Dundalk Golf Club.
Congratulations to Caolan Rafferty on winning the West of Ireland Championship on Sunday in Rosses Point and finishing second earlier in the week at the R&A Scholars Foundation tournament in St. Andrew’s.
The Fred Perry team are through to the first round proper of this new All-Ireland Fourball competition for players over 55 after a 3.5 to 1.5 win over Co Louth. Dundalk won the three home matches and halved one of the matches in Baltray.
There were wins for Ollie English & Martin Crosby, David Murden & Frank Byrne and Trevor Giff & Mickey Gill while Mickey Coburn and Charlie Monaghan got a half and Gerry Murray & Vincent Jackson lost away. The team will now play Greenore in the next round.
In the Junior Foursomes, Dundalk lost by seven holes away to Greenore. The Dundalk parings were Josh Mackin & Joseph Laverty and Tom Dunne & James Reilly.
Niall McCaul led home a field of 220 in qualifying for this year’s Gold Medal competition, the traditional opener to the internal season at Dundalk Golf Club.
Playing on Sunday, in conditions that were made extremely testing by the strong Easterly wind and the season debut of the blue tees, the eight handicapper shot an excellent four under par score of 68 to take the leading qualifier prize on countback thanks for a back nine of 33.
McCaul went out in 35 nett as he produced one birdie, four pars and four bogeys but came back in 33 nett after a birdie four at the 10th was followed by six pars and two bogies.
The top eight qualifiers will be seeded for the matchplay draw. Sunday’s qualifying score was 76/39 while on Saturday some golfers on 77 got through after a four level countback (40/26.6/13.6/7.1). The best juvenile score was a 75 posted by Iarlaith Carroll (17).
Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 – Gold Medal Qualifier - Leading Qualifier: Niall McCaul (8) 68/33. Saturday Qualifying score 77/40/26.6/13.6/7.1, Sunday Qualifying score 76/39. Juveniles (Sunday): Iarlaith Carroll (17) 75.
Wednesday, April 3 - Open Singles Stableford – Overall: Damien Garland (7) 37pts, Colm O’Hanrahan (22) 32pts.