Excellent first nine sets up Nevan to lift the Club Sweep at Lurgan

Chris Donald, Neal Carson and Paul Mooney at Lurgan.
Chris Donald, Neal Carson and Paul Mooney at Lurgan.
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Although Nevan Lavery ended 2014 in prize-winning form, he has started this year even more impressively and pocketed his second overall victory in two months at Lurgan on Saturday when he took the Club Sweep with 45 points off 15.

One under par at the turn meant 27 points in the bag leaving him in the comfortable position of being able to afford a 7 over par return journey and still take top spot by a clear three point margin.

Having returned just one NR in almost two months, this golfing machine is certainly on a roll and showing no signs of stopping.

Second place went to another man in top form when Conal McAshea, off 26, returned 42 points to beat off the challenge of two other players on a similar total. His 22 back 9 points were to prove decisive and he was left wondering at what might have been if he could have avoided costly NRs at 4 and 12.

Gerard Mann has been returning some very good scores of late prompting him to take a lesson from Peter in an effort to raise his game to the next level.

He must have been paying close attention as he returned his best score in some time to take third place off 26. Like Conal, he too will have some cause for reflection as double bogeys at 15, 16 and 17 were late slips he could have done without.

Fourth place went to the experienced and classy Peter Simpson who also had 42 points, off 17. A 3 over par front 9 had yielded 24 points before an NR at 10 brought his scoring spree to a shuddering halt.

He battled to get things back on track and was succeeding until a closing trio of bogeys brought his round to a slightly disappointing end.

The gross prize went to big hitting Gareth Moore with 38 gross points. A double bogey at the 2nd might have suggested that the gross prize would be an unlikely outcome of his round, but he scored six birdies before he finished wiping out the memory of that early hiccup.

Ciaran Seeley continued on where he left off last season by finishing up in the prizes again with 40 points, off 4, to take the low section. He will be particularly pleased with his 2 under par back 9 helped by birdies at 10, 11 and 18.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of David Dowey’s greatest success when he lifted Captain’s Day in 1990.

The years have dimmed neither his ability nor his enthusiasm and he began his celebrations by taking the middle section with 41 points off 18. A see-saw spell from the 3rd to the 9th saw two birdies, two double bogeys and an NR, leaving him bemused as to both what went right and what went wrong.

Paul O’Shea regularly finds himself in contention and he took the high section with 41 points off 19. A triple bogey at 6 helped restrict his front 9 to a modest 18 points but a determined start to his homeward trek saw birdies at 10 and 11 and an eventual 23 points on the back 9. He must be thinking he will never drop a shot at the 10th again as he is now 4 under for the last four times he has played the hole.

The unlucky 40 points or above to miss out on the prizes were Sean McEvoy, 20, and Michael O’Neill, 13, both with 41 points, while on 40 points came Gregory Crawford, 6, Paul Mulgrew, 12, and Eddie Girvan, 14.

The Ladies enjoyed a beautiful Spring day on Tuesday and the sunshine lifted the mood, and some of their scores, as they enjoyed the return to the majority of the greens. Dee Farrell enjoyed the day the most as she scored a fabulous 28 points over the 12 holes played.

The first gross of the year went to Lynne Hanna with 16 points and Lady Captain Fiona figured in the prizes for a second week when she took the honours in section one with 22 points.

Section two went to Josie McAnarney with 27 points and section three went to Kate Wilson with 26 points.

The latest bridge results are as follows:

N/S-1, D Stevenson and R Davidson; 2, G Turkington and E O’Neill.

E/W-1, A Creaney and U Crossey; 2, B McKavanagh and A Lamb; A White and C Stewart.