McAlinden the main man to capture Tandragee trophy

John McAlinden.
John McAlinden.

John McAlinden managed to overcome the elements and Tandragee field during Saturday’s successful Fred Daly Trophy bid.

Playing off his 19 handicap, McAlinden posted 36 points in difficult weather conditions.

Four players - Joe Donaghy, Richard White, Johnny Nicholson and Neil McCauley - each finished on 35 points, with Stephen Dennison collecting the gross and George Quinn top of the seniors.

The Sunday fourball, betterball event featured club president Robert Megarity in top spot alongside John Weir. They returned 41 points to edge out Tommy Megaw and Paul Liggett.

Neil Hazard won the Tuesday Open Stableford on 36 points.

In the ladies’ section, Ann Downey finished first in the Jubilee Rose Bowl on 37 points. Julie Swaffield was next home in the event sponsored by the Tandragee Pro Shop, with countback success helping her finish in front of Karen Shaw.

Lynn Moorhead and Suzy Walsh each posted 35 points but finished down across the back nine.

Tandragee played host to the Jimmy Bruen qualifying tournament on Sunday - with the host club alongside County Cavan and Edenmore.

Geoff Gray and Jim Campbell posted a seven-over-par 78 gross for the day’s top score. Paul Headley and Jonathan Craig finished on 80 gross, with Philip Irwin and Colin McKillop on 81 followed by Jeff Forde and Jim Carson.

Captain Hammy Loney and partner Johnny Quinn put up 85 gross as Tandragee came home top to set up a matchplay date with Lurgan. County Cavan scored 340 gross and Lurgan finished on 343 gross.

Tandragee’s Fred Daly team defeated Castle Hume by 7-0 thanks to captain William Small, Jake Rowe, David Cunningham, Cameron Fox, Edward Rowe and Jordan McKenzie.


Portadown progressed into the Veterans’ Ulster Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday courtesy of penalty stroke success at Edenvilla Park.

The first round of penalty strokes featured Kate Lutton, Gillian Castles and Clare Black on target - the later having been forced to retake her flick.

Alison Thompson produced a superb save and the post also helped save Portadown.

Lutton added to her tally in sudden-death and Thompson pulled off a brilliant stop to set up a tie with Ballymoney.