Connor Lavery took the Gents Shop Sweep in style with 43pts off 24. He followed up his 22 outward pts with a birdie at 10 and could even afford to close his round with a 9 and still claim victory by a handsome 4pt margin.
The runners-up spot went to Martin Corey with 39pts off 9. Four over par after 8 holes, his 9 pars thereafter were punctuated only by a double bogey at 15.
Stephen Cassidy’s NR at 8 meant he reached the turn with what must have seemed a disappointing 18pts after some very impressive golf. A birdie at 12 helped him turn the corner however and 20pts on the way home were enough to give him 3rd place with 38pts off 16.
Edged into 4th place on the back 9 was Martin McCooe off 17. Having moved towards the top of the leader board with 22pts on the front 9, he countered an NR at 11 with a birdie at 13 and found himself leading the charge when he was 6 under his handicap after 14 holes. A further pair of NRs at 15 and 18 saw an extremely promising card bite the dust. This noted Captain’s Day specialist will no doubt see this round as part of a learning curve as he moves towards the big day.
Gavin Smyth, 10, and Neill Dillon, 13, had 37pts each to take 5th and 6th places respectively. Neill had been in a very strong position at the turn with 23pts in the bag before he hit the bogey trail with 7 in a row from the 10th and then capped off that run with a triple bogey at the last.
The gross prize went to the easy swinging Olcan Kearney with 33 gross pts. On the previous day he had scored no fewer than 5 birdies only to see his chances frittered away with a couple of triple bogeys. Sunday saw him take a much more cautious approach and it was that attitude which brought him reward.