Gary wins the Wednesday Sweep

LAST week entries to the Wednesday Sweep were up slightly from the previous week. The weather turned slightly sour on the day and golfers endured some chilly but dry conditions.

Out of the 100 plus entry around 11 per cent posted under par returns in this 18 holes stableford competition.

There were two returns of 42 points and thus it was necessary to delve into the usual back nines. Consequently it was Gary McCollum who emerged victorious.

Off his 14 handicapper Gary was well in contention with useful pars at holes three, four, five and eight. A six on the sixth was his only problem hole.

Pars at the tenth and thirteenth and a birdie at the fourteenth provided a solid start to the back nine. Pars on the closing three holes ensured him the first prize.

A similar tally of 42 points relegated Seamus McKavangh into the runners-up slot. This 18 handicapper was well to the fore after nine holes with par figures on holes three, four, six and eight.

Over the inward nine pars at holes ten and 14 and a birdie at the twelfth were his key scores. A couple of double bogeys didn’t help his cause along the way.

Kieran Kearney recorded a total of 41 points to snatch the third net award. This 12 handicapper was through the opening nine with a quintet of pars at holes two, three, four, eight and nine. A run of pars at holes 10, 12 and 13 pointed the way on the homeward nine. He concluded his round with a par, birdie, par sequence.

Fourth net went to Patrick Horner with another pleasing effort of 41 points. On the day this 26 handicapper was best served by pars at holes seven, eight, 10 and 12. He had seven double bogeys on his card and this stalled his attempts of an even better position.

The fifth and final net prize in the midweek sweep went to Conor Wilson. Playing off a fourteen handicap Conor registered three pars and six bogeys through the opening nine holes. He managed 39 points on this successful day.

Philip Shaw has made a successful return to the scene and he duly captured the gross award.

The other under par scores were obtained by Stephen McCann on 39 points and Alex Denver, Andrew Carville, Sidney Fairfield, Jim Kennedy and Denis McInerney finished on 37 points.