Early starters at President’s Day sponsored by Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort and played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club had to contend with a few intermittent showers. However they soon passed.
The President (Mr.Neil Fitzsimmons) was at the first tee wishing the golfers an enjoyable and successful round of golf.
At halfway Keith McCullough (10) held a one point advantage over Sean McCormick (3). Ryan Addley (7) was a further two points behind followed by Shane McQuillan (4) and Peter Daly (9) another point away with Sean McElroy (6) down by another point. McCormick parred eleven to join McCullough (bogey) in the lead and they were level through The Maple. McQuillan was two points behind followed by Addley and McElroy another two points behind. Daly was a further point back. McCormick parred the fourteenth to take the lead after a bogey from McCullough. Up the Grove McCormick (three pars) was still leading by a point from McCullough (bogey, par, bogey) and McQuillan (two pars and a birdie). Addley (three pars) was a further two points behind with McElroy (three pars) and Daly (three pars) another point down. McCormick finished strongly and increased his lead over the closing two holes with a par and a birdie to Win Overall by two points from McCullough (bogey, par) in Overall Second position. Addley (par, birdie) and McQuillan (par, ‘ding’) were a further two points back. First place in Division 1 went to Addley with McQuillan taking the Gross. Another point behind, McElroy (par, bogey) and Daly (par, bogey) finished together with second place going to McElroy.
In Division 2 at the turn David Currie (14) was leading by one, two, and three points respectively from Darryl Robinson (13), Philip Alexander (12( and John O’Kane (11). Approaching the fourteenth Currie was leading by two points from Alexander and O’Kane (‘ding’ at The Maple). Robinson after ‘dings’ at twelve and thirteen was a further three points behind. Over Beechers Currie (bogey, par) had increased his lead to four points over Alexander (two bogeys) and O’Kane (two bogeys). Robinson (bogey, par) was another point behind. Currie came home bogey, bogey, par to win by three points from P.Alexander (par, bogey, par) in second place. A further point away came O’Kane (bogey, par, bogey) and Robinson (par, bogey, par).
After the front nine in Division 3 Seamus Laverty (16), Keith Dinsmore (18) and Owen Elliot (17) were vying for the lead. After The Maple which Elliot ‘dinged’ the three players were still level. Coming to the Lowlands Elliot (three bogeys) had taken a one point lead over Laverty (two bogeys and a double bogey) and Dinsmore (par, ‘ding’, bogey). In a very close finish Elliot (double bogey, bogey), Laverty (two bogeys) and Dinsmore (two bogeys) came in together with first place going to Laverty with a better back six. Second place was taken by Dinsmore (better back six).
At the start of the back nine in Division 4 Raymond Strange (25) held a narrow one point advantage over Hugh Mussen (25). William Kennedy (20) was three points further back and Ian Manson (19) another two points down. After thirteen Strange had moved three points clear of Mussen with Kennedy and Manson (‘ding at The Fort) another two points behind. Through Beechers Strange after a double bogey and a ‘ding’ had his lead reduced by one point by Kennedy (par, bogey) with Mussen (two double bogeys) and Manson (two bogeys) a further point away. Strange finished par, double bogey, ‘ding’ to win by two points from Kennedy (‘ding’, bogey, par). Manson (bogey,double bogey, bogey) and Mussen (‘ding’ and two bogeys) finished together another point behind.
Overall Winner – Sean McCormick (3) 43 pts
Overall Runner-up – Keith McCullough (10) 41 pts
Division 1 – 1st. Ryan Addley (7) 39 pts – 2nd. Sean McElroy (6) 38 pts
Division 2 – 1st. David Currie (14) 40 pts – 2nd. Philip Alexander (12) 37 pts
Division 3 – 1st. Seamus Laverty (16) 35 pts (BB6) – 2nd. Keith Dinsmore (18) 35 pts (BB6)
Division 4 – 1st. Raymond Strange (25) 34 pts – 2nd. William Kennedy (20) 32 pts
Gross – Shane McQuillan (4) 35 gr/pts
Seniors – Wilson McVeigh (7) 38 pts.