Practice pays for Rocks

Sunday saw the start of the Winter League, sponsored by Tiernans Centra, Blackrock, and, much to the relief of the 127 players who teed-off, the temperatures were considerably higher than the previous weekend.

There is an old adage in golf that practice makes perfect and so it will come as no surprise to those who saw Eddie Rocks hard at work on the practice ground over the past week that he recorded his first overall victory of the season on Sunday.

The 11-handicapper was one of three players to return a score of 32pts for the 13 holes but took victory on the second round of countback from Barry Cunningham (10) and Conall Murdock (8) as the Category 1 golfers showed their class.

There was some consolation for Murdock as he took the Gross Prize with a fine score of 26pts after being edged out by Cunningham for the Category 1 prize.

Peter O’Brien (18) took Category 2 with 30pts from Willie McKeever (17) on 29pts while Category 3 went to Mark Browne (22) on 31pts which was three clear of Anthony McGuinness (23) in second on 28pts.

Playing off 11 and having only eight shots over the 13 holes, Rocks had a blemish free round as he returned a card that contained six three point holes and seven two point holes.

His first three points came from a par four at the second and he added another at the third with another par four. Another par, and three points, followed at the eighth before a birdie two at the ninth yielded his fourth three pointer of the round and saw him complete the front nine in 22pts.

Back to back pars and two more three pointers followed at the par-five 10th and par four 16th before pars at the 17th and 18th where he didn’t have any shots.

In all, his round consisted of one birdie, nine pars and three bogeys and sent out a strong message that practice does pay off.

Sunday, February 19 – 13 Hole Singles Stableford/Winter League Round 1 (sponsored by Tiernans Centra, Blackrock) – Overall: Eddie Rocks (11) 32/22/16pts. Category 1 (0-12): Barry Cunningham (10) 32/22pts, Conall Murdock (8) 32pts. Category 2 (13-18): Peter O Brien (18) 30pts, Willie McKeever (17) 29/20pts. Category 3 (19-28): Mark Browne (22) 31pts, Anthony McGuinness (23) 28/19pts. Best Gross: Conall Murdock 26pts.