At halfway in the PGA Tankard Qualifier, sponsored by Wilson’s of Rathkenny and played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Michael Reid (-2) was leading by three points from Mark Fry (27). Norman Reid (8) was a point behind Fry with Philip Graham (2) and Daniel Reilly (3) a further three points back. Sean McCormick (4) and Joel McNeilly (5) were another one and two points respectively behind.
Through The Maple M.Reid after two pars, an eagle three and a birdie was joined by Fry (four bogeys) in the lead two points in front of Graham (three birdies and a par) and McCormick (three birdies and a par). N.Reid (bogey, two pars and a bogey) was another point behind with McNeilly (two pars, birdie, par) a further two points away. Reilly (two birdies, bogey, ‘ding’)was trailing by another two points. Up the Grove Fry was leading M.Reid by two points with McCormick another two points away. N.Reid, Graham and McNeilly and Reilly were a further two, three, five and six points back respectively.
Fry finished bogey, ‘ding’ to Win Overall by one point from M.Reid (two pars) the Overall Runner-up. McCormick (par, bogey) and N.Reid (two pars) were a further three points back with McCormick winning Division 1 with a better back nine and N.Reid taking second place. McNeilly (par, birdie) and P.Graham (two pars) finished another two points away and were joined by D.Reilly with a late run of eagle, birdie.
Jonathan McCart (10) was leading in Division 2 at the halfway mark by a point from George McCooke (13) and Neville Neill (10). Colin Black (15) was another point behind followed by David Millar (15) a further point away. Approaching The Maple after a run of birdie, par, par McCart had increased his lead to three points over Neill (par, bogey, par). Another point behind came McCooke (two bogeys, par) with Black (double bogey, bogey, par) and Millar (par and two bogeys) a further two points down. Neill emerged as the new leader up the Grove by a point after McCart ran into bogey trouble followed by a ‘ding’ at the Grove. McCooke, Millar and Black were closing and joined McCart with only one point separating the five players. In a close finish McCart (two pars) and Black (par, bogey) finished together and with a better back nine first place went to Black with J.McCart second. A point behind came Neill (two bogeys), McCooke (par, bogey) and Millar (double bogey, par). Millar won the Seniors.
In Division 3 after the front nine, nineteen handicapper Ian Henry and seventeen handicapper Gerard Lynn were vying for the lead three points ahead of Kenneth Gregg (17) and Fergus McKelvey (17). Damian Gillan (16) was another point behind. Through thirteen, after a par, bogey, double bogey, par, Henry had opened up a lead of four points from Lynn (double bogey, two bogeys, double bogey) and McKelvey (double bogey, bogey, par, par). Gregg (two double bogeys and two bogeys) was another point behind followed by Gillan (‘ding’, bogey, par, bogey). Through the Grove Henry (‘ding’ at the Grove) was leading by three points from Lynn. Another point behind came McKelvey and an improved Gillan. Gregg was a further point down.
Henry continued to lead and came home to win by two points from Lynn in second place. McKelvey, Gillan and Gregg finished together another point behind.
Finlay Robinson (22) held a two point advantage over John Montgomery (23) and Ivan Graham (24) entering the back nine in Division 4. Approaching The Maple Robinson, after recording a bogey, double bogey and a par, had increased his lead to three points over Montgomery (double bogey and two bogeys) and Graham (bogey, double bogey, bogey). Duffin (bogey, double bogey, bogey) was another point back. Up the Grove and with two holes to play Montgomery and Graham had closed to within one point of Robinson with Duffin another point behind with the prospect of a close finish ahead. However J.Montgomery with a bogey, par finish won by three points from Robinson (‘ding’ bogey), I.Graham (bogey, ‘ding’) and Duffin (par, double bogey) and with a better back nine second place went to Duffin.
Overall Winner – Mark Fry (27) 42 pts
Overall Runner-up – Michael Reid (-2) 41 pts
Division 1 -1st. Sean McCormick (4) 38 pts (BB9) – 2nd. Norman Reid (8) 38 pts
Division 2 – 1st. Colin Black (15) 37 pts (BB9) – 2nd. Jonathan McCart (10) 37 pts
Division 3 – 1st. Ian Henry (19) 36 pts – 2nd. Gerard Lynn (17) 34 pts
Division 4 – 1st. John Montgomery (23) 38 pts – 2nd. Kevin Duffin (21) 35 pts (BB9).
Twos were recorded by – J.McNeilly, S.McCormick, Paul Houston, K.Anderson, K.McCullough, D.Reilly, G.Henry, B.Logan, J.Hood, M.Reid, P.Graham, A.McCart, C.Cooke, P.Campbell, S.McCabe, S.Laverty and J.Smith.