Close Call In All Divisions
Competition was very close in all Divisions of the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of Merit Stableford competition played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
In Division 1 through The Niuc Josh Nicholl (5) and Sean McCormick (2) were one point ahead of Lyle Foster (5). Down Broadmeadows Nichol (two pars) and McCormick (birdie, par) were still leading by a point from Foster (two pars). Nicholl parred seven and eight to take a one point advantage over McCormick (two pars) and Foster (two pars). All three parred Longlands which left Nicholl in first place a point ahead of McCormick and Foster. Second place went to L.Foster with a better last six.
Philip Magill (8) opened with two pars in Division 2 to take an early one point lead over Jordan Gaw (6) (two pars). Gary Crabbe (7) opened with a bogey followed by a par and was another point behind. Crabbe birdied the Trout Hole and parred the next two holes to join Magill (par, bogey, par) approaching Broadmeadows. Gaw was two points behind after two pars and a bogey. Magill parred Broadmeadows to take a one point advantage over Crabbe who bogeyed the hole. Gaw also bogeyed six and was another two points behind. Magill finished bogey, bogey, par and was joined by Crabbe (bogey, par, par) and a fast finishing Gaw with two pars and a birdie. First place went to Gaw with a better last six and Crabbe finished in second place with a better last six.
After the opening three holes in Division 3 Tony Quinn (8) was leading by a point from Mervyn Lamont (11) and Garth Wilson (9) with Raymond Strange (12) a further two points behind. Quinn emerged as the new leader through Broadmeadows after a bogey, par and a double bogey. Wilson (double bogey, bogey, par) was a point behind the leader and Lamont (two double bogeys and a bogey) and Strange (par, bogey, double bogey) were another point behind. Strange improved over the closing three holes and finished with three pars to win by one point from Quinn (par, bogey, par). Lamont (par, bogey, par) and Wilson (bogey, bogey, par) finished together another point behind albeit out of the placings.
Division 1 – 1st. Josh Nicholl (10) 23 pts – 2nd. Lyle Foster (11) 22 pts (BL6)
Division 2 – 1st. Jordan Gaw (12) 23 pts (BL6) – 2nd. Gary Crabbe (14) 23 pts (BL6)
Division 3 – 1st, Raymond Strange (23) 22 pts – 2nd. Tony Quinn (17) 21 pts.
Twos were recorded by – J.Kennedy, J.McNeilly, D.Gillan, S.Bamber, W.Park, D.Murray, J.Rainey, O.Elliot, C.Cooke, S.McCormick, G.Wilkins, M.Hamilton and J.Hood.
Another exciting finish to the Back Nine with three players having the same score. Through the Maple Thomas McNeill (4) held a two point advantage from Patrick Reid (9) with James McKay (10) (‘ding’ at the Maple) another two points behind. McNeill, after a par, birdie and bogey was still leading approaching the Lowlands from Reid (bogey and two pars) who had closed to within one point. McKay (bogey, par, bogey) was a further three points behind. McNeill finished with a ‘ding’ and a par and was joined by Reid (bogey, double bogey) and McKay (two pars). Reid finished in first place with a better last six and McKay with a better last six finished second.