Carrickblacker players turn festive focus on to the New Year honours list

Delia Aston (Clubworld Travel) and John McCallum (Portadown Golf Club vice-captain) get to grips with the Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament trophy as Stephen Aston (Clubworld Travel) looks on. Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INPT0215-408
Delia Aston (Clubworld Travel) and John McCallum (Portadown Golf Club vice-captain) get to grips with the Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament trophy as Stephen Aston (Clubworld Travel) looks on. Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INPT0215-408

The Sunday schedule at Carrickblacker will mark the opening outing of the Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament.

The greensomes competition includes eight weeks of qualifying designed to run into matchplay across three weeks.

“In greensomes, both players tee off and the best shot is selected,” said a Portadown club spokesman. “That ball is then played alternate shot until holed.”

Players can nominate a slot to play any time from Sunday to Saturday in the 12-hole competition. Anyone without a playing partner can contact the Pro Shop for alternative arrangements.

Prizes are available over 12 holes for the leading overall player and weekly winners.

A ‘twos’ club will also feature within the competition.

The Carrickblacker club captain, Tom McFarland, would like to thank Delia Aston and Stephen Aston of Clubworld Travel for continued sponsorship support of the New Year event.

Saturday’s 10-hole Stableford finished with Melvin Moorehead out in front on 25.5 points.

His sweep success arrived with the club captain, Tom McFarland, home as runner-up on 24.5 points.

Keith Jackson and Raymond McKeag also posted 24.5 points apiece, with Bryan Harvey on 24.

In the New Year Day Sweep, Brian Matchett put up 24 points to take top spot.

Michael Connolly registered 23 points to come home as second.

The seniors’ competition on December 29 was won by Derek McCoy’s 24-point tally.

David Brisbane scored 21 points to claim the low section honour. The high section prize went to John Clarke on 20 points.

Sammy Forbes was the leading veteran with 18 points.

In the ladies’ section, Karen Shaw won the 10-hole competition on 21 points - followed home by Jean Barr, Valerie Courtney and Angela Wray.

The annual dinner has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 27. Members should attend from 7 o’clock.