The Robinson’s NISA Extra sponsored Order of Merit continued at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
There was a very close and exciting finish to Division 1 with six players competing for the placings two points behind the winner. There was a three way tie between John Rock (4), John Rainey (3) and Willie Park (5) through The Maple. Hot on their heels a point behind came Wilson McVeigh (4), Cianan Mooney (3) and Mark Dunlop (3) with Mark Hami8lton (5) a further two points back. A new leader emerged up the Grove with McVeigh, after scoring two more pars and a birdie, leading by one point from Rainey (three pars) and Park (two pars and a bogey). Hamilton (two pars and a bogey), Mooney (three pars), Dunlop (par, birdie, bogey) and Rock (two bogeys and a par) were another point behind. McVeigh finished with two pars to win by two points. As already mentioned competition for the placings was really competitive with six players – Rainey (par, bogey), Park (par, bogey), Hamilton (two pars), Mooney (two pars), Dunlop (two pars) and Rock (two pars) – finishing together two points behind the winner (McVeigh). Second place went to Hamilton with a better last three and with a better last three Mooney came third.
In Division 2 approaching the Devils Elbow Adrian Atkinson (7) was leading by a point from Seamus Laverty (8). Colin Thompson (7), George Kernohan (6) and Ian Stwewart (8) werea further point behind. Over Beechers Atkinson, after a bogey and a par, was still holding a one point advantage over Laverty (par, bogey) who was joined by Kernohan (birdie, par) and Stewart (two pars). Thompson (bogey, par) was another point behind. Play continued to be competitive over the closing three holes. Atkinson with three pars held on to win by one point from Kernohan (three pars), Laverty (bogey and two pars), Stewart (par, bogey, par) and Thompson (par, birdie, par).Thompson with a better last three took second place with Kernohan third with a better last six.
Sammy Graham (11) and Austin McGillian (11) were vying for the lead after The Maple in Division 3. Ronan Speers (14), Harkness McCaughan (9) and Andrew McWilliams (18) were two points behind. Up the Grove Graham (three bogeys) and McGillian (par, bogey, double bogey) were joined in the lead by Speers (two bogeys and a par). McWilliams (bogey and two double bogeys) was a point behind with McCaughan (three bogeys) another point down. Graham finished bogey, par to win by one point from McGillian (two bogeys) and Speers (bogey, double bogey). Speers came second with a better back six and McGillian took third place. McCaughan and McWilliams hit bogey trouble to finish a further two points behind.
Division 1 – 1st. Wilson McVeigh (7) 24 pts – 2nd. Mark Hamilton (10) 22 pts (BL3) – 3rd. Cianan Mooney (6) 22 pts (BL3) – Division 2 – 1st. Adrian Atkinson (13) 25 pts – 2nd. Colin Thompson (13) 24 pts (BL3) – 3rd. George Kernohan (13) 24 pts – Division 3 – 1st. Sammy Graham (21) 25 pts – 2nd. Ronan Speers (28) 24 pts (BL6) – 3rd. Austin McGillian (22) 24 pts.
Twos were recorded by – D.Keys, W.Park, G.Kernohan, P.Coleman, J.Rainey, G.Crabbe, S.McQuillan, J.Sutherland and S.Johnston.
Over The Niuc David Jackson (10) was a point ahead of Antony Blair (9) followed by Martin Abernethy (16) (‘ding’ at Lillyvale) and Ronnie Gilchrist(9) a further three points behind. Through The Treasury Jackson (two bogeys and a par) and Blair (birdie and two bogeys) were leading by three points from Abernethy (two pars and a ‘ding’) and Gilchrist (two pars and a bogey). Over the closing two holes Blair with two pars and Abernethy (par, birdie) finished together two points clear of Gilchrist (par, birdie) and Jackson (bogey, birdie). First place went to Abernethy with a better last six with Blair in second place. Third place was taken by Gilchrist with a better last six.
Twos were recorded by – A.Blair and J.McCarley.