Adam proves he’s best ‘Barr’ none with victory in Neil Wray Memorial

Eddie Gilmore, Martin Agnew, Michael Scroggie and Noel Totten in action at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT 32-821H
Eddie Gilmore, Martin Agnew, Michael Scroggie and Noel Totten in action at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT 32-821H

The Neil Wray Memorial competition at Ballymena Golf Club produced a host of top scores, with winner Adam Barr posting a nett 62.

Six-handicapper Adam’s outward nine saw him register four pars, bogeys on the second and sixth but he birdied the third, seventh and ninth to be one under gross.

The inward nine resulted in six pars, bogeys at 12 and 17 plus a birdie on the long 15th for a round of level par gross or a nett 62.

Second place was taken by George Horner (13) who returned a nett 63 and on a better second nine from Alex Lowry.

A front nine of five pars, three bogeys and a double bogey on the par three fourth was added to on the back nine with another six pars, plus three dropped shots for an overall round of eight over par gross.

Third nett Lowry (22) was six over after the front nine but the back nine - where he registered four double bogeys - took 11 shots from his handicap but he still managed to score a nett 63 only to lose out over the back nine.

Paul Creevy (21) returned the best of three nett 64s with a better back nine pushing Adam Heron (10) into fifth place while he in turn had a better second nine total from Jonathan Lynn (8) who claimed sixth spot.

Having commenced his round with a double bogey, Creevy reached the ninth with a further three dropped shots, only for the par five ninth to relieve him of a further triple bogey, leaving him on eight over.

The back nine saw him score pars on the 13th and 18th but he dropped nine shots on the other seven holes, leaving him with a nett score of 64.

Fifth nett Heron played the front nine with seven pars and two bogeys, at the fourth and eighth.

His back nine saw him score three pars, five bogeys and he birdied the 14th to ensure equal nines of 37 shots, edging Lynn into sixth.

The best gross was returned by five handicapper David Smith, who played the course in level par 68 shots.

David scored eight pars and a birdie at the opening hole on the outward nine while his second nine consisted of six pars, bogeys at the 12th and 15th and he signed off with a birdie on the final hole.


The Sunday competition was for the Andy Workman Memorial and it was won by William Tuff (11) with a total of 40 stableford points and on a better second nine total.

Having shed three shots of his handicap on the first two holes, Tuff then proceeded to play the next seven holes in level par gross for 20 points and he added the same number of points from a second nine made up of six pars, two bogeys and a double bogey on the par four 12th.

He finished a point ahead of Andrew Adams (10) over the second nine. Andrew had claimed 21 points on the way out after five pars, three bogeys and a birdie at the seventh.

His second nine was going well until the final two holes, where he dropped a shot on each, which proved costly over those second nine.

Third nett was Jimmy Shields (13) who scored 19 points on each nine.

For the second day running, David Smith claimed the best gross prize, this time scoring equal nines of 37 shots to be six over gross.

He had 10 pars, seven bogeys and a birdie at the third.


The three round Harry Harper memorial was won by Gary McMullan, who followed up his first two rounds of 61 and 67 with a winning third round.