The Hirsch Cup is one of County Armagh Golf Club's smallest trophies in physical terms. On Saturday 4 May, however, it yielded one of the biggest on-course performances of the 2019 season.

That belonged to Lee Stewart, whose immense gross 71 dispatched all comers and ensured he took rightful receipt of the diminutive Hirsch silverware.

In the competition once again kindly sponsored by Netstretch Limited, Lee recorded birdies at the 4th, 6th, 8th and 12th while piecing together the peerless nett 65 that also saw his handicap reduced from six to five.

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Lee Stewart is presented with the Hirsch Cup by Cormac Knott of Netstretch Ltd, sponsors of the annual stroke competition at County Armagh Golf Club. Looking on are Club Captain, Kenny Edgar, and Adam Cromwell, who won category 1.

And the Killylea man was to complete a consummate weekend's golfing by posting the very same one-over-par total in the next day's Club Stableford event. Clearly, this was no fluke.

Next to Stewart on the Hirsch leaderboard was Barry McGurgan, who claimed the overall runner-up prize courtesy of a wonderful nett 66 of his own.

The Derrynoose 11-handicapper scored useful birdies at the 4th and 11th, and only a somewhat ragged closing stretch scuppered his bid for the top honours.

Adam Cromwell and Paul Doyle were regular presences on the CAGC podium in 2018, and it seems that won't change much this term.

Cromwell's majestic gross 69 and accruing nett 67 made him top dog in category 1, where Doyle racked up a massive 15 pars and was pushed into second position only on a break of tie.

Meanwhile, David Grimley's eagle at Sequoias and four consecutive front-nine pars were the highlights of the terrific nett 66 with which he reached the summit of the category 2 standings.

One shot behind David with a nett 67 and occupying the silver-medal berth as a result was Bill Knipe. His symmetrical scorecard showed 41 strokes on each nine and clipped his handicap to 14.

Finally, the category 3 plaudits went to Sean Brannigan, whose fine nett 68 included a Beresford birdie and four earlier pars.

Sean's closest challenger, Gerry Cullen, finished strongly by parring three of the last five holes of a commendable nett 69.