GLENN Hinds captured the first ‘major’ of the season at North-West when he posted a superb score of 67 nett to claim the annual Shamrock Open, the event which traditionally tees-off the new sedason at the Lisfannon club.
Playing off the back tees in the stroke-play event, the blustery conditions added to some difficult pin positions, saw one-third of the large field fail to complete their rounds.
In fact, just eight golfers broke 80 but some fantastic scores were returned in spite of the difficulties posed.
Glenn Hinds, playing off a 10 handicap returned the top score of 67 nett but his birdie at the final hole proved vital when winning on a break of tie from Otway Golf Club member, Sean Sweeney.
The North-West member took 39 strokes to complete the front nine which included a very ugly triple bogey “6” at the tricky par three 8th hole, “The Pifler.”
His front nine effort was followed up by a three over gross back nine highlighted by that birdie ‘4’ at the 18th.
With Sean Sweeney returning similar figures, the Otway player appeared to struggle at the par five 18th when, with the wind at his back, he could only manage a bogey “6.”
The best gross score of the day was returned by Michael Hegarty (2), a brilliant 71. Michael was two under gross for the last 11 holes, a remarkable score considering the conditions.
In third place was the evergreen John O’Brien (10) with another great score of 69 nett.
Winner of the back nine with a nett 33 was Paul Coyle (13) and Eamon O’Kane from Foyle was the winner of the visitors’ prize with a well compiled 72 nett.
The North-West Golf Club extend sincere thanks to Mr. Norris Sheaffer for supplying the ‘flags’ for the Shamrock Open, which was very much appreciated by all the Lisfannon membership.
Full results were - Shamrock Open - 1, break of tie, Glenn Hinds (10) 67 nett; 2, Sean Sweeney (15), Otway, 67; gross, Michael Hegarty, 71; 3, John O’Brien (10) 69; back nine, Paul Coyle, 33; visitor, Eamon O’Kane, Foyle, 72.
The C.S.S. was 73.
Meanwhile, the results in last weekend’s Confined Saturday Sweep were - 1, Ciaran Fleming, 42 points; 2, break of tie, Kealan Mallon, 41; 3, Michael Hegarty, 41.
In last Sunday’s Confined Stableford, Category 1 players filled the top five places with five handicapper, Padraig Mac Lochlainn enjoying a welcome return to form with a one under gross 69 (42 points).
Padraig had birdies at the 4th, 6th, 9th, 16th and 18th holes.
The runner-up, playing of a two handicap, was Kyle McCarron, with 40 points. Kyle carded birdies at the 8th, 9th, 14th and 18th holes and his handicap has now been reduced to one
In third place was Justin Mac Lochlainn (4) with 38 points and he registered birdies at the 8th, 16th and 18th holes.
The North-Western Alliance Captain’s Day, Michael McGeady, dominates affairs at North-West tomorrow (Saturday) with a Confined Stableford on offer for members on Sunday.
successful sT. pATRICK’S dAY Captains’ Drive-In at Ballyliffin
Ballyliffin’s traditional Captain’s Drive In, Mr. Paid Sweeney, took place on Monday last, St. Patrick’s day, the event followed by a teams of four event.
Full results were- Captain’s Scramble - Monday, March 17th - 1, John Gill, Declan McCarron, Cecil Doherty, Ryan Doherty, 56.2 points; 2, Ellen Nelson, Neil Grant, Oliver Gilmore, Marion McConologue, 59.4; 3, Shaun O’Donnell, Danny McGonigle, Josephine Morris, Ita McHugh, 59.4; 4, John Friel, Gary McGeoghegan, Darragh McLaughlin, Annette Doherty, 59.7 ,
McColgan Cup results - Sunday, March 16th - 1, break of tie, Tony Finn (14) 38 points; 2, John Moore (16) 38; 3, Eoin Creedon (12) 37; 4, Liam Rodden (19) 37; gross, Des Kemmy (6) 27.
The C.S.S. was 72.
Saturday, March 15th - Open Stableford - 1, Tommy Logue (13) 36 points; 2, Paddy McDermott (12) 35; 3, Jack McFarland (20) 33.
The C.S.S. was 73.
Friday, March 14th - Open Stableford - 1, Stephen Eastwood (16) 36 points; 2, Brendan McCarroll (5) 32; 3, Andy Doherty (20) 31.
Wednesday Society results, March 12th - 1, Frank Harkin, 41 points; 2, John Gill, 40; 3, Martin Boyle, 39.
“Twos” were carded by Paul O’Donoghue (2), Liam Rudden, Philip Smith and Philip Laird.
Ladies competition - Sunday, March 16th - nine holes confined - 0-18 - 1, Ann Friel, 17 points; 2, Karen McLaughlin, 13; 19-28 - 1, break of tie, Theresa McLaughlin, 16; 2, Breige Doherty, 16; 29-36 - 1, Ruth McGartroll, 19; 2, Geraldine McLaughlin, 15.
RESULTS, NOTES FROM
A Gents’ Open Stableford has been organised for tomorrow (Saturday) with the usual Confined Stableford on Sunday at Portsalon.
And on Wednesday next, March 26th, the usual Open Stableford continues. A timmesheet is in operation, telephone: 074 91 59459 or go online at portsalongolfclub.com
Recent results - Saturday, March 15th - Open Stableford - 1, Davey Deeney (24) 40 points; 2, Ian Morton (13) 38; gross, John Shields (6) 26; 3, Noel McCormick (10) 36.
The C.S.S. was 36 points.
Sunday, March 16th - Confined Stableford - 1, Michael Martin, 40 points; 2, William Johnson, 39; gross, Pascal Cullen, 33; 3, Dermot Boyce, 38 .
The C.S.S. was 37 points.St. Patrick’s Day Open Stableford - 1, Kevin Mc Gonagle (6) 35 points; 2, Ronan McClafferty (12) 34; gross ,John Sweeney (7), Rosapenna, 28; 3, Donal Callaghan (12) 33.
The C.S.S. was 33 points