Lisburn win in first round Ulster Cup Match

Lisburn's Ulster Cup team.
Lisburn's Ulster Cup team.

As expected Lisburn’s Ulster Cup team defeated Mourne in first round of the Ulster Cup.

After winning 6 – 1 at Newcastle, Lisburn required 1½ points to progress. After nine holes Lisburn’s hopes rested on the last two matches.

Brian Houston and Ian Suffern duly won but Ryan Chambers, Linton Kennedy, and Mark Coburn played well on the back nine to win close contests while Andy Neill won the last two holes to snatch a half.

The qualifying round for the Musgrave Cup was played at the weekend. The sun broke through in the afternoon but a north wind made conditions very cold. This had little effect on the very much in-form Darren Walsh (10) who topped the leader board with 40 points.

A birdie three at the fifth was worth four points but he ran up a six at the seventh. He took six at the final hole for a ‘ding’ but he still finished one point ahead of Stuart Campbell (5).

A birdie four at the seventh for four points helped Stuart reach the turn in level par. He dropped strokes at 13 and 16 for a back nine of 38 and a total of 39 points.

John Poole, Colin Smyth and Ian Suffern finished on 38. John’s better back nine gave him third place. John’s better back nine gave him third place. Chris Moulds and Ryan Symington were both two over par on the final tee. Chris won the best gross score with a par three against Ryan’s four.

Three competitors had two twos: Andrew Gibb, David McCallum and Stephen Wilkinson.

Lisburn made a great start to the Ronan Rafferty competition with a decisive 15 – 5 victory over Ashfield. Josh Hamilton, Ben McGambley, Ross Morrow and Spencer Pinion all had big wins.

Lisburn got off to a great start in the Holt Shield at Clandeboye where David McCallister and Mark Jamison won their matches.

Wednesday Stableford: 1st Philip Sanaghan (13) 42 pts, 2nd David McCallister (6) 40 pts,

3rd Andrew Parr (11) 39 pts. Richard Leathem, Martin Blakely and Jack Shellard all finished on 37.

The clubhouse was filled on Saturday evening for the ABBA tribute band ‘The Bjorn Identity’.

The members and their guests enjoyed an excellent meal and fully appreciated the music and dancing.

They were entertained to the well known ABBA hits and enjoyed the costumes of the catering staff.

A ballot was held in aid of the captain’s charity.