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Strong finish seals victory for Grant at Ardglass UGA event

January 24, 2019

A run of four birdies over his closing six holes guided Nicky Grant to victory in the latest Ping PGA Ulster Alliance tournament at Ardglass.
The Blackwood assistant posted a four-under-par 66 to finish one stroke ahead of Brian McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching) with Gareth Shaw (Moyola Park) in third at the Golf Now sponsored event.
The winner got off to a steady start with eight straight pars before grabbing a birdie four at the long ninth with a three wood and seven iron to the green followed by two putts.
He dropped a shot at the 10th, birdied the par five 11th and then dropped another shot at the 12th to find himself back on level par.
For from being discouraged he responded in style with three birdies in a row starting at the 13th when he holed from six feet after an excellent wedge to the green.
At the 14th his chip from 50 yards finished a foot from the hole and he completed the hat-trick on the 15th with a drive and nine iron to 15 feet followed by two putts.
The winner also finished in style with his third birdie three at the last hole when he chipped from 60 yards to three feet, after a three wood off the tee.
The amateur’s nett prize was won by local member Rory Martin (10) with 40 points while the gross winner was Shandon Park scratch player Johnny Gourley on 35 points.
McElhinney led home the winning team of Greencastle members Jason McLaughlin (3), Willie Havlin (5) and Paul Ferguson (9) on 92 points.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Ardglass supported by Golf Now

Leading Scores
Professionals: 66 (-4) – N Grant (Blackwood).
67 – B McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching).
68 – G Shaw (Moyola Pk).
69 – P McCarroll (Allen Pk).
70 – C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
Amateurs, Nett: 40 pts – R Martin 10 (Ardglass).
39 – B McCluskey 7 (Knock).
38 – L Hale 21 (Shandon Pk) … 3rd on countback.
38 – J Wilson 21 (Shandon Pk).
Gross: 35 pts – J Gourley scr (Shandon Pk).
Team: 92 pts – Pro B McElhinney (Evolve Golf Coaching) with J McLaughlin 3, W Havlin 5 & P Ferguson 9 (all Greencastle).


With thanks to Tony McGee



Whitford makes it three wins on the bounce at Ardglass Alliance event

November 13, 2018


l-r – Richard Kilpatrick, Ricky Whitford (Knock), Phil Posnett (PGA), Lucy Simpson (Golf Now)

Knock professional Ricky Whitford chalked up his third consecutive success when he stormed to the top of the leaderboard in the Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance outing, supported by Golf Now, at Ardglass.
Whitford bagged eight birdies in a super 65 with three bogeys and seven pars also on his card.
He made a strong start, firing a wedge shot to within inches at the first for an opening birdie but then recorded back-to-back bogey fives at the third and fourth holes.
He got back to level par on the sixth when he rolled home a 20-footer, holed another birdie putt at seven and polished off his opening nine holes with a birdie at the par five.
His final bogey came at the par three 10th hole where he was short and failed to get up and down but a birdie four at the long 11th got him going again.
The winner finished strongly by collecting a hat-trick of birdies at the 15th, 16th and 17th to finish two shots ahead of local assistant pro Adam Mulhall.
Ever present Massereene 11-handicapper Vincent McCaffrey won the amateur’s nett prize on 44 points with host club captain, Peter Deeny, second on 41.
Irish international Lucy Simpson (Royal Portrush) outshot her male challengers to win the amateur’s gross award with one-over-par 71.
The winning team members were all from Shandon Park as pro, Barry Wilson, plus amateurs Julian Wilson (Barry’s brother), Laurence Hale and Guy Hamill combined to post 92 points. They won on countback from Whitford’s team.
The next tournament will be at Kirkistown Castle on Monday, November 26.

Ulster Golfers’ Alliance – Ardglass leaderboard 

Selected scores
Ping Ulster Golfers’ Alliance, supported by Golf Now, at Ardglass
Professionals: 65 (-5) – R Whitford (Knock).
67 – A Mulhall (Ardglass),
70 -B McElhinney (North West), P Farrell (Laganview Golf Centre), R Kilpatrick (Banbridge).
71 – G Wardlow (Spa). P McCarroll (Allen Pk).
Amateurs: Nett 44 pts – V McCaffrey 11 (Massereene).
41 – P Deeny 9 (Ardglass Captain).
40 – J Ross 6 (Donaghadee).
39 – J Savage 17 (Dunmurry).
Gross, 71 (+1) – Lucy Simpson scr (Royal Portrush).
Team: 92 pts – Pro B Wilson with amateurs J Wilson 21, L Hale 21 & G Hamill 13 (all Shandon Pk) on countback from Ricky Whitford’s team.

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Tom McKibbin and GolfNow make festive donation to Children’s Hospice

December 15, 2017

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Ambassador Tom McKibbin, NI Children’s Hospice Community Nurse Pamela Armstrong and GolfNow PR Manager Andrew Hollywood

Ulster and Ireland amateur, Tom McKibbin, dropped into Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice with a special festive gift this week.
Before jetting off to Florida, to compete in the Junior Orange Bowl in Miami and the Junior Honda Classic, Tom teamed up with tee-time marketplace leaders GolfNow to donate £700, covering the cost of THREE Specialist Community Nursing Service days as a Christmas gift to his adopted charity. (It costs hospice £225 per day to run children’s community nursing services.)
Newtownabbey-born Tom became an Ambassador for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice last year and has since raised thousands of pounds for NI Children’s Hospice.
The 14-year-old Belfast Royal Academy student seized upon Justin Rose’s WGC-HSBC Championship win in Shanghai at the end of October and asked the winner to donate a course flag with a personal message for auction.
The unique flag raised £350 for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and was then matched by GolfNow’s Northern Ireland-based office.
Tom said: “I was really pleased when Justin Rose donated the signed flag for me to auction in aid of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and that GolfNow has matched the amount to support this great organisation.

“It means a lot to know that everyone involved has made a vital contribution to children’s hospice services.”

GolfNow International Marketing Director Andrew Hollywood said: We’re delighted to match Tom’s donation for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Tom has been innovative in raising funds for vital services this year and we wish him luck over the festive period.”
Pamela Armstrong, Community Nurse Specialist at NI Children’s Hospice, said: “Tom is a wonderful Ambassador and really puts his heart into raising awareness of our services, our young patients and their families. We are very proud of him, and wish him every success in his forthcoming tournaments.”