Bell rings up sweep success at Raceview

Henry Eagleson, Bobby Carson, Billy Montgomery and Denis Stewart who played in the 13 hole sweep at Ballymena Golf Club on Saturday. INBT 46-181CS
Henry Eagleson, Bobby Carson, Billy Montgomery and Denis Stewart who played in the 13 hole sweep at Ballymena Golf Club on Saturday. INBT 46-181CS

Gordon Bell came out tops in the 13-hole sweep at Ballymena Golf Club.

The nine-handicapper scored a total of 33 stableford points from his round of two over gross.

Gordon’s card was made up of four pars, four single bogeys, a double bogey on the third plus birdies at the seventh, nonth, 12th and 13th holes.

He also notched 16 points from the final five holes.

Second place went to club captain Henry Eagleson who, playing off areduced handicap of seven, scored 31 points from a round of two over gross after a round of 11 pars with dropped shots at the first and eighth holes.

Category one resulted in a win for Sean McGarry (3) who scored a total of 28 points after seven pars, bogeys at the fifth and eighth and a double bogey on the 11th but he birdied the fourth, seventh and ninth in a round of one over gross.

Felix McQuillan accumulated a total of 30 points to win category two.

The seven handicapper produced 10 pars and three bogeys and a strong finish of 11 points from the last four holes helped seal his victory.

Category three was won by Bobby Carson (12) with a total of 30 points. Despite being five over after four holes, he then proceeded to play the next nine holes in just three over and his last four holes yielded 11 points.

Allan Campbell took the honours in category four where, being in receipt of 16 shots, he notched 28 points from the 10 holes at which he scored.

Allan opened his round wit ha ‘ding’ and there were similar non-scores on the third and fifth but of the other 10 holes, he parred six of them. The three double shot holes yielded 10 points so while it might have been something of an in and out round, it proved a winner.

The best gross card was produced by Ballymena’s current Irish international player Dermot McElroy (+3) who played the first 10 holes with 10 successive pars.

The final three holes saw him birdie the 11th, par the 12th and he then signed off with a further birdie on the final hole for a round of two under par gross.