Kevin claims McIlhagga trophy win at Raceview

Michael Scroggy, Eddie Gilmore, Donald Smith and Martin Agnew  in Saturday's Slemish Bowl qualifier at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT 10-176CS

Michael Scroggy, Eddie Gilmore, Donald Smith and Martin Agnew in Saturday's Slemish Bowl qualifier at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT 10-176CS

The Tom McIlhagga memorial trophy took centre stage at Ballymena Golf Club and stableford points were in abundance, even allowing for winter handicap allowances.

The winner was Kevin Higgins who, off a handicap of 11, scored a total of 47 points - even allowing for a ‘ding’ at the par five third hole. The other 17 holes saw Kevin record nine pars, and three bogeys but he had five birdies to be two under par for his 17 scoring holes. He had 22 points on the outward eight holes plus an impressive 25 points for the inward nine.

Second place went to Chris Ramsey (13) who posted 45 points. He had the best inward nine which came down to the last three holes, having had 24 points for the nine holes, equalled by Ronnie Anderson and Robert McMullan.

Ramsey scored 10 pars, six bogeys plus two birdies and he scored nine points from those crucial last three holes.

Third placed Anderson (20) opened witha double bogey, but scored 21 points on the front nine. The back nine was a revelation where he registered five pars plus four bogeys which was equal to 24 points but was one point less than Ramsey eyt one ahead of McMullan over those last three holes.

McMullan (21) managed to secure fourth place while he final return of 45 points came from Brian Russell (18) who scored 24 on the outward nine. The final nett prize went to Jim Munn (17) who returned 44 points, of which 23 came from the back nine holes.

Michael Smyth (4) had the best gross card with a one over par score of 69 shots.