McConaghy and McGinn are top 

THIRTY-two pairs qualified for the match-play draw in the Silver Mounted Golf Ball Competition at Ballycastle on Saturday. Andrew McConaghy (7) and Francis Og McGinn (13) were the top qualifying pair with an excellent 62 nett, which not only earned them the number one seed position in the draw but also meant they qualified for the GUI Centenary competition at Galgorm Castle in June.

Runners up were the father and son combination of Des (8) and Stuart (11) Nevin who had a nett 64.

In third place it was the Dowds family with Peter (10) and dad Gerard (11) whose nett 65 just pipped David Lamont and Donal Gillen.

The full match play draw is now available on the club website and all first round matches must be completed by Friday 31st May. Both pairings are responsible for arranging matches.

Sunday’s Stableford was won by Mark McPoland (9) who had 23 points on the first nine, on his way to an excellent total of 42 points. Mel Carleton (5) took the section one prize with 38 points and Declan McCarry (13) picked up the section two prize on 40 points.

Club Vice Captain David Lamont (22) completed a very successful weekend by taking the section three prize with 41 points, twenty-five of which he picked up on the back nine.

Next Saturday is the Mary Peter’s Trust qualifying stableford with the winner going to represent Ballycastle in the regional final later in the year.

On Sunday Ballycastle will be hosting the regional qualifier of the Pierce Purcell trophy and as a result the course will be closed until 2pm.