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Ladies All Ireland Strokeplay Preview:

Coming up this weekend, the Ladies National Strokeplay will be taking place in the Cement P&P Club in Drogheda, Co.Louth. Dublin will be represented by 18 players and the ladies will be looking to take some silverware back home over the 2 days.

Up first on Saturday, we have 4 Junior Ladies taking part with Catherine Fox one of the earliest starters on the day out in the 2nd group at 9.05am and the Glenville Lady Captain will be hoping to improve her scoring from the recent Dublin and Leinster Strokeplays but has won titles in the past so her experience will count for a lot. Portmarnock will be represented by Mary Lynch who had a couple of decent scores in Cement’s Open singles while RGSC member Susan Ritchie will be hoping for a good continuation of her recent club form having seen her handicap drop over the past few weeks by a couple of shots. The final Dublin Lady to take to the course will be Glenville’s other leading chance Christine Mulvey who has put a lot of time into the club and juveniles. She will be hoping to be rewarded for putting such effort into her own game and she could well be one to watch tomorrow.

Later on into Saturday afternoon, the Intermediates get their chance to shine and the Dublin ladies will be out early hoping to leave a tough target for the rest to follow. RGSC Have 3 of those out in the first 3 groups, spearheaded by the experienced Carol Tracey. Carol will also be hoping to improve on her recent scoring in the Dublin and Leinster Strokeplays as they were way short of what she is capable of doing. Marie Dooley will be buoyed on by her recent exploits with a placed position in the Dublin Strokeplay but the scoring will probably need to improve to get her in the mix this weekend. Louise Grace is the final part of the early RGSC trio and once again improvement is needed from her if she is to trouble the leaders. One poor round has hurt her chances severely in both Leinster and Dublin Strokeplays but with a bit more consistency to her rounds, she will be another of the Dublin Ladies looking to challenge.

Pauline Balfe is out within those RGSC ladies and will be hoping to bounce back to form after a poor finish in the Dublin Strokeplay having held a chance going into the 2nd round. Well capable of breaking par on her day as she does on a regular basis in Old County, she will be hoping to replicate her home course scoring on a foreign venue. Shandon will be represented by Mary Fullam who has recently struggled to find her best form. A winner of titles in the past she will be hoping to return to her best and put in a challenge for silverware this weekend. Philo Condron has had a fantastic time since she dropped to the Intermediate level, a close runner-up in the Dublin Strokeplay after an epic playoff, she went one better when taking the Leinster equivalent in McDonagh two weeks ago and will be going into tomorrow’s tournament with a favorites chance of completing a memorable double. The final Dublin lady to enter the fray tomorrow will be none other than our Juvenile Officer Miriam Salmon. Miriam has done a great job trying to fill the very big shoes that Jim Milligan left but she will be hoping to give herself some well-deserved relaxation time by getting out on the course herself and challenging for a title.

As we move towards the Sunday tee times when the Senior Ladies play, we will be hoping that the extra pressure of a 3rd potential All-Ireland Trophy over the weekend is upon us!

The Senior Ladies get started at 10.30am with a Dublin Duo hoping to set the target for the field. Maree O’Toole needs little introduction as her record throughout the years has seen her challenging on all fronts. She will though, be hoping to add a National Strokeplay title to her collection as she has been a close runner-up on two occasions in this Championship. Out with Maree, Ger Holland will be looking to improve on her recent Championship record as she failed to fire in both County and Provincial Strokeplays so far. Capable of breaking the 50 mark, she could be an outsider to watch for the strong RGSC contingent. Part of that RGSC club, Glenda Hoey has been working her way upwards within the game these past few years. Close to the podium places in the recent Strokeplays in Old County and McDonagh, her classy pitching around the Cement course will be a huge asset. An unlucky loser in the National Matchplay to a piece of magic from Breda Lonergan, she will be looking to continue her upward spiral with another good display this weekend. Possibly a dark horse to provide a small shock in these finals.

Sheelagh Elmes is out in a fascinating 2 ball with Offaly legend Margaret Hogan. This grouping definitely does not lack experience with these ladies at the top of the game for many years and they will still be battling it out come the final 18 holes of this championship. Sheelagh is outshone by her clubmate Ger Ward but on her day she is capable of shooting a low score and catching this field off guard. RGSC’s Siobhan Keely’s season so far has been one to forget on a personal level as injuries have kept her from playing her best pitch & putt. If she is injury free this weekend she will be more than capable of making the final playoff and maybe even more! A decent showing in the Leinster Strokeplay in McDonagh will hopefully bring a bit more confidence to her game. Fairview CY will be represented by Helen Greagsbey once again in these Championships. Helen will be disappointed by her recent performances but with these being the National Championships, what better a stage could you think of finding your form again and maybe a top 6 and a final playoff berth could well be within her grasp.

Ger Ward takes to the course just after 11 am and it would be no surprise to see the record breaking continue as she has been in some glittering form of late. A win in the National Matchplay was followed by a dominant display in the Dublin Strokeplay. A mishap in the Leinster Strokeplay was understandable as competing week in week out at the business end of these competitions take their toll eventually. A rest weekend last week will have done her the world of good as she goes in search of completing the National Double once again. It’s quite a fascinating 2 ball she is in as she plays with current Irish No.3 Eleanor Walsh and the two of them may push each other’s game on and it could work to both players favour as they compete throughout the opening two rounds.  Lucan will be represented on the Sunday by the Club’s Lady Captain Linda Thomson who will be looking to find her game of a couple of years ago to once again get back and compete at the top level. A winner of Senior Titles in the past Linda is very capable and although her time this season on the course has been curtailed she could surprise a few people including herself, as the pressure is unduly taken off her by her recent lack of competitive play. It may work in her favour and a playoff spot may not be a bad reward.

We would like to wish all our players this weekend the very best of luck. After a fantastic National Matchplay and a brilliant Provincial Strokeplay for the Ladies game in Dublin it would not be a surprise to see the silverware come back to the capital. We would like to wish everyone the safest of journeys to Cement this weekend and enjoy some brilliant pitch and putt.

Timesheet for the weekend 2017 National Ladies Strokeplays Finals

Dublin County Board Ladies Inter County Trials

DCB Leagues

Congratulations to Old County on retaining the Dublin Senior League Title with a hard fought 5-4 win over Loughlinstown in Lucan on Tuesday night.

Old County will also be represented in the Intermediate Gents final as they will take on Erins Isle in a yet to be confirmed venue.

Congratulations also to the Lucan Junior Gents who proved too strong in their group to win their league.

The Ladies Class 2 league was won by the Glenville ladies too so congratulations to them also.

We will be hosting a presentation night later on in the year to celebrate each league winner and present them with their trophies

Inter Co Trial

The inter co trial in Ryston 1st July @ 1600 draw is as follows
1600 K Corcoran & A Parsons
1605 T O Reilly & D Creevey
1610 S Power & J Joyce
1615 N Lenihan & D Monaghan
1620 A Carroll & T Ryan
1625 D O Reilly & A Malone
1630 S Murray & JR Crangle
1635 G Healy & P Noonan
1640 A Lowe & G McGreal
1645 C Gallagher & J Smith
Please check in 20mins before your tee off time.
PPUI Dress code applies

Inter Co Trial

The draw for Saturday 1st July in Glenville at 1600.
1600 J O Keefe & D Roy
1605 D Egan & T McMorrow
1610 S Cadogan & R Cooney
1615 T Brady & B Gorey
1620 C Egan & D Beatty
1625 G Woodward & M Aherne
Please check in 20 mins before your tee off time.
PPUI dress code applies.

Inter County Trials

The senior gents trial will take in Ryston on Saturday 1st July and not RGSC as originally scheduled. Play will commence at 4pm sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The Inter gents trial is fixed for Glenville Saturday 1st July at 4pm.
The draw for both trials will be online ASAP.

Senior League Playoff

The playoff for the senior league takes place in Lucan on Tuesday 27th June at 7pm. The holders Old Co play last years runners up Loughlintown and both teams will fancy their chances of victory. We look forward to a close match so if you get a chance come along and watch our top players in action.

Dublin Under 16s

We had our under 16 stroke play on Saturday 17th June in Old Co. The weather was glorious and the course in pristine condition. Local hero Lennon Blake led after a solid 53 from a very composed Luke Devlin of Glenville by 3 shots after the first 18. With the temperature in the mid twenties the course was drying out and proving difficult to score. Lennon struggled in the early holes and his playing partner David Horan had a great run of 5 birdies in 6 holes to lead after 27 holes. The back 9 proved troublesome for David and Lennon regained the lead despite some wayward pitching. In their slipstream Luke was quietly plugging away and was not making any mistakes the target was 3 over and he duly shot that score to force a playoff with Lennon. The playoff was over 3 holes and Luke birdied the first to gain a lead he didn’t surrender despite Lennons best efforts. A great win for Luke and I’m sure we will see a lot more from all who played on Saturday. We have some very promising players and well done to all of you for taking part.
Our thanks once again to Old Co for hosting the event.
Winner Luke Devlin
Second Lennon Blake
Third David Horan

Double Delight for Lucan’s Leinster Ladies

It was another memorable day for the Lucan ladies in the Leinster Provincial Championship Strokeplays as they had the winners of both Intermediate and Junior in a sun-baked McDonagh P&P Club in Kildare.

Last year Sandra Keogh took the Intermediate title in Rochfortbridge but this year the victor was none other than Philo Condron. Philo only last week was edged out of the Dublin Strokeplay title by Old County player Laura Whelan in an epic playoff but this week she turned the form around with a fantastic win. Laura was also in the prizes as she came home in 3rd spot. St.Bridget’s Catherine Smith was runner-up.

The Junior event also went to Lucan as they had a Champion double in the three events. Patricia Anderson shot rounds of 60 and 63 to win by a single stroke from Moira Behan of the hosts McDonagh as a closing 59 just came up short. A third prize on the day for Lucan would come in the third place finisher as Angela Shanahan would claim the prize.

Ger Ward was looking to complete an amazing 3-week Championship treble but her efforts over the past few weeks finally caught up with her and she finished just out of the prizes in 5th position. It was a Kildare 1-2-3 as Chrissie Byrne took the title with superb 2nd round 46 catapulting her ahead of clubmate Tara Dillon with Marian Courtney in 3rd. Glenda Hoey kept her recent form up to finish in 4th spot.

Over in St.Bridgets the men took the course yesterday and today in the stunning sunshine but it was not to be quite as successful for them on the winner’s podium.

In the Junior Grade, we had one sole qualifier for the final 12 playoffs in Loughlinstown’s enigmatic Brendan Warner. Brendan though was to be just edged out for 3rd place prize by a single stroke.  Indeed it was the Kildare natives that were left to fight out the finish with McDonagh man Aidan Thomas taking the top spot from Ryston’s Phillip Cairn Duff.

In the Intermediate Grade, last week’s winner Paul Griffin was in superb form once again as he took the 36hole lead. Paul though was to falter in the final round with a 57 dropping him back into midfield.  4 other Dub’s made the playoffs but Barry Gorey, Robert Byrne and defending Champion Michael Aherne all found themselves too far back to mount a challenge, but Portmarnock’s Tom Judd put up a brilliant performance to claim 2nd spot behind runaway winner Ruairi Fortune of the St.Patricks club in Wexford who finished with a super 47.

Onto the Sunday and the Senior Gents were the final players to take their chance at the coveted title. Defending Champion Keith Redmond started well but his defense was to end abruptly as he couldn’t make the cut which was set at a very respectable 97. Darren O’Reilly & last weeks victor Stephen Murray were two to make the cut but couldn’t kick on in the final round, Chris Gallagher, JR Crangle and Gary Healy were all well positioned to challenge the leaders going into the playoffs but none of them could muster the birdie power to take on Martin O’Neill and Frank Ryan out in front with Gary finishing best in 5th position. O’Neill was to take a 2nd title of the weekend for the St.Patricks club with a superb total of -25 leaving him two shots clear of Ryan. Paul Tobin completed a memorable weekend for the Wexford club when he burst through the field to take 3rd spot.

Congratulations to all the winners and all of our players that took part over the weekend in the glorious sunshine.


The R.G.S.C Open Week is ongoing this week right into the weekend with the final card on Sunday at 5pm