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Graham grabs Ping UGA Alliance outing win at Kirkistown Castle

November 30, 2018

Groomsport professional Gareth Graham eked out a one shot victory over Brian McElhinney (North West GC) in the latest Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance outing.
Graham posted a three under par 66 in a round that included four birdies and one bogey.
After a steady par, par start to his round Gareth flew the green at the short par four third but got up and down for the opening birdie of his round. It was the only deviation from par on the outward trip which he covered in one-under-34.
However, he slipped back to level par when he missed the green at the par four 12th hole and failed to get up and down.
That was his only blip of the day and he birdied the 14th, 15th and 18th holes for an inward nine of 32. At the short 14th, the winner rifled a six iron to four feet for birdie two, at the next hole he steered a drive and wedge to two feet for birdie three and finished in style at the long last, after hitting the green with a drive and four iron.
Ardglass 17-handicapper Stephen Mooney topped the amateur’s leaderboard on 42 points while Chris Moulds, who plays off scratch out of Lisburn, took the gross prize with a neat four-under-65.
Ardglass pro, Paul Vaughan, and amateurs Des Connolly (12), Ryan Kelly (13) and Stephen Mooney (17) combined to post 92 points and win the team award.
The next UGA tournament will be the Christmas Jumper event at Castlerock on Tuesday, December 11.

Ping PGA UGA Outing, sponsored by Golf Now, at Kirkistown Castle
Professionals: 66 (-3) – G Graham (Groomsport Golf Centre).
67 – B McElhinney (North West).
68 – D Hughes (Massereene), P Farrell (Laganview), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
69 – C Lyall (Donaghadee).
70 – G Wardlow (Spa), A Mulhall (Ardglass), G Shaw (Moyola Pk), R Whitford (Knock).
Amateurs: 42 pts – S Mooney 17 (Ardglass).
41 – S Goldthorp 16 (Blackwood) … 2nd on countback.
41 – H McKee 20 (Knock) … 3rd on countback.
41 – J Johnston 8 (Belvoir Pk) … 4th on countback.
Team: 92 pts – Pro P Vaughan with amateurs D Connolly (12), R Kelly (13) & S Mooney (17) all Ardglass.

With thanks to Tony McGee




Graham survives late mistake to win Donaghadee UGA event

March 1, 2018

A late stumble almost proved very costly for Gareth Graham in the latest round of the PING PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance series at Donaghadee GC.
The Groomsport Golf Centre professional was one under par playing the last but penciled in a double-bogey six after hitting his second shot out of bounds and off the clubhouse.
Fortunately, no damage was done to the building or his chances of winning the tournament. His one-over-par 72 earned him a narrow one-shot victory over Brian McElhinney (North West), Gary Wardlow (Spa) and Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park).

Gareth Graham

It was the second six on the winner’s card as he also made bogey at the par five second where he three-putted. He made eight pars on the rest of his run to the turn for an outwards trip of 37.
A drive and seven iron on to the 12th green set up the opening birdie of his round and he reached one-under-par with a drive and nine iron to a foot at the 15th. Regulation pars at the 16th and 17th holes left him still in the red but that unusual six left him signing for a 72.
Spa 13-handicapper Philip Burrows won the amateur’s overall nett prize on 41 points while Jessica Ross, who plays off three at Clandeboye, showed her male rivals how it should be done by winning the gross award on 32 points.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Donaghadee
Professionals: 72 (+1) – G Graham (Portstewart)
73 – B McElhinney (North West), G Wardlow (Spa), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
75 – C Molloy (Mayobridge), B Wilson (Shandon Pk).
Amateurs: Overall Nett, 41 pts – P Burrows 13 (Spa).
Category One (8&Under): 40 pts – A Adair 4 (Clandeboye).
37 – A Thompson 8 (Belvoir Pk).
Category Two (9-13): 36 pts – G Hamill 13 (Shandon Pk).
34 – J Connolly 10 (Blackwood).
Category Three (14&Over): 34 pts – J Wilson 15 (Shandon Pk).
23 – S Gurr 23 (Spa).
Gross: 32 pts – Jessica Ross +3 (Clandeboye).
Team: 80 pts – Pro C Molloy (Mayobridge) with J Connolly 10, A Connolly 6 & I Moore 5 (all Blackwood).

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Hanna and Graham take different routes to the top at Kirkistown

February 3, 2018

Peter Hanna

Peter Hanna is not letting the fact that he will become PGA Captain next year interfere with his own game.
The Lurgan professional was in fine form at Kirkistown Castle which stepped in to host the Alliance event after Knock GC was ruled unplayable.
It is the third time that Kirkistown Castle has stepped in to save the day and organising secretary, Phil Posnett, is pretty thankful for that.
“Kirkistown has been very helpful to us this season when weather conditions meant that some of our scheduled courses were not fit to take an event. Kirkistown has always helped out and did a very good job at the last minute,” said Phil.
Hanna and Gareth Graham (Groomsport) shared top spot with a pair of 69’s. Peter was particularly pleased with his putting.
“It was the best putting round I have had since winning at Belvoir Park in 2015,” said Peter who made an unsteady start at the second where he three-putted for a bogey five.
That was the end of his woes on the greens as he holed out well for the rest of his round. He drove the green at the third to 20 feet and got down in two putts for the opening birdie of his round and he added another at the fifth as he rolled home a 15-footer.
A drive and sand-wedge to three feet earned him another birdie three at the seventh hole before he dropped a shot at the par three eighth. After turning in one-under 34, Hanna topped his second shot to the 10th and was hauled back to level par before finishing with eight pars for his 69.
Graham birdied the long first hole where he chipped to six feet but gave the advantage back at the fourth when he put his eight iron tee-shot into the sand resulting in a bogey four.
Another missed green at the eighth cost him another bogey. He then went two-over-par with a three-putt on the 10th green but regained the lost ground with birdie threes at 13, where he holed from 12 feet, and 17, where he pitched to six feet.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at Kirkistown Castle
Professionals: 69 (level) – G Graham (Groomsport Golf Range); P Hanna (Lurgan).
71 – G Wardlow (Spa), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk)
72 – B McElhinney (North West), R Whitford (Knock).
Amateurs: Overall, 39 pts – W Farrell 4 (Shandon Pk).
Category 1 (8&Under): 38 pts – W Havlin 5 (Greencastle).
35 – C Torney 6 (Clandeboye)
Category 2 (9-14): 37 pts – S Foster 11 (Massereene).
34 – S Goldthorpe 12 (Blackwood).
Category 3 (14&Over): 36 pts – K Gilliland 16 (Castlerock).
35 – G Arthur 15 (Massereene).
Gross: 72 – J McVicker +1 (Knock).
Team: 85 pts – Pro A McDermott (Galgorm Castle) with amateurs M Fleming 8 (Galgorm Castle), S Graffin 12 (Moyola Pk) & K Gilliland 16 (Castlerock)

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Mooney and Graham share top spot at St Patrick’s

November 24, 2017

Damien Mooney

It may not be the ideal time of year for sub-par rounds of golf but Damian Mooney and Gareth Graham belied that notion to post rounds of three-under-par 66 and share top spot at the Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance event at St Patrick’s, Downpatrick.
Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf) had built a three-shot advantage by the eighth hole having birdied the second, third and eighth.
He drove the green for a birdie three at the second, found the green at the long third with a drive and six iron, while at the short eighth he wedged to one inch.
However, the charge was halted when he drove into trees leading to a bogey five at the ninth to turn in two-under-par 33.
Damian’s drive for success was recharged with a 25-foot birdie putt at the short 11th, after an eight iron approach to the green, but another wayward drive into trees at the 13th cost him another stroke.  That was offset when he chipped to a foot for a birdie three at 16 and with a par/par finish, he was back in 33 for his 66.

Gareth Graham

Graham (Groomsport DR) birdied the long third after a drive and four iron to 20 feet and picked up another shot at the the par-four sixth but wiped out the advantages when he visited the trees, followed by the sand and then three-putted the seventh for a double-bogey six.
A chip and putt birdie three at the 10th, followed by a four-foot birdie on 13 and a six-footer at the next got Graham to three under but after duffing a wedge and taking three to get down he pencilled in bogey five at 17. Still, the Groomsport pro finished strongly with an eight iron to 10 feet for a birdie two at the last as he tied with Mooney.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance at St Patrick’s
Professionals: 66 (-3) – D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf), G Graham (Groomsport DR).
69 – P Farrell (Laganview Golf Centre).
70 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk), R Whitford (Knock).
71 – G Wardlow (Spa), C Lyle (Donaghadee).

Overall Nett, 43 pts – S Goldthorpe 16 (Blackwood).
Category 1 (8&U): 42 pts – M McCrory 6 (Clandeboye); 42 – J Johnston 7 (Belvoir Pk)
Category (9-14): 38 pts – G Reilly 9 (St Patrick’s); 38 -N Gallagher 10 (Hilton Templepatrick)
Category (14+), 42 pts – S McKillop 16 (Portstewart); 39 – L Hale 21 (Shandon Pk).
Gross, 35 pts – I Smyth 4 (Clandeboye).
Team: 93 pts – Pro D Mooney (Damian Mooney Golf) with N Gallagher 10 (Hilton Templepatrick, R Clarke 15 (Dunmurry) & A Hynds 8 (Dunmurry).

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

Collins and Graham shine at Kirkstown GC

November 23, 2015

Phil Collins and Gareth Graham came out on top at the PGA Grand Prix event for the Conor Mallon Memorial Trophy at Kirkistown Castle.
The duo carded rounds of two under par 67 to finish four shots ahead of Damien Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast) and Mark Weatherall (Donaghadee) at the event which had to be switched from Knock GC due to wet conditions.
Galgorm Castle professional Collins birdied the par five first, two putting from 25 feet after finding the green with his approach.
Three pars followed before his first dropped shot of the day which came courtesy of a three-putt at the fifth. He rounded off his front nine with four pars to turn in level par 35.
He dropped another shot at the par four 10th failing to get up and down but responded in fine style with three birdies in the next five holes. Highlight of that run was a three at the long par four 13th when he hit driver and three wood to 15 feet before rolling in the putt as he came home in two under 32.
Groomsport Golf Centre professional Graham also started with a birdie at the first, and reached two under for the round at the par four seventh when he rolled in a putt from eight feet.
Out in two under 33 without a blemish on his card he made the same mistake as Collins by failing to find the green with his approach at the 10th which resulted in a bogey.
That was his only set-back as he continued to play some steady bogey-free golf on the back nine and his patience paid off when he grabbed his third birdie of the day at the par four 17th when he converted from six feet.
Graham and Blackwood amateur Andrew Connolly (5) won the betterball event while Clandeboye’s Ian Smyth (3) grabbed the amateur nett prize with 36pts.

Pro Scores

Amateur Gross scores
1 Andrew Dillon (Spa) H/c 2 38pts
2 Jonathan Breen (Kirkistown Castle) Scr 34pts
3 Henry Clark (Shandon Park) H/c 2 34pts