Rogers, McCarthy and Kenny take Junior, Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups

EDDIE Rogers (4), Bobby McCarthy (13) and Adrian Kenny (18) captured the Junior, Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cup as 242 players teed it up over the last weekend in August for three of the most sought after trophies on the fixture list.

Having won Leslie Walker’s Professional Prize a few weeks ago, Rogers came into the Junior Scratch in fine form and produced an excellent round of 33pts as three competitions were decided this year on stableford gross scores rather than the traditional stroke gross scores.  

After opening with a brace of two-point pars on the opening two holes, Rogers recorded his only blank of the day on the third where he had a double bogey six. However, he parred five of the next six holes and birdied the par five sixth to turn in 17pts.

From the turn Rogers reeled off five successive pars for another 10pts to move to 27pts and picked up another six points over the final four holes to finish on 33pts.

In the Intermediate Scratch Cup, Bobby McCarthy went out in 13pts helped by parring both par threes and both par fives on the opening nine. Down the back he strung together five successive pars from the 13th having already parred the 10th and came home in 15pts. That back nine proved crucial as his final figure of 28pts was matched and he prevailed on countback.

The Minor Scratch Cup was won for the second time by Adrian Kenny, 15 years after his first triumph in 2005 when it was a 27 hole competition. He got off to a slow start with three double bogeys leaving him pointless until a bogey five at the fourth gave him his first point of the round. He picked up another eight points to the turn thanks to pars at the fifth, seventh and eighth and went to 11pts with bogeys at the 10th and 11th. Then came a run of four successive pars and a haul of eight points followed by one point bogeys at the 16th and 17th. He finished with a double bogey blank but had done enough to take his Minor Scratch title.

John Casey McKeever (14) took the Best Nett score with an excellent score of 42pts which included nine three-point holes and saw him finish in style with a birdie on the last for four points as he covered each nine in 21pts.

Emmet McCabe Savage (11), Declan Muckian (13) and Derek Williams Jnr (18) took the category prizes with Cillian Halpenny (12) winning the Juvenile Prize.   

Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30 – Junior Scratch Cup (4-9): Eddie Rogers (4) 33pts. Intermediate Scratch Cup (10-16): Bobby McCarthy (13) 28/15pts. Minor Scratch Cup (17+): Adrian Kenny (18) 21pts. Best Nett: John Casey McKeever (14) 42pts. Category 1 (<13): Emmet McCabe Savage (11) 39pts, Turlough King (11) 38/19/14pts. Category 2 (13-17): Declan Muckian (13) 38pts, John McCann (15) 36/19pts. Category 3 (18+): Derek Williams Jnr. (18) 37pts, Paul Lynch (20) 36/22pts. Gross Recognition: Eoin Murphy (0) 39 gross points. Juvenile Winner Cillian Halpenny (12) 37pts. CSS: 72/36pts.

Scratch Saturday produces three home winners

Last Saturday was Scratch Saturday at Dundalk Golf Club as the day was given over to the Junior, Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups which were played together for the first time.

There were home winners in all three competitions with Christy Ward winning the Junior, Padraig Gallagher taking the Intermediate and Captain Pat Davis claiming the Minor.

Ward (7) won on a final six hole countback to claim the Junior Cup, sponsored by Park Café, and pip Billy Cairns (6) after both 76. Christy had 13 pars and crucially a birdie two at the par three 17th as he covered both nines in 38.

Gallagher (14) had two shots to spare in winning the Intermediate Cup which was sponsored by Deborah and Ultan Herr, who also sponsored the Minor Cup. Gallagher birdied the par three ninth and also had nine pars as he went out in 39 and came home in 41 for a total of 80 shots which was two better than John McKeever (13), Danny Miele (12) and Mark Browne (12).

High office is proving no barrier to good golf for this year’s Men’s Captain Pat Davis (18) as he edged out Sean Gallagher (19) on countback for the Minor Cup after both had shot 88 with Fergal McKenna (17) two shot further back on 90 in third. Despite a triple bogey seven at the fourth, Davis produced a very steady round of four pars and 11 bogeys as he covered both nines in 44 shots to take the title.

The nett prizes on Saturday went to Sean Hession (8), Gary Connolly (13) and John Oakes (26).

Saturday, July 6 – Dundalk Scratch Cups –

Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by Park Café – 1st Gross: Christy Ward (7) 76/38/23, 2nd Gross: Billy Cairns (6) 76, 3rd Gross: Edward Rogers (4) 77/38. 1st Nett: Sean Hession (8) 69.

Intermediate Scratch Cup, sponsored by Deborah and Ultan Herr – 1st Gross: Padraig Gallagher (14) 80, 2nd Gross: John McKeever (13) 82/38, 3rd Gross: Danny Miele (12) 82/41/26/12., 4th Gross: Mark Browne (12) 82/41, 1st Nett: Gary Connolly (13) 71/33, 2nd Nett: Anthony Tuite (14) 71/36. 3rd Nett: David Brennan (13) 71.

Minor Scratch Cup, Sponsored by Deborah and Ultan Herr – 1st Gross: Patrick Davis (18) 88/44/27, 2nd Gross: Sean Gallagher (19) 88, 3rd Gross: Fergal McKenna (17) 90, 1st Nett: John Oakes (26) 66, 2nd Nett: John Keane (20) 71.

CSS: 72.

Teenager Curtin claims Intermediate Scratch Cup

Dundalk’s juvenile programme is producing a steady stream of talented teenagers at the moment and the latest player to announce his potential for future is 14-year-old Declan Curtin who won the Intermediate Scratch Cup on Sunday.

Curtin, who plays off 13, beat a field of 84 on a day when the Competition Standard Scratch was 73, one more than Standard Scratch for the white course.

Curtin shot a gross score of 80 to win by two shots from Brian McDonnell (13) with John Stanley (11) from City West a shot further back having edged out Billy Curran (12) for third place on countback.

Two bogies and two double bogies over the first four holes left Curtin with a lot of work to do but the teenager showed great composure over the remaining 14 holes to produce his winning score.

A par at the par three fifth was followed by a birdie at the par five sixth  and further pars followed at the eighth and ninth as he turned in 42.

Four successive pars from the 11th to the 14th brought him into contention and a par on the short 17th left him needing a par at the last for overall victory.

He left himself with work to do when his approach found a greenside bunker but he showed nerves of steel as he holed from the sand for a closing birdie and a two shot victory.

The competition was sponsored by Martin Lambe Plant Hire and our photo shows winner Declan Curtin (centre) with sponsor Martin Lambe (left) and Vice-Captain Gerry Byrne (right).

Sunday, July 2 – Intermediate Scratch Cup – 80 – Declan Curtin (13). 82 – Brian McDonnell (13). 83 – John Stanley (11, City West) 83/39; Billy Curran (12). 84 – Kevin Smith (11, Ardee) 84/37 (Ardee). Best Nett: Kieran Reidy (15) 69/32. CSS: 73.