Angus wins Casement Cup

Angus Iliff has won this year’s Casement Cup match-play competition at Ballycastle Golf Club, beating Liam McGarry in Friday’s final.

Liam had a great run in the cup this season but came up against a formidable opponent in Angus who has now won an incredible five Casement Cups and his victory in the Valencia Cup earlier in the year means he remains unbeaten in club match-play throughout 2011.

Over 100 members took part in Saturday’s stableford competition at Ballycastle with Michael Close coming out on top thanks to a brilliant score of 45 points.

Michael, playing off 16, got off to a flier on the front nine, picking up 24 points and he held it together superbly down the stretch, adding a further 21 points to finish one clear of Ciaran Mort in second place. Ciaran, playing off six, carded four birdies in an excellent two under par round giving him a total of 44 points.

Third place went to Hugh Burns with 42 points, Michael Kearns was fourth on 41 points with the fifth, six and seven place prizes going to Patrick Dixon, Joe Donnelly and Peter Dowds respectively after all three handed in scores of 40 points on Saturday.

Forty-two golfers played in the stableford competition at the club on Sunday 25th September with Garth Beckett finishing in first place with a score of 39 points.

Six members returned scores of 38 points on Sunday but when the back nines were compared, Gerry Norwood took second place with Mark McPoland winning the third prize ahead of Declan McCarry, Andrew McConaghy, John Callan and Liam McGonigle.

Tony Connolly was the winner of last Wednesday’s open stableford competition with the ten handicapper returning 37 points to finish one ahead of Rodney McAleese from Kilrea Golf Club with Emmet Hunter taking third place on a score of 34 points.

The turkey season begins at Ballycastle next weekend with stableford competitions on both Saturday and Sunday. The ringer and veterans competitions also get under way next weekend and these run right through ‘til Bonanza Weekend on 17th and 18th December.