Archive for July 2015

Inter Co Seniors

Our trials process is complete and after a tough campaign the following are our teams.
Ger Ward
Glenda Hoey
Siobhan Keeley
Linda Thomson
Sheelagh Elmes
Maree O Toole

Res Helen Greagsbey

JR Crangle
Mark Millar
Keith Redmond
Eoin Mithen
Chris Gallagher
Junior Smith
Res George McGreal
Well done to all who made the teams and our thanks to all who entered our trials process we are progressing well and hopefully our standards continue to improve.Our first port of call will be the Leinster’s in Castletown on Sunday 16th August we hope to see plenty of support from all clubs so come along and cheer your counties top players in their quest for victory.

Ward,Duffy and Creevey capture Nationals

Over the past two weekends we had great success in the ladies and gents championships.
The ladies took place in Ringcommons and on the Saturday local girl Ann Duffy took the junior title in impressive style.In the inter section Nuala O’ Gorman showed good form to take 3rd spot. In the senior section it was business as usual for Ger Ward with a typical efficient display to secure her 17th National singles title,we also had her clubmate Sheelagh Elmes return to good form to finish in second place.

The gents finals took place in Cunnigar Co Waterford and on Saturday we saw Damian Creevey take the inter title after a most impressive display over the 3 rounds.The seniors gave a great display with 3 of our players in the top 5 JR Crangle was r/up Junior Smith 3rd and Chris Gallagher 5th.

Well done to all who secured podium positions both ladies and gents and we look forward to the rest of the season with great relish.Also well done to all who entered and qualified we need to keep our numbers up to secure the future of the game.

Leinster Mixed Foursomes

The qualifying for the Leinster mixed foursome will take place next on Tuesday 4th August.There are 21 entries with 9 to qualify.A shotgun start will commence at 6 30pm. please check in 15 mins before play commences.The PPUI dress code applies.

Co Board Meeting

Our next Co Board meeting takes place on Monday 20th July in the Old Co clubhouse at 8 15pm.

National Stroke Plays

The ladies National stroke play takes place in Ringcommon this weekend 18th and 19th July.Best wishes to the Ringcommon club on hosting this prestigious event and we look forward to the weekend. We have a strong contingent in all grades and we wish all our players the best of luck.

The gents National stroke play takes place in Cunnigar Co Waterford next weekend 25th and 26th July.All the best to our gents who are taking part and hopefully they compete to their undoubted ability in all the grades.

Gents Senior Trial @ Shandon this Saturday

The final trial for the Gents Senior Inter County team takes place this Saturday, July 18th, in Shandon. All players taking part, please arrive at 3:45pm. Players will play in reverse order based upon the current standings with the leaders going out last.

Please note that the PPUI dress code will apply.

Best of luck to all taking part in this last chance to make a push for an automatic spot.

Inter Co Trials

The next trial takes place in Portmarnock on Saturday 11th July times are as follows
1600 N Lenihan, A Lowe, J McLoughlin
1605 D Monaghan, A Mahoney, T Walsh
1610 S Power,T O Reilly, C Egan
1615 J Judge, J Larkin, P Noonan
1620 P Nolan, C Gallagher,S Murray
1625 T Ryan, J Smith, J Joyce
1630 G McGreal, G Healy, K Redmond
1635 M Millar, E Mithen, JR Crangle
1640 P Condron, H Greagsbey, P Balfe
1645 B Furlong, S Keeley, S Elmes
1650 L Thomson, G Hoey, G Ward

PPUI dress code applies.

Lucan Ladies Retain Title

Our ladies class 1 final took place last night 6th July in Old Co and the holders Lucan regained their title with a power packed display.RGSC runners up last year and looking to avenge that defeat needed a good start to unnerve the Lucan team. In the early exchanges RGSC were looking confident but as the games progressed the champions took control and with Philo Condron not missing any putts she and Siobhan McDonnell got Lucans first point defeating a gallant Siobhan Keeley & Glenda Hoey on the 16th. The next point arrived almost immediately and when Lucan took the last foursomes it left them 3 nil up with 6 singles to play for.
The singles were very close over the early holes but like the foursomes Lucan took control and with recently crowned Dublin inter stroke play champion Evelyn O Gorman winning the no 1 singles RGSC were facing a daunting task. Maraid O Brian was playing very well in her singles and when she got it to dormie 5 the cup was almost secured. She hit a great shot to the 14th and thus eventually brought victory to fine Lucan team. Although disappointed RGSC are close to getting the victory they crave and will be hoping to step up next year well done girls.
We had the presentation of the cup and medals in the clubhouse and both captains Mick & Marise praised their teams efforts throughout the campaign. They also praised the Old Co club for not alone hosting the final but the top class condition of their course.
Our thanks to Old Co for taking the final and the use of their facilities which were first class on the night. Well done to Mark Millar on his first year in charge of the leagues and our thanks to all who supported the final particularly from clubs who took part in the leagues great to see. Hopefully next year we can increase the number of teams taking part and also have a class 2 section which didn’t take place this year.

Dublin Gents Strokeplay: Titles for Chris, Eric and Alyn in Lucan

There was mixed weather awaiting the players in Lucan on Sunday as the Gents Inters got things underway just after 9pm. Twenty seven players looking to land the title won so emphatically by Charlie Egan last July. David Hayden II was the last winner of this event when the championships was last held in Lucan in 2008. David was in Sunday’s field as well. In the 1st round Tony Gallagher posted the best score with a 49 and Paul Dillon was well in contention with a 50. Conditions were tough with persistent rain making life difficult for the players. After the second round though, there was a new Lucan player at the head of affairs with Tom McMorrow leading the way by a shot from Portmarnock’s Tom Brady. In total though there was just seven shots separating the top 10 with the cut coming at 107.

The Junior event saw just 12 taking part with Lucan well represented. Lucan secretary Peter Keogh posted an excellent 53 to lie two shots behind 1st round leader Alyn Poelen who had a fine 51. There was also players at 54 and some at 55 as the field was tightly bunched. In the 2nd round, despite a slow start Alyn regrouped and added a 53 to his earlier 51 to finish on 104. It gave Alyn a four shot lead over Erins Isle David Roy on 108. The Junior cut was just six players and came at 114.

The Seniors teed off just after 12. There was 33 players in the field including the holder Chris Gallagher. Many of the early starters  struggled to break 50 with Graham Flanagan and Terry McMorrow the exception. Scoring was quite high until the holder Chris Gallagher got going and he blew the field away with a stunning 43. This gave Chris a five shot lead through 18. In the 2nd 18, Junior Smith and Darren Kane both made their moves adding 45′s to their earlier 49 and post 94. Darren’s with an impressive eight birdies on his back nine. Chris made a good start to his 2nd round but he failed to extend his lead and finished on 92 and lead bytwo shots. The cut came in at 99 and there was some notable players to miss that cut including JR Crangle & Keith Redmond.

The Inters play-off got underway shortly after 4 with David Redmond & Paddy Croke leading them off. The two Tom’s lead the way but if they thought it was a 2 horse race they were very much mistaken. Eric Byrne from Old County had moved from -2 to -5 through 6 holes and continued to hit top form eventually posting a 46 to finish on -10 to take the clubhouse lead. Tom Brady failed to build on his earlier scores and had to settle for a 54 and an -8 finish. Tom McMorrow needed a putt on 18 to force a play-off and he duly sunk it to finish on -10 and lead to a 9 hole play-off with Eric Byrne.

The top six in the Juniors saw Alyn take a four shot lead into the final round. Alyn found trouble in the opening six holes and home favourites Stephen Needham and David Lee made their move to move within three shots. David Roy was unable to build on his fine second round as he found trouble on the front nine. Alyn though just like in his second round recovered from the early wobble and found his pitching. A succession of Birdies forged into a lead that he would not relinquish. The dual for 2nd was a tight one and in the end Stephen just edged out David on the final 18 for 2nd place. Alyn fnished on 157(-5) with Stephen & David finishing on -1 (161)

The top 12 in the seniors saw Chris lead the way and he started well to extend the lead over the rest of the field, but Darren was keeping case and moved to within two shots of Chris as they hit the back nine. However a five on the 12th for Darren was to give Chris the cushion he needed and despite late birdies from Darren, Chris was o hold his nerve and secure a three shot victory finishing on 139(-23). In third place Paddy Noonan was a popular podium finisher as he just edged out Junior Smith finish on 145 (-17). Chris win saw him retain the title the 1st player to do it since Derek Courtney ironically won the title n Lucan in 2008 after his win in Ierne the previous year.

Now there was drama of the play-off in the Inters. Eric Byrne made the ideal start with a birdie on the 1st and when Tom found trouble on the 2nd and 4th, Eric was four shots clear after 5 holes. However back to back birdies for Tom saw the lead reduced to 1 playing the eight, but Eric found the birdie on the 8th and it was enough to seal the win for Eric.

All three players were delighted with the wins and Chris was overjoyed to equal his clubmate David Hayden three Dublin titles. However on today’s evidence it may not be his last one. A big thanks to our sponsor Drain Doctor and Paul Griffin who was on hand to assist with the presentation. Thanks as well to Lucan for a wonderful weekend and a pristine course. Well done to all who qualified for today’s finals and all who took part in the qualifiers in RGSC and Old County and a special well done to our winners, Ger, Evelyn, Dora, Chris, Eric and Alyn.

Gents Strokeplay:


Winner: Christopher Gallagher (Lucan) 139

Runner up: Darren Kane (Lucan) 142

Third: Paddy Noonan (Erins Isle) 145 (o.b.9)

Inter Championship:

Winner: Eric Byrne (Old County) – 152 * – on a 9 hole play-off

Runner up: Tom McMorrow (Lucan) – 152

Third: Tom Brady (Portmarnock) 154

Junior Championship:

Winner: Alyn Poelen (Lucan) – 157

Runner up: Stephen Needham(Lucan) – 161 ** – on back 18

Third: David Lee (Lucan) – 161

Dublin Ladies Stroke Play

The ladies stroke play sponsored by Eamonn Birchall took place today in Lucan.First out were the seniors and after the first round the holder Ger Ward had a commanding lead of 6 shots.Her nearest challengers were Glenda Hoey and Siobhan Keeley.The Lucan course was not giving much away regards birdies but in the second round Siobhan shot a splendid 50 to finish on 105 for the day.Glenda faded off the pace in the second round but still had a fine performance and Linda Thomson also had a decent performance in her new surroundings.Ger was to prove what a great competitor she is and shot a steady 50 to add to her opening 49 to secure victory for the 6th year in a row.
The inter ladies was a keenly fought battle and after the 1st round Evelyn O Gorman was a shot clear of Siobhan McDonnell with a host of players just behind them. Siobhan playing in front of Evelyn shot a total of 121 and on the 18th Evelyn 1 shot clear hit a great shot and the 2 putt par left her a worthy winner.
The junior ladies gave us the closest finish and the leader after the first round was the local lady captain Dora Keane. Patricia Anderson improved greatly in the second round and eventually we had a playoff between her and Dora.The playoff over Lucan’s daunting last 3 holes was to prove fascinating with Dora just missing her birdie putt on 16. Trish was out the back and took 5 to give Dora 2 shot lead.The 17th will live long in Dora’s memory when she pitched to 5 feet,Trish salvaged a great par but when Dora rolled in her putt the title was within her grasp.She had a solid par on 18 and proved a popular winner.
Senior Ger Ward R/Up S Keeley
Inter E O Gorman R/Up S McDonnell
Junior D Keane R/up P Anderson
Our thanks to the Lucan Club who made every effort to help all involved, great hosts indeed also all who helped on the day and again thanks to our sponsor Eamonn.
We now look forward to the gents on Sunday thanks to all who entered both ladies and gents your continued support is most appreciated.