The club’s first 18 hole competition of the year was added to all the other more obvious signs to confirm that Spring has well and truly sprung and the golfing season is near at hand.
The Sunday Pro Shop saw 5 players return 39pts with Barry Murphy’s 21 homeward pts off 25 taking top prize for him. After a handicap levelling 18pts going out he began his journey home with a trio of pars to set him on his winning ways.
Colin McKee’s opening NR left him with some work to do to get back on track and it didn’t take him long as he birdied the 4th. When he ran up further birdies at 10 and 12 it sent him racing up the leader board and it was only a pair of closing bogeys which prevented him from making his recovery complete. He will be pleased with his runner-up finish however and hoping this form continues long into the new season.
Third place went to Stephen Magee with 39pts off 16. He opened and closed his round with NRs but managed to fit birdies at 4, 7 and 10 in between to leave him with mixed feelings of elation and frustration on the day.
The gross award was keenly contested by Gareth Moore and Colin Thompson, each of whom had 35 gross pts. Gareth’s NR at 7 had given Colin the edge on the front 9, but Gareth birdied 10, 12 and 18 to take the prize by a single homeward pt.
David Erwin took 4th place with 39pts off 5 while Gerard McCarron’s 39pts, off 19, were reduced by a pt due to a previous win and he claimed 5th place.
The last three nett prizes went to Patrick ‘fresh out of hibernation’ O’Neill, 13, Connor Lavery, 24, and Conor Roddy, 13, each of whom had 38pts.