A large field turned out for the second playing of the Open Competition in memory of our esteemed deceased member Mr Barney McDaid. The weather was predicted to be unhelpful but Barney must have had a word with the weather convenor in heaven because the clouds cleared, the sun shone and the predicted thunderstorms avoided skirted the Prehen Course! At the end of play Mr Michael McShane (23) ran out the winner by a single point from a closely bunched chasing pack. A front nine of 23 points was the bedrock of Mr McShane’s score and included a fine four point birdie 3 at the difficult Par 4 9th hole, “Daly’s”. Mr McShane was coasting along on the back nine, just adding pars and bogies at will and letting his score tick up, until he hit the rails as the strenuous finishing holes took their toll. Two blanks on 17 and 18 will leave him wondering how many shots on his handicap he could have lost if he had avoided those blemishes! Still he will enjoy a lower handicap for next week’s competitions.

Mr Brian McClelland (17) played steady golf to compile thirty-nine points and take second prize from four-handicapper Mr Cormac McKeone on break-of-tie. Mr McKeone’s 22 points on the front nine seemed to have him set for victory but the tricky Par 3 15th, “Billy’s”, proved to be a card-wrecker again as Mr McKeone courted trouble and recorded his only blank of the day. The best visitor’s score  was the 29 points record by Mr Paul O’Doherty. The front nine went to Mr Andy McFaul with 21 points and Mr Gary Leckey recorded the same total to collect his back nine prize. Mr Ernie Heywood(1) featured in the Gross Section for the second time of the week.

Mr Ronan Coyle had a story to tell on Saturday as he managed a rare feat when he carded a 2 at the stroke index 1 Par 4 14th, “ Aintree”! With his drive bisecting the fairway he needed only a five-iron to encourage his ball to complete it’s 401 metre journey. Ronan is available for lessons should his father Terry care to ask for advice!


Results & report: Martin Doherty

21.05.16 Barney McDaid Open

 Pos

Name

H/C

Score

1st

Michael McShane

23

40

2nd

Brian McClelland

17

39

3rd

Cormac McKeone

4

39

Gross

Ernie Heywood

1

32

Visitor

Paul O’Doherty

9

29

1st Nine

Andy McFaul

11

21

2nd Nine

Gary Leckey

11

21

CSS: 70 (36pts) *Break of tie