Generally regarded as one of the club’s ‘Majors’ the Malcolm Trophy was competed for at the weekend.
This is one of the club’s oldest and most prestigious trophies and getting your name on its plinth is Lurgan’s equivalent of an inscription on golf’s famous old Claret Jug. For some, their name on the Malcolm has provided a lifetime of bragging rights.
Seamus Baxter added his name to the list of notables when his nett 65, off 11, very narrowly took first prize. He quickly settled to his task with an opening birdie and when he finished in similar fashion the trophy was his. He will no doubt be delighted to have lifted his first prize of the year in such a spectacular way.
Second place went to Damian Murphy who also had a nett 65, off six. A level par front nine left him in a very strong position, but a pair of bogeys at the 11th and 12th left him so near, yet so far.
David Lennon once again confirmed his place as the leading golfer in his household when he took third place with a nett 66, the best of a quartet on a similar score.
The very consistent Alex Denver is never far away from contention and he was level par for 17 of the holes. Unfortunately for him the shortest hole on the course, the 12th, also proved to be most difficult as he recorded his round’s only double bogey. Even a bogey here would have given him outright victory, but he had to be content with fourth place.
John Hartnett almost wrote his name into the history books as a victory here would have given him a second leg of the Grand Slam, having won Captain’s Day last month. He was on course for victory until a disastrous double bogey appeared out of nowhere at the 15th and his nett 66, off 10, left him in fifth place, .
Winston Hutchison has been lifting prizes for decades and he came within one shot of repeating his last victory in this competition in 1972.It was unfortunate for him that he closed his round with 8 consecutive bogeys as his nett 66 kept him in sixth place.
The gross prize went to Dave Sutton with a brilliant round of 68. His eight consecutive threes from the 6th to 13th holes inclusive will be a run he’ll not forget in a hurry. Brian Scullion took the second gross prize with a round of 71,