With 20pts at the turn, his birdies at 10 and 15 helped him gather a decisive 21pts on the way home. This was David’s second handicap reduction of the month and he must be oozing with confidence for the big one at the weekend.
Malachi McConville must almost feel honour bound to bring another ‘major’ home to a family already brimful of them, and his level par round for 41pts, off 5, for second place, showed he is just in the mood to do so. His score contained 5 birdies and 5 bogeys and having come very close in the Malcolm Trophy two weeks ago, he must be really enjoying his golf at the moment.
NRs at 4 and 8 restricted Paul Byrne’s front 9 to 16 relatively modest pts, but birdies at 10 and 17 meant 24pts on the back 9 and 3rd place with 40pts off 13. This was his best round of the year to date and he will be hoping it will transform his fortunes.
Ian ‘Music Man’ Montgomery took 4th place with 40pts off 18. His previous two cards have been in the buffer zone so he had served warning that a good score was on the way. He will be slightly disappointed with an NR at the par 3, 11th hole where even a double bogey 5 would have given him outright victory.
Having lifted the gross prize on Wednesday, Robert Emerson completed a nice double when he took yesterday’s after a level par round for 36 gross pts. Birdies at 4 and 6 balanced bogeys at 2 and 14 for yet another very impressive round of golf from Robert.
The low section went to James Horan with 39pts off 4. This consistently impressive player had 3 birdies in a round of 71 and will no doubt be a frequent visitor to the prizes in the coming months.
The last couple of weeks have seen him touring local courses, but David Dowey returned to base to take the middle section with 38pts off 17. After 7 holes he may well have been wishing he was still on tour as he had knocked up a triple bogey and 3 double bogeys by that stage. This player has demonstrated many times that when the chips are down he can produce the goods and such was the case again as he then rattled off 7 nett birdies in the last 11 holes with 23pts coming over the back 9. That was enough to edge Vice Captain Barry Mulholland, 18, out of the prizes and he will regret a pair of triple bogeys at 7 and 11.
Peter Simpson produced another of his accomplished performances to lift the high section with 38pts off 19. He had 16 nett pars and 2 nett birdies, reflecting the remarkable consistency we have come to expect from him. Brian Bradford, 20, had 18 homeward pts, just 1 less than Peter’s to find himself out of the prizes and regretting his failure to score at the 16th. He need not worry too much however as his recent form has been very impressive indeed.
The easiest hole on the course was the short 12th which saw 9 birdies and TWO holes in one. These were recorded by the lucky pair of Stephen Cordner and Graham Douglas. With the payout in the two’s being disastrously affected, you would have to feel particularly for Paul Lyness who had scored his two with an eagle at the 10th.