Young Daniel Pepper will be particularly pleased with his season as a string of good performances have reduced his handicap from 16.7 to 9, a massive drop of 7.7. In the process he has picked up two trophies, the Peace Cup and Lurgan Mail Trophy, and as if to confirm that he is not finished yet, he picked up the first competition of Winter golf with 40pts off his new single figure handicap.
Dominic Hand also had a great season reflected in a handicap reduction of 5.3, from 22 to 16.7. His biggest scores came during a spell in midsummer which saw him claim two victories and a third place in quick succession.
Third biggest faller of the year was Garry Scullion who fell from 16.9 to 12.2, a drop of 4.7.
Next came Golfer of the Year James Hanratty Jnr with a reduction of 4.2, from 18.7 to 14.5.
Niall Magee also had a good season and some very impressive scores saw him fall from 18.5 to 14.8, a drop of 3.7.
What a season Ronan McCrory has had and his statistics must rank among the best in the country over the season. His handicap dropped from 2.4 to 0 and 57% of his rounds equalled or bettered his low category 1 handicap. In one fortnight at the end of August he shot rounds of 69, 71, 68, 70, 67, 69, 73 and 69. With both a scratch handicap and a Scratch Cup in his pocket this young golfer will be looking to the future with much deserved confidence.
HOLES IN ONE
The season had a relatively small number of holes in one compared to other years. At the second hole aces were recorded by Joseph Carroll and Robert Emerson; Caolan McCann at the 8th; Richard Budd and Nevan Lavery at 12; Alistair McCaffrey and Andrew Cummins at 17.
John Forrester had a nice little double in the June Seniors when he both won the competition and scored the only 2 of the 30 competitors.