Pars the key to St. Patrick’s Day win for John

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ON Monday 18th March the club ran a Saint Patrick’s Day Sweep to cater for those who enjoyed the Bank Holiday.

Between ladies and gents there was a good turn out for this one off competition. With the adverse weather later in the week it turned out to the only competitive action for some during the week.

In bitter conditions a good score was difficult to obtain and a score around par was good playing.

The winner of the competition was John Hartnett with a competent 37 points. This nine handicapper dropped four strokes over holes two, three and seven but pars on the other six holes were his saving grace. His inward nine comprised five pars and four consecutive bogeys starting at the fourteenth.

Another return of 37 points helped Gavin Smyth to claimed second place. The thirteen handicapper was steady enough over both nines. A birdie at the first and pars at holes four, seven and nine were his key opening nine scores. On the way home pars at holes ten, seventeen and eighteen were his noteworthy returns.

Old hand John Richardson grabbed third spot with a tally of 36 points. The fifteen handicapper also played respectably on both sides of the course. Par figures at holes two, four, eight and nine were his feature scores on the outward nine. Meanwhile on the homeward nine pars at holes ten, fourteen and sixteen were his significant returns.

A quartet of double bogeys did not do him any favours. Andy Wilson had the best gross score if there had been a prize . Five pars on the front side provided a degree of optimism. He pencilled in six pars on the back nine. Alas double bogeys on holes nine and sixteen tarnished some good earlier play.

Daughter Annabel made it a family affair as she captured the lady prize with an excellent effort of 37 points. A sparkling front nine included a birdie on the seventh, six pars and bogeys on holes three and four. She fell off the pace on the inward nine but pars at holes fourteen, seventeen and eighteen kept her competitive juices flowing.

On the following day Tuesday 19th March the lady members were competing for Mrs Pippy Clarke’s prize. The winner of this prize was single figure handicapper Niamh Ward. She took the honours with a total of 28 points. A better back seven tally was the deciding factor.

The gross award went to Lynne Hanna thanks to a better back seven from young Annabel Wilson.

The sectional prize winners were as follows:

Section 1 (0-20): Christine Hagan 28 pts; Section 2 (21-28): Nuala Beatty 26 pts; Section 3 (29-36): Fiona Rowan 24 pts.

In the accompanying ‘Twos Sweep’ there were two winners. They were Niamh Ward

and Lynne Hanna. They enjoyed the nice dividend.