McGarry is a clear winner
Saturday's competition on August 29 was a stableford, kindly sponsored by Volkswagen agent, Edwin May.
The winning score came from Kevin McGarry who returned a total of 43 points from his 10 handicap.
Having dropped a shot on the first he then retrieved some on the third and he added another birdie on the sixth and the other six holes were parred giving him a total of 24 points on the front nine.
On the back nine, he recorded 19 points which came from three pars, five bogeys plus a birdie three on the last hole giving him a margin of four points from runner-up, Herbie Surgenor.
Despite having double bogeys in the first three holes , 20 handicapper Surgenor posted 20 points on the first nine and it was aided by a birdie on the seventh which was worth four points.
The second nine was a series of fours and fives with three fours plus six fives for an additional 19 points and an overall total of 39.
The next five prizes were won by players with a handicap of between four and six with five handicapper Adrian Gough taking third nett with a total of 39 points on a better back nine from John Jamieson, Jordan Lemon, Nigel Getty and Richard Mark.
Gough opened with a front nine of 20 points and that contained a non score on the par four fifth with the other eight holes being played in two under gross.
The back nine produced 19 points having been two over gross the result of five pars, bogeys on the 12th, 14th and 17th and a lone birdie on the 13th.
Jamieson opened and closed the front nine with a dropped shot but in between he had three birdies plus four pars for 21 points.
The back nine commenced with four fours followed alternatively with a three and a five and the three on the final hole was rewarding as his last hole score pipped Lemon by pone point.
Lemon, off spix, was through the outward nine in level par for 21 points having had seven pars, a bogey on the seventh plus a birdie on the fifth which was worth four points.The inward nine saw him have six pars plus a dropped shot on the 10th, 11th and 15th for 18 points.
Jordan’s last six hole total of 12 points was one better than sixth placed Nigel Getty.
Getty’s first nine of six pars, birdies on third and fifth plus a bogey on the short seven resulted in a total of 21 points.
That nine contained six pars, birdies on the third and fifth plus a dropped shot shed on each while the last six holes saw him have three pars plus bogeys on the 15th and 17th and a birdie two in between giving him an inward total of 17.
The Best Gross card was returned by Dermot McElroy (-1). Having dropped a shot on the second he then bridied the fifth, seventh and ninth to be out in two under.
The homeward nine saw him have eight straight pars finishing with a birdie three on the 18th for a round of 65 shots.
Duffin Wins Charity Outing
The Sunday Open Stableford was won by Garry Duffin (12) and the funds of Arthritis Care were also winners at the end of the day.
Garry had seven pars on the first nine giving him 22 points with his only dropped shots being on the third and eighth.
The second nine was somewhat different as he had five pars but added to that he had double bogeys on the 11th and 15th plus single bogeys on the 10th and 12th.
One point in arrrears came from Paul Darragh who played the outward nine in two over gross for 21 points.
The inward nine was made up of seven fours plus a five on the 12th and 18th for an additional 18 points and a total of 39.
Third place was taken by Paddy McReynolds (13) with 37 points of which 19 came from the first nine.
His card contained seven pars, 10 single bogeys plus a double bogey on the 12th.
Michael McGarry has reduced his handicap from three down to one again and he was the winner of the best gross prize with a score of 70.
The outward nine showed he had eight pars plus a birdie on the eighth while the inward nine was made up of six pars plus bogeys on the 10th, 11th and 18th.
Khan Tops Again
Still on a good run of form, Nizar Khan came up trumps in the QML Videos Open on Wednesday (26th) where the seven handicapper posted a total of 39 points.
An outward nine of straight pars for 21 points was followed by five pars plus bogeys on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th for an additional 18 points.
Runner-up was plus one handicapper David I Kernohan with 38 points having had 21 on the first nine which he played in three under.
The second nine holes produced 18 points with his handicap of plus one taking one point off his total.
Third place went to Michael McGarry who totalled 35 points after playing the outward nine in three under gross for 22 points.
The gross prize was won by Dermot McElroy (plus one), who had equal nines of 33.
Dermot had an extraordinary start when he holed his second shot to the first and added birdie on the third to be two under after nine.
The second nine saw him have six fours plus a trio of threes for another total of 33.
Lemon wins Junior Captain’s Day
The Ballymena Golf Club’s Junior Section held their Captain’s Day on Thursday, August 28, and with a good attendance present the scoring was very commendable with the ultimate winner being Jordan Lemon on 41 points.
The six handicapper got off to a flying start being two under gross after three holes and he followed that with four pars, a bogey on the eighth plus another birdie on the nine which resulted in 23 points after nine.
The back nine saw him have six straight fours followed with a double bogey on the 16th for no points but he finished par, birdie for a gross round of one over and this was played off the white markers.
Runner-up was plus one handicapper Dermot McElroy with a total of 38 points which came from his round of three under gross.
A level par openinng nine for 18 points was added to with a second nine of three under gross with six pars plus birdies on the 13th, 16th and 18th.
Third nett was five handicapper Adrian Gough with a total of 37 points having had 18 on the front nine and 19 on the way home.
A double bogey, bogey start was not the best way to commence a round but he settled down having six pars plus a birdie on the par five ninth.
The homeward nine was made up of seven pars with a dropped shot on the 12th and 14th.
The gross prize was won by three handicapper Philip Moore who got round the 18 holes in three over.
An opening nine of level par 35 shots or 19 points was followed with a back nine of three over the dropped shots going on the 10th, 14th and 17th.
Woodenbridge Here We Come
Ballymena Golf Club’s name will appear on an all-Ireland basis when the JB Carr Seniors team travel to Woodenbride Golf Club, south Dublin to play in the all-Ireland finals later this month.
There were broad smiles on nthe faces of Seamus Crummey (team captain) and all 10 players when they won the home leg by four matches to one.
Credit also to the two match winners the previous week when they were away to Cavan.
The home games at Raceview were all close affairs after nine holes but the second nine belonged to the Raceview side.
First on the tee were Allen Stewart and partner David McMullholland and although giving two shots to Allen Huges and Michael O Byrne, the home pair put the first mark on the board with a 4/2 win.
Second out were George McCrea and Bobby McLaughlin against Brian Tighe and Paddy Maguire and the visiting Cavan pair putted better and won by 2/1.
The Raceview tail was proving hard to shake with Frank O’Boyle and Billy Russell mastering their opponents Terry Smith and Des Lambert by 4/3.
Ian Lecky and William Humprhey put the home team into the lead when they defeated Niall Walsh and Phil Murray by 3/2.
This left the final pair of Michael Rainey and Artie O’Hara to seal victory and in their game against Clancy and McGowan.
Rainey has to be commended for his hole winning chip on the 14th and his third shot into the 15th where he chipped to 10 feet out of heavy rought for a winning half and an overall win by 5/3.
best wishes to them at Woodenbridge in the finals.
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