Five point birdie reaps rewards for McCrave

Anthony McCrave (21) was the winner of the Second Round of the Locovore Autumn Series when he edged out David Brennan (13) and Vincent Conlon (8) on countback after all three had tied on 30pts in Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition.

McCrave had started steadily enough with picking up four points from the first two holes thanks to two bogeys but when he failed to score at the third things looked bleak given there were only ten holes left to play in this 13 hole competition.

But the tide turned immediately for McCrave at the very next hole, the par four index one fourth, where he had two shots and picked up a massive five points after he managed a birdie three. He parred the par three fifth for another three points and got another three points at the par five seventh where he had two shots.

That left him on 17pts after seven holes and he went through the next three holes in six points to stand on 23pts after ten holes. The 16th, which was his 11th hole, yielded another two points as did the 18th and in between he managed to par the 17th for three points as he finished on 30pts.

He was joined on that total by Brennan and Conlon but while Brennan had 21pts over the final nine holes it was no match for McCrave who had 26pts, helped greatly by that five point birdie on the fourth.

Austin Shaw (8), Michael Hamilton (16) and Anthony McGuinness (23) took the category prizes.

The 10pts for being the leading Category 3 player has moved McCrave into second place in his section of the Locovore Autumn Series, level with Mark Coan and one point behind George Rogers. Shaw leads Category 1 on 17pts which is seven ahead of Conlon and Gregory McCaughey while Michael Hamilton is the Category 2 leader on 12pts, one better than Tom Clarke.

The Locovore Autumn Winter Series includes scores from Saturday as well as Sunday and the scores from Saturday have been weighted by minus five points to reflect the shorter course played.

Darragh O’Brien (13) won Week One of the Nine Hole Repeater with Brendan Cleary (23) taking Week Two with a tremendous score of 25pts.

Sunday, November 27 – Locovore Singles Stableford – Overall: Anthony McCrave (21) 30/26pts, David Brennan (13) 30/21pts, Vincent Conlon (8) 30pts. Category 1(0-11): Austin Shaw (8) 29/21pts. Category 2 (12-17): Michael Hamilton (16) 29/22pts. Category 3 (18-28): Anthony McGuinness (23) 29/21/16pts.

Locovore Autumn Series Leaderboard (after Round 2): Category 1 (<13): 17pts – Austin Shaw. 10pts – Vincent Conlon, Gregory McCaughey. 9pts – Seamus Bailey. 8pts – Connor McCaughey. 7pts – Brendan Duffy, Jim Rowland. 6pts – Frank Byrne, Ciaran Traynor. 5pts – Conal Murdock, Brian Renaghan, Michael Stewart. Category 2 (13-18): 12pts – Michael Hamilton. 11pts – Tom Clarke. 10pts – David Brennan, Eamon Hoey. 9pts – Pat McKeown, P Watters. 7pts – Martin Farrelly, Sean O’Sullivan. 6pts – Martin Byrne, Eamonn McEneaney. Category 3 (19+): 11pts – George Rogers. 10pts – Mark Coan, Anthony McCrave. 9pts – Michael Browne, Jan van Dijk. 8pts – Anthony McGuinness. 7pts – Mark Browne, Ronan Dennedy. 6pts – Conor Byrne, Seamus Capplis, Joe Flanagan.

Nine Hole Repeater: Week One: Daragh O Brien (13) 22pts, Martin Byrne (17) 22pts. Week Two: Brendan Cleary (23) 25pts, Austin Matthews (13) 23pts.