With just 5 Sundays to go before Christmas, bright sunshine attracted almost 100 golfers to the fairways to avail of one of the dwindling opportunities for reward in 2018.
Duncan Stoddart has found his way into the prizes on a few recent occasions and he finally made his way to the top of the leader board and claim victory with 43pts off 25. A triple bogey at 17 might have been the signal for a last minute wobble but a comfortable par at the last brought him safely home.Clive Johnson has had two Autumn victories and he almost made it a hat-trick with 41pts off 22, but had to settle for his second runners-up finish in a row. His failure to score at the 5th was his only slip up of the day.
You never have to wait too long for Roger McIlwaine to find his way into the prizes and he climbed onto the podium in 3rd place with 41pts off 11. His round was consistency itself and while he played 4 of the 5 par 3s in level par, his failure to score at the shortest one, 12th, was to cost him dearly.
Just one player broke par on the day and Ronan McCrory did it in some considerable style. Birdies at 4, 5, 6 and 9 left him 4 under par at the turn. On the way home a bogey at 12 and birdie at 14 brought him back in level par for 40 gross pts and a round of 66.
Tony McCallion, 17, Mark Hughes, 19, Matt Connolly, 15, and Eddie McComb, 22, each had 40pts to fill 4th to 7th places respectively, while 8th, 9th and 10th places went to Joe Carroll, 9, Michael McMahon, 11, and Marcel Shanks, 5, each with 39pts.