James has BIN there, done it and got the trophy now after major victory

Ian Magowan (left) was third in the BIN 66 competition. He's pictured alongside playing partner Stanley Dickson.
Ian Magowan (left) was third in the BIN 66 competition. He's pictured alongside playing partner Stanley Dickson.

This weekend saw the final major of the golfing season at the USPGA Championship and it also saw one of the major tournaments at Banbridge GC.

James Wilson, playing off 16, was the man to take the coveted prize of the BIN 66 sponsored stableford competition as he carded a fantastic seven under 43 points.

Second placed Cathal O'Neill (second from left) is with this week's Leader reporter Kieran Magennis (left), John McDowell and John Ewart INBL1427-228EB

Second placed Cathal O'Neill (second from left) is with this week's Leader reporter Kieran Magennis (left), John McDowell and John Ewart INBL1427-228EB

A reasonable day’s weather was sandwiched between two terrible days on Friday and Sunday to allow the competition to take place.

With the course being more receptive, just like the final day of the USPGA Championship on Sunday, there were some very good scores and Ian Magowan (15) played well for 41 points and third place overall.

Despite a great finish, Ian was beaten on count-back by another strong finish to his round by Cathal O’Neill (12) also on 41 points.

Cathal normally arrives well ahead of his 07:15 tee time and is well prepared for his round. Inexplicably, he started double-bogey, double-bogey on the first two holes but three birdies in the last four made sure of second place.

Winner James Wilson (16) was steadiness itself. He carded ten pars, seven bogies and one double bogey for a great score of 43 points and victory by a clear two shots. Well done James on winning one of the majors at Banbridge Golf Club.

The best gross score was compiled by Rory Leonard. Rory started with a bogey at the first and managed only 11 pars in the remaining 17 holes. Sounds a bit disappointing so far? Rory made birdies at the second, sixth, 13th and three on the trot in the last three holes to post a 64 and win the gross by a comfortable six shots from the next best.

Verdun Bond (14) won the best senior prize with 41 points, a very popular score on the day.

Banbridge Golf Club thank BIN 66 for their continued support.

Monday Sweep

Colin Kennedy edged out a narrow victory on count-back last week as he and Paul Faulkner put in euqally good rounds of 36 points.

1st – Colin Kennedy (13) 36 pts

2nd – Paul Faulkner (14) 36pts

3rd – Bill McCandless (6) 33pts