Montgomery produces marquee display to win stableford event at Galgorm

Leonard Craig, Raymond Ardis, David Caves and Willard Simpson, who took part in the Mid-Antrim Marquees stableford at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. INBT40-233AC
Leonard Craig, Raymond Ardis, David Caves and Willard Simpson, who took part in the Mid-Antrim Marquees stableford at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. INBT40-233AC

At the halfway point in the Mid Antrim Marquees-sponsored Stableford eight handicapper Kieran Chappell held a slender one point advantage over Mark Dunlop (6).

He in turn was followed another point behind by John Montgomery (21) and Paul Houston (5). Two points further behind came Gary McWilliams (8), Richard Kerrnohan (10), Trevor Fleming (9) and James Smyth (9). Dunlop was the new leader through twelve by one point from Chappell, Montgomery and an improving Kernohan. They in turn were a point ahead of McWilliams with Houston and Smyth a further point behind. Another point away cameFleming.

Dunlop was joined by Montgomery at the next and remained together through Beechers where they held a two point advantage over Chappell. McWilliams was a further point away followed by Kernhohan and Houston at one and two points respectively further away. Another point down came Smyth and Fleming.

Smyth, Houston and Fleming fell behind over the closing three holes leaving the finish to Dunlop, Montgomery, Chappell, McWilliams and Kernohan. J.Montgomery finished bogey, bogey par to win Overall by one point from Dunlop (bogey, par, par) who took the Runner Up place. Chappell (birdie, double bogey, par) won Division 1 by one point from Kernohan (three pars) and G.McWilliams (par, bogey, par) who finished together but with a better back six second place went to McWilliams with Kernohan third.

In Division 2 Ian McCully (12) turned for home with a one point lead over Nathan Elliott (11) and Leonard Craig (12) followed by Jonathan McCart (13) another point away. Two points behind McCart came Rod Lennox (12) who was a point ahead of Gary Crabbe (14). Through thirteen McCully had increased his lead to two points over Elliott with Craig and McCart falling back another two points after both players ‘dinged’ the twelfth. A further one and two points behind came Lennox and Crabbe respectively. A forward move by Crabbe with three pars over the next three holes brought him to within one point of McCully. Elliott was also one point behind the leader. Lennox, Craig and McCart were another one, two and three points respectively behind . McCully with a bogey, par finish held on to win by one point from Elliott (double bogey, birdie) with Crabbe who was lying second with one to play ‘dinging’ the last but managed to hold on for third place. Craig won the Seniors.

After the front nine in Division 3 Malachy Kyne (19) had a two point advantage over Jim Millar (18) who was being closely followed a point behind by Peter McMullan (18), Michael Montgomery (17), Michael Burton (19) and Clifford Irvine (16). Two further points down came Alan Proctor (16), James McClintock (17) and Jamie Surgeoner (16). Through thirteen Kyne still held a two point advantage over Millar who was joined by McMullan. Irvine was still three points behind the leader with Montgomery, McClintock and Burton a further two points down. Surgeoner was another point behind with Proctor after consecutive ‘dings’ at twelve and thirteen respectively trailing by a further three points. Approaching the Lowlands a new leader emerged when McMullan after a run of bogey, birdie, par took a two point lead over Kyne with Burton another point away after a bogey and two pars. Millar and Montgomery joined Irvine (‘ding’ up the Grove) a point behind Burton. McClintock and Surgeoner were another point behind with Proctor adrift by another four points. McMullan increased his lead over the closing two holes when he finished double bogey, bogey to win by three points. Burton lost his chance of a place when he carded his second ‘ding’ on the homeward hole. Proctor burst into contention with two late birdies. Kyne (two double bogeys) and M.Montgomery (two bogeys) finished together three points behind the winner and with a better back nine M.Montgomery took second place with Kyne third.

In Division 4 starting the back nine Martin Abernethy (25) was two points ahead of Trevor Galloway (24) and Mervyn Lamont (23) with Brian McFall another point behind. There was a change in leadership through thirteen with McFall (‘ding’ at the Fort), Galloway (‘ding’ at the Fort’) and Lamont all vying for the lead a point ahead of Abernethy (‘ding’ at Arthurs Seat). With two to play Abernethy had regained the lead by a point over McFall (‘ding’ at the Grove) with Lamont and Galloway (failed to negotiate Beechers) another one and two points further behind respectively. Abernethy finished with two bogeys to win by two points from McFall (double bogey, bogey) and Galloway (bogey, par) who finished together and with a better back nine swecond place went to McFall with T.Galloway third. Michael Reid won the Gross.