Archive for September 2013

Dublin Finish Runner up at County Challenge

The Dublin Inter and Junior teams finished in second plce to the host club Westmeath in the County Challenge in Lough Owel on Saturday. The Host club did a wonderful job running the event with a marque erected at the side of the course. Dublin played with West Meath in the Junior event and were well in touch just seven behind after the doubles but West Meath produced stunning pitch & putt in the singles and simply blew the field away winning by an impressive 42 shots. The scoring by the Dublin team though was excellent on the vey tough long course.

In the inters it was again West Meath and Dublin to the fore front and the margin was just five shots ahead for the hosts after the dpubles. Dublin were out first in the singles and they closed that gap, at one stage it looked like the Dublin team might pull it off, but West Meath after a rocky first nine hole steadied the ship and won the challenge by ten shots. It was a great day of pitch N’ Putt and the first of its kind. James Corcoran thanked all those who were taking part and made the journey. Anthony Malone paid tribute to the organisers and said it was what our sport needed to get all grades involved and he hoped it would just be the start of it. The Dublin team can be proud of their efforts the guys performed well and did their county proud and we hope this will be the start of this over the years to come.

County Challenge this Saturday in Westmeath

All roads will lead to the midlands this Saturday or more specifically the picturesque Lough Owel course just outside Mullingar. The course will present a sizeable challenge for the counties taking part and the home county with many players from the host club will be expected to perform well here. Dublin have an Inter and Junior team taking part. The Inter team have had the perfect preparations with a morale boosting win over WestMeath in Erins Isle at the end of August and a win over Old County in Kimmage a fortnight ago. The juniors narrowly lost the challenge with WestMeath  but bounced back strongly to defeat Old County. The Inter team looks a very good one with the double Dublin champion Dave Donnelly from the Erins Isle club, the vast experience of Charlie Egan, David Hayden II and Trevor Heffernan, the youth of Liam O’Reilly and the talent that is Glenn Woodward. The Junior team contains a plethoria of players who have emerged on the circuit this year. Old County duo Eric Byrne & Anthony Parsons have been the breakthrough talents in their clubs this year, Christopher Byrne has been a member of the all conquering Lucan Junior team and a winner of the Junior Prize in the Dublin Scratch Cup in June. Ciaran Claffey is another emerging talent from the Shandon Club and a bright future awaits this young left hander. Brian Flanagan and Brendan Mullaly bring much needed experience to the team and they appear to have found form at just the right time.

Kildare, Wexford, Offaly and of course Westmeath will have teams taking part on Saturday. It promises to be a truly historic occasion with county teams competing at Inter & Junior level and those at the forefront hope it will be the start of a regular challenge on the circuit. Westmeath duo James Corcoran and David Corcoran has been instrumental in ensuring Saturday will happen and on the Dublin side Charlie Egan has worked extremely hard to make sure Dublin was at the fore front of this new initiative, Charlie was ably assisted by Rob Ryan and Dave Hayden II. The County board have backed this venture since Day 1 and we hope come Saturday evening that Dublin will once again be on the podium when the prizes are given out. We hope a good few from the capital will make the trip down the N6 and support the guys. Best of luck to them.

National Seniors Stroke Play Championships

The National lady and gents stroke plays took place on the Erry course on Sat 21st/Sun 22nd Sept.The course was in great condition with the greens proving hard to master with their speed and undulations.The seniors were first out and Sheelagh Elmes the holder battled into contention in the 2nd round to eventually finish in 3rd spot .Our inter and junior ladies tried hard but failed to get into the top 3 but gave a good account of themselves in particular Betty Cody and Mary Fulham. Sunday saw the gents take centre stage and in the junior section Tom King had a 51 to lead after the first round but returned a 57 to slip back to 3rd spot.In the inter section good displays from Charlie Egan and Sean McGrath kept the flag flying for Dublin but failed to reach the rostrum.The senior section was to prove very exciting and after the 1st round Anthony Malone lead on 49.His 2nd 50 rd left him on 99 which looked a winning score until Patsy Reamsbottom Ferbane also shot 99 after rds of 50,49.In third spot after a brilliant 46 second rd was Kevin Bermingham who’s total was 101.The play off was eventually decided on the 10th hole after both players finished 2 under for 9 with Anthony Malone emerging victorious.Well done to all our participants over the weekend and to the Erry club for their hospitality to all the players and officials.They produced a course of the highest standard also and we wish them well for the future well done.

Dillon is latest winner in Scratch Cup series

On a gloriously sunny day in Phibsboro, Ian Dillon put on a masterclass display to claim his 1st win in the scratch cup series. The Kildare man was one of only three players ( Paul Nolan & Stephen Murray) to make the play-offs in all four events so far and he continued that trend on Saturday to post a 94 (-14) and lie just two shots behind the joint leaders John Ross Crangle and Dennis Monaghan. Erins Isle winner Mark Millar looked like he was going to shoot very low but just like six days ago, he followed up a 44 with a second round 53 to finish on 97. Another Shandon man Keith Redmond who performed well in Dublin 11 last Sunday missed a putt on the 36th that cost him a place in the final 12 and more precious points. The play-off got underway with two men hoping to be vying for the National Seniors title on Sunday, Frank Ryan and Anthony Malone , they shot 53 and 50 respectively to complete their day. Eamon Gibney added a 47 to place him in the top six similar to his performance in Glenville three weeks ago. Mark Millar finished with a 46 and his score of 143 posted a good score for the leading pack to chase. Ierne’s John Dennis added an impressive 47 in his final round to finish on 142 and lead the way with three to finish. Ian Dillon starting out two shots behind made a blazing start with six birdies in a row and JR Crangle just could not make his putts count as the Kildare man threatened to run away with it, but as Dillon’s birdies dried up, local favourite Dennis Monaghan found his form on the back nine and he finished with six birdies. Dillon though responded to the threat and he too finished with three birdies to seal the win by two shots finishing with a closing 44. The win lifts Dillon to 2nd in the points table just nine points shy of the leader Stephen Murray who was unable to play due to illness. The next stop on the circuits is the penultimate event in CPM next Sunday and things are starting to tighten up with the finishing  flag in sight.

Elsewhere in Shandon. Charlie Egan posted a hugely impressive 96 to win the Inter prize and local player Ciaran Claffey took the junior prize with 116. The ladies winner was Chrissie Byrne who finished on 106. Maree O’Toole though leads the ladies event by six points from RGSC’s Siobhan Keely with Linda Thompson in third place.


A sad day for pitch and putt with the news of Paddy Rowe Ierne who passed away yesterday.A top competitor who will be greatly missed to his family and friends our deepest condolences R.I.P.

National Seniors Championships

The ladies and gents stroke play championships take place in Erry Co. Offaly on Sat 21st and Sunday 22nd September.The ladies are on Saturday and the gents Sunday best of luck to all our participants.

Millar is Victorious in Erins Isle As Scratch Cup Series goes Northside

It was event four of the scratch cup series and it took the players to Erins Isle. The course was in pristine condition but sadly the weather was anything but, as squally winds & heavy downpours greeted the players, the crowds unsurprisingly was down on the opening three events, but the big guns were out in force looking to make an impression. Stephen Murray lead the series by an impressive 17 points after his wins in Old County and Glenville and home favourite Paul Nolan lying 2nd was hoping to close the gap and make local knowledge count. Of the early starters, Chris Gallagher was the early pace setter with a 48. This was to lead the 1st round scores for most of the day with Chris adding a 53 to finish on 103. Chris playing partner Graham Flanagan was also to finish on 103 and they were later joined by Junior Smith recording a 53 and 50. The morning session also saw a very unusual occurance with two players from the same three ball opening their round with a hole in one on the 1st hole, Aaron O’ Droighneain was one of them and it helped catapult Aaron to the head of the leaderboard on 103. That score would be good enough to give Aaron the best Inter prize. Into the afternoon session and Declan McConville from Cloghogue  back playing after an extended break from the game finished on 102. The bruff trio of Tom Hanly, Pacelli Darcy and Liam O’Donovan all made the trip to West Dublin and Darcy & Hanly both shot scores to earn them a top 12 spot and a place in the play-off. The favourite Paul Nolan was to rue a few missed putts but his score of 101 was more than enough to put him in the mix and he was later joined by the points pacesetter Stephen Murray who added a 50 to his first round of 51. Ian Dillon has been the model of consistency in the series so far making the cut in all four venues and his score of 100 gave him every chance of a podium finish on Sunday. Keith Redmond too showed a return to form and he joined Ian at the head of affairs with a 100. The leading duo were the defending champion JR Crangle and Shandon’s Mark Millar. Millar had earlier shot an astounding 44 in the windy 1st round conditions. He eventually finished on 97 for a two shot cushion.

In the final 14. the host club were well represented with Jim McLaughlin & Dave Donnelly joining Nolan in the play-off. Jim looked like he might win the last 18 prize with a 48, however Bruff’s Pacelli Darcy was to take that honour defeating Stephen Murray on the back nine with a 47. In the leading pack, Millar extended his lead and eventually secured a three shot win. Redmond was to outscore Crangle by a shot and that was enough to land the Matchplay champion the runner up spot and confirm a 1 -2 for the Shandon club. JR Crangle made a very good defense and ended up in third. There was no joy for the EI trio, however Paddy Delaney ensured they didn’t go home empty handed winning the junior prize. Maree O’Toole from Shandon continued her fine season winning the Ladies Prize.

In the points table Stephen Murray has extended his lead at the top to 19 points with Paul Nolan now in 2nd and Gavin Carty despite missing yesterday’s event still lies third. However Millar is up to 6th place and with Shandon next on the list, he will have high hopes of closing that gap further.  Maree O’Toole extends her lead in the ladies to 4 points over Siobhan Keely with Linda Thompson and Ger Holland lying third.

You can catch up with all the build up to Shandon and see the full leaderboard from the Erins Isle event by checking out the dedicated scratch cup site.

Dublin Team record win in Old County

The Dublin Inter & Junior team completed their preparations for the County Challenge on September 28th with a comprehensive win in Old County on Saturday. The doubles pairings in the Inters really shone with Charlie Egan & David Hayden II having the best score with 46 points. In the junior event, the pairing of Eric Byrne & Christopher Byrne really clicked as well as they shot a highly impressive 44 points. All of the panel played in the final workout ahead of the Lough Owel showpiece. Dublin will compete at Inter & Junior Level against Kildare, Offaly, Wexford and the hosts WestMeath in the inaugral County Challenge. We hope many from the capital can make the trip down the N4 to support the boys in blue. The tee off times will be announced later this week.

Dublin Team practice match on Saturday

After the excellent performances of their senior counterparts in Tipperary last weekend, attention will now switch to the Dublin Inter & Junior team who are continuing their preparations for the County Challenge in Lough Owel on September 28th. The Inter & Junior teams will play a practice match in Old County on Saturday afternoon at 4PM. Both Old County teams performed well in the Dublin leagues this year and should offer a considerable challenge to the guys in advance of the challenge.

Dublin Co Board GRIP

The Kevin Blackburn Grip closing date is 25th September so check your club noticeboards for the entry sheets.The competition takes place on the 19th/20th October on the Glenville,RGSC,CPM and Lucan courses.