Archive for September 2016

National Under 16′s Match Play

The National under 16′s qualifying will take place in Glenville on Saturday 24th September commencing at 10am over 36 holes stroke play 3 to qualify.

Dublin Grip

The Grip competition closing date is Wednesday 28th September.N.B. the courses are RGSC, Glenville, Lucan and Erin Isles. The Erins Isle course replaces CPM which is not available.

Co Board Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Monday 19th September at 8 15pm in the RGSC club.

Double Delight for Dubs on Historic Weekend

It is hard to know what significance Sunday August 14th played in the historic weekend we just witnessed in RGSC. The Ladies finished runner up but a distant runner up with a chastening experience in the singles and as Louth and Wexford contested the Gents title, Dublin were a mere cameo role a full sixteen shots behind. The Dublin gent’s hopes of ending the seventeen year wait for the Anchor Cup seemed a long bet and with Cork an impressive Munster Inter County winners on the same day we wondered where Dublin might even finish. The next month would be an important period for both teams to ensure the locals would go home happy from Kingswood.
This backdrop makes the performances of both teams even more impressive. Dublin were paired with Cork in both championships and whilst the Gents firmly believed Cork were the team to beat , for the ladies the challenge was more likely to come from Kildare.
The Scotch Foursome started really well with Tom O’Reilly & Stephen Murray -4 through 9 holes and two ahead of Frank Dineen and All Ireland Matchplay champ Shane Murphy. Keith Redmond & Captain Junior Smith were -4 through 9 as well and were doing well to hang onto the coat tails of a rampant Ray Murphy & Eoin Walsh who having being -5 after 5 were -6 through 9. Gary & JR had endured a nightmare scotch in Kilcullen a month ago, so they were out to make amends and boy did they deliver. They were -6 through 9 and a useful four shots clear of JJ Walsh & Brian Delaney.
In the 2nd 9 we expected an onslaught from Cork it didn’t happen but the guys were carrying on regardless. Stephen & Tom had hit a sticky patch and just moved to -6 after 17, but a majestic hole in one on the 18th left them much happier with a 46 and a great start. Keith & Junior really showed great resolve to not allow Cork’s fast start to unhinge them and they matched the dynamic duo of Murphy & Walsh to finish with a 44. Dublin were well positioned but the best was yet to come and a fabulous 41 from JR & Gary gave them a useful lead, -31 and three clear of Louth and a massive 9 shots ahead of Cork, however with three rounds still to go, a lot of pitch & putt still to be played.
Onto the singles and the guys were playing, Stephen, Junior, Gary all broke 50 and Tom broke par but would his score count. Keith was having a rough run and +2 with 8 to play the door was open for other counties to take advantage, but the Leinster Strokeplay champion was far from finished and birdied seven of the last eight holes to finish with a 49, a wonderful effort from Keith and JR put the icing on the cake with a 46 and they would take a four shot lead over Louth into Day 2.
The Ladies had to wait till nearly 2Pm to get their campaign underway. Kildare were out in front of them so they would see what they needed to do, but they steadfastly played their own game. Scores of 50 from the two Ger’s and a 50 from Maree and Sheelagh, but it was the two RGSC friends Siobhan & Glenda who stole the show with a 47 and it gave them a four shot lead over Kildare.
Could they produce more of the same in Round 2. Glenda & Siobhan found round 2 a lot tougher and would have been disappointed with a 56, but their teammates came to the fore, a 47 from Maree & Sheelagh and a 48 from the two Ger’s meant they would take a six shot lead into Day 2.
On Sunday morning the ladies were first into action and with six singles to come, they needed to exercise the demons of Kilcullen. The breezy conditions meant it would have been very easy to let their scores mount up, but the Ladies all held onto each shot they could and ensure both Kildare and Cork would have to win this title, Dublin would not lose it. Ger Ward with a 51 and a 54 from Sheelagh meant Kildare would need to shot a low score to overhaul them. The RGSC ladies delivered on the biggest stage of all with two 56’s and a 57 more than enough to secure an eleven shot victory and a first title since 2011. The ladies were naturally delighted and the Leinster Singles nightmare was banished for good.
Could the Gents match them? They too started well in the Foursomes and Tom & Stephen finished with a 50. Both Keith & Junior and JR & Gary shot 49’s and their -14 total was the best of the day by quite a distance, crucially a six shot margin over Louth and now a ten shot lead for the singles. The breeze was blowing a gale and the others now needed some serious scoring to stop Dublin from winning.
The guys naturally were protective in the tough conditions and rather than chasing birdies they were consolidating what they had. It was to be the right decision as their nearest challengers struggled to make things happen. Stephen Murray had started with a bogey but epitomising the spirit of the team he bounced back immediately and was -2 after 9. Tom O’Reilly too found no birdies in the opening seven holes but he refused to panic keeping close tabs on his playing partner Owen Smith.
Cork were doing a little better but it seemed they would fall short to make up the sixteen shot deficit. In fact Wexford were to pip Cork for third place by a single shot. On the course Stephen Murray score of 50 matched Ian Donnelly’s and Tom O’Reilly with a 53 was to finish one shy of Owen Smith. Despite Junior & Keith finishing a drift of their Louth Counterparts the margins were small and the ten shot didn’t look to be in danger, but with still Gary & JR to finish, the crowd held its breath. Gary though with a 52 calmed the nerves and after a 17 year wait, Dublin finally had their hands on the Cup. The margin was just three shots, that was immaterial it was job done and a wonderful reversal of Louth’s success in Kilcullen.
It was fitting to have Siobhan Keely and Junior Smith as captains and both were proud players in their home clubs. The Dublin crowds had come out in force and cheered them to victory. The players were so grateful for this and paid great respect to the Dublin selectors as well. It was a first Dublin Double since 1991. Junior requested County Board Chairman Anthony Malone to lift the cup with him as he remembered his 1st victory back in 1983 in Navan.
A wonderful day for Dublin Pitch & Putt. A great day for RGSC as well who delivered a super championship despite some bad press during the year, they delivered when they needed to. Just like the Dublin teams. Well done to all.

INTER COUNTY PRACTICE : RGSC

*****PRACTICE TIMES FOR INTER-COUNTY******
National Inter-County
P.P.U.I. – 24/08/2016 – Practice Times
The RGSC Club has informed the PPUI that Practice Times for the Inter-County is as follows: -
Monday 5th September 10.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday 6th September 10.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday 7th September 10.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday 8th September – 10.00am – 2.00pm
COURSE CLOSED ON FRIDAY 9TH SEPT
Anything outside of these times, you will need to contact the Club Secretary.

DUBLIN MATCHPLAY REVIEW

Thanks to Rob Ryan.

The Dublin Matchplay finals took place in Glenville, Lucan and Shandon over the weekend and the player who made it through to day 2 had to show great versatility with their game as condition varied greatly between the Saturday and Sunday. Keith Redmond was looking for a third title in four year but the Leinster champion was to come unstuck against Glenville’s Julien Kelly. It was not a good day for the Dublin Inter County gents as none were to make it through to final 4. Joe Joyce with victorious over the likes of Stephen Murray, Chris Gallagher and Anthony Malone was to come through to the semi-finals where he would meet a former champion in George McGreal. In the other semi-final, Philip Sweeney who enjoyed great success in this event after the turn of the millennium was against the last man to bring the National Matchplay crown to Dublin and the 20011 champion Darren O’Reilly. Both semi-finals were keenly contested but it was Joe and Darren who emerged for the 36 hole final.
The Inter field was a big one and included the current Dublin Strokeplay champion, Anthony Carroll, former strokeplay winners Charlie Egan and David Hayden and the runner up in this event last year Jamie Power from Old County. The last four saw Carroll against his club-mate and 2015 Dublin Junior champ Ryan Cooney and an all Lucan affair as David Hayden II took on Gerry Ward . Again lots of hard fought holes here but it was Ryan and Gerry who made it through.
In the juniors, Erins Isle had finally taken the league title from Lucan and it was expected that the new Dublin Champs would excel in the matchplay and so it proved. Two Erins Isle players made it through to the final with the merging talent of Wayne Fogarty against the established David Potter.
In the Ladies they had braved the elements in Shandon on Saturday and no surprise to see Ger Ward there in the last four although Glenda Hoey had given Ger a scare in her opening match. Joining Ger there was Maree o’toole, Linda Thomson and Vera Glennon. In Sunday’s semi-finals Ger was to strong for Vera, but Maree and Linda served up a classic and the duo could not be separated until the eight tie hole with Maree coming out the winner.
The Inter championship was being dominated by one club and old County was to provide three of the 4 semi-finalists as Laura Whelan, Madeline Nugent, Ann O’Shea were joined by Ring Common’s Patsy Quinlan. Laura & Madeline met and it went the distance, Laura was leading coming to the 18th but she made sure with a hole in one to finish it off. Ann was to prove just to strong for Patsy and made it an all Old County final.
The Juniors saw a familiar face in Mary Lynch our former vice chairman make the final four, she was joined by Glenville’s Ann Clinton, 2015 All Ireland over 15 champ Catherine Fox and the 2014 Dublin Junior Strokeplay champion Kathleen Condron from old County. Ann got the better of Mary in the semi-final and in the other Catherine staged a dramatic comeback to win the last five holes and defeat Kathleen and set up an all Glenville final.
The Ladies Junior Final turned into a rather one sided one as Catherine Fox built up a very big lead over Ann Clinton over the opening 18 holes. Ann did much better in the 2nd 18 and kept fighting throughout but was unable to make any inroads into Catherine Lead and Catherin was crowned the champion on the 27th, a fantastic victory for Catherine to add to her National title from 2015.
The Gent Junior one similar to the ladies one ended up being a one sided affair as Wayne Fogarty continued his excellent play and was pitching superbly and Dave Potter just could not keep pace with the young man. Wayne was to win as well on the 28th for his first major title.
The Ladies Inter final saw two Old County players go head to head. This was a closer affair and Laura Whelan led by2 up after18. She extended it further on the opening nine holes, but then Ann won three holes in a row on the turn to draw level. Laura though crucially won the next and this time her lead was to be extended. She completed her win on the 15th second time round and in the process completed a Strokeplay & Matchplay double. A great achievement by Laura.
If some of the other finals saw large wins, the Inter one was the one to watch as both Ryan Cooney and Gerry Ward went head to head and produced some stunning pitch & putt, they were inseparable after 36 holes and it took till the third tie hole for Ryan to win. It showed the progress he had made since winning the Junior event in 2015. Ryan also had won the Erins Isle Scratch Cup in May. The DCB Chairman said in his speech, Ryan is no longer an up & coming player he has well & truly arrived on the big stage.
The Ladies senior final saw two players that are no strangers to each other. Ger Ward has been her usual brilliant self in finals this year and Maree knew a big effort was required. In fairness Maree battled well and was just 4 down after 18. Ger though is in a class of her own and despite Maree efforts, Ger was to win on the 11th in the second round. Another master class from Ger, who shows no sign of loosening her grip as the top player in the country.
The Gents senior final saw Joe Joyce out to go one further than 2015 when he lost to Keith Redmond. He was up against Darren O’Reilly who had struggled for form this year but it was a welcome sight to see Darren back to his best this weekend. Joe was in charge in the early stages and then Darren hit back, we wondered whether a repeat of 2015 was on the cards when Keith staged a dramatic late recovery, luckily for Joe there was no repeat and he completed the job and landed his first Dublin title.

It was a fantastic weekend of action where we had some surprises, new champions and some old ones too showed they are not ready to move over yet.