Close to 200 golfers played in the Fred Daly Memorial golf competition last Saturday at Banbridge Golf Club.
The weather was glorious with some players even complaining that it was too hot for golf. The ball was certainly bouncing and running for miles and we haven’t seen that for a few years.
The calculated standard scratch score was nett 67 or 38 stable ford points. That was equalled by 6 players and beaten by 18.
The super six on 38 points were Cecil Wilson (17), Gavin Greer (18), Malcolm Russell (9), Paul Magennis (5), Andrew Quinn (5) and Norman Doak (17).
The eight players with 39 points were Frank Mooney (22), Paddy Malcolmson (14), Cathal O’Neill (12), Jeffrey Brown (11), James Bryson (16), Patrick Magennis (9), Brian Boyd (13) and Paul Magee (10).
Ten players scored 40 points or better. Ruari O’Neill (19) had 40 points and he was second in the high section. Tommy Gillespie (13) had 40 points and he won the prize for best senior player. Peter Weir (16) also had 40 points and he finished second in the middle section. Eamon McAnarney (12) had 40 points and he was runner-up in the low section. Eamon McConville (19) had 41 points and he won the high section. Eamon could have won the competition outright if he had avoided the double bogeys at the 16th and 17th holes.
Aidy McEvoy (17) had 41 points and he duly won the middle section. Jim Gracey (10) was the other player on 41 points and he was rewarded with first prize in the low section.
Rory Madeley (4 now 3) had four birdies in his best gross score of 68, one under par. Rory had 41 points and he would have won the competition if he could have parred the last two holes.
The runner-up in the Fred Daly Memorial was Jim Matthews (15 now 14) with 42 points. Jim played a brilliant round especially over the second nine holes. He dinged the 10th but played the last eight holes in level par.
The winner was Roy Rankin (16 now 15) with 42 points. Roy’s 79 gross was an up-and-down affair. He started with a double bogey 6, had two 2’s at the 8th and 15th and then finished with three bogeys. It was still good enough to win and that’s all that matters. Roy will represent the club in a grand final later in the season. He’s the perfect man for the job.