Archive for April 2017

Leinster Mixed Foursomes

The qualifiers are:
Vera Glennon & Peter Walsh (Old Co)
Claire Hobbs & Brendan Warner (Loughlinstown)
Alice Sargent & Tony Byrne (Old Co)
Kathleen Croke & Mick Purcell (Lucan)
Brenda Purcell & Terry McMorrow (Lucan)
Madeline Nugent & Gerry Clarges (Old Co)
Betty Cody & Richard Harkin (Loughlinstown)
Philo Condron & Paddy Croke (Lucan)
Our Thanks to Fairview CY for hosting the Qualifiers.

Dublin Leagues

The leagues commence on Tuesday 2nd May and your handicap on this date will used for the remainder of the leagues.
Senior Gents
Fixtures : 2nd May Loughlinstown v Glenville
Lucan v Old Co
Junior Gents
Fixtures : 4th May Erins Isle v Portmarnock
5th May Glenville v Lucan

Ladies
Class 1
Fixtures : 8th May Ierne v RGSC
Fairview YC v Lucan
Ringcommons idle.
The remaining fixtures will be sent to clubs ASAP.

Dublin Mixed Scramble

The Mixed scramble took place today Sunday 23rd April on the Portmarnock links.The course was in its usual pristine condition and with favourable weather conditions the scoring reflected this.The morning session saw the local group of the Fitzpatricks take the lead on 68 nett after 2 fine 47 grosses.The afternoon session saw some fine efforts to chase this score notably Lucans group of Trish and Peter Anderson ably helped by Terry O Shaughnessy. However the deuces eluded them on their second round and it was left to another local group namely Alan and Breda Mee along with Martin Dowd to get within 2/3rds of the Fitzpatricks a great effort indeed. Our thanks to the Portmarnock club for the use of their great facilities and proved yet again wonderful hosts.

Results: Winners Tony, Ann Marie and Margaret Fitzpaticks ( Port) 68
R/Up Martin Dowd, Alan and Breda Mee (Port) 68 2/3
Gross Laura Whelan, Dave and Shane Redmond Old Co 83
First 18 Terry O Shaughnessy, Peter & Trish Anderson (Lucan) 31 2/3
Second 18 Louise Grace,Paddy Gaynor & Willie Delahunty(RGSC) 35 1/3

Inter Co Trials

The dates are now fixed for our inter co trials,
Senior Gents:
May 13th Dedicated trial at Ierne
May 21st Dublin stroke play qualifying rounds at Erins isle
May 28th Leinster stroke play qualifying rounds at Loughlinstown
June 25th National stroke play qualifying rounds at Shandon
July 1st Dedicated trial at RGSC
July 13th Dedicated trial at Lucan

Senior Ladies :
May 21st Dedicated trial at Portmarnock
May 28th Dedicated trial at RGSC
June 10th Dublin stroke play at Old Co
June 18th Leinster stroke play at McDonagh
June 25th Dedicated trial at TBC
July 2nd National stroke play at Cement

Inter & Junior Gents:
May 21st Dublin stroke play qualifying rounds at Ierne
May 28th Leinster stroke play qualifying rounds at Portmarnock
June 25th National stroke play qualifying rounds at Loughlinstown
July 1st Dedicated trial at TBC

Ladies Inter & Junior :
May 27th Dedicated trial at TBC
June 10th Dublin stroke play at Old Co
June 17th Leinster stroke play at McDonagh
July 1st National stroke play at Cement

Dublin Mixed Scramble

Our first competition of the season takes place in Portmarnock on Sunday 23rd May. The Portmarnock course will prove a test for all who have qualified and we look forward to an enjoyable days play. The first session starts at 0930 with the second session at 1230 both shotgun starts. Best wishes to all taking part and thanks to all who entered. The PPUI dress code applies.

DCB Mixed Scramble Timesheet

DUBLIN BOARD MIXED SCRAMBLE

23rd APRIL AT PORTMARNOCK

36 HOLES SHOTGUN START

9.30AM SECTION

CLUB NAME H/C NAME H/C NAME H/C TOTAL H/C
RGSC M CARROLL 12 M DOOLEY 12 G GREEN 2 8 2/3
RGSC L GRACE 8 P GAYNOR 5 W DELAHUNTY 4 5 2/3
RGSC C TRACEY 9 T TRACEY 10 G TRACEY 7 8 2/3
GLENVILLE B BOYLE 16 A FAGAN 5 J KELLY SCR 7
GLENVILLE J FLANAGAN 2 S CAHILL 12 J KEANE 10 8
LUCAN D CREEVEY SCR C BYRNE 6 T DONOVAN 20 8 2/3
LUCAN P SWEENEY 2 D COURTNEY 7 T SMITH 8 5 2/3
LUCAN J PRICE 1 K CROKE 7 P CROKE 3 3 2/3
LUCAN B KEANE 9 D KEANE 14 F LOAKMAN 9 10 2/3
OLD COUNTY K CORCORAN 2 A O’ SHEA 11 K CONDRON 12 8 1/3
OLD COUNTY L WHELAN 9 D REDMOND 5 S REDMOND Scr 4 2/3
PORTMARNOCK S CADOGAN 3 E HERON 21 P Mc KEON 11 12
PORTMARNOCK H SCHWEPPE 15 J HUGHES 8 J O’BRIEN 7 10
PORTMARNOCK K Mc CANN 8 D MC HALE 11 E O’REILLY 14 11
PORTMARNOCK T GANNON 11 J MELIA 10 A Mc GILL 14 11 1/3

12.30AM  SECTION

OLD COUNTY V GLENNON 7 D MASON 7 D CULLEN 8 7 1/3
OLD COUNTY M Mc CANN 10 J MORAN 12 A SARGENT 18 13 1/3
P/MARNOCK P McCARTY 17 M Mc LERNON 14 N ENNIS 7 12 2/3
P/MARNOCK A MEE 3 M DOWD 7 B MEE 22 10 2/3
GLENVILLE I FINNEGAN 12 T O’LEARY 2 R KENNEDY 15 9 2/3
GLENVILLE J KEDDY 4 C KEANE 21 D EGAN 17 14
LUCAN P KEOGH 10 S KEOGH 9 F LANGAN 17 12
LUCAN P ANDERSON 14 T ANDERSON 14 T O’ SHAUGHNESSY 9 12 1/3
LUCAN C LEONARD 10 M O’GORMAN 10 N LEONARD 7 9
FAIRVIEW CY L Mc GARRY 3 T KAVANAGH 10 A DALY 12 8 1/3
FAIRVIEW CY P CRINNON 7 S CRINNON 11 P KAVANAGH 12 10
R/COMMON L MURPHY 13 I LYNCH 18 C DOHERTY 11 14
R/COMMON T BOLAND 12 T MURPHY 13 F KIERNAN 7 10 2/3
R/COMMON N O’ GORMAN 7 A RODGERS 14 F REYNOLDS 10 10 1/3
CPM J O’KEEFFE 11 S Mc AULEY 11 T KING 12 11 2/3

PLEASE CHECK IN 20 MINS. BEFORE TEE OFF TIME P.P.U.I DRESS CODE TO APPLY

Next DCB meeting- ***Change of date***

Next weeks Dublin County Board meeting in Portmarnock has been changed from Easter Monday 17th and will now take place on Wednesday 19th April at 8.15pm.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused

Ierne Scratch Cup

After 4 days of Open Strokeplay, Ierne Pitch & Putt Club held their annual Johnny Crean Scratch Cup on Sunday, April 9th.

After the Open it would be expected that the course would be very hard to get in tip-top shape for the event but the groundsman and the Ierne club done a fantastic job in getting the course well prepared for the field of 89 competitors who traveled from around Leinster to compete for the title.

Of the early starters on the course, Lucan’s Damien Creevey was to set the target with a very solid -11 total which included a brilliant -8 in his 2nd round. Damien was followed shortly after by Ryston man Declan Mulpeter Snr but he could only finish on -10. This score was also matched by Junior Smith a couple of groups later.  Anthony Kavanagh started off like a man on a mission and pitched superbly in a breathtaking first round of -11. Usually, it is hard to follow up such rounds by breaking 50 but he was to do that with ease with a 48 and finish on a leading total of -17.

Local favorites Michael Walsh and Gary Byrne were both able to put themselves in the mix with -10 finishes but would still be 5 shots off the leader. The birdies started to dry up on the course as players struggled to get to grips with the tight course and the tricky pin positions. Only 2 more players were to break the 100 barriers with Derek Courtney and JR Crangle both matching each other with rounds of -5 & -7 to lie just 3 shots behind leader Kavanagh.

Before the final 18 playoffs began, the results of the other graded prizes were already decided and it was a great day for the Erins Isle club as they took home a double with Thomas Barry finishing on level par to take the Junior 1st prize. Wayne Fogarty also won his grade as he went around in -3 to win the Intermediate prize. Glenda Hoey flew the flag for the RGSC club as she won the Ladies prize.

In an event with 89 players, it is astounding that with a final round scratch cup, a minimum of 12 players is the norm. As it turns out, whoever was in attendance got the chance to tackle the Ierne course once again as only 9 players took to the course. The cut would have originally been 101. Despite such a small field, some drama was inevitable and so it proved. In the first group, Damien Mullaney and Jim Judge would struggle to mount a charge while defending champion Gary Healy would shoot -3 to put himself in the frame for a last 18 prize.

Local man Michael Walsh was out in the 2nd group but failed to find his best form, Ian Dillon also in the group was to nab Gary to the final 18 prize as he went 1 stroke better shooting a 50. The 3rd man in the group was to make a big charge as Gary Byrne found birdies early on and throughout the final 18 to put himself in the mix.

In the final group, Derek Courtney struggled early on and too many errors took their toll and his challenge faded. JR Crangle was to also struggle early on and he had to wait until the 8th for his first birdie before picking up shots on the back 9. Anto Kavanagh steadily made his way around and was looking comfortable out in the lead especially after a fine par saving putt from the back of the 9th green and he turned with his 3 shot advantage still intact.

Word spread that Gary Byrne had reached -16 putting him level with Anto with JR 3 behind. JR birdied both 11 & 12 to put pressure on Anto and on the 13th Anto took a 4 from in front of the bunkers. He was to immediately get that shot back as both he and JR birdied 14. A fine putt on 15 put Gary out in the lead for the first time but it was not for long as Anto matched him with a birdie on the same hole. Gary was to par the final 3 holes giving him a final round of -7 and a  total of -17.

Playing the 16th, Anto pitched poorly but holed a fine par-saving putt which kept him level with Byrne, Jr found a birdie on the same hole making it a 3-way tie at the top. On the 17th JR pitched just rolled through the back but Anto’s pitch to the right would cause him to drop a shot drop behind once again. JR’s chip hit the pin but the ball did not find the bottom of the cup. On the 18th JR hit a sloppy pitch which bounced right off the back of the bunker and his chip was to miss without threatening the hole. Anto though hit a fine pitch right to the heart of the green and duly rolled in the putt to add his name to the 3 hole playoff.

The 3 hole play-off was to take place over the first 3 holes, nobody threatened the first hole and all walked away with par. On the 2nd Jr missed his long-range putt from the back of the green but Gary was to roll in a 12ft putt right across the green to put the heat on. Anto could not match him and Gary held the advantage going to the final hole. A pitch to the front of the green left the other two challengers under severe pressure and neither could get close to a birdie which left Gary the chance of two putts for the win. He duly obliged and won the Johnny Crean Scratch Cup once again, giving the player and his club a fine home success.

In the presentation, both John Russell and Brendan Crean applauded the wonderful support given to the club throughout the week for both the open and the scratch cup. Gary also praised the club and the work of the groundstaff and was delighted to once again keep the Johnny Crean Scratch Cup back in the Ierne club.

A look at Ierne Pitch & Putt Club

With the upcoming Singles Open starting on Wednesday to Saturday and the Johnny Crean Scratch Cup following up next Sunday we take our journey to the Drumcondra grounds of Ierne Sport and Social Club.
This huge club which is over 100yrs old is situated just outside the heart of the city center within the confines of Drumcondra just across the road from the famous Tolka Park Football grounds. The club has many different activities inside with Lawn Bowls, Pool, Snooker and Tennis teams all competing in competitions all year round. The clubhouse also houses a bar for social occasions and the odd party as well as having a fully functional gym.

A subsection of Ierne is it’s Pitch & Putt Club which boasts a fantastic and challenging course. A nice 32meter starting hole opens up your round to a good birdie chance although the green is guarded by two of the many bunkers on the course. The 2nd hole is also guarded by two bunkers short of the green with out of bounds also lurking over the back of the green. The 5th hole is the longest on the course as you play back up the course towards the clubhouse. A lengthy mound is situated about 5yrds short of the green which leaves a deceiving touch to its lengthy shot. The 7th is one of the signature holes as you play alongside the wall which house’s the famous Dublin Junior Football teams of Stella Maris. A high pitch is needed to get over the tree which is short of the green. Also short of the green is a grass depression which also gobbles up any spinning golf balls and leaves a nasty chip.

As you make your way up the 8th fairway you reach the famous banks of Ierne. The 9th hole is another of the shots on the front nine that take your full attention as you play a 50mtr pitch from a height back down the banks. The shot plays a little shorter but a bunker at the front and a ditch at the back leaves you a tough 2nd shot if you do not hit the green. The back nine begins with undoubtedly the toughest hole on the course the 10th. It plays just over 60mtrs but you only have one real option and that is to play it straight and below the hole! Left, right and over the back especially are no go areas as this hole is raised dramatically from front to back and also raised on both sides. Most pitches will inevitably be played short of the green or to the front edge as out of bounds is also lurking behind the green.

The 13th is another fantastic pitch played into a tough green to hold. Two big bunkers at the front will once again gobble up any loose pitch and the banks at the back can leave some troublesome chips. The 16th is another deceiving pitch back up the banks for the final time. The look of the hole makes you believe it is longer than it actually is and most shots will end up on the back portion of the green or over the surrounding mounds on the back edge. Once again a bunker awaits any short right pitches and the green itself has many little breaks that leave very few gimme putts.

On the 17th you are looking down to a very tough hole. The tight teeing area just to the rear of the clubhouse can cause the nerves to jingle. The pitch itself is very tough as the clubhouse runs along your pitching line for the first 15meters or so before the ball goes into the open air. If a breeze is making its way across the course it can take the ball immediately offline and into trouble. The green works its way away from the pitch as it generously slopes towards the rear before a drop off into a tough grass chipping area. Out to the right, there are a couple of mounds that can cause a lot of hindrances also to any wayward pitch. If you can take a par and run here, do it! The 18th is somewhat a gentle finishing hole playing just about 50 meters to a nice putting surface that has very little breaks involved. As per usual on the Ierne layout, a bunker awaits a short shot but other than that a nice chance to finish your round with a birdie.

The course as a whole can be very generous and a lot of birdie chances can be found in all sections of the course. Take your eye off the ball and a loss of concentration can be disastrous though as danger lies in wait on a lot of holes. A great variety of shots and will test all the aspects of your game.

After your round, you can make your way into the wonderful clubhouse bar facility for a game of pool or look at the sport on T.V or of course, you can a few minutes to reflect on your score while watching the players on the course make their way around the final few holes as Ierne has ample space for the spectator both inside and out.

Such is the course’s challenging nature and the clubs ample space and clubhouse, Ierne has hosted many National Championships since the 1960′s. In fact in the 1960′s Ierne held a staggering 9 National Championships including Strokeplay, Matchplay, and Inter-County events. The Championships have been sparse of late on the course but in 2012 the Ladies National Strokeplay was played with the Offaly starlet Margaret Hogan taking the title.

The club has two opens each year with the first one taking place this week starting on Wednesday at 9 am with the last card at 7 pm on each night up to Saturday.

On Sunday we see the return of the Dublin Scratch Cup Series with the Johnny Crean Scratch Cup the first to be played on the Dublin circuit for the 2017 season. The first card is 9 am and the last card due out at 2.30 pm. The play-off will hopefully get underway around 5.30 pm.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible out playing throughout the week and supporting your fellow Dublin Clubs.

Club Address:
Ierne Social & Sports Club
Grace Park Road
Dublin 9

Contact the club through their E-Mail or on their Facebook page below.

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Ierne Strokeplay Open beginning this Wednesday