Ball banks top spot with slick scoring around Loughgall

Loughgall lady captain Lorraine Abbott and her son, Andrew, during a cheque presentation to Autism NI. Proceeds were generated from the Lady Captain's Day event.
Loughgall lady captain Lorraine Abbott and her son, Andrew, during a cheque presentation to Autism NI. Proceeds were generated from the Lady Captain's Day event.

Anthony Ball won the nine-hole qualifying event at Loughgall thanks to 23 points.

The Nutmeg Treasures-sponsored Wednesday Sweep featured Ball in top spot at the expense of Dennis Lavery.

Lavery’s 21-point tally left him as runner-up followed by Drew Willis in third.

The Murder Mystery NI-sponsored Weekly Challenge placed Darren Wilson first on 40 points, with Pat Keegan next home and Andy Currie in third.

The Darren Clarke qualifying event - played on a stroke format - placed Jack Traynor in top spot on 82 shots and a nett 66 tally.

Stephen McKenna came home as runner-up on nett 69, with Dessie Hughes next home.

Jonathan Hewitt shot a 78 for another gross success and Robert Treanor finished as the leading senior.

The section winners were Wayne Crawford (0-12), Noel Hegarty (13-18), Willie McWilliams (19-plus), Sean McCann (front none) and Gary Lavery (back nine).

Congratulations go to Emmett Lavery on success in the latest junior 18-hole competition, with 35 points securing victory over Daniel Brown.

The second week of the Junior Sweep featured Brown home first.

The latest divot repair evening has been booked in for Monday, July 27 at 6 o’clock - with everyone encouraged to lend a helping hand to assist the Loughgall groundstaff.

“There is no reason why we cannot have a big gathering,” said a club spokesman. “It is a great chance to help out for an hour or two and show appreciation to our wonderful groundstaff.”

A reminder to all club members that Eddie Millar’s Captain’s Day will take place in Loughgall on Saturday, August 1.

Vivan Teague’s latest five-week coaching course finished with a Skins competition under the guidance of the Loughgall club professional.

The intensive coaching sessions centred on areas such as pitching, irons and fairway woods - with Mary McCourt first home across the Skins event.

Noreen McCone, lady captain Lorraine Abbott and Denise Murphy were next in line for the prizes sponsored by Cookstown-based CR Golf.

The Lady Captain’s Day event generated £750 towards Autism NI.

“A barbeque in glorious weather marked the end of this year’s coaching,” said a club spokesman. “Last year the ladies received short-game coaching involving putting, bunker play and chipping on the excellent practice area in Loughgall Country Park.

“The coaching sessions have been a great success.”