Strong finish eases Gallagher to Paddy Markey Cup win

Sean Gallagher’s steady progress continued when he captured the Paddy Markey Cup with a birdie on the last, his second of the round, easing him past another 17 handicapper Chris Malone to victory.

Andrew McKell (29) took the Veteran’s Cup with an impressive 41pts that included two at the second and 17th while Caolan Rafferty (+5) needed countback to emerge as winner of the Gross Prize on 39pts.

The key to Gallagher’s round was a flying start and flying finish and a steady round in between. He began with two three-point pars and although he had to settle for one point after a six at the index one fourth he nailed a birdie two on the par three ninth to turn in 21pts.

He could only collect one point on the par five 10th but a three-point par at the par three 13th balanced that blip and he had accumulated 33pts when he stood on the elevated tee at the par four index four 387m long 16th hole.

Four shots later he had walked off the green with a par four and three points and another three points followed at the par three 17th before a birdie three at the par four 18th gave him a four-point haul and brought his total to 43pts having picked up 10pts over the final three holes.

The Veteran’s Cup is played alongside Paddy Markey Cup each year and Andrew McKell produced some great golf on his way to victory. His front nine included a four point par on the eighth and three-point hauls on the first, third and ninth as he turned with 20pts.

Down the back he had three-point holes at the 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th as he added 21pts to his front nine total for a overall score of 41pts. Blanks at the 2nd and 17th certainly cost him the chance to lift the Paddy Markey Cup but didn’t affect his march to victory in the veteran’s competition.

Eugene Hanratty (8), Seamus Bailey (12) and Colm Garvey (19) took the category prizes while Rory Henry (19) was the juvenile winner with an impressive 41pts.

The Paddy Markey Cup also served as a qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup and the top 16 will battle it out for this prestigious matchplay trophy. Gallagher has been drawn against Noel Crowe in one of the ties of the round but the man to watch will surely be Oliver McGinnity who has a superb record in matchplay competitions over the past two years.

Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 – Paddy Markey Cup – Overall: Sean Gallagher (17) 43pts, Chris Malone (17) 42pts, Gross Winner: Caolan Rafferty (+5) 39/20pts. Veteran’s Cup Winner: Andrew MacKell (29) 41pts. Cat 1 (<11): Eugene J Hanratty (8) 40/20pts, Shane Hession (4) 40pts, Barry Cunningham (10) 39/21pts. Cat 2 (12-17): Seamus Bailey (12) 39/21pts, Patrick Dunne (17) 39pts, Ken Lynch (12) 38/21 pts. Cat 3 (18+): Colm Garvey(19) 40pts, Noel McGuinness (19) 39pts, Conor Marron (23) 38/20/15pts. Juvenile Winner: Rory Henry (19) 41pts. CSS: Saturday – 37pts, Sunday – 37pts.

Eagle-eyed Byrne wins Paddy Markey Cup

It was a good weekend for Frank Byrne who was part of the club’s Fred Perry team that reach the third round of this new national competition following their 4-1 win over Greenore on Friday.

On Sunday, Byrne, who plays off eight, won the first Golfer of the Year competition of the season when he shot a five under par 67 to claim the Paddy Markey Cup. He was one shot ahead of five handicapper Alan Hurley while Club President, Dessie Ward (13) claimed the Veterans Prize with a level par 72. Neal MacKell, a member of the club’s senior panel, shot 75 to win the gross prize.

After a double bogey six at the first, Byrne reeled off three successive pars to steady the ship and after dropping a shot at the index 15 par three fifth, he birdied the par five sixth which was followed bogeys and seven and eight where he had shots. A par at the ninth saw him turn in a 36 nett, level par for his round and that set him for a charge to the winner’s podium down the back nine.

It began with an eagle three at the par five 10th, where he holed a sand wedge from 95 yards, and this was followed by pars at the 11th and 12th before back to back birdies at 13 and 14.He holed a putt from off the green at 13 and then rifled an eight iron approach to six feet at 14.  Bogeys at the low index 15th and 16th followed before he closed with a par on 17 and a bogey five on 18, his only dropped shot on his five under par homeward journey and an overall nett score of 67.

Category winners on Sunday were Mark Cumiskey (9), Conor Hackett (12) and Sean Gallagher (21).

Sunday, April 28 – Paddy Markey Cup and Veterans Prize – Overall: Frank Byrne (8) 67, Alan Hurley (5) 68. Veterans Prize: Dessie Ward (13)    72. Gross: Neal MacKell (3) 75/36. Category 1 (<11): Mark Cumiskey (9) 69/30.5, Gregory McCaughey (6) 69. Category 2 (12-17): Conor Hackett (12) 69, Aaron Waite (13) 70. Category 3 (18+): Sean Gallagher (21) 70/33.5, Pearse Murphy (18) 70. Best Gross: Alan Hurley (5) 73. CSS: 72.

Impressive Reneghan lifts Paddy Markey Cup

Brian Reneghan was an impressive winner of the first Golfer of the Year competition on Sunday when he was the only player to shoot a round in the sixties. His six under par 66 earned him a four shot victory over Sean Gallagher (20) on a day when occasional heavy showers, a strong wind and slick greens made for testing conditions.

Reneghan, who plays off six, got off to a perfect start when he birdied the first and he followed this under with another birdie at the third but his bogeyed the third, fifth and ninth on his way to a one over par gross total of 37 for the opening nine and a nett score of two under,

Reneghan produced tremendous golf down the back nine with eight straight pars from the 10th before he birdied the last for a gross score of 35 and a nett score of 32. That meant he had covered the 18 holes in level par gross with his six shots giving him that impressive nett score of 66.

Newsam Cup squad member Sean Gallagher shot a two under par 70 to finish second while the category prizes were won by Sean Reidy (4), Donal Curran (12) and Martin McCaughey (20).

The Veterans Prize was claimed by Richard Barry (9) with a two over par 74 while Aaron Grant with a 75 took the gross prize and Cathal Grennan won the day’s Nine Hole competition.

Sunday, April 29 – Paddy Markey & Veterans Cups – Overall: Brian Renaghan (6) 66, Sean Gallagher (20) 70. Veterans Prize: Richard Barry (9) 74. Gross: Aaron Grant (+2) 75/36. Category 1 (<11): Sean Reidy (4) 71/35, Conall Murdock (9) 71. Category 2 (12-17): Donal Curran (12) 74/34, Anthony O’Donoghue (13) 74. Category 3 (18-28): Martin McCaughey (20) 71, Colm Garvey (20) 72. Best Gross: Brian Renaghan (6) 72. Nine Hole Competition: Cathal Grennan (8) 14pts.

 

Hanratty takes Paddy Markey Cup

A very early tee-time and a strong start laid the foundations for the nine handicapper’s excellent round. After bogeying the first, he scored four at each of the next five holes which yielded a birdie, three pars and a bogey. Another par followed at the par-five seventh and although he double-bogeyed the eighth he parred the ninth for an opening nine of 34 nett.Another birdie followed at the par-five 10th which was followed by a par four at the 11th. There were further pars at the 14th, 16th and 17th and bogeys at 12th, 13th, 15th and 18th as he completed the back nine in 35 nett.

His early score survived the rest of the day with Paul Lynch (22) coming closest to threatening Hanratty but he came up short after posting a 70,

Len Mullins (16), another of the early starters, took the Veteran’s Prize after posting a 73. Peter Rogers (2) claimed the Gross Prize with a find level par round of 72 while the category prizes were won by Clem Walshe (4), Kieran Arthurs (12) and Diarmuid McAdams (23). Iarlaith Carroll (19) with a 68 was the best of the juveniles.

Sunday, April 30 – Paddy Markey and Veterans Prize – Overall: Eugene Hanratty (9) 69, Paul Lynch (22) 70. Veteran’s Prize: Len Mullins (16) 73. Gross Prize: Peter Rogers (2) 72. Category 1 (0-11): Clem Walshe (4) 71, Christy Ward (9) 72/36.5. Category 2 (12-17): Kieran Arthurs (12) 72. Joseph Laverty (12) 73/36.5. Category 3 (18-28): Diarmuid McAdams (23) 71. Ray Pepper (20) 72. Juvenile: Iarlaith Carroll (19) 68. CSS: 73.