In contrast to last Sunday`s perfect conditions the second round of James Mahon`s Captain`s Prize was played in very testing conditions with bursts of heavy showers and blustery winds. Despite this scoring was remarkable good. Leading by four after a 62 last week was Micky Dunne (16). After a steady start his hopes seemed to unravel after a getting into trouble on the 6th and running up an ugly nine. At half way he was caught at the top of the leaderboard by Seanie Geoghegan, but he regained his composure and produced a very good back nine to sign for a 71 and claim the 2017 Captain`s Prize on a total of 133 Net. In the end the winning margin was just a single shot from the man who introduced Micky to golf. Terry Carroll (24) is on the comeback trail having taken time away from golf in recent times. He made full use of his handicap allowance to record a second successive 67 for a 134 total and secure the runner up spot. The gross prize went to Stephen Egan Jr (+1) with a two under par total of 142. Second Gross went to Shay Egan (5) on 146. Two former winners took the 3rd & 4th net prizes, Seanie Geoghegan (15) and Jody Duffy (12), both made determined efforts to catch the leader with 67`s but ultimately came up short with 135 totals. The leading qualifier prize went to Martin G. Kelly after his 66 last week. Mick Carey (14) took the Past Captain`s with 140. Another 140 saw Dave Hughes (22) claim the Committee Prize. The visitors prize went to former Daingean P.P., Fr. Paddy O`Byrne.
Captain`s Plate: For those not involved in the main event there was a stableford competition. Dave Walsh (18) produced probably his best round ever, the Durrow man shooting a terrific 46 pts to romp home. A two week holiday away from golf proved to be the tonic for Andrew O`Neill (19). The Competition Secretary shot 40 pts to claim the runner up position. 38 pts saw Brian Flynn (12) and David Cleary (14) take the Div 1 & Div 2 prizes, while 39 pts was sufficient for Dermot Harte (18) and Eoghan O`Donoghue (23) to claim the Div 3 & Div 4 prizes.
Junior News: Congratulations to Adam Kelly who has qualified for the final of the Leinster Boys Under 13. Adam will compete against the top 50 under 13 boys in Leinster at Dun Laoghaire GC on 8th August. On 18th August Adam will be joined by Cathal Ryan as they have both qualified for the All Ireland Boys in Headford GC. Congratulations and best of luck to both at these prestigious events.
Seniors News: Almost 50 players took part in last Tuesday`s 3 person waltz which saw Tommy Finlay, Michael Lennon & Alan Graham win with an excellent 87 pts. On Tuesday 8th August or Seniors will play host to their Portlaoise counterparts in the return leg of the Bowden-Nolan Shield. The competition has being running for the last three years and is a fourball team event. Everyone can play on the day with the best ten cards to count. The home team will have their work cut out however as they trail by 41 points after the first leg.
Next weekend`s fixture is an Open Single Stableford.