Caolan Rafferty moves to top of European Amateur Golf Rankings
Dundalk Golf Club have extended their congratulations to member Caolan Rafferty who is currently ranked No.1 on the European Golf Rankings which is compiled by the European Golf Association and is based on performances over the past 52 weeks.
Caolan has also reached a career-high 14th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in recent weeks and is also ranked 17th in the World Scratch Golfers Amateur Rankings.
2019 has been another brilliant year for Caolan with the highlights being his appearance in the Walker Cup, his win at the West of Ireland and his semi-final appearance at the South African Amateur Open Championship.
Caolan also helped Dundalk retain their Leinster Barton Shield title and he and his team-mates were recognised for their achievement at the Club’s end of season presentation ceremony in the Clubhouse on Sunday. The event saw the presentation of cups to the winners of many of the year’s competitions and the Roll of Honour for 2019 is at the end of this report.
Sunday’s competition was a four-man team event and for the third week in a row Peter McCaughey (20) found himself among the prizes as he partnered with Pascal Keenan (15), Eamonn Hoey (17) and Kevin Redmond (11) to take first place with an impressive return of 74pts for the 14 hole competition.
After opening with four points they quickly got down to business with six-point hauls from the next three holes before having to settle for four points from the par three fifth. They also missed an opportunity at the par five sixth which Peter McCaughey birdied for four points but they could only add Eamonn Hoey’s one point bogey for a total of five points.
That began a run of six steady five points holes to the 11th before they finished with a flourish as the amassed an impressive 20 points over the final three holes. It all began on the par five 12th where four-point birdies from McCaughey and Redmond yielded eight points and at the par three 13th McCaughey picked up a four-point birdie while Hoey had a three-point par for a seven point haul.
A three-point par from Keenan on their final hole, the 18th, and a two-point bogey from McCaughey delivered another five-point return and overall total of 74pts for the 14 holes played.
That left them four points clear of the second placed team of Mark Cumiskey (7), Andrew Cumiskey (10), Aaron Hoey (10) and Pearse Murphy (18).
Members are reminded that the Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, December 16 at 8pm in the Clubhouse and will be preceded by the AGM of the Men’s Club at 7pm.
Sunday, December 1 – Four Person 14 Hole Team Event – 76pts: Pascal Keenan (15), Peter McCaughey (20), Eamonn Hoey (17), Kevin Redmond (11). 72pts – Mark Cumiskey (7), Andrew Cumiskey (10), Aaron Hoey (10), Pearse Murphy (18).
Roll of Honour 2019 – Captain’s Prize: Conor Hackett. Presidents Prize: Conor McCaughey. Lady Captain’s Prize to Men: Paul O’Hare. Professional’s Prize: Donal Sheridan. Arkew Cup: David Staunton. Cochrane Cup: Ultan Gaughran. PGA Tankard: Donal Sheridan. House Committee Cup: Derek Murdock. Jubilee Cup: Gavin McDonnell. Knights of Malta Cup: Andrew Cumiskey. Irwin Lockington Salver: Colm Coburn. Paddy Markey Cup: Frank Byrne. Veterans Cup: Dessie Ward. GUI Gold Medal Qualifier: Mark Gorham (Cat 1), Donal Sheridan (Cat 2), Jimmy O’Connor (Cat 3). Senior Scratch Matchplay: Billy Cairns (Winner), Brian Óg Renaghan (Runner-up). Junior Scratch Matchplay: Terry Conlon (Winner), Ciaran Traynor (Runner-up). Intermediate Scratch Matchplay: Kevin Carthy (Winner), Paul Cheshire (Runner-up). Minor Scratch Matchplay: Miceal Markey (Winner), Conor McClenaghan (Runner-up). Harry Walsh Cup: Sean O’Sullivan (Winner), Patrick Wadding (Runner-up). Carolan Cup: Ruairi Gogarty (Winner), Richard Copas (Runner-up), Brian Óg Renaghan (Leading Qualifier). Gold Medal: Aidan Thornton (Winner), Conall Murdock (Runner-up), Adrian Kenny (Semi-finalist), John Morrison (Semi-finalist), Niall McCaul (Leading Qualifier). Men’s Foursomes: Oliver McGinnity & John MacGuinness (Winners), Tommy Renaghan & Maurice Soraghan (Runners-Up). Mixed Foursomes: Clem Walshe & Siobhan Mulholland (Winners), Maurice Soraghan & Elaine Ward (Runners-Up). Club Championship: Josh Mackin. Golfer of the Year: Clem Walshe.