Barry’s birdie blitz clinches Cochrane Cup

Kevin Barry threw in three birdies on his way to winning the Cochrane Cup by one point from Conor Rafferty and Brian Ward.

After picking up three points on the opening two holes he reeled off three successive three pointer with pars at the third and fourth and a birdie two at the fifth. Another two point par at the sixth was followed by a double bogey seven for one point at the par five seventh. That left him on 15 points and he turned in 19pts after bogeys at the eighth and ninth.

He reached 24 points after a three point par at the 10th and a two point bogey at the 11th before scoring his second birdie of the day at the par five 12th when he had a four for four points followed by another birdie on the par three 13th for a further three points.

That left Barry on 31pts with five holes to go and he gathered two points at each of the next four holes with two point pars at 14 and 17 and two point bogeys at 15 and 16 before finishing with a three point par on the 18th.

He came home in 23pts and returned an overall score of 42pts to win by one point from Conor Rafferty (20) whose 23pts down the back nine was enough to pip Brian Ward (15) for second place on countback with Ward denying Jimmy O’Connor (20) a place on the podium thanks to his five points over the final two holes after they tied for back nine, back six and back three.

O’Connor took Category Three with Sean Reidy (5) and Gearóid Ó Conluáin (17) winning the other two categories. Zak Alderdice (4) claimed the Gross Prize after shooting 34pts while Cillian Halpenny (15) won the Juvenile Prize with 41pts.  

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday August 16 – Cochrane Cup Singles Stableford – Overall: Kevin Barry (12) 42pts, Conor Rafferty (20) 41/23pts. Brian Ward (15) 41/20/12/6/5pts. Gross Winner: Zak Alderdice (4) 34/17pts. Cat 1 (0-12): Sean Reidy (5) 39/18/10/6pts, Danny Miele (12) 39pts, Turlough King (11) 38/21pts. Cat 2 (13-17): Gearóid Ó Conluáin (17) 40pts, David Lynch (13) 39pts, Barry Rafferty (16) 38/21pts. Cat 3 (18+): Jimmy O’Connor (20) 41pts, PJ Dooley (22) 39/18/13pts, Nigel Giff (22) 39/pts. Juvenile Winner: Cillian Halpenny (15) 41pts. CSS: Saturday – 35pts, Sunday – 36pts.