Despite the cold, wet conditions, 57 stalwarts headed to the first tee with almost half of them beating a retreat to the comfort of the clubhouse long before their scheduled return. The brave souls who did complete their rounds played some wonderful golf with John McCallion’s very creditable 43pts, off 21, taking the day’s top prize. A couple of weeks ago John had to sit on the sidelines and watch his brother Tony march into the prizes, but he didn’t have to wait for too long before he turned the tables.
It has been so long since Johnny McEvoy, 10, had 40pts that he must have been feeling quite dizzy after his round on Sunday. A birdie at 4 set him on his way and he went on to fill the runners-up spot thanks to his 20 homeward pts. The sweetest part of his round will surely come throughout the week when he can constantly regale brother-in-law Francis Tallon with details of his own prize-winning antics rather than have to once more meekly listen to Francis’ Fairy Tales.
Third place went to Conor Roddy with 40pts off 13. A birdie at 4 was unfortunately followed by double bogeys at 5 and 8 for 21 front 9 pts. A steady homeward run yielded a further 19pts to narrowly miss out to Johnny. This has been the story of Conor’s golfing year so far with his handicap reductions not being matched by accumulated silverware, so possibly this 40pts will signal a very welcome change in fortune.
Ronan McCrory took 4th place with 40pts off 2. This has been quite a spectacular year for Ronan as he has constantly followed success with more success and he was one of only two players to break par on Sunday. He matched 16 pars with birdies at 4 and 7 for a round of 68. The family notched up a very special double recently when Raymond took the gross prize in the October Seniors’ Open and two days later son Ronan won the gross in the Wednesday Sweep. Can anyone remember father and son winning the gross prizes in successive competitions?
Having taken the honours in the McCallion family a few weeks ago it was Tony’s turn to play second fiddle to brother John by taking 5th place with 39pts off 17. He had a birdie at 12 and but for double bogeys at 11 and 16 he could have made it a family one, two.
Gerard McCarron can’t do a thing wrong these days and having taken top prize in the Winter League on Saturday, he scored 38pts, off 21, to take 6th prize on Sunday. Timmy Cummins had birdies at 3, 4, 10 and 15 as he scored 38pts, off 4, to take 7th place. David Greene, 16, repeated his 38pts of the previous week but an NR at 10 meant he couldn’t repeat his appearance among the prizes.
Gareth Moore was the second player to return a sub-par round when his birdies at 1, 9, 10 and 14 saw him sign for a two under par round, 38 gross pts and the gross prize.