RICHARD Currie proved too hot for the Carrickblacker field across the opening week of the Clubworld Travel-sponsored New Year tournament.
He posted 28 points to lead the way across the four groups and top the section D leaderboard.
Currie recovered from failure on the first hole to find form across the remaining 10 off his 26 handicap.
Hugo Marley, the Portadown vice-captain, was second in section D on 26 points, edging out John Tate over the last-five countback.
In section A, Clarke Banks scored 27.5 points and the ever-consistent Geoff Robinson recorded 27 for runner-up spot.
Philip McKeag, playing off his five handicap, finished the course in one-under-par 26 for third.
Bertie Speers was the leading name in section B on 27 points - followed by Eddie Atkinson and Ronnie Weir on 26 points apiece.
In section C, Brian Friar finished on 27 points, with Robert Hughes next in line thanks to 26.5 points and Arthur Chambers back on the list of winners with 26.
JEAN Barr and her team-mates collected the David Weir Memorial Trophy on Tuesday night at Carrickblacker.
The prize, presented by Gretta Weir, was awarded to the leading team in the ladies’ Winter League.
“It was a cliffhanger of a tournament and my thanks go to the players for excellent individual scores,” said Barr. “I would also like to thank the tournament sponsors, Cordner’s Shoes.”
A winning tally of 36 points placed Barr ahead of Walker thanks to the countback.