McCarroll tops Ping Ulster Alliance outing at Downpatrick

P McCarroll
FROST delayed the start of the Ping Ulster Golfers’ Alliance tournament at Downpatrick but the hold up didn’t bother Peter McCarroll as once the action got under way the Allen Park pro stormed round in a sizzling six-under-par 63.
To make up for the lost time, a shotgun start was used and McCarroll teed off at the fourth hole. He started slowly, after tree pars, he three-putted the seventh and eighth greens for back-to-back bogeys.
That was the end of his woes as he hit the birdie trail at nine where he wedged to 10 feet and holed for a three. Then, after trimming the long 12th hole to four blows, pitching to eight feet, he recorded a hat-trick of birdies from the short 15th where he rolled in a 30-footer.
Now three-under, the winner rattled off another birdie hat-trick from the first hole, going 3-3-4. A 10-footer dropped at the first hole, he got up-and-down from greenside sand at the second and from 30 yards and he chipped to seven feet and holed out at the long third for his eighth birdie of the round.
Ardglass 10-handicapper James Milligan won the amateur’s net prize on 44 points, one ahead of John Moorehead (Massereene), Bill Nixon (Portadown) and Lurgan’s Paddy Meehan. Lurgan’s three-handicapper Steven Kelly took the gross award on level par 69.
Peter McCarroll made it a personal double as he and his Massereene amateurs – John Moorehead, Billy Dobbin and Robert Robinson – carded 101 points to win the team event.

PING ULSTER GOLFERS’ ALLIANCE AT DOWNPATRICK
Professionals: 63 (-6) – P McCarroll (Allen Pk).
64 – R Whitford (Knock), G Wardlow (Dunmurry).
66 – D McWilliams (Unattached), P Gray (Holywood).
67 – P McClelland (P McClelland Golf), N Murray (Massereene), P Stevenson (Portadown), P Martin (Collin Pk Academy).
Amateurs: Nett, 44 pts – James Milligan 10 (Ardglass).
43 – John Moorehead 19 (Massereene) .. 23 back; Bill Nixon 16 (Portadown) .. 21 back; Paddy Meehan 10 (Lurgan) .. 20 back.
Gross, 69 – Steven Kelly 3 (Lurgan).
Team: 101 pts – Peter McCarroll (Allen Pk) with John Moorehead 19, Billy Dobbin 23 & Robert Robinson 18 (all Massereene).

Info courtesy of Tony McGee

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