Early starter William claims honours in Edwin May competition at Raceview

Dave Elliott and Brian Crawford pictured prior to teeing off at Ballymena Golf Club in the Edwin May-sponsored competition. INBT36-220AC
Dave Elliott and Brian Crawford pictured prior to teeing off at Ballymena Golf Club in the Edwin May-sponsored competition. INBT36-220AC

The Edwin May-sponsored competition at Ballymena Golf Club saw an early target of 44 stableford points set by William Humphrey.

The 15-handicapper commenced his round shortly after 8am and by the time he had reached the midway point of his round, he still had his full allowance of shots left, having played the nine holes in level par gross.

That came from seven pars, a birdie on the second and a dropped shot on the par four sixth.

The second nine saw him drop four shots over the opening three holes but he completed the second nine with a trio of pars and a trio of bogeys for 19 points to add to his 25 from the front nine.

Second nett was won by 12-handicapper Brian Crawford with 43 points, 21 of which came on the front nine where, after opening his round with a double bogey, he scored seven pars and a bogey at the ninth.

The back nine resulted in five pars, three bogeys plus a welcome birdie on the 15th, as he totalled 22 points for the nine holes.

Third nett prize went to another Crawford, namely Mark, who, playing with a one-shot allowance at each hole, returned 41 points - that despite a triple bogey on the sixth which yielded no points.

Mark’s card was made up of four pars, 10 bogeys a double bogey on the fifth and two precious birdies at the fourth and 18th which were worth four points each.

Brian Phillips took fourth nett prize with 40 points and on a better second nine from Mark Surgenor.

Phillips’ first nine holes resulted in five bogeys and four pars for 20 points and he managed the same total from the second nine after six bogeys and three pars.

His back nine of 20 points was one better than Mark Surgenor (7) who was able to play on Saturday morning after Ballymena United’s match at Glenavon had been switched to the Friday night.

His outward nine included seven pars and a dropped shot at the fifth which he managed to retrieve with a birdie at the ninth as he amassed 21 points. His inward nine of 19 points came from six pars and three bogeys.

Sixth nett prize was won by Dylan Cole (15) with 39 points.

Dylan’s first nine of 19 points contained four pars, four bogeys and a double bogey at the par three second.

He managed 20 points from a second nine which included six pars, a bogey, a double bogey and a costly non-scoring triple bogey at the 12th.

Gary Black returned to the best gross podium after playing the course in level par 68 shots.

A superb outward nine produced six pars plus birdies at the third, sixth and ninth, while the tougher inward nine was made up of five pars, two bogeys, a double bogey and a birdie at 13 to be three over for the nine and level par overall.

SUNDAY OPEN

The Sunday open stableford was won by Clifford Worthington (14) with 43 stableford points, which came from 17 holes after he failed to score at the last hole.

Second prize was won by Charlie Robinson (19), who recovered from failing to score at the first hole to amass a total of 39 points.

Gary Black continued his good form as he followed up his best gross prize from the previous day by landing the same accolade on the Sunday after a one over par round of 69 shots.

LADIES

Denise Harper was in winning form when she took first prize in the Michelin-sponsored stroke event.

Her round of 71 was equalled by both Jacqui Reid and Tracey Hughes, but Harper claimed victory thanks to a better back nine.

Reid and Hughes won Section A and B respectively, while Joan Kielty was best in Section C with a 73.