Stiff competition for turkey prizes at Ballycastle Golf Club

WITH the turkey season now in its sixth week, there was more stiff competition for the Christmas birds at Ballycastle over the weekend.

On Saturday in Division 1, Peter Dowds picked up his second win in the turkeys with a splendid 38 points off his reduced handicap of 11, in a round which included birdies at the sixth, ninth and 15th holes.

In second place Gerard Waide (12) had 37 points just ahead of Brendan Black with 36 points.

In Division 2, four players all recorded 37 points over the 16 holes and it took count-back to decide the placings which resulted in Paul Devlin (23) heading the field. Paul’s back nine of 22 just pipped Martin Morgan (15) on the last six holes and pushed Allan McCook (15) into third place.

Sunday’s smaller field did not see any reduction in the scoring levels and in Division 2 Allan McCook this time made no mistake with 24 points on the back nine to add to his 16 points on the first seven and register a grand 40 points and pick up his Christmas dinner.

In second place was Paul McCloskey (senior) who had a double win a few weeks previously and still managed 40 points off his reduced handicap of 20.

In Division 1 it was Damian McSorley, who having overslept nearly missed his tee off time, but despite his dash to the course he managed to return a wonderful 37 points even though failing to score at the third which was his last hole.

In second place Brendan Black was bridesmaid yet again with 36 points off his reduced nine handicap.

The midweek competition on Wednesday was won by Seamus Hegarty (22) with 32 points from a Carnlea visitor Reginald Wilson, also on 32 points, and Louis Sweeney in third place with 31 points.