Brilliant back nine wins it for Murdock

A brilliant back nine was the key to12 handicapper Derek Murdock winning Sunday’s Single Stableford competition on countback from John McCann (17).

A three for two points at the par three ninth meant that he walked to the 10th tee having picked up just 15pts from the opening nine holes. While he had scored on every hole, he had only managed one three pointer when he parred the par four third and that two point par at the ninth had been preceded by three one point holes.

The next four holes were a different story altogether as he found the momentum that ultimately led to a winning score and picked up 13pts with a birdie at the 10th and par at the 11th and 12th and a birdie at the 13th. Pars at the 16th and 18th yielded more three points as he covered the back nine in 25pts to finish on 40pts.

McCann also posted a score of 40pts but was blown away on countback by Murdock’s back nine and had to settle for second overall.

The category prizes were won by Niall McCaul (8), David Cairns (18) and Larry Hanratty (25) while Tom Dunne (22) took the Juvenile Prize with 36pts.

Sunday, August 7 – Singles Stableford Competition – Overall: Derek Murdock (12) 40/25pts, John McCann (17) 40pts. Category 1(0-12): Niall McCaul (8) 37/18pts, Noel Reidy (12) 37pts. Category 2 (13-18): David Cairns (18) 39pts, Pat Watters (15) 37pts. Category 3 (19-28): Larry Hanratty (25) 34/17/11pts. Martin McCaughey  (22)  34/17pts. Juvenile: Tom Dunne (22) 36pts. CSS: 72.