McKay wins Stableford
There was a good turnout of golfers for the Saturday Stableford Competition played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Nineteen handicapper James McKay was the Winner Overall by one point after a close finish with Phil Hanlon and Jonathan Forgrave. Hanlon with a better back nine took the Overall Runner-up placing and Forgrave won Division 3.
In Division 1 at the halfway mark seven handicapper held a narrow one point advantage over Mathew Harkness playing off seven and Mark Dunlop also playing off seven. Michael Alexander (6) was a further two points behind with James Donaghy (5) another point back. Approaching The Maple Hanlon had increased his lead to two points over Harkness and Dunlop who were joined by an improved Donaghy. Alexander was another point behind. A new leader emerged over Beechers with Donaghy, (after a par, birdie, par), leading by one point from Alexander (birdie and two pars). Hanlon lost his position after recording three bogeys and was another point behind followed by Harkness (bogey, par, bogey) and Dunlop (par, ‘ding’, par) a further point away. Hanlon improved over the closing three holes and finished with a birdie and two pars to take the Overall Runner-up placing with a better back nine. Donaghy finished a point behind with two bogeys and a birdie to win Division 1 and in a close finish for the remaining two places Alexander (two pars and a bogey), Harkness (bogey, par, birdie) and Dunlop (three pars) finished together a further point behind. Second place went to Alexander with a better back nine and Harkness in third place with a better last one.
Jamie Sutherland (-1) won the Gross and Steven Penney (3) won the Seniors.
Turning into the back nine in Division 2 Tony Carroll (10) was holding a three point lead over Conor Gillan (9). Another point behind came Adam Neeson (13) and Kevin McCavera (9). Through The Maple Carroll was leading by two points from Gillan and Neeson. McCavera was a further point behind. Up the Grove Neeson after a bogey, par and bogey had closed to within one point of Carroll (bogey, birdie, bogey). Another two points back came Gillan (birdie, bogey, double bogey) and McCavera (par, birdie, double bogey). Neeson finished par, bogey to win by one point from Gillan (two pars). McCavera (bogey, par) and Carroll, who ran into trouble over the closing two holes to finish ‘ding’, bogey, came in together a further point behind and with a better back nine third place went to McCavera.
In Division 3 after the front nine Jonathan Forgrave (17) was leading by two points from Allan Foster (17) with Owen Elliott (17) and William Hammond (16) a further one and three points respectively behind. At the fourteenth tee Forgrave had opened up a lead of six points from Foster and Elliott followed by Hammond another two points behind. After a par and a birdie followed by a ‘ding’ up the Grove, Forgrave was still the clear leader but his lead was reduced to three points with only two holes left to play. Elliott (par, birdie, bogey) was three points behind with Hammond (three pars) and Foster (bogey, par, bogey) another two points down. In a close and exciting finish Forgrave came home bogey, double bogey and just held on to an ever dimishing lead to win by one point from a late run by Foster with a birdie and a par taking second place. Hammond (birdie, bogey) and Elliott (two bogeys) finished togethet another point behind, with third place going to Hammond with a better back nine.
After the outward half in Division 4 John McClintock (19) was being hard pressed by Nicholas Kernohan (22) for the lead, a point behind. Robin Deane (19) was another three points behind followed by James McKay (19) a further point down. Through The Maple Kernohan and McKay were the new leaders. McClintock (‘ding’ at thirteen) was a further point behind with Deane another four points back. Approaching the Lowlands McKay with a run of par and two bogeys was leading by a point from Kernohan (par, double bogey, bogey). Another two points behind came John McClintock (par, bogey, ‘ding’) with Deane (two pars and a bogey) a further point away. McKay came home bogey, par to Win Overall by a point. Kernohan with a par, bogey won Division 4 by a point from Deane (par, bogey) with John McClintock (par, double bogey) another point behind in third place.
Overall Winner – James McKay (19) 43 pts
Overall Runner-up – Phil Hanlon (7) 42 pts (BB9)
Division 1 – 1st. James Donaghy (5) 41 pts – 2nd Michael Alexander (6) 40 pts (BB9) – 3rd. Matthew Harkness (7) 40 pts (BL1) Division 2 – 1st. Adam Neeson (3) 41 pts – 2nd. Conor Gillan (9) 40 pts – 3rd. Kevin McCavera (9) 39 pts (BB9)
Division 3 – 1st. Jonathan Forgrave (17) 42 pts – 2nd. Allan Foster (17) 41 pts – 3rd. William Hammond (16) 40 pts (BB9) – Division 4 – 1st. Nicholas Kernohan (22) 41 pts – 2nd. Robin Deane (19) 39 pts – 3rd. John McClintock (19) 38 pts
Gross Winner – Jamie Sutherland (-1) 40 gr/pts
Senior Winner – Steven Penney (3) 39 pts.