McNeilly wins Brooke Trophy Medal

In a very close finish to the Brooke Trophy Medal played at Galgorm Castle six handicapper Joel McNeilly just held on to win from twelve handicapper Paul Reid. The players were level after eighteen but McNeilly with a better back nine was the Overall winner.

At halfway Reid and Jonathan Murray (7) were leading by one shot from Willie Park (9) and Kori Gamble (8). McNeilly was another shot behind with Keith Barkley (9) and Michael Alexander (6) a further shot away. Through Thirteen Reid was joined in the lead by Park and McNeilly with Murray, Barkley and Gamble a shot behind. Alexander had fallen another three shots back after a double bogey at the par 3 twelfth. Up the Grove and with two left to play Reid was one shot ahead of McNeilly. Barkley and Murray were another two shots behind with Park and Gamble a further shot away. Alexander with the help of a birdie at the Devils Elbow came back into contention and joined Park and Gamble. Reid finished with a double bogey, par and was joined by McNeilly (two pars) who with a better back nine was the Overall winner with Reid runner-up. Another shot behind Barkley finished with two pars to take Division 1. Park with two pars finished second, a shot behind Barkley. Murray (double bogey, par), Gamble (bogey, par) and Alexander (bogey, par) finished together and Alexander with a better back nine took third place.

In Division 2 at the turn Andrew Ballentine 15) and Bryan Logan (11) had a comfortable four shot advantage over James McKervill (11) who was a shot ahead of Martin Laverty (13) and Gary Boyd (11). Approaching the fourteenth tee Boyd had moved up into a challenging position one shot behind the leader Ballentine. Logan dropped three shots to par at the Maple and was now three shots behind the leader along with Laverty and McKervill. With one to play Logan had bounced back with a run of four pars to lead by one shot from Ballentine and Boyd. Laverty and McKervill were at one and two shot intervals further behind. Logan and Ballentine parred eighteen to finish together but with a better back nine Ballentine took first place. Boyd double bogeyed the last and was joined by McKervill (par) and Laverty (bogey) and with a better back six third place went to Laverty.

Entering the back nine in Division 3 Peter Connon (17) held a narrow one shot advantage over Peter McMullan (18). David McIlroy (16) was another three shots adrift. Through thirteen Connon had increased his lead to two shots with McIlroy still three shots behind McMullan. Connon struggled with a triple bogey at Beechers and with two to play McMullan and Connon were level, three shots ahead of McIlroy. In a final flourish McMullan with a bogey, double bogey went on to win by two shots from Connon (triple bogey, double bogey) and McIlroy (two bogeys) who finished together. McIlroy claimed second place with a better back nine.

Andrew McKibben (20) was one shot ahead of John McFarland (20) after the front nine in Division 4. James Campbell (26), Raymond Steele (20) and Robert Barkley (21) were lying another shot behind. After the Maple McKibben was still holding onto his one shot advantage over McFarland with Campbell another shot down. A further shot behind Campbell came Barkley with Steele another three shots adrift after a triple bogey at the Fort. Approaching the Lowlands two new leaders emerged, McFarland and Campbell taking over from McKibben to lead by one shot. Steele and Barkley were another two shots away. Campbell with a bogey, double bogey finish came home to win by two shots from McKibben (two double bogeys) in second. McFarland faded over the closing two holes after running into bogey trouble and was joined by Steele (par, double bogey) and Barkley (two bogeys) a shot behind McKibben and a third place finish went to Steele with a better back nine.

Steven Penney (1) won the Gross prize and the Seniors was won by Brian Sims (18).

Results 

Overall Winner – Joel McNeilly (6) 69 (BB9)

Runner-up – Paul Reid (12) 69

Division 1

1st. Keith Barkley (9) 70

2nd. Willie Park (9) 71

3rd. Michael Alexander (6) 72 (BB9)

Division 2 

1st. Andrew Ballentine (15) 71 (BB9)

2nd. Bryan Logan (11) 71

3rd. Martin Laverty (13) 74 (BB6)

Division 3

1st -Peter McMullan (18) 71

2nd. David McIlroy (16) 73 (BB9)

3rd. Peter Connon (17) 73

Division 4 

1st.James Campbell (26) 71

2nd. Andrew McKibben (20) 73

3rd. Raymond Steele (20) 74 (BB9)

Gross – Steven Penney (1) 73

Seniors – Brian Sims (17) 73

JP Corry Stableford

Victory for McCart

The results of the above Stableford competition sponsored by JP Corry were as follows.

Overall Winner – Jonathan McCart (13) 42 pts (BB9)

Runner-up – Ronnie Gilchrist (21) 42 pts

Division 1 

1st. Simon Nicholl (6) 39 pts

2nd. Trevor Alexander (10) 39 pts

Division 2 

1st.Chris Cooke (12) 41 pts

2nd. Alan McClements (11) 38 pts (BB9)

Division 3 

1st. Malachy Kyne (19) 40 pts

2nd. Reginald McDowell (19)~ 39 pts

Division 4 

1st. Tony Dodds (26) 40 pts

2nd.Eric Boyce (24) 40 pts

Gross – Philip Graham (-1) 36 pts

Seniors – Michael Casson (12) 40 pts (BB9).

Orr wins June Medal

Twenty handicapper Colin Orr was one shot ahead of David Henry (16) in the June Medal played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Another two shots away came Sean McCormick (5) who was one shot ahead of John Fitzgerald (26). Through twelve and Henry with a birdie joined Orr (bogey) in the lead by one shot from McCormick. Fitzgerald was another shot behind. Orr and Henry were still together over Beechers and two shots behind came McCormick and Fitzgerald. Up the Grove and Fitzgerald with a bogey closed to within one shot of the front runners Orr and Henry with McCormick two shots off the pace. With one to play only one shot separated the four players. Orr and Henry still led with McCormick (par) joining Fitzgerald one shot behind. Orr with a par at the last came home to win by one shot from Henry (bogey) and Fitzgerald (par) who finished together and with a better back nine Fitzgerald took second place with Henry third. McCormick (par) finished fourth (BB9).

Results

Overall Winner – Colin Orr (20) 65

Runner-up – John Fitzgerald (26) 66 (BB9)

3rd. David Henry (16) 66

4th. Sean McCormick (5) 67 (BB9)

Gross – Michael Reid (-2) 71

Two’s were recorded by – D.Martin, I.Alexander, G.Beckington, A.Featherstone, M.Greer, A.McNeill, M.Sharpe, B.Sims, O.Smith, C.Thompson, D.Cousley, D.Henry, G.Martin, S.Gamble, M.Montgomery and C.Nicholl.

M.Reid pips Moon in Bosch Tools

The Bosch Tools sponsored May Medal played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club turned into a dual between Michael Reid (-1) and Gary M oon (17). Moon led by three shots at halfway and continued to lead right up to the final hole where he was joined by Reid. Reid was three shots behind Moon entering the back nine. However, through thirteen he had dropped another two shots behind. He gradually clawed his way back to three behind after the Lowlands with one to play. Moon finished with a double bogey but a super eagle three from Reid and the pair were level and with a better back nine Reid won the Overall Prize with Moon in the Runner-up position. The pair finished three shots ahead of their nearest rival.

In Division 1 at the turn George Watt (10) and J.J.McAnally (5) were one, two and three shots respectively ahead of Paul Sittlington (10), Ricki Simpson (8) and Mal Bellew (7). Through thirteen Watt had taken a one shot advantage over McAnally with an improving Bellew moving up to join J.J. A further shot behind came Sittlington and Simpson. With two to play Bellew was the new leader by one shot from Sittlington, Watt and Simpson with McAnally in the rear by another shot. In a very close finish Simpson came home par, birdie to win by one shot from Bellew (bogey, par), Sittlington (two pars), Watt (two pars) and J.J.McAnally (par, birdie) who finished together. Bellew with a better back nine took second place with Sittlington (better back nine) third.

At halfway in Division 2 thirteen handicapper Darryl Robinson was two shots ahead of Kieran Chappell (11) and Malcolm McIlroy (14) who were a shot ahead of Henry Cubitt (14). Robinson ran into big trouble at thirteen and lost his lead. Chappell took over to lead by two shots from McIlroy and Cubitt with Robinson now another two shots behind. Up the Grove Chappell increased hi lead to three shots over Cubitt who was joined by Robinson. McIlroy was a further shot behind. Chappell lost his lead when he ran into trouble in the Lowlands and Cubitt took a two shot advantage. McIlroy was also two shots behind with Robinson a further shot down. Cubitt with a par at the last held on to his two shot advantage to win from Chappell who also parred the last. McIlroy (bogey) and Robinson (par) finished together and with a better back nine third place went to McIlroy.

John McClintock (18) was a shot ahead of Neil Fitzsimmons (16) turning for home in Division 3 with David Kilpatrick (17) another six shots behind. Through thirteen McClintock had increased his lead to four shots over Fitzsimmoms followed by Kilpatrick another three shots behind. Fitzsimmons with the help of two pars and a mishap by McClintock at Beechers had closed the gap to one shot with two to play. Kilpatrick was still another three shots adrift. John McClintock came home bogey, bogey and held on to win by one shot from Fitzsimmons (par, double bogey) and Kilpatrick with a bogey, birdie finish closed the gap to within one shot of Fitzsimmons to take third place. Ronnie Taylor (16), David McAleese (17), Aidan Donnelly (17), David McIlroy (17), Alan Knox (17) and James McClintock (17) all finished three further shots behind.

In Division 4 after the front nine Trevor Galloway (25) held a narrow one shot advantage over Drew Stewart (23). Colin Orr (20) was another shot away followed by David Caves (23) and Philip Magill (20) a further shot down. Through fourteen Caves had moved through to take a one shot lead over Stewart. Galloway, Magill and Orr were a further five shots behind. Caves maintained his one shot advantage through seventeen but with a new challenger in Galloway. Stewart was another two shots behind with Magill and Orr two more shots down. Galloway with a bogey at eighteen drew level with Caves (double bogey) but with a better back nine Caves held on to win with Galloway second. Stewart (par) finished in third place two shots ahead of Magill (par) and Orr (par).

Jordan Hood (-1) won the Gross and Stephen Mailey (9) the Seniors.

Results

Overall Winner – Michael Reid (-1) 65 (BB9)

Runner-up – Gary Moon (17) 65

Division 1

1st. Ricki Simpson (8) 68 – 2nd. Mal Bellew (7) 69 (BB9) – 3rd. Paul Sittlington (10) 69 (BB9)

Division 2

1st. Henry Cubitt (14) 69 – 2nd. Kieran Chappell (11)@ 71 – 3rd. Malcolm McIlroy (14) 72 (BB9)

Division 3

1st. John McClintock (18) 69 – 2nd.Neil Fitzsimmons (16) 70 – 3rd. David Kilpatrick (17) 71

Division 4

1st. David Caves (23) 69 (BB9) – 2nd. Trevor Galloway (25) 69 – 3rd. Drew Stewart (23) 70 – Gross – Jordan Hood (-1) 69

Seniors – Stephen Mailey (9) 69.

Millar wins Captain’s Day

Mr. John Carruthers, Captain of Galgorm Castle Golf Club held a very successful captain’s day with well over 200 golfers taking part. The day commenced with heavy overhead clouds threatening rain, however their was only the odd mizzle. The skies soon lightened and the sun appeared and stayed out for the remainder of the day.

The Captain saw off the early starters, wishing them to have a good round.

Jim Millar playing off twenty one moved into the lead through eleven and held on until he was overtaken with one to play after a couple of disasters but regaining his composure he regained the lead and victory up the last.

At halfway Ross Bennett (24) was leading by one point from Jim Millar (21). Stephen Penney (2) was another point behind, followed by Keith Clements (10) a further point behind. David Stirling (8) and Philip Graham (Scr) were also in contention a further point away. Through thirteen Millar after pars at eleven and thirteen had moved into a two point lead from Bennett, who although parring twelve and thirteen failed to register at the Fort. Penney was still lying third another point behind. There was then a two point gap to Graham and Clements who were a point ahead of Stirling. Millar took a ‘ding’ at sixteen but still had a two point lead over Bennett with two to play. Two points further back Stirling was moving up after a birdie at the Grove and joined P.Graham. Penney (‘ding’ at sixteen) was joined by Clements another point down. Millar who failed to score up the Grove also hit trouble at the penultimate hole when he failed to register. Could he recover with one to play? Bennett seized this second opportunity and moved into a one point lead with a bogey. Stirling with three pars and a birdie had closed to within two points of Bennett. He was followed by Penney and Clements another point behind with Graham still in contention a further point down. Could Bennett hold on up the last or would Millar regain his form or indeed could any of the other players in contention upset the front two. Alas Bennett ‘dinged’ the last and Millar regaining his composure finished with a bogey to win by one point and take the Captain’s Prize. Bennett finished runner-up. Stirling (bogey), Graham (birdie), Penney (par) and Clements (par) all finished together a further point away and Stirling with a better back six took First Place in Division 1. P.Graham won the Gross Prize and Clements finished second in Division 1 with a better back nine.

In Division 2 at the turn Stephen Black (12) was one, two and three points ahead of Hugh Moore (13), Norman Nicholl (11) and Chris Nicholl (12) respectively. Through the Maple N.Nicholl was leading by one point from the other three players,. With two to play N.Nicholl was still leading by one point. Moore came second, one and two points clear of Black and C.Nicholl respectively. N.N icholl with a par, ‘ding’ finish won by one point from Black (birdie, ‘ding’). Moore (bogey, ‘ding’) and C.Nicholl (par, bogey) finished together another point behind.

At the turn in Division 3 Stuart Barker (17) was leading David McIlroy (18) by one point with James Logan (18) a further point behind. McIlroy with a birdie at thirteen led by one point from Barker with Logan another point behind. Up the Grove McIlroy increased his lead to two points over Barker who was joined by Logan. McIlroy came home bogey, double bogey and held on to win by one point from Logan (par. Double bogey). Barker (double bogey, bogey) was another point behind.

Division 4 had an exciting ending with three golfers finishinf together. Cecil McAleese (23) was leading at halfway by one point from David Cameron (24). John McFarland (20) was some four points further behind at this stage. Through thirteen Cameron had taken a three point lead over McAleese (‘ding’ at Arthurs Seat) with McFarland another point behind. A ‘ding’ up the Grove by Cameron enabled McAleese to move up to within one point of the leader. McFarland who was playing consistant golf joined McAleese with two to play. Cameron moved into a two point lead at the Lowlands with a bogey over McAleese (double bogey) and McFarland (bogey). Cameron with victory in sight ‘dinged’ the last and this enabled McAleese (bogey) and McFarland (bogey) to join him at the finish. McFarland with a better back nine took first place with Cameron (better back nine) second.

Results

Overall Winner

Jim Millar (21) 42 pts

Runner-up – Ross Bennett (24) 41 pts

Division 1

1st. David Stirling (8) 40 pts (BB6)

2nd. Keuth Clements (10) 40 pts (BB9)

Division 2

1st. Norman Nicholl (11) 38 pts

2nd. Stephen Black (12) 37 pts

Division 3

1st. David McIlroy (18) 38 pts

2nd. James Logan (18) 37 pts

Division 4 

1st. John McFarland (20) 38 pts (BB9)

2nd. David Cameron (24) 38 pts (BB9)

Gross – Philip Graham (Scr) 40 pts

Seniors

Trevor Alexander (10) 38 pts

Best Front Nine – Cecil McAleese

Best Back Nine – Gary Crabbe

Captain’s Prize Ladies Winner – June Irvine

Captain’s Prize Ladies Runner-up – Jean Bownes

Committee Prize – Paul Hughes

 Past Captains – David Kilpatrick

Captains Guests – Victor Allen

Putting Competition – David King

Nearest Pin at 7th - David A.McAleese

Longest Drive at 18th - Alan Goodrich

Robinson Costcutter Stableford

The Robinson Costcutter sponsored Stableford was played at Galgorm Castle and at the halfway stage twelve handicapper David Gault had a comfortable looking three point advantage over Norman Nicholl (15), David Henry (18) and Peter Kennoway (11). Two points further behind came Paul Reid (13) who was one point ahead of Thomas McNeill (12) and Graham Simms (15). The lead changed hands after a run of four pars by Nicholl saw him take a two point lead over Gault who ‘dinged’ Arthurs Seat. Henry joined Gault and they in turn were two points ahead of Kennoway (‘ding’ at twelve) and McNeill. Close on their heels came Reid and Simms at one and two points respectively further behind. With two to play Nicholl was still two points clear of Henry and Gault with McNeill and Reid another two points behind followed by Kennoway (‘ding’ at fourteen) and Simms at one and two point intervals further back. In a close finish N.Nicholl came home double bogey, par to hold off D.Henry (par, bogey) by one point for Overall victory with Henry Runner-up. Gault finished par, bogey and took first place in Division 2. McNeill (

bogey, par) and Reid (bogey, par) finished together and with a better back nine McNeill pushed Reid into third place. Three points further behind Kennoway (two bogeys) and Simms (double bogey, par) finished together.

In Division 1 at the turn Gary McWilliams (8) and Stephen Logan (9) were two points ahead of Gary Jackson (9) who was one point in front of David Martin (9). He was followed by Trevor Fleming (8) and George Small (9) at one and two points respectively further behind. Through thirteen McWilliams and Logan were still out in front, two points ahead of Jackson who was still one point ahead of Martin. Small was another point behind with Fleming a further two points adrift. After a disastrous two holes at fourteen and fifteen when Logan failed to score McWilliams with the help of two pars and a bogey moved into a two point lead through sixteen. Jackson also with two pars and a bogey was two points behind. Another point behind, Logan was joined by Martin and Small with Fleming trying hard to catch up another point away. In a close finish McWilliams came home with two bogeys to win from Jackson who had closed the gap to within one point with a bogey, par finish. Logan (par, bogey), Martin (bogey, par), Small (bogey, par) and Fleming (par, par) all finished together and with a better back nine Small took third place.

Turning for home in Division 3 John McClintock (18) was leading Gareth Marcus (18) by two points. Terence Martin (16) was close up a point behind Marcus with David McIlroy a further three points adrift. Approaching fourteen McClintock after ‘dings’ at eleven and thirteen had lost his two point advantage and was now two points down to Marcus. Martin was a point behind McClintock and McIlroy lost ground after a ‘ding’ on thirteen but was still in contention a point behind Martin. Up the Grove and Marcus had increased his lead over McClintock to three points with Martin another point back. McIroy was trying hard to catch up but was three points behind Martin with two to play. Marcus double bogeyed the last two holes but held on to win by one point from John McClintock who bogeyed the last two holes. There was a close finish for third place when Marcus ‘dinged’ the Lowlands and parred the last. McIlroy took advantage of this mishap and finished bogey, birdie to draw level with Martin and with a better back nine third place went to McIlroy.

Entering the back nine in Division 4 Jason Lorimer (20) held a three point advantage over David Cameron (25) who was one point ahead of Barry Mott (27). Four points further adrift came Drew Stewart (25). Lorimer ‘dinged’ thirteen and lost his lead to Cameron by one point. Mott was another two points down with Stewart trailing by four more points at this stage. Through sixteen Cameron was joined by Lorimer to lead by one point from Mott. Stewart was another two points away. With the field closing up an exciting finish lay ahead and so it turned out. Lorimer with double bogey, bogey finish came home to win by one point. Cameron after a ‘ding’, bogey finish was joined by Mott (two double bogeys) and Stewart (two bogeys) and with a better back nine Stewart took second place with Mott (better back nine) third.

Michael Reid (-2) won the Gross and John McFarland the Seniors.

Results

Overall Winner 

Norman Nicholl (15) 43 pts

Runner-up – David Henry (18) 42 pts

 

Division 1 

1st. Gary McWilliams (8) 39 pts

2nd. Gary Jackson (9) 38 pts

3rd. George Small (9) 37 pts (BB9)

 

Division 2

1st. David Gault (12) 41 pts

2nd. Thomas McNeill (12) 39 pts (BB9)

3rd. Paul Reid (13) 39 pts

Division 3 

1st. Gareth Marcus (18) 38 pts

2nd. John McClintock (18) 37 pts

3rd. David McIlroy (18) 35 pts (BB9)

Division 4 

1st. Jason Lorimer (20) 39 pts

2nd. Drew Stewart (25) 38 pts (BB9)

3rd. Barry Mott (27) 38 pts (BB9)

Gross 

Michael Reid (-2) 37 pts

Seniors

John McFarland (20) 37 pts.

Twos were recorded by – S.Mailey, R.Addley, J.J. McAnally, W.McVeigh, M.Reid, O.Smith, D.Halliday, D.Reilly, T.Fleming, J.McNeilly, P.Reid, J.McCart, H.Moore, K.Dinsmore, J.A.Logan, S.McKay, C.Brown and A.Doole

Todd wins 19th Hole Trophy v Par

Galgorm Castle held their 19th Hole Trophy v Par and in a close and exciting finish seventeen handicapper Trevor Todd emerged victorious after a three way tie when Todd, Norman Nicholl (16) and Kurtis McCartney (7) all finished together four up.

At halfway McCartney was four up and leading by one hole from Nicholl and Sean McCormick (5). Todd, Trevor Fleming (8) and Ricki Simpson (8) were one, two and three holes further behind. Through thirteen Nicholl joined McCartney in the lead by one from Todd and McCormick with Simpson another hole back followed by Fleming another two holes adrift. After scoring at two of the next three holes Nicholl took a commanding two hole lead over Todd and McCartney with two to play. Simpson was a further hole back followed by McCormick another hole down. Fleming was another hole behind McCormick. Nicholl failed to score over the closing two holes and Todd with two bogeys and McCartney (bogey, par) took advantage of this to draw level for a three way tie. Todd with a better back nine claimed the Overall Winner’s Prize with Nicholl (better back nine) taking the Runner-up place. McCartney (bogey, par) won Division 1, Simpson (bogey, par) three up took second place and McCormick (par, double bogey) two up finished in third place. Fleming (two pars) one up was a further hole behind.

The remaining results were:

Division 2 – 1st. Adrian Atkinson (12) 2 up – 2nd. Alistair Murray ((12) 1 up – 3rd. Ivan Alexander (15) all square

Division 3 – 1st. Ronnie Taylor (17) 3 up – 2nd. George Kernohan (18) 1 up – 3rd. Terence Martin (16) 1 down (BB9)

Division 4 – 1st. Drew Stewart (25) 1 up (BB6) – 2nd. Jack Douglas (21) 1 up – 3rd. James Rea (27) all square (BB9)

Gross Winner Michael Reid (-2) 3 up

Seniors – Gerard Lynn (17) 2 up.

Twos were recorded by – K.McCartney, A.Black, B.McFall (jnr), J.McNeilly, R.Simpson, T.Fleming, M.Reid, D.Chappell, C.Nicholl, G.Watt, E.Daly, H.McCaughan and D.Stewart.

 

NI Open Corporate Qualifier

The above competition was played at Galgorm Castle and in Division 1 at the halfway stage John McCarry (10) and David Martin (10) were vying for the lead a point ahead of Alan Goodrich (2) who was another point ahead of Neil Candlish (7) and John Rainey (8). A further three points behind came Graham Martin (8). Through thirteen McCarry had opened up a two point advantage from D.Martin with Goodrich, Candlish, Rainey and G.Martin all another three points back. With two to play McCarry was swtill two points ahead of D.Martin. Two points behind D.Martin came Rainey followed by Goodrich and G.Martin another point down. Candlish was another two points adrift after a ‘ding’ up the Grove. Although D.Martin (bogey, par) closed the gap at the head of affairs McCarry with a double bogey, par finish held on to win by one point. Third place went to G.Martin (par, par) another two points away. Rainey (two bogeys), Goodrich (two pars) and Candlish who finished with a bogey and an eagle three were one point behind

G.Martin.

At the turn in Division 2 Chris Nicholl (13) held a slender one point advantage over Martin Laverty (15) who in turn was two points ahead of John McCarley (15) and he was followed a further two points down by Henry Cubitt (14). Approaching the thirteenth tee the lead had changed with Laverty and McCarley two points ahead of Nicholl (‘ding’ at eleven) with Cubitt another point behind. Through sixteen McCarley was still one point ahead of Laverty with Nicholl and Cubitt another two points behind. McCarley came home bogey, par to win by two points from Laverty (two bogeys). Nicholl (bogey, par) and Cubitt (bogey, par) were another two points behind and with a better back nine Cubitt took the third place,.

Turning for home in Division 3 James Logan (18) and David Henry (18) were tying for the lead two points ahead of Robert Topping (17) and Timothy D’Arcy (18) with William Armstrong (19) a further two points behind. Approaching the Devils Elbow D’Arcy was leading by a point from Henry and Topping. Logan after a ‘ding’ at eleven was a further point down and a point ahead of Armstrong. With two holes to play Henry had taken over to lead by one point from Topping with Logan and Armstrong closing to within a point of Topping. They were joined by a retreating D.Arcy after he failed to negotiate Beechers. Henry lost his chance of winning when he finished double bogey, ‘ding’ and Topping took advantage with a double bogey, bogey finish to win by one point from Henry and Logan (double bogey, bogey) who finished together and with a better back six Logan took second place with Henry third. A point further behind came D’Arcy (bogey, ‘ding’) and Armstrong (two double bogeys).

Ross Bennett (24) was leading in Division 4 after the front nine. Colin Orr (21 ) was two points behind followed by Barry Mott (27) another two points down.Through fourteen Orr had moved up into a two point lead from Bennett (‘ding’ at thirteen) and Mott. Orr continued to lead and with two to play had increased his lead to three points over Mott with Bennett another three points behind after failing to score at the Grove. Orr came home bogey, par to win by five points from Mott (bogey, ‘ding’) and Bennett (bogey, par) who finished together and with a better back nine Mott took second place with Bennett third.

Michael Reid (-2) won the Gross and Aidan Donnelly (17) won the Seniors. Reid’s round included an eagle three at the par five ninth and three birdies.

Results

Division 1

1st. John McCarry (10) 39 pts

2nd. David Martin (10) 38 pts

3rd. Graham Martin (8) 36 pts

Division 2

1st. John McCarley (15) 40 pts

2nd. Martin Laverty (15) 38 pts

3rd. Henry Cubitt (14) 36 pts (BB9)

Division 3

1st. Robert Topping (17) 36 pts

2nd. James Logan (18) – 35 pts (BB6)

3rd. David Henry (18) 35 pts

Division 4

1st. Colin Orr (21) 40 pts

2nd. Barry Mott (27) 35 pts (BB9)

3rd. Ross Bennett (24) 35 pts

Gross – Michael Reid (-2) 37 pts

Seniors – Aidan Donnelly (17) 34 pts (BB6)

Twos were recorded by – D.Bamford, T.Carroll, T.Fleming, M.Reid, R.Simpson, W.Simpson, P.Kennolway, B.Heggarty, A.Murray, T.Dodds and C.Reid.

Ulster 4 Ball

Due to an error in entry Mannan Castle were disqualified from the above competition and the match awarded to Galgorm Castle who now progress to the Second Round.

Golden Jubilee Trophy

The Golden Jubilee Trophy Stableford Competition was played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Weather conditions for the very early starters was reasonably good with the odd shower but the later starters ran into atrocious conditions with periods of sustained heavy rain.

Jonathan Larmour playing off a twenty handicap had a hollow Overall victory, coming home three points clear of the field, as well as collecting a ‘ding’ up the Grove. He held a six point advantage over David Stirling jnr. entering the back nine. Stirling was still five points adrift with three to play when the aforementioned ‘ding’ by Larmour enabled Stirling jnr. To close the gap to three points. Larmour held on to his three points advantage as he finished double bogey, par to Stirling jnr’s double bogey, birdie finish. Stirling jnr. took the Runner-up place.

Turning for home in Division 1 David A.McAleese (7), Alan Goodrich (2) and J.J.McAnally (6) were tying for the lead.

Approaching the Devils Elbow McAleese had opened up a two point gap from Goodrich and McAnally. D.A.McAleese held onto this advantage up the Grove and although Goodrich made a valiant effort over the closing two holes (par, birdie) to catch McAleese the latter held on with a bogey, par to win by one point. McAnally (double bogey, birdie) finished another point away and with Goodrich taking the Gross Prize, J.J.McAnally finished second.

In Division 2 at the halfway stage George Watt (11) held a commanding three point lead over Robert Young (12) with Martin Laverty (15) another point behind. Through thirteen Watt’s lead had diminished to one point over Young who was still another point ahead of Laverty. After a ‘ding’ by Watt, a bogey by Young and a bogey by Laverty at fourteen the three players were level. With two holes to play Young was leading by one point from Watt and Laverty. Young finished with two bogeys and was joined by Laverty (double bogey, par) but they were overtaken by Watt who came home with two pars to win by one point. Laverty with a better back nine took second place.

Division 3 turned into a close affair between Norman Nicholl, Aidan Donnelly and Ivan Alexander with only the odd point separating them throughout the back nine. After the front nine Donnelly (17) was one point ahead of Alexander (16) followed by Nicholl (17) another point behind. Through thirteen Donnelly and Nicholl were vying for the lead with Alexander close up one point behind. Nicholl (bogey, birdie) had moved into a two point lead over the next two holes but a ‘ding’ up the Grove enabled Alexander (bogey, par, bogey) and Donnelly (bogey, double bogey, par) to join him with two to play. In a close finish Nicholl (bogey, bogey) came in to win by one point from Alexander (double bogey, bogey) and Donnelly (double bogey, bogey) who finished together. Alexander won the Seniors enabling Donnelly to take second place.

Division 4 turned into a contest between Drew Stewart (26) and Malcolm Sharpe (21). Stewart held a two point advantage at halfway but a ‘ding’ at the next hole allowed Sharpe (par) to lead by one point; a lead which he increased to three points at Beechers. However a double bogey by Sharpe up the Grove enabled Stewart with a par to draw level. Sharpe led by one point after seventeen with a bogey to Stewart’s triple bogey. Sharpe lost his chance of winning when he failed to score at the last, allowing Stewart with a bogey to snatch victory by one point. The next nearest players were five points adrift.

Results

Overall Winner – Jonathan Larmour (20) 42 pts

Runner-up – David Stirling jnr (05) 39 pts

Division 1 – 1st. David A.McAleese (7) 38 pts – 2nd. J.J.McAnally (6) 36 pts

Division 2 – 1st. George Watt (11) 37 pts – 2nd. Martin Laverty (15) 36 pts (BB9)

Division 3 – 1st. Norman Nicholl (17) 37 pts – 2nd. Aidan Donnelly (17) 36 pts

Division 4 – 1st. Drew Stewart (26) 38 pts – 2nd. Malcolm Sharpe (21) 37 pts

Gross – Alan Goodrich (2) 35 pts

Seniors – Ivan Alexander (16) 36 pts.

Twos were recorded by – D.Stirling jnr, L.Foster, D.A.McAleese, J.Taylor, T.Dawson, P.Kennoway, M.Burton, Richard Lennox, G.Moon, I.McCappin, J.McFarland and R.Clarke.

 

Ulster 4 Ball

Galgorm Castle entertained Mannan Castle in the Home Leg of the above competition and after a close match the visitors were victorious by three matches to two.

In the opening match the home pairing of Trevor Fletcher and Philip Magill were all square with the visiting pairing but were one down through nine. They fought back and were one up after twelve, a lead which they held to the finish to give the home side a good start. The second pairing of William Crawford and Raymond Steele made a poor start and found themselves two down through four. The home pairing won the next and a chip in on Broadmeadows by Crawford secured a half. Crawford also sank a long putt at seven for a birdie to go one up. They continued to score and by twelve they were three up and moving nicely. However they lost the next three holes and the match went all square by the fifteenth. They were one down after seventeen before finally losing two down. The next pairing out Colin Brown and Andy McKibben were all square with their opponents after the Niuc but went two down after seven. They fought back to be all square at half way. The score remained all square until thirteen when the home pairing won the next two holes to go two up. They lost the last four holes to finish two down.David Henry and Norman Dunbar were three up on their opponents approaching the eighth tee but after losing four of the next five holes found themselves one down and with one to play they were two down. They fought back to win the last to lose two and one. This made the score 3-1 in favour of Mannan Castle with one match still to play. The Aidan Donnelly/Kevin Agnew combination were all square with their opponents entering the back nine. The visitors went one up at the tenth, a lead which they held up to the thirteenth where Donnelly and Agnew squared the match.The home pairing went one up through fifteen but the visitors squared the match at the Lowlands. In an exciting finish Donnelly and Agnew won the final hole for a vital win one up to make the final score 3-2 in favour of Mannan Castle.

May Medal

The May Medal was played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in very favourable conditions.

At halfway David Cameron playing off a handicap of twenty eight was two shots ahead of Philip Galloway (13). Gary Marks was a shot behind followed by Neville Neill (8) and Steven Penney (2) another shot behind. Paul Houston (4) was a further three shots down at this stage. Through thirteen Cameron was still in the lead by two shots from Galloway with Neill and Penney gaining a shot on the leader. Marks and an improving Houston were a further two shots away. With two to play Cameron had moved into a comfortable looking four shot lead from Galloway and Penney with Houston, Neill and Marks at one, two and three shot intervals respectively further behind. Cameron with a double bogey, bogey finish was the Overall Winner by three shots from P.Galloway (two pars) who took the Overall Runner-up place. Penney (bogey, par) and Houston (two pars) finished together and with a better back nine Houston won Division 1 with Penney taking the Gross Prize. Second place went to Marks (bogey, birdie) and Neill (double bogey, par) took third place.

After the front nine in Division 2 only one shot separated five golfers – Adrian Atkinson (12) and Kieran Chappell (11) were one shot ahead of Kori Gamble (14), Keith Clements (11) and George Watt (11). Atkinson moved into a two shot lead approaching the Devils Elbow from Clements and Watt with Gamble and Chappell another two shots behind. Through sixteen Atkinson after a slip at Beechers which cost him a double bogey enabled Clements and Gamble to draw level. Watt was a shot behind and Chappell a further two shots away. Atkinson (bogey, par) and Gamble (bogey, par) finished together and with a better back nine Gamble took first place with Atkinson second. Clements slipped over the closing two holes (double bogey, bogey) and was joined by Watt (double bogey, par) and Chappell (two pars) and with a better back six Clements held on for third place.

There was a three way tie entering the back nine in Division 3 with Derrick McClelland (16), Brian Sims (17) and Damian Gillan (16) vying for the lead one shot ahead of David McIlroy (19) and Terence Martin (17). David Kilpatrick (16) was another shot behind. Through thirteen McIlroy had moved up to take a slender one shot advantage over Gillan who was two shots clear of McClelland.A further shot back came Martin and Sims, a shot ahead of Kilpatrick. Up the Grove McIlroy still held on to his one shot lead from new challengers McClelland and Sims. Another shot back came Martin and Gillan with Kilpatrick still trying to catch up with the leaders another shot back. McIlroy increased his lead over the closing two holes (two pars) to win by two shots from McClelland (bogey, par) who won the Seniors Prize. Another two shots back came Martin (two bogeys) and Sims (triple bogey, par) and with a better back nine second place went to Martin with Sims third. A further shot behind Gillan (double bogey, bogey) and Kilpatrick (two bogeys) finished together.

In Division 4 Drew Stewart (27) had a one shot advantage over Jonathan Larmour (21) at halfway. Ross Bennett (24) was another shot behind with Trevor Galloway (24) a further two shots away. Over the next four holes the lead changed with Larmour now in front by two shots from Stewart and Bennett with Galloway three shots further behind. With two to play Larmour still maintained his two shot advantage over Stewart with Bennett and Galloway a further one and two shots respectively behind. Bennett (two bogeys) and Stewart (double bogey, bogey) finished together but were unable to catch Larmour who had a triple bogey, par finish to win by one shot. Bennett with a better back nine took second place with Stewart in third place. Galloway (two bogeys) was a further shot back.

Results

Overall Winner – David Cameron (28) 91

Runner-up – Philip Galloway (13) 66

Division 1 – 1st. Paul Houston (4) 68 – 2nd. Gary Marks (7) 69 – 3rd. Neville Neill (8) 70

Division 2 – 1st. Kori Gamble (14) 68 (BB9) – 2nd. Adrian Atkinson (12) 68 – 3rd. Keith Clements (11) 70 (BB6)

Division 3 – 1st. David McIlroy (19) 67 – 2nd. Terence Martin (17) 71 (BB9) – 3rd. Brian Sims (17) 71

Division 4 – 1st. Jonathan Larmour (21) 70 – 2nd. Ross Bennett (24) 71 (BB9) – 3rd. Drew Stewart (27) 71

Gross Winner – Steven Penney (2) 70

Seniors – Derrick McClelland (16) 85.

 

Ladies & Gents Open Stableford

Results of the above competition were as follows:

1st. Owen Smith (8) 41 pts

2nd. Colin Brown (21) 40 pts

3rd. Ciaran Dohert (19) 39 pts

4th. David A.McAleese (8) 38 pts (BB1)

Gross – Jonathan McNeill (3) 35 pts

Ladies – Julie Murray (28) 35 pts.

Twos were recorded by – A.Goodrich, S.Henry, W.Park and I.McCappin.

Cannon Motors Stableford

The Cannon Motors sponsored Stableford was held at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.

Play commenced with heavy overhead clouds threatening rain but turned out to be only a drizzle and by mid-morning the sun had broken through. However a changing strong breeze was making play awkward at times.

Through the front nine Kevin Duffin playing off twenty four held a commanding five point lead from Gary McWilliams (9) with Kori Gamble (16) and Stephen Mailey (9) another two points behind. Steven Penney (3) was a further point behind followed by Kurtis McCartney (7) and Neville Neill (8) at two and three points respectively further behind. After the Maple McWilliams and Mailey were three points behind Duffin. Gamble, Penney and McCartney were one, two and three points respectively further behind with Neill another two points adrift. Approaching the Lowlands McWilliams and Mailey had closed the gap on Duffin to one point with Gamble another point behind. Penney was four points drift ande two points ahead of McCartney and Neill. Duffin finished with a par and a double bogey to win Overall by two points from McWilliams (bogey, par) and Gamble (bogey, par) who finished together and with a better back nine Gamble took the Overall Runner-up place. McWilliams finished first in Division 1, two points ahead of a fast finishing Penney with two birdies and Mailey (double bogey, bogey) and with Penney taking the Gross Prize Mailey finished in second place. McCartney (two pars) took third place one point ahead of Neill (bogey, par).

At halfway in Division 2 David Gault (14) and Stephen Black (12) were leading by four points from Neil McVeigh (12) who was two points ahead of Kevin McCavera (11). Through thirteen Gault (‘ding’ at twelve) and Black were still in the lead which had been reduced to two and four points by McVeigh and McCavera respectively. With two holes to play Black had taken a one point lead over Gault. McCavera was a further two points behind with McVeigh falling back by another point after a ‘ding’ on fourteen. Black spoiled his chance of winning after a ‘ding’ at the Lowlands. However a birdie at the last enabled him to finish second, one point behind Gault (two pars). A point behind Black, McCavera (bogey, birdie) took third place with McVeigh (two pars)another point away.

In Division 3 at the turn Timothy D’Arcy (18) held a two point advantage over Norman Nicholl (17). James Logan (19) was another point behind followed by Gary Moon (17) a further three points behind. Approaching the fourteenth tee Logan was leading by one point from D’Arcy (‘ding’ at the Fort) and Nicholl (‘ding’ at the Maple). Moon was another four points behind. After the Grove Logan was still a point ahead of D’Arcy (‘ding’ at sixteen) and Nicholl with Moon closing to within another point after a bogey and two pars. Logan finished bogey, par and was joined by Nicholl (two pars) and with a better back nine Logan held on to take first place. D’Arcy (par, bogey) was a point behind in third place a point ahead of Moon (bogey, par).

At the start of the back nine in Division 4 Ashley Doole (25) and Steve Henry (25) were three points ahead of Hugh Mussen (24) and Drew Stewart (27). After the Devils Elbow Doole was one point ahead of Henry and an improved Mussen with Stewart another two points behind. With two to play Doole was three points ahead of Mussen, Henry and Stewart. A bogey, double bogey finish saw Doole home for a two point win from Mussen (two bogeys) and Henry (two bogeys). Second place went to Mussen with a better back nine. Stewart (triple bogey, bogey) was another two points away.

 

Results

Overall Winner – Kevin Duffin (24) 44 pts

Runner-up – Kori Gamble – (16) 42 pts (BB9)

Division 1

1st. Gary McWilliams (9) 42 pts

2nd. Stephen Mailey (9) 40 pts

3rd. Kurtis McCartney (7) 37 pts

Division 2

1st. David Gault (14) 41 pts

2nd. Stephen Black (12) 40 pts

3rd. Kevin McCavera (11) 39 pts

Division 3

1st. James Logan (19) 37 pts (BB9)

2nd. Norman Nicholl (17) 37 pts

3rd. Timothy D’Arcy (18) 36 pts

Division 4

1st. Ashley Doole (25) 40 pts

2nd. Hugh Mussen (24) 38 pts (BB9)

3rd. Steve Henry (25) 38 pts

Gross – Steven Penney (3) 40 pts

Seniors – Leonard Craig (12) 36 pts (BB6)

Twos were recorded by – W.McVeigh, G.McWilliams, W.Park, S.Penney, A.McClements, A.Black, S.Mailey, D.Stirling jnr, M.McAuley, D.Cousley, C.McAnally, K.McCavera, G.Moon, R.Topping, B.Watt, I.Rainey, G.Elliott, K.Duffin and J.Rea.

 

Easter Monday Ladies and Gents Open Stableford

The results of the above competition were as follows -

1st. Raymond Steele (20) 39 pts – 2nd. Owen Smith (9) 38 pts (BB9) – 3rd. Alan Goodrich (2) 38 pts (BB9) – Gross – Michael Reid (-2) 36 pts – Ladies Winner – Ann McGuckian (15) 35 pts.

Twos – M.Alexander, M.Dunlop, A.Goodrich, P.Kennoway and N.McVeigh.

 

April Medal

5th April 2014

At halfway in the April Medal held at Galgorm Castle Golf Club seventeen handicapper Eoghan Daly and George Small (9) and Stephen Black (12) were one shot ahead of Barry Mott (28) and Norman Nicholl (17). Through thirteen Mott joined Daly, Small and Black with Gary McWilliams (9), William Armstrong (19) and David Cameron (28) were one shot behind. Nicholl meanwhile had dropped back. After the Grove Daly and Mott were a shot ahead of Small and Black. McWilliams and Cameron were another shot down. In an exciting last two holes Daly with two pars emerged as the overall winner by one shot from Mott (double bogey, par) in the runner-up position.

In Division 1 at halfway George Small (9) was two shots ahead of Gary McWilliams (9) who was another shot in front of Trevor Fleming (8). Through thirteen Small had lost a shot to McWilliams and was now leading by one with Fleming another two shots behind. Up the Grove and with two holes to play only two shots separated the three players with Small still leading by one from McWilliams with Fleming another shot back. Small finished with two bogeys and was joined by McWilliams who finished bogey, par and with a better back nine McWilliams took first place with Small second. Fleming (bogey, par) finished one shot behind.

Entering the back nine in Division 2 twelve handicapper Stephen Black had a handsome five shot lead from Aidan McNeill (14). Gareth Beckington (13) was another shot behind. Approaching the fourteenth tee the scores remained the same. After sixteen Black’s lead although reduced still had a comfortable four shot lead over McNeill and Beckington. Black completed his round with a bogey and a par to maintain his four shot lead to win from McNeill (par, bogey) and Beckington (bogey, par) and with a better back nine Beckington finished second.

After the front nine in Division 3 Norman Nicholl (17) was leading by one shot from William Armstrong (19). Gary Moon (17) was a shot behind Armstrong followed by John McClintock (18) another two shots away. After the Maple Armstrong was leading by one shot from Moon with Halfway leader Nicholl another shot behind. McClintock was a further three shots down. Approaching the Lowlands there was a new leader. Moon took over to lead by one shot from Armstrong who hit bogey trouble at Beechers and the Grove. Nicholl was two shots behinde the leader with McClintock a further two shots behind. In a storming finish Moon ((double bogey, bogey), Armstrong (double bogey, par) and Nicholl (bogey, par) finished together and Moon with a better back nine took first place and with Armstrong taking the Seniors Nicholl finished second. John McClintock (bogey, birdie) finished one shot behind the placings.

In Division 4 at the halfway point David Cameron (28) was leading by one shot from Ronnie Gilchrist (24) and Jim Millar (21). Three shots behind them came John McFarland (20) who was one shot ahead of James Campbell (26). Alan Featherstone (20) was another two shots adrift. Through the Maple and Cameron had opened up a four shot advantage over Gilchrist, Millar and McFarland. Two and three shots further back came Featherstone and Campbell respectively. With two holes to play Cameron was ahead by three shots from McFarland who had a one shot advantage over Gilchrist and Millar who were followed by Featherstone and Campbell at one and two shots respectively further down. Cameron came home with two double bogeys but managed to hold on to win by two shots. McFarland with two bogeys took second place. Gilchrist (double bogey, bogey), Millar (double bogey, par), Featherstone (bogey, par) and Campbell (double bogey, birdie) all finished together another shot behind.

Results

Overall Winner – Eoghan Daly (17) 64

Runner-up – Barry Mott (28) 65

Division 1

1st. Gary McWilliams (9) 68 (BB9)

2nd. George Small (9) 68

Division 2

1st. Stephen Black (12) 67

2nd. Gareth Beckington (13) 71

Division 3

1st. Gary Moon (17) 70 (BB9)

2nd. Norman Nicholl (17) 70

Division 4

1st. David Cameron (28) 69

2nd. John McFarland (20) 71.

Gross

Jordan Hood (-1) 76

Seniors

William Armstrong (19) 70.

Sweep

15th March 2014

Play reverted back to the full 18 holesfor the Sweepat Galgorm Castle Golf Club after the Winter season.

At halfway in Division 1 Neville Neill (8) held a two point advantage over Trevor Fleming (8) with Neill Candlish (6) another point behind. Another two points down came Gary Marks (7) and David Stirling (8) who were a point ahead of Stephen Logan (8) (‘ding’ at three). Gary McWilliams (9) and Wilson McVeigh (6) were another two points behind followed by Gary Boyd (10) (‘ding’ at four) who was another point down. Through thirteen Candlish had moved into a one point lead from Fleming and an improving Marks (two pars and two birdies). Neill was following one point further behind. McVeigh and Logan were another three points behind with Boyd a further point away. McWilliams (‘ding’ at eleven) and Stirling were a point behind Boyd. With two holes to play Candlish was joined by Fleming in the lead two points ahead of Marks (‘ding’ at Beechers). Boyd and Neill (‘ding’ at Beechers)were close up a point behind. Another point further behind came Logan who was a point ahead of McWilliams and Stirling with McVeigh another point behind. Candlish finished with two pars to win by three points from Fleming (two bogeys) who took the Gross prize. Marks (two bogeys) and Boyd (bogey, par) finished together and with a better back nine Boyd finished second with Marks third. Neill (double bogey, par), Logan (par, bogey, Stirling (bogey, birdie), McWilliams (two pars) and McVeigh (par, birdie) finished together another point behind.

Entering the back nine in Division 2 Raymond Ardis (12), Michael Nesbitt (14) and Joe Barr (15) were vying for the lead a point ahead of Rod Lennox (12) who in turn was two points ahead of Chris Cooke (11). One point behind Cooke came Thomas McNeill (11) (‘ding’ at three) and Jonathan McCart (13). Over the next four holes Lennox with a run of three pars and a birdie moved into a two point advantage over Barr who was one point clear of Nesbitt (‘ding’ at twelve) and Ardis. McCart, Cooke and McNeill were one, two and three points respectively further behind. Three more pars from Lennox and he was fout points clear of Ardis, Nesbitt and an improving Cooke (birdie and two pars). McNeill and McCart were a further two points behind with Barr another point down after a ‘ding’ at fourteen followed by a bogey and double bogey. Disaster struck Lennox over the closing two holes when he finished double bogey, ‘ding’ and was joined by M.Nesbitt (bogey, birdie) but with a better back nine Rod Lennox managed to hold on to win with M.Nesbitt second. In an exciting finish for third place Cooke (par, ‘ding’), Ardis (two bogeys), McNeill (birdie, bogey), McCart (two pars) and Barr (two pars) finished together and with a better back six McNeill took third place.

In Division 3 after the front nine Michael Montgomery (16) and Terence Martin (17) were two points ahead of Gerard Lynn (17) and Norman Nicholl (17). Through Arthurs Seat Montgomery had moved into a two point lead from Martin (‘ding’ at eleven) who was joined by Nicholl with Lynn close up a point behind. Approaching the Lowlands Montgomery was one point ahead of Nicholl followed by Martin two points further away with Lynn falling back another point away after a ‘ding’ at the Devils Elbow. Montgomery continued to lead and although hitting bogey trouble came home double bogey, bogey to win by two points from Martin (double bogey, par) and Lynn (bogey, par) and with a better back nine Lynn finished second and Martin third. Nicholl who was well in the running lost his chance of a place when he ‘dinged’ the last to finish one point out of the placings.

In Division 4 after the outward nine Colin Orr (21) was two points ahead of James Rea (26) followed by Jim Millar (21) and Amarnath Dan (21) at one and two points respectively further behind. Through twelve Millar withy a par at eleven enabled him to join Orr in the lead with Dan a point behind. Rea was another point away at this stage. Rea with a par, birdie, birdie, bogey opened up a three point lead from Orr with Millar and Dan another point behind. A double bogey, bogey was sufficient to see Rea home by two points from Orr (par, bogey). Dan (two bogeys) and Millar (two bogeys) were together at the finish and with a better back nine Dan took third place.

Results

Division 1

1st. Neil Candlish (6) 42 pts

2nd. Gary Boyd (10) 38 pts (BB9)

3rd. Gary Marks (7) 38 pts

Division 2

1st. Rod Lennox (12) 41 pts (BB9)

2nd. Michael Nesbitt (14) 41 pts

3rd. Thomas McNeill (11) 39 pts (BB6)

Division 3

1st. Michael Montgomery (16) 42 pts

2nd. Gerard Lynn (17) 40 pts (BB9)

3rd. Terence Martin 40 pts

Division 4 

1st. James Rea (26) 45 pts

2nd. Colin Orr (21) 43 pts

3rd. Amarnath Dan (21) 41 pts (BB9)

Gross – Trevor Fleming (8) 32 pts

Back 9 

Jackson Minford (8) 19 pts.

8th March

Eclectic Wk 8

Play continued with the Weekly Sweep/Eclectic Week 8 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. After all the rain which has fallen the course was in remarkably good condition thanks to the ground staff.

In Division 1 after the twelfth Gareth Beckington (6) and Gary McWilliams (3) were one point ahead of George Watt (4) who in turn was a point ahead of John McCarry (4). Through Beechers Beckington held a narrow one point advantage from McWilliams with Watt and McCarry at one and two points respectively further behind. Watt with two pars joined Beckington (two bogeys) with one to play. McWilliams (par, bogey) and McCarry (two pars) were one point behind. All four players finished with a birdie leaving Beckington and Watt one point ahead of McWilliams and McCarry. Watt with a better last six finished in first place with Beckington second.

Richard Lennox (8) started double bogey, bogey, ‘ding’ to leave himself five points adrift of Michael Adams (7) who opened with three pars after three in Division 2. One point behind the leader came David Henry (9) with Roy McDowell (8) a further two points behind. After sixteen Adams was three points ahead of McDowell and Henry with Lennox another two points away. Adams finished double bogey, par to win by one point. McDowell (par, bogey) and Henry (bogey, par) were joined by a late burst from Lennox (par, birdie) and with a better last six Richard Lennox took second place

Playing off thirteen Andrew McFarlane was one point ahead of David Cameron (11) and two points ahead of William McKigney (11) who would have been closer but for opening with a ‘ding’ at the Fort and Sam MacDonald (10) through fourteen in Division 3. Another point behind came Andrew McKibben (10) with Cyril Reid (13) and Geoff Bell (12) another point adrift. The latter two players would also have been closer to the leader but for each having a ‘ding’ at the Maples. Two holes further on McFarlane was two points ahead of MacDonald who was leading the chasing group. Another point away came Cameron with McKignet, McKibben, Reid and Bell a further point down. McFarlane bogeyed the penultimate hole and then disaster as he ‘dinged’ the last. Cameron took advantage of McFarlane’s mishaps to draw level when he finished with two pars and with a better last three Cameron pushed McFarlane into second place. Two further points behind came MacDonald (double bogey, bogey), McKigney (bogey, par), McKibben (bogey, par), Reid (par, double bogey) and Bell (two bogeys).

Results

Division 1 

1st. George Watt (4) 23 pts (BL6)

2nd. Gareth Beckington (6) 23 pts

Division 2

1st. Michael Adams (7) 21 pts

2nd. Richard Lennox (8) 20 pts (BL6)

Division 3 

1st. David Cameron (11) 21 pts (BL3)

2nd. Andrew McFarlane (13)@ 21 pts

Gross  – Steven Penney (1) 20 pts.

Twos were recorded by – L.Foster, J.McCarry, G.Crabbe, T.McNeill, G.McWilliams, S.Penney, W.Crawford, J.McCarley and G.Robinson.

Front 9

The Front 9 turned into a close contest between Brian McFall (11) and Tony Quinn (9) with only one point separating them at rhe finish. Quinn opened with a ‘ding’ which was to prove costly at the finish. Through five the players were level. McFall parred Broadmeadows to take a three point lead over Quinn who came with a late run of three pars over the closing holes. McFall finished bogey, par, bogey to hold on to win by one point.

1st March 2014

Eclectic Wk 7

Play continued with the Sweep and penultimate round of the Eclectic at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.

There was a very close and exciting finish to Division 1 where only one point separated five players. Playing off a revised handicap of three Malachy Bellew opened with a birdie, par birdie to take an early lead of one point over Neil Candlish (3). Michael Alexander (3) and David Bamford (4) were another point behind followed by Gary McWilliams (3) a further point adrift. Bellew was still one point ahead of Candlish who was joined by Bamford with two to play. Alexander and McWilliams were a further point behind. The pressure was building up and Candlish drew level at the next which he birdied to a par from Bellew. Bamford parred the Lowlands to remain a point behind the front two. Alexander and McWilliams birdied the hole which brought them right into contention also one point behind the leading two with only one to play. Candlish birdied the last to win by one point from Bellew (par), Bamford (birdie), Alexander (birdie) and McWilliams (birdie) who all finished together. With a better last six McWilliams won the Gross. Alexander took second place with a better last three.

Michael Montgomery (8) and Colin Gray (7) set the early pace in Division 2 and held a two point advantage over Philip Magill (9) through twelve. Robert Barkley (9) was a further point back. With two to play Montgomery and Gray were still level with Magill and Barkley two points adrift. Montgomery held a one point lead over Gray after seventeen with Magill and Barkley still another point behind. Montgomery finished with a par but an eagle three by Magill enabled him to join Montgomery and with a better last six Magill took first place with Montgomery second. Barkley (par) and Gray (par) finished together two points behind.

In Division 3 Hugh Mussen (11) was two points ahead of John McFarland (10) through the Maple followed by Malcolm Sharpe (10) a further point behind. Approaching seventeen Sharpe with a run of par, birdie, par joined Mussen (two bogeys and a par) at the front with McFarland (two pars and a bogey) one point behind. It promised a close finish but Mussen with two pars came home to win by three points from Sharpe (bogey, double bogey) and McFarland (two bogeys) and with a better last six Sharpe finished second.

Results 

Division 1

1st. Neil Candlish (3) 24 pts

2nd. Michael Alexander (3) 23 pts (BL3)

Division 2

1st. Philip Magill (9) 25 pts (BL6)

2nd. Michael Montgomery (8) 25 pts

Division 3 

1st. Hugh Mussen (11) 26 pts

2nd. Malcolm Sharpe (10) 23 pts (BL6)

Gross

Gary McWilliams (3) 20 pts

Twos were recorded by – M.Bellew, S.Black, J.Keys, M.McIlroy, D.Stirling jnr, M.Hamilton, G.Small, C.Steele, G.Watt, A.Collie, D.Kilpatrick, M.Montgomery, – B-disq.

Front 9

There was a close finish to the Front 9 between Tony Quinn (9), Alistair Murray (5) and Brian McFall (11) with all htree finishing together. Through the Niuc Murray held a one point advantage over Quinn who ‘dinged’ three. McFall was a further point behind. McFall (bogey, par, par) and Quinn (bogey, par, par) joined Murray (two bogeys and a birdie) through seven. Murray came home par, bogey, Quinn double bogey, par and McFall double bogey, par and with a better last six Quinn claimed first place with Murray (BL6) second.

Twos – A.Murray

22nd February

Eclectic Week 6

There was a reduced field due to the inclement weather conditions for the Sweep/Eclectic Week 6 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.

In Division 1 through thirteen Neil Candlish (3) held a slender one point advantage over Raymond Ardis (4). Jonathan McNeill (1) was another point behind, followed by George Small (4) another two points away. Candlish gained another point over the next two holes on Ardis who was joined by McNeill with Small still another two points behind. Candlish was not to be denied and finished with two pars and a birdie to win by two points from Ardis (2 pars and a birdie). McNeill (birdie, par, birdie) was joined by an improving Small who came with a late run of two pars and an eagleat the finish one point behind Ardis. McNeill won the Gross prize.

William Kennedy (8) was one point ahead of William Armstrong (8) in Division 2 after twelve with William Crawford (8) a further point down. Through Beechers after a run of birdie, bogey, par saw Armstrong take a one point lead over Kennedy. Crawford was another two points behind. Armstrong increased his lead over the closing holes (three pars) to win by three points. Kennedy faltered over the next two holes when he ran into bogey trouble and finished with a birdie where he was joined by Crawford (three pars) who with a better last six took second place.

Through thirteen in Division 3 Malcolm Sharpe (11) was leading by two points from Philip Magill (10) who was one and two points ahead of David Cameron (12) and Ian Manson (9) respectively. A ‘ding’ by Sharpe at Beechers proved costly as he was joined by Magill and Cameron with Manson a point behind. With one to play Magill had edged ahead by one point from Sharpe, Cameron and Manson making for an exciting finish. Magill soon put paid to that scenario when he eagled the l;ast to win by three points from Sharpe (par) in second. Two points further back came Cameron and Manson, both running into bogey trouble up the last.l

Results

Division 1

1st. Neil Candlish (3) 25 pts

2nd. Raymond Ardis (4) 23 pts

Division 2

1st. William Armstrong (8) 25 pts

2nd. William Crawford (8) 22 pts (BL6)

Division 3

1st. Philip Magill (10) 27 pts

2nd. Malcolm Sharpe (11) 24 pts

Twos were recorded by – S.Black, N.Candlish, D.Keys, K.Dinsmore, W.McVeigh and R.McDowell.

Front 9

Ian Stewart (10) opened with bogey, birdie, par to take a one point lead over Jim Millar (9) who also opened with a bogey but followed it up with a par and a birdie over the next two holes. Neville Neill (4) and Austin McGillian (8) were another two points behind. A run of three pars enabled Stewart to open up a lead of four points over Millar and an improving McGillian with Neill in close attendance another point down. Stewart ‘dinged’ the Treasury and finished bogey, birdie to win by two points from Millar (bogey, par, par), McGillian (3 pars) and a fast finishing Neill (par, par, eagle) and with a better last three Neill took second place.

Twos – David Bamford.

8th February

Sweep Back Nine

The Weekly Sweep/Eclectic 5 continued at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and in Division 1 there was a very close finish with only one point separating seven players. Through thirteen Trevor Alexander (5) was ahead but he was under heavy pressure from David Stirling (4), David Keys (3), Jonathan McCart (5) and Jonathan McNeill (1) who were only one point behind. A further point behind came Rod Lennox (5) and Stephen McAuley (2). Up the Grove Alexander was joined by Stirling and they were followed by Keys and McNeill a point behind. Lennox and McCart were another point behind with McAuley a further point adrift. Lennox (2 pars), a strong finishing McAuley (2 birdies), Keys (par, bogey), McCart (2 pars) and McNeill (bogey, birdie) all finished together but they were unable to catch Stirling (par, bogey) and Alexander (bogey, par) who finished one point ahead and with a better last three Stirling finished in first place with Alexander second. McNeill won the Gross.

Norman Nicholl (8) was ahead in Division 2 after thirteen. A point behind came Brian Sims (9) who was a point ahead of Noel McAlynn (7), Ivan Alexander (7) and George Simpson (8). Richard Lennox (8) and Robert Topping (7) were another one and two points respectively further behind at this stage. With two to play Nicholl was still ahead by one point from new challengers McAlynn and Alexander. Another point behind came Topping, Simpson and Sims. Lennox who stumbled badly at Beechers was a further point adrift. Nicholl ‘dinged’ the Lowlands and McAlynn grasped the opportunity and with two pars came home to win by two points from Nicholl (bogey), Alexander (double bogey, par), Topping (bogey, par), Simpson (double bogey, par), Sims (double bogey, par) and Lennox (par, bogey) and with a better last six Topping emerged to finish second.

In Division 3 there were there were three players vying for the lead through twelve – Ashley Doole (13)@, Ian Manson (10) and Mervyn Lamont (11). Two points behind came Garth Wilson (9). After Beechers Doole and Lamont were a point ahead of Manson who in turn was a point ahead of Wilson. A run of three pars enabled Wilson to join Doole (bogey, double bogey, par) at the finish and with a better last six Wilson took first place with Doole in second. Manson (par, bogey, bogey) and Lamont (double bogey, bogey, par) finished together one point behind the placings.

Results

Division 1

1st. David Stirling (4) 20 pts (BL3)

2nd. Trevor Alexander (5) 20 pts

Division 2

1st. Noel McAlynn (7) 21 pts

2nd. Robert Topping (7) 19 pts (BL6)

Division 3 

1st. Garth Wilson (9) 21 pts (BL6)

2nd. Ashley Doole (13@) 21 pts

Gross

Jonathan McNeill (1) 18 pts.

Twos were recorded by – T.Alexander, J.McAuley, A.McCart, Richard Lennox, R.Topping, A.Doole and S.MacDonald.

Front 9

Gareth Marcus (8) was leading by two points from William Armstrong (9) after four. Gary Marks (3)was another two points behind. Through the par three seventh Marcus was one point ahead of Armstrong with Marks another two points behind. Marcus finished with two bogeys and was joined by Armstrong (bogey, par) and an improved Marks (par, birdie). With a better last six Marks took first place with Armstrong with a better last six taking second.

Twos were recorded by – B.McFall, G.Boyd and G.Marks.

25th Janaury

Front 9

In Division 1 of the Sweep/Eclectic held at Galgorm Castle Gareth Beckington (6) held a one point lead from Andrew Moore (6) who was a point ahead of George Watt. Conditions were anything but ideal for golf with heavy showers prominent throughout the day and this was reflected in the reduced turn-out. A ‘ding’ on six by Beckington enabled Moore and Watt to draw level and they remained level through seven. In a close finish .G.Beckington with two pars came home to win by one point ahead of Moore (two pars) and Watt (bogey, birdie) and with a better last six Moore finished second.

Did two ‘dings’ make any difference to the result in Division 2? Through three Neil Fitzsimmons (8) was being hard pressed by James Logan (7) and Richard Lennox (8) for the lead one point behind. Another point behind came David Millar (6) and Norman Nicholl (8) (‘ding’ at three). They were followed by Sam Graham (8) another point down.

With three to play Fitzsimmons was still ahead by one point but there were two new challengers, Millar and Graham. Lennox was another point behind with Logan and Nicholl (‘ding’ at four) two and three points further adrift. Fitzsimmons (par, par, bogey) held on to his one point lead to win from Millar (bogey, par, par) in second. Two points further away came Nicholl (par, par, birdie), Graham (bogey, par, double bogey), Logan (three pars) and Lennox (bogey, par, bogey).

Again in Division 3 bogeys were to play an integral part at the finish. After the Niuc Ralph Clarke (10) had opened up a two point advantage over John Caulfield (11) who in turn was another two points ahead of Mervyn Lamont (11). who did not do himself any favours with a ‘ding at the Trout Hole. Caulfield with the help of two pars moved into a three point lead over Clarke who was one point ahead of Lamont. Caulfield ran into trouble over the closing two holes and he finished with two ‘dings’ . Clarke capitolised on this lapse finishing with two bogeys to win by one point with Lamont ( bogey, double bogey) a point behind Caulfield.

George Watt (4) won the Gross.

Results

Division 1

1st. Gareth Beckington (6) 22 pts

2nd. Andrew Moore (6) 21 pts (BL6)

Division 2

1st. Neil Fitzsimmons (8) 22 pts

2nd. David Millar (6) 21 pts

Division 3

1st. Ralph Clarke (10) 18 pts

2nd. John Caulfield (11) 17 pts

Gross – George Watt (4) 17 pts (BL6)

Twos were recorded by – M.Alexander, P.Hughes, C.McAnally, J.McAuley, S.Penney, N.Nicholl and T.Galloway.

 Back 9

Through thirteen in the Back 9 Tony Quinn (10) and Gary Marks (4) were one point ahead of Steve Henry (12). After sixteen Marks had fallen back and was two points behind Henry who was a point behind Quinn. Down the Lowlands Henry (bogey) joined Quinn (bogey) with Marks still three points further away. Quinn ‘dinged’ the last leaving Henry with a bogey to win by one point. Marks finished with a par just outside the placings.

Twos were recorded by – G.Boyd, K.Gregg and M.McIlroy.

18th January 2014

Front 9

Play continued in the Weekly Sweep/Eclectic competition at Galgorm Castle and in Division 1 after the Niuk Steven Penney playing off a reduced handicap of one held a two point advantage over Owen Smith (5) and David Martin (5) with Philip Galloway (6) another point behind. A bogey on six cost Penney dearly and through seven he was joined by Smith and Martin with Galloway two points behind. Penney came home par, birdie to win by one point from Smith (bogey, par), Martin (birdie, double bogey) and Galloway who finished with two pars who finished equal and with a better last three Galloway took second place.

In Division 2 after four Clifford Irvine (8) was two points ahead of Alan Knox (7) and Sam Graham (9). With two holes left to play Graham had closed the gap on Irvine to a single point with Knox another point away. Irvine with a par, bogey over the closing two holes held on to his one point lead from new challenger Knox to win. Knox came with a late run of two pars to snatch second place a point ahead of Graham who finished par, double bogey.

John Fitzgerald (11) was two points ahead of Ivan Graham (10) after four in Division 3. Two points behind Graham came a trio of players – Harkness McCaughan (9), James Rea (11) and Alex Keenan (13) who were in turn a further point ahead of James Campbell (11) (‘ding’ at four), Russell McClure (13) and Hugh Mussen (11). The field closed up and after the Treasury only two points separated the eight golfers. Fitzgerald was joined in the lead by forward moving McCaughan. Hot on their heels were Graham and an improving McClure and another point behind them came Campbell, Mussen, Rea and Keenan. McCaughan continued his forward momentum with a bogey, par over the closing two holes to win by one point from Campbell (bogey, par). A further point behind came I.Graham (double bogey, bogey), McClure (bogey, ‘ding’), Fitzgerald (bogey, ‘ding’), Mussen (two bogeys), Rea (par, double bogey) and Keenan (double bogey, bogey). The finish might well have been different but for ‘dings’ by McClure and Fitzgerald at the last!

Stephen McAuley won the Gross.

Results

Division 1

1st. Steven Penney (1) 23 pts

2nd. Philip Galloway (6) 22 pts (BL3)

Division 2

1st. Clifford Irvine (8) 24 pts

2nd. Alan Knox (7) 23 pts

Division 3

1st. Harkness Harkness McCaughan (9) 23 pts

2nd. James Campbell (11) 21 pts

Gross – Stephen McAuley (2) 18 pts (BL6).

Two’s were recorded by – T.Dawson, C.McAnally (x2), S.McAuley, J.McNeill, Rod Lennox, J.McCarry, S.Penney, D.Reilly, O.Smith, C.Irvine, A.McKervill, K.Balmer, H.McCaughan, A.Collie and T.Fletcher.

Back 9

Through thirteen Steve Henry (13), Brian McFall (12) and Colin Orr were vying for the lead a point ahead of Gary Boyd (5). Henry and McFall continued to lead up the Grove with Orr a point behind and Boyd another two points away. Henry forged ahead with a double bogey, par finish to win by two points from a trio of players – McFall (two double bogeys), Orr (double bogey, bogey) and Boyd (birdie, par) and with a better last six McFall finished in second place.

There were three 2′s – B.McFall jnr, N.Dunbar and D.McAleese.

4th January 2014

Front 9

Intermittent showers were the order of the day as golfers set off in week 1 of the Eclectic at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. In Division 1 after four Chris Cooke (5) and George Watt (4) had a one point advantage over Rod Lennox (5), Hugh Moore (6) and David Keys (4). Through seven Cooke and Watt were joined at the front by Lennox and Keys with Moore two points behind after a double bogey at the par three fifth. Cooke and Lennox came home with two pars each to finish one point clear of Moore (two pars), Keys (par, bogey) and Watt (par, bogey). Lennox with a better last six took first place with Cooke second.

Denis McCarroll (8) was one point ahead of James Logan (8) in Division 2 through four with Noel McAlynn (8) another point behind. With two to play McCarroll was joined by Logan with McAlynn closing to within one point of the leaders. In a close finish McCarroll (bogey, par), Logan (bogey, par) and McAlynn (2 pars) finished together and with a better last six McAlynn took first place with Logan (better last six) second.

After the Niuc in Division 3 a trio of players were vying for the lead – Amarnath Dan (10), Seamus Laverty (9) and Ian Henry (10) with Hugh Mussen in close attendance one point behind. With two to play Henry with the help of two pars and a bogey had taken a one point lead over Dan and Laverty with Mussen holding on another point down. An exciting finish was in the offing and so it turned out. All four ran into bogey trouble over the closing two holes and it was a matter of who could handle it best. Henry finished bogey, double bogey and was joined by Dan (double bogey, par), Laverty (bogey, bogey) and Mussen (par, double bogey). Mussen with a better last six took first place with Dan (better last three) second.

Steven Penney (1) won the Gross and his round included eight pars and a birdie.

Results

Division 1

1st. Rod Lennox (5) 22 pts (BL6)

2nd. Chris Cooke (5) 22 pts

Division 2

1st. Noel McAlynn (8) 21 pts (BL6)

2nd. James Logan (8) 21 pts (BL6)

Division 3

1st. Hugh Mussen (12) 21 pts (BL6)

2nd. Amarnath Dan (10) 21 pts (BL3)

Gross – Steven Penney (1) 19 pts.

Twos were recorded by – T.Alexander, G.Beckington, P.Coleman, P.Houston, D.Martin, W.McVeigh, H.Moore, W.Park, D.Reilly, E.Wylie and T.Quinn.

Back 9

Brian McFall (13) held a two point advantage through thirteen over Gary Boyd (5) with Malcolm McIlroy (7) a further point behind. McIlroy with a run of three pars joined McFall in the lead after the Grove with Boyd closing to within one point after three pars. In another close finish McIlroy (par, bogey), McFall (bogey, double bogey) and Boyd (2 pars) finished together with McIlroy (better last six) taking first place and Boyd (better last six) taking second place.

There were three twos – B.McFall, C.Orr and M.Burton.

 28th December 

Back Nine Sweep

Daniel Reilly playing off a revised handicap of three held a slender one point advantage after thirteen over Malachy Belleww (4) in Division 1 of the Back 9 Sweep at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Paul Hughes (5) and Stephen Mailey (3) were another point behind with George Watt (5) a further point adrift. Approaching the Lowlands the lead had changed with Bellew and Mailey one point ahead of Riley, Hughes and an improving Watt. Watt continued his run and finished with two birdies to take first place. Reilly (par, birdie) finished a point behind and won the Gross. Bellew (par, bogey) , Mailey (par, bogey) and Hughes (two pars) finished together and Hughes with a better last three took second place with Bellew and Mailey inseparable tying for third place.

In Division 2 through thirteen Michael Burton (8) was holding a slender one point lead over Jonathan Larmour (8), Noel McAlynn (8) and Norman Nicholl (9) with Norman Dunbar (8) a further point behind. After the Grove Burton was joined in the lead by McAlynn with Larmour, Nicholl and Dunbar only a point behind. McAlynn parred seventeen to take a one point lead from Burton (bogey, Larmour (par) and Nicholl (par). Dunbar (bogey) was another point away. McAlynn and Nicholl both ‘dinged’ the last, leaving the other three players to take advantage which they did. Larmour came home with a par to take first place by a point with Burton (bogey) taking second place and Dunbar (bogey) third (better last three).

Division 3 saw James Campbell (12) holding a one point advantage from Seamus Laverty (10) after thirteen. David Cameron (13) (‘ding at eleven) and William Kennedy (9) were another point behind. With two to play only one point separated the players. Laverty and Cameron joined Campbell in the lead one point ahead of Kennedy. Again ‘dings’ had a part to play in the finish when Cameroln ‘dinged’ the last for his second of the round. Laverty with a par, double bogey finish won by one point from Cameron (bogey, – ), Kennedy (2 bogeys) and Campbell (triple bogey, bogey). second place went tol Cameron with a better last six with Kennedy third (better last three).

Results

Division 1

1st. George Watt (5) 23 pts

2nd. Paul Hughes (5) 21 pts (BL3)

Joint 3rd. Malachy Bellew (4) and Stephen Mailey (3) 21 pts

Division 2

1st. Jonathan Larmour (8) 22 pts

2nd. Michael Burton (8) 21 pts

3rd. Norman Dunbar (8) 20 pts (BL3)

Division 3

1st. Seamus Laverty (10) 22 pts

2nd. David Cameron (13) 21 pts (BL6)

3rd. William Klennedy (9) 21 pts (BL3)

Gross – Daniel Reilly (3) 19 pts.

Twos were recorded by – P.Coleman, D.Cousley, G.Henry, J.Mairs, C.Steele and D.McIlroy.

21st December

Back 9 Sweep

In Division 1 of the Back 9 Sweep at Galgorm Castle Golf Club after the Maple Paul Sittlington (5) was leading Raymond Ardis (5), Jonathan McNeill (1) and Adrian McCart (5) by one point. A further point behind came Philip Galloway (6) and George Watt (5) followed by Barry Agnew (4) another point down. Through sixteen Ardis had moved into the lead but he was being closely followed by McNeill, Galloway, McCart, Watt and Sittlington one point behind with Agnew another point away. Ardis finished with two pars and held on to his narrow one point lead to win. Agnew came with a late birdie, par to join McNeill (par, birdie) and with a better last six Agnew took second place. McNeill won the Gross leaving four players playing for third place – Galloway (bogey, par), McCart (bogey, par), Watt (bogey, par( and Sittlington (bogey, par). These four players finished together and third place went to Galloway with a better last six.

After the Maple in Division 2 three players were vying for the lead – David Millar (7), Garry Robinson (6) and Eoghan Daly (8). Hard on their heels a point down came William Crawford (8), Alan Knox (7) and Terence Martin (7) with Noel McAlynn (8) a further point behind. With two holes left to play Daly had taken a one point lead over Millar. Robinson, Knox and Martin were another point behind with McAlynn and Crawford at one and two points respectively further behind. Millar finished with two pars to win by one point from Daly (double bogey, bogey) and strong finishing McAlynn (two pars) who finished together and with a better last six McAlynn finished second with Daly third. Crawford (bogey, birdie), Robinson (double bogey, birdie), Knox (bogey, par) and Martin (bogey, par) finished one point out of the placings.

Colin Brown (10) had a commanding three point advantage from David Cameron (13) through fourteen in Division 3. Another point behind came Andrew McFarlane (14) and William Kennedy (9). The only change after sixteen was that Kemnnedy had lost another point on the leader. In a hollow win Brown double bogeyed the seventeenth and parred the last to finish three points ahead of McFarlane (bogey, double bogey) in second. Cameron (bogey, ‘ding’) and Kennedy (bogey, par) finished together and with a better last six Kennedy took the remaining place.

Results

Division 1

1st. Raymond Ardis (5) 21 pts

2nd. Barry Agnew (4) 20 pts

3rd. Philip Galloway (6) 19 pts (BL6)

Division 2

1st. David Millar (7) 21 pts

2nd. Noel McAlynn (8) 20 pts (BL6)

3rd. Eoghan Daly (8) 20 pts

Division 3

1st. Colin Brown (10) 23 pts

2nd. Andrew McFarlane (14) 20 pts3rd. William Kennedy (9) 19 pts (BL6) – Gross – Jonathan McNeill (1) 19 pts.

Twos were recorded by – R.Ardis, G.Henry and J.McNeill.

Front 9 Sweep

Through four Austin McGillian (10) and Gerard Lynn (8) were tying for the lead one point ahead of John McClintock (7) who ‘dinged’ the first. McGillian saw his lead disappear after a double bogey on Broadmeadows which left him one point behind Lynn and McClintock. However a ‘birdie’ at the next and McGillian had regained his one point advantage with two to play. All three players finished with par, bogey leaving McGillian the winner by one point from McClintock (BL6) in second.

Twos were recorded by I.Alexander, D.McIlroy and A.McGillian.

7th December

Back Nine Sweep

In the Back 9 Sweep at Galgorm Castle Golf Club Stephen Logan (4) was one point ahead of Colin Steele (2) and Paul Black (5) in Division 1.  David Bamford (6) and Neil Candlish (3) were a further point behind with Stephen Mailey (4) another two points behind.   Through sixteen Logan was still ahead by one point but was being hard pressed by Steele, Bamford and Candlish for the lead. Black who had fallen back and Mailey were another two points adrift.   However an exciting finish lay ahead and only one point separated the six players at the end.  Logan who had led from the beginning had a par, bogey finish where he was joined by Bamford (two pars) and Steele (par, birdie) and with a better last six Bamford took first place.   Steele won the Gross and Logan finished runner-up.   Candlish (bogey, par), Black (par, birdie) and Mailey (par, birdie) finished together and third place went to Mailey with a better last six.

In Division 2 after thirteen Henry Cubitt (7) and Terence Martin (8) were vying for the lead with Cubitt one point ahead.   Three points behind the leader came Keith Dinsmore (8) and Timothy D’Arcy (8) with Alan Knox (7) another point behind.   Up the Grove and with two to play Cubitt still held a one point advantage from Martin.   Dinsmore, Knox and D’Arcy were one, two and three points respectively further behind.  Cubitt finished bogey, par and held on to his one point advantage for victory.   Dinsmore took second place when he finished par, bogey as Martin faltered with a double bogey, bogey to take third place.   Knox (bogey, par) and D’Arcy (bogey, par) finished together another point behind.

Approaching the fourteenth tee in Division 3 Ian Rainey (9) was one point ahead of Russell McClure (14) who was another two points clear of David McIlroy (9) and Reginald McDowell (8).   The scores remained the same through fifteen.   Rainey ‘dinged’ the next and McClure with a bogey took advantage to lead by one point from an improving McDowell  (birdie).   McIlroy (par) joined Rainey a further point behind.   In a nail biting finish McClure who was still ahead with one to play ’dinged’ the last and was joined by McDowell (two bogeys), Rainey (bogey, par) and McIlroy (bogey, par) and with a better last one McIlroy squeezed into first place with McDowell (better last six) second and McClure (better last six) third.

Results

Division 1

1st. David Bamford (5) 23 pts(BL6)

2nd.Stephen Logan (4) 23 pts

3rd. Stephen Mailey (4) 22 pts (BL6)

Division 2

1st. Henry Cubitt (7) 24 pts

2nd. Keith Dinsmore (8) 23 pts

3rd. Terence Martin (8) 22 pts

Division 3

1st. David McIlroy (9) 22 pts (BL1)

2nd. Reginald McDowell (9) 22 pts (BL6)

3rd. Russell McClure (22 pts (BL6) – Gross – Colin Steele (2) 21 pts.

Two’s were recodede by – P.Black, T.Dawson, J.Hunt, S.Logan, N.Candlish, G.Jackson, H.Cubitt, M.Montgomery and D.Robinson.

Front 9 Sweep

After four Kevin McCavera (6), James Logan (8) and Gareth Marcus (9) were vying for the lead two points ahead of John McCarry (5).   After a run ob bogey, par, par Marcus had opened up a two point gap with two to play over Logan (bogey, bogey, par) who was a point ahead of McCarry (bogey, par, par) with a retreating McCavera (bogey, double bogey, bogey) another point behind.   Marcus ran into bogey trouble over the closing two holes to finish double bogey, bogey.   He was joined by Logan (par, bogey) and an improving McCarry (par, birdie) but they were unable to halt a renewed McCavera who finished with two birdies to win by one point with McCarry (BL6) second.

Back 9 Sweep

Fields for the Back 9 and Front 9 Sweeps were somewhat decimated due to the inclement wet weather.  Through thirteen William Crawford (9) was ahead of William Kennedy (9), David Stirling (3) and Gary Boyd (5) by two points after opening with a birdie at the Fort.   Approaching the Lowlands Crawford had increased hid lead to three points over Kennedy who was one and two points respectively in front of Boyd and Stirling.   Crawford and Kennedy both ‘dinged’ seventeen which enabled Boyd (double bogey) and Stirling (bogey) to draw level with Kennedy.   Crawford parred the closing hole for a comfortable four point win with Kennedy (bogey), Boyd (par) and Stirling (par) all finishing together and with a better last six Kennedy came second.

David Kernohan (1) won the Gross with 15 pts.

Front 9 Sweep

Through twelve Ivan Alexander (8) and David McAleese (8) were vying for the lead two points ahead of Thomas McNeill (5).   McAleese ’dinged’ the next enabling Alexander (par) to take a three point lead as McNeill (bogey) joined McAleese.   Alexander still led through seven but his lead was reduced to two points by both the chasing players.

The gap continued to close but Alexander with a par, bogey finish held on to win by one point from McNeill (par, birdie) with McAleese a further two points behind after running into bogey trouble at the last.

23rd November 2013

Front 9 Sweep

There were close finishes to all Divisions in the Front 9 Sweep held at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Through four in Division 1 George Watt (5) was one, two and three points ahead of Michael Casson (6), Rod Lennox (6) and Philip Smyth (4) (‘ding’ at four).   Casson after a run of three pars joined Watt (par, bogey, par) with two to play.   Smyth (par, birdie, par) was a point behind with Lennox (bogey, par , bogey) another two points down.

Casson finished with a par and a bogey to win by one point from Rod Lennox who came with a late rally (par, birdie) to join Watt (par, bogey) and with a better last six Lennox took second place with Watt third.   Smyth (par, bogey) was a further point behind. Michael Nesbitt (7) and playing partner John Carruthers (8) were vying for the lead in Division 2 after three with Trevor Dawson (7), Gerard Lynn (8) and Keith Dinsmore (8) a point behind.  App-roaching the par three seventh Dinsmore after three pars had moved into a one point lead from Nesbitt (par, double bogey, par) and Lynn (bogey, par, par) with Dawson (two bogeys and a par) and Carruthers (‘ding’, par, par) a further point behind.   An intriguing finish lay ahead.   Dawson (par, birdie, bogey), Lynn (par, bogey, par), Dinsmore (par, double bogey, par) and Carruthers (three pars) all finished together but were unable to stop M.Nesbitt (bogey, par, birdie) from taking first place by one point .   Dawson with a better last three took second place with Lynn (better last three) third.

In Division 3 after four George Simpson (9) and Norman Dunbar (9) were one point ahead of Raymond Steele (10) who was one point ahead of Richard McNeill (12) and Timothy D’Arcy (9).   Through seven Steele and Dunbar were now ahead, leading by one point from Simpson, D’Arcy and McNeill.   Another exciting finish was in prospect and so it turned out as only one point separated the five players at the end.   McNeill with a par, bogey finishcame home to win by one point from Simpson (par, bogey), Dunbar (two bogeys), Steele (two bogeys) and D’Arcy (bogey, par).   D’Arcy with a better last six finished in second place with Steele (better last six) third.

Steven Penney won the Gross.

Results

Division 1 – 1st. Michael Casson (6) 22 pts – 2nd. Rod Lennox (6) 21 pts (BL6) – 3rd. George Watt (5) 21 pts

Division 2 – 1st. Michael Nesbitt (7) 23 pts – 2nd. Trevor Dawson (7) 22 pts (BL3) – 3rd. G.Lynn (8) 22 pts.(BL6) – Division 3 – 1st. Richard McNeill (12) 24 pts – 2nd. Timothy D’Arcy (9) 23 pts (BL6) – 3rd. Raymond Steele (10) 23 pts (BL6).

Two’s were recorded by – D.Keys, P.Hughes, N.Fitzsimmons, P.Galloway, B.Geggarty, T.D’Arcy and D.King.

Back 9 Sweep

After the tenth Colin Orr (10) was two points ahead of Brian McFall (13) and Ivan Alexander (7); a lead which he held throughout the back nine.   Through thirteen Orr had increased his lead to four points over McFall with Alexander another point down.   With two to play Orr still held a four point lead and came home bogey, par to win by four points from McFall (two bogeys) in second.   Alexander (two pars) was another point behind at the finish.

Results – 1st. Colin Orr (10) 23 pts – 2nd. B.McFall (13) 19 pts.

16th November

Front 9 Sweep

In the Sweep played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club Paul Black (6) was two points ahead of James Taylor (4), Alan Black (6) and Campbell McAnally (6) after the Niuc in Division 1.   Another two points behind came Gary McWilliams (4).   Through seven P.Black after a run of birdie, par, par had increased his lead to three points over McAnally (par, bogey, birdie), Taylor (three pars) and they were joined by McWilliams with the help of two birdies and a par.   A.Black had lost his place and was another two points adrift.   Although finishing with two bogeys P.Black held on to win by one point from a fast finishing G.McWilliams (par, birdie).   McAnally (par, bogey), Taylor (two pars) and an improved A. Black (two birdies) finished together another point behind and with a better last six McAnally took third place with A.Black winning the Gross.

After three in Division 2 David Kilpatrick (8) was leading by one point from a trio of golfers – Jonathan Keys (8), Terence Martin (8) and David Irvine (8).   Another point behind Emil Wylie (6), Brian Heggarty (8) and Jonathan McCart (6) were also in contention.   David Montgomery (8) was another point adrift.   With two to play Kilpatrick had been overtaken by Keys, Martin and Irvine who were one point ahead.   McCart joined Kilpatrick one point behind and they in turn were one point ahead of Wylie, Montgomery and Heggarty.   Keys forged ahead over the closing two holes with two pars to win by one point from an improved Wylie (birdie, par) in second place.  In a strong finish for the remaining place  T.Martin two bogeys) and Irvine (two bogeys) were joined by Heggarty (bogey, birdie), McCart (bogey, par), Kilpatrick (bogey, par) and Montgomery (two pars) all finished together another point down and with a better last six Montgomery took the third place.

Robert Barkley (10) was one point ahead of James Logan (9) and Cyril Reid (14) through four in Division 3 with James Campbell (‘ding’ at three) a further three points adrift.   Barkley continued to lead and with two left to play was still one point ahead of Logan and a fast improving Campbell (three pars) with Reid a further point behind.   In a close finish ‘dings’ had a part to play in deciding the final outcome.   Logan (double bogey, par), R.Barkley (‘ding’, par), Campbell (par, ‘ding’) and Reid (double bogey, par) all finished together and with a better last three Reid finished first with Campbell (better last six) second and Logan (better last six) third.

Results

Division 1 – 1st. Paul Black (6) 25 pts – 2nd. Gary McWilliams (4) 24 pts – 3rd. Campbell McAnally (6) 23 pts (BL6) –

Division 2 – 1st. Jonathan Keys (8) 23 pts – 2nd. Emil Wylie (6) 22 pts – 3rd. David Montgomery (8) 21 pts (BL6) – Division 3 – 1st. Cyril Reid (14) 22 pts (BL3) – 2nd. James Campbell (13) 22 pts (BL6) – 3rd. James Logan (9) 22 pts (BL6) – Gross – Alan Black (3) 20 pts.

Two’s were recorded by – P.Black, G.McWilliams, M.Dunlop, D.Kernohan, S.Mailey, C.McAnally, T.McNeill B.Sims and W.Park.

*Hole-in-One*

Congratulations to Owen Smith who holed his tee shot at the par three seventh.

 

Back 9

In the back nine after twelve Derek ‘Joe’ McAuley (7), Ivan Alexander (8) and Hugh Moore (6) were vying for the lead.   Through Beechers McAuley and Moore were together , one point ahead of Alexander.  McAuley with a bogey, par, birdie finish claimed first place two points ahead of Alexander (bogey, bogey, par) and Moore (par, bogey, bogey) and with a better last three Alexander finished in second place.

Two’s were recorded by – H.Moore.

26th October

Millennium Jug

The Millennium Jug was played as a 2-Man Stroke Competition at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.   At the finish only one shot separated the first four teams. At halfway Michael Nesbitt (14) and Hugh Mussen (23) were one shot ahead of Jackson Minford (16) and Steve Henry (27) with the Stephen McAuley (4)/Colin Steele (4) and Trevor Fleming (8)/Daniel Gordon Allen (16) pairings another one and two shots respectively further behind.

Through thirteen Nesbitt and Mussen had increased their lead to three shots followed by McAuley and Steele.   Minford and Henry were another two shots adrift followed by Fleming and Allen a further two shots behind.   Approaching the Lowlands and with two holes left to play S. McAuley and Steele were two shots behind M.Nesbitt and Mussen with Minford and S.Henry close up one further shot away.   An improving Fleming and Allen had also closed the gap and were lying four shots off the pace.   Was there to be an exciting finish ahead?   A par at seventeen by the McAuley/Steele pairing moved them to within one shot of the lead as disaster struck the Nesbitt/Mussen combination and they could only manage a triple bogey at best.   Bogeys from the Minford/Henry and Fleming/Allen pairings enabled them to close further and they lay one and two shots respectively behind McAuley and Steele.   Could the M.Nesbitt and Mussen pairing hold on to their one shot advantage after leading from halfway?   A bogey at the last from Nesbitt and Mussen opened up the door for the other three pairings but could they take advantage?   McAuley and Steele came home with a birdie to give them a one shot victory from M.Nesbitt and Mussen who were joined by Minford and S.Henry (par) and Fleming and Allen (birdie).

With a better back nine Fleming and Allen took second place and with a better back nine Minford and Henry finished third.

Results

Overall Winner – Stephen McAuley/Colin Steele 63

Runner-up – Trevor Fleming/Daniel Gordon Allen 64 (BB9)

3rd. – Jackson Minford/Steve Henry 64.

19th October 

Stirling’s win McCann Trophy
The McCann Trophy was played as a Greensomes competition at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and at halfway the father and son combination of David Stirling and David Stirling jnr. were leading by two points.  A lead which they held throughout the back nine.   James Campbell and his playing partner Aidan Donnelly were two points behind followed by the Ian Rainey/David Cameron and Brian Heggarty/Ciaran Corbett pairings a further point behind with Brian McFall/Steve Henry and David Keys/Gary
Jackson another point away.  The Stirling partnership were still two points ahead through thirteen with Rainey and Cameron their nearest challengers. Campbell and Donnelly were another point behind along with McFall and Henry.   These two pairings were a point ahead of Keys and Jackson and Heggarty and Corbett.   With two to play the Stirling pairing were still holding fast two points ahead of Rainey and Cameron who were joined by Campbell and Donnelly.   The Keys/Jackson, McFall/Henry and Heggarty/Corbett combinations were still in contention a further point behind.    The Stirlings finished bogey, par to win by two points.   Rainey/Cameron (two bogeys) and Campbell/Donnelly (par, double bogey) finished together but with a better back nine Rainey and
Cameron finished in second place with Campbell/Donnelly third.   The remaining three pairings – Keys/Jackson (double bogey, par), McFall/S. Henry (two double bogeys) and Heggarty/Corbett (par,’ding’) – finished together with fourth place going to Keys and Jackson with a better back six.
Results
Overall Winner – David Stirling/David Stirling jnr. 46 pts
Runner-up – Ian Rainey/David Cameron 44 pts (BB9)
3rd. James Campbell/Aidan Donnelly 44 pts – 4th. David Keys/Gary Jackson 42 pts (BB6).
Ladies & Gents Open Stableford
The following are the results of the above competition played at
Galgorm Castle – Overall Winner – Ciaran Doherty (20) 40 pts – Runner-
up – Jamie Sutherland (-1) 37 pts – Gross – Michael Reid (-2) 38 pts.
12th October
Martin/Simms Take Takes Heron Trophy
At halfway in the Heron Trophy played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club the pairings of David Martin/Graham Simms, George McAuley/David Bamford and Steven Penney/Owen Smith were vying for the lead one point ahead of Lyle Foster/Stephen Mailey and Sean McErlain/Donal McAteer with Campbell McAnally and JJ McAnally another point behind.   Through thirteen after a birdie and three pars the Foster/Mailey partnership joined the front runners Martin and Simms, McAuley and Bamford and Penney and Smith with the father and son McAnally combination handily placed a further point away.   They were followed by McErlain and McAteer another two points down.   Martin and Simms moved into a two point lead with the help of a birdie up the Grove from the Foster/Mailey and McAuley/Bamford partnerships who were another two points ahead of McAnally/McAnally, McErlain/McAteer and Penney/Smith.
Martin and Simms finished bogey,par and just managed to hold off Foster/Mailey (two pars) and G.McAuley/Bamford (two pars) by one point and with a better back nine Foster and Mailey took second place ahead of McAuley and Bamford.   The other three pairings of McAnally/McAnally (two pars), McErlain/McAteer (two pars) and Penney/Smith (par, birdie) finished together another two points behind.    Fourth place went to Campbell and JJ McAnally with a better back nine and the final placing to McErlain/McAteer with a better back nine.
Results
Overall Winner – David Martin/Graham Simms 45 pts
Runner-up – Lyle Foster/Stephen Mailey 44 pts (BB9)
3rd. George McAuley/David Bamford 44 pts
4th. Campbell McAnally/JJ McAnally 42pts (BB9)
5th. Sean McErlain/Donal McAteer 42 pts (BB9).
Two’s were recorded by – G.Simms, G.McAuley, D.Montgomery, A.McNeill, P.McBurney, I.Rainey, B.Cull, D.Kilpatrick, B.Sims, Rod Lennox, J. Taylor, J.Rainey, I.Stewart, W.Glover, K.McCavera, D.Henry and D.McClelland.

 

5th October 2013

Fletcher wins May Medal

Trevor Fletcher playing off a twenty two handicap won the May Medal at Galgorm Castle by two shots. However his winning tally could have been much greater but he ran into bogey trouble over the last two holes to finish with two triple bogeys. From halfway where he had a three shot lead he was always ahead of the field.   Colin Brown (23) was his nearest rival at the finish two shots behind.   With three holes to play Fletcher was five and six shots ahead of Ivan Graham (22) and Brown respectively.   Graham came with a late run and with a par and bogey over the next two holes to a bogey and a triple bogey by Fletcher had closed to within two shots.   Brown was another shot behind after two bogeys.

Fletcher held on up eighteen to win from Brown who took the runner-up place with a bogey. I.Graham (see Division 4) was another shot behind. In Division 1 there was a close finish with two shots separating nine golfers. At the turn Joel  McNeilly (8) held a one shot advantage from Paul Houston (5), David Martin (10) and Jamie Sutherland (Scr).

A further shot down came Trevor Fleming (8) who was one shot ahead of Steven Penney (2), Simon Kennedy (6) and Colin Kingham (3). Two further shots behind came David Murray (6).    Through thirteen Houston had taken a two shot lead over McNeilly and Sutherland who were another shot clear of Kennedy, Martin and Kinghan.   Another shot behind came Murray and Fleming with Penney after two bogeys falling back another shot. With two to play both Fleming and Sutherland who had been making steady progress joined Houston in the lead one shot ahead of Kennedy, Martin, Kinghan and a rejuvenated Penney.   Another shot away came Murray and McNeilly.  With only two shots separating the players an exciting finish was in prospect.   Houston with a bogey, par finish took first place.   Murray, Penney, Kennedy, Fleming, Martin and McNeilly all finished together and with a better back nine Murray took second place with Penney third with a better back six.  Sutherland  wonthe Gross and Kinghan the Seniors.

At halfway in Division 2 Paul Reid (13) had a three shot advantage over Keith Clements (11) followed by Paul Sittlington (11) and Chris Nicholl (15) at one and three shots respectively firther behind. Through thirteen Clements had closed to within one shot of Reid followed by Sittlington another two shots behind.   Nicholl was two shots adrift of Sittlington.   Up the Grove and Clements had taken a one shot lead over Reid and a much improved Nicholl. Sittlington was another shot behind.   Clements held onto his one shot lead with a par, bogey finish to win from Reid (bogey, par) in second. C.Nicholl (two double bogeys) and Sittlington (double bogey, par) were another two shots away and with a better back nine Nicholl finished third.

After the front nine in Division 3 Gary Moon (18) was one shot ahead of Jonathan Keys (18) followed by Reginald McDowell (18) and Clifford Irvine (16) another two shots away.   Alan Knox was two more shots behind and Eoghan Daly (18) was another shot down. Approaching the fourteenth tee Moon was two shots clear of Irvine who was two shots ahead of Keys, Knox and an improving Daly who were one shot ahead of McDowell.   Knox and Irvine joined Moon (who had a disastrous three double bogeys) with two holes to play.   Keys and Daly were in close attendance a shot behind followed by McDowell another two shots adrift.   Moon finished bogey, par to win by one shot from Keys (par,bogey) with Knox (bogey, double bogey) in third place.    Daly (bogy, double bogey), an improved McDowell (bogey, par) and Irvine all finished together a shot behind the placings.

Michael Barr (22) led Division 4 at the start of the back nine by one shot from Ivan Graham (22) who was a shot ahead of John Caulfield (23). Three shots further back came Ciaran Doherty (21). Barr increased his lead to two shots over Graham at the next but by the fourteenth tee I.Graham was two shots ahead of Barr who was followed by Caulfield and Doherty at one and two shots respectively further behind. Graham continued to lead and after the Lowlands and with one to play he was three shots ahead of Caulfield.   Doherty was another shot down and Barr with a couple of double bogeys was a further shot away. Graham almost threw victory, which was in sight, away with a triple bogey at the last but none of the others was able to take advantage of his slip and so he was able to hold on to win by one shot.    Barr who tried hard with a birdie to catch the winner and Caulfield (bogey) finished together and with a better back nine Caulfield finished second with Barr third.   Doherty (bogey) was another shot behind.

Results – Overall Winner – Trevor Fletcher (22) 66 – Runner-Up – James Brown (23) 68 – Division 1 – 1st. Paul Houston (5) 70 – 2nd. David Murray (6) 72 (BB9) – 3rd. Steven Penney (2) 72 (BB6)

Division 2 –1st. Keith Clements (11) 70 – 2nd. Paul Reid (13) 71 – 3rd. Chris Nicholl (15) 73 (BB9)

Division 3 – 1st. Gary Moon (18) 71 – 2nd. Jonathan Keys (18) 72 – 3rd. Alan Knox (17) 73

Division 4 – 1st. I.Graham (22) 69 – 2nd. John Caulfield (23) 70 (BB9) – 3rd. Michael Barr (22) 70 – Gross – Jamie Sutherland (Scr) 70 – Seniors – Colin Kinghan(3) 71.

28th September 2013

Club Professionals Day

As the golfers set off in Professionals Day at Galgorm Castle the course was in excellent condition and the players had to contend with a varying degree of wind. At halfway high handicapper Kevin Duffin playing off twenty seven and sixteen handicapper Tony Cheuk were vying for the lead three points ahead of Graham Simms (15).   James Smyth (9) was a further point behind followed by Norman Nicholl (18) another three points adrift.   Duffin (‘ding’ at thirteen) and Cheuk were still ahead by three points through thirteen from Smyth who was a point ahead of Simms.  Nicholl was another two points away.   Duffin followed up with another ‘ding’ at fourteen and Cheuk (‘ding’ on fifteen) were still three points ahead with two to play from Nicholl who with a ‘birdie’ at fourteen moved ahead of Simms and Smyth (‘ding’ on fourteen) by one and two points respectively.   Cheuk after a bogey at seventeen lost his chance of victory when he ‘dinged’ the last.    This left Duffin in a clear lead as he finished with two bogeys to win by three points from Cheuk.   N.Nicholl (double bogey, bogey), Smyth (bogey, birdie) and Simms (two bogeys) finished together and with a better back nine third place went to Nicholl and Smyth with a better back nine took the fourth place.

The Gross went to Michael Reid (-1) and the Seniors winner was Ronnie Beckington (10).   Jamie Sutherland (Scr) won the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin winner was David Stirling.   There was a beat the Professional competition at the Treasury which proved to be very popular.

Results

Overall Winner – Kevin Duffin (27) 42 pts

Runner-up – Tony Cheuk (16) 39 pts

3rd.  Norman Nicholl (18) 37 pts (BB9)

4th. James Smyth  (9) 37 pts (BB9)

Gross – Michael Reid (-1) 37 pts

Seniors – Ronnie Beckington (10) 36 pts

Longest Drive – Jamie Sutherland

Nearest the Pin – David Stirling.

Two’s were recorded by – Bernie Frayne (x2), Stephen McAuley, Jonathan McCart, Gary McWilliams, Steven Penney, Michael Reid, Philip Galloway, Samuel MacDonald, Ian Rainey, Trevor Todd (x2), John Carleton, Paul Houston, Owen Smith, Robert Topping and Norman Nicholl.

14th September 2013

Penney wins Michelin Tyres

At the halfway stage in the Michelin Tyre Stableford held at Galgorm Castle Golf Club Steven Penney playing off three and eight handicapper Lyle Foster held a two point advantage over David Wylie (10), Gary Henry (4) and George Small (9). Paul McBurney (10) and David Stirling jnr (5) were one and two points respectively further behind. Through thirteen Penney had opened up a two point gap after two successive birdies. Stirling jnr and Foster were two points behind with Wylie, Henry and Small another point down.   After a ‘ding’ an improving McBurney now found himself four points behind Penney.   Over the next three holes Foster moved up to within one point of the leader Penney. Another point away came Stirling jnr, Wylie and McBurney (helped by a

birdie on sixteen). Small was a further point behind followed by

Henry another point adrift. Penney came home with two pars to win the overall Prize by one point from Stirling jnr who had joined Penney at seventeen with a birdie but a bogey up eighteen put him into the runner-up spot. Foster who was also level with Penney and Stirling jnr after seventeen failed to register at the last and was joined by McBurney (bogey, par) and Wylie (bogey, par) and with a better back nine McBurney won Division I with Wylie (better back nine) second and Foster third. Henry (two pars) and Small (par, bogey) finished one point behind the placings.

Division 2 saw Derek McAuley (15) with a one point lead over Henry Cubitt (14) and George Watt (12) at the turn.  They in turn were being followed by Robert Youny (12) and Chris Nicholl (15) at one and two intervals respectively further behind.   Through thirteen McAuley was still one point ahead of Watt with Nicholl, Cubitt (‘ding’ at twelve) and Young all at one point intervals further down.   McAuley ‘dinged’ the Grove and was joined by Cubitt.   Watt and Nicholl were one point away and two points ahead of Young.    Cubitt finished with two bogeys and was joined by Watt (bogey, par).   Further disaster for McAuley when he ‘dinged’ seventeen but a par at the last enabled him to finish level with Cubitt and Watt.   Cubitt with a better back six won.

Division 2 with Watt (better back nine) in second place.   D. (Joe) McAuley took the third place.   C.Nicholl (bogey, double bogey) and Young (two pars) were a further point behind.

There was a very close finish to Division 3 as only one point separated seven golfers at the end.   Entering the back nine George McAuley(17) was one point clear of Jonathan Keys (19) followed by John McClintock (18), Norman Dunbar (19), David McIlroy (19), Norman Nicholl (19) and Tony Quinn (18) at one point intervals respectively.

Approaching the fourteenth tee Keys had overtaken McAuley to lead by one point.   A point behind McAuley came McClintock who was two points ahead of McIlroy. Dunbar ‘dinged’ thirteen where he was joined by Nicholl a point behind McIlroy with Quinn a  further point away. ‘Dings’ by McIlroy and Quinn up the Grove did not help them in their quest for victory.   Keys had three double bogeys in a row and this enabled McAuley with three bogeys to take a two point lead over Keys with two to play. Keys was joined by Nicholl and McClintock followed by Quinn and Dunbar another two points adrift with McIlroy down by a further point.   A ‘ding’ by McAuley in the Lowlands enabled Nicholl, McClintock and Keys to draw level but a par at the last saw McAuley home by one point.   Nicholl (bogey) and John McClintock (bogey) finished together but N.Nicholl with a better back nine took second place with McClintock third. McIlroy came with a late run of two pars but just missed the placings by one point. Quinn (par, bogey), Dunbar (bogey, par) and Keys after further bogey trouble finished level with McIlroy.

In Division 4 after the front nine Andrew Wolfenden (22) and Ian Manson (21) were tying for the lead a point ahead of William Kennedy (21) who was followed by Ross Bennett (24) another point behind.Manson had opened up a two point lead through thirteen from Kennedy and Wolfenden.   Bennett was another point away at this stage.   Kennedy (‘ding’ at sixteen) moved up to challenge and draw level with Manson (‘ding’ at fourteen) with two holes left to play.   Wolfenden (‘ding’ at Beechers) was joined by Bennett to put pressure on the leading two and a great finish was in store.   Kennedy (double bogey, bogey), Wolfenden (double bogey, par) and Bennett (triple bogey, par) all finished together a point ahead of Manson (two double bogeys).

Bennett with a better back nine was the winner with Kennedy (better back nine) in second and Wolfenden third. Michael Reid (-1) won the Gross Prize and Raymond Ardis (12) the Seniors.

Results – Overall Winner – Steven Penney (3) 41 pts – Runner-Up – David Stirling jnr (5) 40 pts

Division 1 – 1st. Paul McBurney (10) 39pts (BB9) – 2nd. David Wylie (10) 39 pts (BB9) – 3rd. Lyle Foster (8) 39 pts

Division 2 – 1st. Henry Cubitt (14) 37 pts (BB6) – 2nd. George Watt (12) 37 pts (BB9) – 3rd. Derek (Joe) McAuley (15) 37 pts

Division 3 – 1st. George McAuley (17) 39 pts – 2nd. Norman Nicholl (19)

38 pts (BB9) – 3rd. John McClintock (18) 38 pts

Division 4 – 1st. Ross Bennett (24) 38 pts (BB9) – 2nd. William Kennedy (21) 38 pts (BB9)– 3rd. Andrew Wolfenden (22) 38 pts – Gross – Michael Reid (-1) 36 pts

Seniors – Raymond Ardis (12) 37 pts

Ladies & Gents Open Stableford

Results of the above competition are as follows – Winner – Keith Clements (14) 42 pts – Runner-Up – Aaron Mooney (5) (Ballycastle) 41pts – Gross – Steven Hughes (1) (Killymoon) 39 pts – Ladies – Winner – Kerry Dunlop (11) 28 pts.

6th September 2013

G.Hood takes J.P.Corry 

 

Four players were involved in a very close finish to the J.P.Corry

sponsored Stableford played at Galgorm Castle. The four players ­

Tony Cheuk, Amarnath Dan, Gary Hood and Owen Smith ­ all ended up with

the same score.

 

At halfway sixteen handicapper Tony Cheuk held a three point lead over

Gary Hood (17), Owen Smith (10) and Amarnath Dan (21). Through

thirteen Cheuk was joined by Dan who had a run of three pars, followed

closely by Smith and Hood at one and two points respectively further

behind. Cheuk and Dan were still vying for the lead going to the

seventeenth tee with Smith and Hood only one point behind. Cheuk

finished with two bogeys; Dan had a double bogey at seventeen and a par

at eighteen to finish level with Cheuk. O.Smith (two pars) and Hood

(par, bogey) joined Cheuk and Dan for a fourwat tie and with a better

back six G.Hood was the Overall Winner with Owen Smith (better back

nine) Overall Runner-up. Cheuk won Division 3 and Dan won Division

4. Smith¹s round included sixteen pars and a birdie.

 

In Division 1 at the turn Lyle Foster (8) held a one point advantage

from Colin Steele (4) followed by Steven Penney (03) a further two

points behind.Over the next four holes Steele with two pars and two

birdies opened up a three point gap over Foster with Penney (four pars)

another two points down. Steele continued to par the next three holes

but Foster with a bogey, par and a birdie closed the gap to two points

with Penney (two pars and a birdie) still another two points down.

Foster after parring the seventeenth took a one point lead when Steele

Œdinged¹ the hole with Penney (par) three points behind the leader.

Foster bogeyed the last which allowed Steele with a birdie to take

first place by one point with Penney (par) unable to make an impact two

points away.

 

After the front nine in Division 2 Ivan Alexander (15) had a clear

three point lead over Keith Clements (14) who was another point ahead

of Graham Simms (15) and Colin Gray (12). Alexander continued to lead

to thirteen where Clements with a birdie took a one point lead. Gray

and Simms were another one and two points respectively behind

Alexander. Through sixteen Clements increased his lead to two points

over new challenger Gray. Alexander was another point behind with

Simms a further two points adrift. A bogey and a par saw Clements

home to win by three points. Gray (two bogeys), Alexander (double

bogey, par) and Simms with a late run of two pars finished together and

with a better back six Simms finished second.

 

In Division 3 Stuart Gamble (16) finished two points ahead of Reginald

McDowell (18) to take second place two points behind the winner Tony

Cheuk (see previously). There was little between Gamble and McDowell

throughout with Gamble two points ahead at halfway. They were level

after twelve but Gamble with a run of three pars opened up a three

point advantage. Gamble Œdinged¹ sixteen and McDowell closed the gap

to one point with two to play. A two par finish saw Gamble take

second place two points ahead of McDowell (bogey, par).

Colin Orr (21), Graham Murray (27), William Kennedy (21) and Alan

Collie (21) were left to play for second place in Division 4 as

Amarnath Dan had already won first place (see previously). At halfway

Collie led Orr by one point followed by Kennedy and Murray at three and

five points respectively further down. After thirteen Collie had

increaded his lead over Orr to three points followed closely by Kennedy

and Orr one point behind. A Œding¹ at sixteen by Collie and he was

joined by Orr and Kennedy. Murray was another two points behind at

this stage. Collie finished double bogey, bogey- and was joined by

Kennedy (bogey, double bogey) and Murray (par, double bogey) but they

were unable to prevent Orr (two bogey) from claiming second place one

point ahead but three points behind Dan.

Michael Reid (-1) won the Gross Prize with 39 pts and David Mudd the

Seniors with 42 pts.

 

Results ­ Overall Winner ­ Gary Hood (17) 45 pts (BB6) ­ Runner-up ­

Owen Smith (10) 45 pts (BB9) ­ Division 1 – !st. Colin Steele (4) 43

pts ­ 2nd. Lyle Foster (8) 42 pts ­ Division 2 ­ 1st. Keith Clements

(14) 43 pts ­ 2nd. Graham Simms (15) 40 pts (BB6) ­ Division 3 ­ 1st.

Tony Cheuk (16) 45 pts ­ 2nd. Stuart Gamble (16) 43 pts ­ Division 4 ­

1st. Amarnath Dan (21) 45 pts ­ 2nd. Colin Orr (21) 42 pts ­ Gross

Winner ­ Michael Reid (-1) 39 pts (BB6) ­ Seniors ­ David Mudd (21) 42

pts.

 

26th August 2013

Challenge Tour Qualifier

 

The above competition was played at Galgorm Castle.

In Division 1 at the turn ten handicapper Trevor Alexander held a

slender one point advantage over James Taylor (8) followed by George

Small (10) another point behind. Patrick Coleman (8) was a further

two points down. Alexander was still ahead through thirteen by one

point from Small with Taylor after a Œding¹ at The Fort another two

points away. Coleman was another two points behind. Going to the

seventeenth tee T.Alexander and Small were vying for the lead with

Taylor and Coleman closing to within a point to make for an exciting

finish over the closing two holes. Small thought differently as he

finished with two pars to win by two points from T.Alexander (two

bogeys), Coleman (bogey, par) and Taylor (par, bogey) who finished

together. Coleman with a better back nine took second place with

Taylor (better back nine) third.

 

At halfway in Division 2 Daryll Robinson (13) was two points ahead of

Des Cousley (12) who in turn had a one point advantage over David

Martin (11) and David Gault (15). Ciaran Corbett (11) was two points

further behind. Through thirteen Cousley and Martin had taken a one

point lead over Robinson (Œding¹ on ten). Gault after a Œding¹ at ten

and Corbett were another three points behind. With two holes to play

Martin had moved into a two point lead from Cousley and Robinson

followed by Corbett and Gault at two and three points respectively

further behind. Martin finished with two bogeys but held on to win by

two points. There was a real battle for the placings as Robinson

(two bogeys), Cousley (par, bogey) Corbett (bogey, birdie) and Gault

(bogey, birdie) all finished together. Second place went to Corbett

with a better back nine and Gault finished third with a better back

nine. Cousley won the Seniors.

 

After the outward half in Division 3 Derrick McClelland playing off

sixteen held a three point advantage over David Montgomery (17) who in

turn was three points ahead of Noel McAlynn (18).McClelland led

throughout the back nine. The nearest he came to losing the lead was

through twelve were his lead was cut to one point by Montgomery but by

the fourteenth he had regained his three point gap over Montgomery with

McAlynn still another three points behind. With one hole to play

McClelland¹s lead had increased to five points from Montgomery who was

joined by McAlynn. McClelland finished with a double bogey but it was

enough to see him home to win by two points from Montgomery (birdie)

and McAlynn (birdie). McAlynn with a better back nine was second with

Montgomery third.

 

In Division 4 Finlay Robinson (26) had a three point advantage over

David Caves (24) entering the back nine. Another point down came

William Kennedy (21), Gary Moon (22) and David Cameron (28). Ian

Manson (21) was another three points behind at this stage. Through

thirteen Caves had gained a point on Robinson to be two points

behind. Kennedy was still four points off the leader. Moon two

more points behind and a point ahead of Manson and Cameron. Although

having a Œding¹ at sixteen Robinson managed to hold on to his two

point advantage from Caves. Kennedy was another two points behind and

was joined by an improving Cameron. Moon and Manson were close up a

further point behind. Robinson came home with two bogeys for a

convincing three point win from Caves (bogey, double bogey). Kennedy

(two bogeys) took the final placing two points behind Caves. The

remaining three players ­ Moon (two bogeys), Manson (two bogeys) and

Cameron (two double bogeys) – finished together just out of the

placings.

 

Michael Alexander (6) won the Gross prize.

Results ­ Division 1 ­ 1st. George Small (10) 42 pts ­ 2nd. Patrick

Coleman (8) 40 pts (BB9) ­ 3rd. James Taylor (8) 40 pts (BB9) ­

Division 2 ­ 1st.David Martin (11) 40 pts ­ 2nd. Ciaran Corbett (11) 38

pts (BB9) ­ 3rd. David Gault (15) 38 pts (BB9) ­ Division 3 ­ 1st.

Derrick McClelland (16) 41 pts ­ 2nd. Noel McAlynn (18) 39 pts (BB9) ­

3rd. David Montgomery (17) 39 pts ­ Division 4 ­ 1st. Finlay Robinson

(26) 43 pts ­ 2nd. David Caves (24) 40 pts ­ 3rd. William Kennedy (21)

38 pts ­ Gross ­ Michael Alexander (6) 33 pts (BB6) ­ Seniors ­ Des

Cousley (12) 38 pts.

 

Two’s were recorded by ­ Alan Black, Philip Graham, Paul Houston,

James Taylor, Steven Penney, Philip Smyth, Michael Alexander, Colin

Gray, David Martin, Stephen Black, Paul Sittlington, James Logan, David

McIlroy, David Wolfenden, David Caves, Trevor Fletcher and Kevin

Duffin.

 

1. Ladies and Gents Open Stableford

The following are the results of the above competition held at Galgorm

Castle ­ 1st. Norman Dunbar (20) 43 pts ­ 2nd. Keith Clements (16) 42

pts ­ 3rd. Ricki Simpson (9) 41 pts ­ Gross ­ Michael Reid (-2) 34 pts

­ Ladies ­ Alexandra Henderson (22) 34 pts (Royal Portrush)

2. Ladies and Gents Open Stableford

Results of the Ladies and Gents Open Stableford held at Galgorm Castle

were ­ Overall Winner ­ Lewis Davidson (23) 47 pts ­ Overall Runner-up

­ Raymond Hill (12) 40 pts ­ Overall Third ­ Paul Banks (11) 39 pts ­

Gross Winner ­ S.B.Garrett (1) (Portstewart) 35 pts ­ Ladies Winner ­

Susan McCarroll (16) 31 pts

 

19th August 2013

Kernohan wins Presidents Day 

There was a large turn out for Mr.Ian Rosborough’s President’s Day at

Galgorm Castle Golf Club. The event itself turned into an enthralling

competition and in an exciting finish there were no less than eleven

golfers with a chance and high hopes of taking the Overall Winners

prize. Coming to the eighteenth tee two points separated the eleven

players.

 

At halfway George Kernohan (19) and David McAleese (17) had a one

point advantage over Patrick Bamber (4) and William Moore (17).

Another point behind came Adam Steele (8), John McCarry (10), Cecil

McAleese (25) and Simon Kennedy (24). This group was followed by

David Stirling (9), Michael McAuley (13), Ian McCully (12) and Robert

Graham (18) a further point behind.

 

Through fourteen Kernohan held a two point advantage over Bamber who

was two points ahead of McAuley, D.McAleese, Graham, C.McAleese and

Kennedy. Another point behind came Andrew McKibben (23), Steele,

McCully, David Chappell (18), Moore, Ronan Speers (25) and club captain

Ivan McCappin (20). With one to play competition for the President¹s

Prize became intense with the field closing up. Kernohan who had led

from halfway was still leading but by only one point from M.McAuley,

Chappell, C.McAleese, Speers and Kennedy who were waiting for a slip

from the leader. Could he withstand the expected final hole

onslaught? This group was being chased by McKibben, McCully, Moore,

Graham and McCappin another point away. In a nail-biting finish

Kernohan bogeyed the last for a one point win from Chappell (bogey), C.

McAleese (bogey) and McKibben (par) and with a better back one McKibben

finished runner-up. Chappell won Division 3 and C.McAleese took

Division 4.

 

Philip Graham (-1) won the gross with 40 pts. His card included an

eagle three at the par five ninth, four birdies and eleven pars and

Ivan McCappin won the Seniors.

 

A very enjoyable and successful day was had by the golfers.

Results ­ Overall Winner ­ George Kernohan (19) 45 pts ­ Runner-up ­

Andrew McKibben (23) 44 pts (BB1) ­ Division ­ 1st. Patrick Bamber (4)

43 pts ­ 2nd. Adam Steele (8) 42 pts ­ 3rd. John Law (7) 41 pts (BB9) ­

 

Division 2 ­ 1st. Michael McAuley (13) 43 pts (BB6) ­ 2nd. Ian McCully

(12) 43 pts ­ 3rd. Mark Henry (15) 42 pts (BB9) ­ Division 3 ­ 1st.

David Chappell (18) 44 pts ­ 2nd. William Moore (17) 43 pts (BB9) ­

3rd. David McAleese (17) 43 pts ­ Division 4 ­ 1st. Cecil McAleese (25)

44 pts ­ 2nd. Ronan Speers (25) 43 pts (BB6) ­ 3rd. Simon Kennedy (24)

42 pts ­ Gross ­ Philip Graham (-1) 40 pts ­ Seniors ­ Ivan McCappin

(20) 43 pts (BB9) ­ Longest Drive ­ Alan Goodrich ­ Nearest the Pin ­

Michael Casson

 

9th August 2013

Crawford takes New World 

William Crawford playing off twenty two won the New World sponsored

Stableford at Galgorm Castle by two points. After a couple of Œdings¹

at four and five he found himself two points behind Ossie Smyth (13)

and John Rainey (10) at halfway. Rainey moved into a one point lead

after a par at twelve from Smyth and Crawford also with a par joining

Smyth. Another par at the next saw Crawford take a one point lead

over Smyth and Rainey who lost the lead with a bogey. With three to

play Crawford and Smyth were vying for the lead with Rainey a point

behind. Through sixteen a par from Crawford saw him with a one point

advantage over Smyth (bogey). Rainey (bogey) was still another point

down. Rainey parred the penultimate hole to join Smyth (bogey) a point

behind Crawford (bogey) to make for an exciting finish. All three

parred the eighteenth to leave Crawford the overall winner by two

points with Smyth and Rainey finishing together and with a better back

six Smyth took the runner¹s-up place with Rainey taking Division 1.

Results ­ Overall Winner ­ William Crawford (22) 43 pts ­ Runner-up ­

Ossie Smyth (13) 41 pts (BB6) ­ Division 1 ­ 1st. John Rainey (10) 41

pts ­ 2nd. Patrick Coleman (9) 39 pts (BB6) ­ 3rd. Barry Agnew (8) 39

pts ­ Division 2 ­ 1st. Peter Stewart (11) 40 pts ­ 2nd. Sean

McCambridge (12) 39 pts ­ 3rd. Philip Smyth (12) 38 pts (BB9) ­

Division 3 ­ 1st. Brian Watt (17) 40 pts ­ 2nd. Martin Laverty (18) 39

pts ­ 3rd. Graham Simms (16) 38 pts ­ Division 4 ­ 1st. David Mudd (21)

38 pts ­ 2nd. John Stewart (28) 38 pts ­ 3rd. Amarnath Dan (21) 37 pts

­ Gross ­ Michael Alexander (6) 33 pts ­ Seniors ­ Robert Topping (18)

40 pts.

 

Brooke Trophy Medal for P.Smyth 

There was a large turn out for the Brooke Trophy Medal played annually

at Galgorm Castle.

 

Twenty handicapper Roy McDowell led from halfway right up to the last

hole and in a very close and exciting finish a double bogey cost him

victory. At the halfway point McDowell was three shots ahead of

Philip Smyth (12) and another three shots ahead of Michael Barr (24).

Through twelve and McDowell was still ahead although Smyth had pulled a

shot back with Barr still languishing six shots behind. McDowell

opened up a four shot lead at the next with a bogey to a triple bogey

from Smyth which he held through fourteen. Smyth with a birdie and a

par over the following two holes closed the gap to two shots on

McDowell (par, bogey). Barr at this stage was still six shots behind

the leader. McDowell hit bogey trouble over the closing two holes and

finished double bogey, triple bogey. This opened the way for P.Smyth

who took advantage with a par, par finish to win by one shot. Barr

upped his game and came with a late run over the closing three holes

(par, par, bogey) to finish one shot behind McDowell. Barr took

Division 4.

 

Results ­ Overall Winner ­ Philip Smyth (12) 64 ­ Runner-up ­ Roy

McDowell (20) 65 ­ Division 1 ­ 1st. James Mairs (7) 67 (BB9) ­ 2nd.

Alan Black (7) 69 ­ 3rd. Colin Steele (4) 71 (BB9) ­ Division 2 ­ 1st.

Raymond Ardis (12) 68 (BB9) ­ 2nd. Trevor Alexander (11) 69 ­ 3rd.

Jordan Millar (12) 70 (BB9) ­ Division 3 ­ 1st. Paul McNeilly (19) 67 ­

2nd. William Armstrong (19) 71 (BB9) ­ 3rd. Gary Hood (17) 71 ­

Division 4 – 1st. Michael Barr (24) 66 ­ 2nd. Andrew McKibben 26) 67 ­

3rd. John Caulfield (25) 70 ­ Gross ­ Jamie Sutherland (Scr) 67 ­

Seniors ­ Fergus McKelvey (15) 68.

 

Hole-in-One 

Congratulations to Ian Manson who holed his tee shot at the par three

fourteenth.

 

2nd August 2013

Ronnie overcomes the Rivers

Ronnie Beckington emerged the winner of The Meeting of the Rivers

Trophy sponsored Stableford played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club after an

exciting four way battle with only two points separating the players at

the finish.

 

At halfway Alan Moore (9) and Paul Houston (5) were one point ahead of

James Smyth (12) with Ronnie Beckington (11) lagging by another four

points. Through twelve Moore and Houston were still vying for the

lead. Beckington upped his game and after birdies at ten and twelve

moved up to within two points of the leaders. Smyth lost ground after

a Œding¹ on twelve and was unable to make up the lost ground.

Beckington continued his forward momentum and after Beechers had joined

Houston to lead by one point from Moore with Smyth another point

down. Beckington this relentess pressure and came home bogey, par,

par to win by one point from Houston (par, bogey, par) and Moore

(bogey, par, par) who finished together and with a better back three

Moore took the runner-up place. Smyth (double bogey, birdir, par)

finished a further point behind.

 

Results ­ Overall Winner ­ Ronald Beckington (11) 40 pts ­ Runner-up ­

Alan Moore (9) 39 pts (BB3) ­ Division 1 ­ 1st. Paul Houston (5) 39 pts

­ 2nd. David Stirling jnr (5) 34 pts (BB6) ­ Division 2 ­ 1st. James

Smyth (12) 38 pts ­ 2nd. Kevin McCavera (11) 36 pts (BB9) ­ Division 3

­ 1st. Derrick McClelland (16) 34 pts ­ 2nd. David Kilpatrick (17) 33

pts ­ Division 4 1st. William Kennedy (22) 36 pts (BB9) ­ 2nd. Amarnath

Dan (22) 36 pts ­ Gross ­ Michael Reid (-1) 32 pts ­ Seniors ­ Malcolm

McIlroy (14) 37 pts.

 

Bosch Tools for Cousley

Des Cousley playing off a handicap of fifteen held a handsome five

shot advantage at halfway from eleven handicapper James Smyth with

Keith Barkley (9) and James Rea (28) a further point behind. He was

playing some good golf over the front nine which included three birdies

and four pars. The nearest he came to being caught was through twelve

when Rea gained five shots over ten, eleven and twelve to come within

one shot. Smyth and Barkley were another two shots away. A run of

two pars and a bogey and Cousley had opened up a four shot gap over Rea

and Smyth with Barkley falling another three shots behind. A double

bogey, bogey, par finish saw Cousley coast home four shots clear of

Smyth (bogey, double bogey, birdie) who took the runner-up place. K.

Barkley came with a good run of three pars and finished level with Rea

who hit bogey trouble, a shot behind Smyth. However K.Barkley won

Division 1 and Rea won Division 4.

 

Results – Overall Winner ­ Des Cousley (15) 63 ­ Runner-up ­ James

Smyth (11) 67 ­ Division 1 ­ 1st. Keith Barkley (9) 68 ­ 2nd. Anthony

Ward (4) 71 ­ 3rd. John Rainey (10) 72 ­ Division 2 ­ 1st. Gary Crabbe

(13) 70 (BB9) – 2nd. Gary Wilkins (11) 70 ­ 3rd. Thomas McNeill (11)

72 – Division 3 ­ 1st. Martin Laverty (18) 70 ­ 2nd. Keith Dinsmore

(17) 71 ­ 3rd. Jackson Minford (16) 72 ­ Division 4 ­ 1st. James Rea

(28) 68 ­ 2nd. Norman Dunbar (20) 71 (BB9) ­ 3rd. Kenny Balmer (21) 71

­ Gross ­ Mark Dunlop 74 ­ Seniors ­ James McAuley (14) 70.

 

Ladies and Gents Open Stableford

Michael Nesbitt (15) tried hard to keep the winner¹s prize at home but

after a good effort he had to be content with third place (but for a

Œding¹ at sixteen the result would surely have been different) beaten

into second place by Keith Evans (14) (Scrabo) with a better back

six. The winner was another visitor David Graham (4) (Warrenpoint) by

one point.

 

Results ­ 1st. David Graham (4) (Warrenpoint) 41 pts ­ 2nd. Keith

Evans (14) (Scrabo) 40 pts (BB6) ­ 3rd. Michael Nesbitt (15) (Galgorm

Castle) 40 pts ­ Gross ­ Jordan Hood (-1) (Galgorm Castle) 36 pts ­

Ladies Winner ­ June Irvine (14) (Galgorm Castle) 44 pts.

 

10th July 2013

Challenge Tour Corporate Stableford

The above competition played at Galgorm Castle provided some close

divisional finishes.

 

Vying for the lead in Division 1 at the halfway stage were Mark

Hamilton (8) and Patrick Bamber (5) a point ahead of Stephen McAuley

(5) and Barry Agnew (9).   Through thirteen and Hamilton was two points

ahead of Bamber with McAuley (‘ding’ at twelve) and Agnew at one and

two points respectively further behind.   A par at fourteen, an eagle

two at Beechers followed by a bogey at the next left Hamilton four

points ahead of McAuley with two to play.   Bamber and Agnew were

another one and two points behind McAuley.   Hamilton came home with

two pars to win by three points from McAuley (par, birdie).   Another

two points behind came Bamber (two pars) and Agnew (par, birdie) who

finished together and with a better back nine Agnew took third place.

At the turn in Division 2 John Carleton (12) had a two point advantage

over a trio of players – Alistair Murray (12), Richard Kernohan (11)

and Stephen Black (12) – followed by Thomas McNeill (12) another two

points down.   After thirteen Carleton and Kernohan were one point

ahead of Murray and Black (‘ding’ at twelve) with McNeill another point

away.   Kernohan lost his joint leadership at the next after a ‘ding’

but recovered to join new leader Murray a point ahead of McNeill who

was another point ahead of Carleton and Black.   In a close finish

Murray (par, bogey) and Kernohan (bogey, par) finished together but

with a better back six Murray took first place with Kernohan second.

Third place went to Carleton (two pars) a point behind followed by

McNeill (double bogey, par) and Black (bogey, par) another point

behind.

 

James McClintock playing off eighteen had a very satisfying opening

front nine which saw him with a five point lead at the turn in Division

3.   He was followed by Keith Dinsmore (19) and Martin Laverty (19) who

were two points ahead of Andy Young (19).   A disastrous run of bogeys

and a ‘ding’ soon saw McClintock’s lead rapidly evaporate and he was

joined by Dinsmore through thirteen.   Laverty (‘ding’ on thirteen) and

Young had also closed on the leader and were only one and two points

respectively behind.   Two pars helped McClintock take a one point lead

approaching seventeen over Dinsmore and Young.   Laverty was another

two points behind.   McClintock finished with a bogey and a double

bogey and was joined by Dinsmore (two bogeys) and with a better back

nine Dinsmore finished first with McClintock second.   Young (bogey,

double bogey) was third a point behind with Laverty (double bogey, par)

another point behind.

 

Twenty two handicapper Paul McNeilly held a three point advantage over

Tony Quinn (20) and Gary Carleton (22) entering the back nine in

Division 4.   Another point behind came Reginald Marks (23).

Approaching fourteen Quinn and Carleton were now only one point behind

McNeilly (‘ding’ at the Fort) followed by Marks (also ‘dinged’ ten)

another four points behind.   With two to play Marks was still a point

ahead of Carleton.   Quinn was another point behind followed by Marks

who was another two points down.   McNeilly finished double bogey, par

to win by two points from Quinn (two bogeys) in second.   Carleton (two

double bogeys) and Marks (par, double bogey) were a further point away

and with a better back nine Marks claimed third place.

 

Michael Reid (-1) won the Gross and his card included thirteen pars

and three birdies.   James Mairs (10) won the Seniors.

 

Results – Division 1 – 1st. Mark Hamilton (8) 45 pts – 2nd. Stephen

McAuley (5) 42 pts – 3rd. Barry Agnew (9) 40 pts (BB9) – Division 2 –

1st. Alistair Murray (12) 40 pts (BB6) – 2nd. Richard Kernohan (11) 40

pts – 3rd. John Carleton (12) 39 pts – Division 3 – 1st. Keith Dinsmore

(19) 41 pts (BB9) – 2nd. James McClintock (18) 41 pts – 3rd. Andrew

Young (19) 40 pts – Division 4 – 1st. Paul McNeilly (22) 45 pts – 2nd.

Tony Quinn (20) 43 pts – 3rd. Reginald Marks (23) 42 pts (BB9) – Gross

– Michael Reid (-1) 36 pts – Seniors – James Mairs (10) 39 pts.

 

8th July 2013

Moon wins McCarroll McConnell Stableford

The McCarroll McConnell sponsored Stableford played at Galgorm Castle

Golf Club was won by high handicapper Gary Moon playing off twenty

seven coming home four points clear of the field for overall victory

with John Carleton (15) in the runner-up position.   Moon’s card

included ten pars.

 

At the halfway point Gary Moon (27) was two points ahead of Conor

Nicholl (12) and Willard Simpson (15) with John Rainey (11), Gareth

Beckington and Adrian Atkinson (12) another point behind.    Three and

four points further away came John Carleton (15) and David Bamford (12)

respectively.   Through thirteen Nicholl had closed to within one point

of Moon.   Carleton and Atkinson were three points down to Nicholl.

Rainey, Beckington and Simpson (‘ding’ at eleven) were five points

behind the leader at this stage.   Two points further down came Bamford

after a ‘ding’ on twelve.   With two holes to play Moon had moved two

points ahead of Nicholl who was one, two and three points respectively

ahead of Beckington, Rainey and Carleton, and Atkinson.   Simpson and

Bamford were holding on another two points behind.   Moon finished with

two pars to win by four points from Carleton (birdie, par).   Nicholl

(two bogeys), G.Beckington (two bogeys) and Rainey (two pars) finished

together and with a better back nine three Rainey won Division 2 with

Beckington (better back nine) in second place and Nicholl third.

Simpson (bogey, par) and Bamford (two pars) came with late runs and

joined Atkinson (two bogeys) three points away.

 

In Division 1 at the turn joint leaders David Stirling jnr (5) and

Colin Steele (4) were one point ahead of David Halliday (7) who was one

and two points respectively ahead of Paul Houston (5) and David

Bellingham (10).   Approaching fourteen Stirling jnr joined Halliday

and Steele at the front with Bellingham three points down and a further

point behind came Houston.   Through sixteen Halliday and Steele were a

point ahead of Stirling jnr.   Bellingham and Houston were another two

and three points down respectively.   Halliday finished bogey, birdie

to win by one point from Stirling jnr (bogey, birdie).    Two further

points behind came a retreating Steele (two bogeys) who was joined by

two improving players, Bellingham (bogey, birdie) and Houston (par,

birdie) and with a better back nine Bellingham finished third.

After the front nine in Division 3 Andrew Moore (16) held a one, two

three and four point advantage over Derrick McClelland (16), Nick Read

(18), Martin Laverty (19) and David Henry (19) respectively.   Four

further points adrift came Noel McAlynn (19).   Through thirteen saw a

new leader in McClelland who was a point ahead of Moore and Read.

Three further points behind came Laverty (‘ding’ at thirteen), Henry

(‘ding’ on twelve) and an improving McAlynn.   Up the Grove and Moore

had regained the lead by two points from McClelland who was another

three points ahead of Read and McAlynn.   Another two points down came

Henry and Laverty.   McClelland lost his chance of winning when he

bogeyed the last two holes.   He was joined by Read (bogey, double

bogey), Laverty (bogey, par) and Henry (par, bogey) and with a better

back nine Henry finished in third place.   Moore

Came home bogey, double bogey to win by four points from McAlynn (two

bogeys)  in second place.

 

James Crawford (28) held a comfortable looking four point advantage

over Tony Quinn (21) at the turn in Division 4.   Gary Carleton was one

point behind Quinn and three ,four and five points ahead of Steve Henry

(28), Jim Millar (21) and Ivan Graham (22) respectively.   After the

par three twelfth Campbell (‘ding’ at eleven) was two points ahead of

Quinn (‘ding’ on twelve) and three points ahead of Carleton, Henry and

Millar.   Graham was another two points away.   With two holes to play

only two points separated the six players.   Campbell (‘ding’ on

thirteen and another at fourteen), Quinn and Carleton were vying for

the lead a point ahead of Millar and Henry with Graham another point

behind.   Quinn, Millar and I.Graham lost their chance of winning when

they ‘dinged’ the last.   They finished together a point behind S.Henry

(triple bogey, bogey) who finished third.   Carleton with a bogey, par

finish took first place two points ahead of Campbell (double bogey,

bogey) in second.

 

Michael Reid (-1) won the Gross and the Seniors was won by John Hunt

(14)

 

Results – Overall Winner – Gary Moon (27) 49 pts – Runner-up – John

Carleton (15) 45 pts – Division 1 – 1st. David Halliday (7) 42 pts –

2nd.David Stirling jnr (5) 41 pts – 3rd. David Bellingham (10) 39 pts

(BB9) – Division 2 – 1st. John Rainey (11) 43 pts (BB3) – 2nd. Gareth

Beckington (15) 43 pts – 3rd. Conor Nicholl (12) 43 pts – Division 3 –

1st. Andrew Moore (16) 41 pts – 2nd. Noel McAlynn (19) 37 pts – 3rd.

David Henry (19) 36 pts (BB9) – Division 4 – 1st. Gary Carleton (24) 42

pts – 2nd. James Campbell (28) 40 pts – 3rd. Steve Henry (28) 38 pts –

Gross – Michael Reid (-1) 37 pts – Seniors – John Hunt (14) 41 pts.

 

1st July 2013

Watt wins W.R.Kennedy Stableford

In a close finish to the W.R.Kennedy sponsored Stableford at Galgorm

Castle Golf Club between George Watt, Conor Nicholl, James Mairs and

Peter Stewart, Watt and Nicholl finished together and with a better

back nine Watt emerged the overall winner.

 

At the halfway mark Peter Stewart (11) was one point ahead of Conor

Nicholl (14) and James Mairs (11).   Another two points away were

George Watt (13) and Paul Banks (5) with Ossie Smyth (13) a further

three points down.   Stewart lost his lead through thirteen after a

‘ding’ at twelve and was two points behind the new leader Mairs who was

still one point ahead of Watt.   Nicholl joined Stewart and they were

two points ahead of Banks who in turn was another two points ahead of O.

Smyth.  There were  two new leaders approaching the Lowlands with Watt

and Nicholl taking a one lead over Mairs who ‘dinged’ fourteen.

Stewart joined Mairs and they were two and three points ahead of Banks

and Smyth respectively with two holes left to play.   Watt (par, bogey)

and Nicholl (bogey, par) finished together and with a better back nine

Watt was the Overall Winner with Conor Nicholl in the Runner-up

position.   Mairs came home par, bogey to win Division 2 , a point

ahead of Stewart (bogey, bogey) second.   Banks (bogey, par) finished

another point behind in third a point ahead of Smyth (bogey, par).

At the turn in Division 1 Colin Steele (4) and Gary Henry (4) were

vying for the lead a point ahead of Tony Carroll (10) who was a point

ahead of David Stirling (10).   Through thirteen Steele was ahead but

was being pushed hard by Henry and Carroll a point behind with Stirling

two further points down.   Carroll joined Steele at the front with a

par at the par three fourteenth after Steele, Henry and Stirling

bogeyed.   Steele regained the lead after Carroll ‘dinged’ sixteen to

fall two points behind.   Henry and Stirling kept up the pressure and

were only one point behind the leader.   However Steele finished par,

birdie to take first place one point ahead of G.Henry who also finished

par, birdie in second place another point ahead of D.Stirling (bogey,

par) and Carroll (two pars) and with a better back nine Stirling third.

In Division 3 William Armstrong (19) held a slender one point lead

from Gareth Marcus (18) entering the back nine.   Willard Simpson (16)

and Andrew Moore (19) were another point behind.   Through twelve

Marcus had overtaken Armstrong to lead by two points with Simpson

another two points away.   Moore had fallen back another two points due

to a ‘ding’ at eleven.   With two to play Marcus appeared to be in an

unassailable position as he was five points clear of Simpson and

Armstrong (‘ding’ at sixteen) and a further three points ahead of

Moore.    However in a titanic finish a ‘ding’ on seventeen and a

double bogey at eighteen by Marcus and a bogey, birdie finish by

Simpson levelled the scores and with a better back nine Simpson

snatched first place with Marcus second.   Armstrong (double bogey,

bogey) finished third (three points behind) with Moore (bogey, par)

another point away.

 

Entering the back nine in Division 4 three players, Chris Nicholl

(21), Gary Carleton (24) and Steve Henry (28) were vying for the lead

four points ahead of Norman Dunbar (21).   Ian Stewart (20) was another

point behind.   Nicholl with the help of a birdie, a par a ‘ding’ and a

bogey found himself with a five point advantage over Henry (‘ding’ at

thirteen) through thirteen.   Dunbar (‘ding’ at ten), Carleton (ding’

at eleven) and Stewart were at one, two and three points respectively

further behind.   Up the Grove and on to seventeen Nicholl was four

points clear of Henry and an improving Stewart.   Dunbar was another

point behind after another ‘ding’ at Beechers with Carleton falling

behind after a ‘ding’ up the Grove.   Nicholl held onto his lead and

came home with two bogeys to win by four points ahead of Dunbar (bogey,

par) with Stewart in third (two bogeys) third another point behind.

Carleton (bogey, par) and Henry (double bogey and triple bogey)

finished together another point behind.   The Gross winner was Philip

Graham (-1) and the Seniors prize went to Trevor Todd.

Results – Overall Winner – George Watt (13) 43 pts (BB9) – Runner-up –

Conor Nicholl (14) 43 pts – Division 1 – 1st.Colin Steele (4) 40 pts –

2nd. Gary Henry (4) 39 pts – 3rd. David Stirling 38 pts (BB9) –

Division 2 – 1st. James Mairs (11) 42 pts – 2nd. Peter Stewart (11) 41

pts – 3rd. Paul Banks (11) 40 pts – Division 3 – 1st. Willard Simpson

(16) 41 pts (BB9) – 2nd. Gareth Marcus (18) 41 pts – 3rd. William

Armstrong (19) 38 pts – Division 4 – 1st. Chris Nicholl (21) 41 pts –

2nd. Norman Dunbar (21) 37 pts – 3rd. Ian Stewart (20) 36 pts. – Gross

– Philip Graham (-1) 39 pts – Seniors – Trevor Todd (17) 41 pts.

 

The North of Ireland Amateur Open Strokeplay

The North of Ireland Amateur Open Strokeplay  2013 will take place at

Galgorm Castle Golf Club on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th July 2013.

The winner will be invited (subject to criteria) to play in the

Northern Ireland Open Challenge presented by Clannah and XJET which

will also take place at Galgorm Castle Golf Club at the end of August

2013.

 

24th June 2013

Hugh Moore wins Captain’s Day

Captain’s Day at Galgorm Castle Golf Club commenced with dark

threatening overhead clouds as the Captain Ivan McCappin saw off the

early starters and wishing them a good round.   The clouds soon turned

to persistant rain (heavy at times) and eventually the round was

reduced to sixteen holes.   However this did not dampen the spirit of

the excellent number of golfers who turned out in an effort to win the

Captain’s Prize.

 

Twelve handicapper Hugh Moore was handling the conditions better than

most and at the turn held a two point lead.   He was always to the fore

and came home for a well deserved one point victory after two ‘dings’

on the back seven.   His round included an eagle three at the par five

Trout Hole.   Conor Nicholl (14) was two points behind followed by

William Armstrong (19) and Alistair Murray (12) a further point

behind.   Chris Cooke (11) was another point away, a point ahead of

Emil Wylie (14).   Mark Surgenor (13) was another point adrift.

Through thirteen Moore (after a ‘ding’ at Arthurs Seat) was ahead of

Murray who had closed to within one point with Armstrong another point

away.   Nicholl and Surgenor were another one and two points

respectively further adrift with Cooke (followed his playing partner

Moore and also ‘dinged’ twelve) and Wylie another point behind.

Another ‘ding’ at fourteen cost Moore the lead as A.Murray took

advantage with a par to lead by one point which he held through

Beechers and then a ‘ding’ at sixteen cost him his chance of winning.

Moore finished with a bogey and a par for overall victory by one point

from Armstrong (three bogeys) in the runner-up position.   Cooke (three

pars), Murray (par, bogey, ‘ding’) and Nicholl (par, double bogey,

bogey) all finished together and with a better back seven Cooke won

Division 2.  Murray with a better back seven took second place with

Nicholl third.   Surgenor (bogey, par, double bogey) and Wylie (bogey,

birdie, par) were a point behind.

 

In Division 1 at the turn there was a trio of players vying for the

lead – Paul Houston (5), Mark Hamilton (8) and Alan Goodrich (2) – a

point ahead of Mark Dunlop (5).   Goodrich with a birdie at the Fort

moved into a one point advantage which he held through twelve.   Pars

at thirteen enabled Houston and Hamilton to join Goodrich at the front,

two points ahead of Dunlop.   In a very close finish Hamilton ‘dinged’

the last and Goodrich had a ‘ding’ on fourteen.   Houston (bogey, par,

par) and Hamilton (par, birdie, -) finished together and with a better

back one Houston took first place with Hamilton second.   Goodrich (-,

par, par) and Dunlop (three pars) finished together a point behind and

with a better back seven Dunlop finished in third place.

James Logan (18) turned for home in Division 3 one point ahead of

David Henry (19) and Gerald Lynn (17).   A further point behind came

Donald Nesbitt (18) and Samuel J.Graham (18) who were one point ahead

of James McClintock (18).  Logan continued to lead and with two to play

he held a slender one point lead from Lynn who was a point ahead of

Graham and Henry.   Following closely another point behind were

McClintock and Nesbitt (‘ding’ on twelve).   Logan finished par, bogey

to win by two points from Graham (par, bogey) in second.   There was a

real scramble for third place between the remaining four players and

they all finished together a further point down.   However with a

better back seven McClintock emerged to take third place.

Chris Nicholl (21) was well ahead in Division 4 at the turn.   Tony

Quinn (20) was four points down with Gary Moon (27) and Robert Barkley

(21) a further two points behind.   Nicholl ‘dinged’ twelve and was

overtaken by Moon who led by one point.   Quinn was a point behind

Nicholl and two points ahead of Barkley.   Nicholl regained the lead at

the next hole when Moon ‘dinged’.   His lead was two points with Quinn

and Barkley another point behind.   Nicholl was still two points ahead

with two to play and he finished bogey, double bogey to win by one

point from Moon (double bogey, bogey). Quinn took third place with a

double bogey at the last to a ‘ding’ from Barkley.

 

Results – Captain’s Prize – Hugh Moore – Runner-up – William Armstrong

– Division 1 – 1st. Paul Houston (BB1) – 2nd. Mark Hamilton – 3rd. Mark

Dunlop (BB7) – Division 2 – 1st. Chris Cooke (BB7) – 2nd. Alistair

Murray (BB7) – 3rd. Conor Nicholl – Division 3 – 1st. James Logan –

2nd. Samuel J.Graham – 3rd. James McClintock (BB7) – Division 4 – 1st.

Chris Nicholl – 2nd. Gary Moon – 3rd. Tony Quinn. – Gross – Philip

Graham – Seniors – George Millar (BB3) Best Front Nine – Keith Dinsmore

(BL6) Best Back Seven – Michael Adams – Committee Prize Michael

Alexander – Past Captains – Trevor Todd (BB7) – Captain’s Guests –

Wilson McVeigh – Putting Competition – David Burns (BB9) – Nearest Pin

@ 12th – Colin Kinghan – Longest Drive @ 9th – Alan Proctor

 

Congratulations to the Captain (Ivan McCappin) and his team for a very

successful day despite the weather.

 

17th June 2013

June Medal 

The June Medal which was played for at Galgorm Castle Golf Club turned

into a two-man affair from halfway between Norman Nicholl playing off

22 and Fergus McKelvey playing off 17.

At halfway McKelvey was one shot ahead of Nicholl and held this lead

up to twelve where a par from Nicholl to a McKelvey bogey levelled the

scores. A birdie at the next saw Nicholl move into a three shot lead

after McKelvey bogeyed. He continued to lead and with two to play he

still led by three shots which he increased to four shots with a bogey

at the last. The next nearest players were another three shots away.

In Division 1 at the turn David Burns (6) and Gary McWilliams (9) were

one shot ahead of Philip Graham (-1) who was followed by Peter Daly (7)

another three shots behind,. Through thirteen Burns was two shots

ahead of McWilliams with Graham and Daly two further shots behind.

With two holes to play Burns¹s two shot advantage had closed to one by

Graham and McWilliams with a two shot gap to Daly. Burns finished

with two pars to win by one shot from Graham (par, birdie), Daly (two

birdies) and McWilliams (two pars) who finished level. Daly took

second place with a better back nine with Graham third (better back

nine).

 

At the halfway stage in Division 2 Mark Surgenor (14) was two shots

clear of Bryan Logan (11). Another three shots behind came Colin Gray

(12) and Michael Casson (12) followed by Douglas Thom (13) and James

Smyth (12) at one and two shots respectively further behind. At the

Maple Surgenor had opened up a four shot advantage over Gray who was

one shot in front of Logan. Another shot behind came Smyth and Casson

followed bty Thom who was a further two shots down. Approaching the

Lowlands Surgenor was three shots ahead of Gray who was one shot ahead

of Casson. Smyth and Thom were a shot behind Casson followed by Thom

another two shots away. The field began to close in on Surgenor over

the closing two holes but with a triple bogey, par finish he held on to

win by one shot from Gray (par, bogey) with Logan (par, birdie) taking

third one shot ahead of Smyth (par, bogey), Thom (bogey, par) and

Casson (two bogeys)

James McAuley (16) was leading Division 3 entering the back nine

followed by Bernie Frayne (19), Nicholas Read (18) and Paul Reid (16)

at one, two and three shots respectively behind. McAuley was still

one point ahead of Frayne who was joined by Reid through thirteen.

Read was another three shots further behind. Through the Grove

McAuley had increased his lead to three shots ahead of Frayne and Reid

with a par at sixteen to two bogeys. Read was another two shots

adrift. McAuley came home bogey, double bogey to win by two shots

from Frayne (two bogeys) and Reid (par, double bogey) who finished

together and with a better back nine P.Reid claimed second place with

Frayne in third.

 

Ian Manson (24) was leading Division 4 at the turn. Martin Laverty

(21), James McClintock (21), Chris Nicholl (21) and Eric Boyce (25)

were at one shot intervals respectively behind. After thirteen

McClintock was ahead by one shot from Laverty with Manson another sh0t

behind. Nicholl and Boyce were two shots further behind. The scores

through sixteen remained the same for the first three with Nicholl and

Boyce joining Manson. McClintock hit bogey trouble over the closing

three holes and lost his position. Laverty finished with a bogey and

a par to win by one shot from Manson (two bogeys). McClintock, Boyce

(bogey, double bogey) and C.Nicholl (two bogeys) finished level and

third place went to Boyce with a better back nine.

 

Results ­ Overall Winner ­ Norman Nicholl 61 ­ Runner-up ­ Fergus

McKelvey 65 ­ Division 1 ­ 1st. David Burns 68 ­ 2nd. Peter Daly 69

(BB9) ­ 3rd. Philip Graham 69 ­ Division 2 ­ 1st. Mark Surgenor 69 ­

2nd. Colin Gr4ay 70 ­ 3rd. Bryan Logan 71 ­ Division 3 ­ 1st. James

McAuley 68 ­ 2nd. Paul Reid 70 (BB9) ­ 3rd. Bernie Frayne 70 ­ Division

4 ­ 1st. Martin Laverty 69 ­ 2nd. Ian Manson 70 ­ 3rd. Eric Boyce 71

(BB9). ­ Gross ­ Michael Reid 68 Gross ­ Seniors ­ George Reid 69.

 

10th June 2013

Robinson’s Costcutter Stableford

At the halfway stage in the Robinson’s Costcutter sponsored Stableford

played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, David Burns playing off six held a

very slender one point advantage with a group of five players – Damien

Casey (21), Adrian McCart (10), Wilson McVeigh (8), Peter Daly (7) and

George Small (9) – breathing down his neck.   Through thirteen Small

had moved into a two point lead after a birdie and three pars followed

by Casey, Burns and Daly.   McCart and McVeigh were another point

behind.   ‘Dings’ played a big part over the next three holes with

McVeigh and Daly failing to register at Beechers and Burns at the

next.   So with two to play Casey joined Small to lead by one point

from McCart with Burns another point behind followed by McVeigh and

Daly a further point down.   Small was still joint leader with one to

play but a ‘ding’ at the last put paid to his chance of victory.

Casey came home bogey, par for overall victory by one point from McCart

(two pars).   Burns finished with two pars to take Division 1 by one

point.   Daly (two pars), McVeigh (two pars) and Small finished

together and with a better back six McVeigh took second place with Daly

(better back six) third.

 

Philip Smyth (14) held a two point advantage through the front nine in

Division 2.   Owen Smith (15), George Watt (13) and Darryl Robinson

(13) came next with Peter Stewart (11) and Bryan Logan (11) one and two

points respectively further behind.   Approaching fourteen P.Smyth had

slipped to three points behind the joint leaders – O.Smith and

Robinson.   A point behind the leaders came Logan with Stewart two more

points down folled by Watt another point away.   O.Smith, Logan and

Robinson ‘dinged’ fourteen and with two left to play P.Smyth and

Robinson led Logan and Watt by a point.   Stewart and O.Smith were

another one and two points respectively further behind.   ‘Dings’

played an important part over the closing two holes when P.Smyth and

Watt ‘dinged’ the last with Robinson having a ‘ding’ at the penultimate

hole.   O.Smith with a two par finish joined P.Smith and with a better

back nine O.Smith took first place with P.Smyth in second.   Robinson,

Stewart (bogey, par), Logan (two bogeys) and Watt finished together and

with a better back nine Logan took the third place.

 

In Division 3 at the turn Gerard Lynn (17) was one point ahead of

Graham Simms (16).    Two, three and four points further behind came

James Graham (18), Austin McGillion (19) and James McAuley

respectively.   Lynn was still ahead through thirteen by two points

from Simms and a much improved McGillion.   Two points further behind

came Graham with McAuley trailing by another three points.   Simms

joined Lynn at sixteen after a ‘ding’ by Lynn.   McGillion was still

two points down with Graham another two points behind followed by

McAuley a further point behind.   Disaster struck Lynn again when he

‘dinged’ the last after a double bogey in the Lowlands.   McGillion

took advantage of theses slips and with a bogey, bogey finish took

second place two points behind Simms (two bogeys).    Lynn held on for

third place one point ahead of McAuley (par, bogey) and Graham (two

bogeys)

 

Division 4 proved to be a rather facile victory for Jack Douglas

(20).   Leading by four points entering the back nine from Norman

Nicholl (23), Trevor Galloway (28) and Tony Quinn (20) with William

Kennedy (23) another point away Douglas led throughout the back nine

and came home to win  after a ‘ding’ at seventeen by three points from

Nicholl (‘dings’ on fourteen and eighteen) and Kennedy (‘ding’ at

Beechers) who finished together and with a better back nine Kennedy

finished in second place with Nicholl third one point ahead of Galloway

and Quinn.

 

Results – Overall Winner – Damien Casey (21) 41 pts – Runner-up –

Adrian McCart (10) 40 pts  (BB9) – Division 1 – 1st. David Burns (6) 39

pts – 2nd. Wilson McVeigh (8) 38 pts (BB6) – 3rd. Peter Daly (7) 38 pts

– Division 2 – 1st. Owen Smith (15) 38 pts (BB9) – 2nd. Philip Smyth

(14) 38 pts – 3rd. Bryan Logan (11) 37 pts (BB9) – Division 3 – 1st.

Graham Simms (16) 39 pts – 2nd. Austin McGillion (19) 37 pts – 3rd. G.

Lynn (17) 36 pts – Division 4 – 1st. Jack Douglas (20) 40 pts – 2nd.

William Kennedy (23) 39 pts (BB9) – 3rd. Norman Nicholl (23) 37 pts –

Gross – David Stirling jnr. (6) 32 pts – Seniors – Bernie Frayne (20)

39 pts.

 

3rd June 2013

19th Hole Trophy v Par

Joel McNeilly (8) was the Overall Winner of the 19th Hole Trophy

versus Par played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.   McNeilly won with a

better back six from Raymond Ardis (13) as both players finished 3 up.

In Division 1 David Bellingham (10) finished 2 up to take first place

with Lyle Foster (7) 1 up and Mark Dunlop (5) also 1 up finishing

together but with a better back nine Foster finished second.

 

In Division 2 Joe McAuley (14) was 2 up after the front nine followed

by Bryan Logan (12) who was 1 up and Peter Stewart (12) level par.

Gareth Beckington (15), Michael Nesbitt (15) and Neil McVeigh (12) were

one, two and three down respectively at that stage.   Through thirteen

Stewart had taken a two hole advantage over Logan who was level par.

McVeigh was improving and was 1 down followed by Nesbitt and Beckington

2 down.   McAuley after losing four holes consecutivelyto par was also

2 down.   With two to play Logan was 2 up with Stewart 1 up.   McVeigh,

Nesbitt and McAuley were 1 down followed by Beckington another hole

down.   Logan came home bogey, par to win with Stewart (par, Œding¹) 1

up in second place.   In a very close finish for third place McVeigh

(bogey, par), Nesbitt (two bogeys), Beckington (bogey, par) and McAuley

(bogey, par) finished together and with a better back nine McVeigh took

third place.

 

At the turn in Division 3 Damian Gillan (16) was 4 up and held a

commanding lead from Aidan Donnelly (17) and Graham Simms (17) who were

on par with Andrew Moore (17) 2 down.   Gillan went 5 up with a par at

ten but then disaster struck as he Œdinged¹ eleven and thirteen and in

between bogeyed twelve to leave him 2 up after the Maple.   Donnelly,

Simms and Moore were on level par.   Through sixteen the lead had

changed with Moore and Donnelly vying for the lead 2 up followed

closely by Gillan and Simms 1 up.   In a very close and exciting finish

all four players finished 2 up and with a better back nine Moore

claimed first place with Donnelly (better back three) second, and Simms

(better back nine) in third place.

 

Division 4 saw a close finish between Ciaran Doherty (22), Kevin

Duffin (26), William Kennedy (23) and Jack Douglas (21).   Doherty

finished 2 up to win by one hole from Douglas, Duffin and Kennedy.

Duffin with a better back three took second place with Kennedy in third

place.   Douglas won the Seniors Prize.

 

The Gross Prize was won by Philip Graham (-1) 1 up.

Results ­ Overall Winner ­ Joel McNeilly (8) 3 up (BB6) ­ Runner-up ­

Raymond Ardis (13) 3 up ­ Division 1 ­ 1st. David Bellingham (10) 2 up

­ 2 nd. Lyle Foster (7) 1 up (BB9) ­ 3rd. Mark Dunlop (5) 1 up ­

Division 2 ­ 1st. Bryan Logan (12) 2 up ­ 2nd. Peter Stewart (12) 1 up

­ 3rd. Neil McVeigh (12) 1 down (BB9) ­ Division 3 ­ 1st. Andrew Moore

(17) 2 up (BB9) ­ 2nd. Aidan Donnelly (17) 2 up (BB3) ­ 3rd. Graham

Simms (17) 2 up (BB9) ­ Division 4 ­ 1st. Ciaran Doherty (22) 2 up ­

2nd. Kevin Duffin (26) 1 up (BB3) ­ 3rd. William Kennedy (23) 1 up ­

Gross ­ Philip Graham (-1) 1 up ­ Seniors ­ Jack Douglas (21) 1 up.

 

Ladies and Gents Open Stableford

Paul Hughes (9) and Paul Sittlington (10) finished together on thirty

eight points but with a better back nine Hughes took first place.

Mark Dunlop (4) won the Gross Prize and the Ladies Winner was Deborah

McCooke (12) with thirty four points.

 

26th May 2013

Stableford

Playing Conditions for the Stablefoed Competition were atrocious with

heavy outbreaks of rain which persisted throughout most of the day and

affected the usual high turn out of golfers.

 

At the half way stage Norman Nicholl (23) and Jim Millar (21) held a

two point advantage from James Smyth (12) with David Gault (17) and

Nigel Cairns (22) at one and two points respectively further behind.

A ‘ding’ by Nicholl at the Fort gave the advantage to Millar which he

gladly accepted and through thirteen he held a one point lead from

Smyth.   Nicholl and Cairns were a further two points down with Gault

after a ‘ding’ at thirteen another three points behind.   Millar was

still ahead up the Grove but Nicholl had closed to within one point

with the help of two pars.   Smyth, Cairns and Gault were another two,

three and four points respectively behind.   Millar ran into bogey

trouble over the closing holes and a double bogey, bogey finish gave

Nicholl the chance to win which he took with a bogey, par finish to win

by two points.   Cairns (par,double bogey), Gault (par, bogey) and

Smyth (par, ‘ding’) finished together three further points adrift and

with a better back nine Cairns took third place.

 

Results – Overall Winner – Norman N icholl (23) 41 pts – Runner-up –

Jim Millar (21) 39 pts – 3rd. N igel Cairns (22) 36 pts – Gross –

George Small (9) 35 pts.

 

Two’s were recorded by – Dylan Cairns, George Watt, John Davidson,

Mark Hamilton, Gary McWilliams, Ronan Speers and Colin Orr.

 

Ladies and Gents Open

Results of the above competition held at Galgorm Castle were – Overall

Winner – Daniel Rice (19) (Rockmount) 42 pts (BB9) – Runner-up – James

McClintock (24) 42 pts – 3rd. David Simpson (6) (Moyola Park) 41 pts

(BB9) – Gross – David Shaw (Scr) (Belvoir Park) 37 pts – Ladies –

Patricia Blaney (29) 37 pts

 

12th May 2013

McCappin wins Golden Jubilee Trophy

The Golden Jubilee Trophy was played for at Galgorm Castle Golf Club

under trying conditions with high winds and low temperatures.

Victory went to Club Captain Ivan McCappin.   Playing off twenty one

Ivan came home three points ahead of the field, a lead which he held

over the closing four holes with no one able to close the gap.

After the front nine Ossie Smyth (14) was one point ahead of McCappin

and Peter Kennoway (11).

 

Kenny Balmer (22), Jordan Millar (12) and Owen Smith (15) were another

point behind with Ciaran Corbett (12) a further point down.   Through

thirteen a new leader emerged.   A par at twelve and another on

thirteen saw Balmer take a two point lead over Smyth who fell back

after a ‘ding’ at the Fort and McCappin.   Another point away came

Millar, Corbett and Kennoway (‘ding’ at eleven) with Smith another two

points behind.   Balmer lost his lead after a ‘ding’ at Beechers and

McCappin moved three points ahead.   With two to play McCappin was

holding his three point advantage over Balmer who was joined by Ossie

Smyth and Kennoway.   Corbett and Owen Smith came next a point behind

with Millar losing ground after a ‘ding’ at fourteen.   McCappin

finished with two bogeys for Overall victory from Balmer (two bogeys)

three points behind as runner-up.   Millar with a bogey, par finish

joined Ossie Smyth (two bogeys) and with a better back nine Millar won

Division 2 with Smyth in second place.   Kennoway ruined his chance of

success when he ‘dinged’ the last and was joined by Corbett (double

bogey, par) and Owen Smith (bogey, double bogey) and with a better back

nine Corbett finished third.

 

There was a very close and exciting finish to Division 1 as four

players finished level.   At the turn joint leaders Mark Hamilton (8)

and Chris Cooke(10) were one point ahead of Michael Alexander (19) and

four points ahead of David Halliday (7).   Alexander moved into a two

point lead through thirteen.   A ‘ding’ by Cooke proved costly as he

was now two points behind and he was joined by Hamilton.   Halliday was

another point down.   Alexander still led with two to play but only by

one point from Hamilton who was a point ahead of Cooke and Halliday.

Alexander who had led from thirteen finished with two bogeys and was

joined by Cooke (two pars), Hamilton (bogey, par) and Halliday two

pars.   Halliday with a better back nine took first place and Alexander

with a better back nine finished second with Hamilton (better back six)

third.

 

Fergus McKelvey (17) and Brian Sims (17) were one [point ahead of

Andrew Moore (17) and Raymond Steele (19) after the front nine in

Division 3.   After fourteen McKelvey was still in front with Moore

still one point behind.   Two further points away came Steele and

Sims.   A ‘ding’ over Beechers cost McKelvey dearly as Moore moved into

a two point lead whyich he held through sixteen.   Steele (par, bogey)

and Sims (par, bogey) moved up to join McKelvey.    Moore came home

with two bogeys but held on to win by one point from McKelvey (par,

bogey).   Steele (par, double bogey) with a better back nine finished

third.

 

In Division 4 going unto the back nine Ian Manson (24) and John

Fitzgerald (24) held a slender one point advantage from John McFarland

(20) followed by Andrew McKibben (27) and Tony Quinn (20) three and

four points respectively further adrift.   Nicholl at this stage was

another five points behind.   Fitzgerald was leading by two points

after thirteen from Manson (‘ding’ at eleven) and McFarland.   McKibben

was another five points behind and was joined by an improving Nicholl

with the help of two pars.   A ‘ding’ by Quinn at thirteen left him

another point down.   With two holes left to play Manson had taken over

to lead by two points from Fitzgerald who ‘dinged’ fifteen and

McFarland.   A run of par, birdie, bogey moved Quinn up to two further

points behind.   McKibben (‘ding’ on sixteen) and Nicholl  were another

one and two points respectively further behind.   Manson hit bogey

trouble on the last two holes and failed to score.   McFarland ‘dinged’

seventeen and parred the last to win by one point from Manson,

Fitzgerald (double bogey, ‘ding’), McKibben (two bogeys), Quinn (double

bogey, par) and Nicholl (par, bogey) who all finished together.

Nicholl with a better back nine came second with Quinn (better back

nine) third.

 

Michael Reid (-1) won the Gross and Bernie Frayne (20) the Seniors.

 

Results – Overall Winner – Ivan McCappin (21) 41 pts – Runner-up –

Kenny Balmer (22) 38 pts – Division 1 – 1st. David Halliday (7) 36 pts

(BB9) – 2nd. Michael Alexander (7) 36 pts (BB9) – 3rd. Mark Hamilton

(8) 36 pts (BB6) – Division 2 – 1st. Jordan Millar (12) 37 pts (BB9) –

2nd. Ossie Smyth (14) 37 pts – 3rd. Ciaran Corbett (12) 36 pts (BB9) –

Division 3 – 1st. Andrew Moore (17) 37 pts – 2nd. Fergus McKelvey (17)

36 pts – 3rd. Raymond Steele (19) 35 pts (BB9) – Division 4 – 1st. John

McFarland (20) 36 pts – 2nd. Norman Nicholl (23) 35 pts (BB9) – 3rd.

Tony Quinn (20) 35 pts (BB9).

 

Belfast and District Cup

Galgorm Castle entertained Bangor in the home leg of the above cup and

were victorious by 6 matches to 1 giving them a good chance of

progressing to the next round.

 

In the opening match Jordan Hood found himself 2 down after eight to M.

Thallon but pulled one hole back through thirteen before going on to

win one up.   Michael Reid was I up after eight against M.Thompson He

hit a purple patch and won three of the next five holes to go 4 up,

finally winning 3 and 2.   Philip Graham after a slow start was 2 down

to J.Dalzell through five but pulled one back to be one down after

eight.  Thereafter the match continued to be a close affair and Graham

pulled another hole back to level the score with five to play.   Graham

won two of the next four holes to win 2 ans 1.   Alan Goodrich and L.

Summerville played a very close match which level through thirteen and

eventually finished level for a half each.   Next out was Colin Steele

and M.McMurray.    Steele took an early lead ans was 1 up after five.

However he lost his lead and the match was level through eight.

Steele won three of the next five holes to go 3 up finally winning 4

and 3.   Stephen McAuley found himself trailing for most of his match

against S.Boles and was 2 down with five to play but in a fighting

finish he won three of the remaining holes to win 1 up.   The last

match out saw Paul Houston start slowly to  go one behind through five

to D.Peacock and two down through eight.   The score remained the same

after thirteen but Houston fought back over the closing holes for a

half to leave the score Galgorm Castle 6 Bangor 1.

 

5th May 2013

GUI Centenary FBBB Qualifier

Gerard Lynn and John McCarry qualified to represent Galgorm Castle in

the Reginal Final of the Four Ball Better Ball Stableford of the above

competition.   There was some exciting play and keen competition

between six pairs of golfers with only two points separating them at

the finish.

 

There were joint leaders at the halfway mark with the Gerard Lynn/John

McCarry and Neil Fitzsimmons/David Martin combinations one point ahead

of the Mervyn Lamont/William Kennedy and David McAleese/Ivan Alexander

pairings.   They in turn were one point ahead of David Hjalliday and

Neville Neill and Gary Moon and Joel McNeilly.   Fitzsimmons and Martin

were leading by one point from Halliday and Neill through thirteen

followed closely by Lynn/McCarry; Lamont/Kennedy; Moon/McNeilly and

McAleese/Alexander a further point down.   Up the Grove and with two to

play things could not have been much closer.   There was a four-way tie

between Fitzsimmons/Martin; Lynn/McCarry; Moon/McNeilly and

McAleese/Alexander.    The Lamont/Kennedy and Halliday/Neill pairings

were only one point behind.   Lynn/McCarry and Fitzsimmons/Martin moved

one point clear after recording birdies at the penultimate hole.   Both

pairings went on to par the eighteenth and with a better back six Lynn

and McCarry were the Overall Winners with Fitzsimmons and Martin in

second.   A point behind Lamont and Kennedy finished with two pars and

took third place.   Halliday/Neill (2 pars); Moon/McNeilly (par,bogey)

and McAleese/Alexander (2 bogeys) finished together another point away

and with a better back six fourt place went to Halliday and Neill.

 

Results – Overall Winner – Gerard Lynn/John McCarry 44 pts (BB6) –

Runner-up – Neil Fitzsimmons/ David Martin 44 pts – 3rd. Mervyn

Lamont/William Kennedy 43 pts – 4th. David Halliday/Neville Neill 42

pts (BB6).

 

Ulster Fourball Trophy

Galgorm Castle entertained Mount Ober in the second leg and faced an

uphill struggle after losing 5-0 away.   The deficit proved too much as

the match finished 3-2 in favour of Galgorm Castle to leave the final

score 7-3 in favour of Mount Ober.

 

Results (home team first) – Jack Douglas/Norman Nicholl won 4 and 3

against Kevin Coyle and Peter Craven -.David Henry/Philip Magill halved

with Jim Moore/ Richard Holland – Ivan Graham/Raymond Steele halved

with Murray Moreland/Michael Matthews – Trevor Fletcher/Colin Brown and

George Bowden/David Stewart halved and the final match between Bernie

Frayne and Ralph Clarke against John Cotter and Sam Toomath was halved.

 

28th April 2013

Spar Galgorm Stableford

The Galgorm Spar sponsored Stableford held at Galgorm Castle turned

into a two-man event between high handicappers Norman Nicholl (23) and

Hugh Mussen (23).   The players were level at halfway.   Thereafter the

lead kept changing hands up to thirteen where Mussen held a two point

advantage.   He continued to lead through Beechers but a ‘ding’ on

sixteen enabled Nicholl to draw level with a bogey.   Nicholl finished

bogey, par to win by two points from Mussen (double bogey, bogey).

Keith Barkley (8) led Division 1 at the halfway by one point from a

trio of players – Trevor Alexander (10), Neil Candlish (7) and John Law

(6) with Mal Bellew (6) another three points down.   Through twelve

Barkley was joined by Candlish and Law.   Two points further behind

came Alexander (‘ding’ at eleven) and Bellew.   With two to play only

one point separated the five players.   A run of two pars, a birdie and

a par saw Alexander move up to join Candlish in the lead by one point

from Barkley and Law and they were joined by Bellew (two pars, a birdie

and a bogey).   Alexander continued his good run and finished with two

pars to win by one point.   Candlisg (bogey, par) and K.Barkley (two

pars) finished together and with a better back nine Candlish took

second place with Barkley third.   Bellew (bogey, par) and Law (double

bogey, birdie) finished one point further behind.

 

In Division 2 at the turn Rod Lennox (11) was one point ahead of

Darryl Robinson (13) who was followed at one point intervals by Stephen

Black (18), Trevor Dawson (13), Ronnie Beckington (11) and Alistair

Andrews (11) respectively.   After thirteen Lennox was still ahead by

one point from Black.   Another two points behind came Beckington,

Andrews, Dawson and Robinson.   The lead changed up sixteen with Black

a point ahead of Lennox with an improving R.Beckington another point

away.   Dawson and Robinson were a point behind Beckington and a point

ahead of Andrews who lost ground after a ‘ding’ at fourteen.Black lost

his chance of winning after a ‘ding’, par finish. He was joined by R.

Beckington (bogey, par) but Lennox  came home bogey, par to win by one

point.   Beckington with a better back nine finished second with Black

third.   Dawson (double bogey, par), Andrews (bogey, par) and Robinson

(bogey, bogey) finished together two points behind.

 

At the start of the back nine in Division 3 Keith Dinsmore (18) was

leading by one point from Andrew Moore (17) and Alan Knox (16) (‘ding’

at eleven).    Another three points behind came Willard Simpson (16)

and Graham Simms (17).   Dinsmore lost his lead to Moore at the par

three twelfth  when he double bogeyed to a bogey from Moore.   Simms

and Knox were another two points behind Dinsmore followed by Simpson a

further point down.   Two from home Moore and Dinsmore were level, two

points ahead of Knox who was a point ahead of Simms.   Simpson after a

‘ding’ at Beechers appeared out of the running another two points

away.   Dinsmore came home bogey, double bogey to win by one point from

Moore who finished ‘ding’, bogey.   Simms (‘ding’, birdie) and Knox

(double bogey, bogey) finished together and were joined by a fast

finishing Simpson with a bogey and a birdie and with a better back six

Simpson claimed third place.

 

Division 4 saw James McClintock (24) and Alan Collie (21) in the lead

after the front nine.   They were two points ahead of Martin Laverty

(20) and John McFarland (20) with Darwin Smith (28) another two points

behind.   Through twelve and Collie had opened up a two point cushion

over McClintock and Laverty followed by Smith and McFarland one point

away.   With the help of two pars Smith joined Collie at the front

after sixteen and then there was a two point gap to McClintock, Laverty

and McFarland.   Smith after a double bogey at seventeen ‘dinged’ the

last and was joined by Laverty (double bogey, par) and with a better

back nine Smith finished second with Laverty third.   McClintock seized

the opportunity and came home double bogey, par to win by one point.

A point behind the placed players came McFarland (double bogey, bogey)

and Collie (double bogey, ‘ding’).

 

The Gross Prize was won by Gary Henry (4).   His round included ten

pars and three birdies.   The Seniors Prize went to Eric Boyce (25).

 

Results – Overall Winner – Norman Nicholl (23) 43 pts – Runner-up –

Hugh Mussen (23) 41 pts – Division 1 – 1st. Trevor Alexander (10) 38

pts – 2nd. Neil Candlish (7) 37 pts (BB9) – 3rd.Keith Barkley (8) 37

pts – Division 2 – 1st. Rod Lennox (11) 38 pts – 2nd. Ronald Beckington

(11) 37 pts (BB9) – 3rd. Stephen Black (13) 37 pts – Division 3 – 1st.

Keith Dinsmore (18) 37 pts – 2nd. Andrew Moore (17) 36 pts – 3rd.

Willard Simpson (16) 35 pts (BB6) – Division 4 – 1st. James McClintock

(24) 37 pts – 2nd. Darwin Smith (28) 36 pts (BB9) – 3rd – Martin

Laverty (20) 36 pts – Gross – Gary Henry (4) 34 pts – Seniors – Eric

Boyce (25) 36 pts.

Two’s were recorded by – M.Dunlop, S.Kennedy, D.Keys, G.Martin, M.

Bellew, P.Coleman, G.Henry, A.Andrews, S.Brown, J.Smyth, M.Burton and

Richard Lennox.

 

Ulster Fourball Trophy

Galgorm Castle face an uphill battle in the home leg of the above

competition after travelling to Mount Ober and losing 5-0.   In the

opening match Jack Douglas and Bernie Frane lost 3 and 1 to George

Bowden and David Stewart after being level at half way.   Raymond

Steele and Ivan Graham were level with Jim Moore and Richard Holland at

the turn.   They lost three of the next four holes, finally losin 3 and

2.   William Armstrong and Norman Nicholl were one down to Michael

Matthews after nine and in a match which could have gone either way

lost 1 down.   Trevor Fletcher and Colin Brown were level with Peter

Craven and Stephen Maxwell going into the back nine but were 1 down

after thirteen before losing 2 down.   In the final match Philip Magill

and David Henry were 1 down to Tom Mellon and Murray Moreland and in

another close affair finally lost 1 down.