Murphy grinds it out to take first Club Championship

Eoin Murphy won the Club Championship for the first time when he had one shot to spare over Joseph Laverty after a tremendous battle between the pair over 36 holes on Saturday.

A 25kmh southerly wind and slick greens created a tough test and Murphy and Laverty were tied after opening with one over par rounds of 73.

Murphy had started with a birdie on the opening hole but turned in one over after dropping shots at the seventh and eighth. He then reeled off three successive birdies from the 10th but then dropped shots when he turned into the wind on 13 and 14 and dropped another shot on the last.

Laverty went through the opening nine in two under thanks to birdies at six and nine but dropped shots at the 10th, 12th and 15th.

Rain made conditions even tougher in the afternoon for the second round and it was Murphy who ground it out better with his three over par 75 which was one shot better than Laverty could manage.

Four Dundalk players in GUI coaching panels

The GUI announced their national, provincial and regional coaching panels for 2020 last week with Walker Cup star Caolan Rafferty retaining his place in the national panel while Zak Alderdice and Joseph Laverty are on the Leinster U16 Regional Panel and Louis Goodman is on the U14 panel.

First major as teenager Laverty wins Irwin Lockington Salver

Teenager Joseph Laverty landed the first major of his young career when he produced a superb five-under par 67 to take the Irwin Lockington Salver in perfect conditions on Sunday.

Playing alongside seasoned veterans Edward Rogers and Clem Walshe, 14-year-old Laverty played some fine golf from tee to green in compiling a round that included one birdie, 13 pars, three bogeys and a double-bogey six at the short par four 14th.

His birdie came at the par three 13th and the cornerstone of his round was a run of seven consecutive pars from the fourth hole as the nine handicapper signed for 76 gross and a 67 nett.

That was enough to pip Frank Byrne (8) who almost pulled off a memorable weekend double having managed, along with his assistant Larry Soraghan, the club’s All-Ireland Fourball team to the Leinster quarter-finals on Saturday with a great 3-2 win over Headfort.

Byrne shot a four under par 68 and took second overall on countback from Austin Carroll (16). Carroll had the consolation of winning Category 2 with Nicholas McKeown (10) winning Category 1 and Patsy Arrowsmith (17) claiming Category 3. Another of the club’s young tigers, Josh Mackin (1), claimed the Gross Prize with a three-over par 75.

Sunday, June 3 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Joseph Laverty (9) 67, Frank Byrne (8) 68/32. Gross: Josh Mackin (1) 75. Category 1 (0 -11): Nicholas McKeown (10) 71/36, Dillon Greene (5) 71. Category 2 (12-16): Austin Carroll (16) 68, Oliver English (13) 69/29.5. Category 3 (17-28): Patsy Arrowsmith (17) 69, Colm Coburn (19) 70/33.5. CSS: 72.