Park takes Division 1 on Countback
Another exciting finish to Division 1 in the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of M erit Stableford played at with only one point separating six golfers. Past the lake and over the river at the Niuc Philip Smyth (4) held a slender one point advantage but was being hard pressed by Willie Park (5) and Gary Henry (3) with Keith Clements (5), Trevor Fleming (4) and Keith Padgett (5) another point behind. Smyth, after a birdie and a par, increased his lead to two points down Broadmeadowa over Park (two pars). Clements (two pars), Fleming (bogey, birdie) and Padgett (two pars) were another point behind followed by Henry (bogey, par) a further point back. Smyth continued to lead approaching Longlands after a par and a bogey but Park (two pars) and an improving Henry with two birdies had closed towithin one point of the leader. Fleming (two pars) and Padgett (two pars) were another point behind frollowed by Clements (bogey, par) a further point away. In an exciting finish to the Division Smyth finished with a bogey and was joined by Park (par) and Henry (par) and with a better last six first place went to Park. G.Henry with a better last six took second place with Smyth the long time leader third.
Michael Reid (-2) won the Gross.
In Division 2 Gordon Allen (7) opened briskly with a birdie and followed up with a par, bogey par to take a two point lead over Damian Gillan (8) and Colin Black (6) approaching the fifth tee. Adrian Atkinson (6), Jim Wilson (6) and Jonathan Kennedy (‘ding’ at The Niuc) were a further one, two and three points respectively further behind. Gillan birdied the fifth and after a further two pars moved two points clear of Allen who parred five, bogeyed six and ‘dinged’ seven. Black (two bogeys) and Atkinson (birdie, double bogey, par) were another point behind with Wilson (par, bogey, par) and Kennedy (three pars) a further point down. Gillan finished bogey, par to win by two points from Black (two pars) in second place. There was a close contest for third place with Atkinson (bogey, par), Allen (two bogeys), Wilson (bogey, birdie) and Kennedy (two pars) all finishing together another point behind. Third place went to Wilson with a better last six.
After the Niuc in Division 3 Steven Carmichael (19) held a comfortable three point advantage over Malcolm Sharpe (9), Sam MacDonald (13) and Harkness McCaughan (9). McCaughan after a bogey and two pars had closed to within one point of Carmichael (two pars and a ‘ding’). Sharpe (par, double bogey, par) and MacDonald bogey, double bogey, bogey) were another point behind. Carmichael increased his lead over the closing two holes with two pars to win by three points from McCaughan (double bogey, par), Sharpe (par, bogey) and MacDonald (double bogey, par). Second place was taken by Sharpe with a better last three and MacDonald finished third. McCaughan won the Seniors.
Division 1 – 1st. Willie Park (9) 21 pts (BL6) – 2nd. Gary Henry (6) 21 pts (BL6) – 3rd. Philip Smyth (8) 21 pts
Division 2 – 1st. Damian Gillan (16) 23 pts – 2nd. Colin Black (12) 21 pts – 3rd. Jim Wilson (13) 20 pts (BL6)
Division 3 – 1st. Steven Carmichael (19) 23 pts – 2nd. Mal Sharpe (19) 20 pts (BL3) – 3rd. Samuel MacDonald (25) 20 pts – Gross – Michael Reid (-2) 20gr/pts
Seniors – Harkness McCaughan (20 pts (BL1).
Twos were recorded by – A.Atkinson, D.Gillan, P.Alexander, M.Hamilton, P.Smyth, S.Penney, G,Henry, C.Steele, M.FRoster, C.Doherty, S.McQuillan and M.Reid (x2)
Through The Maple Andrew McKillop (8) was leading by a point from Paul Houston (3) and David Stirling jnr.(3). David McIlroy (7) was another point behind. Over Beechers McKillop (bogey, par) was leading by a point from McIlroy (two pars). Stirling jnr. (two pars) was another point behind with Houston (bogey, par) a further point back. In a close finish Houston came with a late run of birdie, bogey, birdie to win by one point from McKillop (par, double bogey, ‘ding’), McIlroy (par, ‘ding’, par) and Stirling jnr. (par, bogey, par) with second place going to McIlroy with a better last six. Stirling jnr. with a better last three finished in third place.
A two was recorded by K.McCavera.