Dundalk Golf Club triumph over Seapoint
Dundalk Golf Club’s 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.