Captains Declans Prize
Lar keeps his promise and charges to victory!
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What a superb finish to Captain Declans prize this afternoon! As promised (see earlier posts) Lar Mooney (15) got the whip out and stirred up a major winning charge! A tentative start on 1 and 2 was followed by pars on 3 and 4. The whip was firmly employed with a birdie on 5 and yet further pars on 7 and 9 produced an outward nett 31. By now Lar was in pole position and the field was playing catch up! More of the same on the back nine and pars on 14 and 15 maintained the earlier momentum. However, a remarkable par into the wind on 17 left Lar with some breathing space on the 18th tee. The tension finally began to show as a tentative drive led to just his third dropped shot of the round. Nevertheless, a wonderful final round, in the clubs Blue Riband competition, with a nett 68 and a two round total of 140. In the end a one stroke victory from the electric Tom Ainsworth (22) who produced a nett 65 on the day.

Tom's opening day 76 left him well placed to strike and a par, birdie, par run from 3 to 5 set him up for a memorable round. A nett outward 32 put Tom and Lar head to head for the title. A brilliant run of four pars from 14 brought the winning post into clear perspective. His par into the wind on 17 was the pick of his round as a brilliant pitch from just beyond the trees on the right left him stone dead for his par. A brilliant round in the end, just not quiet enough to edge his way into first place.

Pars on 2, 4, 5 and 7 saw Niall McDonnell (14) out in a nett 34. The back nine produced pars on 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17. Yet another par on 17, remarkable in the conditions. But as seemed to be the trend the back nine proved more difficult as Niall brought home a nett 36 for an eighteen hole nett of 70, for a two day score of 143 and third place.

Best gross went to Jimmy Fitzachary (9), obviously heavily coached by Patricia on Friday night! Jimmy added 82 strokes to his opening day 84 for a winning gross of 166. Out on 42 today and back in a brilliant 40 Jimmy's round was summed up by a majestic wedge into the middle of the 17th green. Pure class!

First day leader Brian Kavanagh couldn't quite reclaim last weeks form. Clearly struggling with a back injury picked up in midweek (I've never liked gardening either Brian!) he shot a remarkable nett 36 for the front nine. Pars on 3, 4 and 6 belied his discomfort and he was clearly in the mix at the turn. Further pars on 12 and 13 maintained his momentum but the last few holes proved costly. Nevertheless, a two day total of 144 saw Brian take first place in Class 1 with four shots to spare from the First Gentleman.

Martin added a 77 to his first round 71. Pars on 5, 11 and 18 were enough for him to edge out Tom Hogan for second in the Class.

Tom performed his usual Captains Day Lazarus act recoving from a first day 79 to claim a 150 total with a second day 71. At one stage he was leader in the clubhouse and beginning to believe it was 2016 all over again! It was looking unlikely with a nett 37 on the way out but five pars from 12 to 16 on the way back produced an inward 34..........and that hopeful wait!

Dave Rooney opened with a 71 last week and looked like matching that for a long time this afternoon. Pars on 5 and 9 left him with an outward 35. Further pars on 12, 14 and 15 maintained his run towards the top of the leaderboard. This time however, 17 took a heavy toll and Dave had to settle for an inward 41 and an overall 76. Enough to win Class 2 with one shot to spare from Stephen Connolly (20).

Stephen matched his first day score of 74 with 35 out and 39 back. Pars on 4 and 9 were the features of his front nine. In this though the back proved more of a challenge. In the end dropped shots on 17 and 18 proved costly after a fairly consistent run from 10 to 16.
In third place in the Class we had the best dressed golfer (18). But for the fourth hole he might have challenged further up the leader board. But enough about him!

Kevin Forsyth (21) took Class 3 with a nett 73 on the day and a two day total of 144. A brilliantly consistent round from Kevin. Out in 37 and back in 36 this round was a study in how to minimise the errors and capitalise on the positives.
Kevin just edged out Dermot Murray (23) who thankfully did not have to take a solder break at any stage. Pars on 13 and 14 might have set him up for a Class win but he just ran out of oil on the 18th.

Third place in the Class went to Eamonn Clifford (21) who came back from a first week 79 to improve by five shots for 153.

Class 4 was won by Mark Grace (26). He added a 78 today to his opening 70. After a difficult opening nine Mark hit back on the way home. A brilliant par on 12 resurrected his challenge and he came home a comfortable winner of the Class.

Tom Ryan (24) improved his first round score by three shots for a sparkling 74. An opening par set him on his way for a impressively consistent round. Just one real blemish, unfortunately on the 17th, cost him dearly but a fine round nevertheless.

Tom's 74 was just enough to edge out Sean Cummins (25) who improved to 70 from an opening 82. Pars on 7, 15 and 16 were the feature of his round and but for the odd putt here and there he might have edged further up the leader board.

Well done also to 2019 winner Ger Redmond who won the prize for the best 18 on day 1 with 73, while Dara O'Connor took the corresponding prize for day 2 with a nett 72. The best front nines on day 1 and day 2 went to Bob McCarthy and Robbie Campbell respectively. While the back nine prize for day 1 was claimed by Peter Boate and for day 2 by Pat Corbett.

The Committee Prize went to Gerry Lawlor while Mick O'Boyle finally found a putter to use and won the Past Captains prize.

So yet another Captains Prize has come to a conclusion. What a brilliant competition it proved to be. A number of firsts emerged. The whip has now become a standard piece of equipment, see Lar Mooney if you wish to acquire one, we have introduced the concept of a solder break, Mick O'Boyle found a putter while Tom Hogan and Lazarus have the same DNA.

A marvellous two weekends of golf. Congratulations to all who played, congratulations to Roy and his team on a beautifully presented course and congratulations to the Captain on a wonderfully organised competition.

And of course thank you to Finbarr, Mary and Carol for looking after everyone along the way.

So now it's on to 2021 and Captains Jimmy's Prize. Looking forward to it already.

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