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Winner of President's Day at Castlerock Golf Club John Culkin (left), with Margaret Oliver, Mr President Willie Oliver and Jim O'Rourke. INBM33-14S
Winner of President's Day at Castlerock Golf Club John Culkin (left), with Margaret Oliver, Mr President Willie Oliver and Jim O'Rourke. INBM33-14S
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CASTLEROCK’S ‘INCREDIBLE CULK’ TAKES PRESIDENT’S PRIZE

Forty-two points from John Culkin secured Willie Oliver’s President’s Prize at Castlerock Golf Club on Saturday.

Playing off eight John opened his account with six straight pars before bogeys on seven and eight meant a two over par front nine of 38 for 21 points.

Ordinary enough though John, so he birdied ten and eleven to spice things up a little and his par on fourteen with a handicap shot gave him three points to get him to seven up on twos.

The par three Summit took three putts to give John his first single point hole and the long seventeenth did the same.

That blip over a final hole birdie three would have been nice, so he got one!

That was another 21 from the back nine and in the resulting countback John eased out Davie Green who matched the 42 points but had just 17 back after a great 25 points out.

In third place was Nicky Thompson with 41points and the best Gross was taken by Stephen McIlmoyle on 41 points. Jim O’Rourke took the Visitor’s Guest Prize with 39 points and the best of the Senior contingent was Jim Boyd who scored 40 points

The Ladies section prizes went to First, Edna Derrick 38 points from Margaret Crooks with another 38. Third place was taken by Noeleen Howard with yet another 38 points.

JOHN SPIRITS AWAY THE SMIRNOFF TROPHY

John Cameron took top spot in the Smirnoff Trophy at Portstewart on Saturday with a tie break winning 41 points.

He covered the front nine in four over par which, with his ten handicap meant 19 points at the turn.

He hit overdrive on the inward nine going six holes in one under par thanks to a birdie four on fourteen.

The first dropped shot of the last nine came with a five on sixteen and another slipped away on eighteen. It meant nothing though as his one over par 37 gave him 22 points for the card and pushed six handicapper Paul Cooley into runners up position.

Paul’s front nine was an up and down affair with four shots being lost over the first six holes before Paul came back with a birdie four on the long seventh and added threes on the eighth and ninth, par fours, to finish the nine on one over par 37 and nab 20 points for the nine.

With the help of another birdie four, on thirteen, Paul played the back nine in level par 36 for 21 points and got to 41 overall.

In Section A Steven Harper hit 40 points to take top spot. Another six handicapper he opened with a bogey and a birdie before settling down with a few pars.

He had 20 points carded for the front nine but let a point slip away on the eleventh.

The final seven holes were played in one under par with a birdie dropping on the fourteenth.

All that gave him a back nine of one over par and another 20 points. Section B was headed by Geoff Oliver also with 40 points. In spite of a blank on four and a one pointer on seven he pulled 19 for the opening nine.

He opened the back nine with two bogeys, birdied the thirteenth and dropped a couple of shots on sixteen and seventeen to take 21 points for his back nine.

Dessie Ballantine took the Best Gross honours with a great level par round of 72. He birdied the second in three to balance his opening hole bogey.

The long seventh took another shot from Dessie to see him get to the halfway point on one over par 37. Thirteen gave him a birdie four and the sixteenth a three to put him one under par but seventeen took that away and left Dessie on level par 72 for the round.

COLIN WINS PRESIDENT’S PRIZE

Portstewart Golf Club President Jimmy McGrotty unfortunately passed away before he could enjoy his own President’s Day but he would have been proud of the efforts by his family to make it a fitting event for Jimmy.

They have presented the Club with the President’s Cup to be played for every President’s Day. Colin Troy was the inaugural winner of the President’s Cup as reported last week

Jimmy was a fixture in the Club for many years and served as the Centenary Captain in 1994. He played in and Captained many of the Club teams competing for the various GUI trophies and presented Strand Society with the McGrotty Salver which was a popular competition many years.

EXCELLENT SCORING AT

BUSHFOOT

Neil Simpson, playing off 21, carded a magnificent 46 points on Saturday at Bushfoot to lead the Challenge Shield competition.

In the Scratch Cup it is Kenny Gault making the headlines with his round of 69.

Both competitions will complete next week when the aggregate of both days play will decide the winners.

Neil got to the turn in six over par gross and went one better for the back nine with a five over total including a birdy two on eleven.

All that gave him a gross of eleven over par 81, ten shots better than his handicap would have suggested, but that will have been well adjusted now.

Stephen Wilson, playing off twelve, shot 43 points for second place so far.

He was five over for the outward nine, with a double bogey six on nine, and had 19 points bagged for that but the back nine was the big one for Stephen.

He completed it in level par for another 24 points. Birdies were hit with a two at eleven and threes on thirteen and seventeen.

Kenny Gault’s 69 was a bit of a turn up for books as, although he has been playing well he has not been featuring high enough up the charts for his own liking.

Saturday fixed that as he birdied the first and the short second along with the long sixth and the par four eighth in a front nine of 33 shots.

This also gave the card 23 points. His inward nine was easily described, a bogey five on the thirteenth and eight pars for 36 back for his gross 69.

That gave 20 more points for the card to take it to 43 so all is to play for next week with Trevor McKendry on 73 and Ian Montgomery and Keri Kidd on 74.

Bushfoot host Ladies Open Greensomes

Gary Stewart of Tartine Restaurant in Bushmills sponsored Bushfoot Ladies Open Greensomes competition last Tuesday.

The home club’s Margaret Cooke and Beverley Watton emerged victorious with a fine nett 68 off a combined handicap of 30. They were followed home in second place by Castlerock’s Deborah Hillis and Margaret Crooks playing off 16.

Their nett 72 pipped Bushfoot’s Sharon Scott and Caroline McKendry on the countback, the latter pair scoring their nett 72 off a combined 14 handicap. 4th place was claimed by the Bushfoot/Malone pairing of Dawn Macartney and Gillian McKenna, playing off 17 with a nett score of 73.

St Margaret’s Cup Open

The St Margaret’s Cup Open held at Portstewart GC on July 30th.

Portstewart ladies and visitors all enjoyed a great day, the competition was sponsored by Anne McKeague of Creagh Concrete Products Ltd.

The day was well supported and the lucky prize winners were: Winner Sadie Delargy, Best Gross Jun Irvine (Galgorm), Runner up Clare McGourty (Lurgan), 3rd Susan Anderson, 4th Clare Johnston. Front 9 Collette O’Kane, and Back 9 Julie McCartney. A big thank you to Anne for her beautiful prizes.

National Trust’s Annual Golf Competition

The North Coast Association of the National Trust held its annual Golf tournament at the Roe Park Resort Golf Club, Limavady, last Thursday.

The weather was fine and there was a good turnout for what was generally agreed to have been an excellent day’s golf at this popular course.

Winners of the tournament were: Men: J. Robson (First), A. Cameron (Second) and A. Young (Third); Ladies: A. Atkins (First), M. Clarke (Second) and P. Coull (Third). There were also prizes for the first and second nines for both ladies and gentlemen. Winners were: Men: W. McCormick (1st nine), R. Godfrey (2nd nine); Ladies: N. Mullan (1st nine), C. Rodgers (2nd nine).

Sponsors of holes in support of the event were: Bishops Footwear, Coleraine; Boots the Chemist; Corporate Coaching; J.K.C. Specialist Cars, Coleraine; Kelly Fuels, Coleraine; Macaulay Wray, Solicitors, Coleraine; McAtamney Butchers, Coleraine; Moores of Coleraine; Morrison Associates, Insurance Specialists, Limavady; Supervalu Supermarkets, Limavady; Travel Solutions of Belfast.

There was also a raffle with fine prizes, which was very generously supported by both visitors and competitors.

The organising of the event for the North Coast Association was in the capable hands of committee members Trevor Atkins, Mike Colohan and Margaret Temple.

Robson reigns supreme

Thursday saw both a Club Stableford and an Open Stableford hosted by the National Trust with some fantastic prizes to be won. John Robson played an absolute blinder scoring 44 points to win both competitions. .