McComb collects charity prize

Sean Wilson (centre, captain) and his vice-captain, Barry Campbell (left), with Paddy Meehan (past captain).INLM15-165
Sean Wilson (centre, captain) and his vice-captain, Barry Campbell (left), with Paddy Meehan (past captain).INLM15-165

THE Lurgan Lions-backed charity competition attracted support from 227 players.

The qualifying event placed John McComb in top spot for a second successive week thanks to the 17-handicapper’s 42 points.

Pars along the first, second, fifth and ninth holes offered early encouragement before McComb posted fine scores along six of the back-nine tests.

Keith Percy registered the same score but finished runner-up over the countback, with a no-score on the 17th a crucial setback.

Pars and birdies peppered his round off a 10 handicap.

Kieran Ward came home third off 11 courtesy of 41 points.

Eight pars arrived over the front nine alone before four more along the return leg.

Gary Clarke, a scratch golfer, picked up the gross award courtesy of birdies on holes 10 and 17, plus 12 pars.

In the low section, Marcel Shanks scored 40 points off his six handicap thanks to birdies on the 10th and 14th holes towards the one-under-par round.

Daniel McCool topped the middle section thanks to 39 points following pars on the fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth and 17th holes before closing on a birdie.

Trevor Field proved too strong for the rival players in the high section as the 22 handicapper closed out on 41 points.

Five pars and six double bogeys provided the highs and lows of his appearance.

Other impressive scores came from Kieran McCorry (40 points), Conal Patterson (39 points), Nathan McCann (39 points), Marty Rea (39 points), Joe Dowey (38 points), Paul Best (38 points), Bryan Turkington (38 points), Colin Thompson (38 points), Ian Montgomery (38 points), Pete McCusker (38 points), Jim McCann senior (38 points), Brian Curran (38 points), Mervyn Shaw (37 points), Shane Magee (37 points), Nevan Lavery (37 points), Gopal Santokhi (37 points), John Menary (37 points).

NATHAN McCann’s six-under-par tally of 42 points left him in the Easter Monday honours at Lurgan.

Success arrived for the young player in the RIR Cup from a field of over 70 players – with just five registering under-par scores in the non-qualifying event.

The eight-handicapper suffered bogey scores on holes one and nine but levelled out the disappointment with birdies across the fourth and eighth ahead of pars across the rest of the front leg.

His back-nine run of five pars and three bogeys ended with a birdie four on the final hole for victory.

Sean McEvoy clocked in on 41 points for runners-up spot – with the 23-handicapper recovering from a no-return, double bogeys on two occasions and a triple bogey to post six pars.

Norris Thompson collected the final nett prize on 38 points off his 21 handicap.

Seven double bogeys proved setbacks against four consecutive pars from the ninth before two strong finishing holes.

Caolan McCann picked up the gross prize on 33 off his three handicap thanks to a birdie at the start and finish of the round plus 12 pars.

Other impressive scores were posted by Raymond McCrory (38 points), Bernie Mulligan (38 points), Neal Carson (36 points), Eamon McCarron (36 points), Conal Patterson (36 points) and Gavin Smyth (36 points).

THE Wednesday Sweep featured 132 players on the course – with Seamus McKavanagh junior posting 41 points for success overall. Playing off 17, he enjoyed pars along the fourth, fifth, sixth, 10th, 12th, 13th and 16th holes – plus a vital birdie four.

Keith Percy, a regular in the prizes, had to settle for second thanks to 41 points off his 10 handicap.

He produced eight pars and a bogey over the front nine but suffered a series of double bogeys heading home before a strong finish yielded a birdie.

Kevin Brennan finished third courtesy of a 13 handicap to secure 39 points.

He opened proceedings with a birdie and also enjoyed pars across the sixth, eighth and ninth – along with the final five.

Mark O’Neill matched Brennan’s tally, off 11, thanks to eight pars and one birdie.

Terry Eagers captured the closing nett award on 39 off 15 following birdies on holes one and eight and a series of pars.

In the running for the gross, Niall Hoy registered 33 points thanks to a level-par front nine off his seven handicap before four pars along the back and two birdies.

George Kidd (39 points), Olcan Kearney (38 points), Peter Devlin (38 points), Eddie McComb (38 points), Jim McKee (38 points), Raymond McCrory (38 points), Ronan McCrory (38 points), Michael McHugh (38 points), Gary Campbell (38 points), Anthony Gallery (37 points), Jason McCann (37 points), Gary Totton (37 points), Norris Thompson (37 points), Peter Cummins (37 points).

THE year’s first Mixed Scramble was won by the Hanna husband-and-wife pairing of Kenny and Ita alongside Gerard Marner and Ronan McCrory.

Friday’s winning fourball proved consistent to top the field – with everyone encouraged to support the fun format.

MEMBERS are reminded that the entry deadline for the Club Cup/Club Fourball is Sunday, May 5. The fees are £4/£8 per pair respectively.

THE Joker’s Wild Sweep remains up for grabs, with James Hanratty the latest to give it a go.

The jackpot now stands at £1,150, with tickets available from the usual outlets.

LURGAN Rotary Club’s table quiz will take place on Friday, April 26.

LURGAN juveniles posted some impressive scores during a recent competition:

BOYS: 1, Stephen Courtney (25) 41 points; 2, Ruairi McConville (28) 40 points; 3, Conor McConville (20) 40 points. GIRLS: 1, Niamh Ward (6) 36 points; 2, Annabel Wilson (10) 36 points.

BOYS’ NINE-HOLE QUALIFYING: 1, Ryan Latifi 22 points; 2, Joshua Coleman 22 points.Head