GALEFORCE winds may have greeted members of the North-Western Alliance to Rosapenna on Saturday last, but the in-form professional, Michael McGeady, certainly rose to the challenge.
The Lisfannon clubman is currently enjoying the best form of his career and he followed up his recent round of 60 in Dunfanaghy with another superlative display last weekend, to rule out any weakness in his game.
Michael was out among the first out, into the teeth of the storm. He went out in one over par having dropped strokes at the 5th and 7th but those were compensated for with a birdie at the 9th.
The Derry man got back to level par after a birdie at the 11th and two more followed at 13th and 14th with a bogey at 16th followed by two pars to finish which saw him negotiate the tough conditions in one under par.
Handicapped at plus three, Michael scored 34 points in the Nett Section, also taking top spot in the Gross Category.
Indeed, the only person who was near him in the Gross Section was Foyle Golf Academy professional, Brian McElhinney, who finished on 79 - eight shots in arrears - with Strabane’s Eddie McHugh four points adrift behind in the Nett Section.
The other shot of note was a superb ‘eagle’ at the 17th by another, North-West member, Padraig MacLochlainn.
Saturday’s outing completed the race for the “Golfer of the Year” competition.
Predictably, the Gross Category was claimed by Michael McGeady on 72 with Brian McElhinney second on 61 and the young professional from Letterkenny, Finnian O’Doherty, 29.
In the Nett Section it was a much closer affair. Last year’s champion, Odran McGettigan, was leading by one point going into last weekend’s competition with Eddie McHugh in second spot and Odran’s brother, Maurice, in third. However the gale force conditions blew the champion’s title away with McHugh triumphing at the weekend, but the Odran’s hopes of winning crashed following a break of tie for runner-up by Maurice.
SATURDAY’S Full Results
Full results - North West Alliance outing to Sandy Hills (Rosapenna), Saturday, March 8th - Nett Section - 1, Michael McGeady (+3), North-West, 34 points; 2, Eddie McHugh (15), Strabane, 30; 3, break of tie, Marty McDermott (5), Rosapenna, 30; 4, Kieran Ryan (9), Letterkenny, 30; 5, break of tie, Eamonn O’Carroll (16), Letterkenny, 28; 6, Maurice McGettigan (16), Strabane, 28.
Gross Section - 1, Brian McElhinney (+3), Foyle Golf Academy, 79; 2, John G. McBride (scr.), Portsalon, 80; 3, Noel Callan (scr.), Faughan Valley, 83; 4, Kealan Quigg (+1), City of Derry, 84; 5, Seamus Patton (5), Portsalon, 87; 6, Jamie Foley (4), Letterkenny, 90.
“Twos” were carded by T. Meenan, J. Patton, and Kevin Quigg.
The final competition of the year will take place in a fortnight when the Alliance play for Michael McGeady’s Captain’s Prize which will be staged at North-West Golf Club on Saturday, March 22nd.