Ace Poole proves pick of the Carrickblacker field

Andrew Poole.
Andrew Poole.

Andrew Poole produced a three-over-par round of 72 at Carrickblacker for 41 winning points in the Saturday Stableford.

The countback across the back nine left Poole with the upper hand over Eric McAfee and Tommy Kerr came home third at the head of a four-strong pack.

Club juvenile Harry Proctor, Tom McFarland and Seamus Brown each posted 40 points - with Terry Sandford on the leading gross score.

Monday’s Kilpatrick Cup was won by Eric McAfee on 41 points in the seniors’ meeting thanks to countback success against Mitchell Graham.

Raymond McKeag’s 40 points put him third over Don Black.

Eric McAfee’s week also featured victory in the Wednesday Sweep on 33 points.

The section winners were: Derek McCoy (0-10, 29 points), Trevor Stretton (11-14, 31 points), Robbie Hughes (15-18, 29 points), Jim Wright (29-plus, 31 points).

Stephen Aston won the Thursday Stableford over Chris Sloan, with both players on 41 points.

John Mackin came home third with 38 points and Gareth Davidson captured the gross on 70.

The Ulster Cup players suffered a first-round exit on Sunday against Massereene as Ashley Elliott and William Hewitt posted the sole Portadown wins in a reverse by 8.5 to 5.5.

Wendy Beale’s 67 nett left her top of the Montgomery Rosebowl qualifying competition field at Carrickblacker.

Anne Fox and Maud Garvin - with nett scores respectively of 70 and 71 - finished second and third.

The competition draw is as follows: Thelma Simpson v Edna Gribben, Rosemarie Wilson v Wendy Beale, Anne Fox v Claire Patton, Maud Garvin v Ruth Peattie.

Pauline Troughton topped the nine-hole competition.

The first Ladies’ Open will run on Friday, May 8 thanks to sponsorship by McIlhatton Windows.

Contact the Pro Shop or the club website for booking information.

A sheet for the Daisy Ferguson on May 12 has now been posted.

Carrickblacker will host a car boot sale on Sunday, May 17 from 12-4 o’clock at the cost of £5 per car or £10 per van. Contact Wendy Beale or Laura McAdam to book a spot.


Alastar Eagle finished the Tandragee course flying high thanks to 68 nett across the Friday Open Stroke.

His one-over-par 71 arrived off a four handicap to finish in front of Jason Vennard’s 69 nett and third-place Johnny Nicholson.

The Tommy Conn Memorial featured success for David Keenan courtesy of 66 nett off his 25 handicap.

A one-shot win arrived over playing partner Geoff McCarten, with a better back-nine tally helping the latter edge David Beattie into third.

Jeff Forde and Randolph Loney wrapped up the top five, with Peter Duke sixth due to the countback.

Colin Bruce was seventh on 70 nett, Stuart Paul topped the gross scoreboard with 74 and a 71 nett left John Lindsay as leading senior.

Johnny McWilliams proved the pick of the three-strong field on 69 nett in the Club Stroke. His back-nine score of 32 nett left McWilliams in front of John McIlwrath and Colin McMullen.

The ladies’ Challenge v Par competition placed Karen Shaw first on the countback from Shirley Dennison, with Frances Clydesdale next in line.