Archive for August 2013

Honours Even in Dublin – Westmeath Challenge

There was a great buzz of anticipation at a windy Erins Isle on Saturday as the 1st meeting of Dublin – WestMeath at Inter & Junior level took place. There was four scotch foursomes ties in the Inter challenge and three in junior one and in both events, Dublin lead the way at half way by nine shots in the Inter event and seven shots in the junior challenge. The pairings of Dave Donnelly (EI) and Liam O’Reilly with 46 points and Charlie Egan(EI) and Dave Hayden II (Lucan) with 45 points were the catalyst for the Inter team to lead. Into the singles and the Inter pairings continued to shine with Glenn Woodward scoring best on 39 points and both Trevor Heffernan and Dave Donnelly following closely on 38 points. In the end the guys won the Challenge by thirty shots, in truth the West Meath side was a weakened side and the Dubs can expect to face a far tougher challenge in Lough Owel in the County Challenge on September 28th.

The junior singles saw West Meath roar back, Anthony Parsons (OC) was the only Dub to break par with 38 points and West Meath overtook the hosts to win the challenge by two shots.

Dublin Captain Rob Ryan said he was delighted that this event had taken place and said he hoped it would be the start of an annual event at this level. He thanked WEst Meath captain David Corcoran & his team for making the trip to the capital and said he is very much looking forward to the County Challenge in Lough Owel when the two sides lock horns. Rob thanked Erins Isle for allowing them to host the challenge. He gave special mention to Charlie Egan and James Corcoran for their hard work in allowing this event to go ahead.  West Meaths Gary Middleton received the perpetual trophy for the Junior event on behalf of his county and he thanked the Dublin Team for their hospitality.

The Dublin teams next outing will take them to OLd County on September 14th for a match with Old County before their date with destiny in Lough Owel on September 28th. They will hope to have god support from within the capital on that date.

Inaugral Challenge Match this Saturday for Dublin Team

This Saturday in Erins Isle at 3PM, we will see a piece of history in the making when an Inter & Junior team will represent Dublin in a county challenge match. Westmeath will be the visitors to the Finglas venue in a warm up for the county challenge in Lough Owel on September 28th.  Rob Ryan will captain the team which includes players from Erins Isle, Shandon, CYMC, Lucan and Old County. The match will be played over a stableford format with 18 holes scotch foursomes and 18 holes singles. The eight strong panel in both teams have went through a trial’s process to make their county team and we hope to see a good crowd on Saturday afternoon to cheer them on and encourage them in their 1st encounter wearing the blue shirt. Best of luck to the guys.

Senior Persons League

The first legs of the semi finals took place last Thursday. The Lucan A team beat Shandon 7 pts to 2pts leaving Shandon with an uphill battle to make the final. The return leg will take place in Shandon on Thursday 29th August at 1100.The other semi saw CYMC take a commanding 7pts to 2 lead over the Lucan B team. That second leg takes place in Lucan on Tuesday 27th at 1100.The final will take place on Wednesday 4th September at 1100 in the Ierne club best wishes to all teams.Thanks to all the teams who entered the league.


Congratulations to our under 16′s who came 3rd in the National Inter Co in Cork at the weekend. In the girls section Aoife Mahon came 3rd well done to all the players and mentors who took part.

Des Flanagan Dublin Mixed Foursomes

The Des Flanagan Dublin Mixed Foursomes took place in RGSC on Sunday 18th August. With 42 pairs taking part after their club qualifying rounds it was an enjoyable day for all the competitors. The course was in very good order and with the weather breezy conditions were tricky. After the first 18 K Birmingham & A O Shea were leading on 42 pts with plenty of pairs close behind.The Old Co pair faded in the 2nd round and the Lucan pair Joe Murphy & Barbara Coogan posted a 36 hole total of 80 pts. With only a few pairs on the course this looked like the winning score.However out on the course The Lucan pairing of Tracey Smith & Anthony Malone were going well and with Tracey not missing putts,they had 46pts in their 2nd rd. This added to their opening 36pts gave them victory by 2pts. The Co Board would like to thank our sponsor The Gift Magnet Swords for their continued support.Also thanks to all who entered,the RGSC club and those who helped on the day.
Winners T Smith & A Malone Lucan 82pts
R/Up J Murphy & B Coogan Lucan 80pts
Gross P Byrne & G O Connor G/Ville 71pts
1st 18 K Bermingham & A O Shea Old Co 42pts
2nd 18 K Kynes & C Keeley RGSC 41pts

Des Flanagan Dublin Mixed Foursomes

The Des Flanagan Dublin Mixed Foursomes takes place Sunday 18th August in RGSC commencing at 0930.With 42 pairs taking part it will take a top class performance to gain victory.The holders Brendan & Dora Keane (Lucan) face strong opposition and we look forward to a great day’s play.The event is sponsored by The Gift Magnet Swords and we thank them for their continued support.

Dublin Open Scotch Foursomes

Results from Dublin Open Scotch Foursomes played in Old Co on Wednesday 14th August.
18 Nett Gents L Comerford & T Maher Old Co 44
18 Nett Ladies D Curran & A Smith Old Co 46 7/8
18 Nett Mixed K Bermingham & D Curran Old Co 45 7/8
18 Gross O/All K Bermingham & J Canning Old Co 47
Thanks to Old Co for hosting the open and those who supported us well done.

Leinster Under 16′s Stroke Play

The Leinster under 16′s took place in Kilbeggan on Thursday last and Dublin clubs were to the fore.In the boys 10 to 13 Aaron Donnolly Portmarnock had a great win after a 3 hole playoff. In 3rd place was Ciaran Purtell Longmeadows well done to all who took part in this event. IThe girls 10 to 13 section saw Aoife Mahon Lucan capture the title to add to her earlier Dublin title win.Molly McCarthy Lucan showed good form to claim 3rd spot well done girls.The 14 to 15 didn’t produce any medals for Dublin however we had some solid performances.All roads lead to the rebel county next weekend and best of luck to all our participants.

Co Board Meeting

Co Board meeting takes place tonight in the Shandon club 12th August at 2015.

Dubs finish runner up at Leinster Inter Counties

The Dublin gents & ladies just failed to emulate their under 16 counterparts as they finished second in the Leinster Inter County championships in Cement  on Sunday. The ladies were first into action paired with the hosts Louth, they performed steady in the scotch foursomes and the three pairings finished on -2, it left them with a seven shot deficit as Kildare had turned on the style in the morning pairings. In the singles, the ladies performed well especially Ger Ward and Linda Thompson however the trio of Tara Dillon, Marian Byrne and Chrissie Byrne hit top form and it allowed them to stay just in front however in the end the Lilywhites just edged home by two shots. It was a poignant moment when Chrissie Byrne on receiving the trophy dedicated their win in honour of the late great Paddy Slattery, who was well known far beyond the walls of  McDonagh and was a true pitch & putt man who is sadly missed from the sport.

The gents were in the opening groups with Down and it served them well as they posted scores of -7, -11 and -6 to post a very competitive -24. This lead for most of the day until Louth doubles finished on -26 and Meath bettered them with -27. The dubs had the advantage to post a good score for the others to chase and in truth, they played well with JR Crangle and Anthony Malone both -6 and Junior Smith -5 their best performers, they finished on -49 and at least let the hosts & holders post a good total in the singles to pip them. Meath the holders could not produce their stunning doubles form and fell well short finishing a distant 4th, however Louth with four players from the host club made no mistake, their anchor man Sean Goggins could even afford to finish with a 5 and they won by three shots. Their captain Ian Donnelly had lead from the front shooting 46 to help their charge.

For the Dubs they got good support from  down the M1 and they were delighted with that. There is  plenty to ponder  in advance of the Hillview showpiece in four weeks time, but lots of positives to take out of this  performance and certainly no disgrace in finishing second to a very accomplished Louth team in their own backyard.