SOME very good scoring was recorded on Sunday in the Jack Nicklaus trophy singles which also counted for Golfer of the Year points at Mount Juliet.
With play off the white tees on a blustery day conditions were far from ideal. The magic score was 41 points and this was recorded in both the ladies and men’s competitions. The best score of the day in either categories qualifies the competitor to have the honour of being the holder of the perpetual trophy for 2011.
This distinction fell to John Keane as he beat Sally Gleeson and Jeff Howes on a countback. All three players recorded 41 points each but John just got home by virtue of the fact that he scored 21 points on the last nine holes against Sally’s and Jeff’s 19 points.
Three holes which probably defined the result were possibly the par three, 14th , where Sally failed to score and in Jeff’s case, the 17th and 18th which he proceeded to bogey in his round when victory seemed assured. The other unusual feature about the competition was that the first three prizewinners in the men’s section were single figure golfers.
The winner, John, had a fine round of 14 pars, 3 bogies(5th, 8th and 13th) and one birdie at the 9th which when added up totals a round of 74 gross (two over par) fine scoring indeed which was equalled by Jeff Howes in his round of 12 pars, 4 bogies(7th, 10th 17th and 18th) and two birdies on the 8th and 11th holes and outright victory only eluded him by virtue of his dropped shots on the last two holes played.
The second and third places in the ladies section was won with 38 points and Amelia Drumm, who was third in the ladies section, registered 24 points for her first nine holes but faded on the back nine to only register a further 14 points.
Third place in the men’s section was won by David Kelly with 38 points also. The C. S. S. for the day was 36 points for the men and 37 points for the ladies.
On the inter club scene the Duggan Cup Team made their exit to neighbours Gowran Park G.C. after a great battle in both the home and away matches. The only team standing in the men’s section is the Barton Shield team who have yet to do battle in the qualifying round in two week’s time.
The ladies are faring slightly better with the Challenge Cup team yet to play Kilkenny at Callan G. C. next week and the Ladies Fourball team set to play Carrick on Suir G. C. in the first round shortly.
The Golfer of the Year tables now show Kevin MacCartan in a clear lead from Alan Hearn and in the ladies’ section Sally Gleeson has a narrow lead over Amelia Drumm.
RESULTS - Jack Nicklaus trophy, winner (men) John Keane (7) 41pts (last 9); 2, Jeff Howes (7) 41pts; 3, David Kelly (6) 38pts; best first nine, Dermot Divilly (22) 21pts (last 6); best second nine, Alan Hearn (11) 22 pts.
Winner (ladies) Sally Gleeson (13) 41pts; 2 Brenda O’ Sullivan (31) 38pts (last 9); 3 Amelia Drumm (21) 38 pts.