Keane finish lands Captain’s Prize

THE Vice Versa competition was played for at Mount Juliet at the weekend, with fine scores recorded in the Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men and the Captain’s Prize to the Ladies.

THE Vice Versa competition was played for at Mount Juliet at the weekend, with fine scores recorded in the Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men and the Captain’s Prize to the Ladies.

The best score on the day in the adult competitions was recorded in the men’s section, as John Keane carded a great 40 points. Playing off his handicap of six, he just edged out four other players who returned 39 points each.

John had scores of 22 and 18 points respectively for each nine holes - his only blot came at the long par four 13th where he visited the water with his approach shot and slumped to a six.

John was closely followed by David Kelly, another six handicapper. He had a relatively quiet first nine holes, for which he only scored 16 points, but came to life on the back nine to record a two under par gross of 34 shots for a closing 23 points. David was closely followed by Tom Duggan and Alan Hearne with similar scores only to be beaten on countbacks.

All of the first three prize-winners were single handicap golfers and it was obvious that they coped better with the long course on offer to players on the day. John’s win puts him in a very strong position in the race for the Golfer of the Year title.

The junior prize was won by Flora Stevenson with a great score of 42 points. She follows in the footsteps of her sister, Iona, who featured in the Residential Trophy the previous week. Flora registered nines of 18 and 24 points respectively and had a comfortable winning margin.

In the ladies section the winner was Amelia Drumm who, as a result of the win, has almost assured herself of the Golfer of the Year title for 2011 as well. She holds a very solid lead on her nearest rivals with only two more competitions left to decide the title. She returned a score of 38 points to beat her nearest rivals by two shots, carding 19 points for each nine holes. The runner-up was Lynda Hickey who, with 36 points, just pipped Sarah Jane Costello on a countback.

As the competition had a shotgun start all the competitors finished within 20 minutes of each other. This added to a very sociable evening among the players and friends before the presentation of prizes, which was held in the Hunter’s Yard.

RESULTS - Results, Captains’ Prizes to the Men and Ladies - Men’s: 1 John Keane (6), 40pts; 2 David Kelly (6), 39pts; 3 Tommy Duggan (9), 39pts; 4 Alan Hearne (11), 39pts. Past Captain: Peter Quigley (6), 34pts. First Nine: James J. Brett (14), 21pts. Second Nine: Sean O’Neill (13), 20pts. Longest drive: John Keane. Nearest the pin: Terry Sullivan.

Ladies: 1 Amelia Drumm (20), 38pts; 2 Lynda Hickey (21), 36pts; 3 Sarah Jane Costello (26), 36pts. Past Captain: Brenda Fitzgerald (21), 32pts. First Nine: Jilly O’Connor (27), 19pts. Second Nine: Brenda O’Sullivan (30), 18pts. Longest drive: Flora Stevenson. Nearest the pin: Brona Reidy. Junior Prize: Flora Stevenson (35), 42pts.