Ward the master in the wind

 Veteran Brian Ward was a popular winner of Sunday’s Singles Stableford competition when he used all his experience to master the strong wind that buffeted the course throughout the day.

The 17 handicapper shot 42pts to claim overall victory by one point from JP Connolly (24) who edged out Declan Curtin (9) on countback for second place.

Ward laid the foundation for his victory on the front nine which he covered in an impressive 23pts.

Having opened with a three point par at the first he was on eight points standing on the fifth tee after a one point six at the fourth. His response to what proved to be his only double bogey of the day was superb.

A three point par at the par three fifth was followed by a four point birdie four at the par five sixth and two point bogey at the seventh. Three point pars at the eighth and ninth meant he had covered those five holes in 15pts and he turned for home knowing he had a chance of a podium finish.

Ward’s back nine was steadiness personified as he reeled off eight two pointers and had a three point par on the index six fifteenth which was playing into the wind.

He signed for a score of 42pts that nobody in the 151 strong field managed to equal and gained some measure of compensation for narrowly missing out on the Veteran’s Prize on Captain’s Day two weeks ago.

Curtin had the consolation of taking Category 1 while Fergal McKenna (17) and Noel McGuinness (20) were the other category winners. Cillian Halpenny (19) was the best juvenile while Zak Alderdice (5) returned the best gross for the third time in a week.

Alderdice will be the Club’s only representative in the Irish Boys U16 Open Championship which takes place from Wednesday to Thursday this week in Donabate Golf Club. 

Sunday, August 18 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Brian Ward (17) 42pts, J P Connolly (24) 41/20/15pts. Category 1 (0-12): Declan Curtin (9) 41/20pts, Michael Staunton (11) 40/21/14pts. Category 2 (13–18): Fergal McKenna (17) 40pts, Michael O’Sullivan (15) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Noel McGuinness (20) 39pts, John Oakes (24) 38/19pts. Best Gross: Zak Alderdice (5) 33/19pts. Best Juvenile: Cillian Halpenny (19) 35pts. CSS: 36pts.