The Mahaffy Shield has become established as one of the premier inter-club juvenile tournaments in South Ulster.
Nigel Bryson and his juvenile committee had everything organised to perfection for last Wednesday.
The only thing he couldn’t control was the weather. And that wasn’t good. It rained very heavily, causing the closure of the course for two hours. The competition was shortened to nine holes and, despite the difficulties, managed to get finished.
Eleven teams took part and unfortunately a few couldn’t cope with the conditions.
Warrenpoint and Portadown failed to get 4 cards returned so they finished joint tenth.
Killymoon A were 9th with a team total of 168.5. Their best player was P.Gervin (21) with a nett 40.5.
Silverwood were 8th with a total of 160. Their best player was Dara Morgan (20) with a nett 37.
Killymoon B were 7th with a team total of 159.5. The player who caught the eye was J. Scott (18) with a nett 38.
Lurgan A were 6th with a team score of 150.5. Aodhan McConville was their top player with a nett 36.
Lurgan B were 5th on a total of 148.5. Eoghan Mulholland did very well to finish with a nett 35.5.
The Banbridge 1st team were 4th with a team total of 146.5. Josh Crory (7) was top scorer with a nett 36.5.
We now come to the three top teams who all won prizes.
Banbridge All Stars were 3rd with a team score of 144. Their best player was Stephen Teggart (17) with a nett 33.5. Stephen won an extra individual prize for the third best nett score.
Edenmore were the runners-up with a brilliant score of 143. Aled George (14) had a nett 33 which was the best nett score of the whole day. Well done to him! And well done too, Michael Smyth (10) of Edenmore, whose nett 34 was the fourth best nett.
The winners of the Mahaffy Shield for 2014 were the Banbridge A team.
The players and scores were Scott Nelson nett 33, Michael Young nett 34, Megan Whan nett 34, Callum Barnes nett 38.5, Jamie Thompson nett 40 and Christopher Lennon nett 40.
Their four best cards totalled 139.5 and they won by 3.5 shots.
Three players from the A team won individual prizes: Scott Nelson (10) won the second best nett with a 33. Megan Whan (22) won the girl’s best nett with a 34. Michael Young (10) won the best gross with a 39.
It was a tough day but, despite the weather and the delays, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. And all credit must go to the juvenile convener, Nigel Bryson, and his hardworking committee. Let’s hope for better weather next year.