Clarke edges out Mullins and Byrne as youth dominates

TWO of the Club’s promising teenagers were to the fore in the last weekend competition before the Government’s decision to close all golf courses as part of the Level Five restrictions.

Fifteen-year-old Chris Clarke (10) shot 43pts to edge out another 15-year-old, Conall Mullins (12) by one point with 2018 Captain Gerry Byrne flying the flag for the older golfers as he took third after being edged out for second by Mullins on countback as both returned a score of 42pts.

Aidan Thornton (7) was the Category 1 winner with Kenneth Byrne (18) winning Category 2 and Charlie Beattie (18) taking Category 3.

Aaron Grant (-1) shot 38pts for the weekend’s best gross score as he produced a round that included birdies at the first, 12th and 18th and just one bogey at the par three 17th.    

Four pars over the first four holes gave Clarke a perfect start to his round as he had shots on three of those holes and he stood on the fifth tee with 11pts already in the bag.

But he failed to score at the first par three of the day and saw his early advantage whittled away. However, he has shown tremendous character this year in inter-club competitions and that was again evident as he bounced back from his set-back on five by taking 12 points from the next four holes to complete the front nine in 23pts.

After a two-point par at the sixth, he parred the seventh for three-points and then birdied the eighth for four points and birdied the ninth for three points.

Another three-point par followed at the index two 11th and he added three more three-points pars at the 15th, 16th and 18th. The par-threes were definitely not his favourite holes as he could only manage one-point bogeys at the 13th and 17th to come home in 20pts for an overall total of 43pts.

Mullins, who had played on Saturday, had set the score to beat when he returned a total of 42pts which included an eagle two for four points at the par four 14th, a three-point birdie at the fifth and three-point pars at the second, ninth, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th and 18th. He scored on every hole but had to settle for one-point bogeys at the sixth and 13th where he didn’t have shots.

Byrne had cause to rue the par five sixth where he failed to score and the 11th where he had a double bogey for one point. Those were the only blemishes on an otherwise excellent card that included nine three-point pars.

Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Chris Clarke (10) 43pts, Conall Mullins (12) 42/23pts, Gerry J Byrne (19) 42pts. Category 1 (0-12): Aidan Thornton (7) 40pts, J E McEneaney (10) 38pts. Category 2 (13-18): Kenneth Byrne (18) 40pts, Ollie Reilly (17) 37pts. Category 3 (19+): Charlie Beattie (19) 41pts, Conor Marron (23) 38pts. Gross Recognition: Aaron Grant (+1) 38pts. CSS: Saturday 36pts, Sunday 36pts.