First Weekend Sweep
Golf has now resumed at Galgorm Castle Golf Club after a three month break and in a very close and exciting finish to the First Weekend Sweep twelve handicapper Paul Campbell was the Overall Winner by a point from Overall Runner-up Nicholas Kernohan (28). There were also close finishes to all the Divisions. It was good to be treading the fairways again and with the course in excellent condition thanks to the groundstaff.
In Division 2 at halfway Paul Campbell (12) held a comfortable four point advantage over Sean McCann (10) and Adam Martin (10). Gary Crabbe (14) and Tony Carroll (11) were a further two points back. Through The Maple Martin had reduced Campbell’s lead to two points. McCann was another two points behind followed by Carroll and Crabbe another one and two points respectively down. Over Beechers after two pars Campbell had increased his lead to four points again. McCann (two pars) had overtaken Martin (‘ding’, bogey) by a point. Crabbe (par, bogey) was another point behind followed closely by Carroll (two bogeys) a further point away. Campbell finished with two double bogeys and a birdie to Win Overall. McCann (two bogeys and a par) was three points behind and won Division 2 by a point from Crabbe (two bogeys and a birdie) and Carroll (three pars) with second place going to Crabbe with a better back nine and Carroll in third place.
In Division 1 at the turn Joshua McKeown (9) held a one point advantage over Fintan McLarnon (8) with Paul Banks (8) and Joel McNeilly (5) a further two and four points respectively behind. Approaching The Maple Banks had closed to within two points oif the leader. McKeown was another two points behind followed by McNeilly another point down. Over Beechers McKeown’s lead after bogey, par, bogey was reduced to one point by Banks (bogey and two pars) and an improved McLarnon (birdie and two pars). McNeilly (two pars and a birdie) was still very much in contention a further point behind but improving. In a close finish McKeown came home par, bogey, birdie and was joined by McNeilly (three birdies) with first place going to McNeilly with a better back nine. Banks (par, double bogey, par) and McLarnon (two bogeys and a par) finished three points behind. Third place went to Banks with a better back nine.
After the front nine in Division 3 Jonathan Keys (17) was leading by a point from Allan Foster (17). George Fleck (16), Harris Fleming (16) and Michael Montgomery (17) were a further two, three and five points respectively behind. Approaching the fourteenth tee a much improved Fleming had joined Keys (‘ding’ at eleven) in the lead by two points from Foster (‘ding’ at twelve) and an improved Montgomery. Fleck was another point behind. Up the Grove Fleming, after a run of two pars and a bogey, was leading by a point from Keys (bogey, par, bogey) and an improving Fleck (par, birdie, par). Montgomery and Foster both hit bogey trouble and had fallen back and were a further five points adrift. In a close finish Keys (par,bogey) and Fleck (bogey, par) finished together with Fleck taking first place with a better back nine. J.Keys came second, a point ahead of Fleming (double bogey, bogey) in third place.
Entering the back nine in Division 4 Nicholas Kernohan (28) was two points ahead of James Carmichael (21) and Ryan Balmer (20). Aidan Donnelly (20), John McClintock (19) and Gary Coulter (21) were another two, three and four points respectively further behind. Approaching Beechers Carmichael was leadingby a point from Kernohan and Balmer followed by Donnelly, Coulter and McClintock at intervals of four, five and six points respectively further back. With two to play Kernohan, after a par and double bogey, was leading by one point from Carmichael (bogey, double bogey). Balmer (bogey, ‘ding’) was another two points behind with Coulter (double bogey, par) and McClintock (par, bogey) a further three points back. Donnelly (two double bogeys) was another point down. Kernohan finished with a double bogey and a birdie) to take Second Place Overall. Carmichael (double bogey, bogey) finished four points behind Kernohan to win Division 4 by a point from Balmer (double bogey, par). Coulter (two bogeys), John McClintock (double bogey, par) and Donnelly (par, bogey) finished together with third place going to Coulter with a better back nine.