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.

Walsh wins Greenore Junior Scratch Cup for third time

Clem Walshe

Clem Walshe has won the Greenore Junior Scratch Cup for the third time.

The four handicapper shot rounds of 75 and 78 for a 36 hole total of 153 to beat club colleague Kyle Rafferty by one shot after the teenager shot two rounds of 77.

Walshe and Peter Rogers also had a good run in the Ulster Seniors was played over Donegal Golf Club’s testing links at Murvagh.

The Dundalk pair both recorded top ten finishes and Rogers led after the first round of the 36 hole event as he shot four birdies in a one over par round 74.

However, defending champion Garth McGimpsey posted a 70 in the second round to retain the title and Rogers, who shot 79, had to settle for fifth place but had the consolation of winning his age category.

Walshe, with rounds of 77 and 78 took ninth place overall.


Duffy wins Junior Scratch Cup by one shot

Garrett Duffy won the Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup, sponsored by DAR Golf, on Sunday by one shot from Ciaran Traynor with Clem Walshe a shot further back in third place.


Duffy, who plays off five, produced rounds of 78 and 75 for a total of 153 on a day when the weather was varied with morning sunshine for the opening round making way for periods of heavy rain during the second circuit.


After inauspicious start with a double bogey on the opening hole, Duffy dropped three more shots over the par five sixth and seventh to turn in 41. However, he managed to cover the back nine in 37 shots as birdies at the 10th and 14th took the sting out of further bogeys at 11, 12 and 17.


That left Duffy on 78, three adrift of first round leader Joe McArdle from Ardee who shot 75. Traynor, who plays off seven, opened with a 79 and was lying one shot behind Duffy as they teed up for the second round.


Duffy’s hopes seemed to be fading after the first three holes of the final round as he opened with three straight bogeys and although he birdied the index one par four fourth he then went and double-bogeyed the par three fifth.


Another birdie followed at the sixth and three pars ensured he turned for home with a chance after covering the opening nine in 39. A birdie at 10 was followed by bogeys at 11 and 14 but he birdied 16 to get back to level par for the back nine and managed to par the final two holes for a homeward nine of 36, a second round score of 75 and an overall total of 153.


When the dust settled, it proved to be just enough. Traynor matched Duffy’s second round 75 but came up short by one shot while Walshe, who had shot 77 in the first round, could only manage a 78 in the second.


Sunday, May 14 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup, Sponsored by DAR Golf – Overall – 153: Garrett Duffy (5) 78, 75. 154: Ciaran Traynor (7) 79, 75. 155: Clem Walshe (4) 77, 78. 156: Paul Reilly (5, Co Louth) 77,79. Best Nett: 145 – J K Cohalan (6, Ballybunion) 75,70. First 18 Gross: Joe McArdle (5, Ardee) 75. First 18 Nett: Ciaran Sheridan (5) 71/34.5. Second 18 Gross: John Oster (4, Laytown & Bettystown) 77. Second 18 Nett: Damian English (10) 68. First Round CSS: 73 (Home), 74 (Away). Second Round CSS: 73 (Home), 74 (Away).




Mackin wins DAR Golf Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup

Junior Sratch 2016 winner

Josh Mackin receiving the DAR Junior Scratch Cup from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Junior Sratch 2016 - Mark Gorham

Junior Scratch Cup – Second Place – Mark Gotham receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – Third Place – Shane Hession receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

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Junior Scratch Cup – 1st Round – Best Nett – Ryan McDonnell receiving his prize from Captain Maurice Soraghan.

Fourteen year old Josh Mackin captured the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup over 36 holes on Saturday to record one of the biggest wins of his fledging career.

The four handicapper, who was a member of Dundalk’s Leinster Junior Cup winning team last year, shot rounds of 78 and 74 for a two round total of 152 and a three shot win over clubmates Mark Gorham (4) and Shane Hession (6). There was some consolation for third place Hession as he aced the par-three fifth during the competition.

Macken had a jittery start as bogeys at the first and fourth and a double bogey at the sixth left him four over after six holes but he steadied the ship and had only two further bogeys over the remaining 12 holes for a six over par 78.

That left him in a strong position entering the second round and he took full advantage as went through the first nine holes in three less shots than he did in the morning with a birdie at the sixth taking some of the sting out of bogeys at the fourth and eighth.

Another birdie followed at the par five 10th and although he gave it away with a bogey at the short par four 14th he kept reeling off the pars and a bogey on his final hole didn’t do any damage when the scores were totted up.

Gorham took second place thanks to a second round 76 after both himself and Hession finished on 155 while another Dundalk youngster, Padraig Fallon (9), took the Overall Nett Prize with a score of 140 and Rian McDonnell (9) claimed the First Round Nett Prize with a 72.

Saturday, May 15 – Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by DAR Golf – Josh Mackin (4) (Dundalk) 152, Mark Gorham (4) (Dundalk) 155/76, Shane Hession (6) (Dundalk) 155. Nett: Padraig Fallon (9) (Dundalk) 140. First Round Gross: James McCulla (5) (Kilkeel) 77. First Round Nett: Rian McDonnell (9) (Dundalk) 72. Second Round Gross: Gary Currie (6) (Fortwilliam) 76/36. First Round Nett: Jonathon Mallon (8) (Warrenpoint) 71/36. CSS (Round 1): 73 (Home), 75 (Away). CSS (Round 2): 72 (Home), 74 (Away).