There is always someone who can handle the conditions better than anyone else. That man was Paddy Malcolmson.
The players at Banbridge Golf Club are still waiting for a warm, dry and calm Saturday so that they can really enjoy their game of golf.
The conditions last Saturday for the Centenary Cup were far from easy. It was cold, very windy and there was the odd shower or two.
Paddy, playing off a 15 handicap, went round in 79 shots, only 10 over par and he didn’t have a double bogey on his card until the 16th hole.
It was a brilliant round of golf from the big man. He had 45 stableford points and he duly won the competition by five clear points.
Garth McDonald (16) was runner-up with 38 points. He did really well despite having a triple bogey at the first hole and another one at the short 12th hole.
Jeffrey Brown (12) won the low section (0-12) with 38 points. Gary McCormick (11) was second, also with 38 points.
Robert Clydesdale (17) won the middle section (13-17) with 37 points. He was one point ahead of second placed Sherwin Curran (15).
Dominic Quinn (21) won the high section with 36 points. Dominic’s son Andrew won this cup in 2014 and Dominic did his best to keep it in the family.
Scott Major (25) was second in the high section with 36 points.
Rory Leonard (+1) won the best gross prize with a one over par 70. This was a truly magnificent round in the tough conditions.
Peter Hillen (12) is always there or thereabouts and he won the prize for best senior with 36 points.
Gareth Magee (7), John Bell (5) and Rory Madeley (4) came close with 37 points each.
John McDowell (12) and Ian Magowan (15) deserve a mention for coming in with 36 points each.
But the hero of the day was Paddy Malcolmson who won the Centenary Cup with one of the best rounds of the season so far.
SUNDAY 31ST MAY.
Ashton Clydesdale may have won this sweep but the player with the biggest smile on his face was Ian Craven.
Ian took the runner-up prize and he also scooped the entire 2’s pot. He was laughing all the way to the bank.
1st- Ashton Clydesdale (22) Nett 31.
2nd- Ian Craven (17) Nett 31.5.
THURSDAY 4TH JUNE.
Felix Duffy was the popular winner of this sweep. And he had to beat the in-form Ashton Clydesdale to clinch top prize.
1st- Felix Duffy (21) 34 points.
2nd- Ashton Clydesdale (22) 34 points.