Despite the frequent rumbles of thunder, lightning and torrential rain Reggie Dallas made light of the conditions at Ballycastle Golf Club to win the Low Section at last Thursdays Shuttlecock Golf Society outing.
Reggie, playing off an eight handicap, stormed to the turn in one under par. Birdies at the par four fourth and seventh holes yielded eight points and a handsome outward total of 22 points. Despite several more bogeys than pars on the back nine Reggie added another 17 points to record a final score of 39 points for a deserved first win of the season.
The runner up in this section was the irrepressible Joe Sloan. Playing off a fourteen handicap, Joe showed why at this stage, with two outings left, he leads the race for the individual title. With scores no lower than 34 points at any of the previous outings, his return of 36 points keeps him well on course for glory.
A steady 17 points total for the outward nine was boosted with a five hole run of pars from the 13th to the 17th holes. Despite a ‘ding’ at the par five 18th hole a back nine total of 19 points leaves Joe as the player the others have to catch.
In the High Section Davy Douglas, playing off a twenty four handicap, notched up his first win of the season scoring 39 points on his home course. This win for Davy makes up for being narrowly beaten on countback by Jimmy Duffin in his last outing at Limavadys Roe Park Resort. One ‘ding’ at the par four seventh hole on the front nine was more than made up for by two four pointers at the par four 14th hole and the par three 17th hole.
Seventeen points out and an excellent 22 points back left Davy five points ahead of his nearest challenger Derek Browne. This win was made even sweeter as Davy also collected a voucher, kindly donated by Ballycastle Golf Club, entitling him to invite a fourball of his choice for a complimentary round of golf. Reggie Dallas also scored 39 points but just lost out on countback over the back nine.
In the ‘Twos’ competition the rollover jackpot of £48 was split four ways among Paddy McLaughlin, Joe Sloan, Column Hendrie and Stanley Forsythe who notably returned the best back nine score of 23 points. Even a ‘ding’ at the par five 18th hole could not cloud Stanleys outstanding achievement of a two over par score for the previous eight holes.
The next outing will be held at Moyola Golf Club on Monday 12th August with tee off times 2.30pm - 3.15pm.