There was a large entry for the Fred Daly Memorial Trophy, played at Banbridge Golf Club last Saturday.
The weather was close to perfect and the course was in pristine condition. That accounted for the plethora of good scores. A total of 8 players equalled the calculated standard scratch of nett 67 or 38 stableford points and a further 19 players broke it.
The winner, with an awesome score of 44 points, was Eamon McConville (17 now 15). Eamon had a 78 gross, one of his best ever rounds. He deserves great credit because he opened his round with two double bogeys.
Young Mark McCullough (15) has two great sporting loves, running and golf. He is top class in both disciplines. Mark was runner-up in the Fred Daly with 43 points. The only blemish on his round was a double bogey on the tricky 16th hole. That cost him first place. But he’s young and his day will certainly come.
The low section (0-12) was won by another young star, Luke Crory (12), with 42 points. The great Peter Hillen (12) was second with 41 points.
The middle section (13 to 17) was won by Gary Jardine (17) with 42 points. Gary has returned to the game after a long sabbatical and he certainly hasn’t lost any of his skill. John Redpath (13) was runner-up with yet another 42 points. Time spent at the local driving range is beginning to pay dividends for John.
Joe Thompson (18) put aside his disappointment at losing in the President’s Prize mid-week and duly won the high section here with 41 points. Will Dickson (18) was runner-up with 39 points.
Matthew Mallon (6) won the coveted best gross prize with a very tidy one over par 70. Birdies at 1, 11 and 13 certainly helped.
The top senior player on the day was Dromore man, Verdun Bond (13), with 39 points.
Tom Mulholland (9) had 41 points and David Cherry (13) had 40 points. Unfortunately they missed out on a prize, which seems a little cruel.
Our congratulations go out to Eamon McConville, the winner of the Fred Daly Memorial. He had a round to cherish.