TWO handicapper, Ernie Heywood, produced the round of the year at City of Derry last Saturday to claim Sam Smallwoods’ Professional Open Stableford.
A string of pars and a brace of birdies on the front nine had Ernie out in 34 shots (21 points) and a further 30 shots including six birdies on the way home saw him return an additional 24 points for a magnificent 45 points total.
Predictably, his 64 gross proved the best score of the day by some margin.
His nearest challenger was Chris Ross (10) with 42 points, a score which would have won on another day.
Third place was taken by William Sheaffer (11) who also finished on 42 pts. but lost out following a tie break over the last six holes. David Hughes(21) carded 40 points to take the fourth prize and Jeremy Thatcher (17) finished with 40 points but lost out on a break of tie over the last six holes and had to be content with the fifth prize.
Meanwhile, the Thursday Opens continued at Prehen and last week’s competition enjoyed a large entry despite the blustery winds.
The steady play of Stephen Loughlin (27) landed the spoils with 38 points to win on a break of tie from two handicapper, Kealan Quigg who returned the best gross of the day (71) and took second place.
William Anderson (10) was the third of the 38 pointers taking third spot. The best visitor was Portsalon’s Gerry McKindlon on 36 points.
On Sunday last, Sam Smallwoods’ Professional Classic gave players the opportunity to play for free entry to the forthcoming McCambridge-Duffy Pro-Am event.
A huge field entered the competition and at the end of the day it was the formidable quartet of Mark McIvor, Keith Stott, John McIvor and Tony McDermott, who triumphed with a fine score of 90 points.
Contributing to that score, John McIvor holed out with his second shot for an ‘Eagle 2’ at the difficult par four “Valley” hole.
Their 40 points over the front nine was modest enough given that incredible shot, but their 50 point back nine return ensured that they took the prize on break of tie from their nearest challengers.
The fancied team of Graham Hepburn, Eddie McMenamin, Brian Burns and Shane Kelly carded a 90 point total but their inferior back nine of 48 points saw them finish in second spot.
Tomorrow’s competition is the Terence Bell Open Stroke Memorial Salver while Sunday sees the well supported Northlands Charity Open organised by the local Quigg Family.
As usual times can be booked by phoning Sam Smallwoods on 02871 311496.
Results From Ballyliffin
Tuesday, June 14 - Fr. Adrian Porter Perpetual Trophy - 1, John Paul Doherty (15) 42 points; 2, Sean Doherty (2) 41; gross, Ryan McLaughlin (5) 33 gross pts.; 3, Fr P. J. O’Driscoll (17) 41; 4, Enda McDaid (8) 40; 5, Tommy Logue (15) 39; 6, Paschal Mooney (12) 39; Man. Utd. Prize, Darren Doherty; visitor, Joe McGinley; back nine, Charlie Gibbons (26) 22; front nine, Liam Doherty C (12) 22; longest drive , Oscar Mailey; nearest the pin, Lisa Glover.
The C.S.S. was 71.
Ladies competition - 1, Ruth McGartoll (35) 39 pts.; 2, Agnes Logue (21) 38; gross, Bernie Grant (6) 27; 3, Susanna Moore (24) 35; 4, Gertie Monagle (27) 35; visitor, Teresa O’Leary (25) 31.
Saturday, June 11th - Confined on Old Links - 1, Francis Dillon (9) 40 points; 2, Jim Nicell (18) 40; 3, Brendan McCarroll (4) 40; 4, Joe Sheridan (14) 39; gross, Sean Doherty (2) 34;.
The C.S.S. was 71.
Sunday, June 12th - Confined on Glashed - 1, Darragh McLaughlin (12) 35 points; 2, Paul Harkin (12) 35; 3, Brendan Moyne (25) 33; 4, Neil Grant (13) 33; gross, Sean Doherty (3) 28.
Ladies competition - 0-18 - 1, G. McCarron, 20 pts.; 2, M. McCloskey, 17; 19-28 - 1, B. McCarroon, 23; 2, Jackie Doherty, 20; 29-36 - 1, K. McLaughlin, 21; 2, C. Harkin, 15.
Fixtures - tomorrow (Sat.) Open on Glashedy; Sunday, Confined competition on Old Links
Youth Summer Camp - Jul 11th to 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Fee E70 including meal, gift and competition. Contact Pro Shop to book as numbers are limited. Tel. 07493 78100.