Westmeath County Board

County Strokeplay 2013

Westmeath Strokeplay Review 2013.

On Sunday morning the 2013 Westmeath Strokeplay Championships were held in Custume Athlone. The course was presented in excellent condition and it promised to be a fantastic championship, it surely didn’t disappoint. The gent’s juniors started proceeding at 9am and there was some excellent pitch and putt played. Playing well so far this year, it was Brendan McMahon from Kilbeggan who set the pace with a first round of 56 followed by a second round 46. In second place, two shots behind was Custume player Sean Langdon on a total of 104. They were closely followed by Gary Middleton of Collinstown a further two shots back. In the final 18 hole playoff Brendan played solidly but Sean clawed his way back over the closing holes to force a nine hole playoff. During the 9 hole playoff Brendan claimed the county junior title and in doing so joined the ranks of the intermediate grade.

The gent’s intermediate grade were next out on the course and it was no surprise when the Leinster intermediate matchplay champion Dessie Baker led the way after the first two rounds. Dessie had two rounds of 49 to hold a 5 shot lead over a number of players. These were Martin Carter (Collinstown), Niall Corcoran (Lough Owel) and John Joyce (Custume) all on a two round total of 103. During the playoff Martin closed the gap on Dessie at stages but Dessie showed his class to claim top spot with a round of 52. In second place it was Athlone man John Joyce on a total of 156 which was well deserved after a round of 53 in the playoff.

The Ladies grade two was a very close championship. After the first round Ena Clinton from Collinstown held a two shot lead over Veronica Clarke of Kilbeggan. In the second round the two ladies battled hard and both finished on a total of 123 but it was Veronica who pipped Ena, when she produced a second round score of 60. The Ladies grade one section had seven competitors and it was Kathleen Carton of Kilbeggan who was leading by 3 shots after the first round with an excellent round of 57. She was closely followed by a number of players, Miriam Sheerin (Custume) 60, Moira Nugent (Collinstown) 60, Liz Bloem (Collinstown) 61 and Eleanor Gillic (Kilbeggan) 63. During the second round Liz Bloem showed why she is one of the top ladies players in Ireland when she returned a wonderful score of 49 and win the Ladies grade one title. Last year’s champion Miriam Sheerin finished second on a total of 116 after she had a 56 in her second round.

Finally to the gents senior section. This grade was always going to be a close run affair and it proved to be just that. After the first two rounds it was 2012 champion Michael Buckley who led the way on 10 under par. He held a slender one shot lead over his brother Liam Buckley (Collinstown) and last year’s runner up Pat Malone (Custume). Others to make the playoff in the senior grade were, Anthony Browne, Alan Hanlon, John Browne, Harry O’Hanlon, Martin Kenny, Jimmy Revins and Sean Dinnegan.  After an exciting 18 hole playoff it was Pat Malone and Liam Buckley who both finished on 15 under par. This ensured both men would have to battle it out over a further 9 holes to find a winner and it was Pat Malone (Custume) who went one better than last year and claim the 2013 senior strokeplay championship.

Westmeath county board would like to say well done to all the winners, the Custume club for having the course in excellent condition on the day and all the people who helped to run the competition. We would also like to thank our sponsor once again this year, David Corcoran (Lough Owel Pitch and Putt Club).