Golf: Ken and Gillian enjoy the glory
Gillian Murphy of Edenmore Golf Club and Ken O'Neill of Down Royal Golf Club were on top form as they came out as victors in the RNLI Golf Day at Kirkistown.
The annual competition at Kirkistown Castle Golf Club again attracted a large support from across the province.
Sponsored by the Progressive Building Society, the event this year was a sell-out and attracted the best of golfing weather.
The links course at Kirkistown was in pristine condition with enough rough to concentrate the mind but forgiving enough to make the game pleasant.
The field of 236 golfers did battle against each other and for the honour of their 37 golf clubs represented on the day.
Scoring was excellent and there appeared to be old scores to settle from previous years.
The competition allowed for individual and team prizes and recognised gents, ladies and mixed combinations.
At the end of the day the prize winners came from far and wide with both ladies and gents individual competitions being won, on count back with 41 points.
For the ladies, Gillian Murphy pipped Selina Smyth (Kirkistown) to first place, with Rosaleen Caughey (Kirkistown) a close third. For the Gents it was Ken O'Neill edging out Wilfie Hamilton (Holywood) and Trevor Weir (Kilkeel). Donal O'Rourke (Mourne) took the front nine with 24 points.
The Kirkistown Ladies team of Selina Smyth, Rosaleen Caughey, Queenie Stewart and Vera D'Amato were clear winners of their section with 109 points, but the gents team competition was tightly contested with a Down Royal/Bangor combination (Michael and Alan Stewart, Tony Campbell and Ken O'Neill) finishing on 116 points ahead of Edenmore (Gary Watson, Alan Patterson, Robert Watson and Pat Cushenan) with 114 points.
The winners of the mixed team were Harry Ferris, Julie Kerr, Sally McCoy and P Wallace (a Kirkistown/Donaghadee combination) who edged out the Edenmore team of (Heather Patterson, Jim Fleming, Stephanie Watson and Alan Bennett).
The Portaferry and District Lifeboat Guild has benefited from this event and, with the sponsor's and Kirkistown Castle's generosity, they have been in receipt of more than £50,000 in the past 15 years.