Spa GC pro Wardlow takes the UGA spoils at home

January 25, 2020


Adaptability is the watchword for regulars of the Ulster Golfers’ Alliance.
The start of the most recent event at Spa GC, which had been switched from Ardglass, was held up by a sharp frost that necessitated a hasty two-tee redraw.
When play finally got underway at 10.30am it was no surprise to see the local professional, Gary Wardlow find his way to the top of the leaderboard.
Wardlow’s one under par 71 saw him edge out the in-form Brian McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching) and Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort).
Gary started his round at the par-five first, and immediately went into the red with birdie four, chipping and putting after being short of the green with a drive and four iron.
He dropped a shot at the third, but got back under par at the ninth, holing from 10 feet.
Out in one-under-par 35, some ice on the fringe of the 10th cost him another shot.
A pair of back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes proved to be decisive. He three-stabbed the 16th green for bogey five but two pars to finish were sufficient to bring him home in level par 36 for a round of one-under-71.
Amateurs Tommy Lyttle (Carrickfergus) and Steve Goldthorpe (Clandeboye) shared top of the nett leaderboard with the former taking first place on countback. The gross award went to Malone’s Ward Farrell who carded 75.
It was double success for Gary Wardlow as he also led home the winning team, again on countback. Wardlow and amateurs – Paul McKenna, Gwyneth Cordner and Marion Armstrong – returned 89 points.
The next outing will be on Monday, February 3 at Kirkistown Castle.

Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Spa
Professionals: 71 (-1) – G Wardlow (Spa).
72 – B McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching), S Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort).
73 – C Lyall (Donaghadee).
74 – M Cochran (American Golf).
75 – N Murray (Unattached), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), R Whitford (Knock).
Amateurs: Nett 39 pts – T Lyttle 10 (Carrickfergus) … 1st on back nine;
39 – S Goldthorpe 17 (Clandeboye).
38 – L Hale 20 (Shandon Pk).
37 – M Dunlop 11 (Massereene).
Gross 75 (+3) – W Farrell 3 (Malone).
Team: 89 pts – Pro G Wardlow (Spa) with amateurs Phil McKenna 12, Gyweth Cordner 17 & M Armstrong 11.

 

Info courtesy of Tony McGee

PGA in Ireland season opener set for Pat Ruddy’s European Club

January 23, 2020

Pat Ruddy and Shane Jenkinson

Leading Irish golfing figure, Pat Ruddy, has confirmed that he will host a €10,000 PGA in Ireland Pro-Am at the European Club on March 22.
The European Club Pro-Am sponsored by Pat Ruddy will be open to a limited field based on the 2019 PGA in Ireland Order of Merit rankings
Ruddy said: “I have loved everything about golf for many years but nothing more than watching the professionals play and being allowed to play beside them.
“Tournament professionals and club professionals forget time when the stories start to flow, and enabling people to forget time and worldly cares is one of the great elixirs of golf.
“There was a time, in the 1960s through the 1980s, that I knew and loved every professional in Ireland from Phil Lawlor at The Curragh through to Johnny McGonagle at County Sligo, Danny O’Brien and Walter Sullivan who mixed-in a bit of inspired course design with their other skills, and the greats like Christy O’Connor, Fred Daly and Harry Bradshaw. Then it changed. Many of my pals died. Others retired and the names over the golf shops changed totally.

“Now the time has come to renew acquaintance with the PGA professionals and to have our members at The European Club share in the exciting experience of trying to match shots with the visiting maestros! What fun they will have, ‘giving the line’, golfwise and chatwise, to our visitors.”

Ruddy and the PGA in Ireland have worked closely together on numerous events over the years, most famously in 2007 with the staging of the Irish PGA Championship at the European Club.
On that occasion, the PGA in Ireland regional manager, Michael McCumiskey, along with Ruddy and Padraig Harrington, conspired to breathe new life into the event while offering the Dubliner some high quality links practice.
It was a relationship that bore dividends for all parties with Harrington winning the Irish PGA Championship three times in row 07/08/09 while crediting the event as a key component in his Open Championship victories of 2007 and 2008.
In more recent years, the European Club has provided a testing ground for Ireland’s PGA trainees and assistants via the The Ruddy Cup for Young Professionals. The 18-hole pro-only event was a welcome addition to the tournament schedule with Ciaran Molloy (2016), Richard Kilpatrick (2017) and Shane Jenkinson (2018) securing the title.
PGA in Ireland Regional Manager, Michael McCumiskey, said; “I first encountered Pat Ruddy in a professional capacity way back in 1986 when he invited the PGA in Ireland to become involved in events at Waterville and Killarney.
“That support continued with an Annual Challenge staged in the 1990s between the GUI Senior team and our PGA players and in more recent times via the Ruddy Cup for Young Professionals.
“This new event at the European Club, one the premier links courses in Ireland, will act as the pipe-opener to another busy competitive season.”

Posnett signs on for three more years with PGA Northern Branch

January 12, 2020

Phil Posnett

Former professional, Philip Posnett, has been handling the various PGA Northern Branch events for quite a few years now and at this week’s branch AGM at Royal County Down he committed to another three seasons as secretary.
“I am now 67 – will be 68 next march – and I told the delegates that, if they wanted me, I am prepared to serve as secretary for another three seasons,” he said.

“I’ll see, of course, how the health goes but I enjoy the work and it keeps me in touch with the boys. I also get the chance to play in some of the tournaments so that is a plus.”

Posnett has proven to be a calm influence over the years as he juggles the often tricky task of managing the schedule, entries, and results of the various events throughout the season that stretches across the autumn, winter and spring months.
Many times the weather disrupts the best-laid plans and events have to be hurriedly re-arranged.
The AGM of the branch, at which a high number attended, didn’t take up too much of Posnett’s time this week.
The election of a chairman for the coming season ended with Killymoon professional Gary Chambers taking over the hot seat while he along with Kevan Whitson (Royal County Down), Gary Wardlow (Spa) and Nigel Shaw (Warrenpoint) will serve on the Irish Region Branch for this year.
Meanwhile, the weather did halt this month’s scheduled Ulster Golfers’ Association Pro-only tournament at Royal County Down with high winds the problem.
“We got everyone out on the course but after a few holes, it became evident that it was dangerous to carry on. The wind was blowing the balls all over the place so we called a halt to the play. The event has been refixed for Tuesday, March 10,” said Posnett.
Before then, the members, pros and amateurs, of the Ulster Golfers’ Alliance, will play their January tournament at Ardglass, weather permitting, of course.

 

Info courtesy of Tony McGee

Don’t miss out – NI clubs can apply for The Open Legacy Community Golf Programme

January 4, 2020


The Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch) and the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) have been successful in obtaining funding to support 20 golf clubs across Northern Ireland to take part in The Open Legacy Community Golf Programme which will be rolled out in the early months of 2020.
The programme, which will be funded to the tune of £75,000 via the Department for Communities in NI and Sport NI, aims to drive an increase in golf participation and will offer a variety of opportunities to clubs.
Each participating club will be supported to deliver five weeks of PGA Professional led golf activity in local primary schools during the months of February and March.
Additionally, the 20 successful clubs will receive a significant amount of modified golf equipment which will allow golf activity to take place in non-traditional settings such as school halls and playgrounds.
Each club will be tasked to target two primary schools in their area where initial golf activity will take place with costs covered by The Open Legacy fund. Each school will also be offered the opportunity for participating children to take part in a golf festival event involving other schools from their locality.
To follow on from the initial five week coaching programme it is envisaged that each Club will offer a ‘taster session’ in the club that will allow the children who have engaged in the school-based golf activity the chance to try golf in a club environment and possibly get involved in beginner programmes and activities.
Rory Leonard, CGI Development Officer said: “To assist with this activity volunteers from participating clubs will be offered spaces on a CGI Leader’s Workshop where they will enhance their ability to deliver quality experiences of golf.
“Furthermore, once links have been established between the golf clubs and the schools, there will be the opportunity for golf activity to continue in the schools with the use of modified golf equipment still available.”
CGI will also be staging a number of community golf awareness days across NI in partnership with local authorities, voluntary organisations, universities and colleges which will target young people, women & girls and people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to be introduced to golf and signposted to clubs in their area.
To express your clubs interest in being involved in The Open Legacy Community Golf Programme please complete the following application form by Friday 17th January 2020:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OpenLegacyNI

 

McIlroy investing in the future at Holywood GC

December 22, 2019

Rory McIlroy returned to where it all began – Holywood Golf Club – to officially open the club’s new state-of-the-art Academy.
The Academy – built following significant investment from Rory – includes a new gym, five hitting bays, three TrackMans and two HD Golf Simulators.
Rory said; “Holywood Golf Club has been a very important part of my life. I spent so much time here and have many fond memories, so to be able to give something back is important.

“The new facilities are unbelievable and I’m delighted that all members will be able to benefit from the new technology. It’s more than a golf club now. It’s been a few years in the making so it’s great to be home for Christmas and see the finished product.”

Starting in January 2020, Holywood Golf Club will be offering an Overseas Membership category where golfers from around the world can join Rory’s home club and take advantage of full member benefits.
This will include playing privileges, use of the indoor simulators, individual golf lessons from the professional coaching staff, personal fitness screening from the new strength and conditioning facility and monthly ezine communication from the club listing tips and tricks from the Academy team.
A competition run with GOLFPASS in conjunction with NCBC Sports and GOLF Channel also saw three young golfers take part in a pop-up golf clinic with McIlroy and his lifetime coach, Michael Bannon.
The junior golfers; Kate Fleming, 13, from Elm Park Golf Club in Dublin, Ed Tomsett, 15, from Chippenham Golf Club, Wiltshire and Anya McKenzie, 17, from Eden Golf Club, Cumbria, were also given the opportunity to challenge McIlroy in a closet-to-the-pin contest and were treated to signed merchandise.
Jonny Caren, General Manager at Holywood Golf Club said; “It was a very special day to have Rory back home in Holywood where it all began for him as a junior, opening our state-of-the-art performance academy.

“It was amazing to watch the young junior competition winners as they were coached by Rory and Michael in the facility. It will undoubtedly leave a legacy for the next crop of young aspiring junior golfers coming through our youth system.

Holywood Golf Club is eternally grateful for all of Rory’s support that has helped set the club apart from every other golf club in the country, providing a facility second to none to the local Holywood community.”
Over 2,000 nominations were received for young golfers from golf clubs across the UK and Ireland but just three lucky winners got the chance to meet, compete and learn with Rory at his home club. The final three were chosen by a judging panel and represented a range of backgrounds and abilities.

In-form McElhinney doubles up with UGA victory at Kirkistown Castle

December 18, 2019


Brian McElhinney has tapped into a rich vein of form just as 2019 draws to a close.
The Evolve Golf Coaching man made it two wins in a row with victory at the recent PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance outing to Kirkistown Castle.
Brian’s round of 38 pts gave him a one-point advantage over Gary Wardlow (Spa GC) and Noel Murray (Hole-in-One Golf Academy).
The winner, who got underway at the 10th, made a poor start failing to score a point after losing a ball. He shook off that disaster with a birdie three at the 12th following a drive and nine iron to three feet.
At the short 16th, Brian holed from 15 feet for a two, after an eight-iron off the tee, but he gave that stroke back at the par-five 18th when he found the greenside bunker with his third and failed to get up and down.
Turning with 17pts to his name, Brian got into his stride with a birdie at the par-five first, getting down in two putts. He also birdied the par-four second from 15 feet and pencilled in another birdie at the sixth after a drive and sand wedge to eight feet.
Alongside six pars, his front nine total of 21 pts was actually eclipsed by Wardlow (22pts) who was held back by three bogeys on the back nine.
Galgorm Castle 19-handicapper James McKay won the amateurs’ nett award on 43 points while Daniel Vaughan, who plays off plus-one out of Ardglass, took the gross prize on 35 points.
Ballymena pro, Ken Revie along with Sean McKillop (17, Ballyliffin), John Burns (17, Massereene) and McKay combined nicely to collect the team prize with 89 points.

PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at Kirkistown Castle
Professionals: 67 (-2) – B McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching).
68 – G Wardlow (Spa), N Murray (Hole-in-One Golf Academy).
70 – C Lyall (Donaghadee), G Graham (Groomsport DR), S Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort).
71 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), R Whitford (Knock).
72 – D Hughes (Massereene), A Mulhall (Ardglass), N Grant (Knock), J Orchin (Carrickfergus)..
Amateurs: Nett 43 pts – J McKay 19 (Galgorm Castle).
38 – L Hale 22 (Shandon Pk).
36 – J Kernaghan 5 (St Patrick’s), J Burns 17 (Massereene).
Gross 35 – D Vaughan +1 (Ardglass).
Team: 35 pts – Pro K Revie (Ballymena) with amateurs S McKillop 17 (Ballyliffin), J Burns 17 (Massereene) & J McKay 19 (Galgorm Castle).

With thanks to Tony McGee

Lowry, Sugrue, Smyth and Wilson winners at Irish Golf Writers’ Association awards

December 14, 2019

Shane Lowry with the The Irish Golf Writers Association Professional Player of the Year award for 2019, with, from left, Paul Kelly, Chairman of the Irish Golf Writer’s Association, Des Smyth with the award for Distinguished Services to Golf, James Sugrue with the Men’s Amateur of the Year Award for 2019 and Peter Kilcullen from Allianz during the 2019 Allianz Irish Golf Writers Association Awards at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Shane Lowry’s historic win in The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush has earned the 32-year-old Offalyman the Professional Player of the Year for 2019 at the Irish Golf Writers’ Association awards, sponsored by Allianz, at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Co Dublin.
In a quite extraordinary year for Irish professional golfers, with Rory McIlroy scooping the FedEx Cup title on the PGA Tour – in a season with four victories – and Leona Maguire impressively claiming a full LPGA Tour card for 2020, the standout achievement was that of Lowry’s breakthrough Major title in July where he was a six-strokes winner over Tommy Fleetwood in the Open on its return to the Causeway Coast for the first time since 1951.
Lowry also claimed the Abu Dhabi Championship earlier in the season, his first Rolex Series title, but it was his performance at Royal Portrush – where he became the first Irishman to lift the Claret Jug on Irish soil – that set him apart in earning a second IGWA Professional of the Year award, having first won in 2015.
James Sugrue, from Mallow in Co Cork, had paved the way in making for a unique double in Irish golf. The 22-year-old won the Amateur Championship at Portmarnock Golf Club in June, where he produced a resolute performance throughout the week – from surviving strokeplay qualifying at The Island, and then taking out all-comers in the matchplay phase at Portmarnock – to beat Scotland’s Euan Walker in the 36-holes final.
Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson, a two-time Irish girls’ champion, made the step-up in grade to claim the Irish Women’s Close championship on the final hole of a magnificent duel with Paula Grant at Woodbrook Golf Club.
Wilson, currently in her first year of a golfing scholarship at UCLA in California, has been recognised as one of the up-and-coming stars of the women’s game here, having already represented Ireland in two World Amateur Team Championships.
Des Smyth has been recognised with the Distinguished Services to Golf award for his outstanding contribution to the sport in Ireland. A winner of eight PGA European Tour titles in a superb career which extended into a second lease on the seniors circuit where he won on the Champions Tour in the United States and what is now known as the Staysure Tour in Europe, he also played in two Ryder Cups and also served as vice-captain.
In recent years has served as an ambassador for Team Ireland Golf in helping fledgling professionals and also as an ambassador for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Paul Kelly, Chairman of the Irish Golf Writer’s Association, described the awards presentation as;  “a unique occasion in bringing together the Open champion Shane Lowry and Amateur champion James Sugrue to celebrate and reflect on what has been a remarkable year for Irish golf, on and off the course.
“I’m especially delighted to celebrate this wonderful year for Irish golf in the company of Des Smyth, a truly deserved recipient of the Distinguished Services Award and in congratulating Annabel Wilson who has her sights set on following Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire onto the LPGA Tour.”

McElhinney finishes in style to claim victory at St Patrick’s UGC event

December 7, 2019


Brian McElhinney posted a five-under-par 64 to grab first place in the latest Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at St Patrick’s Golf Club.
The Evolve Golf Coaching professional finished one shot ahead of Ardglass pro Adam Mulhall and Simon Handley from Groomsport Driving Range.
McElhinney chipped and putted for a birdie at the par four second and he got up-and-down again at the long third hole for another birdie to be out in two-under-par 33.
Another birdie flew in at the 10th where he steered a drive and a wedge to two feet but he dropped a shot at the 12th when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker.
He finished his round strongly. A seven iron off the15th tee to 18 feet was followed with a super putt for birdie two and he rolled home another tramliner from 25 feet for a birdie three at the next.
He made it three-in-a-row with another birdie on 17 from 10 feet which saw him back in three-under-31 and a superb round of 64.
Dunmurry 15-handicapper Brian Laughlin topped the nett leaderboard. The gross award was won on 36 points by Ardglass player Daniel Vaughan who was also a member of the winning team led by pro Adam Mulhall and amateurs Stephen Mooney and Ryan Kelly.

UGA Tournament at St Patrick’s Downpatrick
Professionals: 64 (-5) – B McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching).
65 – A Mulhall (Ardglass), S Handley (Groomsport DR).
67 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), C Lyall (Donaghadee), V Teague (Loughgall).
68 – A Peoples (Andrew Morris Golf).
69 – R Whitford (Knock).
70 – S Kilpatrick (Blackwood), G Wardlow (Spa), C Bell (St Patrick’s).
Amateurs: Nett 40 pts – B Laughlin 15 (Dunmurry)
39 – R Vance 4 (Blackwood)
39 – P Wimpress 11 (Bangor).
Gross 36 pts – D Vaughan +1 (Ardglass).
Team: 96 pts – Pro A Mulhall with amateurs S Mooney 10, R Kelly 15 & D Vaughan +1 (All Ardglass).

GMAC signs on to host Irish Open in 2020 & 2021

December 2, 2019


Graeme McDowell will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the next two years, beginning at Mount Juliet Estate in May for the second Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race to Dubai.
The 40-year-old succeeds Rory McIlroy and, latterly, Paul McGinley as tournament host of the historic event.
His stint will begin at the iconic County Kilkenny venue, which hosts the island of Ireland’s national open for the first time in 25 years from May 28-31 next year.
The 2021 venue is yet to be confirmed although it would seem that Portstewart looks nailed on to host which would be a welcome ‘home’ event for GMAC.
Former Ryder Cup Captain McGinley hosted a hugely successful edition at Lahinch Golf Club last year following McIlroy’s four-year stint as host, during which time the tournament flourished, becoming part of the European Tour’s prestigious Rolex Series in 2017.
The 2010 US Open champion is now looking forward to building on these strong foundations over the next two years.
“It’s a huge privilege to have the opportunity to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in both 2020 and 2021,” said the Portrush native.

“The event has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with the support of Dubai Duty Free and the efforts of Rory and Paul as hosts, alongside everybody at the European Tour.

“I’m really looking forward to taking on that responsibility over the next two years and adding to the history of this great tournament, which has become a global spectacle that Irish golf fans can be proud of.
“Our island is famous for its incredible golf courses and passionate golf fans, both north and south of the border, and obviously I would love to bring the event to Northern Ireland in 2021. But my focus now is on next year at Mount Juliet Estate and making sure that is another world-class sporting occasion.”
McDowell’s two-year spell as host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be another significant entry in his already-impressive CV.
He has won ten times on the European Tour including the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he famously became the first European winner in 40 years.
Later that year he claimed the winning point in Europe’s 14½-13½ victory in The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort. He has played four times overall in the biennial contest, winning nine points, while he was a vice captain for the first time under Thomas Bjørn at Le Golf National last year.
Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free said: “We are very pleased that Graeme McDowell will take on the role of host for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for 2020 and 2021. Graeme has always proved himself to be a wonderful sportsperson who can perform and compete at the highest levels.
“We are looking forward to working with Graeme and the European Tour over the coming months and wish him the best of luck in his work.”
Damien Gaffney, Tetrarch Director, owners of Mount Juliet Estate, said: “We are delighted with the announcement that Graeme McDowell will be our host here at Mount Juliet Estate next year and it will be a pleasure to welcome Graeme back to the Estate.
“Graeme has played our course previously during the 2004 American Express Championship, and now to welcome him as host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is fantastic news and we really hope he enjoys the overall experience.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We were delighted when Graeme expressed the desire to host the Dubai Duty Irish Open for the next two years. Not only is he a Major Champion and Ryder Cup legend, but he is also a terrific ambassador for our game and I am certain that he will enjoy the role of host and he will be a great success in it, building on the work of Rory and Paul.”

Early bird ticket prices for the 2020 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open begin at €13 for the Wednesday Pro-Am day, with Thursday and Friday day tickets available for a special price of €23 and Saturday and Sunday tickets beginning at €27. Fans can enjoy five days of world-class golf and entertainment for only €83 if they purchase their early bird season tickets prior to March 3.
Children under 12 years of age are entitled to free entry when accompanied by an adult, day junior tickets for those between 12 and 17 years of age are €10 (€25 for a season ticket) while students aged between 18 and 24 with valid student cards, and over 65s, can avail of a concession ticket – €15 for Thursday and Friday, €20 for Saturday and Sunday (€60 for a season). Parking access can be purchased for €5 per day, or €10 for a season parking ticket which covers all five days.
The only official sales channel to purchase tickets for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is via the ticketing platform Eventbrite (here). The resale of Dubai Duty Free Irish Open tickets on unofficial platforms contravenes the European Tour’s ticket terms and conditions and such sales render the ticket void.
Official Hospitality tickets are also available on the ticketing page, or alternatively contact the European Tour’s dedicated Hospitality Sales Team, who will be happy to answer any queries and discuss the various hospitality options, on hospitality@europeantour.com, register your interest here or +44 (0) 1344 840681.

Battling Peoples claims Alliance victory at Ballycastle

November 20, 2019


It was far from summer conditions for the Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Ballycastle but Andrew Peoples made light of the wintry weather to battle round in level par 71 and head off a four-strong chasing pack by one stroke.
The Andrew Morris Golf professional didn’t get off to a great start as he double-bogeyed the par-four second hole where he drove into a bunker, hacked out, missed the green and took three to get down.
However, he shook off the early setback and pencilled in back-to-back birdie threes at the fifth and sixth holes.
At the drivable par-four fifth, his three wood tee-shot found greenside sand but he got up and down for birdie. At the next, he was just six feet from the flag with a drive and wedge and calmly rolled in the putt.
Peoples’ shot of the round was a tram line 70 feet putt on the ninth for another birdie three which saw him make the turn in one-under 35.
The winner dipped to two under at the long 12th hole with another birdie three, getting down in two putts from 40 feet, but he gave that shot back at 13 when he found a bush left of the green with his tee shot resulting in a bogey four.
At 14, the winner again drove into a bunker, splashed out but took three more to hole out for a one-over-par 36 back nine and a round of level par 71.
Donaghadee 15-handicapper Drew Todd topped the amateur’s nett leaderboard on 40 points while Royal Portrush plus-one player Matt McAlpin took the gross award on 34 points.
The team event was won by Lisburn professional Stephen Hamill and amateurs Nigel Price (12, Lisburn), Gerard Morgan (10, Banbridge) and Craig Tigging (6, Lambeg) as they posted 85 points.
The next UGA tournament will be staged, on December 3, at St Patrick’s Downpatrick and not at Castlerock as was originally planned.

PGA Ulster Golfers’ Association Tournament at Ballycastle
Professionals: 71 (Lvl) – A Peoples (Andrew Morris Golf).
72 – B McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching), G Wardlow (Spa), S Hamill (Lisburn), L Campbell (Co Armagh).
73 – V Teague (Loughgall).
74 – D Hughes (Massereene), S Handley (Groomsport DR).
75 – J Orchin (Carrickfergus).
Amateurs: Nett 40 pts – D Todd 15 (Donaghadee).
39 – R Coulter 15 (Carrickfergus).
35 – I O’Shea 14 (Co Armagh).
34 – G Morgan 10 (Banbridge).
Gross 34 pts – M McAlpin +1 (Royal Portrush).
Team Event: 85 pts – Pro S Hamill (Lisburn) with N Price 12 (Lisburn), G Morgan 10 (Banbridge) & C Tigging 6 (Lambeg).

With thanks to Tony McGee