Purcell takes President’s Prize

Presidents Prize 2016

Prizewinner Graham Purcell is presented with his prize by President Tom Geary.

Graham Purcell was a clear winner of Tom Geary’s President’s Prize on a perfect day for golf last Sunday.

The 21 handicapper had three shots to spare over Conall Murdock (9) and those two along with Gross Prize winner Aaron Grant were the only players in the 187 strong field to break 70.

Purcell got off to a great start with pars at the first and second and went to four under when he birdied the par five sixth for a nett eagle. He matched that on the next hole, the index three seventh, where he had two shots and walked off with a par for a nett three. A par four at the eighth meant he stood on the ninth tee standing at seven under and at the stage the tournament was very much his to lose.

 A few minutes later he was walking to the 10th tee having dropped two shotsafter running up a triple bogey six and turned in five under but he showed great composure to bounce back immediately with a birdie four at the 10th for yet another nett eagle.

Purcell moved to eight under when he parred the 14th but he handed two shots backs immediately with a triple bogey seven at the par four 15th. However, he kept his head over the final three holes, two of which were playing into the wind, and even managed a par at the short 17th to get to seven under and a nett score of 65.

That left him three ahead of Murdock and Aaron Grant (+1) but the latter’s 67 was enough to comfortably win the Gross Prize. Grant only dropped only one shot in a near flawless round which included birdies at all four par fives as well as the par four 14th and 18th.

Category winners were Barry Grennan, Paschal Keenan and Oliver McGinnity while Larry Hanratty (24) took the Veterans Prize with a 70.

Sunday, August 28 – President Tom Geary’s Prize – Overall: Graham Purcell (21) 65, Conall Murdock (9) 68. Gross: Aaron Grant (+1) 67. Veteran: Larry Hanratty (24) 70. Category 1 (0-12): Barry Grennan (11) 70/33.5, Robert White (2) 70/35/21.3. Category 2 (13-17): Paschal Keenan (15) 70/35.5. Michael Hamilton (16) 71/34. Category 3: (18+): Oliver McGinnity (21) 73/31.5, John O’Connor (19) 73/36.5/22.67. CSS: 73.