Michael is the winner of the Suffolk Cup at Dunmurry despite conditions

Almost 200 Dunmurry golfers took part in the Suffolk Cup on Saturday August 16, and despite the windy conditions a number of good scores were returned.

The winner was Michael Milling playing off a 21 handicap.

Victory looked a long way off after a steady front nine saw him picking up 18 points, however on the back nine he used his shots well to record five three pointers and four two pointers for an excellent 23 points and overall 41 points.

Second place went to C. McKenna (16) who returned 20 points on each nine to claim 40 points. Five handicapper Colin Mills (5) picked up third spot thanks to a one over 35 on each nine to record 39 points, highlight of his round being a birdie three on the 8th hole.

A number of golfers returned 38 points with Neil Forsythe (6) claiming fourth spot thanks to a level par back nine and 21 points. Fifth spot went to Tom Snoddon after recording 20 points on the back nine thanks to a birdie four on the 13th and a birdie three at 17th.

Ian Partridge (7) took full advantage of the Senior Cup squad away at Royal Portrush to win the gross prize. Ian went round in two over par 72. On the front nine went round in 37 shots – two over par, and the back nine, despite dropping two shots on the short par three 16th, however birdies at the 13th and 15th for a level par 35, clinched him the gross prize.

Team news

It was a disappointing Sunday on the team front as both the Dunmurry Senior Cup and Holt Shield teams lost.

The Senior Cup squad of Graeme Dickson, Darren Crowe, Ian Moore, Stephen Crowe, and Glenn McAuley suffered a 5-0 defeat to Banbridge.

The Banbridge side adapted much better to the difficult conditions – gale force winds and heavy showers – and went on to beat Rossapenna in the afternoon final to represent Ulster in the All-Ireland finals next month.

The senior golfers have another chance to make the All Ireland finals this Sunday, when they take on Warrenpoint in the Barton Shield Foursomes at Moyola Park.

The winners will take on either Rossapenna or Shandon Park in the afternoon final the winner to represent Ulster at Carton House next month.

The Dunmurry Holt Shield side hopes of reaching the semi-finals ended on Sunday evening. The match was finely balanced after the first leg at Malone when both sides picked up 2.5 matches.

Dunmurry got off to a great when Scott Malcolm won 4 and 3, however defeats for Noel Magill, Gareth Shirlow, Aaron O’Rorke and Duncan Fleming, gave Malone a 4-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals.