With his uncles David and Bernard having featured on County Armagh Golf Club’s (imaginary) post-lockdown prize podium last month, Nathan Grimley was not to be outshone in his extended family’s collective quest for 2020 honours. Indeed, nephew Nathan went one better by securing some much-sought-after silverware courtesy of a classy performance on Saturday 4 July.

The Woods Silver Salver is competed for annually by those populating the 6-9 handicap bracket and is decided on gross scores only. In this year’s tournament, which was sponsored by McAnenly Transport, Nathan reached the turn in 34 strokes, with a birdie at the 2nd and a bogey at the 6th representing his only deviations from par on the outward journey.

A measured back nine comprising half a dozen more pars and three bogeys eventually enabled Grimley the younger to sign for a superb gross 73 and deservedly take home the Woods silverware.

Just one shot adrift of Nathan and collecting the runner-up award was Rory Smyth. Last season’s Golfer of the Year recaptured some of his 2019 form with a rollercoaster of an outing made up of five birdies, five pars, seven bogeys, one double bogey and just 74 digs. Entertaining if exhausting.

Meanwhile, Adam Cromwell’s sensational nett 67 comfortably took care of business in a separate competition for the club’s 0-5 handicappers. Adam registered a quality quartet of birdies at the 1st, 8th, 14th and 15th and will be playing off one before too long if he produces a few more such displays.


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