Ballyclare win league title on count back

Ballyclare Golf Club did just enough to secure the 2011 East Antrim League title on Saturday afternoon (September 17).

Leading by four matches to one from the home leg of the final last month, Ballyclare travelled to Mallusk as firm favourites to win the trophy from holders City of Belfast.

However, the home side, who were hoping for a third league win in as many years, started strongly and made sure the result of the match wasn’t a foregone conclusion.

With the City of Belfast team winning the first four matches, it looked like Darran Long’s team might just pull off a remarkable comeback. But Ballyclare’s final pairing, Kenny Murphy and Chris Horner, fought back from three down after eight holes against Peter Long and Tommy Pollock to record a vital 3&2 win and level the tie at 5-5, ultimately securing victory for their team on a count back of holes won.

Handing over the trophy at the Chimney Corner Hotel on Saturday evening, East Antrim League President, Gabriel Murphy praised both sides for producing such a closely contested final and congratulated Ballyclare on securing their 10th East Antrim League title.

The success of the men’s team made it an East Antrim League double for Ballyclare GC this season, with their juveniles already having wrapped up the junior title.