Butler victorious in Stableford Open

Michael Page, Heather Page, Richard Hunter, Tricia Colohan, Michael Colohan, Mary Sinnamon and Roger Perritt. INBM16-14
Michael Page, Heather Page, Richard Hunter, Tricia Colohan, Michael Colohan, Mary Sinnamon and Roger Perritt. INBM16-14

Gerald Butler was the player who claimed the top spot in Ballycastle’s Midweek Open Stableford competition on Wednesday last.

Playing off a handicap of 20 he produced a very steady round. All was going to plan with no problems apparent until he came to the 9th where unfortunately he failed to score.

However, he remedied this with a birdie 3 at the challenging 14th which netted him 5 points and managed to keep matters under control until the finish.

His total score of 40 points was sufficient to keep 4 handicapper Peter Dallat at bay .

Michael Page proved on Saturday that his first place on February 7 was no fluke as he again came out on top of Division 1. Playing off 12 Michael seemed to experience few difficulties and produced a fine score of 30 points for the 13 holes played.

He was however pushed all the way by one of his playing partners –the redoubtable Danny Taggart. Danny completed the 13 holes in 3 over par and even though he had youth on his side he could not overcome Michael.

Richard Mc Veigh produced a very steady round and his 27 points earned him 3rd place on countback from Liam Mc Laughlin.

In Division 2 Paul Mc Closkey’s 29 points took first place.Despite a stumble at the 9th Paul played well within his 15 handicap to take the top spot on countback from Francis Brady.Francis started out well but 3 holes in the back 9 proved costly. He did enough however to push Mark Molloy into 3rd place with 28 points.

Not to be outdone by his playing partners on Saturday Seamus Killough was the man to beat in Sunday’s event.

Never too far away from the winning enclosure Seamus produced an extremely consistent round of 28 points which was sufficient to claim 1st place and nudge Lawrence Mc Quillan into 2nd place.

Lawrence’s finesse did however come through in the end as his birdie at the 18th meant he was able to claim the 2nd spot on countback from Paul O’Brien.

Paul’s 3rd position was on countback from Gerard Dowds & Kevin Traynor. This is the penultimate week of the P J Mc Ilroy & Son sponsored Winter League.

Going into the last week the situation is as follows: Team I with 48 points captained by Club Captain Gerry Mc Closkey has now increased its lead to 8 points. Team G with 40 points has now moved up into 2nd place whilst Team H has improved to 3rd place.

Team C which occupied 2nd place for most of the League is now down into 4th place with 36 points. Teams E & F are vying for the Wooden Spoon on 14 points each.Gerry Mc Conville of Team C remains the overall individual leader with a total of 158 points-14 ahead of his rival.