Norman cards top score for Bann at MUSA

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The tenth and final round of the Mid-Ulster Senior Alliance was played at Tandragee Golf Club last Wednesday and Norman Doak was the top player for Banbridge.

This is a gala occasion, no doubt about it. Ten teams of 10 players each set out on a shotgun start.

When the round is over, everybody dresses up and sits down to a sumptuous meal. This is followed by the prize presentation.

Norman Doak was the top player for Banbridge with 38 points.

Brian Mulholland had 36 points, Peter Hillen 35 and Tony Ewbanks 32. That was a team total of 141 points, not bad at all.

The other Banbridge players were Sydney Pepper, Dougie Stevenson, Bobby Geddis, Seamus McGrath, Merton McDowell and John Poots.

Congratulations to Tandragee who won the MUSA and to Omagh who were the runners-up.

Banbridge finished in the bottom half. Nobody was too upset because this competition is all about the friendships and the camaraderie. Banbridge are very good in both those areas.

All the Banbridge players would like to thank their team captain, Dougie Stevenson, for all his hard work and enthusiasm for the senior players at the club.

Ipga Tankard Final is a washout

The Northern Ireland final of the IPGA Tankard was played at Ballycastle Golf Club last Thursday

The Banbridge team comprised Jason Greenaway, our club professional, Seamus McGrath, the men’s winner, and Robena McCandless, the ladies’ winner.

Conditions at the start of the competition were idyllic but, after four holes, there was a cloudburst. Torrential rain fell for the next eight holes.

That was a shame because this is a really enjoyable tournament.

How did Banbridge fare? Nobody knows. They arrived home safe and sound and they thought Ballycastle was a lovely place. On a good day, that is.

William Malcolm beats his dad to win the Thursday Open

William Malcolmson (6) won the Open Stableford last Thursday with 40 points. His father Paddy (12) was the runner-up with 39 points.

“Winning the competition was brilliant,” said William, “and beating my dad was the icing on the cake.”

Adam Kerr (10) was third with 38 points. He edged ahead of Richard Coburn (12) on countback.

The best gross prize went to Jonathan Ward (4) who went round in 74 shots.

There could be one more Thursday Open this week. It could be your last chance to get that handicap reduced so don’t miss it.