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Belvoir Parks’ Chris Carvill takes top honours at Whitehead UGA event

November 10, 2017

Chris Carvill

Chris Carvill clocked up another impressive PGA Northern Branch victory at Whitehead GC.
The Belvoir Park professional posted 39 points (67) on his way to success in the Ping Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event.
Chris made steady progress through the opening third of his round, collecting a birdie at the par-five third.
He dropped a shot at the seventh when he found the trees off the tee but got back on track with a 20-foot birdie putt at the eighth to turn in 34 (-1).
The Belvoir man added four pars at 10,11,12 and 13 before grabbing his third birdie of the day at the 14th from close range. He parred the 15th and collected another birdie at the 16th but slipped back following a three-putt bogey at the 17th.
He wrapped up his round in style, firing a five iron into eight feet at the last and rolling in the putt to finish one shot ahead of Gary Wardlow (Spa GC).
Eddie Dorman, a Dungannon 15 handicapper, took the amateurs’ top nett prize with 38 points while the gross award went to Balmoral’s Liam Jennings who carded 29 points.
Next outing for the professionals will be on the Valley Course at Royal Portrush, next Tuesday, when the second round in the Links’ Trophy will be played.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Whitehead – leaderboard

Professionals: 67 (-3) – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
68 – G Wardlow (Spa).
71 – V Teague (Loughgall), P Farrell (Laganview DR).
72 – B McElhinney (North West).
74 – G Graham (Groomsport DR).
Amateurs: Nett, 39 pts – E Dorman 15 (Dungannon).
Gross: 29 pts – L Jennings 3 (Balmoral).
Category 1 (8&Under): 38 pts – W Havelon 6 (Greencastle).
Category 2 (9-13): 36 pts – N Gallagher 11 (Hilton Templepatrick)
Category 3 (14 & Over): 37 pts – A Beattie 14 (Mourne).
Team: 90 pts – Pro V Teague (Loughgall) with P Girvan 9 (Killymoon), E Dorman 15 (Dungannon) & D Duffin 16 (Dungannon).

Info courtesy of Tony McGee

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Rookie pro Grant bags PGA in North of Ireland Championship at Spa GC

October 15, 2017

Heather Edgar (Lady Captain Spa GC), Nicky Grant (Blackwood GC) Winner, Phil Posnett (PGA) and Gary Wardlow (Spa GC)

Former Irish amateur international, Nicky Grant, made a winning start to his professional career at the PGA North of Ireland Championship, supported by Golf Now.
Grant, now a PGA trainee at Blackwood Golf Centre, carded rounds of 36 and 38 points at Spa Golf Club to edge out Belvoir Park’s Chris Carvill by a point.
The tournament adopted a mixed format this year. The opening round was held as a team pro-am with the professionals carrying their individual scores forward into the pro-only second round.
Chris opened the event with a fine 38pts (-2) in difficult conditions. Heavy overnight rain had left the Ballynahinch venue very soggy underfoot and it took some sterling work from the greens staff and volunteers to keep play moving.

It didn’t seem to hamper Chris who was the only player in the field to break par. A drive and four iron onto the edge of the first green set up an opening birdie four but he three-putted the par three second to drop a shot.
After a five wood off the tee, a chip and putt gave Carvill a birdie three at the fourth hole and he added another birdie at the seventh when he holed from seven feet. Out in two-under-34 he increased his advantage with birdies at 11 and 13 courtesy of two excellent wedge shots.
However, he finished badly, dropping a shot at the 17th when he flew the green and, after driving into trees, he closed with a bogey five at the last for a back nine of regulation 36 and a round of 70 (38 pts)
Grant ended day one in second place following a level par 36 points with Nathan Kernaghan (Massereene GC) and Ciaran Molloy (Mayobridge GC) tied for third on 35 points (73).
Clandeboye’s Mark McCrory took the men’s top award in the pro-am on 39 pts, two ahead of former Ulster rugby player Andy Ward and David McCullough, both local members.
The gross prize was won by Scottish visitor Frazer Carr (Crail Golf Society), who plays off a plus-three handicap and returned 37 points.
Spa member Attracta Byrne was best in the women’s nett section with 33 points while Massereene assistant pro, Nathan Kernaghan, and Spa members Stephen Loftus, Philip Canaghan and David McCardle won the team event with an impressive 90 points.

PGA professionals Michael Bannon and Peter Hanna hosted a clinic ahead of the action at Spa GC

Overhead conditions improved overnight and Grant was quickly out of the blocks in round two, drawing level with Carvill at the turn. He wedged to 15 feet for birdie three at the fourth hole and on the next green rolled home a tramline 50-footer for another birdie three. He followed that with a two-putt birdie four from eight feet on the seventh to be out in three-under-33 to Carvill’s one under 35.
Chris dropped shot at 10 to put Grant ahead for the first time but the Belvoir man then birdied 12 and matched Nicky’s birdie at 13 to get back on level terms. With five holes remaining it was Grant who took charge, rattling off solid pars at 14, 15, 16 and 17 while Chris dropped a shot 14 and then double-bogeyed the par three 17th to fall three points behind his rival.
It gave Grant the luxury of knowing that a bogey would be good enough for victory but he wobbled down the last carding a double bogey six, after firing a three iron approach into trees. It gave Chris the chance to force a play-off with a birdie but his putt from 20 feet stayed above ground much to the relief of the new champion.
Brian McElhinney (North West GC) finished in third with a combined total of 69 points with Ciaran Molloy (Mayobridge GC) fourth with 68 points.

PGA in the North of Ireland Championship Leaderboard

Simon Thornton and Chris Carvill share first place at Clandeboye

September 12, 2017

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton shared first place with Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park) at the final Summer Masters event of the season. Battling wet and windy weather at Clandeboye GC, the pair carded rounds of level par 72 with Adam Kerr (Co. Armagh GC) back in third place following a 76.
It didn’t appear to be Simon’s day when he lost a ball at Clandeboye’s opening hole to pencil in a double-bogey six and he then three-putted the short second but he holed an eight-foot birdie putt at the third to stop the rot.
Simon then missed the green at the fifth resulting in a bogey four but got the shot back with a chip and putt at the long sixth to turn in two-over-par 37.
A birdie two at the 14th, from six feet, and an eagle three at 15, from three feet, saw him reach one under for his round, but another dropped shot at the 17th left him on level par.
Chris had just nine pars on his card. A birdie three from seven feet at the third hole was sandwiched between bogey fives at the first and eighth. A three-stab cost him a stroke at the 10th but back-to-back birdies two and four at the 11th and 12th brought him back to level.
A lost ball at 13 cost him a double-bogey six, before another pair of birdies at the long 15 and par four 16 gave him a relegation 71 round.
Thornton and his amateur partners carded 84 points to win the team title.

Summer Masters at Clandeboye Leaderboard

PGA Summer Masters at Clandeboye
Professionals: 71 (Lvl) – S Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
76 – A Kerr (Co Armagh).
78 – P Farrell (Laganview Golf Centre), A Peoples (Darren Clarke School).
Amateurs: Nett, 34 pts – A Verner 5 (Portstewart).
32 – J Templeton 11 (Donaghadee).
31 – V McCaffrey 11 (Massereene).
Gross: 27 pts – P Kelly +1 (Co Armagh).
Team: 84 pts – Pro S Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf) with amateurs A Connolly 6 (Blackwood), J Connolly 12 (Blackwood) & A Hope 9 (Clandeboye).

with thanks to T McGee

 

Fairweather digs deep to reach last four at North of Ireland while Gleeson loses his head

July 14, 2017

Alex Gleeson gets ready to tee off on the eighth

Knock’s Colin Fairweather battled some bad weather and an on-going leg injury to reach the semi-finals of the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship yesterday.
The 26-year-old Irish International is suffering from circulation problems and needed an injection just to make the first tee on Monday. As a precaution, he opted not to play any practice rounds and after starting slowly, he has worked his way into the tournament.
On Thursday he beat Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park) and then Derek Downie (Kirkistown Castle) to set up a last-four meeting with leading qualifier Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk GC).
“I finally holed a few putts there which was a help for the confidence going around,” said Fairweather.
“The putting in qualifying was fine but you know what it’s like, each day can be different.
“On the first day I struggled with my whole game. It was only my ‘B’ or ‘C’ game.

“I am slowly getting the confidence back and finding a way to get it around. It’s coming together.”

His opponent this morning, Caolan Rafferty, got a scare in the last 16 yesterday when he was taken to the 19th by Tandragee’s Ross Dutton. The Dundalk man didn’t make the same mistake in the last eight, beating Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) 4&2.
“We both got off to a slow start, then picked up a wee bit but the rain swept in which doesn’t allow for any good golf,” said the 24-year-old.
“My bad golf was better than Darragh’s bad golf. I think we can agree on that one.

“It was a struggle this afternoon. Some of it was tired golf and the rest was the elements. I will try and get the feet up this evening and get ready for the morning.”

The other semi-final this morning will see Alex Gleeson (Castle) take on Rowan Lester (Hermitage).
If Gleeson does win the title he will have to do it without an eight iron after the club broke mid round in his 2&1 victory over Paul Murphy (Rosslare) yesterday afternoon.
“I was playing the 13th and the head of my club flew off at impact and landed in a bush,” said Alex, the reigning Irish Close Champion.
“I couldn’t find it, but it shouldn’t be too much problem to get around it tomorrow using a seven or nine iron.”
Lester proved too strong for Ronan Mullarney (Galway) in the final match of the day, winning 3&1.
A student at Texas Wesleyan University, he wasn’t happy with his morning display in beating Cian Geraghty (Laytown/Bettystown) 2&1.
“I was struggling a bit with the long game. I wasn’t committing to the shots but I did that better this afternoon,” he said.
The semi-finals get underway this morning at 8.30am.

Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Amateur Championship match play scoring

RESULTS
Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush
Round 3: D Downie (Kirkistown Castle) bt J Murphy (Kinsale) 3&1; C Fairweather (Knock) bt G Lappin (Belvoir Pk) 2 holes; D Coughlan (Portmarnock) bt A Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) 1 hole; C Rafferty (Dundalk) bt R Dutton (Tandragee) at 19th’; A Gleeson (Castle) bt E Smith (Laytown & Bettystown) 3&2; Paul Murphy (Rosslare) bt F Mason (Moor Hall) 6&5; R Mulranny (Galway) bt J Yates (Naas) 4&2; R Lester (Hermitage) bt C Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 2 holes.
Quarter-finals: Fairweather bt Downie 2 holes; Rafferty bt Coughlan 4&2; Gleeson bt Murphy2&1; Lester bt Mullarney 3&1.

Thornton secures Belvoir Park Pro-Am success

June 8, 2017

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton coped admirably with blustery conditions to win the Belvoir Park Pro-Am on Tuesday.
The Newcastle-based professional fired a three under par 68 to edge out Headfort’s Joe Dillon at the Belfast course.
“It wasn’t easy. It was hard to pick the wind with it swirling through the trees,” said Thornton who is still easing himself back to full fitness following surgery on his feet.
“We’re on schedule, they are sore towards the end of the round but it’s not the same pain as before, it’s pain from the operation and that will ease in time.. hopefully.

“It’s a slow process, I’m not rushing it because there is a lot of golf to come with the Irish PGA Championship and then the Irish Open. I just have to manage it as well as I can.”

Starting at the first, Simon raced to three under after four holes courtesy of birdies at the first, third and fourth. A dropped shot at the seventh slowed his progress but he turned for home in two under 34 and an eagle at the par five 10th saw him reach four under for his round.
Simon added; “It was a nice start and then I pitched in for that eagle on 10 but after that, I was finding the middle of the greens with my approach shots and two-putting for pars.
“I bogeyed the 15th when I hit a three-wood into the trees but I think I could have been a few more under par if I had been a bit sharper.”
Kilkeel GC professional Jerry Scullion, guided his amateur partners of Neill Roulston, Ian Emerson and Sam Gillespie to success in the team event with 84 points.

Belvoir Park Pro-Am sponsored by DeepRiverRock results

Belvoir Park Pro-Am
sponsored by DeepRiverRock
at Belvoir Park (Par 71)
Leading scores
1 S Thornton (Simon Thornton Golf) 68
2 J Dillon (Headfort GC) 69
T3 D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), D McGrane 70
T5 C. Carvill (Belvoir Park GC), M McGeady (Seamus Duffy Golf Academy), K Shannon 72

O’Keeffe produces professional display to win Irish Amateur Championship at RCD

May 15, 2017

Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) winner of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Cork’s Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas GC) showed the value of experience as he eased to a three-shot victory at the Flogas Irish Amateur Championship on Sunday.
A patient approach around Royal County Down paid off for the former professional as he closed with a two over par 73 to finish three shots ahead of Scotland’s Christopher MacLean and England’s Tom Sloman.
“I am absolutely delighted. I had a feeling I was going to win something big this season,” said the 35-year-old.
“It feels fantastic. It was tough to keep my emotions in check there going up the last and it was nice to have a few shots to lean on. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”

O’Keeffe made six visits to the European Tour Q-school before reapplying for his amateur status at the end of 2013. He was then forced to sit out a two-year eligibility period and returned to the amateur game in 2016.
“It was tough. I always knew that I was going to be competitive at some level again. It wasn’t a case of retiring,” he added.
“My problem was that I never had the financial structure to plan a professional career. I still believe that I have a good game to bring me to a certain level. It’s nice to get a title like this to reaffirm that.”
And while his professional career may not have gone as planned, the experience gained was put to good use as he plotted his way around the Championship course.
“I don’t get flustered on a golf course anymore. When I was on tour, I had a buddy in Dave Connolly caddying for me, and he will tell you that was our big thing,” he said.

“There were times when I’d be ripping gloves off my hand on the golf course. Crazy stuff. I have done a complete full circle on that. But that took a lot of work. It took a long time and a lot of bad experiences to realise that was the way forward.

Marc Norton (Belvoir Park)

“I remember playing with Simon Thornton in my very first tour school, and we were playing in horrendous conditions. I got through but he cruised through, and that was the unflappable attitude that I wanted to get.”
Peter began Sunday’s final 18 holes one shot ahead of MacLean and two shots ahead of Belvoir Park’s Marc Norton and England’s Matthew Jordan. He played the front nine in level par 35 and turning for home, had extended his advantage to four shots.
A birdie at the 11th extended his lead to five before his only wobble of the day at 15th when he managed to four-putt.
“Yes I felt pressure, I lost concentration on the 15th green but I ground out a par on the next hole and then I just cruised in really,” he added.
Norton’s challenge was effectively ended on the ninth when he walked off with a quadruple bogey eight. The 19-year-old eventually signed for a 12 over 72 that saw him finish in a share of 39th.
Defending champion, Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), who opened with a disastrous eight over par 79, battled back to end the tournament tied for 30th alongside Colin Fairweather (Knock) on 12 over par.

Belvoir Park’s Chris Carvill masters Summer series event at Castlerock

May 10, 2017

The ninth green at Castlerock GC

Belvoir Park’s Chris Carvill won the opening event of the Ping Summer Masters Series at a sun-drenched Castlerock GC.
Carvill’s level par 73 earned him a one shot win over Knock’s Ricky Whitford and Castle Hume’s Sean Donnelly.
It was a mixed bag of four birdies and four bogeys for the Belvoir Park man who handled the long holes well but had trouble with the short ones.
He began with birdie three at the first hole being just four feet from the pin after a rescue and eight iron approach. At the next, he handed back his advantage when short of the green and failed to get up-and-down for par four.

Chris Carvill

However, he turned in one-under-par 35 after holing from 15 feet on the eighth green for birdie three.
Off the 14th tee Carvill buried his four iron into a greenside bunker and pencilled in bogey four but immediately regained the lost ground when he chipped and putted for a four at the long 15th hole to be one under again.
That situation didn’t last long as he double-bogeyed the par three 16th when, after being short right and chipping on, he three stabbed the green.
He got back to level par when trimming the long 17th hole to four blows when, after a three wood and nine iron approach, he chipped and putted for birdie.
The amateur’s best nett prize was won by Castle Hume 17-handicapper Michael Kearney who carded 40 points with Belvoir Park’s Marc Norton taking the gross award on 37 points.
It was double success for pro Donnelly and amateur Kearney as they dovetailed perfectly with their Castle Hume colleagues Raymond Gallagher and Graham Veitch to win the team event on 102 points. Two scores count at all holes except the ninth and 18th where all four scores count.

Full scores – Summer Masters Series at Castlerock

Ping PGA Summer Masters Tournament at Castlerock
Professionals: 73 (Level) – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
74 – R Whitford (Knock), S Donnelly (Castle Hume).
75 – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf).
76 – G Graham (Groomsport DR).
77 – V Teague (Loughgall).
Amateurs: Nett, 40 pts – M Kearney 17 (Castle Hume) … 1st;
40 – A Verner 5 (Portstewart) … 2nd;
39 – D Barber 3 (Portstewart).
Gross, 37 pts – M Norton +1 (Belvoir Pk).
Team: 102 pts – Pro S Donnelly with amateurs R Gallagher 5, M Kearney 17 & G Veitch 12 (all Castle Hume).

With thanks to Tony McGee

Magical McElhinney makes it two wins on the bounce at Royal Portrush

January 29, 2017

Royal-Portrush-Golf-Club
For the second time this month and the third time in four events, Brian McElhinney topped the leaderboard at an Ulster Golfers’ Alliance tournament.
The links specialist, a former British Amateur champion, claimed another UGA win at Royal Portrush in the PGA Grand Prix.
The North West pro posted a six-under-66 to finish one shot ahead of Belvoir Park assistant Chris Carvill. McElhinney carded three birdie fours and five birdie threes with two bogey fives stopping the rampage on the run in.
Putting was the secret of the winner’s spectacular round.
He rolled in a 20-footer on the fourth green for birdie three, chipped to eight feet at the next for another three, and pitched to four feet from 70 yards at eight for his third three.
He then brought his big hitting into play, being pin high left at the long ninth hole and getting down with a chip and putt for birdie four, and an outward tally of four-under-par 32.
A drive and three wood to 12 feet set up another birdie four at the 10th hole before he made his fourth and fifth birdie threes at 12 and 13. He holed a 10-footer at 12 and a 15-footer at the next hole.
The Donegal man then had his first lapse of the round when he missed the green at 16 which resulted in a dropped shot but he regained the lost ground when he pitched to three feet for a birdie four at 17, before he finished with his second bogey five on the 18th after he put his five iron approach into a bunker for a back nine of 32.
Local member Matt McAlpin, a plus-one handicapper, topped the amateurs’ gross board with 40 points. The Category One prize was won by Ardglass four-handicapper David Madine on 36 points, while Gary Smyth, who plays off nine at Kirkistown Castle, won the Category Two award with 39 points.
Best in the Butterball Team event were Castle Hume pro, Shaun Donnelly and amateur Michael Dallat, a Galgorm Castle scratch player. Their winning score was 44 points.

PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Grand Prix at Royal Portrush

Selected scores
Professionals: 66 (-6) – B McElhinney (North West).
67 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
68 – D Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast).
70 – A Cathers (Ardglass), G Wardlow (Spa), S Donnelly (Castle Hume).
Amateurs: Gross, 40 pts – M McAlpine +1 ( Royal Portrush).
37 – M Malone 2 (Belvoir Pk)
36 – M Dallat scr (Galgorm Castle),
Category One: 36 pts – D Madine 4 (Ardglass).
Category Two: 39 pts – G Smyth 9 (Kirkistown Castle).
Team Betterball: 44 pts – Pro S Donnelly (Castle Hume) & Amateur M Dallat scr (Galgorm Castle).
With thanks to Tony McGee

In a year of sporting shocks Team NI’s win in the Writer Cup tops the lot….

December 30, 2016
writercup2016start

Team NI and Team ROI ready for the start of play at Belvoir Park. In front, Team ROI capt, Cathal Dervan (left) and Team NI capt, Jim Flanagan

Time for some end of 2016 honesty. I’d given up on Team NI ever winning the Writer Cup.
In fact, following the debacle that was my captaincy in 2015,  I’d actually ruled myself out of the team altogether.
I think I claimed I was too busy ‘working’ – the biggest of lies for anyone who actually knows me.
But, as we all now know, 2016 was the year of the unexpected. Leicester City, the Chicago Cubs and Connacht all upset the odds and to the list of events that surely signals the end of the world, Team NI won the Writer Cup in 2016.
The seventh edition of the Writer Cup – the Ryder Cup style event pitching Northern Ireland journalists against Republic of Ireland journalists – was played at Belvoir Park GC and Cairndhu GC.
I was drafted in late on, reluctantly I might add, to bolster Team NI’s chances of folding once again and making it six defeats on the bounce.
Tourism NI, who host the event, had clearly decided there was some marketing value in ritual humiliation for the ‘home’ side and had once again assembled a crack team of hackers.
writercup2016pkAs you might expect, Team NI’s expectations were suitably low as the players assembled at Belvoir Park but a 2-2 draw in the fourballs at least kept the match alive going into the final day singles.
After an overnight stay in the luxurious Ballygally Castle Hotel the teams moved on to Cairndhu Golf Club where a minor miracle gradually unfolded.
Instead of the traditional Northern Ireland collapse, the ‘home’ team hung tough emerging with 5.5 points from the eight on offer to secure an emphatic 7.5 – 4.5 overall victory.
The celebrations that followed were best described as ‘muted’.

Team NI: Jim Flanagan, Billy Foley, Gareth McCullough, Maurice Jay, Paul Kelly, Richard Sullivan, Richard Mulligan, Michael Rafferty
Team ROI: Cathal Dervan, Brian Flanagan, Eoin Murphy, Peter Finnan, Karl Doyle, Ed Leahy, Dermot Bolger, Greg Allen

A victorious Team NI

A victorious Team NI

Belvoir Park GC
Belvoir Park Golf Club was established in South Belfast during 1927 and is set in some 136 acres of delightful parkland and was designed by the famed course architect Harry S Colt.
It is regarded as one of the pre-eminent parkland courses in Ireland and hosted the Irish Open in 1949 and 1953.
The course also hosted the Irish PGA Championship in 1995 and most recently the Irish Amateur Close Championship in 2008. It was a privilege to have been invited to host the Senior Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship in 2011 and World Police and Fire Games in 2013.
Belfast can boast a number of top class courses –  the 
Belfast Parkland Challenge July 3  – 5  2017  will give amateur players the chance to compete at Malone Golf Club, Belvoir Park Golf Club and Shandon Park GC.
For information – http://www.belfastparklandinternational.com/

Cairndhu GC
Designed by J.F.S. Morrison, a partner in the firm of Colt, Allison and Morrison, the current Cairndhu GC site is situated in 200 acres of mature woodlands and rolling hills.
Cairndhu is a hilly seaside course, laid out on cliffs which offer absolutely sensational views of the Antrim coastline with unsurpassed views of the Scottish coast and islands, and headlands leading to the renowned Glens of Antrim.
The signature hole is the 160-yard par three second called “Head” which is the closest point on the course to the headland. The tee sits a hundred yards above the Antrim coast road which hugs the shoreline below. The tee shot – which can be a short iron or a three wood, depending on wind direction – is played to a long, narrow green that slopes to the left and is bunkered to the front right.

Ballygally Castle Hotel
Perched on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route, sits Ballygally Castle Hotel Co. Antrim.
A stunning 17th-century castle which overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally Bay and has uninterrupted views towards Scotland.
A stay here is a journey in more ways than one. It’s the perfect base for exploring the stunning Antrim Coast, just a stone’s throw from the 9 Glens of Antrim and then on to the Giant’s Causeway.
Relax and explore your more creative side, read a novel, write a novel or paint in our beautiful gardens. Golf. Fish. Or join in the many activities provided by the hotel and places nearby.
The hotel is reputedly haunted by a friendly ghost and brave guests can visit the ‘ghost room’ in one of the towers to see for themselves.

 

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

December 8, 2016

royal-belfast-golf
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