Scullion is victor in McIlhagga memorial

Ballymena Golf Club.
Ballymena Golf Club.

A field of 137 competitors teed off in the Tom McIlhagga memorial stableford competition at Ballymena Golf CLub.

When all the cards returned were scrutinised, the outright winner was Raymond Scullion with a total of 43 points.

Playing off a handicap of 14 , Raymond was through the front nine in four over, having scored three pars, five bogeys plus a birdie on the sixth which gave him a total of 21 points.

Into the back nine with two pars, he then added four more pars with three bogeys adding 22 points to his first nine total.

That was two points better than second placed Nigel Douglas, who had a shot on each hole on handicap.

He used that allowance well and a birdie on the par three seventh was worth four of his opening nine total of 22. The second nine started with five bogeys but he went on to add 19 points to his total.

Peter Smith (15) took the third nett prize with the best of three 40-point totals - that despite a non-score on the fifth hole.

His second nine total of 22, however, was two better than foourth placed Brian Crawford’s total.

Crawford (11) played the front nine in six pars and three bogeys for 20 points and he managed the same total on the homeward stretch after recording five pars and four bogeys.

That was two points better than Allan Campbell (24) who also had 40 points, depite triple bogeys on the first and penultimate holes, for no points. He also had three pars, nine bogeys and three double bogeys, but against that, he had a rewarding birdie on the sixth.

Sixth nett was William McCartney (18) with 38 points, of which 20 came from the second nine holes and he finished in a blaze of glory with a birdie at the final hole.

The best gross card came from Dermot McElroy (-3) who played the course in six under 62 shots with a card which commenced with three birdies among a total of eight birdies, eight pars and two bogeys.