Barry Magee has become something of a Wednesday specialist since the start of the season so it was no surprise to see him lift another midweek prize when he took yesterday’s Sweep with 41pts off 16. He bettered his 20 outward pts by 1pt coming home despite back to back double bogeys at 12 and 13 and took the top prize on the better back 9.
There was a Magee double at the top of the leader board when Niall, no relation, came second also with 41pts, off 19. This very promising young golfer had birdies at 2 and 16 but an NR at 13 curtailed his back 9 efforts to 19pts and the runners up spot.
After 40pts, off 7, gave him third place, the much travelled Andrew Gates finds his handicap at 5.7 and closer than ever to his Category 1 ambition. His level par back 9 was opened and closed with birdies and it seems clear he will shortly find himself among the elite golfers in the club.
Jason McCann managed to squeeze a double bogey at 3 between a birdie at 2 and eagle at 4 and reached the turn 1 under par. A birdie at the last completed a rather adventurous round and he took 4th place with 39pts off 4. He has recently had his handicap reduced at Killymoon and Dunmurry and this first home reduction of the season is his latest step in a steadily downward direction.
Jason’s cousin Michael McSherry made it a family double when he took the gross prize with 37 gross pts. A double bogey – bogey start left him 3 over par after just 2 holes but birdies at 4, 10, 12, 15, 16 and 18 helped him to a 1 under par round of 69.
Veterans Timmy Cummins, 4, and Shane Magee, 3, came 5th and 6th respectively. A birdie at the last helped Timmy to 37pts, while a 1 under par back 9 from Shane meant 20 homeward pts to put him at the top of a list of 6 players on 36pts.