Banbridge got a great result away from home against Cairndu golf club in the Belfast and District Cup Quarter Final and the home leg was played at Huntly Road last Friday night with Banbridge setting out only one game behind at 4 – 3 down.
First out for Banbridge was Colin Wilton against Brian Galway.
Wilty got Banbridge off to a great start with a 2 holes victory. Playing number two Rory Madeley was 2 down after 9 holes to Stephen Watts but fought back for a 1 hole win and another point on the board.
Jim Carvill played Marc McKinstry and was 1 down at the halfway point. Again Jim won by 1 hole and things were looking good for Banbridge at 6 – 4 ahead in matches.
Then one of the strangest things happened – Rory Leonard lost a match at Banbridge.
Rory was all square with Ryan Long after 9 holes, lost 4 of the next 5 holes and was beaten 4/3.
Banbridge man Stefan Greenberg was 1 up after 9 holes an Neil McKinstry and prevailed by 1 hole at the end.
Luke Woods was one up after 17 holes and Banbridge had secured the magical 4.5 points required for victory.
Cairndu have one of the strongest young teams in this competition and Banbridge played great to advance to the semi-final of the 2014 B&D. Well done.
On Saturday the competition was a stableford and the weather was kind for everyone playing. Seventeen players bettered the completion scratch score of 67 on the day. Josh Crory, Ruari O’Neill, John Doran and Pat McGarry all had 41 points. Pat played the best on the second nine and secured 4th place from this group.
Robin Jardine played early, played well, scored 42 points and was in 3rd place at the end of the day. Also on 42 points was Adam McGregor and he beat Robin on countback. Adam had the equivalent of a gross 71 for 42 points and the man from Dromore continues to impress. The best senior prize was won by Philip Strong with 40 points even though he had competition from Dr William McCandless and Noel Cruikshanks. The winner on Saturday was Joe McGivern with another fantastic score. Joe has been performing very consistently of late and it was only a matter of time before he entered the winners enclosure. Some great play saw Joe accumulate 44 pts and that was good enough for a 2 shot victory. •Coaching for juveniles continues on Friday morning’s for next week, Under 14’s at 10:00am and over 14’s at 11:00am. Please make use of this, it’s free and it makes you a better player. The Fred Daly quarter final first leg will be played against Lurgan GC on July 22.