The PGA Tankard Qualifier, sponsored by MB Motors, was the competeition down for decision at Galgorm Castle Golf Club recently.
At halfway Lewis Surgenor (16), Robin Deane (21), Michael McAuley (14) and Alistair McKervill (15) were vying for the lead a point ahead of Andrew McLarnon (13), Raymond Ardis (12) and Ivan Alexander (14).
Things changed over the next four holes and through the Maple Deane was leading by a point from Surgenor and McAuley. Approaching the Lowlands Deane was still leading by a point from Surgenor and McAuley with McLarnon and Alexander another two points behind.
In a close encounter Deane came home bogey, bogey and was joined by Surgenor with a par and a bogey finish to win Overall with a better back three with Deane Runner-up. McAuley finished bogey, par a point behind to win Division 2. In second place another point behind came McLarnon (two pars). McKervill (bogey, par) finished in third place a further point behind.
In Division 1 at the turn JJ McAnally (5) was two points clear of Patrick Coleman (9), David Murray (8) and Joel McNeilly (6) with Gary Jackson (9) another point behind. Through The Maple McAnally continued to lead by two points from McNeilly with Coleman and Jackson a further point down.
Up the Grove and with two holes left to play Coleman was setting out his intentions as he moved into a one point lead from McNeilly, Jackson and Murray with McAnally falling back another point away.
Coleman increased his lead over the closing two holes with two pars to win by two points from Jackson, Murray, McNeilly and McAnally who finished together. Second place went to Jackson with a better back nine with Murray (better back nine) in third place.
At the turn in Division 3 Patrick Reid (17) was two points clear of William Kennedy (18) with Tony Quinn (19) and Trevor Todd (16) another point behind. Two points further back came Colin Black (18) and Jonathan Keys (16). Black and Quinn drew level with Reid through The Maple.
Black finished with two bogeys to win by one point from Keys (bogey, par). Quinn who was level with Black at the penultimate hole ‘dinged’ the last but held on to take third place a point ahead of Todd (two bogeys), Kennedy (par, double bogey) and Reid (bogey, double bogey).
Turning for home in Division 4 James Campbell (24) held a commanding three point advantage from Brian Watt (20) and Mervyn Lamont (21) with James McKay (27) another point behind. Approaching the Lowlands Campbell had a one point lead over McKay with Lamont another point behind.
In a very exciting finish Campbell (bogey, ‘ding’), McKay (bogey, double bogey, Lamont (two bogeys) and Watt with a late run of two pars all finished together and with a better back nine first place went to McKay. Watt took second place with a better back six from Lamont. Campbell won the Seniors. The Gross was won by Michael Dallat (scr) with 36 points.