Late birdies wrap up Galgorm Castle victory for Penney

Steven Penney was in winning form at Galgorm Castle.
Steven Penney was in winning form at Galgorm Castle.

The weekly Sweep continued at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and after the ups and downs of the Winter League the Eclectic Competition also commenced.

There were close finishes to all the divisions.

In Division 1 Daniel Reilly (1) opened with a par, eagle, birdie to lead by two points from Steven Penney (1) who had a birdie and two pars and Stephen Mailey (4) (par, par, birdie). Three holes further on Reilly with two pars and a birdie saw his lead halved by Penney with two birdies and a par and Mailey with three pars. Birdies still to flow and in an exciting finish over the closing three holes Penney with two more birdies and a par moved into a one point winning lead from Reilly (birdie, par, bogey) and Mailey (three pars) and Mailey with a better last six took second place and Reilly taking the Gross.

David Chappell (8) in Division 2 laid out his intentions early and led through the Niuc by two points from Alistair McKervill (7) with Raymond Steele (8) and Henry Cubitt (6) at one and two points respectively further behind. With two to play McKervill and Steele had moved into a challenging position one point behind the leader Chappell with Cubitt another two points behind. Chappell held on to win by one point with a par, bogey finish from McKervill (par, bogey). Steele (par, double bogey) and a late effort from Cubitt (two pars) finished together another point behind.

Through four in Division 3 Jonathan Keys (8) was one point ahead of William Kennedy (9) and Donald Nesbitt (9). However Keys lost his lead after a ‘ding’ down Broadmeadows and fell three points behind the new leader, Nesbitt. Kennedy was only a point behind Nesbitt. Kennedy after a par, bogey finish joined Nesbitt (two bogeys) and with a better last six Kennedy took first place. Keys rallied late with two pars but finished a point behind.

There were a trio of players – Ashley Graham (13), Hugh Mussen (11) and Tony Dodds (11) – vying for the lead after the Niuc in Division 4. Ian Manson (11) was two points behind this trio. Graham and Dodds continued to lead approaching two from home with Mussen a point behind and Mansona further three points away.

Graham ran into bogey trouble over the closing two holes and although finishing triple bogey, bogey he held on to win by one point from Mussen (bogey, double bogey), Dodds (two double bogeys) and a fast finishing Manson with two pars. Second place went to Manson with a better last three.

Twos were rfecorded by: D Reilly (x2), W McVeigh, S Penney (x2), N Nicholl, P Sittlington, R Steele, A Moore, R Clarke and H Mussen.

BACK NINE

With a better back six Ivan Alexander (7) finished in first place in the back nine event with second place going to Seamus Laverty (7) with a better back six from Jonathan McCart (6).

There was only one two recorded by C Orr.