Small adds another high point to his big season

Tandragee captain Hammy Loney offering his congratulations to the club's two Ulster representatives ahead of the Inter-Provincial Championships. From left to right are David Cunningham and William Small.
Tandragee captain Hammy Loney offering his congratulations to the club's two Ulster representatives ahead of the Inter-Provincial Championships. From left to right are David Cunningham and William Small.
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Tandragee’s William Small has added another special moment to his season of highlights with success at the Munster Boys’ Amateur Open Championship.

A 70 on the final round left Small on 214 strokes overall following three outings in the Gleeson Sports Scene-sponsored competition.

Small - the current junior captain at Tandragee - posted birdies on the fourth, fifth, sixth and 12th holes.

Pars across the final three holes left Small home by a five-stroke margin of victory over Royal Portrush’s Peter Kerr.

“I had been selected for the Ulster Boys before Mallow so basically went into the Munster championship aiming to justify that call-up,” said Small. “Obviously I am delighted to have won it and it is nice to have that trophy now under my belt.

“I just went in and played my normal game and it has been a great year so far, with the Inter-Provincial Championships still to come.

“I finished third in the Ulster Boys and then it is the Leinster Boys after the inter-pros.

“I joined Tandragee about four years ago or so and only really started the boys’ events last season.

“I got home from Mallow quite late at night but was up early working on the family farm the next day.”

Small will represent Ulster under 18s at the Inter-Provincial Championships - with David Cunningham the second Tandragee member selected and set to play for the under 16s.

Another Tandragee player in the spotlight is Olivia Mehaffey following international selection for this week’s European Ladies’ Amateur Championships in Austria.

At club level, Conor McRory won the W Mayes Memorial Trophy on Saturday with 42 points off his 17 handicap.

His countback success left Joe Conn as runner-up, with McRory posting 23 points over the back nine to edge home by a single point.

Conor Burns was third on 40 points, also courtesy of the countback as 21 from the back nine left Jamie Stothers down the running order.

Jim Carson secured fifth on 39 points, followed by Brian Fyffe.

Ross Dutton pipped Stothers to the gross prize, with 34 and 32 the respective scores.

William Brady finished first in the seniors on 36 points, having also posted the 12th hole-in-one of the season at Tandragee.

In the Club Stableford, Colin Rooney put up 41 points to finish ahead of Paddy Duddy by a slender margin, with Eric Hinds third on 39.

Jamie Stothers was the winner of the Open Stableford held across the July holiday period, with 43 points off his two handicap.

He wrapped up the front nine in a four-under-par round courtesy of birdies across the second, fourth, sixth and eighth holes.

James Wilson finished second on 42 points, with Richard Nummy next in line over Joe Gibson.

Paul Swaffield was also a winner in the holiday spell, with 43 points to settle the men’s section of the Open Stableford.

Gavin McDonald came home second on 42 points, with a back-nine tally of 23 proving decisive to see off Eamon Magee.

Ralph Buckley posted 41 points for fourth.

The ladies’ section featured Nicola Spence of County Armagh home first, followed by club colleagues Mary Black and DC Murphy.

The ladies’ Three-Ball Scramble - sponsored by Zio’s of Portadown - featured Karen Shaw first in front of Sandra Sandford and Shirley Dennison.

The Ulster Cup team left the home leg of the competition at Aughnacloy up by 26 holes, requiring as a result a single match to settle the outcome in the return leg.

Jim Campbell secured the victory.