Team 17 lead the way in the Winter League

THE halfway stage of the Fourball Winter League has been reached, three rounds played, three to go.

Everyone’s aim is to be in the top four at the end of week six and thereby qualify for the final shootout.

The current leaders are team 17 with a grand total of 223 points. They hit the top score in round three of 96 points. Jonathan Kerr was their star player with 34 points followed by Neil Diamond and Aidan Nicolletti, both on 31 points.

In second place are team 18 with 221 points. Their third round score was 87 points. Billy Clarke scored 32 points, Robert Clydesdale had 28 and John Doran had 27.

Team 16 jumped into the top four for the first time after shooting a superb 95 points in round three. Their running total is 218 points. Bobby Geddis scored 34 points, John Poots added 33 points and then came Felix Duffy with 28 points.

Team 7, with 214 points, occupy the crucial fourth spot. They scored 91 points in round three thanks to Philip Mallon’s 31 points, Dennis Watt’s 30 and Colin McKinney’s 30.

There are a few other teams still in with a chance of making the final shootout.

Team 9 (Kieran, Sean and Colm McGreevey plus Eamon McAnarney) are fifth with 212 points.

Team 3 (Brian Mulholland, Alan Dale, Sydney Pepper and Tom Fee) are joint sixth with 210 points.

Team 11 (P.J. Johnston, Declan Barry, Eugene Weir and Seamus Rooney) are also in joint sixth place with 210 points.

Team 13 (Stephen Orr, Ronnie Halliday, Darren Barker and Tom Nelson) are in eighth place with 206 points.

The fourth round will be played over a nine holes course featuring four par 3’s. There is little room for error coming into the final stages.

SWEEP RESULTS - SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 - The sweep competition at Banbridge Golf Club is very rarely played over 13 holes.

Alterations to the 13th hole meant that it was temporarily closed so the course was reduced from 14 to 13 holes.

Shane Rooney shot a record score for the 13 holes that may never be surpassed.

Just try to visualise these scores in your mind – birdie 3, par 5, birdie 3, par 4, birdie 3, par 4, par 4, birdie 2, par 4. (out in 32 shots, 4 under par). Then Shane added a par 3, birdie 4, birdie 2 and a par 3.

There was not one dropped shot, just 7 pars and 6 birdies. That gave Shane a total of 37 points for the 13 holes.

This was an amazing exhibition of shot making. Granted that the course is short but you still have to hit the shots and hole the putts. This will definitely be one of the rounds of the year. Congratulations, Shane!

SECTION 0-11: 1st, Shane Rooney (7) 37 points; 2nd, Alan Dale (11) 33; 3rd, John McDowell (10) 32.

SECTION 12-17: 1st, Peter Cruikshanks (17) 35; 2nd, Declan Dooher (16) 33; 3rd, Will Dickson (17) 33.

SECTION 18+: 1st, William Horner (23) 33; 2nd, John Poots (19) 32; 3rd, Dominic McArdle (24) 31.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12 - Kieran McGreevey played the nine holes of this sweep in only 2 over par gross.

That gave him a superb winning score of nett 26.5.

The record score for the Sunday Sweep was set last April by Gareth Moody, a nett 26.

Kieran came very close to beating that record.

1st, Kieran McGreevey (21) Nett 26.5; 2nd, Alex Clarke (13) Nett 28.5; 3rd, John Poots (19) Nett 29.5.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16 - William Horner is enjoying a nice little “purple patch”. This was his second win in the space of five days. Can he keep it going? That’s the big question.

1st, William Horner (23) 34; 2nd, Paul Downey (13) 23.