Tandragee boys all set to tackle Athlone with Ulster

Celebrating the Ulster Carpets-sponsored Johnston Shield final are winners, from left, Philip Irwin and Colin McKillop. Also included are, from left, Tom Johnston (sponsor), Hammy Loney (captain), Brian Agnew and Des Edgar (runners-up).
Celebrating the Ulster Carpets-sponsored Johnston Shield final are winners, from left, Philip Irwin and Colin McKillop. Also included are, from left, Tom Johnston (sponsor), Hammy Loney (captain), Brian Agnew and Des Edgar (runners-up).

William Small will take part for the under 18s at Athlone across July 21-23, with the under 16s’ David Cunningham on the same course next Wednesday and Thursday.

MEHAFFEY

Scarva’s Olivia Mehaffey - a member of the Tandragee club - remains on course for PING Junior Solheim Cup selection.

The European ranking leaderboard has Mehaffey level on 40 points alongside Sweden’s Elin Esborn and Emma Spitz from Austria, with two qualifying events left on the schedule.

Those placed inside the top six following the August deadline will secure an automatic spot on the under 18s’ European panel for the Junior Solheim Cup across September 14 and 15 in Germany.

Mehaffey recently represented Ireland at the European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championship.

She used social media this week to confirm her decision to withdraw from the Irish Girls’ Close Championship in preparation for forthcoming events.

CLUB

At club level, Tony Bell won the latest weekend open stableford at Tandragee with 46 points off his 18 handicap.

Bell scored a five-over-par around the front nine then 24 points during the return home.

Errol Moorhead was next in line on 44 points off his 10 handicap - thanks to a two-over-par round.

The countback system was used to split Philip Irwin, John Nolan, Peter Thompson and Colin Wallace.

Paul McCullough finished seventh on 39 points following his back-nine return of 19.

Stuart Paul lifted the gross prize and Don Johnston was the leading senior.

The ladies’ Council Cup strokeplay required countback to settle the top three.

Ann Downey came out on top overall at the expense of Helen Fleming.

Both posted 35 nett over the back nine, with Downey’s 22.2 nett across the final six holes proving decisive.

Suzy Walsh was third after 38 nett over the back nine.

HOLE-IN-ONE

Players from Tandragee and Portadown have recently picked up special rewards for enjoying hole-in-one success.

The BOSS Watches H1Club programme delivers a specially-commissioned timepiece to a player who records an ace.

The scheme is open to any member of a club connected to the HowDidiDo web-based social network website.

Colin McMullen enjoyed his hole-in-one at the par-three 16th around Tandragee.

Tandragee’s Brian Agnew secured his prize on the par-three ninth hole.

Geoffrey Ludlow posted an ace at his hometown Carrickblacker course on the par-four first hole.

Visit www.bosswatches.co.uk for further information.