The Prehen Course was presented in pristine condition for the Bank of Ireland sponsored Thursday Open this week. In preparation for the Annual Open Week starting on Monday the trees have assumed their summer finery, the fairways are lush and the greens are running truer than an Olympian’s arrow. Mr Paul McGrellis made the most of the beautiful conditions as he carded a winning total of 42 point off his fifteen handicap. His outward nine of twenty was steady golf and he started the back nine in similar form before dropping a shot at the difficult Par 4 13th, “Foyle”. With another aberration at the short 16th it looked like Mr McGrellis had shot his bolt but a fine par at the difficult 17th followed by a splendid birdie at the last added seven points for a 22 point nine to close out his score in winning style.
In second place this week was one-handicapper Mr James Linsday whose score was a lesson in persistence as, having dropped strokes at the second and fifteen he rallied with birdies at five and sixteen before closing out with a fine three at the last hole for a 38 point total. Mr David McIvor (18) was a shot further back on 37 points for third place. Mr McIvor closed out the 18 in fine style with a lovely birdie at the last but too many one pointers and a blank on the opening nine had scuppered his chances of a winning total. However, Mr McIvor’s performance bodes well for his chances of a top finish during Open Week. Mr Kevin Crumley was the best of the visitors with 35 points and, once again, Mr Ernie Heywood took the Gross Prize with a well-compiled 36 points.