Countback system helps settle race for ’Blacker lead

Portadown lady captain Sadie White (left) and Eithne Little (past lady captain) at the presentation of a �2,171.50 cheque to Southern Area Hospice Services' Lisa Hamill (centre). The money was raised during a charity night organised by the Carrickblacker lady captain.
Portadown lady captain Sadie White (left) and Eithne Little (past lady captain) at the presentation of a �2,171.50 cheque to Southern Area Hospice Services' Lisa Hamill (centre). The money was raised during a charity night organised by the Carrickblacker lady captain.

Michael Connolly and Geoff Robinson posted 29.5 points to head the Clubworld Travel New Year Tournament table at Carrickblacker.

Success across week four arrived thanks to the six-hole countback compared to Stevie Fox and Geoff Ludlow.

Connolly and Robinson wrapped up the closing six holes with one-under-par 16 points.

Nigel Semple and John Gilliland came home third with 28.5 points.

In section A - entering the closing three weeks of qualifying - Connolly and Robinson hold the upper hand on 29 points overall followed by Derek McCoy and Melvin Hull.

Nigel Morton and Michael Heaney proved the pick of section B with 31.5 points following a countback triumph against Stephen Aston and David Malone.

Eamon Monaghan and Seamus Brown were next in line with 31 points.

The overall section B standings include club captain Tom McFarland first alongside John Cassidy - with Eamon Monaghan and Seamus Brown next in line on 26.

The leading four pairs from within each section will progress into the Matchplay stages.

Clubworld Travel results from week three: (section A) 1, Michael Connolly and Geoff Robinson 29.5; 2, Stevie Fox and Geoff Ludlow 29.5; 3, Nigel Semple and John Gilliland 28.5. (section B) 1, Nigel Morton and Michael Heaney 31.5; 2, Stephen Aston and David Malone 31.5; 3, Eamon Monaghan and Seamus Brown 31.

Dessie Rainey won the Monday Seniors thanks to 23.5 points - with Ken Courtney taking the low handicap on 23 and Drew Cunningham the high handicap with 22.5.

Bill Stewart collected the veterans’ prize on 22.

The Saturday Stableford Sweep featured Stevie Wray home first on 29 points.

TANDRAGEE

Colin McKillop and Philip Irwin sit out in front across the Johnston Shield leaderboard at Tandragee following week four.

The Ulster Carpet Mills-sponsored competition featured McKillop and Irwin on 114 points, with 87 towards the leading three scores.

Peter Cosby and Gerald Mullen sit next in line followed by M.Quinn and Robert Maguinness.

Five pairings share fourth - Richard Quinn and Denis McDowell, Gary Calvert and Graham Harvey, Paul Headley and Andy Latimer, Brian Agnew and Des Edgar and Hammy Loney and John Hanna.

Paul McCullough and David Beattie sit level with the pairing of Paul Liggett and Tommy Megaw, plus Paul Topley and Johnny Quinn.

Supporting the sides from the foot of the leaderboard are William Small and David Cunningham plus Stephen Dennison and Paul Cunningham.

Winners from week three of the Johnston Shield: 1, Wayne McMeekin and Neill McCauley 31 points; 2, Gary Calvert and Graham Harvey 30; 3, Brian Agnew and Des Edgar 30.