After a very promising opening to the season Christopher Whyte’s form seemed to drop a little, but he righted all the wrongs as he lifted the Brian Archer Trophy with 41pts off 22.
While others in contention may have faltered towards the end, Christopher’s three nett birdies in the last 4 holes displayed a resolve which brought a well deserved victory. With his brother Robin also showing very good recent form, the boys are Whyte hot at the moment.
Gary McMahon was another player who made an overdue return to form as he claimed the runners-up prize with 40pts off 15. A birdie at 4 was the best answer to the NR which immediately preceded it, and a further birdie at 14 played its part in a decisive back 9 of 21pts.
Third place went to Timmy ‘Mr Consistent’ Cummins with a level par round for 40pts off 4. Four pars were matched by four birdies in yet another almost fault-free round from the seemingly ageless veteran. Also returning to form was David Greene who came fourth with 38pts off 18. He will probably still be wondering how a back 9 which contained NRs at 13 and 15 was still good enough to edge out 4 other players on 38pts. While it did contain that pair of NRs, it could also boast of birdies at 10, 12 and 18 to give him 21 homeward pts.
The lowest score of the day was a two under par 68 by Robert Emerson who took the gross with 38 gross pts. After a run of 9 outward pars he had birdies at 10, 16 and 18, with a bogey at 12. The only other sub par round of the day predictably came from Michael McSherry with a 69