Although Brian Doley has had a successful summer season, his claims that he is at his best during the winter have been more than substantiated by his performances in recent days.
Following on from lifting his first ever gross prize a couple of weeks ago he has won the most recent Wednesday and Sunday Sweeps in emphatic fashion. In the Sunday Shop Sweep he had 6pts to spare when he took the top prize with 47pts off 10, after a 1 under par round of 69. Neck and neck with the other contenders after 14 holes he showed them a clean pair of heels with three birdies over the last 4 holes. His 2 under par back 9 saw him score homeward 25pts.
Three other players finished with 41pts but while Brian got stronger towards the finish, they somewhat faltered over the back 9 and could only watch as he disappeared into the distance. The best back 9 of
the 3 came from Kevin McKavanagh, 8, and he took the runners-up spot. Birdies at 1, 4 and 8 left him with 22pts at the turn and a further birdie at 10 was just the homeward start he would have wished for, but he went on to drop 4 shots and drift out of contention. His last two competitions have seen him finish 3rd and 2nd, so perhaps we could consider writing next week’s headline today.
At the halfway stage Colin McKee was in a very strong position after birdies at 4 and 6 had helped him to 24pts. A further birdie at 10 improved things even further but 4 bogeys and a double bogey thereafter left him with a disappointing 17pts coming home for 41pts, off 8, and third place.
Three birdies and three bogeys meant a level par front 9 for Edward Watters, 13, and his 25 outward pts saw him clear of the field at that stage. Unfortunately for him he dropped 8 shots coming home which included double bogeys at 11 and 14, and he had to settle for 4th place.
Whilst others saw good front 9s followed by less impressive return journeys, John O’Neill did the reverse and almost made a late run onto the podium. 6 over par after 13 holes meant his handicap allowance had been used up but 4 birdies over the last 5 holes produced easily the best closing sprint of the day.
The gross prize went to Colin Thompson who went round in 2 under par for 38 gross pts. He had an eagle at 4 and birdies at 1, 10 and 13 for yet another good round from this consistently impressive player.