Dundalk reach Barton Shield quarter-finals

Barton Shield squad

Dundalk Golf Club have reached the last eight of the Leinster section of the Barton Shield for the second successive year after some superb performances at Balcarrick Golf Club over the weekend.

After qualifying in second place behind Portmarnock on Saturday, Dundalk then beat Greenore and Royal Dublin in Sunday’s matchplay ties to advance to the Leinster Finals which will take place in Mount Wolseley on the weekend of July 20 and 21.

With recently crowned club champion Caolan Rafferty away on international duty in France with Ireland, Dundalk managers Alan McCabe, John Conlon and Fergal Harte looked to Conor Curran to step up to the plate and he didn’t disappoint.

Curran partnered Irish Boys international Eoin Murphy while the experienced Aaron Grant was paired with the club’s other Boys International, Josh Mackin for the foursomes event.

Both pairings shot rounds of 76 as Dundalk finished three shots behind Portmarnock in qualifying but well inside the qualifying mark of 160 from which the field of 25 clubs was whittled down to eight for the matchplay phase where two clubs would qualify for the Leinster finals.

On Sunday morning, Dundalk faced neighbours Greenore and beat them by four holes with Murphy and Curran winning by one hole while Grant and Mackin were 3up when they were called in, having been all square at the turn.

That earned the team an afternoon match against Royal Dublin for a place in Mount Wolseley in July and things didn’t look good in the top match early on as Murphy and Curran found themselves two down but birdies on seven and 11 brought them back to all square.

They went behind again when they lost the 15th but came good in the end by winning the final two holes to win their match 1up.

Grant and Mackin got their noses in front early on by sinking birdie putts to win two of the first three holes and they then won the 10th and the 11th to extend their lead to four holes with seven to play.

They were still four ahead with four to play but then saw their lead halved when Royal Dublin won the 15th and 16th but a half on the 17th ensured a two hole victory as the match was called in once Murphy and Curran had got over the line up ahead.

Next up for Dundalk’s elite squad will be the Senior Cup qualifier on June 23 in Laytown & Bettystown when the format will be five singles matches.

Dundalk’s elite ladies were also in action on the Donabate peninsula on Sunday as they faced a Senior Foursomes qualifier along with 11 other clubs at Donabate Golf Club and were unlucky to encounter the worst of the heavy rain which fell in the Fingal area during the afternoon.

The team of Jennifer Holland, Criona O’Reilly, Jacinta Foran, Elaine Ward, Ann Hopper and Pauline Campbell missed out by two shots on qualifying for the next phase of the competition,

The JB Carr Diamond Trophy Team went down fighting as they tried in vain to overhaul a 0-5 deficit when they faced Greenore in the second leg of the Co Louth on the Cooley Peninsula last Friday. Despite giving from one to three shots to their opponents in each of their matches, the Dundalk pairings were two up in two matches and level in two others when they were called in after Greenore got the point they needed for overall victory with a 3&2 win as they closed out the top match on the 16th hole.

The inter-club competitions continue this week with all eyes on the All-Ireland Fourball team who meet Headfort on Saturday in the last 16 of the Leinster section. Three of the matches are in Kells with the other two in Dundalk.

 

Ladies Senior Foursomes team

 

 

Fred Daly and Challenge Cup teams see runs ended

The Dundalk Ladies Challenge Cup team which was beaten by Royal Tara on Sunday in Black Bush Golf Club. Back row (from left): Mary Dooley, Brid Rocks and Lady Captain Pat Cleary. Front Row (from left): Grainne Mullins, Sally McDonnell, Joan McKenna, Oonagh Quinn, Leone Smyth Bailie.

 

On the team front it has been disappointing week for Dundalk with three defeats although the JB Carr Diamond Trophy team still have a slim chance of advancing when they travel to Greenore on Friday for the second leg of the Louth final.

In last week’s home leg Dundalk lost two matches on the 18th, one at the 16th and the remaining two at the 15th, That leaves then trailing 0-5 but they will give it their all in trying to haul that deficit back. The squad is O Reilly, G Murray, C Monahan, T Reneghan, K Barry, P Donaghy, P Duffy, P Hoey, M Coburn, T Clarke, G Daly, E Sheridan, F Byrne.

The Boys U18 team’s hopes of winning back to back Leinster pennants in the Fred Daly Trophy ended today when they lost 3-2 to The Island.

Ciaran Johnston lost 4&3 while Oisin Conroy was beaten 6&5 in The Island meaning that Dundalk had to win the three home matches to advance.

Josh Mackin put the first Dundalk point on the board in the second match when he closed it out on the 13th for a 6&5 victory having been five up after nine. Ahead of him Eoin Murphy had a battle on his hands but he won the 15th and 16th to take control of his match and eventually took it 2&1.

The bottom match in Dundalk then became the decider and it was eventually decided on the 18th when Sean Lavery lost out to a par after a tremendous battle ith his Dublin opponent.

The Ladies Challenge Cup team bowed out in the third round of this year’s competition when they were beaten on Sunday by Royal Tara in Black Bush.  Managed by Brid Rocks and Mary Dooley, the team was Oonagh Quinn, Grainne Mullins, Leone Smyth Bailie, Sally McDonnell and Joan McKenna with Pat Cleary and Eve Beirne as subs.

The Dundalk Ladies Challenge Cup team which was beaten by Royal Tara on Sunday in Black Bush Golf Club.  Back row (from left): Mary Dooley, Brid Rocks and Lady Captain Pat Cleary. Front Row (from left): Grainne Mullins, Sally McDonnell, Joan McKenna, Oonagh Quinn, Leone Smyth Bailie.