Another very close and exciting finish to Division 1 in the Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of Merit Stableford Competition played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club with only one point separating six players. It was a bitterly cold but dry day for the golfers.
Through Walkers Home George McCooke (6) and Fintan McLarnon (4) were leading by a point from Ivan Alexander (6), Mark Dunlop (3) and Shane McQuillan (2). David Murray(3) was another two points behind. McLarnon parred six and seven and bogeyed eight to take a one point lead over over McCooke who parred six but bogeyed seven and eight. Alexander (bogey, par, bogey), Dunlop (bogey and two pars) and McQuillan (bogey and two pars) were another point behind followed by Murray (three pars) a further point back. McLarnon parred the last hole but was joined by McCooke also with a par and Alexander who birdied the last for a three way tie. First place went to I.Alexander with a better last six with McCooke second with a better last one and McLarnon in third place. A point behind came Murray (birdie), Dunlop (par) and McQuillan (birdie) who finished together.
Jamie Sutherland (-1) won the Gross.
Through the Niuc in Division 2 Alan Knox (8) and Samuel Bamber (7) were vying for the lead a point ahead of Gordon Allen (8) and Ian McCullough (7). McCullough, after a run of three pars, joined Knox (par, bogey, par) up the Grove a point ahead of Allen (par, bogey, par). Bamber was a further point back after three bogeys. Knox was pushed hard by Allen (two pars) over the closing two holes but finished with two pars to win by one point. A further point behind in third place came McCullough (par, double bogey). Bamber (bogey, par) was another point behind the placings.
Chris Cooke (6) won the Seniors.
Approaching the fifth tee in Division 3 Kenneth Gregg (9) was three points clear of Steven Carmichael (10). Mervyn Lamont (12) and Roy McDowell (10) (‘ding’ atThe Niuc) were another point behind. John Caulfield (9) had a disappointing start as he failed to score at the first and fourth holes and was a further point down. Up the Grove Gregg (three bogeys) was still three points clear of Carmichael (three bogeys) who was joined by Lamont (three bogeys) and McDowell (par and two bogeys). Caulfield (par and two bogeys) was a further point behind. Gregg increased his lead over the closing two holes to five points when he finished with two birdies. Second place went to Lamont who finished par, bogey. Carmichael (bogey, par), McDowell (par, bogey) and Caulfield (two pars) finished together another point behind with third place going to Carmichael with a better last six.
Division 1 -1st. Ivan Alexander (11) 21 pts (BL6) – 2nd. George McCooke (11) 21 pts (BL1) – 3rd. Fintan McLarnon (8) 21 pts
Division 2 – 1st. Alan Knox (15) 24 pts – 2nd. Gordon Allen (16) 23 pts – 3rd. Ian McCullough (14) 22 pts
Division 3 – 1st. Kenneth Gregg (17) 25 pts – 2nd. Mervyn Lamont (23) 20 pts – 3rd. Steven Carmichael (19) 19 pts (BL6)
Gross – Jamie Sutherland (-1) 19 gr/pts
Seniors – Chris Cooke (12) 22 pts.
Twos were recorded by – S.Laverty, R.Steele, M.Dunlop, C.Thompson, G.Wilson and P.Smyth.
There was a tie between David Keys (5) and Andrew Moore (5) through The Maple. Alastair Murray (6) was a point behind with James Taylor (4) a further two points down. Moore, after three pars, was the new leader approaching the Lowlands but Keys (two pars and a bogey) and Murray (‘ding’, par, birdie) were close up a point behind. Taylor (three pars) was a further two points back. In a very close finish Moore, after a bogey at the Lowlands, lost his chance of winning after a ‘ding’ at the last. Keys took advantage of this mishap with a bogey, par finish to win by one point from Moore, Murray (two bogeys) and Taylor with a late run of two pars. Second place went to Taylor with a better last six and with a better last six Murray finished in third place.