11th Dec 2019
1st Barry Sandel (21) net 66 (£10)
2nd Pat O’Mahony (18) net 68 (£8)
3rd Brian Price (13) net 70 (£5)
4th Pierino Zitola (9) net 70 (£2)
The midweek December Medal saw Barry Sandel bring home a winning, and very respectable on the day, net 66 to take the win; with just three pars in his round the twenty-one handicapper needed his shots-in-hand to assist him in getting over the winning line. However, to his credit, Sandel managed to keep big, damaging numbers off his card and only really erred slightly with three double bogies, all on the outward stretch. With just one par in the mix on the way out Sandel finished well and parred the last two holes which actually brought him in with a couple of shots to spare. Pat O’Mahony had held the top-spot on the leaderboard with his well crafted net 68 but Sandel, four groups behind was quietly challenging the lead and about to pounce! Eighteen handicapper O’Mahony had an indifferent front nine and by the turn had only managed to card one par but two double bogies over the same distance detracted somewhat as he took to the tenth. Three more double bogies on the way in once again proved expensive for O’Mahony but a par on the fourteenth and birdies on the sixteenth and eighteenth brought him back into play and still in with a chance. But, those doubles came back to haunt him and he fell back into second place when Sandel came in. Brian Price featured in the final group of the day and was playing alongside Pierino Zitola; both players posted net 70 and the card play-off came down in favour of thirteen handicapper Price thanks to his net 30 on the back nine holes and he snatched third place accordingly. Six pars in all for Price, five of them over the last six holes, plus birdies on the ninth, tenth and twelfth were probably some solace for Price considering he also triple bogied the eleventh. But, it was that awkward front nine that really took its toll when Price erred with two double bogies and a devastating quintuple bogey on the seventh! Nine handicapper Pierino Zitola netted 33 on the back nine which let Price in and Zitola having to be content with fourth place. A very decent eight par haul got some help from a birdie on the thirteenth but a triple bogey on the sixth hole had already proved a real set back. Then Zitola had to watch as his playing partner came back strongly on the way in to finish with a flourish and earn the higher podium place.