PLAY continued at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in the Order of Merit competition sponsored by Robinson's NISA Extra.
In Division 1 David Martin set the early pace - and went onto taske first place on the day.
Opening with a birdie followed by a par, another birdie and a par he was leading through The Niuc by two points from Norman Nicholl who opened with a par and followed with a birdie and two pars. Joshua Hill, (par, birdie and two pars), was another point behind.
Nicholl birdied the next and a bogey at Broadmeadows saw him draw level with Martin (par, double bogey).
Hill who was playing par golf was a further three points down. All three parred The Treasury to leave the scores unchanged.
Martin birdied the penultimate hole to move two points clear of Nicholl who only managed a bogey.
Hill with another par was still three points behind. Martin parred Longlands to win by two points from Nicholl (par).
An impressive eagle three by Hill at Longlands enabled him to close to within one point of Nicholl. Hill won the Gross.
Through The Maple in Division 3 Michael McAuley was leading by one point with the help of a par, birdie and two pars opening.
One point behind came William Kennedy (three pars and a birdie), Ivan Alexander (birdie, two pars, bogey) and James Mairs (birdie and three pars).
Over Beechers and with three to play, McAuley, Mairs and Kennedy were vying for the lead with Alexander a point behind.
Up the Grove McAuley and Kennedy were a point ahead of Alexander and Mairs so an exciting finish was probable.
Kennedy came home bogey, birdie to win by two points from second placed I. Alexander (two pars). A further point behind, M. McAuley (double bogey, par) and Mairs (bogey, par) finished together.
Results – Division 1 – 1st. David Martin 24 pts – 2nd. Norman Nicholl 22 pts
Division 2 – 1st. Garth Wilson 25 pts – 2nd. Philip Magill 21 pts.
Division 3 – 1st. William Kennedy 25 pts – 2nd. Ivan Alexander 23 pts.
Gross – Joshua Hill (BB6) 21 G/pts.
Twos were recorded by – T. McNeill, S. Laverty, T. Carroll, J. McCart, M. Dunlop, Peter Houston, T. D'Arcy, W. Crawford, M. Greer, N. Nicholl, M. Reid, J. Mairs and R. Addley.
Order of Merit
Neville Neill continues to lead in the Order of Merit competiton.
Neville Neill 94.00 – 2. Shane McQuillan 88.00 – (equal) 3. Ivan Alexander and Gary Henry 84.00 – 5. Gary Jackson 83.00 – 6. Norman Nicholl 82.00 – 7. Colin Thompson 79.00 – (equal) 8. Steven Penney and Philip Smyth 78.00 – (equal) 10 – Willie Park and Alan Proctor 77.00