Saturday’s Open Stableford at City of Derry was played in virtual balmy conditions – by the standards of 2016! The massive field battled the trickiest wind that the Prehen course experiences. With many holes directly playing into the heavy breeze and many others offering massive wind assistance, scoring was, to say the least, tricky! By close of play it took a break-of-tie to decide the top three places. All three players finishing on 39 points had their tales to tell in the bar as to how things could have been so much better! The tie-break eventually fell in favour of fifteen-handicapper Mr James Desmond who overcame a somewhat lacklustre front nine, where he carded only sixteen hard-won points, by powering to a back-nine 23 point tally. A beautifully executed tee shot on the difficult Par 4 seventeenth hole, “Red Barn”, allowed Mr Desmond the opportunity to call upon his trusty utility wood and fire his Titleist to within four feet of the pin. From there the birdie putt was simplicity itself, despite the “encouragement” of opponents of the day, Mr George Jackson and Mr Peter Deans Second place was captured by the resurgent Mr Eamon Maxwell (20) with an outward half of 17 and an inward 22 point tally. Interestingly, both first and second players will be regretting their sleepy finishes on the 18th hole, where they each carded only a single point.  Ah, with more care the whole result could have been so much different.  On 37 points, and finishing in third place, was ten-handicapper Mr Thomas McClintock. Mr McClintock found himself in a great position after eight holes with 21 point stored in his hip pocket.  But the tricky ninth hole, “Daly’s”, where he failed to register a solitary point, did some damage to Mr McClintock’s campaign. A steady 18 points over the closing holes righted the ship and took third spot was a just result. The ever-steady Mr Graham Hepburn carded 34 points from his four handicap to take the gross prize and Master Nathan Mulligan found that his 38 points was enough to lift the Junior Prize on the day.

Results & report: Martin Doherty.

23.04.16 Open Stableford






James Desmond




 Eamon Maxwell




Thomas McClintock




Graham Hepurn




Nathan Mulligan



CSS: 70 (36pts)*Break of tie