Mark Beattie looking to stay ahead of the pack

Joe Beattie
Joe Beattie

Mark Beattie will be looking to enhance his standings at the top of the Short Mat Players’ Tour ratings when he features in the Swedish Masters at Stromstad over the weekend.

The Foyle man is one of a big Irish contingent with his sights on the £500 top prize.

He was beaten in the final last seasons’ event by fellow countryman Joe Beattie – no relation – and is determined to go the distance this time.

With four rankings tournaments left, Beattie currently sits at the summit, followed by Jal Richardson, Andrew Morrison, William Morrison, Pauline Beattie and Joe Beattie -- all from these shores. The Swedish event will be played on Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s another fantastic entry,” said SMBT director Phil Mills. “Once again there is a great interest from Irish players, who have been very successful in Tour events over the past year or so.”

p Spa Golf Club Christie brothers, Peter and Graeme, walked off with the top prize in the Edengrove Presbyterian’s pairs tournament.

They emerged from a massive entry off 115 combinations to take the title - they were joined by a posse of internationals in what was a quality field on finals night.

The Christies defeated the husband wife team of Joe and Pauline Beattie, from St Mark’s, Portadown, in the final. At the semi-final stage, the Beatties beat the Wilson brothers, DJ and Jonny, All Saints, Tullylish, while the new champions overcame Anne Marie McGreevy and Kevin Cassidy, from, St McCartans.

Other section winners were: Matthew Hastings, Robert Hastings (Ballywalter Park); Tommy Erskine, John Erskine (Rosemount); Luke Donaldson, Allan Johnston (Dundrum); David Morrison, Tom Morrison (1st Ahoghill Presbyterian).