Impressive Mackin holds off Curran

Thirteen-year-old Josh Mackin captured his third Sunday men’s competition of the year when he won today’s strokeplay competition on countback from the highly experienced Pat Curran.

Mackin, playing off five, shot an impressive level par round of 72 gross for a nett total of 67 which was matched by 13-handicapper Curran but the youngster prevailed by virtue of a better back nine.

Mackin went through the front nine in level par gross after balancing a bogey at the index 1 fourth with a superb birdie on the par-three ninth where he drilled a 162 yard tee shot to four feet with a seven iron.

He got up and down out of the front right greenside bunker on the par-five 10th for another birdie but then a wayward tee-shot on the 11th and a three putt on the 12th led to back to back bogies.

He got his third birdie of the round on the short 14th where he fired a three-wood to within 35 yards of the green and followed that with an impressive up and down by holing from 15ft for his three.

Mackin then parred his way in to the clubhouse for a nett 67 and it was enough to deliver him a third Sunday win after he won the Arkew Cup, when he was 12, and also finished leading qualifier in the Carolan Cup.

Two-handicapper Eddie Rogers took the gross with a very impressive two-under par 70 while Michael Keating (14) made a rare visit to the podium by finishing third overall after a 68. The juvenile prize was won by 16-handicapper Flyn Kiernan on countback after a 68.

Club Competition Stroke

Sunday, September 21, 2014

1st: Josh Macken (5) 67/33.5

2nd: Pat Curran (13) 67/34.5

Gross: Eddie Rogers (2) 70

3rd: Michael Keating (14) 68

Juvenile: Fyn Kiernan (16) 68/32

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