Trevor is the winner in close finish for Lisburn Captain’s Prize

The first of nearly 300 competitors teed off at 6.00am last Saturday in Lisburn’s Captain’s prize competition.

Trevor Doak is presented with the captain's prize by Peter and Norma Cairns.

The captain Peter Cairns was on hand to wish all the competitors good luck.

The early morning drizzle cleared away to give bright sunshine in the afternoon. The course was in excellent condition but the hard ground, a slight breeze and several awkward pin positions made good scoring difficult. The holes were cut and just over the water at the short sixth green and at the 11th. This resulted in only eight competitors finishing with scores of 37 or 38 points.

Trevor Doak and Keith McCrum led the field on 38 with Jim Burns, Stephen Stewart, Colin Reid, Michael Robinson, Ryan McIlroy and Norman Briggs one point behind.

Trevor Doak is presented with the captain's prize by Peter and Norma Cairns.

Trevor got off to a good start with 12 points of the first five holes on his way to 19 points for the front nine. After a six at 15 followed by a ‘ding’ at 16 he holed two good putts for pars on the last two holes for a back nine of 19 points to win on count back.

Keith had 21 points on the front nine but just failed with a putt of 15 feet to win on the last green.

Jim Burns hit the ‘putt of the day’ when he nearly holed a 30 yard downhiller from the back of the sixth green with the water just beyond. He was awarded third place. Stephen Stewart was fourth despite a six at 17.

Colin Reid and Michael Robinson both registered 21 points on the front nine. Colin finished with three bogeys while Michael failed to score at 13. Norman Briggs had 22 points on the opening nine but he failed to score at 14.

There were other hard luck stories. Stanley Howard started with two birdies but the magic soon disappeared. Barry Cathcart finished with 36 points despite a ‘ding’ at 16.

Chris Budd finished with two aces to win the putting competition.

Ryan Symington won the gross prize with 32 points.

Other prize winners: Seniors Norman Briggs. Past captains, Mark Jamieson. Juniors Mark Armstrong. Team captains, Chris Moulds. Nearest the flags, 6th Adam McKendry and 18 th James Dowling. Ladies 1st Freda Douglas, 2nd Trish Neville 3rd Joy Hall. 9 holes Phyllis McGill

There was a big attendance at the evening function where the captain of Skerries Golf Club Gerry Lloyd and his wife were special guests. The captain, Peter Cairns thanked all those who helped make the day very successful. Mrs Cairns presented the prizes. In reply the winner Trevor Doak thanked the captain for his excellent choice of prizes and congratulated the ground staff on the excellent condition of the course.

The captain was delighted to announce that donations of almost £850 were made to his chosen charity – Men United v Prostrate Cancer.

There was a close finish to the Junior Cowdy Cup match at Lisburn with the home drawing 2 – 2 with St Patricks, Downpatrick. Chris Davis and Chris Warwick were Lisburn’s only winners.

Lisburn progressed to the next round of the Ulster Fourball at Ballycastle’s expense.

Monday Stableford: 1st Michael Maxwell 39pts, 2nd Albert Gregg 38pts, 3rd Peter MacDonnell 37pts. Wednesday Stableford 1st Philip Sanaghan 39pts, 2nd Ray Rankin 38pts, 3rd Ryan Symington 37pts.