2023 National Scotch Foursomes Stats

John Manning takes us through the significance of last weekend’s results in Royal Meath.

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Audrey Donnelly and Padraic Sarsfield are the third Co. Louth pairing in history to win the National Mixed Foursomes (now the National Mixed Scotch Foursomes) following two Seapoint combinations –Concepta Maddick & Gerry Rock (2012) and Wendy Leech & Alan Weston (1996).

Audrey and Padraic are the first MacBride couple win the National Mixed Foursomes (now the National Mixed Scotch Foursomes).

Audrey matches Grainne Shelley’s feat of winning her provincial Junior Matchplay Championship and the National Mixed Foursomes in the same calendar year.

Padraic joins Wally Sheridan, Damien Fleming, Chris Scannell, Ian Farrelly, Noel Joyce, Jack McCormack and Sean Harkins as National Mixed Foursomes winners to have also won National Inter-County silver medals with their respective counties.

Audrey Donnelly & Padraic Sarsfield join Tracey McGrath, Redmond, Joe McGrath & Liz Quinn as Leinster Mixed Foursomes runners-up that have won the National Mixed Foursomes. Audrey &Padraic have achieved that feat in reverse order to the other three.

The winning margin in the National Mixed Foursomes was one stroke for the 24th time in history. The winning aggregate in this year’s event is the lowest since the event format was changed to Stableford.

Daniel O’Toole & Mary Lynch are the 11th pair in history to finish runners-up in the National Mixed Foursomes over their home course.

Mary Lynch is the first wife of a former Pitch and Putt Ireland President to claim a runners-up placing in the National Mixed Foursomes.

Mary Lynch & Daniel O’Toole are the fourth Co. Meath pairing (and the second in three stagings) to finish runners-up the National Mixed Foursomes.

Mary & Daniel are the first pair representing the Royal Meath club to achieve runners-up spot at the National Mixed Foursomes.

Gareth Walsh & Brenda Purcell are the fourth Lucan pair to claim Best Gross at the National Mixed Foursomes.

Brenda Purcell now has two Best Gross wins – the same as Tony McGuigan, Kieran Kearney, Joe Flood, Oliver Cooney, Jean Cooney, Alan Hanlon, Liz Quinn, Joe McGrath and Tracey McGrath Redmond. (Eleanor Walsh, Darren Keogh & Linda Murphy have four while Jack & Rose McCormack, Catherine McCreevy, Chrissie Byrne Sheedy, Christy McDermott, Ger Ward and Ray Murphy all won three).

Brenda is the fifth player to win the Gross with different partners following Eleanor Walsh (two wins each with two different partners), Darren Keogh (four wins with two different partners), Catherine McCreevy (three wins with three different partners) and Linda Murphy (four wins with two different partners).

Brenda Purcell’s National Mixed Foursomes record now matches Liz Quinn’s – one win overall and two Best Gross victories.

Gareth Walsh’s Royal Meath success story continues. He was part of the winning Dublin Provincial Intermediate Inter-County team in Clonee four years ago.

Robert McCabe & Susan Synan emulate their fellow Co Meath representatives, Marie & Richard Brennan (Bellewstown), by winning a Session prize at the National Mixed Foursomes.

Marie Power & Dick Dreeling are the first Co. Kilkenny pairing to win a Session prize at the National Mixed Foursomes since that category was introduced in 2016.

All podium finishers in the 2023 National Mixed Foursomes hailed from Leinster clubs. That was in stark contrast to 2022 when all prizes were won by Munster club representatives.



David Moran & John Burns became the first pair from the Royal Meath club and the second from Co. Meath to win the National Non-Mixed Scotch Foursomes.

David Moran & John Burns’ winning margin (back eighteen tiebreaker) is the same as that enjoyed by fellow Co. Meath players William Carry & Derek Seery (Bellewstown) in 2019.

The winning total in the 2023 Non-Mixed Scotch Foursomes is the lowest in the short history of the event.

Niall Robbins and Ian Fitzpatrick are the first pairing from the Erry club and the first from Co. Offaly to be runners-up in the National Non-Mixed Scotch Foursomes.

Niall earned two podium finishes on Leinster Juvenile Inter-County duty with Offaly while Ian reached the 2023 Leinster Junior Matchplay semi-finals.

Kieran Earls & Tommy Hanley are the first partnership to win Best Gross at both the Munster Non-Mixed Scotch Foursomes and the National Non-Mixed Scotch Foursomes in the same year.

2018 Leinster Junior Matchplay runner-up Richie Walsh & 2019 Leinster Foursomes winner Jonathan McCabe made a profitable return to the course where they both earned provincial Intermediate Inter-County silver medals with Meath in 2019.

2022 Leinster Junior Inter-County runner-up Thomas O'Brien & Joe Redmond’s 96 points tally equals the best ever 2nd Session winning aggregate in the National Non-Mixed Scotch Foursomes. 

For the second time in three stagings, the same club provided the winners of the Non Mixed Scotch Foursomes and the runners-up in the Mixed Scotch Foursomes (Bellewstown in 2019, Royal Meath in 2023).