Evergreen Stewart leads Captain’s Prize after first round

The evergreen Michael Stewart showed that age is no barrier when he emerged from the 316 strong field as the outright leader after Round One of Pat Davis’s Captain’s Prize.

In shooting a nett 64, the 14 handicapper shot a gross 78 which matched his age and showed that there is still plenty of competitive steel amongst the Club’s veterans.

He produced a near flawless round which included a birdie three on the index six par four 15th. He had nothing worse than bogey on his card as he parred ten of the other 17 holes.

Stewart will be in the final group next Sunday afternoon along with Michael Browne (23) and Conor Hackett (12) who both shot 65 nett but there will be a pack full of quality chasing them down over the final 18 holes.

Eddie Rogers (4) and Billy Cairns (6) lie just three shots off the lead after shooting nett 67s with Rogers going around in an impressive one under par gross while Alan McDermott (4), who finished second in last week’s President’s Prize, is a shot further back on his own in sixth place after a nett 68.

There are three father and son combinations in the top 30 which should lead to interesting family dynamics over the next week. Eddie Rogers’ son Brendan (17) is on 71, the same score as Michael Browne’s son Mark (11) while Alan McDermott’s father Ollie (15) lies 16th after shooting a 70 nett.

The recent Scratch Saturday event produced home winners in the Junior, Intermediate and Minor Scratch Cups and with Captain Pat Davis having won the Minor Cup, it is somewhat appropriate that the Junior winner Ward Christy Ward (6) is inside the Top Ten after a 69 while the Intermediate winner Paul O’Callaghan (10) is a shot further back. 

July 27 & 28 – Pat Davis’s Captain’s Prize – First Round Leaderboard: 64 – Michael Stewart (14). 65 – Michael Browne (23), Conor Hackett (12). 67 – Eddie Rogers (4), Billy Cairns (6). 68 – Alan McDermott (4). 69 – Ruairi Gogarty (6), Sean Taaffe (19), Fergal Sexton (8), Christy Ward (6), Sean Gallagher (19), Malcolm Drake (15), Colin Roche (5), Brian Crombie (22). 70 – Paul O’Callaghan (10), Oliver McDermott (15), David Murden (9), Tom Lanigan (22). 71 – Shane Thornton (14), Éamonn Laverty (14), Brendan Rogers (17), Dermot Murphy (5), Richard Copas (15), Tommy Renaghan (15), Mark Browne (11). 72 – Anthony Tuite (14), Turlough King (10), Seamus Bailey (11), Anthony O’Donoghue (13), Conor Byrne (21). CSS Saturday: 72. CSS Sunday: 72.