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1st P Richards 44points
2nd L King 43points
1st B Walker 40points (on countback)
2nd M Gill 40points
1st M Stevenson 40points
2nd I Millar 40points
1st G Lappin 41points
2nd S Weir 40 points
Happy Easter for Philip
A par-four finish had Philip Richards celebrating at Easter - it guaranteed him top prize in County Armagh Golf Club's Easter Stableford competition.
Philip returned 44 points to take the honours ahead of Leo King who almost certainly lost out with a 'no-score' at the 10th hole.
In ideal golfing conditions Philip's was a consistent round - 22points over both front and back nines - and even with 'dings' at the 7th and 15th holes he was still to finish ahead of the pack. But it was the par at the last which he will say ultimately clinched the prize for him ahead of Leo who bogeyed the hole.
Basil Walker headed the category prizes claiming first prize among the low handicappers with a superb 40 points, although it was on countback that he pushed Michael Gill - also on 40 points - into second place. Michael no doubt, will not want reminding of his 24 points on the front nine.
Mark Stevenson marked his return to the course after a year out by winning Category 2 with 40 points, also on countback. Ian Millar came closest and he too had 24 points on the front nine.
Gary Lappin's 41 points earned him first prize in Category 3, and that included a 'ding' at the 17th. Runner up was Stephen Weir with 40 points from a round which included 'no-scores' at the first, eighth and 15th holes.
Conor McGurgan for a second consecutive week, picked up the Gross Prize with 72.
Meanwhile, in Portugal Johnny Palmer, who is 'on tour' with Roy Turner, David Baird and Alan Johnston, returned 45 points - one for the Handicap Convenor to consider perhaps!
1st Darren Hughes nett 64
2nd Neil Monaghan nett 66
Category 1 (0-12)
1st Mark Loughran nett 67
2nd Barry McGurgan nett 68
Category 2 (13-18)
1st Gareth Frizell nett 66
2nd Eamon O'Hagan nett 67
Category 3 (19-28)
1st Dr Gary O'Reilly nett 66
2nd Ian Ritchie nett 67
Conor McGurgan 72
Hughes keeps on winning track
Even from the white competition markers, there seems no stopping Darren Hughes.
The 10-handicapper picked up first prize for a second consecutive week in Saturday's club stroke competition with a superb 64 nett score.
After an unsteady start with shots dropped at the first and second holes, Darren settled into some par scoring - although he did drop another shot at the difficult fifth hole. This was however, well recovered with a birdie four at the 10th and with just a further two shots dropped at 14 and 15 his consistency was to be deservedly rewarded with first prize.
Two triple bogeys at the first and last holes ultimately denied Neil Monaghan the winning score. After a lacklustre front nine Neil got it together for the back nine where he recorded consecutive birdies at the par three 11th and par five 12th holes. And with a sprinkiling of pars he finished with a nett 66 to claim the runners up prize.
In Category 1 Mark Loughran was the player in form winning with a nett 67. Just one over after nine holes, his back nine was to include an eagle three at the par five 12th hole, and but for dropped shots at the 11th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes it might have been Mark picking up the top prize. Barry McGurgan was runner up in this category with a nett 68, his round including a birdie at the 12th hole.
In Cateogry 2 Gareth Frizell claimed the prize with an impressive nett 66, birdies at the sixth and eighth holes pushing Eamon O'Hagan into runners up spot with a nett 67.
And in Category 3 it was Gary O'Reilly who picked up first prize with a nett 66, with Ian Ritchie runner up with an excellent nett 67.
Conor McGurgan won the Gross Prize with a superb 72.
1st Neil Monaghan 62nett
2nd Brian Loney 63nett
3rd Colm Shannon 66nett
4th Declan McKee 67nett
5th Paddy Darragh 67nett
Neil gets it right at second attempt
There was no repeat of the previous day's triple bogey start and finish to his round for Neil Monaghan who romped to first prize in Sunday's Club Stroke competition with a super nett 62.
He opened with a par and closed with a birdie three and with a level par back nine was always going to be one better than his runners up placing from Saturday.
Brain Loney chased him all the way and with a nett 63 could be forgiven for thinking he had it in the bag only to find out it wasn't enough.
Colm Shannon will rue so many dropped shots over the front nine - he was just two over the back nine - but with a nett 66 he still picked up third prize for his efforts.
Declan McKee's mixed bag earned him fourth prize with a nett 67 and it was his better back nine which pushed Paday Darragh with a nett 67 back into fifth place.
1st Brian Loney 46pts
2nd Kenny Richardson 46pts
3rd Declan McKee 44pts
4th Basil Jolly 43pts
5th George Gillespie 42pts
Big scoring Brian's a winner
In any club stableford 46 points is an impressive winning score, but throw in a 'no-score' at a hole and there's no doubting it could have been even more impressive.
Brian Loney returned that superb score in Sunday's club stableford with a winning round which included two birdie twos - at 11 and 13 - and a string of pars stretching into double figures. His 'no-score' was at the sixth hole but 46 points was always going to be enough to take the top prize.
Kenny Richardson's round was a virtual blueprint copy - ten pars, a 'no-score' at the 10th hole a birdie two at the third hole - but he still managed to amass 46 points and was beaten only by Brian's better back nine.
Consistent scoring at every hole to record 44 points desevedly secured third prize for Declan McKee. Basil Jolly, with 43 points, was denied a top three finish with a triple bogey at the last but will be delighted with fourth prize, while George Gillespie claimed a double share of the Twos Pot with birdies at the third and 13th holes boosting his fifth-place prize money.
Prizes will be added to winners' accounts in the Professional's Shop