Ryan finishes six clear in Scratch Cup

Graeme Arthur, Max Thallon, Ryan Symington and Chris Moulds at Lisburn Golf Club.
Graeme Arthur, Max Thallon, Ryan Symington and Chris Moulds at Lisburn Golf Club.

Nearly 60 competitors from all over Ulster took part in a 36 holes Scratch Cup at Lisburn on Sunday.

Lisburn’s Ryan Symington took the top prize, finishing six shots clear with an aggregate score of 140.

Ryan led the field at lunch-time with an opening round of 67. He finished the front nine with three birdies to go out in 32.

A birdie three on the very difficult 11th helped him home in 35. This gave him a six stroke lead over Kyle Patton (Lisburn) and Liam Bresnahan (Omagh).

In the afternoon, Ryan finished with three birdies in the last four holes for a front nine of 33. He lost a ball at 11 and put another in the water to run up an eight.

This was followed by a bogey six at 12. Undeterred he had birdies at 13 and 15. He holed out across the slope on 17 for a par but a poor chip from the edge of the final green gave him a bogey four for a total of 73 and an aggregate of 140.

He finished six strokes ahead of Max Thallon (Bangor) with Chris Moulds (Lisburn) third on 148 and Graeme Arthur (Carrickfergus) fourth on 149 on count back from Kyle Patton.

Best first 18 went to Liam Bresnahan and best second 18 to Stefan Greenberg (Tandragee). At the presentation, the winner thanked all the competitors for participating and congratulated the green-staff for the excellent condition of the course and the committee for their organisation.