Brian is best at Lisburn

Brian Sparkes, winner of the 55th Infantry Cup.
Brian Sparkes, winner of the 55th Infantry Cup.

DESPITE playing off 18, Brian Sparkes went round the front nine in 38 to post the best net score last Saturday. He was one stroke away from winning the best gross score as well. He played steady golf to make only two concessions to par at the fifth and seventh. His total of 25 points made him an easy winner of the 55th Infantry Cup.

David Megrath (22) and David McDowell (14) were two points in arrears with David Megrath coming second on count back.

Michael Leathem went round the nine holes in 37 to win the Whitlock Cup for the best gross round. He opened with a birdie four but ran up a double bogey six at the fifth. After a bogey at seven he had a birdie four at the eighth followed by a par four at nine. Ivan Leathem was one stroke behind due to bogeys at the second and third holes.

Competitors had a rest from the Winter league competition. There are clear winners in four sections: Michael Patterson & Stefan Szymura in Section 2, Jim Bell & Brian Patterson in Section 3, Will Truesdale & Mervyn McKeown in Section 4 and Paul Sanaghan & Richard McDermott in section 5.

Sunday League result: 1st Bob Hope 21pts, 2nd Mark Kelly 21pts, 3rd Jimmy Lockhart 21pts. Closest to flag at 4th Brian Houston, Closest at 6th Julie Robinson.

On Saturday afternoon the Lisburn captain Roy Stewart congratulated John Boyd on winning a medal following his success in the Connacht Seniors inter-club championships. John only received the medal recently.

Playing for the Belmullet Club in County Mayo he travelled nearly 3,000 miles during the campaign. His nearest match was at Carrick on Shannon. After winning at the first tie hole, to send his team into the final, he had to make the 115 miles journey home. In the final he lost the away match at Tuam but won at home to force a 5–5 draw. There was great excitement as Belmullet won the cup for the first time at the first tie hole.