Galgorm Castle News

Atkinson wins President's Day

- Posted on: 28/08/2023 - $itemValue.title

Image credit: Kevin Markham


There was a good turn out for President's Day at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. The President (Mr. Austin McGillian) was on the first tee from early morning, meeting and wishing the golfers a good round of golf. There was also a 'goodie' bag at the start and a complementary drink at halfway. The weather was cloudy and cold with odd bursts of strong wind making golf difficult at times. TheThe golf was close and exciting with only one point separating four golfers at the finish. The Overall Winner was Adrian Atkinson (10) by one point from Jordan Barnes (@16), Stephen McCabe (17) and James Kennedy O'Shea (17).

Division 1

At halfway Billy Cull (7) ('ding' at Longlands) and David Stirling Jnr. (4) were vying for the lead but being very hard pressed by Tony Carroll (9) and Gary Henry (8) ('ding' at Broadmeadows) a point behind. Peter Houston (9) ('dings' at the Trout Hole and Walkers Home) was another point back. Through The Maple Stirling Jnr. was leading by two points from Cull and Henry. Carroll was another point behind with Houston a further point back. Approaching the Lowlands Stirling Jnr. after recording a bogey at the Devils Elbow, followed by a birdie at Beechers and a bogey at the Grove was joined in the lead by Henry with a par at the Devils Elbow followed by another two pars. Carroll (birdie, bogey, par) was a point behind. Cull (p;ar and two bogeys ) was another point behind. Houston (par, birdie, double bogey) was a further point down. In a very close and exciting finish Stirling Jnr. (birdie at the Lowlands and a bogey at Shirleys Cottage), Henry (par, bogey) and Carroll (bogey, par) finished together. A point behind came Houston (two pars) and Cull (two pars). Gary Henry won the Seniors; David Stirling Jnr. won the Gross and Tony Carroll won the Division. Peter Houston finished second with a better back nine and Billy Cull in third place.

Division 2

Through the Front 9 Adrian Atkinson (10) was leading by one point from Billy Goodall (10). Paul Steenson (12) ('ding'at Broadmeadows) and Michael Alexander (11) (opened with a 'ding') were another point behind. At The MapleAtkinson was still leading by a point from Goodall with Steenson and Alexander ('ding' at The Fort) another point behind. Atkinson was proving difficult to overcome and after a bogey at the Devils Elbow and a par at Beechers he was still leading by a point from Steenson (bogey, par) and Alexander (birdie, bogey). Goodall was a further point down after a 'ding' at the Devils Elbow followed by a par at Beechers. Atkinson parred the Grove, birdied theLowlands and completed his round with a par at Shirleys Cottage to WIN OVERALL. Two points behind, Steenson finished bogey, birdie, par to win Division 2 by one point from Alexander (bogey and two pars) and Goodall (bogey,par, birdie). Second place went to Alexander with a better last six and Goodall in third place

Division 3

James O'Shea (17) was leading by one point at the start of the inward half from Stephen McCabe (17) followed by Jordan Barnes (16) and Mark Galloway (18 another point behind. At the Devils Elbow McCabe had opened a three point advantage over Barnes and Galloway.. O'Shea ('ding' at Arthurs Seat was another point behind. Up the Grove McCabe, after a par at the Devils Elbow followed by two bogeys was still ahead but his lead was reduced to one point by an improving Barnes (par, bogey, birdie). O'Shea (three pars) and Galloway (par, bogey, par) were another point behind. In another close finish McCabe (par at Lowlands and a bogey at Shirleys Cottage), Barnes (par, bogey) and O'Shea (par, double bogey) finished together. Barnes with a better back nine finished OVERALL SECOND. McCabe (better back nine) won Division 3 and O'Shea came second. Galloway with a par, bogey finish came third a point behind. 

Division 4

At The Fort Trevor Glendinning (21) ('ding' at Walkers Home) was one point ahead of Leonard Campbell (21) ('dings' at The Niuc and Sanctuary). Cory Moore (26) was another two points behind. At The Maple Glendinning was still one point ahead of Campbell with Moore a further five points behind. Approaching the Lowlands Campbell overtook Glendinning ('ding' at the Grove) to take a one point advantage with two holes to play. An improving Moore was only another two points behind. Glendinning finished with two bogeys and was joined by Moore (par, bogey) and with a better back nine first place went to Moore with Glendinning in second place. Campbell completed his round with a 'ding' at the Lowlands which proved costly and a bogey at Shirleys Cottage to finish a point behind in third place.

Other Results  Guests Prizes – Patrick Kearney and Neil Fitzsimmons – Longest Drive – Paul Banks – Nearest Pin – Alan Moore.