Laurence Mitchell returned to form in some style when he lifted the Wednesday Sweep with 40pts off 14. An NR at the relatively easy 4th hole was the only blot on a front 9 which saw him with 17pts at the turn, but birdies at 15 and 17 completed a determined comeback and a massive 23pts coming home gave him his first victory in some time.
Having narrowly missed out on the prizes on his previous outing, Brian Scullion was possibly motivated slightly more than usual and his level par round gave him 39pts, off 3, and 2nd place. In a round of almost perfect mathematical equilibrium he was 2 over going out, 2 under coming home, and had 6 birdies, 6 pars and 6 bogeys.
Young Zach Best suggested he might be embarking on a further season of dramatic handicap reductions after taking 3rd place with 39pts off 13. Like the winner he failed to score at the 4th but it was his only flirtation with trouble on the day.
Eugene Maguire seems to have forgotten what golfing trouble is like as he followed up his victory in Monday’s Open Seniors with 4th place in the sweep. This seasoned veteran combined his practised ability and not inconsiderable experience to good effect in yet another prize winning performance, a performance which left the bemused pairing of Harry Hoy and Brian Bassett out of pocket.
The gross went to Jim McKee who hasn’t taken long this season to make his mark. He went round in 1 under par after a round which saw 5 birdies countered by 6 bogeys.
The day’s 9 hole competition went to Garry Scullion with 21pts off 8. Gopal Santokhi had 20pts off 13 to take the runners-up spot while Barry Magee came third with 19pts off 7.