Zach Best returned the highest score of the winter so far to lift the Sunday Shop Sweep with 47pts off 12.
Having lifted the Sweep just a few weeks ago he could easily carry the resulting winter handicap reduction and still win by a comfortable margin. Birdies at 2 and 4 helped him to 25 outward pts, and a further birdie at 16 put the seal on a brilliant round.Gary Totton, 21, followed his opening bogey with a pair of NRs, but birdies at 4 and 7 helped him transform his fortunes dramatically and he reached the turn with 23pts. His 20 homeward pts. gave him the runners-up spot ahead of two others on 43pts.
Andrew Best was hot on the heels of son Zach after 9 holes with 24pts in the bag at the turn. An NR at 10 was not the start to the back 9 he would have wished for and perhaps his older legs just couldn’t maintain the pace required for the resulting uphill chase. He will be pleased with his 3rd place finish however and to have provided the unusual sight of a father and son sharing the same podium.
Also on 43pts was Brian McCabrey, 17, and he took the 4th nett prize. Brian has had a succession of runners-up and other minor prizes over the last few weeks and with 25pts at the turn he was perhaps hoping he might at last climb to the top spot. This was not to be the case however as a disappointing 18pts on the way home left him some way behind the winner.
Four players returned scores below par with Nathan McCann’s 66 taking the gross prize. It hasn’t taken him long to acclimatise himself on his return to our winter conditions and he rattled off an eagle at 4 and birdies at 10, 12, 14, 17 and 18. Gary Clarke was round in 2 under par while Jim McKee and Francis Tallon both went round in 1 under.
Tony Henderson, 10, continued with his good recent form to take 5th nett with 42pts off 10, his homeward 23pts edging the consistent Tony McCallion, 18, into 6th place.
Francis Tallon took 7th nett with 41pts off 4 and Jim McKee came in 8th with 40pts off 3. Paul Mooney, 13, and Daniel Pepper, 9, each scored 40pts but their respective back 9s kept them out of the prizes.