Sweep hit by flooding

LAST week’s Wednesday Sweep at Lurgan was curtailed by the unrelenting wet conditions.

The course was closed in the morning with some greens flooding. When it reopened in the late afternoon professional Peter Hanna ran a Pro-sweep. It attracted twenty three golfers and there were three net prizes and a gross on offer. It was a non-qualifying competition. Scoring was difficult and only four golfers had returns above 36 points.

Young Conal Patterson took the main net prize with his tally of 38 points. This six handicapper had six pars on his card through nine holes. He birdied the fourth but ran up bogeys on holes three and six. His back nine followed an almost similar scoring pattern. This time around bogeys occurred at holes fourteen, sixteen and seventeen.

With pars on the rest of the holes he duly scooped the first prize. Eight handicapper Kevin McKavanagh was runner up with his effort of 37 points. Five pars on the front side kept his challenge ongoing. A run of four pars starting on the tenth got his back nine underway. Birdies on holes fourteen and fifteen were a huge fillip.

However a trio of bogeys on the closing three holes was a disappointing finish. Young Jason McCann was third with another total of 37 points. This seven handicapper also had five pars on the front nine. His back nine began with a surge of five pars.

Again bogeys on holes fifteen and eighteen took their toll. Two handicapper Francie Tallon captured the gross prize. Over the round he managed birdies on holes four and nine. On the other hand he had a bogey on the seventh and a double bogey on the seventeenth. Par figures on the rest of the holes got him across the finishing line.