Clubworld play now down to the Carrickblacker semi-finals

Raymond McKeag out at Carrickblacker during the Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament qualifying rounds. Pic by Phil Ray.
Raymond McKeag out at Carrickblacker during the Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament qualifying rounds. Pic by Phil Ray.

Portadown golfers will tackle the semi-final stages of the Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament at Carrickblacker tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.

Michael Heaney and Nigel Morton face Chris Sloan and Melvin Moorehead in the first last-four clash - with tee-off at 1.15 - before Tom McFarland and John Cassidy team up to take on Andrew Poole and Ken Courtney from 1.30.

Heaney and Morton defeated section A’s leading qualifying pair of Michael Connolly and Geoff Robinson by 3&2 last weekend in the matchplay stages.

Sloan and Moorehead proved too strong for Ronnie Hynds and Don Black by 5&3.

McFarland, the club captain, joined with Cassidy to finish up by 2&1 against Derek McCoy and Melvin Hull.

The experienced matchplay pairing of Poole and Courtney finished in front against Eamon Monaghan and Seamus Brown on a one-hole success.

The Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament final is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, with the prize presentation in the clubhouse at 6 o’clock.

The opening 18-hole competition of the year featured Lex Girvan as the winner of Saturday’s Stableford on 45 points.

He posted 24 points across the front nine then 21 during the return off his 15 handicap - followed by Larry Ruddock’s 44 and Jack Johnston on 41.

The nine-hole countback system put Johnston in front of Stevie Fox and Michael Woolsey, with Keith Walker’s 68 securing the gross prize.

Ken McKeen was a recent winner of the Monday Seniors on 31 points ahead of Derek McCoy and Don Black, the latter two on 30 apiece.

Tee-off times for tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) 18-hole Stableford can be found in the Pro Shop.