54 players competed in this year’s Senior Scratch Cup which has re-established itself as a major competition on the mid-Ulster golfing calendar.
Many of the big names from clubs across Ulster took part and it was to be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, golfers who stole the limelight.
Ronan McCrory just seems to keep on getting better and better and having begun the season playing off 2.4 he has finished it with a handicap of 0, adding to the growing number of scratch golfers at the club. In the Scratch Cup he had two rounds of 68 with 6 birdies in each round. His total of 136 beat a field which included the very best of local golfing talent by three clear shots, and as if to underline his superiority on the day he birdied three of his days last four holes to march imperiously to victory.
Matthew McClean, Malone, took the runners-up prize after rounds of 72 and 67 gave him a total of 139, with local star Gareth Moore claiming third place with 72 and 68 for 140.
Michael Molloy, Silverwood, and Damien McCusker, Moyola Pk, had rounds of 72 and 69 to take 4th and 5th places respectively. David Sutton came next on 142 after rounds of 73 and 69.
The day’s best nett score was returned by veteran Brian Scullion with a nett score of 135 for the two rounds and he edged another of the youngest and most promising competitors, Ryan Harbinson, into second place on the better second 9.
The lowest scores of the day were returned by Graham Douglas and Matthew McClean each of whom played their second rounds in 67 shots.
There were just three eagles on the day. In Round 1 Andrew Cummins had a hole in one at 17, while in Round 2 Jason McCann had a 3 at the 4th, and David Erwin a 2 at the 5th.