IT was a dry day for playing golf last Wednesday so the third midweek sweep of February went ahead as usual.
Over 70 golfers competed in this popular competition over the regulation 14 holes.
Once again there were a quota of good scores returned and in the overall context around 70 per cent of the field had under par scores. Holes six, seven, thirteen and fourteen were out of commission.
The outstanding score of the day was submitted by Derek Johnston. This veteran nineteen handicapper carded a seven under par tally of 35 points.
Derek seems to play his best golf at this time of year and this was another vintage performance. He was quick out of the blocks with birdies on the opening two holes. Over the rest of the round he made solid pars at holes eight, twelve and fifteen. His only wayward hole was the fifth where he ran up a double bogey. Rather significantly he had net par figures on the rest of the holes and this ensured a hefty tally of points. In the end he claimed victory with an encouraging two points clear of the pursuing field.
There were a pair of 33 points recorded on the day and thus the back nine was of paramount importance.
As a consequence it was Jim McCann Snr who emerged as runner up in this midweek competition. This eighteen handicapper had just pars or net par figures on his scorecard. Over the round he was best served by a quintet of pars at holes four, ten, twelve, fifteen and sixteen. His consistent run of net pars swelled his points tally immeasurably. His strong play on the latter part of the course proved very beneficial.
Francie McKenna had the other creditable return of 33 points and he duly captured the third and final net prize on offer. This twenty handicapper had a miscellany of scores over the fourteen holes. Birdies at two and eight and par figures at holes one and seventeen were his pivotal scores. However a triple bogey at the fifth and double bogeys at holes three and sixteen deprived him of an even higher placing.
The weekly gross prize in the competition went to Paul McCabrey. This one handicap golfer took the honours with a splendid total of 30 gross points. There was not a blemish on his winning card. It comprised birdies on holes five and ten and pars on the remaining twelve holes. This quality play earned him the category award.
The other golfers with under par returns were as follows:
32 points: Bryan Turkington.
31 points: Matt Connolly, T D Murphy, Seamus McKavanagh Jnr,