For the second consecutive Wednesday heavy rain arrived around lunchtime forcing many competitors to seek early refuge in the clubhouse or indeed not venture out at all.
Noel Robinson began his round in relatively benign conditions and had 22pts in his pocket at the turn. Just 3 over par after 11 holes, the increasingly heavy rain played its part in helping him drop 7 shots over the last 7 holes but he still clung on for victory with39pts off 13. Francis Tallon saw a couple of his fourball retreat to the clubhouse at the turn but he continued with his successful Autumn by taking second place with 38pts off 3 despite a double bogey at 3. His birdies at 1 and 6 helped him redress the balance. Third place went to Terence Eagers who had teed off not long after dawn on his way to 36pts off 15. A double bogey at 4 had not done him any favours but a strong back 9 of 19pts gave him the edge over Gary Scullion, 17, and Brian Doley, 11. The early retirements helped keep the number of twos on the day down to just two, Andrew Gates at 8 and Sean McClean at 17. John Forrester was one of those who had read the forecast and decided against playing or perhaps it was the difficulties he had experienced trying to get off the 5th tee the previous week which had influenced him. He had hit the electric wires three times in a row before successfully launching a good drive much to his and the rest of his increasingly impatient fourball’s relief.