Scoring high despite incelement conditions at Raceview

Damien O'Kane of Curtis Cars Peugeot joins Ballymena Golf Club official Elaine Mark to promote the company's competition sponsorship. INBT 47-811H
Damien O'Kane of Curtis Cars Peugeot joins Ballymena Golf Club official Elaine Mark to promote the company's competition sponsorship. INBT 47-811H

Although the overhead conditions were inclement, the scoring in the 13-hole sweep competition at Ballymena Golf Club were up to the usual high standard.

The top score came from Denis Stewart who, playing off an adjusted handicap of 13, scored a total of 32 points.

Denis, with a shot on handicap at each hole, recorded seven pars, five bogeys, plus a lone double bogey on the eighth and the first nine holes produced 21 points, while 11 points from the last four holes was very sound in the event of a countback.

Second place was taken by Gary Rodgers (10) who returned a score of 31 points, which came via eight pars and five bogeys.

Category one resulted in a win for John A Jamieson (4) who notched up a total of 30 points, having played the reduced course in level par.

John registered nine pars, bogeys on the ninth and 10th and he retrieved the bogeys with birdies at the second and eighth.

Brian Philips was best in category two with 30 points.

The nine-handicapper scored seven pars, four bogeys, a birdie on the ninth but he had a non-score on the 13th, having had a double bogey.

Category three saw James McClintock Jnr produce the top score of 30 points when the 12 handicapper registered six pars, six bogeys plus a double bogey on the par five third.

Category four resulted in a win for William Andrews (15), again with a total of 30 points and that included a non-event on the par five third.

William registered five pars, six bogeys and a double bogey on the 12th for a single point.

The best gross was won by Dermot McElroy who, having returned from a full summer programme, proved he had lost none of his touch when he played the 13 holes in four under, 46 shots.

The +4 handicapper scored eight fours, of which two were birdies, four three - of which one was a birdie - and a further birdie came on the par three seventh.

The previous week, the first November competition was won by Felix McQuillan, who playing off an adjusted handicap of 7, played 13, holes in level par for an overall total of 33 points.

His round was made up of five par, fiour bogeys plus birdies on the 7th, 9th, 12th and 13th.

Second was Paul Creevy (17) who posted 31 points from four pars, five bogeys, double bogey on the 7th plus a triple bogey on the 6th and a birdie on the 9th.

He had a non-score on the par 3 4th.

Category 1 saw Paddy Kearney (4) top score with 28 points, having scored eight pars, bogeys on the 9th, 10th, triple bogey on the 11th.

Against that he birdied the 6th and eagled the last hole.

Category 2 was won by another McQuillan - Cormac!

He posted 31 points having scored five pars, three bogeys a double bogey on the 11th; he birdied the 1st, the 6th and the 13th.

Cormac was one under through the first nine holes for 23 points only to drop two shots over the final four holes.

Millar Eagleson (10) won Category 3 with 30 points. He commenced with a trio of pars, added four more and six bogeys.

Category 4 winner William Montgomery (16) had 28 points - four pars, six bogeys, double bogeys on the 6th and 12th and a non event on the 8th.

Gary Black kept his superb winning run going in the Best Gross category where he played the 13 holes in level par 50.

His total was nine pars, a dropped shot on the 4th and 12th, but he managed to retrieve both when he birdied the 2nd and 13th.