Currie too hot for the field at Carrickblacker

Nick Coburn (Ulster Carpets managing director, left) and Stanley Jelly (club captain) celebrate sponsorship of the men's Druim an Deur Open at Carrickblacker on Saturday, June 4.
Nick Coburn (Ulster Carpets managing director, left) and Stanley Jelly (club captain) celebrate sponsorship of the men's Druim an Deur Open at Carrickblacker on Saturday, June 4.

Mark Currie proved too hot for the Carrickblacker field during the weekend Professional’s Prize and PGA Tankard Qualifier.

Playing off his 12 handicap, Currie posted a gross 75 and nett 63 to lift the trophy and secure a spot at the PGA Tankard event later in the year alongside club professional Paul Stevenson.

Gareth Posnett was runner-up on nett 64, followed by Ken Lindsay and Mervyn Adamson across nett 65 apiece.

Charlie Kennedy’s nett 67 helped him secure fifth over Gavin Lynas’ nett 69 - with Jason Gordon the leading gross on 72.

In the Thursday Stableford, James Brown scored 40 points for success over Joel McCrory’s 38.

The Wednesday Sweep - sponsored by Ronnie Hynds - featured Lex Girvan on 34 points for victory.

The section winners were as follows: Craig Black (0-10, 33 points), Steve Carvell (11-14, 31 points), Stanley Jelly (15-18 section, 29 points), John Cassidy (19-plus, 31 points).

The Monday Seniors had Brian Matchett out in front on 31 points across the 14-hole stableford format.

Don Black was first in the low section on 30 points and Craig Pearson collected the high section honour with 29 points.

Ronnie Hynds had 29 points towards success in the veterans’ section.

Jimmy Bruen team captain Terry Sandford and his squad posted 353 in Loughgall on Sunday during the GUI qualifying event. The fourth-place finish has left Portadown with a test against Tandragee - the qualifying leaders - across the matchplay stages.

The Ulster Cup campaign featured Portadown with home success by 5-2 over Roe Valley thanks to wins for Stevie Wray, Gareth Robinson, Paul Hanna, Ken McKeen and Ian Lamb.

The away leg will take place on Sunday, May 16.

Billy Gillis will captain the Pierce Purcell panel on Sunday in the GUI qualifying at Mannon Castle.

The Junior Cowdy players have a weekend visit to Spa on the schedule.

A family fun day has been planned for Friday, May 13 - with members and non-members welcome across the nine-hole event open to players of all standards from 4.30 to 6.30.

Registration is available in the Pro Shop, with a special menu available in the clubhouse restaurant and prize presentation for 9.30.

The Open stableford for the Cystic Fibrosis Trophy - sponsored by Charlie Mallon Butchers - will run tomorrow (Saturday).

In the ladies’ section, Anne Brisbane won the Louis Walsh Cup and Curtis Cup qualifying with nett 70.

Denise Mowbray was runner-up on 76 ahead of Sharon Horsfall’s 77.

The nine-hole competition featured Pauline Troughton in top spot - with Brisbane now cut from 22 to 20.

The all-gender fun event on Friday, May 13 will run from 5 o’clock, with everyone welcome.

The ladies’ Open - sponsored by Cordner’s Shoes - will run today (Friday), with times still available on the schedule.


Colin Hyndes put 42 points on the scoreboard for success in the Sunday stableford.

Paul McKenna came home as runner-up on 41 points, with James Armstrong and Mark McCrea next in line.

The inaugural over 60s’ competition on Saturday was played off the yellow blocks.

Geoff Gray won the white block section on 41 points off his eight handicap, with Eric Hinds next in line thanks to 39 and James Magee third on 38.

Raymond White edged past Philip Irwin over the countback and James Hewitt picked up the gross on 68.

Alan Hewitt finished first in the yellow block event with 40 points and Eamon Magee runner-up thanks to 37.

In the ladies’ section, Julie Swaffield and Frances Clydesdale posted 38 points for the Johnston Trophy fourball, betterball win.

Tandragee’s teams posted some impressive scores - with the Jimmy Bruen team led by Terry McCann top of the GUI qualifying event at Loughgall thanks to 340.

They now face Portadown, with Lisburn and Dungannon the other qualifiers.

The All-Ireland fourball side led by Gary Mallon and James Brannigan won 1.5 matches from five against Mayobridge in the first-leg fixture.

The ladies’ Minor Cup panel enjoyed a midweek success over Kilkeel to overturn the away deficit.

The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council - Councillor Darryn Causby - has described Olivia Mehaffey as “an excellent ambassador for golf, Northern Ireland and, of course, her family” following selection for the Curtis Cup.

The Scarva-born player and Tandragee member had her call-up to the Great Britain and Ireland panel confirmed last week ahead of the competition from June 10-12 at Dun Laoghaire.