Ronan McCrory took the Gents Sunday Shop Sweep with 35pts off 2 to continue a remarkable run of form for this very talented young golfer whose last three rounds have seen him return respective subpar scores of -1, -2 and now -5. He had 5 birdies over the 14 holes in play on Sunday which makes his total for the three rounds to 1 eagle, 10 birdies and just 4 bogeys.
Gerard McCarron must feel like he has a season ticket for the podium at the moment as almost every time he tees off he manages to find a spot there. Three double bogeys on his outward journey possibly left him feeling his run had come to an end but 18pts on his homeward run gave him a total of 33pts off 16 to take the runners-up spot.
There appears to be nothing Tony Gallery likes more than winter conditions because the further the temperature drops the more his form soars. After winning the Sweep on his last outing he took third place with 33pts off 9, a handicap adjustment after his victory denying him the runners-up spot.
An NR at the opening hole put Conor Thompson somewhat on the back foot but he battled back to par 9 of the remaining 13 holes and take 4th place with 32pts off 12.
Fifth place went to the in-form Daniel McGivern with 32pts off 10. He had 8 pars and 6 bogeys to make his way into the prizes for the second time in as many weeks.
David McAlinden’s regular playing partners are currently struggling with their games so his was a lonely quest for the prizes as he scored 32pts off 19 to take 6th place. Despite an NR at 3 he reached the turn with 18pts and it could possibly be speculated that he melted into the mediocrity of his companions on the way home.
The last nett prize went to Garfield Bell with 31pts off 7. He was 4 over par after 5 holes and seemingly going nowhere until he made his way home with 9 straight pars, each one nudging him gradually up the leader board.
With his son Peter in America, Timmy Cummins moved up to second place in the family prize winners’ league when he took the gross prize with 27 gross pts.
It was very much a day of mixed fortunes in the McCrory household as son Ronan’s brilliant winning score contrasted sharply with his father Raymond’s fortunes. Raymond’s form has dipped recently and before he commenced play he noted that although the competition was over just 14 holes he would be so all over the place he would probably feel like he had walked 16 holes. His 16pts over 14 holes suggest he will have felt he walked many more holes than the 16 he predicted.