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.

Dream start see Teather finally deliver to take House Committee Cup

After knocking on the door a few times over the last years, Derek Teather (16) finally got over the line when he won the House Committee Cup by one point from Tom Clarke (18).

A dream start gave Teather the perfect platform to launch what proved to be the best score of the 257 strong field. He parred the first for three points and then birdied the second for four points to sit on seven points after the opening two holes.

Two two-point bogeys followed at three and four before a par at the short fifth yielded another three points and left him on 14pts after five holes. He could only manage a one-point bogey at the par five sixth but picked up two-point bogeys at seven and eight before closing the front nine with another three-point par at the par-three ninth.

That gave him an impressive return of 22pts at the halfway stage and after two bogey at ten and a one point double bogey at 11 he parred both the 12th and 13th for a six point haul that took him to 31pts with five holes to go.

It’s usually at this point that many good rounds start to go off the rails but there was no sign of pressure as Teather parred the index 18 par four 14th for two points and bogeyed the long 15th for another two points.

He dropped a shot at the index four 16th but the one point gained there would ultimately proved crucial as he parred the 17th to complete an impressive haul of 12pts from the four par threes on the course. A bogey five at the 18th for two points saw him complete the back nine in 19 points for an overall score of 41pts,

It proved to be just enough as Clarke and Padraig Ó Gallachoir could only get to 40pts with Clarke pipping Ó Gallachoir on countback after a shooting a sizzling 23pts over the back nine.

Ó Gallachoir did take Category Two with Eugene Hanratty (8) and Michael Browne (21) winning the other two categories while Rory Henry (14) was the Juvenile winner and Senior Cup panellist Conor Curran (1) won the Gross Prize.   

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 – House Committee Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Derek Teather (16) 41pts, Tom Clarke (18) 40/23pts. Gross: Conor Curran (1) 37pts. Cat 1 (0-12): E.J. Hanratty (8) 39/20/13/6/4pts, Clem Walshe (4) 39/20pts, Sean Reidy (5) 39pts. Cat 2 (13-17): Padraig Ó Gallachoir (13) 40pts, Patrick Dunne (16) 39pts, Sean Gallagher (16) 35pts. Cat 3 (18+): Michael Browne (21) 36pts, Noel McGuinness (19) 35/19pts, Gareth Herr (18) 35/18pts. Juvenile Winner: Rory Henry (14) 37pts. CSS: Saturday – 35pts, Sunday – 36pts.

Murdock retains House Committee Cup

Derek Murdock retained the House Committee Cup on Sunday when he shot a six under par 66 to win by three clear shots from Conor McCaughey on a day when only three players managed to break 70.

The 12 handicapper got off to the perfect start with three successive pars and although he bogeyed the next four holes he parred eight and then had a birdie two at the ninth where the tee had been brought forward to encourage attacking play off the tee.

That gave him a nett score of 33 for the front nine and three successive fives then followed before he parred 13 and 14 and bogeyed 15. He had back to back pars at the next two holes before finishing with a five at the last for a nett score of 33 on the back nine and an excellent score of 66.

McCaughey (5) took second overall on countback after both himself and Paul O’Callaghan (11) had come home in 69. O’Callaghan took Category 1 with Gareth Halpin (14) and Men’s Captain Pat Davis taking the other two category prizes. Conor Curran (1) with a 74 won the gross prize while Iarlaith Carroll (13) was the juvenile winner.

Sunday, June 9 – House Committee Cup (Stroke) – Overall: Derek Murdock (12) 66, Conor McCaughey (5) 69/35.5/20.3. Gross Prize: Conor Curran (1) 74. Category 1 (0-11): Paul O’Callaghan (11) 69, Ciaran Sheridan (5) 70. Category 2 (12-17): Gareth Halpin (14) 70, Andrew Brodigan (12) 71. Category 3 (18+): Pat Davis (18) 72, Michael Byrne (20) 73. Juvenile Prize: Iarlaith Carroll (13) 75. CSS: 73 Saturday, June 8 – Singles Stableford – 1st: Alan McDermott, 2nd: Paul Coburn, 3rd: Damian English. CSS:71/37. Wednesday, June 5 – Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Fergal Sexton (9) 42pts, Ciaran Daly (14) 39/21pts, Eamon Hoey (17) 39pts. Best Gross: Conor Curran (1) 37pts. Juvenile: Daniel Nordon (15) 38pts. CSS 72/36pts. Monday, June 3 – Open Stableford Singles – Overall: Zak Alderdice (7) 39pts, Anthony McCrave (21) 38pts, Nicholas McShane (14) 26pts. Best Gross: Aaron Grant 34pts. Best Juvenile: Iarlaith Carroll (15) 41pts. CSS: 35pts. ENDS

Late birdie delivers House Committee Cup for Murdock

A BIRDIE on the last hole clinched the House Committee Cup for 11 handicapper Derek Murdock on a beautiful day at Dundalk last Sunday.

Oliver McGinnity, who was in the first group that teed off at 7.15am, had set the early clubhouse with a four under par 68 and was subsequently joined by Tom Clarke (17) and Michael Coburn (9).

McGinnity was well finished when Murdock began his round just before noon and he began the chase earnestly as took full advantage of the excellent conditions down the front nine which he covered in four under par after back to back birdies at the fifth and sixth and pars at the second, fourth and seventh.

He played to his handicap on the first three holes of the back nine but then dropped shots on the 13th and 14th where he didn’t have shots and ended up bogeying the holes to slip back to two under with four to play.

With the wind at this back he parred the 15th to get back to three under and he was still on the number when he teed off on the last hole. But he managed to get the birdie he needed to leapfrog over the trio on 68 and claim the House Committee Cup with an excellent five-under par 67.

Coburn took Category 1, Clarke won Category 2 and McGinnity was the Category 3 winner while the evergreen Peter Rogers shot the day’s best gross score of 74.

Sunday, October 28 – House Committee Cup: Overall: Derek Murdock (11) 67. Category 1 (0-11): Michael Coburn (9) 68, Carl Stewart (7) 69. Category 2 (13-17): Tom Clarke (17) 68, Shane Thornton (14) 69. Category 3 (18+): Oliver McGinnity (20) 68, Colm Garvey (20) 71. Best Gross: Peter Rogers (4) 74. CSS: Non-Qualifying.