Terry McCrory’s last appearance in the prizes was on the autumn equinox and as that season has melted further into winter his game has undergone its annual seasonal transformation which will see him reap prizes galore in the coming months.
He began yesterday by lifting the Wednesday Sweep with 43pts off 16. Seven under his handicap after 13 holes and marching confidently to victory he stumbled a little with an NR at 14 and double bogey at 16, but a pair of closing nett birdies saw him through to victory.
With the exception of a single prize-winning occasion, George Harkness has had a very quiet summer by his own high standards and he will be hoping that his 42pts, off 8, which gave him yesterday’s runners-up spot, will be a long awaited turning point. A birdie at 16 was the highlight of a level par back 9 which saw him score 22 homeward pts.
One of the highlights of Peter Simpson’s year is his annual visit to the British Amateur Championship and if his recent form continues he might possibly begin to think of attending next year’s as a competitor. He followed his recent successes with 42pts off 18 to take 3rd place yesterday. Unfortunately for Peter he dropped 7 shots over the last 7 holes to gradually fall down the pecking order.
An unusually barren season for Brian Clarke prompted him to arrange a recent spell of warm weather training which was doubled in length because of Hurricane Ophelia. The spell has done him no
harm at all as he played his best golf of the year to take 4th place with 41pts off 14, a birdie at 17 proving to be decisive. His 21 homeward pts gave him the edge over the ever consistent Louis Moore, 18, whose double bogey at 16 proved disastrous.
The gross prize went to slow swinging, big hitting Marcel Shanks with 33 gross pts. A birdie at 7 and bogeys at 4, 6, 9 and 15 produced another winning round for this very competent and much practised player.
Three players returned 40pts and will no doubt be reflecting upon how little it would have taken to propel them into the prizes. Terence Eagers, 15, will be looking at his 4 double bogeys but will still be enjoying converting his 2ft birdie putt at 17. Bryan Turkington, 13, hardly put a foot wrong over 17 holes but failed to score at 10, possibly the
easiest hole on the course. Martin Stewart, 8, was 1 under par after 13 holes but immediately ran off 5 consecutive bogeys to find himself edged out of the nett and gross prizes by the narrowest of margins.