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Sammy McQuiston featured a few times over the winter period and his form peaked on Saturday at Portstewart when he topped the chart to win the Centenary Cup. Sammy was two points better than twos approaching the tricky par three sixth and tricky it proved to be as he had to settle for a five, and no points. However Sammy responded immediately with a three point birdie at seven and a good par at nine to restore his two pint advantage over the course, finishing the nine with 20 points. The long fourteenth was reduced to four shots and the telling score came about at the sixteenth, where Sammy claimed a birdie three for four points. His total for the back nine was 22 points and gave the eleven handicapper an overall score of 42 points and victory on countback from Derek Corbett.

Matching the winnerís 42 points wasnít quite enough for Derek, Sammyís birdie at sixteen clinched the tie break, but it was still a great score on the day. An inauspicious start, six at the first, did not set the tone as Derek (23) picked up a couple of three pointers, two and five, before picking up a four pointer at the eighth. Twenty points were collected over the first eight and the scoring did not lessen on the return nine when Derek covered it in four better than his handicap would suggest and claimed the other 22 points of his 42 total. Brian Patterson was just a point back from the leaders but won the plaudits for the low section. A steady 20 points eked out of the front nine was followed by 21 coming back, a good birdie four at the long thirteenth being the high point. With the same score David Walker took top spot in the high section. Davidís performance belies his 18 handicap as he collected birdies at the second and seventh to win 20 points on the outward nine holes. More consistent scoring coming home gained another 21 points and won him his prize.

Irish international golfer Paul Cutler featured again in the best gross section with his round of 69. a birdie three to start and another birdie, a four this time, at the fourth saw him through the front nine in 34 shots, two under par. A shot was dropped at the eleventh with a five but this was rectified at the thirteenth with a birdie four and the +4 man went ahead of the course at the eighteenth with a closing birdie three for his return of 69.

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