Posts Tagged ‘Dundalk GC’

Rafferty stays on course to claim North of Ireland title

July 13, 2017

Leading qualifier, Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk GC), eased into the last 16 of the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush yesterday (Wednesday).
The 24-year-old beat John McCarthy (Stackstown) 3&2 and then Dwayne Mallon (Dungannon) 6&4 to set up a meeting with Ross Dutton (Tandragee GC) this morning (Thursday).
Rafferty wasn’t particularly happy with his play in beating McCarthy yesterday morning but composed himself to take care of Mallon in the afternoon.
“I made a good start and was three up after nine. I was pretty steady, did nothing too fantastic,” he said.
“I was brutal in the morning match but I didn’t think about it this afternoon. That is something I am trying to get better at. That’s the thing about match-play, everything is up for grabs on the first tee.”
Irish international Colin Fairweather (Knock) will face Belvoir Park’s Gareth Lappin this morning in the only all-Ulster clash of the last 16.
Lappin, a student at Michigan State University, was relatively untroubled in seeing off Englishman Henry Young-Alls yesterday afternoon by 4&3. Two up after nine, Gareth halved the 10th, 11th and 12th before birdies at the 13th and 14th set up the win with a par on 15.
“The form is alright considering I’ve played very little,” said the 22-year-old.

“I played in the East of Ireland and the Interprovincials for Ulster. I think this is the furthest I have got in this event. I’ve been knocked out in the second round a couple of times.”

Fairweather, meanwhile, just about managed to beat England’s Alex Fitzpatrick to set up the clash with Lappin.Trailing by two holes at the turn, he edged ahead for the first time on 16th courtesy of a 30 foot birdie putt and hung on to win one-up.
“That putt on the 16th was the turning point. I have been a bit up and down this season,” said the 26-year-old who is nursing a knee problem.
“I had a good result at the Brabazon Trophy and made the cut at both the Spanish Amateur and the Irish Amateur Open at Royal County Down.”
Late in the day, home favourite, Tyrone Clarke, was beaten 2&1 by Rowan Lester (Hermitage).

Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Championship scoring


PGA Captain – Gary Chambers – voices concerns about discounted green fee schemes

May 3, 2016
2016 PGA in Ireland Captain, Gary Chambers

2016 PGA in Ireland Captain, Gary Chambers

PGA in Ireland 2016 captain, Gary Chambers, has urged clubs to end the practice of buying into third party discounted green fee schemes.
“It is detrimental to every club in the country. It not only devalues the club, it also devalues the membership,” said the 48-year-old Killymoon GC professional.

“As professionals we often hear frustrated members who pay large fees upfront but then see heavily discounted green fees available. I really think the sooner we can get out of these schemes and put a proper value on ourselves the better.”

Born and raised in Moygashel, near Dungannon, Chambers is optimistic about the future and confident that professionals and clubs will adapt to changes in the industry.
“I think the same number of people are playing that have always played the game but the format has changed. A lot of players have given up membership and joined societies,” added Gary.
“The golf landscape is certainly in a better state than it was four or five years ago and I do believe it is improving.
“For example, just look at changes in the shop business. With custom fitting there is not the same need to stock lots of hardware. People don’t buy hardware off the rack any more, everyone wants to get fitted. I think it is a very good thing. The equipment suits the customer better and professionals do not have to outlay thousands of pounds for stock.
“I’m hopeful that we are approaching a new era that will see the golf business healthy and flourishing.
Chambers played his amateur golf at Dungannon GC and became a PGA assistant in 1990 under Barry Hamill at Killymoon GC. In 1992 he moved to Dundalk GC and finished his training with the late Jimmy Cassidy. In July 1995 he was appointed as professional at Killymoon, a post he has held for over 20 years.
“For seven or eight years I played regularly on the tournament scene and really enjoyed it. I was not a prolific winner, but I did win the Fota Island Pro-Am, shooting a 67 and I also won the Elm Park Pro-Am,” he said.
“I was over the moon to be appointed 2016 Captain. I never thought it would come my way and I’m honoured and humbled at the same time.
“I intend to get out and about this year and I’m looking forward to meeting up with professionals all over Ireland. I have committed to playing in 36 events. It would be a few more but I am taking the chance to attend the Ryder Cup in Hazeltine.
“It is noticeable that in the 20 years or so that I have been playing in Pro-Ams that the prize funds haven’t really gone up. However, it is great to see some signs of improvement this year with events at The Heritage and Delgany offering increased prize money.
“It is also very welcome to see a number of new venues coming on-board. Hopefully that is a sign that the economy is getting healthier and we will see increased prize funds.”

Kearney eases to record-breaking Irish PGA Championship success at Dundalk GC

October 6, 2015
Niall Kearney, 2015 Irish PGA Champion with Michael McCumiskey (PGA in Ireland General Secretary) and Paul Pardy, Applegreen

Niall Kearney, 2015 Irish PGA Champion with Michael McCumiskey (PGA in Ireland General Secretary) and Paul Pardy, Applegreen Picture by Jimmy Weldon

Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin GC) cruised to a emphatic record-breaking 14-shot victory in the Applegreen Irish PGA Championship,
The 27-year-old took charge of proceedings with an opening round of seven under par 65 and followed up with rounds of 66, 67 and 68.
His 22-under par total at Dundalk GC beat the 19-under-par mark set by Simon Thornton (Royal County Down) in 2011 at Seapoint GC and saw him join an illustrious list of back-to-back champions that includes Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Christy O’Connor Snr.
“I see Christy Snr around Royal Dublin the odd time and it’s good to have matched something he has done but I’ve some way to go to equal his record of 10 Irish PGA titles,” said Niall who is competing at this week’s British Masters at Woburn.

“It was just one of those weeks, it was one of those courses that suited my eye. I felt comfortable here right from the start of the week and that was reflected in the scoring.”

The trio of Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge), Eamonn Brady (Clontarf) and James Quinlivan (Mullingar) shared second place on eight under par with Brendan McGovern (Headfort) alone in fifth on seven under par.
Niall started the final day with an eight-shot lead over nearest rival Kilpatrick with Colm Moriarty a shot further back on nine-under.
He dropped only his third shot of the tournament at the par four third but far from causing a wobble, he bounced back with a birdie at the next and a second birdie of the day at the sixth saw him reach the turn in one under par.
In contrast, Kilpatrick and Moriarty both struggled over the opening nine holes and as they turned for home, Niall had extended his lead to 11 shots, effectively ending any hopes of being overhauled.
“I didn’t drive the ball very well to be honest and you need to be driving the ball well around this course,” said Kilpatrick, who will play in the Challenge Tour event at Mount Wolseley this week.
“We were playing for second from early on. Overall, I’m happy with the week. I was delighted to get the chance to play in the Irish Championship and I’m pleased with second in a field with a lot of strong players.”
Kearney continued to make smooth progress over his closing nine holes, grabbing birdies at the 12th, 14th and 18th as he came home in three under 33.
“I was one over through three, it was blustery, windy and cold and not very pleasant,” added Niall.
“I had to really concentrate because I knew we were coming towards a stretch of holes that Richard or Colm or in fact, anyone in the field could have got hot so I couldn’t afford to take my eye off the ball.
“Then we got into the back nine, Colm and Richard weren’t really making a move. I was playing pretty steadily so I felt more comfortable with my situation which gave me the chance to relax a bit and try and enjoy it over the closing holes.”
Full scoring –

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Leading scores
1 N Kearney 65/66/67/68 – 266 (-22)
T2 E Brady 65/76/69/70 – 280 (-8)
T2 J Quinlivan 66/75/68/71 – 280 (-8)
T2 R Kilpatrick 70/69/67/74 – 280 (-8)
5 B McGovern 72/74/66/69 – 281 (-7)
T6 S Thornton 70/71/69/73 – 283 (-5)
T6 C Moriarty 67/72/68/76 – 283 (-5)
8 M Staunton 70/73/69/72 – 284 (-4)
T9 J Dwyer; D Ryan; D Gleeson; D Mooney; D Beattie 285 (-3)

Brady and Kearney lead way after round one of Irish PGA Championship at Dundalk GC

October 2, 2015
Noel Murray (Massereene GC); Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) and Neil O'Briain (Old Conna GC) at Dundalk GC

Noel Murray (Massereene GC); Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) and Neil O’Briain (Old Conna GC) at Dundalk GC

Defending champion Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin) and Eamonn Brady (Clontarf GC) are locked together at the top of leaderboard after the opening day of the Irish PGA Championship at Dundalk GC.
In perfect scoring conditions, Kearney and Brady carded rounds of seven under par 65 to lead James Quinlivan (Mullingar GC) by one and Colm Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance) by two.
Brady won the pro-am on Wednesday with a bogey free round of 67 and he continued in that vein on Thursday, collecting seven birdies and finishing the day without a dropped shot.
“I have played well this year but have struggled a bit with my confidence recently,” said the 41-year-old who failed to get through the first round of European Tour Q-School last week.

“I feel like I have found it again lately, so hopefully I’ll keep it going. I played well in the pro-am and it was the same today, it was just a matter of how many putts I would hole.”

Kearney was playing his first stroke play event for a number of weeks but eased back into the groove with the minimum of fuss.
The Royal Dublin man is still on something of a high following his exploits at the PGA Cup when he holed the winning putt for GB&I to complete an historic first victory on US soil.
“It felt quite good today, I thought I would be a bit more rusty,” said the 27-year-old.
“It has been quite a while since my last stroke play event but I have been practicing hard and I’m happy with my game at the moment.
“A bit of matchplay can be a good thing, because it can free things up. I think I have carried some of that with me.”
Niall grabbed eight birdies in total, his only dropped shot coming at the par four 16th when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker.
He added; “I hit a lot of greens and gave myself a lot of chances. I just want to go out and enjoy it over the next couple of days, relax and see what happens.”
Quinlivan was one of the early starters and the long-time leader following his six under par 66.
“It’s not a long course but you have to keep it in play,” said James who has recently been appointed Head professional at Mullingar GC.
“I was speaking to my mum the other day; she’s not into golf but she said, ‘why don’t you go out and try and win this one’. It is kind of logged in my mind.
“It is a good start but I was there or there abouts last year as well for three rounds and then fell away over the final round but I feel a bit better about the game. I found something on the range yesterday and feel like I have got something going.”
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Day one – leading scores
T1 E Brady (Clontarf GC); N Kearney (Royal Dublin GC) 65
3 J Quinlivan (Mullingar GC) 66
4 C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Ltd) 67
T5 M O’Sullivan (Piltown Driving Range); M Staunton (Delgany GC); R Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC); S Thornton (Team Ireland) 70
T9 K McGivern (Mannan Castle GC); R Creamer (Arklow GC); J Dwyer (Ashbourne GC); G Dunlea (Monkstown GC) 71

Jerry gets his teeth into Irish PGA Championship challenge

September 4, 2015
Jerry Scullion

Jerry Scullion

Jerry Scullion wasn’t going to let anything ruin his chances of claiming a spot in this year’s Irish PGA Championship – not even toothache!
The Kilkeel professional ignored the nagging pain in his jaw to top the leaderboard at the first of two qualifying events at Dundalk GC with a one over par 73.
“I had been annoyed by a sore tooth for a couple of weeks but it got so bad that I almost walked in after 13 holes,” said the 32-year-old.

“I was biting down on a tee while I was playing the 10th, 11th, and 12th but thankfully I stuck it out and got through.”

Jerry started his round brightly and reached three under after seven holes with birdies at the third, fifth and seventh.
“Everything was working pretty well and I really should have had four or five birdies on the front nine alone,” added Jerry.
“I dropped a shot at the eighth and then missed another good birdie chance at the ninth. From around the turn though the pain from the tooth was awful and it was hard to concentrate.”
Given how he was feeling, it’s no surprise that Jerry made a number of mistakes on the back nine, dropping shots at the 12th, 14th and 16th.
After going to the turn in two under 34 he struggled home in three over 39 but his one over par total was more than good enough to secure his place in the Irish PGA Championship field on October 1.
“I’m looking forward to it. I missed the event last year and I’m happy to get another chance to play around Dundalk GC, it’s a venue I really enjoy,” added Jerry, who claimed his best finish in the event – tied 11th – back in 2012 at Mount Juliet.
“They’ve made a number of very good course changes at Dundalk, taking some trees out and reworking some of the bunkers. The way they have done it makes a number of the holes look more inviting but if anything they are a bit more dangerous. The course still has plenty of bite.”
The second qualifying event will be held at Dundalk GC on September 21st.

Jerry Scullion (Kilkeel GC); Richard Creamer (Arklow GC); Paul Masterson (Coollattin GC); Diarmaid Fraser (Killarney Golf & Fishing Club); Joe Murray (Hollystown GC); Michael Kelly (Dun Laoghaire GC); Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC); Brian Doheny; David Walker (Foxrock GC); Ciaran Boggan (Co Meath GC); Mark Peat (Bray GC); William Noble (Co Cavan GC)