Kerrigan Tops in Williamson and McCurdy Open

The late summer sun warmed the shoulders of the strong field that contested the Williamson and McCurdy Open on Saturday at Prehen. Again, as so many times in recent weeks, it took the Break-of-Tie rules to separate the top places.  On this occasion it was eighteen-handicapper Mr John Kerrigan who came out top in the tight finish.

Mr Kerrigan got his day off to a steady start by parring the first and bogeying the second before disaster struck at the aptly named Par 5 4th Hole, “Longfellow”, where he failed to score a point. A sour double-bogey at the stroke index 2, “The Whins” woke him up and he recovered the round with a fine birdie at the difficult par 5 7th, “Dermot’s” and two finishing pars allowed him to post a respectable twenty points for the front nine. Back on track everything looked good for Mr Kerrigan until the gremlins got into his game again at the relatively easy Par 3 12th, “Billy’s” but again he fought back and recorded back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to add a further 20 points on the back nine and post a triumphant forty point total.  Mr Ernie Heywood(1) is renowned as one of Prehen’s fiercest competitors and with Golfer of the Year in his sights he was a man on a mission on Saturday. Out in 21 points he recorded no fewer than four birdies on his round of 67 shots to post a 40 point total, claim best gross of the day and take second prize just bested on his back nine score for top spot.

Mr Stephen Orr(11) and Mr Paul Concannon fought their own private battle for third and fourth place with Mr Orr’s better back nine of 21 points eventually allowing him to emerge as third place prize winner. Mr Ron Grieve claimed the front nine prize with 21 points and Mr David Jones just reward for his 23 points over the closing holes was the best Back Nine prize.

Despite the best efforts of all the competitors there was one prize that went unclaimed on Saturday – a Citreon C1!! The fabulous prize, sponsored by J C Halliday and Sons Eglinton remains in their showroom, despite the efforts of all concerned to hole out at the difficult Par 3, 15th “The Quarry”. If accounts of the various efforts are to be believed the C1 was almost driven home by a host of contestants with Mr Eddie Leonard claiming to have been closest – rimming the cup and then finishing some three feet behind! But a miss by an inch is as good a miss by a mile and the only certain thing is that all were disappointed but agreed that the opportunity to claim such a prize had added a certain extra spice to a wonderful day’s golf.

Results: Mike Carroll

Report: Martin Doherty

27.08.16 Williamson & McCurdy Open






John Kerrigan




Ernie Heywood (Best Gross)




Stephen Orr




Paul Concannon



1st Nine

Ron Grieve



2nd Nine

David Jones



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