Leckey Blows Opposition Away In Stormy Thursday Open.

The Thursday Open was played this week in blustery conditions where accuracy and persistence was at a premium. First past the post, by some distance, was seven handicapper Mr Adrian Leckey. After a mid-July “purple patch” Mr Leckey wandered the golfing wilderness for much of August in search of a steadiness in his game. On Thursday he roared back to form carding 71 shots to claim best gross of the day and first prize with a superb 42 points. Along the way Mr Leckey tamed the difficult par 4 fourth, the tricky par 3 12th, the notorious par 3 15th and the scenic par 4 18th. These four birdies made up for various discretions along the way and he was a winner by no less than three shots from his nearest challenger, Mr James Desmond(15).


Mr Desmond has also been in golfing limbo for a couple of months. The caretaker of a powerful swing that he has been experiencing difficulty taming, Mr Desmond stormed his way to a par, par, par birdie start on his round to record a significant 22 points on the outward nine. However, as the wind strengthened and rain showers flashed across the course Mr Desmond’s challenge faded and three double bogies over the back nine meant that his final total was a mere 39 points. However, with his one-shot handicap reduction a suitable reward for his efforts, Mr Desmond’s Saturday playing partners will be glad to see him returned to his true form! In third place, a further three shots behind was Mr Ron Grieve on 36 points. Mr Grieve’s 20/16 split contained a rare birdie three at the difficult Par 4 3rd, “The Valley” which was playing at a 5.16 level of difficulty on the day because of the strong prevailing wind. Redcastle Golf Club’s Mr Damien Tracey was the best of the visitors on 31 points.


The Thursday Open Series continues throughout September and visitors can book times for the reasonable fee of £15 by ringing Head Professional Sam Smallwoods on 02871 311 496.

Results & Report: Martin Doherty

01.09.16 Thursday Open






Adrian Leckey (Best Gross}




James Desmond




Ron Grieve




Mr Damien Tracey



CSS:   Men 71 (35pts)