Open Week action grabs headlines

The past week has seen plenty of competitive action at Dundalk Golf Club as the annual May Open Week was in full flow and there was plenty of headline grabbing action

Teenager Padraig Fallon saw his handicap drop by three shots in three days as he won the Open Singles Stableford on Monday of last week. He had lost a shot when winning the Best Nett Prize at the DAR Golf sponsored Dundalk Junior Scratch Cup the previous Saturday and then, off his new handicap of eight, lost a further two shots two days later when he shot 46pts to win by six shots from another talented teenager and current All-Ireland Faldo Series U16 champion Eoin Murphy.

Juvenile Committee chairman Jim Caraher is obviously getting plenty of inspiration from his young charges as he was a back to back winner during Open Week. Last Wednesday, he won the Open Singles Stableford with 40pots as he edged out Pat Donaghy on countback and the following day he was back on the winner’s podium when he led his team to victory in the Four Person Team Event sponsored by Flanagan Motors, despite having lost a shot overnight to drop to eight. Vincent Conlon (8), Padraig McDonnell (20) and Danny Gallagher (13) were the other members of the winning team, whose score of 90pts was one more than the second placed team of David Williams (19), Fergus O’Callaghan (13), Eamon McEneaney (17) and Gavin McEneaney (12).

Saturday’s Open Fourball, sponsored by National Tile, was won by seasoned campaigners Paddy Duffy (13) and Vincent Murphy (16) who dovetailed superbly to produce a blemish free round of 47pts. They had eight two point holes, nine three pointers and a four pointer at the ninth where Murphy struck a glorious tee-shot to within three feet of the tricky back pin and then sank the slippery downhill putt. They won by one point thanks to a brilliant up and down on 18 from Duffy who curled in a severely breaking downhill putt from six feet for par. Bobby McCarthy (16) and Shane Hession (5) were second with Richard Copas (17) and his guest from Sutton, M Drake (15) in third a further shot behind,.

Dundalk Golf Club would like to thank all those who participated in Open Week and the companies which sponsored competitions. Our next Open Week will be from July 3 to 10.

May 22 –  Singles Stableford Open sponsored by Copper Kettle Restaurant – Christy Ward (11) 42pts, Tadhg O’Sullivan (21) 41pts, Barry Grennan (12) 40/21pts.

May 21 – Open Fourball sponsored by National Tile Ltd: 47 – Paddy Duffy (13), Vincent Murphy (16). 46 – Bobby McCarthy (16), Shane Hession (5). 45 – Richard Copas (17), M. Drake (15) (Sutton).

May 19 – Four Person Team Event sponsored by Flanagan Motors: 90pts – Jim Caraher (8), Vincent Conlon (8), Padraig McDonnell (20), Danny Gallagher (13). 2nd: 89pts – David Williams (19), Fergus O’Callaghan (13), Eamon McEneaney (17), Gavin McEneaney (12).

May 18 – Open Singles Stableford- Overall: Jim Caraher (9) 40/21/14/7pts, Pat Donaghy (12) 40pts. Category 1: Niall Jackson (14) 39/21pts, William Redmond (12) (Blessington Lakes) 38/19pts. Category 2: Gerry O Keeffe (13) 40pts, John Morrisson (16) 38pts. Category 3: Kevin Carthy (18) 38pts, Tom Lanigan (21) 37pts. CSS: 72 (36pts).

May 16 – Open Singles Stableford: Padraig Fallon (8) 46pts, Eoin Murphy (4) 40pts, Francis McGuigan (14) 39/22pts, Ruairi Gogarty (7) 39pts. CSS: 72 (36pts)