Archive for July 2013

Lucan Secure sixth successive League title

Lucan completed a piece of history with a record breaking sixth successive title in RGSC on Tuesday night. The match with Old County was highly anticipated but sadly for the large crowd in attendence, it never lived up to that billing.The holders dominated the doubles registering two early wins. It looked like they won complete a clean sweep but Old County showed some resilience recovering from dormey two down to force it down the 19th. Tom Brewster from Old County sunk a long putt to earn the point for the challengers and Lucan were leading 2-1after the foursomes.

Old County needed a good start in the singles and it looked like they would get it with Eric Byrne 2up after 6 on Kevin Ward, however Kevin’s experience showed as he levelled by the nineth and he continued to surge forward moving 3 up after 14. Eric reduced the lead but Kevin took a 1 up lead down the last. Eric managed a birdie but Kevin showed great resilience to match the birdie  and move Lucan 3-1 ahead. The next point wasn’t long following for Lucan as Dan Courtney was up against Dave Parsons, Dan had led from early on over Dave and he never relinquished the lead sealing it 3 & 2 on the 16th. Lucan were just one point from victory but they were forced to wait a little longer as Anthony Parsons was to defeat Jonathan Dillon 3 & 2 to reduce the lead to 4-2. However Match 4 was going Lucan’s way with Paul Dillon leading Tom Brester 4 up after 13. Brewster won the 14th and missed a putt to win the 15th, but with a dormey 3 up advantage, the Dublin Strokeplay champion
chipped to just a foot on the 16th and Brewster offered his hand to concede, the point was enough to seal the deal for Lucan and the celebrations began.

For Old County it was a third defeat in four years to the same opponents and captain Joe Canning expressed his dissappointment but offered his congatulations to the Lucan team. Hugh Rooney the  gent captain and joint manager of the team with Jimmy Thompson was a very proud man of the history they had achieved and he commended the team spirit he had seen throughout the whole campaign. He thanked the Dublin County Board for running the leagues and the RGSC club for the excellent condition of their course. The match marks the end of the regular Dublin Leagues although the senior persons leagues are now in full swing. Well done to Old County, CPM, Lucan, Lucan and Glenville on winning the five titles this season and  a big thanks to Erins Isle, Long Meadows, Portmarnock & RGSC for hosting the finals.

Inter League Final

The final of the inter league took place in Portmarnock last night between Lucan and CPM. Lucan began strongly and won the 3 foursomes to take control of the match. The top matches would now prove vital to CPM and when all matches reached the turn it was very much game on.In the 1st game Barry Gorey was proving what a top player he is and defeated Dave Hayden on the !st tie hole.With Conor Gorey and Sean McDonnell also winning the vibes in the Lucan camp were of defeat looming large.When Dean Reid beat Gerry Ward, CPM were looking the more likely winners.The 4th match out was to prove vital it was nip and tuck between Lucan’s Tony Gallagher and CPM’s Andy o Donohue. The match went to 19th and when Andy rolled in the vital putt CPM had regained the title they won 2 years ago.The come back was complete, CPM were worthy winners and Lucan gallant losers in their quest to retain the title.
The real winner last night was the Portmarnock club who gave the players greens of the highest quality fit for any championship level.To the supporters of both teams well done and to Portmarnock many thanks for hosting this final.We now move on to the junior final in RGSC 30th July between Old CO and Lucan.The Lucan team are chasing their 6th win in a row however a strong Old Co team will not be the mood to roll over,a top class match should ensue hope to see you there.

Inter Co Teams

The final trials are now complete and also the wild card selections have been chosen.
Ladies Team,Ger Ward,Shiela Elmes,Linda Thomson,Stella Sheridan,Siobhan Keeley,Maree O Toole and sub Pauline Balfe.
Gents Team,Mark Miller,John Smith,Chris Gallagher,Anthony Malone,Paul Nolan, John Ross Crangle and sub Keith Redmond.
Thanks to all the players who entered the trials and to Cement, Shandon, Lucan, CYMC also Glenville for allowing the use of their courses.A meeting for all team members will take place in RGSC on Tuesday 30th July at 1930.

Dublin League Finals

The gents inter final takes place on Monday 29th July between Lucan and CPM in Portmarnock at 1900.In the semi finals CPM over came a strongly fancied Old Co and will have gained great confidence from this victory. In the other semi Lucan defeated strong favs Erins Isle and wiil fancy going all the way to retaining their title. A top class match is in the offing and whoever wins will be worthy champions.
The junior league has a new date the 30th July in RGSC at 1900.the final is between Old Co and the holders Lucan. Both teams had comprehensive wins in their respective semi finals over Erins Isle and CYMC. Lucan are trying for a six consecutive win but will face a determined Old Co hell bent on victory. So come along to the lions den and feel the unique atmosphere that these two clubs bring to the game may the best team win.
We wish the 4 teams all the best and look forward to 2 sporting finals.

National Ladies Stroke Play

The ladies inter and junior took place in Navan on Saturday 20th with the RGSC lady Glenda Hoey gaining 3rd place after a fine display. In the inter section Laura Whelan showed great form securing the runner up spot.
Sunday 21st saw the seniors in action and our usual suspects came to the fore with Ger Ward taking 2nd spot behind the more than impressive Chrissie Byrne. Well done to all our entries who took part and to our prize winners congratulations on keeping the Dublin flag flying high.

Dublin Leagues

The inter and junior semi finals take place this week and some top class games are anticipated over the 2 legs.The fixtures are as follows 22nd ERINS ISLE V LUCAN and OLD CO V CPM in the inter section with the return legs on the 24th July. The junior section sees LUCAN V CYMC and ERINS ISLE V OLD CO on the 23rd July and the return legs on the 25th July.
Dates to remember
29th July Inter league Final at Portmarnock.
1st August Junior league Final venue TBC

Leinster Stroke Play

The ladies were in Athgarvan and in the senior section Sheila Elmes was 3rd on 108.In the inter section Marie Shiels was also 3rd and we congratulate them on their fine efforts.The gents were in Ryston and Dave Donnolly proved our only prize winner runner up in the inter section after an impressive display well done Dave.

Leaderboard for Dublin team after Portmarnock Trial

Thanks to all who turned out in Portmarnock on Saturday night for the 3rd trial for the Dublin Inter & Junior team. Below you will find the latest leaderboard. The top six after the final trial will represent Dublin in this challenge. 

The Fourth Trial will be held in Lough Owel, Co.westmeath on Saturday August 10th at 2PM. Any players who have taken part in two out of the three trials are eligible to play in this. The top six players and one sub will represent Dublin in the challenge at the end of September

Gents Inters:  Liam O’Reilly(O/C) – 10; David Donnelly(Erins Isle) -8; Christy Broe(O/C), Trevor Heffernan(Erins Isle) -7; Philip Keatinge(S/D) -3 ; Charlie Egan(Erins Isle) – 2; Gerry  Clarges(O/C) Level; Brian Woodward(Erins Isle) +2; David Hayden II(Lucan) +3

Gents Juniors: Eric Byrne (O/C) +3; Brian Flanagan(Erins Isle) +8; Paul Dillon(Lucan) +9;Anthony Parsons(O/C) +11; Ciaran Claffey(S/D) +12; Brendan Mullally(CYMC) +16; Paul Crinion(CYMC) +22, Chris Byrne(Lucan) +22;David Parsons(O/C) +24.

Dublin Scratch Cup Series Launched

With the National Championships taking place over the next two weekends,Attention will then switch to the Inter Counties and the scratch cups. This year seven Dublin clubs will be hosting scratch cups between August and October and they have all joined forces to form the Dublin Scratch Cup series. This will be a points based system that runs throughout the eleven week period and culiminates in a  Gents & Ladies winner being crowned at the final scratch cup in RGSC on October 13th. There will be additional prizes as well as the two Winners. Halpenny Golf will be coming on board to support the series as well and you can expect to see stands from the golfing chain  at the various scratch cups. The Echo Newspaper groups will be covering the series in their sports section with reports / pictures from  each of the  scratch cups.

The clubs involved are Lucan, Old County, Glenville, Erins Isle, Shandon, CPM and RGSC. We hope this brand new initiative will once again put some serious focus on our sport and that we will see large numbers from all over the country coming out to support them. A dedicated website has been set-up to track the journey of the series. Log on to www.dublinscratchcupseries.com for more details on this new venture. The action will tee off in Lucan on August 04th.

Trial for Challenge Match – Saturday July 20th

There will be a trial for the upcoming challenge match for Inters / Juniors in Portmarnock on Saturday July 20th at 6PM. Any players who played in either or both  of the qualifying rounds for  the Leinster & All Ireland Strokeplay championships in Guinness and Old County are eligible to play in this trial. We hope to run this as a shot gun start so we ask any players interested in playing to be there by 5.45PM.