Brighton bags the Blacker Cup with countback win

Terry Sandford (centre) with the Cystic Fibrosis Trophy. Also included are, from left, John McCallum (club captain) and Tony Benson (past captain).
Terry Sandford (centre) with the Cystic Fibrosis Trophy. Also included are, from left, John McCallum (club captain) and Tony Benson (past captain).

David Brighton finished first in the Blacker Cup on Saturday thanks to 65 around the Portadown course.

Playing off his 22 handicap, Brighton posted gross 87 in the JR McMahon Menswear-sponsored event for a countback success across the back nine.

Dean Crowe was next home ahead of Tom McFarland and Malcolm Bell, all on 65 apiece.

Nigel Gilliland and Robin Arbuthnot each put up 66 - with Keith Walker on a level-par round of 69 for the gross prize.

Sammy Forbes won the Thursday Stableford on 42 points ahead of John Mackin and James Brown on 40 apiece, plus Dave Stewart as the leading gross scorer.

Week 10 of the Wednesday Sweep - sponsored by Kelly Fuels - featured Nigel Gilliland in top spot on 33 points.

The section winners were: 0-10 - Stevie Fox 27; 11-14 - David Henderson 29; 15-18 - Lex Girvin 31 and 19-plus - Francis McCann 30.

Mitchell Graham won the Monday Seniors on 33 points, with Maurice Cushnie and David Brighton leading the low and high sections respectively. Eddie Bell was first in the veterans’ section on 31 points.

The Mixed Open Greensomes featured E.McCann and J.McCann from Lurgan home first on 40 points over Tandragee’s L.Saunders and B.Saunders.

The Senior Cowdy team lost out at Royal County Down in the return match of the inter-club event.

Portadown trail Tandragee by 2.5 to 1.5 in the Rossmore Cup - with Les Girvan and Don Carville posting a 2/1 win, Rodney Kernaghan and Keith Jackson on a half match then defeats for the pairings of Bill Nixon and Stanley Jelly and Larry Ruddock and Mark Currie.

Clarke Banks and his Sam Rutherford players trail by three holes following the away leg at Edenmore. Andrew Connolly and Stevie Wray won by one hole then Andrew Poole and Ian Lamb won by three holes - with defeats for Eamon Monaghan and Geoff Ludlow plus Stevie Fox and Stevie Grant.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will mark the Stableford competition and lady captain’s prize for men, with the Open Stableford on Sunday.

Players are reminded that tomorrow (Saturday) is the closing date for entry into Captain’s Day.

The Irwin’s Bakery-sponsored Druim an Deur ladies’ open featured E.Bell first on 40 points.

Over 80 ladies signed up from Portadown and visiting clubs, with results as follows: 1, E.Bell 40 points; 2, H.Cocks 39; gross, J.Mulholland; section A, J.McCartan 38; section B, A.Fox 39; section C, L.Robinson 38; front nine, P.Graham 22; back nine, 21; twos, C.Quinn and M.Garvin.

Julie Rainey won the ILGU qualifying competition with nett 67, followed home by Angela Wray on the countback over Betty Williamson. Gail Lindsay won the nine-hole.