The weather last Saturday was rather unpleasant, but that didn’t worry Gary McCormick.
The morning was especially bad and a lot of would-be golfers decided to stay indoors.
As it transpired, only 85 played in the 18 holes stableford competition and only 61 cards were returned.
The best of the lot came from Gary (11), with a brilliant 41 points.
Gary played very steady golf in the trying conditions. He didn’t have a double bogey on his card and he played holes five to 14 in level par.
That’s impressive! He deserved to win.
The runner-up was Robin Bond (13) who also had 41 points. He too played some lovely golf but double bogeys at the eighth and 10th holes cost him dearly.
Tom Mulholland (9) won the low section (0-12) with 40 points. Tom went round in 74 gross without a birdie on his card. That is precision golf.
Jonathan Shannon (6) was runner-up in the low section, also with 40 points. Jonathan knows he should have won it.
He eagled the second and birdied the sixth, ninth and 12th. He needed to par the last three holes to win by three points. What happened? He dropped four shots and fell out of contention. What a sad story.
Christopher Lennon (17) won the middle section (13-17) with 40 points. He too could have won it but not with double bogeys at 10 and 11. His chance will come.
Gavin Greer (17) was runner-up in the middle section with 39 points.
Kieran McGreevey (24) won the high section (18+) with 39 points. A pundit on the Golf Channel recently was giving advice to the average club golfer.
He said their aim should be to keep double bogeys off their card. If Kieran could have managed that, he would have won this competition by four points.
The ever-consistent Colin McKinney (19) was second in the high section, also with 39 points.
Colin’s friend and playing partner, Philip Mallon (10), won the prize for best senior and he too had 39 points.
Rory Leonard (scr) shot a level par round of 69 to win the best gross prize. Rory has a big birthday this year but he is still playing as well as ever. Good for him.
There are always one or two hard luck stories.
Trevor Mulholland and John J Lennon both had 39 points and walked away empty-handed.
Ivan Rushe, Mark McCoy, Fergie Cosgrove and Vaughan Lamont all came close with 38 points each.
But the man of the moment was Gary McCormick who defied the elements to take first place. His pursuit of fitness over the winter months is beginning to pay dividends.