Waite wins President’s Prize

Aaron Waite receives his winner’s prize from President Noel McGuinness.

Noel McGuinness’s President’s Prize over the Blue Course proved to be a tough test on Sunday with 12 handicapper Aaron Waite emerging as the winner after being the only player in the 202 strong field in break 70 nett.

Waite shot a 69 nett to pip another 12 handicapper, Trevor Giff, by one shot, Richard Newell (2) took the Gross Prize with a one over par 73 while Richie Barry (10) won the Veterans Prize with a 71.

The length of the course, coupled with a strong North Westerly wind and some very tricky pins let everybody in doubt that they were playing in one of the club’s major competition and Waite showed tremendous composure to emerge as winner.

Pars at the second, third, fifth and sixth had him in good shape after six holes but then he had a triple bogey eight at the formidable par five seventh which threatened to derail his challenge.

But he bounced back with back to back pars at the ninth and tenth and then rolled in successive pars at the 12th, 13th and 14th. Two more pars arrived on the 17th and 18th as he returned a nett score of 69 having managed to cover the back nine in 39 gross.

Sunday, July 21 – President Noel McGuinness’s Prize – Winner: Aaron Waite (12) 69, Runner-Up: Trevor Giff (12) 70/34/18. Gross: Richard Newell (2) 73. Veteran: Richie Barry (10) 71. Category 1 (0-12): Karl Stewart (8) 70, Ciaran Johnson (10) 71/34/22.7. Category 2 (13-17): Brendan Keane (13) 71, Padraig Gallagher (13) 72/34.5. Category 3 (18+) Gerry Campbell (25) 73/34.5, Jimmy O’Connor (21) 73/35.5. CSS: 73.