THE PJ McIlroy & Sons Winter League came to a close on a blustery cold weekend at Ballycastle and after nine weeks of changing fortunes it was Team Shangarry who finally secured the top spot.
Team Captain Declan McCarry lead his troops by example and his team members Philip Cullen, Gerard Dowds, George McVeigh, Patrick Campbell, Paul McCloskey, Mark Molloy and Michael Dallat Jnr proved unstoppable winning the team competition on 85 points.
In 2nd place was Team Winchester lead by Angus Iliff on 77 points with Allan McCook’s Team Bonamargy in 3rd place on 76 points.
At the bottom of the table Team Atlantic captained by Mark McPoland took their customary one point this weekend again to ensure they would pick up the dreaded wooden spoons at the dinner.
Mark was “ably” supported by Stephen McGarry, Stephen Devlin, James McNeill, Paul McKillen, Michael Dallat Snr, Joe Brogan and John Morgan.
In the individual competition it was a member of the winning Shangarry team, Paul McCloskey, who pulled away comfortably in the last two weeks to win the trophy with a score of 212 points from his seven best weekend scores.
Having started the league on a handicap of 20 subsequently reduced to 15, Paul can expect to be playing off a lower figure from next weekend. The other individual winners were James McNeill 186, Kevin Traynor 195, Liam Gallagher 198, James Shirley 182, Michael Campbell 184, Gerry McGouran 190, Gerard McCloskey 186, Des Nevin 194, Owen Kennedy 187, Declan McCarry 195, Gerard Waide 187 and Willis McWhirter 185.
The top three teams and all of the individual winners will receive their prizes at the Men’s Dinner on Saturday 23rd March and a full turnout is expected.
On Saturday in Section One, Ryan Brewster was the winner on 29 points with George McVeigh 2nd on 28 points and Michael Page 3rd also on 28 points. In Section Two, Paul McCloskey was 1st with 30 points ahead of Brian Walsh on 29 points in 2nd place, and Jim McCann 3rd with 29 points as well.
On Sunday Lawrence McQuillan was 1st in Section One on 30 points with Colin Millar 2nd on 27 points, the Section Two winner was Aaron Mooney on 29 points with Ryan Twaddle runner up on 25 points.
Next Saturday’s competition is a 3 or 4 Ball Scramble while Sunday sees the first trophy of the year being contested for the Louis Sweeney Cup, an Open Stableford competition and Bank Holiday Monday also has an Open Stableford competition for members and visitors.