Crowe’s purple patch reaps a winning dividend

A PURPLE patch midway through his round provided the platform for Noel Crowe (19) to claim the Members Prize during the annual Past Captains’ and Members Prize which attracted an entry of 236 players.

He got off to a good start with six two point bogies equally divided either side of a four point par at the index one fourth.   

That left him on 16pts after seven holes and six holes later, as he walked to the 14th tee, he was on 34pts after shooting a breath-taking six successive three-point pars from the eighth to the 13th.

That 18pt haul meant he could even afford a blank at the par four 15th as he picked up two points at the 14th, 16th and 18th and three points for another par at the 17th to finish on 43pts.  

It was enough to take the Overall Prize with Andrew Brodigan (12), who shot 42pts, having to settle for second place while Cormac Malone (18) claimed third on countback thanks to a fine back nine of 23pts.

Walker Cup star Caolan Rafferty (+5) warmed up for the forthcoming Dundalk Scratch Cup by shooting 39pts to take the gross prize while Fionn Cunningham (18) with 37pts was the Juvenile Prize winner. Anthony O’Donoghue (12), Conall Mullins (13) and Gerry Campbell (25) were the category winners.

Brendan Keane (12) with a score of 40pts won the Past Captains’ prize with Peter Rogers (3) claiming second after a round of 37pts.

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 – Past Captains and Members Prize – Overall: Noel Crowe (19) 43pts, Andrew Brodigan (12) 42pts, Cormac Malone (18) 41 /23pts. Gross: Caolan Rafferty (+5) 39pts. Past Captains Prize: Brendan Keane (12) 40pts, Peter Rogers (3) 37pts. Cat 1 (<13): Anthony O’Donoghue (12) 41/20pts, Dillon Greene (5) 41pts. Cat 2 (13-17): Conall Mullins (13) 40pts, Fergal Mckenna (16) 39/23pts. Cat 3 (18+): Gerry Campbell (25) 41pts, Mark Coan (25) 40pts. Juvenile: Fionn Cunningham (18) 37pts. CSS: Saturday 37pts, Sunday 37pts.