1st D Smyth, B Smyth, M Daly, P Brannigan 95 pts
2nd I O'Hea, M Grimley, J Leer, M McParland 92 pts (best back nine)
3rd C Shannon, K Grimley, D Grimley, E Creelman 92pts
It's a team game - ask Brendan!
County Armagh Golf Club Vice Captain Brendan Smith will readily admit his was a minor role in his team's big-scoring 4-Ball Classic win on Saturday.
His worldly (and local) knowledge he will claim however, guided colleagues Martin Daly, Pat Brannigan and Damien Smith to their win. They scored 95 stableford points to take the top prize in the competition where players handicaps were reduced to three-quarters, three player scores counted at holes 3, 5, 10 and 18 and two at all others. With 50 points amassed over teh front ninethey were well on their way and by 18 they had added a further 45 for that winning score.
Ian O'Hea, a winner with wife Ann in the Mixed Greensomes the evening before, Martin Grimley, Jerome Leer and Michael McParland claimed second prize with 92 points on countback. 46points on the front nine holes and 46 on the back nine secured the runners up spot for these earlybirds.
Equally early on the course, Colm Shannon, Kieran and David Grimley and Eugene Creelman returned the same 92 points score but had to settle for third prize.
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert is pictured with members of the winning teams in the Four Ball Team Classic, from left, Martin Daly, Damien Smith, Brendan Smith, Colm Shannon and Kieran Grimley.
1st Nicky Daly 43 pts
2nd Mark Gillen 40 pts
3rd Charlie Johnston 40 pts
4th Marty Oliver 40 pts
5th Oisin Gill 40 pts
Points mean prizes for Nicky
Nicky Daly had all the parts and all the points he needed to win the club stableford.
The local car parts dealer stored a winning 43 points to secure the top prize by three clear points.
Five pars over the front nine was the basis of his 21 points at the half-way stage, and with a further five over the back nine holes for 22 points, his final total 43 was always going to be hard to beat.
Mark Gillen came closest and yet was still three points off Nicky's tally. His excellent back nine of 22 points on top of 18 points from the front nine holes earned him second place ahead of spud-man Charlie Johnston who also record 40 points. Martin Oliver's 19 and 21 points front and back nine respectively, took fourth prize and Oisin Gill was fifth with 23 points and 17 for a similar final score of 40 points.
1st Alan Magwood nett 64
2nd Neil Cromwell nett 65
3rd Johnny Palmer nett 65
4th Paddy Burns nett 66
5th Patrick Kelly nett 66
6yh Nat McGeown nett 66
1st C McCaughey 70 (Dungannon GC)
2nd D McAneney 71
3rd J McReynolds 73
Alan lifts prestigious Henry White trophy
Handyman Alan Magwood nailed his game perfectly to win the Henry White Memorial trophy with a superb nett 64 score.
Competition sponsor Philip White of Philip White Tyres Ltd presented the prestigious cup in front of a packed clubhouse. The annual open is one of the club's major competitions and the ideal conditions brought more than 200 golfers to the city course on the day.
But none had the measure of 18-handicapper Alan Magwood who produced his best round of the season to date to win the coveted trophy. Two over after five holes, a double bogey six at the sixth hole spoiled an otherwise steady front nine for Alan. That steady golf continued over the back nine with a further four pars and a nett 64 finish which ultimately sealed the win.
Second-placed four handicapper Neil Cromwell shot a hugely impressive gross 69 and his nett 65 might have taken the top prize on any other day. Neil was level par after nine holes with birdies at the fourth and eighth holes covering dropped shots at five and nine. Two further birdies were recorded at 10 and 12 before he dropped a shot at the par three 15th and finished with five straight pars.
That exceptional back nine pushed Johnny Palmer - who also finished with a nett 65 - back into third place. Double bogeys at the 13th, 16th and 17th holes cost him dearly in a round which opened with a birdie three.
And it took a further countback to separate fourth, fifth and sixth places, Paddy Burns, Patrick Kelly and Nat McGeown collecting the prizes respectively, each with nett 66 scores. Five pars and a birdie three at 14 earned Paddy fourth prize, and Pat Kelly was a shot better offover his back nine.
Dungannon Golf Club's Conor McCaughey, a three-handicapper, picked up the first Gross Prize with a Gross 70, Daniel McAneny was second with a gross 71 and Jarleth McReynolds was third with a gross 73.
Ulster Cup team 'Burn' it up against Carnlea
County Armagh’s Ulster Cup team secured their place in the third round of the competition after and inspired victory on home turf.
Team Captain Paddy Burns' tactical skills were to the forefront of this win against Carnlea who County Armagh trailed four matches to three and nine holes after the first leg the previous week-end. Nigel McMahon, Barry McGurgan and Marty Oliver had secured those three vital match victories to give County Armagh any chance of progressing.
Unfortunately Nigel McMahon was unavailable for the home leg, but Captain Burns made an exceptional replacement selection in Declan McReynolds who put his local course knowledge to best use to win in outstanding fashion 8 and 6.
Marty Daly also secured an excellent victory 2 and 1 against retired barrister and popular after dinner speaker Peter Walsh.
Barry McGurgan fought back bravely from four holes down to lose narrowly by one hole and Andy Conn lost 2 and 1, but the margin of defeat still fitted with Burns bigger plan.
It was left to Ulster Cup team rookie Royal School teacher Ian Millar and he delivered fabulously a 3 and 1 win to leave the way clear for Marty Oliver to follow up with a similar impressive victory 5 and 3.
Anchor man Mickey McGurk just failed on the last hole to secure a win but with the score all-square at seven points each the match was to be decided in holes won and County Armagh claimed overall victory by five holes.
County Armagh can now look forward to meeting either Masserene or Scrabo Golf Club in the third round.
Club Stroke sponsored by Deansbridge Filling Station
1st Mervyn Watts 39pts
2nd Ronan O'Reilly 38pts
Category 1 (0-12)
1st Paddy Duffy 37pts
2nd G Hughes 37pts
Category 2 (13-18)
1st Fergal McKinney 38pts
2nd Eamon McVeigh 37pts
Category 3 (19-28)
1st Peter Murtagh 37pts
2nd Paul Hughes 35pts
Presentation of prizes will take place on Sat 4th June @ 10.00 pm.
Mervyn's a sixty winner
Mervyn Watts is proof that age is no barrier when it comes to winning golf competitions.
Just recently he celebrated his 60th birthday and on Sunday he won the Deansbridge Filling Station sponsored Stableford competition with 39 points. An excellent 19 points from the front nine holes was bettered by a further 20 on the back nine and Mervyn had the prize in the bag.
Ronan O'Reilly, who won last week's club stableford with 43 points, scored five less this week but still picked up the runners up prize with 38 points. Again it was an improvement from 18 to 20 points front and back respectively which won it for Ronan.
In Category 1 Paddy Duffy finished his round unlike the previous day, to take the first prize with 38 points, and G Hughes was runner up with 37.
Category 2 was won by Fergal McKinney with 38 points, recording an impressive 21 points over the front nine holes and 17 on the back. And just a point behind picking up the runners up prize was Eamon McVeigh with 37 points.
Peter Murtagh had an even better front nine holes recording 22 points but with just a further 15 over the back nine, had to settle for the Category 3 first prize with 37 points. And 34 points won JP Hughes the runners up prize.
Lonsdale Cup sponsored by Digby's Restaurant, Killylea
1st Patsy Hegarty nett 66
2nd Paul McCreesh nett 67
3rd Miceal McParland nett 67
4th John Toner nett 67
5th John Palmer nett 67
6th Alex Nesbitt nett 68
1st Conor McGurgan 74
2nd Neil Cromwell 75
3rd Andrew Miller 76
Patsy Hegarty is presented with the Lonsdale Cup by County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert after winning the competition with a nett 66. Included also are other prize winners Paul McCreesh, Paddy Burns, representing competition sponsors Digby's Restaurant, Killylea, Conor McGurgan and Andrew Millar.
Patsy Hegarty is presented with the Lonsdale Cup by County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Calvert and Paddy Burns, representing competition sponsors Digby's Restaurant, Killylea.
Patsy picks up Lonsdale Cup
Patsy Hegarty will have his name inscribed on the magnificent Lonsdale Cup as the 118th winner.
The impressive trophy first presented to County Armagh Golf Club in 1893, was once again carefully taken from the secure trophy cabinet to be presented by Captain Tom Calvert at the conclusion of the Digby's Restaurant, Killylea sponsored stroke competition.
More than 200 golfers, some from as far away as Scotland, played in the annual competition. But none could find the winning form enjoyed by 10-handicapper Patsy. His nett 66 was one shot better than four others who each returned nett 67 and had to be separated by countback.
Patsy was just four over after nine holes and used up just a further two shots of his handicap on the trek back where three birdies including one at the last brought him that winning score.
Paul McCreesh picked up second prize with a nett 67. Three double bogeys cost him the big prize but with three others also recording nett 67, was still delighted to collect his prize.
Micael McParland, John Toner and Johnny Palmer were the three others who finished with nett 67, and after countback picked up third, fourth and fifth prizes respectively.
And Alec Nesbitt secured the sixth nett prize with a nett 68.
Conor McGurgan, playing off a handicap of 3, returned the best gross score on the day, a 74. Neil Cromwell (4) was second best gross with a 75 and Andrew Millar (8) third with a gross score 76.
1st Richard Stewart nett 68
2nd A Farrell nett 70
Category 1 (0-12)
1st Conor McGurgan nett 71 (best Gross 74)
2nd G Hughes nett 72
Category 2 (13-18)
1st Michael Cullen nett 70
2nd Michael Macklin nett 73
Category 3 (19-28)
1st Stephen McGarvey nett 72
2nd Hugh McEneaney nett 74
County Armagh Golf Club Captain Tom Clavert is pictured with winners of the Club Stroke competitions played on the week-end May 21 and 22
Richard rains in club stroke prize
Richard Stewart refused to allow the high winds and heavy rain deter him from winning the Club Stroke competition.
His nett 69 was in fact the only score below 70 in the worst of playing conditions, his nearest rival Anthony Farrell with a nett 70.
Steady scoring including a birdie three at the par four second hole saw him eight over at the turn and despite three double bogeys on the homeward trek he was still able to record a nett 68 finish.
Double bogeys at the first and sixteenth holes were Anthony Farrell's undoing in a similar steady round and with a nett 70 he deservedly picked up the runners up prize.
Conor McGurgan was the model of consistency for the best gross 74, nett 71 and collected first prize in Category One where G Hughes was runner up.
A half dozen pars for a nett 70 round helped secured first prize in Category Two for Michael Cullen and Michael Macklin picked up the runners up prize with a nett 73.
In Category 3 it was Stephen McGarvey who collected the winning prize with a nett 72, and becoming a familiar face in the prize winners recently, Hugh McEneaney was second.