Lecky and McElroy lead qualifiers in Gribben memorial events at Raceview

Taking part in the Adrian Gribben Memorial competition at Ballymena Golf Club were Martin McClintock, Jimmy McClintock, Peter Smith and Trevor Hamill. INBT 16-911H
Taking part in the Adrian Gribben Memorial competition at Ballymena Golf Club were Martin McClintock, Jimmy McClintock, Peter Smith and Trevor Hamill. INBT 16-911H

Ballymena Golf Club members had two long-standing Raceview competitions to choose from for their Saturday action recently.

The Frank Gribben memorial was a qualifying event for the matchplay stage of the competition, while Frank’s son Adrian’s memorial competition was a straight stroke event.

The leading card in the Frank Gribben Memorial came from 14-handicapper Ian Lecky with a nett score of 65. He had eight pars, six bogeys and three double bogeys on his card along with a birdie on the 14th.

One shot behind came Stephen Surgenor (14) and Clifford Worthington (12) with Stephen having the better second nine.

Surgenor opened his round with three pars plus six bogeys, while his second nine was made up in similar fashion.

Worthington birdied the opening hole, only to then drop two shots on the par three second.

Gordon Caldwell (17) had the fourth best card with a level par nett score of 68 in a round notable for a consistent second nine in which he recorded nine straight bogeys.

He had a better second nine hole score from David Mulholland (10) who opened his round with five straight pars but who will rue a double bogey at the 16th hole.

The sixth best card came from Gerald McParland (20) with a nett 69, while the remaining qualifiers were: 70 - Brian Dempster (17), Noel Totten (8); 71 - John McFadden (27), John Lorimer (11) and George McCrea (15); 72 - Gerard McCann (16), Leslie Frew, Fred Johnston (25); 73 - Roy Warwick (20), Lawrence Kerr (14).

ADRIAN GRIBBEN MEMORIAL

The Adrian Gribben Memorial was won by John McElroy (11), with a nett 62 after being through the first nine holes in one over gross, including birdies at the third and fifth.

He dropped four shots over the opening four holes of the homeward nine but then finished with five pars.

Thomas W Ballentine claimed second spot with a nett score of 63, having been out in four over par, after birdies at the first and seventh.

Nigel Thompson (14) was third nett with a 64 and having his opened his round with a triple bogey, he recovered well to be seven over after the front nine, before playing the second nine in six pars and three bogeys.

Fourth place went to Chris McCrory (13) with a nett 66 and on a better second nine from fifth-placed Brian Reynolds (20) and Clifford Worthington in sixth, who was the only player in the field to gain a place in both competitions.

The best gross card came from Sean McGarry (4) with a one over par round of 69 shots which included four birdies.

SUNSTART OPEN

The Sunstart open stableford event was won by Robert McLaughlin (17) with 41 points from a round which contained 10 pars.

Second place went to nine-handicapper Ferguson McKelvey, two points further back, after scoring 20 points from an opening nine that included seven straight pars.

Gordon Caldwell (17) was third with 36 points.