Edenmore Captain Gary savours round of his life

Club Captain Gary Watson shot a nett 59 to win the monthly medal.
Club Captain Gary Watson shot a nett 59 to win the monthly medal.

EDENMORE Captain Gary Watson played the round of his life last Saturday in the September monthly medal stroke play competition.

Gary also had a good round earlier in the week when he won the George Nicholson Memorial Trophy at the committee away day held at Rockmount and he was happy with his 39 pts. So Gary was on form but even he could not have considered a nett 59 was in his grasp.

Gary didn’t have the best front nine and but playing off his 13 handicap and coming off the ninth with two birdies under his belt and just three over gross he was chuffed and on track for a good score if he kept it going. His back nine was to be something different starting off with three pars before his first birdie on the thirteenth. He then went on to score four more pars before a final birdie on the eighteenth which closed a back nine off with a score of two under gross and a round that finished up just one over gross and 12 under his handicap. Well he lost three shots off his handicap and now plays off 10.

With the overall first prize gone, the best gross prize went to Patrick Agnew with a four over gross 75 playing off his 5 handicap. Paddy had a great round slipping in four birdies on the way to claiming his prize with a one under his handicap score.

Section winners: Section one (0-13) handicap was won by Mark Reilly with a nett 66. Second place went to Geoffrey Simpson with his nett 70 and just beaten on count back was Brian Weir also on a nett 70.

Section two (14-18) handicap was won by Brian Rice with another excellent nett 66 and chased home by Tom Crooks just one adrift on his nett 67. Garry Brown took third spot with a nett 68.

Section three (19-22) handicap was won by William Nesbitt also on a nett 66. David McEwen too second with his nett 67 and Jim McNeill lost the countback to take third also on a nett 67.

Section four (23-28) handicap was won by our fourth player with a nett 66 meaning all our sections were won by nett 66. This time Graham Steele shot the nett 66 and was followed in by Gerard Delargy claiming second with his nett 67. Dermot O’Callaghan took third spot with a nett 68.

In the Monday Seniors Pete Foers scored 38 points to claim victory over Jackie Gilliland with 37 points. Jackie just beat John Stanage on countback also on 37 pts.

The Wednesday open competition was won by visiting guest Eamon Lynch scoring an excellent 38 pts. Our own Paul Murray claimed second spot with 37 pts just pushing Martin Cassidy into third spot also on 37 pts

The Gross prize went to David Finlayson with a gross 74 playing off 2.

In the ladies monthly medal Heather Patterson won with a nett 71 just beating Karen Legrand on countback also on 71. Margaret Robinson was just two shots adrift on nett 73.

At the end of the season the men’s club play a few fun yet serious matches with a lot of pride at stake. The Mens committee play the ladies committee each year and the atmosphere is always good. The men’s club had never been beaten but things were to change this year. The format was five teams fourball better ball and with two matches all everything went down to the last match out on the course which tied on the eighteenth hole. So down the first went Lady Captain Heather Patterson and lady Vice Edith Watson along with Heather’s husband Alan and Jim Price.

Another Match was the annual adult’s versus the juvenile’s match. This also is a keenly fought competition with the juveniles always keen to get one over on the men. This year was to be no different except the result was somewhat of a shock for the men with the juveniles winning 4½ to a ½ for the adults.

The men’s committee go away each year to compete for the George Nicholson Memorial trophy and this year for the second time Captain Gary Watson won with 39pts followed in by Club President Bobby Cosgrove on 37pts and third place went to Gerry McClory with 35 pts.