Going into the final round things are heating up in the Precision Cables Winter League as Team Kestrel have knocked Team Raven off top spot for the first time since the league started.
Team captain Martin McDonnell inspired from the front alongside Eamon Mc Eneaney as both scored 33pts in round five with Pat Curran and Colm Garvey adding 32pts each for an overall total of 130.
That allowed them to close the gap and leapfrog over John McEneaney’s Team Raven into top spot but they only lead by one point going into the last round.
Billy Cairns top scored for Team Raven with 32pts as they returned 122pts from their four counting scores.
Team Falcon, assisted by a magnificent score of 42pts from Padraig Fallon Snr and a fine 34pts from Conor Byrne, scored 136pts which was the highest weekly total score from any of the ten teams.
That helped them to jump into third place and with only seven points between them and the leaders Ray Pepper’s team is still in with a big chance going into the final week.
Team Osprey dropped into fourth place despite a tremendous 35 pts from team captain Maurice Soraghan and it now looks a tall ask to make up the 13pts deficit on the leaders going into round six.
Padraig Fallon’s 42pts was also the best individual score of the weekend singles stableford competition as he covered the 14 holes in 56 strokes which was one under par gross.
Playing off 13 he opened with a four-point birdie at the first and followed that with three three point pars before a two-point bogey at the fifth. He then had four three-point pars to the ninth which he covered in 27pts.
Another four-point birdie came at the 10th which was followed by a three-point par at the 11th and then another four-point par at the 12th. The 13th yielded at two-point bogey before he finished with a two-point par at the 14th, the only hole he didn’t have a shot on.
That amazing score was more than enough to take the honours in Division 3 as he had six points to spare over David Kelly (14) whose 36pts was the second best overall score of the weekend.
Maurice Soraghan (6) shot 35pts to win Division 1 by three points from Jim Dwyer (8) while Eamon McEneaney (12) beat Sean Gallagher (9) on countback in Division 2 after both had tied on 33pts. Countback was also needed in Division 4 to divide Gavin McDonnell (16) and Peter Cunningham (16) after both had shot 35pts.
Gerard Carroll also had a day to remember as his sweetly hit nine iron from 108 yards delivered him a hole in one on the par three 13th.
Saturday, 21 January and Sunday, 22 January – Precision Cables Winter League and 14 Hole Singles Stableford - Division 1: Maurice Soraghan (6) 35pts, Jim Dwyer (8) 33pts. Division 2: Eamon McEneaney (12) 33/22/15pts, Sean Gallagher (9) 33/22/14pts. Division 3: Padraig Fallon (13) 42pts, David Kelly (14) 36pts. Division 4: Gavin McDonnell (16) 35/26pts. Peter Cunningham (16) 35/21pts.
Precision Cables Winter League Leaderboard (After Round 5): 611 - Team Kestrel (Capt Martin McDonnell), 610 - Team Raven (John McEneaney), 604 - Team Falcon (Ray Pepper), 598 - Team Osprey (Maurice Soraghan), 590 - Team Eagle (John McKeever), 586 - Sparrow (Gerard Daly), 583 - Team Robin (Mickey Coburn), 577 - Team Harrier (Tommy Renaghan), 569 - Team Hawk (Austin Carroll), 558 - Team Owl (Colm Coburn).
Sylvia McKenna was the leading scorer in the second week of the Spring League to claim the top spot in Division 3. Sylvia returned an excellent 49pts in the 14-hole competition.
Siobhan Rogers was the winner of Division 1 with 34pts and Jean Connolly won Division 2 with 30pts.
Saturday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 24 - Spring League Week 2 - Division 1: Siobhan Rogers (18.1) 34pts, Betty Rogers (17.9) 33pts, Anna Rowland (14.9) 32pts. Division 2: Jean Connolly (24.8) 30pts, Leone Smyth Baillie (28.0) 27pts, Ide McDermott (23.3) 27pts. Division 3: Sylvia McKenna (49.3) 49pts, Mary Meegan (38.8) 36pts, Joanne Lynch (38.7) 33pts. 9-Hole Competition: Siobhan Kearney 21pts, Mary Hession 20pts.
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