DUE of last weekend’s rainy conditions there was a lower turnout than usual for Silverwood’s penultimate official club competition of the season with fewer than one hundred players taking part.
Those who braved the elements found the course very soft with little or no run on the ball at all. The “lift clean and place” rule on fairways only was once again in operation.
Colin Thompson (5) whose form appears to improve week on week had another exceptional round of golf that placed him firmly in the number one spot with a score of 43pts.
Starting with a birdie at the first hole he was three under par by the time he reached the eight. An uncharacteristic bogey at the ninth saw him drop his first shot and complete the front nine in two under par for a total of 22pts.
His scoring on the back nine was equally impressive when he covered these holes in level par by producing a birdie, seven pars and a bogey for another 21pts.
His 43pts total propelled him to the top podium position but far more importantly gave him a two-point lead in the hotly contested “Player of the year” award with just one competition to go.
Conall Kerr (10) was awarded second place over Connor McNeice on a count back with a score of 40pts, Conall was very upbeat about winning prior to commencement of his round having gained a lot of experience in competition on the links courses at “St Andrews” on the previous week.
On this occasion his battling efforts that enabled him to score 20pts on each nine respectively were just good enough to gain second spot.
However, with twelve pars on his card he can take great satisfaction that his game is in reasonable shape and maybe not that far away from a win.
Connor McNeice (9) took third place also with 40pts. Connor just dropped two shots to par over the front nine but with seven pars bagged he accumulated 20pts.
The back nine, which is a much harder trek, yielded another 20pts. Here he had six pars with just three dropped shots and the most costly of these was on the eighteenth, which deprived him of an outright second spot.
Gerard McCarthy (16) got fourth place with 39pts. Gerard played to his handicap over the front nine and netted himself 18pts. He scored more heavily on the back nine; with a very welcome birdie coming at the awkward 15th hole he managed to accumulate another 21pts
Shane O’Neill (7) took fifth spot with a score of 37pts. Shane was playing pretty consistent golf up until a month ago but then much to his regret changed his putter. Now back with his old putter he claims his game is back to normal and he also expects to be in the winner’s enclosure more often.
Caolan McCann (4) won the gross prize with a score of 33 gross points. This was another excellent display of golf from the youngster who managed to shoot a three over par seventy-five that included fifteen pars and three bogeys.
The senior’s prize was won by Frank Gallagher (17) with 35pts
There were just seven twos recorded in this competition
Section winners; 0-12 Michael Devlin (8) 37pts; 13-18 Brian McShane (18) 37pts; 19-28 Kieran McAlinden (20) 36pts.
This Saturday’s competition is the “Winter Cup” and is one of the last official club competitions prior to the winter league starting on October 15th. All team entries along with fees must be lodged by this Saturday. The “Player of the Year” point’s winner will also be decided this Saturday, with only about four or five people having a realistic chance of getting their hands on the trophy.
The Medal winner’s playoff competition takes place this Sunday with a 10am tee off.