Nick ticks the boxes with Captain’s Day prize win

Forty-one points were scored by Nick Christie on Saturday to secure the Captain’s Prize for the seven handicapper.

He topped the tables on a day when almost 150 players took part to fight for Captain Rodney Montgomery’s prize. I’m told that the good consistent scoring was aided by the condition the greenkeepers got the Valley Links up to, and this was well appreciated. Nick would not argue with this as he worked his way round the opening nine in two over par to place 20 points on his card. This included a birdie four at the fourth. The back nine started well for seven handicapper Nick, a birdy four giving the card another boost, but he had to wait until seventeen for another, a three this time. A good par three to finish and he had 21 to add to get to his winning 41.

Hilary Dooey was hot on Nick’s heels with a return of 40 from his mark of seven. His birdie three at eight got him to the turn with 21 points scored. Another birdie three, at twelve, was the last one for Hilary and a bogey four to finish with gave him 19 back for second spot by himself. Harry McMurtry hit 39 securing third place for himself. While Harry scored well his card was a story of blanks, two of them! Harry was scoring well on the return nine but the final hole gave him another no score to ruin his day and his top prize chances. Lee Baird and Andrew Semple had matching 38s with Lee up on the countback. He scored 16 out, with blanks at one and eight, and 22 back with a no score at eighteen as well. Andrew blanked eleven on his way t his 38. Derek McAleese and Jordon Dunlop got sixth and seventh for their 37s and Adrain Proctor was eighth on 36.

In the gross department it was Garry McDowell who did best, hitting a 70. Rory Houston took the second gross with his round of 71.

Kenny McKillop from the Bushfoot Club was top visitor just in front of Robert Clarke.