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Proud daughters step up for dads' President prizes

ANN O'NEILL couldn't have wished for a better prize to win. It was a proud and emotional moment when she received her reward for an excellent 41 points from her father Paddy Malone.

It was President Paddy's prize to the ladies of Greystones that provided Ann with her first major victory. The previous week Ann was also a winner in the monthly medal with a round of 70 and dropped a shot in each event to drop her handicap to 14.

Michelle Dunne (33) was back to form following a back problem to take second place with 40 points. Ann O'Rourke (19) was third with 39 while the break of a tie on 38pts left Tess McNamara (21) in third place, Susan Bradshaw (27) fifth and Audrey Tracey (35) sixth. Jennifer Moore (9) the club's only single handicapper won the gross prize with 25 points.

WOODBROOK had a similar situation when President Billy Kelly presented his prize to one of his twin daughters.

Siobhain won her first ever prize since she became a member of the club in 200O with a score of 71 for which she dropped two shots to 33 handicap. Twin sister Ailish also featured by winning the front nine prize.

Joanne Ross (38), a new five-day member, had the best score of the day with 69 but was not eligible to win a major while Margaret Ryan (18) was third with 72.

ILGU President Ita Butler, a former Curtis Cup player and captain, won the gross with 79 off five handicap.

UNA MURPHY (22) stormed through the field with a splendid 62 at lovely Coollattin at Shillelagh in Co Wicklow.

Una was well down the field with a first round of 73 but, as well as being a big hitter, everything fitted smoothly into place on day two and she lost three shots for her effort.

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The winner is daughter of Una Stamp, a remarkable lady who we have featured before in these columns. She only took up the game at the age of 50 in 1980 and was playing off 11 five years later.

Last year, at the age of 72, she scored 39 points in an open competition at the club only to be beaten on a countback.

She has to use a buggy, which restricts her play to the summer months, as carts are not allowed at any other time.

She was four ahead of her nearest contender Pauline Walker (24) who had two steady rounds of 69 and 70. Handicap secretary and PRO Ann Ryan (15) was next on 140 (67, 73), two ahead of Eleanor O'Neill on 142 (72,70).

Fifteen year old Leanne Brennan (17) had the best of the event with two marvellous rounds of 66 and 65 but, being a junior, is not eligible for a major prize.

She took second prize and dropped two shots on each day to bring her handicap down to 13.

The club's most prominent player is Dawn Marie Conaty, Lancome Irish Girls' champion in 2001, who won the gross prize off six handicap with 156, a score than could have been so much better hand she not finished the second round bogey, double bogey for 81.

Craig the hero for Greystones LOCAL lad Craig Lewis (16) is the toast of Greystones after hhs heroics in the Schlumberger Wicklow Boys event.

The 72-hole strokes tournament developed into a local derby as Lewis began to claw back an eight stroke deficit from Delgany's John McDonald, who had opened with two blistering 68s.

However, Lewis never gave up the chase and with four holes left the two were level.

Lewis birdied the par five 15th to take a one stroke lead and when McDonald missed the 16th green left he looked to be going two clear. However, McDonald played a brilliant chip to be just one behind going to 17.

With both players on the green in regulation, Lewis sank a 20 foot putt to go two clear and parred the last for a 285 total and victory.

Lewis is a nephew of the Daly brother professionals, Kevin, Bill and David; his brother David is an assistant professional at Greystones and eldest brother Kenny is a past winner of Wicklow Boys.

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