The Easter Holiday weather encouraged the Ballymena Golf Club fraternity to get the clubs out after a rather cold winter.
Members had three days of competition with the Da Prato Cup up for grabs on the Saturday.
With the preferred lies still in operation on the fairways the scoring was again of a high nature.
The best score of the day was returned by Eugene O’Dornan who playing of a handicap allowance of 22, scored a total of 44 stableford points.
On this occasion he had equal nines of twenty two points having commenced his round with four straight pars but the other five holes claimed six of his handicap allowance. The second nine again produced four pars, three bogeys plus double bogeys on the 16th and 17th for another 22 points.
Second place was taken by Gordon Bell (11) one point in arrears of Dornan and one point ahead of Crawford Logan and Eric Smyth.
Bell was through the first nine holes having scored six pars and three bogeys for 20 points. The second nine holes was even better where he scored six pars, a dropped shot on the 12th and 16th but a birdie on the par three tenth was equal to four points and that second nine holes added 23 points.
Crawford Logan (17) took third place with 42 points and on a better second nine total from Eric Smyth. Logan went through the first nine having scored four pars, four bogeys plus a double bogey on the eighth for 20 points. The back nine holes produced two pars, bridies on the 13th and 17th but against that he had three bogeys plus double bogeys at 11 and 16 but he amassed 22 points for the nine holes. Smyth (14) was through the front nine holes with five pars, three dropped shots plus a birdie on the opening hole for a total of 23 points. The back nine also opened with a birdie but the next four holes saw him drop five shots and he completed his round with two pars plus two more dropped shots for 19 points.
Brian Reynolds (21) has appeared on the winners’ list for the third week on a trot this time with a total of 40 points, Brian’s outward nine was made up of three pars plus six bogeys for twenty two points. The second nine was met of a similar standard as he scored two pars, four single bogeys, double bogeys on the 11th and 17th and a triple bogey appeared on the 15th which equated to eighteen points.
Roy Worthington (23) took the sixth nett place with 39 points with the outward nine contributing 17 points from eight holes as the ninth was a non-event. The inward nine saw Roy Score twenty two points which came via three pars, four bogeys and he had a double bogey on the eleventh and thirteenth.
The best gross card was returned by five handicapper Paul Darragh who played the course in seventy three shots which was equal to his handicap. Paul’s opening nine contained six pars, a dropped shot on the 3rd and seventh and he retrieved one of these dropped shots with a birdie on the fifth to be one over gross. The closing nine contained five pars plus a dropped shot on the 11th, 12th, 14th and 16th to play to his handicap.