THE Wednesday Sweep at Lurgan was the first men’s competitive outing for this particular week.
Michael McHugh was the only golfer to make a score in the 40 point bracket and he duly captured the top net prize on the day. This 22 handicapper made full use of his handicap in bringing about this result. While he had four double bogeys on his winning card he nevertheless compensated with useful scores on the rest of the holes. On the day par figures at holes four, five, seven, nine and ten played a very significant role in shaping the outcome of this competition.
Young Adam McCleary had the best return of 39 points and he duly was rewarded with the runners-up award. The 18 handicapper had five double bogeys on the card but this did not have any major repercussions. A par, birdie, par provided a tonic start to the opening nine. On the inward nine a quartet of pars at holes ten, fourteen, seventeen and eighteen paved the way for this pleasing result.
Ian Hamilton was third with his total of 39 points. This 15 handicapper was in excellent form on the front nine. It began with a birdie at the first. Thence followed a bunch of pars at holes two, four and five. He closed the nine with a trio of pars. His only par on the back nine came at the seventeenth. Indeed no-returns at holes twelve and fourteen possibly cost him a higher placing.
A former captain Arthur McGlone notched a total of 38 points to secure fourth place. This 14 handicapper played steadily over both sides of the course. Pars figures at holes one, six, seven and nine were his early glimpses of form. Meanwhile on the inward nine he made inroads with pars at holes ten, twelve, thirteen and fourteen. A birdie on the sixteenth consolidated his winning status.
The fifth and final net prize was taken by Andrew Gates. This six handicapper showed his pedigree with another score of 38 points. While he dropped four strokes to par on three holes of the opening nine he kept in touch with pars on the other six holes. On the homeward nine he was a lot more competent and birdies at holes ten, twelve, seventeen and eighteen were the significant highlights.
Three handicapper Shane Magee also had a net score of thirty nine points but more importantly it gave him the gross award. This three handicapper birdied the sixth but gave the advantage away with a bogey on the ninth. Pars were his lot on the other seven holes. On the back nine more birdies came his way at holes fourteen and eighteen. However bogeys on eleven and sixteen took their toll. Still his level par
70 or 36 points took the gross award.
Jim Stevenson and Lawrence Mitchell were also competitive with scores of 38 points. Norris Thompson was close by with his one under par total of 37 points.