Greenan and Reid the winners in contrasting weather conditions

BARRY Grennan and Noel Reid were the weekend winners in the men’s competitions with Greenan taking Saturday’s Singles Stableford competition and Reid prevailing on Sunday when conditions were absolutely horrendous.

Grennan (13) won the Saturday event with 42pts which was three better than the rest of the field and was greatly assisted by a four point birdie three at the last as he shot 22pts down the back nine. He also managed to birdie the par three 13th on the way home for three points and also had three -returns at the 12th and 15th.  Grennan had gone out in 20pts having recorded three-point pars at the first, second, fourth and ninth  

Cathal Purcell (14) came closest to catching Grennan but had to settle for taking the Category Prize. He had gone out in 22pts having opened the front nine with four successive three-point pars and closed it with back to back three-point pars at the eighth and ninth. He then birided the 10th for another four points and, even though he had another four-point birdie at the 17th, he was left rueing his failure to pick up points at the 13th and 16th as he finished with 39pts.

Mark Gorham (4) claimed Category 1 with 38pts while David McDonnell (22) won Category 3 with 36pts and Lee Egan (15) took yet another Juvenile Prize with 38pts. Gorham also returned the best gross score of the day.  

Sunday was the complete opposite to Saturday from a weather point of view making Noel Reid’s round of 38pts one of the rounds of the year. The 14-handicapper got off to a steady start before recording his first three-point par at the fifth. Although he dropped a point at the next he picked up three-point pars at the seventh and eighth as he went out in 20pts.

Down the back he had three three-point pars at the 12th, 15th and 17th and could even afford a blank at the 14th and a one-point return at the last, from his only double-bogey of the day, as he came home in 18pts for a superb score of 38pts.

That was three better than David Lynch (11) who shot 35pts and also recorded the day’s best gross score while David Cairns (16) was third on 32pts. The CSS of 33pts showed just how tough conditions were.

Saturday, October 3 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Barry Grennan (13) 42pts. Category 1 (0-12): Mark Gorham (4) 38pts. Category 2  (13-18): Cathal Purcell (14) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): David McDonnell (22) 36/19pts. Gross Recognition: Mark Gorham 34pts. Juvenile: Lee Egan (15) 38pts.   CSS: 36pts.

Sunday, October 4 – Singles Stableford – Overall: Noel Reid (16) 38pts, David Lynch (11) 35pts, David Cairns (16) 32pts. Gross recognition: David Lynch 25pts. CSS 33pts: Reductions only.