Walshe putts it in and wins again

Golfer of the Year Clem Walshe took Sunday’s 14 Hole Singles Stableford competition with an excellent nett score of 35pts.

It was enough to give him a one-point victory over fellow five handicapper Colin Roche and he also recorded the day’s best gross score of 31pts in what was a fine round of four birdies, nine pars and one bogey from a very consistent player who managed just 19 putts for the 14 holes.

Walshe opened up with two pars then birdied the third to go under par. He parred the next two before birdieing the par five sixth to go two under. Two more pars followed before another birdie at the par three ninth saw him cover the front nine in three under gross.

After parring the 10th, Walshe dropped his only shot of the day at the index two par four 11th where he missed the green left and lipped out for par from eight feet.

After parring the 12th he got that dropped shot back on the par three 13th and then finished the 14 hole round on the 18th where he had a nice two putt par for three under and a nett score of 35pts.

Roche took Category 1 from Kevin Redmond (11) who finished on 33ptswhile Leslie Toal (18) showed that form is temporary but class is permanent as he made a welcome return to the prizes after a long absence. Toal finished on 32pts but his 22pts over the last nine holes was enough to pip Tom Clarke on countback for the Category 2 prize.

Ray Pepper (19), who took the Category 3 prize, was another player showing a return to winning form with his 33pts edging out the reliable Jimmy O’Connor (19) by a single point. Fionn Cunningham (18) with 30pts took the Juvenile Prize.

Sunday, November 10, – 14 Hole Singles Stableford – Overall: Clem Walshe (5) 35pts. Category 1 (0-12): Colin Roche (5) 34pts, Kevin Redmond (11) 33pts. Category 2 (13-18): Leslie Toal (18) 32/22pts, Tom Clarke (18) 32/21pts. Category 3 (18+): Ray Pepper (19) 33pts, Jimmy O’Connor (19) 32pts. Juvenile: Fionn Cunningham (18) 30pts. Best Gross: Clem Walshe (5) 30pts.