The Bertie Gibson Memorial Trophy sponsored by Lowry Building and Civil Engineering was played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
There was an exciting finish to the competition with three players level on points. At halfway Antony Blair (20) and William Fleming (20) were vying for the lead a point ahead of Mark Connaughty (19) and Peter Alexander (17). William Glover (17) was another point behind followed by Brian Watt (21) a further two points back. Through The Maple Blair was leading by a point from Fleming and Alexander. Glover was another point away with Connaughty and Watt a further one and four points behind respectively. Up the Grove, Blair, after a par, bogey, par, had increased his lead to two points over Alexander (par, bogey, bogey) who was joined by Glover (two pars and a bogey). Fleming (‘ding’, bogey, bogey) was another three points behind with Connaughty (bogey, ‘ding’, bogey) a further two points down. Watt (par and two ‘dings’) lost ground after running into trouble at Beechers and up the Grove.
Blair completed his round bogey, ‘ding’ and was joined by Glover (double bogey, par) and Alexander (two bogeys) and with a better back nine Glover was the Winner Overall. The Overall Runner-up placing went to Peter Alexander with a better back nine. Blair won Division 4. Fleming (two pars) finished in second place a point behind Blair and third place was taken by Connaughty (par, ‘ding’) a further five points away. Watt improved with two pars to finish a point out of the placings.
In Division 1 at the turn Sean McElroy (7) and Michael Reid (-2) were leading by a point from Kevin McCavara (9) with Alan M oore (7) another two points behind. Approaching the fourteenth tee Reid was leading but being hard pressed by McElroy and McCavana a point behind. Moore was a further two points back at this stage. McCavana (bogey, par, par) and McElroy (two pars and a bogey) drew level with Reid (two pars and a bogey) up the Grove. Moore (birdie and two bogeys) was two points behind. McCavana came home birdie, par to win by two points from McElroy (birdie, ‘ding’), Reid (birdie, bogey) and an improving Moore (par, birdie). Second place went to Moore with a better back nine and McElroy finished third with Reid winning the Gross.
Turning for home in Division 2 Tony Carroll (11) held a one point advantage over Andy Moore (14). Stewart Miller (11) was another point behind followed by Alan Proctor (12) and Trevor Fletcher 13) a further point down. Matthew Harkness (11) was a point further back. Through The Maple a new leader emerged with Harkness leading by a point from Carroll (‘ding’ at The Fort) and Moore. Miller, Proctor and Fletcher were a further point behind. Up the Grove only one point separated the six players. Carroll (two pars and a double bogey), Harkness (three bogeys) and Miller two pars and a bogey) were vying for the lead but being hard pressed by Moore (‘ding’, par, bogey), Proctor (‘ding’, birdie, bogey) and Fletcher (double bogey, par, bogey) a point behind.
Carroll finished with two pars to win by one point from Miller (bogey, par) in second place. Proctor birdied the Lowlands but ‘dinged’ the last to take third place another point behind. A further point back came Harkness (bogey, ;ding’), Fletcher (par, ‘ding’) and Moore (two bogeys).
At the start of the back nine in Division 3 Drew Stewart (18) was leading by two points from Michael Barr (17) with David Currie (15) and David McIlroy (16) another two points behind. Approaching The Maple Stewart was still holding his two point advantage over Barr with Currie and McIlroy another two points back. Coming to the Grove Stewart after two pars and a bogey was two points clear of Barr (par, bogey, par). McIlroy (three pars) and Currie (bogey, par, par) were a further one and two points respectively behind. In a very close finish Stewart ran into bogey trouble to finish bogey, double bogey, ‘ding”, Barr (bogey, par, ‘ding’), McIlroy (double bogey, par, bogey) and Currie (par, double bogey, par) finished together with first place going to Currie with a better back three. Stewart came third and Barr won the Seniors.
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