Harry leads the way for champion of champions
13 March 2019
The past weekend heralded the official start to the golfing year with Captain Joe Boyd taking centre stage to strike the first blow of the new season at this year's Captain's Drive In.
This competition was kindly sponsored by O’Hare’s EuroSpar Mayobridge. There was a good turn out of members to show their support for Joe and offer him good wishes for the year ahead. In his address to the members present, Joe again thanked immediate past captain Gerald McCarthy for his nomination and Colm Magee for accepting the vice-captaincy. He encouraged members to put themselves forward for the various teams in the upcoming inter-club competitions and thanked all those who had helped improve the course over the past year.
He also indicated that these improvements would continue over the year ahead. Finally, he thanked everyone for being in attendance and wished them all a successful and enjoyable year.
The weather thankfully held up for Joe’s big day and it transpired that he had the pleasure of playing in a fourball alongside the overall winner, hard working club secretary Harry Addis.
After reaching the turn with 21 points on his card, Harry could have been forgiven for thinking his score would be nowhere near good enough given the high standard set in recent weeks. But they say every day is a different day in golf and given the prevailing weather conditions, it turned out he was in a much better position than he thought he was. He also had two excellent birdies on his card taken at the third and seventh. A nice series of pars at the beginning of the back nine further improved his chances and another fantastic birdie at the fourteenth set him on his way to the top the leaderboard with 42 points. By virtue of this victory, Harry becomes the first entrant in this year’s Champion of Champions end of year competition.
Just one point behind were two men in the battle for second and third, namely Neil Heaney and Martin Grant. After an indifferent front nine, it was Neil who was crowned runner-up as he dropped just two shots over an excellent back nine. For Martin it was a tale of the complete opposite as, after a storming front nine, he faltered over the inward stretch and had to settle for third on the countback rule.
There were just three successful candidates in this weekend’s twos. Fintan Maginn took his chance at the fourth James McEvoy joined him at the eleventh whilst Brian Fox took his opportunity at the twelfth.
The honours in round one of the Spring Cup kindly sponsored by Canavan and Digney Contractors also belonged to Harry Addis with 42 points. Harry just edged out Vice-Captain Colm Magee who finished on the same tally. Third place was taken by Martin Grant.
The Spring Cup Round Two runs throughout the week with entries available from Monday to Friday. The weekend sees the opening round of the ever-popular ECL Bowl. Both are 18-hole stableford competitions.To read more subscribe to our online Newspaper