IVAN Lavery won the principal net prize in the last Wednesday Sweep of the month at Lurgan Golf Club on March 28.
There was a wonderful entry of 110 golfers. Pleasant weather gave a lot of encouragement to this large entry. As usual there was some quality scoring and on this particular occasion some 23 golfers obtained under par scores. This represented about 21 per cent of the entry.
High handicapper Ivan Lavery won by the minimum margin of one point. This 24 handicapper emerged victorious with a haul of 41 points. A distinctly strong opening nine holes spearheaded his success.
Par figures at holes two, three, four, seven and nine provided this early onslaught. A pair of double bogeys at holes 11 and 14 and a triple at the sixteenth were a slight cause for concern. However Ivan kept afloat with numerous net pars and this proved sufficient to edge him ahead.
Gary McCollum was runner-up with a four under par effort of 40 points. This 14 handicapper gained pars at holes one, four, five and nine. A run of pars at holes 10, 12 and 14 got his back nine off the ground. He concluded his round with a trio of pars and this strong finish proved decisive.
Dwaine Hanna grabbed third place with an equally pleasing effort of 40 points. This 11 handicapper had a strong opening nine. He birdied the second and backed it up with six pars. Useful pars at holes 10, 13, 15 and 18 were recorded on the homeward stretch.
With a total of 39 points, fourth net went to John O’Neill. This six handicapper was well in contention after nine holes with six pars on his card. He was level par for the second nine. He birdied holes 11 and 18 but incurred bogeys on holes 15 and 16. Pars were his lot on the other five holes.
The final net prize in this sweep went to Ian Montgomery. The 17 handicap player benefited greatly from useful pars at holes four, five, nine, 11, 12 and 18. A tally of 39 points earned this fifth spot.
Five handicapper Joe Dowey claimed the weekly gross award. Joe scooped the prize with 34 gross points. On the day birdies at holes four, 12 and 13 became crucial. On the other hand he encountered bogeys at holes six, 11, 17 and a double bogey on the ninth. With pars on the rest of the holes he duly took the gross prize.
The other leading scores were posted by the following players. Paul Lyness and Brian Bassett, both on 39 points.
Finishing with 38 points were Collie Nash Jnr, Craig Turkington, Artie McGlone and Andrew Carville. Finally on 37 points were Seamus McKavanagh, Sidney Fairfield, John Forrester, Paul McKernan, Andy Wilson, Jim McCann Jnr, Damian Murphy, Graham McNeill, Michael McHugh, Peter Gordon and Paul McConaghy.