Golf hit by Weather
Play continued in the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of Merit Stableford Competition. The weather was anything but ideal for those golfers who braved the elements, having to cope with the ice cold high winds and heavy intermittent showers which also caused wet underfoot conditions in places and resulted in a lower turn out of golfers. Despite the inclement weather there were close finishes to both divisions. To show how close and exciting Division 1 was it is worth noting that only one point separated the six golfers involved after each of the nine holes.
Through The Maple in Division 1 Alastair Murray (5) held a slender one point advantage over Philip Smyth (3), Stephen Sexton (5), David Currie (5), Gary Henry (2) and Ivan Alexander (6). Over Beechers there was a change in leadership with Smyth, after two pars, Sexton (two pars) and Currie (two pars) a point ahead of Murray (two bogeys), Henry (bogey, par) and Alexander (two pars). Over the closing three holes, Sexton bogeyed the Grove and completed his round with two pars where he was joined by Smyth (three pars), Murray (three pars) and Currie with a par, bogey, par. The finish was so close that the countback had to go to the better last seven to find a winner. First place went to Sexton with Smyth second with a better last six. Murray was third with a better last three. Henry (birdie and two pars) and Alexander (two pars and a bogey) finished a point behind.
In Division 2 approaching the Devils Elbow David Martin (6) was leading by a point from Colin Thompson (6) with Kevin Devlin (9) and Michael Burton (6) another point behind. Garth Wilson (7) and John McFarland (8) were one and two points respectively further behind. Over Beechers Martin after two pars was still leading by two points from Devlin (two pars) and Thompson (bogey, par). Wilson (two bogeys), McFarland (par, bogey) and Burton (two bogeys) were another two points behind. Martin birdied the Grove but ran into trouble over the last two holes to finish double bogey, ‘ding’. He was joined by Thompson who took advantage of Martin’s mishaps with a par, bogey, par finish and with a better last six first place went to Thompson with Martin second. Wilson (birdie, par, bogey) and Devlin (par, double bogey, bogey) were a point behind and with a better last six Wilson took third place. A further point behind came McFarland (par and two bogeys) and Burton (two bogeys and a birdie).
Twos were recorded by – S.McCormick, G.McWilliams, G.Kernohan, C.Thompson, Rod Lennox and G.Wilson.