Drogheda Independent - - SPORT - The Club Cham­pi­onship Match Play win­ner at Laytown & Bettystown Colf Club, David Foy, is pre­sented with the Pat


THE fi­nal 18 hole qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion of the year the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons Sin­gles Sta­ble­ford saw Ruairi Mur­chan (19) cruise to vic­tory with a 45 point re­turn.

Ruairi had 22 points on the front and con­sol­i­dated his po­si­tion with 23 points on the back and can look for­ward to 2019 play­ing off 17. With Martin Gill breath­ing down his neck only 2 points be­hind him in the race to win Cat­e­gory 3 of the Spil­lAs­sist Newry’s Martin Hol­ly­wood (25) re­sponded in fight­ing fash­ion to the pres­sure, pick­ing up run­ner-up spot on the count­back with 40 points. Martin had 22 points over the back 9 to rel­e­gate Dun­dalk’s Bren­dan O Rourke (25) who had an even split on his points to third place.

The An­nual Big Break­fast fundraiser will take place next Sun­day. Break­fast will be served from 8.30 to 9.30 fol­lowed by a 4 per­son team scram­ble. The com­mit­tee would like All mem­bers to sup­port this ven­ture which costs £20 per per­son - all pro­ceeds to­wards the pro­vi­sion of a new putting green. To gauge num­bers for food, any­one who is go­ing to play must con­tact the club be­fore Fri­day.

The third round of the Win­ter League on Thursday over Holes 1-6 &13-18 drew a good crowd of Se­niors for the best 6 cards out of 8 con­sid­er­ing that play had a de­layed start un­til 11am be­cause of the frost. The way that Ray­mond Kelly burned up the course the greens were never in dan­ger from the white stuff as 31 points left him a clear win­ner from Char­lie O Hare, Ray­mond McCu­miskey and Bren­dan Hughes who took the minor plac­ings. Week Four is this Thursday with holes 1-12 in play. The over­all com­pe­ti­tion af­ter 3 rounds is thus far a bat­tle be­tween the two Ray­monds. McCu­miskey cur­rently holds the lead over Kelly.


BANK Hol­i­day Four Per­son Team Event: 1st Ken Mee­gan (18), Martin Healy (20), Gerry Boy­lan (23), Bernard Woods (15) 87pts, 2nd De­clan Kearns (16), Cathal Kelly (18), Joe Shortt (18), John Fitzger­ald (19) 86pts.

Satur­day’s Win­ter League No 5 com­pe­ti­tion: Class 1 win­ner Padraig Duffy (12) 72, 2nd Brian Ro­nan (2) 74 ob9, Gross prize Nigel Beirth 78; Class 2 win­ner Thomas Garry (13) 75, 2nd Liam Cooney (18) 76 ob9, Gross prize Gerry Matthews 92 ob9. SSS 72. Team: Joseph McLaugh­lin (14), Kevin Walsh (15), Martin Walsh (20) & Michael Red­mond (11) 61.

Satur­day tur­keys: Class 1 Paul Reilly (5) 34.5, Class 2 Wil­liam Reilly (20) 39.

Mid-week tur­keys: Class 1 Peter Walsh (9) 32.5, Class 2 Roy Con­aghy (14) 34.

Nine-hole se­nior win­ner Michael Plun­kett (22-2) 19pts.

Win­ners from Sun­day’s turkey com­pe­ti­tion: Front nine sta­ble­ford - Class 1 Paddy Lynch (12) 21pts, Class 2 Cathal Kelly (18) 25pts; Back nine sta­ble­ford - Class 1 John Mullen (6-2) Bal 22pts, Class 2 Col­man Car­roll (18) 23pts ob6.


LADIES Win­ter League Turkey v Par com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by Spec­savers & Boy­lan Print Group and held on 30th Oc­to­ber: Class 1 Mairead Duffy (18) 1 up, Class 2 Cather­ine O’ Brien (21) 1 up, Class 3 Norine Ma­her (31) 1 up.


EOIN Mur­phy bowed out of boys golf last week with a su­per per­for­mance at the Ul­ster Boys Cham­pi­onship in Royal Portrush where he fin­ished sec­ond to Thomas Hig­gins of Roscom­mon.

Hig­gins led from pil­lar to post af­ter open­ing with a 66 and Mur­phy found him­self 10 shots off the lead af­ter shoot­ing a five over par 76 in the first round.

How­ever, he hauled him­self back into con­tention with a bo­gey free seven un­der par 64 as he reeled off seven birdies to move up the leader­board into fourth place, five shots be­hind Hig­gins.

In the fi­nal round Mur­phy had three birdies and one bo­gey for a two part 69 but, while that was enough to leapfrog into sec­ond place, it wasn’t enough to haul back Hig­gins who also shot 69 to keep his five shot mar­gin over the Dun­dalk player.

Mur­phy went into the tour­na­ment with a plus one hand­i­cap and his two rounds un­der par were enough to push him out to plus two and see him achieve one of his ma­jor goals for the year.

Jim Dwyer (10) was the win­ner of Sun­day’s Sin­gles Sta­ble­ford with an ex­cel­lent score of 43pts.

He made full use of his 10 shots as he recorded seven three point pars out of an over­all to­tal of 15 pars while his three bo­geys were each worth two points as he had shots on all three.

On the front nine, Dwyer had three point pars at the first, third and sev­enth as he went out in 21pts and on the way home he had three point­ers at the 11th, 15th, 16th and 18th.

Hugh Reilly (21) took sec­ond place over­all af­ter shoot­ing 41pts and edg­ing out Char­lie Mon­a­han (10) on count­back thanks to a fine back nine score of 22pts. Mon­aghan, how­ever, took Cat­e­gory 1 while Dessie Ward (13) took Cat­e­gory 2 and Oliver McGin­nity (20) claimed Cat­e­gory 3 for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week. Ed­die Rogers (3) had the best gross with 34pts.

Best wishes to Bren­dan Lawlor who heads for Aus­tralia this week­end to take part in next week’s Aus­tralian All Abil­i­ties Cham­pi­onships which will be part of the Aus­tralia Open in Syd­ney.

Sun­day, Novem­ber 4 - Sin­gles Sta­ble­ford – Over­all: Jim Dwyer (10) 43pts, Hugh Reilly (21) 41/22pts. Cat­e­gory 1 (0-11): Char­lie Mon­a­han (10) 41pts. Cat­e­gory 2 (12-16): Dessie Ward (13) 40pts. Cat­e­gory 3 (17+): Oliver McGin­nity (20) 39/23pts. Best Gross: Ed­die Rogers (3) 34pts. CSS: Non Qual­i­fy­ing.


WIN­TER League Re­sults week 1: Class A - 1st Mau­reen Sheri­dan (14) 21pts, 2nd Brid Rocks (19) 18pts/14, 3rd Fion­nu­ala Dul­laghan 18pts; Class B - 1st Rita Mo­ri­ar­ity (24) 20pts; 2nd Joan Sex­ton (22). 17pts, 3rd Theresa Oakes (28) 17pts; Class C 1st Brenda Rogers (36) 18/15pts, 2nd Mary Ho­ran (35) 18pts, 3rd Joan Smith (29) 17/14pts.


THE mid­week 12-hole sta­ble­ford

Win­ner of the Tommy Dwyer Cup at Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club, Stephen Brani­gan, is pre­sented with his tro­phy by Club Cap­tain Bryan Collins.

Club Cap­tain Bryan Collins presents the PGA Tankard at Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club to win­ner Thomas Keat­ing.

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