Last Saturday’s competition at Lurgan Golf Club was the August Medal and nett scores below par were returned by 24 players, about 10% of the field, each of whom will have a story to tell of how they missed out on the top prize.
First place went to David Herron, a player right on top of his game at the moment and whose handicap has tumbled from 14.1 to 10.4 within the past few weeks.
A runners-up prize three weeks ago was modest reward for the standard of his golf, so he will be pleased to have claimed an outright victory which reflects his current form. Seven under after 15 holes, David threatened to throw it all away with a triple bogey at the 16th, but a 4-5 finish restored the propelled him to a nett 65.
Aidan Murphy is another player on form and he has seen his handicap fall from 13.9 to 8.0 in about four weeks.
A great start saw him go 1 under with a birdie at the 5th, but the sudden realisation of his potential winning position may have induced panic as he ran up three double bogeys over the next four holes. A birdie at the 10th set the tone for a very impressive homeward 36 and second place with a nett 66.
Philip Ward, also with a nett 66, was nudged into third place on the back 9. A double bogey at the 11th and a run of 6 closing bogeys left him a tantalising shot away from outright victory.
The gross prize went to another of our young lions when Caolan McCann toured the course in 69. Birdies at the 3rd and 6th helped him to be 1 under after 9, while birdies at the 10th and 16th were balanced by bogeys at the 11th and 17th.
Anselm Henry continues to impress with long, straight and accurate hitting. Winner of the ‘long drive’ prize on Captain’s Day, Anselm demonstrated there is more to his game than ‘yardage’ when his nett 66, off 9, gave him top place in the low section. He will regret his only double bogey of the day, at the 11th, but this was a score at that hole recorded by more than a quarter of the competitors.
The middle section went to Brendan McConville with a nett 67, off 13, just edging out David Moore on the back 9. Sean Mulvenna, on nett 68, will have cause to regret two double bogeys over the last four holes.
Brian Matthews took the high section with a nett 71, off 21, beating the luckless Eric Allen on the back 9.