Raceview Open week reaches conclusion

Brian Logan and Roy Warwick pictured after teeing off at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT28-225AC
Brian Logan and Roy Warwick pictured after teeing off at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT28-225AC

The McBurney Transport-sponsored Open Week at Ballymena Golf Club reached its conclusion with large turnout of members and visitors throughout the week.

The Thursday competition was for senior players, aged 55 and over, and the winner was William McKean, a recent new member and a new council member.

The 19-handicapper returned 42 stableford points, of which 25 came from the outward nine holes. The inward trip was a different tale but his 17 point tally included five points from a birdie at the 440 yard 11th hole.

Second place went to David Conway (25) with a total of 41 points. Twenty-two of those came from the opening nine holes but he paid the penalty on the second nine for non-scores on the 11th and 18th.

Sam Murray (23) claimed the third nett prize with 39 points, while David Smith (5) won the best gross prize with a score of 77.

The Friday competition was a betterball stableford and this popular event was won by John Lorimer (11), partnered by Stephen Campbell (12) who played the 18 holes in level par gross - which included four birdies - for a total of 47 points.

They had a single point margin over second placed Kevin McGarry (8) and Neil Courtney (13) who in turn were a point ahead of two Raceview council members, treasurer Jim Drennan (12) and secretary Des McCartney (15).

The climax of the week was the Saturday open competition won by five-handicapper Stephen Russell who blitzed the course with a round of one under gross for 42 stableford points.

Even with that, he still had to depend upon a better second nine score to push his playing partner Vincent Greenwood (17) into second place.

He was one point ahead of the next four returns, with Glen Millar (17) taking third with the best of the 41 point totals.

Fourth nett was Sean McLarnon (19), also with 41 points, but he had a better last six hole total of 15 against 13 from William Tuff, who finished fifth nett.

The final nett prize was won by Charlie McCooke (11), while Gary Black (1) collected the best gross prize with a one over gross 69 shots.

The Sunday open event saw Allan Campbell (22) collect his second prize inside a week.

Despite having lost a shot on handicap from his win the previous Wednesday, he scored five more points with a total of 44.

Second prize went to Chris McCrory (11) with 43 points, two ahead of third-placed Paul Creevy (22).

The best gross card came from Paul Stevenson (7) with a round of 69.

LADIES

The Bill Rainey Cup Stableford competition for lady members was won by Jill Black, with a better back nine from runner-up, Barbara Totten, and third placed finisher, Jennifer Eagleson.