Archive for May 2013

Inter County Trials

As we did last year, we are running our Inter County trials over a series of six strokeplay events, this year Ladies will play in this system of trials for the first time. We are adding a section to the website today for the trials and will be keeping everything up to date there. If you want to view the latest standings then the Gents spreadsheet is available at:

Dublin Gents Inter County Trials

National Match Play Championships

The bank holiday weeekend brings the National match play back to Dublin since Glenville 2008.The Lucan club hosts this years championships and we wish them all the best for the weekend.To all the Dublin players our best wishes and we look forward to the rollercoaster of emotions which this great championship brings to us . We appeal to all clubs to show there support over the weekend and add to the unique atmosphere as players go head to head to reach that elusive victory.

Condolences

Condolences to the family and friends of Jack Browne Glenville who recently passed away.

Dublin Strokeplay Inter & Junior Gents

The Dublin Gents Inter & Junior Championships took place at a sun drenched Glenville on Saturday. The course was in pristine condition and the medium paced greens were receptive of high quality pitching. The inters were first into action and this was broken up into two sessions for the 69 competitors. In the morning session, it was local player Stephen “Clive” Darcy who was the one to excel, his opening round of 49 gave him the lead, no one else would break 50 in that 1st round in the morning session, with the likes of Christy Broe, Albert Mitten and CPM’s Shaun McDonnell all posting 53. One of the pre favourites Dave Hayden II struggled in the 1st round ending with a 57. In the 2nd 18, Clive Darcy added a 54 to his opening 49 to post the clubhouse lead on 103. Albert Mitten also finished under par on 107 with the likes of Christy Broe and David Hayden II finishing on 108. Barry Gorey the former matchplay champ from CPM added an impressive 50 to his opening 58 to also finish on 108.
In the afternoon session, Glenville player Aaron O’Droighnaine started superbly with a 50 and when he birdied the opening few holes of his second round, hopes were high among the home crowd that Aaron could bring the cup back to Glenville for the 1st time since 2009 when Julien Kelly triumphed in Erins Isle. However Aaron rounds stuttered a little and he finished with a 55 to finish on 105 well within contention. The afternoon session though belonged firmly to the Erins Isle group. Glenn Woodard the runner up last May started like he was determined to go one place higher in 2013 with a fluent 49. Charlie Egan recovered from a slow start (+3) through 5 to finish on 51 and Bernard Tester too added a 51 to be among the pace setters. In the 2nd 18, Charlie added a 50 to take the lead. Glenn was to finish with a 53 to lie just one behind and whilst it looked like Charlie would take the sole lead into the final round, reigning Dublin Matchplay champ Dave Donnelly had other ideas. Dave really found top form to shoot a 48 in his 2nd round and he joined Charlie at the top of the leaderboard on 101.
In the final round, the other players hoped to make early in roads into the Erins Isle trio’s lead, however Barry Gorey -3 through 6 was to 1st to shine. Clive Darcy threatened as well moving briefly to -5. Dave Donnelly made the perfect start with two birdies, whilst Charlie by contrast started poorly with back to back bogey’s. Glenn claimed 2nd spot with a birdie on the 1st as well almost holding his tee shot. Dave lead though was wiped out after a poor double bogey 5 on the 5th. Glenn though handed the initiative back to Dave with back to back bogeys on 7 and 8. Charlie though was struggling badly and found himself +3 for his round after 9 with little going right. On the back nine, Glenn’s pitching was deserting him, but his chipping and putting kept him in the game.Dave looked to have the cushion he needed but a bogey on 15th gave Glenn a lifeline. Dave though seized the initiative on the 16th with a brave birdie. However the drama was far from over. Dave inexplicably found sand on the back on the 17th and it cost him a bogey. Heading down the last, Glenn’s teeshot was very big and when his chip barely found the green, it looked like his chance of winning was over, however Dave with his ball nestled in the rough bladed his shot across the green, however to most onlookers the bogey four was enough to secure him the title by a shot. However when the cards were added the duo were level and a nine hole play-off was required to separate them.
Glenn was the 1st to lead when Dave bogeyed the 3rd, however Glenn found sand on the 4th and when his shot flew far past the green he had to settle for a double bogey five. Dave stretched his lead to two with a birdie on 7 and he extended it further with a birdie on 8. Dave made no mistakes on the 9th as he secured the par and with it became part of a very illustrious group to hold the Strokeplay and Matchplay titles at the same time. For Glenn it was rough to finish 2nd two years running, but with many more titles to play for in 2013, success maybe just around the corner. In the battle for third, both Charlie Egan and Clive Darcy were edged out by Barry Gorey, Barry produced the best third round of the day with a 50 and that was enough to seal third place on back nine.
The Junior event by contrast was far more straight forward although the winner just about held it together long enough to seal the top prize. Paul Dillon and Michael Monaghan from Lucan lead the way after 18 with impressive rounds of 52, however their paths took very different turns in round 2, as Michael slumped to a 66, Paul built on his score to add a 51 and finish on 103. With many scores from the juniors in the late fifties and early sixties, it looked like Paul would take a massive lead into the final 18, but the wiley local player Des Caffrey had other ideas, Des played very steady and finished on 108 to cut Paul’s lead to 5 shots. Dave Parsons from Old County was third a distant seven shots back. The play-off looked like a two horse shootout and so it proved. Paul extended the lead to six before Des reduced it back to four. Paul maintained that lead but their scoring was not good and the earlier groups were closing the gap. In the end Paul edged it by three shots, but his final round of 64 would not have pleased him. Des fared little better with a 62 and he just hung onto 2nd place as Dave Parsons had finished well with a 56 and a score of 171. Paddy Gorey from CPM and Eugene Notario from the host club were just behind Dave as well. Paul though was delighted with the win and emulated the success of his father in Ierne six years ago. It was a great end to a fantastic day of pitch & putt that had high drama, good pitch & putt and lots of sunshine at last.

Dublin Strokeplay Senior Gents

The Dublin gent’s senior strokeplay took place on Sunday and a look through the field displayed just open and hard to pick a winner it would be. The 1st to make statements in the opening round would not have been on that list but they put themselves in real contention with scores of 45, firstly by Ierne’s John Denis and then by Old County’s Karl Murphy. Mark Millar the former All Ireland Matchplay champion would have been among the favourites and he started strongly with a 47. There was plenty of 50’s and 51’s, perhaps surprisingly Philip Byrne from the host club was among those to shoot 51 and many had tipped Philip to run away with this title on his home track. In the second round, Paul Nolan showed no ill effects from his Leinster Matchplay defeat last Sunday to add a 47 to his earlier 51 to post 98. Old County’s Tom O’Reilly had a 49 to add to his 48 and he was well poised on 97 as was Mark Milllar, but Murphy and Denis continued their fine scoring and added 51’s and 49’s respectively to give the Ierne man a two shot lead heading to the final round. Phil Byrne found his form in the 2nd 18 to add a 48 and his score of 99 left him within striking distance. Perhaps though the biggest surprise was the early exit of former champ and recently crowned Leinster Matchplay champion, JR Crangle, John had a disappointing day and could only manage a score of 107 to finish five shy of the cut off mark.
Heading into the final round,. Lucan’s Darren Kane and Shandon’s Jim Judge led the 16 players off. Both on 102 though needed big rounds to get close to the leading quartet. In the early groups, none were able to get the start they needed Junior Smith starting on 101 looked in a healthy position when -4 after 9, but he found birdies harder to come by in the 2nd nine. Old County’s Stephen Murray posted -12 but he would need the leading players to falter badly to get back into contention. Mark Millar started brightly -2 through 9, and Karl Murphy too started steadily to reach the turn just +1 and still -13. John Dennis started poorly and bogeys on 3rd and 5th saw him lose his lead, but he steadied things to finish +1 at the turn. The real move was being made by Tom O’Reilly he birdied three of the opening six holes and when he sunk a long putt on the 7th and chipped in from in front of the bank on the 8th, he had moved to -16 and was three clear of the other three. However up in front Philip Byrne was making his charge he really got his game going on the back nine and finished on -16 to set a challenging total for the final pairings. Tom O’Reilly was now in sublime form and superb pitches on 10th and 11th saw him move to -18 and now five clear of Millar and Murphy. Murphy though birdied 10 and 11 himself to reduce the lead and Millar moved to -14 with a fine birdie on the tricky 12th. It was looking like a procession for Tom until the 13th. Tom’s pitch landed long and ended in the bunker, with a less than favourable lie, he chipped into the front bunker and with the aid of a five foot putt he escaped with a double bogey 5, his lead was now down to one shot on Murphy and two on Millar, he was now level with the clubhouse leader Phil Byrne. The tension was palpable. Tom over pitched the 14th whilst Mark Millar pitched to 3 feet. It look like we could see a two shot swing, but Tom scrambled down to get his par and Millar missed his putt to the disbelief of the watching crowds. The reprieve was only a brief one for Tom as Mark Millar pitched even closer on 15th and this time he made no mistake to move to -15. Tom was now on the ropes and when he pitched big on the 16th to leave himself with a delicate downhill chip; it looked like the wheels were coming off. Mark Millar was turning the screw and pitched to six feet. Tom though held strong and his chip stopped just inches from the hole. Mark showed true grit to sink the putt and both players were -16. Karl in the group behind missed a short putt on the 15th to join them on -16 and he watched agonisingly on the 16th as his putt slide by again. Mark and Tom managed three’s on the 17th and when Karl found a birdie there, they were all -16 with one to play. John Dennis had fought back bravely from his disappointing start and he was back at -15 playing the last. Mark was first to pitch and he hit a beauty to three feet. Tom was now up against it. It was now or never and he delivered an inch perfect pitch that stopped just short of the hole. Tom duly tapped in for birdie and Mark had a tricky putt to match Tom on -17, he rolled it in and they were into a play-off. The question was would there be two or three in the play-off. Karl Murphy pitched the last but his putt just missed on the right side of the hole and his race was run coming up just short. It was O’Reilly versus Millar for the title.
The opening holes were cagey both pared the 1st three, Tom guilty of a missed birdie putt on the 1st. However it was Tom who struck first with an excellent birdie on the 4th. Tom lead by one playing the 6th and when Mark was just three feet away, Tom needed a seven foot putt to hold his lead. He rattled it into the hole and Mark converted his putt to leave the gap at one. Both hit wild pitches on the 7th but Tom chipped close to secure his par. Mark feeling he needed to make things happen over pitched his chip and left himself a five foot putt for par. He missed it and Tom was now two clear. On a day of such high drama, it was never going to be plain sailing for Tom and when he duffed his chip on the 8th, he missed his par putt and his lead was just one playing the last. Mark had the ideal chance to put the pressure on Tom, but sadly for Mark, he picked that hole to play his worst pitch and ended up well short of the green. Tom seizing his chance found the green and two putts were more than enough to secure a two shot win and the biggest title of his career so far. In his speech Tom was in absolute shock at the win and overjoyed. He mentioned his find memories of the course as he had sunk the winning putt on the 18th green to land Old County the Senior league title there last June. For Mark he will rue a few missed putts but his day in this championship won’t be long coming. Philip Byrne’s finally round of 47 was enough to secure him third spot. It was a fantastic end to a wonderful weekend of pitch & putt. The win also saw Old County win the senior title for the 1st time since 1995. Attention will now switch to Lucan as the National Matchplay roadshow rolls into town next weekend.

Gents Stroke Play Championships

All roads lead to Glenville over the weekend where our 3 gents stroke plays take place. Our inters get the ball rolling at 0900 and a close contest is anticipated with a strong field entered the final 18 should prove some top class play with the top 16 in action.The Juniors commence at 1330 and again should provide a keenly contested event so please come along and support your premier championships.Sunday sees our Seniors take center stage and whoever wins the coveted cup will be a very worthy winner so we look forward to a top class event and hope everyone enjoys themselves over the weekend .

Co Board Meeting

The meeting on Friday 17th was cancelled due to not reaching a quorum of club delegates. We need 6 clubs in attendance and only 4 attended this is very disappointing as we are unable to get our business done. We have rescheduled the meeting set for the 14th June to Friday 7th June in the Portmarnock club at 2015.We hope all clubs make the effort to attend as we have important business to deal with.

Leinster Match Play

Well done to J R Crangle L / Town on retaining
the senior gents title defeatng fellow dublin
player Paul Nolan Erins Isle in the final.
Well done lads also in the ladies Maree O Toole
had a good weekend reaching the semi finals.

Leinster Match Play Championships

Best wishes to all the Dublin players competing in the
Leinster match play over the weekend.

Condolences

Condolences to the family and friends of Sean Murray
Lucan Pitch & Putt club who passed away recently.