Men's June Medal
Gerry turns the form book upside down as he takes Route 66!
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At around 10am on Saturday morning last our 2019 Captain Gerry Lawlor left his house, golf bag on his back. He eschewed the use of his car and instead hopped into this time machine. He then proceeded to turn his golfing clock back to the first time he won a monthly medal in 2010.

There followed a blistering masterclass of golf as Gerry (23) parred 3, 5 and 9 for an outward nett 31. Gerry had just taken the competition by the scruff of the neck and laid down a marker for the rest of the field. Consolidation was in his mind on the way home and he settled into a Faldo like grinding of drives and irons to maintain his stranglehold on the medal. A sublime par on 18 for a brilliant nett 66 ensured that Gerry, in another first in a year of firsts, became the first man to win the June Medal in October! Well done Gerry, a superb round, and with due respect to all of your competitors, a very popular winner!

Gerry won on countback from........................? Well who else but Sean de Gleeson. In the end Sean needed to beat his own gross course record to take his third medal in a row. Just a lipped birdie putt on 18 proved to be the difference. But in another first in a year of firsts Sean became the first man to go win, win, second in three consecutive medals while also completing the three competitions in an aggregate one over par gross. Two birdies and four pars saw Sean out in a nett 31 (gross 34) on Sunday. On the way back birdies on 12 and 15, with four pars, ensured that Sean chased Gerry down right to the 18th. An inward nett 35 (gross 37) for a nett 66 (gross 71). He will look back on 13 and 17 as being perhaps the holes that might have made the difference, but in any event this was yet another momentous round and another course record is not far away!

The exceptional quality of golf did not stop with Gerry and Sean as Hugh Stafford (16) arrived on the first tee determined to give chase and let everyone know he hadn't gone away, Lar Mooney in particular! Pars on 3 and 9 with a brilliant birdie on 5 saw Hugh out in a nett 35. Another birdie on 12 and pars on 10 and 13 left him looking at a sub 70 round and in a position to have a real run at a mantlepiece decoration. Alas the pars needed just wouldn't come over the last few holes but a nett 69 ensured a place on the podium, just edging out Kevin Forsyth by one shot.

Pars on 3, 5 and 9 ensured an outward nine of 34 for Kevin (21). Needing pars on the way home Kevin pushed hard and 13 and 14 produced real hope but he just couldn't force the extra putts that might have made all the difference, Super round though!

Vincent O'Keeffe (8) staked his claim to fifth place with a nett 71. Out in nett 36 and back in nett 35, pars on 3, 4, 5 and 6 provided early hope of catching the leaders. On the way back pars on 11, 12, 15 and 16 were not quite enough to close the gap sufficiently but a brilliantly executed birdie on 18 copperfastened his top six finish.

Completing the top six was Ger Spain (17) on a three way countback. Despite pars on 3 and 7 Ger's round took until the 12th to explode into life. Five straight pars from 12 to 16 re-ignited his challenge but unfortunately dropped shots on 17 and 18 probably took him off the podium. Nevertheless, a superb round, well done Ger.

Finally, I have tried to mention eagles, aces etc. as they occur, and when I am made aware of them. I have been hearing this one on some sort of a family loop every five minutes since Saturday lunchtime. Playing the par 5 13th Neil Davidson drove the corner, played an eight iron to about 12 feet and made the putt for an eagle three. His mother is delighted! Well done Neil!

Some exquisite golf played all weekend. Well done Gerry, let me know if the time machine is for hire. There are very few superlatives left to describe the phenomenon that is Sean de Gleeson and what a superb run of golf we have seen from him (don't forget he is also the current holder of the Wicklow Scratch Cup!). The outcome of the medal had a defining impact on the outcome of the Golfer of the Year but more about that as soon as I can replenish the literary juices (code for I am going to play in the BUMS)!

Photograph provided by Gavin Dunne, looks like Gerry found the crock of gold!

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