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Dublin Leagues

At last weeks Dublin County Board meeting in CYMC, the league secretary stated he is interested in hearing from participating clubs their ideas and thoughts on the format of the Dublin Leagues in 2018.

The numbers in certain sections have fallen down on previous years and the leagues have greatly reduced in this time but the quality has not.

Why do players not want to play in the leagues?

Does it need a change of format in your grade? Is it the rush through traffic to make matches? Is it the time aspect on a weekday evening?

Is it the prizes?

Is there anything even wrong with the leagues?

What do you think? Let us know

The Dublin County Board have their next meeting on March 5th. We encourage all players of all standards to get in touch with their club committees to bring forward any ideas to our next meeting.

Thank you

Captains Drive In!

Please feel free to send in any pictures you may have of your ‘Captains Drive in’ as we embark on another Pitch & Putt season!

It would be great to see the clubs up and running!

Please email to ‘thornberrydt@gmail.com’.

DCB Sponsorship/Fundraising

The DCB are very, very lucky and grateful to our two main sponsors over recent years: Eamonn Birchall & The Drain Doctor, who currently sponsor our two flagship events: The Dublin Ladies & Dublin Gents, Strokeplay Championships. Thankyou to both for your continued support.

As you know, Sponsorship & Fundraising is the difference between making a profit, breaking even or making a loss at the end of the year.

The DCB intend to run some events this season to help raise funds that we can put back into our game. Please watch out for them through the season and if you can participate where you can, we would be very grateful.

The DCB are also keen on finding more sponsors for the main events that are not already sponsored. If you are interested in sponsoring any of the events or indeed can point the DCB towards someone who might, please don’t hesitate to contact the Secretary at the below details.

If you have any ideas on sponsorship or fundraising, don’t hesitate to contact us either. We would love to hear from you.

On behalf of the Dublin County Board

Darren Thornberry.

Email: Thornberrydt@gmail.com

Phone: 085 2708844

Dublin Board Secretary – Contact Details

The DCB Secretary (Darren Thornberry) can be contacted at the below details for any questions/queries you may have through the season:

Email: Thornberrydt@gmail.com

Phone: 085 2708844

Address is in the PPUI fixtures book.

Darren is also looking for each club to send him an email address in order to get quick correspondence out, if required. Please send on, if not already done.

John Mulroy RIP

Condolences to the family and friends of John Mulroy {RGSC} who recently passed away. May he Rest In Peace.

Co Board Meeting

The next Co Board meeting will take place in Fairview CY on Monday 12th Febuary at 8 15pm.
Please note change of venue.

Dublin Co Board Convention

The following officers were elected
Chairman Anthony Malone
V/ Chairman (vacant)
Secretary Darren Thornberry
Treasurer Marise Carroll
Comp.Sec (vacant)
League Sec Junior Smith
PRO (vacant)
Under 16′s Officer Miriam Salmon
Registrar (vacant)
We would appreciate if these vacancies were filled, anyone interested please contact our Secretary or any of the above officers.

*****REMINDER*****


The Annual Convention of the Dublin County Board will take place this Saturday, January 20th at 12pm in RGSC Pitch and Putt Club. It is imperative that all clubs in Dublin are  represented.

Jim Byrne – R.I.P

It is with great sadness we end the year with the passing of one of Old County’s founder members and 2017 PPUI Hall of Fame inductee Jim Byrne.

Our deepest sympathies to all of Jim’s family and his Old County clubmates. He is well and truly a legend within the pitch & putt community.

Rest In Peace Jim.

Jim Byrne (center) receiving his Hall of Fame Award from PPUI President Mervyn Cooney surrounded by some of Old County’s members

2017 Season Review: July to November

JULY

With the season really hitting top gear now the action & trophies kept on coming with the Ladies National Strokeplay taking place in Cement, Drogheda. Ger Ward once again confirmed her superiority over the rest of the ladies game with a superb finishing round taking her 20th individual National Title. Philo Condron continued her fine season with another runner-up spot in the Intermediate Grade.

Meanwhile, in Lucan that Sunday, Damian Creevey put on a masterclass in the final round to take the Lucan Scratch Cup and propelling himself to the top of the Dublin Scratch Cup Series.

33yrs is a long time for any club to taste success but the Erin’s Isle Intermediate Gents team put that stat to be by winning the title against an Old County team who were looking to end their own longtime hoodoo. The Intermediate Inter-County team was picked also with their final trials taking place early in the month and they would be managed by Darren Thornberry to take back the Dave Donnelly Cup from their Westmeath counterparts in RGSC. The Dublin Juvenile Matchplay took place in CY Fairview with another success for the Glenville club with David Horan taking the title with a win against Old County’s Conor Parsons. On a National Matchplay level the juveniles fells short despite a good performance in the early stages by Lennon Blake in St.Stephens, Co.Cork.

In the Gents National Strokeplay, none of our men really got in a challenging position to take any of the titles but former Dublin Inter County player Mark Millar claimed his first Senior Strokeplay title after a fascinating playoff with Stephen Shoer, Mark was to then follow up with another win in the Portmarnock Scratch Cup at the end of their Open Week. Loughlinstown held their first Open Scotch Foursomes as Lucan also hosted an Open in July.  There was to be a success though at the end of the month in the National Over 55′s finals in Cloghogue as Maree O’Toole took the Intermediate title with a dominant display.

AUGUST

The Dublin Mixed Foursomes kickstarted the month of August and it was to be another win for Glenville as Frank Connolly & Stella Sheridan hauled back Lucan pairing Rosaleen & Jimmy Thompson to take the coveted title in Ringcommon. Lucan though would not have long to wait for success as the following day in Lucan, Phillip Sweeney rolled back the years putting in a stunning final round surge to take the John Smith Scratch Cup on his home course.

The 2nd weekend in August is traditionally the Provincial Inter County weekend and it was to prove successful for one Dublin team over the weekend. The Senior Gents put in a masterful team performance to take their first Leinster crown in 8yrs winning with a few shots to spare in a fabulous Lough Owel. The Intermediate Gents would finish runners-up to the Westmeath team they had beaten only weeks previous in RGSC as home ground really came into play. The Senior Ladies would have no answer to the Kildare firepower although they would finish in the runner-up position also. The Intermediate Ladies would be pipped for the 3rd spot over in Collinstown with our juveniles also missing out on a podium finish and were also out of luck in Erry the following week.

Also in Erry, the inaugural Under 20′s Championships took place with Old County’s Ross O’Reilly taking the runner-up spot behind Douglas player Cian Morrison. In Old County that same weekend they would host their Scratch Cup with local George McGreal winning the title in dramatic circumstances with a miraculous chip in on the final hole to get into a playoff with clubmate Kevin Bermingham. George would negotiate the 3 hole playoff the best and take the honours. The following week the Loughlinstown Scratch Cup would also remain within the club with JR Crangle comfortably taking his first Scratch Cup of the year.

Lucan hosted the National Mixed Foursomes that same weekend and hopes were high that they too would have some local success taking 4 of the 5 prizes on offer. The Champions were Ted Flynn & Marie O’Toole who took the top spot by only one stroke from Anthony Malone & Tracey Smith. The end of August also brought an end to the Dublin Leagues with Portmarnock taking the Senior Persons League with a dominant win in Shandon against Loughlinstown.

SEPTEMBER

The Dublin Matchplay Championships took place on the first weekend of September with over 100 players looking to take their title between the 6 grades. Ierne, Shandon and Erin’s Isle hosted the qualifying matches with the finals taking place on a dramatic Sunday in Erin’s Isle. RGSC’s Susan Ritchie took the Ladies Junior Title, the ever popular Pauline Balfe of Old County took the Inter title while Lucan’s Philo Condron capped off a fine season with a Senior title. Philo would look on with pride as her son Jay Condron would take the Gents Junior title, Charlie Egan would return to his old stomping ground with a win in the Inters while Damian Creevey would edge a thrilling final in the Seniors with Gary Healy on the 39th hole to claim a first Major County title.

In Ryston the Dublin Senior Ladies and Gents would go into the National Inter Counties looking to retain their titles. Both teams though would ultimately come up short with the ladies once again falling short against a superb Kildare team with their local knowledge. The Gents would start well on day one but would disappoint in the singles to find themselves just outside the top 5. They would battle back on Sunday to give themselves hope of taking the title once again but the Cork Gents were inspired on the final 9 and regained the trophy they had lost in RGSC in 2016.

Glenville would host their Scratch Cups with Sean Goggins putting in one of the performances of the season taking the win with 9 shots to spare over Julian Kelly. Ger Ward would continue her fine form winning the Ladies title. Another Scratch Cup would take place in September with Erin’s Isle hosting another dramatic finish. Charlie Egan would finish his final round with a magnificent flourish and would go on to floor Anthony Malone in the following playoff to take the cup. The month would end with the Leinster Matchplay Championships but only Helen Greagsbey of the CY Fairview club would feature in the finals finishing runner-up to Margaret Keogh.


OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

The GRIP was thrown into chaos as the Winter weather kicked in and after the cancellation of play on Saturday, the competition was cut to only 36 holes. The results threw up victories for teams from Lucan, Loughlinstown, Glenville, Portmarnock, RGSC, Ierne, Ryston, Bellewstown, Collinstown and Cloghogue. The GRIP Presentation was held jointly with the Dublin League Presentation in RGSC and was hosted by Junior Smith and it a successful social evening for the Dublin County Board and the game of Pitch & Putt. JR Crangle was finishing his season strongly and he would take the RGSC Scratch Cup crown in the final Scratch Cup of the season before finishing off the DSCS Playoffs with victory in Loughlinstown.

The Dublin County Board would like to wish all our members and fellow members of the PPUI Community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing everyone out again playing  and competing in 2018.