The Winter League Committee certainly had a busy time on Saturday evening as no fewer than 8 of the 10 weekly prizes on offer were only decided after complicated winter handicap reductions were applied. The main beneficiary of their deliberations was Colm Nash who took the week’s top prize with 32pts off 10. After a relatively quiet spell he registered his first outright win of the year with a very steady 8 pars and 6 bogeys.
Veteran Paddy Meehan was carrying a 1pt handicap penalty into his round but he easily shrugged it off to take 2nd place with 32pts off 9. He dropped three shots over the first 4 holes but then turned on his inimitable style to play the last 10 holes in just 2 over.
David Greene took full advantage of the revised placings when he took 3rd place with 31pts off 12. His only mishap came at the shortest hole on the course where a double bogey at 12 prevented him from claiming the top spot.
Timmy Cummins closed each half of his round with a birdie and took the day’s gross prize after a one over par round gave him 27 gross pts.
The low section went to Kevin McKavanagh with 31pts off 6. He dropped 3 shots over the first 5 holes but then ran off 9 consecutive pars reflecting a consistency which has seen him return at least 30pts in five of his 6 Winter League rounds. Winter League statistician Niall Hoy will be pleased with the novelty of including his own name in the reckoning as he took second place with 30pts off 9. A birdie at 12 had moved him to just two over par and well up with the leaders only for a double bogey to put him into reverse.
Despite carrying a 1pt handicap reduction Daniel McGivern took the middle section with 32pts off 10 after a round which saw 8 pars and 6 bogeys. Just behind him came Tony Gallery with 30pts off 9 picking up his third prize in as many weeks. He began with a birdie and was just 4 over par with one hole to play but unfortunately for him he had only his third NR of the year at the last.
Colin Darling and Gerard McCarron, both 16, stood side by side on the podium last week and had there been no handicap adjustments to their scores they would have repeated that achievement. They both carried their penalties easily and found their way into the prizes again with Colin taking the high section with 30pts and Gerard taking the runners-up spot also with 30pts. Colin ended his first 7 holes with a birdie, while Gerard found out why the 8th hole is named Waterloo when he failed to score at it for the second week in a row.