Galgorm Castle’s Phil Collins hits all the right notes at Royal Belfast

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Northern branch chairman, Phil Collins, clicked into top gear at Royal Belfast to win the Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament.
The Galgorm Castle professional posted a four under par 66 to hold off Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park) by a shot.
Sand trouble at both the first and fourth holes cost Collins two early bogeys but he drove the green at the third for his opening birdie of the day and got down in two putts from 30 feet at the long fifth to wipe out those mistakes.
He collected further birdies at the seventh – where he fired an eight-iron approach into close range – and the eighth to reach the turn in two under par
He dropped another shot at the 11th but then finished strongly with birdies at the 14th, 16th and 18th.
Five-handicapper Declan Laverty (Castlerock) won the top nett prize from Michael Alexander 6 (Galgorm Castle) on countback after both carded 41 points, while JR Galbraith (Whitehead), the recent runner-up in the Argentinian Amateur Open, took the gross award with a 68.
Ballyclare pro Colin Lyttle led home the winning team of Ian Witherspoon 4 (Ballyclare), Henry Eagleson 7 and Jim Hanna 14 (both Ballymena) on 90 points.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at Royal Belfast

Selected scores
Professionals: 66 (-4) – P Collins (Galgorm Castle).
67 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
69 – C Lyttle (Ballyclare).
69 – G Chambers (Killymoon), D Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast), B McElhinney (North West).
71 – S Donnelly (Castle Hume), P Hanna (Lurgan).
Amateurs: Nett, 41 pts – D Laverty 5 (Castlerock) … 1st;
41 – M Alexander 6 (Galgorm Castle) … 2nd;
39 – D Winning 4 (Greenisland) … 3rd;
39 – L Kennedy 13 (Dunmurry) … 4th;
38 – G Veitch 11 (Castle Hume.
Team: 90 pts – Pro C Lyttle (Ballyclare) with amateurs I Witherspoon 4 (Ballyclare), H Eagleson 7 & J Hanna 14 (both Ballymena).
With thanks to Tony McGee
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