Dundalk Golf Club.
The All-Ireland Fourball team, who reached the Leinster quarter-finals last year, fell at the first hurdle on Saturday when they were beaten 3-2 by Greenore despite winning two of the three away matches. Colm Garvey and Patrick McKeown were always in control in the top away match even though it was a closely fought affair.
They were never behind and eventually won 2&1. Davy Cairns and Kieran McAteer opened up a three hole after seven and were two up with two to play when called in while Joe Flanagan and Kevin Carthy were one up after three but then lost three holes in a row to go two down and eventually lost 4&3.
Things, however, didn’t go so well in Blackrock where Dermot McKenna and Ray Pepper went down 5&4, while Gerry McDermott and Adrian Pepper were involved in a high quality match, but could never get their noses in front and eventually lost 2&1 despite having a betterball score of 42pts for 17 holes.
The Fred Daly U18 team are through to the next round after beating Co. Louth 3-2 on Saturday.
In Baltray, Joseph Laverty was always behind in the top match but behind him Conor Murphy bounced back from being three down with five to play by winning four straight holes and then halving the 18th for a one hole win.
That point proved vital as back in Dundalk there was plenty of drama with two of the matches being decided on the 20th. Kyle Rafferty was three down with four play, but won 15, 16 and 18 to force sudden death and eventually won with a par on the second tie hole. Zak Alderdice was one up after 15, but lost the next two holes and lost by one hole after halving 18 in par.
However, Ciarán Johnson managed to secure the winning point after seeing his opponent win the 18th to force extra holes. After halving 19, Johnson secured the win with a regulation par at the 20th.
On Sunday the U15 inter-club team lost 3-2 in their first leg against Ardee. Aaron Spaight was beaten on the 17th, Joseph Laverty, who was giving nine shots to his opponent, lost on the 16th, and Zak Alderdice was beaten on the 18th. The two Dundalk winners were Killian Halpenny, who won the 13th, and Chris Clarke who won 2up on 18.
Next up for the juveniles is the Junior Foursomes away to Greenore next Saturday.
The ladies’ got their inter-club season off to a winning start with two good wins in the Challenge Cup and Intermediate Cup.
The Challenge Cup team made home advantage count against Concra Wood with Pat Cleary winning on the 18th, Caroline Dunne winning on the 15th and Oonagh Quinn winning on the 16th thereby allowing the two away players Maura Shelly and Maura Coyle to be called in.
The Intermediate Cup team faced Ashbourne with Brid Rocks winning at home on the 14th and Bernie McCabe winning on the 18th. Teresa Connolly’s away win on the last hole sealed the win after Bernie McGuinness was beaten. Niamh Maguire was called in.