The Wednesday Sweep was a very closely contested affair with just 2pts separating the top 6 places.
Kevin McKavanagh returned to the winners’ enclosure, after an unusually lengthy absence, with 43pts off 7. He covered the course in level par helped by birdies at 1, 4, 10, 16 and 17. It was the late pair of birdies which made the decisive difference in holding off the challenge from the ever impressive Alex Denver.Alex returned a three under par score for 43pts, off 4, and the runners-up spot. His birdies came at 1, 4, 5, 10 and 15 and they had put him into a seemingly unassailable lead. On his last 4 rounds he has played the last two holes in 2 under par with 6 pars and 2 birdies. It was like waiting ages for a bogey and suddenly 2 come along in a row!
Third place went to the elegant Aidan Thornbury with 42pts off 13. There was hardly a sign of a mistake as he ran off 11 pars and 7 bogeys on the steadiest of steady rounds.
After an absence of a few weeks, Martin Rea returned to shatter the silence of the dawn and take 4th place with 41pts off 11. His score was built upon three very different birdies. A great approach to the 4th left him a tap in birdie putt, his successful putt for 3 at the 9th covered the full length of the green, and his magic wand third shot to 13 from 60yds out found its way to the cup.
The gross prize went to Patrick Jordan with 38 gross pts after a round of 2 under par. Four birdies in the 5 holes from the 4th to the 8th were followed by a further one at 15 for him to join Alex Denver in returning the only 2 sub-par rounds of the day.