Louth Under 16 team defend their Leinster Title

Back Row: Shane Redmond(C'Rock),Aaron Mc Donagh(MacBride),Mark Lenehan(Collon), Daryl Mc Donagh(MacBride)
Front Row:Alan Cooper(Ass.Manager), LiamMcAufield(Collon), Brendan Lawlor (C'Rock), Keith Smyth (Manager)
Play got underway at Old County course in Dublin 12 in glorious conditions at midday with six counties represented & all teams primed and ready to contest the battle. Scoring was set to prove difficult on fast, drying greens and with several testing pitches scattered throughout the course in ricky windy conditions.

Kildare and Meath commenced proceedings with the opening scotch foursomes pairings. It was the Royal County who got the better of things, Luke Heeney and Donovan Sheridan in the first pairing combining for a 50. Cathal Dardis and Darren Fox also posted a good score of 51 helping Meath to the early lead at 6 under par. Offaly and Westmeath were the next counties to the tee and matched each other evenly throughout the foursomes.The Faithful County combined for a 3 over par total at the turn, while their neighbours Westmeath posted 8 over par.

Reigning All Ireland Champions and hosts Dublin, faced the holders Louth it the final groupings. The scoring was great from both teams. Daryl and Aaron McDonagh were first in with a best of the day 48 that was later matched by Dublin pair Claire Keatinge and Ross O’Reilly. It was the 49 from Brendan Lawlor and Mark Lenehen that made the difference. Their score along with Shane Redmond & Liam Mc Aufields 52 gave the Louth lads a slender four shot advantage at the turn on -13 with Dublin on -9.
With only four shots between the teams it was all to play for between Louth and Dublin. However, with the lead in hand, the Louth team capitalised on any hesitation from the Dubs. While Dublin’s scores were solid but not spectacular and sometimes on the wrong side of par, Louth had the likes of Brendan Lawlor and Shane Redmond producing a pair of 49’s along with solid performances from the three debutants Daryl mc Donagh, Liam Mc Aufield & Mark Lenehan the title was Louth’s for the second year in a row with a 469, with Dublin taking second place on 490 & Meath third on 511.
Great credit is due to Old County, fantastic hosts on the day. They provided a great course for the players and promoted a great atmosphere among players, mentors and supporters alike.

Congratulations also to Shane Redmond wins 2nd Leinster Championship title.

Photo: Eamonn Birchall (Vice President PPUI) presents Shane Redmond (Channonrock) with Leinster u-16's Title


Louth/Down/Monaghan Under 16’s Trials League 2012

Name Club Seapoint Mac Bride Collon Cement C Rock Total
AaronMc Donagh Mac Bride +1 -13 -8 -9 -8 -38
Shane Redmond Channonrock -14 NR -6 -9 -8 -37
Brendan Lawlor Channonrock -9 -10 -10 NR -8 -37
Daryl Mc Donagh Mac Bride -4 -7 -3 -2 -3 -17
Keelan Evans Collon -1 -4 -2 -1 -4 -11
Mark Lenehan Collon Level -1 -2 -4 nr -7
Liam Mc Aufield Collon NR +12 -5 -5 +1 +3
DJ Smyth Mac Bride +16 +3 +2 -1 +5 +7
Aaron o’Brien Collon +10 NR -9 +3 nr nr
Andrew Kelly Seapoint +7 +3 +8 +10 nr +28
Cathal Clarke Collon +7 +15 +7 +4 nr +33
Jamie Dyas Mac Bride NR +3 +4 +15 nr nr

Congratulations to the five qualifiers from the LDM Region for the National U-16 Strokeplay Finals:
Aaron Mc Donagh (Mac Bride) 100
Shane Redmond (Channonrock)100
Brendan Lawlor (Channonrock)100
Keelan Evans (Collon) 104
Daryl Mc Donagh (Mac Bride) 105
The trials are now finished for the Louth Under 16’s Inter County Team and the players are as follows;
Aaron Mc Donagh (Mac Bride)
Shane Redmond (Channonrock)
Brendan Lawlor (Channonrock)
Daryl Mc Donagh (Mac Bride)
Mark Lenehan (Collon)
Keelan Evans (Collon) National Inter Countys
Liam Mc Aufield (Collon) Leinster Inter Countys


Under -16 MatchPlay Championship at Collon

The LDM Regional Board Under 16s Matchplay Championship took place over the weekend in the Collon Pitch & Putt Club in extemely contrasting weather conditions with sun beaming down all day Saturday & misty rain covering the course all Sunday, it made for some exciting matches.

The qualifying rounds took place over 36 Holes and was well represented by competitors from the Collon, Mac Bride, Channonrock, Seapoint & Iniskeen clubs but it was the Mac Bride Club with three players & Collon with five that dominated to claim the eight qualifying spots for the finals. The pick of the quarter final matches were two club battles between Keelan Evans & Mark Lenihan from collon, two great friends and practice partners which went to the 34th hole with Evans the winner. Also the all Mac Bride match which seen two in form players Daryl Mc Donagh & DJ Smyth battle it out right too the final hole where Smyth tapped home for birdie after a top class pitch to win 1up. In the other two matches Aaron Mc Donagh proved too strong for local man Cathal Clarke with a convincing 9&8 win. The final match of the quarters was another all collon affair between Aaron o Brien & Liam Mc Aufield and after great qualifing scores this was going to be tough to call but in the end Aarons solid performance seen him win 4&3.

After great sunny weather on the Saturday the competitors were faced with horrible conditions for the semi finals on Sunday morning. The first match between Aaron Mc Donagh & Aaron o'Brien got under way at 9,30am and was an extremely one sided affair with Mc Donagh pitching for fun and o'Brien unable to find previous form with the putter the Mac Bride man coasted to victory on the 27th winning 10&9. The second semi final between Keelan Evans & DJ Smyth was a closer match with the lead swinging both ways numerous times throughout the match but local man Evans proved too strong in the end & with a chip in on the 15th second time round secured a 4&3 victory to reach the final.

The final pairing was decided and the title of Campion was between Aaron Mc Donagh of Mac Bride & Keelan Evans of Collon, a line up which was always going to be tough to predict and guaranteed some quality pitch & putt. Mc Donagh took an early lead going 1up on the 4th but Evans stook the 5th to level straight away. The match was too & from for the next few holes with both players birdying for fun, Evans took a narrow 2 hole lead at the turn. Both player were at the top of there game and werent giving much away but by 27th Aaron had gone 1up. The match took a turn on the 13th when Mc Donagh bogeyed to give Evans the chance to level which he extended to 1up when he pitched to 18inches on the 15th, but with determination Aaron birdied on the16th to level and yet again on the 17th Evans pitched in to gimmie range to go 1up after a missed putt by Mc Donagh. The drama wasnt over there with too nervous on the 18th pitches Aaron scraped a par only too hope Evans missed his par putt to win the match, he did and it was off to a playoff. Two solid piches were produce with evans 9ft above the hole and Mc Donagh just off the green on the front right he elected to chip and just lipped out on the left, Evans now had his second match winning putt, a tricky 9ft downhiller which he converted in style to become LDM Under 16 Matchplay Champion 2012.

In his presentation afterwards Under 16s Officer Keith Smyth thanked all the Competitors, Collon Pitch & Putt Club especially Niall Roche & all the parents and family who came out on a miserable afternoon for what was a spectacular final.






Under-18 Pitch & Putt

Players between the ages of 8 and 18 compete in a their own "Under-18" grade. This grade was formerly know as the 'Juvenile or Juniors" Grade.

All Clubs in Louth have a dedicated Under-16's officer, our Under-18 activities are run in accordance with the enforced code of ethics as set out by the PPUI.

An Under-18 player can play all year round, however activities usually reach their height with the summer holidays from school. Throughout the year club run weekly coaching sessions followed by competitions please check with the individual clubs for their details.

Each year there are County, Provincial and National competitions for Under-18's. There is a Under-18 county team which competes in an National and Leinster Inter County Competition, held at a different location each year. The county team allows Under-18 players to experience a variety of different courses throughout the country.

For more information on Under-18 you can contact the Regional board under-16 officer Keith Smyth the contact the individual club officers

  • Regional Board under-18 Officer Keith Smyth

    • Tel: 086 3958927
    • Post: 12 Hand St Drogheda County Louth
    • Email: Under-18 officer

  • Individual Club Officers

    • Mac Bride- Alan Cooper 086-8173471.
    • Cement-
    • Seapoint-
    • Channonrock- Mary Conlon
    • Collon- John Smith
    • Cloghogue-
    • Inniskeen-

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