CONAL Cooke’s amazing golfing season continued as he added the Valerie Manning Club Championship to his litany of wins this season with yet another sub-par round of 66 gross, which included four birdies and two dropped shots.
The local postman, who plays off scratch, not only won the Club Championship gross by eight shots but would also have topped the nett section as well! The runner-up in the gross section was the very much in-form Barry Patterson (7). He had led the competition for most of the day with a six over-par total, which indicates how difficult conditions were on the course. Third gross went to Gary O’Connell (6) with 76.
The eventual winner in the nett section was David Friel (10) with 67, with Jim Arbuckle (19) the runner-up one shot back on 68, while Damian Roarty (9) was third also with 68.
The over 60s winner was James Callan (12) with 68 nett, while the nines went to Seamus Flannagan (27) and to Barry Callaghan (17).
The Thursday Club was again reduced to 13 holes, owing to the heavy rainfall on Wednesday last. This week’s winner was Vincent Bradley (16) with a solid return of 30 points. Neil Conroy (9) was the runner-up with 29, the same total as third placed Liam Doherty (18). The gross winner was Damian McGranaghan (6). It is hoped to play week four over 15 holes this week, leaving out the loop. Please note that the BRS System is in use for this competition.
Most of the matchplay competitions have now been settled with the presentation for these at 6pm today (Sunday). Michael Arnold defeated Vincent Bradley at the 18th hole in the final of the Gallagher Cup, while Kevin Heffernan just got the better of Brian Kelly at the final hole in the Lawson Cup decider. The final of the Worcester Cup is to be played this week when Carole McFeeters and Foncie McNally will play Mary Duffy and Francie Devine.
Last week’s winner in the ladies section was Norma Brogan with 19 points over the 10 holes in play. Heather Mitchell took category one, also with 19 points, with Ann McCrory the winner in category two with 18. The ladies summer season wraps up on Tuesday with the annual threeball scramble, followed by a buffet served at 6.30pm.
The Winter Cup is set to start today with 25 pairs currently entered.