John Dowling wins the President’s Prize
Having tried for too many years to remember to win a major at New Ross, John Dowling (10) cracked the code in amazing fashion as he romped to an 8 shot victory in Jim Megg’s President’s Prize. Proving the class is indeed permanent, John gave a master class in the qualifying round recording a superb round of 73, for a whopping score of 43 pts. The gross score of 73 wasn’t bettered by anyone in the field and the nett score of 43pts wasn’t neared. Ger Freyne (20) came closest in qualifying with a score of 40 pts.
John proved to be comfortable with the status of front runner as he carded another great score of 41 pts in the last 18 to obliterate the field. His total of 84 pts was eight clear of the second placed Jimmy Furlong (11), with the Adamstown man turning in very steady figures of 38 pts in each round. Third place went to Declan Breen (8) with 75 pts, edging Michael Long (21) into fourth place with a better last 18. The gross went to the ever consistent Jack Ryan with 65 pts. Indeed, Ryan was the only man to better John Dowling’s gross score over the two rounds.
Tom Crosbie (22) won the Past President’s Prize with 74 pts and the categories went to Sean O’Leary (6, 72 pts), Colm Murphy (14, 73 pts), Harry Reinhardt (15, 72 pts) & Paddy Bennett (18, 67 pts). John Joe Cullen (17) took the Veteran’s Prize with 65 pts, whilst the first 18 went to the aforementioned Ger Freyne and Eddie Keher (9) won the last 18 with 38 pts. Congratulations to John Dowling. It is very rare that there are runaway winners of the major events and he turned in a very special performance.