Banbridge GC sweeps its way into the New Year
SUNDAY 21ST DECEMBER
Cathal O’Neill is a keen supporter of the Sunday Sweep and he is a top-notch golfer. It comes as a bit of a surprise that it took him such a long time to record his first win in 2014 but he got there at last.
1st- Cathal O’Neill (11) Nett 31.5.
2nd- Bobby Geddis (11) Nett 32.5.
FRIDAY 26TH DECEMBER
In bygone years, the Boxing Day Sweep was one of the highlights of the year. It has lost a little of its glamour but it is still a nice one to win. Ashton Clydesdale, who has had a brilliant season, came out on top this time.
The biggest prize, however, went to Paul McAleavey who had the only two of the day.
1st- Ashton Clydesdale (25) 25 pts
2nd- Rory McMullan (12) 24 pts
3rd- Mel Hamill (15) 23 pts
SATURDAY 27TH DECEMBER
Robin Bond played the 13 holes in the Saturday Sweep in only two over par gross, which, considering the conditions, is remarkable golf.
His closest challenger was another 14 handicapper, Fergie Cosgrove, who was only one point behind.
Winner: Robin Bond (14) 34 pts
1st- Ivan Rushe (12) 32 pts
2nd- Philip Mallon (10) 31 pts
1st- Fergie Cosgrove (14) 33 pts
2nd- Roy McAfee (13) 31 pts
1st- Norman Doak (18) 32 pts
2nd- Mervyn Waddell (18) 31 pts
Best Senior: Colin McKinney (17) 29 pts
Best Gross: Ken Stevenson (2) 26 gross pts
SUNDAY 28TH DECEMBER
Alex Clarke won the final Sunday Sweep of the year.
That means that John Poots and Colin Smylie share the title of Sunday Champion with six wins each.
Kenny Arlow, with an amazing nett 28.5, set the record low score for 2014.
There were 27 different winners of the Sunday Sweep in 2014, ten less than the previous year.
1st- Alex Clarke (13) Nett 34.5.
THURSDAY 1ST JANUARY
Merton McDowell came very close to pulling off a remarkable treble. He won the opening competition of 2013 and 2014 and he came second in 2015.
The man who beat him is another incredible golfer.
John Poots, who celebrates a very important birthday this week, played golf on 326 days in 2014. Can you believe that? And he played excellent golf for the most part. His enthusiasm for the game is infectious and we all hope that he has another great year in 2015.
He has certainly got off to the perfect start.
1st- John Poots (16) 33 pts
2nd- Merton McDowell (20) 32 pts
SATURDAY 3RD JANUARY
The weather was very pleasant for the first Saturday competition of the year. The standard of scoring was remarkably high.
Gary Hazley played the 13 holes in level par, which is sensational golf. And yet he only beat Aidan Doran on countback. Roy McAfee and Colin Smylie were only one point further back.
Incidentally, the record score for 13 holes is 38 points. Paul Wylie and David Thompson jointly hold that record.
Winner: Gary Hazley (13) 35 pts
1st- David Cherry (12) 33 pts
2nd- John Gallagher (11) 32 pts
1st- Roy McAfee (13) 34 pts
2nd- Robin Bond (14) 32 ts
1st- Aidan Doran (18) 35 pts
2nd- Colin Smylie (18) 34 pts
Best Senior: Kieran McGreevey (22) 34 pts
Best Gross: Eugene Weir (5) 29 gross pts