President’s Trophy R 5 of 6 (best 4 of 6)
26th Jun 2019
1st Pat O’Mahony (18) net 67 (£22)
2nd Brian Hodgetts (21) net 68 (£16)
3rd Paul Field (15) net 69 (£11)
4th Mark Keeling (10) net 70 (£5)
As we near the sharp end of the 6 round Presidents Trophy there are now a few players checking results religiously to ascertain where they are sitting in the League based competition. Round 5 provided a few surprises and added even more tension and expectation into the mix and with 4 of the 6 rounds actually counting, numbers were becoming even more critical as overall positions changed both up and down with not much room now for error. Today’s round was taken by eighteen handicapper Pat O’Mahony who posted a very decent net 67 on a day that seemed to befuddle many of the players with most finding the course playing a little longer than expected following recent torrential rains. O’Mahony birdied the third thanks to a monumental putt across the slope of the green and managed to par seven other holes in his round. Finishing the front nine holes in an impressive net 31 O’Mahony was in a very strong position as he went to the tenth. However, O’Mahony either took his foot off the accelerator or put his foot on the brake just when things were looking pretty rosy; a much more lackadaisical back nine holes saw him make far too many minor errors with a disappointing net 36 going on his card coming home. Frustration on the final two holes also took their toll and although the win was in the bag O’Mahony wasn’t at all happy with his latterly drop in form. All-in-all O’Mahony’s knock wasn’t too bad and it was, after all, a winning score but he knows only too well that three double bogies and two triples in his round marred what should have been a much better card and he was left with mixed feelings even once the win looked odds-on certain. Brian Hodgetts, playing off twenty-one, was one of the later starters and he brought his net 68 into the Clubhouse late on to nudge a few hopefuls down the order. Hodgetts carded just three pars in his round but by keeping his game reasonably tidy, he only really erred thrice with two double bogies and a shaky triple on the seventeenth, and by using his shots well he navigated himself into a well deserved second place. Out in net 33 and back in in net 35, Hodgetts also failed to carry his outward form into the back nine but with a few spare shots in his armoury he managed to get in ahead of his closest rivals. Paul Field, playing off fifteen, finished in third place after carding net 69; five pars needed assistance from somewhere as failure to convert proved expensive and his cause wasn’t helped at all when he also carded two double bogies. A decent strong finish with three of his pars coming over the final four holes earned Field his place on the third step of the podium but perhaps net 35 on the way out left him too much ground to make up. Ten Handicapper Mark Keeling bludgeoned his way onto the podium after finishing in a three-way tie on net 70; net 32 on the back nine got him over the line, on countback, in the end but Keeling’s front nine net 38 was where the damage was done. A birdie on the tenth and nine pars would’ve got Keeling’s juices flowing somewhat but it was his double bogey on the fourth followed by a disastrous and disruptive quadruple bogey on the eighth that left him in the chasing pack rather than actually leading the way. Ed Nicklin and Clive Instan finished tied with Keeling but they had to be content with fifth and sixth places respectively once countback did its worst!