There was a good turn out of golfers for the last week of the Eclectic competition at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
Rod Lennox (10) was leading George Watt (7) and David Martin (8) by one point at the halfway mark in Division 1. Watt birdied 12 and joined Lennox with Martin two points behind after a ‘ding’ at the Fort.
Watt finished with two birdies for a one point win from Rod Lennox (bogey, par) and Martin who came with a very late effort of two birdies but just failed to catch the winner. However Martin’s late arrival brought him into second place with a better back six.
There was a very close finish to Division 2 with only one point separating five golfers. At halfway David McIlroy (15), Geoffrey Marshall (15) and Andrew Moore (14) were vying for the lead. They were two and four points respectively ahead of Jonathan Keys (13) (‘ding’ at six) and Chris Cooke (11).
With three holes to play McIlroy, Marshall and Moore were still out in front by three points from Keys and an improving Cooke (‘ding’ at 11). McIlroy and Marshall both parred 14 and bogeyed 15 to maintain a one point advantage over Moore (two bogeys) and a still improving Cooke (two birdies).
Marshall double bogeyed the last and was joined by Cooke (bogey), Moore (bogey) and Keys (par) but they were unable to stop McIlroy finishing with a bogey to take first place. Second place went to Cooke with a better back seven.
Colin Black (19) and Robert Topping (16) had a commanding three point advantage over Andrew Young (19) entering the back seven in Division 3. Topping (par, bogey and Young (bogey, par) closed to within one and two points respectively of Black who double bogeyed thirteen and bogeyed fourteen. Topping parred the next and joined Black (bogey) with one to play. Black parred the last to win by one point from Topping (bogey) with Young (bogey) a further point behind.
In Division 4 at the turn Davy King (25) and Cecil McAleese (23) held a commanding advantage over Timothy Roddy (14). King ran into bogey trouble over the next three holes and McAleese took advantage to open up a two point lead from an improved Roddy. McAleese hit trouble when he double bogeyed over Beechers where he was joined by Roddy (bogey) and King (par). McAleese and Roddy bogeyed the last but King with a par saw him home to take first place by two points from Roddy.
Division One: Steven Penney 54.0, John McCarry 56.5, Daniel Reilly 57.5, Thomas McNeill 59.5, Joel McNeilly 60.0, Adrian Atkinson 61.0.
Division Two: Terence Martin 58.0, Trevor Galloway 60.0, Jonathan Keys 61.0, Colin Thompson 61.5, Alan Proctor 62.0, Colin Black 62.0.