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Clarke strikes a blow for game's veterans

ALL the focus is on 'Rorymania' and youth this week, but veteran Tom Clarke struck a blow for the more mature golfers by winning the Captain's (Larry Curran) Prize at St Anne's last Saturday.

Tom, 78 years young, led the qualifiers with 42 points and followed that up with a hard-earned 34 points for a 76 points total off a 19 handicap and the first Captain's Prize win of his career.

"I was delighted. It's hard enough for golfers in my age group to qualify, never mind win it. In fact, it was the first time I qualified in five years, but it's fantastic to win the Captain's at long last," said Tom.

A popular and well-known figure in North Dublin golfing circles, Tom enjoyed a fine career as a greenkeeper, working at Portmarnock, Royal Dublin and St Anne's.

Tom's victory was all the more acclaimed as most members thought that because of his age, he wouldn't be able to follow up his opening 42 points with another good score, but fair play to him, he got the job done.

Irish Independent