Mervyn Foster and Keith Barkley were inseparable at the finish in Division 1 of the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Stableford Competition played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
Vying for the lead approaching The Niuc were Mervyn Foster, Keith Barkley and GaryJackson. Jackson upped the pace with two pars followed by a bogey through Broadmeadows to lead by two points from Foster (par, bogey, par) and Barkley (three bogeys). With one to play Jackson’s lead was reduced to one shot by both Foster and Barkley who recorded birdies and pars at seven and eight to two pars from Jackson. Excitement was intense through Longlands as Foster and Barkley scored birdies to join Jackson who parred the last. As M.Foster and K.Barkley were inseparable they finished in joint first place, both with a better last six.
Jamie Sutherland won the Gross.
The finish to Division 2 was not just as intense as Division 1. Through the Trout Hole James McAuley set out his intentions early when he opened with two pars and a birdie to take an early one point lead over Trevor Fletcher (bogey, par, birdie) with Philip Magill (bogey, par, double bogey) a further two points down. McAuley continued to play par golf over the following three holes to open up a three point advantage over Fletcher (par, double bogey, par) and Magill (three pars). McAuley maintained his three point advantage approaching Longlands. A par at Longlands saw him home to win by two points from Fletcher (birdie) in second place with Magill (bogey) a further two points behind.
Only one point separated seven golfers in Division 3 after an enthralling competition. Through the third William McKigney was leading by one point from Seamus Laverty and Trevor Todd. Cianan Mooney (‘ding’ at the third), Kevin Devlin and James Mairs were another point behind followed by Jim Millar (‘ding’ at Arthur’s Seat) a further point behind. Over Beechers Laverty after a bogey, par, birdie joined McKigney (two bogeys and a par) in the lead by one point from Todd (bogey and two pars). Mairs (two pars and a birdie), Millar (bogey and two pars), Devlin (two pars and a ‘ding’) and Mooney (bogey, ‘ding’, par) were one, two, three and four points restpectfully further behind. Down the Lowlands Laverty with a birdie and double bogey was leading by one point from McKigney (double bogey, par) and an improved Millar (par, birdie). Mairs (par, double bogey) was two points further back followed by Mooney (two pars) and Todd (two double bogeys) another point down. Devlin (two bogeys) was a further point in arrears. Laverty ‘dinged’ the last and was joined by Millar (double bogey) and with a better last six first place went to Millar and second place to Laverty. A point behind came Mooney (birdie), Devlin (birdie),Mairs (par), Todd (par) and McKigney (‘ding’).
Division 1 – 1st. (Joint) Mervyn Foster 22 pts and Keith Barkley 22 pts
Division 2 – 1st. James McAuley 25 pts – 2nd. Trevor Fletcher 23 pts
Division 3 – 1st. Jim Millar 21 pts (BL6) – Seamus Laverty 21 pts
Gross – Jamie Sutherland 20 gr/pts.
Twos were recorded by – M.Alexander, S.Bamber, N.Fitzsimmons, M.Dunlop, K.Barkley, M.Foster, M.Graham, G.Wilson, L.Foster, J.Rainey, M.Reid, S.Laverty, J.McCarley and I.Alexander.