Captain’s Plate and Lady Captain’s Prize
Luttrellstown Challenge Match – Sun 4th Sept
We lost out to Luttrellstown in our annual Ladies Fourball Annual challenge yesterday. But everyone really enjoyed the day and it was fantastic to have 3 junior girls on our panel for the match… Ellen O’Shaughnessy, Caoimhe Toland and Iseult Costello .
Luttrellstown have now won the trophy 3 times in a row . So, we will have to do better next year and bring the trophy home !!!
All Ireland Barton Shield Finals
All Ireland information update at Tramore Golf Club.
Thursday 1st September Tee off at 9.40 and 9.50
Castleknock v Roscommon GC.
If Castleknock win they will play either Cork or Galgorm Castle in the semi-final on Friday at 11.50 and 12.00.
For Supporters travelling please note below regarding parking. All supporters are to use parking and shuttle service which will be available at Tramore Racecourse, which is 4 minutes away.
No parking available at the golf course itself.
Best of luck to Michael and Margo on their Captains day
Leinster won the Inter-provincials by half a point today with a score of 20 matches won and a big part of their success was due to our own Paul Coughlan who contributed 4 and a half of these. Paul was unbeaten in his doubles matches and his overall performance has surely cemented his position in the team moving forward.
Wednesday 17th Jack Creaner
Arrived in Headford around 8.30 and dropped into pro-shop for my first cappuccino of the day. It was chilly and I was glad I had my vintage Castleknock jumper to keep the chill out. The first person I met was David Coughlan who was “in the office” but had time to let me know that Quentin was 1up having just made a birdie on the 2nd hole but as I reached the group of spectators he had been pegged back to all square by Paul Conroy’s birdie on 4. Sharing 5, 6, 7 and eight, Quentin went 1 up at the ninth with a super putt for a birdie 3 and he held onto the 1 hole advantage through the back nine which both players covered in level par. What a morning, and the dream lived on.
It was time to refuel for the final in the afternoon against the 1/10 favourite Hugh Foley, playing out of Royal Dublin, who had already won the North of Ireland, South of Ireland and the Bridgestone Order of Merit for 2022. Quentin had reached the final and we were delighted for him but surely he could not overcome an Irish champion at the top of his form – no, the bookies were right and the contingent from Castleknock and Edenderry should be happy enough with what they had. And we were. Great. We all went to lunch..but ended up having breakfast and someone had trifle …just like mother made.
So one o’clock arrived and we all washed the hands and trudged off to see what the afternoon would bring. The sun was breaking through so it was decided to leave the jumper in the car and and don the wide brimmed sunhat. Got to the first and they had already teed off and I noticed Quentin had found the left side bunker some 190 yards from the green. The loud cheer told it all and the hole was halved but Q went 1 up when his approach to the third finished a foot from the hole and was conceded by Hugh. A poor tee shot to the par 3 fourth resulted in a loss and both had birdie threes at the fifth before Q hit a bad patch and lost the 6th, 7th, 8th and ninth to go 4 down. Surely there was no coming back from that! A bird on the 10th was followed by another on the 12th and when Foley conceded the 14th it was game back on. The par 5, 16th was huge. Quentin hit a 3 wood to 7 or eight feet of the pin and Hugh then bunkered his in the green side bunker. With a slightly downhill lie his bunker shot went close but continued through the putting surface and left a tricky return chip which he didn’t execute too well. The eagle putt was conceded and we began to wonder if this thing was possible. Certainly, Q was the coolest of the two but both hit great shots to the 17th and to the last but although they went close, neither could sink a winner.
Lap 3 of the day. The 19th. Foley went close with his birdie putt but Quentin’s looked to have his in the middle of the hole until the last couple of inches. On his knees, he couldn’t believe it!
The 20th is a 525 yard par 5 and both players used iron to leave themselves about 275 yards from the hole. Q went first and faded a 2 iron to 8 feet from the back pin. What a shot!! Under the greatest of pressure, Hugh finished up in the bunker short of the green and his bunker shot came up 20 feet short. He putted and missed. The unbelievable story of Quentin’s journey could never had ended with a concession and indeed it didn’t. The eagle putt never left the hole and the 2022 Irish AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close Champion was Quentin Carew of Castleknock golf club.
Sure we always knew he would do it.
Tuesday 16th 4.20pm
This is some adventure. Quentin has reached the semi final having won 2&1 in the morning game against Jake Foley and beating Sam Murphy by the same margin in the Quarter final.
Headford is the place to be tomorrow for the semi final 😀😀
Monday 15th 4.30pm
Quentin has progressed to the 3rd round of the AIG Irish Men’s Amateur Close Championship at Headfort golf club. He beat Alex Maguire from Laytown and Bettystown in the morning round and has just overcome Rory Milne from Faithlegg in the afternoon fixture. He’ll be lining up against Jake Foley from Elm Park in the 3rd round and with a little luck he will keep the Castleknock flag flying. C’mon Quentin.
From John Newcombe: More good news!
Paul Coughlan has been selected on the Leinster team for upcoming inter-pros.
See below from the Leinster manager.
Subject: Leinster Inter-pros 2022 – Paul Coughlan
As you are probably aware by now, your Club member Paul Coughlan has been selected to represent Leinster in the 2022 Interprovincial Championship being played in Moyvalley Golf Club.
This is a great honour for Paul, his family and indeed Castleknock Golf Club. Paul’s selection reflects the fine form he has displayed this year and is now one of the top Amateurs in Ireland.
We write to you to congratulate your Club on Paul’s selection and also to ask you to reach out to your members and encourage them to come down to Moyvalley to support Paul and the rest of the Leinster team. The matches are on Tuesday to Thursday 23-25 August with foursomes each morning followed by singles in the afternoon.
Yours in golf.
Harry McAllinden (Team Captain) & Michael Maher (Team Manager)
Captains’ Prize 2022
Revive Active Ladies Fourball
Margo: Revive Active Ladies Fourball Leinster North Final v Royal Tara
Unfortunately we lost out to Royal Tara, in the Leinster North final yesterday. The better team won on the day.
It was fabulous to see so many supporters come along to cheer on our team in Lutrellstown – in the glorious sun.
Thank you to everyone who came along – both male and female!
A special thank you to Una Murphy & Carol Kirwan – for managing the panel during the last few months- and for getting us to a final !
Some photos of the day below
Barton Shield Leinster Region
Paudie Lyons: Bard in Residence at Castleknock G.C.
“All hoped for things will come to you, who have the strength to watch and wait”
Violet Fane- “Tout vient a qui sait attendre”
A Barton Shield final where the venue was fixed before a ball was struck.
The Knock burdened with the cruel injustice of facing a team who had the enormous good fortune of playing both matches, not at a neutral venue, but on their home patch.
Often the underdog, sometimes the upstart, this Castleknock team stared down the inequity and dismissed it.
The old saying held true that the bigger they come, the harder they fall. And so it came to pass that a Dundalk team, with Irish International and Walker Cup player Caolán Rafferty in its ranks, reached for 5th gear down the stretch, and found that it simply wasn’t enough.
In the end it came down, as it must in any good golf story, to the last.
A treacherous chip over a bunker to a tight flag off a dodgy lie. Cometh the moment, cometh the man. Our man. Iano. For most of us who have been here since at or near the start, Ian is a young fella who has grown up with the club. Fitting then that he should deliver the coup de grace.
But this panel has now written their names in the history of Castleknock GC. As has the manager, Dave Coughlan, and the interclub brains trust, the dream team of Niall Duggan and John Newcombe.
And so onward to an All Ireland Quarter Final. Dreams of a green pennant dancing in our eyes.
The American Quarterback, Joe Namath perhaps put it best
“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”
Joe could talk. He knew. Three superbowls. Now is the time to embrace our inner Joe!!
And so we watched and waited, but we wait no more. See you in Tramore. This story has a bit to run.
The Quarter Finals of the All Ireland Barton Shield will take place in Tramore golf club from the 1st to 3rd September
Leinster Women’s Championship
Congratulations to Ellen O’Shaughnessy who finished runner up in the Leinster Women’s Championship match play at Bray golf club on Sunday.
Hole in One
Iseult Costello, Siun’s sister, claimed a hole in one on the 18th hole last Friday!
Junior Open Tour
Well done Siun we’re very proud of your great achievement.
President’s Prize photos
The NCBI HolmPatrick cup raises funds for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.
The 2022 Brophy Trophy winners( Gerard Gilsenan and Nicholas Treanor) will represent Castleknock Golf Club in the HolmPatrick Cup at Bray GC on 8th September 2022. Best of luck to the lads. –https://www.ncbiholmpatrickcup.com/all-dublin-final/
Mixed Foursomes Interclub Team
John Newcombe 21st July
Congratulations to Mixed Foursomes team who had a comprehensive 4-1 win over Blackbush last night. They are now into the semi-final against Balbriggan. Date to be confirmed.
We’ll done all! The teams photo below.
Revive Active Ladies Fourball
By Margo: 18th July 2022
We are through to the final !!!
What a successful Interclub weekend we Castleknock Golf Club had this weekend! On Saturday the men won their Barton Shield semi final v Portmarnock , and on Sunday the Ladies Revive Active Fourball team won their semi final v Ardee.
So, the club is now through to 2 regional finals !
Huge Congratulations to the Revive Active Ladies Fourball team (and their very dedicated managers Una Murphy & Carol Kirwan) on getting the ladies through to our first ever regional final !!!.
The semi final v Ardee was played on the hottest day of the year so far. The fact that Trish & Iseult’s match in Castleknock went down the 19th and the last match in Ardee (Eilish & Vivien) went down the 20th made the temperature even hotter for all players and spectators ! Well done to Eilish , Vivien, Trish & Iseult on having nerves of steel to win those matches on the playoff holes .
Here are some photos of the victorious team:
Home – Trish Ryan & Iseult Costello, Richella Boggan & Sadhbh Kenny
Away- Eithne Cusack & Margo O’Donoghue, Una Murphy & Colette Cleary, Eilish O’Sullivan & Vivien Lee
The final will be v Royal Tara , on August 7th in Luttrellstown.
From Captain Michael Clancy:
Castleknock Golf Club are playing Portmarnock Golf Club in the semi- final of the Barton Shield at 3pm tomorrow Saturday 17th( 1 match in each location)
It is the first time that the club has an opportunity to reach a pennant final at this premier elite golf level .
The weather will be good with 25c+ temperatures so I would appreciate your support (and family) by either coming to Castleknock or Portmarnock to cheer on the team.
Michael Clancy – Captain Castleknock Golf Club
John Newcombe: 13/7/22
3 Castleknock players, Paul Coughlan, Ian O’Connell and Ruairi Kennelly, have qualified for the North of Ireland Championship in Royal Portrush starting this morning. You can follow their progress using this link.
There was a great turnout of 181 for the President’s prize on Saturday and in the middle of the holiday season it shows how popular the new president is within the club. The weather played its part as well and produced a beautiful summer’s day with a slight breeze for comfort’s sake. The course as usual was playing in top notch condition and the scores reflected this with a good number of players beating the 36 points mark.
7 DAY Members: The President’s competition for 7day members will take place on Saturday 9th July 2022 from 7am to 2pm. This is the second major of the season and will count towards GOTY.
Format: Men: Stableford from the Blue Tees. Ladies: Stableford Red Tees
Competition entry Fee: €10 payable in the Pro-Shop
BBQ food (Beef burger, Chicken Burger, Sausage) and salads (€12.50) will be available on the ground floor terrace area from 12pm and will run throughout the day. Presentation of prizes is scheduled for 6.30pm.
First, Second and Third Overall
First and Second in Handicap Categories
Lowest Gross, Nearest the Line on 13th
Nearest Pin on 18th, Front 9 and Back 9
(Max. of one prize per participant)
5 DAY Members: The President’s competition for 5day members will take place on Thursday 14th from 8am to 9am & 11.10am to 1.30pm. The time sheet will be open for the competition at 6pm Wed. 6th
(PLEASE NOTE – If you are a member of the Porterstown Golf Association and normally play on Thursday morning, you may still play at your normal time-slot- between 9am and 11am and also enter the President’s prize at the same time as well – Remember to register for both in the Pro-shop)
Format: Men: Stableford from the White tee. Ladies Red Tees
Competition entry Fee: €10 – Payment by debit/credit card payable in the pro-Shop
BBQ food (Beef burger, Chicken Burger, Sausage) and salads (€12.50) will be available on the ground floor terrace area from 12pm onwards and will run throughout the day.
Payment will be taken by your Castleknock member’s flexi credit or by credit / debit card for refreshments and food.
The presentation of prizes is scheduled for 5.30pm Thursday afternoon.
There will be an array of prizes to be won:
First, Second, Third and Fourth Overall
Nearest the Line on 13th
Nearest Pin on 18th, Front 9 and Back 9
(Max. of one prize per participant)
The best of luck to all and looking forward to seeing you all then .
President – Castleknock Golf Club
Hole in One July Medal
Mixed Foursomes Rd 3
Margo: CONGRATULATIONS to the Mixed Foursomes Interclub Team on their 3rd round victory over Headfort on Sunday . We are now through to the Leinster North Region Quarter Final v Blackbush .
Photos of the smiling teams and their managers at home and away :
Inter Club 26th June 22
Upcoming Junior Boys fixtures this week
U15 boys against Laytown and Bettystown – away on Monday June 27th and home on Sunday July 3rd
U18 boys qualifiers in Forrest Little on Thursday June 30th.
Castleknock beat Laytown by 6 holes.
Castleknock to play Portmarnock in S/F .
Vice Captains’ Prize
Keith Walsh and Sharon Cosgrove win the Vice Captain Prizes
Interclub Mixed Foursomes
Margo: 13th June
The club won their 2nd round match v Greenore 3-2 today. Congratulations to the managers and their team. In Castleknock, the 2 pairings who played (and won their matches) were Danny Cole & Veronica Coughlan, and Luke Curran & Eilis O’Sullivan.
Photo of the team that played in Greenore are below
UKRAINIAN SUPPORT FUND
CAR SPACE RAFFLE RESULT
Thank you to all who supported our Captains Raffle – for the Reserved Parking Space in the golf club – from 1 June 2022. We raised €1,220 for Enable Ireland
The winner is: COLETTE CLEARY. Congratulations and enjoy your new parking space Colette!
Michael Clancy & Margo O’Donoghue
Raffle for Reserved Car Space
In Aid of Enable Ireland. Tickets €10 each.
Reserved parking space for a year, starting on 1 June 2022.
Tickets are available at Pro Shop: payment by credit / debit card only
If you have an active competition account, simply reply to this email stating how many tickets you would like to purchase .
Tickets must be purchased by Sunday 22nd May to be included in the draw.
The Men’s interclub season gets into full swing next week with 3 teams in action.
Our Senior Cup team kicks off their campaign on Wednesday 4th May with a home match against Co. Meath. Tee off at 4.30 pm.
On Friday 6th May our All Ireland Fourball team start their season against Rathcore in an away match. Tee off at 4 pm.
Finally on Sunday 8th May our Jimmy Bruen team tee off against Balcarrick at 2.30 pm. The Jimmy Bruen team reached the Area Final last year and are putting every effort to go one better this season.
All teams would appreciate as much support as possible so if you are around why not come down and watch your Club teams .
Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Foursomes
You have to enter through the Club V1 screen in the Pro-shop
[05/04/2022] John Newcombe:
The Laytown and Bettystown Scratch cup
Special Mention to Eoin Marsden on winning best 1st Round Gross in The Laytown and Bettystown Scratch cup last weekend. Eoin shot a superb 4 under par 1st round to lead the competition which was eventually won by Walker cup player Caolan Rafferty.
Well done, Eoin!
West Of Ireland Championship.
Castleknock have 5 players taking part in the West Of Ireland Championship taking place over Easter in Rosses Point.
Darragh McNichol and Luke Curran are taking part in the qualifiers on Wednesday with Ruari Kennelly, Quentin Carew and Paul Coughlan have already qualified for the main event starting on Good Friday.
Best of luck to all the lads and hopefully one of them will beat Paul’s 2nd place finish in 2021.
BROPHY TROPHY update
[05/04/2022] John Newcombe:
After 5 rounds in all types of weather, congratulations to our 2 Final pairings
Nick Traynor/Ger Gilsenan v David Beechinor/Brian Stephenson.
The Final has been confirmed for Good Friday at 1pm with trophy presentation taking place in clubhouse directly afterwards.
Well done to both pairings for reaching this stage and best of luck in the final.
Also many thanks to Lorcan Brophy for his kind sponsorship and support of this year’s tournament.
Also a special mention to Jack Creaner who updated the results section on the members website and kept everyone informed.
Winter/Spring league Update
Congratulations to Keith Walsh who won this with 233 points for his 6 best events. Full table here
Interclub News from Golf Ireland for 2022 season
For Golf Ireland information on the Inter club 2022 season click https://castleknockmembersclub.com/interclub-stuff/
Club Foursomes Trophy ( sponsored by Mr Lorcan Brophy)
Calling all members interested in playing interclub for Castleknock golf Club in 2022.
The Annual foursome’s competition will recommence on 17th January 2022 .
This is a competition open to all 7-day, student and Junior members and will be limited to the first 32 pairings entered.
We encourage all players who are interested in playing to register at pro shop before 6pm on 15th January.
The tournament has played a major part in identifying players for Inter-club teams, so we encourage anyone interested in representing Castleknock at all levels to register to play.
Don’t worry if you haven’t a partner, once you enter at the pro shop a suitable team partner will be matched with yourself.
Foursomes Match-play off white Tees.
Golf Ireland playing Handicap allowance applies. Maximum Handicap for each player is 24.
Entrance fee €10 per player. Register with name and telephone number in Pro shop by 15th January 2022.
Open Draw will take place on 16th January and will be published along with competition rules on the that evening.
Round 1 will be completed by Sunday 30th January.
Prizes for Winners, Finalists and both semi-finalists.
John Newcombe and Niall Duggan
Message from President
I am privileged and honoured to be appointed President of Castleknock Golf Club for 2022 -2023.
I would like to thank Lady Captain Ann Robinson and her committee for nominating me for the position of President.
It has been an uplifting experience for both men and lady members to have a Lady President in the club for the first time. I very much appreciate the response from the members to my appointment which has been hugely complementary, supportive and encouraging.
I look forward to being your club ambassador, upholding its values, following in the footsteps of Pat, Bernard and Jack.
I would like to take this opportunity in wishing you and your family a very enjoyable and peaceful Christmas time and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Ladies AGM 8th December
Awards Night 3rd December
Big thank you to Carr Golf and the golf and restaurant teams at Castleknock for hosting the 2 appreciation days this weekend. It was a huge success and very much enjoyed by the large turnout on both days.
As a gesture by Carr golf to reward the loyalty and understanding of the membership during the difficult period of the covid closedowns, it was a big hit.
Mixed Foursomes Matchplay 2021
Ladies Singles Matchplay 2021
Men’s Doubles Matchplay 2021 (23rd Oct)
Men’s Singles Matchplay 2021 (17th Oct)
Ladies Doubles Matchplay 17th Oct.
Player of the Year 2021
The Player of the Year was won by Stephen O’Donnell from Enda Ryan and Paudi Lyons. The result was in the balance until the final event.
Paul Coughlan wins the Castleknock Senior Scratch Cup
Senior Scratch Cup
The Castleknock Senior Scratch Cup (Maximum handicap 2) takes place next Saturday the 25th September. It promises to be a top class competition and at time of writing has 51 players taking part in this 36 holes comp. So if you want to see top notch golf, Castleknock is the place to be next Saturday.
A big thank you to Jim Curley of Jones Engineering for a very generous sponsorship.
Thank you also to Paul Coughlan who has used his considerable influence in attracting Ireland’s champion amateur golfers to attend.
Big names in attendance will be:
Rob Moran ( current Irish international / 2021 Ulster Strokeplay Champion)
Rob Brazil ( Irish International / 2018 West of Ireland Champion)
Colm Campbell (Irish international , Former Irish Amateur & East of Ireland winner
Jake Whelan ( 2021 Mullingar scratch cup Winner / Leinster Interpro )
This is a great opportunity for all members and Especially Juniors and their parents to enjoy an exhibition of Ireland’s great amateur golfers.
Captain’s Prize 4th September
Photo’s from the course and the prize presentation
Field for Captain’s Prize 2021
President’s Prize Winners All
President’s Weekend 17th July
President Prize for Men: Paul Myler in a 3 way tie and winning on countback with 41 points.
President Prize for Ladies: Kay Murray had a comfortable win with 41 points.
President’s Prize for 5 Day: Stephen Lynch had a round of a lifetime bringing in 44 points.
Below is the planned schedule for the President’s Prize but of course there may be disruption to our planned programme due to current covid-19 restrictions.
Please note that to win the President’s prize you must have entered 4 qualifying club competitions (i.e. weekend competitions) in the previous 12 months.
- Timesheet for President’s Prize will be populated by the Competition Secretary .
- There is no planned dinner but casual dining will be available after your round of golf. Burgers will be available as usual at the 9th.
Looking forward to meeting up with you all on the 17th.
SENIOR CUP (Area Quarter Final) 9th July
Another big win yesterday for our Senior cup team of -Paul, Ruairi, Alan, Dara and Ian- over a strong Baltray side.
Coming down the 17th fairway at 2-2, the game was very much in the balance with both golfers giving as good as they got. From very good drives both the combatants struck excellent irons into about 9 feet and 4 feet (shown in photo). Paul putted first and from where we stood it looked like it was missing on the high side until close to the hole it caught the slope and found its way home. A great cheer went up from the large crowd as Coughlan raised his fist in triumph.
So the bandwagon rolls on, next up is Laytown and Bettystown in the Area Semi finals and if I were you, I wouldn’t miss it.
Well done to Michael McNiffe who won the July medal after countback with a great net score of 68 playing off a handicap of 15. Losing out on the countback were Declan Murray and Michael Kenny also with 68s.
David Coughlan had the lowest gross score with a 70.
Interclub Week ending 11th July
More good Inter-club results again this week with the Metropolitian Cup team together with the Pierce Purcell and the Mixed Foursomes teams all winning handsomely.
The Vice Captains’ Prizes (Jim Reynolds & Margo O’Donoghue) which took place last Saturday was a great success. A big thank you to the 160+ members who played in the competition to make it the successful day that it was.
Many congratulations to all the winners, in particular to both Freddie Smith and Patricia McCormack, who won the VCs prizes with magnificent scores of 42 points and 44 points respectively. Well done Freddie and Patricia.
We will be in touch with all the prize winners shortly to make arrangements for them to receive their prizes.
Again congratulation to all the prize winners and thanks to all who played on the day.
Jim & Margo
JIMMY BRUEN Sunday 27th June
Interclub success continued on Sunday when the Jimmy Bruen team overcame Royal Dublin by 3 matches to two on a gloriously sunny and warm afternoon. There were a good group of fans at both venues and those at Royal Dublin were treated to a superb fairway bunker shot by Marty Cahill to a couple of feet on the 17th for the match
BARTON CUP on Saturday 26th June
Another great display by our lads against Luttrellstown -who must be sick at the sight of us. Winning the 3 matches at home was enough to secure the tie and it was great to see Karl and Mick introduce some young blood into the team which bodes well for the future. Round 2 is away to Royal Dublin who got a Bye in the 1st round.