Last Saturday was Captain’s Day at Banbridge Golf Club and it was a day to remember.
The centenary captain, Declan Dooher, aided by his wife Mary, had everything organised to perfection.
The array of prizes, 31 in total, was outstanding. The players received sustenance before they started, drinks halfway round and a delicious meal whenever they finished.
And, to cap it all, the weather stayed glorious for most of the day and everyone got in dry.
Cathal McAnarney was a worthy winner of the Captain’s Prize. He shot the round of his life, 44 points, finishing with three straight pars, which were crucial. Cathal could well be the first player from Ballela to lift the Captain’s Prize. He is a modest young man and he was overjoyed by his achievement. Everyone was pleased for him.
John Crothers was runner-up with 43 points. John had 3 birdies in his round and finished with four pars. He couldn’t have done much better.
Gary Hazley had an amazing round. He seemed totally out of it after nine holes when he had 15 points. His second nine was sensational, to put it mildly. He played the inward half in 32 shots, one under par, and scored 27 points. Gary led for most of the day with his 42 points but finished up winning the middle section.
Andrew Quinn went round in level par 69 gross and he too had 42 points. He played superb golf with birdies at holes number 2,6,10, 11 and 17. A bogey four at the last hole was a bit of a downer. Andrew, as you all know, had a hole in one the previous Saturday. He was playing with Kenny Stevenson who also had a hole in one. Well, would you believe it, Andrew came within an inch of another hole in one at the 10th hole on Captain’s Day. Wouldn’t that have been something?
Andrew won the coveted best gross prize on Captain’s Day.
There are always a number of near misses. Joe Glass had a wonderful round of golf or, should I say, a wonderful 16 holes. He had a ding at the third hole and had a double bogey at the last hole. Joe still finished with 42 points, so close to glory. He went home empty handed.