Black wins Division 1 in close Finish
First of all I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new captain Samuel Graham and wish him all the best for the incoming year. I would also like to thank the outgoing captain Peter Daly for all the hard work he put in throughout the past year and the way in which he led by example.
There was a very close finish to Division 1 in the final round of the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of Merit Stableford Competition at Galgorm Castle Golf Club with only one point separating six players.
Vincent Miskelly opened with a birdie, bogey, birdie to take an early lead approaching The Maple. Philip Smyth (par, bogey, par) and Ian McCullough (par, bogey, par) were a point behind with Stephen Black (bogey and two pars), Alan Proctor (double bogey and two pars) and Neil Fitzsimmons (bogey, double bogey, birdie) a further point behind. Over Beechers Miskelly (par) was joined by Black (birdie) in the lead but were being hard pressed by Fitzsimmons, Smyth and McCullough a point behind. Proctor was a further point down. Up the Grove Miskelly (bogey) went two points behind Black (par) but a magnificent eagle two at the par 4 Lowlands (drive followed by a one bounce iron shot) levelled the scores again. They were joined by an improved McCullough (two pars) to lead by a point from Proctor (two pars), Fitzsimmons (par, bogey) and Smyth (bogey, par). Black and Miskelly parred the last and finished together but with a better back six first place went to Black with Miskelly in second place. A point behind came Proctor (par), Fitzsimmons (par) and McCullough (bogey).
Jordan Hood won the Gross.
Ian Henry, after a run of two bogeys, a par and a birdie, held a one point advantage over Denis McCarroll (par, double bogey and two bogeys) through The Maple in Division 2. Another point behind came Colin Orr (bogey, double bogey, par, bogey) and Philip Alexander (bogey, par and two bogeys) with Harry Cook (par, two ‘dings’, bogey) a further three points down. Approaching the Grove Henry after two pars was still one point ahead of McCarroll (two pars). Orr (par, bogey) and Alexander (bogey, birdie) were another two points behind followed by an improvong Cook (par, birdie) a further point behind. Henry finished with three bogeys to win by two points from Orr (bogey, par, bogey), P.Alexander (two pars and a bogey), McCarroll (bogey, double bogey, bogey) and Cook (bogey and two pars) who finisherd together and with a better back six second place went to Cook.
Through The Niuc in Division 3 William Kennedy (two bogeys, birdie, par) was holding a one point lead over Bernie Frayne (bogey, two pars, double bogey) and Damian Gillan (two bogeys, par, birdie) with Darryl Robinson (bogey, birdie, par, bogey) another point behind. After Broadmeadows Kennedy had increased his lead to two points over Gillan with Frayne and Robinson a further point down. Robinson came home par, par, birdie to win by one point from Frayne (two pars and a bogey) in second place. Gillan (par, double bogey, par) and Kennedy who ran into bogey trouble (par and two double bogeys) another point away.
Division 1 – 1st. Stephen Black 22 pts (BB6) – 2nd. Vincent Miskelly 22 pts
Division 2 – 1st. Ian Henry 22 pts – 2nd. Harry Cook 20 pts (BB6)
Division 3 – 1st. Darryl Robinson 22 pts – 2nd. Bernie Frayne 21 pts
Gross – Jordan Hood 20 G/pts.
Twos were recorded by – B.Cull, N.Fitzsimmons, M.Hamilton, V.Miskelly (x2), T.Todd, J.McCarry, J.Rock, D.Reilly and J.Hood.
Order of Merit
In the final round of the above competition Shane McQuillan who had been leading by a point from Neville Neill held on to win by one point from Neville.
Results (Prelim) – 1.Shane McQuillan 115.00 – 2. Neville Neill 114.00 – 3. Graham Simms 104.00 – 4. Philip Smyth 102.00 – 5. Ivan Alexander 101.00 – 6. (equal) Willie Park and Norman Nicholl 100.00 – 8. Ian Stewart 98.00 – 9. (equal) Gary Henry and Colin Thompson 97.00.