Draw made for 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup

THE draw has been made for the 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup, sponsored by One Finance. The 36-tournament will take place on Sunday with shotgun starts to both rounds at 9am and 2pm respectively.

Defending champion Jake Whelan is seeking to become only the fourth player in 59 years to retain what is one of the most prestigious scratch cups events in Ireland. 

But he will face stiff opposition to his hopes of back to back victories with four members of the Ireland team for next week’s Home Internationals in England among the 72 strong field teeing it up on Sunday in Dundalk.

Alongside three-time winner and local hero Caolan Rafferty will be Jack McDonnell (Forest Little), Marc Boucher (Carton House) and Robert Moran (Castle).

The field also includes former winners like Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Aaron Grant (Dundalk), Gary Cullen (Portmarnock Links) and Daniel Coyle (Portmarnock).

Dundalk Scratch Cup 2021 Draw sheet

Shotgun Start. Round 1 (9am), Round 2 (2pm)

Hole 1: Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), Mark Boucher (Carton House), Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint).

Hole 2:  Aaron Grant (Dundalk), Thomas Plunkett (Crober), Aidan Dooley (Carton House).

Hole 3: Ciaran Johnston (Dundalk), Niall O’Callaghan (Greenore), Brandon St John (Portmarnock).

Hole 4: Peter Rogers (Dundalk), Shane Hession (Dundalk), Ciaran Tracey (Co Louth).

Hole 5A: Neal Mackell (Dundalk), Conor Murphy (Dundalk), Samuel Gammel (Naas).

Hole 5B: Liam McGavisk (Rush), Austin McCann (Co Louth), Conall Murdock (Dundalk).

Hole 6: Daniel McKenna (Laytown & Bettystown), Conor McCaughey (Dundalk), Darren Myles (Dundalk).

Hole 7A: Chris Cullen (Portmarnock Links), Aidan Quigley (Woodbrook), Ethan Garvey (Elm Park).

Hole 7B: Colin Roche (Dundalk), Mark Gorham (Dundalk), Mark Justice (Ardee).

Hole 8A: Jason Murphy (Dundalk), David Marshall (Naas), Jamie Kelly (Ardee).

Hole 8B: Ruairi Kennelly (Castleknock), Michael Greene (Greenore), Simon McConnell (Ballyclare).

Hole 9: Cian Dullaghan (Greenore), Annraoi Collins (Laytown & Bettystown), Mathew Giles (Greenore).

Hole 10: Jake Whelan (Grange), Simon Ward (Belvoir Park), Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little).

Hole 11A: David Shiel (Powerscourt), Aaron Ryan (Thurles), Thomas Abom (Edmonstown).

Hole 11B: Liam Abom (Edmonstown), Dillon Harbourne (Newlands), Tristan Harper (Ardee).

Hole 12: Gerard Copeland (Galgorm), Joseph Laverty (Dundalk), Mikey Ronayn (Mullingar).

Hole 13A: Sean Reidy (Dundalk), Luke Harris (Hermitage), Dean Rogers (Forrest Little).

Hole 13B: Zak Alderdice (Dundalk), David Pilkington (Cloverhill), Andrew Doyle (Woodbrook).

Hole 14: Daniel Coyle (Portmarnock), Ben Caffrey (Ardee), David Tynan (Mullingar).

Hole 15: Alexander Purdy (Galgorm), Charlie McDonnell (Concra Wood), Gary Wade (Seapoint).

Hole 16: Charlie Connell (Newlands), Luke O’Dwyer (Forrest Little), Danny Sweeney (Luttrellstown).

Hole 17A: Evan Farrell (Ardee), Graham Callaghan (Co Louth), Gary Cullen (Portmarnock).

Hole 17B: David Winters (Seapoint), Ruairi O’Connor (Sligo), Adam Smith (Mullingar).

Hole 18: Eoin Murphy (Dundalk), Robert Moran (Castle), Gerard Dunne (Co. Louth).

Entries open on Thursday for Dundalk Scratch Cup

Jake Whelan (centre), winner of the 2021 Dundalk Scratch Cup, pictured with Martin McDonnell of sponsors One Finance and Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff.

ENTRIES will open on Thursday, August 26, for this year’s Dundalk Scratch Cup which is once again sponsored by One Finance. The 36 hole tournament will be held at Dundalk Golf Club on Sunday, September 12.

The defending champion is Jake Whelan, recent winner of the Mullingar Scratch Cup, who will be bidding to join an elite group of players who have successfully defended the Dundalk Scratch Cup. They were JB Carr (1965-66), Declan Branigan (1972-73) and local hero Caolan Rafferty (2018-19).

The tournament is one of the longest-running and most prestigious Senior Scratch Cups in the country with a roll of honour that includes three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington. This will be the 59th staging of the event which began in 1963.

Entries must be made through the Pro Shop at 042-9321731. The entry fee is €50 which includes soup and sandwiches after round one and a post-tournament meal. The prize-fund is €2,500 with €250 for a course record and €150 for a hole in one. Entries will close on Wednesday, September 8.

There will be a shotgun start for both rounds with the first round commencing at 9am and the second round teeing off at 2pm.

Dundalk Golf Club Captain, Trevor Giff, said: “It has been another tough year for all our elite players because the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected their schedules. We had a great tournament last year and we are all looking forward to seeing if Jake Whelan can successfully defend the title he won so convincingly last year.”

Martin McDonnell, Managing Director of sponsors One Finance, said: “The Dundalk Scratch Cup has always attracted the top amateur golfers and One Finance is delighted to continue our sponsorship of the event and welcoming everybody back to Dundalk in September.”

Last year Whelan fired two three-under-par rounds of 69 to win by five shots from Cian Geraghty of Laytown & Bettystown and Roganstown’s Arron Edward-Hills on a day when a strong wind, tricky pins and slick greens presented a formidable challenge for the top class field.

Past winners of Dundalk Scratch Cup

1963 – David Sheahan (Grange)                              

1964 – G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)

1965 – J.B. Carr (Sutton)

1966 – J.B. Carr (Sutton)

1967 – B.P. Malone (Tullamore)

1968 – Pat Mulcare (Woodbrook)

1969 – J Clynch (Laytown & Bettystown)

1970 – G.N. Fogarty (Royal Dublin)

1971 – M.J Malone (Belvoir Park)

1972 – Declan Branigan (Laytown & Bettystown)

1973 – Declan Branigan (Laytown & Bettystown)

1974 – Rory McCormack (Warrenpoint)

1975 – Adrian Morrow (Hermitage)

1976 – Mick Morris (Portmarnock)

1977 – John Dickson (Hollywood)

1978 – Val Smyth (Laytown & Bettystown)

1979 – Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)

1980 – John Carr (Sutton)

1981 – Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)

1982 – Frank Gannon (Co Louth)

1983 – Eddie Condren (Greystones)

1984 – Paul Rayfus (Trim)

1985 – Frank Flynn (Laytown & Bettystown)

1986 – Barry Reddan (Co Louth)

1987 – Pádraig Hogan (Elm Park)

1988 – Peter Rogers (Dundalk)

1989 – Paul Bray (Hermitage)

1990 – Pat Killeen (Claremorris)

1991 – Dan Coyle (Dundalk)

1992 – David Gibson (Downpatrick)

1993 – Ray Moore (Laytown & Bettystown)

1994 – Colm Murphy (Clandeboye)

1995 – Pádraig Harrington (Stackstown)

1996 – Graeme Kennedy (Skerries)

1997 – David Doggett (Co Louth)

1998 – John Foster (Ballyclare)

1999 – Gary Cullen (Beaverstown)

2000 – Michael Hoey (Shandon Park)

2001 – Michael McGeady (City of Derry)

2002 – John McGinn (Greenore)

2003 – Noel Fox (Portmarnock)

2004 – Des Morgan (Mullingar)

2005 – Michael McGeady (North West)

2006 – Simon Ward (Co Louth)

2007 – Stephen Grant (Birr)

2008 – Derek Downie (Sutton)

2009 – James Fox (Portmarnock)

2010 – Rory Leonard (Banbridge)

2011 – Ciaran Molloy (Ardee)

2012 – Stephen Healy (Claremorris)

2013 – Aaron Grant (Dundalk)

2014 – Rory McNamara (Headfort)

2015 – Thomas Mulligan (Co Louth)

2016 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2017 – Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint)

2018 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2019 – Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

2020 – Jake Whelan (Newlands)

 

Impressive Whelan wins Dundalk Scratch Cup by five shots

Jake Whelan from Newlands produced a sublime performance to captured the 58th Dundalk Scratch Cup sponsored by One Finance.

The 26-year-old fired two three under par rounds of 69 to win by five shots from Cian Geraghty of Laytown & Bettystown and Roganstown’s Arron Edward-Hills on a day when a strong wind, tricky pins and slick greens presented a formidable challenge for the top class field.

Whelan led at the halfway stage after shooting an opening 69. The Dubliner, who has strong Dundalk connections, was two under after five holes following birdies at the first and fifth but dropped a shot on the par three ninth to turn in one under. Down the back he birdied the short par four 14th and the long par four 16th to come home in 34 and set the pace at three under.

That left him two shots clear of Dundalk’s Aaron Grant, Roganstown Aaron Edward-Hills, the 2018 North of Ireland winner, and Portmarnock’s Geoff Lenehan with Jack McDonnell of Forest Little and Daivd Shiel of Powerscourt a shot further back on level par.

 Grant, who won this competition in 2013, opened with a birdie on the 10th, his first hole, but turned level after bogeying the 18th. He responded to that setback with back to back birdies on the first and second and parred his way in to sign for a one under par 71.

Edward-Hills also began on the back nine and got off to a blistering start with birdies at the 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th to lie four under after six holes. A bogey at 16 interrupted his momentum but he still completed his first nine in three under par. He was still three under with two to play, after a bogey on five was cancelled out by a birdie on the par five seventh, but dropped to one under following a double bogey six on the tricky par four eighth where he three putted from close range.

The defending champion, Caolan Rafferty, who was bidding for his third successive title and fourth in all, went out in one under par thanks to a birdie on the par four 11th. However, a wayward tee shot on the first, his 10th, led to a double bogey six and that was followed by a bogey five on the next.

He got back to level par for the round with birdies on the third and sixth but a bogey on the par five seventh meant he came home in 38 for a first round total of one over par 73 which was matched by his playing partner Colm Campbell.

In the second round neither Rafferty or Campbell were able to mount a charge. Rafferty did birdie the ninth to turn level but fell away down the back nine and eventually finished on four over par with Campbell matching him.

Edward-Hills set the clubhouse lead when he carded a second round of level par 72 to finish on one-under and was joined by Laytown & Bettystown’s Cian Geraghty who shot a second round 69 to go with his 74 from the morning. After a bogey at the fourth moved him to three over, Geraghty birdied the sixth, eighth, 12th and 17th to move through to the pack into second.

If Whelan was feeling the pressure holding the halfway lead he didn’t show it. Starting his second round on the 10th he reeled off ten consecutive pars, including a sublime up and down from the back of the first green. Then he holed a long putt from the front of the second, his 11th, for birdie to move to four under.

Although he handed that back at the next with a bogey he showed his confidence on the par five sixth when hit a driver off the fairway from 260 yards out and left the ball eight feet from the pin. His eagle putt didn’t drop but his tap-in birde brought him back to four under and he then birdied the par five seventh to move to five under before finishing in style by sinking a birdie putt on his final hole, the par three ninth, to finish on six under.

“This is the biggest win of my career,” said Whelan afterwards. “It is one of the biggest Scratch Cups and there are some great names who have won it in the past. I am delighted for my family as we have strong links to the area and my father was a member here.

“I hit the ball well all day and I also putted well for a change,” said Whelan, who added that he intends to keep an appointment he had made last week for a putting lesson on Tuesday with Dundalk professional Leslie Walker.  

Final Leaderboard:  138 – Jake Whelan (Newlands) 69, 69. 143 – Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 74,        69; Arron Edward-Hills (Roganstown) 71, 72. Robert Moran (The Castle) 74, 70. Jack Mc Donnell (Forest Little) 72, 72. 146 – Dylan Keating (Seapoint) 75, 71; Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 71, 75. 147 – Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin) 74, 73. 148 – Sean Keeling (Roganstown) 77, 71; Gerard Dunne (Co Louth) 75, 73; Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass) 74, 74; Colm Campbell Jnr (Warrenpoint) 73, 75; Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 73, 75; David Shiel (Powerscourt) 72, 76. 149 – Richard Knightly (Royal Dublin) 75, 74; 150 – Paul Conroy (Enniscorthy) 78, 72, Jason Rackard (Enniscorthy) 75, 75; Daniel Mulligan (Laytown & Bettystown) 75, 75; Aaron Grant (Dundalk) 71, 79.

Official Results: 1st Jake Whelan (Newlands) (+2) 138 (69/690).  2nd Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) (+1) 143 (74/69) 3rd Aaron Edward-Hills (Roganstown) (+4) 143 (71/72). 4th Robert Moran (The Castle) (+4)           144 (74/70). Best Nett: Sean Keeling (Roganstown) (2) 144 (75/69). 1st 18  Gross: Geoffrey Lenehan (Portmarnock) (+3) 71/36. 1st 18 Nett: David Shiel (Powerscourt) (0) 72/37. 2nd 18 Gross: Dylan Keating (Seapoint) (+3) 71. 2nd  18 Nett: Graham Callaghan (Co Louth) (0) 72/36.

1st  Round CSS 76 reductions only

2nd Round CSS 74

ENDS

PHOTO: The 2020 winner of the Dundalk Scratch Cup Jake Whelan of Newlands Golf Club pictured with sponsor Martin McDonnell, Managing Director of One Finance, and Dundalk Golf Club Captain Trevor Giff.