Winter Meeting 2020

Winter Meeting 2020 Results

January 3rd 2020 Portmarnock GC & January 4th 2020 Portmarnock Links GC

Gross Salver Winner: Darragh Garrahy 58 pts

Gross Salver Runner Up: Andrew Stokes 52 pts

Nett Salver Winner: Conor O’Donnell 69 pts

Nett Salver Runner Up: Nicholas Plunkett Dillon 68 pts

Senior Salver (over 55) Winner: Niall O’Connor 56 pts

Senior Salver (over 55) Runner Up: David Conway Snr 47 pts

Super Senior Salver (over 65) Winner: Huntly Lauder 43 pts

Super Senior Salver (over 65) Runner Up: Kenny Johnston 39 pts

Student Salver Winner: Jack Killeen

Best Nett Day 1: Dermot O’Grady 34 pts

Best Nett Day 2: Conor Fitzgerald 35 pts

Denham Bowl

Denham Bowl Tournament

Denham GC

31th August 2019

“The team chosen to represent DUGS for the 2019 Denham Bowl, on Saturday the 31st of August, was Darragh Coghlan, Richard Knightly, Andrew Stokes, and Ruairi Kennelly. Gerry Connolly and his wife Catherine once again showed the DUGS team warm hospitality. A bed for each competitor, swapping stories about our times at Trinity over some fine whiskey, and a chauffeur service to and from the course in Gerry’s infamous Mercedes M-Klasse 4×4. 

Stokes and Kennelly attended the traditional pre-tournament dinner. Coghlan and Knightly flew in later that evening and when they arrived at the club circa 9pm they stumbled upon an intoxicated competitor who had fallen asleep on the lawn outside the clubhouse. To Captain Coghlan’s relief, Gerry had kept his watchful eye on the DUGS during dinner and Kennelly and Stokes were found upright inside the club house.   

The DUGS partnered the 32 Club for the day’s play on Saturday. Denham was playing hard and fast with greens running exceptionally quick. Too quick for Coghlan, who uncharacteristically had a cold day on the greens. His partner Stokes was sent walking back to his bag to retrieve his putter several times when he wrongfully assumed that he had putt it ‘stone dead’. Reports from the partnership of Kennelly and Knightly weren’t much brighter, which included incredible recovery shots from the trees only to find out the wrong ball had been played and a shank on a par 3 that led to an 8. When all was said and done, Coghlan and Stokes shot 77-77 and Kennelly and Knightly shot 85-76 which left DUGS in T-8th out of 24 teams. Not the results the team was hoping for. Coghlan will once again have to go back to the drawing board in search of a winning combination but is left undeterred that success in the tournament is certain and not too far away.” 

DUGS vs PGC – Lionel Munn Trophy

Munn Putter 2019

Desperate to avoid a fourth defeat in a row, the DUGS Munn Putter team munched their pre-match scones in silence. The team members knew that another defeat would see them banished to the  Carrickmines match. 

A last minute substitution was required when Gerry Connolly sent in a sick note from London and D Conway Snr rushed to the links to replace him.

Lauder & Milltown Captain Flavin raced off to a 6 Up lead and quickly reversed back to 3 Up. Lauder blamed Flavin for the back-pedalling. DUGS Captain Duddy maintained his 100% record losing 4 down with FitzGerald to PGC Captain O’Reilly and Carr Mara winner Osbourne.

PGC’s Cashell and Caldwell, cruising to defeat at two down with five to go somehow managed to stand on the 18th tee 1Up against Canning & C Minch (returned from Pakistan for the match).  Caldwell lashed savagely at his tee shot and the ball disappeared. It may well have gone backwards. ” ***!”^%” he said and more besides.

A three course lunch was again enjoyed by the golfers before heading home for Sunday dinner. PGC Captain O’Reilly made a rambling and generally incoherent speech. No one, including himself,  appeared to know what he was talking about but he received a few generous cheers from those who were still awake. Captain Duddy responded for the DUGS (more confusion) and accepted the Putter on behalf of the DUGS. Another glorious and victorious day in the annals of the DUGS!

Match 1             C Lynch & E McCoy                 v           H Lauder & J Flavin                    3 Up

Match 2             K Dempsey & J Bolger            v            T Shanahan & K Johnston              2 Up

Match 3              E O’Brien & A Smith                v            D Conway & J Kenny                   2 Up

Match   4            T O’Reilly & J Osbourne         v            F Duddy & P FitzGerald           4 Dn  

Match 5              B Dunnion & G Killen             v             M Minch & M Murnane              4 Up

Match 6              GDPR  Caldwell & B Cashell  v            L Canning & C Minch                     A/s

Match result: DUGS win by 7 Up

Leatherjackets v DUGS

Leatherjackets GS V D U G S

Venue: Burnham & Berrow GC
Date: 18th October 2019
Match Captain DUGS: Aedan Jameson
Match Captain Opposition: Chris Powell
Match Format: Foursomes

Results
Morning

1. Chris Homer + Kevin Clarkson – 1up V Fran Quilty + Brian Dunnion
2. Robin Ellis + Tony Mason – 1up V Darragh Garrahy + Kenny Johnston
3. Richard Champion + Neil Folland V Peter Pigot + Cormac Neill – 7/6
4. Trevor Hicks + Gary Homer – 4/3 V John Conway + Fergus Duddy
5. Will Gard + Barry Wild A/S V Matt Minch + Huntly Lauder A/S
6. Hugh Wilkinson + Chris Powell – 1up V Aedan Jameson + Graham Jones

Afternoon
1. Robin Ellis + Kevin Clarkson V Fran Quilty + Kenny Johnston – 2/1
2. Tony Mason + Trevor Hicks V Darragh Garrahy + Brian Dunnion – 4/3
3. Chris Homer + Will Gard – 3/2 V John Conway + Cormac Neill
4. Richard Champion + Barry Wild – 3/1 V Peter Pigot + Fergus Duddy
5. Chris Powell + Gary Homer V Aedan Jameson + Matt Minch – 2/1
6. Hugh Wilkinson + Matthew Lewis V Graham Jones + Huntly Lauder – 2/1

Result: Leatherjackets 6 ½ : DUGS 5 ½

The Ledger

Portmarnock GC, 4th October 2019

Time             DUGS            QUGS           UCDGS DUGS vs QUGS DUGS vs UCDGS QUGS vs UCDGS
8.00 Johnny O’Driscoll 0

Fergus Duddy 14

Russell Houston 8

Eoin McCoy 13

Bryan McSweeney 1

Frank O’Riordan 13

DUGS 3/2 DUGS 4/3 UCD 3/2
8.10 Brian Dunnion 8

Kenny Johnson 10

Ian Young 5

Frank Fleming 18

Dermot Fullam 9

Pat Reidy 13

1/2 UCD 1up UCD 2/1
8.20 Jamie Myerscough 6

Philip Myerscough 15

Michael Curran 5

Ian Emerson 12

Karl O’Neill 6

Kevin Cleere 14

QUGS 2/1 DUGS 3/2 QUGS 6/5
8.30 Aedan Jameson 7

Gavin Caldwell 13

Gregg Sterritt 5

Arthur Bell 19

Diarmuid Finan 9

Eamonn Kelly 12

DUGS 2/1 DUGS 3/2 QUGS 2/1
8.40 Fran Quilty 5

Stuart Margetson 10

Fergus Patton 6

Richard Nicholas 13

Des Fullam 8

Michael Keane 9

1/2 DUGS 2up QUGS 3/2
8.50 Huntly Lauder 9

Philip Halpenny 11

Robert Brady 8

Stuart Gough 24

Jim Harnett 8

Paul Talini 13

DUGS 1up UCD 2/1 UCD 4/2
Points 8 5 5 win = 1 half = ½ loss = 0
14.00

 

Johnny O’Driscoll 0

Kenny Johnson 10

Russell Houston 8

Frank Fleming 18

Bryan McSweeney 1

Pat Reidy 13

QUGS 1up 1/2 1/2
14.10 Brian Dunnion 8

Fergus Duddy 14

Ian Young 5

Eoin McCoy 13

Karl O’Neill 6

Frank O’Riordan 13

DUGS 2/1 UCD 2/1 UCD 2/1
14.20 Jamie Myerscough 6

Gavin Caldwell 13

Michael Curran 5

Arthur Bell 19

Dermot Fullam 9

Kevin Cleere 14

DUGS 4/3 DUGS 4/3  

UCD 4/2

14.30 Aedan Jameson 7

Philip Myerscough 15

Gregg Sterritt 6

Ian Emerson 12

Diarmuid Finan 9

Eddie Teehan 14

QUGS 2/1 DUGS 5/4 QUGS 6/5
14.40 Fran Quilty 5

Philip Halpenny 11

Fergus Patton 6

Stuart Gough 24

Des Fullam 8

Eamonn Kelly 12

DUGS 3/2 1/2 UCD 2/1
14.50 Huntly Lauder 9

Stuart Margetson 10

Robert Brady 8

Richard Nicholas 13

Jim Harnett 8

Michael Keane 9

DUGS 5/4 1/2 UCD 5/4
Points 7.5 3.5 7 win = 1 half = ½ loss = 0
Totals DUGS = 15.5 QUGS =8.5 UCDGS = 12      

President’s (Philip Myerscough) Prize

Baltray Golf Club, 11th October 2019

First: Cillian O’Riordan (9) 38 points

Gross: Nicholas Dillon (5) 31 points

Second: Michael Black (11) 36 points

Third: Clive Lauder (22) 36 points

Front 9: Conor Fitzgerald (5) 20 points

Back 9: David Varian (5) 20 points

Captain’s (Fergus Duddy) Prize

Report – DUGS Captain’s Prize, The Island GC

Winner : David Bunworth, 36 points
Best gross : Paddy Spicer, 30 points
Second : Fergus Duddy, 33 points (on back nine)
Third : Huntly Lauder, 33 points
Front 9 : Richard Fitzsimon, 16 points
Back 9 : Peter Fitzgerald, 18 points

DUGS vs Carrickmines Golf Club – TCD Pringle Cup

Carrickmines GC V D U G S

Venue: CGC
Date: 13.09.19
Match Captain DUGS: Huntly Lauder
Match Captain Opposition: Stephen Walker
Match Format: 4-ball, better ball

Results

1. Guy Donald (6) + Roger Acton (16) 1 up V Fergus Duddy (14) + Ian Bryson (6)

2. George Donald(15)+Tony Nicholson(18) 2/1 V Gerald Tomkin(15)+Philip Myerscough(15)

3. Stephen Walker(11) + Dave Smyth(18) 2/1 V John Kenny (5) + Paul Williams (18)

4. Clive Chappel (19) + Donal Maher (13) 4/3 V John Lumsden (10) + Pat Garvey (17)

5. Clive Moutray(18)+Stephen Decourcy(14) 2/1 V Justin Carty (16) + Huntly Lauder (9)

Weather: A beautiful sunny day with little wind.

General comments, points of interest: Course in beautiful condition with work starting on phase 1 of their ambitous course development project as a result of Dublin slowly starting to get very close to the boundaries. A whitewash by CGC to make it 3 in-a-row. Good company, good cheer and a lovely meal.

DUGS vs RCD – Myerscough McKeever Trophy

Venue: Portmarnock GC

Date: 3rd May 2019

Format: Foursomes Matchplay

 

Morning:

DUGS v ROYAL COUNTY DOWN

1. Jamie Myerscough (6) & Huntly Lauder (8) 5/4 v Patrick Keane (6) & Brian Murray (8)

2. Philip Halpenny (11) & Philip Myerscough (15)  1 up v Brian Gibson (12) & Robert Cullen (12)

3. John Osbourne (5) & Martin Moroney (13) 4/3 v Richard Porter (5) & Richard Flood (13)

4. Fergus Duddy (14) & Mateo Crowley (7) 3/1  v Aidan Hanna (14) & Peter Ellis (7)

5. Aidan Walsh (14) & Gregor Shanik (17) 2 up v Jim Pierce (14) & Colin Boreham (14)

6. Conor O’Brien (9) & Patrick Garvey (18) 1/2 v Michael Pierce (12) & Geoffrey Perrin (13) 1/2

DUGS 5.5 RCD 0.5

Afternoon:

1 Jamie Myerscough (6) & Gregor Shanik (17) 5/3 v Robert Cullen (12) & Aidan Hanna (14)

2 Mateo Crowley (7) & Philip Halpenny (11)  3/2 v Richard Porter (5) & Colin Boreham (14)

3 Martin Moroney (13) & Conor O’Brien (9) 1 up v Brian Gibson (12) & Patrick Keane (6)

4 Huntly Lauder (8) & Philip Myerscough (15) 1/2 v Peter Ellis (7) & Geoffrey Perrin (13) 1/2

5 Fergus Duddy (14) & Patrick Garvey (18) v Richard Flood (13) & Jim Pierce (14) 2/1

6 John Osbourne (5) & Aidan Walsh (14) 2/1 v Brian Murray (8) & Michael Pierce (12)

DUGS 4.5 RCD 1.5

 

Overall Result: DUGS 10 RCD 2

DUGS vs UCDGS – The Cleek

Results

Venue: Rosslare GC
Date: 18th May 2019
Match Captain DUGS: Aedan Jameson
Match Captain Opposition: Colm Menton
Match Format: Fourball, aggregate holes up/down
1. Andrew Bryce + Guy Johnston V Colm Menton + Paul Eustace – 1up
2. Michael Morrisey + Philip Myerscough Michael Keane + Don Arnold – 1up
3. Huntly Lauder + Padraic Dempsey – ½ V Tom Foley + Stephen Quinn – ½
4. Robert Brophy + Pierce Power – 2up V Niall Collins + Michael Galvin  
5. Declan Lernihan + Pedro Ribeiro V John Glackin + Eamonn Kelly – 1up
6. Aedan Jameson Larry Ennis + Billy Davis – 8up
       

Result: UCDGS 9up

Weather: A beautiful afternoon in the sunny South East

General comments, points of interest: Last year’s long hot summer tool its toll on very many Irish courses and Rosslare was no exception. However, despite this the course had recovered incredibly well from a very low position and a huge credit must go the the ground staff. The greens were also their best condition for many years. Rosslare’s hospitality was excellent as usual. UCDGC’s team had many new faces and obviously came with the intent to finally regain possession of The Cleek. Their Captain did question the reasoning for this format as against straight match play. A topic for discussion.

DUGS vs Malone Pirate

Venue: Malone GC
Date: 5th May 2019
Match Captain DUGS: Francis Fullen
Match Captain Opposition: Steve Smith
Match Format: Fourball, aggregrate holes up/down

Results
1. Jim O’Connell + A Montgomery – 2up V Fergus Duddy + Conor Agnew
2. Tony Black + Johnny Watt – 5up V Francis Fullen + Joe McGivern
3. G Cameron + B Turkington V Niall O’Connor + Patrick Spain – 1up
4. P Dean + N Canning V David Bunworth + Peter Fitzgerald – 2up
5. A Mooney + J Millar V Matt Minch + Jim Carrigy – 2up
6. Rolo McClure + Steve Smith – A/S V Michael Morrisey + Philip Halpenny – A/S

Result: Malone Pirates 2up.

General comments, points of interest: Exceptionally warn and hospitable reception by both the Pirates and Malone GC. Course in excellent condition – the Augusta of Ireland!

DUGS vs The Society

Venue: The Island GC
Date: April 11, 2019
Match Captain DUGS:Jerome Counihan
Match Captain  Society:Guy Leach / Andy Edmond
Match Format:36 holes foursomes
 Morning  
1.Darragh Coghlan & Nick Dillon  VAngus Chilvers & Chris Bellingham 3/2
2.Andrew Stokes & Darragh Garrahy 2/1VAndy Dodds & Adrian West
3.Will Kelly & Fran Quilty 3/2VJames Cumberland & Adam Parkes
4.David Lawlor & David Varian A/SVRupert Haines & James Hayley A/S
5.Jerome Counihan 1upVAndy Edmond

Morning: DUGS 3.5 The Society 1.5               

 Afternoon  
1.Darragh Coghlan & Darragh GarrahyVJames Cumberland & Adrian West 1up
2.Andrew Stokes & Fran QuiltyVAngus Chilvers & Andy Edmond 2/1
3.David Lawlor & Jerome Counihan A/S VChris Bellingham & Adam Parkes A/S
4.Nick Dillon & Dougie Heather 5/4VJames Hayley & Andy Dodds
5.Philip Myerscough & David VarianVWill Kelly & Rupert Haines 5/4 

Afternoob: DUGS 1.5 The Society 3.5   

Overall Result: DUGS 5 The Society 5

DUGS vs Flat Caps

Venue: County Louth Golf Club

Date: Friday 5th April 2019

Match Manager DUGS: Fergus Duddy

Match Manager Flat Caps: John Quigley

Match Format: Foursomes Matchplay (Morning and Afternoon)

Results

Morning

1.Huntly Lauder (8) & Gavin Caldwell (13) A/SVBrendan MacClancy (9) & Henry Collier (13) A/S
2.Johnny O’Driscoll (2) & Pedro Ribeiro (25) 4/2VNeville Atkinson (7) & Pat Desmond (17)
3.Brian Dunnion (8) & Philip Myerscough (15)VMurt O’Shea (9) & Eddie McDonnell (9) 2/1
4.Kenny Johnston (9) & Matt Minch (16) 4/2VDavid Gill (9) Single
5.Pierce Power (13) & Paul Williams (18) 2/1VShane Santry (9) & Kieran Howard (13)
6.Declan Lernihan (9) & Fergus Duddy (14) 1upVAnthony Delahunty (7) & John Quigley (14)

Afternoon

1.Huntly Lauder (8) & Philip Myerscough (15)VDavid Gill (9) & Henry Collier (13) 4/3
2.Johnny O’Driscoll (2) & Gavin Caldwell (13) 3/2VShane Santry (9) & Eddie McDonnell (9)
3.Declan Lernihan (9) & Pedro Ribeiro (25) 3/2VMurt O’Shea (9) & Kieran Howard (13)
4.Kenny Johnston (9) & Pierce Power (13) 1upVNeville Atkinson (7) & John Quigley (14)
5.Brian Dunnion (8) & Matt Minch (16)VBrendan MacClancy (9) Single 2up
6.Fergus Duddy (14) & Paul Williams (18) 3/2VAnthony Delahunty (7) & Pat Desmond (17)

Match Result: DUGS 8.5 – Flat Caps 3.5

DUGS comprehensively won the Caldwell Quaich at the 3rd attempt. Despite heavy rain forecast for the morning, Baltray ignored the forecast and miraculously remained dry throughout the morning and afternoon foursomes. The Quaich, named in honour of Gavin Caldwell, only the third Irishman to Captain the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Saint Andrews, was presented at dinner by Henry Collier (President, Flat Caps) to Fergus Duddy (Captain, DUGS).

Fergus Duddy

Match Manager

DUGS vs SUGS

Dublin University Golfing Society

Match Report SUGS V DUGS

Venue: Prestwick GC

Date: 22nd March 2019

Match Captain DUGS: David Conway

Match Captain Opposition: James Haggart Match

Format: Scratch foursomes

Results

Morning

1. Nicky Gold + Dougie Hunter 1 up V Darragh Coghlan + Johnny O’Driscoll

2. David Simpson + David Archibald 2/1 V Andy Stokes + Mark Murnane

3. Mark Kernaghan + Alaisdair Napier V Jerome Counihan + David Conway 3/2

4. Graham Belch + Sandy Reid V Nicholas Dillon + Fran Quilty 1 up

5. Johnny Calder + Calum Moultrie 2/1 V John Kenny + David Conway Jr

6. Stuart Farmer + Michael Choong V Dougie Heather + Peter Pigot 2/1

Afternoon

1. Nicky Gold + David Simpson V Darragh Coghlan + Andy Stokes 1 up

2. Dougie Hunter + Mark Kernaghan V Jerome Counihan + Johnny O’Driscoll 2/1

3. Sandy Reid + David Archibald A/S V Peter Pigot + John Kenny A/S

4. Johnny Calder + Alaisdair Napier V David Conway + Nicholas Dillon 4/3

5. Calum Moultrie + Stuart Farmer V David Conway Jr + Fran Quilty 1 up

6. Michael Choong + Graham Belch V Mark Murnane + Dougie Heather 1 up

FINAL RESULT: SUGS 3 ½ DUGS 8 ½

 

 

SUGS Seniors V DUGS Seniors

Venue: Prestwick GC

Date: 22nd March 2019

Match Captain DUGS: David Conway

Match Captain Opposition: James Haggard

Match Format: Foursomes

Results

Morning

1. Niall Farquarson + Charles Hammond 2/1 V Gavin Caldwell + Conor O’Brien

2. Andrew Thompson + Charlie Crummy 2/1 V Huntly Lauder + Philip Halpenny

3. Ian Crawford (C) + James Haggart V Fergus Duddy (C) + Brian Dunnion 6/5

Afternoon

1. Niall Farquarson + James Haggart V Conor O’Brien + Huntly Lauder 4/3

2. Andrew Thompson + Ian Crawford 5/4 V Brian Dunnion + Gavin Caldwell

3. Charlie Crummy + Charles Hammond V Philip Halpenny + Fergus Duddy 3/2

FINAL RESULT: SUGS 3 DUGS 3



DUGS vs LUGS

Dublin University Golfing Society

Match Report

DUGS V LUGS

Venue: The Island GC
Date: Fri 1st Feb 2019
Match Captain DUGS: J Conway
Match Captain LUGS: G Yeandle
Match Format: h’cap 4somes

Results
Morning

1. Mark Murnane & Fergus Duddy beat Mike Kershaw & James Bull 5/4

2. Will Kelly & Matt Minch beat Jeremy Smith & John Sugden 1 hole

3. Tommy Bracken & John P Conway beat Gorm Nielsen & Neil Falconer 6/5

4. John Conway & Paddy O’Sullivan halved Nick Denny & Mark Conway

5. Nicholas Dillon & Barry Grundy beat Jon Lavelle & David Conway 5/4

6. Dermot O’Grady & Michael Gibson lost to Ed Clutton & George Yeandle 2/1

DUGS 4 ½ LUGS 1 ½

Afternoon

1. Fergus Duddy & Will Kelly beat Jeremy Smith & Gorm Nielsen 1 hole

2. Mark Murnane & Michael Gibson lost Nick Denny & Ed Clutton 1 hole

3. John Conway & Nicholas Dillon halved Mark conway & David Conway

4. Matt Minch & Barry Grundy beat George Yeandle & John Sugden 1 hole

5. Tommy Bracken & Dermot O’Grady beat Neil Falconer & Mike Kershaw 1 hole

6. John P Conway & Paddy O’Sullivan (SHOESHINE) halved Jon Lavelle & James Bull

DUGS 4 ½ LUGS 1 ½

FINAL RESULT DUGS 9 LUGS 3

DUGS vs DUGC – Weir Cup

Dublin University Golfing Society
Weir Cup Match Report
DUGS v DUGC


Venue: Portmarnock G.C
Date: February 24th, 2019
Match Captain DUGS: Darragh Garrahy
Match Captain DUGC: Dylan Lambe
Format: 36 holes foursomes

Morning
Harry McHugh / Michael Collins Jnr 3/1 vs Dylan Lambe/ Jack Walsh
Huntly Lauder / Andrew Stokes 3/1 vs Stephen Keogh/ Alan Gillespie
Paddy Mcelligott/Alan Hopkins vs Paddy Legros/ Jack Killeen 5/4
Ruairi Kennelly/ David Conway Jnr 3/1 vs Luke Flynn/James Coonan
Fergus Duddy/Darragh Garrahy vs Cian McCormack/ Adam Hussey 5/4

DUGS 3 :DUGC 2

Afternoon
Michael Collins/ Paddy Mcelligott vs Cian McCormack/ Luke Flynn 7/5
Ruairi Kennelly/ Alan Hopkins 4/2 vs James Coonan/Adam Hussey
Fergus Duddy/Huntly Lauder vs Dylan Lambe/ Paddy Legros 4/2
David Conway Jnr/Darragh Garrahy 4/2 vs Jack Walsh/ Stephen Keogh
Andrew Stokes/Harry McHugh vs Jack Killeen/ Alan Gillespie 4/2

DUGS 2 :DUGC 3
Result: DUGS 5 : DUGC 5

Winter Meeting 2019

DUGS vs Portmarnock Golf Club – Lionel Munn Putter

12 man team, 18 hole 4-ball aggregate

Manager: John Kenny

Munn Putter 2018

The 2018 Munn Putter team, considerably strengthened by the absence on safari of the senior DUGS members, suffered a shock third defeat in a row at the hands of Portmarnock Golf Club.

Early morning bacon rolls and coffee wasn’t enough to fuel a DUGS team against a youthful and ruthless opposition. Early matches were exchanged with PGC steadily building up a holes-up lead thanks to some generally incompetent play from the DUGS. Former bankers, Shanahan and Johnston appeared perplexed, their form of previous years a hazy memory. Brett and Connolly were savaged 6 down by Harnett and O’Brien. Nine down was the final result when Flavin and Murnane lurched in from the links.

No notable or unsporting moments were reported other than Spain’s approach to the 18th which may have set some sort of record for distance from an intended target.

Grace was once again mangled by the Prince of Tweed.

A three course lunch, the first since 2007, was enjoyed by the golfers who rejoiced at the return of the good times. PGC President Harnett sternly noted the absence of DUGS dignitaries and declared himself greatly displeased at the snub to Portmarnock. Match manager Kenny, standing in for the President, Captain, Hon Sec and Hon Treasurer, threw insults at anyone who came into sight and demanded, to loud applause,  the immediate return of the plaque to Munn’s Mounds.

Later, as the pain of defeat eased, Kenny consoled himself with the thought that the defeat would have been much more severe had the DUGS heavyweights been on the team.

Match 1   8 40am        William Eickholt 2 & Harry Bradshaw 4   P FitzGerald 7 & Mateo Crowley 6     3 Dn

Match 2   8 50am       Brendan Cashell 4 & Colin Lynch 8                 L Canning 4  & D McNamara 13    2 Up

Match 3   9.00am           John Bolger 12 & Kevin Dempsey 13              T Shanahan 9 & K Johnston 9   3 Dn

Match 4   9 10am            Jim Harnett 7 & Eric O’Brien 6                 M Brett 1 & Gerry Connolly 14     6 Dn       

Match 5   9.20 am          Howard Mahon 11 & David Gill 8       John Kenny 5 & Patrick Spain 19  A/S

Match 6   9 30am            Alistair Smith & Gerry Killen           Mark Murnane 3 & J Flavin 12  1 Up

The Ledger – RCD 2018

Time

            DUGS

           QUGS           UCDGS DUGS vs QUGS DUGS vs UCDGS

QUGS vs UCDGS

8.00 Kenny Johnson 9

David Bunworth 18

Mark Lindsay 6

Rab Brady 10

Michael Keane 9

Eamonn Kelly 12

QUGS

3/2

DUGS

1 up

QUGS

2 up

8.12 Jim Carrigy 8

Gavin Caldwell 13

Peter Greene 3

Richard Nicholas 13

Diarmuid Finan 9

Frank O’Riordan 12

QUGS

6/5

UCDGS

6/5

QUGS

2/1

8.24 Brian Dunnion 8

Paddy Spain 19

Gregg Sterritt 6

John McCarter 15

Dermot Fullam 9

Brian Cole 15

QUGS

1 up

1/2:1/2 QUGS

2 up

8.36 Johnny O’Driscoll 2

Fergus Duddy 13

Michael Curran 5

Gordon Knight 15

Eugene Dunne 8

John Casey 16

QUGS

4/3

DUGS

3/2

QUGS

5/4

8.48 Fran Quilty 5

Matt Minch 16

Fergus Patton 6

Chris Connolly 17

Des Fullam 9

Jackie Reynolds 13

QUGS

6/5

DUGS

2/1

QUGS

5/4

9.00 Jamie Myerscough 6

David McNamara 13

Russell Houston 7

Stuart Gough 24

Hugh Millar 8

Martin O’Flynn 13

1/2:1/2 DUGS

5/3

QUGS

4/3

Points 5 11.5 1.5 win = 1 half = ½ loss = 0
14.00 Kenny Johnson 9

Gavin Caldwell 13

Mark Lindsay 6

Richard Nicholas 13

Diarmuid Finan 9

Brian Cole 15

DUGS

4/2

DUGS

4/3

1/2:1/2
14.12 Jim Carrigy 8

David Bunworth 18

Peter Greene 3

Rab Brady 10

Eugene Dunne 8

Eamonn Kelly 12

QUGS

5/4

DUGS

3/2

QUGS

5/4

14.24 Brian Dunnion 8

Fergus Duddy 13

Michael Curran 5

John McCarter 15

Michael Keane 9

Jackie Reynolds 13

DUGS

3/2

DUGS

3/2

QUGS

3/2

14.36 Johnny O’Driscoll 2

Paddy Spain 19

Gregg Sterritt 6

Gordon Knight 15

Hugh Millar 8

John Casey 16

QUGS

5/4

UCDGS

1 up

UCDGS

4/3

14.48 Fran Quilty 5

David McNamara 13

Russell Houston 7

Chris Connolly 17

Des Fullam 9

Frank O’Riordan 12

DUGS

7/6

DUGS

4/3

UCDGS

4/3

15.00 Jamie Myerscough 6

Matt Minch 16

Fergus Patton 6

Stuart Gough 24

Dermot Fullam 9

Martin O’Flynn 13

DUGS

3/1

UCDGS

3/1

UCDGS

4/2

Points 8 4.5 5.5 win = 1 half = ½ loss = 0
Totals DUGS = 13 QUGS = 16 UCDGS = 7      

 

Match report:

DUGS assembled on Thursday evening at the Slieve Donard to find a Dermatologists Conference in progress but, notwithstanding 90% of conference attendees being female, DUGS maintained focus on Ledger preparation which, as usual, meant a long dinner followed by more than a few drinks.

Friday morning dawned with DUGS, QUGS, and UCDGS teams arriving at RCD. In a departure from past practice the UCDGS team had the correct number of players with the correct composition of handicaps. (Whether this follows the introduction of penalties for not so doing is a moot point.)

A lovely morning and a beautifully presented RCD links greeted the participants of the 33rd Ledger. There could be no excuses for the sixsomes setting off from 8am. However by lunchtime excuses were needed as QUGS, dropping just 1/2 point in the morning matches, went into an overwhelming lead. DUGS took some little comfort, over a two-hour lunch, in having achieved more than three times the points of UCDGS.

Much fortified the afternoon sixsomes set forth, in more lovely weather, from 2pm. The long lunch clearly agreed with DUGS who staged a thrilling comeback. However QUGS morning lead proved too much to overcome and they emerged worthy winners, with DUGS a close second, and UCDGS a distant last.

There followed a long, very enjoyable, dinner which featured some fine speeches and, of course, the usual jokes. Later the RCD bar witnessed a budding ‘bromance’ as, arm in arm, Messrs (messers) Johnston and McNamara sang together – and this, allied to their earlier good performances, led to some speculation that (assuming future selection) the duo might constitute a ‘dream team’.

Some time later excited DUGS, QUGS, and UCDGS headed for the Slieve Donard in search of dermatologists. But alas, their conference having concluded, no dermatologists were to be found.