Zach Best returned to the winners’ enclosure when he took the Sunday Shop Sweep with 44pts off 12. An eagle at 4 and birdie at 8 helped him to 23 outward pts and a strong finish which saw him drop just 1 shot over the last 6 holes gave him the edge in a very tight contest.
Brian McCabrey, 18, also had 44pts but he dropped 4 shots over the last 6 holes and had to settle for the runners-up spot.
Third place went to James Tearle with 43pts off 12. A level par front 9 had left him in the driving seat with 24pts at the turn, but he never quite matched that brilliant outward form as he made his way home.
Three players returned 42pts to take the next three nett prizes. Each had similar front and back 9s and it took some computer gymnastics to place them in the order of Alastair Goddard, Gerard McCarron and Sean McClean, each of whom played off 17.
Two in-form players returned sub-par scores to battle it out for the gross prize with Gary Clarke’s round of 68 coming out on top with 38 gross pts. This was Gary’s fourth round below par in his last 7 outings, so it seems like Christmas has arrived early for this incredibly consistent player. Mark Headley went round in 69 which was his second time below par in a row. He too must be looking forward to each trip to the first tee at the moment.