This week’s Saturday Competition was the Mercedes Benz Open (L&G). This popular event packed Prehen car park with hopeful competitors anxious to prove their golfing skills equal to the challenge presented by the course on a sultry day. Mr Mark Sheridan (15) and Mr Andy McFaul (11) showed they meant business when both posted 42 point totals that took a break-of-tie to separate. At the start Mr Sheridan’s game looked a little tired as he failed to score at the third and the eighth but he rallied with a birdie three at the tricky Par 4 5th, “The Gap” to record a relieved outward half of 19 points. Mr Sheridan then stepped on the gas and added 23 points over the closing nine to post his 42-point total. The highlight was a super birdie 3 at the very difficult Par 4 17th, “Red Barn”. By contrast Mr McFaul was firing on all cylinders on his front nine and his 22 points looked to be the score to beat. However, no answer came as he put his foot on the pedal over the closing holes where an eight hole run of level twos, topped with a fabulous birdie three at the eighteenth, meant he carded a back nine of 22 point and the break-of-tie fell Mr Sheridan’s by virtue of his superior back nine score. Mr Jonathan Montgomery (20) featured again this week as he grabbed third spot with his 41 points while Mr Cecil Thompson (15) had to be content with fourth place for his 40 point score. Mr Aaron Taylor lifted the Gross Prize with 34 points, early-bird Mr Barry McCallion’s 23 points was the best front nine and Mr Robert Glackin’s 23 point was the best over the closing nine holes. The best of the ladies was Ms Marie Clifford on 33 points.
Results: Competitions Committee
Report: Martin Doherty
CSS: Men 70 (36pts) Ladies 72 (36pts) *Break of tie