THE penultimate Wednesday Sweep in last week of February enticed a respectable 53 entries.
Whilst the temperature was very mild for the time of year nevertheless golfers had to confront periodic bouts of rain.
With thirty eight per cent of the field returning under par scores it appears these golfers were well up for the challenge. It was played over the current fourteen holes and thus holes six, seven, thirteen and fourteen were out of commission.
In this midweek sweep John Richardson swept to victory with a formidable 36 points for the regulation fourteen holes.
This fifteen handicapper performed admirably over the opening seven holes to record pars figures at holes one, two, four and five. A par at the tenth and a birdie at the twelfth was a timely start to the inward part of the course. Another par came his way at the fifteenth. A birdie on the seventeenth was another defining moment of the round. With nothing worse than a net par on his card it was not surprising that John posted this hefty tally of points.
Runner up was Derek Johnston with a sparkling effort of 35 points. This seasonal specialist had a dodgy double bogey at the second but he responded with a brace of pars on holes three and four. After that moderately successful opening seven he found his form on the back sector of the course. It comprised five pars and two bogeys. The bogeys came at holes eleven and eighteen. This ultra competitive play ensured him second spot.
With a very respectable total of 33 points Lawrence Mitchell grabbed the third net prize. This twelve handicapper had a variety of scores ranging from birdies on holes one, three, ten, seventeen to a double bogey on the fifth and a zero return on the fifteenth. A strong run of pars at holes four, eight, nine, eleven, twelve and sixteen helped him to this winning five under par tally.
Francie Tallon came back to winning ways by capturing the gross award. This one handicapper won with a total of 28 gross points. Birdies at holes four, nine and eleven were his principal highlights. However bogeys on holes five, ten and fifteen negated these gains. He covered the rest of the eight holes in par figures to obtain the weekly gross prize.
The following golfers registered the rest of the under par scoring:
32 pts: Ian Hamilton, Andy Wilson.
31 pts: John Hartnett, Brian Bassett, Michael McHugh.
30 pts: Marty Rea, John O’Neill.
29 pts: Hugh McCloskey, Hugh O’Reilly. Bryan Turkington, Paul McConaghy, Brian Clarke, Paul McKernan, Peter Gordon, Denis McInerney, Chris Donald.
Incidentally nine golfers recorded a notable two during the competition.