Captain’s Day bonanza at four East Antrim clubs

Enjoying Captain's Day at Ballyclare GC are John Doherty, Cecil Porter, Gordon Fullerton and Art Adams with David Robinson (captain). INNT 25-093-GR

Enjoying Captain's Day at Ballyclare GC are John Doherty, Cecil Porter, Gordon Fullerton and Art Adams with David Robinson (captain). INNT 25-093-GR

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There was a bit of a Captain’s Day bonanza on Saturday with Cairndhu, Carrick, Ballyclare and City of Belfast all hitting the fairways for one of biggest dates on their golfing calendars.

Jack Murphy topped the field at Cairndhu for Danny McMullan’s big day.

City of Belfast Captain's day overall winner Nigel Dallas, his son Jacob, and captain Paddy Ward. INLT 26-941-CON

City of Belfast Captain's day overall winner Nigel Dallas, his son Jacob, and captain Paddy Ward. INLT 26-941-CON

Results: 1st, Jack Murphy; 2nd, David McClean; 3rd, Hugh Montgomery; 4th, Dennis Doran. Gross: Ryan Long; Past Captains’ and Council Prize: Brian Haveron; Veterans: David McNeilly.

Andrew McLean won Des Nelson’s Captain’s Day at Carrickfergus Golf Club. McLean carded 40 points and finished ahead of Tommy Knocker and Raymond Crooks, who also scored 40.

In the low handicap section, Drew Meek was the winner with 37 points, beating Tom Lyttle with the same score. The high handicap section winner was Eddie Roberts (39 points), and S. Young was second with the same score. Gross Prize: Graeme Arthur (36 points).

Other winners were: Harry Wade (Council Prize, 37 points); John McQuillan (Past Captain’s prize, 38 pts); Ed Arbuthnot (Anno Domini, 38 pts); Jonathan Nelson (Guest Prize, 35 pts); J. Muise (Student Prize, 38 pts); Raymond Haggan (Captain’s Drive); Helen Vizard (Ladies’ Prize, 70 nett).

Mearns Clarke, Hugh Arbuthnot and Billy Hamilton raise a toast with Carrickfergus club captain Des Nelson. INCT 25-213-AM

Mearns Clarke, Hugh Arbuthnot and Billy Hamilton raise a toast with Carrickfergus club captain Des Nelson. INCT 25-213-AM

The big winner at David Robinson’s Captain’s Day at Ballyclare was Neill McCrea who outshone all the young guns with a fantastic score of 45 points.

Captain’s Prizes - 1st, Neil McCrea, 45 points; 2nd, Adam Wardrop, 42 points; 3rd, Chris Warwick, 41 points (BS9); 4th, Ryan Millar 41 points; 5th, Paul Foy 40 points; Best Gross: 1st, John McNeilly 34 points (BS9); 2nd, Colin Jenkins 34 points.

Nigel Dallas carded 41 points to win Paddy Ward’s Captain’s Day at City of Belfast Golf Club, Mallusk.

Prize winners: overall winner, Nigel Dallas (41pts); best back nine, Campbell New; best front nine, Brian Kumar; past captain’s cup, Gordon Corry; straightest drive, John Eagleson; longest drive, Jonny McDowell; nearest pin, Jonny McDowell, Billy Gardiner and Billy Templeton; Over-65s Cup, Billy Templeton; visitor’s prize, Johnny Montgomery; high category winner, Des Callaghan; mid category winner, Gordon Corry; low category winner and best gross, Jonny McDowell; best dressed, Hugh Thompson.

Cairndhu Golf Club Captain, Danny McMullan on the course during his Captain's Day. INLT 25-231-AM

Cairndhu Golf Club Captain, Danny McMullan on the course during his Captain's Day. INLT 25-231-AM