Philson Takes the Spoils at Chambers Concrete Open


A strong field contended for the Chambers Concrete Open at City of Derry Golf Club on Saturday. In a tricky wind it was Mr Alan Philson(9) who triumphed in a closely-fought, high-scoring competition that was eventually decided on Break-of-Tie when six players carded 40 point totals. The first casualties under those rules were Messers Russell McGowan, Richard Hamilton and George Jackson who, despite their valiant efforts, just finished outside the prize positions.


Mr Philson recovered from a non-descript front nine to record 2 birdies, 10 pars, 5 bogies and a single double-bogey to win the day from Mr Mark “Consistency” Gordon(16) who will be regretting the slip at the Par 4 17th, “Red Barn” despite it playing uncharacteristically easy as the eight easiest hole on the day. Carding a bogey in place of his double would have seen Mr Gordon through to victory. As it was, second place had to suffice on this occasion.


Mr Iain Anthony(5) had yet another solid performance on the course and only lost out on back nine score and had to be content with third prize. The gross prize on the day went to Mr Ernie Heywood(1) whose 38 points vaulted him above Mr Graham Hepburn in the 2016 Golfer of the Year standings.  It may appear that Mr Heywood(380 pts) has cemented his position as leader but with several competitions remaining Mr Hepburn (377 pts) will not give up easily and, should either falter, the ever-competitive Mr Andy McFaul (374 pts), currently lying in third place, will surely pounce! Mr Paul Concannon took the Front nine prize with 22 points and Mr Pat McAllister nursed his ball around the back nine to record 24 points and lift that prize.


Results: Mike Carroll

Report: Martin Doherty


20.08.16 Chambers Concrete Open

 Pos

Name

H/C

Score

1st

Alan Philson

9

40*

2nd

Mark Gordon

16

40*

3rd

Iain Anthony

5

40*

Gross

Ernie Heywood

1

38

1st Nine

Paul Concannon

12

22

2nd Nine

Pat McAllister

28

24

CSS:   Men 70 (36pts) Ladies 72 (36pts) *Break of tie