2017 Season Review: July to November


With the season really hitting top gear now the action & trophies kept on coming with the Ladies National Strokeplay taking place in Cement, Drogheda. Ger Ward once again confirmed her superiority over the rest of the ladies game with a superb finishing round taking her 20th individual National Title. Philo Condron continued her fine season with another runner-up spot in the Intermediate Grade.

Meanwhile, in Lucan that Sunday, Damian Creevey put on a masterclass in the final round to take the Lucan Scratch Cup and propelling himself to the top of the Dublin Scratch Cup Series.

33yrs is a long time for any club to taste success but the Erin’s Isle Intermediate Gents team put that stat to be by winning the title against an Old County team who were looking to end their own longtime hoodoo. The Intermediate Inter-County team was picked also with their final trials taking place early in the month and they would be managed by Darren Thornberry to take back the Dave Donnelly Cup from their Westmeath counterparts in RGSC. The Dublin Juvenile Matchplay took place in CY Fairview with another success for the Glenville club with David Horan taking the title with a win against Old County’s Conor Parsons. On a National Matchplay level the juveniles fells short despite a good performance in the early stages by Lennon Blake in St.Stephens, Co.Cork.

In the Gents National Strokeplay, none of our men really got in a challenging position to take any of the titles but former Dublin Inter County player Mark Millar claimed his first Senior Strokeplay title after a fascinating playoff with Stephen Shoer, Mark was to then follow up with another win in the Portmarnock Scratch Cup at the end of their Open Week. Loughlinstown held their first Open Scotch Foursomes as Lucan also hosted an Open in July.  There was to be a success though at the end of the month in the National Over 55′s finals in Cloghogue as Maree O’Toole took the Intermediate title with a dominant display.


The Dublin Mixed Foursomes kickstarted the month of August and it was to be another win for Glenville as Frank Connolly & Stella Sheridan hauled back Lucan pairing Rosaleen & Jimmy Thompson to take the coveted title in Ringcommon. Lucan though would not have long to wait for success as the following day in Lucan, Phillip Sweeney rolled back the years putting in a stunning final round surge to take the John Smith Scratch Cup on his home course.

The 2nd weekend in August is traditionally the Provincial Inter County weekend and it was to prove successful for one Dublin team over the weekend. The Senior Gents put in a masterful team performance to take their first Leinster crown in 8yrs winning with a few shots to spare in a fabulous Lough Owel. The Intermediate Gents would finish runners-up to the Westmeath team they had beaten only weeks previous in RGSC as home ground really came into play. The Senior Ladies would have no answer to the Kildare firepower although they would finish in the runner-up position also. The Intermediate Ladies would be pipped for the 3rd spot over in Collinstown with our juveniles also missing out on a podium finish and were also out of luck in Erry the following week.

Also in Erry, the inaugural Under 20′s Championships took place with Old County’s Ross O’Reilly taking the runner-up spot behind Douglas player Cian Morrison. In Old County that same weekend they would host their Scratch Cup with local George McGreal winning the title in dramatic circumstances with a miraculous chip in on the final hole to get into a playoff with clubmate Kevin Bermingham. George would negotiate the 3 hole playoff the best and take the honours. The following week the Loughlinstown Scratch Cup would also remain within the club with JR Crangle comfortably taking his first Scratch Cup of the year.

Lucan hosted the National Mixed Foursomes that same weekend and hopes were high that they too would have some local success taking 4 of the 5 prizes on offer. The Champions were Ted Flynn & Marie O’Toole who took the top spot by only one stroke from Anthony Malone & Tracey Smith. The end of August also brought an end to the Dublin Leagues with Portmarnock taking the Senior Persons League with a dominant win in Shandon against Loughlinstown.


The Dublin Matchplay Championships took place on the first weekend of September with over 100 players looking to take their title between the 6 grades. Ierne, Shandon and Erin’s Isle hosted the qualifying matches with the finals taking place on a dramatic Sunday in Erin’s Isle. RGSC’s Susan Ritchie took the Ladies Junior Title, the ever popular Pauline Balfe of Old County took the Inter title while Lucan’s Philo Condron capped off a fine season with a Senior title. Philo would look on with pride as her son Jay Condron would take the Gents Junior title, Charlie Egan would return to his old stomping ground with a win in the Inters while Damian Creevey would edge a thrilling final in the Seniors with Gary Healy on the 39th hole to claim a first Major County title.

In Ryston the Dublin Senior Ladies and Gents would go into the National Inter Counties looking to retain their titles. Both teams though would ultimately come up short with the ladies once again falling short against a superb Kildare team with their local knowledge. The Gents would start well on day one but would disappoint in the singles to find themselves just outside the top 5. They would battle back on Sunday to give themselves hope of taking the title once again but the Cork Gents were inspired on the final 9 and regained the trophy they had lost in RGSC in 2016.

Glenville would host their Scratch Cups with Sean Goggins putting in one of the performances of the season taking the win with 9 shots to spare over Julian Kelly. Ger Ward would continue her fine form winning the Ladies title. Another Scratch Cup would take place in September with Erin’s Isle hosting another dramatic finish. Charlie Egan would finish his final round with a magnificent flourish and would go on to floor Anthony Malone in the following playoff to take the cup. The month would end with the Leinster Matchplay Championships but only Helen Greagsbey of the CY Fairview club would feature in the finals finishing runner-up to Margaret Keogh.


The GRIP was thrown into chaos as the Winter weather kicked in and after the cancellation of play on Saturday, the competition was cut to only 36 holes. The results threw up victories for teams from Lucan, Loughlinstown, Glenville, Portmarnock, RGSC, Ierne, Ryston, Bellewstown, Collinstown and Cloghogue. The GRIP Presentation was held jointly with the Dublin League Presentation in RGSC and was hosted by Junior Smith and it a successful social evening for the Dublin County Board and the game of Pitch & Putt. JR Crangle was finishing his season strongly and he would take the RGSC Scratch Cup crown in the final Scratch Cup of the season before finishing off the DSCS Playoffs with victory in Loughlinstown.

The Dublin County Board would like to wish all our members and fellow members of the PPUI Community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing everyone out again playing  and competing in 2018.

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