Fitzsimons and Lynas find form

Gavin Lynas.
Gavin Lynas.

Gavin Lynas and Andrew Fitzsimons teamed up to take home the summer season’s opening silverware at Carrickblacker.

Success in the Collen Cup arrived with a score of 9 up in the fourball v par format.

Ian Lamb and Ken Courtney posted 8 up for runners-up, with David Bleakely and David Brighton edging out Roderick Joyce and Bill Nixon in the race for third.

The 18-hole Stableford was won by Matthew Lavery on 41 points, with Edgar McReynolds and Harry Proctor each on 40. Jason Gordon collected the gross.

The All-Gender Open featured Mitchell Graham first with 44 points.

Billy Reid had to settle for second - with Larry Ruddock, Tom McFarland and Luke Bell next in line on 40 apiece.

Craig Black was the gross winner on 74, with E.Mawhinney the leading lady.

Mark Richardson proved the pick of the Wednesday Sweep - sponsored by Paul Stevenson - on 33 points.

The section winners were: Raymond McKeag (0-10, 32 points), Nigel Gilliland (11-14, 32 points), Kenny Guy (15-18, 32 points) and Barry Gracey (19-plus, 32 points).

Nigel Gilliland was captain on Sunday as Portadown’s seven-man Ulster Cup team finished level on 3.5 points apiece at Massereene.

Chris Murtagh secured a half point in the opening match with Reggie Hill, with wins for Michael Connolly and William Hewitt.

In the ladies’ section, Karen Shaw collected the Norah Rocke Trophy thanks to 70 points.

Jean Barr and Sharon Horsfall each finished on 72, with Pauline Troughton the nine-hole winner.


John Haffey put up a nett score of 129 to win the Easter Cup at Tandragee off his 13 handicap.

Stephen McCormick posted daily nett returns of 65 and 66, with the countback system helping Tony Walsh finish in front of Robert Megarity.

Errol Moorhead’s 135 nett wrapped up fifth over Matthew Leckey thanks to the countback.

Ross Dutton posted 140 for gross success, with William Brady the leading senior.

Colin Rooney won a prize for the best first card, with Brian Agnew’s 65 nett the leading score of the second cards.

Other leading players were Richard White, Harry Thompson and Joe Conn in the first-card section - with Paul Topley, Tony Graham and Peter Duke the second-card players inside the top four.

In the ladies’ Daisy Ferguson Greensomes qualifying event, Karen Shaw and Shirley Dennison posted a winning tally of 47 points over Helen Fleming and Margaret Kerr.

Stanley Black will play with the professionals in the PGA Tankard Pro-Am thanks to 64 nett in the weekend qualifying event.

John Lennon, Stephen Burns, Colin McKillop, Des Edgar and Jim Fitzpatrick were next in line on Saturday.

Joe Campbell proved the pick of the seniors, with Paul Topley the leading gross scorer.

Sunday’s stroke competition was won by promising junior Andrew McSorley on 68 nett off his 18 handicap. Matthew Leckey was runner-up.

The Open Mixed Greensomes featured Jeff Forde and Vivienne Loney first on 41 points. Paul Swaffield and Julie Swaffield were next in line over William Brady and Vera Brady.