Teams fight it out for one of 
Ulster’s top juvenile trophies

A total of 15 juvenile teams competed in the Mahaffy Shield at Banbridge last Wednesday.

This is one of the premier juvenile inter-club golf tournaments in Ulster and it continues to grow in popularity.

Banbridge entered three teams and teams from Lurgan, Tandragee, Edenmore, Portadown, Lisburn, Kilkeel, Balmoral and Warrenpoint joined them.

Christian Kennedy, a 4 handicapper from Lisburn, was 5 under par gross after 14 holes and he enquired what the course record was. Christian won the best gross prize with a 66, a few shots off the record.

Jamie Fletcher, a 3 handicapper from Warrenpoint, had the second best gross with a 71. Jonathan Brush from Banbridge, playing off 10, won the best nett prize with a nett 62. Rory McMullan (18), another promising golfer from Banbridge, won the second best nett prize with a nett 63. Josh Lockhart won the two spot prizes for the longest drive and nearest the hole.

Those scores are all fantastic but the Mahaffy Shield is a team event first and foremost.

The fourth best team was Edenmore with a 5-card total of 345. Their two best players were Brian Houston and Josh Norton, both with nett 66.

The third best team was Balmoral, also with a team total of 345. Three of their team finished with nett 67’s, namely Aidan Finnegan, Michael McNulty and Joe Tully.

The Banbridge B team took second place and they too had a team total of 345. They looked like certain winners when their first four scores came in. Chrissy Burns had a nett 64, Jamie Thompson a nett 65, Gary McConville a nett 66 and Scott Nelson a nett 69. They needed one more low score from either Neil Cherry or Andrew Bennington.

The winners were the Banbridge A team who all played consistent golf.

Their team total was 333 thanks to a nett 62 from Jonathan Brush, a nett 66 from Michael Young, a nett 67 from Josh Lockhart, a nett 68 from Callum Barnes and a nett 70 from Patrick Magennis. Team captain, Luke Woods, was happy enough that his nett 73 was not required.