Lisburn’s Andrew Parr (10) had a magnificent finish to his round in the Tri Club Winter League Trophy at Clandeboye to pip the local team for the coveted prize.
Portstewart finished with 199 points and Clandeboye were well ahead after two scores in the forties.
Stephen Wilkinson led the Lisburn team with 40 points. He was well supported by Mervyn Mawhinney (38), Ken Haslem (38), Stephen Stewart (32) and Michael Rooney (27). Lisburn needed one more good score to overcome Clandeboye. Andrew had only 28 points after 15 holes. He didn’t let that hold him back though as he hit a three wood to four feet at the long par four 16th for a birdie three and four points.
He then holed from 25 feet at the 17th for another birdie three and three points. Against a strong breeze he was short of the par four final green in two but a five gave him two points and 37 overall. This put Lisburn into the lead with 211 points thus retaining the trophy they won at home last year.
As many as 160 competitors played in the season’s opening 18 holes Stableford competition last Saturday. Four players tied on 42 points: Peter Richardson (19), Kevin Smyth (12), Philip Stewart (19) and Philip Sanaghan (12).
Peter had 18 points on the front nine but a back nine of 40 gave him 24 points and first prize. Kevin was second with 22 points on the back nine. Philip came third with a back nine of 21. After a good front nine of 23 points, Philip did not recover from a six at the 10th and 19 points on the back nine.
Richard McDermott won the best gross with 34 points. He had birdie fours at eight and 14 for two halves of 37.
Colin Sweet (8) had an eagle three at the eighth hole. He also had birdies at the 11th and the 14th.
Martin McDonald (19) also had birdies at three holes (1st, 5th and 15th).
Over 40 competitors took part in the Wednesday Stableford.
1st Darren Welsh 43pts, 2nd Philip Stewart 40pts, 3rd Trevor Murphy 40pts.
The captain presented the prizes at the Winter League Dinner last Friday night. A most enjoyable evening ended with a quiz on the rules of golf.