Some good scoring was recorded on the weekend with the first of the “majors” decided last Sunday. The overall winner of the Jack Nicklaus Trophy was Gerard Magee who returned a fine score of 40 points off the white tees, with a tricky breeze blowing making the course play its full length of 7000 yards. The scoring in this competition was very good with a number of competitors failing to get on the prize winners sheet with 38 points.
As a result, in the men’s section the standard scratch score for the day was increased to 36 points for the first time in nearly 12 months. A total of 13 golfers had 36 points or better in their round and the winner, Gerard, scored 20 points respectively for each nine holes and this included a par four on the 13th hole where he scored 4 points. Gerard won by two shots from Stephen Price, who further enhanced his chances of winning Golfer of the Year by scoring 12 points in his quest to win the trophy again.
In third place, came the Captain, Jim Cusack, with another 38 points only losing out for second place on the last six holes. He pipped Hugh O’Connor for third place by virtue of his last six holes as well. All three players who won the minor prizes scoring 20 points on the last nine holes.
In the ladies section Mary O’Neill was a convincing winner with 37 points and her score comprised of nines of 21 points and 16 points respectively. Mary had a very consistent round by scoring at every hole and only faltered slightly on the last nine holes. Mary had two shots to spare over Helen Scully with Mary Fulton a further shot back.
In the Golfer of the Year competitions, Stephen Price has taken a commanding lead over his nearest challenger and former leader, Kevin McCartan, but with plenty of competitions still to come. Amelia Drumm holds all the aces in the ladies section and will prove difficult to catch if she continues to hold her form.
The Ladies Invitation Day for June takes place this Wednesday and on Sunday 13th June the J.B. Carr Trophy will be played. This trophy will honour the memory of the illustrious Joe, a former President of the Club for many years. The competition, as usual, will be an 18 holes singles with the best score of the day receiving the trophy.
Jack Nicklaus Trophy Results Sunday 30th May
Winner Gerard Magee (19) 40 points
Second Stephen Price (8) 38 points
Third Jim Cusack (13) 38 points
1st Nine Phelim O’Connor (15) 21 points
2nd Nine Alan Flanagan (12) 21 points
Winner Mary O’Neill (33) 37 points
Second Helen Scully (19) 35 points
Third Mary Fulton (18) 34 points