Aston captures captain’s top prize

John McCallum (left) offers congratulations to Stephen Aston on his success in Saturday's Captain's Day. Also included are other winners from the Carrickblacker club.INPT27-224
John McCallum (left) offers congratulations to Stephen Aston on his success in Saturday's Captain's Day. Also included are other winners from the Carrickblacker club.INPT27-224
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Stephen Aston has spent more than three decades tackling the challenges posed by the Carrickblacker course.

He put that knowledge to maximum use on Saturday with a winning score during John McCallum’s Captain’s Day.

The final tally of 44 points left Aston at the head of the field, having wrapped up the front nine on 21 points before birdies across the 10th and 14th holes left him on a two-over-par 23 across the back leg.

He edged home by a single point at the expense of Craig Black, with Nigel Gilliland third in line.

Bryan Harvey finished fourth before Raymond McKeag claimed a top-five spot on the countback over Eric McAfee.

Keith Walker pipped Stephen Poole to the gross prize on 71 and Dave Allen was the leading male guest, with Pat Jelly claiming the female honour.

Sammy Forbes collected the veterans’ prize with 38 points and a score of 39 helped Dan McKimm lift the juvenile award.

Craig Black, Paul Counter, Reggie Hill and Jeff Proctor combined to claim the team award - with John Mackin and Larry Ruddock winners, respectively, of the nearest-to-the-pin and longest drive honours.

The ladies’ Mr Captain’s prize winner during midweek play was Angela Wray on 69 nett.

Alan Whitten collected his third Past Captains’ Cup, with 34 points around the 14-hole event.

The Monday Seniors featured Geoff Robinson first on 35 points, with Bertie Speers posting the leading low handicap score on 34. Malcolm Bell was the winner of the high section on 32 points, with Bill Stewart the top veteran thanks to 33.

The latest Wednesday Sweep - sponsored by Shelbourne Motors - featured Stanley Jelly first on 36 points, with the section winners as follows: 0-10 - Stevie Grant 28 points; 11-14 - Nigel Gilliland 33 points; 15-18 - Andy Gribben 34 points; 19-plus - Philip McGeough 35 points.

In the Thursday Stableford, Andy Gribben posted a score of 42 points for first over Terry Sandford and Ryan Dodds. Keith Walker was the top gross scorer on 72.