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.

Twelve-year-old Caffrey wins Minor Scratch Cup

Twelve-year-old Ben Caffrey from Ardee, where former Dundalk assistant professional Brian Kerley is now head pro, served notice that he is one to watch for the future as he won the Minor Scratch Cup on Sunday by two shots.

He shot an excellent score of 84 in this scratch competition for players of 17 handicap and higher but he had a shaky start with a double bogey six at the opening hole.

However, a par at the third and a birdie two at the fifth got him going and he parred the sixth and ninth to turn in 41 and well on course to challenge for honours.

His back nine was steady as he threw in back to back pars at the 13th and 14th but a double bogey five at the par three 17th threatened to wreck his round. However, he didn’t let it faze him and parred the last for an inward 43 and a final score of 84.

That was good enough for a two shot victory with Colm Garvey (22) taking second on 86, one shot ahead of fellow Dundalk clubman Declan Ward (20)
with Seamus Kelly (18) taking fourth on 88.

Our photo shows 2017 Minor Scratch Cup winner, Ben Caffrey (centre), with sponsor Martin Lambe (centre) of Martin Lambe Plant Hire and Vice Captain Gerry Byrne.

Sunday, July 2 – Minor Scratch Cup – 84 – Ben Caffrey (17, Ardee). 86 – Colm Garvey (22). 87 – Declan Ward (20). 88 – Seamus Kelly (18). Best Nett: James Reilly (26) 66. CSS: 73.