EMMETT McQuillan’s (22) third win in his last seven competitions on Saturday extended his now quite remarkable hot streak this winter at King Edward Bay Golf Club.
The now 20-handicapper’s 41 points proved far too many for the rest as eight gross smoothed over a shaky opening couple of holes. Securing pars (nett eagles) on the three toughest holes on the course (3rd, 8th and 17th) ensured he was never really going to be caught as he finished two clear of the runner-up.
Odds for another McQuillan win again this Saturday? Pretty short I’d imagine.
The second-placed man in question was Lee Bridge (18) who was back on form after a long absence from competitive play.
This was the 17-handicapper’s first outing since July so to knock it round in three under the mark was good going; a good few finishing holes proving key for him there.
Neil Moore (11) was another man out of winter hibernation and back playing well as he scooped third place with 38 points.
There were some super performances from Moore towards the end of last season and he’s obviously picking up this year where he left off in the summer.
Club captain Roy Callow (10), Colin Crawshaw (5) and J. Mitchell (19) were the nearly-men this time around, with all of them falling just a point short of the podium.
Medals during the colder months are always a revered affair but members were in good form heading into Sunday’s strokeplay event.
There’s no nicer way than to walk off the 18th with a two and that’s exactly what the winner Sean Cain (16) did before signing for a tidy 64 nett.
It wasn’t easy scoring conditions on the day but Cain plotted his way round the course well, dropping only a couple of shots along the way, to claim his first win of any kind for more than a year – well played, Sean.
Runner-up Lee Harrison (12) has been on a disappointing winless run for some time too, and he was seriously unlucky to miss out on a countback this time.
Birdies on the 1st and 16th had Harrison on course to claim the top prize but back-to-back bogies to finish left the Onchan man ruing what could have been.
Peter Craig (21) could rarely be accused of playing uneventful stuff and so it seemed again on Sunday.
A somewhat weirdly consistent 14 gross bogies had a birdie on the 7th thrown into the mix before a double-triple whammy on the 14th and 15th put paid to the big fella’s efforts on the day.
Well played also to Roy Murphy (12), John McMullan (5) and John Leech (15) who all finished a shot adrift.