Paul takes honours on Captain’s Day

Paul Johnston, winner of Captain's Day at Silverwood, is presented with his trophy by Club Captain Liam Mackle. INLM3312-216con
Paul Johnston, winner of Captain's Day at Silverwood, is presented with his trophy by Club Captain Liam Mackle. INLM3312-216con

THERE was much anticipation in the week prior to Captain’s Day at Silverwood Golf Club.

The main worries where what effect the weather would have and how well the course could be set up for such a big event.

he planning by the Captain, Paul Mackle, and the club council was very meticulous in trying to cover every eventuality in order to make this a memorable day for all those taking part.

As it turned out the whole day was a huge success with the warm summer weather that greeted everyone, playing a big role. The greens staff were busy all week working hard up to the last moment to ensure that playing conditions were as near as perfect as they could be and it is safe to say no one was disappointed.

The catering ladies at the hot food and beverage tent were kept very busy, providing all golfers after the first nine holes an eagerly awaited snack.

The prize giving dinner held in the Ashburn Hotel later in the evening proved to be another big success with over 180 people attending.

Liam Mackle, Captain of the club, in his speech prior to prize giving thanked all those who contributed in any way to making the day such a memorable success.

The winner on the day was Paul Johnston (27) with a score of 45 points. This was Paul’s best ever round of golf. He scored 22 points on the front nine with the bulk of the scoring coming from a nett eagle at the third and nett birdies at the first, fifth and eighth holes.

He got off to a great start on the back nine when he recorded five nett birdies in a row from the tenth to the fourteenth. He went on to record another three nett pars and a nett birdie over the last four holes which brought his points total to 23 which gave him an unassailable lead. This proved to be a runaway win having two points to spare over his nearest rival.

Second place went to Brian Toman (10) with his return of 43 points. A birdie at the first with a sprinkling of five pars over the front nine helped Brian to go out in three over which duly equated to 20 points.

Brian went up a gear over the back nine and came home in level par. He had seven straight pars and a birdie in this leg, which gave him a total of 23 points.

John Clarke (15) took third place with his return of 43 points. This score also meant that he was the top senior on the day and much to his delight winner of the Senior Cup. John scored 21 points over the front nine and 22 points over the back nine

Darren McCabe (5) won the best gross prize with 34 gross points. Darren played some exceptional golf and was only two over par for his round. During his round he recorded three twos with the best of these coming at the par four thirteenth when he holed his second with a five iron.

Second best gross prize went to Kevin Munster (2) with a score of 33 gross points.

Fourth overall prize went to Ciaran Rice (22) with a score of 40 points.

The fifth prize went to Eamon McConaghy (16) who also came in with 40 points.

Joe Kelly won the senior prize with 40 points

Maurice McCluskey (12) was the winner of the past captains’ prize with a score of 39 points.

Best front nine winner was James Nicholl with 23 points and the best back nine went to Neil Lamont with 23 points

Aaron Lamont won the longest drive with a distance of 280 yards

Nearest the Captain’s drive was won by John Marley (3.4mtrs)

Nearest the pin at the second winner was Prakash Vyas (3.5mtrs)

Nearest the pin winner at the 12th was Eamon Doherty (1.7mtrs)

The first junior prize on the day was won Caolan Reynolds with a score of 43 points. Jack Crealey won the second junior prize with a score of 40 points.