Dundalk Golf notes: Consistent golf sees Jill Gallagher claim captain’s award

David Murden (10) shot an excellent 42 points to win the Single Stableford competition held at Dundalk Golf Club the first weekend in July.

After opening with a birdie three for four runs, he added three more par threes on his way to the turn as he covered the front nine for 20 runs. Two more birdies followed at 10th and 14th along with par threes at 11th, 12th and 18th as he scored 22 points on the way back.

He had a point to spare over Aaron Waite (13) who edged out Michaqel Browne in the countdown for second place after the two finished with 41 points.

Aidan Thornton (6), Niall Boyle (14) and Diarmuid Dullaghan (32) were the division winners, with Thornton also taking the raw prize.

There was another big winning score the following Wednesday in the Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford as Shane Hession, playing against 3, shot a remarkable 44pts. Hession made the round in 67 rough and his round included seven birdies. They came in fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, 10th, 15th and 18th.

David Murden (10), Tommy Campbell (20) and Gregor Stewart (23) took division honors with Caolan Rafferty shooting 42 points to claim the gross prize.

In interclub, there were two great victories. The Provincial Towns Cup team beat Coolattin to draw Kilkenny, while the Junior Cup team beat Balbriggan and now meet Malahide.

Meanwhile, Malahide ended our interest in the Fred Perry Trophy with a 3-2 semi-final victory over Leinster North and now meets Greenore in the regional final.

Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10 – Singles Stableford – Overall: David Murden (10) 42pts, Aaron Waite (13) 41/22pts, Michael Browne (22) 41/20pts.

Division 1: Aidan Thornton (6) 39pts, Maurice Soraghan (8) 39pts. Division 2: Niall Boyle (14) 39pts. Niall Rafferty (16) 38pts. Division 3: Diarmuid Dullaghan (32) 40pts, Peter Cunningham (22) 39pts. Gross: Aidan Thornton (6) 33pts.

Wednesday July 13 – Deluxe Bathrooms Open Singles Stableford – Total: Shane Hession (3) 44pts. Division 1: David Murden (10) 42pts, Daniel Gallagher (11) 38pts.

Division 2: Tommy Campbell (20) 38/20/14pts, Kevin Carthy (16) 38/20/12pts. Division 3: Gregory Stewart (23, Ashfield) 40 points, Desmond Malone (25) 38 points. Raw recognition: Caolan Rafferty 42pts.

DUNDALK LADIES

The highlight of the women’s golf calendar, the Lady Captain Alison Quigley award, was played in wonderful conditions on Tuesday 5th and Saturday 9th July.

There was a busy time sheet on both days, with all the ladies showing their support for Lady Captain’s work and their commitment to the ladies’ section.

The overall winners were determined by the cumulative scores from the two days. The standings after Day 1 indicated that the race to the top was going to be tight.

Angie O’Hara, playing 39, shot a stunning 67 on Day 1 to lead by four shots from Jill Gallagher, Judy McDonough and Joan Smith. Day 2 also produced good scores. Jill Gallagher, with 29 shots, returned a clean super 71 in the second round to follow a similar tally on Day 1.

Jill’s excellent and consistent golf in two rounds of 71 cemented her place at the top of the leaderboard with a shot from Angie O’Hara. She was a popular winner and shone while collecting her prize.

Louise Lynn took third place overall and Nora Byrne, who scored a hole-in-one on day one, was fourth. Deirdre Smith, fresh off her success at the Irish Senior Close Championships, was the big winner. All the winners were delighted with the magnificent prizes presented to them by Lady Captain.

Lady Captain Alison thanked the Members, Staff and Ladies Committee of Dundalk Golf Club for their continued support and generosity and looked forward to a summer of golf ahead. After the presentation, a great week of golf ended with great food and great music.

The Lady Captain’s Days super score continued the following week. An 18-hole stableford competition on Tuesday, July 12 produced other strong scores. The division winners were Anna Rowland, Zara Wadding and Mary Burlingham.

In interclub news, the Carton Cup side picked up a decisive victory over Moate last weekend and advanced to the regional semi-final against Lucan in a few weeks. Very well done to all participants.

Lady Captain Alison’s annual charity team event takes place next week in aid of the Irish Kidney Association and Anam Cara. This is very kindly sponsored by KMR Accounting.

Tuesday July 5 and Saturday July 9 – Alison Quigley’s Lady Captain’s Prize – Total: Jill Gallagher (29) 142, Angie O’Hara (39) 143, Louise Lynn (23) 144, Nora Byrne (27) 145/71. Gross: Deirdre Smith (0) 146.

Day 1 (July 5) – Division 1: Criona O’Reilly (13) 72, Olivia Cunningham (15) 73. Rough: Gillian McDonnell 91. Division 2: Judy McDonough (23) 71, Teresa Matthews (26) 73/35 ,5 , Bernie MacGuinness (24) 73. Division 3: Joan Smith (34), Noeleen Gernon (30) 72, Pat Cleary (32) 73. 9 hole competition: Kate English 19pts, Deirdre Clarke 18pts.

Day 2 (July 9): Lesley O’Keefe (20) 70, Juliette Morrison (13) 71. Gross: Ellen McEneaney 85. Division 2: Mary Dooley (27) 74/35.5, Fionnuala Dullaghan (23) 74/ 36.5, Olive Jones (27) 75/34.5. Division 3: Mary Burlingham (32) 71, Lucy Greenan (33) 75/36.5, Mary Horan (40) 75/37. 9-hole competition: June Desmond 24pts, Olive Lowth 19pts.

Tuesday July 12 – 18 holes Singles Stableford – Division 1: Anna Rowland (18) 38pts, Ruth Connolly (18) 36pts, Elizabeth McGuinness (20) 35pts. Division 2: Zara Wadding (26) 39pts, Olive Jones (27) 38pts, Sally McDonnell (25) 38pts. Division 3: Mary Burlingham (31) 41pts, Mary Rafferty (37) 41pts, Mary Thornton (39) 40pts. 9-hole competition: Rita Kelly 23pts, Linda Fergus 19pts.

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