Francis Tallon reversed his season’s steady upward handicap momentum when he won the Wednesday Sweep with 40pts off 4. Birdies at 4, 5, 7 and 10 had helped him move to 2 under par after 10 holes before bogeys at 11 and 14 brought him back to level and 4 closing pars kept him there.
Douglas Houston’s opportunities for golf have restricted him to just three qualifying events, but he has seen his handicap reduced on two of those occasions. He took the runners-up spot with 39pts off 19 despite triple bogeys at 3 and 13 suggesting there is a lot of scope for further handicap reductions throughout the season. In a very tight finish it was his 6pts over the last 3 holes which gave him the edge over his closest competitor.
Third place went to Martin Scullion, 4, who also had 39pts but only had 4 of them over the last three holes. Four birdies and an equal number of bogeys had left him level par after 15 holes only for a double bogey at 16 to take a little of the gloss off a great round. That double bogey saw him miss out on winning the competition by a single shot.
Gerard Hoy’s back 9 of 22pts was the best of 4 players on 37pts and he took 4th place off a handicap of 6. An NR at 4 was part of a mediocre front 9 which yielded just 15pts, but birdies at 12 and 15 helped bring him home in 1 under par.
Fifth place went to Nigel Girvan, 18, whose failure to score at holes 2, 5 and 15, and double bogeys at 11 and 16, meant that 35 of his 37 pts came at just 13 holes. Tiago Souto, 15, took 6th place and his 12pts over the last 6 holes kept Eamon Lynch, 5, out of the prizes.
The gross prize went to Nathan McCann whose 4 bogeys and two birdies saw a round of 72 for 34 gross pts.