DCB Sponsorship/Fundraising

The DCB are very, very lucky and grateful to our two main sponsors over recent years: Eamonn Birchall & The Drain Doctor, who currently sponsor our two flagship events: The Dublin Ladies & Dublin Gents, Strokeplay Championships. Thankyou to both for your continued support.

As you know, Sponsorship & Fundraising is the difference between making a profit, breaking even or making a loss at the end of the year.

The DCB intend to run some events this season to help raise funds that we can put back into our game. Please watch out for them through the season and if you can participate where you can, we would be very grateful.

The DCB are also keen on finding more sponsors for the main events that are not already sponsored. If you are interested in sponsoring any of the events or indeed can point the DCB towards someone who might, please don’t hesitate to contact the Secretary at the below details.

If you have any ideas on sponsorship or fundraising, don’t hesitate to contact us either. We would love to hear from you.

On behalf of the Dublin County Board

Darren Thornberry.

Email: Thornberrydt@gmail.com

Phone: 085 2708844

Dublin Board Secretary – Contact Details

The DCB Secretary (Darren Thornberry) can be contacted at the below details for any questions/queries you may have through the season:

Email: Thornberrydt@gmail.com

Phone: 085 2708844

Address is in the PPUI fixtures book.

Darren is also looking for each club to send him an email address in order to get quick correspondence out, if required. Please send on, if not already done.

John Mulroy RIP

Condolences to the family and friends of John Mulroy {RGSC} who recently passed away. May he Rest In Peace.

Co Board Meeting

The next Co Board meeting will take place in Fairview CY on Monday 12th Febuary at 8 15pm.
Please note change of venue.

Dublin Co Board Convention

The following officers were elected
Chairman Anthony Malone
V/ Chairman (vacant)
Secretary Darren Thornberry
Treasurer Marise Carroll
Comp.Sec (vacant)
League Sec Junior Smith
PRO (vacant)
Under 16′s Officer Miriam Salmon
Registrar (vacant)
We would appreciate if these vacancies were filled, anyone interested please contact our Secretary or any of the above officers.

*****REMINDER*****


The Annual Convention of the Dublin County Board will take place this Saturday, January 20th at 12pm in RGSC Pitch and Putt Club. It is imperative that all clubs in Dublin are  represented.

Jim Byrne – R.I.P

It is with great sadness we end the year with the passing of one of Old County’s founder members and 2017 PPUI Hall of Fame inductee Jim Byrne.

Our deepest sympathies to all of Jim’s family and his Old County clubmates. He is well and truly a legend within the pitch & putt community.

Rest In Peace Jim.

Jim Byrne (center) receiving his Hall of Fame Award from PPUI President Mervyn Cooney surrounded by some of Old County’s members

2017 Season Review: July to November

JULY

With the season really hitting top gear now the action & trophies kept on coming with the Ladies National Strokeplay taking place in Cement, Drogheda. Ger Ward once again confirmed her superiority over the rest of the ladies game with a superb finishing round taking her 20th individual National Title. Philo Condron continued her fine season with another runner-up spot in the Intermediate Grade.

Meanwhile, in Lucan that Sunday, Damian Creevey put on a masterclass in the final round to take the Lucan Scratch Cup and propelling himself to the top of the Dublin Scratch Cup Series.

33yrs is a long time for any club to taste success but the Erin’s Isle Intermediate Gents team put that stat to be by winning the title against an Old County team who were looking to end their own longtime hoodoo. The Intermediate Inter-County team was picked also with their final trials taking place early in the month and they would be managed by Darren Thornberry to take back the Dave Donnelly Cup from their Westmeath counterparts in RGSC. The Dublin Juvenile Matchplay took place in CY Fairview with another success for the Glenville club with David Horan taking the title with a win against Old County’s Conor Parsons. On a National Matchplay level the juveniles fells short despite a good performance in the early stages by Lennon Blake in St.Stephens, Co.Cork.

In the Gents National Strokeplay, none of our men really got in a challenging position to take any of the titles but former Dublin Inter County player Mark Millar claimed his first Senior Strokeplay title after a fascinating playoff with Stephen Shoer, Mark was to then follow up with another win in the Portmarnock Scratch Cup at the end of their Open Week. Loughlinstown held their first Open Scotch Foursomes as Lucan also hosted an Open in July.  There was to be a success though at the end of the month in the National Over 55′s finals in Cloghogue as Maree O’Toole took the Intermediate title with a dominant display.

AUGUST

The Dublin Mixed Foursomes kickstarted the month of August and it was to be another win for Glenville as Frank Connolly & Stella Sheridan hauled back Lucan pairing Rosaleen & Jimmy Thompson to take the coveted title in Ringcommon. Lucan though would not have long to wait for success as the following day in Lucan, Phillip Sweeney rolled back the years putting in a stunning final round surge to take the John Smith Scratch Cup on his home course.

The 2nd weekend in August is traditionally the Provincial Inter County weekend and it was to prove successful for one Dublin team over the weekend. The Senior Gents put in a masterful team performance to take their first Leinster crown in 8yrs winning with a few shots to spare in a fabulous Lough Owel. The Intermediate Gents would finish runners-up to the Westmeath team they had beaten only weeks previous in RGSC as home ground really came into play. The Senior Ladies would have no answer to the Kildare firepower although they would finish in the runner-up position also. The Intermediate Ladies would be pipped for the 3rd spot over in Collinstown with our juveniles also missing out on a podium finish and were also out of luck in Erry the following week.

Also in Erry, the inaugural Under 20′s Championships took place with Old County’s Ross O’Reilly taking the runner-up spot behind Douglas player Cian Morrison. In Old County that same weekend they would host their Scratch Cup with local George McGreal winning the title in dramatic circumstances with a miraculous chip in on the final hole to get into a playoff with clubmate Kevin Bermingham. George would negotiate the 3 hole playoff the best and take the honours. The following week the Loughlinstown Scratch Cup would also remain within the club with JR Crangle comfortably taking his first Scratch Cup of the year.

Lucan hosted the National Mixed Foursomes that same weekend and hopes were high that they too would have some local success taking 4 of the 5 prizes on offer. The Champions were Ted Flynn & Marie O’Toole who took the top spot by only one stroke from Anthony Malone & Tracey Smith. The end of August also brought an end to the Dublin Leagues with Portmarnock taking the Senior Persons League with a dominant win in Shandon against Loughlinstown.

SEPTEMBER

The Dublin Matchplay Championships took place on the first weekend of September with over 100 players looking to take their title between the 6 grades. Ierne, Shandon and Erin’s Isle hosted the qualifying matches with the finals taking place on a dramatic Sunday in Erin’s Isle. RGSC’s Susan Ritchie took the Ladies Junior Title, the ever popular Pauline Balfe of Old County took the Inter title while Lucan’s Philo Condron capped off a fine season with a Senior title. Philo would look on with pride as her son Jay Condron would take the Gents Junior title, Charlie Egan would return to his old stomping ground with a win in the Inters while Damian Creevey would edge a thrilling final in the Seniors with Gary Healy on the 39th hole to claim a first Major County title.

In Ryston the Dublin Senior Ladies and Gents would go into the National Inter Counties looking to retain their titles. Both teams though would ultimately come up short with the ladies once again falling short against a superb Kildare team with their local knowledge. The Gents would start well on day one but would disappoint in the singles to find themselves just outside the top 5. They would battle back on Sunday to give themselves hope of taking the title once again but the Cork Gents were inspired on the final 9 and regained the trophy they had lost in RGSC in 2016.

Glenville would host their Scratch Cups with Sean Goggins putting in one of the performances of the season taking the win with 9 shots to spare over Julian Kelly. Ger Ward would continue her fine form winning the Ladies title. Another Scratch Cup would take place in September with Erin’s Isle hosting another dramatic finish. Charlie Egan would finish his final round with a magnificent flourish and would go on to floor Anthony Malone in the following playoff to take the cup. The month would end with the Leinster Matchplay Championships but only Helen Greagsbey of the CY Fairview club would feature in the finals finishing runner-up to Margaret Keogh.


OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

The GRIP was thrown into chaos as the Winter weather kicked in and after the cancellation of play on Saturday, the competition was cut to only 36 holes. The results threw up victories for teams from Lucan, Loughlinstown, Glenville, Portmarnock, RGSC, Ierne, Ryston, Bellewstown, Collinstown and Cloghogue. The GRIP Presentation was held jointly with the Dublin League Presentation in RGSC and was hosted by Junior Smith and it a successful social evening for the Dublin County Board and the game of Pitch & Putt. JR Crangle was finishing his season strongly and he would take the RGSC Scratch Cup crown in the final Scratch Cup of the season before finishing off the DSCS Playoffs with victory in Loughlinstown.

The Dublin County Board would like to wish all our members and fellow members of the PPUI Community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing everyone out again playing  and competing in 2018.

2017 Season Review January to June

January

As the 2017 year began it was hoped that some new faces would arrive on the county board with the Dublin Pitch & Putt AGM taking place on Saturday 14th January in RGSC. The officers elected were Chairman Anthony Malone, Vice Chairman Jim Milligan, Hon Secretary Darren Thornberry, Treasurer Marise Carroll & P.R.O. JR Crangle. With it being out of season, clubs were quiet with members coming back after the Christmas period looking to get prepared for the season ahead.

February

The first DCB Monthly meeting took place and everyone was shocked to hear that Vice Chairman Jim Milligan(Old County) would be stepping down from his role. Jim worked tirelessly with the Dublin Board especially with the juvenile section with some great success through the years so it was a huge loss to the game in Dublin. The DCB was present at the National Convention in Nenagh, Tipperary to witness Old County stalwart Jim Byrne take his place in the PPUI Hall of Fame, a huge honor for a man who has dedicated his life to the game and Old County. Geraldine Ward of Portmarnock was also honored as the No.1 ladies player for the 2016 season.


March

The club season takes off in March with Captains Drive-Ins bringing all the clubs together with the Championship season on the horizon. The DCB would welcome two new members to the committee with Junior Smith taking on the job of League Secretary and Miriam Salmon taking over the Juvenile Officer role. A strong entry for the Dublin Mixed Scramble leads to qualifiers around the county with the finals in Portmarnock in April. The season had begun.


April

The Open season began as per usual with CY Fairview welcoming all comers for their Scotch Foursomes with Ierne following up a couple of weeks later with their Strokeplay singles taking place. The first Scratch Cup of the season took place in Ierne with local man Gary Byrne taking a hard-fought victory in a 3-way playoff with JR Crangle & Anthony Kavanagh. The Dublin Mixed scramble took place in Portmarnock with the home club returning a 1-2 finish with the Tony, Margaret & Ann Marie Fitzpatrick team taking the title by just 2/3rds from Martin Dowd, Alan & Breda Mee. CY Fairview also hosted the Dublin Qualifying for the Leinster Mixed Foursomes with teams representing Old County, Loughlinstown & Lucan making the finals. The Inter-County trials and the Dublin League groupings were announced as the pitch and putt season got busier by the week.


May

The Dublin Leagues took off early in May with some slight variations in leagues due to differing amounts of teams entering each grade, this though did not stop the leagues from having some pulsating finishes. The National Matchplay Qualifying took place early in May too with 8 gents qualifying for the long trip to Tipp Hills on June Bank Holiday weekend. Erin Isle also hosted their Scotch Foursomes Open Week. The singles season was really hitting flow as qualifiers came thick and fast for the Drain Doctor Sponsored Dublin Strokeplay and the Leinster Strokeplays which were also trials for the start of Dublin teams selection process. The ladies trials would start at a later date, meanwhile, Dublin Pitch and Putt were brought to the airwaves each Friday evening as the Dublin City FM Sportsdesk programme gave us some brilliant coverage throughout the year.


June

24yrs, 24yrs Dublin were waiting to once again complete a double of National Matchplay Champions, step up Ger Ward and JR Crangle as they completed superb wins in Tipperary Hills. Ger completed her march through the field by beating her most common rival Chrissie Byrne in a superb final in which Ger edged 2&1 to claim her 11th National Matchplay title. JR Crangle was searching for his first victory and played some fine pitch & putt to reach his 2nd final where he would face the daunting prospect of Ray Murphy. JR though stuck to his guns and finished off the match with a 3&2 winning margin and finally ending his search for single National glory. A stunning weekend for Dublin Pitch and Putt.



With no rest for the wicked, the players were back on the course the following week as the Eamonn Birchall Dublin Ladies Strokeplays took place in an impeccable Old County. Ger Ward would comfortably follow up with another title with Laura Whelan providing a home winner in the Intermediates in a fantastic playoff with Philo Condron while Maura Doyle of Glenville took the Junior title. The gents took to the stage on Sunday but JR would not figure as local hero Stephen Murray put an end to his Championship hoodoo with a fantastic calmly constructed final round completing a double for the club as Paul Griffin took top honors in the Intermediate Grade. The junior title would go to Glenville once again as Keith Kershaw took the title. Glenville would also be cheering a juvenile winner as Luke Devlin cooly took home the Dublin Juvenile Strokeplay.


On the Provincial scene the following week Philo Condron would go one better as she took the Leinster Intermediate title in what was a superb double for the Lucan Club as Patricia Anderson took the Junior title in a beautiful McDonagh. The Gents were in St.Bridgets but they were out of luck in all 3 grades as Portmarnocks Tom Judd finished closest to the leader in runner up spot in the Intermediate section. Their was success though for the juveniles as Oisin Horan from Glenville took top spot in Kilbeggan in the 10-13 Grade with Lennon Blake of Old County and David Horan finishing in 2nd & 3rd respectively in the 14-16 Grade.

More Opens took place with RGSC & Glenville hosting, All Ireland Strokeplay Qualifying also crept up on the calendar with players claiming their spots for the coveted finals in Hillview, Co.Tipperary. The Dublin Leagues were coming to an end in some grades with Glenvilles Class 2 Ladies taking their honours with Lucans Class 1 Ladies & Junior Gents team taking back their titles, Old County would edge out Loughlinstown in a repeat of last years final in what was a high octane month of pitch and putt for everyone!

Frank Smith – R.I.P

It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of former Dublin Chairman, PPUI & Fippa President Frank Smith.

Thanks to John Manning for the following tribute:

The Pitch and Putt community, across Ireland and internationally, is mourning the untimely loss of Frank Smith (R.I.P.). A former top-class player and a seasoned administrator, Frank achieved hugely and influenced widely during his long and illustrious involvement in the sport of Pitch and Putt.

It was in 1957 that Frank Smith was inspired by of Glenanne’s “Mr Pitch and Putt”, Frank Fleming, and joined the Kimmage club. Frank Smith was elected to Glenanne Club Committee in 1958 and remained there for the next dozen years or so.

In the late 1960s, a Pitch and Putt Club was formed in Churchtown on Dublin’s southside by the regulars at two local pubs, the County Club and the Bottle Tower. Thus, was County Tower club born. Frank Smith was playing out of County Tower when he journeyed to Castleisland to contest the 1970 National Strokeplay Championship. Robbie McCarthy (Carrigaline) won that championship with 143 for 54 holes. Frank was runner-up just three behind (having led by two after 36). Further success on the course came with a Dublin League win with Garda but 1976 was a memorable year. Frank won the Leinster Strokeplay Championship at Lucan and added the Dublin Senior Matchplay Championship at C.Y.M.C. for good measure. Frank represented Dublin on three occasions in the Inter-County Championship and was a member of the winning Dublin side at Cloghogue in 1970 (alongside Pat McLoughlin, Eamon O’Reilly and Eamon Tully).

Frank’s first taste of administration at county level was while a very successful selector of Dublin Inter-County teams. Having been Dublin’s delegate to Leinster Council for many years, he was finally elected to Dublin Board as Competitions Secretary in 1988. Since then, he served as League Secretary and Vice Chairman before succeeding long-serving Chairman Kevin Lambert at 1995 Convention. Frank was Dublin’s Chairman for one year. Frank’s wife Violet (to whom Frank was devoted for over 50 years) was a member of the Dublin County Board executive from 1980 to 1988.

Frank rallied (with his Dublin colleague Des Flanagan) to Sean Coyne’s call for Dublin representation on the Leinster Council Officer Board in 1992. He was elected Competitions Secretary, a position he held until his elevation to the provincial Vice Presidency in November 1995. Features of Frank’s work as Competitions Secretary for Dublin and Leinster (and later nationally) were attractively presented timesheets and scoreboards and events, which ran like clockwork. He remained as Leinster Vice President up to the turn of the millennium.

Frank Smith was representing the I.G.B. club in Dublin’s Goatstown when he was elected Competitions Secretary of the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland at Convention in Longford in December 1998. After nine years as Competitions Secretary and following a club move to Glenville, Frank was fittingly honoured with the PPUI Presidency from 2007 – 2009.

Mervyn Cooney and Frank Smith comprised the Irish delegation at the historic 1999 meeting to debate the formation of the European Pitch and Putt Association (EPPA). Earlier that year, Ireland won the inaugural European team championship at Chelmsford. Ireland’s successful team manager at Chelmsford was Frank Smith. Frank remained in charge of the Irish team that defeated Catalonia at I.G.B. in 2000. Around that time, Frank delivered advertising and sponsorship revenue to the PPUI.

The Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Ireland in 2003. Frank Smith was Sports Commissioner at Glenville during Pitch and Putt’s debut at the Special Olympics. Later that year, Frank was part of the Competition Committee when the PPUI hosted the European Team championships at McDonagh in September 2003.

Frank Smith was elected President of EPPA and FIPPA (the world Pitch and Putt federation) at the Handicap One complex in Catalonia on Friday 12 March 2010. During his four-year term in that dual role, Frank travelled extensively around Europe to propagate the Pitch and Putt message.

Frank was also very interested in golf and snooker. He was a member of Stackstown Golf Club and attended many top-class tournaments, such as the Ryder Cup. His occasional snooker partner was none other than golf legend, Padraig Harrington.

Frank was passionate about all aspects of Pitch and Putt, including development and coaching. Frank possessed the rare ability to achieve the optimum balance of gravitas and levity in the multiplicity of roles that he performed with distinction. He will be sorely missed.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.