Fine margins of victory at Galgorm

THE Winter Sweep continued at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and at halfway in the Low Section, Darren McLaughlin held a one point lead over Keith Barkley, Paul Christie and John Carruthers.

David Martin and Mark Hamilton were another two and three points respectively behind.

What a finish was in prospect with two to play when all six golfers were level.

McLaughlin threw away his advantage when he failed to score at the Devil's Elbow. Carruthers missed his chance of victory when he ‘dinged’ the last after a par down the Lowlands and McLaughlin didn’t help himself either when he double bogeyed 17.

This left Christie, Martin, Hamilton and Barkley to fight out the finish and it turned out to be a very exciting finish.

Christie finished par, bogey, Martin par, bogey, Hamilton bogey, par and Barkley bogey par. This left them level and with a better back nine, Hamilton was the winner with Martin (better back nine) taking second place and Barkley (better back six) third. Carruthers and McLaughlin were one point behind the placings.

In the High Section at the turn there was a four way tie between David McAleese (17), Raymond Steele, Noel McAlynn and Jim Millar.

Following this quartet came Malachy Kyne three points down with John Hill another point away.

With three holes to play and the field closing in, Millar held a one point advantage from McAleese, Steele and McAlynn. Hill and Kyne were a further one and two points respectively behind.

Millar lost his chance for victory when he failed to score in the Lowlands. McAleese finished double bogey, par, bogey to win by one point.

There was a close battle for the placings when Steele (double bogey, bogey, bogey) and McAlynn (bogey, bogey, double bogey) finished together.

This allowed Kyne with a par and two bogeys to join them in a very close finish and with a better back nine Kyne took second place with Steele (better back six) third. Hill (double bogey, bogey, bogey) finished along with Millar one point outside of the placings.

Congratulations to David F Hamilton who hit the magic 'one' when he holed his tee shot at the par three twelfth.