After his hole-in-one a few weeks ago, Arty McGlone returned to the headlines on Saturday when he took the Club Sweep.
Having birdied the second to set him up for a promising round his double bogeys at 4 and 13 provided unwanted setbacks, but a closing run of 5 pars contributed to 15pts over the last 6 holes to hold off his nearest challenger over that stretch to score 41 points off 13.
Stephen Hewitt’s season has featured a barren period up to mid-July and saw his handicap rise to 19.9, he has since collected a few prizes and been reduced to 15.3. His 41pts off 17 saw him come second and he will regret his costly double bogey at the 13th.
Stephen Walter had 40pts off 14 to take third place. He will look at his double bogey at the 7th with some alarm but having played below his handicap for two weeks running he will be in very confident mood going into the winter.
Jim McKee’s good form is showing no sign of ending and he took fourth place with 40pts off 6. This reduced him to 5.1 with a return to category 1 status, a status he will now maintain for at least the winter season.
Brian Scullion won the gross prize with 36 pts. He had birdies at 2, 14 and 17, but what will really make him remember the day will be his eagles at 4 and 18. Not many can boast of two eagles in the one round!
The low section went to Conor McDonald with 40pts off 6 helped by birdies at 3, 9 and 18. Gavin Smyth and Nigel McKerr each had 39ps and just missed out. This is the third week in a row such a fate has awaited Nigel so he will be feeling his luck is bound to break soon.
Mark Headley (6), Shane Magee (3), Francis Tallon (4) and Colm Nash (11) came close with 37pts.
Paul Lavery’s 40pts, off 16, gave him the middle section despite an ugly 8 at the 6th, lifting his prize on the back 9. Henry McAreavey was the unlucky player to miss out but his round will stay with him for a long time. Prior to Saturday it had taken him about 15 weeks to run up 5 birdies, but he was able to score 5 birdies in one round and still miss out. He will recall the birdies with pride, but regret the wastefulness of double bogeys at 1, 4, 13 and 16 and an NR at 15. His birdies came at 2, 5, 10, 12 and 17.
On 39pts came Stephen Lennon (18), Bryan Turkington (13) and Keith Davenport (14), while Rodger McIlwaine (13), Neil Dillon (15) and Nevan Lavery each had 38pts.
Shot of the day came from Hugh O’Reilly when he holed his tee shot at the 17th to join this year’s club of ‘hole-in-oners’. While most other members of that club have used the other 17 holes of their rounds to demonstrate their golfing fallibility and return very ordinary scores, Hugh was able to combine his little piece of luck with impressive golf to lift the high section with 39pts off 20. A great double celebration for this very talented veteran who is no doubt rubbing his hands in glee at the thought of the winter.
A few ladies braved another 18 hole competition on Tuesday of this week and the winner with 35 pts was Mildred Martin closely followed by Sheena McStay taking the runners up spot with 34 pts.
Sheena is enjoying a great run of form and in addition to her runners up spot in the 18 hole competition she won her section in the winter 9 hole competition with 19 pts.
The second section went to Irene McCusker with 18 pts just beating Catherine Jinks on the count back and section three went to Ursula Dummigan with 18 pts. The novice prize this week went to Ann Jordan.
In the team competition some of the bottom teams staged a bit of a fight back, not least team McIlroy who finished second, but the hot favourites after week two continues to be Dubuisson’s Darlins’ with their team captain Sheena McStay leading by example. With a few ladies on holidays it might prove a good opportunity for other teams to improve their position so hopefully as many as possible will get out before the change in the hour next weekend.