Blistering finish propels McShane to victory in Irwin Lockington Salver

A blistering back nine was the key to success for Nicholas McShane (15) as he captured the Irwin Lockington Salver.

McShane shot an impressive 42pts to win by two points from Padraig Hassett (20) but it was a return of 24pts down the back nine that sealed the deal for him.

He started well with a three point par at the first followed by a pair of two point bogeys but then blanked the par four index one fourth to lie on seven points after four holes. He bounced back from that setback with a three point par at the fifth and then picked up two points at each of the next four holes to turn on 18pts.

A birdie for four points on the par five 10th was the ideal way to commence the run for home and although he had to settle for one point following a double bogey at the 11th he again showed his ability to bounce back quickly by parring the 12th for three points. He had no shots at the next two holes so his pars at 13 and 14 only yielded two point apiece but his run of pars continued over the final four holes and each yielded three points as he came home in a breath-taking 24pts. His back nine had yielded seven successive pars from the 12th and a birdie as he covered the homeward nine in 37, one over par gross.

 Hassett had roared out of the traps at the start of his his round and gathered 22 points over the front nine after six three point pars at the first, second, fifth, sixth eighth and ninth. It could have been better but for a blank at the difficult par five seventh. He had another blank at the par four 16th on the back nine which he covered in 18pts where the highlights were a four point par at the index two 11th and three points pars at the 13th and 15th.

Aaron Grant took the gross prize with a round of 34pts that included an eagle three at the par five 10th. Conall Mullins (12), Brian McDonnell (13) and Paul Morgan (23) were the category winners with Lee Egan continuing his fine season by winning the Juvenile Prize.

Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 – Irwin Lockington Salver Singles Stableford – Overall: Nicholas Mac Shane (15) 42pts, Padraig Hassett (20) 40pts. Gross Winner : Aaron Grant (+1) 34pts. Category 1 (0-12): Conall Mullins (12) 37/21pts, Joseph Laverty (4) 37/20pts. Category 2 (13-18): Brian McDonnell (13) 39/21pts, Cathal Purcell (16) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Paul Morgan (23) 39pts. Conor Martin (19) 38/22pts. Juvenile: Lee Egan (15) 34pts. CSS: Saturday – 35pts, Sunday 36pts.