Captain Eddie Millar started the new season at Loughgall Golf Club on Saturday with the traditional Captain’s Drive and as usual a shotgun start.
As always everyone wanted a good start after what seems to be an age since the end of last season.
The format was the best two scores at the hole count, plus the points count as double on two previously chosen joker holes.
A 4ball were working off three quarters their handicap and a 3ball was full handicap.
Usually its won by a 4ball, four players tend to stand a better chance of winning unless you get three steady players together and they dovetail well between each other.
The winning team was indeed a better than steady 3ball, infact they were very good, their score of 100 points were five points clear of the next best team, actually four teams had 95 points.
The 2015 winners of the Captains Drive were Harry Clougher, Mal Cullen and Sean McCann.
The other winner on the day was the drive that ended closest to where the Captain’s drive finished and that was Robert Treanor, by just half a metre.
In the Weekly Challenge Patrick McCrory took first place pushing Dessie Hughes into second place on a countback, both players had 41 points.
Denis Glass came in third with 40 points.
This Saturday the BJ Mullan & Sons Stableford Competition takes centre stage at Loughall, the first qualifying event of the year and on Sunday it is the Murder Mystery NI Weekly Challenge.
If you can’t make your tee times you must contact Cecil Brownlee as early as possible to avoid losing your tee time in the future, this will be strictly monitored this season.
Members wish both Davy McRoberts and Vivian Teague the very best in their efforts to improve the young golfers at Loughgall and to enlarge the number of junior golfers attending the growing junior section they have for both boys and girls.
Members can help them by letting people know about the good work being carried out with the juniors here.