Leckey the top man in Pearson’s Open

CITY of Derry’s Aldwyn Leckey (12) pounced to claim the Pearson’s Fine Foods Open Stableford at Prehen on Saturday last, a competition which attracted a large entry for the fabulous prizes on offer.

Played in very stormy, yet sunny conditions, Aldwyn’s fairly modest 38 points emerged the top score on the day.

Martin McNulty (10) was second, the best of the players on 37 points, just edging out Gary Brown (10) on a better back nine. Lester Moore (1)had 35 points to win the gross prize and the ‘nines’ went to Tony Murray (24) and Paul McIntosh (14) with 21 points (both surviving tie-breaks.)

A Dubliner and former junior member at Prehen, Ryan Callan (4), now playing out of Roganstown Golf Club, proved to be the best of the visitors on the day with 31 points.

Lucy Smyth (21) emerged the leading lady having scored 28 points over the 13 holes played and the Prehen Ladies Branch Secretary, Christine Mitchell (27), finished in second place with 24 points.

Next on the agenda at City of Derry is the usual Thursday Open Stableford and on Saturday the Danske Bank Open Stableford will include a competition for the ladies, members and visitors

Meanwhile, Alan Simpson (8) will have breathed a sigh of relief last week’s Thursday as he watched his tee-shot float out of bounds at the 18th. “Bean” had assembled 38 points at that stage and he will have feared the worst, however, he had no need to worry as 38 points proved good enough to take the top prize and, indeed, Alan’s second Thursday Open win in four weeks.

In second place, following a break of tie, was Ricky Dunlop (13) with 37 points while a former club captain, Christy McWilliams (14), now playing out of North-West, was best of the visitors albeit with a modest 30 points total.

Visitors are reminded that they can play in the Lunn’s Jewellers’ Open team event on August 24th and 25th for £25 per person, the fee includes a free practise round.