The glory days of the Senior Scratch Cups were in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. On a Sunday morning the elite of amateur golf would rise early, travel to a Scratch Cup, play 36 holes and return home, often in darkness. Indeed these competitions were important events on the calendar of the top amateur golfers!
An aspect of the leading Senior Scratch Cups in the early days was that they attracted huge spectator participation. Spectators lined the fairways to watch such stars as Jimmy Bruen, Joe Carr, Tom Craddock and Peter Townsend.
Nowadays, our leading amateur golfers, many of whom are full-time players, are too busy with top amateur competitions overseas to have time for Senior Scratch Cups which are now. apart from a few exceptions, the preserve of club golfers with handicaps of 4 or less. The heady days of the Senior Scratch Cups are undoubtedly over!
Inaugurated in 1964, when Noel Fogarty of Royal Dublin was the winner, the Athlone Senior Scratch Cup has down through the years attracted many of the leading amateur golfers. John O’Leary claimed top spot in 1969. Athlone’s Irish international player and later Irish Captain, Eddie Dunne, was the winner on five occasions – 1972, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1983. Other Athlone players to capture the title were Paddy Egan (1972, 1978), Colm Moriarty (1999, 2001), Padraig o’ Boyle Jnr. (2002) and Ciaran O’Connor (2005). Richard Coughlan of Birr, now a professional in the U.S.A., was the winner in 1987. However, the most famous winner of the Rupert de Lacy Staunton Cup was Padraig Harrington in 1994
|1964||N Fogarty||Royal Dublin|
|1965||R De L Staunton||Castlerea|
|1974||R De L Staunton||Castlerea|
|1982||R De L Staunton||Castlerea|
|1985||S Rooney||Co. Sligo|
|1996||K Kearney||Co. Sligo|
|2005||S Heavey||Co. Sligo|
|2010||A Gleeson||The Castle|