Banbridge are leading qualifiers

THE qualifying round for the Carlingford Cup was played at Warrenpoint Golf Club last Friday.

Colin Wilton was the stand-in captain and he put together a very formidable team to represent Banbridge.

The format is interesting. Out of a team of eight players, the two best gross scores are added to the four best nett scores to give a team total. The four best teams go forward to the matchplay stage.

Getting two good gross scores is the key to success. Mark McCoy and Josh Crory both went round in 80 shots. That was excellent.

Paul Downey (13) returned a very commendable nett 71. Declan Barry (8) was happy enough with his nett 74. Malcolm Russell (8) played steady golf for his nett 75. And, to round off the nett scores, Seamus Rooney (6) added a nett 76.

The scores from Peter Hillen (10) and Shane Bell (6) were not needed on this occasion.

The team total for Banbridge was 456 and that was leading qualifier.

The draw for the two semi-finals is Banbridge versus Warrenpoint and Dungannon versus Lurgan.

The matchplay involves two foursomes games and four singles. The foursomes are worth double points and they are crucial. It’s an exciting format and the match against Warrenpoint should be well worth watching.