Local school teacher, Ed Burton (6) was top of the class with his winning 41 points in Prehen’s Easter Hamper Stableford at City of Derry Golf Club on Saturday.
Two over after nine holes, Burton eagled the par five 11th to go back to level par and went on to finish his round In 72 shots for an impressive victory.
Four players were clustered together on 40 points with Bob McKimm’s (19) excellent 24 points on the back nine enough to clinch second place.
Philip Greer (10) was steadiness personified on the back nine, only dropping one shot to par and therefore securing third place on another tie break.
Results - 1, Ed Burton (6) 41pts; 2, break of tie, Bob McKimm (19) 24; 3, Philip Greer (10) 24; Gross - Ernie Heywood (1) 38.
Next up at Prehen is the Horace Bayer Cup on Saturday, April 7th and that is the first Order of Merit competition of the year.
City of Derry Building Society is the sponsors of this year’s order of merit and points will be awarded throughout the season in the nominated competitions as per the fixtures booklet.
A novel additional feature this year will be a “golfer of the month” award for the golfer gaining the most points in three of the nominated competitions each calendar month during the season.
Further details are available in the Pro-shop
Five way tie break at Prehen
The magic score in Prehen’s weekly Thursday Society competition was 37 points with no fewer than five players returning that figure.
Martin McNulty (9) took the top podium spot courtesy of his better back nine of 22 points, his birdie start to that nine giving him a vital head-start.
Second place went to Jarleath Clarke (12) whose 13 points on the last six holes gave him the decision over Edgar Walker (28). This Thursday, April 5th sees the start of the popular Thursday Opens which will run through until late September.
The Easter Hamper competitions were on offer at Foyle last week and the large entries enjoyed favourable conditions which reflected in the scoring.
Results - Wednesday, March 28th - 1, Adrian Brown (21) 48pts; 2, Marc Power (25) 46; 3, break of tie, Gary Etherson (12) 44.
Saturday, March 31st - 1, John McMonagle (22) 44pts; 2, Ruari O’Connor (14) 40; 3, Paul McDaid (11) 39; C.S.S. - 36.
Easter Egg competitions - Cat. 0-11; break of tie, Damien McColgan (11) 25pts; Cat. 12-17; Gary Jackson (12) 25; Kieran Bullock (17) 25; Cat. 18+; break of tie, Joe Bradley (22) 25; Juvenile - Ryan Gillen (20) 27.
Foyle Golf Club Captain, Mr Eddie Ball, on behalf of the Council and Membership, extends deepest sympathy to fellow club member, Leo Young on the recent death of his wife and also to fellow club member, Jim Smith on the passing of his sister.
May they rest in peace.
Club competitions - Wednesday, April 4th; Crumley Construction Monthly Medal; Thursday, April 5th - Over-50s Confined;
Saturday, April 7th - Crumley Construction Monthly Medal; Monday, April 9th - Easter Open Stableford, sponsored by Calor Gas. To book telephone 71352222.
Phoenix Golf Society
The Phoenix Golf society outing, played at Ballyliffin Golf Club on Saturday, March 24th, was won by Paul Harkin with 34 points.
Results - 1, Paul Harkin 34 pts; 2, Tony Crowley 29; 3, break of tie, Christy Coyle; Front nine - Maeliosa Barr 18; Back nine - Nial McDermott 17.
The next outing is at Foyle Golf Club on Sunday, April 22nd, teeing off at 10.30 a.m.
Note to contributors
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