Tom hits a ‘miracle’ shot to win at Lisburn GC

Tom Beattie hit a ‘miracle’ shot from the trees at Lisburn’s third hole to turn the tide in his Lisburn Winter league match.

Mervyn Law, Mervyn Hewitt, Declan Marsden and Mark Jamison met in the Lisburn Winter League.

The first two holes were halved and then Tom sliced his tee shot at the third into the trees.

He could just hope that he could hit his second shot through a narrow gap in the trees and keep the ball below the overhanging branches. He used a driver and played the shot to perfection. The ball landed just short of the green, checked and ran to within two feet of the flag for a birdie three. He followed with a birdie two at the fourth to put his side in control and went on to win by 4 and 2.

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Earlier the tied match involving Tom Beattie & Andrew Gibb and George Stephens & David McDowell was settled at the second hole which Tom won with a net four.

The favourites for the Lisburn Winter league Neil Thompson and Norman Lambe remain unbeaten as they defeated Graham Kerr and Brian Sparkes. Neil covered the first six holes in two under par. The first hole was halved in birdie fours but Neil and Norman went one ahead with a par at the short third. Neil holed a long putt on the fifth to put his side two ahead. The remaining holes were halved to give them victory on the eighth green.

Declan Marsden and Mark Jamison got off to a great start in their match against Mervyn Hewitt and Mervyn Law. They won the first two holes but lost the seventh to remain one up. Mark almost reached the eighth green in two and chipped close to win the hole and the match with a birdie four.

Roy Stewart and Kenny Gilmore were not at their best against Robert Patterson and David Phelan and were duly beaten 2 and 1.

Over one hundred competitors played in the Saturday Stableford. Result: 1st Billy Lutton (26) 26pts 2nd Ken Alderdice (26) 23pts 3rd David Reid (9) 21pts. Wednesday Stableford: 1st J. Burns 23pts, 2nd G. Heatherington 22pts, 3rd D. Welsh 22pts. Seniors: 1st F. Walsh 22pts, 2nd D. Gardiner 22pts, 3rd D. McAfee 21pts, 4th N. Briggs 20pts. Sunday Winter League: 1st Trevor Doak 26pts, 2nd Clive Black 25 pts, 3rd Tommy Beattie 23pts. Closest to flag at 4th Kenny Gilmore, Closest to flag at 6th Andy Gibb. Ben McCambley left his tee shot at the 6th four inches from the flag and won six golf balls sponsored by Martin Lilley. Members are reminded that the league ends with a dinner on December 15.