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Group of prize winners with the President Mr Matt Colgan. (S)
Group of prize winners with the President Mr Matt Colgan. (S)


Matt Colgan hosted his President’s Day at Bushfoot Golf Club on Saturday and Victor Freeman won the spoils with a great score of 41 points.

He did not register a point on the opening hole, which would have daunted many a golfer, but not Victor. From there he dropped just five shots to par and hit the turn for home with 19 points gained.

His momentum continued and increased into the second nine which, even with a couple of double bogies, gave up 21 points to the 21 handicapper to get him home with 41 on the card. That 21 back sealed a one point win for Victor over nearest rival Kenny McKillop.

Kenny hit 40 points with two nines of 20 each, both easily described. The front nine was eight pars and a bogey four on the seventh, the back nine eight pars and a bogey five on thirteen!

Two further back came Richard Brewster on 39 for third place. The twelve handicapper scored well enough on the opening nine to get 18 points carded even with two double bogies, just two shots were dropped apart from those. Ten and eleven took a shot each from Richard and twelve didn’t give him anything at all.

But a birdie four on fifteen helped his cause and after that no more shots were lost and 21 further points were signed for.

Last year’s Captain Kenny Gault maintained his recent good form to win the Best Gross prize with a round of four over par 74. His birdie three on the third helped him to get through the first nine in two over par and although no more birds were to be had his two over back nine saw him sign up for the 74.


David Smyth hit 42 points off his handicap of seven to take first choice of this week’s Rathmore turkeys.

After a birdie three on the second David hit another birdy with a four on the long fourth. His double bogey six on seven took those back but 21 points were registered for the opening nine.

David achieved the same coming back with much more ease, after seven straight pars he got his birdie three on seventeen and gave it back with a closing bogey four for another 21 points.

Geoffrey Niblock won the second bird with his 39 points coming from his mark of fifteen. He finished his front nine with 19 points including a double bogey on seven and bettered that by one on the way in by eliminating the doubles.

Rodney Magee took third place on another 39 points. He had 20 points gathered from an up and down first nine holes but the back nine was less forgiving and he took no points from the thirteenth and seventeenth to add 19 to the card. This eased Rodney into third on countback.

The Best Gross of the day came from Gary McDowell with a level par round of 70. He birdied the long fourth and followed this up with an eagle two on the par four fifth!

This saw Gary through the first nine in three under par 32. An unusual double bogey five slipped onto his card on the short eleventh and eighteen took another shot from him for a three over par back nine of 38 and a round of 70.


John Brankin played a net 76 on Saturday and won the Monthly Medal Final at royal Portrush.

He was out on 40 shots assisted by a birdie four on the long second and came back in just one more, 41 for his gross 81 which netted down to his winning 76.

In October’s Monthly Medal it was David Sloan who got top billing from a trio of net 70s winning out in the countback.

His birdie two on the short third balanced out his seven at the ninth to see him get to the turn in41 shots. Even with the disappointment of a triple bogey six on the fourteenth David still was able to pluck another birdie three from the sixteenth to get back in40 for his gross 81 which nets down to the winning 70.

Richard Gallagher took the Silver Medal with his net 70.Richard’s birdie three at the fourth was his only variation from par for the front nine of 35 but the back nine was not so kind.

Twelve and sixteen were double bogied and another shot was lost on the last to give Richard 41 back and 76 gross. This was adjusted by his six handicap to 70 net.

The Bronze Medal went to WRA Tennent with the third net 70. He double bogied the first and the ninth but evened these up by birdying the long second and the par four eighth to be out in 41.

He matched this tally coming back as well with two further birdies on the twelfth and fifteenth, both par fours

In the Best Gross stakes it was Jamie Knipe who came tops with his offering of three over par 75. Jamie birdied the opening two holes but gave two shots back with a six on the fourth.

A few more bogies appeared on the card to see Jamie turn with 39 shots struck. His eagle three on ten helped his recovery and with just two shots dropped to par from there in he covered the back nine in level par 36 for his 18 hole score of three over 75.


Portstewart Ladies held a successful presentation evening on Wednesday evening 1st October.

Lady Captain Rosie presented prizes to all the ladies who have won trophies over the last few months. Several of the ladies won multiple prizes for their excellent golf. well done to all prize winners.

The monthly medal winners were: June - Kathleen McIlfatrick; October - Irene Murray and 2014 monthly overall medal winner Corinna O’Neill; May Edith Marshal & August monthly medal winner - Caroline McMullan

Windyridge Cup played on the Town Course - Bernie Eastwood

Team Rumble - Brenda Strain, Maggie Penny and Corinna O’Neill

Strand Voucher Lynne McCartney

Centenary Trophy & September monthly medal - Corinna O’Neill

Anne Marie Donnelly (Strand course) Mary Glover and (Riverside course) Enid Carson

Irish Mail all Ireland Fourball Trophy - Mother and Daughter May & Clare Johnston.

SS Henry Memorial Salver - Mary Glover

Good luck to our Lady Captain Rosie who continues to have a great year with more competitions organised over the next few months.

Magnificent Macs at Gracehill

Geoffrey ‘G-Mac’ McLean and partner par excellence Stewart ‘S-Mac’ McKinney proved yet again to have the winning combination as they brushed aside all pretenders to their throne, shooting a magnificent 62 to win the Two Man Scramble.

Starting with a barrage of birdies at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd they couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.

A further birdie followed at the eighth as they made the turn 4 under par. As the back 9 beckoned, peanuts digested, energy levels replenished – the pursuit for perfection begin swiftly as they went to six under par, courtesy of birdies at the 11th and 12th.

Even a couple of dropped shots sandwiched between a birdie at the 15th couldn’t derail this dynamic duo as they reach the summit of their golfing Everest.

With a potential sponsorship deal in the offing with KP peanuts the rewards for this pair could be far reaching! A shot further back in 2nd place was double act John Brennan and James McClenaghan, while Neill Greer and partner William McQuiston were 3rd with a 64.

Dunn and McKay

victorious at Roe Park

The season is certainly not over at Roe Park, despite the drop in temperature the resort is still as busy as ever as golfers come from all over to enjoy the superb course conditions.

The start of the ‘Autumn Pairs’ competition last week has kept the members committed to at least six more weeks of intense competition. Some fantastic prizes have been provided by sponsors Eglinton Construction and Property. Members certainly showed their enthusiasm with big numbers entering the weeks’ competitions. Players were keen to get their best card of the week and put that together with their partners for a combined total which would hopefully see them up the table.

First up was a Club Stableford on Thursday which was played in windy conditions. The senior members of the club dominated the top places with Andy Dunn leading the way, keeping his good form going of late to secure the win with an excellent round scoring 39 hard fought points. Bernie Weavers, also playing very well lately claimed second place with 38 points beating Phillip McKeever on count back into third spot.

Saturday’s Club Stableford was won by junior member Conor McKay who scored a superb 41 points. Second place was won by John Harron who scored 40 points. Gavin Logue also had 40 points but had to settle for third spot on count back. The best gross score was won by Eamon Barkley.

With the start of the Autumn season and winter coming now is a good time to prepare for next year. Resident PGA Professional Michael McCrudden will be offering various coaching classes at the resorts state of the art Driving Range and Golf Academy. Class sizes will be limited to ensure as much one on one coaching as possible.