Lochside Garages Stroke

On a pristine golf course, Michael Leslie bagged his first 2021 win in the Lochside Garages Stroke.

Leslie set the foundation to his win with a solid front nine going out in six over par 42 shots. Five pars and a brace of bogeys from holes ten to 16 put the 18 handicapper in a great position playing the 17th. But three shots dropped in the last two holes took some of the gloss of his round. However it proved academic as his nett 64 was enough to win by a shot from Ivan Balfour.

Currently enjoying a purple patch on the fairways, 22 handicapper Balfour nudged it round the front nine in two under his handicap. But his back nine was a different story as he reeled of the pars and bogeys for a nett 30 to come off the 18th with a nett 65.

The final podium place ended up with Andrew Browne. Enniskillen’s habitual podium finisher clocked up six pars on his way to a nett 66.

With the best gross score of the day, Michael Keys produced irrefutable evidence he is currently the club’s best golfer going round the Enniskillen course in level par 71 shots for a nett 67 to secure fourth place. Four handicapper Keys kept it simple with a bogey on the third, a birdie on the 12th and 16 pars.

Rodney Howe won his first gross prize in years with a round of four over par 75. Howe was the epitome of consistency as he racked up 14 pars and two bogeys over the first 16 holes. A lost ball on 17 resulted in a double bogey six, but his phlegmatic temperament ensured the damage was minimised with a solid par up the 18th.

James Lawn lifted the seniors prize with a nett 67.

In the twos club, Gerry Tierney, David Abraham, Ian Thompson, Andy Mowat and Raymond Browne all added to their accounts.

Duffy Bros Monthly medal

Young Rory Browne took the honours in the low section with a nett 67. With category one golfing status in his sights, the ten handicapper went round in six over par 77 going out in three over and coming back in three over.

In the high section long time member and former category one golfer Davy Truesdale did the business with an excellent nett 63. The 17 handicapper was slow out of the blocks but found his touch on the sixth from where he ran up an eye watering nine straight pars. Four bogeys to finish were more than adequate for Truesdale to win by eight shots Brendan O’Neill.

Eugene Donohoe finished third with a nett 69. Declan Maguire and Andy Mowat both secured a two on the sixth and 14th holes respectively.

Paul Sheridan Midweek Open

Burgeoning after a few recent successes on the Enniskillen links, Ronnie Lucy knocked in 40 points to win the Paul Sheridan Midweek Open.

Lucy struggled around the opening five holes but then got into his stride and notched up five pars in the next eight holes. A wobbly finish including a ding up the last was just adequate to see off Robert Kennedy and Dermott Love by a point.

After a countback it was Love who snatched the runner up spot. Seven handicapper Love produced one of his predictably consistent displays finishing strongly with a four over par 75 for 39 points.

In the twos club, Paddy Clarke and Charlie Shaw were the only golfers to get into red numbers.