Weather holds for Monthly Medal at Mount Juliet

THE weather had a say over the past week, with the Ladies Invitation Day suffering the most on Wednesday. Torrential rain reduced the competition to nine holes, while some of the participants had to be called in.

THE weather had a say over the past week, with the Ladies Invitation Day suffering the most on Wednesday. Torrential rain reduced the competition to nine holes, while some of the participants had to be called in.

Thankfully the July Monthly Medal on Sunday did not suffer the same outcome with the rain - although threatening - staying away for the day. Scoring was reflected in the kind weather with some excellent returns in all categories.

Pride of place goes to Michael Collins, who after winning the Captain’s Prize a fortnight earlier, kept his good form going with another winning effort by outscoring his opponents in Category One with a fine 41 points.

Michael had scores of 22 and 19 points respectively for each nine holes. After having a double bogey six on the second hole he covered the following seven holes in level par. He continued his good form on the back nine holes, but bogied the last three holes in his round to return a back nine of 19 points.

In Category Two the winning score came from Christian McManus, with 37 points. He had nines of 18 and 19 points to win his first medal.

Ronan Murphy had a welcome return to form with 37 points in Category Three, scoring similar nines as Christian.

The ladies section was won by Paula Moore with a great score of 40 points. Paula has been knocking on the winners’ door for some time and her big day came on Sunday scoring 20 points on each nine holes.

Results, July Monthly Medal: Category One - Michael Collins (12), 41pts. Category Two - Christian McManus (18), 37pts. Category Three - Ronan Murphy (25), 37pts. Ladies - Paula Moore (36), 40pts.

GOY - Although both medal competitions counted towards the overall Golfer of the Year prize there was no real change in either the men’s or ladies leaderboards. Alan Hearne still holds a commanding lead over Kevin MacCartan with Michael Collins now third place on the back of his recent form.

Amelia Drumm still leads the ladies section with 51 points after scoring in six competitions but Sally Gleeson and Liz Beatty can overtake her as they have 41 and 36 points respectively after only four competitions. The winner is decided by the best scores in six competitions, so all three players can still improve on their totals in the next two months.

MATCHPLAY - The McCalmont Cup Matchplay has now reached the semi-finals stage with Alan Hearne facing Amelia Drumm in the top half and Jeff Howes pitted against Ruth Mulholland in the bottom half.

Alan beat Michael Brennan in his quarter-final, with Amelia saw off Sandra Carr. Jeff overcame Paul Barrett in  his match while Ruth got the better of Kevin MacCartan in her match.