A weekend to remember for Emmet as he sweeps all before him

Emmet McCabe Savage won’t forget the first weekend of September 2020 in a hurry after he had a Friday, Saturday and a Sunday to remember as he tasted success in two inter-club matches, won the Knights of Malta Cup and also won the Club’s prestigious Golfer of the Year title for the first time.

On the Friday he partnered with Ciaran Sheridan to win their Jimmy Bruen Shield match against The Island by 3&2 and on Sunday he was alongside Neal MacKell, as the duo posted 5&4 win of the day against Balcarrick.

In between those two matches he went out on the Saturday and shot a superb 41pts off an 11 handicap to capture the Knights of Malta Cup with his Barton Cup sidekick MacKell (3) taking the Gross Prize with 36pts.

He got off to the perfect start with a birdie on the first for four points and after a two point par at the second and a one point double bogey at the third, he reeled off five successive two-point holes before closing the opening nine with a three point par on the ninth.

That saw him out in 20pts but he only managed to add another eight points to his total over the next five holes following a one point bogey at 10, a two point bogey at 11, a three point par on 12 and one point bogeys on 13 and 14.

Then, he hit the accelerator and produced the type of golf that is the hallmark of champions. He parred the 15th and 16th for three point pars and then birdied the par three 17th and par four 18th which were worth three and four points respectively. That haul of 13pts over the final four holes was enough to catapult him to the top of the leaderboard and nobody was able to bridge the gap to him over the rest of the weekend.

Some came close. Joseph Laverty (4) shot 40pts on the Saturday and Pat McKeown (15) did the same on Sunday but ultimately they came up short.

Those 41pts were enough to catapult him to the top of the Golfer of the Year standings in what was the last counting event of the season and saw him pip defending champion and long-time leader Clem Walshe who had to settle for third place overall after another youngster, Joseph Laverty, stole past him to claim runners-up spot.

The weekend also decided the semi-finalists foreach of the four categories in the IJM Scratch Matchplay. Players from Categories 3 & 4 will play the semi-final and final this Saturday, September 19 while Category 1 & 2 has been deferred because of a clash with the next round of the Barton Cup. Players will arrange their own matches with semi-finals to be completed by October 6 and finals to be finished by November 2.

Oonagh Quinn was the winner of the Singles Stroke competition sponsored by Club Professional Leslie Walker. Playing off 29, she shot a nett score of one-under par 72 to lead home the 135 strong field. Ellen McEneaney (11) maintained her recent run of form to take Category 1 with a 73 nett while Judy McDonough (27) has 73 nett to win Category 2. Geraldine Mohan (34) claimed Category 3 with a 74 nett while Deirdre Clarke (19) pipped Geraldine Gorham (33) on countback to win the 9-Hole competition after both tied on 16pts.

Alan Uzell had two points to spare as he won Saturday’s Singles Stableford competition. Uzell, playing off 17, shot 39pts while Colin Roche (6), Declan Ward (18) and Paul Lynch (20) won the category prizes. Roche also achieved the day’s best gross score of 31pts while John Clarke (25) was the Juvenile winner.

Good luck to our Barton Cup team who face Portmarnock Links this Saturday.

Congratulations to Jake Whelan who won the Dundalk Scratch Cup on Sunday with a fine score of 138 after two successive rounds of 69. His father Tom is a former member of the Club and his grandfather Jack had a long association with Greenore. Indeed, Jake use to spend his summers with his grandparents and played Monarch Cup for Greenore.

Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 – Knights of Malta Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Emmet McCabe Savage (11) 41pts. Gross: Neal McKell (3) 36pts. Juvenile: Lee Egan (16) 36pts. Saturday – Overall: Joseph Laverty (4) 40pts. Category 1 (0-11): Paul Coburn (10) 39/21/13pts. Category 2 (12-16), Cillian Halpenny (12) 38pts. Category 3 (17+): Ronan Farrelly (17) 39pts. CSS: 36pts. Sunday – Overall: Pat McKeown (15) 40pts, Peter McCaughey (19) 39/19pts, Brendan Keane (11) 39pts. Category 1 (0-13): Neil Mullooly (6) 37/21pts. Category 2 (14-18): David Cairns (17) 37/17pts. Category 3 (19+): Noel McGuinness (19) 36/18pts. CSS: 34pts.

Golfer of the Year Final Standings: 189 – Emmet Savage McCabe. 187 – Joseph Laverty. 186 – Clem Walshe. 185 – Sean Reidy. 184 – Eddie Rogers. 182 – Eugene Hanratty. 181 – David Lynch, Patrick Dunne, Sean Gallagher, Conor Murphy.

Walshe leads Golfer of the Year with one round to go

IN the Men’s Golfer of the Year standings defending champion Clem Walshe leads the overall standing by two points from Eddie Rogers heading into the final event while the battle for top four places in each of the four categories is going to down to the wire.

Walshe leads Category 1 with Eugene Hanratty out in front on Category 2 while Patrick Dunne is the pacesetter in Category 3 and Hugh Reilly leads the way in Category 4. The top four in each category will advance to IJM Scratch Matchplay play-offs with the semi-finals and final being play on Saturday, September 19.

Golfer of the Year Standings (Best five scores after Round 7): 186 – Clem Walshe (5); 184 – Eddie Rogers (4); 182 – Eugene Hanratty (9); 181 – Joseph Laverty (5), Sean Reidy (5), Conor Murphy (6), Patrick Dunne (17).

IJM Scratch Matchplay Qualifiers – Category 1: 186 – Clem Walshe (5) ); 184 – Eddie Rogers (4); 181 – Joseph Laverty (5), Sean Reidy (5); 174 – Peter Rogers (2), Billy Cairns (5). Category 2: 182 – Eugene Hanratty (9); 181 – Conor Murphy (6); 175 – Eddie Rocks (9); 174 – Niall McCaul (7); 173 – Turlough King (11), Jack Arthur (8), Maurice Soraghan (9). Category 3: 181 – Patrick Dunne (17); 176 – John McKeever (14), Anthony O’Donoghue (13), Sean Gallagher (17). 174 – Derek Teather (15), Pat Donaghy (13). Category 4: Hugh Reilly (22); 166 – Paul Morgan (23); 164 – John McEneaney (25); 159 – John McLaughlin (24), Anthony McCrave (21).

Walshe leads Golfer of the Year with two rounds to go

This will be the penultimate round of the IJM Golfer of the Year competition where defending Clem Walshe has a point lead over Eugene Hanratty. This year’s event will see the best six scores from eight events counting and it will also serve as a qualifier for the IJM Scratch Matchplay with the top four in each of the four categories playing off in the semi-finals on the morning of Saturday, September 19 with the finals in the afternoon. Walshe currently leads Category 1 and Hanratty heads Category 2 with Patrick Dunne and Hugh Reilly leading Categories 3 and 4 respectively.

IJM Golfer of the Year Leaderboard

Category 1: 152 – Clem Walshe. 148 – Sean Reidy. 147 – Eddie Rogers, Joseph Laverty. 142 – Peter Rogers. 141 – Andrew Keenan. 140 – Conor Curran.

Category 2: 151 – Eugene Hanratty. 145 – Conor Murphy. 142 – Gregory McCaughey. 140 – Maurice Soraghan, Jack Arthurs. 139 – Eddie Rocks, Gerard Carroll, Terry Conlon, Niall McCaul.

Category 3: 149 – Patrick Dunne, 146 – Sean Gallagher, 144 – Anthony O’Donoghue 141 – John Laverty, Pearse Murphy. 140 – Pat Donaghy, Derek Teather.  

Category 4: 139 – Hugh Reilly. 136 – Paul Morgan. 132 – Padraig McDonnell. 131 – John McEneaney. 128 – John McLaughlin, Anthony McCrave. 125 – Nigel Giff.

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