Byrne blitzes benefit but Newson shines over all at Castletown

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A BEAUTIFUL day dawned over the perfectly prepared Castletown course, a fitting finale for the club’s end-of-season Greenkeepers’ Benefit competition.

After the previous week’s washout, the whackers and hackers were all out and about, showing their support for Mark Kitchin and his merry men.

Fittingly, for November 5, John Byrne (12) blitzed to 42 points, 23 acquired on a windless front nine which culminated with a booming birdie.

Another blasted birdie brought Byrne back to level par after 10 holes, a position preserved for another three holes. Six shots were squandered on the final five windy holes but Byrne benefitted from the early start to blow away the competition.

Second-placed Chris Dunn (15) did well, but might have done better. His 40 points were achieved on just 17 holes after a blob on the shortest hole proceeded his brilliant birdies on the 8th and 10th.

With no passes, Michael Kinmond (25), harvested 39 points to step into third place, thanks in part to pars on the 1st and 10th.

Robert Braide’s luscious level-par round earned 38 points and the category one/two cheque after birdies on the 6th, 10th and 12th blotted out bogeys on the 4th, 8th and 14th.

Bryan McMahon (6) rocketed to 24 points with a sensational three-under-par front nine, but then fizzled out leaving him unrewarded with 38 points in fifth place. Seamus Nugent (17) failed on three holes, but eight pars boosted him to 36 points to take the category three/four award.

Peter Miller (11) bolstered his pension with yet another senior’s prize and Colin C. Magee’s majestic 185 yards rescue wood, out of the rough, earned him £30 for nearest-in-two on the 6th. A smoothly-swung pitching wedge winged Ross Dennett’s (2) Titleist 125 yards to plop and stop two foot from the rewarding 13th pin.

Congratulations go to John Newson (4), Stephen Keegan (3) and Lord Gort (2) who took the top three spots in the Golfer of the Year order of merit table after accumulating an amazing 44, 35 and 30 points respectively. Now for the turkey trots.

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