From depression to euphoria for Lisburn juveniles

Ulster Junior Foursomes team: Mark McNellis, Josh Robinson, Aaron Marshall and Christian Kennedy.
Ulster Junior Foursomes team: Mark McNellis, Josh Robinson, Aaron Marshall and Christian Kennedy.

After losing in the semi-final of the Fred Daly Trophy at Moyola Park, Lisburn juveniles bounced back to win the Ulster section of the Irish Junior Foursomes at Rockmount.

They had a close encounter with Scrabo in the semi-final and proceeded to defeat Shandon Park in the final.

The Lisburn players coped better with the windy conditions and thoroughly deserved their victory.

Christian Kennedy and Mark McNellis got off to a great start by winning the first hole. They were never in arrears and went four ahead after winning the 16th. At this stage Aaron Marshall and Josh Robinson were two up on their opponents on the 16th tee. This left Lisburn in an unbeatable position: six up on aggregate with a total of five holes remaining. Afterwards the Ulster pennant was presented to the Lisburn team captain Mark Jamieson who congratulated his players on their excellent performance.

Fred Daly Trophy

The Lisburn players were not at their best against Clandeboye in the Fred Daly Trophy and despite encouragement from their many supporters they could not raise their game to the heights achieved in earlier rounds.

Christian Kennedy was one down after 12 and lost on the 16th green. Kyle Patton was two ahead after 16 but lost the remaining holes and the match at the first tie hole.

Josh Robinson was two behind after 12 and lost on the 17th green. Aaron Marshall was level on the final tee when the match was called in. Jack Shellard was four up at one stage but lost seven holes in quick succession. He could only reduce the arrears.

Mark McNellis was four down after 13. He won the next two but shook hands on the 16th green.

Craig Ryan provided Lisburn’s only victory with an emphatic win by 4 & 2.

Many of the Lisburn players will be eligible for the competition next year but they failed to take their opportunity after some great displays round their own course.

Ulster Under 14


Congratulations to Mark Stewart, Jack Shellard, Conor Heasley and Adam Clarke for qualifying for the final of this competition at Spa Golf Club. The final will be played later this month.

Ulster Fourball

Lisburn did well to hold Moyola Park to a 3 – 2 scoreline in their away match. Team captain Alan Gilmore and Patrick Beattie were up against it and lost on the 13th green.

Alan Crowe and Chris Davis combined well to win by 4 and 3. Chris hit the ‘shot of the day’ at the eight. From 174 yards he pulled a five iron round a tree over the Moyola River to the edge of the green. He proceeded to get down in two putts having watched his opponent hole from the back of the green for a par four.

Stephen Wilkinson holed a pitch at 12 to enable him and his partner Trevor Doak go two ahead. Trevor holed a long putt on the 16th green to win the match 4 and 2. P

hilip Stewart and Glenn Cruickshanks had a close encounter but fell away to lose by 3 & 1. Martin McDonald and Michael Rooney were one ahead after 16. Three putts on 17 and three from the back of the final green cost them the match and their unbeaten record in this year’s competition.

Team captain Alan Gilmore will welcome the return of Barry McQuillan, Chris Warwick and Mark Jamieson for the return match at Lisburn.

Sam Rutherford

As expected Lisburn have reached the semi-final of the Sam Rutherford competition. Dessie Kerr’s team won three and halved one of their matches against Silverwood.

Rover Cup

Despite a strong breeze and some heavy showers there were several excellent scores in Saturday’s competition for the Rover Cup.

Young Adam Clarke (15) and Colin Todd (22) topped the leader board with 43 points. A birdie two at the fourth put Adam one under par. He reached the turn in 39 for 22 points. Par threes at the two short holes on the back nine helped him home in 41 for 21 points.

Colin played the front nine in 41 for 24 points. After a ‘ding’ at the tenth he went on to get 19 points on the back nine to lose out on count back.

Joe Davey (21) was third with 42 points. Two short putts lipped out for birdie twos at the 4th and 13th which deprived him the top spot. Daryl Scott finished on 41 closely followed by Michael Glover, David Waterworth and Ben McCambley on 40 points:

Ryan Symington reached the turn in 34. He went three under par with a three at the 10th. He proceeded to drop strokes at the next two holes but a birdie four at 14 gave him a back nine of 36 for a round of 70. After going out in 36 Chris Moulds had birdies at 11 and 12 to go two under par. He dropped a stroke at 17 to finish on 71.

Wednesday Stableford: 1st Sam Moore (19) 41pts, 2nd John Henry (22) 40, 3rd Gary Hewitt (11) 39 pts

Presidents Cup for juveniles: 1st Kyle Carson, 2nd Max Gillespie 43.