Division 1 win for Norman Reid
Play opened briskly in Division 1 of the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of Merit at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
Approaching The Niuc Norman Reid after opening with a bogey, eagle two and a birdie and John McCarry (birdie, par, birdie) were setting the early pace two points ahead of Gary McWilliams (three pars) and Ian McCully (three pars) with Ryan Addley (bogey and two pars) another point behind. The positions remained the same over The Niuc. Down Broadmeadows Reid had opened up a two point lead over McCarry who was joined by McCully. McWilliams and Addley were a further point behind. Reid held his two point advantage with a par and a bogey over the next two holes from McCarry (par, bogey), McCully (bogey, par), McWilliams (two pars) and Addley (two pars). Reid parred the Longlands to win by two points. McCarry, McCully, McWilliams and Addley all parred the final hole to finish together and with a better back six second place went to Addley. Jordan Hood won the Gross.
Antony Blair was leading by two points in Division 2 after the Trout Hole from Kevin Duffin, Brian Watt and Darryl Robinson after an opening run of three pars. Blair (two bogeys and a par) continued to lead but Duffin (bogey and two pars) and Watt (two pars and a bogey) had closed to within one point of the leader. Robinson (bogey, par, bogey) was another point behind. Blair finished with a par and two bogeys and was joined by Watt with a par, bogey, par, finish. However Duffin came through with three pars to win by one point. Second place with a better back six was taken by Watt. Robinson (three pars) was a further point behind.
Through The Maple in Division 3 Eric Boyce after opening with an eagle three at The Fort then ran into bogey trouble with a double bogey and two bogeys. He was leading by a point over Stephen Logan (birdie, bogey, birdie, par) and Joel McNeilly (eagle three, bogey, birdie, par). A further point behind came George Tumilson (four pars) and Conor McAuley (eagle three and three bogeys) followed by David Halliday (two bogeys and two pars) another two points down. Up the Grove Logan had moved into a two point lead after a birdie and two pars from Boyce, McNeilly, Tumilson and Halliday. McAuley fell at Beechers and was another point behind. Logan finished with another par and a birdie to win by two points from an improved Halliday (par, birdie). Two points further back came Tumilson (bogey, par), McAuley (two pars), McNeilly (bogey, birdie) and Boyce (double bogey, par) who finished together. McNeilly won the Alt 9 Gross.
Division 1 – 1st. Norman Reid 23 pts – 2nd. Ryan Addley 21 pts (BB6)
Division 2 – 1st. Kevin Duffin 24 pts – 2nd. Brian Watt 23 pts (BB6)
Division 3 – 1st. Stephen Logan 25 pts – 2nd. David Halliday 23 pts
Gross – Jordan Hood 20 G/Pts – Alt 9 Gross – Joel McNeilly 19 G/Pts.
Twos were recorded by – T.McNeill, G.Kernohan, C.Black, Paul Houston, Peter Houston, J.Hill. J.McNeill (x2), C.Thompson, N.Reid (x2), M.Reid, J.Hood, S.Logan, D.Halliday and R.Steele.
Order of Merit
Neville Neill still leads the Order of Merit but his lead has been cut to three points by second placed Shane McQuillan.
Neville Neill 99.00 – 2. Shane McQuillan 96.00 – 3. Gary Jackson 89.00 – 4. Norman Nicholl 88.00 – 5. Gary Henry 87.00 – 6. Ivan Alexander 86.00 – 7. (equal) Steven Penney and Graham Simms 84.00 – 9. Ian St