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Matchplay Finals On Saturday

Matchplay Finals On Saturday

Saturday afternoon is devoted to the finals of our various Matchplay competitions (3 p.m. start). One of these has already been decided. Kieran Kennedy’s double involvement led to advanced date for the Club Championship. This was played on Wednesday last and resulted in a victory for scratchman Jon Foran over plus-player Kieran in a match worthy of their status - Kennedy pulled back from 3 down to take the issue to the 18th. The line-up for Saturday is as follows: Novices Cup, Brian Walsh v Ger O’Grady; Bray O’Brien Cup, Aaron Ryan v Dinny Maher; Club Foursomes, Seamus Troy-Kieran Kennedy v Brian Cleary-Kieran O’Dwyer. Prize presentation will follow.

Denis Cleary led the Thursday Open Singles on a tie with Thomas Brophy and Wayne Culley though all were outpointed by student David Maher, placed third according to custom. Details: D. Cleary (14) 39; T. Brophy (10) 39; D. Maher (10) 41; gross, C. Daly (scr.), Castletroy, 35; W. Culley (9) 39. The C.S.S. was 35 points. On 38 came S. Geary (4) and E. Long (16), with 37’S from E. Clohessy (12), Ml. Hanrahan (12), V. Byrne (6), D. Maher (14) and L. O’Dwyer (14). Cleary’s second nine of 22 was decisive, he birdied the 16th in a three over gross for the stretch. Brophy’s bogey at the 18th came after a one over run for seven holes as he returned 18 for the nine. Culley’s 23,16 gave him fifth. Visitor Cian Daly had a brilliant finish with an “eagle” at the 18th in a round that suffered a zero at the 8th as he topped the gross category. Shot of the day, however, belonged to David Maher as he aced the 11th and went on to gross a sparkling 35 on the nine for 19,24.

John Fogarty (21) won the Singles on Sunday despite starting and ending with double bogey sevens. In between, though, he played very well, crossing with 23 and adding 19 for a leading 42. In second spot lay the story of the day. Kieran Kennedy wasn’t long in recovering from his match play disappointment, he hit birdies at half the eighteen, five and four per nine with four on the last six holes. The gross of six under 66 (33,33) was 20,20 in points for second place ahead of Timmy Delaney (19) who had 23,17 with a nice three at the 6th the highlight. Liam O’Dwyer (14) had nine pars on the way to 19,19 and fourth prize. Niall Loughnane (12) also had 38 (20,18) with two birdies on the front nine. Next came Ml. O’Dwyer jr. (8), also with 38.

“Golfer of the Week”, maybe was one of a contingent who played in the four day, four courses West Coast series, a long established attraction. The distinction of top aggregate at the finish belonged to Joe Kenny, an early leader who went into the last day at Bundoran some points adrift. He rose to the occasion to pull off a great success - congrats to the popular Joe.

Fixtures: Thursday, Open Singles; Saturday, Match-play finals; Sunday, Club Singles (stroke, “Golfer of the Year” No.10)

Ladies:

Tuesday 4th September 2012

18 Hole Stroke (M) Hamper

1st Annette Browne (33) 70 Nett

2nd Brigiette Behan (17) 72 Nett

Gross Orla McKevitt (9) 84 Gross

4th Mary Hackett (23) 73 Nett

5th Rose Moloney (14) 73 Nett

Seniors

Peggy Costello

2’s Comp

Betty Rafter @ 11th

Rose Moloney @ 14th

Sunday 9th September 2012

18 Hole Open Fourball

1st Marian Finn(8), Susan Troy (17) 43 pts

2nd Mary Coman O’Neill (15), Pauline Byrne (20) 40 pts

3rd Betty Rafter (20), Joan Butler (23) 40 pts

4th Aideen O’Sullivan (28), Mary Hickey (33) Dundrum 38 pts

2’s Comp

Frances Treacy @ 3rd

Annette Boland @ 14th

Notes

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