After having finished runner-up on a couple of occasions this year, it was a case of third time lucky for Jim McKeveney as he easily won the Gent’s Open Stableford with 45pts off 17. A birdie at the 9th was the perfect end to an almost perfect front 9 which yielded 24pts. No slips coming home meant a further 21pts and a winning total which may not be bettered this season.
Martin Scullion moved to three under par after birdies at 2, 3 and 4 and must have been thinking this could be his day. In the end he had 6 birdies matched by 6 bogeys for a great level par round, 42pts off 6, and second place.
Chris O’Neill must be one of the club’s most prolific prize winners having found reward in 10 of his seventeen outings this year. He took 3rd place on this occasion with 39pts off 19, an NR at 2 denying him a higher finish.
Robin Whyte came 4th with 38pts off 15 and having found himself among the prizes a couple of weeks ago he seems to be going from strength to strength at the moment.
Fifth place went to Brian Mallon with 38pts off 11. After 17 holes it seemed it would be another tale of what could have been but a closing birdie propelled him from among the also-rans to the last nett prize.
Ronan McCrory, 4, and Patrick O’Neill, 14, each finished on 37pts to narrowly miss out. Ronan will be pleased that his handicap continues to fall while Patrick will regret an inexplicable blip on the back 9 where he failed to score any pts at holes 13 and 14.
Francis Tallon opened each 9 with a birdie to move to 2 under par before bogeys at 11 and 13 saw him go round in level par to take the day’s gross prize.