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Senior Cup 2018 – Metropolitan Area Qualifier

This year’s Senior Cup Metropolitan Qualifier took place in Laytown/Bettystown Golf Club on weekend of 23rd/24th June.

Preparations followed on from Barton Shield Panel in May/June with the addition of  Mick Ahern, John O’Brien and Brian Leonard to complete 8-man Senior Cup Panel. Once again, excellent efforts of preparation with a number visits to Laytown by all panel members, ably assisted by Sam Devey (recent past member of Laytown), despite Sam’s own unavailability for selection due to exam finals.

Panel: Edward McNally, Kingsley Lewis, David Garrigan, Harry McHugh, Sam Devey, Mick Ahern, John O’Brien and Brian Leonard. The Panel, once again, as with Barton Shield, were unstinting in preparation/practice despite work and family obligations.

On Saturday 23rd June, Skerries Golf Club arrived early to Laytown to commence our participation in this most Major of GUI Competitions with our first matchplay fixture v Ardee at 8.50 a.m. The 5-man team for this first fixture was as follows: Kingsley Lewis, Edward McNally, Mick Ahern, Harry McHugh and David Garrigan. Reserves: John O’Brien and Brian Leonard.

Our team performed with great courage and commitment and we prevailed with with Kingsley winning his match on the 21st hole, to give us the 3/2 result after Mick and Eddie had won their respective matches.

Following lunch our afternoon opponents were Black Bush. There was one team change with David unavailable for afternoon fixture, John O’Brien was brought into the team.

Another titanic battle took place with Skerries once again prevailing with Mick winning his match on the 19th hole to give us another 3/2 result after Eddie and Harry had won their respective matches. Great excitement and good “buzz” amongst Panel at what they had achieved.

Dinner was an enjoyable experience as the Panel reflected on the two wins.

Then it was time to think about the play-off the next morning v Co. Louth.

With David available for Sunday morning we fielded our original starting five of  Kingsley, Eddie, Mick, David and Harry. Co. Louth were “a different kettle of fish” with a number of plus handicap players.

We battled just as bravely as on Saturday, but were overcome and lost 4/1. Although we lost first three matches, the last two were “still alive”, with Harry 1 up and David 3 down with 5 to play and “fighting back”, when called in.

Sincerest congratulations to our Panel of  Kingsley, Eddie, Mick, David, Harry and John and Brian.  It was an honour, privilege and a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to manage this incredibly committed  small group/panel of  Senior Cup players who represented Skerries Golf Club in exemplary manner, both on and off the course.

Many thanks also go to Captain, Dominic, Vice-Captain, Tom, President, Celly, Overall Team Manager, Paul and those who turned up to to support team.

Frank O’Hara  & Larry Mooney
Senior Cup Managers

Barton Shield 2018 – Metropolitan Area Qualifier

This year’s Barton Shield Metropolitan Qualifier took place in Balcarrick Golf Club on weekend of 23rd/24th May.

Preparations commenced March/April with somewhat limited Panel due to family commitments, exams, etc.

Panel: Edward McNally, Kingsley Lewis, David Garrigan, Harry McHugh and Sam Devey. The Panel were unstinting in preparation/practice despite work and family obligations.

On Saturday 23rd May the following team of two pairs, Kingsley Lewis & Harry McHugh and Edward McNally & David Garrigan took to the course opposite Portmarnock on a dry but very windy day. Very exciting to watch the game being played at this level and to witness the absolute commitment and loyalty of our own very small but valiant group of golfers.

Our team performed with great “guts” and no small measure of skill and were somewhat unfortunate to lose out on qualifying for Sunday matchplay play-offs by just ONE shot, with an aggregate score of 161 as 160 last qualifying score!

Sincere congratulations to our Panel of  Kingsley, Harry, Edward, David and Sam. It was an honour, privilege and a pleasure to be tasked with managing this Barton Shield Panel who represented Skerries Golf Club in exemplary manner, both on and off the course.

Many thanks also go to Captain, Dominic, Vice-Captain, Tom, President, Celly, Overall Team Manager, Paul and those who turned up to to support team.

Frank O’Hara  & Larry Mooney
Barton Shield Managers

MENS SENIOR & JUNIOR SCRATCH CUPS

Please note that the time sheet is open to members for the Senior Scratch Cup (Handicaps of 3 and lower) and the Junior Scratch Cup (Handicaps 4 to 9) which takes place on Saturday 28th July; both competitions are over 36 holes. The events are kindly sponsored by ‘The Sugar Club’ (John McDonnell).

Entry can be made on-line, the entry fee is 15€ for a Member and 30€ for a Visitor, entry for Visitors is from Thursday 12th July. Please spread the word amongst your golfing partners and contacts encouraging them to book.

Uden Cup update

Saturday 9th June was the perfect day weather wise to play golf.

Clear Blue sky , no wind and high temperatures.

The Uden Cup Team played their Quarter Final Match against Corrstown Golf Club.

As the away team we had to do it the hard way with three matches away and two at home.

Two great wins at home was followed by the news that we had won a match at Corrstown and were through to the Semi Finals

Again both Willie and I would like to thank our panel of players who continue to play and make themselves available for practice sessions.

Thanks also go to Captain Dominic , Vice Captain Tom and President Celly who supported us on the day and followed the matches around both courses.

The Semi Final takes place before end July and again we will be the away team and will meet the winner of Clontarf and Howth Golf Clubs.

Austin Gill
Willie Prendergast
Uden Team Managers

Barton Cup Run Ends

Skerries run in this years Barton Cup came to an end on Saturday when a strong Headfort team won 3 ½ to 1 ½.

Having beaten local rivals Balbriggan in the opening round then Ashbourne in round 2 it was third time unlucky for Skerries. Headfort had recently contested the final of the Barton Cup and it showed as they managed to win a vital away point in Skerries having won their two home matches.

But it was a close affair -Mark Donoghue and George Leech went 5 down early in their away match but staged a marvellous recovery to get back to 1 down only to suffer the agony of defeat on the 18th green.

Co-Manager Paul Branagan, hero with Barry Sherwin of the Ashbourne win, suffered his first defeat away from home. Frank and Jason Rogan played extremely well and won their match – conceded on 17.

There was heartbreak for Junior Captain Ethan McGarry and Ciaran Barker – who both played brilliantly in this years run and were unbeaten in the first 2 rounds – when lady luck deserted them. They even had to witness a pushed shot from their opponents on 10 ricochet off the tress on the right of the green on 10 only to land 2 feet from the pin!

Fergus Gannon and Keith Hickey battled to a hard fought conceded half on 17th when the match was called in.

A learning for next year for sure and many thinks to the Captain and overall team Manager Paul O’Neil for their support and encouragement.

Next stop the Jimmy Bruen on 16th June in Roganstown.

Michael Branagan & Paul Branagan

Managers Barton Cup

Uden Cup Result

Skerries Uden Cup team played their first match on Saturday 19th May against Donabate Golf Club.

With two matches at Home and three matches Away the team performed excellent winning all three matches in Donabate GC and looked like the winners of the match going down the 19th in Skerries when they were called in.

I would like to thank all the members of the panel who have taken the time to attend the driving range over 6 weeks in February and March and the practice sessions in Donabate and Skerries.

The next opponents ( still to be actually confirmed ) is Corrstown again with three matches away and two at home.

Austin Gill
Team Manager
Uden Cup Team

First 9 Hole Qualifying Competition – Wednesday 16th May from 5pm

The GUI has requested that all clubs consider having 9 holes Qualifying Competitions. These competitions were introduced by CONGU to enable players who do not have the time or who are unable to complete 18 Holes, to maintain a handicap which reflects their current playing ability.

9 Hole qualifying competitions are open to all players, but should not be a substitute for 18 Hole qualifying competitions.

The basis of these competitions is that an SSS is applied for the 9 Hole played and 18 stableford points are added for the 9 Holes not played.  However, such 9 Hole Qualifying competitions cannot be facilitated at the same time as an 18 Hole competition.

With this in mind we are running our first 9 hole qualifying competition on Wednesday 16th May from 17:00 to 19:00hrs and the sheet is now open.

NB: A player cannot return two qualifying scores on same day.

Sunset 21:19

Competitions Committee

Intermediate and minor scratch cups 2nd June

Intermediate Singles Strokes and Minor Singles Strokes

(Handicaps: Intermediate 10-18/ Minor 19-28)

Time sheet opens Thursday 17th May.

GUESTS/ VISITORS must register, Name, Club, GUI Number at Check In

GUESTS/ VISITORS/ MEMEBERS ALL must swipe into the competition using the computer in the Pro Shop. Members €10.00  Visitors €20.00

Juvenile Members or Juvenile Visitors entering this competition may win a prize to the maximum value of €75.00.

A Guest/ Visitor or Member that has not swiped in with their GUI Card/ Number, will not be included in the competition.

Ensure that you have swiped into the competition that is relevant to your handicap. Entry into the wrong competition will result in disqualification.

Competitions Committee

Good luck to our teams

Good luck on Saturday the 28th April to The Barton Cup team who take on Ashbourne in the second round of the competition at 2.40.
(The Team are playing both home and away).

Also best of luck to the Irish Mixed Foursomes team who face Balbriggan at  3.30. (The Team are playing both home and away).

All your support would be very much appreciated.

Paul O’Neill,
Overall Team Manager

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