlon, Alan Cole, David Brennan, Richard Barry, Eddie Sheridan, Ciaran Sheridan, Robert O’Hanlon, Adrian Kenny, Jim Dwyer, Michael Flynn, Trevor Giff, Kieran Reidy, Ciaran Traynor, Peter Fitzpatrick, Billy Cairns, Len Mullins, Carl Stewart, Tommy Renaghan..



Murphy leads home Sunday qualifiers in Gold Medal

Seven handicapper Darren Murphy mastered the windy conditions to shoot a one-under par 71 and finish as leading Sunday qualifier in the Gold Medal.

As well as being guaranteed a place in the Matchplay stage of the Gold Medal, Darren will also go forward to represent the men’s section of the club in the Dubai Mixed Fourball qualifying tournament where the big prize is a place in this year’s Irish Open Pro-Am.

Saturday’s Gold Medal qualifying round was cancelled following a course inspection on Friday evening and will be played this Saturday, April 10. Those entered in last Saturday’s postponed qualifier must re-enter for this Saturday via the BRS System.

Members have the option next Saturday of playing casual golf or participating in the Gold Medal Qualifier.  Those participating in the Gold Medal qualifier are reminded that it is a stroke competition played off the blue tees and their card must be signed by a club member. Playing in Saturday’s qualifier does not preclude players from participating in this Sunday’s House Committee Cup.