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Castle Hume’s Donnelly wins at Mahee Island

June 7, 2017

It was bright and windy at well-manicured Mahee Island for the staging of another round in the PGA Summer Masters tournament, with Shaun Donnelly making the best of the conditions.
The cross-country trip for the Castle Hume club professional paid dividends as he posted a one-over-par 69 to stay clear of the chasing pack, three shots ahead of Ciarán Molloy (Ardee), Chris Carvill (Belvoir Pk) and Gary Chambers (Killymoon).
Four birdies and five bogeys decorated the winner’s card with, ironically, bogey fives at the sixth, seventh and 13th holes being caused by tree trouble. His other bogey was when he was short at the 16th and failed to get up and down in regulation.
Over the first nine holes, Donnelly’s birdies were pencilled in at the third, where he pitched to four feet, and the ninth, where he rolled in a 25-footer for another birdie three.
Second time around, he chipped to three feet at his 10th hole for another birdie and his fourth birdie three landed at his finishing hole as he sank a 15-footer.
Blackwood six-handicapper Paul Holmes won the amateur’s nett prize with 37 points while Andrew Clegg, who plays off one at Donaghadee, took the gross award, matching Donnelly’s 69.
Pro Ciarán Molloy and Blackwood amateurs Paul Holmes, Jim Connolly and Colin Treston (8) were the team winners, carding 95 points.

Summer Masters Mahee Island scoreboard

Leading scores
PGA Summer Masters at Mahee Island
Professionals: 69 (+1) – S Donnelly (Castle Hume).
72 – C Molloy (Ardee), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), G Chambers (Killymoon).
73 – C Gallaher (Greenacres), G Graham (Groomsport GR).

Amateurs: Nett, 37 pts – P Holmes 6 (Blackwood).
38 – S Wiles 8 (Belvoir Pk).
37 – J Connolly 12 (Blackwood).
Gross, 69 (+1) – A Clegg 1 (Donaghadee).
Team: 95 pts – Pro C Molloy (Ardee) with P Holmes 6, C Treston 8 & J Connolly 12 (all Blackwood).

With thanks to Tony McGee

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

Chris Carvill wins Ping UGA Finals day at Concra Wood

April 19, 2017

concra wood pic 3
Belvoir Park’s Chris Carvill won the UGA Finals Day at Concra Wood GC on Wednesday.
Carvill carded a two under par round of 70 to win by three shots at the Christy O’Connor Jnr designed course in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.
Six players finished in joint second place – Phil Collins (Galgorm Castle), David Hughes (Massereene GC), Philip Farrell (Laganview Golf Centre), Ricky Whitford (Knock GC), Gary Wardlow (Spa GC) and Damien Mooney (Damien Mooney Golf).

Chris Carvill

Chris got off to a bright start with birdies at the second and fourth getting him to two under.
He dropped a shot at the fifth when he failed to get up and down from the side of the green but finished the front nine with four steady pars to be out in one under par 35.
His par run continued until the 13th when he collected his third birdie of the day, pitching to tap-in range.
A double-bogey at the par-five 15th, when he found water off the tee threatened to derail his chances but he finished strongly with birdies at the 16th and 18th to sign for a back nine of 35 and a two under par total.
Loughgall’s James Curran won the amateur nett prize with 38 points edging out Brian Matthews (Lurgan) and Harry McKee (Knock) on break-of-tie.
The gross amateur prize went to Kirkistown’s Geoff Edgar who finished with 31 points.
Lurgan professional, Peter Hanna, guided his amateur partners of Brian Matthews, Paddy Meehan and Kevin McKavanaghan to success in the team event.

Ping UGA Finals Day Pro Scores

PING UGA Finals Day Team Scores

Damien Mooney in pole position to collect Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy

March 10, 2017

Damien Mooney took another positive step towards collecting the Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy when he won the recent qualifier at Shandon Park.
The Belfast golfer, now heading Damien Mooney Golf, fired a four under par 66 to finish three shots clear of current OoM leader Brian McElhinney, Chris Carvill and Simon Thornton.
McElhinney’s decision to attend Europro Tour qualifying has opened the door for Mooney to top the standings. Brian will miss the last GP qualifier on March 28 in Spa and the GP Finals at his home club of North West on April 24-25th.
It’s left Mooney in pole position, but with double points on offer over the closing events, the destination of the trophy is not set in stone.
Damien made a composed start at Shandon and opened his birdie account at the par five third. He turned in two-under-34, following a birdie three at the ninth where he holed from eight feet.
He picked up the pace after the turn and rattled off three birdies in four holes at the 10th, 12th and 13th. His only mistake of the day came on the 16th when he failed to get up and down for par.
Chris Crangle and Craig Lyall shared the assistants’ prize after both carded a two-over-par 72.
In the amateur’s gross competition, Alex Stewart (Bangor), Ward Farrell (Shandon Pk) and Paul McCullagh (Kilkeel) all carded 71s with Stewart taking first prize on the back nine. The Category One nett winner was Charles Doherty on 34 points with Gary Addis taking the Category Two prize on 33.
Pro Ciarán Molloy combined with amateur Ward Farrell to win the Fourball Betterball gross award, returning 41 points.

Leaderboard – Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy Qualifier, in association with Desmond Motors, at Shandon Park

Conor Mallon Trophy Order of Merit

Selected scores
Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy Qualifier, in association with Desmond Motors, at Shandon Park
Professionals: 66 (-4) – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf).
69 – B McElhinney (North West), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), S Thornton (Unattached).
70 – J Scullion (Kilkeel), C Molloy (Blackwood).
PGA Assistants: 72 (+2) – C Crangle (Fortwilliam), C Lyall (Donaghadee).
Amateurs: Gross, 71 (+1) – A Stewart 5 (Bangor) … 1st;
71 – W Farrell 4 (Shandon Pk) … 2nd;
71 – P McCullagh 2 (Kilkeel) … 3rd.
Amateurs: Nett, Category One: 34 pts – C Doherty 4 (North West).
Category Two: 33 pts – G Addis 6 (Kirkistown Castle).
Team: Fourball Betterball Gross, 41 pts – Pro C Molloy (Blackwood) & Amateur W Farrell 4 (Shandon Pk).

With thanks to Tony McGee

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

January 29, 2017

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

Brian McElhinney gets Christmas celebrations started early at Castlerock GC

December 14, 2016
Castlerock's 10th green

Castlerock’s 10th green

It was the PGA Christmas Jumper Grand Prix at Castlerock on Monday and nobody celebrated the occasion better than Brian McElhinney.
In the festive fare, the Donegal man fired a quad of birdie fours to take command of the professionals’ leaderboard.
Those four fours gave the North West club pro a four-under-par 69, one stroke ahead of Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park), with David Leathem (Nevada Bobs NI) and Neil Graham (Portstewart) sharing third place on 72.
Bunker trouble cost Brian a stroke at the first hole but he was just short of the third green with two drivers and pitched to three feet for his first birdie four. He sliced another shot off par at the long fifth hole after hitting the green with a drive and three wood to turn in one-under-35.
A drive and rescue plus two putts from 40 feet gave the winner his third birdie four at the 15th and he carded his fourth at 17, getting down in two putts from just off the green.
His three-under-par 34 back nine was completed with birdie three on the home green, where he rolled in a 15-footer after a three wood and lob to the surface.
The gross amateur event was won with 37 points by Shandon Park plus-one member Stuart Bleakley while Paul McCullough, a Kilkeel two handicapper, won the Category One nett prize with 38 points. The Category Two winner was Clandeboye six-handicapper Mark McCrory on 40 points..
The team event was played as a ‘Waltz Competition’ with the winners being professional Phil Farrell and amateurs Stuart Bleakley and Mark McCrory. They danced their way around collecting 77 points.

GP Castlerock Christmas Outing Professional scores

PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Christmas Jumper Tournament at Castlerock
Professionals: 69 (-4) – B McElhinney (North West).
70 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
72 – D Leathem (American Golf), N Graham (Portstewart).
73 – C Lyttle (Ballyclare).
Amateurs: Gross, 37 pts – S Bleakley +1 Shandon Pk.
36 – R Madine 4 (Ardglass) … 2nd;
36 – M Dallat scr (Ballycastle) … 3rd.
Category One, 38 pts – P McCullough 2 (Kilkeel),
Category Two, 40 pts – M McCrory 6 (Clandeboye).
Team Waltz Competition: 77 pts – Pro P Farrell (Laganview DR) with S Bleakley +1 (Shandon Pk) & M McCrory 6 (Clandeboye)

With thanks to Tony McGee

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

December 8, 2016

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

Damien Mooney and Chris Carvill shine at Knock in PING UGA Alliance event

November 16, 2016
Belfast's Knock GC

Belfast’s Knock GC

Chris Carvill and Damian Mooney produced a flurry of birdies at Knock GC in the Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event with the pair finishing the day top of the leaderboard on five-under-par 65.
Belvoir Park’s Carvill spread six birdies over his card but also pencilled in an eagle while Nevada Bob’s Mooney made seven birdies. He had just two bogeys while Carvill had three.
Both players teed off at the par five 10th hole and Carvill opened with an eagle rolling in a 20-footer, after a drive and sand iron to the green.
He then holed out from a bunker for birdie two at 12 and wedged to three feet for another two at 16. A perfect pitch to two feet gave Chris another birdie at the par four 17 as he turned in five-under 30.
A pitching wedge to seven feet set up anther birdie three on the first green but he overshot the second green which resulted in a dropped shot.
He three-putted the fourth to drop another shot and his third dropped shot of the round came at the sixth, where his approach was short.
However, he steadied up to make birdie threes at seven and nine from seven and eight feet to post the early lead 65.
Mooney opened at the 10th with birdie four but gave back the advantage when he found sand at the 11th, resulting in a bogey five.
At 12, he narrowly missed an ace when his sand wedge tee-shot settled a mere six inches from the cup but, again, he stumbled when bunker trouble cost him another bogey at the par three 16th.
That was the end of Damian’s woes. His three wood approach to 17 landed eight feet from the flag and he holed the birdie putt. He then slotted in a 25-footer for birdie at 18 to turn in two-under-32.
There were no further blots on his card as he made birdie threes at the first, second and seventh holes, driving to the edge of the first green, rifling a sand wedge to one foot at the second and, again, driving to the edge of the seventh surface.
Ballyclare eight-handicapper Conor Moore won the amateur’s top nett prize on 44 points while Ben Graham (3, Shandon Pk) took the gross award with a 71.
Groomsport pro Gareth Graham led home the winning team on 91 points.

PING PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Knock – full scoreboard

Selected scores
Professionals: 65 (-5) – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), D Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast).
68 – S Thornton (Unattached).
70 – P Farrell (Laganview).
71 – G Graham (Groomsport Golf Centre).
72 – C Loughrey (Castlerock), P Vaughan (Ardglass), M Alexander (Royal Portrush), C Lyttle (Ballyclare), V Teague (Loughgall).
Amateurs: Nett, 44 pts – C Moore 8 (Ballyclare).
41 – P McCluskey 16 (Spa) … 2nd;
41 – S Doldthorte 18 (Blackwood) … 3rd;
41 – S Cameron 16 (Royal Portrush) … 4th;
39 – R Wallace 12 (Edenmore).
Team: 91 pts – Pro G Graham (Groomsport Golf Centre) with G Smyth 9 (Kirkistown Castle), S Doldthorte 18 (Blackwood) & C Conlon 18 (Kirkistown Castle).

With thanks to Tony McGee

Simon Thornton three ahead of the field after day one of Irish PGA Championship

September 23, 2016
Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton

Simon Thornton is three shots clear of the field after round one of the Irish PGA Championship at Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort.
The 39-year-old from Newcastle, struggling with a foot injury, limped around the Twin Oaks Championship Course on Thursday but still managed to produce the best score of the day – a seven under par 65.
“In some ways it makes things easier. I can only swing the club one way at the moment so it takes away a lot of options,” said Thornton who collected seven birdies and an eagle in Thursday’s round with two bogeys coming at the fourth and 11th.
“That was a good score today. I probably only hit two shots where I didn’t want them go.
“It suited me today. There was a bit of a breeze which I enjoy.”
The reigning Order of Merit champion, Eamonn Brady (Clontarf Golf Club), is in second place on four under par alongside Keith Shannon who was left to rue a double-bogey at the 18th.
“I found the water twice. Even a bogey wouldn’t have been so bad,” said the 28-year-old from Forkhill in Co Armagh who started his round with a bogey but then added five birdies and an eagle.

“I’ve only played a handful of times this season because I’ve been working to finish my PGA qualifications so I wasn’t too sure how I was going to get on. After that bogey at the first I actually stayed pretty patient. I’m happy, it’s a good start.”

Andy Hogan (Edmondstown GC), Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park GC) and Cian McNamara (Monkstown GC) are tied for fourth after opening with rounds of three under 69.
“A very steady round of golf, 15 pars and three birdies,” said McNamara.
“Nothing was great and nothing was bad. I’m pretty happy with it – it was solid.”
Defending champion Niall Kearney is in a group of five players who ended the day on two under par.
“I think I hit 17 greens in regulation. I could have holed a few more putts but it was a steady start and gives me a decent platform for the rest of the week,” said Kearney

* The 106th Irish PGA Championship is being staged – In Association with Title Sponsors Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort, Official Media Partners Golf Digest Ireland and Classic Hits 4FM and with support from House of Waterford Crystal and Skycaddie.

Irish PGA Championship scoreboard

Mooney to defend PGA North of Ireland Championship at St Patrick’s GC

October 12, 2015
Defending Champion Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin) with the Championship Trophy and RJ & SE Scullion LLP Directors Sarah and Rory Scullion.

Defending Champion Damian Mooney (Ballyliffin) with the Championship Trophy and RJ & SE Scullion LLP Directors Sarah and Rory Scullion.

The PGA in the North of Ireland will return to Saint Patrick’s GC on Oct 15th and 16th to play the RJ & SE Scullion LLP sponsored PGA North of Ireland Championship.
Damien Mooney (Ballyliffin)will defend the title he won in convincing fashion last year at the Downpatrick course, finishing six shots clear of Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park).
“I am delighted the ‘PGA in the North of Ireland’ Championship has been announced again and a big thank you to Rory Scullion who is sponsoring the event for a second year,” said PGA in the North of Ireland chairman, Phil Collins.

“Rory is a keen golfer himself and was very encouraged by what the PGA in the North of Ireland have to offer, and after the success of the Pro Am and Championship last year, all the professionals and assistants are very much looking forward to this fantastic event.”

The tournament will be preceded by a team Pro-Am in which the sponsor’s clients and members of Saint Patrick’s will be entertained.
“RJ & SE Scullion LLP is delighted to support The PGA in the North of Ireland Championship again.The partnership provides support for golf at club level on an ongoing basis and has been very active in promoting and organising various golfing events throughout the year,” said managing director Rory Scullion.
“Golf is a sport we feel passionate about thus we had no hesitation coming on board once the idea to run the championship was mooted by the PGA, and after the success of the tournament last year we didn’t hesitate at the chance for a reprise of the event.
“It is particularly exciting that the event will be again hosted by my own club, St Patrick’s and as its Honorary Secretary I have no doubt the competitors will be thrilled by the course, facilities and services during the three days.”
The event will be open to all members of the PGA in the North of Ireland with all players playing the first round and 21 players and ties making the cut for 36 holes on day two.
Brendan Mullen (Captain St Patrick’s GC) commented; “It is our pleasure to welcome all the competitors and spectators to our course for the PGA flagship event in Northern Ireland. I am very much looking forward to the golf and if last year is anything to go by the quality of golf and shot making will be second to none”
The highlight of the pro-am day will be a golf clinic hosted by Michael Bannon, coach to world number one golfer Rory McIlroy which will start at 11.15am followed by a shotgun start at 12.30pm.