In recent days the golfing world has been fascinated by the battle for the number one spot between Jordon Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
We have a similar scenario being played out at Banbridge Golf Club. Who is the greatest, Brian Mulholland or Joe Glass?
It all came to a head last Saturday when they both competed for the Eamon Magee Memorial Trophy.
Brian (11 now 10) shot a superb gross 72, which included a nasty 7 at the second hole. That gave him a nett 61, which, nine times out of ten, would be a winning score. Brian birdied 3 and 17 and he had a run of 8 pars from the 7th. It was a sensational round.
Joe Glass (15 now 12) finally got his act together on a Saturday. He went round in 73 shots, a near perfect round. He birdied 3 and 7 and he had nothing worse than a bogey on his card. His nett 58 is the best Saturday score this year.
Joe won the competition and Brian was third.
In between them, in second place, was young Matthew Doyle (22 now 19) with yet another brilliant score, a nett 59.
The highlight of Matthew’s career, up to this point, was winning a mixed foursomes prize on Captain’s Day in partnership with Marlene Nelson. This performance in the Eamon Magee Memorial is on a different level altogether.
Paul Simpson (19 now 17) won the prize for best senior with a wonderful nett 62. Paul had a very tidy card. His only error was a 7 at the 16th.
The best gross prize once again went to the inimitable Jim Carvill (+2) with a two under par 67. He beat his good friend Kenny Stevenson (2) by two shots.
A total of 188 golfers played last Saturday. There were 57 no-returns, which was not good. The calculated standard scratch score was nett 68 and 27 players bettered that. Now that was a better story.
Ian Magowan (15 now 13) was unlucky not to feature in the prizes after shooting a nett 63.
The comeback of the day belonged to John Fitzpatrick (18 now 17). He started with a 6 and then an 8, five over par after 2 holes. Many another player would have torn up their card, but not John. He finished with a nett 64. How about that!
There were ten nett 65’s and they all deserve a mention. They were James Wilson (8), Adam Kerr (11), Kenny Whan (16), Gareth Magee (8), Gary Jardine (15), William McCandless (15), Adam McGregor (9), Jack McKerr (11) Roy McAfee (13) and John Poots (17).
It was an exciting competition and the jury is still undecided as to who is the greatest, Brian Mulholland or Joe Glass. They are both legendary players, that’s for sure.