After a run of modest winter scores to date, Stephen Cassidy pulled out all the stops to record his best ever score and lift the Sunday Shop Sweep with 46pts off 16.
Birdies at 9, 10 and 12 were at the core of an extremely steady round of just 6 over par.While Stephen may have been stepping into unchartered territory with 46pts, Joe Dowey Jnr has been returning such scores for decades and he took the runners-up spot with 45pts off 7. This is the third time in as many weeks that Joe has matched or bettered 40pts and they enabled him to complete the set of podium finishes in that period. Birdies at 2, 4, 7 and 15, and bogeys at 10 and 18, meant a round of 68 for one of only two sub-par scores on the day.
Brian McCabrey took third place with 44pts off 18 and in so doing lifted his fifth prize of the winter. With just a couple of weeks to go he will be hoping for his first outright win before the turn of the year.
Ronan McCrory continued on his merry birdieing way with a further 6 to add to his winter avalanche. Three birdies and three bogeys brought him to the turn in level par, and a further three birdies coming home meant a three under par round of 67 and yet another gross prize to add to his well filled seasonal stocking.
Having won the previous Sunday’s Sweep, Duncan Stoddart began with a repeat victory firmly in his sights. He came close but had to settle for 4th place with 41pts off 25, triple bogeys at 3, 6 and 11 getting in the way of another podium place.
Fifth, sixth and seventh places went to Tony Henderson, 10, Brian Doley, 9, and Mark Hughes, 19, respectively, each of them having had 40pts. Tony was just 1 over the back 9 for 22 homeward pts. Despite Brian scoring three homeward birdies, his double bogey at 14 restricted his return journey to 21pts.
The last nett prize of the day went to Brian Scullion with 39pts off 3. A 2 under par back 9 included birdies at 10, 15 and 18 and was strong enough to keep three other players on 39pts off the prize list. They were Martin McNeice, 11, Michael Crealey, 18, and Marcel Shanks, 5.