SATURDAY 7TH MARCH
Alan McGowan went on a strenuous fitness course over the winter months. It was aimed at improving his strength, stamina and flexibility. It’s early days but it seems to have paid dividends. Alan was hitting the ball long and straight. That, combined with a good putting stroke, carried him to victory.
Winner: Alan McGowan (15) 33 pts
1st- Jim Cochrane (12) 32 pts
2nd- Seamus Rooney (9) 31 pts
1st- Alan Caughey (13) 31 pts
2nd- Dermot Dawson (16) 31 pts
1st- Alan Herron (25) 32 pts
2nd- John Canning (21) 30 pts
Best Gross: Rory Madeley (4) 27 gross pts
Best Senior: Dennis Watt (17) 31 pts
THURSDAY 5TH MARCH
This sweep turned out to be a nice little earner for both John Poots and Sam Wilkinson. These two legends of the local game not only took first and second prizes but they also shared the twos.
1st- John Poots (16) 29 pts
2nd- Sam Wilkinson (24) 26 pts
SUNDAY 1ST MARCH
Robert Clydesdale played the nine holes of the Sunday Sweep in only two over par. For a 17 handicapper, this was sensational golf. His nett 29.5 is the best winning score so far this year.
Kenny Arlow was best last year with a nett 28.5. The all-time record stands at nett 27. Both Cathal McAnarney and Ronnie Halliday did this in 2010.
Sean McGreevey and Norman Robb shared a lucrative twos pot.
1st- Robert Clydesdale (17) Nett 29.5
2nd- Norman Robb (25) Nett 29.5
SATURDAY 28TH FEBRUARY
Norman Robb is a relative newcomer to golf. His first love, up until now, was football and he made quite a name for himself as manager of Rathfriland Swifts. Off a 25 handicap, Norman could win big time. The handicap convener will be keeping a sharp eye on his progress.
The “shot of the day” in this competition was hit by Cathal McNiff. He has been playing golf for 41 years and he got his first hole in one.
At the tricky par three 12th hole, Cathal hit a delightful wedge which landed a few feet past the flag and spun back into the hole. He was over the moon and rightly so.
Winner: Norman Robb (25) 34 pts
1st- John McDowell (12) 33 pts
2nd- Malcolm Hanna (12) 32 pts
1st- Joe Glass (13) 34 pts
2nd- Garth McDonald (16) 33 pts
1st- Robert Canning (20) 30 pts
2nd- Mervyn Waddell (18) 30 pts
Best Gross: Rory Madeley (4) 29 gross pts
Best Senior: Philip Mallon (10) 31 pts