WHEN Martin Glenn failed to score on the opening hole at North-West in last Satudray’s Christmas Fayre competition, the 20 handicapper will not have fancied his chances.
However, he immediately regrouped and proceeded to play the next eight holes in three over gross for an opening nine holes total of 22 points.
Martin then proceeded to add a further 18 points on the way home to return the top score of 40 points and secure the traditional turkey and ham for his Christmas dinner.
The runner-up, one shot adrift, was Michael Fitzpatrick (9) who was only one over gross on the back nine, needing just a bogey on the 18th hole to claim victory. However, he recorded a disappointing double bogey and had to settle for second spot.
The C.S.S. was 35 pts.
Meanwhile, the penultimate week of qualifying in the North-West Winter League saw the League Table tighten up as 38 pairs continue to battle for the a place in the top 24 to qualify for the traditional matchplay stages.
And with the top eight teams receiving a bye into the second round of the matchplay, it’s still all to play for.
Leading the way on Sunday last was the pairing of Phil Doherty (7) and Gino Del Pinto (11) who covered the 18 holes in one over gross and returned the top score of 45 points. That effort moved Phil and Gino up an incredible 10 places into seventh place.
In second place, one point adrift, despite failing to scor at the second hole was Kieran Toner (11) and Karol Friel (12).
The leading pairings, with just one more week of qualifying, are - five rounds - Joe McColgan (5) and Joe McColgan (10) and David McLaughlin (11) with 171 points; Francis and Patrick Duffy, 170; Eugene O’Connell and Plunkett Duffy, 164.
The final qualifying round takes place this Sunday, November 17th, which will be followed by the opening lldraw for the matchplay stages.
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Robin McClay took top honours in last week’s Thursday Society outing for the annual Jim Bresland Trophy, the event played over 15 holes at Prehen.
Robin returned 37 points to finish two clear of the chasing pack.
Full results were - Thursday Society, Singles Stableford - 1, Robin McClay (14) 37 points; 2, Davy Godfrey (25) 35; 3, Paul Glackin (12) 35; 4, Alastair Crockett (12) 32: 5, Billy Acheson (24) 32.