Chris finishes top of the pile in high scoring sweep event at Raceview

Prizewinners at Ballymena Golf Club mastered the conditions in the Saturday sweep with the top six nett returns ranging from 42 points to 40.

Paul Rodgers, Brian Casey and Laurence Ker who played in Saturday's competition at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT 43-176CS
Paul Rodgers, Brian Casey and Laurence Ker who played in Saturday's competition at Ballymena Golf Club. INBT 43-176CS

The winner was Chris McCrory, who, playing a handicap allowance of nine, produced a card which carried a total of 42 points.

Chris opened his account with three pars plus a birdie and then proceeded to drop a shot on the fifth.

The next four holes accounted for three pars plus another birdie on the eighth which made for a one under first nine holes and total of 23 points.The second nine saw him drop a shot on each of the first three holes but he then proceeded to score five pars plus another dropped shot on the 15th which added another 19 points to that first nine total which equated to a total of 42 points.

Runner-up was Colm Cunningham, who posted a card containing a total of 41 points where having dropped two shots on the first hole, he then went on to score four pars, three bogeys, and a birdie on the ninth, which accounted for 21 of his total points.

Four pars on the back nine were accompanied by four bogeys, plus a double bogey on the par three sixteenth which yielded another 20 points.

The next four prizewinners all scored 40 points which meant it all came down to who scored best on the second nine.

The best of these came from Paddy Kearney (15), who playing of a seven handicap, scored 22 of his total on the second nine, which he covered in level par.

Having scored seven pars, a dropped shot on the 11th, which he retrieved with a birdie on the 13th, Paddy’s front nine was eight pars, plus a triple bogey on the sixth which yielded no points yet he posted 18 for the other eight holes.

Fourth nett was Kevin Higgins (11), also with 40 points with each nine holes with 20 points.

The front nine saw him score six pars, lob a dropped show on the 3rd, 8th and 9th, whereas the back nine accounted for five pars plus a bogey on the 10th, 11th, 14th and 17th, and he was two points ahead of fifth placed Harry McGarry over that second nine.

McGarry played the outward nine with five pars, bogeys on the 3rd and 4th, while he managed to birdie the second and ninth for 22 points.

The inward nine commenced with a trio of bogeys to which he added four pars and bogeys on the 16th and 18th for an additional 18 points which pushed Donald Smyth (16) into sixth place also on 40 points. Donald’s first nine was made up of pars on the 4th and 9th plus five bogeys and he birdied the second and third for a total of 23 points, to which he added a further 17.

A new name appeared on the Best Gross podium where Sean McElroy returned a total of 70 shots for his round.

Playing with a handicap of five, Sean covered the front nine in one under par gross having had six pars, birdies on the 5th and 9th, plus a lone dropped shot on the first hole.

The back nine saw him drop five shots, plus he parred the 10th and 13th and a strong finish saw him birdie the 17th and 18th holes.