The early morning fog proved no match for the autumnal sun as our latest Irish Golfer Series stop proved a real warm one and there was scoring to match on a picture-perfect O’Meara course at Carton House on Sunday.
With our usual €5,000 worth of prizes and Grand Final places on offer, it was no surprise to see a full-field tee-up and take their chance at the highly-popular Maynooth venue where fast greens and pure conditions allowed players to score as if it were summer.
In Category One, Graeme Brophy had a better-back-six to thank after tying Justin Kelly on 40 points in regulation. Brophy came out on the right side of a tense battle, taking home the TaylorMade SIM2 Driver while also booking his place at the Grand Final at the K Club.
In Category Two, Jim Connolly returned the score of the day – a whopping 44-points playing off 17 – taking full advantage of conditions and now adding a new TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver to his arsenal while also securing his Grand Final Place.
In another close contest in Category Three, Kate Overend had a better back-nine to thank for getting the better of Fionnuala Ryan after both players returned with 33 points. Kate collects the TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver and a K Club date for October.
Meanwhile, Justin Kelly might’ve just lost out on the top prize in Category One but there was no denying his shot to 59cm for the Nearest the Pin prize on the second. Michael McKillen bagged himself the Motocaddy Electric Trolley for his dart to 16 while Darren McCormack’s 72 took the Gross prize on the day.
Once again, thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend on Sunday, and a special thanks to Carton House for laying out the course so well. Our players, from all across the country, commented on just how dry and playable the O’Meara was while also noting the quality and speed of greens. It’s a credit to the greens-keeping team for presenting the place so well.
The Grand Final will take place on October 18th at The K Club and don’t forget to keep checking IrishGolfer.ie for updated Nature Valley Order of Merit details and the latest news on the events series.
CATEGORY #1 (Gents up to 11.9 handicap index)
1st Place GRAEME BROPHY (40pts / 8 Playing handicap) BB6 TaylorMade SIM2 Driver + Grand Final Place
2nd Place JUSTIN KELLY (40pts / 11 Playing handicap)TaylorMade SIM2 3-Wood
3rd Place FERGUS O’BRIEN (38pts / 9 Playing handicap) BB9 TaylorMade Spider X Putter
CATEGORY #2 (Gents 12-24 handicap index)
1st Place JIM CONNOLLY (44pts / 17 Playing handicap) TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver + Grand Final Place
2nd Place DECLAN MOONEY (42pts / 23 Playing handicap) BB9 TaylorMade SIM2 Max 3-Wood
3rd Place MICHAEL MCKILLEN (42pts / 19 Playing handicap) TaylorMade SIM2 Max Rescue
CATEGORY #3 (Ladies)
1st Place KATE OVEREND (33pts / 7 Playing Handicap BB9) TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver + Grand Final Place
2nd Place FIONNUALA RYAN (33pts / 25 Playing Handicap) TaylorMade SIM2 Max 3-Wood
3rd Place REENA O’BRIEN (31pts / 19 Playing Handicap) TaylorMade Hi-Toe Wedge
Nearest The Pin (2nd Hole)
JUSTIN KELLY (Distance of 59cm) TaylorMade Hi-Toe Wedge
Nearest The Pin (16th Hole)
MICHAEL MCKILLEN (Distance of 6’8″) Motocaddy Electric Trolley
DARREN MCCORMACK (72 gross) Sureshot Laser Rangefinder
If you won one of the prizes above a member of our events team will get in contact with you in the coming days to arrange collection or delivery of your prize.