As the lengthening nights and falling leaves signal the beginning of the end of another golfing summer season, it seems appropriate that one of the Lurgan’s seasoned veterans should come to the fore after a relatively lean spell.
Roy Hanna Jnr produced a vintage round of golf on Saturday which will no doubt have brought him back to those far away days of his inter-provincial glory.
Out in 38 and home in 34 meant a round of 72 which represented 40 points off his handicap of 6. He covered the 5 holes from the 8th to the 12th in two under par despite a double bogey at the 9th, going birdie, double bogey, birdie, birdie, birdie, and it was this burst of brilliance which propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.
Second place went to the in-form Ruairi McKerr with 39 points off 16. He had claimed victory on President’s Day last month and such is his form that his handicap has tumbled from 19.5 to 14.1 in the last few weeks.
After an unusually lean summer Ian Harrison made his long expected return to the podium when he took 3rd place with 38 points off 15. Double bogeys at the 2nd and 6th, and a no return at the 9th, left him looking forward to a very mediocre round, but he came home in just 37 shots helped by a birdie at the difficult 13th. He took 3rd place as he had the best back 9 of a trio of players on a similar score.
The gross prize went once again to Martin McAvoy with 34 gross points. A birdie at the fourth was cancelled out by a bogey at the 13th and he reached the 16th tee level par, but a double bogey here was not what he wanted. A par-par finish was sufficient to claim his prize and once again underline his position as one of the club’s strongest and most consistent players.
The low section went to the big-hitting Conor Wilson with 38 points off 10. He was in a winning position on the 18th tee but unfortunately chose that moment to produce his only slip-up of the day and failure to score at the hole was to prove very costly indeed. Colin Robb just missed out on the prizes with 37 points.
The consistent John Healy scored 38 points off 13 to take the middle section, his only blemish being a double bogey at the 7th.
Colin Darling has staked a claim to make the high section his own this summer so frequent have been his victories there. He once again took top-spot on Saturday with 34 points off 21, and if he can one day avoid a couple of disasters on his way round then a very good score is inevitable.
Wednesday’s results are as follows: 1 Denny McInerney 40pts; 2 Martin Stewart 38pts; 3 W R Thompson 38pts.