Roche romps to victory as Open Week commences

Colin Roche won the first competition of Open Week on Sunday when he romped to victory in the Singles Stableford sponsored by The Park Café.

The six handicapper shot a blemish free 44pts as he went around the course in 70 gross and carded an eagle, two birdies and 13 pars with his two bogeys coming at the index one and two holes where he had shots.

After opening with four pars and that bogey at the fourth, Roche eagled the par five sixth before going on to birdie the par five seventh as he went out in 34 strokes and 23pts. Down the back nine he was steadiness personified as he came home in 36 strokes and 21pts. He parred seven of the nine holes and bogeyed the index two 11 and birdied the par three 13th.

That gave him three points to spare at the top of the leaderboard as John McGeady took second overall thanks to a back nine of 24pts which enabled him to edge out Adrian Kenny (19) by one point on countback after both finished on 41pts along with Club President Dessie Ward. Kenny took the Category Three prize while Ward claimed Cateogry Two and Jim Caraher (9) was the winner of Category One. Roche’s gross score of 38pts was the best gross and Eoin Purton (21) took the Juvenile Prize with 36pts.

Sunday, May 19 – Open Singles Stableford sponsored by The Park Café – Overall: Colin Roche (6) 44pts, John McGeady (24) 41/24pts. Category 1 (0-11): Jim Caraher (9) 40pts, Niall McCaul (8) 39/18pts. Category 2 (12-17): Dessie Ward (13) 41pts, Nicholas McShane (17) 40pts. Category 3 (18+): Adrian Kenny (19) 41/23pts, Gerry Byrne (19) 38pts. Best Gross: Colin Roche (6) 38pts. Best Juvenile: Eoin Purton (21) 36pts. CSS: 36pts.