Raymond is sweep winner

THE second Wednesday sweep in February passed off without any undue difficulties.

The weather was reasonably benign for most of the day. For those out on the course from around three onwards there were some showers of rain to make life unpleasant. A healthy sixty three entrants played in the fourteen holes event. For the next number of weeks holes six, seven, thirteen and fourteen will be out of the golfing equation. Some eleven golfers managed to achieve returns better than the par of 28 points. Thus about eighteen percent of the entry had returns above the par of the course.

The outright winner of this midweek sweep was Raymond Farrell. This thirteen handicapper took the honours with a very respectable six under par effort of 34 points.

Raymond started proceedings with a par at the first. A five at the second gave him food for thought. He responded to the challenge with a birdie at the fourth and pars at holes three and eight. At the halfway juncture he was in a favourable position.

Further solid golf emanated on the homeward seven holes. It was highlighted by another birdie on the twelfth. More pars came his way at holes ten, eleven, seventeen and eighteen. This consistent play ensured him the premium prize.

Runner-up on the day with an encouraging 33 points was Michael McLaughlin. Off his eighteen handicap Michael was also well to the fore through the opening seven holes.

A birdie at the fifth and pars at holes four, eight and nine were examples of this prudent play.

He kept the momentum ongoing through the back seven holes. With a quartet of pars at holes ten, eleven, sixteen and eighteen he ensured his position on the winning podium. Indeed but for four double bogeys on his card he could have easily been the competition winner. Such is the game of golf!

The third and final net prize went to veteran Jim Stevenson. This twelve handicapper took the spoils with his tidy return of 31 points.

Over the fourteen holes Jim had only a par or a bogey on his card. He registered five pars on the front side. Holes three and four were the bogey holes.

He pressed ahead on the back seven with a trio of pars at holes ten, sixteen and eighteen and confirmed his status as a prize winner.

The midweek gross award went to one handicapper Paul McCabrey. A tally of 28 gross points provided Paul with this success.

The other golfers with returns in red figures were as follows:

31 pts: Marty Rea, Brian Clarke.

30 pts: Brian Malcolmson, Daniel Wright, Francie McKenna.

29 pts: Jim McCann Snr, Martin McAvoy, Bobby Creaney.