Great Gross Returns In Open Singles
The arrival of rain was welcome after the long dry spell but it had a negative in leading to cancellation of the Sunday Singles. It was replaced by a 9 holes event on the second nine. This resulted: Martin Fahy (16) 21; John Ryan (13) 19. Next on 18, came John McGrath (15) and Seamus Troy (8). Fahy scored five pars and Ryan had four, plus a birdie at the 18th.
The Open Singles on Thursday was won by Kevin Jordan (5) 42; second on 40 was Kieran Kennedy (plus 2); third was Brian Callanan (12) and fourth Kevin Smith (8) with 39 and 38, respectively. Great gross figures were recorded by Kevin and Kieran. Jordan’s 22, 20 was one under out and level back with birdies at 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 15th. Kennedy’s gross was one of his finest, a 66 for 21, 19 in points. An eagle at the 8th was backed up by five birdies in a brilliant exhibition. Callanan shot 17, 22 with 38 gross home and Smith 19,19 also two over on the clubhouse side. The C.S.S. was 35. Other good cards were 38 by Wayne Culley (8) 37 from Brian Fallon and 36 by Willie Power.
A novel feature of this year’s club Singles is the award of a silver medal, engraved with club logo, month and winner’s name. The series will be capped by a play off in October for a gold medal. The idea may be new to us but goes back to the early days of golf, at St. Andrew’s and other old clubs. “Medal-play” was the opposite of Match-play and was of Singles format. The series will not replace the “Golfer of the Year” competition, which will proceed as usual.