Doherty back in merit race

CIARAN Doherty hoisted himself into contention for the coveted Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit title when he won the Royton Sword.

CIARAN DOHERTY

CIARAN DOHERTY: Birdie blitz

The Lancashire County player from Bury finished runner-up last year but work commitments have restricted his appearances this season.

A best-of-the-day first round 67, which included five birdies in his first eight holes, was followed by a 73 for a level par total and a two shot victory over host club player Gary Melling who carded 68 and 74.

Doherty moved into eighth place in the rankings, 240 points adrift of leader and England international Paul Kinnear, from Formby, who is playing in this week’s Open Championship at St Andrews along with Longridge’s Mark Young who won the merit last year.

SCORES: 140 Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 67 73; 142 Gary Melling (Crompton & Royton) 68 74; 147 Kris Sutcliffe (Crompton & Royton) 73 74, Roger Smithies (Manchester) 71 76; 148 Rob Cull (Bromborough) 78 70, Ian Hardman (Accrington) 73 75, John-Paul Ralph (Royal Liverpool) 72 76; 149 James Kempster (Stamford) 72 77; 150 Adam Wills (Portal) 75 75, Stu Crompton (Haigh Hall) 70 80; 152 Oliver Clarke (Hillside) 79 73, John Dempsey (Bolton Old Links) 76 76.

STANDINGS AFTER 14 EVENTS

Name Club Points
Paul Kinnear Formby 450
Adam Wills Portal Premier 385
Ian Hardman Accrington 305
Reece Cranfield Wigan 290
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 290
Dominic Barnes Caldy 255
Sam Prince Northenden 245
Ciaran Doherty Bury 210
Matt Robinson Eaton 200
Jack Shelley Formby 195
Lloyd Hart Heswall 165
Michael Hunt Pleasington 160
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 160
Oliver Clarke Hillside 160
Mark Duncalf Formby 150
Steve McGlynn Preston 150
Callum Barrow Royal Lytham 150
Christopher Rushton Ashton & Lea 150
Rob Cull Bromborough 145
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 135
James McCormick Styal 130
Sam Berry Bolton 125
Joe Brice Manchester 120
Thomas Winn Morecambe 115
Joey Lamb Wilpshire 110
Roger Smithies Manchester 105
Tom Gandy Rowany 100
Stephen Jopson Carlisle 100
John MacMahon Redditch 100
Chris Harrison Sandiway 100
Joshua Crumplin Macclesfield 100
Jon Beesley Mere 100
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 100
Shaun Field Nelson 95
Josh Morton Huddersfield 90
Geoff Harris Formby 85
Richie Blundell Hillside 85
Adam Cockerill Prestbury 85
Jevann Parmar The Leicestershire 75
Joseph Banks West Lancs 75
Tony Holt Wilpshire 75
Paul McFerran Warrington 75
Kris Sutcliffe Crompton & Royton 75
Sean Towndrow S&A 70
Michael Harrington Tytherington 60
Mark Marshall Sale 60
Chris Bracewell Ashton & Lea 60
Joe Armitt Prestbury 60
Grant Little Sandiway 60
Arron Williams Prestatyn 60
Paul Wright Accrington 60
John Ralph Royal Liverpool 60
Michael Howard Royal Birkdale 50
Martin Thomas Royal Liverpool 50
Nick Tomlinson Mold 50
Ben Levene Bramhall 50
Chris Nuttall Accrington 50
Ian Martingell Bolton 50
Adam Delves Padeswood & Buckley 45
Jack Laybourne Bingley St Ives 45
Sean Blinkhorn S&A 45
Paul Langford Wallasey 45
Ross Palin Vicars Cross 45
Ken Hudson Hart Common 45
Carl Parker Nelson 40
Max Penney Alderley Edge 40
Kevin Moore Douglas 40
Daniel Creaney S&A 40
Adam Stott Reddish Vale 40
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 40
Sandy Walsh Pleasington 40
Gary Spann Stand 35
James Holt Wilpshire 30
Aiden Hooson North Manchester 30
Tim Ford Woolton 30
Hannan Mahmood Stand 30
Matt Robinson Eaton 30
Liam Kindom Delamere Forest 30
David Almand-Smith Prestbury 30
James Kempster Stamford 30
David Hird Wallasey 25
Sam Greenhalgh Bury 25
James Hornsby Heswall 25
Andrew Bradshaw Bramhall 25
Daryl Callister Mount Murray 20
Philip Cooney Wigan 20
Paul Knight Eastham Lodge 20
Luke Ormerod Nelson 20
Stu Crompton Haigh Hall 20
Stephen Warhurst Stockport 15
Mark Arrowsmith Runcorn 15
Tobias Roberts Lancaster 15
Jonathan Joy Wallasey 15
Lee Mayers Fairhaven 15
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 15
Mick Barton Wilpshire 10
Matthew Lamb Fairhaven 10
Joshua Ashton S&A 10
Christopher Chilton Birchwood 10
John Sondergaard Lee Park 10
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 10
John Dempsey Bolton Old Links 10

 

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