Being a good snooker player has long been regarded in some quarters as a sign of a misspent youth, so what does his success in a golf tournament for Church of Ireland clergy tell us about Bishop Ken Good?
The retired Bishop of Derry and Raphoe has won the 2019 Milne Barbour Cup – which is competed for annually at Malone Golf Club – and he did it in some style. The tournament organiser, Archdeacon Terry Scott, said Bishop Good won this year’s competition comfortably, spread-eagling the field to run out an impressive winner. Another Derry and Raphoe ‘old boy’, Canon Raymond Fox, finished runner-up.
The competition is contested using the Stableford points system, so the ease of Bishop Good’s victory stunned the rest of the field. “It was an excellent performance by Bishop Good,” Archdeacon Scott said, and he should know – being a nine-times winner of the Milne Barbour Cup.
Opponents will be hitting the practice greens ahead of next year’s tournament to try and stop the Good juggernaut in its tracks but – considering how much time Bishop Good (who’s pictured above with Canon Fox) has been able to devote to his favourite pastime since laying down his crozier – this may prove to be something of a forlorn hope.