Briggs bags captain Loney’s top prize around Tandragee course

Hamilton Loney (front row, second right) enjoying support on his Captain's Day. Pics by Phil Ray.INPT25-301
Hamilton Loney (front row, second right) enjoying support on his Captain's Day. Pics by Phil Ray.INPT25-301
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Gary Briggs stepped out at Tandragee during last weekend’s Captain’s Day competition in the penultimate fourball - but returned with a winning score of 42 points.

Hamilton Loney’s celebration put the club captain at centre-stage as over 200 players offered support.

Briggs, playing off his 17 handicap, posted 21 points across each leg.

In runner-up spot was the club president, Robert Megarity, off his 11 handicap with 41 points.

He edged out Gary Mallon for second courtesy of the countback, with Geoff Moorhead home fourth off nine on 40 points.

David Shortt was next in line with 39 points and Eugene Maguire missed out on the countback for sixth overall.

The Past Captain’s prize was won by Rodney Black on 38 points.

Jeff Forde, the immediate past captain, finished with the Council prize and William Brady was the leading senior, with James Hewitt collecting the gross honour thanks to a front-nine score of one-under-par then a two-over tally across the return.

Nigel Hayes lifted the front nine prize and Paul McKenna collected top spot over the back leg.

Alistair Eagle registered success in the nearest-to-the-pin challenge, with Alan Harvey posting the longest drive.

Paul Rainey proved the pick in the Captain’s Guests field.

In the ladies’ midweek race for the Captain’s prize, Shirley Dennison finished first on 41 points over Lynn Moorhead and Barbara Ward.

The previous weekend’s junior competition featured Dylan Cowan first in the race for the boys’ Captain’s prize and Rebekah Moorhead the leading girl. The nine-hole prize went to Eoin McCourt.

Sunday’s club schedule featured Damien O’Hare and Victor Brownlee first across the open fourball betterball on 43 points, with Alan Copeland and Philip Hunter the runners-up.

Congratulations go to club captain Loney on a memorable weekend.

Pics by Phil Ray.