Around the golf clubs
A Good Walk
Ardee - Sunday 14th April, Singles Stroke GOY Medal sponsored by Peter Callaghan Butcher & Deli: 1st Nicky Malone 64, 2nd Ollie Flanagan 67, 3rd John Loughran 68, Gross Paul Wisniewski 76.
18 holes singles stableford sponsored by Aspect Group (Spring League) on 13th April: 1st Padraig Gollogley 42 pts, 2nd Keith Taaffe 39 pts, Gross Paul Wisniewski 32 pts, Cat 1 Joe McArdle 38 pts, Cat 2 Philip Smyth 36 pts, Cat 3 John Jennings 37 pts.
18-holes stableford sponsored by Kiernan Food Ingredients on 10th April: Class A - 1st Rita Black 36, 2nd Alison Lawson 35; Class B - 1st Bernie Murtagh 33, 2nd Angela Finnegan 32; Class C - 1st Jennifer Travers 34, 2nd Amanda Winters Baker 33; 9-hole Margaret Dolan 18.
Tuesday's Seniors: 1st Harry Tate, 2nd Robert Stewart. Competition every Tuesday commencing 9.30, members €5 visitors €10.
Sunday's Singles Stableford: 1st Marcus Biddulph 37pts, 2nd Gerard McLoughlin 37pts.
Saturday's Single Stableford: 1st Johnny Smith 38 pts, 2nd Edward Brady 35 pts.
Wednesday Open Singles: 1st Mark Dunne 38 pts, 2nd Trevor Carroll 35 pts.
Sunday's RNLI Invitation Team Event sponsored by Butterly Shipping: 1st Heather Gavin (20), Emer O Shea (32), Geraldines Meegan (22), Sarah Murray (5) 96pts; 2nd Cormac Sullivan (10), John Byrne (11), Niall Flynn (7), Paul Malone (14) 96 pts; 3rd Austin McCann (5), Pat Shelley (12), Niall Shelley (12), Pius McSweeney (18) 91 pts.
Saturday's Club Singles: 1st Graham Lynch (6) 65; 2nd David Murray (2) 67; Gross Austin McCann 72.
Fourball better ball stableford played last Wednesday: 1st Malachy Callan (17) & Padraig Duffy (12) 47pts, 2nd Declan Kelleher (11) & Ken Meegan (16) 44pts.
Co Louth Ladies
Results from last Tuesday's Australian Spoons scotch foursomes stableford, sponsored by M McGuirk, D Berkery, M Hanna & D Gray:
1st Emily Murray (12) & Catherine Gray (24) 40pts, 2nd Deirdre Smith (+3) & Mary Hanna (14) 36pts ob9, Gross prize Jane McCabe & Lucy McConnell 24pts; Nine-hole winner Emer O'Shea (33) 20pts.
The Provincial Towns team took a massive scalp at the weekend when they beat last year's quarter-finalists, Seapoint, 5-4 with the vastly experienced Jim Dywer and Charlie Monaghan very much to the fore.
In Dundalk, Paul O'Callaghan was beaten by Jim McMorrow on 17 after a match that never had more than two holes either way but the home side then took the next two matches on the penultimate hole with Martin McEntaggert beating Dom McGroddy and Eddie Rocks overcoming Martin McKenna in a match that yielded seven birdies. The youthful Andrew Coburn showed no nerves on his debut for the Club as he played some great golf to see off Neil Floody 5&4. Veteran campaigner Jim Dwyer proved steady as ever, despite getting off to a slow start and finding himself two down early on. However, he blew his opponent, Dan Reynolds, away around the turn when he birdied the eighth, ninth and 10th to open up a four hole lead and he eventually closed out the match on the 16th for a 3&2 victory.
That gave Dundalk a 4-1 win at home and needing one win away to seal a place in the next round against either Greenore or Ardee, However, Brendan Keane lost his match early on and Gerry Murray lost on 16 as did Fergal Sexton. Charlie Monaghan found himself three down after seven but he fought back to open up a one hole lead with two to play and sealed the win on the tricky par three 17th when he found the green off the tee and piled the pressure on his opponent who only found trouble down the right.
Brendan Lawlor warmed up for his opening event on the European Disabled Gofers Tour this week by taking Sunday's Singles Stableford competition which was in aid of the £Ts charity and was also a qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup which is confined to those players with a handicapper of 17 or higher.
Playing off one, Lawlor shot 41pts in perfect conditions and took the overall prize on countback thanks to a blistering back nine of 24 points. He also returned the day's best gross score of 40pts. Lawlor went through the first nine holes in two over par for 16pts after missing a few short putts and only managing one birdie. But it all clicked on the homeward nine with a birdie on 10 kick-starting his round and he had a great spell from the 13th when he birdied four successive holes and then missed for 10 feet on 17 for a fifth. However, he picked up his seventh birdie of the day on the 18th for a six-under par back nine of 24pts.
Lawlor's back nine edged out Robert O'Hanlon (7) and Ciaran Dunne (13) but they took Categories 1 and 2 respectively while Conor McClenaghan (21) was the winner of Category 3 and the leading qualifier for the Harry Walsh Cup. Fionn Cunningham (25) had the day's best Juvenile score with 40pts.
Lawlor now heads to France this weekend for his first event on the European Disabled Golfers Tour looking to improve on his current ranking of third in the world. On May 8, he will be at the Hillside Golf Club on Merseyside after being invited to the PRO-AM which will take place on the eve of the European Tour's British Masters which is being hosted this year by Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood.
Mark Gorham (5) with 41pts was the winner of the Wednesday Open, edging out Kenneth Cairns (14) on countback.
Social Committee has organised "An evening with Mary Coughlan" in the Club this Saturday, April 27, at 8pm. Tickets, priced €20, are available from the Bar.
Sunday, April 21 - 3Ts Singles Stableford and Harry Walsh Qualifier - Overall: Brendan Lawlor (1) 41/24pts, Category: 1 (0-11): Robert O' Hanlon (7) 41pts, Frank Byrne (8) 37pts. Category 2 (12-17): Ciaran Dunne (13) 41pts, Brendan Duffy (12) 39pts. Category: 3 (18+): Conor McClenaghan (21) 40pts, Ciaran McAteer (20) 39pts. Best Gross: Brendan Lawlor 40pts. Best Juvenile: Fionn Cunningham (25) 40pts.
Wednesday, April 17 - Open Singles Stableford - Overall: Mark Gorham (5) 41/22pts, Kenneth Cairns (14) 41pts, Donal Curran (14) 40/22pts. Category 1 (0-12): Gerard Carroll (9) 40/21pts. Category 2 (13-19): Ciaran Daly (17) 36/18pts. Category 3(19+): Tim Jewell (29) 37pts. Juvenile: Aaron Spaight (24) 39/24pts. Gross: Mark Gorham 36pts. CSS: 72/36pts.
The 3T's Competition played on Saturday 13th and Tuesday 16thth April was initiated by Padraig Harrington to help with suicide prevention and to help those affected by suicide. The ladies are very generous in their support of this charity. This week's competition was sponsored by New Faces. Sinead and the staff of New Faces has been great supporters of the Dundalk Ladies for a number of years and their support is greatly appreciated. At the presentation Lady Captain Criona O'Reilly thanked Sinead Hiney for her generous sponsorship and lovely gifts. The lucky winners will be availing of some lovely treatments from Sinead's salon. Congratulations to all the winners.
Result: 1st Elaine Ward - 39 points; Class A - 1st Elaine Ward (11) 39 point, 2nd Joan Corrigan (19) 36/17 points, 3rd Eve Rowland (14) 36 points; Class B - 1st Joyce Connolly (22) 36 points, 2nd Sally McDonnell (24) 35 points, 3rd Bernie Prendergast (23) 33 points; Class C - 1st Geraldine Mohan (37) 33/17 points; 2nd Ex-Officio Pat Cleary (35) 33 points; 3rd Mary M McDonnell (35) 31 points; 9-hole Competition - 1st Maureen Sheehan (27) 18 points, 2nd Ciara McGinnity (37) 16 pts.
Stephanie Malone carded 16 pts to win the 9 Hole qualifying competition on Saturday. Weekly Thursday Open SF continues on 25th April with lady members having a choice of playing in a 9 Hole SF qualifying competition. Saturday next 27th April we host the AIG Ladies Cups & Shields District qualifiers. Monday 29th April sees our regular monthly Ladies Open Seniors SF competition.
Laytown & Bettystown
Fourball better ball stableford played on April 13th: 1st Martin Reynolds (16) & Paul Smith (6) 37pts ocb, 2nd Garry Harrison (8) & Brian Dolan (18) 37pts, 3rd Danny Black (10) & Michael Sweeney (5) 36pts.
Invitation fourball stableford played on April 10th: 1st Michael Ellison (23) & Peter Lawler (17) 44pts, 2nd Donal Lucey (24) & Frank O'Donnell (17) 43pts ocb, 3rd Tom Delany (12) & Pat Rooney (6) 43pts.
The winners of the two ball/best ball 36nett on Sunday last were Christy Hammond & Paddy Bird.
Ardee Golf Club was the venue last week for the Society's first outing of the year. The team of J.Whelan, J.Reenan, M.McKeown and P. Begley managed to secure first place while a close runner up was the team of P.Murnahan, F.Doherty, B.Duffy and P.McDonnell.This the first outing since the passing of founding member and society stalwart Jimmy Kennedy. He will be sadly missed by all the members.
The next outing will be to the ever popular Mannan Castle on Saturday 18th May. Tee is booked from 2-15 pm.
Saturday's 18 hole Stroke: 1st Graham Leech (16) 68 Nett; 2nd Richard McDonnell (5) 69 Nett OCB; Cat 1 Mark Holohan (9) 69 Nett; Cat 2 Gerry Tuite (12) 71 Nett; Cat 3 Paul Cummins (28) 71 Nett; Sunday 21st April 2019 Medal 2
Sunday's Medal kindly Sponsored by Mr Thomas Tuite (Tuites Butchers): 1st Noel Crilly (9) 66 Nett; 2nd Michael P Reilly (11) 67 Nett; Gross Graham Callaghan (3) 74 Gross; 3RD Ian Coleman (10) 69 Nett; Cat 1 Eric Murphy (7) 71 Nett OCB; Cat 2 Mathew O'Neill (12) 71Nett OCB.