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Portstewart Lady Captain Rosie Millar and Corinna O'Neill.
Portstewart Lady Captain Rosie Millar and Corinna O'Neill.

TURKEY FOR KARL AT THE PORT

Portstewart’s Strand Course was reduced to fourteen holes for the winter but that did not reduce the points scored in the Turkey Competition as Karl Ross and David Anderson hit 38 points each to top the table.

Karl got the nod via the countback process so the top bird is his. His seven on the long fourth gave Karl just one point but after that he hit five straight pars for fifteen points to have 18 carded at the halfway stage.

He then added another four straight pars for twelve before getting two for his bogey six on the par five fourteenth. Two three point pars finished his round and he put 20 point with his 18 out for 38 total.

David’s 38 was made up of two eights of 19 points each. He dropped two shots with a brace of bogeys but added in a birdie four on the long seventh to get to the half way spot on one over par and form was maintained with another one over par back eight to let him sign up for his 38 points.

Ryan O’Neill and Johnny McCartney had matching 35s for third and fourth places respectively. Ryan, palying off six, birdied the seventh to help him to 17 points out and his two on sixteen was his only departure from par coming back and earned him another 18 points.

Johnny picked up a brace of twos on the back eight for four points each, he plays off fourteen, to send him up the list with 18 back and 35 total. A level par front eight, with a birdy four on the fourth, gave David Black 18 points and he added a one over back eight for another 16, the resulting 34 points got him the fifth turkey on offer.

Reynolds McCubbin and Kevin McWilliams took the sixth and seventh with 33 points each.

BIG POINTS HAUL WINS

SENIORS

J McCluskey journied from Kilrea to take part in Portstewart’s Open Seniors last week and went back with a win, scoring 49 points to do so.

The eighteen handicapper played the front nine in three over par to bet on 24 points and then went one better covering the back nine in one over par for 25 more.

The best thing was they were all needed as Kevin Keegan (no, the Strabane one) hit 48 with 25 back to take second place!

He plays off seventeen and also played the front nine in three over for 23 points.

His birdie three at the par four tenth gave him four points but two shots were dropped to see Kevin home one over par for the nine and another 25 points scored.

G Turner, another Strabane man, took third place with 45 points from his mark of 27. Steven Darragh was the top placed home player with 45 points coming from his handicap of 23.

GREAT SCOTT

Eleven handicapper Scott Hamilton scored 43 points on Portstewart GC’s Riverside Course on Saturday to win his Christmas turkey.

His two over par front nine gave the card 21 points and Scott kept the pace up after the turn for home. A birdie three on the eleventh was sandwiched between five pars before his only slip, a no score on sixteen, arrived.

However, two pars to finish and another 23 points were added to get him to his winning 43. Paul Christie was one back on 42 points from his mark of seven, his one over par front nine gave up 18 points to the card.

Just one point came Paul’s way with a bogey five on twelve but birdies arrived with a three on fourteen, a two on seventeen and a closing three on eighteen to push his points for the back nine to 24.

ANTONY ON FORM AGAIN

Antony McAuley, fresh from winning a turkey last week went one better and won the top turkey this week.

He scored 42 points from his twelve handicap with an opening hole birdie three signalling his intentions.

The long fourth gave up a four and with just three shots being dropped Antony ended the nine with 23 points nabbed.

As with the opening nine Antony started back with another birdie, a four this time, and that was his final one.

A few bogeys and double bogeys turned up but not in sufficient numbers to derail his score as 19 points were taken from the nine to get Antony on to 42 for the day.

This was two better than the rest as Ronald Porter and Ben Best both hit 40s. Countback gave Ronald the edge, he started with a first hole birdie three but got nothing from the sixth.

Even so 21 points were scored for the nine holes out. A two on eleven helped Ronald’s cause but this was negated by a no score on twelve before Ronald steadied himself to pull 19 points from the back nine for his 40 total.

Ben really declared his intent by starting 3, 3, 2, a trio of birdies! Six pars then gave him 21 out and he started back with a brace of birdies, a four on ten and a two on eleven,

Another two came his the +1’s way at fifteen and he dropped his only shot of the day with a four on eighteen. All that meant was 19 points to go with the front nines 21.

Ian Kettyle took the final bird with 39 points. The scratch man birdied one and eight to have 21 points carded cat the turn for home and began that with a birdie four. Thirteen gave up a three and Ian’s only dropped shot was his five on seventeen for 19 back.

Bill Clarke had the best gross with his round of 71. He was four over for the opening nine and two under par for the closing holes with birdies on the long tenth and the short eleventh.

ALAN GETS FIRST CHOICE AT RPGC

39 points from Alan Smyth won him the first turkey on Saturday at Royal Portrush.

The twenty handicapper covered the outward nine in five over par which gave him 23 points. Play was over sixteen holes and although Alan failed to register a hit on a couple of them he still took 16 to his card to end the day on 39.

Richard Bill, off eleven, was two back on 37 for second place with 19 coming from the opening nine holes. He slipped in a birdie two at eleven and dropped a shot on twelve to score a good 18 points from the seven in play on the back section.

Marshall Moore, John McCarter and John Brankin all scored 36 points for the next three turkeys. Marshall had 20 out and 16 for the final seven while John McCarter had 21 and 15.

John Brankin scored 22 for the opening nine with birdies coming his way at the par four first and the long ninth. He picked up another with a four on ten to get 14 for card and that 36 pointer kept him one ahead of Kieron Crowley who took the final bird on offer.

Kieron had a couple of blanks on his way out restricting him to 16 points but came good over the final seven to gather another 18 to secure his prize.

MoreSports.com BUSHFOOT LEAGUE

Brian Walker hit form for this week with a score of 43 points from his handicap of thirteen to top Division One of the Moresports.com Winter League.

His opening bogey five was forgotten after he rolled in a birdie three at the par four third.

This boosted his core but it was taken back when Brian slipped to a double bogey six at the sixth.

Even with that blip he pulled 21 points from his three over par front nine and went through the back nine in much the same form, hitting a birdie two on eleven and dropping just three shots to par while compiling 22 points for the card to take it to 43 overall.

James Lane was one back with 42 scored from his handicap of fifteen.

He opened with a six on the par four first but finished the nine on five over par for 20 points. A steady five over on the back nine gave him 22 for his total of 42 and second place.

In Division Two it was a tie for the top with Alan Toole and Eoin Coyle both hitting 44 points, Alan got the countback nod for first place over the closing holes as both had 24 out and 20 back.

Alan, playing off 23, was just five over par after seven and then birdied the eight to get to the turn on four over par for his 24 points.

He dropped three shots on ten and two on seventeen but was steady apart from those holes and was able to add in 20 points to get him to the 44 score.

Eoin birdied the short second and the par four eighth in getting his 24 out and, although there were no further birdies to be had, he also put another 20 points on the card for his 44 offering.

Busy time for the ladies

A Pink putt day was held in mid October, this was a fun day and all the ladies dressed for the event.

The putting competition was won by Pauline Agnew and the best dressed lady on the day was Maureen Clements. £123 was raised and all proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer.

The Ladies Annual Dinner was Held on Friday the 14th of November, this was a well attended evening enjoyed by all.

The juvenile medal winner for 2014 was Laura McCaw, well done Laura a great year.

There were quite a few prizes on the evening and a special mention must go to Corinna O’Neill.

Corinna has had an exceptional years golf and won Golfer of the Year, ILGU Silver Spoon, ILGU Bronze medal and the Challenge Cup.

We hope Corinna’s good golf continues.