The Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Stableford for the Robinson Trophy was played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Weather conditions were favourabloe for the golfers and there were some vey close finishes and play was very competitive throughout the divisions.
At halfway Michael Burton (17) was leading by a point but was being hard pressed by David Gault (12), Tony Carroll (11) and Michael McAuley (11). Shane McQuillan (4) and George Kernohan (13) were a further two points back. Approaching the fourteenth tee McAuley was the new leader a point ahead of McQuillan and Carroll. Kernohan and Gault were another point behind with Burton a further point away. Through the Grove McAuley with three pars had increased his lead. Burton (two bogeys and a birdie) and Gault (par, bogey, par) were three points behind the leader with McQuillan (two pars and a bogey), Carroll (three bogeys) and Kernohan (par, bogey, double bogey) another point behind. What a finish lay ahead with only two holes left to play! Disaster struck McAuley who ‘dinged’ the closing two holes. Burton (two bogeys) and McQuillan (par, birdie) took advantage of McAuley’s mishaps and came home a point ahead. The Overall Winner was McQuillan with a better back nine and the Overall Runner-up placing went to Burton. Joining McAuley at the finish were Gault (two bogeys), Carroll (bogey, par) and Kernohan (bogey, par). Kernohan won Division 2 with Gault (better back nine) in second place. M.McAuley won the Seniors.
In Division 1 at the turn Mervyn Foster (8) was leading by one point from George Small (10). Another point behind came Mark Dunlop (7) and Liam Reilly (1). Through The Maple Foster had a three point cushion from Dunlop and Reilly with Small falling back another two points after hitting bogey trouble. Foster with three pars was holding his three point advantage over Dunlop (birdie, par, bogey) and Reilly (birdie and two pars). Small (par, birdie, par) was another point behind. Foster finished double bogey, par and held on to win by one point from Reilly (par, birdie). Dunlop (par, bogey) and Small (two pars) were another point behind. L.Reilly won the Gross with second place in the Division going to Dunlop with a better back nine.
After the front nine in Division 3 there were four players vying for the lead – Keith Dinsmore (18), John Caulfield (17), Gordon Allen (16) and Jim Millar (18). At The Maple Dinsmore and Caulfield were one point ahead of Millar followed by Allen (‘ding’ at twelve) another point behind. Approaching the Lowlands Dinsmore, after two pars and a bogey and Caulfield (bogey and two pars) had increased their lead to three points over Millar ( three bogeys) and Allen (par and two bogeys). Dinsmore (bogey) gained a two point advantage at the Lowlands when Caulfield failed to score and after another bogey at the last held on to win by one point from Caulfield (par). Allen (bogey, par) was another point away with Millar (two bogeys) a further point back.
Kevin Duffin (21) held a very comfortable looking five point advantage from Antony Blair (19) at the start of the back nine in Division 4. Martin Abernethy (31) was a further six points in arrears. Through The Maple Duffin, after running into double bogey trouble was joined by Blair with Abernethy losing ground another ten points away. Up the Grove Duffin (par and two double bogeys) had taken a four point advantage over Blair (double bogey and two ‘dings’) with an improving Abernethy (par, bogey, double bogey) another two points behind. Duffin failed to score over the closing two holes but held on to win by one point from Blair (par, ‘ding’). Abernethy (bogey, ‘ding’) was another two points behind.
Results – Overall Winner -Shane McQuillan (4) 42 pts (BB9) – Overall Runner-up – Michael Burton (17) 42 pts – Division 1 – 1st. Mervyn Foster (8) 41 pts – 2nd. Mark Dunlop (7) 39 pts (BB9) – Division 2 – George Kernohan (13) 41 pts (BB9) – 2nd. David Gault (12) 41 pts (BB6) – Division 3 – 1st. Keith Dinsmore (18) 40 pts – 2nd. John Caulfield (17) 39 pts – Division 4 – 1st. Kevin Duffin (21) 39 pts – 2nd. Antony Blair (19) 38 pts – Gross – Liam Reilly (1) 39 gr/pts – Seniors – Michael McAuley (13) 41 pts.