Close Finish to Division 1
Early starters were to the fore in the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of Merit played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club as heavy rain later in the morning made playing conditions unpleasant for the rest.
There was an exciting finish to Division 1 with only one point separating seven players. Approaching The Maple John Rock (three pars) and Willie Park (three pars) were leading by a point from Keith Clements (par and two bogeys) and Tony Carroll (two pars and a ‘ding’). Philip Smyth (par, ‘ding’, par) and Ian McCullough (double bogey, bogey, par) were another point behind followed by Colin Thompson (two bogeys and a ‘ding’). Over Beechers Park was leading by a point from Rock with Carroll another point behind. Smyth, Clements and McCullough were a further point back. Thompson, although another point down was still in contention. In a very close finish Carroll (bogey, par, birdie, Smyth (two birdies and a bogey) and Clements (birdie, bogey, birdie) came home level on points and with a better back six first place went to Smyth with Clements (better back three) second. A point behind came an improved Thompson (par. birdie, par), McCullough (three pars), Rock (par, bogey, par) and Park (three bogeys).
The Gross was won by Vincent Miskelly.
Through The Maple in Division 2 Simon Finlay who opened with a birdie, two pars and a bogey held a two point advantage from Patrick Reid (three pars and a double bogey). Another point behind came John McFarland (par, ‘ding’, par, bogey) followed by Keith Dinsmore (bogey, double bogey, par, bogey) a further point back. Up the Grove and with two to play Finlay was still leading by two points from new challenger McFarland with Reid and an improving Dinsmore another point behind. In another close finish Finlay came home par, bogey and was joined by McFarland with two pars. Three and four points respectively further behind came Dinsmore (bogey, par) and P.Reid (bogey, double bogey). McFarland won Division 2 with a better back six with Finlay second.
In Division 3 Neville Neill (par, birdie and two pars) and Tony Dodds (bogey, two pars, bogey) were leading by two points from Gareth Marcus (bogey, birdie and two bogeys) and Joshua Hill (par, eagle and two bogeys) through The Niuc. Down Broadmeadows Dodds had taken a one point lead over Neill and Marcus with Hill a further two points behind. Dodds ‘dinged’ The Treasury and Marcus with a par emerged as the new leader. Neill and Dodds were a point behind with Hill another point down. Marcus finished with a par and a birdie to win by three points from Neill (two pars) and Hill (two birdies). Second place went to Hill with a better last six. Dodds (double bogey, par) was anothyer point behind.
Division 1 – 1st. Philip Smyth 20 pts (BB6) – 2nd. Keith Clements 20 pts (BB3)
Division 2 – 1st. John McFarland 22 pts (BB6) – 2nd. Simon Finlay 22 pts
Division 3 – 1st. Gareth Marcus 24 pts – 2nd. Joshua Hill 21 pts (BL6)
Gross – Vincent Miskelly 16 G/pts.
Twos were registered by – Roy McDowell, N.Nicholl, P.Smyth, W.Crawford, G.Marcus and J.Hill.
Order of Merit
Only one point separates Shane McQuillan and Neville Neill at the top of the Order of Merit table.
- Shane McQuillan 109.00
- Neville Neill 108.00
- Graham Simms 99.00
- Ivan Alexander and Gary Henry 97.00 – (equal)
6. Ian Stewart, Norman Nicholl and Colin Thompson 96.00
9. Willie Parki 95.00
10 – Gary Jackson and Philip Smyth 93.00.