Success for Sandford around ’Blacker course to capture lady captain’s prize

Laura McAdam (second left) with members of her family during Friday's big tournament.
Laura McAdam (second left) with members of her family during Friday's big tournament.

Sandra Sandford finished Friday’s Lady Captain’s Day with Laura McAdam’s main prize at Carrickblacker.

A score of 37 points left her in top spot over the field, with full results as follows:

1, S.Sandford 37 points; 2, M.Irwin 35; 3, A.Walker 34; gross, K.Shaw 25; group A, G.Singh 34; group B, C.Burrows 34; group C, J.McBride 33; committee prize, W.Beale 32; past captain’s prize, T.Simpson; longest drive, K.Shaw; front nine, A.Fox 19; back nine, S.Horsfall 17; men’s prize, M.Rowland 40; visitors’ lady captains’ prize, P.Vallelly (County Armagh); gentleman guest, E.Wray; putting prize, V.Courtney; nine-hole competition, C.Armstrong.

Results from the Burnett Cup are as follows: 1, W.Beale 70; 2, G.Singh 72; 3, K.Shaw 76; nine-hole, C.Armstrong.

The following handicap changes have been introduced: M.Forbes 24 to 25, J.McBride 28 to 29, W.Beale 22 to 19, G.Singh 20 to 19.

The CSS was 74.

Carrickblacker will stage a family fun day today (Friday) in a bid to boost the sport’s appeal across the community.

A nine-hole event open to everyone, irrespective of membership status or experience, has been scheduled for all ages and ability levels, with registration from 4.30-6.30.

A special menu has been prepared by the resident chef before a prize ceremony from 9.30 that night.

Across the club competition schedule, Wilfie Reavie picked up a prize in the Open Stableford on Saturday.

He finished as the leading player from a group of four on 40 points, with countback wrapped up across the back nine.

Raymond McKeag was runner-up off his nine handicap, with Stevie Wray third over Ulster Cup captain Nigel Gilliland.

Joseph Stevenson - the son of club professional Paul Stevenson - claimed fifth on 38 points, followed by Sammy Forbes in sixth.

Andrew Connolly produced a solid round of two-over-par 72 for the top gross score.

In the Thursday Stableford, Craig Black posted 40 points for top spot over 37 by both Andy Gribben and Cameron Fox. Keith Walker collected the gross on 74.

Ryan McFarland finished first in the Gary’s Bar-sponsored Wednesday Sweep on 36 points.

The section winners were: 0-10 - Nigel Gilliland 30 points; 11-14 - Brian Galbraith 30; 15-18 - Victor Trueman 32; 19-plus - Kenny Guy 31.

Kenny Guy proved the pick of the Monday Seniors field on 33 points over the 14-hole stableford.

The low section was won by Geoff Robinson on 30 points, with Edwin Wray leading the high section thanks to 32.

David Jeffers was the top veteran with 28 points.

Portadown players hit the road to face Castlerock at Massereene across the last 16 of the Golfing Union of Ireland event - with John Mackin, Andrew Connolly, Ryan McKee, John Guy and Gordon Willis losing out.

Mackin, McKee and Guy each finished down - with Connolly recording a win and Willis called in from all-square entering the closing two holes.

Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) fixture list will included the 18-hole stableford, with the Open Fourball Betterball on Sunday and Bank Holiday Open for men and ladies next Tuesday, July 12.

The juveniles’ schedule will feature play over nine and 18 holes each Wednesday from 9 o’clock in July and August.