WINTER / SPRING LEAGUE UPDATE Week6
The halfway point in the WSL (Winter/Spring league) has just been completed and a very interesting picture is beginning to develop in this years’ renewal. 96 challengers entered the race and although the leaders seem to be in a strong position, the 6 best scores from 11 mean many are still in with a valid shout.
Global warming has a lot to answer for. The golfing weather has been kind to us, the daffodils are evident a little earlier and creatures that normally hibernate have been seen prowling the fairways of Castleknock of late. One such creature leads the league at present, Keith Cooney (Latin name Orangicus Aprilis Octobris) has been Mr Consistent scoring each week. In a recent interview, he stated “12 point lead…I feel like a pacemaker in a race with all these challengers looming behind me just waiting to reel me in, but have I stolen the gallop on them”. Time will tell.
Presently the podium places are completed by the early frontrunner Johnny Craven and Paddy Prendergast. Mr Prendergast has been in solid form and his weekend 37 shows signs of him peaking at the right time and adding to his list of wins. JC, as his followers refer to him, needs a strong finish to put his name on the title and another couple of scores in the late 30s could see him home, anything less will see him miss out on the blue riband but still claim the title of Best Golfer in his family!!
From the pack many have chances, none more so than the redoubtable Mr H. Scores of 40, 39, 35 already banked, a formidable finish to the race is expected, even with the old winter handicap cut at the weekend. Paul Carr has also driven himself (pun intended) into contention with a 40, 37 and 36. Further down the list Brian Burke has adopted the quality over quantity approach and registered only three scores to date 39, 37 and 34 suggesting a little more playing time will see him surge up the leader board in the coming weeks. Many more have three scores that average in the mid-30s, and this race would seem far from done.
With 5 weeks to go the landscape of the leader board will no doubt change over the coming weeks. Have the leaders already reached the limit of their points accumulation? Will we see a late surge from the pack to claim the title on the last weekend? Will we see the WSL completed in qualifying golf conditions? Or have the leaders done enough to keep the chasers at bay? All these questions and more will be answered over the coming weeks.
But for now, play golf, have fun and be proud to be a member of Castleknock Golf Club.