THE first ‘major’ at Tandragee - the Easter Cup - went to long-serving member Greg Bannerman, whose 133 over the 36 holes took the honours by two shots from Ross Dutton.
Greg (handicap 15) carded a commendable 70 nett on his first round, and it was his second 18 that sealed it with a brilliant nett 63. No countback required.
Ross, meanwhile, hit two excellent scores of nett 67 and 68, with great consistency, considering that he plays off four and doesn’t have much room for mistakes! It was, in fact, under-par gross scoring, so well done the pair of them.
Just one shot behind Ross, in third place, was Tony Graham, who shot 136 (70 in round one and 66 on round two) - the same overall total as fourth-placed Terry Goward (65 and 71) who was edged into fourth spot on countback.
Fifth place went to Geoff Gray with 137 nett (69 and 68), while Stephen McGarry was sixth on 138 (66 and 72). Colin Harney had a total of 139 nett claiming seventh place on the second card countback with 65 nett.
The seniors prize went to Mr President, Leo McRory, with a total of 139 (70 and 69). Five-handicapper Stefan Greenberg won the gross with a total of 149 (75 and 74).
There were also prizes for the individuals round, with Barry Galvani returning the best first-round score of 65 nett, followed by David Keenan (66), Alan Smyth (67), Benjamin McIlwrath, Leslie Gough (both 68) and Nelson Boyce (69).
The second card prize was won by Michael Lyons with 67 nett, beating Mark Upton on the last nine hole countback and Stephen Burns finished in third place with 69 nett.
The competition was sponsored by Avondale Foods.
IN the ladies scene at Tandragee, they held a ‘three-ball, 12-hole waltz’, with Laverne Saunders, Vera Brady and Lady President Ruby Harvey leading the rest a merry dance by winning the event. Runners-up were Rebecca Moorehead, Dolores Hamill and Margaret Hendron. Only one ‘two’ was recorded - by the trio of Jeanette Donald, Linda McMahon and Frances Clydesdale.
Eileen Maginess’s Challenge Cup Team are through to the next round as Carrickfergus were unable to raise a team, while Sunday will be the first open mixed of the season and this will be sponsored by Supervalu in Banbridge. Times still available.
Don’t forget the Manchester Cup Open on Saturday May 12 - times now available.