Noel’s anxious wait at Lisburn

AFTER taking a double bogey five at the final hole, Noel Robinson (12) had an anxious wait to find if he had thrown away the top prize in the Lisburn’s PGA tankard competition.

In ideal conditions for golf it was likely that a good score would be required to win. Noel reached the turn in 39 after a run of three bogeys, starting at the fifth. He conceded a further stroke to par after a poor drive at 11. After a bogey at 17 he bunkered his tee shot at 18, pitched to the edge of the green and three putted. His round of 79 left him on nett 67.

Alex Hanna (26) had an excellent front nine of nett 31. He recovered from a triple bogey six at 13 but a four at 18 left him tied with Noel on nett 67. Noel’s better second nine gave him the Tankard and he qualifies to play in the regional final.

Another fine round by Stuart Campbell (5) gave him third place on 68. He reached the turn in 38 but a brace of two’s at 13 and 18 helped him home in 35. His better back nine gave him third place ahead of Ian Robinson, Bryan Heatherington and John Mercer.

Two nines of 35 gave Ryan Symington the best gross score with a round of 70. His only concession to par was at 16.

After a narrow 3 – 2 home win over Roe Park, Lisburn snatched a drawn match in the away fixture. Having lost the top two matches Philip Stewart and Glen Cruickshanks gave Lisburn their first point to level the contest. Paul Thompson and Alan Gilmore were dormey one up but lost the final hole for a half. The outcome depended on the final match in which Lisburn’s Alan McCarthy and Jason Smiley were three down with four to play. They reeled off four pars to win their match one up and send Lisburn into a quarter final match against Edenmore.

Lisburn’s Junior Cowdy Cup team drew 2 – 2 with Mannon Castle in the home leg. Martin McDonald & Michael Rooney won 2 up thanks to Michael winning the final hole with a par three. Ken Doherty & Robert McNeice had an easy 5 and 4 success. Team captain, Jim Lockhart was well pleased with the result considering that Mannon Castle are the holders. The away match will be played next Sunday.

The Ulster Cup team is back in action next Sunday at home to Rossmore.

Wednesday Stableford sponsored by Cleanwell: 1st Stuart Briggs 42pts, 2nd Andrew Gibb 41pts, 3rd Joshua Hamilton 40pts

Lisburn came 2nd out of 45 clubs in Irish Junior Foursomes at Moyola Park. Lisburn were represented by Lewis Patmore (6) & Christian Kennedy (9) and Chris McKnight (12) & Adam McKendry (12). The team finished behind Letterkenny and played the local team in the semi-final.

After 16 holes Lisburn were two holes ahead, Chris McKnight & Adam McKendry being four up. Unfortunately both Lisburn pairs lost the final two holes to leave Moyola Park the winners.

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