Nixon’s hole-in-one success helps cap memorable round

The Tandragee ladies' committee. Back row, from left, are Suzy Walsh, Lynn Moorhead (honorary handicap secretary), Anne Hall (honorary treasurer), Kathleen Donaghy. Front row, from left, are Linda Weir (lady vice-captain), Vera Brady (lady president), Dolores Hamill (lady captain), Helen Fleming (honorary secretary), Eileen Maginnes.
The Tandragee ladies' committee. Back row, from left, are Suzy Walsh, Lynn Moorhead (honorary handicap secretary), Anne Hall (honorary treasurer), Kathleen Donaghy. Front row, from left, are Linda Weir (lady vice-captain), Vera Brady (lady president), Dolores Hamill (lady captain), Helen Fleming (honorary secretary), Eileen Maginnes.
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Ken Nixon enjoyed ‘hole-in-one’ success on Saturday at Tandragee towards securing third overall in the Club Stableford.

He made his mark on the 14th hole - with congratulations offered by playing partners Allen Morton, Trevor Lovell and Mark Ardis.

Nixon’s back-nine three-over-gross round provided him with 30 Stableford points on a memorable afternoon for the 28-handicap player.

Last weekend’s Club Stableford featured Stephen McGarry in top spot on 42 points, with countback success across the back nine following 21 compared to Mark Ardis’ 20.

David Shortt matched Nixon’s 41 points, alongside Brian Agnew, towards fourth on the three-hole countback and John Lennon collected the seniors’ prize on 40.

Paul McCullough won overall the previous Saturday on 44 points thanks to success on the countback over Philip Mehaffey, with 22 across the back nine compared to his rival’s 20.

Stephen MCGarry was third with 42 on the countback up against Johnny Quinn, with Colin McKillop fifth and William Fyfe the seniors’ winner on 38.

Keith Lester was the winner of the previous Sunday’s Club Stableford on 41 points against Gerald Mullen and David Armstrong.

Paul Rush topped the St Patrick’s Day Open men’s section on 43 points - one of three players with the same score.

Rush edged the back-nine tally on 23 compared to Joe Berry’s 21 and 20 by Cameron Fox. Paul Swaffield finished with 41 points to seal fourth.

The ladies’ section featured Olivia Mehaffey first on 40 points off her +3 handicap. She completed the course in seven-under-par with birdies on the second, third, fourth, 10th, 11th, 12th and 18th holes.

The ladies’ nine-hole competition was won by Karen Shaw over Shirley Dennison and Lavern Saunders.