GOLF: Duncan and Orr gel well at City of Derry

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The Jock Balmer Fourball competition is eagerly awaited each year at City of Derry and past winners always seem to surface in the bar just prior to the qualification competition to laud members with tales of their personal exploits in days of yore.

But, to hoist the trophy ‘wanabe’ champions have to surmount the first hurdle, that of qualification for the knockout stages!

Out of this year’s packed field only sixteen pairs could progress to do battle in the latter stages of the competition.

Thirteen handicappers Neil Duncan and Stephen Orr gelled extremely well to record a winning total of 45 points.

The early starting pair of Eddie Mitchell and Peter Leeson recorded a fine 43 points to take second place.

The final sixteen have now entered the knockout stages and some fascinating matches are in prospect.

The summer is set to hold disappointment for most and triumph, with incumbent bragging rights, for one lucky and skilled pair.

Watch this space for progress reports.