Conall Coleman lifted his second Saturday competition in 4 weeks when he lifted the annual Professional’s Prize with 40pts off 5.
He toured the course in 71 shots just as he did when he lifted the Noel McMurray Trophy in May. A double bogey at 16 appeared to have greatly hampered his chances of success, but a pair of closing birdies was just what the doctor ordered. A member of the club’s Junior Cup team which last week qualified for the knock-out stages of that event, he is certainly firing on all fronts at the moment.
Nigel Girvan came second with 40pts off 17, his 20 homeward pts being 1 less than Conall’s. Having already won two club ‘majors’, a President’s Day and a Malcolm Trophy, he finds himself in the same shoes as many top golfers in that he needs just one more major to complete the set. With Captain’s Day almost upon us could he be striking form at just the right time?
Third place went to Niall Hoy with 39pts off 7. He was 5 over par after 6 holes but covered the last 12 in level par with a bogey at 17 and birdie at the last. This brings Niall’s handicap to his lowest ever at 6.6 and he must be starting to harbour thoughts of Category 1.
Neal Carson came 4th with 39pts off 10. He has been playing well lately with one or two bad holes in each round ruining otherwise good cards. Last week a couple of triple bogeys contributed to him finishing in 117th place, but no similar catastrophic scores this week saw him soar to his highest finish of the year.
There was yet another gross prize for Nathan McCann as he returned a 69 for the only round of the day below par. One of a hugely talented group of young players in the club at the moment, Nathan and the others are very worthy representatives of the Club in every way.
The low section went to Paul Lyness with 39pts off 5. Paul’s remarkable consistency is exemplified by 5 buffer zone finishes and 4 handicap reductions this year and he is almost always in or near the shake-up.
Seamus McKeown finished among the prizes for the second time in the last couple of weeks when his 38pts off 15 gave him the middle section. A birdie at 12 helped him to 21pts over the back 9. Nevan Lavery was also on 38pts, off 13, but a double bogey at the last proved very costly. Keen cyclist Eddie ‘Merckx’ Girvan was just 1pt behind on 37pts and found his handicap reduced for the second time in as many weeks.
Ronnie Bruce was in a very strong finish with just 4 holes to go but a couple of triple bogeys and an NR then popped up out of nowhere. His 38pts off 28 gave him a comfortable win in the high section.