Golf: Clarke claims July Medal win at Cairndhu

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Heavy and persistent overnight rain meant a delay in opening the Cairndhu course on Saturday for the July Medal competition but once it was open late morning, play duly got underway.

A healthy field still took on the course which was playing long but with the greens soft, many took advantage of being able to hold the greens.

This was manifest in the low scores which resulted and this weekend saw James Clarke record an excellent 73 gross, nett 63 to take victory by two clear shots.

The gross this week went to Colin McGarry with a strong 69 and the juvenile prize went to Mathew Devine with an excellent 63.

Result: 1st, James Clarke 63; 2nd, Raymond Douglas 65 (BB9); 3rd, Jim Campbell 65; 4th, Stephen Gibson 66 (BB9); 5th, Gary Brennan 66 (BB9); 6th, Gareth Alexander 66 (BB6); 7th, Andrew King 66 (BB6); 8th, Jake McCartney 67 (BB3); 9th, Brendan Rolston 67.

Gross winner: Colin McGarry 69. Juvenile prize: Mathew Devine 63.

Juvenile Section: This week’s juvenile sweep was well supported and resulted in a clear win by Ryan Long with an excellent 41 points. Ryan, playing off three, made his debut, 24 hours later, in the North of Ireland Amateur Championship.

Congratulations go to Juvenile captain Stephen Watts junior picked up third place at the Connaught Boys Under-18 Open Championship at Gort with three excellent rounds and was in with a chance of victory right up until the end.

Elsewhere, in the junior section the top players in the Fred Daly team moved into the fifth round of the Fred Daly with a 10-4 victory over Fintona GC and will now meet Ardglass in the next round.